Do You Believe Players Or Journalists?
Following an article claiming that there was a dressing room split, Newcastle United have hit back with a statement of their own
The Telegraph piece used nameless sources to claim that there was dissent between players and the club have now released the following;
‘Newcastle’s players today said they’re 100% united in their bid to ensure Premier League survival and reacted angrily to false rumours of disharmony within the squad.
“Every player is together and we are totally focused on Saturday’s game at West Ham and the two games after that. We’ve a strong bond and want the best for our club, our manager and our wonderful fans.
We’re not happy about recent results, nobody is happy when they lose, but this has only made us stronger as a group and we’ll come through this together. There’s no divide in the team.”
“We want to let the fans know that all of the players are committed and we’re all in this together.”
The club is determined to turn things around and everyone is working together to secure that goal. It’s not helpful when people try and distract the team and the manager with false rumours.”
Who knows if the journalist in question has been told anything by players/coaches? If that has indeed happened then who knows if they were telling the truth?
In the position Newcastle United are in, the last thing we need is stirring stories such as this. The journalist obviously isn’t going to name his ‘sources’, if they actually exist, and so it comes down to basically who you want to believe.
I see it quite simply as when a team is winning then everybody is happy, when they’re losing then it’s natural for players to be upset/angry/annoyed. In fact you wouldn’t want them to be anything but that!
What is important though is that when they step on the pitch they do it as a team.
The matches against the mackems and Liverpool were rubbish and the team crumpled.
However, it is easy to forget how well they played as individuals and as a team against Benfica and against West Brom in a first half when they should have been out of sight.
The real crazy thing is not buying players last summer and then bringing in half a new team in January and expecting everything to fit instantly.
I believe there are many faults/weaknesses at the club but the last thing we need is a divide between players and fans, as always it is headlines that journalists chase, not success for Newcastle United.
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