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Good News At Last For Newcastle United – A Whole Team Of Positives

9 years ago

Are you still hanging on in there? Grab that bit of driftwood and don’t let yourself get sucked under, HMS Newcastle United hasn’t quite sunk…yet.

Old sayings aren’t just for old people you know and one I often think of when the latest crisis hits St.James’ Park is ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bat water’.

Yes we all know that Joe Kinnear is now supreme commander of all Mike Ashley surveys at St.James’ Park but resistance is NOT futile.

What we need to do is keep our heads and try everything we can to convince Mike Ashley, or whoever comes next, that there is a slightly better way to run Newcastle United.

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In terms of my old saying above, I can think of at least eleven babies I don’t want chucked out with the Ashley/Kinnear muddied waters.

Bizarrely, Newcastle United have managed to get themselves into total chaos and could well be tottering on the edge of disaster, despite having a nucleus of very good players at the club.

Despite all the lunacy of the last few days, nothing much has changed (up to a point) of Newcastle’s potential to bounce back next season.

Three or four decent players expertly scouted by Graham Carr and added to the following eleven (plus) could still send United soaring up the table. With Wonga money plus anticipated extra £20m+ from TV next season and a clearout of Obertan, Williamson, Gosling etc and most of the young unpromising players (plus saved Simpson/Harper wages), it would (should!) give a pot of £30m minimum to play with.

Krul, Debuchy, Mapou, Coloccini, STaylor, Haidara, Santon, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Marveaux, Cisse plus 3 or 4 more gives us a team AND a bench.

The message has to be to Mike Ashley, reassure your best players ASAP that this is a club and squad that is/are not disintegrating.

As always, words are largely worthless where Newcastle United are concerned; only action will convince anybody.



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