Step forward the only Newcastle player who can hold his head up high after the latest derby embarrassment on Sunday…Mike Williamson.

The centre-back is hopeless as a football player, well as a Premier League one anyway.

That’s not his fault though, it isn’t his fault that he is still at a Premier League club after over five years of proving he isn’t good enough.

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Playing in the Championship, or maybe even lower, could and should be Mike Williamson’s ideal role.

Instead, season after season he gets thrown in at the deep end once again, normally after having been frozen out of the team. Comes in and usually manages a couple of non-disastrous matches before then falling to pieces as his limitations comes crashing down when playing any run of games.

Apologies to Mike and his family but that is football reality and I am getting to the positive bit…

Williamson was pretty much as bad as the other players against Sunderland but on the final whistle he proved a big exception to the rest.

Various players refused to speak to journalists and Mike Williamson was the only one who stopped and gave an interview (ED: Though Tim Krul did do a one on TV).

A number of reporters making special mention of Captain Moussa Sissoko being one of those who refused to speak, maybe he was given pre-match tips by usual Captain Fabricio Coloccini….

However, Sissoko did apologise by sending out a message on Twitter later. Oh , that’s alright then, a bit easier doing that shambolic act instead of facing the music and explaining why all the pre-match hot air came to nothing.

Below is part of what Mike Williamson had to say but to be honest you could have wrote it yourself as you know what he is going to say.

The point is though that he was willing to stand up and speak to the media and say it hadn’t been good enough and accept RESPONSIBILITY.

Nobody can now make anything right in terms of the derby result but the players can stand up and face the music. It isn’t nice but it is a major reason why they get paid a fortune, to represent the club and be accountable to the supporters.

Williamson says that there isn’t one player who doesn’t care, or who isn’t bothered, maybe the truth just is that unlike the limited (playing ability-wise) Williamson they just aren’t bothered/care enough.

Mike Williamson:

“I can tell you that there is not one player in there that doesn’t care – it hurts everybody.

“We have to go out there and face it – we are all professionals and we play the sport because of passion and progression and wanting to be successful.”

Not one player is not bothered…;

“Not one player goes out there and is not bothered about the result or their performance, for me it hurts me very deeply…people are entitled to their opinion but it is not the case.

“We have to come together and stay together, we have to make sure everyone is working in the right direction and we all buy into it.”

Bring on Liverpool:

“It’s about character and making sure we get back to basics, the players feel it just as much (as the fans) and it is a horrible, horrible game to lose.”

“Next Monday (Liverpool away) can’t come quick enough, if we can put on a performance it can lift the confidence.”

Next Monday at Liverpool can’t come quick enough – help!

I don’t know about you but I’m absolutely dreading it…

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  • Toonbadger

    WEEK IN WEEK OUT we hear this bulls hit from players
    SACK THE LOT OF THEM
    They don’t deserve to be anywhere near the Black and White of NUFC

  • jimblag

    The players may “want it” and be “hurting”, but no where near as much as the Sunderland players would have been if we’d have won. The simple fact is if you sign players treating the club as a stepping stone and treat the club solely as a business, they won’t bleed for the cause. The players are all professional and were giving their all, but that little extra you need to win games like this needs heart and soul poured into every challenge and every kick.
    The word Club evokes thoughts of a band of brothers, at the moment we aren’t Newcastle United Football Club, we are Newcastle Football PLC. You can barely blame the players for feeling simply like employees.

    A real manager would have probably helped too.

  • Alsteads

    Errrrrr……..next Monday can’t come quick enough???……yes it effing can!! Fower-nil all ower it!!!