Lee Clark has looked at the relegation struggle unfolding before him and the three clubs who are left fighting for only one remaining safe spot.
Born and bred a Newcastle fan, Clarkie thinks there is a small chance of Crystal Palace being pulled into the basement fight but that realistically only one of Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich will survive.
Whilst Lee Clark says ‘Newcastle are my club’, it will be a surprise to more than one or two that his loyalties are divided three ways, though obviously not in equal measures.
Clark wishes Sunderland weren’t involved after spending two years on Wearside (I still haven’t got over my shock at that move even now…), whilst I was puzzled to learn that he is also a bit of a Norwich fan.
I must admit I had no idea that he had spent a year at Carrow Road as assistant to Glenn Roeder after moving there in October 2007.
In a damning indictment of Newcastle’s transfer policy, Lee Clark isn’t convinced the squad is any better, even though over £80m (he says £94m) has been spent on new players in the past nine months.
Clarkie says that ‘momentum and form is key’ and that it is Norwich who now have that advantage over Newcastle and Sunderland.
It will be up to Newcastle to put a stop to that on Saturday or it really could be all but game over…
Lee Clark speaking to the Pink Un:
“I wish it wasn’t this way with these three clubs down at the bottom.
“Newcastle are my club, I had two good seasons at Sunderland (1997-99) and I had a fantastic time at Norwich. It’s a fantastic club with fantastic supporters. I really wish it wasn’t down to these three and I think it will be two of them who join Aston Villa in going down, unless another team gets sucked in. It’s a possibility I suppose.
“If you look at the table, if Norwich and Sunderland (home v West Brom) both win at the weekend and Palace (home v West Ham) fail to get a result it would really put the pressure on them.
“Momentum and form is key and Norwich have got it.
“They will be feeling positive and it is in their own hands with the games they’ve got at home against Newcastle and Sunderland. Rafa Benitez has brought a really good positivity back to Newcastle. But you can’t say it hasn’t been coming for Newcastle and Sunderland.
“They’ve got to learn from their mistakes. They’ve kept on hanging around the wrong end of the table for quite a few years now and they’ve had chances to make sure that doesn’t happen. Newcastle stayed up on the final day of last season and have spent something like £94million this season. Are they any better now? That’s debatable.
“They’ve got to find out what’s happening if they stay up and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The question that should have been asked, is which of the three clubs Lee Clark would want to go down…