How Graeme Souness justifies his expert pundit tag is a mystery to many.
Sadly, he is a regular choice to be put forward as some kind of an expert on Newcastle United, down to the fact that he (mis-)managed Newcastle and ruined Sir Bobby Robson’s team.
Graeme Souness of course, was also the one to bring us the delights of Michael Owen, Albert Luque and Jean-Alain Boumsong – all for a bargain £40m (at the prices of 10 years ago).
Turning his attention to the remainder of the season, Graeme Souness now claims that Newcastle having four of their final six matches at home is actually a disadvantage.
Hard to find many positives to this season but Souness clearly doesn’t want the facts to get in the way of a good story.
He says that because of the relegation pressure, the Newcastle team will struggle to cope with playing at St James Park.
Graeme Souness speaking on Sky Sports:
“When you look at Newcastle, four of their six games are at home.
“You would say that is an advantage normally, but the way the mood is on Tyneside right that will backfire on them. Those players are playing under enormous pressure.”
Well seen as Newcastle United have been fighting relegation all season and been under pressure due to that, what is the story so far?
Well, away from home Newcastle have lost more games than anybody, United losing 14 on the road, followed by Villa and Norwich with 12 and the after that, the next worst record are 10 defeats this season.
In contrast, no other club in the bottom half of the Premier League has lost fewer games than Newcastle.
At home, Newcastle and Swansea have lost five games each, with all other eight clubs in that bottom half losing more, including Palace with 10 losses and Everton with eight defeats.
The most recent matches at St James Park show the following results since the new year:
Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1
Newcastle 1 Bournemouth 3
Newcastle 1 West Brom 0
Newcastle 2 West Ham 1
Newcastle 3 Manchester United 3
Not suggesting that there are massive reasons for positivity but if there is to be any potential way out of certain relegation, then you have to surely think it will come via results at St James Park.