Mark Lawrenson admits “Sorry state of affairs” at Newcastle United but claims Rafa risking losing support of fans
Some laughable stuff from Mark Lawrenson.
Like many media pundits he kind of gets it, but he doesn’t, at Newcastle United.
On the one hand Lawrenson says: ‘What is happening with the Magpies is a sorry state of affairs.’
Then on the other declare ‘I do not understand why he would come out after their defeat against a Watford side who made 11 changes and say his squad is not strong enough for a FA Cup run.’
Added to that, Mark Lawrenson goes a step further: ‘He is risking losing some of those fans because he has sent out a message of total negativity.’
Yes Newcastle fans are 100% frustrated that we can’t try in the cups and indeed it was an actual Mike Ashley club policy to not try in the cup competitions for most of his reign. In the other years he has simply made it impossible for any manager to have a go, which is basically the same as those years where it was club orders not to try.
It isn’t by accident that 12 years in a row you never win more than one FA Cup match in a season.
Many Newcastle fans would have preferred a whole first choice team to play against Watford in that FA Cup but only really if they were also accepting that relegation is immaterial thanks to the way Ashley runs the club. As in who cares if NUFC go down because whilst he owns the club it will just be trying to exist and Rafa will be forced out in the summer regardless.
However, whilst Rafa Benitez will definitely walk away at the end of the season if Mike Ashley is still here, he is desperate to try and keep the club up.
Which meant he had no choice but to protect his only credible striker, somebody who turns 30 in September and is currently on loan from a Championship side. You truly couldn’t make it up.
If Rondon was ruled out for most/all of the remaining matches, Newcastle would almost certainly be relegated, unless basically all three of the current bottom trio hardly won another match.
Joselu played instead in the cup game and injured his ankle. Newcastle fans would now be in meltdown at the team’s prospects if that had been Rondon. No news on when Joselu will next be available, not that anybody is worrying about that.
Mark Lawrenson thinks it will be an easy 2-0 win for Manchester City and with so many players unavailable to Rafa Benitez (Elliot, Ki, Muto, Shelvey, Darlow, Dummett, Joselu, Diame) tonight, it further illustrates the near impossible situation the manager finds himself in, especially with Mike Ashley refusing to allow Rafa to bring in any of his preferred signings this month.
BBC Sport have some idiot called Yizzy (apparently he is a ‘Grime’ star) as a guest making PL match predictions this midweek.
He predicts a 4-0 win for Man City, which isn’t why I think he is an idiot because that scoreline wouldn’t be a massive surprise.
Rather, it is because he declares ‘Being an Arsenal fan is the most stressful thing on the planet right now.’
Talk about clueless. Maybe he would like to walk a mile in the shoes of a Newcastle fan, never mind those of a Bolton or Blackpool fan, with the endless misery they are enduring and the authorities happy to allow people such as Mike Ashley, Ken Anderson and the Oystons to control football clubs.
Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:
“What is happening with the Magpies is a sorry state of affairs.
“Although I can understand why the majority of their supporters are behind manager Rafa Benitez, I do not understand why he would come out after their defeat against a Watford side who made 11 changes and say his squad is not strong enough for a FA Cup run.
“Why not have a go?
“He is risking losing some of those fans because he has sent out a message of total negativity.
“Only Newcastle could try and sign Romelu Lukaku’s brother, and then have him fail a medical. It is unlucky for him but it just sums up the whole situation at the club.
“There is a huge gap between these sides, and it is perhaps best illustrated by their goal power.
“City have scored 28 goals in their past six matches, while Newcastle have taken all season to hit 25 in 27 games.
“I get the feeling that if Benitez could play 10 centre-backs and a goalkeeper, he would do for this game, although I am not sure it would do any good.
“Prediction is Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2.”
(Grime star) Yizzy talking to BBC Sport:
“A big City win would not surprise me. I was a big fan of Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero has always been one of my favourite strikers so I am not opposed to City – I am anti-Tottenham, Chelsea and United a lot more. 0-4
“Arsenal are playing City on Sunday. Am I feeling confident? After the run we have had – no!
“Being an Arsenal fan is the most stressful thing on the planet right now.
“I just hope we can get Champions League football next season because, without it, when we are trying to sign bigger name players then not everyone is going to want to play for us.”
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