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Trouble on Tyneside – The Independent verdict

1 month ago
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There are those in the media who get what’s happening at Newcastle United and there are those who don’t.

There are those in the media who take the time and trouble to look at the issues at Newcastle United and there are those who don’t bother. or simply don’t care what the actual truth is.

For some simpletons in the newspapers/media, the story at Newcastle is very simply one of a new manager (head coach) taking time to get his feet under the table and get the best out of his squad.

If only that was how deep the problems/issues go at St James Park.

In a preview of the weekend, The Independent have looked at the big talking points, with one of them being ‘Trouble on Tyneside’ when looking at the outlook for NUFC.

The report says ‘It is early days but Newcastle could easily slip into a crisis if they are not in one already.’

That pretty much sums up where we are at and now only results can prove this assertion wrong.

Mike Ashley has forced Rafa Benitez out, forced through his own transfer agenda, the window has now shut and he has reverted back to his preferred stooge/patsy in the job, a head coach only there to train and pick the team as well as taking on all the media duties to represent both the owner and the club.

No players can be signed now, at least until we are past the halfway mark of the season, whilst Steve Bruce is in the job for the foreseeable.

Only around 40,000 tickets have been sold for the next Premier League home match (Watford) in eight days time and it has now been reported that Wednesday’s cup crowd against Leicester could set a new record low under Mike Ashley of no more than 15,000 turning up. There hasn’t been an NUFC home League Cup crowd of less than 20,000 since 1992.

The Independent report points to the anger and frustration felt towards Mike Ashley and states: ‘All of which means a trip to Tottenham is not what Steve Bruce really needs right now.’

A tough start to the season and with Liverpool the next away match, the pressure is going to get seriously bad unless there is an early release due to a positive result or two.

Relying on young inexperienced overseas signings to replace the goals lost this summer was always going to be very high risk strategy no matter how much they cost and then appointing a head coach with such a poor career record in the Premier League raised that risk any number of notches.

Only Steve Bruce and his players can provide the answers now.

Trouble on Tyneside – The Independent report:

‘It is early days but Newcastle could easily slip into a crisis if they are not in one already.

‘They have lost their opening two games, the latter a thumping by Norwich, and next week’s match against Watford is set to be the lowest attendance at St James’ Park in years as fans rail against the continued ownership of Mike Ashley.

‘All of which means a trip to Tottenham is not what Steve Bruce really needs right now.

‘A heavy defeat will only exacerbate the tough times on Tyneside.’

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