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Simon Jordan says this 51 year old isn’t the ‘Messiah’ for Newcastle United

1 month ago
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Simon Jordan message has been talking about Newcastle United again.

I suppose it would be more newsworthy if there were a day when he didn’t…

Simon Jordan has even travelled up on Friday morning to Newcastle Upon Tyne, they are doing a roadshow from the Centurion pub in the city centre, alongside Jim White, with guests Sir John Hall, John Beresford and Craig Hope of The Mail.

However, ahead of his trip, Simon Jordan actually talked some sense…

The Talksport pundit with a message for Newcastle fans that whilst there may be the odd step back: “You have just been bought by the wealthiest people in the world, you are going to be alright.”

Jordan also successfully identified that Newcastle United have a potentially very decent attack but problems at the back.

However, with it being Simon Jordan, he can’t allow a day to pass without something to annoy and wind up Newcastle fans….’Defensively, they are dreadful. And that is in part the responsibility of the coaching staff, so how Graeme Jones gets this messiah like status, he is in part responsible for the coaching of that team, is beyond me.’

(As a small aside, anybody of a certain age when hearing the word ‘Messiah’, can’t help but find Monty Python’s The life Of Brian coming to mind…)

Whilst I agree that Graeme Jones, like everybody else who has worked with this Newcastle team has to take at least some part of the blame when it comes to the goals conceded record these past 27 months, for Simon Jordan to pick out Jones specifically is laughable.

As we all know, Steve Bruce took over a team that had conceded 47 and 48 goals in Rafa’s two seasons, which then became 58 and 62 goals in Bruce’s two full seasons, Graeme Jones only at Newcastle for the final three and a half months of last season.

This season has seen it get even worse, 19 conceded in eight PL games, which if averaged over the season would end up 90 conceded in 38 PL games.

HOWEVER, early on this season, Steve Bruce volunteered the fact that he was specifically working with the defensive side of things, whilst he had given Graeme Jones responsibility for working on the attacking side in training…

The reality of course is that the team as a whole had become a total mess under Steve Bruce, the tactics abysmal and clearly so many players not even understanding what exactly their roles were supposed to be and / or not believing in what Bruce was up to.

For a side to properly function it needs to be a team that is cohesive in defence and attack.

Miracles don’t happen overnight but certainly this group of players can do far better then they were under Steve Bruce.

Simon Jordan speaking about Newcastle United on Talksport – 21 October 2021:

“Eight games in, three points in.

“They are a very decent attacking side, Newcastle.

“They just can’t defend.

“And you can fix that, you can fix that, because you know, they create chances.

“Offensively they have got good players, if you can keep Callum Wilson fit, which is always the challenge.

“If you can keep Saint-Maximin engaged, if you can get Miguel Almiron on the pitch, if you can keep Joe Willock…or move him back to same kind of form he had last year [season]…they have got decent options there.

“Defensively, they are dreadful.

“And that is in part the responsibility of the coaching staff, so how Graeme Jones gets this messiah like status, he is in part responsible for the coaching of that team, is beyond me.

“But right now, what his job is to do is to try and get something out of Palace on Saturday.

“Try go to Palace, get a result to build upon.

“Give the new ownership a bit of breathing space, so it doesn’t become every moment of  every day is going to be who is in there, because we are in crisis.

“Because they are not in crisis.

“You have just been bought by the wealthiest people in the world, you are going to be alright, [but] might have to take a step back.”

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