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Urgent action required at Newcastle United – Doesn’t get much more embarrassing than this

2 weeks ago
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I popped over to South Shields to see one of my old workmates last week.

We had a few pints in The Fountain pub and with him being a Sunderland supporter, we obviously got talking as usual about the contrasting fortunes of our respective football clubs.

I hadn’t seen him for a while but obviously we had discussed the Newcastle United takeover in October over the phone.

I told him that after our recent sabbatical due to covid and injuries, I was looking forward to resuming playing in the FA Cup, and that I thought that it would be a welcome distraction from the Premier League.

We discussed how Sunderland had lost at home against Mansfield in the first round of this season’s competition and my pal told me, that this had embarrassed him enormously, as it had happened two years on the bounce against the same team.

Under two weeks ago, I sent in an article to The Mag asking….”Like me, who’s up for the Cup?”

The response was good and most agreed that a cup run could act as a catalyst for the improvement drastically required in the Premier League.

Well, after Saturday’s result against Cambridge United, I am writing again, this time out of sheer disappointment.

If most of the players on show in black and white stripes actually thought they had any long-term future at Newcastle United, then they can think again.

I’m not here to take anything away from Cambridge. Their goalkeeper had a blinder and the team were very well organised.

However, for Newcastle United to lose at home to third tier opponents, in front of a sold out crowd, with three members of our new ownership in attendance, the result is nothing short of a disgrace.

The feel-good factor after the brilliant signing of a proper footballer in Kieran Trippier has soon dissipated.

Most of his team-mates let him, and everybody else, down yesterday because they are simply not good enough.

Even so, although we are now out of the cup, it still isn’t an unmitigated disaster.

We are going to have to go and pay that bit more to secure the likes of Botman, Carlos, Kamara, Ramsey or whoever, to give us the best possible chance of staying up.

We are desperately in need of a goalscoring centre-forward, needing a January signing of Papiss Cissè proportions, who can start banging them in straight away.

It is also now perfectly clear that an upgrade on what we currently have in the goalkeeping department, should be brought in double quick.

Eddie Howe has unfortunately inherited the many duffers that were at his disposal yesterday.

I don’t think he can turn this sow’s ear into a silk purse, this lot are shot, and we need at least another five good footballers and real professionals to pull us out of the muck.

The Watford game is now massive and we need to splash the cash beforehand.

The rest of the country have been p.ssing themselves laughing at us after this latest calamitous debacle against Cambridge.

It is time to bounce straight back the best way we can and that will require Newcastle United flexing the financial muscles to bring in reinforcements.

The few good men left in the trenches are currently left stranded in no-man’s land, with the deserters to be dealt with properly in due course.

HTL.

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