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Trouble on Tyneside…Or a Glimmer of Hope?

By | 15th August 2009

newcastle-disgruntled-fansHow Newcastle United fans are able to deal with the turbulent year the club has had is anybody’s guess. Once one of the pinnacle teams in the English game, the Geordies were battling on the European stage against the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan. Now after slipping into the second tier of the English league system, the club is in a state of turmoil, with nobody willing to take a chance on either buying or managing the Magpies.

Recent speculation has linked ex- Leeds United and Aston Villa manager David O’Leary to the manager’s post, with owner Mike Ashley deciding to keep the club after failing to find a suitable buyer. The performance against West Brom during the opening weekend one week ago showed that the team is capable, yet its defensive display was somewhat shambolic. Other than the outstanding Tim Krul in goal, Newcastle’s backline looked dodgy at the best of times, but was helped by a decent display from midfield.

What does help Newcastle is that they have a good crop of players who are definite Premiership quality. Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, and even Joey Barton are capable of propelling the Geordies straight back into the Premier League. Alan Smith looked comfortable in the holding midfield role, and gives the impression that if they were able to hold onto these players, then they might just bounce back at the first attempt. The sale of Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong helped generate much needed cash, which needs to be used to strengthen the side especially in defense. As pointed out in an article from our good friends at Football Corner, I also believe that Bassong was a good player in a very poor side, and Newcastle did very well in receiving the £8m they did for him from Tottenham.

If O’Leary does become the new manager, this would be a sound appointment from Ashley: a proven manager with a European track record and the pedigree to lead the team back to the Premiership. He may also be able to get the best out of players such as Smith and Barton, who have somewhat failed to live up to the expectations heaped upon them. I also believe that Newcastle United are in need of a new striker who has proven he can score goals in the lower leagues. This signing could come in the form of Leeds United striker Jermain Beckford, who is ready for the step up to Championship level after several successful seasons in League One. Whatever happens though, it is sure to be an interesting season.

Will Newcastle bounce straight back up? Have your say below!



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  1. Jermaine Beckford would be a superb signing for Newcastle. He is a proven goalscorer at Championship level and I would think that Newcastle could get him for as little as £5 million

  2. Zain Alvi says:

    Great article, Mark…I definitely agree with Jermain Beckford being an ideal option up front to make up for the loss of Obafemi Martins.

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