Time to bring back some Geordie pride
NEWCASTLE UNITED may well be in a complete mess at the moment on and off the field but if there was ever a time to turn the corner then it has to be against Sunderland at St James's Park on Sunday.
After a season you probably couldn't write a script for, Newcastle once again go into the game on the back of another incident that has got the rest of the country laughing at us again following Charles N'Zogbia's reaction to Joe Kinnear calling him Charles Insomnia.
But that, along with animosity towards the current club owner and his staff has to go on the backburner for 90 minutes.
Newcastle United need three points and it's a simple as that.
Last season's win over the Mackems showed the world everything that you wanted to believe was good about Newcastle United and being a Geordie.
A great atmosphere, bags and bags of Geordie pride, a team giving everything they had in their lockers, great celebrations at the end and to cap it all off a performance of attacking and entertaining football that left the home crowd filing out thinking that it could have been more than just 2-0.
Less than a year later Newcastle can't find a win for love nor money and with two of the club's best players almost out of the door and Michael Owen on course to follow them after he gets over his ankle injury - Toon fans are fearing the Championship football.
But if ever there was a game to put some wrongs right this season and get back on track - it's the derby against Sunderland.
Newcastle can't afford to draw let alone lose.
But they must still dig deep and find something from somewhere.
Kevin Nolan's arrival is more than welcome and he doesn't look like he is going to take any nonsense from anybody after an excellent introduction to the media today.
The recovery must start somewhere.
And for many that has to be on Sunday.