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Time to bring back some Geordie pride

By Lee Ryder on Jan 30, 09 06:49 PM

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.

8 Comments

Toongaz said:

At last some movement in the transfer market.
Know we need to have a busty 3 days and get a load more in.
Kevin Nolan should be a quality passionate midfielder and a snip at £4m.
Ryan Taylor will add depth to our defense and at a reported £1.5m a bargain.
Given is set for Mancity - we should insist on an exchange for Onuaha, Richards and Johnson - lets face it hes worth it. The best keeper in the premiership for years - at least stevie harper will get a well deserved chance and i reckon he could be the england keeper by the end of the season.
Sell Nzogbia - if we can get near to the £6m valuation then rip the buyers arm off.
If we get rid of Geremi all the better.
Get Saviola in on loan and even see if Barcelona will let us take Gudjohnson till the end of the season.
That should leave us breaking even. Which should also leave us with a £10m transfer kitty unused. Hopefully thats still there and Ashleys not trying to break even or make a profit like the rest of the transfer window.
The money should be used on -
Christopher Berra - young hearts captain and scottish defender. £2,5m
Lewis Mcgugan - Young forrest midfielder. £2.5m
Owen Garvan - Young Ipswich midfielder - 2m
Christopher Eagles - Burnley creative midfielder - seen him against prem clubs this season and he always looks dangerous. -£3m.

Strength and depth and young quality players.

Should be enough to get us up the table and to safety - next season get a TOP class manager and Ashley should either give us funds or sell up, get rid of wise and bring some reality back to the club.

Finally good luck to lee clark at huddesfield - a future geordie toon manager in the making hopefully.

And Andy Carroll the next Geordie legend - get us a hatrick against the mackems big fella.

stephen said:

Thank god Newcastle have finally come to their senses and brought an honest hardworking English player. Its their policy of bringing in over priced over rated foreign mercenaries that couldnt care less whether the club goes under that has landed them in this mess i.e. Harmann (great player but ran off to liverpool at the first chance), N'zogbia, Roberts, Pistone, Guviasch, Jon daal topmson, Anderson etc. All bought for massive fees on ridiculous wages.

Nolan might not be the trophy signing that the fans wanted but he's almost 2 million cheaper than xisco (what were they thinking?) and I'm sure he'll do a much better job.

ian said:

The only way to bring back Geordie pride is to boycott this cancerous regime until they are gone. The fickle appeasists and blind optimists are the reason they are still here and the reason we will be relegated.Think about your lack of action as you stuff the pies in and drink the watered down beer while the SMB's do the double on our pathetic manager and team.Do you think they will care if we lose?Will they have to face the ridicule of workmates?I for one will find some other way of spending the afternoon but I will have pride that I refused to support the people who have ruined my beloved club.I will be back when they are gone but fear by then it will be to visit the Plymouth's and Milton Keynes' of this world.

Ben said:

Lee I wonder if you could answer this one,Can ryan taylor play 2morrow?some reports saying he can other`s he can`t

dessa said:

terry is right to little too late

mark said:

Ian spot on. Ashley says that he will spend more time at the club? Pity that was not said 32 days ago. His first job should be bringing Mort back and sacking weasel wise. However i believe all action will be minimal until he gets a buyer.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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