The little ground of football horrors awaits at Glanford Park

By Lee Ryder on Oct 20, 09 01:48 PM

There can't be too many manager who would be handed the manager's job at Newcastle United on the back of a beating by little Scunthorpe United - but that could well be the case for Chris Hughton after tonight's tricky clash with the Iron.

Since the last days of summer sunshine at Ipswich on a tearful day when we said goodbye for one final time to Sir Bobby Robson at Portman Road in a 4-0 win the former Barcelona boss would have loved, things haven't quite been the same for the Magpies.

There was a warning shot against Peterborough in the Carling Cup when our "shadow squad" took on the Posh and were bundled out of the competition in sobering fashion.

Then there was the reality of how tough teams are prepared to make it at St James's Park against QPR and Bristol City with the Rs going for the going for the jugular and trying to nab three points then the Robins parking the bus in front of the goals.

Forest was simply awful with ghosts of last season beginning to come back into Newcastle's play.

And all of it has coincided with the arrival of Marlon Harewood with only Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood knowing why the ex-West Ham United man was handed the honour of wearing a Toon shirt.

Suddenly that great team spirit began to erode...

Now at Scunny rock bottom awaits if United tumble to an unthinkable defeat at the hands of former physio Nigel Adkins side.

Fair play to Scunthorpe United fans, they really make it a fortress at Glanford Park and while it isn't Galatasaray (although Doncaster Road on a Friday night does come close) it's certainly effective.

Newcastle players could end up in the crowd tonight if they don't oil their brakes as a northern town moves in for the kill.

Be warned United.

Be warned.


Big Si said:

The CH appointment is a bad one, he's a yes man with no b**ls and it will all end in tears yet again!

I can see Scunny beating us tonight and donny will give us a game on sat, if that happens then what ?

Ashley, get out of our club and stay out and take your stupid regime with you you fool.

londontoon said:

bloody hell we were sus'd out by blackpool now everyone is having ago, CH hasn't got what it takes to lift or change the team sorry mate thats just the way it is.. what a load of rubbish! scunny??? you have to be kidding everyone will think they can beat us now... and they can. CH is talking about his game plan "we came here to do well" em, right so thats a plan is it? look plan up in the dictionary chris then do someting about it!!!! the old guard at this club took us down, do not rely on them they will take us down again.. try and be ruthless.. that has to be the most embaressing defeat in the last 50yrs.. i bet fat ash is loving it!!!!

stevie said:

Why doesn't Ashley admit that it will never work with him in charge and cut his losses?
It is just getting worse and his cheapskate approach will leave us with another inadequate manager and further player sales. The club will slide down the table and lose value, he cannot change his approach/ he seems incapable of adapting to circumstances, despite the gathering evidence of its failure.
Just go Ashley before we end up in league 1 and the club is worth a tenner, you idiot.



Lee Ryder

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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