Would Relegation Be A Bad Thing For Newcastle?

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Football
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With the Premier League season having come to a somewhat anti-climatic end after a campaign that offered so much hope for a decent title race and at one point promised a thrilling battle for the top four, the final game of the season sees only one final relegation place to be determined before the summer break.

Burnley and Queen’s Park Rangers have already had their demise confirmed, so the only games of any real note on Sunday involve Hull City and Newcastle United, to see who will be plying their trade in the Championship next season and who will earn a reprieve to play top flight football once again.

The permutations are quite clear; a victory for Hull and a failure by Newcastle would see the Magpies suffer the drop, with any other combination of results seeing the Humberside club falling back into the second tier.

Hull must overcome Manchester United at the KC Stadium in order to give themselves a fighting chance at beating the drop, and while that may appear a somewhat daunting task, this is a United side that have very little to play for given their assured spot in fourth position, having also already wrapped up their end of season awards earlier this week.

United do have history in sleeping their way through a final day, having allowed West Ham to escape relegation at the expense of Sheffield United a few years back, and with club legend Steve Bruce currently in charge of the Tigers, the cynic inside of me could suggest the Red Devils may once again be happy to take it easy, especially away from Old Trafford.

Newcastle’s final game looks much simpler on paper, as they host a West Ham side nearly in as bad of form as the Geordies, but with a rotten run of form, internal disputes and a seeming lack of commitment on the part of certain players, there is genuine worry among the Toon Army that they could yet fall.

Couple in the potential of the popular Sam Allardyce undertaking his most likely final game in charge of the Hammers, it would be of little surprise to see the London side go hammer and tongs (pun emphatically intended) to help him sink the side in which he still holds some bitterness against following Allardyce’s sacking by the club, a dismissal he still deems to have been unfair.

A two point advantage they may have currently, but there is every chance that Newcastle could end up in the bottom three by 6pm on Sunday, and there is a suggestion by some that it could be for the best, with even Gael Bigirimana claiming it could be of benefit to his parent club.

Bigirimana

Bigirimana, currently on loan at Rangers, has suggested it might be good for Newcastle to go down

I bear no ill-will towards Newcastle, but part of me is willing the Magpies to be relegated on Sunday, merely because it may be the kick in the arse they sorely need to sort out the problems at the club.

Survival could easily be seen as achieving the simplest of goals, so demotion for their abysmal run-in to the season would see the club needing to make big changes in order to bounce back up immediately and re-establish themselves as a Premier League club the following season.

For this is a club that does not deserve to be merely kicking their heels around in the bottom half of the table and certainly should not be facing the possibility of relegation to the second tier for the second time in six years, and the second in Mike Ashley’s control of the club.

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley is the root of the problems at Newcastle

The black and white stripes of Newcastle remain famous throughout Europe, with only the re-emergence of Juventus challenging them for recognition, while St James’ Park is one of the biggest stadiums in England: Newcastle have still achieved the third highest average attendance this season, despite their problems on the field.

But whilst it seems unthinkable that a big club like them should be plying their trade in the second tier, it could do them the power of good, review the whole system and make some radical changes.

The fact that they would no longer be an asset in the Premier League may just make Ashley finally relinquish his stranglehold of the club, and their position in the Championship would also lower their valuation to make them seem a worthwhile investment for somebody more invested in the game and the area as a whole.

John Carver would almost certainly be relieved of his duties, perhaps to go back into his ‘expert field’ of coaching, while relegation would also allow Newcastle to move on some of their more troublesome members of squad.

The likes of Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul and Remy Cabella would command a decent fee that would in turn allow Newcastle to rebuild a decent squad full of hungrier players than they currently command, allowing them to launch a serious promotion bid next season and give them an adequate platform to retaining their spot once they return to the Premier League.

The Magpies’ subsequent demise and his success since leaving for Crystal Palace has actually shown what a fine job Alan Pardew was doing with Newcastle given all the internal disputes behind the scene, with it becoming clear following his departure that the club is rotten from top to bottom.

The club needs a clear out and rejuvenation and one fears that will just not happen should they continue to tread water in the lower half of the table.

This is a big club and needs people involved that will treat it as such. Relegation may just present them with the opportunity to find people that can bring back some good feeling to St James’ Park.

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