Posted by sean on April 20, 2005 at 10:17 pm in Football with No Comments

Some great football this evening and that’s not even counting the Chelsea-Arsenal game!

Man United played Everton in a vital match. Man Utd are desperate to finish 2nd in the league so they will not have to qualify for The Champions League next season. Everton, desperate to finish 4th above Bolton and Liverpool so they can get into Europe.

It’s been years since Everton have beaten Man Utd… not anymore! The blue scousers won 1-0. To make things better Gary Neville got sent off for kicking the ball at a fan (is a police investigation on the cards now?) and Paul Scholes – The Red Dwarf, got sent off late on for kicking an Everton player in frustration. They’re all falling apart! :o)

However bad Man Utd are, their fans have got no worries compared to those of Newcastle United supporters. NUFC have had an absolutely terrible week. Losing 4-1 to Sporting Lisbon last Thursday to fall out The UEFA Cup, losing 4-1 to Man Utd on Sunday to end The FA Cup dream and now losing 2-1 to relegation threatened Norwich City in the league!

I think Newcastle have just about done enough to stop themselves from being relegated this season, but if something isn’t done – and fast – they will be going down at the end of 2005/6.

Newcastle are in a very strange position. On paper they have one of the strongest teams in England, if not Europe. After Chelsea and Man United, Newcastle have probably spent more on players in the last few years than any other club in The Premiership. Why is it then that they are now 14th in the league with Plymouth Argyle the closest they’ll get to Europe?

I think a lot is to do with the fact the great Sir Bobby Robson was, in my eyes, unjustifiably sacked at the start of the season. OK, he had a few bad results and a bust up with Kieron Dyer.

Should never have been sacked by Newcastle

At the time, Dyer should have been sacked or at least heavily disciplined and the Newcastle board backed Robson. While they may not be chasing the title had that happened, I bet they would be higher than 14th place!

That’s enough of that. There’s more important things to think about now… like my trip up to Leeds to watch The Super Whites take on Ipswich on Saturday!

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