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  • Deano Deano May 12, 2009 20:08 Flag

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    All teams and clubs have issues within their set ups that can lead to turmoil or instability off the pitch which then filters through and creates issues on the pitch and I'm not one to throw stones at other clubs for these issues. For me what happens off field should stay there and the players and managers are the ones who should take the blame (for want of a better word) for what happens on the field.

    Yes it's very fair to say Newcastle have had their share of issues in the past but no more really than Boro, Liverpool (at the min) Man Utd (with the Glazers) Chelsea...the list is long and illustrious. For me personally, if I was going to lay any blame for Boro's plight, I look at Southgate and the team he has built around the style of play he wanted. Record signings who have not justified the amount of money spent on them, want away stars who possibly played within themselves for what ever reason too many youngsters in the first team (not saying that is a bad thing but you need experience and quality to survive at this level) again the list can be exhaustive.

    One thing no outsider can do though is knock Steve Gibson. The man is a true fan and that is a fact. Whether he was right to appoint and then keep Southgate as the manager is debatable but his loyalty to his decision has to be commended right or wrong.

    The rivalry amongst the North East teams and fans has always been a very much hate hate relationship and each to their own I suppose. I never wanted or wished to see any of the North East 3 go down because the knock on effects for the region could be harmful and like it or not we are all disliked by those teams and other agencies (press) South of us so sometimes you know it is better to stick together be you Black n White, Red or Red n White. I respect Newcastle and their fans, the fans especially because to get gates of 50,000 week in week out is bloody tremendous and I like Shearer, the man was an excellent professional footballer and a great servant to the English game. I like Sunderland and their fans because again you cannot knock the loyalty and ambition Niall Quinn has shown the Sunderland faithful. But also Boro (ie Steve Gibson) and fans should be given credit for their support of the team even through this difficult season. 30,000 for the last 2 home games is a terrific turnout for a struggling team and I truely hope the comments about regrouping are right and 30,000 will turn out next season be it Championship or Premiership football on offer.

    There will be gloating and gladness at last nights result from the Newcastle fans that is part and parcel of the game as is the sadness and worry the result brings Boro. Lets just as a region hope and pray that somehow results conspire to make the final 3 West Brom, Hull and Portsmouth with all 3 North East teams surviving to play each other next season. The North East derby games are something that galvanise the respective areas, create an interest in the sport we all love and help take us away from the other troubles, allbeit briefly, that are blighting us at the minute.