Soccer Saturday: Are Newcastle United a joke?

“No new owner. No Alan Shearer. No manager in fact. No Michael Owen. No Obafemi Martins. No Mark Viduka. No Sebastien Bassong. No Habib Beye… [so is] Steven Taylor right that Newcastle are a joke?” – Jeff Stelling.

The panel discussed the Toon captain’s depressing forecast in the papers yesterday, making the point that with only a caretaker manager in place and with an owner who is deparate to sell, there is no-one on Tyneside able to hold Steven Taylor accountable for the bad press he brought on the club.

With Taylor coming under criticism from the talking-heads, Tony Cottee butted in to argue “what is Taylor supposed to do,” making the counter-argument that the defender is trying to do something to change the fortunes of the Magpies.

On the likelihood of a sale of Newcastle, Cottee then forecasted that any interested party will wait for the Toon’s price to hit rock-bottom, with the ex-Hammer fearing that the club may be forced into administration in light of their whopping wage bill.

The fiery discussion on Newcastle United can be seen here.


In a separate segment on the show, Jeff interviewed Sven-Goran Eriksson about life at Notts County. The interview can be seen here.