Newcastle United’s season has fizzled out, alarmingly, as the Magpies have lost six in a row and all is not well at St. James’ Park.
On Saturday they host Cardiff City who are bottom of the PL standings and need a win to give themselves any chance of staving off relegation.
Whatever the result in Newcastle, expect both teams to be playing in a much emptier stadium than usual at St. James’ for the final 21 minutes. That’s because in the 69th minute — to mark the last time Newcastle won a trophy, the Inter Cities Cup (now Europa League) in 1969 — home fans will walk out of the stadium in a show of strength against current owner Mike Ashley who they believe is taking money out of the club and failing to reinvest in the squad.
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) is behind the boycott as they have voiced their discontent over Ashley’s ownership for many years and have finally had enough of the businessman’s approach.
All this coincides with Newcastle’s worst losing run since 1986-87, as manager Alan Pardew has come under increased pressure following his ban for head-butting Hull City player David Meyler back in March and his teams subsequent poor form.
Speaking to the BBC, Newcastle fans group spokesman Mark Jensen stated exactly why Magpies supporters are going to this extreme measure to show their solidarity against Ashely.
“It’s the lack of ambition that has driven fans to think there must be some symbolic way to protest,” Jensen said. “It’s a club that’s falling apart.”
In recent games fans have hoisted banners aloft calling for Pardew to be fired and see him as an integral part of the issue with the owner and the board. Newcastle’s fans want a clean sweep of the staff from top to bottom as the empty seats at St. James’ Park will tell its own story on Saturday.
Lets wait and see how many fans boycott the game and unite against their owner.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.