When you haven’t won since February and can suffer the embarrassment of this century’s second relegation, a club tends to prioritize.
So Newcastle United has canceled its “end-of-season awards night” this coming Wednesday, apparently not convinced they’ll take care of business this weekend against QPR and earn safety.
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Newcastle enters the weekend just two points ahead of Hull City in the relegation fight, and it hasn’t been a good fight. The Magpies have plummeted down the table, comfortably mid-table when an eight-game winless streak hit John Carver’s side.
What’s followed has been Carver accusing players of not trying and getting red cards on purpose whil glossing himself the best manager in the league.
“The club would like to extend its apologies for any inconvenience caused to those businesses who had purchased tables to support the event, but we hope that you can appreciate our decision has not been taken lightly,” the club’s statement added.
“We will work with the [charity] Newcastle United Foundation to find another opportunity to support them to raise funds for their outstanding work, which engages with over 50,000 people in our community.”
Not exactly oozing confidence, are we now?
We will hand out some awards, anyway:
Best defender (with best haircut): Fabricio Coloccini
Most versatile player: Daryl Janmaat
Potentially-relegation-making use of revenge spittle: Papiss Cisse
Best offensive player: Moussa Sissoko
Most-enthralling use of long legs without accomplishing all that much: Sammy Ameobi
Most Valuable Player: Jack Colback
New addition of the year, often and inexplicably used as a lone striker: Ayoze Perez
Comeback Player of the Year: Jonas Gutierrez (even Ryan Taylor won’t argue, and he’d win the award 99 times out of 100).