May 25, 2009

Tears of the Geordie Nation.

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 11:50 am

So the unimaginable but truly inevitable has finally occurred. On the final day of the season, needing just a point to retain their Premier League status, Newcastle fell victim to a deflected Gareth Barry shot to become one of the three teams relegated to the Championship. Tears were shed and hearts were broken. Indeed, this could be a battle Tyneside would never recover from. Alan Shearer had been tipped as the messiah, the man who would rescue them from their fate. While that has not happened, he can at least hold on to the fact that he tried, albeit not hard enough.

Local rivals Middlesborough also find themselves in the Championship, relegated after a truly horrible season in which only 28 goals were scored; the worst club tally for the Premier League season. The Teesiders’ relegation were virtually guaranteed even before their Survival Sunday game against Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham, and a 2 – 1 loss confirmed their status in the second tier next season.

Where do they go from here? Will it be instant promotion next season or will this merely be the start of a freefall the likes of Leeds United? Will Alan Shearer remain in charge or will someone else take the poisoned chalice? Only one thing is for certain; today the tears of the Geordie Nation flow freely.

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