Thursday, February 02, 2006

Don't Panic!

The club have officially terminated Graeme Souness' contract with immediate effect, and in doing so have brought an end to his troubled time on Tyneside. Glen Roeder takes over control of team affairs on a temporary basis, with Alan Shearer as his Assistant, presumably meaning that Dean Saunders and Al Murray have followed Souness out the door.

Arriving after the debacle that was our sacking of Bobby Robson, Souness never really managed to win over the fans, with his mix of rubbish football and dodgy transfer record (for every Parker and Owen there's a Faye or Boumsong) he was always going to struggle.

However, despite all of this, I'm still frustrated that we've sacked him now. The transfer window has now closed. The terrible run of injuries seemed to be coming to an end. There are no decent people currently available (with the possible exception of Martin O'Neill).

Our stark choice now is tart ourselves around like we did when Robson was sacked and employ someone who isn't up to the job (I can just see Fat Fred talking to Steve (3 games from a P45 himself) McClaren) . Failing that, we limp to the end of the season, praying we'll stay up, and appoint someone good in the summer. In which case, what was the point in sacking Souness now?

The bottom line is that need to make sure we get the next appointment right. If that takes some time, then so be it, but to make a rash decision now will destroy what little quality we have left in the squad.


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