Paul Merson expects Newcastle to lose 3-0 at Manchester City on Saturday, but claims we’d rather ‘win something and spend another season in the Championship than watch this every week’.
An interesting thought, but one that may split opinion amongst NUFC fans. Would you happily see us be relegated if it meant we won a cup? It’s short term success mixed with potential long-term suffering, but it seems Merson feels as though we’re suffering enough as it is.
Here’s what he’s had to say to Sky when asked about his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s daunting trip to the Etihad, feeling as though our approach to the Chelsea game was ‘bordering on atrocious’:
“You have got to feel for the Newcastle fans. Fifty-five thousand supporters turn up every week and now they’re out of the cup. Now it’s a long season for them – last week’s stats against Chelsea were bordering on atrocious. With 25 minutes played, it was 90 per cent possession to 10 per cent in favour of Chelsea. I’ve seen that in five-minute spells, I’ve never seen it in a 25-minute spell, ever.
“Newcastle will go to the Etihad and defend, but Man City will break them down, 100 per cent. It’s just when, and how many times.
“The Newcastle fans packed the away ends at Nottingham Forest [in the Carabao Cup], and they’re out of the cup already. I think they’d probably rather win something and spend another season in the Championship than watch this every week at the moment.”
Merson’s prediction: Man City 3-0 Newcastle
Do you agree with him here?
Some outspoken stuff (as ever), but I suspect there’ll be plenty fans who actually agree with his final line here..
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