Kamara: ‘Krul injury will cost Newcastle 20 points’ – What points?


I don’t know if his comments have been taken out of context, but Steve McClaren’s notion that Tim Krul’s injury will cost the club 20 points baffled me somewhat.

For a start, it’s a strange thing to be saying when you haven’t even got 20 points on the board yet. There’s time, but where are they going to come from now if that is the case?

At the end of the day, McClaren needs to be instilling confidence in his players, not having his players wondering how they are going to rack up the points.

He needs to either pull them together and say “yes, we’ve lost our best player, but we need to get on with it, work hard and get some good results, until I can go out and buy a replacement in January”, or just give the goalkeeper coming in some confidence and suggest that he is capable of stepping up to the plate and covering Krul’s absence with aplomb.

While they are still struggling, it is a different situation as to the one they were in last year.

Under John Carver it became apparent that they didn’t realise what mess they were in until it was almost too late.

I think they thought that when Pards had gone that they were safe and the realisation that they were in trouble didn’t sink in until late on.

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Chelsea fans not being fair on Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanovic is set for a spell on the sidelines, and it seemed to be met with a bit of jubilation from certain Chelsea fans, suggesting he had been kept in the team despite playing badly.

But he’s not the only one. When your team plays bad it’s not down to one individual, it’s down to everybody.

You can look at him and say he’s played badly, but you can say Cesc Fabregas hasn’t shown what he is capable of, you can look at Gary Cahill and say he’s not been up to the standard required, nor Cesar Azpilacueta.

It’s a collective thing. If it was because of him playing badly and his mistakes costing them goals then you’d say yes the criticism is fair, but it isn’t.

Jose Mourinho is a top manager, he isn’t going to just play somebody because they have a hold on him. He plays them because he thinks they’ll will turn their bad run around.

Ivanovic is the type of player that chips in with goals and all that type of stuff.

Obviously if they go and win the game on Saturday, those same people will say they are better off without him, but hopefully he will use this spell out to get back to what he is capable of and work his way back into the team.

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Big Sam needs to let West Ham past go…

I was surprised at Sam Allardyce’s consistent jibes at West Ham fans, accusing them of being “deluded” and “brainwashed”, especially with his experience.

I know he had a tough time down there, but he’s not the only manager to cop some stick from a club’s fans.

Alan Pardew at Newcastle, Gary Megson at Bolton are two occasions where the fans of a club didn’t warm to the man in charge at all, but they both came out with their dignity afterwards.

Yes, he took a bit of stick and abuse, but that’s the way it goes. It’s gone now, it’s all history, just move on.

He’s back in management and I would hope that he now starts to keep a low profile as far as controversies are involved.

I’ve given my backing to Sam keeping Sunderland in the Premier League, he’s simply a master at it.

He would like to hit the ground running at West Brom this weekend, but I don’t think it will be the be-all-and-end-all if they get beat.

Allardyce might need a January window, but I’m certain he’s got the credentials to keep them up.

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