Sport Souness: Newcastle should feel 'lucky that the stadium is empty'
Everton given green light to build new £500M Bramley-Moore Stadium
The Toffees have now taken a significant step towards leaving Goodison Park, as they aim to begin the project of developing a 52,888 capacity ground on the waterfront site at a cost of £500million. The club will target to start building their new home this summer, with a view to hopefully moving in ahead of the 2024-25 season.
Graeme Souness claims Newcastle are lucky that their fans are not in the stadium to witness their slide down the Premier League table towards a relegation fight this season.
Steve Bruce's side have won just two out of their last 18 top-flight matches and are set to face a relegation battle with Fulham, West Brom and Brighton in the final nine matches of the season.
The Magpies host Tottenham on Sunday afternoon knowing that a win will take them five points clear of the drop zone but former Newcastle boss Souness insists Bruce's men are approaching 'last chance saloon' in their relegation dogfight.
Knights vs Tigers: Adam O'Brien admits frustration as Mitchell Pearce's 300th game spoiled
It was meant to be a fairytale day for Mitchell Pearce and the Newcastle Knights - but unfortunately, it was anything but a dream result. Playing his 300th NRL game, Pearce led out the Knights in front of a packed McDonald Jones Stadium against the Wests Tigers, with his side the heavy favourites. But it was a resurgent Tigers that spoiled the party, running out 24-20 victors after a late try from David Nofoaluma. It was a disappointing result for Newcastle, who have struggled with consistency during recent seasons, and head coach Adam O'Brien admitted his frustration post-game. “It’s frustrating...
Souness told Sky Sports: '(There's) pressure on Newcastle (and) deservedly so. They've not performed, they've not got enough points and I think it's worrying if you're a Newcastle supporter.
'If you look at their last game against Brighton, there was no fight. They're in a fight. They are quickly approaching the last chance saloon.
'You've got to get some points on the board because if you're constantly playing under pressure, needing to win, some players don't respond very well to that.
'And a saving grace for them I think, having worked at the club, is that the stadium's empty. The crowd would not be slow in voicing their disappointment with the team.'
United strike early, Jets grounded in A-L
The Newcastle Jets' A-League losing streak has stretched to six matches as Western United collected a tight 1-0 away win.The struggling Jets went into the match without a win since February, while United were coming off the back of a rousing midweek victory over high-flying Melbourne City.
Newcastle were slammed for their last Premier League performance, a 3-0 defeat away at relegation rivals Brighton, with Souness describing the Magpies side as 'passive' and 'lacking in fire'.
The Magpies have been damaged by the recent injury struggles of star striker Callum Wilson, who was ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring tear at the beginning of February.
Newcastle's survival chances were dealt another blow on Saturday as rivals West Brom beat 10-man Chelsea 5-2 at Stamford Bridge to move them within seven points of the Magpies.
Many fans have pointed the finger at head coach Bruce for the club's poor performances and while Souness admitted he likes the Magpies boss, he claims Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is upsetting the fans by not sacking him.
Souness continued: 'I like Steve Bruce, he's a good guy. I think he was lucky to hold on to his job. It's like Mike Ashley is sticking his two fingers up to the supporters.
'If 95 per cent say they want a change, generally the board would make that change. If there were people in that stadium, I think a change would have been made. It's a high-risk strategy.
'I don't know what the numbers are, but it's very, very big in terms of pounds, shillings and pence. It's a big number if they go down and don't come straight back up.'
Wolves match rescheduled due to Prince Philip's funeral .
The fixture at Molineux this weekend was set for a 3pm kickoff, just fifteen minutes after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is scheduled to start after he passed away at the age of 99.The fixture at Molineux this weekend was set for a 3pm kickoff, just fifteen minutes after the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is scheduled to start after he passed away at the age of 99 on Friday.