Sunday, December 5, 2021

Joy, sadness as Newcastle begin Saudi era with loss to Spurs

NEWcastle, England (AP) — Newcastle will have to get used to the taunts of Tottenham fans.

“No noise from Saudi boys,” he chanted in St. James’ Park.

Since the purchase 11 days ago, the celebratory noise from a base of supporters directly linked to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has quickly faded.

A day that began perfectly for Newcastle, with the announcement of new ownership to an enthusiastic crowd and Callum Wilson scoring 107 seconds later, ended so familiarly.

Three goals were awarded before halftime – following a 20-minute suspension of play for a fan’s illness – and a 3–2 loss.

This left Newcastle next-to-end in the Premier League with only three points from eight matches and no ability to use Saudi sovereign wealth funds to attract squad reinforcements until the January transfer window opens .

The first change that can be done is in the dugout. Steve Bruce was put in management to mark 1,000 games – a milestone not acknowledged in the players’ introduction before kickoff – but his days in charge are dwindling.

Usually the chant of opposition fans, even the Newcastle supporter, was singing “You’re getting sacked in the morning” to Bruce.

Bruce knew that Wilson’s inability to hold onto the leadership secured by Heder would jeopardize the new ownership fronted by non-executive chairman Yasser al-Rumayun, a public investment fund headed by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. sits as governor.

“It’s very clear that we haven’t defended well,” Bruce said. “Unfortunately we have done this too many times this season for our liking.”

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The collapse began in the 17th minute when Tanguy Ndombele equalized, then Harry Kane lifted the ball over goalkeeper Carl Darlow five minutes later for his first league goal of the season, and Son Heung-min slipped to third in the first-half stoppage. Went. Time.

Despite reducing Newcastle to 10 men when Jonzo Shelvey had seven minutes left, fifth-placed Tottenham gave Newcastle a glimmer of hope of a comeback when Eric Dier led his own goal in the 89th, but it Came too late

It is unclear whether Bruce’s 1,001st game as manager is with Newcastle at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“It is for other people to decide,” he said. “If I had been reading or watching everything last week, I probably wouldn’t be here today but my job is to get results.

“If you don’t win in seven or eight you come under pressure and that is the Premier League. It’s a big league for the big boys and I’ll keep doing my best unless told otherwise. Every football club needs clarity. The new owners have been very respectful and I cannot say enough how they have gone about their business over the past 10 days. “

joy of moyes

In Sunday’s second game, West Ham manager David Moyes celebrated success over former club Everton after Angelo Ogbona’s 74th-minute header secured a 1–0 victory.

Both teams have 14 points from eight matches, five points short of leaders Chelsea.

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