Chronicles

Can anyone at Newcastle United hear the alarm bells ringing? – John Gibson

Ding dong, ding dong! Can you hear that Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce or do you have cloth ears? It is the sound of alarm bells deafening the rest of us.

Yet another defeat for a plunging Newcastle. Meanwhile a lifeline is ominously provided for the dead. Does two and two make four?

Face the facts, what both of you are confronted by is the looming possibility of a hat-trick of horrors.

Should United eventually take the drop it will be the third time they have done so on Ashley’s long watch with no top-flight positives to ease the relentless gloom.

As for Bruce he suffered relegation with both Birmingham City and Hull City and is looking into a bottomless pit once again though you would never realise it from the regular jaunty upbeat observations we have endured.

The Magpies predictably suffered their 12th defeat in 16 matches at Manchester United while the quickening breath of Fulham is ominously being felt on the neck after they moved to within three points with victory over Sheffield United.

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Make no mistake, this is a fight to the death which neither Ashley nor Bruce had publicly acknowledged as a possibility never mind a growing danger.

Oh, we have all been yelling it from the rooftops. Bellowing at full decibels only to be told we are dramatists. Everything will be OK. Any talk of disaster is fake news.

Not built on reality but on a Donald Trump perception that, despite any growing crisis, all will inevitably be fine as though by magic. The sun will come out tomorrow because, well, it will.

Yeah, will it? This is a club in freefall whereas Fulham have lost only one of their last seven PL fixtures.

If things have been serious for a while they are about to get deadly. United’s next four matches starting on Saturday are Wolves (home), West Bromwich (away), Aston Villa (home), and Brighton (away).

If six to eight points are not forthcoming as they must be then relegation might well become a reality whether United’s hierarchy accept it or not.

Certainly we would want Newcastle’s destination sorted out before the last game – away to Fulham. We would hardly relish a winner-takes-all shoot out!

The hope we must cling to considering what is coming up is that for long periods at Old Trafford the Magpies performed decently playing on the front foot and pressing high.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had admitted pre-match “I’ve really liked them since Graeme came in” which is a significant statement. The input of Graeme Jones has not gone unnoticed.

However bottom line is that Man U who recently have lost at home to Sheffield United and drawn at West Brom played below par but still pulled away for a 3-1 victory.

Newcastle surrendered the goals too – Emil Krafth was skinned by Marcus Rashford on the first with Karl Darlow criminally beaten at his near post, Jamal Lewis lost a low cross between his legs for an unmarked Daniel James to score at the back post, and Joe Willock gave way a penalty for Bruno Fernandes to notch his 22nd goal of a gluttonous season.

In between Allan Saint-Maximin had scored a neat right foot volleyed equaliser and Miggy Almiron had run like the wind in pursuit of lost causes.

What we had upon the final whistle was predictable. Bruce done again revisiting his old stamping ground. He has taken only one point as a manager at Old Trafford and that was with Sunderland in 2009.

Yet the platitudes come gushing forth from all corners supposedly to reassure deflated, cynical Geordies. The fake hope that better days are just round the corner.

Bruce tells all after each game that there are positives to take from a performance. So did Jermaine Jenas here, always looking to lend support to a dying cause. Yet 12 defeats in 16 does not lie. Results not performances will now decide United’s future.

What Geordies cannot afford is Bruce to complete his hat-trick of relegations along with Ashley. Because some day both will be gone but all Geordies will not. They will have to stand the pain once again.

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