Former Toon Skipper Says 'Bring In Chubby Brown'!

Last updated : 18 March 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Talking to The Chronicle, he says - after a campaign that has already seen Kevin Keegan quit after a power struggle, the club go up for sale before being taken back off the market, and the current manager Joe Kinnear hit with a health scare, Kilcline believes a last-gasp relegation battle akin to the fraught survival fight in 1992 would be the final insult for the Geordie followers.

'Killer' Kilcline: "I would say it was a very, very serious situation - and for Newcastle to go down, well that would be horrendous.

"Not only because the fans have been through enough this season, but because in my opinion the days of teams bouncing straight back are gone - long gone.

"I don't need to run through a list of those who have gone through it, all Newcastle need to know is that it's a slippery slope.

"No disrespect to anybody else, but with nine games left, I'm not sure that another new face would help the players at the moment.

"You could probably bring in Chubby Brown if you wanted to raise the spirits, but a new coach or manager will possibly confuse the players.

"They'll be thinking 'another new face', after all they've now had three managers calling the shots already this year in the dressing room.

"And football isn't as simple as just going round kicking people up the backside or slapping them round the chops to get the best out of them.

"I always tried to be positive as a player, you need to rummage around and find some positives and then try to work that into the players' heads.

"When I came in back in 1992, the players were good players but very raw. They didn't have some loudmouth like me to try to organise them.

"We did it and we stayed up as a team - but I have to admit going into that Pompey game with a couple of minutes left at 0-0, it was looking ropey.

"Now I just hope they avoid a similar scenario. Going to Aston Villa on the last day needing a good result would be a nightmare.

"I'm not a mind reader and I don't know what is going on in the heads of the players.

"But a footballer's life is boring during the week. And when they come out and talk about being revved up about cup finals, it isn't the answer to the problem.

"The problems haven't been about being revved up, they have been about what has been happening on the pitch. They haven't been dealing with the problems presented to them on a Saturday afternoon.

"When they have made mistakes on the field they sometimes haven't responded in the right way, and that has cost them results.

"It all boils down to what happens on the pitch and not what is said off it."