Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Victory and True Grit Are Goals for United

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Victory and True Grit Are Goals for United

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Byline: By John Gibson

While we wait for football's Alan Titchmarsh to return from his gardening leave and deal with the delicate flowers that reside in the hothouse that is Newcastle United, there is the small matter of making a Premiership impact tomorrow.

United, without a manager following the departure of Sir Bobby Robson and the late arrival of his successor, Graeme Souness, desperately need victory over Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park tomorrow, if sanity is to replace madness.

They haven't achieved that in a stuttering start to the Premier League season and even though Graeme Souness doesn't officially begin work until Monday there is no need to wait for the new manager. Triumph can begin right here.

Blackburn aren't a team of winners and normally would be ready made to provide United with lift-off, but these are peculiar circumstances. Neither team has won this season and neither will have a manager on the day of conflict.

It's a fleeting moment in the national spotlight for John Carver and the man Blackburn always call up, Tony Parkes.

What they achieve will have no bearing on their personal futures but a great bearing on that of their clubs. Three points at the season's end can determine an awful lot.

United haven't played for a fortnight and their players have been scattered across Europe on international duty, while Freddy Shepherd has burned the midnight oil and run up a three-figure phone bill.

The outcome is Souness who, in the time honoured fashion, has stood aside while his past and future employers do battle like dogs over a bone.

What United have done with the team tomorrow, never mind what Souness does with it eventually, is intriguing.

Alan Shearer restored to favour against his old club at the expense of the goalscoring but confrontational Patrick Kluivert.

Bad boy Kieron Dyer is back, despite the Toon Army hounds having gathered. …

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