03.26.06

The Stigma Of Losing To Charlton

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(Darren Bent scoring his 20th of the season — his England call-up should happen sometime between the end of the World Cup and 2010).

Going into Sunday’s meeting at the Valley, Charlton and Newcastle United were level on points. Following the Addicks’s 3-1 victory, however, you’d have a hard time convincing Newcastle caretaker manager Glenn Roeder this wasn’t a humiliating result. From the Independent’s Arindam Rej.

“It’s a huge, huge job to sort this out,” said Roeder, after watching Newcastle fall to their fourth successive defeat. “It wouldn’t be just as easy as clearing [the players] out. It’s a job that would not be achievable overnight.”

Roeder, whose own chances of staying in charge appear over, had harsh words for his players. “They’ve got to be big enough to take it,” he said. “If they are not big enough, they are not true Newcastle United players.

“Going to Charlton and losing 3-1, for Newcastle United, is not acceptable in the manner that we lost. I am angry and I don’t use that word about myself too often. Another manager might take things even further than I would.”

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