Jermaine Jenas has reacted in a sad manner to the current plight of his former club Newcastle United.
The former England international is now a pundit after having been forced to retire due to constant injury problems. He has not played a game in over a year since leaving QPR, and it is rather surprising considering that he is still just 32. English football saw the best of Jenas when he was at Newcastle. It was also a time when the club was fighting for a place in the Champions League. Since then, Tyneside has witnessed disappointing results for the club.
Last season, Newcastle only narrowly avoided relegation and could have easily gone down for a second time in this century. The club have recently appointed Steve McLaren as the replacement for John Carver, who managed to win only a handful of games despite having overseen more than 10 games since coming as a replacement for Alan Pardew. Immediately upon his appointment, McLaren tried to bring the supporters on his side by stating that Newcastle will be aiming for a top four spot in the coming years. First and foremost, Newcastle will be hoping to end the trophy drought that has been going on since 1955 according to McLaren.
“If I feel that QPR or Newcastle or Spurs or Villa are not doing what I know they’re capable of, I’ll make that point. I’ll explain why it’s not going well.It’s tough to watch though. They are my old clubs. Especially Newcastle: I was there for a long time, we were in the Champions League, I was with Bobby Robson… To see what’s happened to the club, not just on the pitch but also the off-field stuff, has been tricky. For the fans, it’s all about heart up there, and how much you’re prepared to give on that pitch,” said Jenas.