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Steve Harper calls for drastic action similar to 2009 turning point for Newcastle United

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Steve Harper calls for drastic action similar to 2009 turning point for Newcastle United

The former Newcastle goalkeeper believes tough words need to be had after the 5-0 loss to Leicester City.

Newcastle United’s season hit its biggest low yesterday after they were soundly beaten by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. 

The Foxes blew Newcastle away with a 5-0 win with the away side’s cause not helped by Isaac Hayden’s red card for a dangerous tackle on Dennis Praet. 

The result leaves Newcastle 19th in the Premier League and many people’s pre-season relegation tip are currently showing that sort of form. 

One former Newcastle United player thinks he knows what is needed today after yesterday’s debacle. Steve Harper, a long-term servant of the club, sent out this Tweet. 


He is, of course, referring to the time Newcastle United were thrashed by Leyton Orient in pre-season back in 2009. Newcastle had just been relegated to the Championship and were in a state of flux over the management position. 

 (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Leyton Orient, then a League One side, ran out rampant 6-1 winners leaving Newcastle to lick their wounds. 

Harper was the club’s first-choice keeper at the time and the meeting in question was described by former Newcastle player Steven Taylor in 2017, as reported by the Chronicle. He stated that then-caretaker manager Chris Hughton and club captain Kevin Nolan got ruthless in a no holds barred meeting after the game. 

“We got absolutely hammered and we had a meeting the next day and Kevin Nolan and Chris Hughton said ‘listen, if you don’t want to be here, put your hand up’.

“A few players put their hand up and in the space of a week those players had gone.”

It clearly worked, Newcastle went on to win the Championship that season with 102 points. 

Hopefully, Newcastle can have a similar bounceback from this huge loss and get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

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