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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Open Letter to Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby,

Firstly, I'd like to congratulate you on the signing of Patrick Kluivert. Quite impressive, if I may add. Even with all the rumours going on, I was really quite sceptical that the man wanted to move to the Northeast. Now that you've secured his services, the gap that will be left behind by the great Alan Shearer will hopefully, be filled after he hangs up his boots. With that, the proud tradition of great Tyneside forwards will hopefully be continued, in the steps of Jackie Milburn, MacDonald and of course Alan Shearer. Kluivert certainly chose his words well in the press conference, singing praises to the great Newcastle skipper. I hope that you had nothing to do with it, right? Certainly wise for anybody hoping to win the St James faithful to not upset the One they all immortalize. Coming from Kluivert, the so-called 'trouble-maker', it certainly was a suprise. All in good faith, I pressume.
Signing Kluivert is certainly not the final transfer for this season, I hope. Or is it? Because everybody knows what we lack is another good defender to partner Woodgate. I presume everybody includes you, of course...unless we still think that attack is the best form of defense. Hello? Attacking is soooo not the 'in' thing now. Trust me, I'm 24...I should know. Look at Greece and what they achieved. Attack you say? That's so Keegan '96.
Defense...meaning the ability to protect Shay Given from performing miracles on a daily basis. It starts with the defenders, of course (hence the name) and also certain midfield players. For your info, Dyer, Robert and Bowyer doesn't no zip about this word. Gary Speed was quite good at this..but we all know where he's going now, right? So unless someone in the mould of Speed comes into town, we've got some serious problems. That's where Nicky Butt comes into the picture. It looks like you're gonna secure his services by the end of this week. I sure hope he'll be the man for us. He can play that holding position well, as seen in the World Cup, so let's hope he'll be the bargain buy of the season.
I stated earlier the need for someone to partner Woodgate in the centre. I'm not saying that our back four are suckers, it's just that we need better players. I'm not worried about the wingbacks...they're not too bad. It's the centre-backs that we suck in. Other than Woodgate, we have no centre-back to be proud of. Titus Bramble still haven't proved to us anything except that he looks out of place as a defender. Andy O'Brien also looks lost back there. Fact is, sometimes the back 4 just looks lost. They're scrambling the ball out of the box and hopes that Shay Given saves their ass everytime. What kind of defending is that? Please rectify o Sir pleaseeee.....
So to save some of your time in your busy schedule, I will offer you 2 suggestions that I hope you will consider in solving our defensive woes. My first suggestion is Willian Gallas. Mind you, I'm listing players that we can logically go for. I'm being realistic here and Gallas is a realistic target. I dunno how Jose Mourinho rates him, but for me he's the man at the back. He can play any of the back 4 positions well, and I feel he's the man to partner Woodie. Next up is Ledley King. I was impressed by how relaxed he was at the back for England against the French, filling in for the injured John Terry. He didn't look out of place and certainly kept the French at bay till Zizou decided to pull out a show, and we all know what happened next, right?
So there you are....2 suggestions that I feel you shoul look into. Of course, being the manager I'm sure you have other ideas. But let's go with the tried and tested people okay? We have enough child prodigies already. I'm sure we could use without another one. Defense is the word, and if we're seriously considering winning something after God knows how many years, then that's the key element we should improve on.
We all know that this is Big Al's final season. A true Geordie no doubt, let's give the man a great farewell by at least winning something this season. And I really mean SOMETHING. I don't care what the cup is, be it the League cup or even the LDV Vans trophy for all I care…just win something! At least Shearer gets the chance to win something for his beloved Newcastle, because I feel those 2 FA cup runners-up medals look so out of place on his mantle.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming season. I'll be following the team’s progress closely, so please don't disappoint. It's been a lot of frustrated years, so let's have something to cheer about as Alan Shearer hangs up his boots. Let's give him a season to remember, and one for us Black and White faithful to look back with pride, because we all know....there's only one Alan Shearer.

Best regards,

Amri B.

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