Ciaran Clark has possibly signalled the end of his Newcastle United career after seeing red after just nine minutes of Tuesday’s draw against Norwich, according to one observer.
The Magpies are in a dire situation at the bottom of the Premier League, remaining winless in their 13 matches played. The appointment of Eddie Howe has failed to yield the immediate improvement in results it was hoped. Indeed, they have won two points from the nine available in the matches he’s been in charge.
However, the situation could have been much bleaker with the draw at home to the Canaries very much a point gained. That’s after Clark saw red for a professional foul on Teemu Pukki, who was clear on goal.
That left Newcastle having to play with 10 men for 81 minutes. However, after taking the lead through Callum Wilson’s penalty, they were hauled back by a thunderous Pukki volley.
And that’s how it stayed though the situation could have been much worse had relegation rivals Norwich gone on to claim the win.
One man who was less than impressed was Alan Shearer, who called the incident a moment of madness.
Teammates ‘raging at Ciaran Clark’
The point was certainly earned the hard way. However, the future of Clark – who now faces a three-match ban – looks to be up in the air.
Now, another pundit, Frank McAvennie, claims his Newcastle teammates will be “raging” at Clark over his red card.
Furthermore, he claims the “stupid” error means he may have signalled the end of his career at St James’ Park.
“They will be raging,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“I would be. Your club is in the middle of a relegation battle and you do that? It’s just stupid.
“I couldn’t believe it. That has to be the end of him. What an impression to make on your new manager.
“That was the whole game plan out of the window from the first few minutes.”
Clark must be sold, says pundit
“They got a draw when it really should have been, and needed to be, a win.
“That changing room will have been some place to be after the game.
“I can only say what I would have done and I would have given him a right dressing down.”
Addressing his future at Newcastle, McAvennie claims Clark could soon be shown the door.
“They must sell him, you can’t have a player who’s doing that hanging around.”
Newcastle are next in action on Saturday when they face fellow strugglers Burnley in another huge clash.