Newcastle United supporters express their disappointment following relegation to the Championship.
Newcastle United supporters express their disappointment following relegation to the Championship.

Tyneside drowns in tears



t"Let's all laugh at Newcastle. Ha ha!" The cruel taunt on placards at the Stadium of Light summed up the general feeling as Sunderland supporters celebrated the fall of their neighbours and arch-rivals. The news of Newcastle's relegation from the Premier League was greeted with similar, somewhat sadistic, delight and disbelief at grounds around the country.

It was the same when Leeds United dropped into the Championship five years ago. Tears on one side, cheers on the other, and cue the cliches. No team is too big or too good to go down. Newcastle are hurting, but they cannot wallow in self pity. If Mike Ashley, the owner, cares about the club then he must rebuild immediately. Drastic measures for drastic times. The first stone must be laid with the appointment of Alan Shearer as the permanent manager and he, in turn, has to create a team around committed players such as Steven Taylor and show others like Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Fabricio Coloccini the exit door.

The sight of Taylor, the teary and shell-shocked Geordie defender at the end of Sunday's final day defeat at Aston Villa, shows how much this club means to him. An inquest into Newcastle's depressing campaign has already begun and Ashley will hold talks this week with Shearer about the way forward - and return back. Bobby Moncur, who captained Newcastle to their last trophy success with the Fairs Cup in 1969, said: "Alan has to stay. He is the one man to get them out of this position."

Chris Waddle, who helped Newcastle out of the doldrums of the second tier back in 1984, warned: "The club needs to plan for the next 10 years, not just one. "Newcastle are not going to disappear, but if they are to be a top club again, they have to do things right." With Middlesbrough also down, Gareth Southgate can relate to the grim plight of his former England teammate Shearer. He has vowed to stay on as manager and make the necessary changes to engineer a promotion push.

"My heart is in this club and I'm determined to fight and repay the faith shown in me," he said. "There are huge lessons to be learned, but we have an enormous fight on our hands and we need fighters to take that challenge on." Hull and Sunderland, who have Gordon Strachan lined up to replace Ricky Sbragia as manager, will also need to learn from a Premier League campaign that has once again produced the drama and an outcome which makes it the most exciting, and unpredictable, in the world.

@Email:akhan@thenational.ae For more expert Premier League analysis from Chief Sports Writer William Johnson visit www.thenational.ae/sport

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

DIVINE INTERVENTOIN

Starring: Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Amer Daher

Director: Elia Suleiman

Rating: 4.5/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: OneOrder
Started: March 2022
Founders: Tamer Amer and Karim Maurice
Based: Cairo
Number of staff: 82
Investment stage: Series A

New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15

New Zealand 15
Tries: Laumape, J Barrett
Conversions: B Barrett
Penalties: B Barrett

British & Irish Lions 15
Penalties: Farrell (4), Daly

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

Herc's Adventures

Developer: Big Ape Productions
Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

ARGYLLE

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, John Cena

Rating: 3/5

The alternatives

• Founded in 2014, Telr is a payment aggregator and gateway with an office in Silicon Oasis. It’s e-commerce entry plan costs Dh349 monthly (plus VAT). QR codes direct customers to an online payment page and merchants can generate payments through messaging apps.

• Business Bay’s Pallapay claims 40,000-plus active merchants who can invoice customers and receive payment by card. Fees range from 1.99 per cent plus Dh1 per transaction depending on payment method and location, such as online or via UAE mobile.

• Tap started in May 2013 in Kuwait, allowing Middle East businesses to bill, accept, receive and make payments online “easier, faster and smoother” via goSell and goCollect. It supports more than 10,000 merchants. Monthly fees range from US$65-100, plus card charges of 2.75-3.75 per cent and Dh1.2 per sale.

2checkout’s “all-in-one payment gateway and merchant account” accepts payments in 200-plus markets for 2.4-3.9 per cent, plus a Dh1.2-Dh1.8 currency conversion charge. The US provider processes online shop and mobile transactions and has 17,000-plus active digital commerce users.

• PayPal is probably the best-known online goods payment method - usually used for eBay purchases -  but can be used to receive funds, providing everyone’s signed up. Costs from 2.9 per cent plus Dh1.2 per transaction.

The 10 Questions
  • Is there a God?
  • How did it all begin?
  • What is inside a black hole?
  • Can we predict the future?
  • Is time travel possible?
  • Will we survive on Earth?
  • Is there other intelligent life in the universe?
  • Should we colonise space?
  • Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
  • How do we shape the future?
The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE. 

Read part four: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE

 

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Directors: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods

Stars: Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman

Rating: 2/5

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

THE BIO

Favourite holiday destination: Whenever I have any free time I always go back to see my family in Caltra, Galway, it’s the only place I can properly relax.

Favourite film: The Way, starring Martin Sheen. It’s about the Camino de Santiago walk from France to Spain.

Personal motto: If something’s meant for you it won’t pass you by.

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2


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