A little while back I was indisposed with bad guts.

In between visits to the loo I had some time on my hands,  spening some of it trying to prove to myself that Newcastle were genuinely the worst-run club on the planet. I think the evidence shows that they are – and maybe another time I’ll try to set it out in detail.

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But one thing which my researches turned up was that NUFC has something of a soul brother in Germany.

If you look at the clubs who have featured in the Deloitte lists of football’s richest clubs, there are only two clubs who regularly feature in the top 20 list but who have failed to win anything at all for the last 20 years.

Of course, we know all about our own dismal history of failure – but it may be some comfort to know that we aren’t alone. SV Hamburg have also drawn a complete blank.

They can’t quite match our record of complete failure – we are the only club to feature in the lists who have failed to win anything at all in the last 40 years. Hamburg had a purple patch some time back (inspired by one Kevin Keegan) when they actually won some stuff.

But the parallels go on. SV Hamburg have just lost 5 games (last six games have 1 draw and 5 defeats, 11 goals conceded 0 scored) in a row and are now staring relegation in the face.

Hamburg are currently rock bottom of the Bundesliga with 5 matches remaining.

So there you are. Howay die Rothosen!