There is nothing more wretched for a football fan than to support a club badly run in a tyrannical way.
Here in Asia where I live, coming across a NUFC fan is as difficult as coming across an endangered species. Yes we are all endangered now.
I haven’t found a store which sells NUFC jerseys in all my years of support here. Manchester United was the name of the club I heard the first in my life. And yes because only major games were telecast here years back we only heard about clubs like MUFC, Liverpool and Arsenal. Somehow I didn’t support any of those. Somewhere along the line I found NUFC and I fell in love and I always have been.
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Just like in the past broadcasters now still don’t telecast NUFC matches if it falls under the same match timings of one of those big clubs. So I’ve to subscribe online to watch. Many times I suffered due to the bad internet connection and the only thing I can do was read the BBC or Skysports updates.
I would even scream and jump when I read we’ve scored a goal (Cisse’s last minute goal against Fulham and many others). Yes I’m thousands of miles away from St. James’ Park but I share your passion. I bleed black and white too. My biggest dream is to become a billionaire and own the club with the fans one day. Anything is possible.
The point of writing all the above is not to lift anyone in this time of darkness but to share the gloom.
It is unbearable to think how all of you, the Geordies, who have supported the club from the day you were born must be feeling, if I can feel the gloom and darkness around the club from thousands of miles here in Asia.
And in this time there cannot be a more arrogant and disrespectful way to insult the fans by saying ‘I still think I’m the best coach in the Premier League’. Of all the millions of sentences available, John Carver only knew this egotistical line. Wow, what a way to disregard the fans!
By the way John only you think you are the best. The other 52,000 has their opinion entirely opposite from you. It even looks like the wrinkles in your face doesn’t want you anymore. Perhaps you can help the club by watching from the stand with the fans.
Fellow Geordies, I would like to give you my opinion that whatever you are doing in the last few weeks are paying off. Now is the time to think and act upon it. The choice is ours to make. The protest has really hit the target. You can make it harder. What is there left anymore for us to lose!
We all don’t want to get us relegated but if we do, it wouldn’t be our fault. You have done your part. You’ve been attending the matches all the past years.
We’ve been let down again and again. Still the love for the club is too much that we keep on supporting it on and on but all the while we are indirectly supporting the regime. We are not made to be pawns. We are not ragdolls.
If relegation is the only lesson Ashley understands then let it be so but I don’t think he did, we’ve been relegated before and were very close to relegation two seasons ago. He never learns. A strong relationship can never be one-sided. Two can never be friends if one of them starts behaving like a parasite.
And there is nothing more miserable than to be in the kingdom of a stubborn greedy king who never learns. Why fight only halfway? We are not against the players. I’m very sure that they understand.
Best case scenario for us is keep on protesting but staying up. This will send a message up the PR that they cannot use the emotion of the fans for their personal gain. Let not our emotion cloud our judgement! Howay the lads!
Regards from Asia.