Thanks to a friend who lives down in Yorkshire, I have now found out that Curtis Woodhouse thinks Newcastle supporters are to blame for the team being bottom of the Premier League.
It turns out (I had to look him up) Curtis Woodhouse is a former lower league football player, who then turned to boxing, before going back to football and now manages Hull United.
In other words, he has absolutely nothing to do with Newcastle United.
Despite this ignorance, Curtis Woodhouse (like so many others) thinks he really does know all the ins and out of our football club…and who is to blame.
Writing in the ‘Scarborough News’…Woodhouse says that Newcastle now find themselves struggling at the bottom of the table because, if you trace it back, every manager is hounded out by the supporters if they don’t deliver a Champions League placing.
It sounds like Curtis Woodhouse took one too many punches in his boxing career…
This is what he had to say (the spelling/words are the original without corrections):
I tuned in to watch West Ham take on Newcastle in this week’s installment of Monday Night Football and saw a really poor Toon side lose the game and slip to the bottom of the Premier League.
The Magpies have spent a lot of money on new players in the close season but for me they look like one of about six teams who could end up getting relegated in May.
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum seems a decent acquisition, but apart from that I’ve not seen much that gets me excited.
You just have to look at their defence, it is so poor and I always think that if you’re looking to build a solid team then you need to start from the back.
I’m not sure that you can pin to much blame on Steve McClaren, it’s easy to say it’s all down to the the manager or the coach but you could put Jose Mourinho in charge at St James’ Park and even he would have a job on his hands.
I think that it is necessary to delve a little deeper though if you’re looking for a reason as to why Newcastle are struggling.
Their problems stem from years back, and basically I think they are as a result of the high expectations of their fans.
Yes, they have a great fan base and can attract 52,000 people to home games, and they’ve had some good sides in the past – albeit some years ago now.
The thing is, the large home gates seem to make these supporters think they are a bigger club than they actually are and that if they aren’t challenging for the top four every year then they need to sack their manager.
The Geordies never seem to he happy, they always need someone to blame, it’s been Mike Ashley up until recently.
Previously it was Alan Pardew – the fans hounded him out and now look at the job he’s doing at Crystal Palace and what a good side he’s made them.
Expectations are just too high and that is why the club never makes any progress because the fans get restless and want rid of their manager if they’re not near the top of the league.
For me, Newcastle are a bit of a laughing stock and I can’t see things improving for them any time soon.’