‘A Sleeping Giant’ is a label which has often been used to describe Newcastle United Football Club and has become meaningless as time has passed.
NUFC are certainly a big club, simply because of its fans, but hardly a giant in the world of football anymore. Those days are in the distant past. Sleeping? Definitely not.
Comatose would be a more apt description.
You see, in the past, Newcastle would be a tough place to come to and get a result. They had a certain style of play which gave them an identity. The players that ran out onto the pitch would play with a passion and a pride that only footballers could.
If a footballer was approached to play for Newcastle United, they felt honoured and they knew they’d ‘made it’…..and the fans would be proud of their team even if they lost!
Fast forward to 2016. Newcastle United no longer exists as a proper football club for the fans. It doesn’t have an identity anymore. It doesn’t have a style of play.
“Which Newcastle are going to turn up this week?” I’ve heard pundits say. Hah! NEWCASTLE don’t know which team is going to turn up! The PLAYERS don’t know which team is going to turn up!…….but the Manager should!
The club now belongs to the businessmen not the fans. The club has become a corporate body and the fans its customers. We give them, yes GIVE THEM our hard earned cash and in return we get to watch 11 millionaires attempting to play football in a stadium that was once renowned for and epitomised the beautiful game. Where legends were created and stories written and passed down the generations.
That era has now gone and the businessmen milk the game for all that they can get. And that includes the players and their agents.
Want to watch real football? Try the lower divisions and leagues.
Have a look at how football should be played. With passion. With grit. With determination…but most of all, with a love of the game.
If Newcastle United are relegated, then maybe it’s the best thing that could happen.
Maybe then we can offload the hangers on and the hand-rubbing opportunists who have sucked the life out of the club, created jobs-for-the-boys and begin rebuilding a club deserving of our support and love of the game.