Paul Merson has once again been talking about Newcastle United.
A year in the Championship has meant that NUFC have been largely in the shadows, just because you get fifty thousand fans turning up every home game is immaterial these days, the only clubs worth a mention are the 20 in the Premier League.
As one of the few downsides of going up, we will once again be enjoying the likes of Merson, Michael Owen, Mark Lawrenson and others trying to tell us that they know more about what is happening at St James Park than we do.
On this occasion though, Paul Merson wasn’t causing too much friction, maybe because he was actually on Tyneside when he was speaking.
Sky Sports colleague Jeff Stelling has now walked 15 marathons in 15 days, taking him from the St James Park in Exeter to the proper one in Newcastle.
The purpose is to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and Paul Merson joined him on the last leg, which went from Durham County Cricket Club to the Stadium of Light, then onto Gateshead International Stadium before eventually the home of Newcastle United.
Paul Merson was interviewed in Gateshead as for some unknown reason he had to leave the walk before getting to St James Park – probably afraid of being mobbed by his adoring fans….
Paul Merson speaking to the Chronicle:
“They are back where they deserve to be, a big club like Newcastle.
“I think (their ambition should be) to stay up…thirteenth, fourteenth.
“I say it all the time but I would love them to have a cup run.
“Last season they got beat (in the FA Cup) by Oxford United and I would just like them to have a right go in the cups because they need to win one.
“It is a big football club and to not win a trophy for that long…I don’t want Newcastle to end up a club that is just playing to stay in the Premier League, that rests everybody in the cup competitions.
“I think they will be aright in the Premier League, especially with a great manager – but I would like to see them go for one of the cups.
“I have known Jeff (Stelling) for a long time and I did two days (of the charity walk) last year but I couldn’t do two this time, so I have just come up for the final day – it is for a great cause, believe me.”
Jeff Stelling has now completed his latest epic challenge but you can still donate HERE.