It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand

TK0001_Tim_Krul_Newcastle_United_NUFC (2)I would like to take this opportunity to both reflect on the first half of our season and look ahead to the future, a future that looks, at this moment in time, very bleak. I feel as though I am one of the more optimistic toon fans but with each day that passes, I feel the optimism being sapped away, only to be replaced more often than not, by disappointment.

I thought our start to the season was not too bad. A good win against Spurs on the opening day and a few more results that we were grabbing points from. But then it started to go wrong. Poor displays against West ham, Swansea and Southampton have summed up our season so far; no creativity, no enthusiasm and no real effort in my opinion. Decent result against a 10- man Wigan only for those hopes to be crushed by a terribly boring Fulham.

Then hope arrived once more. We dug deep at Old Trafford and scored three against the league leaders. But we let in four, my faith was still there for the trip to the Emirates and we scored another three. We all know what happened next. And so the results so far have built us up only to knock us straight back down to reality. Even when Everton arrived, Cisse’s terrific early finish left me dreaming of a five goal rout. Enter Bradley Wiggins and a useless player who only ever manages to make his way out of the treatment room to score against us.

So that leads me to the January transfer window and a few days in and Mathieu Debuchy arrives,  a class right back to replace our poor one. I was dreaming once more, this time of having the rest of the window to bring in a centre back and a striker (at least), I was built up. It was only inevitable that just a short while later I was shoved back down when our top goalscorer (and pretty much only goalscorer) was off to London.

HMV_Blue Cross_SaleAt this point I’m already down, and then there’s more, our leader, captain, curly haired talisman, Coloccini could be on his way out the door as well. This was followed by the news that all of our goal scoring problems could be solved by a Mr. Jeremie Aliadiere. Good lord. Are we that desperate? This is a man who not only played for the smoggies but scored an impressive 11 goals in 78 games for them. As well as a devastating 3 goals in 50 games for Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves. This was a kicking whilst I was down, salt in the wounds, insult to injury!.

I’m now having my doubts about those transfers. Remy does not look interested and neither does Coloccini. So will we have to rely on Cisse to score another bunch of goals in the second half of a season to steer us to safety? Most probably. (This by the way, is another of my dreams). No new players. No reliable goalscorer. Possibly no captain.

So where will we be playing our football next season? Whether in the top tier or in the championship, I fear a mass exodus is on the horizon. Why would the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, Krul and Coloccini want to be at a club on the decline? Then will these players be replaced? Almost certainly. Will they be replaced with players of equal ability? Almost certainly not.

The Mag, Issue 289, 5 April 2014, Newcastle United Magazine, NUFC

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5 Responses to “It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand”

  1. Jamie Smith Jamie Smith

    The sad thing is that if we do go down it’ll be a different situation to last time. In 09 we got rid of a bunch of useless wasters who’s own lack of heart had got us into that position in the first place. This time round we stand to decimate a core of good players who could have been part of a great team if the necessary investment was made in the summer.

  2. GToon Glyn Wade

    Jamie
    Absolutely spot on with your last comment. The failure to invest while we were on the up will be remembered for a long time by the fans and by the players next time another club comes knocking on the door. For example who could blame Cabaye if an ambitious team like Spurs with half of the fan base we have but twice the ambition comes calling in the summer. In a way the worst thing that could have happened to us is that we did well last year. I don’t think it fitted in with Ashleys progression plan (assuming he has one) and subsequently the outlay for transfers. Still its always been like this at NUFC as players like Beardsley, Gazza and Waddle have all left to join a club who wanted to win things. Lets hope the “summer transfer mistake” that Pardew and co keep admitting to is rectified over the next few days.

  3. Mal

    I think we all know how you feel. As supporters we are continually let down by someone. Back in 09 it was the players and this time it was MA and DL who thought if they couldn’t have a player at their rock bottom price then they needn’t bother buying anybody. We were constantly told that they had a long list of targets and they would gradually work their way down the list – what a load of rubbish. Now, instead of challenging for a champions league place, we are fighting a relegation battle. Still we will carry on supporting the team in the hope that one day somebody will get it right. At least it looks like Remy may be coming after all. Who knows – perhaps they’ve seen sense and we’ll get that other striker and central defender after all. Now perhaps I am dreaming.

  4. Nic Mayer

    i reckon ashley has tasted the profits of premiership football and will rather throw some cash at it to prevent relegation and continue to profit next season, we have been unlucky with injuries to key players but you can only ride that excuse for so long. We just gotta hold faith that a few new signings will lighten the morale and strengthen our spirit to climb the table now, i would be happy with a mid table finish and with a wet dream in sight “a euro cup” come end of the season :-D

  5. Jamie Hardesty Jamie Hardesty

    Great article. My sentiments exactly. I too feel like I’m losing my optimism, only to expect to be disappointed. The remainder of the transfer window is more crucial than a 6 pointer Premier League game at the moment for us. We need reinforcements and fast.

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