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NUFC In Fifth – A Misprint?

10 years ago

There seems to be a lot of emotion about lately regarding our league position. I deduce this to be down to a couple of factors.

First, we are out of the FA Cup. It has ceased to exist, met its maker, is no longer for this world. It is an ex-competition. We are free to concentrate on the league, you might say.

Secondly, we have only to disregard the Fulham aberration and it’s been 4 wins from the last 5 league games, one point off a Champions League spot. It’s the sort of thing that can make you giddy, that kind of lark. Throw in Cisse’s stunning debut goal and a few forthcoming trixtures for the teams around us and you’ve got yourself euphoria (trixtures = tricky fixtures, a word of my invention that the dictionary people will sharp be getting the chequebook out for).

I think a lot of this is borne out of frustration as many elements of the media seem to be utterly disregarding Newcastle as a non-runner in the Champions League slobberknocker (I didn’t invent that one). On Sky the other night they announced that Liverpool could go 4th if they were to beat Spurs. As the scousers required 5 points to get to this position I can only assume that the presenter thought his eyes were deceiving him and assigned Liverpool 5th place, thinking Newcastle to be some sort of misprint. I mean, they’ve spent £40 million on our players haven’t they, we aren’t allowed above them.

I wonder how realistic this all is? The next 2 away games are Spurs & Arsenal and the position after these should give a better indication as to what we can expect. I’ll give everyone a word of warning though: stop feeling indignant.

The best possible place to be is snuggled up under the radar of Sky, ESPN, the tabloids and the talk-ins. The second these reactionary nitwits start giving credence to our position, things will start to go spectacularly wrong, guaranteed.

Players will believe their own hype, games will be televised even more widely to ensure the whole country sees the traditional custard pie to the face of NUFC and some silly sod like Shola will be all over the papers shouting “Champions League”, “grandstand finish”, and, “up yours Chelsea”.

Far better to lurk for a while. Fifth place is an excellent lurking spot and no one takes you seriously there, with your silly Europa League aspirations. Far better to maintain dignified airs, be second last on Match of the Day and absolutely categorically deny, there is any level of ambition

“Fourth place? No chance mate, top half of the table us, we’d be delighted”. Then they’ll all be stood, open-mouthed and flabbergasted when we beat Everton on the last day and power in there, flags a-waving and ticker tape falling all around.

Incidentally, it’s only 15 points to Man City and they’ve still got to come up here……….


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