Crowds Equal Success, So Why Not At Newcastle United?
This season there has naturally been a lot of focus on Manchester City ‘buying’ the Premier League, though likewise before them you could really say the same about Manchester United as in the Premier League era (and before) they have generally had the financial muscle to outbid the competition.
Previous to the Premier League era and SKY & Champions League money distorting the picture, along with mainly foreign owners spending crazy amounts of money to try and buy success, the most successful clubs also tended to be the ones with the most money as well.
In general the richest and most successful clubs were the ones with the biggest crowds as that was by far the biggest revenue stream, so what went wrong with Newcastle?
Since the war, 45 of the 66 top league winners have had average crowds that were in the top three that season.
The fact that Newcastle haven’t finished top in any of those sixty six seasons can only be down to the club being badly managed for pretty much all of that time. It gets worse because not only have United failed to challenge at the very top on all but a handful of occasions but the number of seasons spent out of the top flight is shocking.
With the advantage of the St.James’ Park crowds it should have equalled success over the years but what does support count for moving forward?
In terms of actually winning trophies maybe it has never been harder but Newcastle’s fanbase should at least equate to being able to compete at the top end of the Premier League.
If Newcastle can become a regular fixture in the top six or seven then there will be opportunities that come along like this season where potentially they could make that huge leap into the Champions League and then that opens things up in terms of possible success both on and off the pitch.
Finishing top seven would normally equate to staying ahead of the likes of Villa and Everton, it isn’t Newcastle’s right to do that but United’s potential in this modern era is far greater than the likes of those two clubs.
As always, Newcastle United’s supporters are the key to that potential.
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