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Love To Win A Cup With Newcastle Scarf On Instead Of A Bib

8 years ago
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That was one hell of a transfer window. Whilst delighted at our acquisitions, I have to commend the WBA Chairman, for not bending to the will of Odemwingie and his vain attempt to ‘do a Berbatov’. To concentrate on us though, a right was wronged and I have no problem with that.

Much better to fess up that we didn’t capitalise in the summer, rather than just carry on stubbornly and do nothing. I don’t think many of us are blind to a huge dollop of expediency from Ashley, as he released the funds for the new lads.

The 10 year deal renewals will be hitting the door mats in the next couple of weeks, allied to the fact that another relegation and next season instead of running round the toilets sniffing for cigarette smoke, the stewards would be employed full time in keeping tumbleweed from blowing onto the pitch.

However, he acted, and we can only comment on what’s happened rather than speculate on what didn’t. The buys look to be excellent business on the face of it, Cabaye looks a different player since his mate Debuchy pitched up. Sissoko against Chelsea was irresistible, and Gouffon looked a tidy prospect as well.

Of course, long associations with this club have always made us wary of Greeks baring gifts. Are these new lads to complement or supplement what is here already? Coloccini is clearly the biggest doubt, so Mbiwa could be seen as a replacement, which in effect makes us no further forward, except financially, as he won’t be getting anywhere near Colo’s weekly wedge.

Reliance on Williamson is simply not an option any more, a good steady lad who always give his all, but if we aspire to be European competitors he simply isn’t up to it. Simpson is probably on his bike, so to speak, as he drops down the pecking order.

Midfield is pretty well stocked up so isn’t a problem, but up front is a different matter. The sight of the Barbie Gangsta – Nile Ranger – running on the field, made me sick. The only thing he should be doing with football boots is stitching them together in a sweat shop. Dear old Shola still ambles round like a Labrador trying to catch a balloon, only putting it together for the mackems, but still no more than a Carly Cup starter. After that it’s down to the reserve lads like Campbell, clearly not ideal.

The fight in the summer may not be recruiting but retaining. Ben Arfa, Krul and some others will want to see evidence of intent to compete at a higher level, and not sit in the counting house counting the new skip loads of TV money pouring in.

All we can ask is that lessons are learned, unless we pull off a massive shock then there won’t be any Thursday night football next season, much to the relief of Pardew I’m guessing, (he never stopped whining about the negative aspects all season), but not to supporters who I’m thinking would settle for ambling about mid table and a good European run. Although why those are mutually incompatible is a mystery to me. If you don’t take it seriously then don’t try to enter.

If we can get the 10 points or so needed to stop up, then the start of this season mustn’t be repeated. There is the core of a damned good squad being assembled, apart from the money laden Mancs the Prem is much of a muchness, don’t bugger it up for the sake of a few quid.

I have never seen us win a domestic trophy of note and my birthdays are whizzing round like a Bigg Market taxi meter. I was too young to celebrate the Fairs Cup win despite the casual attitude to the legal drinking age by many Newcastle bars.

It would be lovely to celebrate a Cup win with a scarf around my neck, not a bib.

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