The Four Words Newcastle United Fans Dread Hearing
This player’s ability to stick around through the many highs and even more lows, despite contributing so little, is a tribute to…something, I’m just not quite sure what it is.
Those four words that strike fear into any self-respecting United fan, are now being uttered again.
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The four words that if they become reality will rubber stamp the fact of yet more mediocrity (at best) to come.
Yes, we are now seeing headlines once again using these four words (put them in the right order yourself as I find myself incapable of keeping a steady hand when I try and type them);
‘For Contract New Shola’
i often find myself waking up and thinking that the last ten or more years has been all a bad dream as far as Shola is concerned.
The fact he is seen as some kind of a cult hero by a number of our fans means it isn’t hard to understand how the various owners of Newcastle United have got away with things over the years.
Back in 2007/08, Sam Allardyce (shows he had a clue about one thing anyway) tried to get rid of Shola and then it looked like Kevin Keegan had finally managed it at last. A deal was worked out where he went to Championship club Stoke on loan with a view to a permanent signing, he couldn’t even score a Championship goal in six appearance and was sent packing back to St.James’ Park.
The following (relegation) season, we saw the club try and destroy itself and even the brilliant and loyal Shay Given eventually had had enough, still shellshocked from Liverpool playing ‘three shots and in’ twinned with a remake of ‘The Alamo’, Given left in January with that 5-1 defeat against the scousers at St.James’ Park the final straw.
Given was undoubtedly our best player and if he’d stayed I don’t think there’s any way we would have gone down considering just how badly Hull bombed in that second half of the season.
Newcastle United’s response to losing Shay was to then instantly give Shola Ameobi a contact extension, as though that was a feel-good story that would reassure the fans that they knew what they were doing.
Amusingly (not for us), just who was this madman who would happily let Shay Given go for a paltry £6m and then give Shola an extended contract.
Well that would be another horrific three words; Joseph F Kinnear. Be warned as to what is coming next.
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