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Top 8 Finish For Newcastle United

8 years ago

I am sure the following article will get plenty of passionate and negative feedback towards me so I apologise in advance. I must also add I am not an Ashley supporter!

I started this transfer window with much optimism and that continued up until about a week ago when it hit home that there was a chance of not a solo permanent signing. I was agitated by this, especially with a few departures in Harper, Perch etc. This anger increased at the close of business on Monday.

Then my reflection period started and here are my calm views kicking in (positive first)

1) I do believe our squad is stronger than at this point last year.

2) The signings from January have had time to settle in.

3) Letting go of Harper will not affect the squad with a couple of young keepers coming through.

4) We will once again have a very tidy set of financial accounts at year end.

5) The transfer window has proved that football has moved on since the Crazy Gang days and Ashley must now realise that there is no space for friends in the football world.

6) We looked like a totally different team compared to last season when Remy came on, a good signing even if only for the season.

Now for the negatives:

1) If injuries kick in like last year we are in deep deep trouble as I do not believe that MA will spend in January even if we are struggling like last year.

2) This window shows that Ashley has no trust in Pardew or Carr. Pardew may have his tactical flaws but no one deserves to be hung out to dry like this.

3) Kinnear may well be our manager by the end of October on present performances.

4) Remy could well be jailed and our year long signing leaves early.

5) We have a rather unhappy French midfielder on our hands!

So you may well be thinking that the pros and cons are balanced so why would I worry about the feedback I will receive for this article.

Well here’s why: I disagree with very little that has happened in the summer apart from the return of Kinnear and Pardew having to (in my opinion) sign a statement that were not his own words after the close of the window.

This is an investment for Ashley, not a toy like many foreign owners. If he believes that our squad is strong enough to make it to top half of the table and he is happy with that then that is his choice.

If I were Ashley I would have probably made the same choice after the January signings. I would also use the stadium for free advertising if I owned the club.

I would ask the same question of any sensible person as well, I think with the platform he has purchased in NUFC he is entitled to use it.

He is also entitled to pick any sponsor he so wishes, there was an awful lot of negative feedback on the Wonga deal but did we react in this way when we had alcohol companies backing us!? They ruin just as many lives as pay day loan firms, as do bookies, yet there was little criticism for our latest gambling company partner.

We seem to have a go for the sake of it nowadays. There is talk of boycotting a game, fine, 3000 may do this but the rest will not. There are also people saying stop purchasing in the stadium on match days, fine, do it, but it is irrelevant as TV money outweighs all of these ideas and the TV companies will not boycott us.

So here is another idea……. How about we start backing the manager and the team. Let’s see if we can have a good season, it is possible. How about we also try to make St James Park a fortress again as it is certainly not at the moment and the other thing we could do is attend the games and spend as normal, no more or no less.

If all of the above happen there is far more chance Ashley would find a buyer at the right price for him and he goes, as the majority seem to want…….. Just a word of warning, be careful what you wish for. The next one could be worse!

I also predict a top 8 finish just to add fuel to the fire.


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