Most of the time it is self-harm that cripples this club of ours. Decisions made from the men who make them that seem disastrous, baffling and ridiculous at the time. Which later go on to become absolutely incredibly laughable once looked back upon.
Was Sir Bobby Robson really sacked after finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th to be replaced by a man like Souness who wasted more money than a footballer’s trophy wife to just finish 13th? Did Mike Ashley really hire Dennis Wise? Then chose him over Keegan? Hire Joe Kinnear? Got us relegated to the Football League Show for a year? Gave Alan Pardew an 8 year contract after one full season? Hire Joe Kinnear, again? Really?!!! That happened?
Utter shambles. The only people who suffer throughout everything that NUFC goes through is not the players. They either get sold on or retire. It’s not the managers. They resign or get sacked and find another club to take them on.
It’s not the owners, directors or management staff as they all move onto other places of work. Its the fans that suffer. Us lot. We are the club.
We paid for that stadium. We would have built it ourselves if there were no danger of it probably collapsing and killing us all. We got Keegan to come back as manager. We got Shearer to choose us over Man Utd.
We got this club into the Champions League (twice) and to top spot in the Premiership (for a bit now and again). We deserve the men who take our money, and take our support, and take our unwilted devotion and use it to take on the world and say ‘we are’. Not to be laughed at by it with a ‘who do you think you are?’.
We are the Geordies. The Geordie Boot Boys. For we are mental. For we are mad. For we’re loyalist, football supporters. The world has ever had!
Is it too much to ask for this football club to be injected with the adrenalin it is endlessly crying out for, to kick start its heart, so it can rage its way across the country to the top of the footballing echelons again? Is it? Does it not generate enough money to be self-sufficient? Does it not have the recent history showing it can compete at the top? Does it not have the supporters who make this club one of the special dynasties this proud footballing country has to offer? Does it not have the proof it can represent this country in Europe with honour that only a handful of others, with a lot bigger wallets, can claim to do the same?
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