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Newcastle United – Look Forward In Anger

8 years ago
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Over the years, the readers of the Mag and TF have contributed some excellent ‘look back in anger’ articles, there is a one up now looking at [intlink id=”41847″ type=”post”]the Souness era[/intlink]!

A different take on that would be to ‘Look forward in Anger’.

I am indeed looking forward in anger, again another season goes from the sublime to the ridiculous, there has hardly been any middle ground, it has been good or bad, however the last 2 months have simply been bad….very bad!

Stoke last weekend summed up all that is good and bad about us, the good was the mostly magnificent away following that again showed up, the bad was what occurred on the pitch that left this mostly magnificent following fighting and arguing amongst themselves at times.

I was astounded at this, one fan’s abuse toward Vurnon Anita bordered on the racially obscene and I had to say something, to which his response was, “well he is s*** anyway.”

Vurnon Anita may well be like others and not playing well, but he is certainly not a, “little black c***,”so if you were at Stoke last week and located in Row 31 Seat 930 (ish), hang your head in shame.

However, Vurnon Anita was just one of several individuals targeted by the fans, it seems we have turned against the club as a whole in the eyes of some!

Over the years there has always been a minority of players who the crowd have ‘picked on’, who could forget Glen Keeley or Graham Oates in the 70s, going through the 80s there were numerous players who were the victims of the crowd’s abuse and also merriment, tubby alcoholic Kenny Sansom being amongst them. However, these were individuals, we now seem to be targeting virtually the whole team, the minority these days are the ones not getting abuse!

So, why look forward in anger?   This is what our club has done to us, fans turning on each other, fans turning on the team, yet still we somehow sit 9th, another chance to progress wasted, another stepping stone to competing wasted.

What is there to look forward to without massive squad investment?  Nothing!

I can’t even see mid table mediocrity next season, all I see is a relegation battle that will be ultimately lost before Christmas…….take out Colo, Remy, Debuchy, Krul & Tiote and we are not left with much, and make no mistake those players could well NOT be wearing our shirts next season, why would they want to? No chance of medals! Fans openly hostile toward all that is NUFC, cold winters! What is there to entice any player here at the moment as well?

Yet of course me like many others I have renewed again for next season, if you want to criticise that then go ahead but it will fall on deaf ears, most of my mates despite their threats have also renewed (most are too dumb to work out how not to renew).

No point in making repeated appeals to Mike Ashley to spend money, sack Pardew, appoint Laudrup etc etc as it is simply not going to happen.

So there is plenty to look forward to next season and I for one shall be looking forward with anger, brutal self-inflicted pain and anger!

Now for sure, someone, possibly many, will comment with things that will question my sanity for renewing, but be aware I have questioned my sanity many times in the 44 years since I went to my first home game.

A midweek pre-Supermac game v Huddersfield in 1970 and that was that, I been infected ever since, and no manner of comments, sympathetic, insulting or reasoning will take away the infection I suffer from!

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