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‘I Missed The Last Newcastle United Home Match And Didn’t…Miss It’

8 years ago
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My heart aches for Newcastle United Football Club.

My wife and I are season ticket holders and have been for twenty three years.  I have followed Newcastle even way before then.

We decided not to go to the last game of the season against Cardiff.  We did not consciously decide to boycott the game, we just did not want to go.  I am actually staggered that I have typed that last sentence.

‘Signing Off’

We just have not enjoyed the match day experience for quite a while and decided to do something that may just cheer us up for a change.  We actually went to a beer festival with live bands and we had a ball.

This apathy has been creeping up on us for a quite a long time now and it pains me to say that I didn’t miss the match day experience much at all.

I have another confession. We both left the home game against Manchester United with twenty minutes left on the clock. A first for both of us.

This was possibly the worst Man Utd team I have ever seen and they thumped us 4-0.  I am not expecting to win every game, where would the fun be in that?  All I want is an entertaining game that generates a bit of excitement.  My most enjoyable games this season were not even victories, so I’m not that difficult to please.  The Man City game was full of passion and excitement, we lost 2-0.  The Liverpool game was very entertaining and had fans on their feet, we drew 2-2.  It would have been even better if we had won those games but…….you get my drift.

We fans are not demanding or delusional that a lot of so called experts and southern based press shout.  Not delusional at all, but we will not be taken for mugs and we will not tolerate players and staff not giving 100% for the club.  Sadly, I witnessed too many players going through the motions.  It is not good enough and I include our manager and coaching staff with the same charge.

Our team at this moment in time are absolutely appalling.  There is no team ethic, no thought process, no structure, no shape, nothing!  There are basically eleven strangers entering the field of play and doing their own thing.  These disgraceful performances are mainly due to poor management and coaching.  Step forward Mr Pardew.  Yes the players can take some blame but who is supposed to motivate them and send them out with a game plan?  Alan Pardew, that’s who.

I will now tell you exactly what will happen on the last day of the season against Liverpool.  Whilst reading this I am confident that 99% of the readers will be nodding in agreement.

Alan Pardew will send the team out NOT TO LOSE (yet again) and we will get stuffed by three or four goals (yet again).

We will be regimental and robotic like.

There will be no one making runs beyond the ball.

We will be slow and lethargic.

We will pass the ball to each other for no apparent reason (no game plan) and expect something to happen rather than making something happen.

Coloccini will sometimes bring the ball forward and then…..nothing.

Remy will be his normal brilliant self and be dangerous with his movement, but to no avail, as he will be double marked.

Tiote will show lots of energy and commitment but sadly the end product is not in his locker.

Poor Sissoko will make a few lung busting runs but then realise he has no one to give the ball to and not one of our players will try to help him out.

Eventually heads drop.  We do not play as a team, it’s that simple.  We have some very good players but that’s not enough if others are just standing around and saying ‘go on then do something’ without contributing themselves.  Liverpool on the other hand are the exact opposite.  They all work for each other.  They are direct and their movement is excellent.  They all know what their fellow players are going to do (game plan).  Liverpool have probably only the runner up spot to play for but they will play like their lives depended on it.  There is nothing at stake for Newcastle United, so we should play with carefree abandon.  It’s not going to happen.  Why?  Step forward Mr Pardew.

I hope Alan Pardew reads this and shows the article to his players.  Something on the lines of, “go on lads, let’s show him.”  It’s not going to happen.  I would love to be proved wrong but somehow I doubt it.

I also hope Mr Ashley reads this and rectifies the wrongs at this club, mainly the manager and his coaching staff.  It’s not going to happen

My heart aches for Newcastle United Football Club.

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