Walking Back To Happiness
There is growing momentum for a [intlink id=”42425″ type=”post”]mass walkout at St James\’ Park[/intlink] today and I have to say that I fully support it.
Some of those protesting will want Ashley out, some will want to see the back of Pardew, and others will simply want to measure their disgust at how they are being taken for granted.
Anyone who has seen Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side play (or Thomas Tuchel’s Mainz, Martinez’s Everton, Klopp’s Dortmund – the list goes on) will despair at how the loss of a couple of players causes Newcastle to utterly collapse and be cannon fodder to any team that turns up to play us.
We aren’t the only side in the world that sells its best players from time to time, yet we raise the white flag at the slightest hint of adversity. Our performances under Pardew have been a disgrace for two seasons now.
However, the Newcastle board is also culpable, not just for keeping faith in the moron we currently have ‘leading’ us. In recent years, we have sold major players 3 times in the Winter transfer window (Carroll, Ba and Cabaye) and looked to muddle through to the end of the season.
Whilst I have no problem with selling any of these players (a daft fee in the case of Carroll, the others wanted to go), the failure to plan for their departure and secure replacements has been hugely damaging to the soul of the club. Ba’s departure wasn’t so bad because we signed a lot of quality players in that window but Newcastle’s board have to realise that they can’t expect to play competitively for half a season and then simply stop, waiting to put it all right in the next window.
This leads me on to the proposed #SixtyMinuteWalkout ([intlink id=”42425″ type=”post”]or 69 minutes if going with \’remember 1969\’ angle[/intlink]). Regardless of the score, a move by fans to simply stop watching the match and leave the ground is entirely appropriate.
In the same way that the club and team have downed tools once a certain target has been reached, the fans should reciprocate. What would it achieve?
Maybe nothing, maybe something. At least it would be a very powerful message to those in charge that this is our club and we won’t simply lie down to accept mediocrity at all levels. Anyone who has watched Newcastle over the last forty years knows that we have been crap for the most part but we’ve always had hope and, occasionally, some decent football to watch. I don’t expect us to be challenging for the title – none of us do – but we should be able to play a similar brand of football as the likes of Everton and Southampton and expect the team to play as if a match matters.
Walking out at 60 minutes mirrors the efforts of the team under Pardew, and the board in terms of their lethargy. We’ve done enough, roll on next season, nothing to see here.
If we want to be inspired (like Simeone with his Atletico Madrid players) we need an inspirational man leading the team, whoever he has at his disposal.
Pardew has to go and a mass walkout at sixty minutes would be a great start to instigating change.
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