Can Newcastle United Recreate The Spirit Of ’96?
Is Ashley committed to us? Is he in it only for his business? Does Pardew care?
We are all looking for a way to fit the puzzle pieces together. We try our best to come up with reasons and explanations but let’s be honest, we are all guessing.
I’m not about to doubt anyone on their opinion but I would like to point out the deficiencies of many journalists.
From a Newcastle supporter, admittedly one that has lived away from Newcastle his entire life, it’s the performances on the field that really gut me, not the end results or the club’s pathetic media output. It is just that lack of ambition.
Though I was young during our glory days in the premier league, I have forever remembered the passion of a Newcastle United team and to this day, whether win or lose, I wear my Newcastle shirt with that same passion when I play football.
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Whether it’s the fault of Pardew, Ashely or the entire system, I am unsure. All I know is that when I buy my annual Newcastle shirt, I’m no longer wanting the latest shirt. This year I am getting the ’96 shirt. A shirt that I grew up with and a one that, to me, represents Newcastle in all of its essence.
I have never been ashamed of being a Newcastle supporter, and never will, but currently I struggle to find any comeback against the banter that comes my way. Sure, I can claim being in the top 3 attendances in the premier league, and to everyone that gets to the games and support us at every opportunity, I salute you and am forever in your debt, but people now see us as a joke.
Newcastle United, the joke. Let’s leave it a couple of years before investing in players of any worth.
It seems that we invest only when it is desperately needed. We are going to survive the premier league, no investment. We are going to compete for Europe, sell players. We are going to get relegated, let’s buy.
Once stepping back and taking a look, all that I can really see is a club that is happy with mediocrity. A club that will happily sit in the middle of the league, never really competing, whilst acting as an entry point for players to the premier league.
It would be ok if the club tried and forever failed, that would be more than satisfactory, at least we are trying. But as someone who has to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the games, I live in New Zealand, over the past few years I have struggled to find any satisfaction with the performances. Even when we win it never feels as though we fight for it, it just happens.
Perhaps I am being pessimistic. I have been more than impressed with our latest signings and, if we sign a striker and hopefully another centre back, we could be a great team. But it is going to require a passion on the field to get me excited again. To see a NEWCASTLE UNITED team playing again will give me hope. That is the dream I have, this is the hope I hold.
I will never stop supporting but it would be great to have a team again that, at the very least, matches my own passion.
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