Newcastle Fans – Why The Long Faces?
This might be one of those articles where I will just be absolutely destroyed and torn apart in the comments by other Newcastle fans, but I’d just like to make it clear that I’m not wearing rose-tinted specs.
This is just my overall opinion on the situation so far this summer, so I hope you respect my views and share your opinion.
A couple of weeks ago I prepared an article that was about protesting against Ashley, then came news that we’d signed Ajax captain Siem de Jong, it seemed to go totally under the radar and took most of us by surprise.
I was offered the choice by the editor to alter the article as we’d just signed de Jong, but I chose not to have it put up on the site. I wanted to see if we were finally going to show a bit of ambition, I wanted to give the board at Newcastle a chance.
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July 13th, news comes through that we’ve signed Remy Cabella, another top class signing, we’re very happy and we hope he can be the next David Ginola. A bit more optimism was starting to show from fans.
Then news comes through on the 15th, that we make our 5th signing of the summer, Daryl Janmaat, a replacement for Debuchy at a bargain price of around £5million. Things are starting to look up.
So in my opinion, we are having a good transfer window so far. Departures will be made but we hope that the only real “losses” will be M’Biwa and Ben Arfa, and they’re not too hard to take as neither of them really towards the end of last season.
Yet there are still fans (especially on here) saying that we still haven’t replaced Cabaye, Remy etc. The negativity is still going around, people saying the “pro Ashley fans” are coming out from under their rocks.
It’s ridiculous that there are still people being slated for their optimism. They are optimistic because we are having a good transfer window for Christ sake. In no way am I trying to say that Ashley or Pardew should be forgiven. They have made some huge errors during their time here, and time will only tell whether Ashley really is buying de Jong or Cabella now and planning to sell him for profit in a few years. Yes, from experience it could be a valid argument that that’s what he’s planning to do, but it’s still impossible to judge now.
Maybe we aren’t going to buy a midfielder who is in almost the exact mould of Cabaye i.e. Grenier, because Pardew isn’t planning to play that system.
Maybe Ashley wants to change and show the fans that he does have ambition, and back the manager, which is what he’s currently doing.
All I’m going to do, is just sit back and let Pardew, Carr and Charnley make the decisions, because they are here to stay and we cannot change that. Pardew knows he got a lot wrong last season and knows he has a lot to do to redeem himself. But I’m very confident that Pardew will have assessed the problems, sat down with his backroom staff, and analyzed what he needs to do to fix them, and he’s already starting to do it.
For example we sustained over 50 different injuries last season, and what has Pardew done? Brought in David Billows as head of fitness, which is a fantastic appointment.
The only thing we really know about what’s going on behind the scenes at Newcastle, is that Ashley IS backing Pardew with transfers, which I am glad to see, and I will therefore get behind Pardew this season.
The main point I am trying to make is that this is a new season, a fresh start. Things will be different this season, for better or for worse we won’t know until it starts, but at the moment, Ashley is doing what every owner should do and that’s backing the manager.
He hasn’t done it in the past few windows, but he is now, so let’s forget about the past and look at the present, we are having a good transfer window and more signings are to come, so maybe we can have a good season.
I wasn’t particularly optimistic in the summer of 2011, having lost the likes of Nolan, Enrique, Barton, Carroll and replacing them with Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon, and let’s be honest, they were pretty unknown players to us so there was no real feel good factor
Then look at what happened that season…
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