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Terry Venables The Latest To Give ‘Expert’ Opinion On Newcastle

6 years ago

They might not all like us but everybody always seems to have an opinion on Newcastle United, [intlink id=”48012″ type=”post”]a few days ago it was Jamie Carragher[/intlink] and now it is the turn of Terry Venables.

The thing is, pretty much all of these rent a quotes think they know about Newcastle United; the club, the manager, the players and especially the fans, but with very rare exceptions they haven’t a clue.

A lot of it is to do with the fact that Newcastle as a club are talked about so much, for better and worse, so because so much is said (most of it nonsense) then sitting down (almost exclusively) south they come to believe that they are clued up on our mad club. As a comparison, I don’t think when any of the ‘experts’ speak about Sunderland they believe or claim to know anything like as much about them as a club or as fans etc.

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It is a bit like nearly every time we feature live on TV, whilst clubs such as Liverpool and Manchester United will have somebody who appeared 500 times for them, talking knowledgeably about them in the studio. Newcastle fans usually get somebody totally random, or at best/worst a mackem like Niall Quinn ‘representing’ us.

Writing in The Independent, this is what Terry Venables has had to say about us;

‘I know Alan Pardew is under real pressure taking his Newcastle team to Stoke on Monday night.

Owner Mike Ashley has been really brave, and he has always had a lot of confidence in Pardew… but sometimes there is a fine line between bravery and recklessness.

When the Newcastle supporters turn against you, though, it has to be bad for that to happen. Those supporters are the best in the country. When I was a manager, I always wanted to manage Newcastle United. I always thought, whether they were doing well or not, that I could get my teeth into this, that I could take them where they wanted.

Pardew’s problems started with that confrontation with David Meyler last season. He was doing pretty well until then, but Ashley supported him through it. Of course, it is his club, but the performances are bad and they are bottom of the table.

Pardew might need a result (at Stoke) to turn it around.’

My memory might be playing tricks but I don’t remember Terry Venables demanding a chance at the Newcastle job when he was in his prime, rather than being at Spurs, England or Barcelona? Fair enough when he ended up at Middlesbrough which would be understandable…

What is amusing is that pundits/experts think they can make it up as they go along and guess at what the situation is/was.

Newcastle fans did generally see the David Meyler incident as embarrassing for the club but doing pretty well up until then…hmmm?

The previous season Alan Pardew almost got United relegated and in the lead up to that David Meyler incident, the previous ten matches had featured seven defeats, one draw and two wins.

As for calling Newcastle fans the best around, I think these days I see this now as a paper thin compliment. What I am really hearing when this is trotted out is that everybody else can’t believe how mental we are for putting up with so much nonsense and fifty thousand still turning up regardless.

It is like somebody paying compliments to the winner of one of those gross American hotdog eating contests, or saying well done to some knacker who drinks a pint of spirits on a night out.

‘We’re Geordies, We’re Mental….’


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