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Managing the (low) expectations of Newcastle fans

6 years ago

I think we are all agreed that the last two months of Newcastle United’s season were better than the opening couple.

The results and points are there in black and white, some of us think that luck and forced team changes have been key, while other believe Alan Pardew has reinvented the wheel.

Regardless, instead of being bottom of the table Newcastle are currently seventh in the table and a win at Arsenal would guarantee moving into the top six.

The question, as always with Mike Ashley, is what happens next?

The January windows have generally seen around about now, Alan Pardew and others at the club starting to help stir up fears of key players leaving, creating a climate of fear of losing our best players, rather than wondering who might come in to improve the team/squad.

A year ago being a prime example of the fears being justified, despite hitting Boxing Day in fifth place, Mike Ashley went on to sell our best player in Yohan Cabaye and bought nobody.

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That slide down the table was probably one of the most dispiriting in recent years, such a wasted opportunity.

Amazingly, I have already seen in recent days, Newcastle fans putting forward the idea that if nothing happens in the January window it would be a success! Yes let’s all hide under a table after beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Liverpool, perish the thought of thinking/expecting who could Newcastle attract to build on this recent run of results/form.

Yes Newcastle did spend money in the summer but taking into account the massive extra TV money last season and this season, plus no signings for the previous 18 months, it would be crippling in terms of showing ambition if United don’t go for one or two quality players to move us up another rung or two.

I find it unacceptable for some Newcastle fans to already be running up the white flag and simply hoping Moussa Sissoko or whoever isn’t the latest player to leave because of a lack of ambition.

The last two months have seen small steps in Ashley/Pardew rebuilding maybe some small steps of credibility but all of that will be proved completely worthless without credible action on this upcoming transfer window.


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