I was driving home last night and heard the news of Carver’s appointment at Newcastle United.
I felt nothing.
I wasn’t shocked, disappointed, happy, cautious. I was just… nothing, I expected it
That’s the thing… The club that built its reputation on football.
The club that built its reputation on community and togetherness is now anything but!
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The club that saw grandfathers climb those Gallowgate stairs with eager grandsons, to end up out of breath but reflect proudly to be there, again, for the 50th year in a row. The club that saw me as a boy stand sheltered from the pelting November rain by my dad and uncle, as they taught me the chants of the day. That club just no longer exists.
The club is now empty. It’s soulless and without a heartbeat. It has drive, but only for sales and turnover.
The board cleverly manipulate the fans to make us think we still owe them while making millions in profit. The financial department relax in the knowledge that if just one fan stands up and is counted, another desperate fool will fill his seat and buy his scarf. Any Star Trek fans will laugh in derisory agreement when I say Mike Ashley and co. have the biggest ears in the galaxy.
We need to get our club back.
Granted, It needs to be sensibly managed but not to the frugality that even the Greek government would be envious of.
We need to still encourage youth progression, but as a supporting cast to older more seasoned professionals who have made Tyneside their home, and not moved on after 18 months.
We need to be daring and try to attain a core of 5 or 6 superstars to build everything around.
We need a manager who is brave enough to take it on the chin and apologise to the Toon when he makes a mistake.
We need a backroom team capable of getting the very best out of professional footballers.
We need a desire to win every game we play in and not strategically pick and choose what would actually benefit the balance list first
These are not unreasonable requirements for a club of our magnitude and not unachievable with a little desire and drive
Desire and drive? NUFC used to be about thrilling. Now it’s just about existing and it will be for the foreseeable future until people stand up and are counted.
I call to you, fellow fans. Empty the stadium, choke the Sports Direct profit streams, hit the balance books and make them see we mean business.
The only way we can save the club is akin to treating a cancer. You need to virtually bring the body to its knees to eradicate it, but once it’s done, you can let the body grow and flourish again.