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

newcastle unitedWhy should we expect any more? After all, we are just Newcastle United. The 19th most financially powerful club in world football who are currently ranked 68th best footballing club in Europe.

(Source: UEFA.com/memberassociations/uefarankings/club/)

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.

  • Brownale69

    Where has ALL the money gone? Is some of it heading over to Rangers??? Have we paid any loans/debts off??

  • GeorgiaPeter

    Porciestreet;
    Absolutely my friend. Just exactly what needs to happen. Iv’e retired abroad now so it falls to someone elses determination and lets hope that something can be mobilised because the club I fell in love with in 1956 is no more . I became head groundsman under Bill McGarry (unfortunately as he was an ignorant man) and although we were then old seccond division, there was always excitement and above all a fantastic atmosphere which lasted all week. Now,.. Can’t sing, cant dance , cant stand up without being thrown out by Nikey Mikey’s Gestapo and in short, it’s not worth the effort of going. Very sad days indeed.

  • DownUnderMag

    It’s all about suppressing expectations now under Cashley.  We can’t play exciting football, we can’t make exciting signings…need to keep all the unrealistic delusional fans in check or they might actually rise up again at the prospect of an intentional early cup exit, star player sale or pending relegation.

  • vbhgft

    Drivel. Toilet.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    vbhgft Porciestreet;
    Might have known you’d show up with ya wonga clan bull***t.

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter vbhgft Spoken from Cyprus. Hope you choke on your halloumi. You miserable old goat.

  • vbhgft

    1989-90

    Oxford crowd 16000
    Port Vale crowd 17000
    Bournemouth crowd 15000

    Thrills indeed. What an atmosphere! It was electric. I was there at all of those.

  • bill black

    Ashley has been called the Murdoch of football, and 3 million still buy the Sun. What hope have we when the fans still go. The answer is none unless the players on the pitch get as bored as us and lose most of the time.

  • SimonM68

    vbhgft GeorgiaPeter It’s like the fall off the Roman Empire this guys! Remember – we are a broad church – the fun is in the debate!

  • No Brainer

    You should stop going and forget about football. Gateshead FC maybe able to help. You yearn for a long gone era that’s not coming back to the upper echelons of English football. That’s not Ashley’s Hall’s or Shepherd’s fault it’s Scudamore and the club that is the premier league.

  • No Brainer

    GeorgiaPeter vbhgft I know can’t let facts get in the way can we?

  • No Brainer

    DownUnderMag Did you watch the Chelsea home game? Did you not see us against Man city first game of the season. 
    There is plenty of exciting football at times this season. 
    What you have to remember there are two teams of players (nearly all with multiple internationals) there’s bumps on the pitch, there’s dodgy refs (we’ve had more than our fair share of wrong un’s this season but no pay back/evening outs) and silence from the stands.

    Folks need to realise that they need to support their team.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    vbhgft GeorgiaPeter Porciestreet;
    Don’t like it…! Nice piece of Strong mature Cheddar from Lidls. Just the job.

  • GeorgiaPeter

    vbhgft Porciestreet;
    The point is, they were all honest games between two teams that wanted to win the game. Not now as it’s all about TV money.

  • pissed off mag

    vbhgft  no you were not mackem liar

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter vbhgft So when we beat Chelsea neither team wanted to win the game? Unbelievable.

  • vbhgft

    GeorgiaPeter vbhgft You love the Toon so much you clear off to Cyprus and shop at Lidl! What a contradiction you are!