I sat down to write this after scanning through all the different articles about what’s really going on at Newcastle United.
There is so much being written at the moment about how Newcastle is basically not what it was, or what it should be achieving. Being a fan of coming up to 20 years now, I finally wanted to write down my impressions about where the club is now and where it’s heading.
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Back in the day I became a Newcastle supporter when the team was at its height of success. The days when we had players like Andy Cole, Faustino Aprilla, Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Phillipe Albert, Peter Beardsley, and of course the main man Alan Shearer.
The key that drew me to start loving the Toon Army was not just the amazing way in which they played the game on a technical level, but also the way in which you felt their love and respect for the game, and their ambition to win.
To summarise one could simply sum it up as, they had passion as a team. They would get out on the pitch and do all that they could to win!
Let’s flash forward to where we are now.
In a sense those aspects of the game have never changed, but the way in which the clubs are run has. I always feel like comparing Mike Ashley to my father, in that they are both businessmen in the retail sector. And what drives a business man in a way is down to his desire to win, at all costs.
Ironically this is the big problem when you apply this mentality to football. Football is not a finite game that involves X amount of money for X amount of success.
Look at players throughout the years that were great one minute and as soon as they moved clubs they fell apart on the pitch.
Money can buy you talent but it cannot buy you the will to fight your guts out to achieve a 1-0 victory, when everything you try seems to be failing on you.
In the case of Newcastle there is a structure involved.
Mike Ashley sits at the top of the pyramid, with Lee Charnley at his right hand following his wishes, these then seem to be passed on to Graham Carr, and then below that is the manager – whoever that may be, then the players.
So who is the one steering the ship here? Obviously the person that sits at the top of the pyramid, so in that sense it is the mentality of the leader that is sent down to the lowest level.
All the players at the club know the situation that is at hand and they know that Mike Ashley has no desire to compete for anything, other than just staying up in the Premier league.
So why would they have any fighting desire to get out on the pitch and take risky chances that the top teams make week in week out.
We all know that Mike Ashley is the main culprit in this sad lack of respect for one of the great clubs in English football history, but at the end of the day I feel it very hard to support a club full of a vast majority of players that fail to try their hardest to fight to win games.
I have no loyalty for John Carver in any shape or form, but I can see how the same problems that Alan Pardew was facing have just been passed on down to him.
And if you ask me where the real lack of respect is currently at Newcastle, it’s not the lack of respect for John Carver, it’s a vast majority of the players having lost the respect for the fans that turn up week in week out to support them and pay their wages, despite them never doing anything on the pitch to entertain us and earn them.
So Fabricio Coloccini, and whoever else may be listening, let’s see if you can make your actions speak louder than your words come the end of the season.
Newcastle United deserves your respect!