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Call me stupid but…

5 years ago

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Pavel Srnicek, a real fan’s favourite, I can’t help thinking I wish we had a few more like him playing currently.

The fact we sang ‘Pavel is a Geordie’, shows the affection we had towards him and the relationship he had with both the fans and the club.

A man who took the club to heart, knew what it meant to wear the shirt and always gave 100%. He loved the club and the fans, that was clear to see, and on the whole was loved by us.

Yes he had his critics, and let’s be honest he was never a world class goalkeeper, but what he lacked in ability he made up for in enthusiasm, determination and will to be one of us.

Seeing him run out onto the pitch like he did, sprinting towards the Gallowgate, arms aloft, always brought a smile to my face.

For me Pavel epitomises the majority of NUFC fans. Optimistic in the most difficult of times, always positive and had a real affinity with the club. How many players can we say that about at present, or in the last few years, but more importantly are we losing more and more of the Pavel type fans?

The transfer window is upon us and I believe we will invest. Based on previous windows, in particular January windows, some might say I’m deluded and fail to comprehend the optimism and positivity I show.

I am prepared to be proven wrong but I can’t help thinking the changes being made, and hopefully those going to be made given time, will help change our fortunes for the better.

Yes the window is open but at the same time the deadline for season ticket cancellation is also nearing and many will be considering packing in – if they have not already done so.

Call me stupid but I’d like to retain my ‘Pav-like’ support for the club and remain positive that things are changing, even if only slowly, for the better.

Regardless of who’d been given the task, when John Carver was relieved of his duties, to transform the fortunes of our club it was never going to happen as quickly as most of us would hope it would.

Too many players not good enough, or lacking in the aforementioned qualities Pavel Srnicek had, that need moving on = takes time.

Changing the mentality of a squad littered with players low on moral, self-belief and confidence = takes time,

Changing the ethos and playing style from one that…well we didn’t really have one, so I guess that should read implementing an ethos and playing style = takes time.

McLaren was never my first choice but like I say, whoever had been given the job would have needed time and investment…and lots of it.

I just hope the players we sign, have the same mentality and attitude as Pavel Srnicek and that the supporters he more often than not mirrored, keep the faith a little longer.

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