That Newcastle United have spent more money and have more fans than any other Championship club is simply a statement of fact.
Well, apart from the odd Aston Villa fan…
Spending just over £50m in the summer (although banking a profit overall of around £30m when sales are included), over 37,000 season tickets sold, them average crowds of 50,000 at St James Park so far.
Opposition fans have regularly made clear how unfair it is to come up against the resources Newcastle have at their disposal…but Blackburn boss Owen Coyle has taken it to a whole different level.
Coyle is looking forward to the challenge of facing ‘nearly 60,000 fans shouting and bawling and getting behind their team…’, well unless another 10,000 Newcastle supporters are prepared to turn up on Saturday and stand outside St James Park supporting the team, it is a little over the top.
Meanwhile, Owen Coyle is envious of the ‘£80m’ or so Newcastle spent in the summer on players, with his belief there’d probably be a similar figure available in January if needed by Rafa Benitez.
I wonder if like Harry Redknapp, Owen Coyle’s dog handles his finances as well…?
“A brilliant game to look forward to, to go there and show that Blackburn Rovers are a decent team, if we are at our best then we are more than capable of getting a positive result.
“I think everybody would deem it the toughest fixture in the Championship in respect of Newcastle have spent £70-80 million and would probably be able to do that in January again if they wanted to.
“It is a huge club, there’ll be nearly 60,000 fans shouting and bawling and getting behind their team…
“But for us it is a great opportunity to go and play against good players, a good team, a team that has won nine in a row and will feel they are invincible and beat all before them.
“So we’ve got to go there and look to upset them and that is what we will focus on, our approach will be the same, we’ll go there looking to be positive, look to play on the front foot and try to bring our good players into the game.
“But accepting that there are a lot of good players on the opposition and make sure we are ready for that…we want to be more solid but we know we can cause teams problems.”