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The most boring entertaining Newcastle season we’ve seen for some time

4 years ago
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This Newcastle United season is a bit like ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’.

It is 101 days since Newcastle kicked off their season at Craven Cottage and ever since that one goal defeat, there have been numerous highs and lows.

However, on this occasion I can’t really blame Newcastle United for most of the lows…

The actual football has been generally of a pretty high standard and the entertainment level of a similar ilk, United winning more games and scoring more goals than anybody else.

Instead, the lows have almost exclusively come from the mind numbing fallout of the ridiculous number of international breaks.

Honestly, this last one after the win over Cardiff has been just desolation, the whole thing made even worse by the fact that the international matches themselves are such utter crap. Even the three goal win over Scotland was tedious in the extreme, the Jocks were even arguably the better team in terms of creating chances, the only difference being England took theirs.

The problem as well comes that when you are out of the Premier League then pretty much you are nothing, so in the international breaks nobody really gives a toss about you in terms of national media and so gossip is even minimal.

The first 23 days of Newcastle’s season saw 6 matches and then 13 days without a game.

Then we had 22 days with 7 games, before another 13 days that were football free.

When we reach the 19th of November, that will be another 14 days without a Newcastle game, after a period of 6 games in 22 days.

Those of you who are lucky enough to head off for a fortnight abroad in the sun each summer, will know just how long (in a good way) those two weeks can be, away and out of your normal routine.

This is the equivalent of what we as Newcastle fans have had but in a bad way, after three weeks of football we have had a fortnight off our usual routine, this process happening three times in a row.

No wonder that the people who run football are seen as such a joke, that is when they are not trying to avoid going to jail…

This current circus is to exactly whose benefit exactly? Certainly not the millions of people who pay to watch games every week.

Why should you really expect anything better, when the people who run football have thought for years of how to help the referee more in big matches and instead of having somebody watching on a hundred different angles watching a TV screen, prefer to stick a couple of extra blokes behind the goal at each end of the pitch – influencing a decision once in a blue moon.

I never thought this current international break was going to end and there is another six days to go before we are eventually free.

The only good news is that the next one isn’t until late March 2017, I can’t wait!!

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