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We can’t let Adrian Durham and anonymous social media trolls control Newcastle United agenda

3 years ago
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I know I shouldn’t be giving him the oxygen/recognition that he undoubtedly craves – but Adrian Durham sums up much of modern day life for Newcastle fans and it needs to change.

The whole idea of Durham and other presenters/journalists is to grab attention by any means possible, usually by coming out with very over the top ‘controversial’ opinions.

This is mirrored on social media with Newcastle fans, for so many people nothing can be just ok, it either has to be the very best or the very worst EVER!

On Talksport it isn’t a case of all the presenters being annoying, the likes of Mick Quinn and Hawksbee & Jacobs are all good if I’m out driving and flicking channels on the car radio.

However, yesterday typifies the whole Adrian Durham thing.

He opened his show on Wednesday afternoon with the statement that it would be ‘A total embarrassment if Rafa Benitez takes Newcastle United up in second place’.

Darren Gough, his co-presenter, said he was talking rubbish and just getting promotion in any form would be a job well done at St James Park.

Of course this didn’t halt Adrian Durham, who ranted on all the usual nonsense about how much money Newcastle had spent, how a Manager like Rafa Benitez should guarantee top etc etc.

This conveniently forgets Aston Villa have spent more than Newcastle and if it was simply down to money, then Manchester United should win the Premier League every season and not struggle to even get into the top four.

However, with the ever diminishing standards in newspapers, both local and national, the Adrian Durham phenomenon doesn’t just start and finish on Talksport.

Increasingly we see whole media stories along the lines of ‘Newcastle fans demand Rafa Benitez should be shot at dawn’, or ‘Newcastle fans say (insert name of player) is a disgrace and should never play for the club again’.

If you ever read these pieces, they are based on usually one or two anonymous messages on Twitter by people claiming to be Newcastle fans.

In this laughable age of journalism, these stories are then repeated by other newspapers/websites desperate for shock articles to get people clicking and so the stupid over the top baseless stories become ever more prevalent.

It is funny when you meet your mates in the pub before any game and your conversation is totally at odds with much of what the media report Newcastle fans as saying/believing.

We aren’t seven year olds who just because a player (Darlow, Shelvey, whoever) has a bad game or two, we want rid of them instantly.

Or just because Rafa Benitez isn’t winning every single game he is a failure.

Anybody who has supported Newcastle United for more than two minutes knows that anything can happen in a football match or season, that you can games like Leeds where you batter them and deserve to win by four or five but it doesn’t happen, then you make one mistake and they equalise.

We just want a Manager and team who care and do their best, which is what we have had this season, by and large.

Newcastle United are going up and that is the only measure of success this season – which is good enough for me.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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