Well the season started and in all honesty it has been a bit of a damp squib thus far for Newcastle United.
The only bonus being the fact that my health remained intact, despite the hollow threats of a regular negative contributor to the comments section available on all of the articles on The Mag, I now await with baited breath!
I like to be positive but I accept it is hard to be at the moment. Mike Ashley, as we feared, failed to keep his word, and tries to convince us he is skint. Note to Mike Ashely, skint is when you can’t put food on the table or buy your kids Christmas presents etc etc.
No, Mike Ashley is not skint, he is just incredibly stupid, he has in place one of the best managers in world football yet refuses to back him with any significant transfer funds.
How long Rafa will put up with this is anyone’s guess but I do feel a bit of a defiant ‘sod you Ashley’ feeling from him. My guess is that he won’t chuck it in but I would not blame him if he did.
But is Mike Ashley any different to the likes of Westwood, the one-eyed pirate who chaired this comical football club back in the 70s? As long as I have followed NUFC there has always been a ‘sack the board’ mentality amongst the fans.
NUFC, the biggest underachievers in world football since the 50s, this club has been run so badly under so many regimes. Only here would they pull the heart and soul of the club down (Leazes End 1978) and replace it with a half built, quarter sized terrace, that remained in place for 15 years!
Only here would Sir Bobby Robson, true gentleman and great manager, be sacked and replaced by a halfwit AKA Graeme Souness, his punditry being at the same level as his management skills.
Only here would the club rise up from the ashes and threaten not just England’s best, but Europe’s best, only to let the opportunity slip between their fingers and let the club fall back into obscurity.
Only here …We could all go on with further examples.
The one constant throughout all this comedy is the fans, always turn out in numbers home and away. Yes I know at times crowds dipped, but so did everyone’s including Man Utd.
I don’t want to be called a happy clapper, in fact I am anything but, however as time has evolved things are changing.
The passion is still there but it is less obvious to see or hear, the negativity amongst us is plain to see and I could not blame anyone for voicing that, but I feel there is a danger it could become suffocating.
There is really good work going on by groups like Gallowgate Flags etc, but there is a fear this is all being overshadowed by the negative vibes that hang over us.
I don’t blame fellow fans for negativity, I blame Mike Ashley, simple as, the buck stops with him.
However, maybe it’s time for us, the fans, to forget him and employ a ‘sod you’ mentality in the same way Rafa does, a defiance that come what may we will continue to support the team. At the end of the day it’s not the players fault, and in the squad I do see a team spirit, despite the two opening games not going our way.
A couple of home wins in the next four days will certainly boost Rafa and it will certainly cheer up us, and despite the poor showing at Huddersfield I feel we can get them. A morale boosting win against Forest, followed by a win against a West Ham team who are also on the crest of a slump.
Whether you go to the games or not, once you have Newcastle United in your blood it stays there, and despite the comedy since 1970 (my first game) I am defiantly proud to follow NUFC!
Here is to a good next few days!
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