So, what happens….you are halfway through writing a bit of an article when Newcastle United suddenly announce to the world (again with the help of the medium that is Sky) that the club is up for sale!
Yes, Mike Ashley is indeed going to finally evacuate himself from the bowels of NUFC and rid us of the disease that goes with it…or is he? Just who would want to buy a club with a price tag quite the opposite of what hangs on every item in his SD stores.
Mike, if your reading, how about hanging a SD green ‘70% off’ label on your price tag for NUFC.
Of course, NUFC have been up for sale before, in fact were they ever taken off the market? However, something seems different this time, so here is hoping! I just hope the cousins of the Venkys are not lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce.
Anyway, it’s football that matters, and a measure of progression under Rafa is the fact that we were disappointed to only come away from Southampton with one point, previous teams and managers would surely have seen a capitulation on the pitch and the obligatory 3-0 defeat.
I have said it before and will say it again, there is an undeniable team spirit amongst the players that was something we could only dream about under Pardew etc.
This weekend however has me nervous, admittedly excitedly nervous, I am already looking forward to the game, there is excitement and chirpiness in the pre-match chatter, the town is buzzing again and it feels good!
That’s not to say this weekend will be easy, it is a banana skin of the highest order, Cabaye and Townsend back in town, a talented Wilfried Zaha fresh from his exciting display against Chelsea – but we know Rafa and his team will have done their homework and then some.
We can give any team a game right now and a fired up SJP can make a difference. Crystal Palace are not bottom for nothing, so a good performance will see three points.
In other news, Leicester dispensed with their manager, and while I like a lot of people applauded them when they interrupted the big guns domination a couple of years ago, I would not shed a tear should they end up getting relegated. If only for those stupid clapper things they dish out to their fans, irritating at best.
Of course, no football news would be complete without casting an eye down the road.
I have noticed a couple of sympathetic comments toward their fans on various articles on The Mag, it’s everyone’s right to post what they want, but for me…
I simply remember the partying and gloating when they stayed up at our expense and their mass over celebration of six in a row, they conveniently forget the counter balance of us being unbeaten for 28 years on Wearside.
So for me. I’m happy to watch them squirm and suffer and if another relegation and an administration happens, then an immature gloat of smugness and satisfaction will engulf my soul, oh the joy of being a 53 year old kid!
So, things are pretty good for us, the Newcastle United supporting public and long may it continue, let us hope for a win on Saturday and another three points.
One last thought.
Christmas is just around the corner. Wouldn’t it be good if a new sheriff was to ride into town, a sheriff with true footballing ambitions for this great institution, someone with the power to invest sensibly and progressively.
Being brutally honest, the best team in the country right now is Manchester City, a club who in real terms have no more potential than a successful Newcastle United. It shows what can be done and maybe our time is coming…who knows?
Wish I had a Crystal ball.