Graeme Souness is at it again.
Always in denial about just what a disaster he was at Newcastle United.
Kevin Keegan had awoken the sleeping giant and then after Dalglish & Gullit had done their best to ruin his legacy, Sir Bobby Robson came along and revived the slumbering giant once again.
Newcastle weren’t a ‘sleeping giant’ that needing waking up when Graeme Souness arrived in 2004, they were a club with a team that needed a bit of a fine tuning maybe and a couple of decent signings, instead we got the disaster of Graeme Souness and the near £40m recruitment of Boumsong, Owen, and Luque.
In their 11 seasons in the Premier League, only four times had Newcastle finished outside the top six, and under Sir Bobby it had been fourth, third, and fifth, in the immediate three years before Souness’ arrival. Graeme Souness instantly took United to their then lowest ever PL placing of 14th.
The following season, Newcastle fans were saved when at last Graeme Souness was sacked after a December 2005/January 2006 run of five defeats and one draw in six games. Glenn Roeder was promoted to manager and Alan Shearer became player/assistant, the pair performing miracles, winning 10 and only losing three of the final 15 matches – which took Newcastle into seventh and an Intertoto Cup spot, which eventually led to UEFA Cup qualification.
In his latest quotes, Graeme Souness tries to make out that what is happening under Mike Ashley is pretty much the norm, saying no trophy has been won since 1969 and that fans are constantly frustrated that they should have won trophies.
Yes, we would all like to see silverware at St James Park but the sheer disgust with Mike Ashley isn’t about that.
Newcastle fans just want to see their club/team try and compete, to be the best it can be.
Graeme Souness was at Newcastle for 17 months and it was 17 months too long, when he was appointed by Hall and Shepherd everybody was stunned, as he looked set to be sacked by Blackburn after doing a terrible job there.
In fact, if Rafa Benitez did/does walk away, sadly somebody in the likeness of an Alan Pardew or Graeme Souness is undoubtedly what Mike Ashley would land us with once again.
Graeme Souness talking to Paddy Power:
“When was the last time they (Newcastle United) won a trophy? 1969. It gives you an idea of how difficult it is there.
“And, if you look at the (other) teams who have won trophies in that time…
“They are a fabulous football club, but it’s a very difficult place to work, it’s difficult to be a player there.
“Mike Ashley hasn’t been at Newcastle since ’69.
“This is an ongoing problem.
There is a frustration that they haven’t done better, as they think they should have done.
“Managing there is very difficult.
“You don’t get too long, you are always firefighting.”