What is Newcastle United?

We used to believe it was the fans, but the atmosphere is gone, and fans argue amongst themselves more than they support the club.

What is supporting the club?

It used to be simple. It used to be buying your ticket, cheering on the team and hoping for wins, goals, performances and progress. These days that very support seems to be done in apathy and without hope, and is arguably self-destructive to the club by validating the actions of the owner.

Whether you still view Newcastle United as you always have, whether the club still invokes the same passion in you that it always has and whether you still attend matches or have chosen not to, there is one thing that cannot be argued. The fight has gone out of the dog and has been replaced by the tedium and routine of a marriage on its last legs.

Some outside of the support, other fans and the media, view the club as a soap opera, some view it as a car crash. Whichever you believe to be true, the one thing it most certainly is not these days, is a competitive football club in any sense, other than for the financial benefit of the owner. The argument that he doesn’t take money out is no longer true, the promise to invest “every penny generated” is a proven lie and the profit generated through the summer is the key factor in why we currently find the club propping up the Premier League table.

I was unfortunate enough to find an available stream of the Brighton game last weekend, and what I saw was the final nail in the coffin of any hope I had of comfortably escaping relegation this season. In my opinion the team tried, they worked and ran and tackled as hard as I would expect them to do, but the futility comes from the realisation that they are simply not good enough.

The arguments of team selection, tactics and formations really hold no water when you realise just how poor the team is.

As fans I feel that we are sometimes too close to our own team to really see the deficiencies in what is on the field, but what I saw last Saturday was a team who would not be competitive in the Championship, never mind the Premier League.

Now, where this argument usually goes with those who like to use the team as a stick to beat the manager with, is that Rafa is responsible for signing many of the players out there, this is true. However, what that argument fails to appreciate is that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the majority of the players brought in for the sums of money which they cost, but what is missing is that sprinkling of genuine quality that would tie the hard working pros together and actually make a viable football team.

We have a team of unspectacular grafters, that is not good enough for the Premier League, but if you take the hard work of what we have and added two or three players of genuine quality then we would be good enough.

To use a clothing analogy, you can make a nice outfit with pants, socks and trousers from Primark, if you add in a Ralph Lauren shirt and some Trickers boots.

Unfortunately, what we have is a team comprising of a full Lonsdale tracksuit, at a party where everyone else is wearing anything from Topman to Louis Vuitton. So it’s no surprise that we don’t look the part.

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  • Toontaff

    We look like a gang of fat lasses, wearing Pennywell peddlers and crop tops!

  • Albert Stubbins

    One man is responsible for sucking the life out of the club and in the case of supporters- replacing hope and passion with apathy and resignation!! Its shameful to be honest.

  • AhDivvinNahNootMe

    We look like a team who have turned up to a black tie dinner in a string vest. A hardworking string vest that was value for money, but still a string vest.

    • Leazes.

      with egg stains on it.

      • Peaky

        Like Jim Royal…..

  • TheFatController

    We had a waistcoat last year that we hardly used, which we sold this summer, and bought a tie and cuff links in the sales.

    Eminent fashion designer Denise Wise told us that was good business as we trousered a profit and now had a tie and cuff links we could wear.

    Sadly, everyone else went out and bought new three piece suits, leather shoes and a nice overcoat for the winter months too.

    We turned up looking a bit Shabby by comparison, and the shops don’t open again til January.

  • Themoscow72

    We are a better team than Brighton that is for sure and with a fit centre forward or Gayle we would have buried them. Get a result at Southampton on Saturday and we will be on the up. As for watching a stream of the game shame on you why were you not at the game there were tickets available in the Brighton game. Make sure your at the Wolves game to give the players your support.

    • justchampion

      Not everyone lives in the northeast you plum

      • Themoscow72

        I have lived in Manchester, London and Leeds. Last home game missed September 1975. There can be no excuses for missing a home game ever.

        • Kenny

          TROLL,

          • Themoscow72

            Supporter not a troll will be there Saturday on the half six train a dozen of us happy days.

          • Leazes.

            Don’t reply to it…. you reply he wins

    • Kenny

      course we are that`s why we lost and are bottom, you f##king moron

      • Themoscow72

        Bad ref as usual.

        • BigHairyDog

          A good ref would’ve gotten us a draw but the fact that we can’t score seems to be lost on you.

  • mentalman

    there were probably 2 players in that Brighton team i would want in ours so to say we aren’t good enough is wrong, the same goes for the huddersfield squad and cardiff and perhaps a couple of others. Rafa was out thought by lesser managers that is the difference

    • Kenny

      the table does not lie, we are krap

      • Themoscow72

        Bad refs for Chelsea, Leicester, Man Utd and Brighton does not lie either. Cost us at least six points.

        • Kenny

          we are bottom, bad refs every game then. idiot

          • Themoscow72

            Chelsea not a penalty, Leicester not a penalty, Man Utd was a penalty to us, Brighton not a corner. See you at the Wolves game time you went back after your holiday.

    • BanJones

      Not for me, we are brilliantly organised and trying our socks off as per the managers instructions and we regularly create chances and half chances, usually by pinching the ball off them in their half but we will not pay the transfer fee or the wages for forwards who can stick the bloodything in the net.

    • TheFatController

      So you’re saying Brighton gave us a footballing lesson Saturday?

      Namely. Riding your luck in front of goal and scoring via deflection with the only shot on target.

      What an enlightened football brain you have.

  • BigHairyDog

    You can’t keep downgrading your squad and expect the same results, Ashley is pushing fans as far as he can without thought of the ultimate consequences.

  • Kenny

    Fat Rats M/O is to buy a known brand downsize the quality but still charge the original price, he has applied that to Newcastle, the vermin will not be getting another penny out of me but he won`t care there is another 50,000 who will keep on going & keep on spending

  • Leicester Mag

    More like a master / pet relationship where in return for loyalty the owner kicks the pet. Why? Because he can.

    • Leazes.

      There are a million analogies, but they all boil down to a club which was sold to someone who hadn’t supported it and has nothing to do with the City or its people.

      John Hall promised that here was a new owner to take us to the next level….. yup.

      • FatParosite

        John Hall is out of his era…. He would have been a mill owner flogging 8-12 year olds for not going under operating looms…. He is the true epicentre of neo-liberalist self consuming capitalism. He had no more interested in Newcastle’s fate than the last one he coiled off down the toilet.

  • Peaky

    If it is like the end of a marriage can Fatso be given full custody of Hoss,Atsu,Perez,Diame and Mannequin and please just take them when he finally goes….

  • tom

    Talk about scraping the barrell for content, is this really THE MAG?
    more repetative bull same tone different headline..sheesh

    • Leazes.

      First post!…..have you also registered D*ck and Harry?

      • tom

        As it happens…..whats the number of posts got to do with anything?

        • TheFatController

          Leazes won’t like that you haven’t given your surname for him to give us the heritage of…

      • Kenny

        😂😂😂😂😂

    • JohnnyH

      Kebab?

    • FatParosite

      BISHOP BLOCKED

  • FatParosite

    Great article….