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‘A relief to get back to football on Saturday’

2 months ago
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I can’t wait for Newcastle v Everton on Saturday.

I look forward to any match of course, both for the actual football and of course the extra-curricular activities.

The ones that leave me with me a massive hangover the next day.

However, this Saturday is more anticipated than pretty much any other this season.

Not because of the opposition or indeed any anticipation about the actual result, although like every game I will be desperate for Newcastle to win.

The reason I am desperate for Saturday to come around is after this ‘zombie’ week that we have experienced.

I can’t be the only person to feel that this week has dragged by and been totally dead where Newcastle United are concerned.

Indeed, it has felt more like an international break.

It will be simply a relief to get back to football on Saturday.

It hasn’t felt like a normal week where you have the aftermath of last weekend’s game and as that fades away, the build up to the following weekend’s game begins. A seamless transition.

It just feels as though once the final whistle went at the London Stadium, everybody has switched off.

I think that getting a reasonably comfortable distance above the relegation zone is one factor. People not discussing that and looking at all the permutations and how our relegation rivals are getting on, who they have to play etc.

It is not that Newcastle United fans are complacent, I think it is just now it isn’t an overwhelming black cloud, it can be put to one side more easily.

I get the feeling now that supporters are more just moving from one match to the next.

If we had beaten West Ham then maybe it would have been different, fans then wondering about an outside possibility of getting top half.

Instead, the Hammers winning put paid to that.

So at the moment NUFC are six points above relegation with nine games to go and six points off the top half.

Other than the actual football, everybody is of course just waiting for something decisive to happen off the pitch.

As has been the case for the best part of 12 years…

With Ashley go and/or will Rafa stay?

It just feels like a zombie club waiting for those two issues to be resolved.

Obviously I don’t want the ‘excitement’ of upcoming results potentially pitching us right back into relegation trouble.

However, this lack of excitement/worry/fear is very un-Newcastle United…boring.

I can’t wait for tomorrow’s match and the chance to snap out of it.

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