Chris Sutton attacks Newcastle United fans “It’s utterly ridiculous”
It is quite amazing just how animated people such as Chris Sutton can get, about a football club that they have absolutely no connection with.
Despite Newcastle United being supposedly such a small meaningless club according to so many in the media and fans of other clubs, NUFC are constantly talked about.
Which is why people such as Chris Sutton think they can talk about Newcastle off the top of their heads, without bothering to do any research, or even having a cursory look.
Sutton asks ‘what benefit does it serve’ when Newcastle fans are already booing Steve Bruce in these first two matches.
This is simply making something up, or assuming it must be the case.
A drastically weakened Arsenal side won at St James Park and their keeper didn’t have to make a serious save but there was no booing.
An abject performance from the first minute at Norwich and yet the Newcastle fans at worst, reacted with stunned silence as to just how bad this was.
Chris Sutton doesn’t understand fans ‘being negative’ after only two games, with his simplistic thought process being: ‘Rafa decided to go’…’Steve Bruce loves the club’…’They have broken their transfer record’…
It is gross stupidity to start the clock only when Rafa Benitez officially left Newcastle United at the end of his contract on the 30 June.
Newcastle had a top class manager and Mike Ashley did absolutely nothing to try and keep him over the course of Rafa’s three year contract.
Newcastle fans watched a manager repeatedly undermined in the transfer market and a refusal of the owner to allow investment in the infrastructure (Training complex, Academy, St James Park etc etc) of the club (as always).
Yet Rafa Benitez built a team on a budget that twice finished mid-table, eleven points above relegation each time. Then when the very first time an ambitious signing of any type was allowed, Almiron came in and from his debut Newcastle picked up 21 points in the final 13 games and scored 21 goals (only 24 points and 21 goals in the first 25 PL games last season), with Almiron, Perez and Rondon, Newcastle now looked at last to have a real attacking edge once again.
The path ahead was simple…convince Rafa to stay, give him a decent budget and freedom to use it, allow him to sign Rondon for the £16.5m release clause, buy the two quality wing-backs that were clearly needed to top off the excellent three/five at the back system Rafa had expertly put in place as well as one or two other signings of Rafa’s choosing, clear out the players not needed/not good enough, at the very least you had a team/squad and manager who would deliver safety yet again and potentially…who knows?
Instead, Newcastle fans have seen arguably the most chaotic and PR driven summer yet under Mike Ashley, Rafa forced out, not even an offer made to buy Rondon, no effort to keep Perez, only £5m investment in the key wing-back positions, no effort made to sell the players not needed (Colback, Aarons, Lazaar, Saivet, Sterry and others), faceless people deciding which players are signed and Mike Ashley insisting on a return to signing players based predominantly on them potentially being worth a lot more money in the future – which in reality means relying on 22 year olds from overseas leagues to come in and instantly score all the goals needed to keep Newcastle up.
That big fat cherry on the top being appointing somebody who no other Premier League club would have employed, giving him no authority and even giving him the title of head coach rather than manager, to make absolutely sure everybody knows this is a return to the McClaren era.
Newcastle fans are fed up, whether they are still going to the matches or not, because they have seen it all before and so clearly, could see it happening all over again this summer.
These first two matches have simply being as expected/feared by most Newcastle fans, although Norwich exceeded that ‘expectation’ by some way.
When you add Steve Bruce’s chaotic behaviour, both on the pitch via the players and off it with his isn’t everything great when you have Mike Ashley as an owner soundbites, you just get that sinking feeling you get when the likes of Souness, JFK, Pardew, Carver and McClaren were given the job – Newcastle fans can see they aren’t the right fit or credible candidates to get the job.
The last four of those and Steve Bruce only appointed because they are willing to accept the Ashley way of doing things, that has already led to two relegations and a number of near misses in this owner’s first 10 Premier League seasons.
Chris Sutton says about the situation ‘It’s utterly ridiculous’, yes Chris, life under Mike Ashley at Newcastle is exactly that.
Chris Sutton speaking on the BBC football podcast:
“What benefit does it serve these fans being negative, bringing negativity into the stadium and booing the manager.
“I do not get this after two games.
“They have broken their transfer record.
“Rafa decided to go.
“Steve Bruce loves the club, that’s why he took the job and it was extremely courageous for him to do that, I just don’t get the fans.
“I really feel for Steve Bruce.
“When you look at last season, I think they only had three points out of the first 10 games under Rafa Benitez.
“I think Newcastle fans, and they’ve been through such a tough time…but there is a section of them who need to get a grip of themselves and start backing their manager, not have this negativity.
“There was talk about Steve Bruce being eleventh choice.
“I don’t know if that was the case or not but what about giving a manager a chance.
“How can we honestly judge Steve Bruce fairly after two games?
“It’s utterly ridiculous.”
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