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Out of the League Cup, in a relegation battle and a Newcastle United takeover – It must be September

1 year ago
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Some people just think of September as another month.

For Newcastle United fans though it is now becoming a big focal point of our season.

Out of the cup, the relegation fight well and truly underway, plus the announcement of an imminent Newcastle United takeover.

Yes, what is there not to like about our typical September…

The League Cup exit will be a distant memory by the time of the usual FA Cup one in January (making it 13 out of 13 out of the FA cup for Mike Ashley before the fifth round).

As for the NUFC takeover, that tale of woe will be stretched out until around the new year.

The only laugh bigger than Peter Kenyon’s latest Newcastle United investment brochure for investors, was the fact that this season is the first in 10 years where Sunderland have beaten two Premier League clubs before October.

The League One club beating Burnley and Sheffield United in the League Cup, described as ‘giant killing’ on Radio Newcastle!

For Newcastle fans it is just giant headaches at the minute.

Nobody that enthusiastic about the matches, even if still going.

Atmosphere shocking at home games, less than 40,000 at the Brighton match, Steve Bruce demanding that a Newcastle team that has only scored four goals in six games and averaged 32% possession gets more defensive, then the latest takeover claims come along to torture us.

Once Rafa left and Steve Bruce was announced, we suspected this might be a long season but…this is looking longgggggg.

Unless a genuine takeover did somehow happen, it is difficult to imagine anything else being able to rescue this season from being a write-off.

Even the usual drama/worry of staying up or going down is seen as largely irrelevant in these current circumstances.

Maybe exciting football, winning regularly and lots of goals will prove to be the unlikely saviour, or even a heady run into the fifth round of the FA Cup. We can dream.

However, the smart money is on more of the same.

Even more analysis of Steve Bruce’s shortcomings as a manager/head coach and wondering where the goals are going to come from, as well as counting up the empty seats at home matches.

The unpredictability of football has always been a massive part of the attraction but NUFC have become all too predictable due to Mike Ashley.

The relationship between club and supporters is completely broken as things stand, until that is repaired there will be no route forward.

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