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The great Newcastle United switch-off?

2 weeks ago
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Newcastle United – what would we do without them?

Well, at the minute, I feel that everybody has taken a step back.

It might be only a smallish minority who have totally washed theirs hands of NUFC for the time being BUT it does feel pretty much everybody has had their interest diluted, for the moment.

Even the hardcore antagonists in The Mag comments section are finding it difficult to sustain their interest/anger to quite the same degree.

Both the moral majority who relentlessly want to expose Mike Ashley’s disgraceful running of the club AND the lunatic fringe of club/Ashley diehards and trolls/attention seekers who claim he’s doing nothing wrong.

The entire Newcastle United fanbase appears to be just waiting for things to get more interesting, for better or worse.

People just move from match to match, with little in between.

At one time everybody wanted to talk about Newcastle United all of the time.

The whole week taken up with the discussions of what happened at the previous match, what is likely to happen in the next game, as well as how this affects the overall picture.

However, Newcastle United now feels more like a TV programme that you are simply in the habit of watching.

One you really used to enjoy but now you watch more out of habit than any keen interest.

You switch it on each weekend but once that latest episode is finished, you simply switch off and find something else to do.

The interest pretty much starts with the kick-off and ends with the final whistle.

You can kid yourself that it is still more than that but if you are still going to the matches then the wider matchday is about meeting friends and family and socialising, not about Newcastle United.

At one time NUFC was all consuming, sometimes I could think of nothing else.

I haven’t been quite at that unhealthy state for some time but before this season I was still operating at a certain level where our football club was concerned.

My circle of mates are a mixture of those who still go to matches, some who have stopped going altogether, plus those who still go occasionally. They all though say the same thing, they like it when Newcastle United win BUT there is something missing.

The obvious cure for this worrying state is of course Mike Ashley selling the football club. I just hope we don’t all prove resistant to that vaccine when it eventually is administered.

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