John Barnes at it again, lecturing Newcastle United fans how they should support their club
We have John Barnes at it again.
Once more he has been lecturing Newcastle fans on how they should behave.
John Barnes thinking he has some kind of specialist insight into Newcastle United because he played 27 matches for NUFC back in the 1990s.
John Barnes stating about his mate: ‘I always say to Newcastle fans, if you want the team to stay in the division you’ve got to support the team…I think he [Steve Bruce] is a scapegoat at Newcastle because the fans don’t like Ashley. They’ll say it’s because of the football he’s playing or whatever.’
We have been here before with John Barnes (see below), Newcastle fans don’t need telling on how they should support their team.
Now in our fifteenth (FIFTEENTH) Mike Ashley season, we are very much aware of what it is all about, the owner IS as always the massive problem behind everything wrong at Newcastle United BUT when he employs patsy / stooge managers such as Steve Bruce (you can name the rest…) then it makes it so much worse, both when it comes to watching the football AND when the likes of Bruce is so willing to speak at press conferences from the Mike Ashley script to deflect as much blame as possible from the owner.
Last season, without a single Newcastle fan in the stadiums watching, Steve Bruce oversaw a run of only two wins in twenty one games, whose fault was that? Steve Bruce inheriting a team that had finished mid-table twice under Rafa Benitez and Bruce then allowed a net spend of over £100m on new players, yet producing overwhelmingly most of the time shocking football, as well as the dire run of results.
The problems this season won’t be due to Newcastle fans.
Instead it will be down to Mike Ashley’s shameful running of the club and Steve Bruce’s limitations as a head coach, someone who has now been allowed a net spend on players of over £125m since July 2019.
Before the virus hit, due to Ashley and Bruce, the owner had to give away 10,000 season tickets to make up for the thousands of paying fans the pair had driven away.
This season, in only the second home game, a 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off not on live TV in the UK, there were already over eight thousand empty seats.
Many (most?) Newcastle United fans don’t even now see staying in the Premier League as the be all and end all, desperately crawling from season to season with no plan or ambition whatsoever, apart from giving Mike Ashley the benefits of owning a Premier League club.
John Barnes speaking to BonusBetCodes:
“If you win football matches you survive. They haven’t started particularly well and the fans are on their back.
“If he doesn’t turn it around there’ll be calls for his head, as there always have been. But you know what football is like – you start to win matches and things can change.
“Unfortunately, because of the Mike Ashley situation, Newcastle will always have that. I always say to Newcastle fans, if you want the team to stay in the division you’ve got to support the team.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily Steve Bruce, it’s the fact that he was appointed by Mike Ashley and he’s seen as a Mike Ashley man.
“Unfortunately for the fans, the next person is going to be a Mike Ashley man as well. It’s going to be a hard few months for Bruce.
“I think he’s a scapegoat at Newcastle because the fans don’t like Ashley. They’ll say it’s because of the football he’s playing or whatever.
“Until the ownership situation is resolved, Newcastle are always going to be a club in a bit of disarray from the fans’ perspective.”
John Barnes – 14 July 2021:
“Steve Bruce is the right man to take them forward and what they need is harmony.
“They need togetherness until the club is sold. They have to support the manager.
“If they keep having problems and fans are booing, that’s not going to help the players and the manager.
“As much as they have their reasons for not liking the owner, that is not going to help the club.
“Until he [Mike Ashley] sells, support them. When you’re there for the 90 minutes, support the team.”
How time flies, it was only a year ago when with a takeover looking inevitable, John Barnes was lecturing Newcastle fans that they weren’t going to see Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe signing…
John Barnes speaking on 12 May 2020:
“Marquee signings for Newcastle are not marquee signings.
“Ronaldo is not going there, Lionel Messi is not going there and Mbappe is not going there.”
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