I was talking to a Manchester City fan yesterday, he could not believe…
Well first of all, can I say compliments of the season to all Mag readers and Newcastle United fans right across the globe.
Let us hope that in these Covid challenging times, Christmas can bring a bit of cheer for those that need it.
I myself had a bit of a health scare recently, ironically caused by having Covid last year. Then of course as things tend to happen, the Omicron version caught up with me recently, though I have to be honest the symptoms I experienced were nothing more than a very mild cold.
Ok, back to the football, we knew what was coming in December, difficult fixtures and so far we have not got a lot.
However, while these fixtures are / were difficult, they are made so much harder by the crass standard of refereeing we are having to endure…of course VAR is there to prevent this sort of crass officiating. Less said about VAR the better, but the decisions against Leicester, Liverpool and Man City are staggering to say the least, add in the mistakes by Newcastle players and the mountain becomes even harder to climb…..I think Sunday’s non-decision just about fully iced the VAR cake.
Pep of course being his mischievous self, somehow came out with the excuse that as Fraser did not have the ball, it could not have been a penalty. My thoughts are simple on this, when we play them next, get Callum Wilson to punch one of his players in the face ‘off the ball” as it can’t even be a foul according to Pep.
Well those fixtures are gone and our season starts now, yes we are in deep trouble, yes we have played more games than anyone else but Covid has actually come to our aid. The postponements mean that instead of possibly being ten points from safety, the likelihood is we will only be three or four, why is this important? Well it keeps us within striking distance, win a couple and you are out the bottom three despite having played more games, but the pressure mounts on those around us.
Personally, I see Norwich, Burnley and one from Watford, Leeds and us, we just need to cut out the mistakes and pick up points against the lesser teams.
I was talking to a Manchester City fan yesterday, he could not believe ‘how sh.t we are with all that money?’
‘What money’ I asked him?
‘All that money.’
I then pointed out that when his club were taken over, within 20 minutes they spent £30 million on Robinho. He was not a great success but many other players followed and it still took them a few years to win the league. I then added, it is because of the likes of his club that FFP came into being, hence why Newcastle have all that money but can’t spend as much as his club could, plus there is the transfer window restrictions.
Newcastle United may well go down this season but it won’t be a disaster, it will give the badly neglected ship a chance to turn. Make no mistake, it will turn and at some point it will become a juggernaut, ideally we want to be top six next season but if it takes a year or two longer then who cares?
So who do we need to sign?
We have all heard the names and incredible transfer fees, but the fact is that under Eddie Howe we are playing a lot better but no rewards as yet. We need to cast our eyes back to 91/92 when third division football was a possibility, KK signed players to stave off relegation, Brian Kilcline, Kevin Sheedy etc, we now need players of a similar ilk, players with experience and with a simple remit, to save us off from relegation and enjoy a nice bumper end of season bonus, then the rebuilding can begin in earnest.
As I said earlier, relegation will only slow this process down, so as long as the fans keep the faith, all will be good.
Talking of fans, only one word…magnificent! The Mike Ashley shackles are off and everyone is as one and it’s a joy to behold, those who boycotted were right, the stadium had become soulless, where it was only habit keeping the likes of me there. I hold my hand up, I should have turned my back, I sincerely hope that those that did do, get back in and can enjoy it all over again.
It’s funny times at the moment and maybe our friends from Wearside can enjoy some cheer by finally getting out of the third tier of English Football, their fans have generally stuck by them, which is a credit to them. If we were to go down, would it not be great to play them one last time on a level playing field, because make no mistake, within five years such will the gap be that they won’t ever want to play us again and after all, we do owe them one last Basil Fawlty type thrashing.
As always, I am glass half full and I expect us to stay up and kick on, but even if we don’t we will still kick on.
The future is so bright I may just have to wear shades.
All the best.
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