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Keeping the faith and I hope a seething Gabby Agbonlahor was watching…

4 months ago
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Finally, THREE POINTS for Newcastle United!!!

Fortunately, there are also three other sides who have been abysmal this season, namely Burnley, Norwich and Watford.

Whilst I still wouldn’t rule our Brentford, Leeds and Everton also getting really sucked into the battle to beat the drop; most definitely Brentford – the club, who according to Gabby ‘I hate Newcastle’ Agbonlahor, players would much rather sign for as opposed to coming to St James Park – what a complete pr.ck that bloke is!

Gabby Agbonlahor, that consummate professional who has the audacity to comment on how players should behave in their privileged positions. Yet, remember when he was out on the lash in Dubai and smoking away on a shisha pipe as his club were rock bottom of the league and on their way to be relegated??? It’s not that long ago – Buffoon!!!

He, along with many other pundits, will undoubtedly be seething at the fact that Newcastle United managed to take all three points at Leeds, Clinton Morrison included. I really took on board the support he showed Steve Bruce and the opinions he has about Bruce’s managerial credentials. The best manager he ever played for… that’s because he was sh.te! Hence he chose Ireland over England, as he was getting nowhere near the international scene in his home country.

Now, I do try to convince myself that there is not an agenda against Newcastle United when it comes to the so called expert pundits and journalists, but it is pretty difficult. Those lot who know so much about our club and our fan base, including the fact that we supposedly think we have a divine right to be challenging for trophies every year and we are one of the biggest clubs in the country.

Our fans are also all claimed to be under the impression that we should be signing the likes of Mbappe; I mean, after all… why wouldn’t they want to play for us!

Talksh.te have it absolutely spot on when they analyse our club and us as supporters (particular shout out to Simon Jordan), as do the punditry from Sky (it’s no wonder Jeff Stelling is retiring when having to put up with the likes of Morrison and Merson on a weekly basis). We do expect too much and we do put too much pressure on the players on a match day by creating that ‘gold fish bowl’. The manager’s hot seat is a poisoned chalice and, unless it suits us, we will have it in for you when you come to our club (these are brief shots of what has been said about us in the media over the past few months).

Obviously, if you haven’t noticed already, I’m being a little sarcastic and I, like the vast majority of fans only want a team that competes and a club that appreciates us. A team that is UNITED and who steps out on to the turf with the ultimate intention of leaving everything on it when the final whistle blows. As they did yesterday… GET IN LADS!!!

COVID decided to rear its head in our house and so, with much regret, I sold my Leeds ticket on Friday night. I did manage to find a link and watch the match; you could not fault the effort once again! This has been the case (excluding the Cambridge performance) in each game since Eddie Howe took charge, yet there are still elements of our fan base who are placing blame at the hands of the current manager for the poor results. I have even read some comments from people who believe that not much has changed since Steve Bruce left… WOW!!! The joys of social media. These people are either mackems, or they watch the highlights on Match of the Day every week and disregard the other 75 / 85 minutes of football that they have missed.

Anyway, what a performance and what a result! Yes, Dirty Leeds could’ve/should’ve scored… but they didn’t. We stuck at it and finally luck was on our side, something which has not really been on our side for what seems like an age. Even though we were denied a clear penalty once again (I’ll refrain from criticising the refereeing towards us since the takeover), we held out and now go into a well earned break with a huge confidence boost and a much better looking league table.

Personally, I think the lads have been fantastic since Eddie Howe took charge. Simple mistakes have led to a points tally below what we would all have liked, however, this is not down to the management and in game decision making! This is down to: the previous regime; a very poorly run club; a lack of quality both on the pitch and in the boardroom; a lack of coaching; a lack of investment, and a complete lack of desire to progress.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and Eddie Howe is not going to change the habits of fourteen years overnight, mind you, he’s having a bloody good go. The future is bright with Eddie Howe and his team. Whether we stay up or not, I am 100% confident that Eddie will establish us as a strong Premier League club in the coming years.

Two excellent signings so far and hopefully two or three more over the next couple of weeks, as well as two weeks on the training ground = further progress and more of Eddie’s influence being instilled. We’re not out of this yet!

Howay the Lads!!!

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