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Newcastle United fans – A key message for NUFC supporters ahead of Tuesday night…

6 months ago
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Fast forward a few months since October’s change of ownership and here we all are as Newcastle United fans, chock full of excitement, ambition and hoping like mad that we can finish 17th in the premier league.

It’s a funny old game!

The new NUFC owners have had a frantic January. Newcastle linked with just about every player with a pulse.

Despite the trials and tribulations of a notoriously difficult window – one they openly admitted they wouldn’t normally seek to do business in – they have managed to make some significant additions to the squad.

Anticipation is building in the fan base for Tuesday’s long awaited return to action. Newcastle likely to field a starting line up against Everton with potentially as many as half the outfield players replaced with new signings, compared to the one that took the field at the end of December against Man United.

Quite an achievement and one that required the owners to outspend every other team in Europe last month.

Everton will no doubt be labelled a ‘must win’ game by some, as it seems so many of our matches have been this season. The reality is, we haven’t won a lot of the must win games so far and yet we are still right in the mix with every chance of staying up, if we can convert some of the many draws and points dropped from winning positions, into victories.

The excitement and anticipation is back, which is great for all Newcastle United fans, but we must also be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

New players, however talented, can take time to settle into the league, settle into the team, adapt to the system Eddie Howe wants to play, to foster new friendships with team mates, build team spirit and learn each other’s style of play.

The reality is, we might not hit the ground running…

My instinct, is that Everton may prove to be an anti-climax, but I do believe in the system and style of play that Eddie is trying introduce and I believe in the players that the board have brought in, as well as many of those we already had at the club.

I think over the course of the remaining 17 games they will get the points we need to reach safety.

However, if it doesn’t start with a win against Everton then don’t despair, don’t start throwing the towel in – again! No booing or turning on the team or manager.

The greatest asset this club has is it’s fan base, when we are truly united we are an irresistible force, something younger fans might not have really experienced over the previous decade or so, but it’s beginning to stir..

So let every man, woman and child get behind the team, let’s be their 12th, 13th and 14th man. Raise the roof at St James on Tuesday and show Bruno and the others just what a mighty club this can be when the fans, team and owners are united.

Remember though, if it doesn’t click straight away don’t fret, one way or another better days are coming and all good things come to those (Newcastle United fans) who wait…

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