There’s one thing we just have to put out sooner rather than later and now is a good time, and it’s very important because it’s a message to all the tremendous Newcastle fans out there.
Mike Ashley – determined to make Newcastle great again
And it’s even before a new manager is appointed at our club, which is perfect timing.
We need to give the new manager our full support, whoever he turns out to be.
We all presumably want Newcastle United to become a force in the English Premier League and eventually a football force in Europe. The next manager at the club will be the 7th new manager since Kevin Keegan left the club in January, 1997. So it will be 7 managers in a short 11 years with absolute no success whatsoever to show for it.
The managers in order have been Kenny Dalgish, Ruud Gullit, Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce. Everyone of those managers excited us (we’re talking about us on this web-site – we’re certainly not speaking for all Newcastle fans) when they were appointed – apart from Souness (to be brutally honest about Graeme). 😀
Dalglish had a wonderful track record, Gullit would bring sexy football to the club and had already been successful at Chelsea, Bobby Robson was born to manage the club, Roeder had a great start dragging Newcastle up to 7th place in the league in 2006, and Sam had a great record of getting the very best out of his players and could surely get the best out of the decent Newcastle squad.
It does look like our new manager will be Harry Redknapp, and we’re already seeing the cries of NO from some of our fans.
The question we have for those Newcastle fans is the following:
Is it more important for you to be right about how Harry will do at Newcastle â€“ or do you want Newcastle to be successful â€“ which is the more important?
We don’t care less if we are wrong about a Newcastle manager, as long as they are successful and we’ve had precious little success or stability at the club since Kevin left 11 years ago.
We would have been very happy if Souness had brought success to the club and it even looked like it when he put together an unbeaten streak of 12 games with 9 wins in 2005. That was just before the Dyer Bowyer punch-up on April 2nd, 2005, when Aston Villa beat us 3-0 at St. James’ Park to end the streak.
Bobby Robson was the sole manager of those 6 who had any kind of success, and he had us in 4th, 3rd and 5th place in successive seasons, but not even that was good enough to keep his job and he was sacked by Freddy Shepherd in late August, 2004.
We think Bobby Robson was a dream manager and we just loved it when he was at our club. It was a real privilege to have the great man as our manager for 5 years.
We don’t particularly care who the next manager is â€“ but obviously we’d like him to be good and with a good previous record. But our point is that we’ll support him 100% for the good of our club.
Why is that? Because having Newcastle United successful means more to us than our opinions on any new manager.
We’d like our fans to get behind the new manager, from the very start, whoever he turns out to be.
Let’s start to take this club where it belongs â€“ to the very top. Let’s all start pulling in the same direction and put an end to the name of Newcastle United becoming a laughing stock in the press.
Howay the Lads!