This is a personal message to the Newcastle United players.
Newcastle United Fans – easily the most loyal in the land if not the planet
This is not addressed to every single Newcastle player. Those of you it is addressed to know who you are, and thereâ€™s no need to identify the players here.
You are on the brink of letting not only the Newcastle side down, but the Newcastle United Football Club itself.
This is a famous club with a great history. If you donâ€™t know that, we suggest you talk to Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer or Bob Moncur, or any of the thousands of fans close by, and in 15 minutes theyâ€™ll tell you with pride and passion what this club is all about.
The fans that support Newcastle United are the most loyal in the land. There’s no doubt about that. Which other club would get a 50,000 home gate after the team have not won in 12 league games and suffered defeat 9 times in the process. That’s not even to mention we haven’t won anything in almost 40 years. Certainly not Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea fans – they’re too used to winning.
You have performed far too many times this season, and especially in the last three months, without the fire and pride we require of all players who play for this club. If it’s one thing fans will not stand for is anything less than 100% commitment. There are two things that make up a performance on the field â€“ skill and commitment. Your skill has been at best around 50% of what you can produce, but your commitment has sometimes been even lower than that.
Skill is the hardest thing to produce in a game, but the Chairman pays you huge wages for the football skill you have. Otherwise the Newcastle wage bill wouldnâ€™t be one of the highest in the Premier League. We are also by the way, the 14th richest club in the world based on revenues (turnover) each season. Of course we are the richest club in the world based on fan support.
However, this season itâ€™s been players’ commitment that has been sadly lacking. That should be 100% every game. If we got any Newcastle fan out of the stands to wear the world famous black and white stripes, their commitment on the field would be 100%. That’s a fact.
Their skill may be 5% or less, but our point is that itâ€™s not hard to produce 100% passion in every single game, if you are really committed. That should be a given for any professional footballer, but that hasn’t been happening in the last 3 months.
You’ve got to give your all against Birmingham City next Monday night, and in every single one of the 8 remaining games after that. That’s an absolute necessity, there are no ifs and buts.
If you can raise your skill level that would be good, and then we may be the team that can register some 4-1, 5-1 and 6-0 victories. Just like the results weâ€™ve given up recently.
If you do manage take our club down, then so be it, but youâ€™ll go down in Newcastle’s long history as the weakest squad of players ever to represent this proud club. Not in terms of skill but in terms of heart, pride guts and spirit.
Of that we can assure you.
So please give 100% effort from now on, and if you do that, the loyal fans of Newcastle United will support you whatever happens, and we surely can survive the season in the Premier League. Then the thousands of Newcastle United fans all over the world can let out a huge sigh of relief.
Then the fans can talk about how we’re going to finish top 6 next season.
Hope springs eternal.