Newcastle Need To Show Big Dose Of Humility Next Season

Are we the only ones who are starting to feel a little upbeat and even excited by the future at Newcastle – isn’t that weird!


Alan Shearer – in prayer earlier this season 

After being decimated, angry and in shock for at least 36 hours, some of the despondency is starting to fade away just a little, and things are starting to lighten up a bit, and that may continue if we get an announcement today or tomorrow that Alan is willing to stay at the club long term.

Mark Douglas has a long but excellent article out today in the local Newcastle Journal, and he makes more than a number of very good points. It’s really worth a read – see the bottom of this article for the link to Mark’s piece.

Mark captures and portrays the pride and stupidy of Newcastle – all in one article – but there’s one point that Mark makes, that we’d like to follow up on and even expand on, because it’s a trap for our supporters this coming season.

We have to stop thinking (before we even start) that we are too good to play teams like Scunthorpe or Peterborough next season, and we need to give these teams the great respect they deserve.

We’ve always thought  English football wasn’t about the Chelsea’s, Manchester United’s and Arsenal’s – the privileged few – but with clubs like Scunthorpe, Wigan, Burnley, Southampton, even Hull City  and many many others.

They all have very loyal followings, and the fans love their clubs just as much as we love Newcastle United.

We are not a big club right now, well as one reader put it in the comments – we may still be a big club but with a hopeless team right now.

We are sure we will help restore the dignity to our club if we give that respect out to other clubs and their own loyal supporters.

Just look at way Sunderland Chairman Naill Quinn handled the situation following their survival on Sky Sports on Sunday, when he said  he would not gloat on Middlesbrough and Newcastle being relegated, and hoped Alan and Gareth could bring the clubs back up very soon – real class from Niall.

What goes around comes around – what you put out is what you get back – treat others as you would like to be treated – what you sow is what you reap –  and simply mutliple other ways of saying this.  But, interestingly enough, as a 64 year-old old guy – I can tell you  it’s all true, from experience, both the good and bad (and the ugly?),  without necessarily knowing why that’s the case.

We’d be the last folks on the planet to tell Newcastle  fans what they should do, but it’s at least worth thinking about, and we could all individually help restore the dignity of the Tyneside club – which is nowhere to be found right now.

When we get huge disappointments in life, like Newcastle supporters had last Sunday, it has a very strange way of doing some good, hard though that may seem – because it at least lets you know what’s important  in life.

And Alan Shearer has already shown the way with his gut-wrenching interview following Sunday’s game – where he did everything but break down crying – but persevered and was total class and dignity personified.

Did he lift the image of Newcastle United Football Club – you bet he did – even as some of his players in the dressing were on their cell -phones arranging their get-way plans from Newcastle.

He could easily have ducked the interview, as he was obviously in great personal distress – but when did Alan ever duck anything?  We  still have those images of the white bandage wrapped around his brow, following a head clash, but battling on at St. James’ Park for the club he loves – a certified Geordie warrior indeed.

Our admiration for this man has risen a lot in the last 8 weeks – we knew he was a great player and local hero –  with a lion sized heart – but we didn’t quite realize he may even be a better person. And that’s what important after all.

If only he could have got one more point – oh well – that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now. 😀

Two things we can think about as Newcastle United fans:

  1. Acknowledge we were not good enough to stay in the Premier League last season , get to grips with that, we were not unlucky, and deserved to be relegated – so we have no excuses – and let’s get on with rebuilding the club
  2. Understand that other club’s fans however “small” their speciifc club may appear (it’s “big” to them just like Newcatsle is big to us) may appear – those clubs should be afforded the dignity and repsect they deserve – and as we expect ourselves, as Newcastle United fans

If we can do that we will be supporting Alan and the club – and even following the direction and attitude already set by our new manager (hopefully) – Alan Shearer.

OK that’s the sermon for today – comments are always welcome – but please keep them decent as a sign of respect for our younger fans.

If you’d like to read Mark Douglas’ excellent Journal article here it is.

50 comments so far

  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1

    so just like on last thread….. what do people think about jermaine beckford signing for us as hes been put on transfer list?

  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    i hope shearer signs as manager, as he knows exactly what is needed in a player to play for newcastle

  • 52times

    May 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    I would like us to buy him, he’s a proven Championship goal scorer. We still need players to make chances, though.

  • beyethegreat

    May 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    gd article ed 100% agreed

  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    beckford will be a quality buy! he scores loads of goals and thats what we are missing. He also has the physical attribute newcastle need!

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    If Shearer signs up…
    …Get Rob Lee, Gary Speed & first & foremost

    …The ‘one & only’ best Toon player ever,

    Pedro Beardsley!..


  • midjew

    May 26, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7
  • Stayloyal

    May 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Beckford would be a step in the right direction in my opinion!! We need to start building quickly for next season and the last thing we need is to let the grass grow under our feet. I’d also like to see us go for morrison (West Brom), Delph (leeds), Campbell (portsmouth out of contract), hart (Man City loan), Ferguson (Rangers). Thoughts anyone?

  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    These are the players in the championship with the most assists, i reckon stephen hunt, if signed could get us the goalscoring oppotunities we need, him and beckford for a start, would be good singing in my opinion

    1 Michael Kightly Wolves 19
    2 Stephen Hunt Reading 17
    3 Ross Wallace Preston North End 14
    4 Robbie Blake Burnley 12
    5 Jimmy Kebe Reading 11

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    What we’re ‘really’ missin’ is a proper, skilled mid-field…They are the ones that protect the back four, they are the ones that supply the strikers…That’s what we’ve been missin’ all season!..

  • Nick 69

    May 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    beckford would be a good signing for us, would be too expensive either as the club have transfer listed him as he would not sign new contract, i see the bookmakers have also made us 8/1 favourites to sign him aswell althought i how they come up with that i do not know!!

  • reetpetite

    May 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    heard in the last half hour that beckford is on his way to wolves!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we should all be positive,we would have struggled again next season as we have for the last 4 years with similar big name players.

    Whoever is in charge,whatever the playing personnel,whoever the owner is all I want is honesty and 100% commitment and to get back where we belong as quickly as possible.

  • tdt

    May 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    I see Beye wants 2 stay, and the Owl-man wants Shearer 2 stay 2… positive words 2day!

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Right on SJT!..

  • Nobby_Long

    May 26, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16


    I totally agree. We have many lessons to learn. I remember when we played Stevenage in the Cup. Freddy Shepherd was a disgrace, he belittled them and showed no class whatsoever. It made the club look pathetic & we all got tarred with the same brush. We should be aiming to build bridges, not burn them.

    What worries me more though, is the reaction of our own fans to our relegation. Whether you like Ashley or not, no-one can seriously beleive he is asset stripping the club. We have been running at a loss – yes he has made mistakes, and could be culpable for a reduction in income because of the prices rises for corporate areas, which did not go down well, and for all of the issues throughout the season.

    But i would ask you all this……Do you want the club the spiral down further, or do you want the club to get back into the Premier League as soon as it possibly can?

    If you want the latter, then the best chance of doing that is to buy season tickets, to get behind the club, buy shirts, scarves & anyting with NUFC logo on it.

    We’ve got to look at the bigger picture – Yes I want Ashley out, and dearly hope some one will come along with an offer he can’t refuse (I would guess at around £160m – £170m might do it), but how likely is that??

    So therefore Ashley will only give a certain amount for transfers…… far that goes could be down to how much we back the club.

    No matter what people like Stardust says, relegation is not the fault of the fans or ‘the mob’. But, if Shearer stays you can rest assured that he will have control, so therefore we must back him to the hilt. Do not walkway………Support the club in our hour of need.

    Your Club Needs You ……now more then ever

  • True fan

    May 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    tdt, where does it say beye wants to stay?

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #18

    What ever happens Nobby is out of our hands so it’s back to blind faith and belief..I am looking forwards now and it’s the best chance we will have as a club to appoint players that actually enjoy representing NUFC,that are committed and above all have the pride to pull on the Shirt come 3.00.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Get IN !!

    ABIB BEYE has pledged his future to Newcastle United despite the nightmare of relegation to the Championship.

    The Chronicle can reveal that Beye, who has one year left on his current deal, wants to nail his colours to the Toon mast and finish his career on Tyneside.

    And he believes the Magpies now have a major responsibility to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

    With Michael Owen’s future uncertain, Beye would be a candidate for club captain after doing an excellent job in that role with Marseille earlier in his career.

    The African missed the final-day showdown at Aston Villa through a hamstring injury.

    But he added that United’s relegation has only intensified his affection for the black-and-whites after 3,000 fans backed their team before, during and after the final fatal blow to the club’s top-flight status.

    Beye told the Chronicle: “The players who will be here next year must put this club back in the Premier League.

    “I’m in – I’m a Newcastle player.

    “I’m sad like everyone else.

    “I’m under contract, and I will be here next year to put this club back in the Premier League.

    “I have played for Newcastle for two years, and I love this club.”

    The long post-mortem for the Magpies has already started after losing their Premier League status after 16 years.

    But a choked Beye says that, internally, the club must take the hit as one. He added:

    “Everyone is responsible for this situation. Every player is responsible.

    “I think everybody must understand it’s not just about 11 players, or 18 players.

    “It’s about a city and the fans, and a lot of people who work at this club.

    “It’s hard to think about.”

    And he admits that whether the Toon stars like it or not they must knuckle down and get on with life in the Championship.

    He added: “Newcastle is a massive club, and what can I say? We’re really, really sad. We must look forward, and if this club is in this position, it’s for some reason.”

    Meanwhile, Beye’s fellow United defender Sebastien Bassong has been called up to the Cameroon squad alongside midfielder Geremi.

    Bassong has already starred for the French Under-21s, but is in the frame to make a full competitive debut for the Indomitable Lions in a World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Yaounde on June 7.

    :: PETER LOVENKRANDS is unlikely to stay at St James’s Park according to his agent Ivan Markos Benes.

    He said today: “We are looking for a new contract for Peter in England.

    “Most players want to play in the top division, so Peter is no different.”

  • SpartanChris

    May 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Forget the humilty, we’re geordies and we’re still and always will be the best fans of a big club!!!

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Defo SJT,
    this an oppotunity to get everythin’ right, once & for all…& it is possible!..
    …It’s gotta start NOW tho’!..

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Great News what a fkin HERO !!

  • Ashley Hole

    May 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    This was it!!! This club is not cursed anymore, we have paid back all the sins.
    All bodies which have been buried under SJ.Park are now “ripping”.

    New glorious era will begin!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Well done HABIB that is amazing News.
    Ed bang up a Habib thread
    LEGEND !!

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Sunday, monday…Habib Beye!..

    …Beye for Captain!..

    …What an excellent example of leadin’ from the front, in spite of adversity…
    …Ho’way Habib!..

  • Whumpie

    May 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Nice article, Ed – agree totally.

    Oh, and Punk Skunk – Beardsley is already signed up. Has been for about 3 months now. It as all a bit quietly done, for some reason.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I am so Habib Happy 🙂

    That’s the spirt we need…will the new captain please Stand up can the Old captain close the door on the way out !

  • Nobby_Long

    May 26, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    SJT – -would make a pleasant change……

    Shearer (please God let them see sense & give him whatever he wants) will get the club sorted out…..You can just see it in his eyes………

    Stand up & be counted……

  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Honestly Whumpie?..

    …If that’s so…GET THE F**K IN THERE!..

    …ps…How d’y’know?..

  • Whumpie

    May 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Great news about Habib, but let’s not get carried away yet. Just because he wants to stay – like Duff – doesn’t mean that the club can afford to keep him. If he won’t take a big cut in wages, he may have to go.

    Personally, I’d be surprised if Big Al wouldn’t be battling hard to make an exception for Beye, though. He’s one of very few good things we’ve seen this season and exactly the type of player that he wants to keep.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #31

    I think they we will manage to keep him and make him captain.

    Fingers crossed…be interesting to see who jumps from the ship over the next few weeks and who comes in.

  • sahota

    May 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #32


    You are right. I think Mike will make this season right decisions. Who would want to get the club relegated if you won the club. He has lost quite a lot in money by all this. I hope he learn form his mistakes this season. If he can work well with Shearer, I can see us back in PL soon. Shearer will do whatever he can to get us back. He is not kind of person who accepts defeat and just runs away. He will get back every time he loses and will always try to win. I think we should try to get our minds right about expectation of bouncing back within a year. Just be patient, if Mike makes Shearer the manager, just wait for sometime before giving your opinion on Shearer. Personally I would love us to start Championship by winning 2-3 games in start. As otherwise pressure will again start building which is not good considering we will have some players who already had lot of pressure in PL this season. Com’on Shearer, get the lads together and win us few games to start with.

  • blitziouz

    May 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #33,,10278~1667147,00.html

    Best news ive seen this week . beye for captin \o/

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  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #34

    There’ll be plenty of wage money goin’ off the bill, without havin’ to cut players salaries, surely?..
    …Yea, there’ll probably be a few ‘stay away’ ‘fans’, but we’ll still be makin’ money & still be one of, if not ‘the’ richest club ‘down there’…
    …& we’re probaby more debt free than most clubs, in the world!..

  • Whumpie

    May 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Going from my (drink-addled) memory following much abuse over the weekend, I believe Pedro was already on one of those ‘ambassador’ retainers, but became an employee in some sort of coaching role (youth or reserves) this season. I think it went unnoticed because it wasn’t a huge change.

    Can anyone else throw any light on this?

    (Here’s a thought: Pedro and Dowie in the same press conference. That’s a lot of expensive cameras to break. Love ’em, but man – dat ugly!)

  • dougnufc

    May 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #36


  • punk skunk...

    May 26, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Pedro’s alreet with his teeth in!..


  • Stardust

    May 26, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Nobby Long

    Please read up on the Law of Attraction as referred to by Einstein, Plato et al. Its as de facto as gravity itself.

    SO when a Collective of fans are negative – that’s what you get – a negative outcome.

    If the fans had supported unconditionally – and please dont say they did – who knows where we would have been.

    So as for me being incorrect, I suggest you look at the greatest scientists, artizans and philosophers before you criticise my opinion.

  • 52times

    May 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    That’s not de facto at all, Stardust. I’m not sure how you can even suggest that.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Stardust the fans have been hurting for a few seasons which is natural as the football in philosophical terms has been “plop” 🙂

    Time to Unite..take stock of what we have got and start marching forwards for a change.


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