Last Season Wasn’t Enjoyable From Start To Finish

The situation we have at Newcastle remains uncertain at best, as we still have Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in place, and they have shown they are absolutely clueless in running a football club.

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Mike Ashley – has no idea how a club should be run

And as we mentioned yesterday there is every probability that we’ll have news about the club being sold, which could last week in week out, and month in month out – just like last year

We think Mike would be very happy to keep the club, almost as long as he can – if   the team is doing so well, and is near the top of the league.

And Steve Harper, our most experienced and longest serving player, seems confident the team will continue to defy the turmoil created continually in the Newcastle boardroom by men who should not be in football.

It seems the lads made a pact while they were in Ireland in pre-season, to put the turmoil behind them, work closely together, and just concentrate on their football to get Newcastle promoted at the first attempt.

And that in spite of anything the owner, Ashley, and his cronies come up with – and so far it’s worked like a dream.

Steve Harper said today:

“Relegation was horrendous last season and I did wonder over the summer what people were going to be like when we came back for pre-season, who was going to be committed to getting the club back into the Premier League and who wasn’t.”

“That came up in pre-season. We asked everyone what they felt and if they wanted to stay and get this club back into the Premier League. We didn’t want a negative atmosphere.”

“When you look back at last season, it wasn’t enjoyable from start to finish. We had to have a positive atmosphere around the place this season and we have managed to create that.”

“We couldn’t afford to have anyone here who didn’t want to be here, or anyone who resented the fact they had been forced to stay. The situation demanded that we had players who would work for each other and fight for each other.”

“There were people who didn’t want to be here and that was fine. There isn’t any resentment towards them because they had careers to think of.”

Of course things were made that little bit more difficult over the summer, because when the players left in May they all thought Alan Shearer would be the permanent manager, but Ashley didn’t see it that way, and in fact we had no manager when pre-season training started on July 1st.

That is illustrative of the planning and deep thinking that Mike puts into the club – none.

But on July 1st, enter Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, and the rest is history – very good history so far.

They’ve all done very well this season  …………………  so far.