Players And Fans United Behind Newcastle

Our biggest worry when Mike Ashley dropped his latest bomb on Tyneside a week last Monday when he sacked Chris Hughton, was that the club would fall into disarray as it did two years ago.

Kevin Nolan – a terrific captain and leader on Tyneside

The last disputed departure from Newcastle happened in early  September of 2008, when Kevin Keegan left the club, and that wasn’t the end of the drama that season.

Newcastle collected just 2 points in our next 6 league games, Joe Kinnear came  in and then had to leave with heart problems in mid February, when Chris Hughton took over for a second time as caretaker manager.

And then on April Fools day of 2009, apt timing by Ashley – Alan Shearer was appointed manager for the rest of the season, to the delight of Newcastle fans.

And after all of that – Newcastle were relegated – and it was mainly because of the team performances in the second half of the season in 2009.

After 17 games in our  relegation season we had 19 points, just three less than we have right now after 17 games, but the rot started with the Christmas period defeats away at Wigan 2-1, and that Liverpool 5-1 battering on December 28th, which we’ll never forget.

After the Liverpool defeat that was also the time when goalkeeper Shay Given decided he wanted out of Newcastle.

But the amazing game last Saturday afternoon, when Newcastle got another big scalp by defeating what was an in-form Liverpool side, showed just how much better a squad Newcastle have this season than two years ago.

Not perhaps in skill and big name players, but certainly in pride for the club, and in being willing to fight it out for the points, which you could hardly accuse the relegation side of  ever showing too much of. After all far too many of them were busy counting their money on Tyneside.

Newcastle are certainly not out of the woods yet, to be sure, but the way the lads have fought in many games this season, suggests we have a more than decent chance of staying up.

And after the experiences of two years ago, the 50,000 crowd that turned up on Saturday, suggests the fans will keep supporting the players – and try not think too much  about the current owner of the club – who seems to have been  a fans’ nightmare since he arrived 42 months ago.

If we all support the lads on the pitch, and also support the new manager Alan Pardew, who’s made a good start to his his new job, then we’ll not go too far wrong this season.

We salute the players for the way in which they have handled this latest ridiculous situation created by the owner, and the way in which they have helped new manager Alan Pardew come on board since last Thursday

The revered Chris Hughton may have left the club, but the fantastic team spirit he helped to create with the players, is still very much alive on Tyneside.

Howay The Lads!!

7 comments so far

  • dublin mag steve

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    yeah nolans a good leader alright, i rekon the storys being leaked to the papers about intrested parties will all be coming from fat mike and specky lamb as usual they think we are stupid no money spent in january because of the rumoured take over when deadline passes the stories will fizzle out again. would be great if it was true though getting rid of this pair of gobshites is now our main priority.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    You have to feel sorry for Fat Ash. Just 1 billion profits for 2010. 🙁

  • Sav

    Dec 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    What are we supposed to be commenting on exactly?
    We may have improved a bit but I would have to say Liverpool met us more than half-way travelling in the opposite direction.

  • Davies

    Dec 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    This will DEFINITELY prove unpopular, but I’m going to post it anyway. I had a long debate with a few of the lads last night, and I actually found that I don’t dislike our owner as much as I thought I did.

    I think Mike Ashley has only ever acted in what he thinks is the best interests of this club, whether we agree with his decisions or not. This isn’t self harming for rich people. Billionaires don’t become billionaires by taking on investments with the intention of devaluing them. He keeps saying he wants this club to be successful and he’s weighed in to balance the books and bring in new players.

    The whole Keegan saga left a sour taste in the mouth of the fans, which was, to an extent, understandable, but Keegan came across as fairly clueless throughout the entire affair and spat the dummy like a child when he realised he’d missed the point of the system Ashley was trying to put into place. Telling him that he would be involved in transfer activity and then bringing Dennis Wise in was naiive to say the least, but it was not a malicious decision. I remember reading on here at the time of his appointment and his resignation, that Keegan was almost a cert to quit from the minute he walked in, because that’s what he does. Dennis Wise’s appointment, I have to agree, showed poor judgement.

    In the aftermath, Ashley was pretty much bullied by us into putting the club up for sale, twice. Relegation almost put things into perspective, with a lot of fans realising that it was the players, for all the trouble at the club, who were pretty much failing to turn up for a lot of games. Players like Nolan and Smith were hugely steadying influences, and, after the dead wood had been cut adrift, things started to look better.

    Maybe they loved Hoots so much because he encouraged player power and enabled them to act as ambassadors for the club to a far greater extent than any other manager would. None of us actually know how much of that was decided by the players and to what extent Hughton either allowed it, or accepted it.

    Make no mistake, I liked Hughton a lot, and I would have liked him to have a full season as a manager in the EPL, but I’m pretty sure we’d have been unhappy with him carrying on if we found ourselves in 18th (or worse) by Christmas. This is a tight league and a couple of bad results could easily have seen us slip further down the table very quickly.

    Sadly, Hughton’s dismissal was coming from a long way back. Apparently the board thinks that any one of a number of coaches could have guided what was basically a premier league team to the top of the championship. Hoots’ transfers included Best, Perch and Simpson, from which only Simpson seems to have been a good buy. Other players bought in during his tenure were down to Graham Carr, who is an excellent chief scout. The board are said to have been underwhelmed by Hughton’s technical nouse and his ability in the transfer market, and they thought him unambitious and not confident enough to improve on what we were already doing.

    Be honest lads, losing at home to Blackpool and Blackburn is pretty poor, and two points from five games would have had a lot of owners ready to pull the trigger.

    I don’t approve of the way he has gone about his business, but I can actually see some reason behind what the owner has tried to do over the past three years.

    Unfortunately, the red tops love to stir the masses and it doesn’t take long for people to take what they’re fed by the papers as fact. The open revolt that has surfaced several times since the owner bought the club is one of the single most damaging and destabilising factors I can think of over the last few years. It has come about, not necessarily because of the decisions made at board level, but also because of the sensationalised way these decisions are presented to us in the media.

    My point is, whatever you think of Mike Ashley, we’re stuck with him until he decides to go, no matter how many gather outside SJP, no matter what insults you chant on the terraces. I’d rather have him than fat Freddy, and I sure as hell would rather have him than the next set of oil billionaires queueing up to grace the premier league with their own unique brand of success, which would basically mean selling our souls to support a bunch of greedy prima donnas.

    Right now, as long as he lets the manager get on with it without interfering or firing him, we have a shot at stability. We have a good team who are proud to wear the shirt and we have some fantastic young talent to bring through, with the promise of more to come. In that light, it’s hard to be too critical of anything at NUFC at the moment.

    Let’s have a little more positivity and not be quite so ready to listen to the jobs for boys or casino debt conspiracies, or to jump on the next destablising bandwaggon, whatever it may be.

    You may now begin with your insults.

  • staffy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    This is my first post on this thread,and I dont want to start off by kissing someones bum.

    However that was a great post Davies and I thoroughly agree with you.

    We only hear half of what really goes on at this club or any other club.

    Your not Wyn Davies by any chance,are you LOL.

    If you have Sky HD, you can tape all of NUFC’s games on football first…..never miss a game.

  • dublin mag steve

    Dec 17, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #6

    davies is ashley and staffy is lambias!

  • staffy

    Dec 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Correct and I’m reducing all seating prices next season by 25%.

    If the prices don’t come down, you will know its just me Staffy from County Down.


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