When Newcastle were in dire straights at this time two years ago, there were a number of readers who said it would be a good thing if Newcastle got relegated, because the club could have the clear-out that it really needed.
Alan Pardew – being humbled is a good thing
We never agreed with that view, because we thought there were easier and less drastic ways in which the club could come to terms with some of its problems, but after going through hell and high water after being relegated, the Newcastle United club is in much better shape than it was, and the fans are much more realistic about things.
So those are two good things, but the biggest thing we have at the club now are players who want to play at Newcastle, and the lads give 100% every time they put those famous black and white shirts on – and that’s so important for a Newcastle team.
The fans are still passionate of course, but a little more realistic, after going through the terrible pain and humiliation of relegation.
Certain players didn’t seem to have the passion of two years ago, and one of them, Michael Owen, heard the wrath of the Newcastle fans on Tuesday night, and we still don’t think he really knew what that was all about, or he didn’t want to know is probably closer to the truth.
On the other hand players like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and the like will always be remembered for sticking with the club, and pulling Newcastle out of a deep deep hole, and of course the lads were promoted at the very first attempt last May.
And a certain gentleman manager, Chris Hughton, has already put himself into the Newcastle history books forever, and will be welcomed to Newcastle, whenever he comes back to Tyneside, he was the main man for Newcastle, and he is still loved by many very appreciative fans, including us.
In short, he’s a hero to Newcastle fans.
Current manager Alan Pardew, who surprisingly replaced Chris last December, has said today he thinks it was a good thing that Newcastle were relegated, and this is what he said today:
“Sometimes the readjustment of relegation isn’t always a bad thing,” “You can put things in line financially sometimes and also the mentality of the club can change slightly and that correction isn’t a bad thing.”
“Over the years we’ve seen it with Man Utd getting relegated and Man City. Suddenly you can become stronger for it and hopefully that’s what happens here.” Everything gets realigned with relegation and maybe for Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and the players that were here before it was a good thing.
“For José Enrique and Fabricio Coloccini it didn’t do them any harm at all to go into the Championship and learn what English football is all about. It’s never a bad trait in your life to be humbled, it brings you into line. If the club had stayed up that year would we be stronger now?”
“If you look a the financial results we published, maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing. It’s easier to say that after you’re back in the Premier League, of course. It’s only two weeks ago we were playing Wolves and we were still very vulnerable. We still are to a degree because we haven’t got great strength in depth.”
That’s an interesting statement from Alan about not being a bad thing to be humbled, and we have to think he learned a lot personally, from some of the sackings he has endured as a manager, particularly when he was sacked at West Ham in December of 2006.
He’s right of course, but it never quite feels like that at the time, but it’s true that some of the worst things that can happen to you in life, turn out to be huge learning exercises and even a good thing in the end.
While we would never have wanted Newcastle relegated, maybe it was a good thing, but there is a certain excitement with Geordie fans at the moment, that Newcastle could be back to being a very good side again, and the summer transfer window should be really interesting and exciting for Newcastle fans.
The Newcastle team showed on Tuesday night, they can be a very good side, and they fight like crazy and it was a wonderful performance from the Magpies against the Red Devils.
But first things first, and the lads must now capture all 3 points at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!