We never ever said it was easy to be a fan of Newcastle United Football Club – in fact the club may be one of the hardest clubs to support in the world.
Ashley and LLambias – fix things this summer – please!
Newcastle have become the perennial under-achievers in football, having not win a trophy since way back 1969 – and when we looked like we were putting a decent side together – like it looked like we were doing last season – we get a season like this one.
Let’s face it, we’ve lost most if not all of the credibility we built up for our great exploits last season – and we are almost back to square one. And to think we thought it was going to be great being back in Europe and fighting again for a top six position.
How wrong can you be?
Yes – we’ve had a lot of injuries this season – far too many – and yes we played 14 games on a Sunday following a Thursday night game in Europe – often in far away in places like Moscow and the Ukraine.
But that is what the top clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have done for most of the last few decades – and that’s what you do if you are a top club.
And I just watched Lee Ryder on his video in the Chronicle today talking about last night, and he’s 100% correct and speaks for all Newcastle fans when he says we shouldn’t have to rely on teams like Wigan losing to save our skins – it’s simply not good enough.
So we are still fighting relegation with two games to go – and we had to rely on Wigan Athletic to lose – so we are now three points clear – and remember – it was nothing Newcastle did to save themselves, and a Wigan win would have seen us 3rd bottom today.
And after we were fighting for a top four place last year at this time.
But thank goodness the season is nearly over and this morning I woke up feeling a lot lighter and seemed to have lost some weight overnight – but then remembered what happened last night – a lot of Geordie fans will be feeling a lot lighter today too.
We have one big job still to do before the end of the season – and that is to ensure our safety – and maybe – just maybe – our team can actually get a win (remember what they are – you actually get 3 points from them) on Sunday against an already relegated and supposedly despondent QPR side.
And if we can do that – then great – really great.
But then Mike Ashley must clear out the dead wood, decide which manager he wants to lead Newcastle forward, and then build up our squad this summer.
A club that has average home gate of over 51,000, deserves a better team than that which is fighting relegation right now and over the last four games have been smashed 3-0 by Sunderland – and 6-0 by Liverpool – and at the Cathedral on the Hill too.
My father will be turning in his grave.
But hope springs eternal – and we already have high hopes for next season – always assuming we are still in the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!
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