This Is Why Newcastle Are No Longer A ¨Big Club¨


David James played 214 times for Liverpool and 53 times for England, and the former top goalkeeper has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and says that by every measure Newcastle United are still a big club.

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David James – in England colors

In fact James played for England in the last World Cup in South Africa, after he replaced Robert Green, after that terrible mistake Robert made in that first game against the United States.

Of course what is the definition of a big club – is it one that wants to win things, or that has a very good attendance through thick and thin – as Newcastle do.

This is what David James said in the Chronicle today:

“You’ve got the support there, 52,000 capacity. You can see St James’ Park from all around.”  “But again, as a fan, you look at Newcastle and I think this is almost like a white elephant, in a sense, that they’ve been around for so long and they’ve been massive for so long.”

“I mean, I’ve played them in the Premier League, I’ve played them in what was Division Two the year that Newcastle got promoted, in fact.”  “You think, when people talk about big clubs, it’s a clichéd term now. If a team’s got 20,000 fans for some reason they’re a big club.¨

“Newcastle have the third largest attendance in the Premier League, and that is by every definition a big club.”

Just as long as you don’t have to win things to be a big club, then we suppose Newcastle  may qualify, but how can Newcastle be a big club when we have no ambition, and the only thing Mike Ashley wants is for Newcastle to remain in the Premier League, and not have to fight against relegation.

The way that comes out in our strategy is that we have to be in the top ten.

That should probably disqualify Newcastle from being a big club these days – well as long as Mike Ashley remains the owner.

And by Ashley’s own strategy – Newcastle even field weaker sides for the two Cups, and that’s  in case the cup runs affect our PL status – as it did to Birmingham City, Wigan and even Hull City last season.

And therefore we have no chance of winning anything – not the cups – and we are a million miles away from challenging for the Premier League title – so our strategy is such that we’ll continue not winning anything.

How’s that for ambition? 🙁

Surely big clubs are like the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and the like, who every summer are looking to see how they can win the Premier League in the coming season.

That’s not what Newcastle do every summer – what we do is to try to get very good players in for less then £5M, and we’re not always successful at doing that either.

Do you think Newcastle are still a big club – even when we have no ambition?

Comments welcome.



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106 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Calamity James…

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The guy is bankrupt isn’t he ? .

    Must be begging local news papers to give his two cents for a hand-out .

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Pity Ashley doesn’t see us in the same light !!

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  • JackButler

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Having 52,000 fans turn up every week doesn’t constitute a big club.

    No intent, no desire, no ambition, big club my arse…………………we simply exist

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Beermonkey
    I have said so many times that the English are so rigid in the way we play. We find it hard to welcome change in all forms not associated with the English manner.
    Another big thing for me why we are dropping down the world rankings is the mass foreign import of players to the PL, Thus squashing out any English talent we have available.
    Take Rodewell for example. Looked a massive talent, Talked about as the new Gerrard……..Goes to Citeh and has had a couple of years of his career wasted

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #6

    He might be our next keeper

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    No Comment 🙁

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #8

    jazzy

    I don’t why these English players move to these clubs goes to prove there all about the money rodwell should have stayed put atleast another year I hope the same thing don’t happen to barkley

    its the top 4 they buy the English talent to forfill there home grown quota it don’t help

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #9

    JFA
    don’t joke..Thats to frightening to comprehend

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #10

    The chronicle is awful these days. I bet they took those quotes from somewhere else.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #11

    These days we’re shite and only our attendances have us as a big club. All thanks to Ashley and it’s unsurprising that even our attendances are dropping. Soon we will be no better than a Charlton, West Brom etc, just another club to make up the numbers and no proper player will want to sign for us.

    Ashley is the cancer at this once great club and I for one have lost all faith in him and the board to turn it around. We’re a shambles and Ashley should be hanged for asset stripping this club and continually mocking us fans!

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  • Slank

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like current favourite Enner Valencia is heading for Arsenal who have been tracking him for a year.

    Who can be next favourite?

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Where’s your we wingman welshie Jail ? Knee deep in cow muck ?

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  • BuckLuck

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    JP…from The Rock

    Agree. Ashley should be hanged.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Belfast,
    He’s probably trolling on a Villa blog as welshbrummie9,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Slank,
    Do you still believe that Mike Ashley is doing a good job and has the clubs best interests at heart.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #17

    The atmosphere at the match is the worst I’ve heard. I’ve been to friendly games which are multiple times more lively.

    That is through dreadful football led by Pardew, and shocking ambition via Ashley.

    Treading water is about right. If it wasn’t for Bosingwa and Swansea, we’d be sinking.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    well well well i thought my ears was burning good evening ladies

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #19

    That wouldn’t surprise me Jail, but I prefer the cow muck suggestion.

    Maybe he’s riding his pony.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m so proud to be welsh

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #21

    look just because England failed yet again don’t take it out on me

    Ha ha ha

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Ah there he is.

    Throw me the rope

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  • Belfast

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #23

    And the stool

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    England have got a new captain, he will be flying the England squad back home next week

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry I couldn’t resist

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #26

    only thing big about NUFC is ashleys stomach.

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  • Thump

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #27

    welshgeordie’s been reading The Sun.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Thump

    It comes to something when an English newspaper makes fun

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #29

    and you got to laugh when i comes on, Belfast and Jail goes off and they the ones who were bitching.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #30

    I saw the Samsung advert with Messi, Ronaldo and Rooney ? I wonder if they’ve used a French player in France and German in Germany etc because there’s no way Rooney can be put in the same bracket at those two.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #31

    what no more comments from you two, perhaps i should come back on here in a couple of hours time and let you carry on

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Perhaps trolling on an England blog would be more fun.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m having plenty of fun on this blog thanks for asking

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #34

    you are really obsessed with the words troll or trolling

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m just a Welshman who supports nufc

    It’s not my fault you have got a problem, deal with it

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #36

    anyway where’s our signings

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #37

    as it’s Sunday tomorrow i wonder who we will be linked with

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #38

    would be nice for a World Cup upset tonight i wonder if Ghana can do it

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #39

    i thought Iran was unlucky not get anything

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #40

    so then people who’s going to win it this year, France or holland i think

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