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

7:02 pm, Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon Tang // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Calamity James…

  • 2 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    The guy is bankrupt isn’t he ? .

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

  • 3 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

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

  • 4 JackButler // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    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

  • 5 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    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

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    He might be our next keeper

  • 7 Shaker Shakrah // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    No Comment :(

  • 8 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    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

  • 9 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM

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

  • 10 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

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

  • 11 JP...from The Rock // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    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!

  • 12 Slank // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:21 PM

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

    Who can be next favourite?

  • 13 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

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

  • 14 BuckLuck // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    JP…from The Rock

    Agree. Ashley should be hanged.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

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

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

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

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    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.

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:49 PM

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

  • 19 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

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

    Maybe he’s riding his pony.

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I’m so proud to be welsh

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:51 PM

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

    Ha ha ha

  • 22 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Ah there he is.

    Throw me the rope

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    And the stool

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:53 PM

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

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    sorry I couldn’t resist

  • 26 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    only thing big about NUFC is ashleys stomach.

  • 27 Thump // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    welshgeordie’s been reading The Sun.

  • 28 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Thump

    It comes to something when an English newspaper makes fun

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:15 PM

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

    Ha ha ha

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    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.

  • 31 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    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

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Perhaps trolling on an England blog would be more fun.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:34 PM

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

  • 34 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    you are really obsessed with the words troll or trolling

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    I’m just a Welshman who supports nufc

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

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    anyway where’s our signings

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

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

  • 38 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

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

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    i thought Iran was unlucky not get anything

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

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

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    hang on a minute am i on my own on here this evening

  • 42 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Watching the match sweetie

  • 43 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Where’s Geordie Two he hasn’t been on here for a while

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    thank you princess

  • 45 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    hallo hoe gaan dit welsh

    van die mense in Merthyr Tydfil is bloedige onbeskof

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    have you been drinking tonight

  • 47 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    He’s maybe on the other blog Welsh. .co.uk

    You should maybe join him :-)

  • 48 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I hear you win a flat screen tv, if you post on that blog, and that blog only.

  • 49 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Welsh
    I’ll give you credit mate. Ya’v got some broad shoulders on ya pal….. Good on ya!!

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Beer monkey,
    Is that Afrikaans ?

  • 51 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    welsh

    it was a bit of welsh to make you feel at home

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    is that what you call it

  • 53 BDin9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Used to be a big club. Big joke now

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Jazzy p
    He’s a blatant troll mate !

  • 55 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    jail
    yeah oooop I some what cocked that up

    there we go

    helo Cymraeg sut wyt ti

    y bobl ym Merthyr Tudful yn gwaedlyd anghwrtais

  • 56 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    jail

    how the hell did I guess what that was

  • 57 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Jail
    Maybe so buddy. But he’s a persitant one at that

  • 58 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    jazzyp

    I can dish it and take it, i don’t let anything bother me

  • 59 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    if i got paid every time you call me a troll I would be a millionaire

    Ha ha ha

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    That’s him off our shopping list !

  • 61 BDin9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Come on Ghana

  • 62 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Another linked player who’s price has just doubled

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    jazzyp

    Thanks for the compliment

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Only time in my life I wanted to see the Italians win yesterday.

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Come on Ghana

    Ha ha ha

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    This world cup is crazy .

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Get in

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    i feel like dancing dancing the night away

  • 69 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Aint got a clue who’s gonna win this world cup now. Thought the Germans looked mint in the first game but look ordinary.
    Ayew can bring the Ghana dance to st james park lol

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    another player we were linked with in the past has just scored for Germany

  • 71 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    @ jazzy

    I agree m8 .

    At the start I thought Argentina, Germany Spain & Brazil would win it . However so far they have all looked average and the French probably look the most likely .

  • 72 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Klose has been one of the most underrated strikers of all time .

    In fact he has just equalled the record for world cup goals with the greatest striker I have ever seen in Ronaldo .

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Should have squared to Gyan and it would have been 3-1 and all over.

  • 74 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Bpc
    Yeah mate the Frogs or dutch look like the free scoring teams at moment. I can see Argentina going out in the next round and Brazil if they dont knuckle down.
    Messi done my dream team world of good tho earlier thank god

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Imo we lack a truly world class player where as a few teams have two or three.

  • 76 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Wonder if pardew’s listening to the pundits take on the football on offer at the world cup “Its nice to see the teams have a go at one another rather than the drivel we see sometimes in the Pl”

  • 77 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    @ jazzy

    Imagine if Pardew was managing an Iran or one of the African teams .

    No doubt he would have them sit back and then most likely get beat by two or three goals, whereas these smaller teams showing no fear (although not always successful) show courage and even in defeat can be stomached by fans .

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I reckon there’ll be a punch up in the dressing room between Gyan and Ayew.

  • 79 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Give me basketball football over Tika-Taka any day of the week :) .

  • 80 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Good game

  • 81 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Cracking game that boys

  • 82 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Brilliant second half of football.
    Impressed with the young Ghana full back Harrison

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    What’s Danny Murphy got to do with World cup football, and he looks like he lives in a snooker hall.

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    He’s a World Cup winner

  • 85 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Think the whole Neville thing has made the commentators ten times worse.

    Talking all sorts of bollox in fear of being labeled boring lol

  • 86 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Savage is just as bad

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Charlie,
    Fair play to Costa Rica but a shame we’ve got nothing to look forward to at all on Tuesday, think we deserved a couple of points.

  • 88 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Savage is a legend and a welsh one

  • 89 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Don’t think they would have beaten Costa Rica anyway tbh jail.

  • 90 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Belfast,
    Phill Neville reminded me of a speak and spell machine, is he welsh ?

  • 91 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I agree Welsh. Winning the Worthington cup automatically makes you a legend like.

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Belfast,
    All theoritical now, I was trying to work out the situation if we drew against Uruguay, I gave up.

  • 93 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Jail
    Didn’t think we were that bad against Italy and Uruguay the opposition had what we lack a truly World Class player to turn a game

  • 94 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    How can you say that, shearer only won the premier league once

  • 95 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    The Bbc through him to the wolves jail lol first time commentating on a game, and he gets England’s first game at a world cup :-)

  • 96 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    If you are only going by winning trophies

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Belfast,
    Savages greatest achievement was finishing eleventh on strictly come dancing and getting a question right on ITVs celebrity The Chase, it was when the presenter asked his name.

  • 98 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Is Phil Neville Welsh, can’t believe you just taken the piss out of yourself

  • 99 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    It’s becoming a bit like the Eurovision song contest Jail :-)

  • 100 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    And where do England end up

  • 101 stuart no9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    not been on the blog lately,but, whats james doing giving interviews to the chronicle??? and be serious lads , still gutted about england- no more bad news please .

  • 102 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Good job they don’t do a penalty shoot out

    Ha ha ha

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Belfast @95,
    They did, if they’d known all along they’d be using him for a game like that you’d have thought they’d have given him a bit of practice on a meaningless fixture like Swansea vs Villa on Five live.

  • 104 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Meaningless fixture

    Yeah you right because swans don’t play good attacking football

    Dear me

  • 105 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    wasn’t that the game swans outclassed them winning 3-0 and a contender for goal of the season by shelvey

  • 106 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    why don’t give up following football and stick to snakes and ladders or tiddlywinks




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