Newcastle United these days are at best a middle of the table side, and even that’s not accurate because in the last eight seasons with Mike Ashley as the owner, we have only been in the top ten twice – 5th place in 2012 and 10th place last season.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle have poor record under this man
So Newcastle are more like a bottom half side these days, based on our finishing position in the league table, and at the moment we are in 13th place and unlikely to finish any higher than that.
Mathieu Debuchy is now at Arsenal after his £12M transfer last summer, and he made a revealing statement recently when he said he had used Newcastle as a stepping stone to get to a bigger club.
This is what John Carver said when asked about Debuchy;s statement:
“That is his opinion, his mind process.” “When Matty Debuchy was here, I never got that impression, so you can’t be critical of him in particular because of what he has done and how he has done it.”
“Look at Gareth Bale. He went to Spurs and is now at Real Madrid. In his head he may always have thought ‘I want to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona’.”
“The fact he has ended up there, you can’t be critical of that.” “The kid Matty, in particular, has progressed. He got a step up to the Premier League.”
“He did ever so well for us and got the opportunity to go to Arsenal and we couldn’t stand in his way, let’s be honest.”
You don’t expect Mathieu to have gone around at Newcastle telling everybody he had just joined Newcastle to move on as quickly as possible to a bigger club.
So it’s hardly surprising he said nothing about it to Carver.
The question John and Newcastle should be asking is why we couldn’t stand in his way, and why he wanted to leave for Arsenal in the first place.
It’s obviously because we don’t have enough ambition at Newcastle, and we are almost never in Europe these days.
The club is run completely as a business and not as a football club.
That’s why we sold Debuchy to Arsenal for £12M after we bought him 18 months earlier for £5.5M from Lille – simply because it was good business.
And our best players will continue to want to move on, until we get the ambition back that we had when Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan were managing the club.
John refuses to say that – even though everybody knows it’s true – as he staunchly defends the people who are running the club.
We almost misspelled that to say ruining the club – no doubt a Freudian slip.
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