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Thierry Henry Tells The Brutal Truth About Newcastle

1:38 pm, Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

This thing about whether a club is a big club or not is very subjective and that’s one of the big reasons there is so much controversy generated about whether a club is big or not.

And we all are painfully aware that Newcastle  United have not won anything for 47 years, so if big means winning trophies then we are probably a small club over the last four decades.

If big is having a tremendous stadium and some of the best fans in the world and a great and vibrant history – then Newcastle United are a big club.

Take your choice.

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Thierry Henry – Newcastle are not a big club

Former Arsenal great Thierry Henry has said on Sky Sports News that he doesn’t think Newcastle are a big club, because we haven’t won anything for decades.

This is what Thierry has said about Newcastle:

“I played there, the fans are very, very demanding.” “I think they are dying to see a successful team.” “They had one in the 1990s but didn’t manage to win the Premier League.”

“Having a big stadium and big fan base doesn’t make you a big club.” “It’s what you have inside the stadium and how many trophies you have that makes you a big club.”

“So the capacity of them being a big club is definitely there, but are they a big club really?” “You have to show your trophies. How many titles or cups did you win?”

“I am not saying that just about Newcastle, it goes with everyone. You have to show what you have one.”

“They have the potential to be a big club, definitely, those fans are amazing. It is always hard to play there, but big club? I’m not sure.”

Given Henry describes a big club as one that wins trophies regularly then it’s hard to argue with one of the greatest strikers who ever played the game.

We were certainly a very successful and very popular club under both Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, but we still didn’t win anything.

We should get Mike Ashley to read Henry’s comments and pledge that he will attempt to make Newcastle a big club again – and win some trophies – plural.

Ashley said last May he wouldn’t sell Newcastle until he won something, so we suppose that’s a start.

Given that we can win something in the next couple of years we have to keep doing that and then we would be a big club in every definition of “big club”.

That would be good and if that happened some of us would be rushing for those blood pressure pills fairly regularly.



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Hes not wrong. We have potential to be a huge club but we are not a power player currently and slowly our attendances are becoming average.
    In a few seasons Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, spurs, Arsenal and west ham will all have bigger capacity grounds than we do (not sure what Chelsea are doing) Giving us about the 7th/8th biggest attendance which is nothing special really. Also our ground is far more outdated than the others, training facilities similarly. Under Ashley we become less and less impressive in all areas by the year

  • 2 lochinvar // Feb 12, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Thierry – are you looking for a real job ?
    14 games to go
    Will it be Va Va Voom or Ta Ta Toon ?

  • 3 awesome_fumaca // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    To me “big club” must refer to overall historical success. Of course we’ve had a long period with no trophies, but we’re still in the top 10 of most successful clubs in England. That’s why Forest and Sheffield Wednesday etc are still “big”, whereas a club like Southampton (as much as I like them) is not. What I find particularly annoying is that fans of teams like West Ham, can happily go around saying that they are a big club and nobody ever questions it. It’s just another example of the media’s apparent grudge against the North East teams in general!

  • 4 shroomnufc // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Couldnt care less if we are a big club or not. All that matters is its that we wim games being a big club or not.

  • 5 catchy in norway // Feb 12, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Hmm, we have trophies , but we havnt won one in a while, I guess it’s how far you want to go back, . That is the question

  • 6 Grafton83 // Feb 12, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    ffs we won a European trophy recently, why does everyone keep forgetting our inter toto cup success. And we won a league title not so long ago. Doesn’t get much bigger than that you french mushroom head.

  • 7 TroubledToon // Feb 12, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    I’m trying to find a counter argument that can tell Mr Henry to “shove it”, but sadly, I got nothing.


  • 8 Moonraker15 // Feb 12, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Just cos Henry was a very good player it doesn’t mean we have to hang on his every word.

    It’s simple we are a big club that hasn’t won anything in nearly 50 years otherwise why would it be a big issue? I mean, no one goes on about Forest and they’ve won the European cup twice but Arsenal haven’t won it at all! Does that make Forest a bigger club than Arsenal? I don’t think so! West ham will never be as big as Newcastle even in their new ground they won’t sell out despite all the shouting by Karen Brady.

    We are probably the only club in the Prem who virtually sells out despite having to watch shite for 8 years. Man City can’t even sell all tickets for a top of table game v Leicester recently!

    So Thierry are you saying Arsenal are not a big club cos they haven’t got near to winning the league in years? Also Liverpool, who will surely never again reach former glories and, frankly were handed their last European cup by Milan when dead and buried.

    Also if you’re measuring a clubs size purely on trophies won, are Liverpool bigger than Man u ?

    We are a big big club that hasn’t won anything! Yet!

  • 9 Moonraker15 // Feb 12, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Thierry, why don’t you get a proper job like Gary Neville?

    I think we know why that will never happen haha

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