Today is May 11 and this date is one of great significance for our beloved club. It is the birthdate of one of our greatest legends as well as the darkest day in our recent history.
Jackie Milburn – born this day in 1924
The great Geordie striker Jackie Milburn was born today and leave it to the current Newcastle Board to have this date marred. It is also the day that Newcastle were officially relegated three years ago.
We had finally spent money and on very good players in the summer of 2016. But the decision to bring in Steve McClaren was typical Newcastle at the time. The results were devastating.
Though justly removed from his position at the time, McClaren’s early mark could not be erased. Sunderland’s 3-0 drubbing of Everton in their penultimate game resigned Newcastle to the second-tier. That date was also May 11.
Not to be so negative today, but we have to admit Rafa’s comments yesterday are frustrating us. How has his contract situation been allowed to reach this point?
Never has it been so obvious and just plain reasonable to give a manager what he wants. He is everything Newcastle need at the moment and with backing who knows what the future holds.
We just hope Benitez stays and gets backing. If that happens, maybe that date will be one for the history books.
Since I mentioned Sunderland, I will also mention that they have a big game today. Their first leg against Pompey in the playoffs are today. Will May 11th get a little darker for them? Guess we’ll find out.