The only man who is dangerous at Newcastle is owner Mike Ashley and maybe his sergeant-at-arms Lee Charnley, who keeps spouting forth on things like running a tight financial ship at Newcastle.
He mirrors what he’s told by Mike Ashley and never seems to think for himself.
Never have we heard Lee Charnley talk about what the team can do on the field – only that the finances have to be kept under tight control.
Mike Ashley’s biggest mistake at the club – and that’s saying something – was when he allowed Rafa to leave earlier this summer.
But it happened and while it was a complete shock to us and most fans – we have to move on with the new manager and the team.
We also need to somehow force Mike Ashley out of the club – and that’s easier said than done.
But we don’t want to impact how the team does on the field: especially when this could be a season where every point counts for our survival.
Rafa Benitez with Steve Bruce
But as Rafa has pointed out in his regular column in the Athletic – that the fans must (and will) remain united behind the new manager and the players.
This is some of what Rafa said about Newcastle in his column in the Athletic:
“What can I say about them?”
“Before their first game, I wished the players, fans and Steve Bruce all the best and I meant it sincerely because they deserve it. Arsenal was their first match of the season and their first with a new manager, so we have to give them time.”
The signings we made to take us from the Championship have more experience in the Premier League now.”
“I think the combination of “our” young players, like Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo, the new squad members like Miguel Almiron and Sean Longstaff, together with the experience of Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yeung, Ciaran Clark, Karl Darlow and Christian Atsu will be enough to stay up.” (note – Rafa signed 12 of those 17 players mentioned).
“The new players will have to make the difference if they want to finish better than 10th, but they will need — and they will have — support from the fans.”
“Even if they are not happy with how things have been done, because they know the club is bigger than anyone.”
“They have to be United; Newcastle United.”
So there you have it – one of the biggest strengths of Newcastle United are the fans and their undying support.
It has always been that way – and I remember well how my Dad went to all the away games during the 1950s – and it will always be that way.
Let’s not let the hatred of Mike Ashley get in the way of supporting the lads on the field.
The very last thing we want this season is yet another relegation.
The players need all the help they can get, and so does new manager Steve Bruce – who was an innocent bystander in all of this before he was appointed the manager.
He will give 100% as will all of our players.
If we can get the fans behind the team this season – while still trying to rid Newcastle of rogue owner Mike Ashley – we could even do quite well.
We’re hoping that will happen and who knows – when we do not hear anything about another acquisition – maybe Mike Ashley is busy selling the club.
We hope that happens – we pray that happens.
Howay The Lads!!