Over the past few weeks it has been evident that there has been unrest amongst fans as we approach the new Premier League season.
It seems that if you have a negative or ‘realistic’ view of goings on within NUFC, you are shouted down by the ‘rose tinted specs’ brigade or the ‘dreamers’ as they are more commonly known.
Now the approach to a new Premier League season is always a source of excitement and most fans grow optimistic about where we will find ourselves throughout various stages of the year and rightly so, after all, it really is the greatest show on earth.
Now I am bloody annoyed as an NUFC fan at the moment as I really feel we can be doing more to strengthen the side.
I am sick of fans who are suddenly financial experts all of a sudden and are caught up with the whole intricacies of how to run a football club. That’s not what it is about for me. I want Newcastle United Football Club to be as successful as can be. I want us to be challenging the big guns and winning a trophy.
We are not on the bones of our arse like the club are making us believe. I have even seen comments suggesting that Mike Ashley saved us and we would have went into administration and ended up like Portsmouth. Wonder if I can borrow their crystal ball for the lotto numbers.
Our owner is a billionaire who bought the club to run as a business. It’s not a hobby to him but it is life to most of us.
All I hear is about progression and plans taking time. It appears that some fans have been completely brainwashed by the board and Pardew or maybe they have just convinced themselves that there is some amazing plan to propel us into the upper echelons of the league.
How many more times do you need to be lied to and taken for complete mugs before the penny drops?
The evidence is there in buckets.
Now trust takes a long time to gain, seconds to break and a lifetime to regain. I don’t trust this regime and don’t understand why so many do. I would list examples but what’s the point? You all know various occasions where we have had verbal diarrhoea shovelled in our direction.
No doubt Jose Enrique will leave….as will Barton if an offer comes in. If I was to list our top 5 players from last season it would go like this: Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll (let’s be honest here, he beat Arsenal, destroyed Liverpool and gave the Makems nightmares)
Any arguments with those 5? Maybe Jonas for being ever present and holding up the ball well but he doesn’t offer a huge amount more in terms of goals and assists. Anyway I digress, My point is….notice a theme there?
Joey is effectively for sale, the board have stated as much by not giving him a contract. Jose is off, Nolan and Carroll are gone leaving Colo the only survivor or what would be my five best players over the past 2 seasons.
Of course people will point to our new signings as good replacements which is fine and understandable. However, anyone with any experience in the recruitment industry would look at some of our signings and tell you they are risky. We are swapping proven Premier League players with injury prone players of which only Demba Ba has Premier League experience.
Now it maybe is a bit doom and gloom to think players will get injured but let’s look at our past history. We get injuries all the bloody time. If Ba gets injured, we go through the season with Shola and Lovenkrands….possibly Best if he isn’t flogged for next to nowt (which I won’t understand either)
If 2 central defenders are out we are fielding Williamson and Kadar. Danny Simpson is our only proper right back at the club.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for and we payed nothing. Barring Cabaye of course who is a fantastic signing…credit where it’s due, yet the fee was small if you take into account the Nolan money.
When Ben Arfa got injured alarm bells rang and the lack of quality in the first team became glaring. Of course, this was always there but it was only realised by some once Benny bit the dust again.
Our recruitment policy also involves chasing players who clearly don’t want to come here. Gameiro and Erdinc both stated on numerous occasions that they didn’t want to join the club, yet out pursuit of them was unwavering……why?
The long and short of it is….we can afford players, we have a huge fanbase and a massive stadium we fill every week. Why are you accepting this mediocrity coming from the club? Ah yes, I remember, because we are skint. Do you hear Man Utd or Barca fans complain they are skint with all the debt they have? Nope, because they win things.
Our owner is a billionaire for crying out loud. No wonder though, he covets every penny!
I really don’t care how much we spend as long as the squad is stronger come the end of the window I just think we could bring in some real quality into the squad and push on and we are choosing not too.
Ashley brought is his mate to manage the club as he knew he would tow the party line and work on the shoestring budget with no complaints. I think Pards is doing a reasonable job mind you but he wasn’t brought in due to his exceptional managerial experience. He was brought in due to the aforementioned reasons. Let’s be honest.
This board – who is now involved in sending out Gas and Electric energy comparison e-mails to fans under the clubs banner may I add – will let us down again and I envisage it will be in the not too distant future.
The best we can hope for is that Ashley’s plan works and we hover round mid table whilst turning a profit and paying him back the money we owe him, due to his mistake of not looking into the books of the business he was buying properly.
Some of us will just never learn. The higher you get your hopes up – the further they’ll come crashing down.