The old cliche states ‘there’s never a dull moment at Newcastle’. It’s an accurate statement and the long suffering fans of this football club can be forgiven for being pessimistic at times.
I have always been an optimistic Newcastle fan, although always realistic certainly always optimistic too.
Despite the turmoil and bad press this club at times has received I have always been able to almost see past it and wear my black and white shirt with pride and dignity. I have maintained that positive mentality, even in recent years when we’ve seen our beloved club relegated, managers undermined, legends humiliated and star players sold. Yes all the above annoyed and concerned me but my love of Newcastle United ensured I’d turn up to next week’s game as enthusiastic as ever.
Although I’m hardly surprised with the feeble way the club dealt with Joey Barton’s Twitter comments I’m still disgusted and quite frankly embarrassed. OK, there will no doubt be more to the saga than we realise but to learn the club are prepared to allow Joey to leave for free is a joke and almost a metaphor for what Ashley has turned our club in to.
Joey does obviously wear his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. The player has clearly been concerned with how the club is being run and has questioned the ambition and intentions of Ashley and co. Although I’m of the opinion that Joey went about his business the wrong way, I think it’s admirable that he wants to see the club head in the right direction.
Make no mistake when the club’s player of the season publicly speaks of his love for the club and tells you that he’s willing to take a pay cut to remain at that club he should be listened to. You would think the club would value an individual that has so much respect in the dressing room and vital leadership skills, especially following the sale of the captain Kevin Nolan whose leadership skills were excellent.
Instead Joey was told he wouldn’t be offered a new deal after his current contract expires – I remind you this is a player that we won a whopping 0% of games when he wasn’t involved. It is revolting that a player of his importance and calibre was denied a new deal after constantly speaking of his love for the club and the fans. It’s got to be especially insulting since the club spent so much time trying to convince an unhappy Jose Enrique to sign a new deal, yet a key man who wanted to stay was ignored.
Essentially Joey voiced his concerns and they were ignored and he bruised the ego of Mike Ashley which wouldn’t have made him popular with the tubby owner. But lets face it if everything was OK and the players trusted those above then the Twitter rants would never of started in the first place would they? It’s sad that those in charge wont take responsibility for their own failings.
You really have to sit up and listen when several players have had something to say about the running of the club. It’s not just Joey. Enrique, Nolan and Jonas as well were all forced to question the direction of the club. It’s like Toonsy said in a previous article, they probably wanted to ship Joey out a long time ago and they finally get their wish.
My point being today it’s almost as if a nerve has been hit. I feel angry, concerned and disillusioned and believe me I wasn’t very pleasant to be around at work today. Joey’s inevitable departure is something I have been bracing myself for for a while, but I resent the way this whole situation has been dealt with and I’m disgusted that once again we have become a laughing stock.
I have been avoiding Sky Sports News and News now all evening because I have truly had enough of the constant negativity surrounding our club. It’s especially sickening because I had such high hopes for the season, but as things stand I’m extremely worried. The morale will take a kicking and we are one by one losing the ‘voices’ of the dressing room. Having those individuals are vital.
On the whole I have found Mike Ashley to lack professionalism and class in the time he has been here but I do think I have been one of the more patient and placid people when it comes to him. But enough is enough and it’s time wingus and dingus packed up and called it a day because even my limits are being pushed now.
I understand that owning a football club is a business and making money is part and parcel of being a shrewd business person, but Mike Ashley doesn’t care at all about what we want ever. We are the customer and therefore aren’t we right?! Piss off now Mike and please take that hideous gimp of a chairman with you.
Whether or not he knows it, he is killing this club and every decision he makes seems to make us that little more vulnerable. I know that merely mentioning the word relegation is very premature but it’s a word that has been swirling around in my head for the past couple of days. Coming from a guy that refuses to be pessimistic or even sceptical about his club it’s a shame.
Scary thing is I’m not sure Ashley even cares, arrogant fat prick! Sorry for a negative write up guys it was just all on my mind. I’m sure some will disagree with me anyway. How is everyone this evening?