I have enjoyed doing the view series thus far. It’s a great opportunity to hear what other fans make of us and our club.
We’re quite often ridiculed and mocked by other fans and quite frankly people love to see Newcastle United fail. That is what it feels like anyway.
It has been nice to read some of the good feedback we have received from rival fans in this series. Most fans have been very complimentary about the club and it’s fanbase, albeit most are disgusted with the owner. That’s certainly something most of us can agree with at this present moment in time.
I know football fans from everywhere who support many different clubs. Strangely enough until recently I didn’t really know any Manchester United fans, well none that knew their onions anyway. Today I speak to Jamie, a lad I met on a stag do a couple of weeks back. He’s a top man and being a United fan I told him about this ‘blog and the view series and he kindly agreed to take part in an interview.
I normally start these threads off by speaking a bit about the club in question. What can you really say about Manchester United though? Love them or hate them their success speaks for itself. Managed by probably the finest manager of my generation they have won honour upon honour. We have had our fair share of whippings from United over the years, but who could forget that wonderful 5-0? Here’s what Jamie had to say:
What do you think of the Newcastle fans?
There’s no doubt they are passionate and dedicated. It’s very rare to see St James’ without a near-full crowd and always a good atmosphere.
If you could have any Newcastle player at United who would it be and why?
I would have to say it would probably be Danny Simpson. It was a shame to see him leave Old Trafford.
Who is your favourite Newcastle player of all time and why?
Faustino Asprilla – one of the most exciting attaching players to watch and a player you could always expect goals from.
What do you think of St James’ Park?
St James is one of the best looking stadiums in the country…and will look at its best when it is finally expanded and more symmetrical! You can usually expect a fairly good pitch, despite the amount of wet weather in the North-East!
What do you think of our transfer business this window? Opinion on departures of Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton?
Newcastle is a club which needs to spend the money to bring in more high-profile players and also invest in the youth academy. With the likes of Nolan and Enrique you know you can always rely on other good players to come to the team, but selling these two was a mistake for the future of the team – investment is needed! As for Barton, I can never respect him as a player as he is a former Man City player! Despite the size of NUFC, it is disappointing to see the lack of numbers of players coming through the youth team which is the basis of all big clubs.
One of our purchases this summer was Gabriel Obertan. We bought him from you guys, what kind of player have we purchased?
Obertan is a good player and may well be suited better to a club the size of Newcastle where players are given time to establish themselves, rather than one of the big few clubs which expect quick results. He is a young player with great vision and a good passing and shooting capability.
You mentioned one of your other former players earlier – Danny Simpson. How do you think he’s progressed at Newcastle?
Simpson has progressed well at NUFC and I was disappointed to see him leave Old Trafford, but it was the right decision for himself – he needs to work on his temperament and discipline within the game.
You have arguably the greatest manager of our generation. We have Alan Pardew. What do you think of our manager?
Alan Pardew is a good manager who has experience with relegation battles. He will do well to stabilise the team and show a better manager that it is possible to work with Mike Ashley. Pardew, however, I don’t believe is the right man to push Newcastle towards a future in Europe.
What are your opinions on Mike Ashley?
Business man or football fan?! Mike Ashley is torn between the two and the sooner he finds a buyer, the better for NUFC. I cannot see them moving forward while he owns the club.
What are your views on Barton and the whole situation that saw him released by Newcastle? Would you have him at your club?
Never! Barton was always Man City through and through. He will give 110% to which ever club he plays for and should be respected for that. Players, however, should remember who pays their wages and putting their views out on the internet is not the way to express yourself in any business.
Silly silly question, but I ask every fan. Who will finish higher this season?
To be honest, unless Newcastle invest in the squad and youth development I don’t see Newcastle pushing Man Utd for many years to come.
St James’ – 1-2
Old Trafford – 4-1
How do you think we did last season in our first season back in the Premier League?
I do enjoy NUFC being in the Premier League as you never know what they will throw at you. Newcastle did well to finish 12th and now need to work on establishing a good team to push into the top 6.
Finally I like to discuss a player that represented both clubs in these interviews. There is Nicky Butt and Alan Smith but the obvious one for me is Andy Cole. Please discuss?
Cole was fantastic at both clubs. He had an amazing goals-to games ratio at NUFC and it was a shock to see Newcastle willing to see him. He was obviously singled out for blame in his first season at Old Trafford when his missed chances contributed to United failing to win the title. But he stuck with it and became a United favourite. Despite is great goalscoring record at NUFC I think he will always be remembered for his time at United.
Thanks to Jamie for taking part. I must say that these are quite sensible answers and I don’t much disagree on the whole. Do you agree with his views?
It’s interesting to see that a United fan has been impressed with Simpson and rates Obertan too.
Please look out for the remaining View from the away end articles. We still have Blackburn, Chelsea, Fulham, Man City, Swansea, West Brom and Wigan to go. I’m also going to be doing a special Newcastle United edition at the end.
I did refrain from asking about the infamous Keegan outburst. Of course we didn’t manage ‘beat them’ in the end so I thought it was best not to remind a United fan 🙁
I did try and get hold of Jamie again to speak a bit about parasite and horse rapist Michael Owen, but couldn’t get hold of him again in time. Ah well, he got quite a bit of abuse in the Liverpool thread.
Thanks again to Jamie!