It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote an article. I would put that down to all the positivity surrounding the club and the fact I usually sit down and bash the keyboard when I am pissed off about something.
I was thinking back to the first article I wrote for this site which was a pretty balanced read regarding our illustrious Chippendale chairman, Mike Ashley, which you can read here. Back then I sat on the fence regarding the antics of our owner and waited for the answer to the £35 million question. I waited for some time and fell off the fence crash landing into the garden of reality after gathering a whole host of splinters around me rectum area.
Now that the season has started incredibly well for the Toon we are waiting for the inevitable slump. It must be just round the corner as it always is. The big ol’ kick in the bollocks ready to strike again.
But it isn’t.
We are looking better than we have in years. I was delighted with our passing game at St. James’s Park against a pretty awful Blackburn side and I am under no doubt at all that we will absolutely stay up and incredibly comfortably. Memory foam mattress comfortably.
Credit where credit is due. Some fantastic signings by the club on a shoestring budget and the only real stinging disappointment is the lack of a No.9 being procured over the summer (as sort of promised)
A previous article regarding the old posse of Tuggy, Tash and Traitor and whether we are a better team without out them made me think about the possibility of us actually being close to following the blueprint this board have drafted up for our club.
As many will know, I am no advocate of this regime. I personally hate them and think we would be better off without them. There are just too many bones of contention for me to be forgiving. Just because we are in fourth, it ain’t buying my love.
I put our performances down to the quality of scouting and selecting the right players. Players who have question marks hanging over their head and can be bought at a knock down price. Or they’re free. Clever Carr and Astute Alan know you have to tempt Mike out with a bargain, he just cannae resist a cracking deal.
It would be naive to think that no planning has gone into everything the board are doing. There will be plenty of meetings and brainstorming about where this business is moving over the next few years. Question is…is it for Ashley’s personal gain? Are we being fattened up to be sold? Or is it to bring success to the club and taste it as the board?
Either way, it’s win/win for us. On one hand we get rid of him whilst playing well to attract a good price and on the other hand we are a classed as a strong European threat. Stoke and Fulham are in Europe at the minute and we are currently looking a stronger than both in the league. Lest not forget they’re both shite though.
If we are building a team with incredible team spirit then sign up Colo and bring in a defender and striker in January. Don’t sell our player of the year when a good offer comes in and keep this team together for years.
Has that been the Masterplan all along?
Sadly, I don’t believe so. If huge bids come in for Tiote or Cabaye in the summer then they will be sold and another gem will be unearthed to replace them at a fraction of the cost. The guy wants his money back and is running the football club as a business rather than a hobby.
Although it does bring me back towards the fence again as part of me hopes and prays for the Masterplan to be the one we need. If we can create a side which will be given time to develop together over the next few years, we will become the new ‘model’ to emulate in Premier League football
A special thanks to GeordieArt for permission to use one of his excellent sketches. This particular one is the Strawberry Corner and you really need to see it full size to appreciate the detail in there. You can follow him on twitter for more NUFC related sketches and some good craic thrown in to boot.