Last year I found the offerings for Newcastle United in the press rather limited.
Now that may be down to the fact I live down in the South but every day I would look for something positive about the club but I always found that there weren’t many articles on us apart from ones that criticised the decisions at the club.
This week has been completely different in terms of articles about the club. Imagine my surprise on Monday morning last week when I opened the middle of the sport pullout in The Independent and found an interview with the two Ameobi’s. I was genuinely surprised that there was this interview as I can’t remember the last time that our players were interviewed. It made a welcome change to see us focussed on in the press.
Now I did not expect on Saturday morning just gone to find an interview with Fabricio Coloccini in the Telegraph Sport, two in one week? That certainly made a change but these interviews have certainly made us look like the press are taking us seriously. Then as I read on to where all the match previews where, I found that Alan Smith had dedicated most of his column to evaluating Newcastle and how Yohan Cabaye has performed.
It makes a pleasant change for the Toon to make it into the sport pages and be focussed on rather than the traditional teams that usually get mentioned every day. Now with Spurs game being on Sunday, I didn’t expect the match preview for the game against Spurs to solely focus on us but it did. The article praised our buys in the summer and that the group of players have stepped up to the mark, highlighting that Pardew focuses on stats and makes sure that everything is perfect in training.
I’ve found that over the last couple of years that we have been given a lot of bad press and that is certainly down to decisions that have happened at the club, but are we seeing a change in attitude to us? With a start to the season like we have are the press are perhaps taking us more seriously than they have ever before. Could it be a tactic by the club to allow the players to be interviewed more or is it the fact that we have played so well that the press want to come and interview our players?
I’m not complaining it seems as if we are being taking more seriously this year and the fact that we have one of the meanest defences in all the English Leagues is a talking point for the press but the interviews that the players have given over the past week or so have shown that, we as a club, have ambition.
Long may these interviews and praising articles continue!