Danny Simpson may not be everyone’s favourite player on the pitch, but he certainly speaks well about the club on Twitter and is a very passionate player on the pitch.
Let’s start of by saying that I’m not knocking Danny, not at all. I feel he’s been a major part in a great NUFC defence this season, through a very tough time for him and his family which is something that needs commending. But he’s just a right back, he’s not the star man, he doesn’t get many plaudits for playing well because he doesn’t score the goals and if a goal goes in, he’s one of three who can get the blame, with Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini remaining blameless in the eyes of most.
Anyway, back to the point of the article. I’ve been following Danny Simpson for a long time on Twitter and this isn’t the first time I’ve realised how much sense he talks about the club.
After the uproar about the renaming of the Stadium from St James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena, Danny Simpson has brought up the matter which is the most important – How we perform on the pitch.
At the moment we’re up there in third wedged between Manchester United and Chelsea and still unbeaten. We could risk our whole season by protesting and causing unrest within the club. Yes, we know that it’s a snide thing to do by Ashley and it’s changing the name of our great ground, but the history is still there, it’s not all forgotten. All proper Newcastle fans will still call it St James’ Park so why does it matter?
Yes there will be fans of other clubs poking fun at us, but so what? We’re used to it. I’d rather be laughed at for the club with the crap stadium rather than the club that’s laughed at for languishing in the Championship, or fighting relegation in the Premier League. Also, just remind them that in a few years time they’ll be very lucky if their owner has done the same thing with the introduction of the Financial Fair Play rules.
If I’m honest on a personal level the decision to rename the ground disappointed me, but I wasn’t surprised. I was livid the first time, really hurt about it, but now I’m not too fussed. We’ve still been SportsDirect@StJamesPark for the past two years, and that hasn’t caught on has it?
Is it worth protesting really? What will it do? I don’t think it’ll make him change his mind, he’s one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever come across. If you look past the history this deal could make great financial sense, if they go about it the right way, but that’s a big if.
I know the club have lied to us before, and you’ll probably say they will again but you don’t know for definite and as he owns the club we’ll just have to wait and see. If we were to change the stadium sponsor and sell it along with the shirt sponsorship at the end of the season and got the 8-10 million pounds that they’re expecting it will be a great deal financially for the club.
Just think of that as a Cheik Tiote and a Yohan Cabaye EVERY SEASON. I know they’re not guaranteed but with our new scouting system I would be pretty confident giving Graham Carr 8 million pounds to spend. Once again your retort will probably be that we won’t see the money, like I said, we’ll have to wait and see.
The players know that they can’t do anything about it and just need to perform like they have been all season. The fans need to do the same and continue to back the players on the pitch. Newcastle v Chelsea will be the first game under the new name, hopefully there will be no protests and we’ll carry on our great start to the season.
St James’ Park, We’ll never forget.