I used to be someone who was so knee-jerk.
For example, I used to be the type of person who wanted a player off the field when he lost the ball.
You know the type. We’ve all sat next to one at the match or in a pub watching the match. I’m glad I’ve changed though because I now feel like I can now watch games and general developments at the club without too much cause for concern/rise in blood pressure.
The Man City game is a good example of this. I was on the Metro travelling to the Haymarket and I was stood next to two young lads who were discussing how they thought the game would go. Within the space of ten minutes the conversation went from, “Ah if Tevez plays, we’re f*cked”, to, “I think we can sneak it 3-2”. Both comments reminded me of myself only a few years ago, when I thought we could win every game but worried about getting thumped all at the same time.
In the pub (Crow’s Nest) before the game the crazy comments/predictions were less obvious but were replaced by wild and wonderful bets placed in hope rather than expectation, and were accompanied by some realistic chat about where the club are at right now and where we can expect to finish. I find this so nice to hear and actually feel like, as a club and as fans, we may have just turned a corner. No more stupid Sky Sports News idiot interviews outside Shearers Bar.
Antics of these “fans” have meant that for years now other fans have called us deluded, and seen any idiotic interview as us being typical Geordies. Granted there will always be people who have their head in the clouds, but now it seems that they are outnumbered.
At Wigan I noticed a real change in a lot of people’s attitudes. It was the first away game I had been to since we beat Bolton away earlier in the season. Last season Me, Myself and I would have done a runner at 4-0, the thrashing at Bolton being a game when I did get back on the bus and say, “That’s it, I’m done, no more away games for me”, because I was upset. This season, however, I was more interested in seeing how the team would react to getting thumped after such a good run of six wins in six. It seemed that the people around me were in the same boat.
Overall I think the Mike Ashley model has caused this change in the way we see our team, which then influences how we react to results and performances. Ashley, and his is merry men, have turned a disastrous situation, which they originally caused, into a massive transformation of a club heavily in debt to one with a solid financial footing. With this massive change I think our fans have been able to see a real change in the way we now conduct business and understand that the current regime is protecting the club by making sure it lives within its means. Most of our fans, therefore, appreciate having to tighten their own purse strings so why should their club be any different?!
All in all this article is just my way of highlighting a change in what our fans think is important at our club and how that reflects where our fans expect to see our club in the future. People are definitely more realistic, which can only be good news for the management and owners alike, and I hope the positive, yet not over the top b*llocks, continues for the weekend game at Everton and into next season.
Onwards, Upwards, Progress.
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