Last night most Newcastle fans were probably in the same boat as myself – watching Burnley vs Fulham apprehensively.
Getting my first season ticket at the age of 6 or 7 – around 15 years ago, all I’ve really known is a Mike Ashley owned Newcastle United.
Yesterday and this weekend sums up what’s it’s been like to support this club for my age group – wanting a very poor Fulham team to lose so it keeps us above the relegation zone.
A 1-1 draw was the final result at Turf Moor, in which feels like it could’ve been much worse when Fulham took the lead on the 49th minute – only for Burnley to equalise 3 minutes later through Ashley Barnes. Maybe a good result in fairness, but it’s still one that moves Fulham another point closer to us. Fulham face a tough run in for the rest of the season – facing Liverpool and Man City next month, however ours isn’t straight forward and they play Sheffield United and Palace in their next two.
We are always going to need other teams to be worse than us to stand any chance of survival under Steve Bruce – or more significantly, with Mike Ashley as owner. It is unacceptable as a football fan to want a team to be worse than yours to stand any chance of survival whilst sitting in 17th place and can easily come back to bite you.
It is also a depressing thought that we know Ashley is reluctant to pull the trigger on Bruce, even with the gap closing to 6 points – which could be 3 by the time we travel to Man Utd on Sunday night. According to most media outlets, the fans expectations is too high and we want Champions League football every season. Really?
Unfortunately as we know we’ve been here before, twice. 14 games to go so feel there’s no chance of Bruce getting the sack soon, if at all. I have no faith in Ashley making the right decision with Bruce, after sacking McClaren too late and ended up getting relegated.
16 years ago yesterday we faced Heereveen in the UEFA Cup – winning 2-1. This week shows how far we have fallen under Ashley’s ownership.
Only hope we have is Steve Bruce leaving the club as soon as possible, followed by Ashley. If not, we are guaranteed to be in the same position again in a years time.