What is it about Newcastle and NUFC that bugs football pundits so much? Here we have a Scotsman in Alan McInally – who was linked with Newcastle a few times during his playing career – deciding to have a sly pop at the North East.
“Does the boy want to go and live in the North East?”, he says and then tries to retract it when Jeff Stelling’s gives a brilliant reaction to him questioning whether Joe Willock would want to join Newcastle and live in this brilliant area we like to call home.
Watch the clip below, which is brilliantly shut down by Gillette Soccer Saturday star – and rightly so!
Stelling doesn’t say much but it’s enough to completely destroy McInally, have Paul Merson doubled over with laughter and it’s so good to see him standing up for the North-East! We all know he’s from Hartlepool and fervent fan of the club and it’s nice to see him remember his roots.
McInally’s preposterous assignations are a complete nonsense. It’s actually such a myth and to suggest it’s a bad place to live! I can speak with almost 61 years of experience to that. I’ve been to many places around the world and these Isles and it’s always a fantastic feeling to come home.
I’m not saying there isn’t other really nice places to live and some that I might even have considered over the years, but home is where the heart is and mine is firmly in the North East.
Born and bred in Wallsend and now living in Cramlington I adore this part of the world. I have never seen anywhere that has a better coastline nor more scenic and wild countryside. We are truly blessed to have a modern 24-hour (pre COVID) city that teems with atmosphere and sophistication but still hasn’t forgot it’s working class roots.
Don’t believe me? Well as King Kev, Sir Les, David Ginola, Warren Barton, Bobby Lee what Newcastle means to them. I think you’ll get a very positive answer. Then there’s Supermac and Nobby Solano for two that not only made their names up here they still live here.
Everybody who visits loves Newcastle and falls in love with it. There is nothing anyone can want for living in the North East and it’s cheaper! But let’s get back to the football and Mr Willock.
Of course he wouldn’t want to play for a Premier League that doesn’t play in a stadium but a cathedral. Where 52,000 fans come not to support their side but to worship their “gods.” Where once you’ve made it here and are accepted you’re never going to get a better reception anywhere. As the song goes, “where everyone knows your name!”
We would he want to play in front of a fan base that hasn’t even really been able to appreciate him first hand and show their admiration for his efforts. Willock himself has talked about how amazing he feels about the support and encouragement he’s received even with no fans.
Also, why would he want to play at a club that is almost certain to give him regular first-team football? No, I can’t see why he’s want to stay or even move to the football crazy friendliest English region in the country either. Can you?