Just who exactly do Newcastle United think they are? Having last won a meaningful trophy sometime in the dark ages they still consider themselves a ‘big club’. But what makes a big club?
Does having an overly-attacking team and squandering a huge lead in the title race sometime in the 1990’s really constitute a big club? Does being the last team to win the Championship make them a big club? Or does stupidly sacking their manager when he’s doing a decent job make them one of the big boys?
Chris Hughton was treated appallingly. As he left the club – with a fair amount of grace and decorum it must be said – he thanked those who needed to be thanked and went quietly on his way, hopefully he’ll end up in another job soon, preferably at a club that appreciated his hard work and potential. And it’s not just Mike Ashley, the North East has been a deluded part of the footballing country for years now.
But Newcastle always do this. There was the Kevin Keegan saga (which one?), the Dennis Wise fiasco, the employment of characters such as Allardyce and Shearer and now when they accidentally come across a manager of calibre and experience – and one who has done the job that has been asked of him – they sack him. But why??
Newcastle will never achieve anything as long as they have this attitude. Just because they have a big ground and a loyal fanbase does not give them the divine right to play in the Premiership and certainly doesn’t give them the right to win or even compete for trophies.
The days of Shearer are gone. The days of Tino Asprilla and David Ginola are gone. Even the days of Bobby Robson are gone (R.I.P. by the way, a true gentleman of the game and still sorely missed), and now the era of being a mid-table Premiership club (at best) is here to stay.
11th in the league is roughly where you belong, get used to it.
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