After a memorable decade of football on Tyneside, often for the wrong reasons with occasional bright spots in between, fans have came to the realisation that their supposed team of the decade is underwhelming to say the least.
The decade is nearing it’s conclusion, with 2020 firmly on the horizon with just one month left until Christmas, and with that in mind, Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas has compiled a team of the decade to showcase the best players of these last ten seasons at St James’ Park.
Players like Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez controversially made his eleven – leaving many fans wondering just how poor their club has been over this long period.
In response, supporters offered out some alternative stars to pick from – with the likes of Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez, the late Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa having previously missed out on a slot despite their involvement in during, arguably, the Magpies’ best period.
However, even with those changes, the eleven still looks bleak, leaving fans with a rather pessimistic outlook on the 2010s as a whole.
Here’s how they responded on Twitter.
It really shows how poor we have been in the last decade. Hopefully better times ahead
— Gary D (@Ginspiration10) November 18, 2019
How far back have we gone!! Our best players of the decade all in one side would be relegation battlers at best…cheers Mike!!!
— iain davison (@iaindavodavison) November 18, 2019
We had a bunch of great left backs over Dummett, even Ayoze is a joke
— David Boruzs (@David_B_HU) November 18, 2019
No wonder we keep going down
— captaincook (@captaincook8) November 18, 2019
What a decade. So many great memories 👀
— Chris Forster (@chrisforster191) November 18, 2019
It shows how good we are at the minute with so few current players making either team.
— vic bates (@victorbates) November 18, 2019
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Blimey, that’s underwhelming. Shows how low we’ve sunk under the fat controller.
— anthony stobart (@booktowertom) November 18, 2019