Scunthorpe 2-1 Newcastle United – What Next?

NUFC Team: Harper, R Taylor, Simpson, Khizanishvilli, Enrique, Geremi, Guthrie, Smith, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll

Where next for Newcastle United? The more cynical fans among us have been predicting this collapse for a while. Make no mistake – we are fucked.

Scunthorpe?! Fuck me

Scunthorpe?! Fuck me

We have an owner who genuinely despises both the club and the fans. Great start. He has a bit of money – certainly enough to build a side good enough to achieve promotion – but he has no intention of ever putting another pound into Newcastle United. Out of spite, he would probably rather see the club rot and plummet down the divisions than sell us for anything less than what he perceives to be a reasonable amount. He was asking for £100m. Ludicrous. No one was going to pay that – we all knew it. And you have to wonder whether he did too. A proven liar. A proven fool. He holds nothing but contempt for everything Newcastle. Knowing he was never going to get £100m, selling up in the summer was never on the cards. Appointing Alan Shearer was never on the cards. Appointing David O’Leary or Terry Venables was on the cards. It was only ever going to be Hughton or Kinnear – two poor, bargain basement managers that could tell Ashley his bum didn’t look big when he wanted to hear it.

Which brings me on to Hughton. He’s not a manager, and he never will be. I don’t feel sorry for him. He must know he’s not up to the job, but he’s going to take it anyway – of course he is. Just like Ricky Sbragia at Sunderland last season. Just like Glenn Roeder a few years ago. These men are plucked from obscurity and given the opportunity of a lifetime – a caretaker position. They probably can’t believe their fucking luck. They get a few results – usually more to do with the players pulling together than anything else – and the owners get carried away. ‘Fuck me, we’ve unearthed a gem of a manager here, like’. Except you haven’t, have you? It’s the same shit every time. Give the caretaker manager the job and watch the arsehole of the team fall out. This time, Ashley was even fortunate enough to see the performances go to shit before offering Hughton the job, but clearly it was not plain enough for Ashley to see (this is a 7 year old in a fat man’s body, remember).

Injuries to Taylor and Colo? Fuck off. Any team that does not even have one centre half as cover has only themselves to blame if injuries strike. Hughton should have signed one – and no, Simpson and Khizanishville do not count.

Two and a half years ago, Sir Bobby was told by his good friend Jose Mourinho that Geremi possessed the knees of an old man. Sir Bobby kindly relayed this information to Newcastle manager at the time, Sam Allardyce, but he did not listen. After 2 years of nothing but disgustingly bad performances, he is still getting a game for us. Oh yeah and he’s on £50k+ a week. Useless tosser. But then its not him that selects himself is it? If Hughton is looking at Geremi and thinking that he is good enough to play for Newcastle United, then on that basis alone he is not fit to manage a Football League club in my opinion.

Running a football club is not fucking rocket science. If you are not a business expert, or you are not a football expert, employ people that are. I hate to say it, but look at Sunderland. At the moment, and I repeat – I hate to say it – they are everything a well run football club should be. Niall Quinn is a tremendous chairman. Rightly or wrongly, he stuck by his man Roy Keane. He backed him fully and unquestionably. Keane walked out, Sbragia happened, they barely stayed up and then in the summer he had a lot of work to do. Remember, we could quite easily have escaped by the skin of our teeth, the same way Sunderland did. Does anyone think that we would have addressed our problems as efficiently and as professionally? Of course not. Steve Bruce was rapidly appointed. A very good, improving Premier League manager. A North-East man. A manager with a great record in the transfer market. Targets were identified. Not all of them came off – Peter Crouch notably – as he suffered from the same problems as us over the years, namely, attracting players to the North-East. But they stuck at it. Look at some of the players Bruce was able to bring in – Bent, Cana, Cattermole, Turner. It makes you sick, doesn’t it? Niall Quinn is not an expert in business. But he knows his football. And he knows that the most important think to do as a football chairman is to get the right manager in. Do that, and everything else takes care of itself. It has now been over a year now since Newcastle United have had a proper manager. For some reason, Mike Ashley doesn’t think its important. I’m just exhausted thinking about it.

Where now for Newcastle United? Fuck knows. I’m sick of it. The club don’t deserve its support. They have had the unwavering loyalty of the Newcastle United fans for years and years. They have squandered it. In hindsight, there should have been a boycott. It was perhaps the only way Ashley would ever have gotten out in the Summer. As it is, the Newcastle fans’ loyalty has persuaded him that there might just be a way out. I’m disappointed to see Newcastle fans in the yellow away shirt, sure. But I’m not surprised and I can’t hold it against them. But I can’t help but feel that Ashley has gotten away with it. Criminal.

Oh yeah, and Martyn Woolford scored both the goals for Scunthorpe, either side of a Kevin Nolan goal. Big whoop. I’ve never even heard of him. But at least I won some money on Lyon tonight. No consolation but at least I can put the money towards some rope to hang myself.

MOTM: Woolford, who else?


2 Responses to “Scunthorpe 2-1 Newcastle United – What Next?”

  1. Mart Says:

    Scary times my friend.

  2. Mart Says:

    PS Good to have you back fella.

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