So Geordies demand too much do they? We think we’re better than we are!
You know, bang on about Newcastle United being a big club with a loyal 50,000 following.
Loyal? Can you be more loyal and less demanding?
I mean it’s 51 years since United won a major trophy (European Fairs Cup 1969), 65 years since a domestic cup found its way to SJP (FA Cup 1955), and a whopping 93 years since the championship was ours (First Division title 1927).
Oh and the League Cup has never been lifted in its 60-year history.
Yet still the Toon Army march in unison and in their thousands.
I would ask accusers this simple question: why cannot NUFC be another Leicester City. Or Southampton. Two of the current top four clubs. That is not being over-ambitious.
Let us remember they have suffered like Newcastle. Even more so actually.
For 10 years from 2004 to 2014 Leicester walked the wilderness beneath the Premier League spending one of those seasons, 2008-09, in League One.
They only returned to the top flight in season 2014-15 yet incredibly the following campaign 2015-16 they conjured up football’s greatest ever fairytale by winning the PL championship against all odds possible.
Since the Foxes have finished 12th, ninth, ninth, and fifth to maintain a high standard and right now are top of the pile.
That’s a set of figures way, way above those of Newcastle including a championship no less but I repeat: why can’t we be them?
Leicester City are not a bigger club than United. Their crowds are limited to a modest capacity of 32,261 and no one will top the Mags for fanaticism.
What they have which United don’t, of course, are wonderful owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who took over at ground level in the summer of 2010 and inspired them to shoot for the stars.
In turn the owners appointed quality managers in PL championship-winner Claudio Ranieri and current boss Brendan Rodgers who almost claimed the title for Liverpool and was a habitual winner of the Scottish version with Glasgow Celtic.
Let us consider, too, the case of Southampton, hardly a historic club.
They spent seven years from 2005 to 2012 outside of the Premier League including their lowest point when the club went into administration and were relegated to League One for a season like Leicester. Lower than Newcastle have ever experienced.
The Saints returned only in season 2012-13 and have since finished 14th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 8th, 17th, 16th and 11th playing in the Europa League to boot. They stand today a heady fourth top.
Of course managers of the quality of Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Ralph Hasenhuttl have been at the wheel.
It all means that since regaining their place at football’s top table both Leicester and Southampton have regularly resided above the Magpies. Never more so than today.
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