Ladies and Gentlemen, my latest piece on metro.co.uk is now up!
Once again, the Metro’s trainee headline writers and sub-editors have been at it to ensure it gets as few a readers as possible but never mind! It’s now entitled “Newcastle’s lack of ambition in the cups is a slap in the face for the club’s supporters.”
Basically, it is my thoughts on the following exchange between two Newcastle United fans’ representatives (Phil Patterson and Chris Forster) with unnamed representatives of the club at the recent ‘Fans’ Forum’ meeting at St James’ Park.
When Phil Patterson asked:
“Realistically, the cups are about the only chance of silverware, but year in year out we don’t seem to target one, why not?”
The Newcastle United panel responded:
“We utilise the cup competitions to secure match experience for the wider squad. The club is also mindful of injuries following last season’s Europa League.”
When Forster added:
“A cup would be success for fans”
The board then reiterated:
“The financial rewards of being a Premier League club are so great that we have to make sure that we do everything we can to stay in that position.”
So basically, the club were saying that despite being the world’s 20th richest club, despite having one of the best squads outside the top six of the Premier League, if they made a real effort to win a cup, they think there is a chance they could get relegated like Wigan or Birmingham City.
If that isn’t a damning indictment of six years of Ashley’s ownership, not to mention Alan Pardew’s management, I don’t know what is!
But you can read the rest the rest on my metro blog.
Finally, to go with this piece here and the one on metro.co.uk, I have added a new poll on the topic, and I would really appreciate it if you could let us know your thoughts, either by voting in the poll, in the comments section below, or both.