Newcastle United curse strikes again
Let’s make two things clear.
First, I am not superstitious.
Second, add to that that I think Newcastle United deserve to be relegated this season.
We have an incompetent head coach, players with limited ability pursuing pointless tactics, and there hasn’t been enough interest or investment from the top. Mike Ashley at his worst.
That said, there has been an extraordinary streak of events against the fans for quite some time. It can be traced back through our recent history, but the Ashley years really show it.
Whether you blame the hanging of women in Gallowgate during the English Civil War or Hughie Gallagher’s alleged last words, “Newcastle United, you are doomed”, it’s fair to say that we haven’t had much of a fortune at all. I blame Uri Geller myself!
Losing a world-class manager and naming a failed head coach mate is self-inflicted, as is not acting in the transfer window even with a club sale on the horizon. Survival on the cheap comes to mind.
Fan bad luck happens when it comes to a failed sale involving some of the richest people in the world. So close to getting rid of the worst owner in the league and winning the best alternative on the planet.
All of this sets the stage for a season of mismanagement, bad team selection, bad tactics, appalling post-game analysis and internal strife. I’m starting to wonder if we’re actually talking about bad luck, or the worst possible management of what a great club should be.
So where is the bad luck?
You could indicate that you are so near and so far away from change, but is it politics rather than luck? Maybe the Saudis should legally sponsor an individual rather than pursuing an unpopular / unacceptable takeover? Or do they want a state-owned club? Is there any substance in the Premier League’s claims? Do they even want to buy us now?
The curse is more valid when it comes to injuries and illnesses. Covid 19 has had a marked effect on our season, but as far as those who have suffered, I’m not going into that because it’s just sport, although sometimes it’s more than that, I know.
Our injury list is incredible over the season, as Steve Bruce often reminds us, after saying he’s not going to look for excuses.
One could argue that our forces are our central defenders. I think we have six or seven if you include Lejeune who was recklessly loaned out without a replacement. Sometimes five of them were sidelined – Lascelles, Dummett, Clark, Schar and Fernandez, sometimes at the same time. Thank goodness for Hayden.
Add to that the loss of our top three forwards for a considerable amount of time. Your first choice front line totally decimated. Add your player from last season, even if it brought out the best in Karl Darlow. All of this could of course be due to poor management of injuries.
Compare that to Fulham, who has seven or eight loan signings in a well-established squad. How many injuries have they had? Not much I can confirm. Only Liverpool can compare to us and they have a strong squad.
Strangely on Match of the Day I heard the commentator ask when the Liverpool crisis would end, oh their poor fans!
My conclusion, it is invariably due to mismanagement, lack of investment and professionalism rather than bad luck.
Although the simple string of woes over many years makes you wonder if Hughie Gallagher’s alleged last words were right.