B-more Mag Posted June 10, 2009 Share Posted June 10, 2009 says the Times: Gabriele Marcotti I'm watching the Newcastle/Mike Ashley saga unfold from a distance, relying on George Caulkin's reporting and reading musings like this one from Matthew Syed. Viewed from afar, you get the sense that Newcastle fans are a monolithic bunch of infantile fools. They seemingly spend their days crowding behind David Craig when he does his stand-ups on Sky Sports News, they prattle incessantly about what a "big" club they are and how nobody can match their "passion" and, most of all, they are convinced that if you're a Geordie who was once a great player you will automatically solve all the club's ills. And, of course, because they are a "big club" they want a "big-name manager". Now, I don't live in Newcastle and I don't go there often so I have a limited sample to go by. But of the dozen or so Newcastle fans I know, there are only two who remotely fit the cartoonish description above. And, even then, I'm probably being uncharitable. So I told myself that I clearly knew particularly intelligent Newcastle fans who are far from the typical supporter and I set off on the web to trawl through various Newcastle forums. What I found was that my Newcastle-supporting acquaintances pretty much reflected the range of views on the fan forums. Which were actually quite disparate. Many were sceptical about Shearer's lack of experience. Many felt that, no matter how much Steven Taylor loves the club, he has a lot of growing up to do. Just about all loathe Ashley, but a sizeable minority felt that the way he took transfer powers away from Keegan and appointed Wise with that ridiculous title wasn't necessarily wrong per se, it was just that Wise was the wrong guy for the job. In short, what I found was the same kind of range of opinion you might find on any fans forum: some idiots, some lunatics and a majority of posters who represent a variety of views. And yet this image of Newcastle persists. And I wonder: why Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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