The 2014-15 season for Newcastle was a forgettable one, and it was not the first of its kind in the last decade either - a 10 year period that includes a financial crisis, a relegation and never ending changes in management.
Though it was commendable to see a team come back from the Championship the way Newcastle did, and to stabilise itself the way Mike Ashley's Toon Army has, a true Geordie cannot help but crave for the days of Kevin Keegan.
Once you have seen the attacking football that teams like Manchester United, which then included the likes of Cantona, Keane, Cole, a young David Beckham, Giggs, Scholes and so on, feared, it is infuriating to see the same club pray for a point from somewhere, somehow, as the case was in the closing stages of the season.
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Last season, the team on the pitch was one that fans knew was not good enough to be in the Premier League itself. It was a team destined for relegation had it not been for the kindest of the last day fixture against an equally poor Hammers side.
The one positive, however, of the season was that it got Mike Ashley to talk (finally!). On the last day of the season he did what every Geordie has now come to fear in a way. He gave them ambition. A dream of investment. A dream of cup glory, and perhaps even, wait for it, European football! Though skeptical (for good reasons) the fans, as usual, started believing again. And why shouldn't they? A new manager, a new coaching staff, new players on the way.
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However, the future of the club can be summed up, once again, by just one word: uncertainty. Big promises have been made, fans are already picturing their dream line up on the pitch in hope of better times. Surely things must change, and the acquisition of Georginio Wijnaldum suggests they might.
In order to win a trophy or qualify for European football, the new manager, Steve McClaren must strive for attacking football, that the fans so deeply desire. Inspiration must be drawn from the days of Kevin Keegan. Every match must be played as equals and reliance on luck for three points must stop. For all that to happen, players must be bought, as clearly the current lot is not enough.
Newcastle cannot afford another frustrating season. It is a club much bigger than relegation battles. The board, the management, and most of all the players must know that by now. As a fan, one does what one can do. One dreams of glory and supports the club throughout the season, every game.
The Toon Army is surely one of the best in the world in that regard. Who can forget the fans singing at 4-0 down to Arsenal that in the second half turned out to be the comeback of all comebacks?
It is now time for the team to prove its worth to the ever loyal fans. THE TEAM THAT TRIES, as so openly demanded by fans last season must be delivered. The era of 'the entertainers' (or something close) must return.
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