Are Newcastle United a big football club?
This question was debated on talkSPORT earlier this week and former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy argued that they are not.
He believes Newcastle cannot be called a big club, despite their huge fan base, because they have been relegated to the Championship on two occasions over the past 10 years.
“Newcastle are well supported, but they are not a top club. No, they're a team that yo-yos between the Championship and the Premier League - how's that a big club?
“The stadium being full or not isn't about how big a club you are.”
When asked what makes a so-called big club ‘big’, Murphy added: ''Success and worldwide support.''
Ian Abrahams - or ‘Moose’, as he seems to prefer to be called - said during the same conversation that there’s nothing to do in Newcastle.
“What else is there to do in Newcastle?” he commented. “Some smart alec on Twitter sent me a TripAdvisor thing about Newcastle. I looked at it, right, I think there’s one art gallery and there are a few parks to walk around - whoopee!
“Yes, they get a lot of people through the gate - I’m not denying that - but just because you get 52,000 people through the gate doesn’t make you a big club when there’s practically nothing else to do on a Saturday afternoon.”
Here the conversation in full here...
Strong words there from the talkSPORT duo. It’s almost as if they’re paid to be controversial based on those eyebrow-raising comments about a great city and its football club.
Newcastle fans have understandably reacted badly to these incendiary comments - and so too has the club’s goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who responded with a superb tweet on Tuesday evening.
The Republic of Ireland international tweeted: “This is way off, one of the greatest supported clubs in premier league and championship history, despite [not] winning any trophies (most clubs have to win one to achieve this)
He added: "But to disrespect the area is unacceptable, one of best places to live in the country. #morethenjustapark.”
Elliot’s tweet has, needless to say, gone down very well with Newcastle fans and here are some of the best replies…
Aside from the comments about Newcastle as a city, it’s not as if the football club has never won silverware before.
They’ve won the league title four times - even though, admittedly, 1927 was the last time they won it - and have been crowned FA Cup winners on six occasions.
Are Newcastle a big club? Have your say below.