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Show ambition United - or face more nights like last night at Wigan

By Lee Ryder on May 8, 13 05:03 PM


When the final whistle at the DW Stadium sounded in Wigan's game against Swansea City it was very much a case of relief all round for Newcastle United fans.

But while Premier League safety is everything to Newcastle right now the facts of the matter are they should not be anywhere near this situation.

Pats on the back and praise were the order of the day just 12 months ago with United flying high and back in Europe.

Now it is a different picture to the jubilant scenes at the end of last term.

No team has a divine right to be successful in the Premier League and despite having such a fantastic fanbase and having crowds over 50,000 home fans for most games this season sadly it doesn't guarantee what happens on the field

It has already been accepted that the inquest comes later for Newcastle this summer when some serious questions have to asked of management, the board and the players.

For now it is about survival.

But that doesn't mean that Newcastle should not make at least a mental note of the last couple of days.

And having to rely on other teams is far from where a club the size of Newcastle should be.

It is a sad state of affairs.

We've witnessed in the past just how this club can snowball and expectations can rise.

Yet letting the club slip to such a precarious state shouldn't be acceptable.

Fans have their opinions on where it has gone wrong.

Some blame the manager Alan Pardew.

But on a day when some Manchester United fans were embarrassed by a flag that read: "Three years of excuses - and it's still c*** - Tara Fergie", others will be prepared to see what he can deliver when given more backing during a summer transfer window.

That didn't happen last year and that's why other fans feel the buck stops with the board.

I've always made it clear of my thoughts that Newcastle should not be just happy to exist in the Premier League.

A club with a fanbase as big as Newcastle has a responsibility to challenge - and needs to be backed to the hilt by the owner.

Of course, you have to be sensible to avoid being the next Rangers or Pompey.

Although, you also have to speculate to accumulate and if you are asking season ticket holders to cough up you have to show ambition, not just now and again, all of the time.

Fans will expect to see more movement in the transfer window this summer and the mistakes of last term avoided.

And hopefully the days of hoping Swansea scrape a win against Wigan will be well and truly behind everybody.

Because nobody that genuinely cares about Newcastle could have enjoyed that.

1 Comments

Ezequiel said:

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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