Saturday, 5 September 2009

Set adrift on memory bliss

So, that was the summer then - a few rays of sunshine, intermingled with dark heavy storm clouds that have never really cleared. And as for the weather... The rays of sunshine (probable take over, Shearer as manager, prospect of any new players) have been eclipsed by the storm clouds (Ashley staying, no new investment). It's become apparent that the reactive management of Newcastle United probably haven't got a plan A, never mind a plan B. So, off the club trundle into the international break, with a wafer thin squad, an interim manager and top of the league.

Hang on, can that last sentence be right? If everything is so doom and gloom how on earth can the league table look like this...

1 Newcastle 5 4 1 0 8 1 7 13
2 WBA 5 3 2 0 9 5 4 11
3 Cardiff City 5 3 1 1 11 4 7 10
4 Middlesbrough 5 3 1 1 8 2 6 10
5 Bristol City 5 3 1 1 6 6 0 10

As with so many things with Newcastle United, it just doesn't make sense. The talk at the moment is that Chris Hughton will get manager of the month in the Championship. Don't the powers that be realise the irony of this? He is a manager who's business card must have the words interim, interim manager printed on it... He's been the stand in for the last couple of stand ins. He obviously is a nice man, and somehow despite (or because of?) the chaos going on around him seems to have managed to get the club into the top of the Championship pile. Maybe its that in all this adversity he's starting to learn about the players and the team that he is managing (obviously there are a few less on the list now) and because he's hung around the team have started to react positively to him.

Whatever the reasons, NUFC are top of the pile at the moment. The last time we were top of the league at this time of year was in the halcyon days of 1995, when the team stayed in that spot until March... and ended up 2nd. At the time that felt like a massive, crushing disappointment. If in March 2010 the league table looks similar then it won't be a disappointment - the storm will have been weathered. But I suspect that there is a typhoon approaching first.

Ok - I'll stop stretching this analogy any further...

1 comment:

TeeTotallyNot said...

LOL - I'd rather have a tycoon approaching.
As for Chris Hughton - exactly the two words I would use to describe him (not interim, interim :.. they should create a separate category for the MotM)but "nice man". He may not be a messiah but he certainly has the patience of a saint. However he does what he does,I'd take it. Not that it rids us of Cashley but I like the winning part..
And I would have no objections to finishing 2nd provided the owner problem is solved by then. Because he's the only one who can rain on our parade :)