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Newcastle United’s sad defeat at Sheffield United earlier this week brought their winless streak to eight games in all competitions.
The result left them 15th in the Premier League and looking nervously over their shoulders. With the club also out of the two cup competitions, its fans have every reason to be unhappy.
Magpie legend Alan Shearer perfectly summed up the mood of the fanbase with a passionate article on Athletic website today.
“Newcastle supporters want hope,” Shearer wrote. “They want to get back a bit of their club, instead of this hollow, shallow, lifeless and soulless shell.
“That hope is gone, and it has been based on them for a property that has different thoughts and ideas and different ambitions, if you can call it that.
“You need something to believe in, something to buy, a great plan, a dream, a concept. You want me to represent you.
“Newcastle don’t do that and have probably lost a generation of fans to them, people who have thought for the last decade and more, ‘I’ve had enough of this. I don’t enjoy it anymore.
“We all know men and women like that. At a club that is known for its strong and passionate support, 10,000 season tickets were given away last season.
“I tell myself no, it’s not worth looking back at, but it’s hard not to contrast it with the (relatively) recent past when a horde clamored to get in.”
Shearer makes no secret of his affinity for Newcastle, and his passion for the club is reflected in his article.
He rightly dispels the myth that his fans have delusions of grandeur and stresses that they currently have no real relationship with the club.
Owner Mike Ashley has sold them repeatedly, and there seems to be no end in sight to their misery.
Manager Steve Bruce was very tough when he accepted the job at St James’ Park, and many fans felt a sense of betrayal when he accepted Ashley’s offer.
Things have fallen apart quickly this season, and Bruce’s negative tactics add to the general lack of ambition surrounding the club.
“It is a club that creaks, that exists and very little else,” added Shearer. “You need hope again. He needs love. “
He is absolutely successful.