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Journal Jury.

Three short weeks ago, we faced the prospect of a new season being managed by a stooge, run by a failure and facing a resurgent Sunderland.

A holiday in Kabul seemed more appealing. I was eating a McGunk burger when I got this joyous news, I was so happy I actually enjoyed it.

We need change, fresh ideas and major investment in the squad if we are to compete with the best, and it is increasingly obvious that this administration cannot deliver this.

A European 'Super League' will happen, it's only a matter of time, and whether you agree with football becoming a rich man's Subbuteo is no longer an issue.

If we want to win things with any degree of regularity, trophies will have to be bought, it's as simple as that.

Mr Ashley didn't become a Zillionaire by being a mug, hopefully he can lend his expertise and business acumen to revitalise this catatonic giant, he may also like to put another bar in the upper Gallowgate, but that's for the future.

I urge the chairman to cut a deal and run ( buy yourself a shirt-making sweatshop if you want to continue your links with the club ( but go, and go quickly.

We have a largely popular new manager, a decent nucleus of a squad, and nearly three months to the start of the new season, let's not waste it.

I hope this is one of those moments when you remember where you were when it happened; President Kennedy's assassination, the moon landing, last ever episode of 'Blackadder'.

I was eating at a junk food shop, I hope this news means that at least my club will again be dining at the top table.

Paul Dixon. Newcastle juror (hopefully under new ownership).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 24, 2007
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