Newcastle United are a club who do the bare minimum.
That’s been the attitude off the pitch, and it translates to proceedings on the pitch.
Under Mike Ashley, the Magpies have been relegated twice. Luckily, we have came straight back up on both ocassions.
There have been multiple relegation battles. So many times we have flirted with disaster.
There was a season of extreme success, but that was followed by disappointment.
Alan Pardew guided the club to a fifth placed finish, but wasn’t backed the following summer as the Magpies tumbled down the table.
Under Rafa Benitez, there was a sense that the club could be going somewhere. Benitez saw the potential, but the owner did not share his vision.
Now we’ve got Steve Bruce, who seems happy with just keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
That’s been the attitude this season. Despite a positive start, the Magpies’ form fell of a cliff.
Newcastle hurtled towards the bottom three, and at one point it looked like there was no way we could survive.
When we lost 3-0 to Brighton, it seemed like there was no way back for Bruce. It looked like he was taking the club down.
But Newcastle have rallied in recent weeks. The four games after Brighton brought eight points. It moved us nine clear of the relegation zone.
With Fulham losing on Saturday night to Chelsea, Newcastle had the chance to go 12 points clear with four games to go. A win against Arsenal would have almost guaranteed Premier League survival.
It was a golden chance. Newcastle have been playing well and have got their best players back fit.
Meanwhile they were taking on a struggling Arsenal side who were more concerned about the Europa League.
But Newcastle let the away team dictate proceedings. The game was played at their pace.
The attitude was not the same as it had been in recent weeks from Newcastle. The pressing wasn’t as intense. The desire to get forward wasn’t there.
Yet again, Newcastle seem happy to let other clubs control their fate. Fulham have had multiple chances to escape the bottom three, but failed to capitalise.
Survival should not be seen as success at St James’ Park. Yet that is all they seem to strive for.
That is why fans are so desperate for Ashley to leave. We want a reason to believe. We want a reason to turn up on a Saturday afternoon (or whenever the TV companies decide we’re playing).
Newcastle do the bare minimum as a club. They could have pretty much guaranteed survival with a win against Arsenal. But from minute one it was never going to happen.
It summed up life under Mike Ashley’s ownership.