The Bowyer comments
below are in response to our inbox of over 1,000 emails and rising,
covering a wildly differing range of views from fans.
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At this stage,
it's safe to say that the Bowyer debate has managed to completely
polarise Newcastle fans. And judging by the level of abuse of we've
received for what we hoped were reasonably measured arguments, this
issue has already successfully pitched Newcastle fans against each
not liking it...
Now that the Bowyer transfer looks
like being concluded soon, it's worth restating our disappointment
that the desire for success at the club on the field now outweighs any
However, we'll not be advocating
walkouts, petitions, boycotts or any other form of protest, on the
grounds that it's utterly futile.
Enough fans offered up enough
opinions to the media last season before Bowyer went to West Ham for
the Newcastle hierarchy to be aware of grave misgivings among a
section of our support, be they based on racial, criminal or
That the player is on his way anyway
merely confirms what we've known for years - we're held in contempt by
Shepherd et al, be it the Save our Seats fiasco, Douglas Hall's
behaviour or now, our signing policy.
For the Chairman to use the local
media to rage about getting the dressing room cleaned up, then within
days sanction the acquisition of a walking time bomb sends out a mixed
message - weren't miscreants meant to be shipped out, not in?
But of course none of it really
matters, as enough poor saps like us will still turn out regardless,
to be endlessly patronised for our devotion.
Shepherd has done his job though in
backing his Manager in the transfer market, as he did when Gullit and
Dalglish were at the helm and the likes of Duncan Ferguson came on
Sad to say though that Bobby Robson's
halo has slipped for wanting to bring in Bowyer. That kindly chap with
the twinkle in his eye doesn't seem quite so loveable now.
Before people rush to Bowyer's
defence to claim he's a changed man since his wild years, see if you
can recall his final action in a Leeds shirt, only six months ago -
standing on the head of an opponent, a sickeningly awful piece of
Hardly something from the dim and
distant, given that he is still to serve the suspension for the
incident and has since made only eleven undistinguished appearances
for West Ham, without registering a single goal.
One former Newcastle player is rather
inappropriately quoted as saying Bowyer is drinking in the last chance
saloon, but toon supporters, the people expected to buy those new
shirts, are surely entitled to ask how many "get out of jail
free" cards he's been handed by the Magpies.
If Bowyer misbehaves - on the pitch
or off it - is he up the road as a matter of course, or does he get a
few more last chances, like certain of his new colleagues?
The most depressing fact though is
that a man with an off-field history like Bowyer will fit in well with
some of the present incumbents of the Newcastle dressing room -
evidently talented and richly rewarded but morally bankrupt.
It looks like open season on
Newcastle again, with the club apparently happy to supply the
ammunition. We await the next, seemingly inevitable, self-inflicted