This charming saying is one used by fans from FC Nürnberg to describe their club, and it’s certainly catchy.
In fact, until relatively recently, Nürnberg (or, Nuremberg, in English) were the most successful team in Germany, with nine national titles (although only one was won in the Bundesliga era). They were overtaken by FC Bayern in the late 1980s (Bayern now have 24 titles), but are still the second most successful German team ever, in terms of national titles.
Obviously, comparing us to Der Club (‘The Club’, as they are more commonly known) is not really helpful, as the description could fit many clubs: one-time powerhouse fallen on hard times (Nürnberg went through three managers this season on their way to relegation from the Bundesliga).
At the same time as I was writing this and thinking about Nürnberg, I was watching the Champions League final. Obviously, Real are a completely different beast to the Germans, having never really lost the hang of winning leagues and cups. Atletico, on the other hand, were relegated and plagued by financial troubles within the last fifteen years, but have bounced back stronger.
Honestly, I don’t know really where I’m going with this… Newcastle United is its own beast, after all. Other teams have been more successful. Other teams have had it harder. Other teams have bounced back better from situations which could have spiralled wildly out of control.
The only difference is that Newcastle United is our team.
We’re currently not at our lowest ebb. Far from it, to be honest. And we’re sure as shit not on an upward trend. We’re just about standing still. And I don’t want to say that standing still is not harder than suffering extreme highs and lows. But it’s certainly a lot less emotional.
It feels like apathy is sweeping over the club – from the board and the manager, through the players and into the stands and living rooms.
Just existing is not enough for the club and its fans. Fair enough, we can fail and come-up short. But, up until that point, we should expect to see a bit passion and commitment.
And that hasn’t been seen so far this calendar year.
Let’s hope it comes back in time for next season. Because, at the minute, the club really is an idiot.