Last game of the season and I didn't watch. Typically City won leaving them agonizingly close to a Europa League spot. And what was I doing? Well I've noted in the past that I grew up in the North East. In many ways Newcastle mirror City. A club with great support, fabulous tradition especially in the 50's. Great players and managers - and I don't find it a coincidence that Keegan has managed both.
And both clubs haven't won a thing in years. I was very surprised when Newcastle lost at home to Fulham; that was the game I thought would see them safe and therefore it all came down to and away fixture against Villa. Hull were never going to win, even against a second string United. Phil Brown's infamous half time talk lost his dressing room, even if no one will admit that. So Newcastle needed a point. That even with a Boro win would be enough. So this week I watched Villa vs. Newcastle.
And I watched... the most wretched, gutless, spineless, disgusting excuse for a football team that I have seen in a long time. Not an ounce of passion. Nothing. Too right Alan Shearer when he says that they have to be completely rebuilt. If the team had half the passion of the Newcastle fans, they'd be world beaters.
Those predicting a straight bounce back are deluding themselves. Ironically the reason Newcastle went down was staring owner Mike Ashley in the face if he was looking at the same screen. For the sale of James Milner will forever define the season of the Toon decline.
What's this got to do with City? We could quite easily be Newcastle. I'll take the new owners, building for the long term and finishing 10th. At least for this season.