‘If you know your history- perhaps Liverpool old boy needs a lesson?
Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique looks like he could be guilty of wearing his red-tinted spectacles for an observation about neighbours Everton were discussing another of his old clubs Newcastle United.
He cited Everton as a potential model to follow looking at how they are progressing since the summer.
The Spaniard said:
“Every Newcastle fan, obviously, was really excited by the takeover, because it would have been an owner with a lot of money that maybe wanted to put Newcastle where they deserved to be.
“I still believe Newcastle is a top-six team. Look, Everton is there, and it’s not because I’m a Liverpool fan, but Newcastle is bigger than Everton for history, for everything. It should be a top-six team. I believe that.”
Bigger than Everton for history?
Other than current stadium capacity – don’t forget unlike many major English cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and even Bristol, Newcastle only has one professional team – by what measurement is Enrique employing to reach this theory?
The Magpies edge out the Blues 6-5 when it comes to FA Cup wins but three of Everton’s successes have come since Newcastle last lifted the trophy in 1955.
In terms of League Championships, Everton have more than twice as many – 9 to 4 – with seven of those coming since the Toon last clinched the title way back in 1927 – the year before Dixie Dean netted his 60 goals.
Indeed, Newcastle United’s last major honour, the 1968/69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup only came about when they qualified despite finishing 10th in the First Division table the previous season because a bizarre one-club per city rule saw Everton (5th); Tottenham Hotspur (7th) and Arsenal (9th) all miss out.
When it comes to seasons spent in the English top flight, Football League founder members Everton are ahead of everyone else on 118 while Newcastle are seventh on the all-time list with 89, some 29 behind the Blues.