Rooting for the Magpies

Why we should want Newcastle United to clinch that final Champions League spot

Updated: April 12, 2012, 11:17 AM ET
By Callum Hamilton | Special to ESPN.com

Received wisdom says that Newcastle United is a comedy club. Always has been, always will be. Its popular history is one of false messiahs and teary nervous breakdowns, from its laughable relegation to its self-styled status as a big club -- despite the sort of trophy cabinet that Nietzsche warned against looking into. The Magpies are football's most consistent basket case, there to be mocked, but in 2012, they're maintaining an astonishing challenge for Champions League football well ...

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