Newcastle United – Holding on for a Hero…
We need a hero like never before, to help lift the doom and gloom. We need someone to galvanise the fans, to head the campaign to get Ashley out. Someone we can rally round and get some spirit and fight back into the supporters.
Back in the early 80’s an approach was made to lure Brian Johnson, the AC/DC frontman, onto the board of Newcastle United. He was introduced to the board by none other than Jackie Milburn and my memory says they were after £100k, whilst the internet says Brian was asked for £500k for a place at the table.
Whatever the amount, it was very big bucks back then. Sadly it never came off and the Dunston lad went on to amass personal wealth in excess of $90m through sales of over 200 million records worldwide. AC/DC at least left us with an anthem for the Ashley era in ‘dirty deeds done dirt cheap’.
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Are there any other likely locals who could step up to the plate? Surely nobody can touch Ashley for wealth?
The nearest I can think of is Graham Wylie , the Sage founder. I worked for Graham some years back and he was as sharp as a tack. He was also quite into the club at the time, but unfortunately his interests have moved on to horseracing.
Entertainment wise … Jimmy Nail is a ‘Spender’ in title only surely?
Cheryl Cole would look better than Karen Brady ever did in a boardroom, but I’m not sure about her business acumen and as she says herself, ‘I don’t care’. …..
What about Ant and Dec? The 20 minutes half time interval would be more entertaining than the match, but we can normally manage to achieve that anyway.
If we spread the net a bit wider I can think of a few bands that would be useful in the boardroom right now:
One Direction – other than downwards. especially useful after week 1 January each year
The Police – to escort Ashley and his Motley Crew off the premises
Anthrax – a bit drastic, but if all else fails….
Anybody got any better suggestions for a celebrity leader to get us out of this mire??
Has anyone got a couple of hundred million kicking about in Northern Rock and a bit of time on their hands?
Please, come on down!!!