We all know that Mike Ashley has created a monster.

A club with no ambition other than to stay in the Premier League and to keep picking up the TV money.

However, I’ve often wondered how a squad of players, who know they have no chance of winning anything while employed by Ashley, can continue to play at the top level without questioning their conscience?

How do they turn up day in day out, working with clueless coaches and support staff, perhaps knowing more about the game than the mooches employed by Big Mike, yet accepting the terms and conditions of their contract?

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Maybe part of that answer lies somewhere within the following headline which appeared on the Manchester Evening News website:

 ‘Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has new neighbours – Newcastle United’

Suggesting that although NUFC cannot compete with the likes of Southampton, Swansea and West Ham in terms of buying players and paying for their wages, we can afford to house our limited squad in some of the best hotels in the UK, as well as flying them to most of the away games.

The NUFC squad yesterday arrived at the very chic Radisson Hotel in Manchester for the Saturday evening match against Citeh. The Radisson is so highly thought of that Citeh have installed their newest star striker, Bony, in the same Hotel and Citeh are not short of a bob or two.

So happily the players are looked after! They get to eat and stay at the best hotels and then when the season ends and the club manages to scrape a 10th placed finish, the players receive a bonus and everyone heads off happily into the warm summer sunshine !

It’s good to be a Geordie!

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