Three days ago one of our writers posed the question, Premier League with Mike Ashley or Championship without him?
In summing up how he felt, Andy Mc explained:
Have we ever known a period in this club’s history where the most we can expect from a complete season of football, is to hope we’re not going to be subjected to it all over again next season ?
Surely there has to be an end to this era of underachievement at some point ?
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A club cannot exist in the twilight zone forever, otherwise we might just as well seek to become the first FIFA officially nominated ‘Zombie’ club. A state where supporters retain base faculties, namely gross motor function but grasp no evidence of emotion, personality or sensation of pain.
We’ll remain forever in this state as Cups and Trophies come and go and 50k turn up every other week, to be herded into the pens to perform the role that the Premier League require of all clubs – namely to fill the ground to provide the product that the paymaster demand.
So the question I’d ask all Newcastle supporters is:-
Would you prefer a life with NUFC and Mike Ashley in the Premier League ?
Would you accept a place in the Championship with Mike Ashley selling up and taking his tat with him?
The poll is now closed and many thanks to the thousands who took part.
The votes have been counted and the result is:
83% Championship and get rid of Mike Ashley
17% Stick with Mike Ashley and a place in the Premier League
The poll produced much discussion amongst fans but those some missed the point. In reality it wasn’t a choice between permanently been in the Championship without Ashley or permanently staying in the Premier League with the current owner.
It was really asking whether you would take dropping into the Championship and Ashley going in the hope of then bouncing back to a better future with the club being run in a different way. With the alternative being staying with the Mike Ashley route of trying to simply stick around in the Premier League and spending the minimum amount of money to try and do so, whilst the owner takes all the fringe benefits of owning the club for the rest of his business empire.
The key thing for me is that the current Mike Ashley way of doing things doesn’t guarantee Premier League safety as a minimum.
In 8 seasons at Newcastle, he has achieved relegation once and then nearly repeated it two seasons ago, with this season seeing him getting lucky with the five match winning run in the Autumn. A squad too small on quality and quantity and Asholey lets two defenders leave with no replacements in January, hoping to crawl to the end of the season and survive another season.
Little wonder that 83% have no belief in any desirable future under Mike Ashley.