The end of the season is upon us and Newcastle United go into our last game needing three points at home to West Ham, or Hull failing to win, to avoid relegation to the Championship.
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This is a club that doesn’t want to compete in cups or European football as it runs a relegation risk. And we’d NEVER risk that, would we?
Its only priority is the Premier League, or should I say, the riches of the Premier League.
That’s where the money is, and that is what this club is about under Ashley.
It should be apparent to people that the risk of relegation isn’t caused by competition. It’s from the incompetence of the club and Ashley’s countless gambles to see how little he can do to scrape by and reap the rewards.
Sport is supposed to be about pushing yourself and taking risks to become better. That is the complete opposite of Ashley’s approach.
I just don’t know what there is left to support at this Newcastle United.
The only thing I have any faith in now is the fans. We are the ones who care about this once great club. We’re the only ones who will fight for it. We are told the only way we can support “our” club is to continue to support Ashley’s club.
This is a lie. It is emotional blackmail at its worst.
As things stand there is only one person who gains from a model that sees us top of the balance sheet and nearly bottom of the league. Who does this much-praised model serve?
That man is Mike Ashley and his companies. The man it would seem the majority of Newcastle fans have sussed out. What made you fall in love with our club?
Other than the memory, is that spark still there? Can you see that spark being reignited under Ashley?
The man is toxic. There is nothing sporting about him.
He’s made his wealth by pushing tat. He’s made this club a piece of tat. It works for him. Does it work for you?
If not, it really is time to face up to the facts. Is relegation really a problem for the club?
Seriously. Forget the media fascination, forget the trophy players (we don’t get them anyway), forget the prestige. None of it is applicable anymore.
Being in the PL is essential to Ashley’s ownership of the club. They have stated that. Therefore, a club in the Championship is of no use to Ashley.
In the Premier League the club is priced out of the market for a reason. It isn’t for sale. He doesn’t want to go anywhere.
We know he loves his money but we also know he’s a gambler. One who will gamble on failure, but never success.
If he loses this latest cheapskate gamble of his, the golden goose is gone. No more worldwide exposure for his brand. No more multi-million pound subsidies for keeping us just about ticking over, fighting relegation. He will be throwing good money after bad.
That is how we rid ourselves of Ashley.
Forget Ashley for a minute. Remember why you loved football?
The great goals, the dreaming of Europe and Wembley, the tense wait for exciting signings?
All gone. Even a goal is a rarity. ONE point out of 30. It’s not even football. Not as any other club understands it.
We are the team that all teams in a rut want to play. I dread matchdays, well, I did when I used to base my schedule around them, no matter where in the world I was.
It saddens me deeply not to be connected with my club anymore.
I want it back.