It has been confirmed that Mike Ashley will be at St. James’ Park this afternoon when Newcastle’s Premier League future will be decided.
After being noticeably absent in the last handful of matches as relegation went from a distant possibility to a very stark reality, the club owner today returns to the scene of the crime.
The press have been briefed that this is the case with numerous newspapers carrying the quote:
‘A Newcastle insider told us’:
“It is a huge game, one of the biggest in years, and Mike feels it is important he comes up to give his support to the management and the players.”
The various newspapers are describing it as Mike Ashley ‘fronting everybody up’ in terms of his presence today.
After giving the NUFC stick for the disgraceful fact that he has stayed away from recent matches, I do at least give him some credit for turning up today, if he follows through with this pledge to attend.
It has been yet another embarrassing week for Newcastle United, with their reaction to the relegation crisis to have a media lockdown, with only the most basic interaction with the press.
Despite this John Carver still managed to make numerous statements telling the fans that it was their duty to turn up and support the team, yet at the same time said that it didn’t matter either way if Mike Ashley chose to come to the match or not.
The fact he is the owner, the figurehead, somebody who should be showing leadership in times of crisis, plus we are always told that the owner is a fan just like us…is of course irrelevant.