Having considered the options at hand, looked and the permutations of relegation v survival over the next 8 days, it’s a clear winner for me as to what to wish/cheer for today.
In one corner (them things we don’t score from) we have Mike Ashley and in the other corner we have the Newcastle United fans. A divide has been created over 6 years that almost certainly won’t be fixed, the relationship broken beyond repair.
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However, the relationship CAN be patched up to a standard that both parties can co-exist and not descend into the tit-for-tat squabbles and hostile behaviour that has occured since circa 2008 when Kevin Keegan (rightly) sauntered off to the courts and demanded his pound of flesh for breach of contract.
The result of which was overwhelmingly in favour of Kevin Keegan, his lawyers, the LMA and the court’s ruling. The board of Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) misled the fans, media and Keegan himself, to a point that the manager wasn’t in charge of the football club’s transfers and therefore Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) needed to fork out on damages/compensation for Keegan.
Everything that has happened since has been done to rub fans’ noses in the brown stuff. After all, the big rich man from down the country doesn’t like his name (and rag shop) tarnished and dragged through the mud by us poor northerners, does he?
However, the last two years have defied belief from even a business point of view. Which businessman would run a brand down so much, so that it’s poor performance would actually jeopardise it’s very existence?
It doesn’t make sense. I can’t for the life of me work out what would go through Ashley’s mind to allow a manager/head coach to run first team affairs, when he is so far out of his depth that it’s untrue.
If Ashley has any notion of remaining as owner of this club into next season and not selling up, then job one must be to dispense with John Carver.
It takes time to find a buyer and unless one just turns up and shows him the money, Ashley’s going nowhere. What I do have a problem with is Mike Ashley not looking after Newcastle United as best as possible until said buyer turns up, which could take a few seasons.
Until then the owner needs to put his vendetta with the fans to one side (and the fans next season have to do the same) once a sizeable outlay has been spent on the first team, the vast amount of deadwood got shot of and a credible manager put in place. Then we can all move on to a competitive season, one that runs from August-May without the tail off from Dec 31st.
I’m sure nobody wants to visit the Championship again. This time it will take years to get out of it and it wouldn’t help our despised owner get out of town any quicker, quite the opposite in fact.
Premier League survival. That is what’s best for Newcastle United. That is what’s best for Newcastle supporters and it is also what is best for Mike Ashley.
That is why I hope that everyone puts differences aside for the next two games, enough points are garnered and Newcastle United REMAIN in the Premier League.
Everything else can wait.