Was it the referee?

Was it Captain Colo?

Was it that poor excuse for a licensed thug, Cattermole, getting away with murder again?

No, these are excuses, worse than that they are excuses for excuses which we debate whilst the main issue rumbles on, we are still owned by a man with zero interest in the footballing success of Newcastle United.

On a website like this, fans band together to discuss the absolute minutiae of Newcastle United, we debate players, managers past and present, refereeing decisions and whether the chief scout, managing director and the rest of Mike Ashley’s merry men actually have any clue about the running of a football club.

My contention is that all of this is completely irrelevant, a mere distraction from the one overriding factor which has brought all the others into being, the owner.

Thanks to the new signings, the new manager and coaches and even the often ridiculous PR exercise of frequent fawning emails to placate the masses, many have become apathetic to the plight of their club, or maybe we are just too resigned and beat down to fight it anymore?

I get that, I don’t feel the passion to rebel against the owner as I once did, having to battle against an incumbent regime who remain unresponsive to requests for communication, battle against fellow fans seemingly content to ‘wait and see’, all whilst enduring players without passion and increasingly woeful results does take its toll.

All is not lost though.

Perhaps it is not the passion of the Geordie crowd that will be the undoing of Mike Ashley, he has found a way to harness enough of that to meet his own ends, but the apathy of the masses which will see him out.

Maybe we should give up on our hope that the noble fight will end in victory and instead accept defeat and the inevitable nosedive that would bring?

How far this fall would be, whether it would lead to relegation or not, is also irrelevant, allowing Mike Ashley to see the folly of his methods unimpeded is all that is likely to see him go.

Like a strong-willed and petulant child, sometimes you have to let them fail their own way for them to see that they have been wrong all along.

Will it happen? Eventually I believe it will as even the most staunch supporter reaches their personal breaking point and walks away.

Over the last few years I have lost count of the amount of apologists who have proudly told me ‘you’re wasting your time, Mike Ashley is here to stay until he decides otherwise’, but isn’t that exactly the choice we all have?

I have also lost count of the amount of fans I have known or spoken with, who have stated that they wouldn’t let Mike Ashley drive them out of their club, yet now they stay at home watching Sky.

It does happen, we all have a breaking point, and only when the majority have reached theirs will we see the back of the real problem, no excuses.

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