The people behind the Mike Ashley Out campaign have released their latest statement.
In the statement below, the Ashley Out organisers ask all fans who are supportive of the campaign to rid Newcastle United of Mike Ashley, to get behind a dual-pronged attack on the rotten regime.
The two angles targeted are a boycott of all future home matches (incl season ticket cancellations) and protests against Sports Direct (which includes the ‘Ashley Embargo’).
The idea of fans staying away from matches and encouraging the cancelling of season tickets (long-term season by season renewal ones have to be cancelled by end of January 2016 if you don’t want to be committed to your 2016/17 season ticket) is self-explanatory.
Whilst with the ‘Ashley Embargo‘, the idea is to restrict as much as humanly possible the money that Mike Ashley generates via Newcastle United, as well as making clear to sponsors and other businesses associated with NUFC at the present time, just what a negative relationship it is by being associated with the club and its owner at this moment in time.
The statement AshleyOut.com released this week:
‘AshleyOut.com today reaffirms its desire to end Mike Ashley’s reign as owner of our club. We may have been quiet over the summer but we are not going away. We are not reacting to a disastrous start to the season, we have been repeatedly convinced over the last eight years that Mike Ashley is not the man to take our club forward.
We therefore support, and intend to promote the following:
– A boycott of all future home matches (including season ticket cancellations)
– Protests against Sports Direct (including the Ashley Embargo)
We feel a sustained combination of both will force Ashley out of our club. Ashley bought, and continues to own, our club for one simple reason: to promote Sports Direct. An empty stadium and constant protests against Sports Direct, a company which has been widely criticised for its unethical practices, will make Ashley’s position as owner untenable.
Ashley cannot compete with a united fanbase, we have the power to take our club back, he is not untouchable. We believe Ashley’s unexpected interview prior to the final game of last season was a reaction to the boycott of the Spurs game and evidence that he is fearful of future protests.
As a fanbase, we are commended for our loyalty, for sticking with the club through thick and thin. However, this loyalty has been exploited for too long. Giving up your season ticket and not attending games does not mean that you have given up on your club. It is the most effective way to show Ashley that we will not stand idly by while he runs our club into the ground. Short term pain for long term gain.
Take a stand and fight for the future of your club.
United we stand, divided we fall.