Fast forward less than 12 months and Mike Ashley now tells us that the kitty is bare (when was it not?).

We were promised a horse for the cart and once again that turned out to be a pit pony hitched to a Lada.

Anyone still taken in by Ashley’s weasel words, please do take a moment to actually read and understand the latest comments he now wants us to swallow.

Here is a man who wants to absolve himself of any blame for the complete mess this club is in.

Mike Ashley now deflects blame onto the ‘Board’ – lest you forget, in its current guise it was only formed last Summer!

Since day one, the ‘Board’ of NUFC has always included MJW Ashley. The only other people generally included in that were the Managing Director and the Financial Director. People who we should never forget have included Chris Mort (not too bad and sensible enough to walk away after the first season), Jeff Vetere, Tony Jimenez and Derek Llambias (pictured above).

That dubious list is only topped by the idiotic appointment of Lee Charnley – the ex-secretary and now lowest paid MD in the Premier League by a country mile.

Derek Llambias, he of the “You lot don’t know how horrible we can be” rant, spoke frequently in Ashley’s defence and of the “plans we have.” ‘We’, please note, not ‘I’.

It was Ashley who fired Big Sam. It was Ashley who deemed it sensible to recruit KK then shackle him with Wise and Jimenez. The same bloke gave us Kinnear, twice. That was so bad even Llambias supposedly walked away as a result – yet before you knew it, conveniently arrived at Rangers to further his master’s bidding there.

Let no one, no one at all, accept that Mike Ashley is not behind every failed decision made since he became owner. He may not like the blame, but there is and should be no escaping it.

So, for all those tub thumpers who proclaimed Ashley our ‘saviour’, I hope you choke on his words that the bank account is empty – and everyone he has foisted upon this Club in order to adhere to his miserly model is none of his fault.

Believe that fairytale and we truly deserve to be labeled as deluded. The bloke can’t lie straight in bed and our statistics after nine years speak loud and clear.

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