Everyone will no doubt believe Geordies around the globe will be red eyed through tears of dismay or anger with relegation confirmed. I can tell you only some will be, not all.
We are in this situation (again!) ultimately because of one man and one man only, Mike Ashley. His decisions, or sometimes lack of decisions, over his entire reign have been an absolute abomination. Nine years of total nonsense with a staggering season in the middle in 2011/12.
If Newcastle is ever to get back to what it once was, then he needs to go. It’s truly as simple as that.
So with this FACT, would surviving relegation this year have been the best thing for the club? In true Rafa style, I argue not.
FACT: Relegation only hurts Mike Ashley. He owns the thing. Its his asset.
FACT: He is only still here after nine years of misery to promote his tin pot sports company through Premier League audiences. Being in the Championship destroys his only reason for owning our proud club. So why would he stay?
FACT: Newcastle United is now worth a lot less than it would be in the Premier League, as of next season especially – so finding a buyer at a decent price is a lot more realistic. The £129million debt Ashley has against the club, seems about right as the figure to get rid of him. He can’t expect a profit. Get his money back and move on.
FACT: With this in mind, £129 million for NUFC can only be seen as an absolute bargain. Put it this way, an Iranian Investor has just purchased 49.9% of Everton for a reported £100million. Two American Investors have purchased 18% each of Crystal Palace and are looking to spend up to £150 million on the stadium and have already pumped in £50million in capital.
FACT: If Newcastle had survived, we would no doubt be stuck with Mike Ashley for a very, very long time, so we would only have to endure his nonsense decision making for the rest of our lives.
FACT: We will never, ever, reach our potential under his ownership. With Rafa or without Rafa. Relegation can bring an end to his tenure a lot quicker.
FACT: The club will never die.
Rafa may stay or he may go. His choice, we will accept it either way.
What we won’t accept is Mike Ashley hiring people like Lee Charnley, Derek Llambias or Joe Kinnear.
Who in turn hire people like Steve McClaren, John Carver, Alan Pardew or Joe Kinnear.
Who in turn hire people like Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran, Siem De Jong, Seydou Doumbia, Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote or Joe Kinnear.
Championship football may be the soul destroying chemotherapy that eventually gets rid of the giant tumour that is Mike Ashley. No matter how long it takes.
We will have to endure to finally be rid of him for good.
This could be the start of the end of Mike Ashley’s reign of terror and we have Sunderland to thank.
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