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Mike Ashley’s News Service Claims Newcastle Are Going To Win The Cup – If Only

8 years ago

Falling in line with this shambles of a summer so far, we now have Mike Ashley’s news service claiming ‘We’ll win the Cup’.

Or rather this is the headline quote  attributed to Yoan Gouffran in an interview with Ashley’s Sports Direct News, with an ‘Exclusive’ claimed, though the actual reference to silverware is slightly more diluted than claiming ‘we will win the cup’.

This is the Ashley news service remember which brought us the insider exclusive that Newcastle were going to buy Wayne Rooney, for which SD News had to then apologise as there was no substance to their story. This has then been followed by another SD New exclusive claiming insider knowledge that Newcastle had made a late bid for Wigan’s Arouna Kone as he prepared to join Everton, though within an hour or two that story was being treated as a joke as well.

In their exclusive, Gouffran has had the following attributed to him;

“It is true the club is going through a transition after so many signings in January but it takes some time to gel as a squad.

Last year we found ourselves down towards the bottom of the table but now we’ve had that time together we are looking ahead to make a success of next season.

We are hoping to improve on our league performance and with the team we have we should be able to get a much better position than last year and maybe win a cup as well, why not?

The first half of last season the team had lots of injuries and bad luck and that kind of thing can spiral into negative momentum.

Now though we are working from a more positive base to bounce back from that as quickly as possible.”

One amusing thing to come out of the interview is Gouffran saying, “…spiral into negative momentum”, his English must be really coming on.

The lack of care and attention for our football club is once again summed up with this story.

The headline is bad enough but unfortunately when you dig deeper then there are sadly real parallels with the NUFC Official Club shops that have become the poor relations of Ashley’s own SD ones.

Similarly, while exclusives claiming Newcastle are going to win the cup are appearing on Ashley’s SD News, what has the official Newcastle United website reported under latest news in the last five days?

The answer (at 6.30am on Tuesday 16th July) is only two stories in the last five days- NUFC Foundation are looking for people to play wheelchair football and the bar where the club have ripped down Shearer’s name has opened again.

This is not the way it has to be.


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