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Ashley Scores Wonga Own Goal

8 years ago
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I’ll just get straight into it by saying Ashley’s decisions are quite stupid really.

Forget the instalment of JFK, as that has been discussed in every which way and back for the last 2 months.

In fact forget all the football based decisions like the transfers, manager sacking / hiring, relegation, trying to ridicule and tarnish the names of greats such as Keegan and Shearer. Let’s forget all that for a second because until he bought us he was just a football fan.

Let’s look at what he is supposed to be good at and that’s running a business and retail. The biggest bit of retail between him and the fans is always the shirt, it’s the same as every club in the world. Nothing makes my hairs stand up more than walking up the steps to enter the stadium and seeing black and white everywhere, I love it!!!

Could you imagine the money that makes the club. Thousands upon thousands of shirts get sold for this club with a huge profit margin. Remember the ‘toongate’ saga where Freddie and Hall said they buy the shirts for £5.00 each and sell them for £40 that’s an 800% profit margin!!!! I’m no shrewd businessman but that would catch my attention.

Yet I feel he has shot himself in the foot by slapping Wonga on everything, even a normally smart polo shirt has it slapped on it. I would love to see the home shirt sales based on the first week last time we released a home shirt and this week now the home shirt is released.

Obviously neither of them is going to sell as well as that shirt back in 96 with the brown ale badge on it but by getting a normal company to sponsor us, instead of the legal loan sharks, he could have made a tidy little sum more.

Just another tick in the cons box against this guy and why I really hope rumours of a takeover end up to be something true.

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