Supporting Newcastle United Should Be Unconditional But…
I feel sick and depressed that I would even consider a boycott of Newcastle United, and I hope more than anything that it wouldn’t come to that, but I fear it might be the only way to force change.
Until now, I have been prepared to be lenient and have refrained from being too bitter towards Mike Ashley and his style of ownership; after all football has changed, and a sound financial footing will serve us well under UEFA’s new regulations. Previous mistakes on behalf of the owner have been forgotten and somewhat forgiven in favour of indulging in the simple act of supporting a football team minus the politics.
I don’t care what the stadium is called, I don’t care what language the team speaks, I don’t even really care whether we win that many games. It does really pi** me off however, to have an owner that has clearly given up caring about our beloved football club.
There was a collective sigh of relief at the end of last season and I will openly admit to being foolishly optimistic enough to believe that things couldn’t possibly get any worse. Surely those in charge would invest to ensure that the disastrous consequences of relegation wouldn’t be allowed to unfold on Tyneside, much as the likes of Southampton and Villa seem to have done. Surely it is worth spending a few million to keep us in the Premiership? It is now obvious though that Ashley has abandoned any attempt to make us at least a half decent mid-table side and is simply waiting to offload his stake as soon as possible.
The appointment of JFK has been written about extensively, and pretty much everything there is to be said about the man already has, but the saddest thing is that if it had been followed by several signings, it would have been tolerated. Other clubs have proved during the summer that even in this bloated transfer market there are still some decent players to be had on the cheap. Instead though, the odious amount of hot air coupled with a complete lack of transfer activity has given weight to the conspiracy theories that suggest JFK is a mole, planted purely to antagonise Pardew out of his potentially expensive 8 year contract.
If the unthinkable actually happens and Joe Kinnear, a man who, joking aside, has loudly and obnoxiously shown himself to be a complete moron, has been employed as Pardew’s readymade replacement then I shall be painfully considering a boycott. This is a last resort and understandably a deeply unpopular course of action amongst the majority of fans.
Supporting NUFC is, and should be, unconditional, regardless of results, league standing or reputation, but why should Mike Ashley be allowed to fill his pockets without giving us a team to at least get behind?
We all want nothing more than to be left alone to support our team and the manager, but it seems now that the owner is prepared to destroy this club for the sake of a few extra pounds in his pocket. Once he realises that without the fans this club is nothing, then perhaps he will rethink his business strategy, or perhaps better still, sell up at a price someone is actually willing to pay.
I’m ashamed to even contemplate a boycott, but if it got our club back, would it be worth it? Newcastle United will never be defeated!
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