Long-Term Planning Needed For Newcastle United, Not Knee-Jerk Reactions
Revolution is an easy word to say and an entirely natural and understandable reaction to things not going well.
Certainly, the situation surrounding Newcastle United at the moment is painful and embarrassing for all of us but I urge people to really think about what it is they are wishing for. It was once said that football isn’t a matter of life and death and that it is much more important than that; therefore, this is no place for recklessness.
In a recent article I suggested that perhaps a boycott might force some change within the club but that it must only be used as an absolute last resort. The idea was to make a meaningful and measured protest against the regime, not an immature knee-jerk reaction from the angrier sections of the fan-base. We must remember there are some potentially extremely serious consequences to boycotting.
If the action were successful and Mike Ashley goes, we don’t know who we might get in his place. The alternative could be even worse! At the absolute least, we have to assume that Ashley is keeping NUFC running on an even financial footing. Newcastle United Supporters Trust wish to help fans buy a stake in the club, an honourable and admirable ideal, but in all honesty I think Mike Ashley would be more than happy to take the money, take less responsibility for on-field failings whilst maintaining his majority share and the final vote. Unfortunately, I fear it would be a waste of money that ultimately would do little to change anything.
On the other hand, half-assed boycotting will be about as much use. It will be ignored and laughed at by those it is directing at hurting, and also by the whole country; no doubt fuelling the perception of Newcastle fans having unrealistic expectations. The press would tear us apart, and we would be left cringing while Sky Sports News had a field day interviewing any idiot that will talk to them, holding them up as mouthpieces for all of us. And still, nothing will change.
There is no room in revolution, nor evolution, for fickle agitation. This is a serious matter. Anyone who has not fully considered the consequences and isn’t willing to support the club through any potential situation (things could easily get worse before they get better!!), should not be throwing around threats of boycott and protest.
The time is not yet right and for now the best thing is to keep calm and get behind the team as much as possible. I have no affiliation with the supporters trust other than being a well meaning fan Newcastle fan desperate to see the club ran properly and with dignity, but any action should be taken in conjunction with NUST. Whatever action is taken, it needs to be measured, co-ordinated, and decisive, with clear and definite aims that are in line with a general consensus of the fans, and more importantly a plan to take control of the club and to build from the ground up if need be. Toon fans of the world, unite!
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