Newcastle Fans Should Be Careful What They Wish For
In the 47 years I have been supporting our Club, the common thread has been a succession of Boards and Chairman who could not care less about us – the supporters.
From Westwood to McKeag, Hall to Ashley, we have been treated like sh*t on their shoes.
In the 80s, I refused to get involved with the campaign to get rid of McKeag et al. The reason being was I simply did not like or trust Hall. History has proved that he was only interested in the kudos and the money. He soon ditched “The Magpie Group” when he had control. The success we had under Hall was down to one decision – the appointment of Keegan.
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McKeag was slaughtered for referring to his share ownership as “the family silver”. The problem was he was not wealthy enough to run a top football club.
The Halls and Shepherds used NUFC as their personal lingdom. Family members were appointed to positions they should never have been close to. Wages and dividends were scandalously paid – in my opinion way in excess of work done and performance merited.
The most galling part of their tenure was that they “were local lads” and the local media never questioned their motives or their actions. They were given carte blanche to carry on and bleed the club dry. Even now, after pocketing Ashley’s millions, they still have the gall to voice their opinion on every subject under the sun.
If they had continued to control our Club, I believe we would have done a Portsmouth or Leeds – without winning a cup or reaching the European Cup semi-finals.
It is easy to shout “Sack the Board”, but this does not guarantee the successors will be any more palatable than the previous Board.
In the past when there was unrest amongst our support, the team on the pitch tended to be poor. It is significant that the unrest now (ED: written before Villa) comes at a time when, in my opinion, we have a really good team and some decent squad members. It is not inconceivable that we could finish top 8 and win one of the cups.
Throughout his ownership of our club, Ashley has depended on advice from others which has had disastrous consequences – Wise, Kinnear (both times), renaming SJP, etc.
On the plus side, without Ashley the club would be competing with the likes of Leeds and Portsmouth due to financial meltdown. Ashley’s ticket pricing and the extending of the family enclosure has also to be praised.
I would be happy to see the back of Ashley and him being replaced with someone who has the best interests of the club and its supporters at heart. This is as likely to happen as I am of scoring our winner in the FA Cup final – I still have that dream!
Ashley’s decision to re-employ Kinnear has the hallmark of a mad man. The reasoning behind this will probably never be revealed because he does not want to engage with us.
Kinnear is a joke and an embarrassment. His antics over the summer were a disgrace.
Kinnear has proved that his appointment was catastrophic and a complete waste of time.
He will not resign back to a life away from the headlines, therefore Ashley should put us all out of our misery and sack him. Accept it was another of his major mistakes and move on.
Ashley is not the only owner not to engage with the fans, the difference is that Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea win trophies.
I will not be joining any protests to get Ashley out of our club until I see the type of character who will replace them. Foreign owners will buy the club for one reason – to make money.
As United fans we should be careful what we wish for.
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