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A Must Read: The Damning Independent Verdict On Mike Ashley’s Running Of Newcastle United

8 years ago

Naturally everybody has their own ideas about what has or hasn’t happened on the pitch, Newcastle fans are no different to any others in that respect and it is that which makes football such a great sport. So many different ways of looking at it, which I believe personally puts it head and shoulders above any other team sport.

Where maybe Newcastle United differs from most others is that our fans are forced to have just as many different ways of looking at things off the pitch.

The seemingly endless chaotic running of Newcastle never feels like seeing light at the end of the tunnel, after the Shepherds and Halls had run the club into the ground we thought we’d found the promised land with the arrival of Mike Ashley.

Unfortunately, we have just discovered a whole different kind of madness in terms of running Newcastle United, whether Ashley is better or worse than the Hall/Shepherd administration is a bit like trying to decide whether it is preferable to be set on fire or chucked in the Tyne with concrete boots on.

There are still a minority of people who want to believe that there is some kind of cunning plan behind the smoke, mirrors and lunacy that is off the pitch Newcastle United at this moment in time but surely they must be getting fewer by the day.

What is ideal is when somebody looks in from the outside and gives a wholly independent view.

Today I spotted one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time on Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, it was on the excellent general football site and below is reproduced some of the highlights;

If you support 1 of 19 clubs in the Premier League, you probably derive a lot of amusement from the situation at Newcastle United: Mike Ashley, Joe Kinnear – it is the gift that keeps on giving.

However, imagine actually having to support them?

A football club is far bigger than its ownership or composition at any one time – what do you wish for though if you are a Geordie at the moment?

Reports suggest Alan Pardew’s sacking is imminent….if ever there was a ‘rock and a hard place’ scenario.

Pardew isn’t popular on Tyneside but at least he is actually a football manager. Kinnear isn’t…now he’s little more than a gimmick – an antagonistic tool Mike Ashley uses to prod the media and the fanbase.

Few people seem to grasp how discouraging the situation at Newcastle actually is, how little reason there is for optimism while Ashley owns the club. In fact, until he decides to sell, Newcastle will be stuck in this perpetual nonsense cycle whereby appointments are made to protect the ownership’s approach rather than to enhance the on-pitch prospects.

Ashley know Kinnear has no real value as Director of Football or manager; Kinnear is an ally, someone grateful for employment.

The only ambition Newcastle really have is to finish 17th or above, to keep TV money coming in. In Premier League terms they are becoming a bare minimum organisation.

This isn’t a football club anymore, it is an asset, whether or not decisions can be justified on a balance sheet, it is almost undeniable the joy has been sucked out of St.James’ Park.

All the commercial deals, cut price transfer activity, revenue from sales, much publicised streamlining of the club’s financial model, what has it actually been in aid of?

If that small group of believers hasn’t shrunk a little further after reading the above then I’d be amazed, the paragraph in bold surely sums things up.

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