To talk about the future of our beloved football club, means taking a quick look at the near past and present of the club.
False dawns, owners stripping the club bare, so close yet so far, PLCs, if only.
All of these apply in the past and now.
I personally think that Ashley’s plan for Newcastle has been very successful, since taking over the club in 2007 he has seen off his rivals JJB and JD, pulling out of a deal to take over these stores, let them go bankrupt and simply stepped into their empty stores.
It was no secret that Ashley was buying the club to “Sell” Sports Direct International after taking it to flotation in 2007, with the previous owners telling us that this was the case.
However, his plan for Newcastle United FC is very different to the fans of the club, like myself.
I’ve never celebrated that NUFC has made a profit, I’ve never cheered that Sports Direct has entered the FTSE 100.
Given the choice of winning the FA cup or dare I say it, being the League Cup Runners up and making no profit, or winning nothing and making £20 million profit; I know which I would choose and I know what Ashley would choose.
Bobby’s question of what is a football club anyway, is what gives the solution to the problem.
The Club is representative of the City and the People of the city, it must be owned by them.
It’s impossible I hear people say. They might be right, they might be wrong. Many HUGE,clubs abroad are owned by the fans……. BARCELONA.
I believe that under Newcastle fan ownership, supporters could choose people, who would be accountable to them, to lead the club. Yes, live within your means. No don’t take the club into huge debt, but yes, do use all revenue streams, no free advertising, no jobs for your JFK mates.
Can you imagine sending Keegan, Ginola or Shearer to France to sign Remy Cabella instead of JFK? What do you think the chairman would say then?
People will say that the fans are overly ambitious, that they are toxic, that they just want a return to days of splashing the cash.
No, they just want a club that represents them and that they have a say in.