You Sometimes Have To Look Out Of The Window To Realise How Low Newcastle Have Sunk
Some fans seem incapable of accepting just how low Newcastle have sunk these days.
The standard throughout the club is appalling, most of it as a result of the ridiculous extent to which Mike Ashley has slashed the staff levels, both in terms of numbers and quality – on AND off the pitch.
Only this week, confirmation that the club has at last made a signing can’t even be handled properly.
No press conference with Ayoze Perez sandwiched between Managing Director Lee Charnley and Manager Alan Pardew, introduced to the press and answering questions, proper photo call and so on. Instead the news was revealed via photos on social media taken by one of Perez’ friends or family, as he was shown round by Peter Beardsley. The club then react a day later by sticking a quick written statement out ‘announcing’ the news.
You then had the appointment of Lee Charnley as Managing Director a couple of months ago, yet again no press confirmation or photo call, no question and answer with the media – no leadership to inspire any confidence whatsoever.
You then get an announcement of a pre-season tour to New Zealand and it is treated as a great step forward due to the unbelievable shambles of recent summers, when you even had friendlies announced by the host club but with only days to go before the matches, Newcastle United refusing to publicly confirm the games were even taking place!
So when this tournament is New Zealand is announced, not nearly enough fans question why the squad are trailing to the other side of the World for what must be very very limited commercial gains, if any. People who aren’t Newcastle fans have asked me why Newcastle aren’t trying to grow links in North America where English football is growing big time, or places such as the Far East provide so many more marketing opportunities and tie ups with commercial partners.
Of course we have a club where there is no desire to drive commercial income, with all of those lucrative marketing opportunities simply handed over to Mike Ashley’s business empire for free, with no benefit to Newcastle United.
Then of course we had the launch of the grey change strip just before the end of the season, no advance promotion and then just something stuck up on the club website to ‘launch’ it.
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I don’t know about you but I’ve seen hardly anybody wearing that new strip.
Those who remember the pre-Ashley midnight launches at St.James’ Park with hundreds if not thousands queuing round the block to get the new strips, big events with entertainment and food provided, a real occasion.
Honestly, how can some fans not see how absolutely rubbish things are these days?
Have a look at this video below of Ajax launching their new strips, Newcastle are light years behind so many clubs that we should be way ahead of or at least on a par with.
While Ashley stays at our club we are knackered and doomed to fall ever further behind the competition.
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