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If Mike Ashley Had Bought Aston Villa Instead Of Newcastle He’d Be Long Gone

7 years ago

If Mike Ashley had bought Aston Villa and not Newcastle United, he would have been long gone by now.

The Newcastle owner was quite open in the early days that he’d bought the club mainly to showcase the rest of his business empire, little were we to know just how low in the food chain the football club would end up being.

This summer saw Ashley take steps to drive season ticket holders down from the higher seats in Level 7, to help ensure that the more visible sections to the cameras were as full as possible.

This reaffirming my belief that Ashley isn’t really that bothered about how much he banks per seat, the real value for him is the message a packed St.James’ Park sends out to punters watching on TV, so that they associate S***** D***** and the rest of Ashley’s brands with success (a full stadium).

The proof of just how luck Ashley has been in picking Newcastle United, has surely been proved with the opening two matches.

Despite Newcastle’s best players leaving in the shape of Debuchy, Remy and Cabaye, plus Ba the season before, and replacing them with cut price imports, over 100,000 fans have attended Newcastle’s first two home matches. Especially astonishing considering the second half of last season was as dismal as they come.

The crowd for the Manchester City game was 50,816 and when you consider how many less away fans attended the next game, there was actually MORE Newcastle fans at the Newcastle match against Palace in a crowd of 49,226.

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I think that these kind of crowd figures despite so many fans refusing to go until Mike Ashley leaves, and the poor football on display for years, as well as a total lack of ambition, tells me that the true potential of attendances at Newcastle United is astronomical.

No other club would get these crowds after what we’ve had thrown at us.

Which brings me to our friends at Aston Villa.

Despite Randy Lerner investing fortunes in the team before he called a halt, their fans are simply the most fickle in the Premier League by a mile.

If Mike Ashley had bought Villa instead of Newcastle, I reckon they would be getting less than twenty thousand, not the ridiculous fifty thousand crowds that United still pull in.

This season, Villa pulled in 30,267 against Newcastle, then 28,336 when they played Hull, despite that result putting them third in the table.

So if Ashley had bought Aston Villa and stuffed it full of SD and related adverts, transmitting those adverts to a worldwide audience with tens of thousands of empty seats providing the backdrop…he would have sold up immediately.

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