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Sir John Hall Tells Fans They Shouldn’t Protest Against Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew

8 years ago

Sir John Hall has lectured the fans of Newcastle United yet again, telling supporters they shouldn’t protest on Saturday.

All of it sounds pretty rich coming from the person who is responsible for throwing us into the nightmare of Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club.

Hall says that ‘right now’ it isn’t about Mike Ashley’s ownership or Alan Pardew’s role as manager, saying that it all just about getting out of a relegation fight.

The truth of course is that these very things are totally entwined, we are in this mess because of Ashley and Pardew.

Speaking in an exclusive with the Daily Star, Hall said;

“It’s vital the fans get behind the team for what is a must win game.

“Of course, I understand their grievances but the Leicester game is neither the time nor the place to air them.”

I don’t believe Hall does understand our grievances, or more accurately he chooses not to, having been the person responsible for pitching us into this miserable existence.

Beat Leicester and we’ll rise a few places;

“This season is all about pulling away from the relegation zone and climbing up the table.

“Beat Leicester and we’ll rise a few places and suddenly things will look a whole lot better. Lose and it could be a long, hard winter.”

Don’t let facts get in the way! If Everton get a point at home to Villa then Newcastle won’t go up any positions even if they beat Leicester, that is how dire the position already is.

It’s not about Ashley and Pardew;

“Right now, it’s not about Mike Ashley’s regime or even whether Alan Pardew’s the right manager.

“It’s all about ensuring Newcastle get out of this mess.”

The fact is though it is all about Ashley and Pardew.

Fifty thousand loyal fans (mugs);

“The club may feel very different to when I was there but what hasn’t changed is the loyal Geordie support – there will still be 50,000 fans inside the ground.

“When Kevin Keegan was manager, those fans were almost worth a goal to us because often, the opposition were beaten before a ball was kicked.

“Of course, Kevin gave them the football they wanted and as a club, we were competing with the best.”

Whatever changes fans want, forget them for now;

“I appreciate the mood among supporters isn’t the same today but whatever changes they want, it’s important they put it on the backburner just now.

“Staying in the Premier League is the overriding priority because for a club like Newcastle United, there’s a nothingness below it.

“I’d urge every fan who turns up on Saturday to forget everything else for 90 minutes and rally behind that black and white shirt.”

Sad fact is that fans feel totally powerless and downtrodden, no matter whether they actively protest, or choose to keep their thoughts to themselves, while watching a team that isn’t good enough under a manager and owner that have dragged us down to likely relegation.

How Sir John Hall has the nerve to lecture fans about staying behind Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew following five league wins in ten months, when he was the majority shareholder at the time Sir Bobby Robson was sacked after a handful of matches…


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