So Newcastle fans, what are you going to do?
It seems like a lot more than a year ago that fans were up in arms as Mike Ashley yet again failed to invest in the team, selling Yohan Cabaye in that January window and not buying any players.
The net result being that Newcastle crawled to the end of the season and we sat in misery as a first half of the season was wasted, with only then five Premier League wins last season after Boxing Day, two of them courtesy of injury time Papiss Cisse winners.
Back then, twelve months ago, there was fury amongst many Newcastle fans, realising that the price freeze ten/nine/eight year deals were simply a hook to help Ashley keep bums on seats.
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It was a big topic a year ago, how many people would be chucking in the long-term deals, with fans having to opt out by the end of January if they didn’t want to be committed to going this current season. Although, those on the ten year deals had until the end of February as they’d never been sent updated terms and conditions, with that original ten year deal specifying end of February as the point when you had to opt out by.
Back then I do believe many people (vast majority longstanding fans) told Mike Ashley where to stick it and walked away but what is the case this time?
There has been next to no talk on this website or elsewhere this time, so are there not many supporters calling it a day this January, or is it a case of last season causing more awareness of this January deadline and people just quietly cancelling without making a song and dance about it.
Well I’ve had enough and packed mine in this time. A year ago many of my mates did but myself and a few others thought we’d give it (yet) another chance.
One year on and we’ve lost our other two best players (as well as Cabaye) from last season in Debuchy and Loic Remy, brought in a few good signings like Colback, Perez and Janmaat, plus what look budget signings that will take us nowhere, such as Riviere, Darlow, Lascelles (yes I know these two haven’t even played a game yet but they can’t even get a game for Forest in the Championship at the moment), Ferreyra. Remy Cabella has shown next to nothing yet and we wait to see whether injury-plagued Siem De Jong can make the massive step up from the Dutch league.
In other news, Newcastle have sold their manager and not replaced him, seemingly have no intention of buying any senior players this window, but have banked the Mapou fee and got Ben Arfa off the wage bill.
I have no doubt that Mike Ashley is intent on giving puppet John Carver the job permanently, no credible person would go on the was Carver has in his interviews and be willing to be used so blatantly by the owner. Talk about a desperate man – Carver has said they can buy and sell who they want and he’ll not claim, he’s happy to work under whatever conditions and so on.
To the deluded out there – we are not getting a proper head coach, you are mental if you think somebody like Frank De Boer will take it, or anybody else who can get a proper job elsewhere.
Mike Ashley will shortly have to announce the finances from last season and it is expected that profits will be at least £50m, thanks in the main to buying NO players last season and banking the extra tens of millions from TV, as well as selling Cabaye for £20m.
This season we have went budget shopping again and got lucky with Perez, Janmaat and Colback which might just about ensure we stay up…this time.
Ironically, Mike Ashley can still sell Moussa Sissoko on Monday (last day of transfer window) after tomorrow’s season ticket deadline (for those on long-term deals) ends.
Don’t delay, even if nobody buys him now, Sissoko will be 100% gone by the summer at the latest.
I dallied last January and have had to endure another absolute rubbish twelve months of football, but no more. I have cancelled and next season I may well go to matches but I won’t be TRAPPED into doing so by being part of this cynical long-term deal which kids you that it is for your benefit.
There is still time but not much of it.
If you want to keep going and blindly supporting Mike Ashley with no way out, then fine.
If you are thinking about it then act now, believe me I feel so much better having taken the plunge.
As I’ve said, if I go and watch he home matches next season it will be because I WANT to be there, not trudging up the hill like I’m going to work.
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