A way out for Ashley and the Newcastle fans?
When you read what I have said below you may well say it’s ridiculous, that in the day of big money football that it is impossible for Newcastle fans to have a say in the club, let alone have any real power or ownership. Obviously this is hypothetical but could it work?
Newcastle United is profitable, with the new TV deal it could be very profitable, but long-term there is no path to improvement in the league. Honestly, it is just a case of going through the motions till Mike Ashley either leaves or decides he wants a team that can compete for trophies and get into the Champion League.
Maybe he has done the latter and that is why he wants Rangers, he knows it would take too much for Newcastle to be a top 4 team and he wants to get both the exposure from the Premier league and the Champions League without a great cost.
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Well maybe instead he can take over Rangers and the fans of Newcastle United can take over the club, How? Well, as I say Newcastle are now very profitable and a deal would need to be struck in the hundreds of millions but we could do that, but I’m not talking about us all donating that kind of amount or anything like that. I’m an optimist, I’m not deluded.
What I’m talking about is a long-term deal to the tune of £40m at the end of each season, for 10 seasons, or even £30m for 15 years, providing the club don’t get relegated. Maybe even £25m for 20 years, Ashley could get up to £500m out of the club, a greater amount than he could sell it for up front. As a bonus, or part of an overall deal, Sports Direct could have free shirt sponsorship for the first X years.
The question is, is that a worthwhile deal for the club?
I would say yes, the truth is the fans have been crying out for a say in the club, to make a difference, this could be it. A deal for the betterment of the club, for the fans and maybe even for the league, A deal allowing Newcastle United to become the club we all know it can be and allow us to finally have a little bit peace of mind that whatever those in charge are doing, it is for the good of the club.
However, this will likely never happen, which is a shame. I wish it could, I wish it would, I may be optimistic but as I said I’m not deluded. I know this is near impossible but I know there are those with greater minds than mine.
I write this not for my own interest, not to say it is impossible, but in the hope of motivating one of them to take on my idea and form it into a real plan, a real possibility, and to provide a hope to the hopeless of Newcastle United.
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