I am not a Mike Ashley fan, and I do not agree with the way he runs the club, but I wish to add some balance to the current Ashley out campaign.
I have lived through a few owners of our club, some more palatable than others. Ashley has came in and treat us as a business, balanced the books and removed all ambition, but let’s get something into the open; he hasn’t ripped the soul out of the club.
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We are the soul of the club; Ashley hasn’t wasted millions on over the hill mercenaries, wannabe galacticos or disbanded the youth set-up; he hasn’t belittled the local area or questioned the beauty or morals of our ladies.
Consider for a moment, you want to invest in a football club; would you be looking at one where the fans are not engaged, may make personal attacks on you because of your background and are no longer attending and getting behind the team on the pitch?
If we want to attract a new owner, surely a better proposition would be a club with a good fan base that stay behind the team on the pitch no matter what; a club with attendances in the top 10 in Europe and making money each year?
We don’t need to like Ashley or how he runs our club, we can despair at his blatant disregard of ambition (would a cup run be too much to ask?), but the chances of him outlasting us are slim to none.
So I vote we don’t ruin our club and give him the satisfaction of creating permanent damage.
Also, please stop this nonsense about him being a cockney.
We are known as being one of the most friendly cities in the world; some of the greatest players to pull on the black and white have been from London.
Call him fat if you must, greedy certainly, but leave the cockney element out of it – we are better than that.