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It’s all about the man at the top

6 years ago

Our players don’t care and our head coach is way out of his depth, and the only man in the world who can’t see it is the man at the top solely responsible for the appointment of the position in the first place.

Forget all of that though, none of the above counts toward the situation we’re in.

The one thing that strikes an image of just how much of a shambles the club is, it’s us, the fans.

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The fans have been battered from pillar to post by simply doing what they’ve done best for so long, supporting their team.

We no longer have any choice but to turn our backs on the club.

The club’s treatment of almost every remotely critical issue in the running of a football club has left us in ruins.

There is no heart, no hope, and no point in Newcastle United anymore.

Mike Ashley’s continuation to overlook and aggravate the club’s greatest assets, the fans, has turned our once-great club from the heartbeat of a city into an empty shell.

What annoys me most about our situation is that the rest of the Premier League seem to think we deserve it.

The amount of times I’ve seen Tweets or Facebook posts on a Match of the Day or Sky Sports thread containing ‘be careful what you wish for’ followed by a link to has been sickening.

Now and then you see the sympathy of neutrals, that Pardew leaving was the right thing, but Carver coming in was not.

Not one Newcastle fan wanted Carver to have that head coach job.

Many claim we’re spitting our dummies out at the fact we’re down near the bottom.

Many are always so eager to point out that we aren’t a big club, that this is our level.

It’s all infuriating.

We’ve been down this road before, in 2008/09, and the road ended with relegation.

Back then we still offered the best support we could.

My first proper home game was at the back end of that season at home to Middlesbrough. The match was of monumental importance.

We went 1-0 down, and seconds after Tuncay’s goal, all you could hear was the roar of the crowd to get us back in the match.

We won the game 3-1 in the end and the atmosphere was indescribable.

The moment Oba Martins put us into a 2-1 lead, well quite frankly,  I’ve never known a feeling nor heard a noise like it.

The stadium was awash with black and white. Flags, scarves, shirts. The club handed them out to reignite a flickering St. James’ Park into the inferno of old.

And boy, did it work!

Would Ashley ever do anything like that for us now? Not a chance.

And even if he did, we wouldn’t cooperate. Why should we?

Opposition fans can shove their accusations at Newcastle supporters.

He’s ripped out the heart of this club, to the point where the drained fans don’t want to support the team.

To those of you who are still attending, fair enough to you, but this sorry excuse of a football club doesn’t deserve your dedication.

We’re seeing more and more heartfelt message from fans, who’ve supported the side twice as long as I’ve even existed, saying they are cancelling their season tickets.

Not a soul can blame them.

This club is no longer our club. This club is no longer Newcastle United.

And it never will be until the fans can believe again and that cannot happen under Mike Ashley.

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