The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you appointed a legend, but made him answerable to Dennis Wise.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you forced the legend out, and replaced him with Joe Kinnear.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you cheapened the brand of the club, renamed St. James’ Park, and plastered your logo all over the place.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you instituted a policy of eleven ‘purples’, thereby making competition for places non-existent, allowing for players to rack up easy games without trying.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you pushed Chris Hughton out the door, despite him bringing us back from the championship. And replaced him with a crony.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you adopted a buy low, sell high policy to squad management that left everyone wondering who might turn out next season.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you pushed players like Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton out because they were too much trouble, despite the fact they brought a passion on the field that was desperately short after they’d gone.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you took one freakish season, thought you’d fixed all the problems, and awarded 8-year contracts to the staff and management.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you let the deputy take over for the last few months, because he was the cheapest option, and it very nearly brought the club down.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When the fiscal results you announced were so good, yet they meant nothing.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When you finally did the right thing, opened the purse strings and took a step back, but allowed the cheapest GM in the Premier League to squander your millions.

The fans were right, Mike Ashley. When the cheapest MD in the Premier League appointed yesterday’s man as a Head Coach, and you let him stay on well past the point where it was redeemable.

But the fans will be alright, Mike Ashley. There will be football next season. And there will be passion and excitement in the stands.

What there won’t be is TV money in your pockets, and there is some small satisfaction in that.

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