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These rumours won’t go away

4 years ago
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It does feel a little different to anything that has gone before, more Newcastle United fans have more hope than ever before, that the end game is in sight.

Mike Ashley could finally be selling Newcastle United.

All Newcastle fans are on a different part of the journey: from those who think the sale of Newcastle United is guaranteed, to those who want to see new owners holding up black and white scarfs on the pitch, before they dare to believe there is any chance.

What a very mixed up football club.

It’s funny because Newcastle fans are the most enthusiastic around, give them any kind of encouragement on the pitch and they will hope for (not expect!!) the best.

Yet, when it has come to change of owner and/or overall direction of the club, it becomes like peeling an onion. All supporters stripping away layer after layer as they look and look for clues about what is really happening…or not.

The way it feels now is that Newcastle United supporters have been taken to the brink.

Despite the failure to invest properly in the summer, the feeling on the pitch is that Rafa Benitez has put together the basis of a decent team, one where he is getting the best out of them as a unit, and if he can gradually add more and more quality – then who knows.

On top of that feel good factor fans are now seeing this current situation as the most likely to have a change of ownership than at any other time in the last decade of Mike Ashley ownership.

You can almost feel Newcastle fans counting up in their heads…we have the manager, we have the stadium, we have the support/fanbase, and now ambitious owners could be just around the corner, who could push everything forward on and off the pitch.

Generate more money and spend more money, deliver the new state of the art training ground Mike Ashley promised years ago, maybe find imaginative ways to increase the SJP capacity, ask Rafa how best to support him.

It is a bit like window shopping, we can all look in and see what could be reality, if Ashley truly wants to sell.

There is fear though, for fans to be given a glimpse of what could be possible…if it is then snatched away now and the new year arrives with Mike Ashley still at the helm and claiming he tried his best to sell…

Who knows what could then happen in terms of tumbling dominoes?

On the one hand you see new ambitious owners on top of a class manager and the makings of a decent team, with universal backing from the fans. Then the alternative of Mike Ashley staying, doubts then about Rafa, where does that leave the thinking of the better players, and of course a fanbase potentially at their most furious/disillusioned since the Keegan backlash of 2008.

This really feels to be the point when the direction of the club for years to come is going to be decided on one key issue in the coming weeks, will Mike Ashley set us free?

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