Top journalist Henry Winter has been talking about Newcastle United.
The top man at The Times, Henry Winter has outlined the club’s big positives and arguably even bigger negatives, at this moment in time.
He says that more than any other club, at Newcastle the fans are the key to everything.
Winter talks about how the club/St James Park dominates the heart of the City and the most important asset, is ‘this incredible support’.
The man from The Times states it is ‘hats off to the ingenuity’ of the Newcastle supporters who produced the giant banner for the Burnley match.
The banner (see above) quoting Kevin Keegan, urging fans to keep on sticking together because one day we will be rid of Mike Ashley.
Most Newcastle fans now expecting Ashley to ban any further flag displays, just as he got rid of the 3,000 strong singing section back in the day, when that became the focal point for demonstrating within St James Park, after the owner forced Keegan out.
There is only one thing I disagree with Henry Winter about, I believe that sadly, Mike Ashley sleeps very nicely every night, and actually even enjoys the fact that he is so despised. As well as the fact that his PR machine then has allies in the media such as cheerleaders Sky Sports, who are happy to put out the message that it is really Rafa Benitez and the fans to blame – not Mike Ashley.
Henry Winter speaking to BBC Radio Five Live:
“That is a huge banner that they have brought in, hats off to the ingenuity of the Newcastle fans (at the Burnley game), but mainly…
“Newcastle United’s most important asset, along with Rafa Benitez, their most important asset is their fan base…this incredible support.
“It has been said a million times, it doesn’t need to be re-emphasised – they are fantastic.
“Without them, the club is nothing.
“The club is just 11 guys on the pitch, it is just bricks and mortar, and a slightly lack of soul in the boardroom – everyone can see that.
“What makes Newcastle tick, as with most clubs, but particularly with Newcastle because of the way it dominates the city, emotionally and geographically – that stadium – the fans are absolutely key.
“Ashley, sitting in London, has got to listen to these people.
“He has got to sell up, he has got to move out.
“I can’t believe that he sleeps particularly easily at night know he is getting vilified, quite rightly, by sane people.
“He has to sell up, he has to move on.”