The Summer is always a time where Newcastle United hit the headlines.
It used to be for our record signings and ambition, whereas these days it’s usually for well…..the opposite reasons.
Still, there has been a fair amount to talk about this Summer, a lot to agonise about, and very little shock from fans about just how disorganised, shambolic and downright petty the current regime have been in their (mis)management of the transfer window.
So with so much going on, I thought it might be handy to summarise the last few weeks’ salient points, and to separate fact from Mike Ashley’s version of events….otherwise known as fiction.
So here without further delay is a non-exhaustive list of the crimes against Newcastle United, Summer 2018 edition.
Season Ticket prices rising by up to 20%
Ensuring we are still one of the most expensive outside of the top six clubs in the country.
New kits being ludicrously expensive
Especially when compared to the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd, who actually have a kit made by a quality manufacturer
An unbelievable negative net spend of almost minus £30m at the time of writing
Whilst the vast majority of our major rivals have broken their transfer records and seriously strengthened their squads. The notable exceptions to this being clubs whose squads were already far better than our own.
Lying to the manager and the fans
I know this isn’t a new one, and it is kind of Mike Ashley’s signature move, but seriously……every penny the club generates??? Come on man, what really happens to the money???
Not getting Rafa to sign a new contract
Mainly because Rafa is just as sick as the fans about the two points above this one.
We have a world class manager who (shock, horror) would like to have some funds available on par with our peers in the league in order to perhaps remain competitive at this level, and even (heaven forbid) perhaps improve our fortunes by challenging for Europe or a Cup. Strangely, as Rafa seems to be showing a bit of ambition, Ashley doesn’t seem too keen on hanging onto a manager who actually wants to hold the owner to his word.
The laughably bad letter to the Culture Secretary
I mean come on, spend five minutes on Twitter and you’ll find literally hundreds of people pulling the letter apart using demonstrable facts to completely obliterate every point raised. Did Ashley really think that a politician wouldn’t be able to take his/ Bishop’s weakly crafted argument to pieces in a matter of seconds? It’s just another lazy gesture from a bloke who is clearly not used to things not going his way.
Yep, this again. Not content with underfunding, undermining and generally sabotaging the club’s chances of competing from a playing point of view, the owner has also decided to take his second pop in consecutive years at the morale of the players we actually have.
The weak arguments of “but players earn so much” would hold a tiny amount of water if it wasn’t par for the course to award a certain level of bonuses at literally every other football club in the Premier League. He’s been the owner for 11 years, he knows how it works, he’s just chosen to wind people up again to try and save a few quid. Only the players withdrawing from media duty, especially the precious Sky Sports and BT Sport, has forced Ashley to back down.
I’m sure that I’ve missed a few…but that’s a pretty strong list of stupidity for now. Whatever happens in the last 24 hours of the transfer window (Lascelles off to Leicester, with Fernandez brought in for £6m?), I hope that those who are now openly opposing the owner and applying the pressure, which is clearly getting under his skin, do continue with their efforts.
For those in Newcastle, join a protest outside the tat store, don’t go to the game, make yourself heard, walk out early…..just do something to let him know that we’re not having it any more. For those of us not in Newcastle this weekend, please keep up the online protests, question where the money is, tag S****s Direct, Fun88 and Keith Bishop Associates in your protest Tweets…it does clearly have an effect as the owner is demonstrating to us in his latest easily disprovable nonsense.
Keep up the good work, and feel free to add any acts of gross stupidity from the summer that I may have missed…..there have been so many.