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The only Mike Ashley question you have to ask – Is he right and every other Premier League club wrong?

7 months ago
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We are now in the 12th season of Mike Ashley.

If any Newcastle fan doesn’t understand what he is all about by now…then I’m afraid there is no hope.

However, for those not trapped in this seemingly never-ending Ashley nightmare, maybe you do just have to keep reminding them of what the truth is.

Relating it to what happens at other Premier League clubs possibly the best route to do that.

Obviously, the disgraced, the shameless and the corrupt show no sign of letting up in their support for Mike Ashley, and their attacks on Rafa Benitez and the Newcastle United fanbase.

This agenda definitely appears to be driven, at least in part, by Mike Ashley’s people, particularly Keith Bishop.

When you see Richard Keys, Dennis Wise, or whoever, quoting stats on Newcastle United spending or whatever, you definitely smell a rat.

Particularly when these type of presenters/pundits usually think it is their job to simply turn up and talk off the top of their heads, rather than doing any kind of proper research.

Whatever figures/stats they quote are always at the very least taken out of context, or regularly plain wrong. However, all the Mike Ashley agenda comprises of, is to muddy the waters enough so that enough people aren’t quite sure whether Newcastle fans have genuine full on reasons to be unhappy with the way their club is run.

However, this is all anybody needs to pose to themselves or others:

‘The only Mike Ashley question you have to ask – Is he right and every other Premier League club wrong?’

So whatever the likes of Andy Gray, Simon Jordan, Shola Ameobi, Dennis Wise, Sam Allardyce, Richard Keys and others claim/quote they have no answer to these.

Mike Ashley has his retail empire plastered all over St James Park, the training ground, and all photos/videos of new signings, with no money coming into NUFC. Why does no other Premier League club owner do the same?

Newcastle United have no proper board or high powered executive staff to drive the club forward, instead you have only Lee Charnley as a recognisable figure – the only board member and only named executive at the club, with shadowy Ashley figures such as Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop pulling the strings. Why do the other PL clubs not do the same?

Newcastle United NEVER put up somebody to openly speak to the media on a transparent question and answer basis, to talk about the running of the club. I can’t think of another club that is so afraid to ever be asked any difficult questions. 

The only time the owner (Mike Ashley) ever speaks or releases a public statement, it is to undermine the manager and/or talk in a way that is deliberately coded, as in the infamous ‘every penny’ promises. At which other club do you get this kind of nonsense?

In over 11 years at Newcastle, the very bare minimum has been spent of the stadium, training ground and Academy, whilst rival clubs are constantly looking at every conceivable way of improving these areas. Whether to bring in more revenue/fans, or improve the chances on the pitch. Are they all wrong and Mike Ashley right?

The transfer market is the obvious one of course. Leaving aside the previous shambolic transfer windows for a moment, Newcastle United were one of only two clubs to make a net profit in the summer window, only Watford also making a profit and that was because they got over £40m for Richarlison. So Cardiff, Brighton, Huddersfield and the rest are all wrong for having net spends of tens of millions and more, with Mike Ashley being the one who will be proved right?

As for individual transfer fees, Newcastle stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. A 13 year old club transfer record and indeed, a failure by Mike Ashley to allow a transfer fee to be paid so far that is higher than that paid 22 years ago for Alan Shearer. Huddersfield spent more than that on a defender, Bournemouth and Fulham have spent £25m+ on defensive midfielders, yet Mike Ashley is the one who is right?

The bottom line is that it isn’t just the way Mike Ashley treats Rafa Benitez that is wrong, pretty much EVERYTHING is wrong at Newcastle United.

Only a fool or the corrupt are unwilling to accept this.
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