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This is the Newcastle United Gang of Four we have to rely on – Words fail you

2 years ago
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A great turnout at Crystal Palace, Newcastle United fans taking the full near three thousand tickets and selling out well in advance.

Not much to shout about really, team started the game alright and had some decent possession. However, no real cutting edge in terms of creativity and finishing.

The more impressive performances were at the back, Fernandez man of the match and Lascelles not too far behind.

As usual on away trips, a lot of the time the travelling supporters have to make their own entertainment.

This was helped on Saturday by the appearance of four bonus ‘Newcastle fans’ up in the posh seats.

What counts as Newcastle United’s top movers and shakers all sitting in a row, an NUFC Gang of Four featuring (in the photo above reading right to left): Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop.

A great coincidence that the ‘Sports ReDirect’ banner was making its first appearance at an away game.

The presence of Ashley and his minions helped ramp up the singing, including of course asking the owner to ‘Get out of our club’.

You would like to think that in some shape or form this would shame/embarrass Mike Ashley but he really couldn’t give a…damn.

If it wasn’t depressing enough at the moment at St James Park, these are the four people we are relying on to make Newcastle United into a successful club.

The lowest paid Chief Executive/Managing Director in the Premier league, who is also the club’s only board member. An owner who hasn’t been to a game at St James Park for over 13 months (2-0 defeat to Tottenham). Plus two people who don’t even have an official role at Newcastle United.

Newcastle United as a club, are undeniably drifting towards disaster.

Rafa Benitez has managed to slow the process but even his skilful/frantic paddling won’t prevent the inevitable.

If Mike Ashley stays in control, you hate to think who he will have ‘in charge’ once Rafa walks away and this club really plumbs the depths and hits rock bottom.

Time to climb into that lifeboat Mr Ashley and take your minions with you. We might still hit the iceberg anyway but at least there may be some survivors left to build and cling onto an NUFC liferaft and live to tell the tale.

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