Over a decade after it was first attempted, Newcastle fans are still wrestling with the all important question – What will it take to get rid of Mike Ashley?
We are now in the 12th season of his rule, supporters desperate to see him sell Newcastle United.
People said they would take relegation if it meant he would walk, Mike Ashley took us down in both 2008/09 and 2015/16, but guess what – he is still here.
The owner went public in 2008 and told fans they could stop the protests because the club was up for sale and he’d shortly be leaving.
Ten years on and we can certainly add that one on to the list of lies uttered by Ashley and his people, the SD supremo clearly having no intention of willingly selling the club.
Supporters are desperate now, a very much understrength and underinvested squad that are nailed on for yet another relegation battle, no sign of Rafa signing a new contract or getting proper backing in the transfer market.
So just how far would you go in terms of making a ‘deal with the devil’ if it meant we would also see Mike Ashley sell the club.
The question we asked Newcastle fans yesterday was: ‘Deal with the devil: Would you take relegation and Rafa leaving if meant Mike Ashley sold Newcastle?’
At this moment in time would you take a deal that meant come August 2019, we would have seen relegation to the Championship AND Rafa Benitez leaving, if it meant NUFC also had new owners?
Thanks to everybody who voted and it gives a very clear snapshot of how Newcastle fans see the situation.
The final vote:
76% Yes (Would take a deal of relegation and Rafa leaving, if meant Mike Ashley sold up)
24% No (Wouldn’t accept relegation and Rafa leaving to get rid of Mike Ashley)
So for over three in four of the Newcastle fans who voted, they would take a deal of relegation and Rafa leaving, if it meant Mike Ashley also left, with at least the possibility of a chance for Newcastle United to realise their potential under new owners.