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If you don’t support the boycott it doesn’t mean you are a Mike Ashley fan but…

4 months ago
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You might have seen mentions in the media of Newcastle fans softening their opposition to Mike Ashley due to the team picking up six points from the last two matches.

What this is really saying then, is that Ashley would somehow be deserving of some credit for the victories.

His actions somehow contributing to the positive results…

That line of thinking though is surely fatally flawed.

Imagine Usain Bolt lining up at the Olympics and his coach had come up with some new tactics. Putting a blindfold on the 100m champion, then building a wall and digging a hole between the runner and the finishing line.

If Usain Bolt still won the race, would/should he be thanking his coach for the ‘help’ he had given?

Any positive result that Rafa Benitez and his team achieve is despite Mike Ashley’s involvement at Newcastle United.

Starving the manager of proper transfer funds and blocking certain transfers, even when the money was coming from that same small pot of cash, cannot in any way be described as ‘helping’ the club’s cause.

The fact that from the very minute the season kicked off, this season’s aim was simply to avoid relegation, tells you everything about the situation Mike Ashley created.

Momentum created by promotion as champions and then a top half Premier League finish, deflated in an instant (summer transfer window).

Newcastle fans and players and manager should have been looking up this season, not balancing precariously and looking down at the rocks below.

The battle has to go on in persuading Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle United and for Rafa Benitez to stay on as manager.

The two things are surely inextricably linked.

The boycott of the Wolves match on Sunday 9 December is the big one, a chance for all fans to register their protest. The opportunity to put a line in the sand.

It is everybody’s free will whether to go to that (or any other) game but a half full St James Park would send a powerful message.

The aim/expectation isn’t that this would be a guaranteed departure for Mike Ashley but it would tell him which direction things will head in, sooner or later, if he clings onto the club.

A little (90 minutes) short-term pain for hopefully long-term gain, a one-match boycott is something we can all come together and support.

If you don’t support the boycott it doesn’t mean you are a Mike Ashley fan but what it does mean, is that you will have missed this one chance to help collectively make clear to him how strongly you/we feel.

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