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Has Mike Ashley pulled off the biggest con of all time at Newcastle United?

2 years ago
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When those words came out of the mouth of Mike Ashley on Sky News four weeks ago, I thought, interesting, strange, but don’t believe a word.

My instincts told me that we had been here before and even the law courts suggested that he will use underhand tactics and every PR gimmick going, Kevin Keegan would agree.

When I saw that Sky, BBC, the Press Association and tabloids were backing the statements, in fact going further, my opinion changed.

Surely they couldn’t all be wrong and there was nobody denying the claims. Did I dream it or were they going as far as saying £300m bids had actually been lodged etc?

Things have gradually been watered down since then and the media are suggesting that there is interest from various groups but all fall short of the asking price. Nobody with real wealth has come forward to support the consortiums.

Now, one of our own has mentioned that he had it on good authority that a deal was close. I know Steve (Howey) from the past and despite coming from Sunderland, I trust him. He joined us as a young boy and although never a centre forward, he became one of the country’s best centre-backs. Unlike his brother Lee, he developed a massive love for Newcastle United. Has he been conned as well?

This leads me to the main point and that is, are we victims of one of the biggest PR stunts of all time?

I read something on The Mag yesterday, someone saying that once the thread had been cast, people will believe what they truly want to believe, whether it’s genuine this time or another stunt. This is so true.

I have constantly made the point that if this is all lies, the repercussions in February will be severe. This is of course on the presumption that our paying fans have had enough and the media are fair. I am seriously beginning to wonder if the whole thing is spin. Does anyone care like me?

A lot on here are real cynics and who can blame them?

I have often argued that fan action would be as futile as people on here writing and complaining about the same thing time and time again. That said, if this is another vindictive action, I honestly believe a major backlash will take place.

Surely the press and fans won’t be made fools of again? ‘Divide and Conquer’ won’t wash with the fans will it? Oh, it already has. We can’t even agree whether to go or not, whether to take or suspend action, and now – whether Rafa has a small part of the blame to take.

So on to my final point, what if behind Ashley’s comments, one of the biggest PR exercises of all time has taken place to generate the fake news?

I can’t suggest this but what if some people had really been financed to support this. Or is it that outsiders hate Newcastle United so much, they simply want us to fail.

Could it be the case that there is more being spent on PR than there is on players…?
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