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Mike Ashley is Newcastle United’s very own Brexit

2 years ago
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Wherever you stand on Brexit, there is one thing that appears to unite everybody.

That is the belief that until the Brexit issue reaches some kind of final conclusion, nothing else of any great use/value will be achieved.

Which brings us to Mike Ashley.

Surely, whatever you think of Rafa Benitez, protests, the playing squad, in fact anything at all to do with Newcastle United…nothing of any great use will be achieved until Mike Ashley has left the building.

Just like the Brexit debate and the UK population, Newcastle fans are sick of Mike Ashley.

He is part of our daily life and once we are awake we can’t help thinking about him at some point in the day, as well as finding it impossible to avoid seeing/hearing mentions elsewhere of him elsewhere, during our waking hours.

Anything positive that has happened at St James Park under Ashley’s reign is surely accidental.

The reaction to any signs of progress or momentum appears to have been to kill them dead as soon as possible, whether it was the surprise fifth place finish in 2011/12, instant promotion under Rafa Benitez, or indeed the top half finish the Spaniard contrived somehow.

At the start of the month Mike Ashley suggested it could be the toss of a coin as to whether or not he sold Newcastle United before Santa was doing his rounds this year.

Instead, we are now told that it is Ashley himself who has already headed off on holiday before Christmas arrives, ‘forgetting’ to leave our much promised present under the tree.

Impossible to say what kind of position the country will be in after the Brexit debate is sorted one way or another, but Newcastle fans are united in believing, that only Mike Ashley’s exit will allow us to dream once again where football is concerned.

Ambition is a word long since banished under Mike Ashley’s ownership and if that is the case, many supporters rightly wonder just what is the point?

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