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Mike Ashley looking forward to 20,006 late Newcastle United Christmas presents in January

10 months ago
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According to Mike Ashley, Newcastle fans should have been looking forward to new owners moving in sometime in these next four or five days.

Back on Monday 3 December, the NUFC owner popped up on Sky News to say that a sale of the club was imminent, with it possibly completed by end of December.

As it stands now, Mike Ashley has disappeared away on holiday, the newspapers aren’t even pretending now to know anything about any takeover progress.

Whilst after Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition on Boxing Day, Rafa Benitez told us that no January transfers have been arranged yet and admitted he’s very worried about it, that coming only a couple of days after he told us that even if players did arrive in January, it would still be a miracle if Newcastle stay up this season.

Manager,staff, fans, players, are all worried about the situation and what the future holds, however, one person is sitting pretty…

Mike Ashley looking forward to 20,006 late Newcastle United Christmas presents in January

Present One

The NUFC owner will get the usual enjoyment sitting on holiday hearing Rafa and fans complain about lack of quality signings throughout January, as they are relentlessly teased by fake transfer news stories made up by both his people, as well as the ones newspapers dream up all by themselves.

Present Two

Just like every single one of his first 11 years of ownership, Mike Ashley will get a perverse kick out of a third or fourth round exit from the FA Cup, before the end of January.

Removing even this faint hope of fluking some excitement and or relative success. With such a poor squad and so few players with any real quality, Rafa has no choice but to sacrifice any cup hopes to concentrate on survival – Newcastle play Man Utd and Chelsea either side of Blackburn in the FA Cup third round.

Present Three

The ecstasy Ashley feels as some Newcastle fans still hope throughout January that he is genuinely interested in selling Newcastle United.

Present Four

When it gets to 11pm on 31 January and the final realisation for Newcastle fans of yet another January without buying a single player.

Present Five

Almost chokes with laughter as Mike Ashley recalls how he got Newcastle fans to call off protests with just a couple of minutes of spin/lies on TV.

Present Six

Enjoying Rafa Benitez’ torture as the manager realises he is truly wasting his time and it is impossible to have any ambition/hope under Mike Ashley.

Rafa feeling so conflicted as this means he will have to walk away from the NUFC fans, players and many staff who he respects and loves working with.

20,000 other January presents

As it stands, Mike Ashley has successfully bought off around 20,000 Newcastle fans and until that changes then I can’t see any chance of getting rid of him.

These are the people currently on the long-term deals. Which basically means that Ashley has knocked some money off if you continue to tie yourself to a season ticket that needs to be effectively renewed halfway through the previous season.

So unless you cancel this January, you will then start paying for next (2019/20) season months before this current (2018/19) season ends.

At the time the long-term deals were introduced it was claimed it was all about ‘rewarding’ fans, which surely nobody ever believed was the reason for introducing them.

So moving forward, at the minute we have these 20,000 Newcastle fans currently bought off by the owner, friends of mine currently paying around £150 less than me because they are long-term dealers. Whereas I refused to be tied to his manipulative deal a few years ago and simply pay season by season, it costs more but it means that each summer I can make my choice, rather than Mike Ashley having me where he wants me.

Is it really worth £150 to have Mike Ashley laughing in your face, as he doesn’t sell the club, drives Rafa Benitez out of NUFC and replaces with a Pardew/Carver type puppet, then once again sells off players and makes a profit on transfers in and out, plus we could even be back in the Championship, whilst Ashley sits there knowing you tied yourself in for a 2019/20 season ticket six months earlier?
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