On Monday evening when I heard Mike Ashley’s comments, like everyone else, I thought, ‘here we go again’.
I thought that there was as much chance of him selling as there is, Theresa May getting her Brexit deal through Parliament.
Fast forward 36 hours and I now think there is real substance in it. This is because most of the major institutions who follow up on such statements, relate to four interested parties. Would he dare to give Sky unreliable information? This is not though the reason as to why I would call the Newcastle v Wolves boycott off.
The players need all of the support they can get, to lose on Sunday would be more than a setback. Fail to get to 16 points by Christmas and you are as good as down, statistics are rarely wrong, although there are always exceptions.
We need 50,000 fans roaring the team to 3 points, the atmosphere is crucial. The West Ham fans were astonished at the lack of atmosphere on Saturday, surprised and disappointed but happy with the result. Teams often lose games where a protest is in the background – fact. Our players are desperate for confidence and deserve support but this isn’t my reason for withdrawal either.
In my opinion, for all I admire the Magpie Group and their presence may have made more of an impact than recognised, I believe protests are often futile. Like strikes, they are a sign of solidarity or otherwise, showing how strong or weak you are.
I’m afraid most attempts to get things done in the past, make us look like an embarrassing joke, Saturday was an example. Now before you start criticising my logic, I stopped supporting the team I love 10 years ago and have never been back, thank you Mr Ashley.
At least I get 10 out of 10 for judgement and vision. Again though, this is not my reason.
I firmly believe by calling off the action, we size control and ramp up the media war.
Going back on his word now would make Mike Ashley look transparent and stupid.
Premier League fans have already voted him as the worst owner. This would give the media, the people he goes out of his way to condone and support him, a clear view of his devious intentions.
Calling off the Newcastle v Wolves boycott would get more attention than a small fraction of the crowd carrying it out, opinion rather than fact, but probably true. Go if you want to.