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Classic Jake Burns rant at Mike Ashley after Newcastle United lose to Man U

3 months ago
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I know Mike Ashley will never see this but I need to get some things off my chest.

I understand that Mr. Ashley is a businessman with no emotional attachment to Newcastle United.

To him, we are just another “acquisition”, albeit probably a frivolous one. One he thought he could have some fun with. Hence his initial “wearing the shirt” and hanging out with the supporters, downing pints and buying rounds…etc.

I also get that as a businessman, Mr. Ashley is an “asset stripper”. It’s how he makes his money. Buy something cheap that might still have some value to it, like NUFC admittedly, then break it into its composite parts, sell them off at a profit and f… off leaving nothing behind but unemployment and shattered lives. It’s what he does.

He’s not alone in it and he’s not breaking any laws.

Apart from the asset stripping, he has his cheap sports goods store. Again, nothing illegal there. Sweat shop labour, sure, but that’s all legal under the current government.

But, NUFC are now stripped down to the point that the only asset they have are the supporters. And you can’t sell them off, Mr. Ashley.

They turn up week after week to watch football but what you’re providing isn’t “football”. It’s purgatory. It’s not even bad enough to be shi… (Although, occasionally it gets close).

When you realise you’ve drained everything you possibly can from the club, will you then f… off?

I don’t think you will.

I think that now you think it’s funny to make us suffer because we were stupid enough to believe that you might actually have been good for the club when you first came in. But we have seen you sell us down the river time after time. And now, it’s just a game to you.

No one expects NUFC to be Champions of Europe, although there was a time not that long ago that that would not have seemed ridiculous.

We just want a club that competes. And an owner that cares.

And you can’t provide either of those things.

So, please…

F… OFF!

(Rant over)

You can follow the author on Twitter @JakeBurnsSLF

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