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Is this proof that Mike Ashley is winning the propaganda war?

8 months ago
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This (Is Mike Ashley winning the propaganda war?) might seem a strange thing to say given his unpopularity amongst Newcastle fans and the fact that they treat whatever he and his media muppets say with a mixture of cynicism and contempt….

When you live outside of the North East it’s quite common though to hear people echoing the misinformation that’s put out by Mike Ashley and his minions.
A couple of recent incidents have made me wonder if he is winning this war after all.

The first incident involved a Charlton fan in a pub, who told me that Mike Ashley had saved Newcastle United, that he was investing a lot of his money in our club and that the only reason we didn’t like him was because he was a Londoner.

Of course, living in London you’re used to hearing other fans coming out with ill-informed comments about Newcastle United but what made this particularly galling, was that Charlton fans have also had major issues with the ownership of their club.

The second, more disturbing, incident involved Mim Davies who’s the head of the Government’s Department of Culture, Sport and Media which is responsible for overseeing football.

I received an email from her in which she said that neither she, nor The Premier League, could find any fault with the way Mike Ashley ran Newcastle United, as he was meeting the regulations in regards to the club’s finances and in regards to engaging with the club’s supporters.
She has also previously stated there might be an issue at Newcastle United as Mike Ashley isn’t a fan of the club, in other words we don’t like him because he is a Southerner!

It’s depressing when some ill-informed fan of another club comes out with this rubbish but when it’s the minister responsible for overseeing football you know you’ve got a problem.

So Mike Ashley’s propaganda campaign might not be working with Newcastle United fans but maybe it is influencing those in power in both The Government and at The Premier League and the wider footballing world.

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