People need to stop continuing the myth that Mike Ashley wouldn’t care if there was a boycott
Mike Ashley wouldn’t care if there was a boycott…of course he effing would!
Even if it is comparatively “small change”, that’s an Almiron if nobody went at all.
I know Rafa isn’t perfect and doesn’t get every detail right, he’s signed a few clangers, but everyone that was already there has improved under Benitez.
He’s got the best out of a poor squad and chased down targets beneath our station as he has had no other choice.
Boycotting games and not buying the new strip is the only way to get at Mike Ashley because money is the only thing he understands/cares about.
Obviously, the TV revenue is the greatest income. An absolutely mouthwatering amount of money, but it doesn’t mean that the rest of the club income isn’t important, it’s important to all clubs.
For us, if we’d not had that income from fans, we may not have had the ability to sign Gayle when we did. Mike would have put a stop to that. We then wouldn’t have had him as a bargaining chip to sign Rondon on loan and of course, Gayle wouldn’t have bagged us all of those goals to help us out of the championship.
We might not have been allowed to sign Ritchie or Almiron regardless of how many sales went through like Carroll, Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Mitro. More importantly to Ashley, he might not have been able to take money out of the club to pay himself back this loan which he hangs like a noose around the club’s neck.
If £20-£25 million means nothing to this man because he’s unbelievably wealthy, why would he raise ticket prices 25% over 2 years?
Why would he charge more for the kit than any other club in the league?
Why would he divert the merchandising operation through Spo… oops nearly said it, S….. D…..?
If you really think that Sky has negated the effect of a boycott, boycott that as well. Boycott Sky Sports, Sky Broadband and phone deals, boycott S….. D….., any other business he’s got his filthy paws in and boycott the games too.
No, Rafa wasn’t perfect, but he’s done a good job. He stood up to the all powerful when others have cowered.
He’s been a consummate professional when one manager swore and got his players’ names wrong on live TV, one headbutted a player, whilst another embarrassingly professed to be the best coach in the world when he was drowning in his own ineptitude.
Rafa Benitez has represented hope, stability, passion, sportsmanship and us the fans.
You cannot support the team and not the regime. It’s not possible. This has to be the catalyst.
Unless this takeover happens (and I’m not expecting it to), enough is enough is enough is enough.
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