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Premier League need to adopt Bundesliga 50 + 1 rule to stop the likes of Mike Ashley

2 years ago
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I hope Sports Direct goes bankrupt, as well as all the other the high street investments the current ‘tenant’ at St James Park has made recently.

It must be satisfying for Mike Ashley and his cronies to deprive the club of money, money generated by the beloved now departed manager despite having access to such limited resources.

Credit where it’s due though; the man has made a lot of money out of selling tat to the poorest and most neglected in society and employing staff on zero hours contracts in conditions that have been ascribed in the wider national press to ‘dickensian workhouses’.

A proven liar in court, contemptuous of his investment in OUR football club…he should do the right thing and sell it, instead of continuing to lie and mislead.  There’s plenty more fireplaces begging for a repaint in chunder after all, such is the class of this particular incumbent.

Should this supposed ‘sale’ be the smokescreen that the vast majority suspect it is, then I’d say our football club and it’s running by Sports Direct, is pretty ripe for legislation in the way football clubs in this country are run. It’s high time the Premier League, FA and everyone else involved, including the sports secretary: Jeremy Wright, banged heads, pulled their fingers out and stopped tyrants like Ashley et al from getting away with what they perpetrate.

Is there another legitimate business where the financial side is ran like we see in certain football clubs?

Of course there is, but not one that matters to millions of people in this country the way that football does.

Where’s the money gone Mike? I shall back Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah to continue her noble crusade – she’s on the money. People like her have to be backed from grassroots upwards.

Football is and always should be of the people.

Community, identity, birthright and lifelong bonds – it means more to your everyday person than politics. It’s the lifeblood of community and nowhere more so than Newcastle. The club often dictates the tone and travails around the city. It’s the heartbeat and it’s had a dwindling pacemaker on it for a good 12 years.

It may not be perfect but the ’50 + 1′ rule (fans having 50% plus 1 more vote/share, when it comes to control of a club) applied in the Bundesliga, feels the only identifiable way to halt the Ashleys of this world from running their reign of terror un-impeached and finally… BEING ACCOUNTABLE!

We’d love to see Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley being blocked in the decision making process by fan shareholders.

Rafa’s going? No he’s not. Shirt price hike? Good luck with that one pal. Season ticket price hike? Errr no.

Football in England is a business model that is a complete dinosaur in the modern world and is modernising at too slow a rate, it’s time for change.

Powers that be, over to you…

PS;  I will not be attending or putting any money whatsoever into the club until this regime’s gone. I’d urge other fans to do the same. It’s probably a bit like putting a loved one into rehab – you don’t want too, it hurts like hell and will hurt them initially too, but in the long run it’s for the best and the only way prosperity can be born going forward.

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