Stan Collymore tells Newcastle United fans what they need to do to force Mike Ashley out
Stan Collymore has consistently spoken out against Mike Ashley.
The player turned pundit repeatedly taking the side of Newcastle fans against the owner of their football club.
Stan Collymore has also backed Rafa Benitez against Mike Ashley any number of times.
Indeed, fully 17 months ago he had this to say…
Stan Collymore writing for The Mirror – 28 January 2018:
‘If the Spaniard does end up leaving in the summer – or before – then who will the owner turn to?
“Most managers worth their salt would probably look at the battles Benitez has had and tell Ashley, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ if he were to offer them the job.
“He (Rafa Benitez) is the man to guide them back to the top.
“We’ll have to wait and see what Ashley’s move is in the coming days but if it’s a wrong one then trouble – more trouble – lies ahead.”
Back in January 2018, Newcastle United were deep in relegation trouble and Mike Ashley had blocked Rafa Benitez buying any players in the January window. Instead he was restricted to three loan deals – Kenedy, Slimani and Dubravka.
Rafa pulling a couple of real rabbits out the hat as both Dubravka and Kenedy hit the ground running and led Newcastle to safety, on a budget yet again.
Stan Collymore warning everybody back then of the disaster that could follow if Mike Ashley forced Rafa Benitez out of the club.
Well, despite being given no transfer budget last summer and Mike Ashley making a £20m+ profit on deals in and out, Rafa Benitez stuck it out, both for the Newcastle fans and his own self-respect/reputation.
Now 17 months later Rafa Benitez is finally walking out of the door thanks to Mike Ashley, Stan Collymore’s comments ringing ever more true.
Coinciding with this last day of Rafa’s contract, Collymore has a message for Newcastle fans, saying that they have to do a mass boycott if they are ever to force him out, the former Liverpool player adding that he isn’t convinced that Ashley is genuinely trying to sell the club.
Never an easy one but certainly the reaction to this week’s developments has been like the Champagne cork exploding out of the bottle at last, only there is zero to celebrate. With Ashley at last confirming Rafa is leaving, the determination of many fans to not renew season tickets and/or not go to games whilst Mike Ashley still owns the club, appears to be at unprecedented levels.
The season kicks off exactly six weeks today and we have a club with no manager, no new signings, Rondon allowed to walk away with no effort to buy him, with pre-season starting in four days time.
What a mess.
Stan Collymore writing today (30 June 2019) in The Mirror:
‘If Newcastle United fans really want Mike Ashley out, here’s what they must do…if Newcastle’s supporters really want to kick Ashley out of St James’ Park then they have got to get organised – and they must get militant. They must boycott the club they love.
‘Could you imagine a game against Liverpool or Manchester United being played in front of an empty St James’ Park? Or fans walking out en-masse after 65 minutes of a game against Arsenal?
‘It would be on the front and back pages of every newspaper in the country. TV news channels would be all over it like a coat of paint.
‘And it wouldn’t just have an impact in the UK. It would put the spotlight on Mike Ashley all the way around the world because our Premier League is global.’
Mike Ashley trolling Newcastle fans and wants his pound of flesh:
‘He has spoken about selling up – but the price he is asking has so far deterred all potential buyers. And that makes me believe that Ashley doesn’t just want £300million to walk away. He also wants his pound of flesh.
‘It’s my belief that this is payback time. It is like Ashley is trolling Newcastle’s fans, showing them that he can do whatever he wants with their club because it is his name above the door. They now have to fight fire with fire.’
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