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Mike Ashley can be the architect of his own downfall

1 year ago
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Mike Ashley shouldn’t be allowed to get away with the way he has behaved this summer.

That said, the last thing our beloved football club needs is a fractured fanbase.

Protest groups are planning and advising the way forward as Ashley stubbornly continues with the Ashley Model. I’m beyond explaining what that is, most people know anyway. One thing I do know though, is something needs to be done and unity needs to be restored.

So what do I recommend?

Well personally I would like to see a 100% boycott for 100% of the time that Ashley owns the club. Not just the Arsenal game, every game – but it ain’t going to happen.

Why? Because we are football mad Geordies who have very little else in the way of passion, places to go and things to talk about. Ashley of course knows this and is pulling all the strings.

With every signing, I can see gates creeping up that little bit more. As every day passes the realisation that Rafa is gone forever and a diluted figurehead is here for three years, hits home.

I can see life resuming as normal as the months go on. We have to stay united and accept this to a point but compromise on a way forward that tells Mike Ashley, enough is enough, not that he’s bothered anyway. I am talking about self-respect and a reminder of what’s going on, to the media.

So what realistically can we do to unite everyone, remembering that not everyone is a Mag reader, likes protest, moralising or politics, some hate change or dispute.

I would suggest a full boycott of all televised games, the TV companies will soon get the message and exert pressure on the owner. He has too easy a ride at the moment.

I don’t see a takeover in the near future but there is a silver lining on the horizon.

The only other way to get rid of Mike Ashley, other than sustained boycotts of all things Ashley, is sustained failure and that may just be ready to happen.

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