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To attend Newcastle United matches or to boycott? That is the question

1 month ago
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After a close season of stress, heartache and turmoil (and I am not talking about England in the Euros), there has never been a better time to show solidarity when it comes to Newcastle United matches.

That could be by supporting Newcastle United, or showing to the country just how fed up we are, after the behaviour and lack of communication from a certain Mike Ashley.

I am not going to make any recommendations here and believe in a free country, we should respect the decisions and feelings of others. In fact I’m not really a believer in boycotts, that said I do believe that action speaks louder than words and everything reaches a plateau. Enough can be enough.

What has happened this summer has been understated and tolerated in my opinion. I for one wouldn’t blame our owner for small investment had a sale been imminent but make no mistake, he’s known what has been going on for some time and has hidden behind a positive forecast that was never really on.

It’s 100 percent certain now that he will be in charge next season, he has known this all along but hides behind a takeover that isn’t going to materialise. Even if it does we need to retain our Premier League status.

Make no mistake, as a man of many sins, this is the tip of the iceberg. If this isn’t brought to a head now, then it never will be. How much do you take before you react and as a football fan, how can you react?

I have many friends who still attend Newcastle United matches and I wouldn’t dream of challenging them or even passing opinion. They never questioned my choice to quit in 2008. I’ve been all around the country with these lads and we respect each other.

I truly believe a team plays better with committed and full support but there comes a point where enough is enough. What do I mean by this? Well read on.

What will happen if nothing is done, same old, same old? No, I think it will be a worse outcome than usual. Another relegation battle, many key injuries, takeover distractions, top players wanting away and a sad conclusion with arbitration either abandoned or lost.

The media would continue with its support for the current regime with false sympathy for the great long suffering fans. Steve Bruce will jog along protecting Mike Ashley and his promises. Little or no additions will be added to the squad. Any intention of signing Willock at a stand still.

If a stand is made what will occur?

Maybe not much but a successful boycott would buck the trend and send out a message to Ashley and the media. The absence wouldn’t harm the players, they are used to playing in solitude.

Last year we did the double against West Ham, what will this year bring? Will Joe Willock get the winner, will Hendrick make a great start to the season with another goal? Will you be there to see it?

Whatever you do good luck but make no mistake, this is a point of no return for this club, put up or shut up.

Don’t give up but do something!

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