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Does this prove Mike Ashley has lost the plot?

2 weeks ago
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So a billionaire Premier League club owner cries poverty and says that there is not even any money in the transfer kitty for loan deals.

Mike Ashley purports to be a businessman but clearly does not understand that in order to grow a business, constant investment is needed to improve prospects and improve performance.

If he had grasped this fact we would have seen a much changed team fighting for top ten positions season after season and a ground full to capacity at every home game.

Mike Ashley may be smarting from the cynical treatment of the FA concerning approval of the Saudi takeover bid but surely must understand that they, or indeed any other likely suitors, will not pay 300+ million for a team languishing in the Championship.

The denial of much needed funds to rebuild and grow our team shows he has in my mind given up entirely and seems intent on destroying an investment of some 14+ years standing.

Mike Ashley has also allowed Steve Bruce’s ever renewing contract (recently revealed that each summer another season is automatically added to Bruce’s contract so it never runs down) to continue, even when it is clear to see that Bruce is totally out of his depth, devoid of even the basic understanding of tactical play and could even be in danger of losing the trust of our players. He obviously has not seen Bruce’s body language of a man totally lost and hopeless as Graeme Jones desperately tries to patch up the holes in a rapidly sinking ship.

A club owner who enjoyed his position would have appointed a manager fit for purpose and backed him with a handsome transfer budget but we are lumped with an owner who has clearly given up, has no ambition and may even hate the club and its many fans.

Moving Bruce upstairs as “Director Of Football” and handing the team over to Jones may have helped but that would have taken a modicum of ambition which is something that this poison at our heart clearly lost some time ago.

So my beloved club has been cast adrift by a man who has clearly given up and at last shows his utter contempt for its players, future prospects and above all, its fans, many of whom provide its financial lifeline.

The only way we can be rid of Mike Ashley is to cut that lifeline and let’s see how he handles the prospect of a ground empty of home fans.

However, sadly our very loyalty to the club may prove its downfall as we begin the plunge into oblivion!

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