I want to make it clear from the outset that I do not like Mike Ashley, nor do I think his ownership is good for the long-term stability and success of our football club. I don’t think anything he has done has ever been done solely in the best interests of the club. I also believe that anything he has done that can remotely be described as ‘good’ has always had some financial interest or benefit for himself.
He has made a comedy of errors and blunders in his time as Newcastle United’s owner; undermining club legend Kevin Keegan effectively forcing him from the club, the harsh dismissal of Chris Hughton who had secured promotion back to the Premier League, as well as the insulting decision to re-name St James’ Park the Sports Direct Arena, all come to mind. On top of that, we’ve had a number of very disappointing transfer windows which have led many fans to believe that Mike Ashley has no long-term ambition for Newcastle United other than making as much money as possible from it. With this in mind, many Newcastle United fans have had enough and think he should be forced to sell up and leave the club as soon as possible.
Change can be a worrying time; not knowing what the future may bring can lead to a lot of anxiety and distress, and some fans are already pre empting this feeling of anxiety. These fans are somewhat resistant to the notion of change because they are worried about the vacuum that will inevitably be created following Mike Ashley’s departure. Some believe that forcing Mike Ashley out of the club before he is good and ready will do more harm than good for the stability of the club. My answer to that would be this: do not worry, trust in your fellow fans that we can work together for what is truly the best interests of Newcastle United. No one is suggesting that Mike Ashley should leave the club tomorrow with no captain to steer the ship, not that he would ever do that anyway.
Fans that are calling for change seem to be suggesting that we need to get all fans groups, along with ordinary fans, media outlets and local business people and sit down together and form a cogent, structured plan for the future that will ultimately see Newcastle United ran in the correct fashion. This plan may take on many manners of means to do that, such as the concept of 100% fan ownership, the idea of approaching a consortium of businessmen, or even courting an Arab Prince (last resort obviously) but at least the fans would be talking.
We are all anxious of what the future might bring for Newcastle United, or what damage could possibly be done, but let’s not let that anxiety and fear silence us. Let’s not let these concerns justify the utter contempt that Mike Ashley holds for you, me and every other Newcastle United fan across the world. Don’t let fear shut you up. Make your voice heard. Save your football club. It needs you now more than ever.
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