What does Mike Ashley do for you? Seems a simple enough question on the face of it but what really is the impact of his ownership for Newcastle United fans?
When Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007 the fans, by and large, were united in their delight at having Freddy Shepherd out of the club. Ashley made an attempt to endear himself to the fans; sitting in the away end with our fans, wearing replica shirts, downing a pint like he is one of the lads etc but ever since he humiliated club legend Kevin Keegan, I don’t think he has ever roundly been accepted by the fans.
So what does Mike Ashley do for you? Is he the provider of Premier League football? The saviour of the club, that was destined for administration and the footballing scrap heap until he bought us over? The man who bankrolled the club when we got relegated and ensured we secured promotion?
Is he the shrewd, sharp businessman who will always ensure Newcastle United do not get mugged in the transfer market and will always squeeze every deal, both in and out, for every penny’s worth?
Is he the poison ivy that is killing the very foundation that this club is built on? Attempts at eroding our heritage such as renaming St James’ Park, embarrassing us by associating our club with charlatans like Pardew and Kinnear, not to mention Wonga et al.
Like him or loathe him. we are currently stuck with him. Personally, I think that while he is in charge of the club, there is only one direction that we are headed, and that is closer and closer to the drop zone. We finished 16th last season, there isn’t much more room for manoeuvre.
If you think Ashley is good for the club then that’s your problem. There may be nothing mentally wrong with you per se, but your judgement would be more than a little off. If you think Ashley is bad for the club then you need to ask yourself the question, “what am I going to do about it?”
If you are sitting back and thinking that all you need to do is to stop going to matches, or even worse, going to matches and not buying your half time pie, then you are, quite simply, not doing enough. You are taking the path of least resistance because you want an easy life. Doing nothing is easier than doing something and when it comes to the football club that you profess to love so much, surely you should be willing to do something for it in its hour of need.
There will be a peaceful demonstration on the morning of 19th October, a few hours before the Liverpool game. The demonstration will be your chance to put your feelings into action. Your chance to do something rather than nothing. Do not waste this chance.
What do you think? Does Ashley represent this club and its fans? Is it time to show him that he is no longer wanted? I’d love to hear your views.