What will Ashley think of next? Ashley seems hell-bent on pissing off Newcastle United fans up and down the country with his latest in a long line of gaffs.
Having read on the internet and from other fans that the club were apparently selling Rangers merchandise in the Newcastle United club shop online, I refused to believe it. I refused to believe that even Ashley could stoop to those depths. However, when I went to check myself, the irrefutable proof was there. Ashley is now selling Rangers tat (apologies to all Ranger fans) in our online club shop!
So obviously that raises a number of questions. Primarily, if someone buys a Rangers top from our online club shop, who gets the money? Is it Newcastle United or is it Rangers F.C? The answer? Potentially neither of them. It would appear that whenever you buy club merchandise, your contract is not with Newcastle United, it is with Sports Direct. There is no proof that Ashley invests money made from merchandise – which goes to Sports Direct – back into the club. This is a man who doesn’t even pay for advertising for his tacky sweatshop, so I am not going to hold my breath and assume he is putting the money made from merchandise back into our coffers.
So whenever you are buying merchandise (like those bloody awful Wonga tops!) and you are claiming “I am financially supporting the club” just think again. The club may not even be seeing a single penny of what you are spending. So when it comes to spending your money on the club, you really need to think closely.
Mike Ashley is a poison in this club. Every day he is allowed to sit in his ivory tower and do what he wants, he will see that as a victory. What he doesn’t seem to realise is that there is a growing wave of discontent. There are people sick of seeing him piggy back on the great name of Newcastle United Football Club as a vehicle for him to make Sports Direct money. We are a more historic brand than his tacky sweatshop will ever be and it is high time we stood up for ourselves.
There is a storm coming Mr Ashley. Are you ready for the fight?