Mike Ashley hates the free press. Why? Because it is free. Ashley has demonstrated his ire with the media in recent past, with his banning of NCJ media and has taken that a step further by charging national newspapers for the mundane chip shop wrapper interviews that come out of the club every now and then.
Why Ashley has chosen to present his ‘bronze, silver and gold’ packages just days after Newcastle United’s 1-0 win over Manchester United – one of the most famous victories in our club’s history – is beyond me. Why is this man so intent in sullying anything that is good about Newcastle United?
Personally, I think that if the media has any cojones, they will give Mr. Ashley an unequivocal NO, which should force him to rethink his position. I mean, what newspaper in the right mind wants to pay for the privilege of hearing Steven Taylor witter on about how “up for it” the team is going into a Tyne-Wear derby, or how much Hatem Ben Arfa “loves the Newcastle United fans” despite not taking his finger out of his arse to give us 3 decent performances in a row. It is ridiculous.
I don’t want to seem negative about Newcastle United, after all, it is the club that I love. However, Mike Ashley is fast making us a laughing-stock among Premier League clubs. Yes we may have won 5 in our last 6. Yes we may have just turned over the reigning champions in their own back yard and yes we may be seemingly on the up, but it is at times like these that NUFC fans need to be at their most vigilant. Ashley does not care about you or I, nor does he give 2 hoots about progress in the way that we would see it. He does things his way. If you do not like it, tough. Needless to say, even if the national newspapers do not pay for interviews from our intellectually challenged first team players, their thoughts and views will be amply expressed in the growing online phenomenon that is sportsdirectnews.com. Don’t be so naive to think otherwise.
So you think that Ashley is turning a corner? Going on a decent run playing decent football will result in a few January signings and a push for top 6, while all the while Mike Ashley mulls over all his previous mistakes and suddenly changes his method of management? If you believe that, then you are Mike Ashley’s kind of supporter – an idiot.