Frank Gilmour, Chairman of the Independent Newcastle United Supporters’ Association, has warned Ashley he will never be forgiven, by Newcastle fans on Tyneside, for driving Kevin Keegan out of the club, and should get out of Toon.
Mike Ashley – should get out of Toon
And now Gilmour is insisting the only way the Sports Direct Billionaire can get out of the mess he has created on Tyneside, is to sell the club and get out of Toon.
Gilmour said today:
“Mike Ashley’s position at Newcastle United is untenable. The only place he can go now is through the exit door.” “He is despised by his customers. Even if he managed to bring back Kevin Keegan, the damage to Ashley has well and truly been done. The situation is irretrievable as far as he is concerned.”
“I don’t think making approaches to Keegan will change the mood of the fans. As far as Ashley is concerned the damage is well and truly done. No amount of window dressing or publicity stunts will alter the fact he has lost the trust of the fans.”
“Ashley has blown it and the only realistic option he has is to sell up and get out. Newcastle fans will be glad to see the back of him.” “I don’t think he understands the contempt his customers now have for him. As far as I am concerned, the sooner he goes the better.”
“I walked past the club shop today and it was empty. And it was the same when I looked in Sports Direct – there were no customers.”
“The fans know the best way to hurt Ashley is to hit him in the pocket. As long as he is running the club I’ll never buy any of the products he is selling and the way the mood is in Newcastle I think that will be multiplied 50,000 times.”
“Ashley may think he can tough it out, but he is in for a big shock.” “The mood of the Newcastle fans is one of absolute determination and he can’t recover from this mess – which is entirely of his own making. I will be happy to see him go because he has made the club a laughing stock with the way he has handled the situation. I don’t think he could have handled it any worse.”
“Keegan wanted him to come back and personally sort out things when the crisis began. But he was on a jaunt in America and decided to stay there and leave things to managing director Derek Llambias.”
“Do you think he would have remained in America if Sports Direct had problems?” “He has dropped an almighty clanger with the way he has dealt with this. I am disappointed in him and his running of the club.”
It would certainly have been a major coup for Ashley if Keegan had returned on Friday night, but the talks broke down and it is understood that Ashley again stood by Wise and his current management structure.
What a mess we are in right now.