The popular fanzine The Mag’s editor Mark Jensen has commented today in the Evening Chronicle on the state of the club, and it’s not good reading.
Mark told the Evening Chronicle today:
“A lot of fans were quite rightly disillusioned after Blackburn.”
“Then there is the fact that, from the moment Blackburn went in front with 30 minutes to play, more people were wondering how Stoke and Sunderland were getting on.”
“When fans are worrying about how other teams are getting on below you, you know it is getting serious.”
“It just sums up the current position. I am not feeling optimistic at the moment, and if we can get through the transfer window without losing anybody, that will be seen as an achievement.”
Since Ashley informed fans he was keeping the club in late December, we were immediately hammered by Liverpool 5-1, and there has not been any good news at all, and indeed in our last 6 games we have lost 4 and drawn two, and we have much more difficult opposition coming up in February.
“When I heard Joe Kinnear was going to be staying on I could not believe it.”
“If Mike Ashley thinks Kinnear is the man to take the club forward then there is something seriously wrong.”
“That surely is not the answer.” “However, until the owner comes out and tells people his plans we will not know.”
“There is no information at the moment and Ashley has not told anybody his intentions.”
Jensen believes only a new owner will be enough to rally the supporters, and says nobody should rule out relegation, which would set the club back many a year, with the loss of significant Premier League TV earnings.
“We are in desperate need of investing in new players.”
“The tragic things is, there is half a team to build around, and the problem has been when we pick up three or four injuries it quickly turns into disarray.”
“You look at the Spurs and Portsmouth games and they were good wins, but it has been a shambles since then – starting at Wigan and then against Liverpool when we were well and truly humiliated.”
“Regardless of whether Newcastle stay up, the stadium will not be full.”
“The process has already started and, while fans have stood by the team, some are now at breaking point.”
“It will soon get to the stage where people will find something else to do with their time. There will always be a hardcore of support – but some-times I have to ask myself: ‘Am I stupid to keep on going along.”
“It is sad to see people drifting away, but you cannot blame them.”
Nothing like a really positive outlook on the club is there? 😀
We’re not so sure things are as dire as Mark thinks, though in reality they’re certainly not great.
But it’s obvious there is significant disillusionment with Ashley, and we can hardly blame the fans for that, since not speaking to the fans is his big big mistake, and he deserves everything he gets if he keeps the silence up.
We would hope Chris Mort is reinstated very soon, and that would be a good move.
Anybody want to put the other side of the story?