Apparently there is a rally at the Monument in Newcastle being planned before our next home game, against Everton on 22nd February, by the Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC), who still want Mike Ashley out of the club.
We know very well the NUSC has the good of the club at heart, but is this really a good move if it goes ahead?
It will hardly help us beat Everton that afternoon, and we somehow have to separate protests against Ashley so that it doesn’t also negatively impact the players, and that’s not easy to do during the season.
The NUSC has been trying to get a meeting to talk through the Newcastle United problems with owner Mike Ashley, and has had no success, but at least during the season shouldn’t we be supporting the team and Joe, even if we hate Ashley?
Committee member Neil Mitchell said:
“We’re tired of the divisions within the fanbase,” “It feels like divide and rule, and these divisions are easily exploited by the club.”
“There’s only one way to bring everyone together, and that’s through having a shared voice.”
“We want to find common ground, and move forward. If the Supporters’ Club can achieve that, then brilliant.”
Apparently around 200 supporters gathered at the Tyneside Irish Center and it now plans to ramp up its public work – with just 14 games to go in this season, when relegation is a real threat.
“The Everton rally is something we talked about before the meeting. We can’t stand by and do nothing.”
“We looked at the options we had, and we wanted to do something positive, and visible.”
The NUSC should think very carefully about doing something, rather than doing nothing, if that something is detrimental in helping Newcastle survive in the Premier League this season.
The time for demonstrations that cause upheaval at the club is not timely when the lads are fighting a dour relegation battle.
The demonstrations should come at the end of the season, when hopefully we’ll still be in the Premier League.
These demonstrations right now will only be more fodder for the gossip football press, who will have a field day with it – we can just see the headlines now.
It’s in these troubled times that one thing is certain, the players need the Newcastle fans’ support now more than ever.
We’re all for the NUSC, but we wonder if demonstations are the right thing at this time, but its the NUSC mission to speak for the Newcastle fans, and that’s what they are presumably doing.
Comments welcome – but please keep the language decent.