The Mike Ashley Out Campaign took advantage of the meeting last night between fans and Newcastle officials to present a motion to get Ashley out of the club, and for those fans who haven’t seen it – here it is.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner since June, 2007
This is what Graeme Cansdale from the Mike Ashley Out Campaign put forward:
The appointment of Joe Kinnear to the role of Director of Football and his subsequent behavior whereby he has managed to insult the fans, the city, the local media and even current players, cannot be viewed in any way, shape or form to be a progressive step for the well being of the club.
It has further alienated the very people who are essential to the club’s growth and betterment. The subsequent resignation of Derek Llambias has shown how unplanned and arbitrary the decision-making process is at Newcastle United.
Indeed, recent events are yet another gross error of judgment in a catalog of PR disasters which have occurred since Mike Ashley bought NUFC in 2007.
Among other things, the club has overseen the public humiliation of two club legends in Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, the self-inflicted disaster of relegation in 2009, the unexplained and inexplicable dismissal of Chris Hughton, the renaming of St James’ Park and a continued lack of investment and ambition, which was reflected by the club’s extremely poor form last season.
Mike Ashley has overseen all of these events, continually failed to engage the fans and consistently pursued an agenda that has seen a sad demise of the club, both on and off the field.
This house declares that Mike Ashley is not a fit and proper custodian of a footballing institution that has a proud history and tradition, and enjoys one of the biggest and most fervent followings in European football.
We call for Mike Ashley to consider his position as owner of Newcastle United and to begin a process of exiting before he does any more damage to either the club or his own reputation.
We also urge all fans who truly want the club to progress, individuals, fans’ groups, magazine and blog editors, journalists, local politicians and proud Geordies everywhere to unite in solidarity, not only to see the end of this failed era by means of a coordinated and determined campaign of peaceful protest, but also to promote the great assets that are the club and the city.
So that we can work in partnership with any interested commercial parties in the future, whereby we can once again build a team and a club to be proud of. Mike Ashley has had far too many chances from the good people of this area and has continued to exploit their loyalty and devotion to the club with a crass and callous disregard for their welfare and opinions.
Now is the time for action. We are drawing a line now: enough is enough.
The motion passed easily.
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