We read the news story in the Chronicle today about Tom Ireland of South Shields, who has had enough of Newcastle’s many missteps under Mike Ashley, in particular the return of Joe Kinnear to the club, and Tom wants his money back on his season ticket, although he’s been told he has to wait until mid-way through next season to get a refund.
Tom Ireland – has had enough after 56 years of loyal support
For Tom Ireland, the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football at Newcastle, and his ridiculously ill-informed interview before he was even officially announced in the job, when he couldn’t pronounce the names of many top Newcastle players, was enough for Tom to demand his money back on his season ticket.
This is what Tom had to say today:
“I tried to cancel and get a refund on next season’s ticket, but I was told it was not allowed. I rang them up and said I was not happy with some of Joe Kinnear’s comments.” “I have supported them since the 1950s when Bob Stokoe was a player and I can name entire squads from that era. But I have had enough, I did not sign up for all of this.”
It’s just so sad that fans like Tom cannot take any more – and don’t get us wrong – we don’t criticize Tom at all – because Mike Ashley has again seemingly gone out of his way to upset Newcastle fans – and it’s not the first time he’s done it.
He sided with Londoner Dennis Wise over Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan, then he fired gentleman Chris Hughton after Chris had got us promoted and we were doing well in the Premier League, and then he changed the name of St. James’ Park to that of his own company – with Sports Direct signs seen everywhere around the ground, and workmen were then sent to rip the famous St. James’ Park signs from the walls.
And then he signed up Wonga to a new shirt sponsor deal – and let’s just say the pay-day lending company are hardly a well-respected business.
It must be something in Mike’s character that he wants to keep shocking Newcastle’s fans – because that’s what he keeps doing – and again we have to remind Mike the fans are his customers – so it’s just a terrible way to treat your customers – that’s another way of putting it.
But Mike is Mike, and he will not change – so we just hope that Joe Kinnear doesn’t sabotage the club too much while he’s here – but Joe’s hardly made a promising start to his new job at Newcastle.
Maybe it’s the dignity of Alan Pardew who can drag us through all of this – and before you laugh – whatever you think of Alan’s coaching abilities – the Newcastle manager has represented Newcastle to the press with dignity and some class since he arrived on Tyneside.
And we were dead against his appointment, but that first interview he gave to the press was masterful – it’s something Joe Kinnear should have watched – but obviously didn’t.
Some of us are just starting to realize how good Alan’s been under some severe pressure, after seeing what Joe Kinnear can accomplish in just one interview and no pressure.
We’re really sorry to see loyal fans like Tom Ireland give up hope on the club – but maybe, just maybe – we can do a lot better next season than we did last term – and certainly Alan Pardew knows he has to do a lot better next season.
That’s what’s needed in the short-term – and a good start to the season is just what the Doctor ordered – and 10 points from the first five games is very possible.
That’s the hope now.
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