Some of us Newcastle supporters are getting long in the tooth, and if we are ever to see Newcastle win a trophy again, it will have to happen in the short-term – a lot of us older folks don’t have long-term plans for anything these days.
Freddy Shepherd – when Newcastle Chairman
That’s one reason we are so disappointed at the way Mike Ashley seems to be running the Tyneside club, with just no ambition being shown at all, and we are even being out-bid by perennially small clubs like Swansea, Southampton, Norwich and Fulham, and that’s really hard to take.
On last nights showing Newcastle seemed to be as bad as we were when we were hammered at home by Sunderland 3-0 and Liverpool 6-0 – and if last night is anything to go by (we hope it’s not) we are in for a very difficult season – yes – another one.
It’s not good at the moment, because Newcastle (make that Ashley) is showing absolutely no ambition at Newcastle, and the fans are upset – but so are the players.
A few of them have come out and said they want to see new players signed, and last night’s experience will not have been a good one for many of our top players – another embarrassing hammering.
Ashley is almost the polar opposite of Freddie Shepherd, the Chairman who ran Newcastle from December 1st of 1997, through the summer of 2007, when Mike Ashley bought the club.
Mike Ashley – the polar opposite of Freddy Shepherd
Mike seems to be more concerned about balancing the financial books and getting good frugal deals, than he is about creating a top side.
Now it’s a good thing to be financially responsible – we certainly don’t want to go belly up like some clubs have done by over-spending, don’t get us wrong on that, but you can also overdo it.
Freddy was the opposite of frugal with money, and paid put huge fees and huge wages to get decent players to the Tyneside club – and as a man born and bred on Tyneside he had a burning desire to see Newcastle United become a top club.
Freddy had a lot of faults (don’t we all?), but at least he wanted do make Newcastle into a top side.
It would be hard to say that about the current owner Mike Ashley, and we seem to be falling behind even the smaller clubs – never mind the top six.
That’s so very sad – but so very true.
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