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Harper’s Message To Ashley – Newcastle Is Dying – Fix It

10:05 am, Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Steve Harper spent 20 seasons at Newcastle, and the goalkeeper  has seen it all, including the good days under both Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson, but Steve – before tonight’s charity game at St. James’ Park – has spoken out about owner Mike Ashley,  and Steve thinks there is now a real disconnect between Newcastle and its fans, and if that’s not fixed quickly, whatever is special about Newcastle United will die.

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Mike Ashley – disconnect with Newcastle fans

Newcastle have just completed another summer transfer window when we seemed to show no real ambition to sign top players,  and once again money got in the way of signing our top target – this time Bafe Gomis.

It seems Newcastle asked the French International to take a cut in wages, after a deal had been struck with Lyon, and if these things keep happening then Newcastle will become known as the Premier League  club which is just too thrifty and miserly with their money – maybe that’s already the case.

It’s good to have the financial side of the club under control – don’t get us wrong – but you can also overdo it.

This is what Steve Harper said in the Telegraph today, as he gave a little biology education on Newcastle and its fans:

“If the club was a body, the fans are the heart.” “It’s a cliché, but the fans do bleed black and white. They are its heartbeat, but the link between the brain and the heart is no longer there.”

“Newcastle are bleeding and if that isn’t addressed, if the wound is not allowed to heal, whatever is special about the club is in danger of dying.” “The fans make the club tick, but they feel detached from it.”

“Whenever the club has done well over, the fans have been on board. They have been fully behind their team, their club.” “I think their loyalty has been tested far too often in recent years.”

“It’s one of the great clubs, but it should be competing amongst the very best in Europe. It’s getting harder and harder to break on to the top table and opportunities have been missed.”

“We finished fifth a couple of years ago, but to sustain that you need investment in the team.” “If I had a message to Mike Ashley it would be to engage with the fans, to repair that relationship. It’s not totally broken, but it doesn’t just need a plaster on it, it needs to be fixed.”

It’s good that somebody as respected as Steve Harper is trying to get Ashley to change the way he runs the club, and one thing Mike seems to continually do is to upset and annoy the fans,  and sometimes it even looks as though it may be deliberate, but maybe it just looks that way.

Newcastle fans want their club to be great again, and as these transfer windows show – the smaller clubs have a lot more ambition than Newcastle, and are willing to spend more money.

Time is running out, and in truth we just don’t see any  real ambition at Newcastle,  where the main preoccupation seems to be showing good financial results each year.

That’s not good enough – not for a club like Newcastle United.

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Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Steve Harper · Transfer News and Rumours




18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Was England, Newcastle in disguise !

  • 2 Lachu // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    we just 3 signings away from a top team … a winger striker and a CB … why doesnt ashley get tat

  • 3 jeff // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    if i see tiote, saylor or heaven forbid jonas in the side on saturday i will have given up all hope completely

    would be utterly embarrassing and shameful

  • 4 roy // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    How much would Harper’s testimonial team of Shearer etc be worth today if Bale is worth 80 million?

  • 5 jeff // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    roy, why not look at the other team buddy

    would have a value four times the size niglet

  • 6 Coach // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    jeff@3
    I agree, personally I would have to add that if Anita (man of the match again) is dropped, it would be just as shameful.

  • 7 Rooster // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Roy, the Shearer that first came to us from blackburn was for me the best all round striker in europe, he would have been an idol anywhere in any team, valuation????? World record again?!?!

  • 8 BuckLuck // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Harper, my hero.

    You can’t defend Ashley. If you do I really think it’s a lack of feelings and passion for the club. If you love Newcastle United you can’t settle with Ashley. Plain and simple.

    Last time I visited Newcastle and watched a match(home against Fulham last season) it was almost dead quiet for 90min before Cisse scored. It’s more sound in a Norwegian match for god sake. I”ve supported this club for 26 years now and it has NEVER been this quiet before.

    Harper is right. Ashley is slowly killing this club.

  • 9 Rooster // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    How many goals would Shearer have scored for man utd, would have been around 300, figferent class, uber consistant.

  • 10 PorsgrunnMagpie // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Anyone know wether the testemonial is televised tonight, or if NUFCTV shows it?

  • 11 roy // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Jeff I’m talking about ex Newcastle greats that we couldn’t afford to bring to the club under the present regime.

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Time is running out Ashley. Either communicate with us properly and then deliver what you say or go a.s.a.p.

    Fair play to Harper for saying this now and not waiting until after the testimonial. I bet tonight proves to be one of the best nights at SJP in a long while, gutted I won’t be there. To all of you who are, do us proud and remind everyone what we’re about and just what great fans we are when we feel like a part of the club rather than alienated also rans.

    It doesn’t need to be this way. Time 4 Change!

  • 13 jeff // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    alright roy,well i reckon it would be atleast 60 mil (four times his original price) for shearer

  • 14 jeff // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    he is surely on cavanis level

  • 15 AMEOBI // Sep 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Fantastic message from Harper, he’s just one of us who feels he needs to tell Ashley what he’s doing. The first paragraph is probably the best words I’ve seen. Going to be a great emotional night tonight, can’t wait..

  • 16 lofric // Sep 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Well said Steve Harper!

  • 17 widowmagandapoke // Sep 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Well said Stevie, now let’s look forward to outspoken comments from other ex players, local sports reporters etc.
    Looking forward to the match tonight.

  • 18 moonraker // Sep 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Re Shearer; at 25 he was THE best centre forward in the world and if Man United were buying him today it would be 100 million. FFS he went for 15 million in 1996 – 17 years ago !!!!




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