The ambition is being drained from Newcastle United by Mike Ashley’s approach to the Premier League and the local cups in England.
Mike Ashley – delighted with 2-2 draw at home to Hull City
The Premier League is all important to Ashley because of the huge money paid out to the Premier League clubs every May, and the cups are less important because Ashley has seen teams like Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Hull City do well over the last four years in the local cups, but struggle in the league at the same time.
Birmingham and Wigan were relegated after winning the League Cup and FA Cup respectively, and last season Hull were 5th bottom of the league after reaching the FA Cup final last season and only losing to Arsenal in extra time.
But Hull suffered a slump towards the end of the season in the league, and finished only two places above the drop zone.
The conclusion that Ashley has reached is that cup runs can be dangerous to a Premier League club’s survival, and therefore they are not high priority at Newcastle.
And because we are told repeatedly we cannot compete with the top six clubs in England, there seems no chance we can win the Premier League unless something goes sadly wrong and we win the thing. 😀
The cups are low priority, so unless something changes in our approach to the three competitions, we have little chance of winning in a local cup either.
So those 45 years without a trophy since 1969, is likely to go a lot longer before Newcastle win anything, and there’s just no chance of that while Mike Ashley is the owner.
Newcastle play in the 3rd round tomorrow night at Crystal Palace – so after the above reasoning and Newcastle currently bottom of the Premier League – it’s not too surprising that 65% think we will lose the game.
Notice I didn’t even mention European competition – whoops.
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