We’ve noticed there has been a lot of criticism on the way Mike Ashley is running Newcastle United, and there has been a lot of criticism coming from independent sources.
That’s simply because Newcastle have put themselves into such a mess by their rather stupid and reckless actions in January, and when interim head coach John Carver has tried to defend their actions – it simply make things even worse – simply because it’s hard to defend the indefensible.
Ashley – what is a football club – it’s a money-making machine of course
Here is a cartoon by Davide Squires, which was published in the Guardian, and it’s a take on Bobby Robson’s famous statement on what is a football club?
As a reminder – here are those famous words of the great Sir Bobby Robson on what is a football club:
“What is a club in any case?” “Not the buildings or the Directors or the people who are paid to represent it.” It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”
“It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”
“It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”
A football club should not be a money-making machine.
Football clubs are created to be successful for their fans, as a Deloitte Partner recently pointed out when the massive profits of the Premier League club were reported.
Mike Ashley has it completely the wrong way round.
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