There’s no doubt that Mike Ashley messed up big time in January, and it’s hardly surprising that fans are really sick of the way he is running the club, and there has been an Ashley Out campaign formed and it’s supported by the Sack Pardew crew.
John Carver – vast majority will turn up
The Sack Pardew crew is that group of Newcastle fans who helped save Crystal Palace from relegation, and will probably also be responsible for Alan Pardew picking up his third Manager of the Season award in three years.
That’s if Alan continues the fantastic record he currently has at Crystal Palace, who were 10 points behind us at the end of the year and are now 7 points above us after the last 13 league games.
How ironic is all of that?
In yesterday’s press conference John Carver took the view of many fans when he said they have every right to stay away from the game on Sunday, but the Geordie coach still thinks a lot of fans will turn up for the game:
“The ones who come will be right behind the team,” “The boycotting fans are entitled to do what they want to do.”
“If they don’t want to see the game, that’s their prerogative, but the vast majority will be there.”
That’s very much a political statement.
But we have lost five in a row and it’s still possible we’ll not get too many points in the last six games, and let’s face it – if any team can get relegated after being 9th top at the end of the year – it’s got to be Newcastle United.
If Newcastle were safe, the boycott would have a better chance of some success – but boycotts have never worked in the past as fans tend to support the team through thick and thin.
And now it’s thin – very thin.
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