There was a crowd 47, 427 at St. James’ Park yesterday and that was about 3,000 less than the attendance for the Arsenal game and about 2,000 less than the crowd for the Manchester United game – so not too many seemed to stay away as part of the planned boycott.
Jamie Carragher – Newcastle are boring
And of course we lost again so did ourselves no favors on the pitch.
And Newcastle’s grave situation which seems to be getting worse with each game played caused Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher to lay into Mike Ashley and thew way he runs the club to make money:
This is what Jamie said when asked if he can understand the frustration of the Newcastle fans:
“I can. It’s getting to the stage now, football is so big, there’s that much money coming in to the game with the new TV deal, and I am sick of owners coming in who are successful business people wherever they’ve been.”
“They think ‘where else can I make money? Oh a football club’.” “I’ve had it at my own club Liverpool with George Gillett and Tom Hicks and it’s the same at Newcastle.”
“People will say as supporters you’ve got to come back, you’ve got to get behind your team. But what are the owners doing for supporters?”
“Since Mike Ashley’s been here they’ve been relegated once, they could be relegated once again, and I’m sure under Alan Pardew they come close once before.”
“So he’s balanced the books – he’s made money because he’s a businessman – but I think of these people and wonder: ‘don’t you want to be excited yourself?’”
“I’m getting bored by Newcastle, but when you watched them over the years there was madness, there was excitement, stupid goals going in one end and then the other, but it was exciting.”
“Now it’s boring. Why does Mike Ashley want the club if there’s nothing happening? There’s no cup run, I just don’t get it. I don’t get why he wants to own a football club.”
Liverpool were a bargain when John W Henry (New England Sports Venture) bought the club for about £300M in October, 2010.
Newcastle would probably cost about £270M if Mike Ashley were to sell, but Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has had Villa up for sale for almost a year with no success yet.
If Newcastle are relegated the value of the club would plummet – so it would be better to stay in the Premier League if we want Mike Ashley to sell.
But we just cannot see him doing that with so much money to be made is the Premier League in the years ahead.
And we know that Ashley likes money.