The situation and the relationship at Newcastle between those who run the club and the fans that support it maybe the worst it’s ever been – and that’s really saying something – because it was really bad in our relegation season, but right now it’s as bad as it was back then in 2009, when we were relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – autocratic ownership
Back then there were demonstrations before our home games against owner Mike Ashley, and much the same things is happening right now, and we are just hoping it doesn’t again lead to another relegation in May.
Mike Ashley never says anything to Newcastle fans, and that’s always been one huge source of frustration to the fans.
Roman Abramovich never says anything either to Chelsea fans, but Chelsea win things regularly like the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and even the Champions League – so he doesn’t have to say anything – he’s getting the job done as the Chelsea owner.
Mike Ashley on the other hand runs Newcastle as though we had no money to spend, and is both frugal and cheap in some of the financial moves he makes in bringing players into the club.
Buy cheap and sell high is Mike Ashley’s mantra.
Those financial moves may work well in ordinary businesses, but they have been little short of a disaster at Newcastle United.
Today, John Carver has told the Northern Echo that it would be fantastic if there was a change in mood among supporters by the start of next season – yeah right – but how many times have we heard all this stuff and nothing ever happens?
It’s always next season and the fans plan to stand up in the 34th minute at tomorrow’s game as a protest of the running of the club by Mike Ashley.
This is what John said when asked if a change in relationships would be good and he gave the obvious response:
“That would be fantastic a change in mood. From day one next season it would be better. That is what we need to do,”
“I was surprised on Sunday. I did not think it would be as many people as it was. We have to find a way of dealing with it and managing the situation because it can only hurt us.”
It is hurting us right now and the club is being torn apart because of the severe friction between Ashley and the Newcastle fans..
Mike Ashley’s relationship with fans from the start of his eight year reign on Tyneside has been a PR disaster, and he doesn’t seem to care much about it either – and continues to snub the fans – who again want him out of the club.
But that’s much easier said than done, and we think if Ashley did put the club up for sale in the summer, nobody would come in and offer around £270M for Newcastle, given that’s the amount he would need to break even financially.
Randy Lerner at Aston Villa is finding it hard to sell that famous club for only £150M to a Chinese consortium.
And we know that financials are the only thing Ashley appears to think about.
It’s all a very sad state of affairs at Newcastle United – once again.