The AshleyOut group have sent a statement to the Chronicle about the failed takeover attempt by Ms. Amanda Staveley.
It’s on behalf of the (very) long-suffering fans and why Ashley’s time must be up at Newcastle if we are to have any chance at all of becoming a top team in England again.
And if the club is not sold soon there seems no way Rafa Benitez will keep putting up with this nonsense from the Newcastle owner, who has not supported him in three successive transfer windows.
Mike Ashley – has been a disaster For Newcastle United
Here is the full statement sent to the Chronicle by the AshleyOut group:
“We are bitterly disappointed to hear that the prospect of deal between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley/PCP is now ‘off’, while we couldn’t know what the future would hold under new ownership it really is time for a change.”
“In a bid to give the club – in particular, Rafa Benitez and our players – full support in what was a tough promotion last season, and an even tougher effort to stay up this season, we have remained quiet with regards to Mike Ashley’s gross incompetence at running our club.”
“Despite how fortunate we are to have a manager and a person the caliber of Rafa Benitez in charge at St. James’ Park, we are suffering yet another year of Ashley-imposed austerity. This cannot continue.”
“‘The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley – I promise you that’” – Kevin Keegan.
“Almost a decade after being found to deliberately lie and mislead us in the Keegan tribunal, Ashley publicly announced the truth – he is “nowhere near wealthy enough” to enable Newcastle United to fulfill its phenomenal potential.”
“In Ashley’s own words, Benitez is ‘not getting enough’ money to build a capable side. Mike Ashley is not and never will be the right person to achieve success with Newcastle.”
“Three times he’s tried to sell the club, three times he’s now failed, two relegations and a big chance of a third relegation now.”
“Mike Ashley’s legacy of NUFC is of false dawns, constant transfer failures, and failure off-the-field while football’s coffers have ballooned to astronomical levels.
“Mike Ashley seems to think that he can sell Newcastle for a large profit from his original investment while the current squad of players is actually worth less than the squad he inherited 10 years ago, despite the massive inflation of transfer fees and increase in TV revenue.”
“We strongly urge Mike Ashley to put his interests of Sports Direct aside and that he find the best deal he can for both the club and himself as quickly as possible.”
“This is arguably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Newcastle United Football Club, somehow we have Rafa Benitez, this opportunity to restore the club to its former glory with the best manager we could possibly get cannot be allowed to fade away.”
“We are exhausted, frustrated, and running out of patience.”
That’s a good statement from the AhsleyOut group and very timely in its publication.
We just have to hope now that Rafa will stay with us and new owners will come in soon.
That statement is as much for Rafa’s benefit as it is for Mike Ashley.
We are right behind Rafa Benitez in what is a tough and challenging time for the Newcastle manager.