Mike Ashley Facing A Nightmare Of His Own Creation

We didn’t think we would be fighting relegation this season, but we were wrong about that, and with just 9 games to play, we are 5th bottom the league and only 2 points above the drop zone.

If we cannot get four more wins in the last 9 games which looks difficult now,  then we will likely take the drop for the second time in three years.

And the third time in the last nine years under Ashley.

We get the feeling, with Mike Ashley being so quiet and an absent owner that Rafa Benitez is taking all the burden of keeping Newcastle up.

We’re not sure if he has a communication line directly to the owner, but it’s ironic that Ashley is the one who has caused this.

Mike Ashley – so painful since he bought the club

Everything seemed fine for Rafa the first year he came here even though he could not save us from relegation two years ago.

He was allowed to completely change the team in the summer of 2016 to make it Championship ready.

But starting in January of last year his hands have been effectively tied in the transfer windows with very little money being made available to him to buy players.

We don’t know how Rafa puts up with all of this nonsense when he could join another Premier League club and be treated like the world-class manager he is.

Mike Ashley is trying to sell the club and fans want him to do that as soon as possible.

But Ashley may have miscalculated for the umpteenth time while at Newcastle, and the squad Rafa has this season may simply not be good enough to survive – even with Rafa in charge.

We’re not exactly sure what will happen if we are relegated again – but the value of the club will be down maybe £150M.

And we cannot see world-class Rafa Benitez staying on at Newcastle.

Just like he has done before, Ashley has mistreated his manager and not stood by the promises he made to him about money available in the transfer windows.

Of course, it’s the fans that suffer, and we look back to last May when everything seemed so good.

At that time fans were wondering if Mike Ashley could screw this one up as he’s done many times in the past.

The evidence is that he may have – and so much so that the club will be a Championship club and looking for another manager in the summer.

We are hoping that does not happen.

And if it doesn’t, it’s not because of what owner Mike Ashley has done.

Personally, I’m completely fed up with the way Ashley has destroyed the club – since this blog was created way back in 2007.

Of course, a win at home to Southampton next Saturday will cheer us all up – for sure.


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7 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Mar 4, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Well said Ed

    Totally agree about Ash but I still think we will stay up

    Fingers crossed

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Charlie last thread

    I think it has become clearer that for Rafa given the pieces of jigsaw he has in the box Mitro did not fit (a piece from another box so to speak). Like many managers he will not alter his preferred shape(s) simply to accommodate one player. ( Bit like Andy Carroll at Liverpool)

    Having said that given our situation and if injuries demand then perhaps in some key home games working to Mitro’s strengths in training and in those games might have got us something. I do not accept that he hasn’t the potential to be a premiership striker in the right side but not a top six one.
    It seems moving him out freed up wages and spot for another but unless we can get him on the pitch it wasn’t worth it. Bad luck or medical assessment who knows maybe bit of both?

  • magscar

    Mar 4, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Seem to be in way of tumbleweed so might pop back for browse later 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 4, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Or alternatively Ashley is running The Toon like he does his shops, on an absolute shoestring (take a look at how the employment at SJP has fallen by 80% during the last 10 years), and spending the absolute minimal for the maximum return.

    This is what he’s doing now, and this will be us year after year unless he goes, he’s never going to change his ways.

    Does he care if we finish in 17th or 14th? Of course not, the money is negligible and he’d have had to spend more cash to get the 14th place. So, in his mind “Why should i do that”?

  • Tenbytoon

    Mar 4, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    For me those Burnley and Bournemouth games have made survival very difficult now with our run in, anything less than 3 points against the shandy drinkers at St James Park in the next game and I really will fear the worst

  • kimbo

    Mar 4, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Got to score goals to win games ,we don’t have enough goals from the our strikers and midfield this is why we will go down. We are the only club to send out a player who could of made a difference and replace him with a player who will not play for us.

  • ArtyH

    Mar 4, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Excellent article by Ed but its been said numerous times before, and nothing is done to change matters! If season tickets are sold as per usual, you can rely on him staying to drain the club of more fans money. Its like asking for a kick in the nads and paying for it than saying ” Thank you sir “. The current situation ” is all the owners doing ” but is allowed to continue by praying on the loyalty of fans who deserve better. There is a mixed view on going to games to support the team, which by default supports the regimen, they are inexorably intertwined and work in the owners favour. This single factor is what makes our club the ” Golden Goose ” of the football world, it would not happen anywhere else, fans would not allow it to happen, they would revolt and stay away until he sold. There is no turning back now IMHO, even the most ardent M.A advocate can see the what he has done and it is a path that WILL NOT change as it is so successful!
    It seems now even the pundits of the football world who love a snipe at our club are condeming his cruel and degrading tenure of our once great club. Only the fans can change this situation by not buying season tickets yet, and staying away from the stadium now is not an option now, that boat has sailed.
    For those who keep tabs on posts, here is my predictions from today:
    1) We will stay up.
    2) The owner will stay, this year at least its too good a gold mine to sell, especially when he can screw the fans over again.
    3) Rafa will stay….for the fans!
    4) Funds for new players will be amongst the lowest three clubs in the premiership.
    5) There will not be any impassioned plea from the fat one as even he knows it will not work again this time.
    6) One of our best two players will be sold, that money will be used to buy other journeymen.
    7) There will be a big play at season end about selling again but will come to nothing AGAIN.
    Just hope I am wrong about 2,4,6 and 7.
    I thought we played well against a very in form Pool side yesterday and did remarkably well to keep it at 2-0.
    Dummett was my MOTM thought he did very well and is improving every game.
    We need to win convincingly against Southampton and put some more points on the board.


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