If we are relegated this season (once again) the Premier League and/or Parliament, need to look at how owner Mike Ashley has ruined the club.
They need to better define what a “fit and proper person is.” and tell our fans how Ashley it fit to own Newcastle United.
The fit and proper person requirement was introduced back in 2004, and it was an attempt to stop clubs from becoming owned by unscrupulous owners.
Before that “test” was introduced, there was nothing at all to stop a Mafia King from owning a Premier League club.
Mike Ashley uses Newcastle as a worldwide billboard for Sports Direct – shame on you
But that test seems to be subjective at best, and how can Mike Ashley be a fit and proper person to own a football club given his record at Newcastle?
He’s shown over 11 years that he’s not a fit and proper person and has taken Newcastle down twice to the Championship.
And we have also fought relegation in quite a few other seasons and just survived.
Here’s his pathetic record at Newcastle over the last 11 years.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2018-2019||20||2 - after 9 games|
Ashley has been voted the worst owner in the Premier League this season because he simply refuses to spend the club’s money and improve the side.
Ashley has used Newcastle as a worldwide advertising board for his Sports Direct business.
There’s something seriously wrong when that’s allowed by the Premier League.
He has not paid anything for that advertising, but he has given Newcastle interest-free loans, which are still outstanding at around £128M.
And he hasn’t attended a game in the Premier League since we were promoted 18 months ago – an absent owner indeed.
Maybe our best chance of ridding Newcastle of Ashley is through Labour MP Chi Onwurah, the shadow minister for industrial strategy, science, and innovation.
She is the MP for the Newcastle Central constituency which includes St. James’ Park.
She introduced a petition in the House of Commons last July pointing out that Ashley has failed to invest in “players, training facilities and community engagement.”
That’s the problem – it’s not that he will not invest his own money in the club – we don’t need that.
But what we need him to do is to give Rafa Benitez some of the club’s money to spend in the transfer window – he’s not doing that.
In the summer we made a profit of £20M, and now we are 3rd bottom of the league, and it looks like another relegation fighting season for the club.
Nothing new there.
We cannot understand how he can be a fit and proper person to own Newcastle United – given his terrible record at Newcastle United since 2007.
Somebody in authority needs to do something about this so we can save the club.