More than 5,000 voted in a recent poll organized by the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST), to judge the support – or the lack of it – of Mike Ashley running Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley – we agree he’s not popular but 96% against him?
And the results, which were reported by John Gibson in an article written yesterday on the NUST site, showed that 96% were unhappy with the way the club was being run by the Londoner.
That poll was when this web-site was on hiatus, and we noted a number of strange things about that particular poll.
The follow-on questions only assumed you had voted negative for Ashley – and any reader could vote multiple times – so angry fans could register their vote multiple times and probably did.
We voted both ways only to check out the poll.
Over 5,000 votes were cast, but those were not 5,000 fans, as being reported, but 5,000 votes.
Hey, it’s not that we are supporters of Ashley, but fair’s fair, and an accurate poll is what we are after – that’s all – so please don’t write to us accusing us of being big Ashley supporters.
We’d like to get a better view of the support against Ashley, and again we don’t dispute he’s unpopular, but surely not 96%.
In the NUST poll only 1% claimed they were ‘very happy’ with the way the club was run with a further 3% ‘satisfied’.
Most fans are not happy with Ashley and that’s very true, but we have a hard time believing the figure is as high as that.
So we are running our own poll to get a handle on what the percentage really is – and while we will not get 5,000 votes, each reader can only vote once.
The NUST has to be very careful of losing credibility by going over the top in their criticism of Ashley.
Their statement recently that Ashley was making £7M a month out of the club was just ridiculous and stupid, when the Newcastle club’s revenue this year will be around £50M.
And while we may be proved wrong and it may be as high as 96%, we wanted to get our own figure, because we’re fairly confident their recent poll was not accurate.
So please cast your vote vote in our new poll on the home page.
The poll is worded as follows: Do You Approve Of The Way Mike Ashley Is Now Running Newcastle United?