The Newcastle Fans Forum group have come out today with a statement about the ridiculous situation that owner Mike Ashley has created this summer.
Ashley has needed no help from anybody with this mess – he’s managed to create it all by himself.
We still can’t believe that he’s actually withholding funds from Rafa Benitez in an attempt to get him to sign a new contract.
Where’s the class in that?
We have every faith in the Fans Forum members to do the right thing in a balanced way, and they have done that again today.
Mike Ashley – another problem of his own making
Here’s their statement:
“As a group, we are deeply concerned with current events at NUFC.”
“There are reports that the Manager is having his summer budget withheld as he has not committed to sign a contract extension.”
“The Fans Forum fully supports Rafael Benitez in his right not to sign a new deal until he’s seen sufficient evidence to support his and the fans’ ambition.”
“We also feel that the club’s board need to support him now more than ever to show him that they are ambitious and are willing to be a stable top ten club pushing for European qualification and for domestic Cup success.”
“We’ve seen Season Ticket prices rise significantly, England’s most expensive replica shirts and little evident appetite to attempt to compete in the transfer market whilst clubs around and below us significantly invest.”
“We sincerely hope the Manager gets the assurances he seeks and signs a long-term deal.”
That’s an excellent statement from the Fans Forum Group and show real initiative, concern, and class.
And of course, there’s news that season tickets are not selling well since the rise in price.
And our new replica shirts are the most expensive in the Premier League.
The fans need to be given a break – after all – they are the club.
Maybe it’s going to take Mike Ashley to leave the club before Newcastle can thrive again – hopefully under the guidance of the brilliant Mr. Benitez.