Newcastle fans are in a very difficult position these days and they can’t win.
If they do nothing then they will be accused of allowing Mike Ashley to stay and some will say they haven’t done enough to finally get him out of the club.
If they start to protest too much – then what we’ve seen with protests is they never turn out well and sooner or later the team starts to suffer.
That happens in our relegation year back when Kevin had left the club in September 2008.
It’s a difficult situation.
There’s nothing wrong with demonstrating for the removal of Ashley but when it gets to St. James’ Park before a game or we hear the chants coming up during a game – that’s going to do nothing to help our players on the field.
Mike Ashley at the Leicester City game
We think Rafa would say the same thing.
It’s going to be harder than last year because Mike Ashley has decided – presumably out of the blue – to start to attend matches again.
With the owner in attendance, it’s going to be that much more difficult for fans not to start up chants against Ashley.
Somehow there has to be a middle ground.
What we liked earlier this season was demonstrating in Northumberland St. outside the Sports Direct shop before each home game.
Then when in St. James’ Park – as Rafa has requested – it’s all about supporting the team.
We somehow have to get back to that.
Boycotting games is a fool’s errand – who suffers?
The team and the players.
Mick Ashley couldn’t care less if fans boycott games.
Newcastle get the large percentage of their money these days from the Premier League TV rights – about £123M last season for finishing 10th.
And that amount and it will only rise as more countries (and continents) pay for the rights to televise the games.
I read the article in the Chronicle from Mark Douglas on what fans could do in the current situation – and put my own thoughts down in this article.
And we still think that by the end of this year we will be well clear of the relegation zone.
We may be completely nuts – but that’s what we think.
OK – we are completely nuts – but that’s what we think.