Warning – this is not the most positive article I have written on this blog.
The Newcastle United Blog was created in late April 2007 and it was a month before Mike Ashley bought the club.
Sam Allardyce was the manager back then and since that time we have had 9 managers trying to work with the owner Mike Ashley who has messed up the dreams of Newcastle fans continuously.
While we would never say it – it often looks like he does this on purpose to hurt the fans.
He was very successful with that yesterday.
The managers under Ashley have been Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew, John Carver (acting), Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez.
In all of the seasons under Mike Ashley, there’s only once we have been in the top six – when we were 5th in 2012.
But the next season we were fighting relegation again.
Next best in the Premier League – we’ve been 10th a few times including under Rafa a year ago.
The owner brought in Rafa Benitez on March 11, 2016, to try to save us from relegation.
He didn’t do that but had us promoted the next season and in the last two seasons, we finished 10th and 13th in England’s top flight while fighting relegation until we pulled away in the second half of each season.
All Mike Ashley had to do was to agree to Rafa’s terms and we would have had the world-class manager and maybe one of the most exciting summer transfer windows for a long time.
But no – Mike Ashley wouldn’t give up control of the transfers at Newcastle to the manager.
And so Rafa realized he couldn’t make Newcastle into a top-six club with Ashley as the manager.
Since Ashley is supposed to be selling the club why did it matter to him?
And all the good work Rafa did at Newcastle will soon be lost.
He cut down the injuries dramatically by installing new 4G technology pitches – he knew what to do in almost every circumstance.
Players wanted to join the club becasue he was the manager.
He has left a group of players who love him and who are better players under his guidance.
So we have seen what it’s like when a world-class football manager is at the club.
And it will never be the same again.
Some of our top players will want out as soon as they come back on July 4th.
Just think how they must feel like with the incompetence shown by Ashley and no Rafa at the club.
It was a difficult task to lose Rafa, who kept saying he wanted to stay at Newcastle but Ashley managed it.
It was six weeks since the last game of the season and apart from the new strips the most expensive in the Premier League) and a 5% increase on tickets the next thing we knew was that Rafa was leaving.
No updates on what was happening – just a no comment.
Newcastle under Ashley is the no comment club.
Some of the potential managers to take over from Rafa are pitiful.
Will Lee Charnley bring in the likes of Steve McClaren or John Carver again?
We’ll be fighting relegation again next season for the third season in a row without the comfort of knowing Rafa will get the job done and save us.
Yesterday was one of the darkest days in the history of the club.
Make no mistake about that.
How this owner – who is incompetent, bumbling and arrogant can carry on destroying the club is beyond me.
He should be reprimanded by the powers that be – the Premier League and the FA.
But that will not happen and everybody will have sympathy for our fans.
And nothing will change with Ashley continuing to be allowed to destroy the club.
Something must be done to rid the club of the cancer that is Mike Ashley.
And we wouldn’t put it past the owner that this takeover is a ruse in that he and he will refuse to sell the club – once again.
But only after the transfer window ends in early August.
That’s what we have to hope for – an ambitious owner comes in and hires the likes of Jose Mourinho.
But Jose will not touch Newcastle with Ashley as the owner.
Our fans around the world don’t deserve the nonsense served up by the completely incompetent Mike Ashley.
Sorry to be so negative but I had to get that off my chest.