After another embarrassing performance against already relegated Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, we go into the final game of the season with relegation a very realistic prospect.
John Carver and the players deserve to carry part of the blame, but this most recent impending disaster has been years in the making. Mike Ashley has made countless decisions with complete disregard for the club’s or the fans’ interests. Decisions that have resulted in a weak, unbalanced, spiritless squad and a manager woefully out of his depth. The club now finds itself in another late season struggle, the third in its last six Premier League campaigns. A fight for Premier League survival which could, and should, have been easily avoided had past lessons been adequately learned.
Mike Ashley however hasn’t learned any lessons in his time owning the club. He is not interested in learning. He is not interested in our club, not in the same way you and I are. For eight years now he has ruthlessly exploited our passion for our club for his own personal benefit.
Many fans will continue their boycott, and avoid the West Ham United game. This is something we encourage and support as it will hit Mike Ashley where it hurts him the most. However due to the nature of the fixture on Sunday, and what is at stake for the club, we understand that many fans will find it very difficult to stay away. For those among us choosing to give up their season tickets, this will be our last game at St. James’ Park until Mike Ashley leaves. We therefore aim to make the most of this final opportunity to deliver our message inside the stadium in the strongest possible terms.
Whatever the result of the game and the outcome of the “battle” against relegation, during and following any lap of ‘honour’ that might or might not take place, we will continue to occupy the ground after the final whistle and we urge all Newcastle United supporters to join us in this form of protest, which has been cleared with Northumbria Police. Bring your flags, bring your banners and most importantly bring your voices. Together we will make it clear that enough is enough and demand – on the worldwide platform that is Sky Sports – that the man ultimately responsible for the club’s demise into mediocrity, Mike Ashley himself, puts the club up for sale with immediate effect to “a worthy custodian of such a fine football club”, which is how he said he judged potential takeover parties when he first took the club off the market in 2008.
We have no specific protests planned to take place during the game so as not to disrupt the outcome in any way, shape or form. However once again we encourage all fans to show their displeasure in any way they see fit. You need no permission or direction to protest, this is your club.