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Newcastle Ban Journalist From St James’ Park

Will Mike Ashley never learn? It seems that Ashley is attempting a Emperors New Clothes scenario at Newcastle by banning anyone who dares to speculate on the future of Joe Kinnear. Celebrated Geordie journalist, Alan Oliver, has been banned from entering St James’ Park by Newcastle United after writing an article about Joe Kinnear’s health.  Oliver has written more words about Newcastle United over the years than most journalists have covered on a variety of subjects, but this latest faux pas by Ashley is just silly.

Oliver, like most Newcastle fans can see just how bad things are at St James Park but Ashley and his cohorts arrogance is now leading them into dangerous territory. Unfortunately Ashley seems to feel that he’s above criticism, which strikes me as a man who is listening to too many Yes men as they hide away in their bunker. Most people openly wonder if Joe Kinnear is well enough to return, to one of the most pressured jobs in English football, can’t Ashley see that?

Obviously not though and perhaps Oliver should count his blessings that he can no longer enter St James’ Park whilst Ashley and Wise try to destroy Newcastle from the inside out. Ashley is beginning to resemble a man on the edge of sense, stuck with a club he can’t sell, with fans that hate his guts, a team that can’t or won’t perform and he awards a man with a heart problem and who has won 5 matches in 29 games a new contract.  Xisco, the £7 million pound hitman has 1 goal, the kind of return that anyone who knew anything about him would have answered.

If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect Ashley was a Sunderland fan, working undercover to destroy the Magpies, akin to the nickname Manchester United fans gave Graeme Souness during his awful spell in charge of Liverpool, Special Agent Souness as he vitually bankrupted the Liverpool board and left them in 13th. Yet I know that Ashley is a Tottenham fan and I thank god he couldn’t afford to buy Spurs when the £400 million asking price put him off two years ago, god knows what kind of mess we’d be in now!

Oliver has seen 15 different full time managers and numerous caretakers in the period that he’s spent following the Toon and wears his love for Newcastle United on his sleeve. Ashley has simply shown himself to be a childish, immature owner that is beginning to rank alongside the Micheal Knighton, Robert Maxwell and the Geoffrey Richmonds of the footballing world. No chairman or owner of a football club is beyond criticism, it is a fans and journalists right to vent their anger if they feel things are not right on or off the field and Ashley has done his best to antagonise the fans with his antics these last 7 months.

I’m really beginning to worry about Newcastle’s future as an ongoing concern. If they go down and Ashley can’t sell, just how many fans are going to be prepared to follow them next season? Decisions like banning journalists for having the honesty to question things shows him to have thrown in the towel at Newcastle.

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  1. Chris Walker

    March 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    my last was visit is when we beat you 1-0 in 2007 and the first thing the toon army did after the game was protest for Glenn Roeder’s sacking, in November (albeit you were 2nd bottom with 8 points, we had only played 11 games). And i believe my point above was that it was daft for Mike Ashley to ban a journalist on the basis he didnt like what he wrote. There is always a fear factor for players when they walk out in front of 52,000 every week with a soap opera surrounding the club like the you have up there. As for the loyalist fans in football, what about City/Liverpool/United to name just a few. You are on of the better ones but im sure everyone thinks they have the best fans. Youve not exactly had it hard sitting in the premier league for years on end with challenges for cups and titles plus numerous jaunts in Europe while having a STUNNING ground to watch it all in.

  2. Welly The Dog

    March 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Chris Walker,…… When was your last visit to SJP? The place is bouncing with the loyalist, daftist fans in British Football. There is no fear factor for the players; only the knowledge that if they are honest and give 100% they will be supported all the way. The only ones who should worry are the lead swingers and the skivers. We all know who they are!!
    Alan Oliver has written some excellent articles, succinct editorial and a load of tosh over the last few years, as do all journalists. Give the man a break.
    We will survive, relegation or no relegation. The HEART of Newcastle United Is the fans. We will always be here.Promise!

  3. Chris Walker

    March 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Is the answer to shun the side you support because you are at odds with the man who pays the bills? Yes Ashley has made ridiculous decisions and the most similar thing for me is putting up with Bryan Robson at Bramall lane. Though in my opinion he was clueless, naive and lacked integrity i didnt boycott the games on the basis of him being in charge. If anything Toon fans the guys on the pitch need you more than ever. You are staring relegation down the barrell and the 11 men who cross the white line every weeks must be terrified of playing in front of their own fans. I agree you are being run like a freakshow. However i can tell you one thing, the fan-factor cannot be estimated – especially in a relegation battle or if you are really unfortunate, fighting in the championship. As for banning journalist type the words ‘martin samuel’ and sheffield united into a search engine. We have’nt seen fit to ban him because it is a journalists JOB to write these articles, even if it is only to generate interest by courting controversy.

  4. ijjc

    March 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    If Ashley has sold up, I will have no problem paying my money to watch Newcastle play championship football next season. If Ashley, Kinnear and the other assorted group of clowns are still at St James Park next season, I simply wont be going there, even if Newcastle are somehow still in the Premier League. I think that there will be many thousands of others who will be of the same mindset about NUFC and Ashley as I am.

  5. roscoe

    March 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Oliver is a prick~! Good on you mike! best thing u’ve done in 7 months!

  6. Graham

    March 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Its about time Oliver was banned from the ground for all the shite he’s written and trouble he’s caused over the years!

    Never thought i’d say this but well done Mike!

  7. Steve Jackson

    March 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Alistair isn’t lying – Oliver is an utter bell-end.

    But not as big a bell-end as either Ashley or Wise.

  8. Alistair

    March 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    To be fair, Alan Oliver is a bell-end too.

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