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Newcastle Supporters Deserve Better Than Asinine Mike Ashley

Football - Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United Barclays Premier League - White Hart Lane - 19/4/09..Newcastle owner Mike Ashley Photo via Newscom

There is almost unanimous outrage at the dismissal of Chris Hughton. From a football point of view it looks unsustainable, all the more so when instability and hysterical appointments have been the reasons behind the decline Newcastle over the past ten years but also because by any same measure Hughton was doing a great job.

It’s easy to think that owner Mike Ashley is just making such a change to keep his interest in the club going, to entertain himself. I think he gets a kick out of upsetting fans and outraging people with insane football decisions. It can’t be for any good football reason, that’s for sure.

It may also be the case that he’s jealous of Hughton, a fellow Londoner who, unlike his corpulent self, is very popular in the North East. Maybe his ego couldn’t bear that. It wouldn’t surprise me.

It seems certain that this will damage a side that had forged itself into a unified, well motivated squad under Hughton’s guidance. It seems certain if Newcastle’s history is anything to go by, to put the club in danger of relegation and of further turmoil.

Perhaps Ashley thinks the team is better than it really is – that it achieved what it has achieved despite Hughton. If so he is grossly mistaken. Newcastle are an unexceptional team that is punching above its weight.

The sadness at Hughton’s departure is all the more profound because he was the very opposite of Ashley, quiet, respectful and classy. He was the lowest paid manager in the league and not even on a contract but he worked diligently and without complaint. You would have thought he was the ideal manager for a club that is the very definition of dysfunctional.

But just when the waters were calmer than at any time in the last 10 years, Ashley had to intervene.

He should be illegal.

Editor’s Note: Johnny’s new book: “We Ate All The Pies: How Foot­ball Swal­lowed Britain Whole” is avail­able via Ama­zon US or Ama­zon UK.

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  1. Paul Kelly

    December 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    The only difference between Mike Ashley and a bucket of horsecrap is the bucket.

  2. eddie torres

    December 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    He’s like the Al Davis of the EPL!

    • Joe

      December 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Funny since Newcastle kind of are the Raiders of the EPL. Passionate fan base and team that gets a lot of media attention because of their fans, not their performance.

      Plus the colors.

  3. King Eric

    December 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I highly doubt he’ll be sitting in w/the fans anytime in the near future.

  4. Adam

    December 7, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Ya know I am still waiting for someone to announce that this is all a big joke or something. Not only does it make no sense (in football sense, business sense, public relations, monetarily) the timing is just awful right before the fixture list thickens and the window reopens. Surely this will unsettle the team, which may be punching above its weight, but has a few star performers that any club would be salivating at the chance to snip from underneath our noses (Enrique, Carroll, Tiote, etc). You would think no matter how unsavy or flat out dumb someone is, they would learn from past mistakes. Do you not remember the Hull game two seasons ago? Do you not remember the lost Premier League revenues from last season? I just hope that the Mags have the spine to push on despite the rug being pulled out from underneath of them yet again by our clueless owner. I am not sure this club can survive another drop, which it seems that is what our owner wants.
    One flabbergasted & frustrated supporter

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