The Last Time I’ll Mention Newcastle United On Here For A While. I Promise.

So, it would appear that Newcastle United’s supporters have got approximately fifty per cent of what they wanted, with Mike Ashley’s official announcement that the club is up for sale, although it had been widely rumoured that he had been looking for an exit strategy for quite some time. The other fifty per cent – the reinstallation of Kevin Keegan as the club’s manager – might just prove to be wishful thinking, though whether that is a bad thing or not depends on what one’s opinion is of Keegan as a manager. From a neutral standpoint, the frustrating thing is that such a major protest has taken place over such a comparatively minor issue. There is so much wrong with the Premier League that one might have hoped that the first major protests of the new season would have been aimed at the plutocrats that are wrenching control of the game away from us, or against the continually spiralling ticket prices which mean that football long since stopped being anything like the working man’s game, but this unfocussed protest has become largely sidelined by becoming an “anti-Cockney”, pro “Geordie Nation” protest, which is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. It’s rather stating the obvious to say that Ashley’s time in charge at St James Park has been an unmitigated disaster. From the start, Ashley has let his heart...

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