Newcastle United Message Board
- Rich_82 Rich_82 Apr 17, 2012 16:19 Flag
Like a lot of fans i have been silenced this season, and i hold my hands up and admit it. Last time Mike Ashley was gonna sell the club, he couldn't, then came out with a statement of his intentions and where he said he was trying to take the club. I at the time agreed with what he had planned, but couldn't understand why he never mentioned it when he took over. For a lot of fans they took it like he only decided to make an effort BECAUSE he couldn't sell the club.
A lot of people have gone on about NUFC supporters being fickle as there are no chants of "cockney mafia out". But the same people seem to have very short memories. The club is doing well now and it looks like we could be a profitable club by the end of next season. But what about when Ashley first took over. His decision making ran this club into the ground and had it relegated. Couple that with many secrets and lies and suddenly it becomes clear WHY he was hated. There was no transparency from the board, just his tunnel vision and sod the fans.
BUT, now that he has stopped to think and actually apply his business sense he has done wonders. OK we still had problems with him after promotion, sacking Chris, re-naming the stadium and selling our top goal scorer. But ultimately though we are heading in the right direction now.
I would like to think that we can all start again. Ashley has been more open, and it has filtered down through the staff. And the fans are now more informed than ever of where we are, what we can have/do, even what we can afford. It is refreshing to see honesty finally coming through.
What ever happens though the club has had to be rebuilt and started again. Maybe it is time All the fans did the same. Forget the past and move on. Let's see where we go from here
- Rich_82 Rich_82 Apr 13, 2012 12:20 Flag
Firstly, cheers Andy. Always nice to read positive messages from fans of other teams. By the way, our last match was a great game, watched it with my mate who supports Arsenal, we were both on the edge of the settee.
Secondly, i hope you are right, but i just wont allow myself to get carried away with a 4th, 5th or 6th league finish. I know i should just enjoy the fact we are up there with a serious shout but i have been a fan too long to know we have a habbit of messing things up.
To be honest i hope we keep our current squad, maybe 2 or 3 new additions as i feel we are still a dangerously small team. Anything is possible i suppose, i agree about the FA cup for example, it shouldn't be a priorty, we do need to concentrate more on the league.
Hello everyone, i know this season isn't over yet but i have already started thinking about next season. How do you think we will fair, can you see us not doing as well or maybe now our team is beginning to gel more with every game can you see a bright future ahead. Can we continue the momentum and will our players get better the longer they have together.
Oh, and so far who is your favourite player.
I hope so pal, cos to be relegated again means this season would be a waste of time. I'm not bothered about the fat controller, but i just hope and pray that they buy wisely. I'm sure even with just 15m we could get a few decent players. Time will tell eh.
This is an extract i read today, if it is to be believed, and many of us have predicted this would happen, then we are already in a position to be worried about the next 12 month ahead. Here it is:-
Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton will have a transfer budget of just £15m with which to try and keep the magpies in the Premier League next season.
Despite the club set to scoop around £60m for regaining their top-flight status at the first time of asking, club owner Mike Ashley hopes Hughton can keep the team up without breaking the bank.
Rumours also still persist that Ashley will put the club up for sale again, as he did unsuccessfully last year, now that the club's value is set to rise sharply. (Daily Star)