Again I see The Chronicle has had one of its “I told you so” kind of digs at fans of NUFC.
It’s baffling considering that the following of NUFC is the bread and butter of The Chronicle but hey ho… Anyway it has provided me with a talking point, and that talking point is Mike Ashley.
I’ve never known one person split so many people to be honest, not at Newcastle United anyway. Some say he is doing a good job, some will never forgive him for past mistakes (or were they?) others just play it by ear and judge each decision as it comes whilst some just plain don’t care as it doesn’t involve that part we all love – the football side of it.
Most people have an opinion on him though, and I’d like to know if this fantastic season has altered the way he is viewed amongst the fans. The Chronicle seems to think so as it reckons that 65% of people they polled are happier with the job he is doing now compared to the one he was doing last season.
Personally I’m not. I recognise that Ashley has achieved some good and has brought relative and unexpected success to us, but the real thing I want to see is a willingness to build on that or even sustain it. I’m not confident in that regard at all.
There is still a lot of mistrust on my part which has been built up over the years, and it will take more than one season to remove that element of doubt. If we can carry on doing what we are doing then it will go a long way towards redemption, but first I have to see if that happens.
So has my opinion of Mike Ashley changed? Nope, although tellingly my view of him hasn’t got any worse, despite the renaming fiasco and advertising being plastered everywhere. It’s all a showcase you know…
What about you though? Have you changed your opinion on Mike Ashley?