My personal email account has been playing up over the last few days and, just as we hear official confirmation of Ayoze Perez’s move to Leicester City, the following pops up in my inbox..
A message from the club asking me to renew my season ticket:
“There is still time to renew your Newcastle United season ticket.
“Supporters who haven’t yet renewed have until Thursday 4 July to renew their existing seat before unsold seats are released for general sale.
“Renewing for 2019/20 is easy.”
Turns out this was actually issued yesterday, with today being the deadline for season ticket renewals, but that’s not the point here.
This, along with a pathetic plea to come and buy the new £65 home shirt, is the only form of communication we’ve had from the club all summer. To say I’m seething is an understatement.
This club and Mike Ashley are asking us to renew – for what? Why should we? Why does he deserve our money when we’ve now been left with the following after an absolutely SHAMBOLIC summer so far:
- No Rafa Benitez – a world-class manager we were lucky to have.
- No Ayoze Perez – our top scorer over the past TWO seasons sold.
- No Salomon Rondon – our player of the season and best striker.
- No new manager
- No new signings
- No update on a takeover
- Longstaff tipped to join Manchester United – our top young talent.
- No Mo Diame – allowed to leave on a free as we wouldn’t offer him a 2-year deal.
- Replica shirts priced at £65 – The MOST EXPENSIVE in the country.
- Season ticket prices increased
Mike Ashley and his cronies, employed to milk this cash cow of a club, are not only spineless, heartless and incompetent individuals, but all seem intent on driving our club into the ground and crushing the supporters who’ve lined their pockets for 12 years now.
This has to stop. It can’t go on. Things need to change – and I don’t mean we just need to sign a £30m Perez replacement and things will all be OK. They won’t be. That would be papering over the cracks that are now unrepairable from this poisonous and cancerous Mike Ashley era.
We’ve had some lows under Ashley – he’s lied, treated legends with complete and utter contempt and disrespected our club on countless occasions – but this summer is the final straw for me.
Either sell up, or at least make some form of effort to communicate and repair some of the damage before you do.
Not renewing your season ticket may be tough to take, but a short term sacrifice could bring long term success back to our great club.