With little happening on the takeover or transfer front, it’s been revealed by the Chronicle that The Magpie Group are planning a ‘sit in’ protest ahead of our home game with Man City at the end of the month.
While any attempt to unsettle Mike Ashley and force him out of our club will always have my support, this idea seems an ill-thought out idea to me.
A ‘sit-in’ following a night match set to end at 10pm in cold winter conditions seems ambitious – especially when so many people have to catch public transport home and have work the next day (with it being a midweek game).
A ‘sit in’ does mean that fans can watch the entire game (so no boycott which many are reluctant to do), with it also having no impact on the players, but there’s just too many factors that could see this protest. I understand that the game falls just before the January window shuts, but surely a protest after a 3pm game (Watford at home next weekend?) would work better.
I do admire them for giving it a go, but I think these protest ideas need to involve something that’s guaranteed to allow as many as people as possible to get on board.
If there’s only the odd few who participate then it does little to attract those who are reluctant to join in – not forgetting the fact it has so little impact on Mike Ashley as a result.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate knocking these plans when they have nothing but the best for the club at heart, but I just struggle to see how this one will work next week in these circumstances.