The Magpie Group statement:
The Magpie Group protested outside the respective houses of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley on the same day.
TMG protested their dissatisfaction over the sale of the Strawberry Place land/lease.
Mike Ashley pocketed a cool £9 million for himself as he further stripped the club of its assets.
The land on Strawberry place was set aside for the development of the stadium and could have been used to increase revenue for the club.
Over the years we have seen Ashley sell players, he’s moved the merchandise over to Sports Direct and now the land that was once owned by the club.
The supporters helped pay for that land and we knew that one day it would be needed. Selling this land puts the Club back decades.
Not only will this move reduce the chance of any future expansion of the Stadium but the development will change the City skyline forever.
The empty seats inside St James Park suggest that we are not the only ones deeply unhappy with his ownership of the Club but we feel that more need to cancel their season tickets. Having an empty Stadium does make a difference!
Why else would Ashley insist on trying to fill the empty seats with cut price deals to universities and other local institutions/businesses.
It’s much more than a financial matter, it’s damaging his brand and also damaging to the Premier League, as well as Sky Sports, BT Sport and now Amazon Prime, who all pay Ashley handsomely.
We need you to get involved so please email us with your interest to Contact@magpiegroup.org