The build up to yesterday’s game between Newcastle and Tottenham was mainly focused on issues off the pitch rather on it. Thousands of Newcastle fans had been active on social media in the weeks leading up to the game, voicing their discontent at Mike Ashley and the way he runs the club. The proposed boycott was the main topic of discussion amongst the Sky Sports pundits prior to kick-off, with Jamie Carragher slamming Mike Ashley and his lack of ambition during the pre-match analysis…
Talking about the boycott he said,
It won’t help (the team on the pitch), but them supporters have tried all sorts and whatever they’re thinking of doing, that’s the only thing left for them.
Newcastle, we always talk about how long they’ve gone without a trophy, so it’s not as if everybody expects: ‘we should win this and we should win that’.
They (the fans) know their club better than us. The thing as a supporter is, even if you’re not going to win, you want to have that hope that something could happen.
If you’re paying for your season ticket you’re hoping that someone upstairs has that hope and belief that something could happen.
Nobody expects to win a trophy – especially Newcastle – every season but they want to have the hope that something could happen.
That’s just been killed at that club because of Mike Ashley.
All he is interested in is staying in the Premier League. They’ve got a good bank balance now so why are they not spending it on players?
They’re not interested in winning a cup. They’re never going to win the league, so winning the cup is the only chance for them supporters to have a day out at Wembley and do something.
He’s not interested though because he thinks it actually gets in the way of them staying up in the Premier League.
The former Liverpool and England defender was spot on in his analysis. However, his sympathy towards Newcastle fans will do nothing to help ease the pain amongst the vast majority who are sick of the current state of the club.