Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Ashley and Co Won't Have a Place in Our Heart

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why Ashley and Co Won't Have a Place in Our Heart

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Byline: John GIBSON

GEORDIES have always honoured their great men. Those who make a difference.

The tallest monument in Newcastle pays homage to Earl Grey while at the bottom of Westgate Road stands a smaller but equally impressive figure of Joseph Cowens, an MP from 1873 to 1886 who opened the Tyne Theatre and Opera House and, incidentally, bought the Chron in 1862.

Cardinal Basil Hume, a staunch Newcastle United fan, gazes upon the Central Station while Sir Bobby Robson and Wor Jackie Milburn stand guard over St James' Park.

Alan Shearer has been promised that, likewise, he will be honoured from outside the club by a suitable statue of courageous pose.

In other words, the Geordies put their heroes on a pedestal.

Right enough, but one thing is for sure. Mike Ashley and all those who are employed within Newcastle United will never have a place of honour either in the city or in grateful hearts.

Because what United currently stand for is indifference, failure, and incompetence. A once great club has been brought to its knees by the collective lack of endeavour, of caring, by those who wear the famed black and white stripes and those who send them out to play.

The Magpies are hurtling downhill into a dark, deep hole quicker than a skier on the piste.

It really is alarming to everyone outside United's ultimate hierarchy who sit there blithely allowing it to happen. A cloak of apathy round their shoulders.

It hurts, boy does it hurt, and it only takes a look at the Premier League table to show just how bad 2015 has been so far.

What really rubs salt into an everdeepening wound is the fact Alan Pardew, who joined Crystal Palace as they stared at relegation, has now piloted them four points above Newcastle and pulling away. All we can see are his exhaust fumes.

If one of the reasons is Palace strengthened their squad during the January transfer window then surely the Mags ought to have done the same.

It would be typical Geordie luck should Pardew, unable to buy a derby result, went to the Stadium of Light this afternoon and won! …

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