Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sort out This Sorry Mess and Get Club off Its Knees; NO ONE IS WINNING - NOT FANS, RAFA OR PLAYERS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sort out This Sorry Mess and Get Club off Its Knees; NO ONE IS WINNING - NOT FANS, RAFA OR PLAYERS

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Byline: JOHNGIBSON

WHAT is worrying about Newcastle United? Well, ask the fans. The answer is probably - everything!

There is a relegation battle on the field for sure - no victories in nine Premier League matches, seven of them lost, and rock bottom of the pile.

However, what heightens the ten sion and apprehension is the increasing uncertainty off it which, in my opinion, is threatening to engulf the club and drag it down.

What we is a distraction the field growing on it Think about it - a loved manager, Rafa Benitez, sees his contract run out at the end of the sea son when a parting of the ways looks inc reasingly inevitable. At the same time United have an owner, Mike Ashley, who has repeatedly put the club up for sale, declaring his wish to get out, and is hated with a passion by the fans, yet remains among them 11 years into a contentious reign.

Such is the mass rebellion against Ashley that, not only have a growing bunch of supporters calling them selves The Magpie Group organised regular protests up here, but Unit ed's southern supporters have banded together and are to march on the streets of Lon don to emphasise their desire to drive Ashley out.

have huge off and a failure The last time a bunch of Geordies exclusively got together to ship leather in the capi tal it was the Jarrow March of protest against a government. It doesn't happen every day of the week.

For Newcastle United fans to take to their marching boots hun dreds of miles away from their spir itual home of St James' Park is unbe lievable and, yes, hugely telling. However, it all leaves a cloud of dark depression hanging over a famous football club - the matchday atmosphere at SJP is much more muted than in times of 50,000 bouncing loyalists, and Ashley's appearances on high only encour age "anti" chants and a general feel ing of mass unrest. …

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