Newcastle United fans are the self-proclaimed 'loyalest' fans in the world, but they never get anything in return from their club.
I must say, I would totally agree with that, Newcastle are a failing club on the brink of relegation to England's second tier. You would think that the fans would choose now to get behind their team to try and save them from relegation, considering how 'loyal' they are, but instead they have decided to stage yet another protest.
So instead of the focus being on the team, it's once again stuck on the fans.
The irony of this whole debacle is that the same fan group who were trying to get all of the fans to stay well away from the game less than a month ago, are now trying to get the fans to all go to the match and not leave. Talk about one extreme to the other.
The club are in a huge pickle at the minute and need their fans now more than ever but now is when they choose to abandon their team.
Fans should get behind their team
I get that there have been decades and decades pass without a single trophy but it doesn't matter what is going on at the club, never turn your back on the team.
The supporters constantly protesting makes the team suffer just as much. Answer me this Newcastle fans: would you be happy if Mike Ashley sold up, but Newcastle were relegated and forced to spend three or four seasons in the Championship? I know I wouldn't.
Mike Ashley isn't going to be there forever, Newcastle fans and the Newcastle team are. This is just a temporary thing and won't last for too much longer, so Newcastle fans should get behind their team and make sure they stay in the Premier League until the day when Ashley sells finally arrives.
It will be worth sticking with them until the club is finally liberated from Ashley's money making death-trap.
Ashley doesn't care about Newcastle
Ashley doesn't care about football and he never will. He only wants to make money and you can't own a football club, not invest, and still continue to make money forever.
It will come around to bite him on the backside. Until that day comes, Newcastle fans must stay loyal. Go to the matches, support your team, leave at the end. Do the same thing for 38 weeks of a year.
Protesting won't solve anything, especially not in the small scale that has occurred the past couple of times the Geordie's have attempted it.
A massive protest was scheduled for the Spurs game last month and there was still an official attendance of 47,000 people.
There has been some debate over whether or not that was the actual attendance but that doesn't matter. 47,000 tickets were still sold for that game. Meaning that Ashley still pulled in the Revenue of 47,000 ticket sales. It wouldn't have bothered him in the slightest.
There's no point, just go to the match and try and push your team 'over the line' as the old boss Alan Pardew would infamously say.
Newcastle must avoid relegation
Newcastle play West Ham United on Sunday in a relegation showdown. It is now between Newcastle and Hull City for who takes that last relegation place.
Hull have Manchester United at home which will be no easy task, United have blown hot and cold recently so it will be interesting to see what team turns up.
Newcastle have their fate safely in their own hands, all they need to do is beat West Ham. The last two meetings between the Hammers and the Magpies at St James' Park have been goalless draws and you can imagine that might just happen again.
If it does then Newcastle will have to rely on United avoiding defeat at the KC. Newcastle don't want to take that risk so they need to go all out for the win.
Newcastle must win to ensure they stay up, and end their season with a little bit of a joy after what seems like an eternity without a win.
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