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A Mackem Told Me....

A Mackem Told Me....

Me being the not so shy person, I decided to interrupt so I politley went over and asked, 'what the fXXk are you on about'

The usual introductions went on, and I found out the people on the table, three blokes and three women, were all Sunderland Season ticket holders, and a decent lot they turned out to be.

The conversation though was an odd one for me, I asked what was the opinion about Newcastle now and they said, rather obviously, we will struggle next season, to which I agreed but said that I expected us to remain a Premier League team.

They asked me my opinion on Mike Ashley and as most regulars know, my opinion of the bloke is akin to the way I feel about Snakes, I hate them...and of course they laughed and praised the bloke to the hilt...but not in the sarcastic way you might think.

The older lad, I forget his name, said to me that Mike Ashley could end up being one of the best things to happen to English football, as he see's him as a person who is about to make a stance on transfer payments, wage caps etc etc, and that if we remain in the Premier League - other owners are very likely to follow the model that he is trying to bring into force.

I hesitated of course and then I thought, hang on, does this bloke have a point?

He knew his football for certain and maybe Ashley is making a stand and trying to bring football into a realm we've not been in for some years now - commited players that although highly paid, are not there to simply pick up wages, a working unit without fractions???

Then I thought, as long as we have Man City owners et al, Ashleys system will always see us in mid-low table position.

To be honest, I was confused by a mackem who was so gracious about our owner, it did make me think, even if I did'nt quite agree?

Could Mike Ashley change the face of football as a whole? I think not, but it's good to know that although we are very critical, seemingly, the bloke is making people sit up and think.

Don't get me wrong, if the guy left tomorrow I would be a fairly happy man, he's put us through hell, again, but could it be he is getting it right, are we blinkered???

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Writer:Ken Waugh
Date:Wednesday June 30 2010
Time: 10:00AM


The changes he's trying to implement are risky as if they work then he'll come out looking good a few years down the line but if we go down again then we'll struggle to persuade the likes of Nolan etc to hang around a second time to get us up again. I feel that the key to this is our kids - we need to loan the youngsters out to championship teams rather more often and give them a chance to get in the first team as we've all seen how carroll has benefited from last season. As long as he finds a balance with Hughton and doesn't cut all funds off then anythings possible i suppose
30/06/2010 10:20:00
in theory yes hes on the right idea and a few years from now yes we may very well praise what was the right idea as other football clubs finances fall collapse around them but it sure as hell doesnt make the present any more bearable
30/06/2010 10:50:00
I said something similar before Christmas Ken. I'm not overly fond of him by any stretch of the imagination and some of his behaviour and decisions have been unforgivable. However, his tight-fisted ways may hopefully help to influence and bring the money in the game to anything like a proportionate value to it's customer's budgets and what's on offer.
30/06/2010 11:34:00
Once again a Mackem speaking sense, hardly a big shock like is it boys? haha
30/06/2010 15:41:00
A mackem speaking without slurring shocks me pal
30/06/2010 16:41:00
Ken, Ken, the fella in the red and white shirt was sat on a bloke's knee, with the bloke's arm up his arse. Nothing from down that way smacks of common sense. Twas all an illusion. The best damn ventriloquist you ever did see.
30/06/2010 17:14:00
Lets face it Ashley has culled the cash cow, and trimmed quite a bit of waste out of the club.
30/06/2010 20:05:00
So a mackem thinks the fat man is doing a good job, well as i recall i thought Lawrie Mcmenemy done a great job when managing the in breds if you see what i mean.
30/06/2010 20:11:00
A mackem thinks the fat man is doing a good job just like i thought Lawrie McMenemy done a great job when managing the inbreds, get my point.
30/06/2010 20:39:00
He is doing a great job, and by keeping your lot down the bottom with no-one to sign he is classed as a hero in my eyes haha
30/06/2010 21:45:00
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