The summer could be set to get a whole lot worse for Newcastle United. The players have been locked in a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season and have withdrawn all cooperation with the media as a result of this, according to Keith Downie on Twitter.
Newcastle United’s players have withdrawn cooperation with the media as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season. The players refused to give their time for “walk up” shots for TV companies at the training ground today.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 6, 2018
This show of protest is one that will probably go a long way with the club. The squad refused to give up their own time to film “walk up” shots for TV companies for the upcoming season and they’ll continue in their standoff against Mike Ashley and the club until this issue has been resolved. However, with just five days until the start of the season, it remains to be seen what will happen if the issue is not sorted by then.
Mike Ashley is one of the worst men in football in the eyes of Newcastle United fans. The Sports Direct owner is painted as a pantomime villain in the Northeast for his lack of ambition and funding that he’s putting into the Magpies. St James Park’s amazing atmosphere is in serious danger of turning toxic under his ownership and if things aren’t sorted quickly then it could have devastating effects on Newcastle United both on and off the pitch.
You can read the Geordies’ verdict on their players’ protest here:
Glad they’re taking a stand, obviously not great for the media companies but this is every season. They should be agreed by the end of July, just shows lazy planning from all involved. Shambles at the top of the club
— Dan Saunders (@_saunders_1997) August 6, 2018
— Josh (@joshgoodfelloww) August 6, 2018
Absolutely love this. A nice public display of unity by the team against the regime. My fear is that the the Captain will be singled out as the the main “trouble maker” and sold. It’s not as if there’ll be a shortage of potential suitors #AshleyOUT #IfRafaGoesWeGo
— Tony (@ToeKneesTweets) August 6, 2018
Hopefully Ashley gets fined where it will hurt him the most
— Aariya Diamonds (@AariyaDiamonds) August 6, 2018
Good on them. This will obviously be part of a contract with sky that will cos fat boy some hassle.
— Stevie (@StevieC_27) 6 August 2018
They should have done this in support of Rafa anyway.
Should do nothing other than train and play until club commits to new training ground, stadium refurbishment, investment in academy and first team squad. #nufc
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) August 6, 2018
Good on them!
— East London Mag (@EastLDNMag) August 6, 2018
The supporters are loving their player’s protests against Ashley and will be keen to see some movement in their owners camp to resolve this issue.