The Guardian wrote a report yesterday, which included images of ‘Ashley Out’ posters, which are similar to ‘Sack Pardew’ images from earlier this season, and Barton claimed the club’s current owner has been disrespectful to the club.
“I think Newcastle fans are perfectly entitled not to turn up – To Ashley it’s just a business – There has definitely been disrespect shown towards the club in terms of Sir Bobby – They just don’t understand what figures like Sir Bobby and Alan Shearer mean to Newcastle fans,” he said.
Barton’s comments in relation to the club’s former manager the late Sir Bobby Robson are in reference to the club’s decision to leave pictures of club legends in a skip outside the ground, as covered by the Daily Telegraph.
The recipe for Ashley to turnaround his relationship with the club’s fans is quite simple; show a little bit of respect and invest heavily in the side to move the club forward.
Ashley is a businessman and while he’s invested in the infrastructure of the club, it’s questionable whether they have shown any ambition to consolidate as a top six Premier League team since he came in at St James’ Park.
Time after time, he’s created situations which have aggravated Newcastle fans and caused friction towards him.
It’s time he gave a little bit back and gave fans something to be a bit more positive about moving ahead to next season and beyond, but whether Newcastle will become anything more than a club simply looking to survive in the Premier League while he’s in charge is debatable.