Back in early August 2020, I read a very illuminating article on Manchester United and Newcastle United.
It was just a bit of nonsense about transfer gossip but it tells you so much about how the media work, the way they influence how many of the public think.
Setting the scene, this was just after the Newcastle United takeover had collapsed, with the Saudi financed consortium calling time after the Premier League had failed to pass the takeover after countless weeks of prevaricating. On 30 July 2020, the consortium releasing a statement confirming the news.
The article that covered both Manchester United and Newcastle United was in the Guardian, who pride themselves on being the good honest type of journalism, you know…doing things the right way, sense of fair play etc etc.
Daniel Harris of The Guardian covering the two Uniteds in very different ways in the same article -5 August 2020:
‘…the story that thinks it’s the feelgood story of this summer is Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United. For a while it looked like it was just going to happen, mainly because it is just going to happen. But then we got to the end of Act II, at which point Fredo Woodward made Borussia Dortmund an offer they absolutely could refuse, so they refused it and then someone told everyone. No! All is lost! Just chill, to the next episode.
United also have an interest in acquiring the player they’re all calling the new Lee Hendrie. Aston Villa, though, would like to keep Jack Grealish…’
‘Further north, Newcastle plan to rebound from the disappointment of not being owned by human rights abusers, with an oft-mentioned but rarely seen double-swoop. They are keen on Josh King and David Brooks, who are likely to be available for reasonable money, following Bournemouth’s relegation.
But there’s a fair chance both players will have better offers; perhaps a heart-rending petition might persuade them to the contrary.’
Quite incredible what so much of the media think they can get away with when covering Newcastle United, the cheap shots they can aim at NUFC fans to amuse the rest of their audience.
So Daniel Harris and his bosses at The Guardian thought it was acceptable to aim these comments at Newcastle fans: ‘rebound from the disappointment of not being owned by human rights abusers’ and ‘perhaps a heart-rending petition might persuade them to the contrary’, for cheap laughs to liven up a lowly piece of transfer gossip?
I remind you of this article now, 14 months later, because at very long last it appears our release from the clutches of Mike Ashley could be imminent.
Yesterday (Wednesday 6 October 2021) bringing the news that Saudi Arabia making peace with Qater / beIN Sports appears to have removed all obstacles to the Newcastle takeover finally going through.
Countless journalists even saying that confirmation could happen as early as today!
It was ironic that 14 months ago the hilarious Daniel Harris talked about Manchester United in the same piece, without any snide negatives towards their fans.
Newcastle fans have been desperate to get rid of Mike Ashley (after he undermined and forced Kevin Keegan out) since 2008, ironically this exact same time period has seen Manchester United receiving countless millions every year from their longest standing sponsor.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, the ‘human rights abusers’ of the Saudi regime who through the state owned Saudi Telecom have ploughed fortunes into Old Trafford for the past 13 years and continue to do so.
Then in 2017, Man Utd agreed yet another very lucrative revenue stream from the Saudi regime, ‘the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia’ in partnership with Manchester United.
How ironic that The Guardian’s moral ‘guardians’ were happy to mock Newcastle fans as 14 months ago we were still stuck in this never ending nightmare under Mike Ashley, whilst at the same time happily chatting about the stellar transfers Manchester United might make with the help of their Saudi riches.
You quite literally, couldn’t make it up.
Again, I say all of this now because we at Newcastle United are now joining Manchester United on the Saudi Arabia payroll.
Newcastle fans need to be prepared for the certainty of endless journalists asking what it is like to be financed by a regime as terrible as Saudi Arabia…well if you are ever asked the question by one of these journalists, the obvious reply is to tell the journalist to redirect their question to Manchester United fans, as they have had 13 years experience of being the beneficiaries of countless millions of Saudi cash.