He was also onto quite a good thing at Sheff Weds, who waited and supported him when he wanted a break from management, and he had a strong second half of the season there, that would've seen them in the playoffs, if extrapolated across the whole season.
Wednesday fans are really fucked off with how he's treated them.
I hope he fails disastrously, and Newcastle collapse over the next few seasons.
If their fans want rid of Ashley, they need to have a mass boycott until he goes. That's what it would take. Empty stadiums. Their argument is 'he's not going to keep me from my club', but it's so short term. A few games with completely empty home games, and the pressure for him to go would be overwhelming. Broadcasters would be going insane about it, and Ashley would be forced to sell up.
So I've got very little sympathy for them. People need to realise that collective action works.