You're right mac but the media are not helping with their 90% certain to be sold this time bollocks amongst other examples of lazy journalism and in the Chronicles case,blatant lies and not so subtle Ashley propaganda.
Don't bet against his groundhog day shenanigans selling a few thousand season tickets as there will always be those who believe everything they read in the media.
The freebies are exactly that - people who haven't paid
The hope is that he's also pissed off a decent number of paying fans who might not renew next season
I personally don't put the 10,000 freebies into your 'brain dead sheep' category - they aren't people who would have gone no matter what, regardless, they are people who have only gone cos they get in for nowt
In Ashley's head he'll be thinking 40,000 will go no matter what, hence "rewarding" them with 10,000 freebies for their mates. Costs covered by the departure of Benitez and his coaching staff so those tickets are not actually free at all. Plus you got the players out of contract in the summer, Colback being the highest earner on 70k per week with absolutely no chance of a new contract.
I can see Ashliar dragging this latest fakeover con trick until September. If he comes out and says it's off then he risks losing sales as even the sheep will see he's a lying **** especially if he starts it again in the summer. Keep it going and it's like a carrot on a string, the idiots will be expecting the richest man on the planet to be the new owner followed by the arrival of Mbappe.
More than enough temptation for the 10,000 freebies cos they won't be free next season. Just a nice full stadium for Ashley's shitty brand and not a peep from them regards anti Ashley chants, protests and calling him nasty names.
The shame of it all is that I'm sure there has been genuine interest, according to George Caulkin who I do respect, he certainly is measured in what he says and not an Ashley apologist like a lot of these 'ITK' locals. Caulkin reckons if it fails again this time then it's down to one man and one man only. It will just prove what most of us have been saying for a number of years, the parasite simply doesn't want to sell.