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Lifeless United

This is not Newcastle United and it hasn't been for a long time.

Newcastle United v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Numb, detached and disillusioned - These are the feelings that swirl around St. James' Park, a graveyard for the passionate and roaring support that once graced the terraces.

Ask any Newcastle United supporter what they think about the atmosphere in their cathedral on the hill and the answer would not be a positive one. If there was a moment that summed up Mike Ashley's ownership, it was towards the end of Newcastle's home defeat to Leicester City, an almost empty stadium devoid of any hope.

Newcastle United v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Let's be clear, this is not by any means the fault of the players or Steve Bruce. After a defeat the #BruceOut brigade will rear their heads, something the Newcastle manager was wary of when taking over in the summer.

The anger aimed at Bruce and the players is most certainly misplaced, while they get a rollicking from supporters, the real culprits get away scot free. The very men that have sucked the life out of a once great football club, can watch on with little to no action from supporters. There are occasional protests and threats of boycotts but nothing that will alarm Ashley and Co.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

It seems there is a defeated acceptance from supporters that Newcastle United is no longer their club, it is Ashley's club - It's in the hands of the devil and has been for over a decade. What is more devastating is that a large number of supporters simply have no feeling towards the club anymore. Like a bad divorce, the love they once had drained away quickly.

There used to be a waiting list for season tickets, now the club can quite literally flog 10,000 for free. There is no excitement, the butterflies in the tummy on the morning of a game no longer flutter. Yet the crowds still flock to their seats as if it's now a chore.

The supporters are in desperate need of a new lease of life, this is not Newcastle United. The black and white tops that flooded the city are changing, turning to shades of red and blue. A new generation of supporters skipped due to the awful state of the club.

Newcastle United v Everton - Premier League - St James’ Park Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images

Newcastle United is like a family member with dementia, on the outside they look the same but in reality they are a different person. The club cannot continue this way, even the current hierarchy must see this, the owner is dubbed a successful businessman - keeping staff and customers happy are top priority, a successful businessman would know that.

Directionless and lost the Titanic of the football world, the iceberg hit this ship in 2007 and is yet to be rescued.