The reclusive and shy Mike Ashley was not at yesterday’s board meeting at St. James’ Park but his new organization and ambitions for Newcastle United were presented at length by his team.
Chairman Freddy Shepherd was there and still has to formally accept the position being offered by Ashley – and his acceptance may not be the foregone conclusion that most people had thought.
Since his illness when the Ashley takeover happened – his wife, Lorelle, has indicated in public that she would prefer her husband to step aside. A final decision is near and should be announced in a statement to the stock market today.
Ashley’s arrival has not so far had any positive effect in the transfer market for Newcastle United – and Sam Allardyce is still seen to be struggling to bring in much needed reinforcements. A source close to the sportswear tycoon said yesterday:
â€œThe guy is someone who wants to build the biggest and the best and be successfulâ€
Well – we’re all for that and on a positive note we will sign center half David Rozehnal tomorrow â€“ in a Â£3M transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle. David completed a medical last night. That means Sam will have acquired Joey Barton ( Â£5.8M), Mark Viduka (free) and Rozehnal for a net outlay of only Â£1.8M since he sold Scott Parker to West Ham for Â£7M.
The 6′ 3″ Czech Republic defender has agreed personal terms on a four-year contract and the 26-year-old central defender will be presented at a press conference at St. James’ Park this afternoon. We can only hope that Sam can bring in a couple of new defenders this week – but that is looking to be a rather difficult task as things stand.
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