We thought it was a nice touch that Mike Ashley turned up unannounced at the Middlesbrough game on Sunday. Just a pity we didn’t win so he may have been persuaded to give Big Sam more transfer funds to bring in a couple more players.
That was the first Newcastle game Mike has seen in person since he bought the club. But he still hasn’t been seen at St. James’ Park, and we wonder if he’s staying in the area and may take in the Barnsley game tonight.
Hope so â€“ it will be good for him to taste the atmosphere at St. James’ Park although a league game will have St. James’ Park packed full.
Mike Ashley – seemed to enjoy the game and got involved
At first when the cameras showed Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort together we saw the person sitting on Mort’s left had a Newcastle shirt on â€“ which we thought was a little unusual for someone in the Director’s box. As we pointed out â€“ he would have gone completely unnoticed in a Newcastle pub on match day.
Then when the cameras showed another close-up it was obvious from the photos we had seen that it was Mike. A little banter with Chris Mort then confirmed it â€“ it was the owner of Newcastle United himself. A wee bit heavier than in the photos we’ve run on the site – but we were still surprised that the Setanta Sports commentators didn’t recognize him â€“ not once during the whole game.
It was good that he wore the black and white stripes â€“ and Mike really seemed to enjoy the goals â€“ especially young N’Zogbia’s beautiful first goal right out of the blue with his right foot. Of course a lot of money comes from the shirts so if we were cynical we’d say he was advertising the shirt â€“ but hey â€“ it was great to see him in black and white.
It wasn’t a bad game, certainly better than the Villa game the week before and we really should have won it â€“ but it will be nice for Mike to turn up to the games as regularly as he can. We know he has other business endeavors that he’s handling and he’s certainly left the club in good hands with chairman Chris Mort and manager Sam Allardyce, who appear to be working very well together.Â You get the feeling now that Sam and Chris know exactly what they’re doing – certainly we’ve been impressed at the business end of things since Chris came in.
We have complete faith in Big Sam and cannot wait for the next few games to see the team gel together- then hopefully we can take one or teams apart – but I’m off dreaming againÂ Â Â 😀