Mike Ashley and Chris Mort look like very well intentioned and excellent business men, which is exactly what they are.
Mike Ashley – made millions in business, but you cannot be sentimental
They didnâ€™t get into that position by being soft in business, and one of the requirements to be a top businessman is you have to be decisive and, at times, ruthless. It doesn’t always look pretty from the outside either.
So when Chris and Mort found themselves in the dilemma of an under-performing manager at Newcastle, the question was whether to give Sam Allardyce time, which he has pleaded for, or whether to cut their losses and bring in somebody new, who presumably could do better in the job.
They eventually chose the latter, and since thereâ€™s still another shoe to fall, we cannot really say if we agree with what theyâ€™ve done, until we get to know who replaces Big Sam. But we would have expected only a world class manager, like Jose Mourinho, to replace Sam for us to agree with this action.
We always liked Sam because of his vision and enthusiasm to use new techniques and sciences, and his overall knowledge of world football. Our hope was that Sam could have out club around 5th place this time next year, even though this season would not have been successful. Whether we can any better with a new manager we’ll just have to wait and see.
However, weâ€™re also sage and old enough to know weâ€™ll have to move on with the next manager, whoâ€™ll weâ€™ll also support 100%.Â We donâ€™t think Sam got the chance he deserved at Newcastle, whatever happens from now on.
Last week, Allardyce described the support he had received from Mort and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley as â€œabsolutely fantasticâ€ from the day they arrived at St Jamesâ€™ Park. And no doubt Sam will be happy with the severance package they will give him, which is likely to be generous.
But business is business, and for those of us who have been in the middle of it, there is no place for emotion or sentiment in big business, none at all. So when the end came it was quick, it was clinical, and it was decisive. Chris Mort and Mike Ashley both show smiling faces to the public but make no doubt they are both very motivated business men. And they seem to have the qualities required to be really successful.
Letâ€™s hope what happened yesterday in one step in the journey that will make Newcastle super successful. But these events never look good to the general public, thatâ€™s for sure.
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