News today in the Daily Mail, and whispers of it over the last few weeks, that Mike Ashley will become much more involved in the day to day running of Newcastle United next season.
Mike Ashley – to take more hands-on control of Newcastle
While Deputy Chairman Derek Llambias will be announced as the new Chairman when Chris Mort steps down next week, it seems that Mike wants to become the captain of the ship and steer Newcastle to real success.
Ashley had hoped to take a backseat after his Â£133M takeover last June, and he was often seen enjoying himself with the fans, during most of last season’s games.
He appointed Chris Mort, a London based lawyer, to oversee a structural change at St Jamesâ€™ Park, and Chris made some solid changes at the club, and pout them on a much sounder financial footing.
But now Ashley’s influence will be far greater than in the previous 12 months, and this may be very good for Kevin Keegan, who had asked Mike in May to become more personally involved with the club.
Ashley wants a leaner business model than the obese one he inherited from former Chairman Freddy Shepherd, and Mike has already wiped out the almost Â£100M club debts he inherited last June.
Newcastle already look a much better business outfit, than when Shepherd and his cronies were in charge.
Kevin Keegan has also made it clear he would like a stronger working relationship with the boardroom, when he was summonsed to London for talks in early May.
Ashley will now wield his power in the boardroom, and there is even a chance that Chris Mort could rejoin the Newcastle board as a Director as early as October.
We’d like to see Mike and Kevin meet more often, because from what we see they get on well, and both are completely committed to the future success of Newcastle United.
We consider this good news for the club.