Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has spoken to the press, which is a rare event, and he has talked about the money available to Kevin to bring in new players – but he stresses the players have to right for the club.
Â Owner Mike Ashley – with Newcastle fans
In the interview Mike has stressed he will only pay out money for the right player, and that the player must want to come to Newcastle for the right reasons.
Ashley is quoted in the Daily Star today:
“Players have to tick a lot of boxes for us to be interested.”Â “If we think he only wants to come to Newcastle for the wrong reasons, then we’ll say ‘you’re not for us’ and we’ll look elsewhere.”
“But there is money for Kevin to spend. If the deal is right – and that means it’s the right player who Kevin wants – then we will do that deal.” “The days of buying players at the wrong time are gone.”
“I don’t think the people and the structure we have now would have made the mistakes of the past.”
“The right player at the right time is who we are after now, players with the heart and passion to play for Newcastle and its supporters.”
“Kevin doesn’t stop emphasizing that.”
Nothing wrong at all with those comments from the owner, and we have little doubt that Mike is a big fan of Kevin Keegan – whatever the gossip papers say.
He just loved watching the Newcastle side in Kevin’s first management stint at the club, and even Kevin thinks Mike can be the perfect owner for the club.
So we just don’t believe things are as bad as some reports suggest in the gossip press – don’t forget they often think their job is to tear Newcastle apart – because that helps to sell their papers.
But there’s no doubt we’ve made some very bad buys under the Shepherd regime and his cronies, and we were often a laughing stock.
And certainly the deals Newcastle have made this summer, at least so far, have been excellent.
Maybe if we’re just a little more patient, some new players will arrive before the end of the month – and we may just be in business.
Good words from the owner, and we need to hear more of what he thinks about the club, and where we are going.
Comments very welcome.