Mike Ashley seems determined to carry on at Newcastle United, that was the unfortunate message coming out of the Tyneside club today, and reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this afternoon.
Mike Ashley – wants to appoint a new manager
That was the message for Newcastle fans coming out of St James’ Park today, and the search seems to have started for Kevin Keegan’s successor, following a turbulent and painful week on Tyneside for Newcastle fans and the Newcastle public in general.
A Newcastle source told the Chronicle today:
“Mike is firmly committed to Newcastle United. Despite the backlash from Kevin’s departure, he remains determined to get the club moving forward again.”“He totally believes in the structure he put in place at St James’ Park in January.”
“The search for the new manager is already under way and it will be a case of Mike and the board working through the list of candidates that they have identified who they feel can take the club forward.
“There’s no doubt that the current board are just as disappointed as the fans that Kevin’s stint in charge has ended.” “But whenever any manager leaves a football club life must go on and that starts with Saturday’s important game against Hull City.”
The Board may be disappointed that we have lost Keegan, but they had the power to work it out with Kevin, and they failed miserably. And their comments since then have been at odds with other statements they have made earlier in the year, about who had the final say on players coming and going at the club. They had earlier said that Kevin had that authority, but now seem to be trying to backtrack on that.
All they have to do now is to appoint a manager who is a friend of Dennis Wise, and that will be about as bad as it can get for Geordie fans – but maybe not.
And maybe the Evening Chronicle cannot say too much against Mike, because they are so close to the club, but we have no such restrictions, and we feel very much like the fans, because that’s who we are.
Mike has brought the Newcastle United club into disrepute, and the Newcastle fans are furious with him for this, not to mention the disdain with which the Board seems to treat the fans of the famous club, which are, after all, his customers.
The two best things that happened under Mike was the new organization, to help Kevin scout for new players, and the return of the maestro himself.
But now those two have been submarined with Keegan resigning under protest, and the club now amazingly trying to say that Kevin never had any control of the transfers from the start. That’s utter nonsense, or in the Geordie vernacular – utter tripe.
We will see how Ashley and his cohorts deal with their customers from now on – maybe they’ll even start communicating with them – that would be a nice change, at least for a start.
But please don’t start each sentence with “It is a fact”.