Mike Ashley has talked to the News Of The World (NOYW) today so we get some idea of what he’s thinking these days.
Mike Ashley – I’ve made mistakes but no regerts on buying Newcastle
Mike told the NOTW today:
“I’ve made mistakes, sure,” “But do I regret buying Newcastle? Absolutely not.”
“I had a fantastic year owning a fantastic club. It really was like someone fulfilling their boyhood dream.”
“Up to a point, I enjoyed every minute of it.”
And it’s not surprising that Joe Kinnear has backed the owner, because Mike has brought Joe back from the management wilderness, and Joe’s done a very good job of reviving Newcastle, with just two defeats in his 10 games in charge, but still only 12 points from those games.
“I would love to see Mike back here for a match. He is a man who is passionate about football and passionate about this club,”
From our recent poll 56% were OK with Mike Ashley returning to watch the games at St. James’ Park, and 32% said no. You can still vote in that poll on our home page.
But we suspect Mike still thinks it’s a little dangerous for him to return to the club, as apparently some of the emails and messages he got after Kevin left, had him actually fearing for the safety of himself and his family.
That’s sad to hear, but we do know his three children do watch the games at St. James’ Park, and are recognized and they have not been abused at all. And actually they are huge supporters of the Magpies, we know that.
It also appears that the selling of the Newcastle club did not go well at all, and Mike said:
“I have not had a single credible bid,”
That’s not good news and we will have to hope that the world-wide credit squeeze eases by the summer, so Ashley can again unload the club, but it’s clear he will not sell for a ridiculously low price too.
The signs are not good however, and the credit squeeze and general world-wide recession will get worse before things improve, although at least Barrack Obama has some good ideas of how to get the US out of their problems, once he takes office as US President on 20th January.
There has been interest from various consortiums from different parts of the world for the Newcastle United Football Club, but it appears none were too serious, or had the type of money that will repay Mike’s investment in the club.
Ashley had heard some rumors that a Pini Zahavi-led group was keen to get round the negotiating table, but it looked like they preferred Portsmouth or West Ham above Newcastle, to which Mike countered:
“Someone told me they had been interested in Portsmouth and West Ham,”
“Why would we be third on the list? We are a much bigger club than those two.”
“I’m still desperate for the club to succeed,”
While we understand that many Newcastle fans will never forgive Ashley for Keegan leaving, shouldn’t we at least let Mike watch the games at St. James’ Park?
We also have to think of the bigger picture, and while Mike admits to his mistakes, don’t we all make them? It’s hardly surprising they did make mistakes because they had never run a football club before.
A good step to take would be to have Mike watch the games again, because it will bring that little bit more stability back to the famous Tyneside, club, and that can only help Joe and the players, and that’s very important.