After the Newcastle board blow-up with Kevin Keegan, Mike Ashley made a concentrated effort to sell the Newcastle United club.
Mike Ashley – during better times at St James’ Park
But Mike was hampered greatly by the worst ever financial collapse of world financial markets, and it was hardly easy to sell a club for around £250M over the last several months.
There are no signs that the global financial situation will right itself anytime soon, as world markets are now suffering from the policies of George Bush, who 49% of Americans think is the worst-ever US President, in a poll published this week. We surprised he’s that popular. Whoops, not supposed to talk about politics on this blog – sorry about that.
With these facts before them there are reports that suggest Mike Ashley has begun to plan for next season, at least in terms of the financial side of things.
The Newcastle owner admitted at the weekend he has received not one credible bid for the club, and it now seems the responsible thing that needs to be done, is to put in place a financial strategy for 2009 and 2010 for the club.
There is also news being leaked that Mike Ashley would love to return to St James’ Park to watch the Newcastle home games, as his three children still do, and that may be possible, especially if the lads start putting together a good win streak.
Here’s the deal – win the next 6 games and Mike can return to St. James’ Park. 😀
Most fans would have been surprised too that he said last Sunday that he has had a fantastic year, presumably through last August, running a fantastic club, and then steadfastly refused to say anything bad about former manager Kevin Keegan, who is suing him (or it’s Newcastle United Football Club really), for £8M.
Lots of fans still dislike the Newcastle owner intently, but with the fine form shown by Bassong, Gutierrez, Guthrie and Coloccini this season, and the many fine teenagers we have brought to the club this year, some fans are starting to rethink the Ashley youth strategy, and that it could even work, and work well.
But Mike will not pay ridiculous sums for trophy players, as Manchester City seem determined to do.
Reports emanating yesterday that the club was interested in impressive Toulouse 19 year old midfielder Moussa Sissoko, was received well by our readers, and it seems he would be a popular buy, with perhaps Leighton Baines also coming in to challenge Jose Enrique for the left back position.
But there is still a complete silence from Ashley and the Managing Director Derek Llambias, but some statement from the Board, maybe about their intentions in January, would surely go down well with Newcastle fans.
That’s especially true right now with Newcastle going 5 games without defeat, and the lads having their best win of the season last Sunday.
What do you think? Please keep the remarks decent and try to be respectful of others, including Mike – thanks. 😀