Mike Ashley has started to talk again to the press, and he gave an interview today to The Sun, following the piece he had in The News Of The World last Sunday.
Joe Kinnear – Ashley has total faith in his new manager – my hero!
The Newcastle fans are getting some idea of what Mike wants to do in the January transfer window, and he’s leaving that to his new manager Joe Kinnear, who he seems extremely pleased with, given the tremendous job Joe has done over the last three months or so for the club.
Remember not many managers even wanted to touch the job in September, given the cirmstances, but fortune always favors the brave.
It would be good if Mike could address the Newcastle fans directly, since his relationship with them is in tatters, and if he wants to watch the games at St. James’ Park again, which he probabaly should in the new year, that’s what seems to be the right thing to do at this point.
He talked about Michael Owen today, and says while he’s got some money, he stresses he’s got nothing like the billions the new Manchester City owners have.
Mike said today:
“We’d love Michael Owen to stay.” “Newcastle want him to stay, but we have to look at what we can spend when other clubs like Manchester City do not.”
“The guy at City is about 1,000 times wealthier than me. I haven’t got his kind of money. If Man City want Owen, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Mike cannot do too much more than offer Michael a stellar contract, which he has done this week, and if M<ichael wants more money at another club, so be it, and he can move on. But we have a sneaking suspicion Michael will want to stay on Tyneside, since the fervor of the club and their terrific fans, has probably infiltrated into his psyche – we hope so anyway. 😀
It’s all comes down to what the incredible Albert Einstein told us back in the early 1900s, it’s all relative.
If Mike can pump £20M into the club every year, as was his initial plan, although he never told us that, then the manager can sell players and wheel and deal independent of that £20M.
So a manager like Joe Kinnear, who is very good in the transfer market, would be like a kid in a candy store with that amount of money to spend. In fact if Joe gets £12M to spend on two players in January, that’s probably the most he’s ever had to spend as a football manager.
And that’s just one reason the partnership between Joe and Mike actually seems to be working, and working amazingly well.
Let’s hammer Spurs on Sunday, and then we can continue this conversation next week. 😀
Howay The Lads!!