Mike Ashley has issued an official statement this morning, on the official Newcastle United Web Site, that he has tried to sell the famous Tyneside club but couldn’t, and is now committed to moving the club forward and will continue to be the owner of Newcastle United Football Club.
Mike Ashley will remain owner of Newcastle United
Mike Ashley, Owner of Newcastle United Football Club, today announced the football club has been taken off the market.
Speaking in the club’s match day magazine he announced today’s news and that he was again committing to the Newcastle club as its Owner.
Mike Ashley has decided to end the current uncertainty now, to allow the club to continue to progress under the new management team led by Joe Kinnear.
There’s no doubt that Joe has helped to heal the club since September, both on and off the field, and we just hope he can continue to take the club up the league, and make us a successful team again.
Here’s Mike’s official statement:
Mike Ashley, Owner of Newcastle Football Club, said:
“I am happy to end the uncertainty fans may have had about the future direction of Newcastle United.”
“I know just how important that is to you.”
“I have withdrawn Newcastle United from the market, and for me 2009 will be the year in which we drive the Club forward together.”
“Even when I haven’t been at games I have remained a keen supporter, kicking and heading every ball and cheering the team on TV and being the first to congratulate Joe whenever there’s a good result.”
“When I took the decision to put the Club up for sale in September I made a point of saying two things were very important.”
“Firstly, any potential buyer would have to show they had the best interests of Newcastle United at heart and had both the commitment and finance to be worthy custodians of such a fine football club before I would even consider doing a deal.”
“And secondly, I gave you my word that as long as I remain owner, this Club would continue to be run responsibly at all levels. I hope you will accept that I have stood by that pledge.”
This is hardly a surprise now, since it’s been on the cards since Mike was unable to sell the club, mainly because of the world economic collapse.
But he still has some work to do, and if Mike can bring in Chris Mort as Chairman again, that will go a long way to calming the fans down.
In fact we think if Chris had never left then Kevin Keegan would still be manager, but that’s water under the bridge now, and the last few months have been awful for everybody concerned at the club.
Chris did a great job while at the club, and he put both a professional and compassionate face on the club, as he had the Newcastle club doing much for the local community, and his idea were generally spot on. And he went out of his way to listen to what fans wanted.
This also has to be good news for current manager Joe Kinnear, but we will need to start winning games again, after the disappointment of Boxing Day, although it was one of those games when everything seemed to go against us.
It just so happens we have a chance today at noon to put things right on that score, when we take on Liverpool, who are the League leaders at the moment. That would make a win extra special.
The club had to get itself sorted out soon, at least for the players that haven’t yet signed new contracts, and at least Michael Owen will now know that Ashley will remain as owner, and Joe Kinnear will likely remain the manager even past this season, if he performs well enough through May.
Now the next thing, apart form beating Liverpool this afternoon, is to strengthen the squad in January with 5 good players.
If we can do that, we should more than a decent squad again.
Howay The Lads!!