Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, made a return to Newcastle yesterday, and it’s the first time back for the owner since Kevin Keegan left the club in early September.
Mike Ashley – back in Newcastle yesterday
The owner visited Newcastle’s Darsley Park training ground for talks with manager Joe Kinnear and Managing Director Derek Llambias, presumably on our transfer activities for the next 6 days.
It was the first time he had been seen by his players for over 4 months, and this may signal the fact that Ashley will be more visible at the club from now on – he certainly needs to be.
His visit to the practice ground was seen as a way of revitalizing Newcastle’s efforts to strengthen their squad this month, and the news we had yesterday was more than encouraging, but we still have only one player through the door in 27 days, and he was a free agent.
But it also looks like Shay Given has been sold to Manchester City for £9M, so Joe will now have £19M burning a hole in his pocket – let’s hope he will spend the lot on players before next Monday – we need to to make up for the loss of one of our most loyal and best players ever.