Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will attend tomorrow’s North-East derby at St James’ Park between Newcastle and Sunderland, after he sat stony faced through the Manchester City defeat at Eastlands on Wednesday night with Managing Director Kevin Llambias.
Mike Ashley – during better times – will attend game tomorrow
The game against Sunderland will be the first home game Ashley has attended since Kevin Keegan’s controversial resignation in September, over which Kevin is suing the club for £8M.
Newcastle fans were furious at Ashley at that time and Mike decided it was not safe for him to attend games and at that time he said:
“I am now a dad who cannot take his kids to a football game on a Saturday because I am advised that we would be assaulted. It is not safe for us.”
Since then Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear as a surprise manager back in late September, and apparently the Irishman has recently been offered a longer term contract, but Joe seems a little wary and will not sign it until he believes that Ashley is more willing to invest in the club.
Joe has been hit lately with almost every injury imaginable in the squad, and only last Wednesday we lost Owen and Barton for extended periods.
That led to the dramatic signing yesterday of Kevin Nolan from Bolton Wanderers, a great signing according to many Geordie fans.
Kevin is exactly the type of player we need, and the Liverpool lad will immediately give a lift to the dressing room.
The luck seems so against Newcastle right now that it reminds us when Ruud Gullit said he thought the club was haunted when he was here from 1998 -1999.
That’s probably what Joe is thinking right now behind closed doors, and he admits he stays awake in bed at night churning over who he can play in the team.
This is the toughest situation Joe Kinnear has ever been in during his management career in football, and only yesterday he said:
“It’s probably the hardest time I have had since I have been in football,” “Everything possible has conspired to go against us.”
“It just goes from bad to worse, really. But you have to fight and deal head-on with the situation.”
“I am not going to run away from the situation.”
At least Joe is a fighter, and he instills that into his players too.
Since Joe is our current manager, and doing his utmost to improve the squad and keep the side in the Premier League this season, we’d love to think that Newcastle fans will get behind Joe and the players big time, and be the 12th man in tomorrow’s game.
Looking on the bright side, a victory tomorrow would give the team and the club in general, one huge tremendous lift.
And Speaking yesterday about Mike attending the game Joe Kinnear said:
“He is not daft and knows what will happen if we lose, but he put his money in and deserves a chance.”
Newcastle looked hopeless in the first half on Wednesday, and a repeat of that form will probably see us beaten by Sunderland twice in a season, for the first time in a long time.
And Mike would not want that to happen, as Newcastle fans are already upset at what’s been happening at the club, with Shay Given apparently just giving up on the club after 11 great years.
If Ashley is attending tomorrow we’ve got to think there’s a couple more players to be signed imminently – hope so anyway.
Howay The Lads!!