Mike Ashley has finally said that he will spend more time on Tyneside, running Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley – let’s hope he’s smiling like this at end of season
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Ashley has told manager Joe Kinnear that he intends to be more visible at the club’s training ground from now on – and that he will start taking more responsibility for the key decisions at the club.
He will be in Newcastle about 3 days every week, and while nobody has said this, maybe he will take the position of Chairman at the club, if he can do that work.
He also agreed to Kinnear’s request for a regular meeting every two weeks, which is good to hear, becaause that will help communications all around, which have never been good.
While we were disappointed at not getting more players through the door last Monday, it was good to see Ashley come to Newcastle for around 5 days and work all day Monday, on trying to get players into the club.
Manager Joe Kinnear thinks Mike’s new presence around the club will help to reinvigorate Newcastle:
“Mike will be back in Newcastle today. He definitely wants to become more hands on in the running of his football club,”
“He has been in Newcastle three days a week and that will be a regular thing from now on.”
“He wants to see how things work and he’s committed to a fortnightly major meeting between everyone at the club so that we can start moving things in the right direction.”
“It is a new world for him. Over the last week or so we’ve had him down at the training ground talking to the players, eating his lunch with them and giving them the kind of reassurances on their contracts and their future that they’ve needed to hear.”
“He hasn’t seen players train and work first hand before but he told me it has opened his eyes, and he’s definitely willing to back up his words.”
“I know people still have to be convinced about things but there is a sense of unity at the club now.”
“The guys at the top know they need to communicate better, which is why they are speaking to the two local papers.”
“I think they will sit down with supporters’ groups and fans and the people of Newcastle at the end of the season – I know they want to do that.”
“When I came in I kept getting caught between different people wanting different things but hopefully that has now disappeared and we can start to look forward.”
Mike seems to have realized that he must take a more personal involvement with the club he owns.
While we know he’s busy running his other businesses, if we do well and are able to build the club up over the next few years, not only will it be good for Ashley and the fans, but he’ll make a bundle if he can make Newcastle United great again, because the club will be worth so much more on the open market.
Ther are lots of negative things to say about the time Ashley has been owner, and Joe’s right that he still has a lot of convincing to do with most Newcastle fans, that he has the goo0d of the club at heart.
But it will certainly help to have Mike around more, and that should produce more unity within the squad too, becasue we’re sure that’s one reason Shay felt he had to leave Newcastle, because we have looked in a shambles since last August.
And we would aslo like for him to give a regular communique to the fans in some way. Perhaps a message from the owne in the match program or a monthly update for fans on the official web-site.
One thing that is certain is that there’s a long way we can go up as a club now, and that’s both good news and bad news of cpourse.
A win at bottom club WBA on Saturday would be a perfect way to start reinvigorating and reviving the club.
And it’s only what the club’s biggest asset – the fantastic Newcastle United fans deserve, given all they have endured this season.