It has cost Mike Ashley a pretty penny since he arrived at Newcastle in May of 2007, in paying off the contracts of officials at the Tyneside club.
Dennis Wise – finally left Newcastle United – thank goodness
When Chris Mort came in as the new Newcastle Chairman in August, 2007, he rightly stated that what Newcastle needed more than anything else at the club was stability, and we just couldn’t keep changing our managers each year if we were going to achieve that.
But since then Newcastle have had Allardyce, Keegan, Hughton, Kinnear and now Alan Shearer manage the club, and Mike had to pay Sam Allardyce and his large staff around £5.8M to leave 15 months ago.
Kevin Keegan is asking for £8M (at least) in compensation from the club for his dismissal, although he may have a hard job convincing people he was fired, after Ashley went out of his way to get him to stay on.
And Mike finally did something right last week, by getting rid of the cockney Dennis Wise, and bringing in Alan Shearer as interim manager, to see if true Geordie pride can save the day. But news today in the Daily Mail is that the Dennis Wise dismissal will cost the Newcastle owner another £1.5M.
Mike has paid dearly in multiple ways for the mismanagement of the Newcastle club, since he took over, and the mother of all nightmares could still be realized with the club being relegated.
And it seems we are now playing our very last card in Alan Shearer, to save our sinking ship.
And if we do go down, look for many books to be written about the last two seasons since Ashley took over. This is how not to run a football club.
We were supposed to be challenging for Europe when Ashley came in, weren’t we?
Oh, the plans of mice and men.