Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United, who has been in talks today with Alan Shearer, has released a statement tonight on the Newcastle United official web-site. Mike has indeed, issued a formal apology, as we had requested after the game on Sunday.
Mike Ashley – a formal apology from the owner
This is how the statement reads:
“Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all.”
“I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that.”
“I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout.”
“And I would also say sorry to all of the Club’s hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all year long.”
“Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had.”
“Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this Club forward again.”
This is an excellent and even heart-felt statement, and has Alan Shearer written all over it.
As we said this morning in our article on Alan Shearer apologizing to the fans – we wouldn’t be surprised if Alan asks (demands) Mike issue a formal apology – and this is what the above is – and was probably written by Alan himself – for the owner.
The statement from Derek Llambias on Sunday night (feeling sorry for Mike etc) was too self centered – and showed the owner and Derek were just not getting it.
Mike may have got some Geordie religion from Alan today – and he seems to have taken it in – and finally got it – well we sure hope so anyway – for the good of the club.
Given that Mike has lost around £100M in the club, because of relegation, and let’s face it the gutless players let him down (£74M/year for that lot), as well as letting the fans down, that’s quite a gracious statement from Mike.
But make no mistake about it, this augers well for the future – this augers very well for the future, because it looks they have 110% confidence in Alan Shearer, and as Derek LLambias has already said – Mike is listening very closely to what Alan is telling him.
Excellent first step from today’s meeting!
Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow – any sign of that white smoke coming out of St. James’ Park yet? 😀