Not only are Newcastle getting to be in dire straights as far as their preparation for next season goes, but we are again the laughing stock of the land.
Ashley and Llambias – making Newcastle a laughing stock
The last stupid action Mike and his cohorts at Newcastle did yesterday, was to put the club up for sale, and asked interested parties to contact Newcastle by email to their admin ID.
We would think top potential investors in the Middle East were not amused. Not surprisingly there have been thousands of emails – and as you would expect quite a few from jubilant Sunderland supporters.
But this is just another sign that Mike Ashley just doesn’t get it – and never has.
He may be the greatest businessman in the world running Sports Direct, but he’s been worse than a business novice at the way he has tried to run Newcastle. It’s all been very embarrassing.
It’s hard to think how any owner could have done worse in his two years at the club, especially the last 10 months where he’s stumbled from one critical mistake to the next.
And we see a number of former players attached to the club are speaking out in hopes of getting Mike to see some sense, as the club seems to be in a death spiral, and the longer it goes on the more difficult it will be to recover from. If things don’t get fixed rather quickly we could even kiss goodbye to the Championship next season – it’s that serious.
Rob Lee came out yesterday, and put out his case for Shearer as manager at Newcastle.
This is what Rob said:
“This is the first time I’ve been back up to Newcastle since they were relegated and it’s depressing.” “I’m devastated for the fans, but the club has been in decline for some time.”
“This has been coming. It didn’t just happen overnight.” ““The table doesn’t lie, they were one of the three worst teams in the league and the warning signs have been there for a few years now.”
They just weren’t heeded by those who could have done something about it earlier.” “Now we have to pick ourselves up and try to get back into the Premier League as quickly as possible. As far as I’m concerned there is only one man for the job – Alan Shearer.”
“He reminds me very much of the Kevin Keegan situation back in 1992. He came and lifted the club off its knees.” He brought in a lot of excellent players, the sort of players Newcastle wouldn’t haven’t been able to attract if it wasn’t him. That is what Alan will do.”
“Hopefully the owners will see sense and put him in charge to run the club how he wants. He needs to be able to buy some players the club can be proud of.”
It’s hard to know what Mike’s thinking is, and since he doesn’t talk to the press we just have to surmise, but his actions since relegation have been bizarre to say the least, and he’s now making Newcastle a laughing stock.
We notice West Ham was bought yesterday for £100M, and there wasn’t the soap opera that went on at that club, was there?
“The guy is a legend and he is the only man who could come in after relegation and give everyone hope again.”
“If Newcastle don’t want him I’m sure he’ll go and manage elsewhere because he’s got the bug now, I think he wants to be a manager and I think he’ll be a very good one and hopefully it’ll be at Newcastle.
“It should be a natural progression but sometimes things are not meant to be.” Hopefully everyone will see sense, they can work something out and put him in charge and the club can go forward.
“Until the situation is sorted out by the owner the club is going to stay in a bit of a limbo.’’
We just have to hope for good news but there are 74 days from the last game of last season and the first game in the Championship on August 8th. 16 days have gone by with the club in a worse mess now than we were on the day we were relegated, and that was quite traumatic.
Not one player has been sold and not one player has been brought in, and the players at the club don’t know if they are coming or going, but most will think now – they are going.
It’s all so sad.