News today that Newcastle United clueless owner Mike Ashley paid up the £8K to stem a players’ revolt, ahead of yesterday’s friendly at Tannadice Park in Dundee, Scotland.
Mike Ashley – the Scrooge at Newcastle
The Shields Gazette revealed on Friday the squad were facing a four-hour coach journey to Dundee, rather than a very short flight, because of financial cutbacks made necessary at the St James’ Park club, in the wake of our relegation.
And they have reported that some players were even prepared to pay the extra costs themselves, because the players were not happy at taking the long coach journey (like the fans would have done).
But it seems that Ashley finally relented and the players traveled to Tannadice via chartered jet.
It’s true that with heavily reduced revenues this season, and for as long as we stay in the Championship, the revenues will be around £50M at best, from the £100M we brought in during our Premier League days.
But we could also do ourselves a lot of good, by unloading those players who don’t want to stay at the club, and by getting good money for them in the transfer market, and also relieving the enormous wage bill we still have at the club.
That will also help the cash flow problem a lot in the coming season.
At some time the club may even think about what it will take to get the side promoted, but that seems the very last thing on Mike Ashley’s agenda right now.