As we had pointed out yesterday having Ashley staying at the club and Chris Hughton as full time manager does help the stability of the club.
Chris Hughton – more stability at the club
We are even hoping that Ashley may mend his ways a bit, but that might be asking too much – but surely this man has some common sense in him, and he can start doing some of the right things?
Well, maybe not.
We have a tough game at Bramall Lane on Monday night, and it’s another game we must go all out to win – and it looks like the side has been galvanized by the recent developments earlier this week.
Chris said today:
“I feel a sense of pride at managing a great club. It’s a very proud moment for me. What it does is give this club the stability it needs in managerial terms.”
“Also, the sale of the club has been high in the headlines over the last year, but the fact we can now look forward and plan for the future on and off the pitch is something this club has needed. It’s a way of looking forward.”
“You try not to make it a major distraction and try to focus on what happens on the football pitch. But distractions are always very much there in the domain of the players and it’s certainly a better situation if you don’t have that.”
“The figures mentioned (Ashley’s promise of £20M investment) are figures that would have had to be invested in the club anyway because of the normal running costs with a very high wage bill.”
“That was expected anyway but I have been told the club will as much as possible back me in my endeavors in the transfer market to develop this squad over a period of time, and in bringing in the right type of loan players. I will get support from the board.”
Well that doesn’t sound too good does it? But we knew it would be hard to balance the books this season because of the huge wage bill we still have at the club, although the average home gates of 41,000 will be helping the cash flow this season.
And if anybody ever doubted the support the Newcastle club enjoys – there is no just doubt this season with the magnificent support the lads have been receiving – home and away.
It makes us proud to see how great the supporters have been this season – and their nerves are a lot stronger than ours – that’s for sure. 😀
With the cash flow problem the club has, that’s another reason we want to get back to the Premier League quickly – any longer than one season down in the second division could cause us more chronic cash flow problems – but it looks like we can manage this season, with Ashley presumably willing to fund what’s needed.
Of course the big thing is to strengthen the squad and even though that 20M was said by an unnamed club official to be for new players and to strengthen the scouting squad – we’ll have to wait and see.
What happens in January will tell us if Mike Ashley has changed his ways – we hope so.