With the news in the Daily Mirror that Mike Ashley was somehow going to reduce players’ wages next season in the Premier League, the Newcastle owner arrived at Benton yesterday, for a fleeting visit to talk to manager Chris Hughton and the Newcastle players.
Mike Ashley with Hughton and players yesterday
Ashley hadn’t reduced the wages when the side are playing in England’s second tier of football and getting just £50M in revenues this season.
So why he would do that in the PL we have no idea, but the Daily Mirror has never let logic or common sense get in the way of one of their ludicrous stories, have they?
Ashley arrived in his helicopter at around 10:00 local time to take in Newcastle’s training session, ahead of the very important game at Middlesbrough tomorrow afternoon.
Mike flew in from his Buckinghamshire home, and he is said to have been in very good spirits.
The owner was at the training ground for about 3 hours, and is said to have told Hughton, in no uncertain terms, that he appreciated the job the manager has done so far this season.
It’s an open question how much he’ll pay Chris in enumeration next season, should Chris get the lads promoted.
One thing is for certain, it will be Chris’ highest wages ever as a coach or manager. And the same can be said for his assistant Colin Calderwood.
At least these two deserve everything that’s coming to them, and that’s meant in a positive way.
Chris has saved Mike Ashley’s bacon on Tyneside this season, as it seems the lads will get back to the PL next season, after some disastrous decisions made by Mike culminated in the club’s relegation last season.
Newcastle fans have to hope that Mike has learned from those many mistakes he made, but maybe the good news is that he’s at least admitted those terrible mistakes.
But exactly when he’ll be able to have a pint with the Newcastle fans again may still be some time into the the future, and we know some fans will never forgive him.
The proverbial Newcastle United insider told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Mr Ashley was in good form during his visit to Benton.
“It was just a routine visit and there’s nothing unusual about it, it’s happened a few times during his reign at Newcastle.”
“He was keen to see how training was going and have a chat with Chris Hughton ahead of the Boro game.”
“He also wanted to wish Chris and all the players the best of luck and he told Chris what a great job he was doing.”
“Mike enjoyed the training session and had a bit of banter with the players too.”
“He’s very much a fan of football and is looking forward to the Boro game.”
The only thing that really matters for Newcastle United these days is getting another win.
We have no idea how many more points Newcastle will need to earn promotion but we’re not too worries about that.
We just want Newcastle to win their next game, and that’s at Middlesbrough tomorrow afternoon.