No, please don’t send us any of those attack emails about supporting Mike Ashley, it’s not us that’s saying that Mike Ashley has been fantastic for Newcastle, it’s Kevin Nolan.
Mike Ashley – thanking Chris for saving his bacon and £100M
There was a report some weeks ago about Mike Ashley cutting the wages next season for Newcastle players, but that was always nonsense and misconstrued and we said that at the time.
It was more of that sensational nonsense some papers in England put out regularly, and often they just don’t understand what’s being said, and probably don’t want to understand – they are just looking for sensations which will presumably sell their papers.
Kevin tried to clear this one up today and made some comments about Mike:
“There was a report I had been offered a new deal, longer but less money. I will clear that one up for you,”
“Mike Ashley spoke to me the next day and him and Derek (Llambias, the managing director) were absolutely laughing. Mike and Derek have been around here quite a lot.”
“When you think of the likes of Portsmouth, what he (Ashley) has done has been fantastic for the club. He has been open and honest with us as players.”
“We knew what he wanted, we demanded what we wanted, he has given us it. We said, ‘If you give us it, we will give you what you want’.”
“We have grown mutual respect and hopefully we can give the final piece of the jigsaw. Mike wants to see Newcastle succeed just as much as anyone in the team or any supporter.”
The players and Chris Hughton and the coaches have saved Mike’s bacon on Tyneside this season, not to mention £100M.
That’s approximately the amount they have saved Mike because Newcastle will now be worth at least £200M.
But the Tyneside club will be worth an awful lot more than that, if Newcastle can actually become successful in the seasons ahead.
And we think there is now no chance at all that Mike will sell Newcastle, not after all the stuff he and the club have been through, and Newcastle may even become successful – what a thought that is.
We’d like to think Bobby Robson was right when he said it wasn’t Mike who was the problem at Newcastle, but those like Dennis Wise whom Mike had brought in relied on in running the Tyneside club.
We hope that Mike wants to now push ahead and make the Newcastle club successful, because after all, his club will be worth so much more money.
And that’s good for him, but more important than that – it’s great for those who really matter – the Newcastle United fans.