Mike Ashley was on Tyneside yesterday, as he braved the weather to visit Chris Hughton and the lads in training.
Mike and Chris on a previous Ashley visit to Benton
Mike has some contract work to complete, hopefully by the end of the year, and he needs to sign up Steven Taylor, and also his manager Chris Hughton, to new contracts before too long.
By getting Newcastle United immediately back to the Premier League in the first season of asking, you could argue a good case that Chris helped put another £100M onto the value of Mike’s Newcastle club. How much is that worth in a new contact?
The news is that a deal may be struck for Steven Taylor tomorrow, as his agent Paul Stretford is due on Tyneside to discuss Newcastle’s new improved offer, and before too long surely he needs to start negotiating again with Chris, and give him a new decent contract offer – surely the man has deserved at least that over the last 16 months.
Chris Hughton said this today:
“Mike was at training yesterday, he always likes to watch training and it was good for the players to see him make the journey up to Newcastle.”
There may be some news that could leak out tomorrow, following the meeting with Paul Stretford, and we’ll be hoping Steven has come to his senses and signs his new contract.
Then the next thing for Mike Ashley is to see Chris Hughton rewarded for the job he’s done at Newcastle since he took over last year. Chris is different to a lot of other managers today, in that he’s actually earned his new improved contract.
Do the right thing Mike.