It’s the first time for almost 16 months that the press had been able to get a huge embarrassing story out of Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley – what’s he thinking now? (not much)
And that’s because the man who had started to make Newcastle a respectable club, and was starting to get admirers of the club once again, was brutally sacked by a clueless owner, Mike Ashley.
A measure of intelligence is how quickly you can learn things – take things in – and how quickly you can learn from the mistakes you have made.
With that yardstick Mike Ashley is not a very intelligent man – but he must surely see that today is looking like it did when he sacked Kevin Keegan over two years ago, and all hell was let loose on Tyneside.
We had hoped that Mike had learned from his many past mistakes on Tyneside, but stories coming out of the club are that he has gone way overboard with his cost-cutting measures, and the players are not particularly happy at things.
But we also have to be wary of the press making things look so much worse than they actually are, as they’ve done so many times in the past.
But there’s no doubt that the players are upset, and they are a close knit group, but it could be that the new manager will start to wheel and deal in January, and if money is not available, then the new manager may sell one or two of his players.
To say we will sell Andy Carroll is criminal, but we also know the Gateshead sensation is very upset at the treatment of Chris Hughton yesterday – the man who became his mentor at the club and has brought him through the ranks in expert style.
We don’t want our players to make things worse than they already are – we have never believed that staying away from St. James’ Park does any good at all, and we have to think that whatever new manager is brought in – he must be a good man-manager – because he’s going to have a bunch of dissatisfied and angry players on his hands.
We don’t think we’ll lose Andy Carroll, surely Mike Ashley is not that stupid, but we do think players like Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Joey Barton and some others, could be on their bikes, and we wonder what a certain Hatem Ben Arfa thinks of this latest fiasco?
As we said – we had hoped that Mike Ashley had learned from the past – but it doesn’t look that way.
And if you don’t learn from your mistakes in life then history usually repeats itself – until you do eventually learn.
Isn’t that happening on Tyneside now with our owner?
We are absolutely crushed by what Mike Ashley did yesterday – because we grew to love Chris Hughton and what he had achieved on Tyneside. against all the odds – and it now turns out against Mike Ashley too.