After seeing that Bobby Moncur today has called for Mike Ashley to tell the Newcastle fans what his five year plan is for the club – we’ve found the things Mike talked about two years ago.
Mike Ashley – his vision for the club
That’s when Mike first put the club up for sale, and shortly after Kevin Keegan had left the club.
And we’ve left in his statement, which was issued on 14th September, 2008, only those bits that are relevant to how he saw taking Newcastle United forward as a club – so here it is – in Mike’s own words – and of course it’s in the context of him selling up.
” I hope the fans get what they want and the next owner is someone who can lavish the amount of money on the club the fans want.'”‘I am still a fan of Newcastle.”
“My kids and I have loved standing on the terraces, loved traveling with the away fans and have met so many whose company we have enjoyed.” ‘We have loved it but it is not safe anymore as a family.’
“‘Arsenal is the shining example of a sustainable business model,’ ‘It takes time. It can’t be done overnight.”
“‘One of the reasons the club was so in debt was because every time there was a change in manager millions would be spent on new players and millions would be lost. It is just madness.”
“I have put Newcastle on a sound financial footing. It is reducing its debt. It is spending within itself. It is recruiting exciting players and bringing in players for the future.'”
“I am very conscious of the responsibility I bear in owning Newcastle United.” Tough decisions have to be made in business and I will not shy away from doing what I consider to be in the best interests of the club. This is not fantasy football.”
“I would not expect all fans to agree with me but if I can’t sell the club to someone who will give the fans what they want, then I shall continue to ensure Newcastle is run on a business and football model that is sustainable.”
“I care too much about the club merely to abandon it. I have listened to you. You want me out. That is what I am now trying to do.'”
“I am determined that Newcastle United is not only here today, but that it is also there tomorrow for your children who stand beside you at St James’ Park.”
“Everyone in England knows Newcastle has the best fans in the world.”
Even though these words were spoken when Mike was going to free himself of owning Newcastle United over two years ago, you can still get a good idea of what his vision was and presumably still is for the Tyneside club.
Maybe Alan Pardew can have a read of it too – and see if it jibes with what Mike explained to him the week before last, when Alan was in discussions on becoming the new manager of Newcastle United.
We have to believe it did.
Comments always welcome.