Alan Pardew tried today to dismiss all the takeover rumors surrounding the club, and whether it would be sold soon to some Billionaire – somewhere.
Mike Ashley – what does this man want to do with Newcastle?
Of course Alan’s job is to concentrate only on the last 9 games of the season, and job number one is to save Newcastle from any relegations fears, and once that’s done to get Newcastle as high up the table as he can.
With last weekend’s Sunday Mirror story of an Indian Billionaire wanting to buy Newcastle, which the club immediately dismissed as rubbish, has again fueled the rumor mill about whether there was just a little truth in that Mirror report.
But today, the Newcastle manager tried one last time to put the story to bed, as he told the local press:
“We have dismissed that quite thoroughly, I don’t expect that to raise its head again.
“Mike has made a commitment with these long-term contracts that he wants to see a plan going forward, and that’s what we will try to carry out.”
Of course the dynamics of the story are that the vast majority of Newcastle fans wanted the story to be true, because at best Mike Ashley is hardly a popular owner on Tyneside, and that’s the best case scenario.
The Newcastle fans have no idea of what Mike Ashley’s intentions are for the club, and all we have been told by the manager, is that he has been assured the £35M received for Andy Carroll in January, will be spent on new players this summer.
Of course we all know that Alan, through no fault of his own we may add, was embarrassed when he had said much the same thing about Andy Carroll not leaving the club, until on the very last day of the window, Andy was suddenly gone, indeed very suddenly gone — on a helicopter to Liverpool.
And there was no Newcastle official at the press conference on the following day, to help Alan explain exactly what had happened, and Pardew was left to explain it all on his lonesome, even though he didn’t want to sell big Andy, if the truth be told.
Such is the courage of the Newcastle ownership that we have at the club right now, because LLambias should have come out and explained the situation to the press – that’s his job and not Alan’s, and it was the owner’s decision to sell Andy and not Pardew’s.
It’s not the manager’s decision as to who gets sold, and Kevin Keegan found that out with the James Milner affair, because if anybody comes in for a player and meets the club’s evaluation, read that as Mike’s evaluation, then he will be sold – it’s as simple as that.
That’s the way it is, and even if the player is a local hero who has grown all his skills on Tyneside, and made the full England side, and is even England’s new hero and wearing the Newcastle number 9 shirt – he’s still sold.
So which players will really leave Newcastle this summer we have no idea, but we still would hope to keep Jose and Joey at the club, although all the rumors are that Jose has already made the decision to move on, but that’s not official of course.
I am even led to think that some of our players are starting to question Mike’s intentions too, because Mike probably speaks to the players as much as he does to the fans – and he never speaks to the fans.
So it’s not too hard to see why Newcastle fans would hope the rumors of a takeover last weekend were true, and that we could get an owner in who knew something of the Newcastle history and wanted to build Newcastle into an English powerhouse again, and his actions showed that.
A club that has won nothing for 42 years that still gets the third highest home attendance gates in England, and had the 5th highest home attendance when they were in the second division, is some club – and that’s Newcastle United.
I’ll keep hoping some Billionaire somewhere (China, Russia, USA, UK, India – we don’t really care) will come in and offer Mike say £240M to take the club off his hands.
That’s my opinion – what’s yours?