Alan Pardew talked yesterday of being certain that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would be investing the £35M Andy Carroll transfer fee, back into the club.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle fans don’t trust the owner
And it could be that the statement has caused the fans to talk about the doubts they have about the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who hardly has a sterling record at the Newcastle club over the last 45 months.
Alan Pardew has come out today and said that if he had been a Newcastle fan over the last few years, he would have mistrust of Mike Ashley too.
This is what Alan said today:
“No matter what I say in terms of reassurance about Mike Ashley’s investment, it will be undermined until we get to the summer,” “It is difficult to argue against some of the things that have happened here in the past. The fan base has doubted the owner and the board.”
“If I was a fan here, would I be jumping up and down about Mike Ashley? No. But he genuinely wants to prove that he can make this a success. He doesn’t want his investment to fail here and get criticized as a result. He wants to be here and win matches.”
“But the proof will be who we bring in. My first job is to keep us as a Premier League side, and we are not definitely safe. Then, we can concentrate on the next agenda and identify the players we want to sign.”
“Mike has committed that the Andy Carroll money will go back into the club and I am 100 per cent sure it will. He would not be paying for my staff and my players to fly all over Europe to scout players if he had no intention of buying them.”
“My test is spending wisely and making sure we don’t make the same mistakes as previous regimes with our buys.”
It’s a little unusual for a manager to come out and say some of the things Alan has said about Ashley, but of course he’s only telling the truth.
As we’ve said many times before, Mike Ashley could help himself big time if he talked to the fans occasionally, but he refuses to do that, for whatever reason.
And that’s caused fans to have little idea of what he wants to do with the Newcastle club, and whether he even wants to build a team that can challenge for the top six in the Premier League, and get back into European competition, where the club surely belongs.
This summer will be a litmus test for Mike Ashley, and while many of our readers have pointed out they would be surprised if he spent all the £35M all on players, that’s not really the point – the point is that Newcastle must bring in say six top players this summer.
At the same time the club would need to unload fringe players that would no longer be required like Xisco, Alan Smith, Sol Campbell and James Perch to name but four who may leave in the summer.
Xisco is an excellent example of huge mistakes made in the past by Newcastle bringing in the wrong players, and of course we can hardly blame Kevin Keegan for that, even though he was manager of Newcastle at the time Xisco arrived – Kevin knew nothing about the deal until it was done and dusted.
Xisco cost Newcastle £5.7M, and is still pulling in about £50K/week at Newcastle, and the Spaniard’s contract still has over two years to run.
Xisco is a good lad, but he is simply not good enough to play for Newcastle – and how about that for a huge mistake in the transfer market, that has cost the club millions.
Mike Ashley put his trust in a certain Dennis Wise at that time, and that was one of the big mistakes Mike has made since he bought Newcastle, but not the only one.
We’ll know by this September whether Mike Ashley has learned anything at all from his almost four years as owner of the Newcastle club.
We have to hope so – for the good of the club.
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