There’s no doubt at all that the Newcastle United were extremely well run financially while in the Championship.
Can these two bring big success back to Newcastle?
And we are well aware, from the various comments on this site, there are many fans who don’t just dislike Mike Ashley, but even hate him.
But when you step back from all that emotion, Mike Ashley has done most things right since the terrible relegation of two years ago, and the club is in much better shape, both on the field and off it, than they were back in the very dark and dismal days in July of 2009.
And Mike Ashley’s huge gamble of keeping good players at the club, and giving out interest free loans, so the club could not only survive, but get back to the Premier League at the very first time of asking, worked better than anybody could ever have imagined.
And we’ve even got something today that we’ve been asking for eons, and that’s Derek Llambias talking about the club and its ambitions,
This is what Derek said today:
“Mike knows where we want to be and where we should be in four or five years time.” “Our vision for the club is to finish 10th or above every year, year after year.”
“That is our target – we want to be challenging for Europe every season.”
“Mike Ashley’s money has kept this club buoyant.” “Quite honestly, Newcastle United would not be here without him, it is as simple as that.”
“He has never taken a penny out of the football club, but he knows what he has to put in every year and he is keen to grow it.”
“We need to get that stability back here, including on the managerial side.” “We are starting to get the stability we need into the football club both financially and within the squad.”
“That stability is one of our most important goals.” “That would give us the security that the club and the playing side needs.”
After going through some very dark days in the summer of 2009, the club has made what amounts to a magnificent comeback to the big time, and that;s the good news story on Tyneside, but we need ti stay in the PL this season – that’s not just important but it’s imperative.
And we should not forget the fantastic contributions of a certain former manager, Chris Hughton, in achieving the miracle, and his two very able assistants, Paul Barron and Colin Calderwood, who is now manager at Hibs.
Not surprisingly Newcastle had the largest wage bill in the Championship last season with £47M, and that compares to fellow promotion team WBA, whose wage bill was just £15M, and Blackpool’s was rumored to be $25 – just joking – it was estimated at £6M last season.
That’s about one and a half times what Liverpool are said to be paying Andy Carroll at £80K/week – just to bring a little perspective to that figure.
Derek Llambias has made it clear the Newcastle club now wants stability at all levels, but particularly at the management and playing level, and hopefully success will start to come to some degree next season.
The club are hoping they will see the season ticket sales rise for next season, and the news is that the season ticket sales dropped to 29,000 during the last financial period, but of course that was with Newcastle playing the Championship – and you would hardly expect them to increase.
Things could be on the rise for Newcastle in the near future, but we have to beat Wolves on Saturday, because we cannot afford another relegation.
Now we all know why that’s the case.
Howay The Lads!!