News today thta Mike Ashley flew into Newcastle United’s training ground today.
Mike Ashley – in Newcastle today
That’s interesting and apparently Mike wanted to talk face to face with Alan on plans for Newcastle’s future. The Sports Direct owner arrived in his own private helicopter, as he often does when he visits Newcastle on a quick day visit.
The news is that Mike wants to talk to Alan Pardew about two major things – players’ contracts and transfer targets for the summer.
Newcastle are at the moment negotiating with the agent of Fab Coloccini on his new long term deal, and players like Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie also need new deals to keep them on Tyneside.
Of course the news today is that Fabio Capello has resigned his England manager position, but Pardew is not in the running for the job, and he was listed at 100-1 by SkyBet today.
Newcastle have already made a good start on their transfer targets for the summer, since quite a lot of ground-work seemed to be done in January, and no doubt progress on those will be discussed today.
And maybe while Alan is talking to Mike on players’ contracts, he may get an improved deal himself, given how well Newcastle have done under Alan in the Premier League this season.
Mike does make frequent visits to Newcastle, and there will likely be a transfer meeting, with the people involved being Derek LLambias, Chief Scout Graham Carr, Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley – as well as Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting.