If Mike Ashley is as astute a business man as we think he is, he will support Alan Pardew big time in this transfer window, and if you look at the financials at stake, it’s easy to understand why.
Mike Ashley – we expect him to give Alan Pardew the funds necessary
Newcastle have amazingly become relegation candidates since early November, and losing nine games of our last eleven is never good, and while there are a number of reasons for that – nevertheless there is now a possibility that we could be relegated in May.
That’s just a terrible thought – and when you realize that a new TV broadcasting deal takes effect next season for three years, and it’s a 70% increase in the revenue generated over the last three years, staying in the Premier League will guarantee huge money for Premier League clubs.
And you just have to look at the scurrying going on at clubs like QPR and West Ham, to see that point is well understood by club owners in England.
So if Mike Ashley refuses to pay out the money in January and help Alan Pardew to bring in three good players, then relegation could be another tragedy for Newcastle – and don’t think it cannot happen.
That’s what we thought four years ago, but we kept getting some terrible results in the second half of the season, and amazingly after beating Spurs on 21st December 2-1 at home, we picked up only 9 points in the remaining 20 games of the season – amazing but true.
We need at least two more good players brought in this window, in addition to Mathieu Debuchy, and we need to somehow start to get wins – like at Norwich City a week tomorrow.
And Mike Ashley is no fool on the financial side of things, and he will realise a second disaster could happen in May, unless we strengthen the squad before February.
We are fairly confident that’s exactly what he will do this month.
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