When you are a business and you keep making poor or dubious decisions, it keeps coming back to bite you, and there’s a case to be made that’s exactly what’s happened at Newcastle United, since Mike Ashley bought the club six years ago.
Mike Ashley - has made some poor decisions on Tyneside
The latest Wonga problem with Papiss Cisse is just one of the self-inflicted problems at Newcastle, during Mike Ashley’s reign on Tyneside.
Here are just a few of the others:
- Ashley sided with cockney Derek Wise when the then Director of Football brought in two players without Kevin Keegan’s knowledge or approval, and that led to Keen’s resignation from the club, and that eventually led to Newcastle’s relegation in May, 2009
- Chris Hughton did brilliantly to pull Newcastle off the floor and get us promoted in 2010 from the Championship at the first attempt, and Chris was an excellent front man and gentleman for Newcastle. But that didn’t stop Ashley from sacking Hughton during his first bad spell in the Premier League, when we gained only 2 points from five league games
- Ashley decided to rename St. James’ Park as the Sports Direct Arena, and everywhere you looked you saw the hideous Sports Direct signs, and then the club had the audacity to have workmen rip down the St. James’ Park signs
- Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football in June of this year, and that has caused disruption at Newcastle, and had Derek LLambias resign in protest from the club. Joe is a bit like a loose cannon, and managed to bring some terrible publicity to himself and to Newcastle United by giving that ridiculous interview to talkSPORT, before he had even been announced in his new position
The Wonga deal brought us some bad publicity when it was announced, and that has continued with Papiss Cisse refusing to wear the Wonga logo – and that could end up (in the very worst case) by Newcastle having to sell a player, who is currently our very best striker.
It seems Newcastle were swayed by the big money Wonga were willing to pay Newcastle, reported to be £24M over four years.
But that’s only because a company like Wonga with a very poor name in the UK has to pay out big money to have a club wear the Wonga insignia, because in truth, the company is despised by many, because of the high interest rates they charge to poor people.
We have to hope there is some way out of this Wonga – Cisse impasse, and that Newcastle will also pay out the money to being in two or three good players this summer.
Things could then look a lot better than they do at the moment.
What do you think?
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