The mood of Newcastle fans last night at Steve Harper’s testimonial match were in stark contrast to how the fans feel about how the club is bring run by owner Mike Ashley at the moment – seemingly on a shoestring.
Mike Ashley – why did he buy Newcastle?
And for the second summer transfer window running Newcastle have made no real investment in the playing squad at Newcastle, with the result that most Newcatsle fans expect a lower half finish in the Premier League this season.
The expectations are not high, to say the least.
But when you saw the turnout last night of over 50,000 at St James’ Park, it brings into stark perspective how Newcastle could (should) be challenging for a top four position in the Premier League, if only the owner would agree to spend the profits the club are now starting to make.
Each PL club will now get between £60M and £100M each season for the next three years, compared to £40M to £60M with the previous three-year TV deal.
And we saw a number of smaller clubs spend big money in the summer because of this coming windfall – but not Newcastle.
The powers that be at Newcastle (or in short Mike Ashley), must raise their ambitions for the club, and at the very least agree to spend the profits on new players and facilities, so we can get back to being a top team in England again.
If Mike Ashley doesn’t want to do that – then a very good question is why did he buy Newcastle in the first place?
Are there any Geordie Billionaires around these days?
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