Alan Shearer always thought that you need a lot of money to build a good football side, and one of the reasons he wasn’t made manager by owner Mike Ashley after we were relegated in May of 2009, is that Alan went public wanting £20M for new players.
Alan Shearer – not impressed with Ashley
That at a time when Newcastle’s revenues for the coming season would be less than half of what they had been in the Premier league, and the club would be under severe financial stress, showed that Alan didn’t exactly understand how the finances at a football club work, and certainly Ashley and Shearer were not on the same wavelength.
So while it’s not surprising the former Newcastle great came out earlier in the week and said it will take a lot of money to build up the Newcastle team, we do think that Mike Ashley is being far too careful with the club’s money.
And maybe a little is not the right word there.
The Charity game on Wednesday night for Steve Harper after 20 years of service to the club got fantastic positive publicity for both Steve and Newcastle, and showed just what great fans Newcastle have, with more than 50,000 turning out for the event – fantastic.
But it also gave the former players a chance to talk about how far back Newcastle have gone during Ashley’s reign.
This is what Alan had to say:
“It takes an incredible amount of money to get there. You’ve seen what Spurs have spent, albeit they got it back with Gareth Bale money, and Newcastle haven’t got anything like that.” “You have seen what Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Arsenal have spent and Newcastle cannot compete with those any more unfortunately.”
“The aim now is to try to win a trophy be it the FA Cup or the League Cup, and to stay in the Premier League unfortunately. It might be a while before you see Newcastle challenging again for a top four place. It takes a hell of a lot of money to get there.”
It seemed that Alan Shearer had put on a bit of weight on, in his analysts job in the studio for BBC’s Match of the Day, and we don’t think Alan will not go into football management, which is one of the hardest jobs in football these days, especially managing in the Premier League, which is now followed around the world.
And while we have to give credit to Mike Ashley for putting the financial books in very good order, we need to move to phase two – and start spending some of the profits we are making, and start to build up the Newcastle side into a football force again.
And that hasn’t happened in the last two summer transfer windows.
What do you think?
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