The fact that Mike Ashley, through his Director of Football Joe Kinnear, sold Newcastle’s supreme midfielder Yohan Cabaye last week, for a reported £20M to money-bags Paris Saint German, and didn’t even bother replacing him, because he wouldn’t pay out what Lyon wanted for their 23 year-old midfielder Cement Grenier, and that means effectively the owner has just sabotaged Newcastle’s season.
Mike Ashley – what good does he get from owning Newcastle?
Maybe Newcastle can put together some wins to lift us up the table before the end of the season, so at least we get enough points in the last 14 games so we can keep in the top nine or top ten, but it seems any chances of making Europe are now non-existent.
But Alan Pardew will try to get as many points as he can with what he has available, and certainly the team we played yesterday, should have performed a lot better than the pathetic display they put in at St. James’ Park against Sunderland.
And we should probably play those players who have a future at Newcastle, like Luuk de Jong and maybe give young 16 year-old Adam Armstrong his debut, and whatever happened to Gael Bigirimana this season, although he’s out injured at the moment.
And of course this all has to be balanced out with trying to get points on the board, so Lois Remy will need to be played – although he has no future at the club after his loan spell ends this season.
Newcastle are simply not ambitious enough for such a good player.
How many owners sell their best player in January, and how many Premier League clubs actually weakened their sides last month – Newcastle did because we looked safe enough from relegation – so it was time to make some money.
And what’s happened is really an indictment on Mike Ashley’s tenure on Tyneside, and the way he runs the club and basically treats the fans (his customers we may add) like rubbish.
Maybe it’s time for some of the official fan organizations out there to advertise for a new owner, a new consortium who can come up with £300M to buy out Ashley.
But any new owner has to pledge to spend money on the side and on some very good players, and their goal has to be to make us into a top four club in England again – anything than that would probably be no better than what we have with Ashley.
What Mike Ashley did last week could well be the last straw – and he should now sell Newcastle, and end once and for all what has been a stubborn and frustrating tenure at the famous Newcastle United club.
What good can Ashley ever get out of running Newcastle the way he does?
That’s a very good question.
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