Mike Ashley had a five year plan when he bought Newcastle in the summer of 2007, and even after a relegation from the Premier League for the first time, when we arrived in the summer of 2012 and five years after Mike bought the club, we finished 5th and were back in Europe for the first time since 2006.
Mike Ashley – his plan is simply not working for Newcastle
So things even looked at that time like they were working, but then Mike Ashley’s thriftiness meant that we signed only one player that summer – Vurnon Anita – when fans expected more players to be signed to expand the squad because of the extra European games.
And sure enough we played 14 games in the Europa League, and in retrospect did well in reaching the quarter finals and being eliminated by eventual losing finalist Benfica.
But we also plummeted down the league table, and fought against relegation, but we were surprised after five new Frenchmen were brought into the club thirteen months ago – and we survived.
But after having a very good transfer window that January we have brought only two strikers on loan in the last two windows – Loic Remy last summer and Luuk de Jong last month.
Both players could turn out to be good loan signings, and certainly Remy with 11 goals has been a star in the Premier League and Luuk de Jong has looked good in his two appearances for the side.
But Newcastle’s total lack of ambition is hurting the club big time now, and Loic Remy will not sign for the club in the summer, and other players – such as Mathieu Debuchy may also ask to leave in the summer.
Newcastle showed what they were all about last month, when they accepted around £20M for Yohan Cabaye, our best player, who turned out to be a stellar buy in the summer of 2011 from Lille, but became too good for a club with Newcastle’s limited ambitions.
And he left last month and Newcastle basically took the money and ran – not even bringing in a replacement for him, and now Alan Pardew is left to do the best he can – but we are starting to lose a lot of games, and getting more injuries than we’ve had all season.
It begs the question – what do Newcastle do now, because since 2012 whatever Mike Ashley’s plans are for the club – are simply not working.
We’d like to see Mike Ashley say something – maybe come out and say he will reinvest what should be sizable profits back into the club to sign new players and improve the facilities at the club.
We suppose we will have a clear-out in the summer and bring in four very good players – or at least that’s what the manager would like to see, but it seems clear that Mike Ashley is simply not aggressive enough or ambitious enough to be a good owner for Newcastle United.
We’re not sure there’s much fans can do about it – put the clubs up for sale again maybe, but at £300M there’s not much chance a buyer would come in – even if Ashley agreed to put the club up for sale for the third time.
He couldn’t sell it in our relegation year when he was asking a low £80M – which in retrospect would have been a great but for any Billionaire.
So Newcastle seem to be in the doldrums these days – going nowhere very fast.
But on the positive side when we get our players back for the home game against Aston Villa in two weeks time, we have to hope Newcastle could go on a winning streak.
We need to be able to score goals to do that, and Loic Remy will be back to help that cause, but on Wednesday against Tottenham it could be another difficult game for Newcastle.
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