It would be stretching it to say that Mike Ashley’s running of the Newcastle club has been incompetent, but on the other hand it’s hard to say that Newcastle is being run well at the moment, and for whatever reason the club seems to lurch from crisis to crisis.
Mike Ashley – needs to change
On the other hand Southampton of late is almost the opposite case.
Over the last few years the Saints Board has decided they want to play good attacking football, and they have brought in two coaches who can do that – Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman, and they have done very well after being promoted and looking like they could be relegated when Pochettino was brought in during January a short two years ago.
Southampton have a terrific youth system, on of the very best in the country, and even though they lost their manager in the summer to Spurs, and brought in Koeman and also lost their best six players to top clubs.
The were tipped for relegation, but they are still in 3rd place in the Premier League and they beat us 2-1 yesterday – even though they were short of their three best players through injury.
They finished 8th last season with 56 points and at the moment they are 3rd with 42 points from their 22 games – and if they continue like this they are on track for 73 points for the season.
The point here is that if the Saints can be successful, then it’s a little silly for the powers that be at Newcastle to keep telling us that we cannot compete for a top four position in the Premier League.
The Saints look to be a real threat to get a top four finish, although they do have a small squad and recently when they lost a number of their best players in late November and December, they lost five games in a row in all competitions.
But the fans stayed right behind them – and they have now won six of their last eight games and drawn the other two.
On the live TV broadcast on NBC Sports Network yesterday, the difference between the two clubs was highlighted by the commentators, one club Southampton was well run from top to bottom, and Newcastle were not.
And it was mentioned the Newcastle fans were not happy with what was currently happening at the club.
But to try to be positive and look forward – there are a couple of big things that if Mike Ashley would agree to – Newcastle could start to do so much better.
- Do not keep selling our best players – and we think that’s one reason Alan Pardew left so quickly – if we were to guess the trigger point, we’d say he got the word there was no money available in January – and that was it – he was out. And do you really think Crystal Palace will sell their best players in January from under him?
- We want Mike Ashley to say he will invest all the profits back into the club, and then we’d have enough money to spend on new players when we needed them.
When our latest financial results are reported next month for the last financial year – the results will be staggering.
We expect revenues of about £135M and profits over £40M – the best results on both revenue and profits ever for Newcastle United.
One thing that we should continue to do is to bring in unknown players through Graham Carr and his great scouting team – we’ve made some great signings over the last several years – the latest being Ayoze Perez, and there’s nothing wrong with continuing to do that.
The fact we don’t need the money to bring in new players like a Chelsea (£35M for Diego Costa) or a Manchester United do (£55M for Angel Di Maria) – will level off the revenue differences.
But then we need to keep those players so we can build a top team – and maybe one player every three years is sold, so we can get extra money to strengthen the team overall, but the rest are used to build up our team.
We should aim as necessary to spend the profits to keep building a good side – but we’re not saying spend the money for spending’s sake – but keep improving the squad as much as we can in every transfer window.
If we do that one reason our best players want to leave – for Champions League football – could simply go away – because with a good side we should be challenging for a top four position every season.
If we start to do these things we cannot be far away from having a (very) good team, we already have some very good players in our squad – and we think having a top coach that comes in and gets the best out of the playing staff is a good way to go.
We think the old way in England where a manager has total say on almost everything will become a thing of the past – simply because there is now far too much money involved in the Premier League – be that good or bad.
So if Newcastle can build up the Youth System and we’ve seen signs of that paying off recently with players like Adam Armstrong, Ronaldo Aarons and Callum Roberts among others – coming through the ranks – that’s a part of the club we need to keep funding as well as the scouting side.
If we can do that we see no reason why Newcastle cannot compete with the best teams in the Premier League, and we should cut out the talk about we can’t compete financially – that’s simply not true.
The first step is to appoint a really good coach as soon as we can.
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