We read stories from people who really know Mike Ashley and they say that anything he turns his hand to in business he seems to be successful, and certainly Mike Ashley seems to be a bit of a whiz as far as financial matters are concerned – he’s shown that at Newcastle.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
But it would be hard for anybody to argue that Mike has been successful as the owner of Newcastle United, and in his second year in charge of the club we were relegated, and by his own admission he made lots of mistakes in that season, and since then too.
And in the six full seasons Newcastle have been in the Premier League under Ashley, these are the places and the points total we have gained in each PL season we have been in.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
So we’ve had one good season since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007, when we finished 5th with a good 65 points in 2012, but in the six full seasons we’ve been in the Premier League our average points total is just a little more than 46.
And in the last six seasons, 46 points would have had us in 11th, 9th, 13th, 12th,11th and 11th place – so only once based on our average points total would we have finished in the top ten, which is now the minimum target.
And in reality in seven seasons on board we have been in the top ten only twice, both under manager Alan Pardew, who left the club in mid-season.
So we have been very mediocre in our performance under Mike Ashley and as far as we can see, that doesn’t look like it will change much in the future – unless he changes his MO – which we suppose could happen.
We are getting by again this season with not enough players, and an inexperienced head coach in charge, and it didn’t help that we’ve lost both Steven Taylor and Siem de Jong for the rest of the season.
And it’s hard to think that a top coach with ambition will come to Newcastle in the summer, given the frugal way in which Mike Ashley runs the club.
If Derby County don’t get promoted we’re pretty sure that coach will be Steve McClaren – but if Steve stays at Derby we really have no idea – but we’re sure that any of the top targets will not want to come to Tyneside.
We sincerely hope we are wrong on that.
Newcastle do have some good players at the club – Krul, Janmaat, Haidara, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, Cisse and Perez to name some of them – so there a good nucleus of good players to build on.
So a really excellent coach could do well at Newcastle – if we can get one in.
But such is the ambition at Newcastle these days – that as long as we stay in the Premier League, everything is really OK.
Not many Newcastle fans will agree with that.
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