It’s difficult to think of Mike Ashley as a football man – and that’s because he isn’t one – Mike Ashley is a business man through and through – and that’s all he is.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
So when Mike gets a player in like Mathieu Debuchy and pays around £5M from him after almost a year of wrangling with his club Lille over the fee – Ahsley finally go a good deal.
And then when Newcastle get an offer of £12M from Arsenal just 19 months later for Debuchy – of course he takes it .
Another bit of good business for Ashley, because that’s £7M profit on the player and that’s around £350K for each of the 19 months Mathieu played for Newcastle – a fantastic deal.
And we’ll see in the summer if a big club comes in for 21 year-old Ayoze Perez and offers around £10M for the 21 year-old, he will be gone too.
And if that happens that will be a gain of around £8.5M, and that’s a gain of about £700K for each of the 12 months Perez was on Tyneside – even better.
So when Rangers take five fringe/young players from Newcastle in late January, and have only Haris Vuckic playing regularly for them since that time – that’s a Rangers problem – and from their viewpoint – not a good deal.
But Newcastle are saving on the wages of the five players, and the fact that three of the players couldn’t play when the loan started and haven’t played since, is another Rangers’ problem.
And we found out in the last few days that the five were signed on loan without even having medicals at Rangers, so if three of them were crocked when they signed for Rangers on loan – it’s difficult to blame Newcastle for that.
We’re afraid to say that it appears from his actions, that the only way Mike Ashley sees football is the way he sees everything else in life – everything’s business – everything’s a deal.
And Mike likes to make good deals and that’s one reason he’s made himself into a multi-Billionaire over these last 30 years or so.
Whether or not these deals leave Newcastle short of players like we are at the moment because of the January sales – or like we were last year when he sold our best player Yohan Cabaye for £20M half way through the season and didn’t replace him – doesn’t matter to Ashley.
All that counts is the deal.
And that’s also why Mike Ashley will never be successful in football, because football is not like a big business and not like buying and selling shares in the stock market – players actually matter in the game and more than just selling them for big profits.
You actually need good players to make good teams – so you cannot just keep selling them to make big profits.
Otherwise you end up with a mediocre team that cannot make the top ten in the Premier League but two times in eight attempts.
That’s Mike Ashley’s very poor record at Newcastle.
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