Ashley May Be Much Less Ambitious Than Fans Think


At the end of the season Newcastle will need to get off the fence and make a decision on who is going to be the new head coach, and if John Carver is appointed – especially if his record in the next eight games doesn’t improve significantly, then Newcastle will be doomed to mediocrity – and even that may be difficult to achieve.

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Mike Ashley – only takes his own counsel

Mike Ashley doesn’t listen to the Newcastle fans, and doesn’t seem to take any guidance on what he should do at Newcastle but from himself.

But there is good evidence that fans are just fed up with the owner, because he doesn’t show any signs of ever wanting to build a successful side on Tyneside.

And especially when our finances are now in excellent shape, now is the time to not only spend the money and start building up a top side, but change the policy and try to get top six in the Premier League (after all we get more money for that) and go after the two Cups in England and try to win something.

But an appointment of John Carver would signal the exact opposite, and that Mike Ashley wants to continue the frugal way he has run the club for eight years.

Our best players will continue to leave because either they have realized they will win nothing at Newcastle and want to now have Champions League football and/or a good offer comes in for them which the owner accepts, and the player doesn’t have any choice but to leave.

So it’s a very important decision for Newcastle, make no mistake about that, and if John Carver is appointed it’s going to be very interesting to see how many bring top players we can bring into the club this summer, not to mention those who will push to leave the club.

It’s an important decision for Newcastle United, maybe the most important Mike Ashley has ever made at the club,  but the odds are that he will continue eon his merry way and taking Newcastle nowhere – even through are finances will look good every year.

And he will appoint John Carver – or Steve McClaren from Derby County – and either man would fit very nicely into the way Mike runs the club, with no uncomfortable questions being asked by those who work for him.

It’s a sad thought indeed.

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4 comments so far

  • martoon

    Apr 4, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I think I should be appointed manager – I have shown my genius today in my fantasy football team by replacing Foster with Mignolet in goal and removing Sanchez! 🙂

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  • toonluvva

    Apr 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    There is no way that the fans think that Mr Ashley has ambitions for NUFC.

    They all know it’s all about SportsDirect as far as he is concerned. Eventually his approach will lead to relegation and we will probably end up stuck in the Championship for years while he strips the assest from the club to repay his debt.

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  • finkler

    Apr 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    toonluvva
    Ashley will sell at the optimum time for him. As a fan we need to recognise that Ashley’s investment will depreciate should we be relegated. Hence the January investment a couple of January’s ago. You can listen to the doom and gloom merchants but my money is on his biggest spend( net) this summer.
    That’s my view. I do see the need to lift fan morale by a win against the scum tomorrow.

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  • BeeGuy

    Apr 4, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Finkler is mostly right. I see MA as enjoying the club the most as “flirting with relegation.” By just staying up, he can make a bundle. If he had his way, he would play home games in an empty stadium to save costs. He would get out of St James Park if he could. The only thing that stops him is that he could not recruit players to perform in an empty venue.

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