The Sunday People and former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver are reporting today that sources close to Mike Ashley have said that after the club are now financially stable, the owner will prioritize the Cups next season.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
The People is reporting that Mike Ashley will make a U-turn on the FA Cup and League Cup next season, after a new head coach is appointed in the summer.
But if that’s true how come there has been no communique from the club on that, and whenever Lee Charnley has been interviewed, he’s like a broken record saying top 10 is in the league is the only priority.
We have financial stability now and we are the 19th richest club in the world, but that could all be turned on its head if we keep losing games and the bottom sides catch us – and lo and behold – we are relegated again.
That’s remains a possibility as long as we keep losing games every week, and we are pretty good at that having lost five on the trot going into the game against Spurs today.
A group of Newcastle fans want Ashley out of the club, and there is a boycott and protests planned for tomorrow’s game, and we cannot see the lads getting much out of this game.
I was brought up by my Dad supporting Newcastle way back in the early 1950s, when we couldn’t help but win the FA Cup which we did in 1951, 1952 and 1955, and my father traveled to all the away games as well as the home games during that period.
But the FA Cup win in 1955, when we slaughtered Manchester City 3-1, was our very last home trophy – and the only thing we’ve won since that time is the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969.
It’s difficult to know whether this story is true in the People, and what we would like to see is Ashley completely change the way he runs the club, and invest the money we are making into the playing squad, and aim for top six again in the league, as well as going after the Cups.
While we hope that’s what will happen in the summer, it’s very doubtful that Mike can change his spots, because his aim in life seems to have been to make lots of money – and he’s been very good at that.
So why change now at Newcastle United?
What do you think?