In The Sun today West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has talked about the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and she makes some interesting points about the Newcastle owner in his eight years at Newcastle.
Karren Brady of West Ham
Just like in our relegation season six years ago, there have been demonstrations from the fans both before and during the games, because of the way Ashley has mismanaged Newcastle on the field of play.
Those protests will continue through the end of the season, which could again end up in relegation for Newcastle.
This is what Karren has said about Ashley:
“David Gold says there’s no chance of he and co-owner David Sullivan selling West Ham.” “How different from Mike Ashley, who appears to be going through the motions like a marriage with Newcastle that both bores and irritates him.”
“Owning a club is a business but, more than that, it is a responsibility to the community, fans and the game itself. Only Ashley knows how many of those tests he thinks he passes.”
And that last paragraph is where Ashley has failed miserably at Newcastle over the last eight years, where money is all important and the team isn’t, and we’ve exceeded 50 points in the Premier League only once in eight seasons.
Those criticisms of Ashley come from Brady in her diary in the Sun, and in truth it’s never been a good relationship between the fans and Ashley, ever since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.
Mike has twice tried to sell the club before in 2008 and 2009 and failed both times, and there is a chance he could try to sell the club again in the summer and finally leave Tyneside.
But there is currently uncertainty about what will happen to Newcastle in the league, and if we are relegated there’s no way he could get around £260M for Newcastle, so that he doesn’t lose money on the deal – and we know money is important to him.
If Newcastle do survive and stay in the Premier League that could be the time Mike Ashley thinks enough is enough and again puts the club up for sale this summer, but we’d be surprised if he can get his money back on Newcastle.
Aston Villa will be sold in the summer if they don’t get relegated, but that’s only for around £150M to a Chinese consortium, and John W Henry (Fenway Sports Group) only paid £300M for Liverpool back in October, 2010.
Newcastle have been completely silent over the last two months as the side has gone to hell in a hand-basket on the pitch, due in large measure to the mistakes that were made in the January transfer window that left us with a threadbare squad and an inexperienced coach in charge.
And it will be interesting if anything is said or done this week to try to correct what looks like a death dive into the Championship.
We don’t expect anything to happen.
What do you think?