Newcastle United have had the life drained out of the club by the way Mike Ashley has run things on Tyneside where money is king and winning trophies is never even mentioned – in fact part of Newcastle’s strategy under Ashley is to now let the local cup competitions get in the way of staying in the Premier League, which is Mike Ashley’s one and only goal as a Newcastle owner.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner since 2007
That’s his goal and we saw two years ago he is willing to get personally involved in bringing in players and will pay out big money if Newcastle are threatened with relegation, that’s so that his company Sports Direct keeps getting the world-wide advertising when Newcastle play at St. James’ Park and the games are beamed live around the world.
Ashley was at it again in January making money, and we made around £12M by selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma, Davide Santon to his former club Inter-Milan and Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace for £4M compensation.
Yes, Mike also sells his managers for money.
And John Carver was put in charge of the team when Alan left because that was the cheap option, and that was a decision that has backfired on the side big time.
In retrospect we should have brought in an experienced coach and not a completely untested one – much like Crystal Palace, West Brom and Sunderland have done.
And it seems to be paying off for them and all but Sunderland are safe from relegation, and the Black Cats have won their last two games.
Mike Ashley made £12M in January because he never thought for one moment there was any danger of relegation – we were 9th top with 26 points when Alan Pardew flew out the back door, and now Ashley is being found out, and as things stand with 2 games to play – he could be almost totally responsible for a Newcastle relegation – if it happens – because of that he did and didn’t so in January.
It’s true that a lot of neutrals – just like six years ago – would be happy enough if Newcastle are relegated.
And some fans would like us to go down if it means getting Mike Ashley out of the club – but we doubt Mike Ashley would want to lose £150M on his investment in Newcastle, and sell when we are in the second division.
Newcastle have also been a club fighting itself this year, and John Carver’s coaching and press conferences have hardly helped – and it shows just how inexperienced Carver is – even though his heart is in the right place.
Newcastle have fallen so much in the football world under Mike Ashley, that if we are relegated on May 24th for the second time in six years – the Premier League will not miss us.
We are no longer the club that plays good football and will give it a go against the top teams in the Premier League, and there are least 10 clubs in the PL who are more ambitious than Newcastle are today.
We have been in the top ten in the eight years under Mike Ashley only twice (5th in 2012 and 10th last year), and we’ve been relegated once and this season we’ll finish in the bottom five for the second time in two years.
Newcastle have fallen a long long way under Mike Ashley as a football club and we will not be missed – whatever pundits may say – if we are relegated this season.
And that relegation could become real if we cannot get our first win since February at QPR this Saturday.
Maybe the good news is that we will be big shots again next season, albeit in the second division.
This year and the last eight years has not been a good story for Newcastle United – that’s for sure.