Mike Ashley gave his very first interview since becoming Newcastle United owner almost eight years ago – and he said some interesting things – but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we will have to wait to see if he does change his modus operandi in the summer – and we’ll get some idea if there will be any change at all from the owner.
It will be interesting to see which players come in, but even more interesting will be who is allowed to leave the club – or who pushes hard to leave the club this summer.
Alan Shearer – critical response to Ashley’s interview
But Alan Shearer on BBC’s Match of the Day tonight wasn’t exactly buying it – and this was Alan’s reaction to Mike’s interview with Sky Sports, which took place one hour before kick-off this afternoon:
“What I would say to that is stop selling your best players, play your best teams in the cup competitions, give the fans a little bit of hope.”
“There was a bit of time before this transfer window that Newcastle didn’t sign a player for 18 months, so that isn’t really acceptable.”
“How can you second guess a guy who hired Joe Kinnear, sacked Kevin Keegan, sacked Sam Allardyce, then brought in Dennis Wise as the Director of Football.”
“So I know the city, I know the football club, and I haven’t got a clue what he is going to do.”
“Actions speak louder than words.”
Newcastle have to strengthen the squad big time this summer, because with our small squad and our terrible injury record every season, we are always near the bare bones at points during the season.
For example last season we had to play an untested goalkeeper for eight games, because we were one of the few sides that didn’t have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad.
And this season we had only three experienced center-backs when we started the season at the end of the summer transfer window, and that went down to two – when Steven Taylor was injured and out for the season on New Years Day.
What Mike Ashley has to ensure this summer is the squad is improved in terms of quality but also in size – so we can get over all the injuries we always suffer – not to mention suspensions and loss of form.
But at least we are still in the Premier League, and now the club has a huge opportunity to launch a major rebuilding program this summer.
We’ll see if that’s what they do.
What do you think?