Mike Ashley gave his first ever interview since buying Newcastle United eight years ago – and that was the first time Newcastle fans had even heard the voice of Mike Ashley and to us he seems to have an accent very much like former England manager Terry Venables.
A worried looking Mike Ashley yesterday
Mike has received some plaudits for that interview, in which he said he wanted to win something.
Ashley explained the situation by saying now we have the cart (good financial numbers), but we’re only half way there – and now we have to get the horses hitched up to that cart (meaning new players) – so he’s aware that only part of the club is successful – the financial part – which is not too exciting.
We’ll have to see what happens this summer, and see whether we can get some very good players into the club.
48 year-old Former Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has given some positive feedback on Ashley to Sky Sports today:
“In the cold light of day that man Mike Ashley has done a great job of turning around a basket-case scenario that Newcastle’s finances were in.” “That’s not enough for the fans. It means very little to the fans but they thrive on the success.”
“They want to see the club advancing at all stages. So to do that and at this stage and to understand they need to hear a bit more, that’s a great way to go.” “He’s obviously a little cautious on what he says. I think the dial turned a little this morning and they will feel in a better place.”
“What he has to do is maintain that communication – and they will forgive. They questioned his ambition and why he bought the club. This is the first part of his answer back.”
Newcastle fans have demanded success, and it does seem that Ashley has changed his modus operandi some, and he’s now saying he wants success at Newcastle, and it would seem the cups are the easiest way to go.
So we want to see our best side fielded in the FA Cup and the League Cup next season – and who knows – we could end up at Wembley next year – that’s got to be a goal for next season – surely.
Note – Norwich City have just beaten Middlebrough at Wembley 2-0, and are the third team promoted to the Premier League with Bournemouth and Watford.