Newcastle will follow up from Mike Ashley’s Sky Sports interview on Saturday to change the way Newcastle are run and there will be some changes – some of them significant.
We have put together a list of points that will change the way Newcastle are run and also the ambitions of the club have been changed by Mike’s interview – in short we now have some ambition to win something.
A worried Mike Ashley on Sunday
Here are some of the things that Newcastle will now do which are different from the past:
- Mike Ashley should be interviewed more and certainly his live interview before the crucial game turned out to be a good move, and Ashley came over quite well.
He certainly said the right things – but he has to follow through with these – with the bottom line being more interviews and communication from the owner – that can only be good.
- Staying with communication there will be an even new focus on the fans – with even more emphasis on the Fans Forum with a drive to better communicate with fans.
That communication with the fans has been woefully poor for far too long – we look forward to the next Fans Forum meeting to be held within the next couple of weeks.
- Ashley will now allow Newcastle and Chief Scout Graham Carr to sign players who are over 26 years of age – which Alan Pardew has been arguing for over the last couple of years – this will allow some experience in the side – which is a good move.
- Yes – he said it – we will now try to win something and the Cups must be a great opportunity for us starting next season.
Mike Ashley also hinted in his interviews he would consider Newcastle finishing in a Champions League position in the top four in the Premier League a success. Fans have been wanting this for years – and it is now a stated goal – it’s about time.
- Newcastle will sign more British players rather than those from places like France and Spain – and this has been in operation for around a year at the club.
British players are more expensive, but we could also target top young British players who can come through the ranks on Tyneside, with some being signed as the finished product.
But we have already seen this in action – that we are after a number of British players this summer.
- Use more of the profits we will be getting in the year ahead on building up a good squad.
Ashley said we have the cart in place – the very good financial results – but we are only half way there. Now we need to hitch the cart to the horses – with the horses being good players that can give us success.
In short we are in a good financial position but we have use that now to get in some good players so we can start to even have some success – a strange concept over the last eight years.
Mike made it very clear that he will not sell the club at any price and that he is staying at Newcastle.
But the club must put their words into action.
It seems that Mike has been so shocked at the near disaster for Newcastle this season – he’s had a wake-up call about the dangerous the way the club has been run by depleting the squad at the worst times – like we did in January.
Mike Ashley still has to prove to fans that he means what he said in the interview – but to us it was positive that the owner was interviewed on Sky Sports before the final game – that showed real courage.
And it seemed to pay off with our lads being excellent on Sunday with a terrific 2-0 win against West Ham, and Jonas making great headlines around the world for his human story.
A wonderful ending to an absolutely terrible season.
Next season we want to have a wonderful season.
Here’s Mike Ashley’s interview on Sky Sports on Saturday.