Just before the last game of last season Mike Ashley gave his first interview ever at Newcastle and said he would invest in the club this summer and from now on we would be making out own luck.
After that he then removed himself from the Newcastle Board of Directors and left it up to Lee Charnley, Graham Carr, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur to decide which players are brought in over the summer with the funds Ashley has given them.
Steve Watson in his playing days at Newcastle
That interview raised the mood a little on Tyneside according to our poll:
Are You More Positive On Newcastle's Future Following Ashley's Interview?
- Yes (55%, 3,094 Votes)
- No (45%, 2,517 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,611
But Charnley and company have since labored in the transfer market, and not one player has been signed yet, and it’s almost six weeks since the last day of the season back on May 24th.
Yesterday was the first official day of the transfer window when players can now be signed, but deals have been made during June and made official yesterday
It’s not surprising that fans are getting a little unhappy at the lack of action in the transfer market this summer.
But former player Steve Watson doesn’t share that concern, and this is what he’s said in the Chronicle today:
“I’m not one of these people who buys into the doom and gloom. I understand it but I am always somebody that thinks it is a new season so what is the point in going in with any negatives?”
“Let’s just look forward with a new manager.” “The owner came out and said what he said and you have to trust that. He’s accepted he’s made mistakes.”
“And he’s accepted this is the way of moving Newcastle forward.” “If he does it there is no reason why we can’t climb the table, we have climbed it before.”
“I thought at the end of the season, in the games I seen, I thought they all did well. Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Adam Armstrong, when he got a chance, shone. They stood up and they were counted.”
“Some of the senior players should have stood up but the younger lads were probably the standout performers. Looking forward that has to be a plus.”
It’s not saying too much that we can climb the table next season after finishing 15th – 6th bottom – last season.
And Mike Ashley seems to have reduced his involvement at Newcastle to giving out the funds in each transfer window, so the attention is now on Lee Charnley as the top executive at the club to start bringing in some players.
The sooner the better as far as we are concerned.