One of the statements Mike Ashley made in that Sky Sports interview just before the West Ham game on 24th May that seemed important – was that from now on we were going to make our own luck.
And it’s starting to look like the Billionaire is willing to spend some big money at Newcastle, to make the squad into one that can truly challenge for a trophy again, since that’s Ashley’s stated aim for the club – to win something
Mike Ashley during the Sky Sports interview
This is one of the questions David Craig asked Mike about if we were relegated would he still invest and the owner’s answer:
Q: Would you invest so much that it comes straight back up from the Championship?
A: Yes – if there is such a thing if you can able to guarantee I would like to say I could guarantee that investment but the results is not something I can guarantee.”
“When I say win something, if we get in a position of Champions League, that equals winning something.”
“The only positive we’ve got is the club is on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight with the financial situation the club finds itself in.”
“My job is to make sure they have the maximum amount of financial resources and it is their job to get the best pound-for-pound value out of those resources.”
“Today we don’t need to be unlucky, not today, from this day forward we will be making our own luck.”
There have been promises before of course, but this is starting to look like the real thing.
Assuming we can sign Chancel Mbemba for £8.5M tomorrow, then Newcastle will have spent around £35M on three top players in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, and they will no doubt improve the team.
And maybe three more top players are still to arrive this summer.
Things definitely at least feel as though they are picking up at the club, and Steve McClaren has made a huge difference with his experience and savvy as he tries to pull everybody together at the club – including the fans – since he arrived last month.
His willingness to engage the fans at the last Fans Forum meeting was eye-opening and like a breath of fresh air to frustrated fans.
Newcastle still have it all to do on the field next season of course, and that’s all that really matters, but the mood of Newcastle fans seems to be starting to change for the better.
It even looks like from now on we will be making our own luck.
What do you think?