This is the final season of the three-year Premier League TV rights deal that was in total around £3B, and next summer starts the next three years of that and that total money will go up to £5.1B.
Newcastle have been getting just short of £80M for the first two years of this current deal, so starting next year if would be fairly safe to say we will be getting around £136M for each of the three seasons, starting next summer.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley on last day of last season
That´s huge money for any club, and of course Mike Ashley the money-man will be relishing that – but in order for Newcastle to receive that money – obviously we have to stay in the Premier League.
Lee Charnley is running the club for Ashley, and he is the top executive and leads the Newcastle Board of Directors.
It was Lee who oversaw things after Alan Pardew left the club, forced out by the Sack Pardew crowd who wanted him out of the club.
What we got in place of Alan was an inexperienced coach who talked about how he could get the Newcastle head coach job while he continued to lose game after game.
And then it was the Board of Directors who appointed Steve McClaren as the new head coach, days after he had been fired from Derby County.
Simply put – Mike Ashley is letting the Board run the club.
At the start of last season, there was follow-on in poor results after we had lost seven of our last eight games in the 2013-2014 season.
And it seems we have the same thing happening again this season – after we lost nine games of the last eleven league games earlier this year.
We cannot imagine Mike Ashley is pleased with what he has seen in the last two games and that Newcastle are second bottom of the league, although he will give Steve McClaren time to get the side gelling.
Given the money situation and what Newcastle could lose with relegation this season, we cannot imagine Ashley is going to stay in the background if we continue to linger in the bottom three in the league.
It´s too early to do much at the moment and certainly far too early to panic.
Although as we suggested after the game yesterday – the Board should be working on new acquisitions who could come in during the January transfer window.
If we are in the bottom three and fighting relegation at the end of the year – look to Mike Ashley to make more big money available.
But the Board will need to bring in players this time who can make an immediate impact.
Apart from Charlie Austin who else would be available with those credentials?
What do you think?