Mike Ashley has given a rare interview with Sky News and he says that he will not sell up at Newcastle, even if we are relegated to the Championship for the second time in seven years – and the second time in his nine-year tenure as the owner of the club.
And in response to whether he would sell up he said “We’re stuck with each other.”
Mike Ashley – not selling Newcastle United
Seen praying we will not go down
Mike was asked if he thought Newcastle would remain in the Premier League for next season and he was a little non-committal:
“Oh, now you are really asking me some questions now.” “How confident? I am going to say we have the right man in the job.”
“If there’s any chance of us staying up, let’s hope Rafa can do the business and keep us up there.”
“It’s disappointing because I personally want to win every game for Newcastle United. It doesn’t matter who they are playing.”
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly, but yesterday I wanted us to win, so I am a little disappointed. But it’s not a disaster.”
And then Ashley was asked if he was staying on as the owner of Newcastle United even if we are relegated in May – and this is how he responded:
“I’ve got no choice. I am wedded to Newcastle just like Sports Direct. They’ve got me and I’ve got them, that’s just the way it is.” “We’re stuck with each other.”
In the last year, since he gave that interview with Sky Sports News just before our final game of the season against West Ham, he said we would make our own luck from now on.
He took himself off the Newcastle Board in the summer and went into the background and let Lee Charnley run the club, including picking the next head coach after the John Carver episode, but we all know that was a disaster from start to finish after Steve McClaren was appointed.
Ashley has shelled out £82M of the clubs’ money for new players since that interview last May, and he stepped in a couple of weeks ago and saved Lee Charnley from himself.
The owner told Charnley to fire Steve McClaren and go after Rafa Benitez, who was rumored to be interested in the Newcastle job and at the beginning of the year had been fired from Real Madrid.
Lee did a good job of negotiating for and finally hiring the former Liverpool manager, and that shocked Newcastle fans that we could attract such a tip-top manager.
So at least in the last year by shelling out big money for players and going after a top manager, Ashley seems to have a lot more ambition for Newcastle these days.
But he has to full responsibility for the mess we are in now – because he was the one who gave Lee Charnley the job of trying to run Newcastle on a day-to-day basis for him.
Ashley is the head person at the club as the owner – and the responsibility stops at his door.
As you go up the corporate ladder you are responsible for the performance of the managers who report to you.
So Mike Ashley is totally responsible for the latest mess we are in, as he admitted he was the one responsible for the mess almost a year ago when we were almost relegated on the very last day of the season.
Since we never seem to learn from our mistakes – maybe history will repeat itself when we play Tottenham at home in the final game of this season?
What do you think?