Paul Merson predicted that Newcastle would beat Swansea on Saturday 2-0, so that was the kiss of death on the win – right there.
The truth is that Merson has come around to Newcastle after our good run of 7 points from 4 games over Christmas and he is a big supporter of Rafa Benitez.
And the Sky Sports pundit claimed on Soccer Saturday that he would not be too shocked if Newcastle – for a second January running – don’t bring any players in to strengthen the squad.
Paul Merson – he doesn’t get it – translation –
he doesn’t understand Ashley
This is some of what Paul said:
“It wouldn’t shock me at all. Not one bit if they didn’t buy anyone (in January).”
“I don’t get it. You’re talking a big football club, 52,000 every week, and they can’t buy anybody!”
It is now January 14th – almost halfway through the transfer window, and Rafa said last night – no player is close to coming in.
That’s why some Newcastle fans are thinking – maybe we’ll get nobody in at all just like last January.
We have never fully understood Mike Ashley, and it would not shock us too much if that is what happens.
But if that happens again then the owner could lose about £150M on Newcastle’s value if we are relegated – and it would serve him right.
Mike Ashley is a miser, and he’s never liked spending Newcastle’s money – he’d rather see it in the bank.
That’s one big reason the owner had never understood what success in football really means.
In normal businesses, it does mean money in the bank – big revenues and huge profits – but not in football.
You make money as an owner by what the club is worth in the market.
And the price of a football club goes up the more successful they are on the field of play.
So significant investment is needed if you are to have a successful club (and good players) and therefore be successful as a football owner.
Mike Ashley has never understood that premise – which is why he’s been terrible as the Newcastle owner for almost 11 years now.
Newcastle fans hope he will sell up and quickly too.
And there will be a new beginning at Newcastle is United when Rafa supported fully in the transfer windows by ambitious new owners.
That’s the hope!