The People is reporting this morning that Mike Ashley will use every penny he receives from the St. James’ Park naming rights to buy new players for Newcastle United.
Our response to that is – pull the other leg, it’s got bells on.
That’s a very hollow promise indeed because how would we ever know if that particular source of revenue would be used only for new players – we don’t and never will with the Ashley regime.
And to change St. James’ Park to Tesco Park or something like that is downright insulting to Newcastle fans.
But will the clueless Mike ever learn – no.
But let’s see what the latest quotes are from that unnamed source (read Ashley mouthpiece) is saying today – if only to try to be fair:
“Mike recognizes what the name St James’ Park means to the Newcastle fans and he understands why there is some anger.”
“But all he is asking is for the fans to sit back and take a realistic look at the situation.” “It is costing him £3M a month out of his own pocket to run Newcastle “
Editor note: we don’t believe that for one moment
“And he is trying to look at other ways of raising revenue – the St James’ Park name is one of his few valuable assets.” “But he is not going to flog the name of the stadium to the first bidder.”
“He is looking for a significant figure for the stadium naming rights and if he gets it, all the money will go to help Chris Hughton strengthen the team.”
“Mike has to run the club as a business and at the moment it is probably in a better state than 50 per cent of teams in the Premier League.”
“Yes, Mike has made mistakes, none more so than the appointment of Dennis Wise as director of football, but what has not been a mistake is the way the club is now reaping the rewards of unearthing young talent.”
“Mike is absolutely delighted at the way the likes of Ranger and Andy Carroll have come through.”
But Ashley hasn’t ruled out a sale of the club in the future – and that’s more like wahat we want to hear.
The Ashley source continued:
“If someone with real financial clout came in, like Sheikh Mansour did at Manchester City, then Mike would sell it overnight.”
“He accepts that the Newcastle fans are never going to love him, not until he gets the club back into the Premier League.”
“But he just wants the fans to love their team and he has been thrilled by the way they have done this season.”
We don’t believe a word Mike Ashley says anymore, but we hope Barry Moat is continuing to get his money together.
And maybe that Arab Sheikh and Newcastle United fan is around somewhere.