Rob Lee has commented on Newcastle owner Mike Ashley today in the local press, and Rob mentions that Mike seems to take one step forward followed by two steps back – and we never seem to make much progress with Mike Ashley as the leader of Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley – smile it’s not that bad – on second thoughts – maybe it is 😀
The 48-year-old former Newcastle midfielder has this to say about the Newcastle owner:
“He just seems to take one step forward and then two steps backwards.” “He is a very clever man and he runs the club well on the business side, and his other business is booming.”
“Is he one of these he is going to plough millions and millions in and make us challenge for the title? No.” “But sometimes, it’s better the devil you know. I know the fans are not happy with him, but you look at Birmingham, you look at Cardiff – it could be worse.”
“Unless you can find someone who is a Newcastle billionaire who loves football – and they are very few and far between – you are talking foreign owners.” “Sometimes you want to change and sometimes, you can change for the worse.”
“I’d just like to see him investing more. He just seems to annoy the fans and I don’t know why he does it.” “He seems to get back on their side and then he comes up with something like changing the name of the ground.”
“It just seems weird. I don’t know sometimes what the thinking is behind it.” “He seems to be quite happy with them being a Premier League team. They are not really getting into relegation trouble and not getting near the Champions League or progressing, and he seems quite happy with that.”
There’s no doubt that Ashley has pout Newcastle into a good financial position, but he keeps making some dumb decisions, and we think Mike himself would admit that – the latest being the appointment of his pal Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football last June, which was a complete and utter disaster.
If the owner would commit to ploughing all the profits straight back into the club, Newcastle could be in good shape as far as the team goes – because we will be coming into big money starting in May.
But Ashley seems to have trouble spending greenbacks – but to his credit he’s ploughing money into the Benton Training facilities in a year or so – and he installed underground heating at the Benton training complex shortly after Alan Pardew first arrived.
If he would commit to spending the profits we could even be in decent shape – but Mike will never change – and he will never talk to the fans or even have a good relationship with them.
That’s unfortunate – but that’s the way it is.
And we are just a little disappointed that Mike isn’t more ambitious for Newcastle, because Alan Pardew has said Mike wants to be successful in everything he does, and certainly Sports Direct is becoming very successful under his leadership.
The sad part is that Newcastle United isn’t. 🙁
What do you think?
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