If Mike Ashley sells the club soon, then he will have missed out on a massive opportunity at Newcastle.
If only he had been willing to invest and put the best team out on the field that Newcastle could afford, Newcastle would have been in a much better position now than we are.
And the owner would have been able to get a lot more than the £350M he’s reported to be picking up from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan – if the latest takeover goes through.
We’ve reported a few times if Ashley would change his ways and invest in the team with Rafa in charge for two or three years, then the club would be worth double its current worth reasonably quickly.
But Mike Ashley is not that kind of businessman and would rather produce yearly profits and to do that you cut costs wherever you can – at least that’s what you do in the retail business that Ashley is part of.
That’s not the kind of business acumen a successful however of a football club has.
Two different owners with two different approaches – one will be successful
Ashley follows a typical business model, but that doesn’t particularly work in sports where big investment is needed.
Former Newcastle defender and BBC Radio Newcastle pundit John Anderson has talked about it in the Shields Gazette, and John makes some good points:
“I am amazed that people with money haven’t invested in Newcastle United,”
“It’s always amazed me because people know the size of the club, they know the potential, and know what could happen if the right people were here and the adulation they would get.”
“But then it’s always amazed me that Mike Ashley hasn’t seen that.”
“I know he has put them on a sound footing, but if he saw the real potential, and went and spent money to try and be successful, he could have benefitted elsewhere.”
“I have never really understood why he never saw that, but hopefully, the club can find an owner that does realize how special a club Newcastle United can be.”
If Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan does take over, we hope to see some enthusiasm, ambition, and urgency coming from the new owners that will match that of Rafa Benitez.
We never got any of that from Mike Ashley, who hardly spoke to the fans and often showed disdain towards them.
If we get that from the new owners – then future success is almost assured.
Howay The Lads!!