We would expect that the vast majority of Newcastle fans would be delighted if Peter Kenyon and GACP Sports secure the funds to take over Newcastle United.
While their resources would be limited, there is a case to be made for ‘Anybody But Ashley.’ In the 46-page brochure that was leaked when Peter Kenyon’s name resurfaced last month, it did not display any grand transfer plans or investment in the club.
The transfer budget figures were modest at best, at least initially. There was no mention of upgrading the Youth Academy or the training facilities.
There was even a reference to selling players to fund new recruitment. It sounded an awful lot like what we have under Mike Ashley.
However, it would be a fresh start for Newcastle fans to get out of a toxic relationship with a negligent owner. While there may be rough waters to navigate under Peter Kenyon and GACP Sports’ Joseph DaGrosa, we would gladly take the opportunity to sail those seas.
Danny Mills has made some comments in Football Insider that just proves he does not understand the situation at Newcastle.
The former Leeds full-back had this to say about Mike Ashley’s asking price for Newcastle:
“Valuations are whatever somebody wants to pay for it. You look at Newcastle and that’s (asking price) maybe what, £300million?
“They’re struggling and they’re going to continue to struggle, that’s going to take another £200million to guarantee Premier League football season in, season out.”
That’s just foolish to say that a new owner would need to invest £200m to guarantee the club stays in the Premier League. Many clubs are struggling and don’t spend near that much to keep up.
The club is not struggling because they don’t spend £200m a year in transfer fees. It’s struggling because the owner of the club has no ambition.
We had a world-class manager who would have been pushing the club into the top eight this season if Mike Ashley would have gotten out of his way.
What Danny Mills fails to see is that Mike Ashley is the reason for the struggle. Getting rid of him will resolve a lot of our issues.
While it may not be a perfect match with Peter Kenyon and Joseph DaGrosa, the apathy surrounding the club would be significantly reduced. The club could finally free itself from the 12-year burden that has been the Mike Ashley reign.