Mike Ashley is businessman, and one of the wealthiest people in Britain. He has bought the majority share in football club Newcastle United in 2007. Because of poor results, the fans want him to leave, but is Mike Ashley really responsible for Newcastle woes?
It has been quite a while since Mike Ashley has bought Newcastle. I remember that, at the start, he was wearing Newcastle United kit and spending time with Newcastle fans at the stands. He was considered a savior, because he fixed some financial problems, and got Kevin Keegen back to the club. Well a lot has change since than. Ashley would probably get attacked if he would go to stands with the fans now.
The past two season have been quite poor for Newcastle United, and fears of relegation have surfaced again. People are tired of Mike Ashley moves, which usually go against the wishes of the fans. But is Mike Ashley really responsible for this poor results?
Newcastle United has spend €33 million before the start of this season, which means that Newcastle is in 11th place in terms of spending in this year’s Premier League.
I mean this isn’t a lot if you compare Newcastle to, let’s say, Manchester United, or Liverpool, but it is quite a lot comparing to Stoke or Aston Villa.
Fans complaining about the lack of investment are missing the mark here. Newcastle is basically average in terms of ambition in Premier League
Mike ain’t that bad!
I think that the main problem for Mike Ashley is that he doesn’t know what he is doing. This is something he himself acknowledged. He didn’t know anything when he decided to buy Newcastle. He didn’t know that Newcastle had a massive debt, so he had to pay a lot more for the club, than he originally thought. This is also the reason, why he wants to sell the club since 2008.
Nevertheless, Ashley is not responsible for Newcastle poor results, because he has invested a reasonable amount of money. I think that the manager and the sporting director are are the problem, or in other words, bad management, and buying players that are not performing like they should.