Sunday, 14 September 2008

so long mike..

Having read Mike Ashley's statement tonight about him wanting to sell Newcastle United you can't help but be impressed by his passion for the football club. There is no doubt in my mind that he has the best interests of the club at heart and has always done what he has thought was in the best interests of the football club.
Unfortunately Mike has one fatal flaw that has affected his time ever since he bought out the club from the previous and frankly loathsome owner Freddie Shephard.
This much was obvious from some of his comments in his carefully worded statement released earlier this evening. Take this quote for example,
"Also one of the reasons that the club was so in debt when I took over was due to transfer dealings caused by managers moving in and out of the club. Every time there was a change in manager millions would be spent on new players and millions would be lost as players were sold. It can't keep on working like that. It is just madness."
Absolutely right Mike it is madness to keep changing managers more often than some people change their underpants, so why then are we looking for our third manager since you bought the club in May 2007?
And though undoubtedly Dennis Wise and his team of scouts have brought in players who have so far all looked promising in the black and white shirt, surely they could have given Keegan the one thing he wanted more than anything this summer, which was a left back and in particular Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers. We are undoubtedly short in this area, a shortfall that was embaressingly shown up in our game against Hull where Charles N'Zogbia gave a truly woeful performance.
So Mr Ashley, thanks very much for clearing the debts and getting rid of Sam Allardyce, for that I will be eternally grateful, but it's time to go and thank you for realising that and getting out before the club threatens to tear itself apart.