I’m not sure what was the biggest shock: Newcastle winning by two goals for the first time at home this season, or Mike Ashley givinng an interview pre-match.
From out of the blue, Mike Ashley turned up on Sky Sports to give a televised interview.
In the interview, the NUFC owner claimed that he was going nowhere until United won something, which for many of us sounds like a life sentence.
Ashley also claimed he would ‘continue the policy of investing in the football club’, which will confound and annoy many fans in equal measures.
The interview appears to show that Mike Ashley has been hit by the protests against his ownership and now that relegation has been narrowly averted, we ‘look forward’ to see what the ‘continued investment’ consists of…
Mike Ashley speaking to Sky Sports:
How disappointed to find Newcastle in this situation?
I could’t have really imagined it from Christmas. Didn’t anticipate we would be even near this situation so obviously after the last sort of couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked by where we find ourselves today.
Who is responsible? The manager, the fans, players or does it stop at your door?
What is next?
If you are talking about investing in the club, I will continue the policy of investing in the football club.
Even if it relegated?
If there is such a thing as you are able to guarantee promotion then I would like to say I will guarantee that.
The only positive is that we have got the club on a very sound financial footing. We are able to spend relatively and punch above our weight now with the current financial situation the club finds itself in.
If you hadn’t come into the club, where would they be?
Not as strong financially. I’m going to add, that that isn’t really good enough. It’s no good having the horse and cart scenario. We may have the cart financially but we are now going to bolt the horse on. And we’re going to.
What is your message for the fans?
Today we don’t need to be unlucky…not today. From this day forward we will definitely be making our own luck.
What is your ambition now?
To win something definitely, and by the way, I shall not be selling it until I do.
So the club’s not for sale?
Not at any price. When I say win something, if we ever get in the position of a Champions League place, that also qualifies as winning something.
What about appointments of managers and so on?
It is Lee Charnley and the football board that make those decisions, as it was Derek Llambias who brought in Alan Pardew. I will not be picking the next manager – it is not what I do.
My job is to make sure that they have the maximum financial resources and it is their job to get the best pound for pound value out of those resources.
To be categorically clear, I am not going anywhere until we win something.