Newcastle first team coach, Paul Simpson, says he was sitting at home watching on TV  when Mike Ashley surprised everybody by walking in front of the cameras in May.

Simpson, then assistant at Derby, listened to what the club owner had to say before that home game against West Ham.

Less than three months later, Steve McClaren’s first team coach says that you can’t now fault Mike Ashley for ‘what he has done so far…’

With Florian Thauvin signing on Wednesday, Paul Simpson says that Newcastle have brought in a ‘really talented’ player.

Now we all look towards Saturday and wonder if he will be involved at Old Trafford.

Having had a full normal pre season, plus starting Marseille’s opening pair of league matches, there should be no fitness issues with Thauvin.

However, Simpson cautions that the winger will need to be given time, despite the fact he admits it will give everybody a lift if he is involved in the 18 man squad to face Manchester United.

Paul Simpson talking to the club’s official tv channel:

“At the end of the season I am sitting at home as the assistant at Derby County, listening to Mike Ashley making his statement before the last game of the season.

“(Mike Ashley) Saying I don’t want to be in this position again, I want to bring in players.

“Well he has certainly done that, you can’t fault the guy for what he has done so far…”

Florian Thauvin:

“…And this is another mark of what he wants to achieve with the club. A lad like Florian (Thauvin) coming in, a really talented player.

“If he is involved on Saturday we don’t expect him to set the world alight – but it would give everybody a lift.”