There have been plenty of players who looked to have a United future measured in minutes but who have come through tough times to be firm favourites, no greater example than our on the pitch leader, Fabricio Coloccini.
Maybe at Newcastle we at times focus too much on the club owners over the years, probably mainly because as fans we recognise just what the potential of this club is and we have had numerous people running the club who have repeatedly scored the own goals that have prevented any lasting success….especially in terms of trophies.
Ashley has made some hideous mistakes and those decisions contributed massively to relegation, I’m still not convinced that there are great behind the scenes foundations being laid at St.James’ Park, over and above the great jobs that Alan Pardew and Graham Carr are overseeing.
However, if you blame Ashley based on where we finish in the league then there has to be some credit laid at his door if we somehow end up in the top six. Whether it is luck or good judgement, you can’t argue that the appointments of Pardew and Carr haven’t been great news for everybody connected with the club, including the supporters.
On April Fool’s Day Newcastle took Liverpool apart on the pitch and afterwards Mike Ashley was out on the town celebrating, spotted in Tup Tup Palace amongst celebrating fans.
I might not buy him a drink but I wouldn’t be tipping one over him either. Maybe it is only a small step out mixing with the local again but just possibly Mike Ashley is falling in love again with the idea of owning our great club, if the team keeps heading in the right direction then everything else fades into the background.