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Is Mike Ashley Going To Send Joe Kinnear Down To The Bank?

8 years ago
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This thought is not about being positive, but based upon an observation of what has been done during the last two seasons in the back office of St James’ Park.

Any proud Geordie will remember the season where we finished fifth in what is supposed to be the best league in the world (and we could be the fifth best team in the world by the way!).

Then came the summer of 2013 and we were all expecting some terrific signings as the Toon Army was going to march all over Europe.

(Gio is a Newcastle fan based in Mauritius and this is his first article for The Mag, if like him you would like to feature on the website/magazine, send in your letters/articles to [email protected])

Surprisingly, the board bolstered the squad noticeably with only one major player – Anita – while much of the Carroll cash remained unspent. No one was scared, particularly Ashley, Llambias and Pardew as they thought the team would be still in the same momentum come the new season. Match surplus, injuries, travel fatigue, lost of form, and we all know how it ends up until January where the panic button was activated by going madly in the French market in order to have quick, cheap and quality signings at the same time. Would have the board gone for the five signings in January if Newcastle were in a better shape? I don’t think so!

We escaped narrowly relegation and the new season is on but once again only a single signing in Loic Remy, an injured loan player. Why? Because Ashley is playing a wait and see game now like a trader in Wall Street. Before taking fingers off his pocket, was he waiting for the City game to see whether with the January signings, who he think must be now well established and can deliver things, we could have a decent go ? The quality of the game proved to be pathetic and distinctive to everyone of what kind of season we are going to have. Except maybe for Pardew, if we take account his naïve statements upon the result of the game; if Taylor wasn’t off and Cabaye played.

Now that the team looks so “Championshipable”, you can be assured Mike Ashley is going to send JFK down to the bank. The recent picture of the director of football, Carr, Pardew and club secretary in Nice Airport, France, tells us very much of what is going to happen.

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