The Mike Ashley Grudge – Against Fans And Alan Pardew?
My take on Ashley is that he is a very vindictive man.
He bought Newcastle as a financial speculation and is not here for the good of anyone else but himself. He has, over a period of time, lessened the debt of the club and made it live in the real world, as Michel Platini would like lots of others to do, which is not such a bad thing.
The reason I said at the start that he’s vindictive is that I reckon he’s holding major grudges against the fans AND Pardew.
The trouble with the fans has been well documented but the grudge with the manager came at the end of last season. The manager went on record as saying that the failures last season was to be blamed on both him and Ashley equally. Ashley apparently took exception to this.
The next thing that pops up is a ‘director of football’ to be a go-between. This guy sashays through the batwing doors of the saloon as if he owns the place and has all the chutzpah in the world. He has obviously been briefed as to what he is needed for and is playing the role perfectly by undermining the manager as much as he can and being an obvious ar**hole.
Ashley won’t have to pay Pardew his full contract if he leaves but he still wants to pay as little as possible. This guy Ashley is used to having his own way, he knows his business well. He ‘piles it high and sells it cheap’.
I hope that the story about buying Rangers is true and he will sell the Toon and go there. This season’s TV money might go towards the cost of this, after all, this is his own fiefdom.
The lack of new players would now make sense. If you’re selling your house, there’s no point in tarting it up with a new driveway if you’re not going to get the money back on the sale.
If he does buy Rangers ( and it will be very cheap) he can sell the club on and wipe his hands of it and maybe make £££s on the deal. THAT is what it could be all about.
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