Lee Clark believes Newcastle are ‘one of the best run clubs in the Premier League’ as a business under Mike Ashley.
The former Newcastle midfielder saying they are a world apart from Blackpool where he recently resigned from, after relegation to League One.
Ironically, the reality is that Blackpool’s dramatic collapse came about because the owner’s chose to bank the Premier League riches rather than invest them in the team.
Whilst Newcastle United’s (relative) collapse comes about because the owner has failed to invest enough of the TV riches in the team….
Clarkie, not surprisingly, dreams of managing Newcastle and cynics would say that he could stand every chance with his Managerial CV consisting of two lower league sackings at Huddersfield and Birmingham, as well as his resignation after being part of the Blackpool circus.
Speaking to The Mirror, Lee Clark says that John Carver was right to take the job under Mike Ashley and questions whether any other Geordie would have done any different:
“It would be my dream to manage the club. People ask John Carver how he could take the job with the owner not spending, but if you are a Geordie and you turn down being Newcastle manager, you will regret it for life.
“A lot of people have told me there are similarities between Newcastle and Blackpool, but Mike Ashley presides over one of the best run clubs in the Premier League, judged on sound business principles alone, although in football that isn’t always possible.”
An acceptance from Mike Ashley:
“People say that their (Newcastle fans) expectations are too high, delusions of grandeur, but they just want a team that mirrors their passion.
“When I played under Kevin Keegan, he totally understood that and from what Mike Ashley said before the West Ham game, he accepts having exciting players and playing the Geordie way goes with the territory.”