Three years ago this month, Mike Ashley made a promise.
It was the 24 May 2015 and the Newcastle United owner promised the fans that he wouldn’t sell the club before they had won a trophy, or qualified for the Champions League.
The occasion was before the final game of the 2014/15 season, Newcastle set to play West Ham and very possibly going to be relegated.
Mike Ashley also promising that whatever happened that day: ‘From this day forward we will be making our own luck.’
Jonas Gutierrez inspired Newcastle to a 2-0 win over West Ham and survival that day but as for ‘making our own luck’, Mike Ashley still relegated Newcastle United the following season.
As for the ‘We are now definitely going to win something, and by the way, I shan’t be selling until we do’, well let him keep his promise and sell up now.
Wednesday night saw Newcastle United win a trophy, the Under 23s lifting the Northumberland Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over Morpeth Town [two goals from Roberts and one from Barlaser – well done!] at St James Park.
So Mike, we hereby accept this as the trophy you were on about, so sell up and be on your way.
By the way, if you ever had any doubting of how ridiculous Mike Ashley is as an owner, just remember this.
He put John Carver in charge of the team and don’t kid yourself, if Carver had won just a couple of more matches he would definitely have got the job on a permanent basis. Ticking all the Ashley boxes…under-qualified, desperate for the job, doing exactly as he was told etc etc.
Just look at these John Carver quotes below, also from that final day of the season in May 2015.
If Mike Ashley doesn’t leave NUFC then we will lose Rafa sooner rather than later, returning to the [Ashley] preferred model of a yes man in charge who will without question do as he is told, with no expectation of having a say in anything.
Mike Ashley talking to Sky Sports – 24 May 2015:
“We have got club on a sound financial footing, are able to spend relatively and punch above our weight in the situation the club finds ourselves.
“Horse and cart scenario…Might have cart financially but need to bolt the horse and we are going to.
“We are now definitely going to win something, and by the way, I shan’t be selling until we do.
“I won’t sell [Newcastle United]. Not at any price.
“And by the way, when I say win something, if we ever get in a position of a Champions League place, that counts as winning something.
“From this day forward we will be making our own luck.”
John Carver – 24 May 2015:
“From day one I’ve wanted this job and I still want it,” he said.
“The fact Mike’s saying he wants to win something is fantastic.
“We’ve seen how good our fans are, we’ve seen what kind of performances we put in altogether and we all have to be together.
“If Mike’s come forward then fair play to him because he wants this club to be united. It’s a big, big summer for this club, we have to invest and hopefully we will.
“I want a summer where I can bring in the players I want. Today has given me more enthusiasm to do what I want to do. I still want this job, I love this club.”