We are once again debating why Mike Ashley won’t back a guy who is a proven top class Manager with a great CV.
I don’t know why people are surprised. Ashley is the Trump of football. Both have a history of twisting the facts and being economical with the truth.
Ashley is only interested in two things, making money and gambling. He couldn’t care less about NUFC being successful or winning a trophy. He figures qualifying for the Champions League is like winning a trophy. No it isn’t! At this moment in time it would be a miracle – but it still isn’t a trophy.
In Rafa Benitez, we have a decent guy who has developed an affinity for Newcastle and the fans, and Ashley is gambling that he won’t walk away from us.
Rafa is not a mug, he knows there’s limited resources, but he also knows Ashley will receive £100m+ and following Ashley’s annual (untrue) statement that Rafa would receive “every penny generated by the club” he presumably hoped that this time it might happen.
People saying ‘support the club not the regime’ are deluding themselves. The regime and the club are the same person, Ashley!
As long as he’s making money he doesn’t need to sell. He’s got people exactly where he wants them. Even if there were a lot of non-renewals of season tickets there are many thousands who will/have renewed and you can understand why. They may hate Ashley but they don’t want the team to suffer and certainly don’t want them to be relegated, again.
He’s someone with absolutely no interest in NUFC other than as a vehicle to make him money.
As for anyone out there sticking up for Mike Ashley, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
He has not rescued us from financial ruin. If he hadn’t bought the club from Hall and Shepherd someone else would have, and with an owner who had a more football orientated attitude and the crowds and revenue generated by Toon supporters, NUFC’s future would have been a lot brighter, instead of depressing and frankly at times, embarrassing.
Mike Ashley, you have been here far too long. Just go man.
Have you not screwed enough money out of Newcastle and it’s people?