Our congratulations to Mike Ashley.
Yes, at last he has been rightly recognised for his achievements at Newcastle United.
The NUFC owner given the accolade of worst club owner in the entire Premier League.
Pretty impressive considering some of the competition.
He edged out West Ham’s Sullivan and Gold who were rated 19th ‘best’, whilst Gao Jisheng at Southampton was rated 18th.
You have to feel though that Mike Ashley has ‘edged’ these two out of bottom place by some considerable distance. As for all their faults, Sullivan and Gold did back their new manager with a net spend on players of over £80m this summer, whilst at Southampton it was a £45m net spend AND a commitment to pay £20m to buy Danny Ings at the end of his loan spell.
In comparison, Mike Ashley insisted on the lowest net spend/biggest profit, with a surplus of over £20m on transfer deals in and out this summer.
This report/ratings has, ironically, been put together by Talksport. The same Talksport who give a platform to any number of ‘experts’ (Mick Quinn an honourable exception) who tell us what a great job Mike Ashley is doing and that Newcastle fans should be grateful.
With these ratings on best/worst owners, I do though have to take exception to one sentence in their Mike Ashley write up: ‘Some of the displeasure aimed towards Ashley has dissolved over the past season, with Newcastle easily securing their Premier League survival following promotion from the Championship in 2017.’
They do go on to say that ‘much of the praise for this task’ has been aimed at Rafa Benitez, rather than Ashley, but I don’t think there are any clued up Newcastle fans who don’t think that Rafa has achieved this despite Mike Ashley, rather than the owner helping his manager to any degree.
The Talksport top three and bottom three rated Premier League club owners and their Mike Ashley write up:
(1) Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Manchester City)
(2) Fosun International (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
(3) John W. Henry (Liverpool)
(18) Gao Jisheng (Southampton)
(19) David Sullivan and David Gold (West Ham United)
(20) Mike Ashley (Newcastle United)
“Some of the displeasure aimed towards Ashley has dissolved over the past season, with Newcastle easily securing their Premier League survival following promotion from the Championship in 2017.
“However, much of the praise for this task has been directed at manager Rafa Benitez, rather than Ashley, and there are still doubts as to whether the Spaniard will remain at St James’ Park if Ashley does not sell the club.
“Amanda Staveley looked set to buy Newcastle sometime during the last season, but Ashley ended talks and there is no news about a new potential owner.”