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Watford shame Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

6 months ago
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This cuts through the nonsense put out there by Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

The Newcastle United owner and his stooge, allowing the club to drift along with the only intention of trying to survive in the Premier League on the lowest possible spend.

No intention of trying to compete or heavens forbid, actually winning something.

Premier League revenues and promoting Ashley’s retail empire to a worldwide TV audience, the only ‘ambitions’ for the owner/sidekick.

On Saturday, Watford play Manchester City in the FA Cup final, Newcastle for the 12th time in a row not progressing past the fourth round in the 12 years of Mike Ashley.

Having insisted on a £20m+ profit on transfers in and out, Mike Ashley ensured yet another relegation struggle, with Rafa having no choice but to write off the cups for another season.

Watford beat Newcastle in that fourth round tie this season and just read what their Chairman and CEO, Scott Duxbury, has said ahead of Saturday’s final…

“We want to qualify for Europe, then we want to win the Europa League, then we want to qualify for the Champions League. It may never happen, but if you don’t have that ambition and desire, what is the point? There really is no point.”

This is Watford who had average PL home crowds of 20,016 this season.

What the Watford Chairman is saying, is the perfect message to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley of what a football club is all about.

After the release of the latest accounts in April, Lee Charnley declared that this (2018/19) has been a ‘good’ season for Newcastle United.

Knocked out of the League Cup by Championship Nottingham Forest, struggled past Championship Sheff Wed after two games in the FA Cup before losing to Watford at home, as well as an eight month relegation struggle. I don’t think ‘good’ would be the word I’d be looking for, unless you are referring to the job Rafa Benitez has done considering the lack of support.

In 12 years of Mike Ashley, Newcastle have had one season in Europe, I won’t bore you with the stats of all the Champions League and UEFA Cup/Europa League seasons that came about in the years before his arrival.

To sum up just how different the Mike Ashley approach is compared to a club like Watford, after losing out to Benfica in the Europa League quarter final in 2013, the NUFC owner’s lapdog Alan Pardew later commented on behalf of his master: ‘Thanks God we’re not in the Europa League next season.’

If Rafa Benitez does decide to extend his stay, I just hope the ‘guarantees’ he receives are watertight, because I can’t see a single thing has changed when it comes to how Mike Ashley wants to run this football club.

Scott Duxbury talking to BBC Sport:

“Every summer we have a war cabinet.

“We re-evaluate the squad, where the weaknesses are, and look to address them.

“This summer we might bring in two or three players just to supplement what is already a very talented Premier League squad.

“We want to qualify for Europe, then we want to win the Europa League, then we want to qualify for the Champions League. It may never happen, but if you don’t have that ambition and desire, what is the point? There really is no point.

“We were fighting for something special all season and I think we can achieve even more with this talented squad in the future.”

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