Danny Mills with his latest stupidity regarding Mike Ashley and Newcastle United
Danny Mills has been talking about Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.
The rentaquote former player, is always willing to talk about things he knows nothing about.
Despite having absolutely zero connection, past or present to Newcastle United, for some reason he talks about events at St James Park an awful lot. Awful being the key word.
Asked if Mike Ashley is as bad an owner as Newcastle fans make out, Danny Mills says: ‘No, look at the football club, look at what he did originally.’
Well within two years of buying Newcastle United, Mike Ashley treated the two greatest living NUFC legends, Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, abysmally, lying to Keegan that he would have control of transfers when in fact it was Dennis Wise he put in control, employed Joe Kinnear, got Newcastle relegated, then sold loads of players and didn’t give Chris Hughton any money to buy players for the promotion push.
Danny Mills says Ashley ‘has got them back into the Premier League’, well that is true on two occasions BUT there would have been no need to do so if he hadn’t got Newcastle relegated in the first place both times, due to his rotten running of the club.
Mills says to Newcastle fans ‘You do need to be careful what you wish for in football..there are a lot of clubs who are run worse and have worse owners.’
He cites the likes of Leeds, Birmingham and Aston Villa.
What relevance have they got? Reality is that they are all smaller clubs than Newcastle with smaller fanbases and smaller revenues.
Why not ask how Bournemouth outperform Newcastle on 10,000 crowds and far lower revenues?
Newcastle are one of the best supported clubs in Europe and when Mike Ashley hasn’t relegated NUFC, Newcastle are in the top eight clubs in the Premier League in terms of highest revenues and indeed in the top 20 in the world when it comes to money coming in.
Villa have had some ownership struggles but even despite that, in the time Mike Ashley has owned Newcastle, Villa have had three top six finishes in the Premier League, plus they have got to the FA Cup final and League Final, as well as getting to the semi-finals of both in others seasons. In that time Newcastle have got one top six finish in the Premier League, never won more than one FA Cup match in a season and once got to the quarter final of the League Cup, which basically meant winning three games.
The club is run to try and exist in the Premier League under Mike Ashley at as low an outlay as possible, not to be the best that it can.
Yes Villa have had problems but their latest owners are ambitious and they had a net spend this summer of £134m. No guarantee of success but they have ambition.
Plus of course the list of clubs that have seen ambition due to new owners since Mike Ashley bought Newcastle is substantial: Man City, Liverpool, Everton, Leicester, Wolves….
Danny Mills speaking to Football Insider and asked if Mike Ashley is as bad as Newcastle fans make out:
“No, look at the football club, look at what he did originally.
“Unfortunately, they’ve been up and down.
“He has invested money, not a great deal compared to a lot, but he has got them back into the Premier League, kept them in the Premier League, brought in the likes of Rafa Benitez.
“You do need to be careful what you wish for in football.
“I understand the fans’ misgivings but there are a lot of clubs who are run worse and have worse owners.
“Look at what happened at Leeds, look at what happened to Birmingham, Villa for a time.
“There were a lot of clubs that struggled with poor ownership.
“He’s not perfect by any means, if it was somebody in that situation who had a bit more of a rapport with the fans, I don’t think the vitriol would be anywhere as bad.
” Mike Ashley can’t help himself, that’s half the problem. That antagonises the fans more than anything else.”
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