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If your roof has loads of holes in it, you don’t just leave it because spent money on your garden

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I found it interesting what Mike Ashley came out with, when finally communicating with Newcastle United fans.

His address to the Geordie Nation (see below) on Friday was pretty revealing.

Not in a good, positive way of course.

More a case of revealing yet more of the ridiculous way that our football club is run under Mike Ashley.

The key points that stuck out for me were twofold in the ‘reasoning’ from our glorious leader.

He said that when coming to the decision to pay £20m+ for Joe Willock (in instalments stretching over the next few years), everybody involved at NUFC in that decision had thus accepted it meant Newcastle United couldn’t sign any other players in the 2021 summer transfer window, even on loan deals. That ‘everybody’ presumed to include Steve Bruce at the top of the list.

Mike Ashley then went on to say that he (and everybody else at NUFC) had a ‘strong belief in…talented and committed group of players who have shown that they are fully capable of delivering.’

Ashley pointing to the last nine matches of the 2020/21 season as absolute proof of this, when Newcastle won five of the nine PL games (this included the final week victories over already relegated Fulham and Sheffield United, a woeful performance at Burnley when ASM came on and won it individually with ten minutes of magic, plus at home to West Ham when the Hammers gifted a 2-0 advantage and went down to 10 men).

Mike Ashley (and everybody else conveniently forgetting) that this late bit of form immediately followed twenty one matches when Newcastle United won only two of them.

Maybe even more worryingly…is that this Ashley statement completely ignores what we have all seen unfold in the first month of the season.

A Newcastle team that yet again looks like it has one attacking plan – give the ball to Allan Saint-Maximin and hope he does something.

A Newcastle team that yet again looks like it is totally relying on Callum Wilson staying fit to score the goals.

A Newcastle team that yet again is conceding goals for ‘fun’ this season under Steve Bruce.

A Newcastle team that yet again is heading off on a very worrying run of form under Bruce, three defeats and a draw in four games so far where far better results were expected – three of them at home, with now Man Utd away up next and a far tougher looking schedule ahead.

Reality is, Wilson is already injured after forced off during the Southampton match and ASM already very up and down in these three Premier League matches so far.

Whilst when it comes to defending, we have gone from conceding  47 and 48 goals in Rafa’s two NUFC PL seasons, to 58 and 62 goals under Steve Bruce, with at the current (eight goals in three matches) rate we are set for over 100 goals to be conceded this season, unless something significant changes.

Honestly, Mike Ashley making me think with his words / approach…If your roof has loads of holes in it, you don’t just leave it because spent money on your garden.

If you roof has loads of holes in it, rain will pour through and cause even more damage then to what lies inside / beneath it. By not repairing the roof, you are simply ensuring that the situation will get worse.

Transferring this logic to the football, to not allow investment in proper striking cover for Callum Wilson leaves Newcastle with surefire damage to their goalscoring threat IF Wilson gets injured (he only was able to start 23 of 38 PL games last season)…Wilson of course, already injured. Whilst doing absolutely nothing to improve the defending, no change in players, tactics or formation (five at the back), you might as well be climbing up on the roof with a hose and pouring in a load of water damage yourself.

The fact that Mike Ashley put this statement out defending the lack of Newcastle United signings is ridiculous enough BUT for him them to use it to justify why not even a loan signing was allowed despite the mess we have seen already this season on the pitch, is staggering by even the Ashley standards we have come to know over these past 14, now 15, seasons and counting.

Newcastle United are heading for massive problems this season and it has Mike Ashley’s fingerprints all over it.

Extracts from that Mike Ashley address to the Geordie Nation on Friday 3 September 2021:

‘Joe Willock was identified as the club’s primary target. Once it was confirmed that the player would be available on a permanent deal, a collaborative decision was taken to pursue this option. All parties were aware as to the implications for further squad consolidation, with the collective view being that securing Joe Willock was the right priority. There was a shared understanding that further additions to the playing squad would be heavily influenced by player trading, both in terms of available funds and space in the squad.’

‘Having finished last season in 12th place in the Premier League, and in the top six of the form table over the final nine fixtures, the club at all levels maintains a strong belief in its current squad. We have a talented and committed group of players who have shown that they are fully capable of delivering and we ask all our loyal supporters to get behind their team, because we are stronger together.’

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