Our search for the answer is over! We have finally realised why Mike Ashley may be one of the single worst football owners in the Premier League, and it has come straight from the mouth of his very own puppet, Alan Pardew.
Appearing on Goals on Sunday, Alan Pardew revealed why Ashley makes such ridiculous decisions when he said,
“Mike is a strong character who has been a success in his whole business life and is a genius in that world – but when you come to football the logic doesn’t quite fit.”
“He loves football but he sometimes can’t understand how it works, and it confuses and upsets him, and when he is upset he does things that aren’t brilliant for the football club.”
“That’s just Mike and he has funded the club, made sure we have no debt – other than to himself – and supported me.”
“But unless we get a billionaire from deepest Russia we are probably not going to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, which is what our fans want.”
Well there you have it, when it comes to running a football club, Mike Ashley simply does not have a clue. Well if you’re like me, this doesn’t come as any huge shock, as some of the decisions that he has made pertaining to the football club have been, quite frankly, ridiculous. Failure to invest time and time again, unambitious appointments of old pals, renaming of St James’ Park but to name a few of the infuriating decisions taken by Ashley over the years.
Once more, if you are like me, you know for a fact that Pardew has been sent out with a script of what to say, and I find it strange how this comment comes in the wake of a protest march aimed at getting the owner to change his ways. Pardew nearly never offers an opinion on Ashley, even a positive one, and suddenly he is seemingly criticising his own boss on national television? Some may claim that I read so far between the lines that I invent conspiracy where none exists, and I even nearly did a U-turn on my conspiratorial ideas about the Yohan Cabaye transfer situation, but I am increasingly thinking that not everything was as it seems there, and so too, do I think not all is black and white as it would appear in this instance.
How Pardew can claim that he has been ‘supported’ by Ashley is beyond me. He has left him short of options 2 seasons running and left him to carry the bulk of the ire from Newcastle United fans. I don’t like Pardew not only because I think he is an average manager, but he patently never tells it like it is. We are in more debt now to Ashley than we ever were in to the banks, so much so that Ashley has attached an added £140 million pounds to the sale price of Newcastle United in order to recoup his losses, until he receives that asking price he will continue along this path of minimal investment for maximum output – simply being in the Premier League is worth more than any silverware would bring him, so why would he invest?
So does it surprise me that Ashley does not understand football and gets confused and is a blithering idiot? Ok I added that last part but it does not surprise me that he is oblivious to the needs of a football club, and the sooner he either changes his ways or packs his bags, the better off Newcastle United will be.
What do you think? Will Ashley be happy with Pardew’s comments? Did they come as a surprise to you? I’d love to hear your views.