Mike Ashley’s popularity at Newcastle has never been lower, and that’s saying something. The Newcastle owner has done little throughout his tenure to endear himself to the club, and it’s only getting worse.
He’s failing to invest in a team that so desperately needs support, and it doesn’t look like the nightmare of his ownership is going to come to an end anytime soon.
Former Magpie Micky Quinn has recently been discussing the club in a column for the Chronicle Live, and it’s fair to say that he’s hit the nail right on the end.
His opening statement is a simple one, but it is telling: ‘Why is Mike Ashley still here?’, he wrote. It’s a question that we ask ourselves every single day, yet we’ve got a feeling that we’ll be asking for many months to come.
He continues: ‘Newcastle have a world-class manager in the dugout but he is into the final six months of his contract, and there’s no way he’s going to stay if he isn’t going to be allowed to bring in players. If he is going to remain as owner, then he has to back the manager. And, if he won’t back the manager, then Rafa will walk at the end of the season – and nobody will blame him for it’.
Ownership in football has always been a funny thing, but most major clubs in England have the benefit of an owner that wants to do right by the fans and the club, with money often spent and support always given. Look at Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, for example. He’s taken more of a backseat, but he’s still involved in all dealings at the club.
The same can’t be said for Ashley, and given the fact that our current squad isn’t sustainable, that’s a real problem.
If Ashley doesn’t change, we could find ourselves out of the Premier League and without a good manager, and that would leave us in an even worse position than when we were last in the Championship. You thought it couldn’t get any worse? Well, just wait for the rollercoaster.
Something has to change, and Quinn evidently recognises that.