A journalist writing for The Guardian has revealed that fans of Newcastle United wanted Mike Ashley out more than the riches that would have come with the proposed takeover by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group.
As per the piece, the journalist argues that the supporters wanted a reorientation of the Tyneside club, to make it one that communicated with them and also willing to compete.
Indeed, the abundance of wealth that would have likely come as a result of the prospective £300 million deal between Ashley and the Saudi Arabian consortium would have potentially meant that they could compete with the biggest and indeed richest teams in the market for the best players, but instead their transfer budget is likely to be relatively limited again in this summer window.
The record fee that the Magpies have paid for a player in the Ashley era (2007-present) is the £39.6 million that they paid for Joelinton from German side TSG Hoffenheim last summer, but prior to that it was the £22.5 million that they paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen before Ashley even took over at St. James’ Park, according to Transfermarkt.
Should Newcastle fans be grateful for the money that Ashley has put into the club?
However, taken from the Premier League clubs from the 2019/20 season, the Toon rank 10th behind Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in terms of the fee that they paid for their record signing (via Squawka), and so perhaps Ashley needs to match these teams in order to compete at the very top.
NUFC have also only achieved three top-half finishes in the top flight and have been relegated twice to the EFL Championship under Ashley (per Transfermarkt), which for a club of their size arguably does not show much ambition.
Perhaps Ashley should leave, takeover or not, if they really want to kick on in the North East.
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