As the topless Geordies celebrated last night securing the Championship trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson was not exactly reaching for the Horlicks to get a good night’s sleep. The threat Newcastle United pose next season is only to pretenders that have been hanging around the Premier League far too long for one or two Geordies. I won’t mention names (Wigan) but for Newcastle to reach anywhere near the heights of Kevin Keegan or Bobby Robson’s time as managers it will take time and patience.
Newcastle United owner Mike ‘slashing prices’ Ashley has most certainly made some mistakes during his tenure. His appointment of a small yapping dog that should have been put down many moons ago to overlook transfer policy was a sham. This then snowballed into a comedy of errors that seem to follow Newcastle United. Yet credit where credit is due, Ashley has kept his rather large gob shut, well in terms of speaking, and the club has strolled to Championship success.
I think Newcastle United’s relegation was the best thing that could have happened to the club. Newcastle were treading water in the Premier League, keeping just a float with wage budget twice the size of China’s GDP. Just wasn’t really working was it? Relegation meant a clearing of the decks and allowing big Mike Ashley to perform his favourite pastime of slashing costs. Deadwood was expired with at 70% off and those who stayed were awarded with a pair of Donnay Shorts and an Umbro sweatband. Fabricio Coloccini in particular was believed to have become overwhelmed at such a gesture.
So is this the rebirth of a sleeping giant? In a way yes it is, this is Newcastle’s opportunity to regain a foothold and build on it with a clear strategy. Not just throwing out £10 million on some Spanish infidel whose dad has a dodgy camcorder and learnt how to hook it up to YouTube. There has been some good work bringing through youngster at the club. Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll, Haris Vukic, Bradden Inman and Tamas Kadar are all good young players who could have a future at the top level. Just remain realistic and invest in youth. That’s what Ashley should concentrate on, oh and put down the bloody sticker gun will ya Mike. It’s not a good look.
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