Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Mike Ashley decides he likes Pardew again

According to The Telegraph, Mike Ashley has decided that Alan Pardew is still the man for Newcastle United and is going to give him £60million to spend on players this summer, meaning he has a budget to buy zero players that want to go there.

It might sound like bollocks but The Telegraph says:
Pardew appears to have survived another end-of-season review at St James’ Park as Mike Ashley, the club’s owner, recognised that some of the problems that led to a dreadful second half of the season were created by Joe Kinnear, the former director of football.
Kinnear failed to make a single permanent signing in two transfer windows before resigning in February. That left Pardew with a squad that lacked the depth and competition for places needed to sustain a top-seven challenge.
The thing with Joe Kinnear is that it seems quite likely he was brought in purely to fuck everyone up and make them forget that Newcastle weren't signing anyone.  He gets paid some money to be the fall guy, Ashley saves £70k a week for half a year on Cabaye's wage, they're good enough to finish above 15th every year, Ashley has no interest in spending the money required to take them above that and so why would you care?

Modern football clubs are basically just businesses with ever lasting customer bases now. You wouldn't find 1000s of 30year olds wandering around singing songs about an insurance company. In fact, when I tried to do this the last time and got passionate about  my favourite business I was told to put my pants back on because 'Tesco doesn't condone that behaviour'. Well sir, you have lost my support.