I was left feeling more positive following the interview with Mike Ashley, whether I’m the eternal optimist who has been tricked yet again remains to be seen.
The question I asked myself afterwards was “is there any new information” which to me it seemed there wasn’t, but I still felt it was positive that it came from the top man at NUFC. Of course there needs to be investment at the club, and of course we need continuity, but what we really need is to learn from the mistakes that have been made in recent seasons.
Firstly we need to revert back to a manager, back to the manager choosing transfer targets, and genuine investment in a squad to keep us in the Premier League. One of the issues needs to be January transfers, whether we pay over the odds doesn’t matter because buying a player for £5m more than we’d pay in the summer can be the difference of £70m if we get relegated. This isn’t a business, you don’t have a business model to follow because you rely on split second decisions, injuries, gaining inches in the game which can be to the difference in getting a point in a game.
Mike Ashley said the fault lies at his door, and it most certainly does, he will have realised how poor Lee Charnley has been in appointing John Carver and also in not strengthening the team during the winter transfer window.