He may be more famous for downing a pint of beer and being the man held responsible for the demise of Newcastle United but I believe its time Mike Ashley was given a break.
Some might say that his reluctance to spend in the January transfer window could jeopardise the clubs automatic promotion hopes, a must if Newcastle are to become a force once again. On the other hand, with his team already top of the Championship and potentially 6 points ahead of the chasing pack, then why change something if it’s not broken?
Despite a recent blip in form and an FA Cup exit to league rivals West Brom, The Toon Army remain unbeaten in their last 12 league games. Surely with form like that only a fool would suggest change was needed. Add that to an unbeaten home record and, having conceded just 6 goals, the fortress that once was St James Park is rebuilding itself.
Midfielder Alan Smith has called on his team-mates to maintain their home record till the end.
Speaking to BBC Sport Smith said “We want to make sure we’re unbeaten here all season. We must maintain the standard”
The form of Kevin Nolan has been praised and, as one of the stars tipped to leave the club last summer, he has been rewarded for his loyalty with 10 goals so far this season.
Despite the aid of parachute payments from the Premier League, Ashley will be hoping that the team can go all the way to securing promotion, and in doing so, help the club retain the money they have received.
The club currently have a squad capable of topping the Championship, however, should they go up this season, they will need a substantial investment in top level players. The real worry for Toon fans should be if, upon securing promotion, Ashley again shows a refusal to spend big in the summer transfer window. Any money currently available at the club could be put to better use with the added income promotion would bring.
Although any trust from fans, towards their chairman, will have diminished as relegation was confirmed, the club still maintain an average attendance of over 40,000. With support like that and some shrewd business this summer, the club could, once again, become a force to be feared.