Newcastle United’s Season Continues To Revive Mike Ashley’s Reputation

At St James Park this lunchtime, Newcastle United beat Everton by two goals to one and in doing so leap-frogged Manchester United – for a couple of hours, at least – into second place in the Premier League table. Such a result may prove to be the tipping point for a rewriting of the popular perceptions of the competence (or otherwise) of Mike Ashley and, while the knee-jerk journalistic response is something along the lines of, “Yeah, but they have to play Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea next”, it is difficult to argue against the simple point that a team can only be judged upon how it has already played, rather than the ones that it has yet to play. Upon his arrival at St James Park, Mike Ashley did his public image no good whatsoever in trying to portray himself as an ordinary man on the terraces rather than a multi-millionaire, and this faux-pas, along with the other has taken a long time to begin to wither away. He has managed to even the financial keel of a club that was jettisoning money left, right and centre and, following the club’s return to the Premier League, his still surprising decision to sack the popular Chris Hughton last December further fuelled the mind-set of those who believed that this was a man that was trying to destroy the...

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