The Great Escape and the Sigh of the Tigers

Mike Ashley and Newcastle United Great Escape

Yesterday was the final day of this season’s Premier League. With Chelsea having already secured the title, all eyes were trained on Newcastle United and Hull City to see which teamwere fated to join Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the Championship next season. Hull were in the weaker position before kick-off, needing to beat visitors Manchester United, and for Newcastle to lose or draw against West Ham United.

In a rare interview, the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, spoke about his continued commitment to the club and his determination not to sell it until they win a trophy or earn Champions League football. It’s unlikely that this would appease fans who have become increasingly frustrated with Ashley’s lack of investment in the team, selling players at a profit but failing to reinvest those funds in new signings. Since the appointment of John Carver as Head Coach, Newcastle’s season has deteriorated, and that lack of investment might have cost the football club and Ashley dearly.

Despite new signings in the summer, Hull have been unable to find the net all season. However, it seems unfair to lay all the blame on the manager, Steve Bruce, as Hull have been extremely unlucky with injuries. On the day, Hull scored repeatedly against Man Utd only to have all shots discounted as off-side, but even if they had counted, it wouldn’t have saved them from the drop. A two goal win over the Hammers ensured Newcastle’s safety. As the final whistle blew, Mike Ashley could be seen celebrating their great escape, while Hull’s Premier League dreams lay in tatters.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I am not a football fan yet I am loving following the league updates – they are totally brilliant. Looking forward to the next installment! Nicola

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    1. Sarah says:

      Aw thank you! Glad you’re enjoying them. 🙂

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  2. Ste J says:

    It’s a shame Hull went down, they had a bit of a ‘mare this season but were well worth a watch last year. Newcastle were shocking, who would have thought Alan Pardew would be a hard act to follow!

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    1. Sarah says:

      I’m glad Newcastle had a lucky escape for my Dad’s sake, but that is one troubled club. I don’t think Pardew was the problem really, he got gradually relieved of his powers at the club in a very unprofessional manner, and treated shoddily by Ashley. I’m not saying he was a saint, by any means – just because your hands are tied doesn’t mean it’s ok to start headbutting! I do wonder what next season will bring, I fear that despite Ashley’s claims of investment, it’ll be the same old story, which will just continue the misery for fans.

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      1. Ste J says:

        it doesn’t look good at all for Newcastle which is a shame as they have great fans and a cracking ground. I don’t imagine they will get a good squad together, I think a lot of the good players will leave although that depends on what manager they can attract, this bumper Sky deal may help them get somebody of good reputation.

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  3. Sarah says:

    I hope so, but I worry that Ashley’s interfering would be enough to put any manager of note off the job.

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