Mike Ashley attended his first Newcastle match in almost 18 months when he witnessed the Geordie’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.
However, it only took a few seconds for him to hear what the Newcastle fans thought of him, with the chant “get out of our club” sung loudly by the away supporters at Selhurst Park.
Ashley was sat with managing director Lee Charnley, public relations advisor Keith Bishop and the lawyer with no official title, Justin Barnes, who still gets himself involved in almost every major decision at St James’ Park with his boss’ backing; all of which have had their criticisms from the Newcastle faithful.
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These men have also been accused of pushing Rafa Benitez to breaking point with the highly popular manager being given very little room to manoeuvre by Ashley’s puppets.
It is therefore amazing that Benitez managed to find positives of Ashley’s, with The Telegraph quoting the Spaniard saying:
I like to see the owner supporting the team.
Although it can be seen how Benitez has put a positive spin on things because if he walks, he will look back at a club he, like so many others, believes could be so much more than what it has become under their disinterested, unambitious, self-harming owner and Benitez is keen to change that.
Benitez is hoping that Ashley bought his chequebook with him however and hopes that he can see from his visit that this Newcastle team needs help and needs investment because, without it, trouble is over the horizon.
It is not about me, it is about him supporting the team, the club. We have to be sure everybody supports the team, starting with the owner and if we have that we will be stronger. I have to take this as a positive. If he has come to see the team, he can see the players, he can see what we have got and he can be sensible. Hopefully he will be ready to do something to help. I knew he was coming, I would have no problem speaking to him after this.