Newcastle United supporters have been reacting to a post on Twitter after Mike Ashley’s summer transfer strategy was revealed.
The Magpies are currently embroiled in a fight to retain their Premier League status after picking up just two wins from their last 18 top-flight fixtures.
It’s a run that’s piled the pressure on manager Steve Bruce and owner Ashley, but according to The Chronicle, the controversial figure has no plans to invest heavily over the summer to turn things around.
The pandemic has hit football’s finances hard, and the report claims that the Newcastle owner is prepared to gamble on Bruce keeping the club in the Premier League in order to collect the next round of TV money, avoid the cost of sacking the former Hull City boss and hiring his replacement.
It also goes on to state that the retail entrepreneur is ‘either unwilling or unable to inject further funds into the club,’ meaning that the St. James’ Park outfit will be working on a tighter budget next season, something which is unlikely to entice a prospective new manager.
With Newcastle just one place and two points above the drop zone, this was clearly not the news their fans wanted to hear as journalist Mark Douglas shared the report over Ashley’s plans:
“There is no strategy.”
“Just fold the club. Pointless.”
“Howay man this club doesn’t have a strategy for anything.”
“Sounds about right since we are now a ghost of a football club”
“I’m convinced we’re going down, I can’t see how we can stay up with Bruce. The club is doomed.”
It’s not a great time to be a Newcastle supporter, with the club on the brink of their third relegation to the Championship in 13 years and now faced with the prospect of even less investment from Ashley.