NUFC midfielder Isaac Hayden has suggested that Mike Ashley does actually realise the potential of NUFC, he just hasn’t got the money to take it to where it deserves to be – stating that it will be ‘amazing’ when a takeover is finally completed at the club.
Hayden probably knows as much as you and I about Mike Ashley, but it’s interesting to hear a player state outright that the club’s potential will ‘never’ be realised under the Sports Direct billionaire. It’s refreshing to hear such honesty from one of our own.
He quite rightfully states that it’s up to us to stay in the league before dreaming of any potential takeover, but his comments in The Guardian here are quite telling:
“The target for the season has to be survival.”
“The club has so much potential but it’s never going to be realized under the current ownership. I don’t think it’s because Mike Ashley doesn’t want to realize it.”
“I think it’s that he can’t afford to fully realize it. Look at the Man City owners or the Glazers at United.”
“The money that has to be spent in the Premier League, just to be competitive at the top end of the table is absolutely crazy now.”
“He’s just not in that league and he genuinely cannot compete.”
“He’s trying to sell and it will be amazing for Newcastle when the takeover happens but in the meantime, it’s up to us to stay in the league.”
“We can do that, especially with Rafa as manager. Realistically, we can aim for 12th and up.”
“It’s about getting it right and if we stay in the league, as I believe we will, everything will come together.”
Most of this is absolutely spot on from Isaac, however I’d seriously question whether Ashley does realise our true potential. Hayden suggests he does, he just can’t afford to take us to the next level, but I struggle to see how this is the case – Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri has a lower net worth than Ashley yet spent £140m over the summer. You don’t see Mike doing that!
Still, an interesting viewpoint from Hayden and one that several of us can relate to. Our potential is never going to be realised under the current regime.