Date: 23rd February 2021 at 10:15am
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There are seemingly two reasons as to why Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is not making a change on the managerial front. 

What’s the story?

According to The Daily Mirror, Ashley simply doesn’t view the club as a priority on his list of business interests as he focuses on his Fraser Group high street empire.

That, along with the fact, he does not want to sack a manager he enjoys a good relationship with despite Newcastle staring a third relegation while under his ownership in the face.

Are we surprised?

Not really, no.

Sadly, Ashley has rarely seemed invested in trying to make a success of Newcastle United, doing just enough to get by.

Even in the seasons in which they’ve stayed up, there have been nervy moments. The team of 2015 only managed to secure safety on the final day of the after wasn’t replaced, while also spoke of his lack of ambition after leaving James’ Park in 2019.

The Verdict

While Bruce deserves plenty of criticism for the performances this season, it is clearly Ashley who is the problem at the club.

Obviously, that isn’t a particularly new idea to Newcastle United supporters who have endured life under his ownership for well over a decade but the manner of this particular potential relegation feels so much worse than the others. In 2016, was in tow and prepared to rebuild the club, while had the likes of , Joey Barton and a young Andy Carroll to fight through the arduous Championship campaign.

This time around, as Luke Edwards recently pointed out, it would seem like a real struggle to return from the Championship at the first time of asking.