Mike Ashley’s charm offensive with the Newcastle players continued on Saturday as he congratulated them after the Bournemouth victory. The Magpies owner stayed away from St James’ Park for 16 months after revealing he wanted to sell the club, with supporters making their animosity towards him clear on several occasions.
However, the billionaire businessman has been back in attendance in recent weeks and watched the Tynesiders pull off a 2-1 success over the Cherries at the weekend.
The result meant back-to-back wins for Rafael Benitez’s side and lifted them to 14th in the standings, but still only one point above the relegation zone.
Reports claim it was a short visit to the dressing room to offer a cursory “well done” but it does appear Ashley’s stance towards all things connected with the club has softened.
That can only auger well for the future and the possibility of some much-needed investment for players in January as it seems highly likely Newcastle will be embroiled in a relegation dogfight all season.
Benitez’s future may well depend on whether or not he is handed funds in early 2019, with the Spanish tactician yet to commit his future to the club and his current contract set to run out at the end of the campaign.