Ashley Wants Own Man to Manage Newcastle


According to Mike Ashley’s close friend Paul Kemsley, the Newcastle United owner did not trust Sam Allardyce to bring in the players he thought could turn around Newcastle’s flagging season.

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Mike Ashley – wants his own man to manage Newcastle United

That in some way explains the timing of Sam’s dismissal so when Mike’s new manager comes in we expect him to bankroll the manager during the January window. But Mike also needs to appoint somebody quickly, since we have but 21 days left in the transfer window.

Ashley certainly backed Sam Allardyce even though he had been appointed before the billionaire’s takeover last June. But some of the plkayers like Barton, Smith, Cacapa and Enrique have struggled this season, to make the impact expected. Not to mention what has happened to Joey Barton recently, which cannot have helped Big Sam.

Payl Kemsley, the former Tottenham vice-chairman, believes Mike was unwilling to do what he did in the summer again – during the January transfer window.

Paul Kemsely told BBC Radio Five Live today:

“Mike has put £250million into the club and is about to invest more, no doubt, in the window, and I suspect he wants to invest that in his own man and his own team,”

“People have got realize that Sam Allardyce was not Mike’s choice, Mike bought the club with him already employed.”

“Mike took the view that he is in the job, let’s see if he can deliver what I want, which is good-quality, attacking football and to win games. I’ll give him time to see if he can deliver that.”

Ashley has been widely criticized for the timing of Allardyce’s exit, and may have been swayed too much by Newcastle fans, whom he has joined for the last few games in the stands. We think that indeed that is a good possibility of what happened, because you can bet your life that he didn’t hear complimentary things about Big Sam. Also, it looks like Sam is willing to bankroll his new manager and it looks like it may be an exciting time for Newcastle fans, once the new manager is appointed.

Paul continued:

“”Mike’s a very considered guy” “It (running Newcastle) is certainly costing a lot more initially than he thought it would. He, along with everybody else at Newcastle, wants to see good-quality football, they want to win, and he’s a winner.”

“It’s a difficult decision whenever you get rid of a manager and there are always a thousand opinions. But he thought about it and decided it was in the best interests of the football club.”

“I know Mike well enough to know he doesn’t make decisions rashly. He will know where he’s going, he will stick to his plans and deliver what he believes will please the Newcastle fans.

“If you give him time, he will deliver exactly what the Newcastle fans want. I’m sure he’s got a plan.”

The next shoe to fall is for Mike and Chris to appoint a new manager, and then we can expect him to bring in a number of new players.

We will continue to bring in youngsters like the 3 we brought in this week – Ben Tozer, Wesley Baheng and Tamas Kadar. That’s what  Chris Mort and Mike started at the club and that excellent policy will continue.

Comments welcome.


229 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Well they better say something about that man cause i’m getting pretty restless.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    ToonKing – same here – the sooner the better – and he better be good.

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    fair enough mr ashley, now who wouldn want to appoint their own likeable manager after spendin nearly 250 million on a club. but do it quickly. marcello lippi for me.!!

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  • nightfall

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    mourinho….+ essien & drogba 😀

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  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    oh please, please let it be mourhino

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    I think the best should still be Mourinho! He know’s a lot about the Premier League and he can do wonders even without transfer kitty like some have mentioned earlier. Look at what he did at Porto! 🙂

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  • scott9

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    same here i want a new man inchare in atleast 5 days max and i have to say i like mark hughes but i dont think hes the man i hope he dont get it because half the people wont give him anytime cause his football is the same as big sams

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    It has to be the best there is – and that is Jose Mourinho.

    Could we throw enough money at him to tempt him though?

    If not Mourinho – ……………….?

    No one else would get my heart rate pumping quite as much…forget Keegan, Shearer etc..

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Wow, this blog is really hotting up!:) Too hot till the servers got burned earlier! Keep up the good work Ed!
    No matter who he is going to be, make sure Newcastle will benefit. Trust me, they need a foreigner!

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #10

    THEY are backing only one man. Their money is CONSTANT and RELENTLESS.

    THAT MAN IS HARRY REDKNAPP.

    Either everyone is wrong and stands to lose a fortune, or it is already a done deal – just sorting out some lose ends, contract wise.

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  • yong

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    i wil prefer to hiddink, mourinho or klinsman.

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    stop dreamin guys. jose aint gonna come , it has to be an italian or a dutch man.!!

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  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    i am already practicing the Mourinho-style-goal celebration… let it be please!!!!

    its time to get the pompous arse back to the EPL!!!

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  • joe

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Harry Redknapp would be a disaster. Either Morinho or shearer for me. Keegan would be amazing but he said he didnt want to come back into football not too long ago.

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #15

    HAsn’t already been said that the new manager will be BRitish? I really really hope not but would Mourinho want to join Newcastle over AC Milan?

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  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    When Ashley took the club over he would have had an idea who he ideally wanted in charge. If that person is available now, then that is why Sam has gone.

    He knows Mourinho would be popular but convincing him is another matter. But if he did manage to secure him it would be like the day we signed Shearer from Blackburn. A major coup that would put Newcastle right back up there.

    The one thing we have to remember is that Mike is finally going to have his own man in charge. One that he is going to give lots of money to. So Mike’s entire investment and reputation is being staked on who the person is. He hasn’t made this decision lightly or rashly like the media suggested yesterday.

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  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Nightfall – That would be amazing, Mourinho and Drogba all in one package!

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Realistically we know nothing!!

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  • indian toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #20

    @ bret toon. good point. dont really see jose comin., someone similar to his tactics is for sure. oh god this is gettin crazier by the minute. cmon am waitin for the official statement!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #21

    It aint Harry, or Shearer, the only other person i stongly dont want it to be is McClown.

    Its going to be someone no1 have mentioned.

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Hoddle?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #23

    possibly, i recon its gonna be a former manager or player of spurs.

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Could happen like what Tom_Toon just said. Somebody no one expected! 🙂 In the end, The bookies laugh all the way to the banks! 🙂

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  • Tommy

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #25

    It pisses me off when the press just assume that every NUFC fan wants Shearer in charge.. I definitely do not, well at least not yet, and it would make us even more of a laughing stock IMHO.. It would smack of desperation to be fair..

    Mourinho would be the obvious choice, but he’s not allowed to manage in the EPL this season, or something like that..

    I wouldn’t begrudge Redknapp as he does get his teams playing good football, but I get the feeling he would be a bit out of his depth at NUFC. Hughes, no… Mclown, def NO. Lippi, no. Keegan, no…

    Really, who is there?

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  • StevieA

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #26

    How can anyone argue with Keegans record is beyond me. I don’t get fans nowadays.

    We didn’t win anything but we came DAMN CLOSE to doing it. When was the last time that happened?

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  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #27

    You know why they are doing that Tommy? From my 2 cents, they want you all to bet on Alan Shearer to be the next manager… In the end they choose somebody else, there goes your $$$… Simple as that…
    Just my 2 cents! 🙂

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #28

    I would love ‘Arry… really really rate him.

    Something is deffo going off with the bookies and him, they won’t let the price rise to 2.0

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Guys although he was a great.

    Keegan is the PAST, we need to look to the FUTURE!!!

    Some world class manager with GREAT AMBITION!

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Arry would be boring and the same as BSA’s appointment. Really don’t want him, Hughes, McClown, or anyone English for that matter. Its been boring managers for far too long. We need to become more continental

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  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #31

    ITS LITTLE SAM

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    BrettToon – You ever seen Pompey play ?

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    haha

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  • Midjew

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #34

    haha

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  • BrettToon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Pete – Course but he’s still unproven at the level that we want!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Wouldnt be opposed to Felix Magath

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  • scott9

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #37

    F8ck f*ck F8ck f*ck f*ck sh*t mark hughes is gonna get it they said he will be british its not harry it must be hughes s*it

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  • scott9

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #38

    i say hiddink

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    The level we want ffs

    When are we going to wake up and realise we are mid table team…

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  • Pete

    Jan 10, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Venables would be good too

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