Here are more comments from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, following Newcastle failure to get Harry Redknapp and our 6-0 thrashing at Old Trafford yesterday.
Mike Ashley – talked more today about his passion for Newcastle United 😀
We’ve already reported segments of Mike’s comments this morning, but here all of them that we can find in a single article – certainly worth a read for all Newcastle’s fans.
Thanks to one of our readers, Edd Case, for the information sources. 😀
Here’s Mike’s comments which all Newcastle fans must read:
“I had to act and now I’ll do it my way.” “I want a team that will go all out to try to give Chelsea a walloping, that’ll try to stuff Tottenham and that will be brave and bold enough to attack Man United.”
“To date I have invested Â£250m to try and make it happen.” “And I’m not the only one who could see it wasn’t working with things as they were.”
“So when my chairman told me it was time for a change I knew it had to happen. I just knew it was time for me to become involved.” “After all I bought this club to make it a success and the harsh truth is there wasn’t much prospect of that.”
“I bought this club to have some fun and I wasn’t having much fun at all. So I did what I should have done in the first place and decided it was time to run the club the way I wanted.”
“I must admit that when I bought this club my gut instinct was to bring in my own team to run it straight away, including a new manager.” “That’s no reflection on Sam, that’s just the way I have always done things.”
“But for once in my life I ignored my intuition and, looking back, that was a mistake.” “My instinct had never let me down in the past, in fact it’s been one of my biggest strengths, one of the major reasons behind my success.”
“Yet I went against that better judgment after buying Newcastle.” “Now is the time to put away my Newcastle shirt. I’m not saying I will never go back on the terraces but now I have to be in the boardroom â€” I have to be hands on.”
“I want a team that is going to be admired up and down the country because of our brilliant, attacking football.” “Like they did when Kevin Keegan was in charge here.”
“In those days everyone in the land loved to watch Newcastle in action. I certainly did. And I am determined it will be like that again.”
“People might mock me for that and reckon that’s all pie in the sky.” “But this is a football club, remember â€” it’s about passion, about dreams, about glory. If it’s not, then why bother?”
“Make no mistake I bother, I care and so I will try my hardest to make this club successful.” “”And I know I don’t stand alone â€” I stand at the head of the Toon Army.”
“Remember this is a club with a real passion running through it â€” not least from all those Geordie fans.” “And I share that passion.”
“My thinking was to come into Newcastle United and examine the club from every angle and from every aspect. I wanted to see how it ran, how it worked, what the staff could offer and what the supporters were all about.”
“I wanted to understand what made this club tick, I wanted to find its soul. I have done that now and taken a lot of flak along the way.”
“People have complained I have been in the background too much, not done enough. Are you sure?”
“Let’s get this straight. I paid Â£140million to buy this club.”Â “I’ve also paid off Â£100million worth of debt so today this club doesn’t owe a buck to anyone.” “And I also gave Sam funds for new players.” “Yet I’ve been hammered by certain people and for what?”
“Yes, wearing my Newcastle shirt and sitting with the fans.” “The critics were suggesting in some way that this was just a cheap trick that would boost sales of shirts in my own stores.”
“But anyone who knows anything about Newcastle knows all the fans already have their shirts so it’s all nonsense, just unbelievable.”
“And do you know something? I don’t regret those days with our supporters at all. I might own the club but they are the heartbeat and I had a lovely time with them.”
“And I guarantee that you haven’t seen the last of me out there with the lads and lasses.” “I will do it again from time to time.”Â “I can’t stand this self-imposed etiquette in the boardroom and directors’ box.”
“You’re supposed to wear a suit, a shirt and tie and behave like a headmaster.” “Why? It’s like one of those , snobby, snooty golf clubs where they have rules for this and that. It’s nonsense and I won’t go along with it.”
“I want to go to football and enjoy it. I want to celebrate when my team scores, when my team wins.” “It’s a game of drama and emotion â€” of highs and lows, of highlights and heartbreaks. And I want to live it.”
“So from now on it’s all down to me.” “I am here because I want to be here and because I want to win trophies.”
“That’s it â€” period â€” to get trophies in the cabinet and have a ball doing it. I can’t see anything wrong with that at all.” “Buying a football club is something I’ve always wanted to do so it’s living a dream.”
“I always said I bought this club to become part of its passion.” “I’d like to think I’ve done that. Now I want to channel that passion into bringing success and I just can’t wait until it happens.”
Good words from the owner – we believe him. And he seems to be hurt by some of the criticism directed his way. But it’s clear his heart is at Newcastle United – which is his club. along with all the Newcastle faithful. Mike also seems a bit of a maverick, doesn’t he?
Good for you Mike! 😀
We have the right owner and the right chairman – so now let’s get a manager who can deliver on that vision – because it’s a vision most (all) Newcastle fans share with you.
Comments always welcome.