Ashley Feels Sorry For Newcastle Fans


For the third time this week, Mike Ashley has spoken to the press, this time to the Guardian.

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Mike Ashley – gave interview to the Guardian

Mike denied a story from last week, that he had tried to sell Newcastle for £420M to the American private equity firm – InterMedia Partners.

Mike told the Guardian:

“There is absolutely no truth in that at all. It is absolutely bullshit.”

Mike Ashley, as we reported earlier, said he was looking for investment partners for the club, to lift his own financial load, and he was asked if that could be some Newcastle businessmen.

Mike continued:

“It would be quite nice, be quite nice for the fans and everything else if we can get one or two partners in Newcastle United who are from Newcastle.”

“So that’s what we will try and do,”

Asked what percentage of the club he was looking to sell, Mike replied:

“I would be quite happy to sell 1%. Just local guys, mad Newcastle fans and everything.”

“I meet them and they say the only thing we regret is when you took the club, we then couldn’t be a shareholder.”

“If you want 1% of Newcastle, buy 1% of Newcastle for exactly the same price I paid for it.” “

“You can put in your money every year like I do, sit on the pitch and say this is one expensive season ticket, but I am having a lovely time.”

“Newcastle United is not a thing you would make a profit on,”  “Newcastle United is a thing you have to enjoy and love and enjoy going to the games and everything else.”

“It would be very useful if we had some multi-billionaire partners that wanted a stake in Newcastle United. It would help.”

Ashley would also welcome fans who wanted to invest in the club as a group, and buy a stake, no matter how small, but that he had not yet held any formal talks with investors.

Ashley went on:

“It would be quite nice if we were able to do something. It’s good for Newcastle, for everybody to get together behind it.”

Ashley said he wasn’t too upset by the media attention he has been getting since he bought the Tyneside club, but did say he sometimes felt sorry for the Geordie fans.

“It is upsetting for them to read these things; they read I am a mad Spurs fan and this sort of thing.”

“And of course it is not true – I absolutely hate Spurs. I always have done.”

Mike seems to be saying the gossip press puts out news which has no foundation in fact?  😀

Well – he’s right there, and that’s a good interview from Mike, and it would be good if he can loosen up with the press, and let us know more of what he’s thinking.

But that’s a good interview from the owner, and hopefully will settle down our fans a little bit.

Comments welcome.



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81 comments so far

  • 51times

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #1

    I hate Spurs too, Mike. In fact, who likes Spurs except Spurs fans?

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Good words from Mike…..but he seems desperate to get some help in, looks like he doesn’t have the money to do what he planned but thankfully he is trying to make us better.

    2 good signings so far let’s hope more will follow and that we can keep improving.

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  • AndyT

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #3

    I dont have a spare million to buy 1%, but if he’s serious about the fan group investment, hell I’m in.

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  • gordond

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Better tell Mike to watch his language ED incase he gets barred from yor site.RE: Bullsh*t. ha ha

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #5

    ok, never thought about being a shereholder but how much does a share cost ??

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  • il capitano

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #6

    “It is upsetting for them to read these things; they read I am a mad Spurs fan and this sort of thing.”

    “And of course it is not true – I absolutely hate Spurs. I always have done.”

    HAHAHA.. funny words from Mike Ashley.. Two good signings and more to come, i believe in the structural things Mike Ashley is doing, now let`s get behind this club an every single person around it!
    Howay The Lads!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #7

    ToonKing we aint a plc so if you want to buy 1% you have to raise £1.38mil.

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  • catawbamag

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Its good he finally came out and laid down the law. The sale of the club was a monthly news story. I think Ashley had sold the club 7 or 8 times over his tenure here, if you listen to the press.

    I hope he communicates more with the fans. Seems like a straight shooter.

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  • George H

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets see how much Mike wants Newcastle United to be a successful club or is it just another invester playing the premier league manopoly game like many Newcastle fans of the Eighties when I was getting soaked in the gallowgate end paying £4.00 to stand not £620 plus a season.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #10

    £1.38mil……hmmm…so how much divident would that pay me…….??

    ahhh who am i kidding…….

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  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    i hate Spurs too Mike!

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom Toon i know it’s not signing we wanted but i must admit i am quite happy with Guthrie. It’s about improving our squad and imust admit he’s better that anything we’ve got at the minute

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #13

    So am I, especially at £2mil, we still need anoher 2 cms though.

    Lets hope for Inler and one of Larsson/Sjkelbred/Ledley. 🙂

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Inler and Aimar for me Tom

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  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #15

    i’d take Inler and Larsson. Larsson would probabaly be at a good price like Guthrie. then we get another Lb and i thnk we’re good for the season. any cut price ideas?

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #16

    I must admit i am troubled by defenders i jsut don’t know who to gofor. I don’t think our defence is that bad,last season our midfield was our main problem

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #17

    We need a centre back (Coloccini) and a backup full back who can play both sides (maybe Torosidis)

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  • Hadrian

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #18

    pretty comical from mike really .
    asking for 1% investments as good as asking for donations , wouldnt even cover wiseys salary for a year .
    quick to point out to not expect a return on it .

    does this mean mike is going to let the club run on an even book ?
    as last year the club made a few million quid , hardly not something you make money on .

    strange , just really strange .

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  • Patrick

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Nicky Shorey and Paul Konchesky are the ones always mentioned for LB; however, can Benny Tozer get a chance, please? 😀

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  • Patrick

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Hadrian, I think that is just a message from MA telling us to get more involved and he really doesn’t need any partners in urgent.

    More likely, it’s “join us if you want to achieve something with us Toons.” It’s not hurting.

    I noticed one thing that MA is not good in public speaking. 😛

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Tom i don’t often dissagree with you but i’m just not sure on Coloccini. i don’t think he’s prem material

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  • Midjew

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #22

    The QPR thing seems to work, a couple of REALLY rich guys, so only half the cost of everything.

    So lets hope we get some money spending MAD Geordie Fan who is willing to pump in a whole load of money to help out with the Van Der Vart bid 🙂

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  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #23

    the problem with using Tozer is that we’d have two inexperienced LBs. he’ll get his chance. but i say get Shorey in and let Enrique have some healthy competition. this Torosidis guy is also quite highly rated though i’ve never seen him play.

    for CB we should take a punt at Samba.

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah i must admit i do like Samba

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Mac – He PERM material 😉

    No, Coloccini is awesome, far better than immobile Samba.

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #26

    So many people have been calling for MA to let us know his intentions and I think he’s finally began to do it.

    He is actively looking for LOCAL investors…. good news I think.

    DO NOT believe the rubbish in the press.

    Remember he was known as a recluse before he bought NUFC and now he’s seen partying with Toon fans and having a laugh and now 3 interviews in 1 week…… what a change.

    We seem to be on a budget and buying some younger players but in the long run that’s not such a bad thing, in a few years these youngsters will be running circles around many teams in the EPL. KK will do the best he can with what he has and what he can find on the money he has available.

    But plz don’t sell Oba…We can get some cash selling a few others instead.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #27

    ObaFan2, the most important keyword here is “LOCAL.” Thank you. 😀

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    lmao @ gordond good one mate crackin joke was thinking that myself haha

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  • Mac

    Jul 11, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Tom i’m not doubting he’s good i’m just not sure he’s good enough. I think our defence will be much improved next season as long as we strengthen out mid field. I do think we have money to spend i just do’t think every signing is gonna be a huge 1. Signings like Guthrie are exactly what we need to improve our squad. Believe me when i say there will be 2 or 3 quality signings

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #30

    Coloccini is good enough for a top 4 club, he is awesome and can actually pass and dribble out of defence.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Depending on the price, maybe Wayne Bridge worths a shot for LB.

    For CB, if Jonny Evans’ available.. why not? I am just thinking if there are more young and ambitious players we haven’t spotted.

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  • Patrick

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Tom Toon, would the capture of Jonas help this deal u think?

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  • ObaFan2

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #33

    Patrick, wish I had a couple o’ million spare but a bit strapped at the minute 🙂

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Wayne Bridge probably wont leave Chelsea, he’ll sit on the bench earning his fat wage.

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  • AndyT

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon King – I think Mike was implying you have to live up to what is expected of him. 1.3 million to get 1%, and you stump up 1% of the cash that he has to put in every year. No dividend, you pay more and more every year.
    So if he has to stump up say 2 million for guthrie, you’d have to pay twenty grand. If the club needs a 50 million kitty – you need to find five hundred grand.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #36

    No idea Patrick, id say it gives us an advantage over clubs without an argentinian.

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  • Cloudstrife

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #37

    gotta admit, Samba’s a bit stiff. but so’s Sol Campbell even in his prime, and i’d have him at Newcastle even today. stiff can be made up for in other areas as a CB. havent seen that much of Collocini, but he comes off as a poor man’s Puyol.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    TT, i’m totally with your picks, specially: Inler, Larrson, Derdiyok & Torosidis, just ain’t seen Coloccini enough to judge, but i reckon you know what ya’ talkin’ about!..& they seem like KK type signings!..

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  • Mac

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #39

    I agree Bridge is not interested in playing football,if he was he would have left Chelsea years ago. he just wants money pure and simple. I’m afraid we’ll have to agree to dissagree on Coloccini Tom i just don’t think he’d cut it in the Prem

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  • Andrew Whitaker

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Great interview yet again Mike! people who listen to the press so much are insane. lets just get on with supporting the club.

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