Ashley Wants To Follow QPR Model At Newcastle


Mike Ashley has talked to the press about Newcastle United for the second time in a couple of days.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – wants to follow QPR Model

Yesterday Mike rejected rumors that he was trying to sell Newcastle but did admit, for the first time, that he was seeking investment partners in the club.

That probably explains why news keeps popping up about some consortium said to be interested in buying Newcastle – but it’s just some company Mike is looking for investment from.

Mike reacted to claims that a construction company owned by the family of Osama bin Laden were considering a bid, he told the Times today:

“I’m not looking for a Newcastle shareholder in a cave in Afghanistan,”

“It’s not as if I’m going to go and see Bin [Laden] in a cave in Afghanistan.”

“No doubt when I’m in South America next week, it will be Fidel Castro.”

Hopefully that will be the end of that story – but we’ll see.

Today Mike admits Newcastle United may seek to clone QPR’s ownership model.

Mike is the 54th-richest man in the United Kingdom, with a fortune of about £1.4B, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, but Ashley still wants to follow the model of QPR.

Three of the richest men in England – Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal – have joined financial forces, in an attempt to bring QPR back into football’s top bracket.

The Times is quoting Mike as saying:

“The QPR model looks very interesting,”“It’s something that Newcastle needs to look at. It’s got to be able to compete.”

” Newcastle is not something you make a profit on, you have to enjoy and love it.”

” If we had some multi-billionaire that wanted a stake in Newcastle, it will help, but sell the club? It’s not the same answer.”

We hope these statements by Mike will help convince Newcastle fans that the owner is indeed in this for the long term.

But we’ll need to have Mike, or Derek , communicate a lot more effectively with the Newcastle fans about what he’s doing with the club.

Quite honestly, if he had mentioned this say last September, we wouldn’t have had all the negative stories about him selling the club.

Now if something like this comes up in the future, we know Newcastle are talking to potential investors – and that’s no big deal.

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83 comments so far

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    It will help us in the long term but he still has to pull his finger out for some signings this summer as i dont think we will get any investors before the end of the transfer window.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    so whats the QPR model ?? selling a few shares to a rich guy ?? some model that is , i could do that.

    MA should follow my model: invest 60-70 Mil in players for a couple of years, get in the CL, win a few trophy’s and money will flow.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed
    http://tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=101918
    we have got Metz defender Sebastien Bassong on trail for a few weeks he is 21yrs old and plays for Metz.
    Stats

    Date of birth 9 July 1986
    Place of birth Paris, France
    Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)
    Playing position Defender

    Also has played 72 times for Metz scoring only 1 GOAL.

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  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    You will be playing in black and white hoops from now on!

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    ToonKing buy him out that sounds good to me 😀

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  • autibo

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    i know its only wikipedia but they’re saying we’re all set to agree the signing of a brazilian centre-back called Emilson Cribari from Lazio for £5m…agent quotes in aswell!!

    anyone know anything…???

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    gorskino10, he plays for Metz , he just declined a move to Dinamo Bucharest. I don’t think he’s good enough, but i’ll leave the assesment to KK.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    dunno if this is true, but if it is Ashley just climbed the list of my favorite people.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has dismissed reports he’s a closet Tottenham fan.

    “It’s not true,” he said. “I absolutely hate Spurs and always have done.”

    http://www.tribalfootball.com/article.php?id=101926

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Cribari might be a good signing but if the source is Wiki… Don’t believe it.

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  • domtoon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Argh we really are the Premier League’s most impatient fans!!

    ToonKing look what happened last time we invested umpteen millions in ‘top’ players. FFS landed up in debt and we won NOTHING. I admit that come end of transfer season if we haven’t brough the right players in, we may be in deep crap for next season, but ‘right players’ doesn’t mean the most expensive players around.

    He’s making us sustainable yet competetive at the same time. Look at the big picture and realise things will improve surely but slowly, steadily but firmly.

    At least he’s not selling but looking for extra investment which may then allow him to invest big bucks but you have to trust that the owners know what they’re doing. Why second guess them? I’m happy with their silence as long as they produce the goods and in order to see that we have to give them a chance.

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  • The real big AL

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    U lads see what ashley said about the spuds. Says he hates them and always has!! ha ha. Just like the rest of us then.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    i really hope that Emilson Cribari news is BS, he is a terrible player.

    http://wordpress.com/tag/emilson-cribari/

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  • Ericles

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I can understand Mike Ashley wanting to share the financial burden of owning NUFC. However, not being a capitalist myself (just a life-time working class fan) I am not up with things like QPR-clones etc. For us outside the boardroom it is a question of putting money into transfers at the moment, not of getting investment into NUFC coffers (though selling Smith may help a little). Who will put their money into a club that seems unable to pull its fingers out and shove them into the transfer market? Success brings investment and partners. Success means getting the right players with the right attitude, those more concerned about KK’s plans and the hopes of the fans rather than a what a barmaid has up front!

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    yeah domtoon, except they weren’t top players, they were crap. With this new scouting system and bla bla i would buy genuine top players 😀

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    See Mike Ashley hates Spurs as much as we do 😀 lets hope they go bust too kill the spuds!!!!!!!! 😀

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry i did mean Metz as i put that at the bottom to.
    i mean 72 games and 1 goal even for a defender thats bad.
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=m48KsgYqx48
    no wonder why he dont score only video i can find is him missing a pen by miles lol.
    Not found much on Emilson Cribari but if we have dealt with Lazio (for Rosenhal) then instead of him buy Lorenzo De Silvestri hes only 20 looks a good player.

    Emilson Cribari
    “but positionally he is quite awful at times. His centre back partnership with Guglielmo Stendardo in the first half of the season resembled that of Jean-Alain Boumsong and Titus Bramble at Newcastle Utd a few years ago” great that guy looks rubbish being named in worst Series A 11 lol

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  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    I reckon that Cibrari claim is a hoax!

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    I love how he said he hates spurs and always has done.

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  • Graham

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Well said Domtoon. For so many years we’ve lurched from disater to disaster to scandal (mainly off the field). For the first time in my living memory (32 years give or take) NUFC is being run for the future and not for the very short term.

    The one word in Domtoons post that means so much is “sustainable”. We haven’t been that for decades and looking to the future it has to be good for the club.

    Ashley has spent about £250m of his own money in slavaging NUFC from impending administration and probably a points deduction as well (Luton Town went tits up and have just got a 30 point decuction going into next season).

    I think he’s entitled to have a little bit of stability at the club and not go spending another £100m or so on signings that may not win you anything as we know all too well…..

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  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Has anybody noticed how QPR have signed more players than us!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Who buys defenders to score goals?..
    …That’s a strikers job, defenders rarely need to be that far up the field!..
    …Anyhoo, it’s midfielders we want/need!..

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  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Mike Ashley was being sarcastic. He used to have a season ticket at spurs. He is 100% a spurs fan.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Yeah and they bought shed loads last season in Jan too when all we got was a few youngsters.
    we defently need Inlar or a new holding midfielder and a new playmaker and striker. then if we have any cash buy a defender or trade Milner for one.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    @Graham: the more intelligent of us FANS aren’t asking for £100m worth of trophy signings. We’re looking for players to come in and plug the gaps. Anybody with any football knowledge will tell you that we have an unbalaced squad and not enough players….period!

    We desperately need at the very least 2 more midfielders with creativity and a LB. But we’re getting no where at the minute!

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  • Graham

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Gorskino010 – 72 games…. thats potentially a season and a half if he’s played consistently. I dont see a problem with that. Darren Peacock played 171 games during Keegans last reign and scored only 4 goals.

    Marcelino played 19 times and didn’t get a single goal…… No, wait, maybe he isn’t the best argument I have ever come up with

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  • Davies

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    HA! My faith in Mike Ashley has been vindicated yet again.

    He wouldn’t have bought in if he didn’t want to make a suddess of it. Even if his plan is to sell the club eventually, he know that nobody would ever buy if the club wasn’t doing well. I really think he will back Keegan. WE’ll just have to see what the end of the transfer window brings.

    Be patient, he knows we won’t do anything with a paper thin squad, and he knows Keegan won’t want just any old player. I think we’ll pleasantly surprised before the end of August.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Inler & Larrson would do to start with!..
    …Derdiyok up top!..

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  • UTD111

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Whilst Mike has revised the management structure at United and made it much more professional and business-like, it seems to me the bit that still needs beefing up is the communications/PR arm. We shouldn’t be hearing a defence like this from a casual conversation between the owner and some tame journos – it should be carefully handled by comms professionals working for the club. As for following a particular model, I particularly like that lass in the Marks and Spencers adverts :o))

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  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    If MA wants stability and sustainability then he has to invest now. Yes he’s invested £250m to buy and rid the club of financial difficulties. But he needs to invest in what keeps the money rolling in…..PLAYERS!

    We don’t have enough of them and we don’t have any playmakers! If we don’t create chances, then we don’t score goals!

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  • Ashton

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Everyone hates spurs and Fernando how do you know that ” He used to have a season ticket at spurs ” ?? fickel

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  • Graham

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    Kash2 – you obviously have insider knowledge knowing that we’re going nowhere.

    Who predicted our first signing? No-one. We don’t know whats going on as far as transfers are concerned – surely that is a good thing as this is the way it should be done.

    I realise we have to plug the gaps and am not expecting (or wanting) £100m to be spent. But I am patient enough to accept that it will happen when it happens otherwise Keegan wouldn’t be here – his dummy would be spat out somewhere along the A69 likr the last time he was told he wouldn’t be getting what he wanted.

    I have total faith in KK and co. to bring in what we need before the transfer window closes.

    And as far as plugging the gaps in concerned, I didn’t realise that Enrique had left us if we desperatly need a LB

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #32

    I know about Peacock but now-days modern defenders need to be more effective at scoring like Terry has.
    Not saying he record is bad or nothing but we have Faye who can play the same place as him so no need for him, im waiting on Inlar,Dirdiyok,Aimar

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Did Ashley even say any of this?..
    …Who believes what rags say?..

    …UTD111, you are dead right man, we need proper PR…Then they can tell the rags nowt aswell!.. 😀 …Soz mate, i totally agree with you!..

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  • AndyT

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    The other thing I wonder about with him looking for investment is what the situation is going to be with Northern Rock. While they have confirmed that they will honor existing commitments, I can’t see them being in a position where they are capable or have the desire to sponsor the club after the end of the current deal. Nor do I think that they would be right for Newcastle. While I think it is still a strong brand in the North East, both nationally and internationally it has become a symbol of failure and will not act to promote Newcastle United. I also do not think that they will be able to afford the level of sponsorship that I hope Newcastle United will be able to attract at that point.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #35

    fernando is a spurs fan Ashton. ignore him.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    AndyT, it’s not like we won’t be able to find another sponser mate, in fact, i’ll wager they’ll find us, about 1 second after NR move on!..

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  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Toonking-so is ashley. Google mike ashley and you shall see. And you are such a tell tale

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  • Graham

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #38

    AndyT I agree. I don’t think Ashley is looking to sell up some of his shares to investors but he’s looking for more “corporate partners” and sponsors. Look at Man Utd. they have more sponsors than a F1 team!

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  • dontoon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    Yeah the club is being looked after, but I think its safe to say we cannot spend 30-40 mill we will have to make up our funds through player sales and hope our scouting system picks out a couple of gems. If we not got debts and finish top 8 consistently, getting good cup runs surley that should bring in some money.

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  • AndyT

    Jul 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #40

    Punk Skunk
    If Ashley din’t say i, then I think the times would be on very dodgy ground quoting him. If its made up its usually in the paper as – a friend of Ashley said “Mike thinks blah” or an insider (insider oura imaginationa) said “Mike supports Accrington Stanley”

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