Ashley Needs To Talk To Newcastle Fans – What’s Going On?

There have been some good things that Mike Ashley and the new regime have done in the14 months they’ve been in charge at Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley – time to speak to Newcastle fans

But one of them is certainly not communicating with their fans, and this is not the first time we’ve brought this up on our site, as one of Mike Ashley’s biggest weaknesses as a club owner.

The fans don’t even know the guy, and most think he still bought club so he can sell at a profit quickly, although we don’t believe that is the case at all.

However, we have become a little disenchanted with all the news about James Milner yesterday, and the apparent lack of ability of Ashley and the executive team to help Kevin Keegan to bring in new players this summer, which we all know are sorely needed.

That may still change but there’s now only 4 days left in the transfer window, and the squad is woefully short in numbers, although the quality is excellent.

How many times since last April has Kevin said he needs a bigger squad – and the fact he wants to keep Michael Owen and all his other top players – like James Milner for instance.

Nothing much up till now has been done to help the maestro.

The last thing we want is to lose some of the top players we already have, and the news on Milner wasn’t just a shock to Newcastle fans’ systems, it also does not offer up particularly promising news on the Michael Owen contract saga either.

The Newcastle fans are some of the best in the world, and they pay their money every season, and have been served up trash – well at least for the last two seasons.

And as customers of the Newcastle United Football club they have every right to hear from Mike Ashley, the owner, as to exactly what is going on at Newcastle.

Especially when it’s looking like James Milner, one of our most promising young players, who we’ve had since he was 18 years old, may be leaving the club very shortly.

And has anyone thought that Kevin Keegan may lose his fight with Ashley to keep Michael Owen and James Milner – two of the best professionals at the club, with Michael our current captain, and yet he’s won his fight to keep Joey Barton.

That says it all, and it should be very embarrassing to both Mike Ashley and the club he owns.

A statement is needed from Mike Ashley or the club, telling Newcastle fans what’s going on – and that statement is needed today.

238 comments so far

  • dick

    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    waste of a blog ed, wont get no statement not today not anytime

  • dick

    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    blog not working again ed

  • hitman

    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    ashley needs to get his head out of his arse,get rid of wise and let keegan do what he does best

  • HeronMag

    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Think you’ve summed it up there Ed – how can we possibly justify paying Joey Barton £60k a week while sitting in jail and not stump up the cash for Milner.

    I’m not a happy Mag.

  • Davey_C

    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    No statement is needed – we do not do our business in public. Have some patience and see what happens!!

  • BigWilson

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    You`ll get no statement from Ashley today Ed, hes just not gonna do that.
    Were gonna lose Milner and the way things are going we may lose Owen in January as hes free to discuss a pre-contract.
    Im not confident of any further signings coming in between now and Monday and its just all a bit worrying- our squad is thread bare as we all know…
    Feel sorry for Keegan, he doesnt really seem to have any kind of power…

  • hitman

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    wise is the problem at the toon can ashley not see that

  • AdamCF

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    What happened to players upholding contracts?

  • Kwick

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Seriously, some of you need to look down and see if you have any plums.

    It’s Ashley’s football club, not yous or anyone elses, and as such he can do whatever the hell he wants to do. You lot can whinge and moan and say that these are ‘worrying times’ but that means sweet f.a at the end of the day.

    I’ve never heard such horlocks in my life- Ed you are baisically demanding that Ashley speaks. Who are you to tell the owner of this football club what to do?

  • wolfhound

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    ive got that hollow feeling again lets not have a repeat of last year the platers are going to get dis-heartend and weve had a good start it could all be undone with this stupid bickering milners value at the club should be recognised hes not being greedy we need to strengthen not weaken our already small squad

  • geordies

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I have mentiond 2 months ago that this fatso knows nothing about football. His executive team have no brains, that to sell Milner when the team is already very thin and lack quality covers. If we lose both Owen and Milners, the whole team will be affected and may even lose Keegan.

  • Irish John

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    why is everyone getting so carrid away about milner leaving..I for one don’t really mind as he’s probably had a handfull off assist in the last 2 seasons…If we get 10mill for him, thats amazing business.

    I actualy feel its an area we can afford to lose a player..We have plenty off wingers who can do a job..In a way i think it will improve us so Zog can get a regular start at left wing…

    Me personaly, Im happy with Ashley and what the team is doing…I say sell him, I garuntee Zog will get more assists than him in what hes done in the last 2 SEASONS..

    If we still got 2 r 3 players before the window shuts everyone’s opinion will change..

  • Irish John

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    weres my comments gone 🙁

  • Ericles

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    I think sometimes that the NUFC board do play into the hands of the gutter press. Certainly The Sun and The Mail and the NOTW crow over the crises these papers invent. Somehow or other, when it all comes out in the wash, I think KK and Ashley will establish a great again NUFC. We will have quality loyal players without any overpaid prima donnas who think the Tyne is a gravy train, There is a method here but it seems to be very slow into getting to the fans. I trust KK implicitly I just wish Ashley was as good communicating with the fans as he is making money. It is all engineered by the London based press to lose our confidence and lose at Arse and All. Howay the lads – we can get a point from Wenger Burger’s hair gel boys.

  • Mistral

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Fred Shepperd was not liked but at least he backed his manager. asheley does not understand football, wise is a londoner. do you think they care about the suffering newcastle fans? bets way to anser ashley is not to turn to 2 or 3 games. and with empty seats he will have no choice but sell to someone who cares about the club. my feeling is they want to get rid of Keegan.


  • tommy

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #16


  • Matthew Tom

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    AdamCF – completely agree. I just posted on another thread that we can just keep Milner and ignore his transfer request.

    He wants an improved contract but he hasn’t (yet) done the business to justify this. If I was Kevin, I’d be sitting down with him and telling him there’s every chance of an improved deal next year, but we need to see a full season of quality out of him first.

  • Kwick

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    And another thing- Why does Milner leaving mean that Owen is on that same boat? How exactly is Keegan losing his ‘fight’ to keep Owen?

    Ed- I would very much like to know why you have such a vendetta is against Ashley

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    No statement will be issued until the stadium is down to 35,000 and the tills at Cashley towers are not going Kerching ! anymore.

    I just think Keegan will walk soon and I have said this since the January window when again no players where bought.

    I just feel really bad for keegan I am sure he would prefer to be back at his soccer school having a kick about and having some fun…Surely this job is not doing what it said on the tin when he took over.

  • Davies

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Well put Davey C.

    Nobody knows what is going on behind the scenes because the club aren’t doing their business in public anymore. This is a genuinely good thing.

    The angry and disappointed opinions sparked on here by what’s in the papers are completely baseless. Please stop getting pissed off with the club and it’s owner becasue The Sun says you should. You are better, more intelligent people than that.

    For Christ’s sake, KEEP THE FAITH.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Not working again ed : (

  • lesh

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Off thread, but Galatasary lost last night…… Turan?

  • lesh

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    Galatasary lost last night, could Turan be tempted?

  • dontoon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    I think Mike Ashley is a liar. Every time he says something it turns out to be a lie.

    He said he wasn’t going to sack big sam but he did.
    He said he was going to back kk he hasn’t as no contract offered to owen or milner.
    He said there was money to spend but havent seen it.
    He said there is going to be a wow signing- who is he trying to kid.

    He is disrespecting the fans taking us for fools and has the nerve to increase prices.
    yes he has cleared most of the debts or so we think, luckily that worked out for the club but dont be mistaken his pocket comes first club comes last.

  • brooksey

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    No statement will be issued! Ashley has had plenty of chances to talk to the fans….. Why now?

    What will happen between now and Monday evening? A club our size should not be waiting till deadline day in order to sign players!! Joke!

  • Jammy

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Why on earth would the owner of the club put out a statement to the fans and as for not knowing the guy, what is that about? Do you want him to go to everyones house and explain his plans for the future over a cup of tea?

    He is the owner of the club, he talked Keegan in to coming back to Newcastle, and Keegan has not once said he hasn’t been given the money when we wants a player. We are finally being ran like a business and not a comedy show a la Shepherd and Douggie Hall.

    If Keegan wasn’t happy Keegan would walk, we all know that from his first spell as NUFC manager, England and Man City.

    The simple fact is that maybe there are not players available who will improve us enough for realistic prices. 8m for Anton Ferdinand or 12m for Bassong and Collocini, I know who I’d prefer.

    Milner signed a new 3 year deal 12 months ago and got a pay rise, why should he have another one when he has played less than 10 league games under Keegan?

  • WesToon

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    @ Irish John // Aug 28, 2008 at 10:05

    Thats on IF…. we get 3 or4 in mate…IF!!!

    Not a happy man 🙁
    FFS MAN,PLS God help us

  • C

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s geeting harder and harder to stay positive.

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    totally agree ed communication is needed we are in the middle of some confuzing times basing our opinions on what the media say and what is common sense the fact is who realy knows what is going on at the club

  • ed speed

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #30

    good article, ed.

    ashley needs to make a statement. i don’t care what about. he could say something like the new training ground is complete, or something but he needs to comunicate.

    having said that he did do a massive interview in the club magazine last month, but he needs to do this more often.


  • Mark-O

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #31

    Let milner go, spend the 10 million on 2 new players.
    I think Ashley needs to say something, not just to make it look like he’s in control of the club but also to avoid any future embarassment.
    The comment about barton is right, if we can afford to keep him then we can afford to stump up the cash for our better players.
    This is getting beyond a joke now, but theres nothing we can do as fans apart from stay away from the games, but the perfomances are good so far and im not spending £900 on a season ticket just to miss games out of spite.

  • Mark

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Im not sure Ashley understands that football clubs (especially ours) is day to day life for the supporters. The most disappointing thing about the milner saga is I dont think KK would have wanted this leaked, so its came from someone above KK and the question I want to ask is why??

  • Dominic

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #33

    KEEEEEEP HIM? Ashley is an idiot if he lets him go, he is one of our best players and would be very good for the club if he stayed.

    I don’t understand why they are thinking about letting him go?

  • Aaron

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    I agree totaly with this article i mean com on for god’s sake we have been promised a ‘wow’ player just get the job done and get in the players that kev needs and why not offer milner a new contract he is worth keeping and if we let owen leave on top of this its almost a jike yet again the usless board and directors and so on and so on have made my be loved newcastle the bur of all jokes form the mackems !!!! Ashley need to listen to kevand get the 3 or 4 players we need and not let any of our current squad leave apart from the donkey (ameobi)

  • sas

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t agree. I’ll give the club the benefit of doubt, and would rather Ashley keep quiet, than go back to the old days of FFS embarrassing the club.

  • rabster

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #36

    I think the wages issue has hit home for Ashley after last summers buys.
    Smith £60K and done nothing
    Barton £60K and only turning out for HMP Slade.

    plus Owen £107K and nearly always injured.

    Because of their wages alone, who is going to take Barton or Smith.
    We’re stuck with them until their contracts expire or some other mug takes them.
    Their wages are so high that it would mean a low transfer fee too.

    I don’t blame Ashley at all for his current stance on wages.
    Lower wages all round and pay for performance would be ideal.

  • Bosck

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #37

    Ed – again its disappointing your getting drawn in to the speculation. mike ashley has answered all these questions in his recent interview.

    Transfers – He said he will pay out big if keegan thinks the player is worth that value, as in the modric bid, woodgate, and collocini. obviously this summer some of keegans target have been overpriced so they have decided against it.

    Wages – again ashley said he is willing to pay high wages for the right players. Modric is on half at tottenham of what he would have got here. Keegan more than likely has an input on this figure and I think he probably agrees with MA on how much Milner deserves. However much potential Keegan thinks milner has, he will also know how much he thinks Milner deserves and will not expect Mike Ashley to pay more than this.

    ED please stop joining the boring trashy tabloid press attempts to drive a wedge between Keegan and Ashley.

    It is noticable that Keegan has only really started to big milner up in the last week, which we now realise is since he requested a transfer therefore attempting to do 2 things: 1) try to convince milner to stay and earna a new deal, 2) to artificially inflate milners transfer price.

    if keegan is angry over this saga i very much doubt it is with Mike Ashley, more likely he will be disappointed with Milner and angry at his agents/representatives – the PFA

  • daydeburt

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #38

    ive been sick in my mouth a little bit, please please please we need 3 more players. four if milner goes. time is running out. Shit…shit….shit….shit….shit…


    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Absolutely disagree! We are not seeing what is going on behind the scenes for good reasons. Look at all of you who paint the wall black everyday.

    Do you want to have a James Milner in the squad who really does want to move on to another challeng? Na…

    Wait and have patience! The new structure did excellent deals and they will continue to do until the transfer window shuts down.

    They know now for a week that milner wants to leave and they surely discussed this with him, but it seems that Milner doesn’t want to stay, so let him go! We have more than good wingers!

  • Graham

    Aug 28, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Ashley has no need whatsoever to make a statement about the daily ongoings of NUFC. As it’s his company and not a plc (and please, no bollocks about it being our club) he can do what ever he sees fit.

    How often has Abramovich made statements, or the Glazers?

    In my view, NUFC is still in a better position, long term than Chelsea & Man Utd. Roman could pull the plug at any time and leave Chelsea £400m in debt. While Man Utd owe over £100m in interest alone!!

    Yes, communication could be better, but we have to take what Ashley said in his interview last week as gospel. He has a long term vision for the club, just as he did with Dunlop & Slazenger etc. which have made him a very rich man.

    We are all guessing at the minute as to what is going on – including the press. When it is sorted and the transfer window is closed then that will be the time to make statements – not before.

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