Ashley Still Has Time For ReThink On Keegan


The new Manchester City owners’ actions yesterday, are what Newcastle were really hoping would happen when Mike Ashley took over last summer.

Mike Ashley – not what Newcastle fans had hoped for

The Abu Dhabi United Group for Investment and Development [Adug], took over the club from former Thailand Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and they immediately signed Robinho from Real Madrid,  for £32.5M, beating of all clubs, Chelsea, to the world class Brazilian.

But nothing like that has happened at Newcastle, although to be fair Mike has put the finances of the club in much better shape, and he did pay off the £80M in debt, that we owed when he took over.

Mike has promised much but delivered little, and we thought he made a fantastic move by bringing Kevin Keegan back to the club last January.

There is still nothing official word from the club, but if it is true that Kevin is no longer manager, whoever is the new manager, will be the fourth manager in 15 months at the club.  That says it all.

But there’s still time for Mike to come to his senses, although it’s hard for us to comment on the situation, since we don’t really know what happened, so we’re in dangerous territory.

But what Newcastle fans definitely want is Kevin back in as manager.

And then Mike Ashley can decide if w he really wants to own this club, which is much bigger than him, and if not he should sell it to some organization like The Abu Dhabi United Group for Investment and Development, who will invest in the club.

Can you imagine what it would be like on Tyneside today if had been Newcastle who had just bought Robinho?

No problem in selling season tickets then – that’s for sure – one less problem for the club.

A message to Mike – please don’t wreck this club, even though you own it.

Comments welcome.



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291 comments so far

  • Piers

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #1

    ya right Ashley is a disgrace

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  • john

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    well, said. Mike if your going to own this club do something with it because what you;ve done so far isnt enough. We (the fans) wont take it and will turn on you in a heartbeat and will force you out of the club. i cant stand people who arnt impeccable with thier word,maybe thats what kevin is also feeling at this time

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  • Patrick

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    If MA is really doing his crap, he is really forcing the supporters away, but this is wrong because we would just want him away; at this point, just pray for the best, guys.

    Whatever happening is not changing to heart towards our beloved NUFC.

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  • RamyNUFC

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Why would he destroy the club? He’s invested all that money so he’s hardly going to go in, devalue the club and sell it for less than what he paid for it. LET’S BE SENSIBLE.

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  • Safferman

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    I dont rate Robinho anyways, it was more of a statement to go an buy him, do you think Mark Hughes even knew about it untill the deal was done? SO even there the owners are deciding who to buy. But still I think KK should stay and do what he can even if the budget is limited, is it really the end of the world, walking out doesnt help the club, and if he loved the club so much, staying would be best…

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  • T-Nem

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #6

    its not my idea of fun farting out a mega salary on players like Man City have done. disgusting really.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    mike lost 5 mill on the roullete tables last week ,
    and had a net spend of 3 mill on toon summer tranfers .

    ashley out !

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  • SteveM

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #8

    There’s still absolutely NOTHING concrete about any of these stories – no comments AT ALL by any source at the club. Plenty of lurid detail about what exactly happened in a meeting somewhere not exactly sure where – and not sure with who.
    Im sure KK is disapointed as im sure MA and others at the club at only being able to sign two more players before the transfer deadline. – it is possible that after 24 hours + of nonstop hard work tempers may have become frayed and they are trying to patch things up after some good shut-eye. Equally Newcastle’s patience with the endless bulls**t of the press my have snaped and they are just going to give the press enough rope to hang themselves with. Yesterday with all the transfer rumours flying around almost everyone in the press started publishing the most ridiculous rumors as fact as unpredicted after unpredicted transfer happened and only one predicted took place (Berbatov). Maybe the journalists just dont know where the bulls**t off button is.

    Its ALL JUST RUMOUR ATM

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #9

    sack the board

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  • ashleyout!

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #10

    the wrong mans gone 2day

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  • StuRob

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Good article Ed.
    Mike Ashley may own the club but he is only a custodian – I think some owners DO forget that. The club will always belong to the fans, they were here before and will be here long after.

    Howay the Lads.

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Always the laughing stock. I’m going to find a cave and hibernate for ….however long it takes.

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  • Matty

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    The guy drinks non-alcoholic beer, nuff said.

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  • Cooper

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Any ideas on why we are statementless?

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  • ToonMice

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    I can categorically tell you that at this moment in time… Keegan has not been sacked nor has he left

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  • Toon

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree, cmn Mike, dont let this club go down the drain

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  • Swindon Seagull

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    I am a Brighton & Hove Albion fan who wishes KK well. I really hope he hasn’t left you Mags, football needs his charisma and passion. During his first spell in charge, I got a lot of pleasure from watching the flowing, attacking football you lot played. Even the mighty seagulls couldn’t match that lol. Seriously, I hope he stays, it appears he has been stitched right up and the delay is the club just thinking up the best spin to put on things. Maybe Bilic would be a possible replacement, or Bruce. Hope you don’t do the unWise thing and appoint the poison yobbo……Good Luck.

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  • 51times

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #18

    You echo my feelings Ed, it’s a sad day.

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  • toonfan87

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #19

    This is an absolute shambles. Is there ever a time as a Newcastle fan when you can just look forward to watching football and not wondering what the next over-hyped behind the scenes saga will be? If Keegan goes you have to ask the question what the next manager can bring extra to the club. I don’t think there is anyone out there today who could fill his shoes. I personally think Ashley brought Keegan in to quell any fears the fans had about relegation and boost morale but his plan was to eventually ease Dennis Wise in. Seems a bit far fetched but it seems to be happening now!

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  • Gary

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    This has been a public relations farce from start to finish. It has been reported that the meeting started at 10am, surely if Keegan is still in charge of the club something should have been announced by now. This could have been nipped in the bud very early if that was the case.

    My guess is he is no longer manager and they are sorting out legalities over gagging rights etc. as Ashley will try to save as much face as possible after the latest episode in the Newcastle United Soap Opera.

    I see a long garden path and we are all being lead up it by the Newcastle heirarchy.

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  • bill

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #21

    The last time something like this happened was back in the Westwood era. I remember us hurling bricks through the windows at SJP. I’m not advocating doing this now even though I feel like doing it. Doesn’t this idiot know that KK is more important to us than he is?
    If he insists on KK going then I suggest that he sells the club now because there is no way that we are accepting this shite. I doubt if he will venture into the away end in his B&W shirt anymore if he values his life.

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #22

    BBC radio Newcastle reckon it’s all over and that the club are probably trying to sort out the wording carefully, things to do with pay-offs etc. Already talking about lots of money going on Gus Poyet for next manager …….I’m losing my powers of speech and the will to live.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Everyone is going well over the top with this (well the unemployed charvers outside the ground are).

    WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED YET!

    People are shouting “sack the board” but we don’t even have a board. We are not a PLC – no major shareholders – just Ashley.

    GET A F”ING GRIP WILL YA!

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  • wolfhound

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    we are the black and white army and when were in turmoil were all grey just like my hair even though i didnt have a one before i started supporting the toon …….but i wouldnt have it any other way….the futures bright the futures GREY

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  • sub

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #25

    get the fat mo fo out. tight fisted git!

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  • toon lad

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    KEEGAN!

    KEEGAN!

    KEEGAN!

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  • Zogster

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27

    ADUG can’t own Newcastle and City at the same time…

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  • iain

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    mike lost 5 mill on the roullete tables last week ,
    and had a net spend of 3 mill on toon summer tranfers .

    hes got a funny way of having fun hasnt he after he said nufc was something you dont make money on yet were paying the buggers gambling losses with our profits.

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Try again – BBC Newcastle say it’s all over, club just sorting out the wording, lots of clever money seems to be going on Gus Poyet to take over.

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  • SuperShearer

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #30

    So where now? We are KK have been treated with utter disregard by Ashley. He should use the international time ti sell up to that Indian dude and get out before he realises just what he has done to us. I so wanted to believe that he was best for this club, and the fact that he was English and a footy fan made me want it even more. But if KK has been sack, or lied to and therefore walked, I for one will no longer support MA’s actions. Words cannot describe how hurt and betrayed I am feeling right now.

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  • Patrick (Pizzicato)

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #31

    We never know if it’s true, but from the first day of MA taking over, who’s speaking high of us? I think since NUFC is a weaker team to the media, they can make up stories too.

    Can’t say if it’s true or not, but IF, I said IF, MA is really doing crap, it’s not good.

    Let’s wait and see.

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  • sas

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #32

    I hope you’re right Ed

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  • lacedaemonian

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #33

    I dont rate Robinho at all.

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  • 51times

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyone else hearing rumours Ashley’s shops are being attacked in town?

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  • Davies

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Let’s just wait for the official statement shall. There will have to be one.

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  • xisco

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #36

    saw it coming really

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  • britluv

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope you’re right & after he’s had a chance to cool down & look @ this rationally (where’s Mort when you need him?), that Ashley will realize this is the wrong move. A whole firm of PR guys can’t put a good spin on this. I’m in the US, but if I had a season ticket, I’d be outside the stadium for the Hull match with 50,00+ other fans & none inside. The players would know this was not a lack of support for them, but a protest against Ashley! Can you imagine the pix on the news of Mike in an empty SJ?

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  • craig chisholm

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #38

    mike ashley has only ever thought of himself and not the fans. i have said it til ia m blue in the face, he is in it to make some money and get out. he has spent nothing on players at all. he has given kk nothing but lies and bull sincethe day he conned him into coming back. the only thing ashley can do now is sell us asap cos one thing is for sure, the longer he remains the owner the less attrtactive a purchase we will look as the fan base will shrink fast esp if he puts that turd wise in charge. wise will be even less popular than souness – and thats saying something. i see lots of new names on this blogg now, are you lot the same blokes that were singing ashleys praises b4 but have now had a rudec awakening. where are all the die hard ashley supporters now???? cumon lads, speak up pls. i am dying to see you explain this latest masterstroke away. since that fat turd bought our club we have been in the headlines constantly and all for the wrong reasons. he has made an almighty balls up of everything he has done since day one, with the ecception of bringing in kk. i wonder if that was why mort left, cos he knew this shit weas going to come down and he didnt want to be around when it did. ashley, i will repeatv what i have been saying since the day you came in, i hate you guts, i know what you are all about and at last even the blinkered ones will be starting to see the light – all be it, a bit too bloody late!!

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  • Ashton

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #39

    we are f*cked

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  • Midjew

    Sep 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #40

    MA should see Newcastle to that Indian Billionare.

    The Guy that has 25Bn and is 4th Richest Man in the world.

    Then we could enjoy watching great players come to the club.

    Its the ONLY way forward.

    MA is trying to imitate Arsenal, but even with the Brilliance of Arsene Wenger they need to invest more and more.

    Unless we get Arsene in as Manager, just get a PROPER Billionare in and join the other BIG teams.

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