Ashley In America – And Then Off To Barbados


Mike Ashley will face a very unhappy squad if Newcastle United do not succeed in efforts to keep Kevin Keegan at the club.

Mike Ashley – in America – and then off to Barbados

The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Kevin had two meetings with the club’s board yesterday in an attempt to work something out so that he could remain manager.

But it does seem that Kevin’s main problem is that he doesn’t have total control of who comes and who goes on the playing side of things, and we really find that amazing.

If it’s true what has been reported that selling was going on without his knowledge that is just inexcusable and Kevin had every right to walk out.

It also appears that owner Mike Ashley is away on business in America – and he is even planning a holiday in Barbados, but unless this mess at his club is sorted out soon, he should cancel that holiday, that’s for sure.

A friend of Ashley’s said:

“As far as Mike is concerned it’s carry on as usual at Newcastle United.”

Well that’s an amazing statement, and it’s NOT business as usual at Newcastle, we may be a chaotic club, but this is not the norm.

News is also filtering through that Kevin is very keen to stay at the club, and make it all work.

But also news that some of the Newcastle players are shocked at the crisis at the club, and some are describing it as a shambles, and there will certainly be great unrest among the players should Kevin leave.

It’s clear that players were upset after learning yesterday that Keegan himself was informed that any of them could be sold on Monday.

It appears that Keegan’s future hinges now on repairing his shattered relationship with chairman Derek Llambias. But who is Llambias?   One of Ashley’s cohorts who has no experience in football management, so one thing we’d suggest is that Mike replace Derek – he’s hardly an important figure on the Newcastle board, let’s face it.

And it’s going to be very difficult to have Dennis Wise in a similar role he was in – without Kevin in some way directing him what to do.

Newcastle legend Chris Waddle said:

“It was easy for Ashley to bring in Kevin as it was a popular choice with the fans, and he knew he couldn’t go wrong with that.”

“But Kevin is very strong willed and he’ll have thought, ‘If I am to get this team back to where I left it, in the top four, I’ll need to invest lots of money’. He needed people to back him like the former owner Sir John Hall did.”

And ever popular Sir Les Ferdinand chipped in yesterday with these words:

“The first time round, Kevin had total control of the club. People did what he wanted them to do. It was Kevin Keegan’s club.

“This time, it seems very different. I’ve just seen that enthusiasm wane because he doesn’t have that control.”

His players, past and present always support Kevin, and that shows you the influence he has on his players and the squad. It’s little mystery why he always seems to get the very best out of them.

The club must get this sorted out as soon as possible, and then tell it’s customers, the fans, what happened, and how we are going to move forward as a club, with whatever new organization structure they come out with.

Please make it sooner rather than later.
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309 comments so far

  • Kash

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #1

    He can’t be that stupid to leave this mess and F*** Off elsewhere?!!!

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  • shearer9

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    i didn’t think my opinion of mike ashley could get any lower, i was wrong. what the hell is he playing at going on holiday??? business as usual WTF!!! open your eyes mike u idiot

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  • HeronMag

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Please say this is not true. This is completely taking the mick.

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  • WesToon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    unless things are sorted out,WTF is Ashley doing there?? Cant believe this….it gets worse and worse and worse

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ll only comment on this to say –

    Why do you believe this story and not others? Another tick in the most fickle fans in the world box. I reckon 90% of people on here will believe this because it is what they want to hear, yet when the paper posts something that they don’t want to hear, suddenly the blog is all anti-tabloid, don’t believe it, it’s in the papers.

    One or the other, eh lads? Either you believe what is in the papers or you don’t.

    Anyway, flip this around and it might be that he is off to sell the club to those americans that were interested. So it could be seen as a good thing, yes?

    I hope that doesn’t mess with your heads too much, seeing as you had me down as MA’s bum boy. Guess what? I can critisise MA as much as the next man, yet I will actually wait and see what the facts are before I petrol bomb his house and eat his kids.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    A bit like leaving the Fox to look after the chickens……

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    How can you go on holiday when the club is in this mess! Thats the final straw for me! Ashley out and make sure he takes Wise with him.

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Can someone wack his head with a bottle when he goes to Boatyard. 🙂

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  • George

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    The plot deepens with every sentance wrote by the press. Add to that the lack of information coming from both camps and what do we get, speculation.
    Now like most other NUFC fans i am appalled at what is going on. This is extremely embarrasing to both parties. What is the truth?
    Is it Dennis Wise attempting to sell players behind KKs back. If so did MA or DL know about it or sanction it.
    Is it true Joey Barton was one player DW tried to peddle to Everton because MA did not like him and because of his past. If so does MA know of DWs brushes with the law and the bench.
    Did DW not get the alleged other players for KK because he disagreed with them
    Was it MA who would not come up with the money fro said transfers thus letting KK down
    Is it because KK has openly given his support to JB, support that many of us do not agree with.
    Who is MA actually getting his advice from, his great pal at Spurs, Levy the chairman, look at his problems.
    Whatever the reasons we want stability now and if it is not forthcoming, MA looks set to lose an awful lot of money as sales of memorabilia plummet and attendances drop then players want away.
    What i ask of both parties is come clean, tell us the truth and sort it out for the club and those who provide the real money the FANS. We do deserve that at least.

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  • carl

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    IF MA IS AWAY ABROAD THEN IT SHOULD BE AN EASIER TIME TO SACK WISE AND LLAMBIAS. OVER THE PHONE!

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  • hitman

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    total disgrace if hes not here sorting the mess oot that he has caused,what does that say to keegan and us fans,total lack of respect the fat twat.

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  • WildWillyWilson

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on lads do you really believe this? Im getting sick of the whole thing now and just hope its sorted sooner rather than later with Keegan staying on.

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  • Kash

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    I suppose we should expect a statement at some stage today?

    If MA sacks DL and DW, thats about £2m off the wage bill already, bring in David Dein for that amount where KK reports to DD, and the scouting staff report to (including TJ) KK!

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  • Stay Tooned

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Stop bring up every rumour being reported in the paper. All this is achieving is more unrest. Please just quote official sources instead of “a friend” or “inside” etc.
    This is a waste of space article!!

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  • Stay Tooned

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Stop bring up every rumour being reported in the papers. All this is achieving is more unrest. Please just quote official sources instead of “a friend” or “inside” etc.
    This is a waste of space article!!

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  • faustino

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Some of you lot would believe it if the Mirror told you yer mam was a man.

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  • nightfall

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    what’s scary is that KK has too much influence over the club…most of you don’t give a chance to listen to other side of the story..i’m not saying KK’s wrong…but there’s always a chance he might be…

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  • Ericles

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Is it true that Ashley is really a Spurs fan? Or is that gossip too? We need this mess sorting and it is obvious Wise and Llambias will not because they helped create it. Holiday some other time Ashley – you can afford to – and get back here and support KK asap!

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  • ginkoh

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Instead of focus on next game against Hull. We stuck with the bad bad situation like this. This is the huge club ? Every supporter deserved the situation like this ? Board have to ask themself what should they do wrong now !!

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  • Gazzatoon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    or sack them by txt message

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Love the video of Robinho on SKY.CO.UK , hes explaining his move:

    Robiniho: ” At the last minute, Chelase came in and made me an offer.”

    Reporter: “Dont you mean Manchester City?”

    Robiniho: “Sorry yes i mean Manchester City!”

    Ha Ha

    Does he know where hes signed?
    Hands up all those who thinks hes signed for the money!

    Does he even know theres 2 clubs in Manchester!

    Can see him first day of training:
    “So where is Alex”
    “Why are we wearing blue”
    “How far is the city of Chelsea?”

    Nice to laugh at other clubs at the moment.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Ta for that lovely piece of shit Ed…Can’t believe you’re fanning the flames for the crappy rags…disappointed mate!..
    …Kill the (de)press!..

    …If you wanna boycott something…

    …BOYCOTT THE PRESS/MEDIA!..
    …FOREVER!..

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  • Graham

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Off subject slightly but… This may well not be true and it even says so in the article but you might find this interesting to say the least…

    http://www.rivals.net/news/pgarticle.aspx?artid=13498_4093761&id=55

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  • RobB

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Jim Callaghan never actually said ‘Crisis? What crisis? ‘ when he returned from USA in 1979 during the winter of discontent, but the people’s perception that he did brought down the Labour Government. There are lessons to be learned from history Mr Ashley!

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #25

    i agree carl why is it taking so long all we have to do is get rid of llambias and wise

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  • Graham

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Faustino – you ever met my mam?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    I just can’t get my head around the sheer audacity of this man..his relationship with the fans is now well and truly dead and buried.

    He should be a real man and call a press conference with Kevin and let us know what the hell is going on at the club.

    Ed is right you don’t treat customers like this…it is a disgrace and the fans are United behind 1 man and 1 man only KK.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    The only good things to come out of this crap is…
    …All the mutoids from weirdside & smogsville losing money at the bookies betting on KK leaving 1st, ta curbishley…Ha!..
    …& this fiasco knocking both mancs big spends off the headlines…agian…Ha!..

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  • Dannufc

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Like hes going on holiday Ed surely you knew how people would respond to this blog article no??
    Keegan needs to talk now ts getting ridicualce on his behalf to u know! what about our players Kev at least needs to turn up to practice or well lose against hull.

    DEAN Windass for a hat trick at st james’

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  • Wallsend Will

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Is Ashley running scared or what. His club is in a mess and he hopes things will blow over and that Keegan will back down from his position. Please Mr Ashley if you want to keep the club, then listen to what Kevin wants. He will get you the trophy you talked about. It may take a bit longer than you thought, because of lack of funds etc, but trust me he will. Give him total control and he will deliver, the fans know it, and so do the opposition out there.

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #31

    nightfall – Everyone is was involved in this fiasco is to blame. Keegan, Ashley, Wise, Lambias, all of them.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Since Ashley took over there has been no UNITED in Newcastle – Whether people like it of not ashley and his team must go!

    It will be interesting tomorrow, Keegan was to represent Barton at the FA, I wonder if we will see Keegan then, if not, he’s gone!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/DWMANUFC/petition.html

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Graham:
    Keep up mate this was posted an hour ago Twice : )
    Only messin’ mate !

    If the unthinkable happened and Wise and Poyet became the new managers what do you think he reaction would be?

    I think the place would just explode with anger to be honest…be interesting to see how this saga turns out as it has got me baffled.

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  • Davies

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    Got to agree with Punk Skunk. This sounds like speculation again. It’s damaging to be feeding this kind of article to pissed off fans when you don’t have confirmation Ed.

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  • nightfall

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Micky Toon – true…but fans are blaming everyone but KK…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Thanx Davies,
    we have to get on a level now…All this speculative crap is just that…& it can only make things worse…& is a SELF FULLFILLING PROPHECY!..

    …STOP IT!..

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  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Can’t see Wise trying to sell or buy players without authoriasation from somewhere – spend and budget constraints and controls etc.

    However, that’s a real-world assumption and if he has been doing so without authoristaion, where’s management control – where’s Llambias?

    If it’s not Wise and it’s not KK, then it can only be Llambias… or perhaps the club cat!

    I htink I can see where the finger’s got to point… can Mike Ashley (unsless he’s been party to all this – doubt it)

    As far as leaving Llambias in charge of negotiations, yes fox & chickens, Herod and creche come to mind.

    We can only but hope that Ashley’s tolf Llambias in no uncertain terms to SORT IT OUT, without losing KK!

    Let’s give Ashley a bit of credit as it’s costing him dear too. His reputation in business must be rock bottom by now.

    Great innit?

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  • hitman

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #38

    is there anyway we can find oot if ashley is oot the country lads…

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  • dick

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39

    ashley only comes up here for games anyway, must do all his buisiness over phone, last time I was abroad I think there was loads of phones around, so it will be buisiness as usual for ashley

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  • Goggi

    Sep 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    You people need to stop believing everything you read and not get so worked up by all these speculation!

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