Ashley Hits Back At Keegan

The People is reporting today that Mike Ashley last night broke his silence in the Newcastle turmoil via a statement issued by Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley – will not back down

Mike Ashley has finally attempted to hit back after Keegan claimed he was forced to resign because he was undermined by Dennis Wise and senior club officials, who bought and sold players without his prior approval.

Ashley seems to be trying to prove that Keegan broke his contract by quitting the club, and therefore owes £2M to Newcastle, for breaking the rules of his contract. Obviously this is not love fest between the two of them.

Ashley has said that Kevin knew his job description when he accepted the job last January 16th, after Sam Allardyce had been sacked at the club.

A statement released on Ashley’s behalf last night by the club in part said:

“It is a fact that Kevin Keegan agreed to report to a Director of Football.”“It is a fact Kevin Keegan agreed not to communicate with the media in relation to the acquisition or disposal of players.”

Yet Ashley’s words go against what Director of Football Dennis Wise said when he was brought into the club.

“I’m not going to bring players in behind his Keegan’s back,” “Everything that happens here will be run by him and he will say yes or no.”

And Chairman Chris Mort also said that Kevin would have final say on who comes and goes at the club.

Sources close to Ashley are saying he will not back down, so it looks as though, as usual, the losers will be the good name of the club, and the faithful Newcastle fans – but what’s knew?

What a ridiculous state of affairs now exists at this club – it’s an absolute disgrace to the Newcastle faithful and the public of Newcastle.

187 comments so far

  • robert lee waugh

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    f off ashly

  • beessi-kosovo

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #2

    believe me guys i don’t want to see ashley’s face

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Please DO boycott the HULL game, even if we were to get beat that would only intensify the pressure on Ashley to sell – Come on Hull!

    With regards to the march, I’m happy to march; however, we need to carefully consider the implications of such action. For example, would we rally have sufficient numbers to make any form of impact, alternatively will there me media coverage to support the march and finally the organiser must obtain authorisation from Northumbria Police.

    I propose in place of a march, all should congregate at the Gallowgate end at 1pm. This would ensure we receive maximum media coverage as well as allowing fans unaware of such action to join our cause. Imaging, 5/10,000 fans sing for Keegan as well as Ashley out.

  • LJ

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    when are we hoihn to stop being a joke.

    Theres this rubbish gng on, the fact thatr everyone thinks we sthink we can win the league, the 13 yr old kids high on sugar and wat else being interviewed embarssing us.
    sacking so many managers, sacking sir robson.

    its a joke

  • Leo

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    “It is a fact Kevin Keegan agreed not to communicate with the media in relation to the acquisition or disposal of players.”

    thats not what was being said when he signed, by newcastle heirarchy, not fans, also how can they says #keegan you will report to a director of football#

    we didnt even have one.

    how can what they have done about keegan recently when everyone read the articles ‘back then’ when wise said what he did, if this was not true then keegan would have said something

    what a bunch of hacks

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    it just shows he is lying to us

  • Incognito

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    They’re showing total disregard for the fans’ feelings about this. Each ‘It is a fact’ is like a pointless sucker-punch that doesn’t help anyone. The real fact here is that our club is most certainly an absolute utter embarrassment. The faceless statements they’re dishing out once in a (long) while are so detached from the fans it’s hard to believe.

    Funny that they don’t want a war of words – yet count how many words Keegan has said compared to their ‘facts’.

    Sell up and get out Ashley.

  • ande

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    I am a NUFC fan of many, many years, having seen McDonald play from the start, at the tender age of 4. Making my own half-time entertainment by using old peanut cone packets and filling them with gravel from the walkway around the pitch. At a time when the Leazes end was the place to be. Blissfully ignorant that SJP, and NUFC was ingraining into my soul. I am so glad that I am part of this most dysfunctional family.

    I have mixed emotions about the current turmoil at the club. On one hand we have a situation which seems like an impasse. A large majority of fans are currently at odds with the present management at the Toon. The mismanagement of the situation, insulting communication, and flagrant disrespect of Keegan and the paying masses, has lead to this. We as a club seem to stagger between loathing manager and management. What have we done to deserve this?

    On the other hand I have seen powerful solidarity in the face of brutish administration. There are fans the like and majesty of wor Sir Bobby Robson, who have made impactful rebuttals of the current regime. There are also message boards with insightful, intellectual analysis of the problem (some insane protestations too). It seems even the many pundits are also confused at the decisions made by the board. I for one, am very proud of the support that we have shown so far.

    We all seem to agree that a statement needs to be made. But it has to be a UNITED one. A fully televised march would allow us to show Ashley that his dictatorial stance will not be accepted, whilst it will also allow us our right to see Newcastle play. I think it is right that we should not be denied that. Using the march we could organise visual protests within the ground which the media will in no doubt jump upon for their own means, but which cannot and will not be ignored by Ashley on holiday.

    (posted this on an earlier thread)

  • aussie magpie

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I am sure you have all read about his night out in new york, spending 125,000 pounds on alcohol.

    so he thinks it is ok to spend as much money as he likes on gambeling and a drinking, but the welfare of our cub dosen’t matter to him.

    sell up you stupid fat cockney to someone who actually cares about our football club!

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Who is the Director of Football…? I don’t recall the club appointing a Director of Football..!

  • graeme

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    How can you tell Mike Ashley is lying????

    Because his bloody mouth is moving.

    His statement completely contradicts his own previous statements; statements by the Dwarf; statements by the Chairman of the Club, Chris Mort.

    Hes talking through his backside.

  • Legs

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    hes wasting his breath really, it seems everyone has their mind made up on the matter.

    Mr Ashley is fighting a losing battle.

    I wish keegan could have adapted to the system cause I reckon we have a pretty rockin’ team with the new signings. Even he banged on about them being quality.

  • Mark

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    ahhh adding more fuel to the fire ed. you blogged about this yesterday so why repost it again

  • mozza

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    this is just regurgitated pish printed up by a sub-standard red top comic, it is trying to look like it has the real story when it is just working of yesterdays statement. If we apply enough pressure ashleys position will become untenable imo, i think he may sell up as quickly as next week, although this does weaken his position to get the most for the club if he wants a quick way out

  • IanG

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashley has no honour. Total liar. I can only imagine that he is attempting to undermine Keegans case.

    He is too thick and insensitive to understand the animosity and strength of feeling on Tyneside. But he’ll only realise it if fans stay away from the match on Saturday.

    “He won’t back down” Really? – he’ll crumble like a condemmed building if he sees the ground half full.

    Imagine the wrath of a whole footbacll club against you. He must be absolutely crapping himself now.

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #16

    legs i partly agree but i think wise tried to sell owen and barton

  • scott9

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    asahley has no idea wot he is doing game shud be interesting on saturday i will be in the away stand unfortunatley as hull city r my first team cause i live in hull and i think we will take all 3 points if we hav everyone fit e.g boeteng king gardener

  • mozza

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    good articulate post ande

  • Magpie4ever

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d be worried that a peaceful march through town could descend into chaos. Mass volumes of people, alcohol, anger & a large police presence are a recipe for disaster. You’ll always have an element who want conflict and the last thing we need now is the fans potrayed as thugs causing bedlam.

    Boycott Ashley’s shops, wave white hankies, turn and face the back of the stadium for the first 5 minutes of the Hull game but don’t stay away entirely!! The players need us now and we need to beat Hull City to give us a reason to smile again!

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    IanG – I agree, please please BOYCOTT one game, I hate to say it but I want Hull to win so that the pressure intensifies on Ashley!

  • Michael12

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree with Ashley. It is contractual and if this is the case then because we have heard what happens at Newcastle, perhaps this happens at all other clubs but managers are contracted not to let it be known.

    Keegan on the other hand came out and communicated with the media.

  • hadrian

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #22

    if mike is digging his heels in and refusing to sell, he obviously is more concerned about his bottom line than the club .
    none of the supporters want to see him stick around , he’s prepared to gamble more on roullete in a season than he is prepared to invest in newcastle aswell .
    who benefits here as its not the supporters ?
    if he was putting the club before his personal gain he would sell up and put newcastle into the hands of someone prepared to spend the cash needed to take this club forward .

  • F T Maxwell

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    “when are we hoihn to stop being a joke.

    Theres this rubbish gng on, the fact thatr everyone thinks we sthink we can win the league, the 13 yr old kids high on sugar and wat else being interviewed embarssing us.”

    Learning to write and spell correctly might help!
    Boycoutt indeedy!

  • KevinHann

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Black and White Blood – Keep up the good work, I’d like to see 10,000 till 15th 🙂

    And fellow fans – play John Farnham’s You’re the Voice and FEEL IT!!!

    If I can be useful with anything from Bulgaria, feel free to contact me – skype is kevinhann

  • Michael

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Surely this statement is the clearest sign yet that Ashley will sell up. If he planned to stay he would be attempting to build bridges with the fans, but instead he is making us loathe him more by slagging of Keegan. How could that possibly help anything?

  • ande

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Michael12 – oh I get it. Its not right for Keegan to break an agreement to keep silent. But its ok for Ashley to break an agreement to keep silent about Milner transfer request?


  • Legs

    Sep 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Beyethegreat, if wise did try to sell Owen and Barton behind kevs back then that does destroy the trust….

    but, Ashley came out and said his plan was to be like arsenal. I bet we all thought “whey, I’m down with that shiz’nit”.

    Would arsenal ever have owen taking up all the wage resources? would they have barton getting paid 60 grand or whatever he is on. From what I understand arsenals best don’t even get that much.

    I’m not backing Ashley, but i can see both sides fo’sho.

  • ronjohno

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #29

    There are always two sides to a story but one thing is clear this attack and counter-attack is doing no one any favours.
    Both parties are going to fight and try and hold their ground.
    I can only go by what experience I have seen of both parties and if it is a question of “who do I believe” then it would have to be KK.
    I do bear in mind though that none of us are perfect , I do not know and neither do any of you if KK can also be economic with the truth.

    I still remember how upset I was the last time he left us and still do not fully understand why he did nor the reasons why he had threatened a few times even before that.

    In short I do choose to believe KK but that does not mean I am right to do so.

    Of course we as supporters are an integral part of the picture but at the end of the day it is NUFC and what happens on the pitch which I believe is the most important thing here and we should not lose sight of that fact.

  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    It would be appropriate for MA to come out and make a public statement about Newcastle United and future of our famous club. Since Chris Mort left the club, we’ve had no figurehead we can associate with to any degree of confidence!

    The name of Newcastle United even in places such as Guinea is ridiculed; i.e. a laughing stock around the globe.

    MA please, for the sake of our club confirm your plan and ambition for the future of Newcastle United…….

    I believe and hope the fans of Newcastle United will get behind the team against Hull City and future games as NUFC is bigger than one man!

  • dave v

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Kevin knows Ashley is asset stripping the club and he is hell bent on making sure when he is forced to sell, and he has always intended to sell, that’s why he hasn’t’ put money into the team, he sells at a much lower profit.
    Kevin wants an investor in who will make us a serious contender for the premiership, this is because he is a Newcastle supporter first and last.

  • lionel

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I absolutely don’t want Hull to win. This is still a match for our season, hopefully this cr-p will have been sorted out long before the season ends and we will need these 3 points. Support the team and oppose the owners but support the team to win. A full stadium baying for Ashley’s blood and supporting the team would be incredible- use the St.James’ noise against Ashley. One empty stadium will not change his mind and the players can’t be expected to play without support for 1 game let alone more. Don’t boycott but sing your hearts out for the team and against Ashley.

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #33

    ronjohno – Very true, however, I put the faith in the man I know cares about the club – You make your own mind up who that is!!!

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #34


    Protests, boycotts and new ownership are all good ideas to be considered and worked on at the beginning. And thanks to all who are working on them (HPS, notably–you’re busting your ass to make this march happen…)

    But a new billionaire owner will be as unaccountable as the current and former money men. THEY JUST DON’T CARE ABOUT THE CLUB. They treat it as a cash machine–an investment in a business. The don’t care about what we care about.

    During and after these immediate actions, we should think bigger and more creatively for the longer term.

    I haven’t checked out this site fully, but it’s looks like the first big step in FAN OWNERSHIP. Please, check it out.

    Fan ownership is not a fairy tale. It’s done all over Europe and it can be done here.

    Many respond to this by saying “We can’t afford 4,000 pounds for a membership,” but there must be other ways to get mass memberships–perhaps memberships at different price levels.

    No more unaccountable money men.


  • Nick

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Now the dust has settled just a little, perhaps we need to view things a bit more rationally and objectively, rather than take the stereotypical, biased, everything is black and white Geordie standpoint.

    1) Ashley does come across as a repulsive,couldn’t care less, obese slob. Just ask Sports Direct shareholders.

    2) However, I have to say I do think KK was losing it. He just didn’t seem ”to get” the profile of scouting young emerging talent who were hungry and not on huge wages. Not sick note has – beens on ludicrous wages. We already have an army of those.

    Who would really be that upset if Smith, Duff, Barton and Owen all departed with their massively overblown egos and sky high wages?
    Players revolt – what a joke. Nobody would pay them the same wages as us and they’d all lose their signing off fees. Ain’t going to happen.

    That s what worried me about Kev this time around as well. Not just the players he was looking to bring in, but the ones he wanted to keep.

    3) Thirdly KK doesn’t appear to be able to or be interested in developing youth talent. If Ambani does come in, I am still worried about who KK would bring in.

    Wise may have been a truly dispicable player, but he does seem connected and personally I am very happy with Spiderman and Collocini – and the likes of Kadar etc,- absolute quality signings.

  • reillers

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley’s got a shovel and he just keeps digging and digging himself deeper and deeper in to a hole.

    Every word that isn’t “I’m selling the club” keeps making it worse for himself with every word and statement that comes out of the club. There is very little that they can say that will make an ounce of a difference. The damage is done.

    I do think though that if he’s not going to sell the club, then we have to, as unjust as it is, accept that Keegan isn’t coming back and there’s still football to be played, the Premiership wont wait for us. They might sympathise but football waits for know one. We need to accept what’s happened and move on.

  • Gordon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #37

    This is just getting ridiculous now.

    You’d think the grown up thing to do would be for both sides to admit they might have acted rashly, reassert their respective responsibilities, learn from this and move on.

    The problem is, it seems MA doesn’t want to keep to his original agreement to allow KK the final say in buying and selling.

    I’m not totally sure why that is.

    MA just seems to be digging himself into a deeper hole all the time and I really wonder if his image can ever be restored in the eyes of Newcastle supporters now.

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    fans should own the club what type of money would it take for your plan to succeed

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Nick – Bollocks, the manager must be allowed to manage. Keegan’s head was on the block if the team didn’t perform, not Dennis Wise – Get real, honestly, it’s people like you that personify the term fickle – You’re a joke!

  • Legs

    Sep 7, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #40

    woo Nicks got it!

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