Ashley Has Three Options at Newcastle – Fact


With Newcastle fans still furious at London-based owner Mike Ashley’s decision to allow Kevin Keegan to retire last Thursday, all of Newcastle is wondering what will happen now to our famous club.

Kevin Keegan – laying low right now

Mike has done the unthinkable by dragging the name of the Newcastle United club, once again, into a soap opera setting, and it is unlikely he will be able to patch up the differences with the Newcastle fans and public.

And the statement that apparently he issued on Saturday night, made things even worse, because not only did it contradict earlier statements made by the Newcastle Board, but the tone of the announcement was one of anger, and somewhat denigrating to Newcastle fans.

So what does Mike Ashley do now?

There are three possible scenarios that we see:

  1. Ashley appoints a new manager and tries to get on with things. This seems to be his most likely action right now, but he doesn’t yet realize the depth of feeling against him in Newcastle.
    But we still think he will probably find somebody who is willing to manage within the strict confines of not being able to choose his own players, which we think is almost impossible to manage under those conditions.
    But if he is going to do this he would probably want to do it quickly.
  2. Ashley sells the club to some consortium or some other individual. Although there is news recently that the Reliance Group is pulling out of any proposed deal, the worldwide publicity of this event could alert many other companies that this may be a good time to buy the famous club with tremendous fan support.
    We still wouldn’t rule this out as a good possibility.
  3. Mike Ashley does a complete U turn and tries to save face by re-appointing Kevin and giving him responsibility for who comes and goes at the club.
    We really thought that Mike would have moved fast on Friday to do this just this, but he’s missed the opportunity window to fix things up now.  This is now becoming more remorte by the day with so much mud-slinging going on in the press.
    This would have been the easiest resolution, but Mike has missed his chance of redemption.

What the club has managed to do since Thursday evening is to make their case very weak in both public opinion and in the courts, as it is clear they told the fans on multiple occasions that Kevin had the final say on all players – which of course is how it should be.

We’ll put a poll up as to which scenario the fans would most like out of the above three.

Comments and opinions always welcome – but please keep the language decent for publication.



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94 comments so far

  • Canada44

    Sep 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    iam sorry for newcastle fans but the club seems to be the “TITANIC”.
    Iam great fan of MO and hope he will go out in janury transfer window…

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  • gorskino10

    Sep 8, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Skysports say they have big news coming from NUFC after break so ill post what that is ina min

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  • Spitfire

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – Please change the Ashley picture to something more appropriate. I am sick of the sight of him. Please use a picture of a two faced lying git in future.

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  • gorskino10

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Terry McDermont has left with his other backroom staff so we have Youth team manager at the Hull game. (not yet confirmed if hes been sacked)
    Also the Indian guy is on holiday so now takeover… YET

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    McDermott and Sadler leave. Not exaclty crippling news but I wish it said Wise and Liambas leave…

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  • faustino

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh go away you mountie t*t.

    It’s going to be 1 tTHEN 2. Question is how long it will take Ashley to ditch the ego and get to 2.

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Spitfire it is a picture of a 2 face lying git

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  • gorskino10

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah they said MAJOR so i was thinking Ashley selling or LLambias and Wise leaving was gunna celebrate down Pub but wernt what i wanted to hear :p

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Is there ever going to be an end to all of this crap !!!! Oh to hear some positive uplifting news !!!!

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  • mozza

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    cheers for that gorskino, just ran in an switched ssn on, no great shock i suppose, there will be a statement later on today apparentally, look forward to that eh lads if the last ones anything to go by, wonder if its the same stroppy teenager writing this one, the communications and pr at this club are second to none

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  • geordiejayne

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Well that says it all doesn’t it.

    Make a stand NUFC march and let the world know how we feel.

    UNITED we Stand

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  • Newcastle Action

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Let’s take action! Surely McDermott and Sadler leaving is the final straw!?

    http://www.newcastleaction.co.uk

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  • chris h

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    it gets worse…terry mac has left, no keegan return unda this guy!

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  • geordiejayne

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    What statement are the idiots going to come out with next. “it’s the Toon Army’s Fault”.

    I can’t think of anything that would stop me marching.

    MARCH ON TOON ARMY

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  • hj

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #15

    nobody at the top is leavingggggg… in fact they just hired some guy from conventry to join richard money’s academy

    http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/coventry-city-fc/coventry-city-fc-news/2008/09/08/ray-gooding-leaves-coventry-city-for-newcastle-92746-21701202/

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  • dick

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #16

    does any one know if they were sacked or did they walk, sacked I would have thought

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  • mozza

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #17

    imo david craigs wrong, it would be nice to have KK back, but we’re not complete turds and if a new owner wants a different man to manage the club thats his choice, its getting in a new owner that remains of paramount importence

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  • carl

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    i hold mcdermot in the same regard as keegan, this is an absolut joke. so who we got at nufc now to motivate the players?

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  • mozza

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    my spellings getting worse, must be the stress i think

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    GeordieJayne we will all keep on marching but atleast people are attempting to try and salvage something from this mess, if that means boycotting a game for the good of the club then so be it if they think it will work.

    Dont be mistaken though that they are fickle, they are just sick of all the shit and need to atleast try and end it once and for all.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Ashley has lost his credibility. He might as well sell the club. There is little he can do to win back the fans as what he has done is beyond redemption.

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  • Fergie

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #22

    3 is never going to happen and 2 most likely will not happen, leaving us with option 1 unfortunately. If he does appoint a new boss we must fully support him (unless its Wise), despite the fact we know they have been appointed by Ashley.

    Obviously, like most people, I would like to see option 2 happen in an ideal world, but, the longer this goes on i’m starting to think about potential new managers…. sorry, bitch@s, or yes-men.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Fatich Terim come in or Gianfranco Zola. I reckon Zola is probably the closest thing we could get to KK (except for the Newcastle connections). I think he would become like a friend to the players and be well-liked and also concentrate on ball work and playing good football.

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  • Socrates

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Terry McDermott’s gone according to SSN, so I doubt he plans to bring KK back.

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  • mozza

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    ashleys expected back today or tomorrow, no rush then eh, our clubs only falling apart, no manager, coaches leaving and the pr guys doing their best to incite a riot, roll on saturday when we can let our feelings be known, these goons are in for a shock

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Fergie Terim wouldn’t be a yes man so I doubt he’ll get the job.

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  • A.L 9

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Someone should find out who The Suns insider is and persuade him to poison Ashley and Wise’ teas, he seams to have access to everything from Newcastle training sessions to boardroom meetings so it shuldn’t be too hard for him…

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  • dave v

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Make your protest by cancelling your season ticket direct debits, hit the toe rag were it hurts.
    Have a march, protest in the stadium, and when you have found that this hasn’t worked go nuclear and remove his money from the club.

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  • Micky Toon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    The thing is mozza is that Ashley should not have to be here to run the club that is why he has a chairman. He, like any other businessman has other concerns that would also need his attention. Unfortunately he’s appointed a man that seems so incompetent he makes the lookout on the Titanic look good.

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  • clinta

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    ‘Mike Ashley’s decision to allow Kevin Keegan to retire last Thursday’ ?? i’m still baffled by this line of argument that it is totally MA’s fault that KK walked- again…

    ‘much mud-slinging going on in the press.’ I agree, but feel this is the real issue, why we are were we are today. there have been attacks against MA since day one (by your own omission ed) and I feel since KK walked most fans full of emotion have listened to alot of lies and wild theories from the press. this has had a huge knock on effect and we now see- i feel due to this, the club torn apart.

    evidence of this is clear if you read alot of the posts on this site, were people mention things that have been disproven such as the barton to pompy thing, and things that have not been proven, such as the MO transfer theory.

    okay MA and co. have handled themselves poorly with recent events, and clearly made mistakes, but everything looks like sh”*t if you only look at the negatives which is what i feel the clear majority of fans are doing.

    i still hold hope that cooler heads will prevail and we can come out of this in one piece.

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Ed that is more or less what I have just said on your last thread. 🙂

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  • Spyro

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    The Sun insider doesnt exist, just like the rest of the “toon insiders”. Why are there so many pick and choosers on here?

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  • mozza

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #32

    aye micky i agree llambias has failed miserably as has the pr team and ashley for hiring llambias in the first place, bad bad move

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  • Sav

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Depends how determined and sustained the fans are to oust him. We would be doing a great service not only to our own club but to every side in the Prem by showing some ‘fan power’.
    We need some leadership, clear goals and a unified campaign to make it work.

    Right now, nobody is sure which march he is on, whether he should attend the matches but not buy a drink, or what colour T-shirt to pull on over his toon top. I hope a spokesman can emerge so we don’t have to be represented by the opinions of some muppet with a bedsheet outside Shearer’s Bar.

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  • DarkStar

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    clinta what you on about man? are you really that thick?

    the club released a statement, that has proven to be a pack of lies.

    Give your mouth a rest ok.

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  • hadrian

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Clinta , you got a season ticket ?

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  • Ohmelads

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Clinta = Mike Ashley

    Mike, thought you were on holiday son??!!

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    Looks like Terry Mac and Adam Sadler have been sacked, talk about night of the long knives. Seems they are having a real clear out of anyone sypmpathetic to KK. It just gets worse.

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  • dick

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    terry mac and sadler told not to go to training ground and report to sjp instead to be told their fate, at least ashley will have to pay of their contracts

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  • Spyro

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Does anyone actually care Terry Mac is gone? What was his job again?

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  • LEE

    Sep 8, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Do you think Chris Mort saw this shit coming?

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