Ashley Stays Silent And Further Infuriates Newcastle Fans

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has refused to discuss the future of the Tyneside football club, despite the resignation of manager Kevin Keegan last week.

Mike Ashley – remains silent on Newcastle situation

But that’s just one of the shabby ways in which the club is being managed right now, because since Derek Llambias replaced Chris Mort as head executive at the club, there has been very little communication coming out of the club, and we mean very little.

Over the summer, nothing was said about players coming or going, and now we know Kevin Keegan, who was the only person ever speaking to the press, was not even allowed to talk about transfers.

Since Kevin resigned lat week, there have been a scant couple of communications from the club on the official web-site, and those have led to even more confusion about who was really in charge of transfers at Newcastle. The club managed to contradict itself, from some of its earlier statements on the matter.

This is no way to run a business, in which you simply ignore your customers, in times when they have a reasonable right to know what’s going on.

It was hoped that Ashley might try to explain his actions at the annual general meeting of his company Sports Direct International yesterday, but when approached by a Sky News reporter he repeatedly said he would only talk about things related to Sports Direct.

Ashley had flown back from New York to be at the meeting, and with journalists far outnumbering shareholders, the billionaire refused to discuss the situation at his Newcastle club.

The lack of communication out of St. James’ Park is completely unacceptable, and is very poor business practice,  and leads to fans being wary of just what exactly the club’s plans are for the future.

But that seems to be the way the club has treated its fan base, and tells them nothing of what’s going on.

As far as we are concerned the sooner this lot sells up and ships out the better it will be for the Newcastle United Football Club.

We have no idea at all who the new manager may be, or even if there will be a new manager soon, but there again we are just fans – and we seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    So what’s new?

    Probably still suffering the effects of his New York largesse!

    Great innit!!

  • thefuturesbrightthefuturesblackandwhite

    Sep 11, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    they certainly do nothing to help themselves. do you think he is getting a buzz out of all this ?

  • mitch

    Sep 11, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    The bloke is a prick they reakon the only time he stopped smiling was when a reporter said what do you think of toon fans boycotting sports direct that took the smile off his face prick eh

  • Simple

    Sep 11, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Has anyone seen Mike Ashley & Jabba The Hut in the same room ????


  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Well lets see the smile on his face when the takings at the ground are down a couple Hundred thou.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Building up nicely for the saturday backlash..Mike is one PR Nightmare.

    See Jonas is injured on international duty : (

    Any good news..haha heard we are linked with paul Ince made me laugh that did.

  • Hadrian

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    cant belive thelack of noise comming out of our club .
    this is whats got him in this mess to start with .

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    He is not remaining silent – he is too busy eating pies – and his mam told its rude to talk with your mouth full!!! Lol

    who ate all the pies?
    who ate all the pies?

    You fat B*stard …………

  • Sav

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Well now the fans know esomething of how Keegan felt as we are being treated with exactly the same level of disdain and dismissal.
    We’re window-lickers at our own ruddy club. on the outside looking in.

    The Sky Sports guy should have shifted tack and asked him did he fear fans protests would have a further adverse effect on shares at Sports Direct. We have to make sure that they do until we have his full attention.

    – That means getting out of the club Car Park for a full pre-match and throughout the match protest, Ed. Come on and encourage your readers to take part peacefully.
    The venues and times are on They should also be posted on here.

  • Glenn_United

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    He only bought the club to screw it up!!! Prick is correct…hey Mr Ashley get out of TOON!!!



  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    @ sirjason – I have seen that we have been linked with Gus Hiddink ? Is that good news / speculation ?? 🙂

  • geordiejayne

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Perfect opportunity to say something, anything to the fans with the press there, but chose to stay silent, that says it all


  • dick

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Nothing ashley and co does surprises anyone, I think they are either extremely stupid or in a blind panick not knowing what to do next, or maybe both. If they make Ince manager that will just about make my millennium -only at the toon

  • Glenn_United

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    hey sav I’m with ya mate, protest (peaceful) outside the ground on match day….boycott game and protest outside the ground, let the media have there day and it will be our day too!!!~piss off ashley ya fat prick…and wise asleys prick/bitch whatever you like to call him…Llambias ashleys other prick!!!

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashley is an utter idiot. If the guy had any intelligence at all he would try and appease the fans by coming out and speaking to us. Telling us that he still has high hopes for the season that he will put in place a strong manager etc….but instead nothing. If he wants to sell he’s going about it the wrong way as well as potential buyers will look at him and have no idea what he’s trying to achieve as he is clearly not interested in progressing this club. I’m sick of the sight of him, he’s a disgrace to this club and needs to understand that without us there is no club.

  • dick

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    talk is now that is ashley going to match, he thinks it will be better to front it out, it will also swell out the crowd a bit with all the security guards he will have

  • geordiejayne

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    I never in my wildness dreams thought there would be a man at NUFC that I would dislike more than I disliked Shepherd.

    But now there are three men at NUFC I deffinately dislike more than I dislike Shepherd. Unbelieveable just Unbelieveable.


  • geordiejayne

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    God I can’t even spell now I’m so outraged.


  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    geordiejayne – lol – you speak for everyone there I think. It has to get better soon.

    Doesn’t it ?

    Law of averages and all that – something has to go our way soon!!!! Please

  • Estechco

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20


    You could maybe look at “deffinately” as well?

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Estecho – this is a blog site mate – not an on – line English lesson !!! lol 🙂

  • Kash

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    I quite liked Shepherd, he was ever so charasmatic!

  • clinta

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Born again geordie- I read that too about Hiddink! think he’d be brilliant for us, but doubt it would happen, as his been approached by planty of big clubs in the past apparently and never took the offers.

    seems since he left dutch football, his just keen on countries.

    one of the best managers around though, his record with small nations speaks for itself, look what he did with Australia!

  • ken

    Sep 11, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    That was about time he start thinking!!!


  • Toon_Ksk

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Derek Llambias is a poor choice. Bad PR.

  • Sav

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #26

    There is an advantage in concerted action and I think the most impressive protest will be an empty ground. I hope there’s no trouble between fans for those who don’t see it that way and are determined to go to the game.
    Nevertheless, the more who stay out together and the more empty seats inside, the stronger the message to Ashley.

    The team are not stupid and will read that as a strong united protest. They will not think, ‘Oh, the fans don’t care’.
    At any other ground players might think that, but at SJP, thousands of empty seats will only be interpreted as the strongest possible protest and fans’ backing of Keegan and his team. If fans go to SJP and protest outside peacefully, so much the better.

  • Sav

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Hopefully, the WestHam away game is a sell-out and Ashley’s Wise’s and Llambias’ names are blasted throughout.

  • clinta

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    sav- what’s the point with empty seats and fans backing Keegan???

    are he umm resigned remember, backing an ex manager that walks from the club instead os supporting the players that are on the pitch playing for the club sounds a little of the mark to me.

    fare enough people are angry and have a right to there own opinion and protests, but we should be thinking forward and moving on.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #29

    @ Sav – ‘thousands of empty seats’ – at the Bolton game the attendance was 47,711 that is 4,616 empty seats.

    Not many people will stay away particularly if you are a season ticket holder, because as I have said on here before – Ashley already has your money and therfore you would only be ‘cutting off your nose, to spite your face’ by not going.

    I think there will be substantial protests before and after the game. I also would like to think that all club merchandise from programmes, pies, drinks etc. to replica shirts will be boycotted.

    other than that I don’t see much else happening

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #30

    clinta – agree with you there !

  • eric soon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Just want to hire other club manager,and just incharge the club a few month only….paul ince…what a shame…are this mean mike ashley don’t have money to hire quality coach?Hire the local coach , better hire back kk,fool..come on…get out from newcastle united ,ashley…now very hate you….dislike you manage the bigger club..manage the club likes play in division one…

  • Phil,Gosforth

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    No,We ARE thinking forward.We want to move on to a future without fatty and his chums in charge.
    If a guy only cares about money,then there is only one way to hurt him.In his wallet.

    Shearer,Clarkie,etc played for the club,you think the players now really care for the club or just their pay packets? Get real man.They would play for any club,Keegan only wanted NUFC.

  • Sav

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #33

    I know there were 4000 empty seats at Bolton. And that was widely commented upon by the media, even though we had the largest attendance at any ground that Saturday. So they do notice.
    Thay can’t see you not buying beers and programmes. That is why I say empty seats are more effective.
    I am aware Keegan walked. But don’t you think he had just cause and that he gave it 3 days before deciding the club were not going to reconsider after going back on their word? What kind of manager do you want?

    Anyway, it has to be peaceful, so you lads do what you want. As I will.
    Keegan! Ashley Out!

  • Phil,Gosforth

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #34

    Born again geordie
    “Not many people will stay away particularly if you are a season ticket holder, because as I have said on here before – Ashley already has your money and therfore you would only be ‘cutting off your nose, to spite your face’ by not going.”

    So you think season ticket holders should go because they have spent some money already?So what’s more important?Ridding the club of the goons in charge or getting your moneys worth?

  • clinta

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Phil Gosforth- So what are you saying than, we should sit at home and cheer on our beloved retired greats on DVD instead of the current crop of players??

    I’m aware modern players aren’t so loyal to clubs as in the past, but isn’t this the team? football team? were supporting right?

    so maybe you should get real…. support the team, or just support KK were ever he ends up.

    proof some think KK is bigger than the club, when they’d prefer to support him after resigning than support the players running around the pitch… strange to me!

  • Oleg G

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    How after all this can anyone stay “ok” with this Cashley guy.

    He reminds me of the fat little kids who always smile when they see food.

    ( no offense to the bigger guys here).

    Ashley, you are going down, just take it like a man you Pu*** !

  • WesToon

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Ashley OUT,i agree Lads\Lasses

    BUT before you go bring us Hiddink Pls 🙂
    P.S take Golum with you to

    Ho’way NUFC!!

  • clinta

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    phil- i guess you’d prefer MA to sell to the indina billionare too ey? (if you believe the bollocks) so what do you think he’s interests are or any other billionare with enough money to buy the club…. err….. probably money yeah!


    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Alan Shearer, Bobby Robson, Bobby Moncur say go to the match and chher on the team

    Phil from Gosforth says boycott the match

    …..Mmmm tricky decision

  • Marty

    Sep 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #40

    This is Frustrating,we are not going anywhere…..
    What a season start we are having,
    MA thank you so much for these memories we will NEVER FORGET YOU AND NEVER FORGIVE YOU….TIT


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