Ashley Wants The Best For Newcastle And Their Fans

A spokesman for Mike Ashley has made a rather lengthy statement to the News of The World this morning, and says that Mike only wants the best for the club and their fans.

Newcastle fans protesting against Ashley and Wise yesterday

You could have fooled us.

A spokesman for Ashley talked about the situation to the NOTW today:

“Mike is determined not to be deflected from his aims for this club.”  “He didn’t buy the club on a whim and he won’t want to sell up on a whim either.” “But he clearly has a big decision to make now. Equally, he will feel very frustrated at the way things have developed.”

“He truly wants what’s best for Newcastle United and their fans. He has put a proper business plan into place and he believes it is the best way forward for the club.”

“But it seems the fans would much rather have a Thaksin Shinawatra figure come in and spend £200M-300M on players in the hope of buying some instant success rather than a proper, shrewd businessman who can build a new club with a real prospect of sustained success.”

“That’s the route Leeds United followed and look what’s happened to them. They kept splashing the cash on big name signings on big wages and ended up massively in debt.”   “To save the club they had to have a fire sale — all the big stars went and where are they now? In the old Third Division.”

“Is that really what Newcastle fans want? If they do, why don’t they do something about it?”  “They can pick the team, they can choose the players they buy and sell.” “They can have it all and they can do it all. I bet you it doesn’t happen. It’s just so much easier to stand on the sidelines and moan and complain and point the finger.”

“It was the same a while back at Manchester United when the Glazers took over. The fans were revolting in just the same way. Funny how it’s all gone quiet now United have won the Premier League and Champions League double! That’s how fickle fans are.”

“It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the club and for Mike Ashley. But everyone is hoping a few wins will help steady the ship and change the mood.”

The mood on Tyneside got a lot worse yesterday, when Newcastle put in their worst performance of the season, and hardly seemed ready to play football under the uncertain circumstances prevailing at the club.

The best we can say is they were not at their best by a long way, but that’s an easy 3 points we should have taken, now lost for the season.

We looked mediocre at best yesterday, and unless this situation gets fixed quickly, this season will become as bad as the last two, which have been the worst two seasons in the Premier league for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

182 comments so far

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ganiyu

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    My play ground

  • 51times

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    If this does really come from the horse’s mouth so to speak, he’s just mocking us and calling us powerless.

  • UTD111

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Business Plan – Fine
    Stability – Fine
    Financial Common sense – fine
    Dennis Wise – There’s yer problem Mikey

  • UTD111

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Great statement by Sir Bobby in the press today – putting the boot in on the poison dwarf :o)

  • Stevey_g

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m sorry if I disagree with many but I think Ashley does talk sense here. I would rather the club was well run and had a decent chance of success each season than for us to splash the cash in the hope of short term success before becoming bankrupt and slipping down at least one division.
    However, Ashley needs to get a grip and put the right people people in place who can deliver that long term vision, assuming the fans will let him. He also needs to urgently improve the PR and communication at the club which has been nothing sort of terrible and which has contributed to the current chaos.

  • Steve_48

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    link please UTD111

  • Steeley

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Well the first and foremost thing at the moment is to get a new bloody manager in, whoever he may be! There’s no way the club can go any further until someone is in the seat and starts to inflict their ways of working on the players. That will be the first thing needed to get some sort of balance and stability to the club. No digs at Hughton here by the way, but he cant keep standing in that dugout from week to week because it just means for uneasy times for the squad.

    After the new manager is in, then lets take a look at getting shot of Ashley. But for now, PLEASE JUST APPOINT SOMEONE!!

  • ziethy

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    As much i am in disgust at the current situation, i have to believe in MA and the current board. It’s obvious that he’s not giving up. Why can’t we just move on and start working with what we have got. I truly can’t wait for a headline that’s positive and give me a smile for the whole day. Cheers for the your work though ed.

  • Lee Coxon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve just e-mailed who bought ebbslfeet last year, asking if our fans can buy newcastle, was thinking might be a good idea if everyone else followed me in e-mailing them see if we can make something happen 🙂

  • radge

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Having now seen all of the players that we’ve signed, i counldn’t be more delighted. Nacho looks handy and i though Xisco had an especially good game…for a 21 year old in his first game, with all the nonsense going on, he certaily wasn’t fazed. He got the better of the Hull centre halfs on several occasions and we could’ve found our next number 9…

    Please don’t bring back Keegan….let’s look forward and get someone up and coming in. Someone who’ll stick around, work within the current structure and focus on getting the best out of the team.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Do they not realise we don’t want millions, just good enough cover, ala a left back right and right wing.

  • Soren

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    yet another childish statement.

  • Steeley

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Just read some quotes from Bobby Robson where he mentions that Wise should realise that he will never be accepted here….SPOT ON!

    Mind you, he also says that Steve Bruce would make an ideal manager – not sure about! But then anyone would be better than what we have already.

    Robson also says that whoever the manager is, he must have the say on the players which are bought and sold…..if this is the case, then why the hell would Keegan have left in the first place. I think whoever the next manager may be, will just have to accept that he will have to live and die by another man’s choice of players…..something which will be extremely hard for any potential manager to stomach.

    I just dont see who in the world would take the job at the moment, with it being such public knowledge that they wont actually be allowed to MANAGE the first team….

    Does anyone reckon there’s a world class manager out there who doesnt have access to any news reports from England?? lol

  • UTD111

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15


    Here’s the link to the Sir Boab latest pearls of wisdom, god bless ‘im,19528,11678_4143049,00.html

  • Archie Brand

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Sorry – off topic
    But does anyone else think the demos were a bit unco-ordinated and therefore ineffective?

    I live in the middle east and was expecting to see huge press coverage – didnt happen.
    Sounds like 20 thousand people demonstrated in 20 different ways.

    The only way is to boycott the game – all of you!

    Ed – whats happened to the site? I lose half of every line as it spills past the border of the pane and under the adjacent pane.

    Makes reading it…. well, a pain!

    It means if what you have written looks interesting (like above) I have to wander off to another site to read the extract.

  • steve

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    I think this is all getting a bit hysterical now – the press are blowing up charvers comments into official statements.

    It’s hard to say wether KK would have led us to glory but obviously his job would have been a lot harder with his hand tied.

    I find myself agreeing with Ashleys business plan and much as I dislike Wise (from his playing days) I can’t really see what he is doing wrong. He’s been asked to find bright young players which he has done Collocini, Guiterez, Gonzalez, Guthrie and Xisco – its to early to say if they are any good although spidey looks useful already.

    It’s time to move on, the fans are NOT going to buy the club and no businessman/tycoon in thier right minds would buy the club in the present circumstances

    btw: wtf was Guthrie thinking off, he deserves a five match ban as he could have easily broke that guys leg

  • Irishtoon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Bring back Sir Bobby as director of football.

  • toonited

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    waheey just been on fantasy football and toonited are top of the nufc blog league!

  • toonoot

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    What’s all this about buying success etc? We just want to be entertained by our team. We are part of this. NUFC is us, Geordies, or not. So we’ll never win the league this century. So ffing what? Oh dear, if we get relegated the sky will fall in (hahaha). Get a life? NUFC is our life, come what may. Ashley out – AT ALL COSTS!

  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    while their is some sense in the statement it is put over in achildish and insensitive way.
    im no fan of ashley and i can see what he is tryin to do, HOWEVER he is and has gone about things wrong and the bourd he has appointed are making things alot worse for him and the club.
    im tired of our club being a laughing stock.

  • Steeley

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Steve (47). A sensible comment actually – I was hysterical at first with wanting rid of everyone currently in charge at NUFC, but now the dust has settled (and I realised that these so called boycotts just had no effect at all!) that we may well have to live by this regime (at least for now!).

    You’re right about the acquisitions so far – some quality lads have come in I suppose. BUT, its still no way for the people in charge to run the club….you cant just go around changing peoples terms of contract on a whim because someone like Wise wants all the control! They signed Keegan up to a contract and then totally changed it….no doubt they will all be sorry when they have to pay KK compo!

    Anyway, my main point is…..who is going to come in and be our next manager, when we have such an ineffective and devious board?

  • Steeley

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I meant post 17, not 47 by the way

  • Dave Emmerson

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Toon Fans buying out the club, be realistic that would make 50,000+ owners, who can never agree, just look at the arguements on this blog. The club would never move forward as decisions could never be made. Ashley has got the right idea to make the club stable, but he is going around it all the wrong way. It is obvious we need to buy more players we have no strength in depth at the moment. He needs to scrap this foreign approach and get in a top class manager who oversees all transfers. Ashley needs to see the bone of contention here is Wise and his cronies and he needs to be a big enough of a man to admit his mistake and get rid of them. He also needs to get his self an assistant who understands what is needed to run a football club (sounds like a good job for Sir Bobby). The fans need to get behind the team and club and move forward at the moment we are going back fast

  • Graham

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    When has any fan (with an ounce of knowledge) said that we want £200-300m spent on the team.

    What we want is a manager who can do what he is told he can do. Not be disrupted and undermined by a scheming dwarf 6 months into his job.

    What we want is a manager who can put in place the people to make Ashleys structure work – not to have people put in around him who his doesn’t know / trust.

    The structure is fine. Its how the club have gone about building the structure that has failed.

    I’m sure Ashley does want the best for NUFC as a successful club will make him money and lets face it, thats what he ultimately wants from us. But he has to have the correct people in the correct places, otherwise, as has been seen, the place just falls down around him.

    Keep your structure, just get the most important man in place first (manager), and then between the 2 of you decide who comes in around him.

    The only way Ashley can get any credibility back is to admit his mistakes and bring back Keegan. The pair of them can then select the directors of football etc etc.

    Even if he brings in a new manager worth his salt (not Ince or another of Wise’s mates), he will want his own team around him.

    I’m not saying that Keegan is blameless in all of this – his biggest failing is that he goes in off the deep end too easily – but he definately had his reasons. A little compromise from Keegan may be required as well.

    If you really do have the best interests of NUFC at heart Mr Ashley, for the forst time since buying our club, swallow your pride and sort this mess out.

    Rant over

  • 51times

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    steve – Be quiet you southern nonce.

    You know, I’m starting to like this ‘United Newcastle FC’ idea. Better watching non-league run by the fans than Ashley and Wise ruining the club from the south.

  • toonoot

    Sep 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Business model, hahaha, Lonsdale, Kangol, Slazenger – quality.

  • Guinea Mag

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    MAs long term plan for Newcastle is good but he’s not considered the team of today which is not good enough. There’s quality in the side but not in any depth!

    MA made a wrong decision bringing back KK knowing his track record of walking when not getting his own way; but that’s now history.

    The way forward, a new manager who will motivate the first team and a long term plan that considers the team of today and the future……

    MA must make a public statement to the fans. He may be the owner but it’s not only his club but also belongs to the fans and the region. He has to come out of hiding, meet with the fans, regain confidence by stating his plans for Newcastle United and following the plan.

    I expect this to happen when we appoint a new Manager.

  • wsq

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    not bothered reading the statement.

  • toonoot

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #30

    51: Best thing you’ve said for weeks (well for months actually) 🙂

  • Graham

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Steve – Wise is just doing his job – unfortunately no-one told the manager he had been relieved from some of his duties.

  • toonoot

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    whoosh. the window cleaner’s just fallen off his ladders

  • coknee wanka

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    i was at the match yesterday and left at half time as me mate had had enough, the fact is MA has bought the club and wiped out the debt, if debt is wat the fans (who do my tits in) want then let them buy the club but it is all mouth, these buggers are just a bucnch of glory hunting, c”ts f–k em is wat i say, i do not want to be a man citty arib city or chelski moski, we are different from the rest, we are unique! we are the best! the rest re tainted with everythuing appaart frm football, this is all we have…….. ahley bring in one of the dutch masters, let him work his mgic, and all is forgiven! geordie!

  • 51times

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #34

    toonoot – Everything I say is the best, just because you don’t have the capacity to understand doesn’t mean something is wrong.

  • UTD111

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Are you Sports Direct people posting nice things about Ashley in here being paid double time for working on a Sunday?? Bet you’re not…..LOL

  • jettson

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #36

    structure is fine, AS LONG as the MANAGER i.e. KK has total control on the playing side!! clearly this was not the case and there would seem to have been a big clash of personalities!! MA has to backtrack, stand up say sorry i screwed up, didnt realize my error and appoint KK with TOTAL control, As for Dwarf and LLambias they can go and swim in the Thames!!

  • 51times

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #37

    UTD111 – I know a few people who work at Sports Direct, and you’re probably right – he f*cks them on their regular wages anyway.

  • The Vicar

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Stevie_g, you are totally right, 100%.

    By day I’m an industrial trouble shooter, i.e. I go into large firms and sort them out i.e. make them profitable. The first three things I look for are that a firm has the right structure, the right processes, and that the people key in the process operate as a team.

    I haven’t worked for a premier league club (YET) so I can’t comment on how appropriate the structure is, but I can tell you that most large firms run by one person who “does it all” fail.

    But if you have a “team”, key to everything is that the main personalities operate as a team. It helps if they get on, and it is essential they have common goals, and this has to be set up from the start.

    So on this one I blame all involved, including Chris Mort, who set the whole thing up.

    Also, and sadly, my fear is that we are fueled on emotion and not reason, and therefore as a club can never succeed. All my non-mag football friends told me the KK-thing would end in tears, and here we are. I insisted the KK-thing would work, but who was right, were we right, or was the rest of the world right?

    I’m coming up to 48 years with this lot. My first game was Man City at home on 30th September 1960. We lost 1-3 as I remember it, Dennis Law played for the Citizens. Will I see 50 years supporting “my team”.

    I’m totally disheartened by the current state of events, but have to say a large part of my disenchantment is with the fans. More reason: less emotion.

  • valle

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39

    What a businessman MA is… Oh you so right your little MA mouthpiece, he is doing his business alright, getting a profit of 2 million in the transfer window.

  • 51times

    Sep 14, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Vicar – Good, then f*ck you old dickhead, you’re not needed.

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