How Ashley Could Clean Things Up Quickly at Newcastle


We could be way off base here, but we don’t think Mike Ashley is quite as daft, stupid and unattached as he has looked over the last two weeks.

Ashley – he can clear things up – but must move quickly

When Kevin Keegan resigned a week last Thursday night, Mike was in New York City, and we thought then that Kevin had surprised those negotiating with him when he suddenly resigned.

We’re sure the order from Mike to Derek Llambias and Dennis Wise, was to work something out with Kevin, after the last hectic day of the transfer season the previous Monday, when reports suggest that  Kevin walked out on them.

We had expected that Ashley would even have patched things up the following day, or some short time thereafter, but have been amazed that he has left the situation open ended, and not said anything to the Newcastle fans.

If we were Ashley right now, we’d meet again with Kevin Keegan, put the Newcastle United club first for a change, and work through some working conditions that would be acceptable to Keegan, to take the helm at Newcastle again.

The big no no with Newcastle fans, whether it’s true or not, is that it appears that Dennis Wise has gone and brought in a couple of players behind Kevin’s back, which is exactly what he said he would not do when he was hired.

If that’s true Kevin has plenty to be upset about, and he cannot manage under those conditions, but things are not yet beyond redemption.

Here’s what Ashley should, and can, (and we hope will) do – to right the faltering ship at Newcastle.

  • Meet with Kevin Keegan and get him back as manager at Newcastle
  • Give Kevin the first and last say on who comes into the club, and who leaves the club – that surelty cannot be a big deal – and if Dennis Wise doesn’t like it – so be it
  • Give Kevin a certain amount of cash for the January transfer window, so that he can bring in a few players to see us through the rest of this season
  • Bring in Chris Mort again as Chairman, or a Chairman who can work closely with Kevin and send Derek Llambias on his way – he will not be missed
  • Keep Kevin informed of most goings on at the club – it’s obvious Keegan likes to know what’s going on – and he is the number one man at the club – so keep him informed – and keep him happy
  • Admit to the Newcastle fans Mike made a mistake in allowing Kevin to leave the club, but that will not happen again – and it’s now full steam ahead with Kevin at the helm

If Ashley would do that, do it quickly, and stand by his word, this panic situation at the club could be over very quickly.

What’s happening is that people are getting in the way, with their own opinions on various things, and the club and the fans are the big losers in all of this.

It’s time the club was put first and if we do that – this mess could be cleared up very quickly.

We really do believe there’s a good chance this scenario could happen.

Comments welcome.



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494 comments so far

  • The Corner

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Mike Ashley is no shrewd business man, GET OUTTA TOON FAT MAN!

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  • Toon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    lets hope so 🙂

    something has to happen either way this week surely

    …if keegan wasnt interested at all in coming back wouldn’t that have been cleared up by now

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  • carl

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    i think he will sell, hes already said he hasnt got the cash to invest in the team like we want, so get kk back asap and sell!

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  • pedro

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    its over ashley is off with as much profit as possible,my advice to the people that signed up for 3 year season tickets is cancel the direct debit now.

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  • Hobs

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I just can’t understand why Wise is ranked above Keegan when it comes to player recruiting. Keegan has much more experience, and is very skilled at persuading players to join the club. Wise has done nothing, absolutely nothing and I just can’t figure out where he’s got his power from!

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  • antz1uk

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    what we need is a ‘footballing’ man at the helm, someone like david dein, that has experience as a chief exec at a football club, that would prove to be the best and most sound investment any club could make, ashley could then still own the club without having to be involved, then a trust be built up between the chain of command and shared responsibilities like other major clubs

    look at david gill and ferguson, they get on well and totally understand each other. we NEED stability, not mass hysteria

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  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    ed i hope you had a word with Mr Noell Orll from the other blog gutlees little c*nt (not you ed)

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  • SteveM

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed Harrison you are in total denial.
    KK has left the building
    Why would KK agree to come back under any circumstances?
    Why would MA back down and let someone in that can effectively hold him to ransom by threatening to resign again?

    KK is not coming back as manager – if you cant imagine Newcastle without KK then remember one of the keys to success is that no man is bigger than the club.

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    toon chicken, shut up.

    you are a total idiot.

    regards,
    ed

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  • toonfan

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #10

    i believe nobody can sum up my feelings over M A and his crew, better than a true geordie lengend …..ladies and gents i feel Mr Carter should be our spokesman for this proud geordie nation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzN_ki1ZzE

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  • toonfan

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    surely this voice of reason cannot be ignored….Mr Carter…we the geordie nation salute you mate, on your passionate and articulate reasoning.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzN_ki1ZzE

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #12

    enrique for P F A

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  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #13

    appologies for previous rant tired of numpties takin the p*ss.
    As i have said previously as much as i like kk he was always goin to walk and drop us in it,so why take him back for him to do it again.

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #14

    ramage playing well today

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  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    toonfan have to agree mr carter rocks

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  • shearer9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    ed_speed

    May I ask what your feelings are towards the current NUFC owner and board?

    Thanks.

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  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    `mon
    mr carter

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  • happy toon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    he can fix it by signing everything he has to me….i’ll run the club. If that doesn’t work out he can f*ck off!

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  • The Entertainers

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Would be nice Ed, but we may be stuck with Ashley and we may have to move on without Kev.

    If this is the case Ashleys still has to:

    *Bring in a quality manager ASAP!
    *Form a ‘working relationship’ between all.
    *Sack the PR team
    *Talk to the fans…no more ‘insider’ we want a face
    *Sack Llambias…..waste of space.
    *Invest in the bloody team come Jan
    *Bring in extra investment.

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  • shearer9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    These are the steps Ashley must take:

    1. Sell the club

    I think that just about covers it.

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  • steve

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    I liked Mort but he has said publicly that he doesn’t want the job, he was there for the transition period only – I’m not even sure KK coming back would be such a good thing now. I loved him first time round but it’s a tougher proposition these days
    The main thing for me is that Llambias doesn’t speak to the fans/press at all and this allows them to jump on any rumour and print it as fact
    Llambias has got to go, as chairman it’s his job to run the show and he’s clearly failing to do that.
    And this short list of dennis wises mates for the manager job is almost beyond a joke!

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #22

    my views on the board shearer(9) are:

    .

    thy are non existant.

    regards,
    ed

    p.s ‘mon the lads

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  • ed_speed

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #23

    and thanks for the concern, shearer (9).

    regards,
    ed

    p.s ‘mon the lads

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  • happy toon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    i would by the club…but i’m down to my last billion. Unless any1 else has BIGGGG pocket change lieing about….we don’t have a chance…even if we sold who would buy us….the fans just scaired the p*ss out of the investors!

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  • Graham

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    SteveM – Keegan obviously does want back in……

    To answer your questions…

    Why would KK agree to come back under any circumstances?
    He obviously wants to come back because he wouldnt come back from Spain just to talk compensation – that would be his lawyers job. Keegan signed up for 3 years and he wants to do those 3 years, but on the terms he agreed in January.

    Why would MA back down and let someone in that can effectively hold him to ransom by threatening to resign again?
    Because Mike Ashley (believe it or not) isn’t daft. He knows that unless he gets Keegan back on board he has no future at NUFC. Also, without Keegan and the majority of the fans feeling the way they do, the club is worth a hell of a lot less if he were to decide to sell up.

    I reckon (there is a fair chance he will be back (rightly or wrongly) as this will make Ashleys life one hell of a bit easier

    I agree with you when you say that one man isn’t bigger than the club. But one man can be bigger and more influencial than the owner.

    Bigger in stature, not physical size obviously

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  • shearer9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #26

    ed_speed

    May I also ask what your feelings are on a potential return of Mr Keegan?

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  • NE1

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #27

    there must be a rabbit off somewhere – Paddy Power haven’t been taking bets on the next Newcastle manager since Friday night!!

    Ambani Army!!

    long live kk

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  • TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    ED
    A journalist onTalksport Radio Station this afternoon is saying, Ashley wants out( END OF).There was a reference to Dubai, but that could be BOLLOX, but he does want to sell up!!.HOWAY THE LADS!!.

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  • LJ

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree that ashley shouldnt have to splash, and doesnt need to.
    That would not be benificial as that is what we have been doing with shepard and look what we won . . . the inter toto cup, there wasnt even a final!!!!

    However i dont agree that the manager doesnt get a say on who he gets in.

    The director ov football and the scouts should say we can get this guy for this much do you want him, and he can say yes or no.

    He should be told his budget and then he can choose from that.

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  • cause I got the girth

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #30

    This is what Ed Harrison should do:
    • Meet with himself at a mirror, any mirror, and take a long look at himself
    • Stop writing such tash
    • Stop sucking Keegan’s length
    • Get some new material for his wank bank other than Chris Mort
    • And most of all, remove his head from within his own guts!!

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  • Nick 69

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #31

    theres only one step that need to be taken to resolve this
    *mike ashley sells the club(preferably to anil ambani or some rich arabs)

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  • Michael

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Keegan isn’t coming back.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #33

    KK coming back as manager for the third time would be the biggest mistake his club has ever made.

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  • shearer9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #34

    TERRYHIBBITONTHEWING

    Is this a respectable Journalist?

    And if he was so sure that Mike Ashley wants to sell, did he give any evidence or at least say why he thinks this?

    Hope it is true, there have been a lot of rumours flying round that he is fed up and wants out.

    Musn’t be having any fun anymore.

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  • scott9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    DOES ANYONE NO WOT THER SONG ABOUT DENNISE WISE WE WE SINGING YESTARDAY HAHAH WAS SO FUNNY SOMETHING LIKE

    HES A DWARF A DWARF CUDNT TELL WOT THE REST WAS

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  • happy toon

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36

    suppose we give kk full control and get him back….and next season he decides to leave because….ohh i don’t know the changing room is too small or what ever…..what than????

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  • sean667

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #37

    who gives a f*ck about who the owner is, its how the manager and team do.
    the sooner one is appointed and we can move on from this continueing circus the better.
    kk has let us down just as much as ashley

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  • LJ

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #38

    @cause I got the girth

    if you dont like it piss of, knob.

    This is a site for EDs opinions, he writes it in his spare time.

    wtf does it have to do with you what he writes.

    he can write wateva he wants, it is scum like you that shouldnt be able to write on this

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  • Cooper

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #39

    SSN !

    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !!

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  • shearer9

    Sep 14, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Tom_Toon

    I think that is going overboard a bit.

    This club has made some pretty bad decisions in its time.

    Not least, driving Keegan out in the first place.

    Nobody wanted him to go so why shouldn’t we have him back?

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