Ashley Must Sell Quickly For The Good Of The Club

Mike Ashley’s statement last night was in general, received very well, by Newcastle fans.

Mike Ashley – must now sell quickly

That’s because it was a good statement from the Owner, but as we’ve said repeatedly on this site, why Mike or Derek Llambias couldn’t have communicated more with the fans in this way, over the last 16 months or so, is one of the real problems of this regime.

Mike has said he has listened to the Newcastle fans and that this will not become a fire sale.

We understand that, and we believe Ashley really wants to do what he says and get a good buyer for the club, and for the Geordie fans.

But we feel the sale has to happen as quickly as possible, because it looks like the morale amongst the players is not good, and after all we still don’t have an manager at the club. We would also expect Ashley not to bring in another manager since he is selling the club.

That means there will be no new manager until the club is sold, and any more games like last Saturday will just about kill the season for us.

On the other hand, if we can get new owners in, and say Kevin Keegan back, or even Alan Shearer as manager, we can quickly right the ship at Newcastle, and have the players back to their best on the field.

Yes, they are professional footballers, and we were a little surprised they were so bad on Saturday, but it seems like they have been told little more than the fans about the current mess at the club.

We can still have a good season, even though the squad is woefully small, with Habib Beye now out for six weeks with an Achilles injury.

If we can get a new buyer and manager quickly, within a couple of weeks, then we can still be in reasonably good shape, but if this situation drags on it could be disastrous for the club, which after all, did get off to a decent start in our first few games.

Comments welcome – but please keep them decent.

120 comments so far


    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #1


  • wolfhound

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    maybe we could try and get someone in like appiah ,there has to be a couple of non-contracts knocking about. we are thin on the ground at the moment, or lets blood in some of the youth couldnt be any worse than what happend on sataurday

  • hitman

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    ssn are saying DIC have pulled oot of buying liverpool,and they are not looking to buy any other prem club..

  • Flan

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, did you have a falling out with the folks over at newsnow? none of your stories are showing up on their page!
    anyway D.I.C and Zico for toon

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Wolfhound-God forbid not appiah did u ask ur self y he is on a free.i want stephen mbia

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I honestly believe that MA will be here for the long run. Like I said last week people will vent their anger on saturday, there will be a near full house and by the next home game everything will be back to normal.
    Well, people had their 15 minutes of fame with their cock-er-nee mafia banners, there was a near full house and now people aren’t so vocal about MA and his cronies anymore.
    MA will stick it out and like it or lump it I reckon he is here to stay. I don’t have any proof to this, just a gut feeling.

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed. Why you and others keep going on about KK coming back is beyond me. Can KK do no wrong? If you believe that then you are not living in the real world…Messiah, God, King all unrealistic, sentimental codswallop. Step back and take a look at his part in this mess but first of all take off your rose colloured specs. I have just an an email from a friend thanking you all because he has made money in the bookies because KK has resigned within the year. Many people expected this not out of haterd or dislike for the club just judging the man on his past.
    Anotherr new owner? we might well be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.(probably one being stoked up by Shepherd.)


    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    i wish this saga would just hurry up and sort its self out am sick of all the bad shit happinin at our great club some 1 please just buy it

  • Steven

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer would not be a suitable choice of manager as we know he has no experience at all, however the cheek of removing him as ambasator for Utd illustrates how little MA know / understands about the north east & Shearers link within our club. Really hope this can be sorted out asap.

  • tyneside tommo

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #10

    A good statement by Ashley, you say? I really don’t think so. It was full of passion and so full of spin.

    No mention of why he went behind KK’s back and sold Milner.

    No mention of why attempts were made behind KK’s back to sell Owen just two hours before the transfer deadline.

    No mention of why KK was seemingly duped into believing he had total control of the ins and outs at the club.

    We know the club is not financially sound and we cannot afford so called WOW signings but as far as I’m concerned heis lenthy statement – no doubt written by a spin doctor – did not address the issues at the centre of this shambolic mess.

    Sadly not for the first time. And let’s not delude ourselves. He’s a businessman first and foremost – not a Toon fan – and will sell to the highest bidder.

  • Rem

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    why would we want shearer as manager! that is worse than ince, at least ince has experience. and i would neva want ince

  • tyneside tommo

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Stanford Toon – go hang your head in shame. I want a Toon manager who has the guts to fight for what he believes his best for him and the playing squad.

    I don’t want a manager who will simply allow Wise to run the show.

    I want the return of KK. You want to change your pals.

  • Cicero

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Did Ashley write his statement or was it a London based PR company; to little to late.

    The best that could happen is he comes to an agreement with KK that he is re-appointed as manager with full control until a new buyer takes over and his existing contract is honoured, but I can’t see it. I really fear for the short term future of our great club.

  • SteveM

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    I see you are using the royal ‘we’ again Mr Ed Harrison. I’m also delighted to hear your royal pronouncements on what Mike Ashley MUST do. Your amazing wonderous and definitive advice has finally allow me to see what a genius you must be. Please could you help out with the world Credit Crunch – what must the govenments of the world do? I await your reply with devoted breath.
    Yours, blinded by you wisdom, Steve

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    tyneside tommo; Yes I want a manager who will fight for the club and KK clearly did not, he walked. I don’t think Wise was a good appointment but did he have as much control as you all think? Where is the proof…….KK fell out with the Board , which includes Wise as well as others.
    Why should I change my pals because they bet onKK moving on. Had I been a gambling man I would probably have done the same.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 15, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Shearer motivates beta than kk with little or no experience

  • Craig Allen

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Agree tyneside tommo – here’s my comment on that statement

    Craig Allen // Sep 15, 2008 at 12:59

    “The fans want this process to happen more quickly and they want huge amounts spent in the transfer market so that the club can compete at the top table of European football now.”

    – your whole argument is based on this sentence. Now you, Mike Ashley, go ask any supporter ANY supporter who agrees that this is/was their expectation from you this transfer window.

    Ashley, you can pay lip service to an argument but this argument is moot as it’s NOT APPLICABLE in this case. I’ve had it with this spin doctoring. look at our squad – we want cover and depth and we still don’t have that after your good transfer window from a business perspective. Good bye ashely, and don’t let your perception of the TOON ARMY hit you on the way out! HOWAY!!!!!

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    tyneside tommo – where is your proof of those accusations? by believing everything you read in the press you are playing right into their hands and contributing to this god awful mess we find ourselves in. could it be that ashley didn’t mention it because it is bollox and isn’t worth rising to?

  • Toon Daft

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    hahaha, well worth a watch is this – especially for the ashley lovers 😉

  • Macas

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #20

    SteveM – actually Ed talks a lot of sense, the current instability is no good for anyone. And if you dont like his comments then why dont you clear off and find somewhere else to spend your oh so valuable time.

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Hitman posts ssn saying DIC not interested in a prem club……. they’re not planning to wait’ ’til NUFC join the Championship are they?

    Realistically though……..
    50k paying customers not happy,
    the club, a butt of media amusement,
    the owner portrayed as naive,
    communication nil to very poor,
    players seemingly brassed off,
    a stand-in coach out of his depth,
    great innit!!

    I’m just amazed MA hasn’t bladdered the supposed Managing Director!!


    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Hitman … i sent you a comment earlier .. gan have a look tell us what yee think …….. on the newcastle-news/newcastle-club-statement-denies-shearer-sacking article .. comment 10

  • Paul

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    As I mentioned in another post, neither Ashley or the board can communicate much as they are dealing with a matter which is “sub-judice” (under judicial comsideration). Keegan beleives that he is owed compo for walking out on the club so neither Keegan or the club can say anything about it at this stage. It will all come out in court eventually but Ed doesn’t seem to realise this yet.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Hahahaha – that’s brilliant Toon Daft.

    Never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Hitler! 😉

  • hitman

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    pipes,the prem is changing,there is going to be more clubs bought by these mega billionares,we have to get in on it or we are going to be left behind,the top 4 have now become the top 5 with man city.and so on…

  • hitman

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    plus ashley wanted to do it on the cheap,them days are over,we have to move on

  • cause I got the girth

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #27

    toon daft – that video is quality like!! I put on here that those stupid unemployed carvers outside St James make Newcastle look like a prime candidate for eugenics…scary!

  • Paul

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m still laughing at that “Downfall” thing from the other day ToonDaft. I’m surprised that Fat Freddy didn’t have a “Führerbunker” built at SJP some time ago!

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    I see the Telegraph give your site a mention in an online article Ed !

    Up lifting a few of the bloogers thoughts.

    Just wish i checked my spelling ….. 🙂

  • cause I got the girth

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    ohhh and i had an idea today at work. Why dont we create some sort of comparison table stating what the fans think Ashley has done good/bad for the club. There is such a gulf in opinion but I do think there are some obvious points to which people could agree, no matter of stance, and furthermore, i think this is probably the best way to find some sort of consensus. Plus…if we could get it noticed by the chronicle and get it some exposure, that would be great! Maybe someone at the club may even notice!

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #31

    TOONPIPES – I see your heartfelt post is gaining more fame.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32

    I am SICK of this whole situation and pray that it all gets sorted.

    We need the team to sort themselves out as it was evident on Saturday that they were falling apart at times.

    No more demo’s please and lets get on with supporting the boys on the pitch.

    Anyone going to CC match against the spuds or is everyone watching on the tele?

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #33

    The Entertainers – sorry didn’t realises yours was there too. You’re infallibilities, up in black and white for all to see! But your point well made at least.


    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Well Bowburnmag – lets hope we can get some more support! …

  • Kash

    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #35

    If Mike Ashley wanted to do the nest for the club and follow the Arsenal business model, then WHY DIDN’T HE APPOINT DAVID DEIN AS CHAIRMAN???????


  • SwedEric

    Sep 15, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Keegan is a legend… He has done it for us both as manager and player… But he just isn´t a supermanager. I realy liked having him, since he is a legend, and a great guy to listen to.

    But what he said when he came was he will not leave this time… it didn´t even take a year, and he do just that! Then we shall take him back again… No. His ship is sailed I think..

    That movie was awsome Toon Daft! All the sudenly “Giggs and Rooney in 40 year”.

    “We will get relegated and only a morron will want to manage us in a year!”

    A girl start crying..

    “It´s ok, Steve Mclaren already has a job…”

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #37


    my 15 minutes (or seconds) worth of fame, shot down in flames, due to a missing ‘s’ !

    I will never live the shame down!

    I’m off to find the nearest bridge …. 🙂

  • Disheartened

    Sep 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve read this here and elsewhere, and I regretfully have to agree to some extent. The fans do have playeda big role in the downfall of Newcastle FC.

    Some people on this blog has stirred up fans and created something of a “lynch mob” mentality towards the current regime. This will solve nothing but rather add fuel to the fire.

    And the end of the day, fingers can be pointed on all camps – manager, owner, directors and fans. But at the end of the day, we need to solve this in a civilized manner and make sure the players at least get the proper care and attention they so fully deserve. Playing under circumstances like these where fans tend to care more for the what’s go on off the pitch rather than on it, must be disheartened to these guys.

    Here is something to consider before you start stirring up some more shit:

    1. Keegan left (no, he didn’t get the sack) on his own free will and is therefore in my opion a huge part of this mess. Should he have stayed, this turmoil would not have happened. I doubt that Wenger or Benitez would resign under similar circumstances. A manager’s character has to be questioned when they walk out from a club like Keegan did and leaving it in such a turmoil. The timing was the worse ever too, right after the transfer deadline.

    2. Some fans want to replace Ashley and most of the directors. Fine, but have you considered the consequences? For instance, look at Thaksin and the shit he brought to Man City (both on and off the pitch). Luckily he was able to sell the club in the right time, but things could have been disasterous for the club otherwise. Be careful of what you wish for, because things don’t always work the way you want, especially when it comes to business.

    3. Most fans might understand the football side of things when it comes to a football club, but how many understand the planning, structure and financial dealings that come with running a club in a profitable way? We spent years learning and watching the sport we love so much. That doesn’t make you qualified to think you can run a football club. Hell, not even the sharpest managers in the game today could manage task.

    Just some food for thought…

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 15, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    WAAAAAAAAHHHH – Pipes gets his 5 minutes of fame in the Telegraph – gan on son! Least maybe’s the rest of the country will now realise that bedsheets aren’t the only medium Geordies use to communicate our thoughts.

  • The Entertainers

    Sep 15, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #40

    The rumour i have heard is Jimenez did set off for Dubai to find a buyer at the weekend, but Ashley has not seen him since.

    Frantic calls to his airline XL are still being made.


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