Ashley Trip Appears Waste Of Time


Mike Ashley returned from a trip to the Middle East yesterday and has not yet found a buyer for Newcastle United, and he never will if he keeps asking £481 for the club.



Mike Ashley – back from his jaunt in the Middle East

A Dubai-based source told the Northern Echo today:

“To be honest, the whole thing’s become a bit of a laughing stock over here.”“Firstly, nobody just flies over to Dubai and gets to meet the type of people that Mr. Ashley seems to have been interested in linking up with.” “That just doesn’t happen.”

“Gordon Brown couldn’t just jump on a plane and speak to them – so I don’t know why the owner of Newcastle United thought he could.”

“And if you are trying to set up meetings, you do it discreetly.” “You don’t go having your picture taken in a bar at goodness knows what time of the evening.”

It seems odd that Ashley, Wise and Jimenez would depart for the Middle East the day after they said they were going to sell the club. It would have seemed better to have taken this week to have arranged the meetings and exactly who they were going to meet with first, before going over there, which now seems like a wasted trip to us.

Ashley was also photographed in a bar during the Holy month of Ramadan – something that will not go down well with Islams over there.

It also appears that a lot of the meetings he hoped to have just didn’t come off, because the people weren’t available or were not interested, and it appears more op a jaunt than a serious trip to sell the Newcastle club.

We’re not sure what course of action Mike will now take, but we would remind him that the team is way short of coaching personnel, not to mention players, and another defeat tomorrow will not go down well with Newcastle fans.

We doubt whether Ashley will appoint another manager, but if it’s going to be months rather than weeks for him to sell the club, we’ll need some experience in managing the team until he does sell the club.

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140 comments so far

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Just *shakes head*

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  • Kevba

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Laughing stock even more now, who does he think he is, what a joke, just hope he is reminded of such, when or if he ever shows his face again! clearly a PR stunt again, with no real effort to sell, so much of him sayinghe is a family man, he is always in a bar wih women round him, what a fine example that is!! a stereotypical english lager lout abroad comes to mind!! send him back to his beloved Spurs!!

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  • Matt Lacey

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Hell, I’ll buy the club off him for £481 😉

    I don’t think he really is willing to sell the club at all, it just seems like an elaborate scheme to stop the protests. He’s got a choice really, sort out the club management or sell up, he’s not going to stop the fan revolt any other way, especially not if the team keeps losing.

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  • toontony

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Im telling you now in my opinion Ashley doesnt want to sell,he has gone over there to make it look as though he wants to sell.
    He thinks this is all going to blow over and the fans are going to calm down, i hope not.
    Also you dont want o leary to steady the ship and come in as temp coach because before you know it a couple of results and next thing he is offered it on a permanent bassis,IE Glen roeder….
    O Leary isbest pals with LLambias so dont be surprised…

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  • dougnufc

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Terim or Zico please.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I propose a jellied eel boycoutt this weekend.

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  • SKIN D

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    he has to hurry up and sell the club before it,s too late,we,ll end up in the fizzy pop.

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    January will determine who the new owner is.Nufc have 2 concentrate on getting result on d pitch.

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  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    terim or van gaal plz

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  • clarenufc(:

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    you never know he might actually have found a buyer, no one knew about the abu dabhi thing till late on, he could just be keeping it quiet till the deal is completely done
    or he could just be being a complete and utter twat!

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  • shanghaitoon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Ashleys REAL purpose in buying NUFC is now coming to light. He supports Spurs and his cronies are londoners. His plan was to buy us, then destroy us by splitting the fan base, destabilising the players and club and ultimately sending us down to the championship. He is right in that he didn’t intend to make a profit… he has no intention to sell as his fantasy selling figure suggests. He put no money in for players, probably was instrumental in sending Modric to spurs instead of to us, built the fans up by bringing KK back but knowing that if he managed to push KK far enough he could make him walk, thus destabilising the fans (the strongest part of NUFC). once KK was gone, the team would fall apart (as it has) in time for our next cup game with who… Spurs! who have not beaten us in years. They now have a chance to do just that. He has given Spurs the means to knock us out of the only (realistically) trophy option we had.

    Overall, a very clever and crafty plan…. He has no intention to sell to rich Arabs or anyone else that might come in and inject some money and pride back into the Toon. He and his cronies have very nearly succeeded… Very sad!!!

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  • Ericles

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Ashley is just playing games. We can see through his cowboy tactics now. That, in all truth, is what he is – a cowboy. His hypocrisy, lies and johnny come lately antics make NUFC all the more a laughing stock.

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  • Davey G

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Honestly, I pointed this out last week.

    It was just a jolly!!
    He has gone to take the Pee out of the thicko’s on here like Spyro, Stamford Bridge, Toon Chicken, Toonpipes et al.

    Thats all!!!

    He is having a laugh at their expense!!
    Not mine, I hate the Fat F*** and I know exactly what he is up to!!

    Oh yes “he is putting a structure in place to make the toon who he loves successful”

    Isnt boys as mentioned above!!!!

    Bunch of retards!

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  • Davey G

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #14

    TOON CHICKEN,

    Surely your not making light of the situation, after all, he is only trying to put the right structure in place isnt he??

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    play nice davey

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  • WesToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    AAAARRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH

    FFS when will this fecking end?? F@cking hell Lads,its killing me

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  • Beatski

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    how’s him drinking in a bar in ramadan not going to go down well with muslims?

    muslims never drink alcohol anyway, and it was after dark that he was drinking, so i cant see it being any more of a deal than it would be normally.

    Although if he was trying to find buyers it would have been better not to piss around having lad’s nights out, hardly looks like he’s out on business

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    The problem is that its shear speculation who he’s been speaking to and what price he’s selling for.

    As with Keegan’s departure a distinct lack of communication from the board has resulted in all kinds of weird and wonderful conspiracy theories.

    Those of you who beleive MA flew out to Dubai with no intention to sell but instead to quieten us fans should take their mdeication, put their straight-jackets on and form an orderly queue for the padded cells

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  • Ian

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Ashley is the waste of time and space.

    He is either up to something with some of the Newcastle land, or he belongs in an asylum.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    I predict a riot.

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  • Davey G

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    TOOn CHICKEN

    Nee chance, scum are treated with the disrespect they deserve!!!

    That includes Ashley and all his little followers (mmmm, who would that be)

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Howay dave g handbags dooon man – shudnt yee be preparin your bedsheet for tomoz like? Or do yee not gant london cos too many cockneys?

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  • Irish John

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    the guy is a kn*b….The sooner he gets out the better…We need stability so badly…Its been our problem since sir bobby left.

    If we could get a buyter and then appoint someone like van gaal and give him a solid 3-5 years managing we would no doubt be up there competing..

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Well this came as no surprise didnt it.
    No one officially said that they were going there to find a buyer. Its all speculation.

    More of lets get away for a few days and come up with a strategy for the way forward.

    Having said that – they could have done it from the UK.

    Something is a foot – but dont read anything into it.

    DONT FORGET – all that was written through transfers was utter balls and every link to players proved pants – so learn from that people and dont beleive anything that is written in the press.

    There are probably only 3 people who know what is going on – we are not included in that!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #25

    you been on the e numbers again davey

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Davey g you are aggressive, presumably that’s cos you are confused a) cos you know we are right + your brain can’t handle the job of looking at both sides of an argument or b) cos you aren’t sure about your sexuality . . Or a) + b) . . Or is that too complicated?

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    aggy davey g

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  • KENNY

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    toonpipes were you from

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Irish john . . We do need stabilityh + that is why I am so furious with keegan – surely he knew what him walking wud do , surely he knew we needed stability , surely he cud have handled the need for a Director of football to allow him to focus even more on the football . . Surely he knows that a DOF allows clubs to bring continuity to the process of player recruitment + squad development – critical in light of all the managers who leave clubs for various reasons in the high pressure world of football management OH NO HE DIDN’T AND IF HE DID HE DIDN’T CARE. .

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    he will only sell if he gets a ridiculous offer! and that isn’t going to happen! so it looks like we are stuck with the fat man, wise and co.!! must admit he is just taking the wee out of us! as fans and the north east!
    He is happy to run the club, with his incompetent mates and keep us although in the premiership at a level where we JUST compete! so he doesnt have to spend money! but reap the rewards of gaining it!! he’s far from an idiot, fool! etc! he’ll only sell if its right for him and know matter what we do as fans! it will not make a difference as he is so thick skinned and stubborn! we wont get through! Still believe we should try a boycott on 24th spurs cup match!?!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    nur na prawn sarnies – need a full hoose man – whatever happens off the field, the pishy lager cup is always gonna be our best chance of winning a trophy – get behind the team man – whatever your feelings on the cockeneye mafia

    toon toon

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  • Toon4Ever

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #32

    I can’t see Ashley going to Dubai on the off chance, he must have had something setup?!
    We did’nt hear anything about Man City being bought before it all went through!
    At the end of the day nobody knows anything, Its interesting how many unnamed reliable ‘sources’ there is!!
    What will happen will happen and there will be lots more speculation until it does, 99% of which probably will be untrue!

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  • TOONPIPES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #33

    Noo Kenny .. I’m from northumberland. . Where are you from? Or is this a trick question + you are pi s sed off with my opinion?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #34

    + he couldnt ask for more press coverage! his name and newcastle united is been in the news allover the world! he couldnt have wished or paid for so much free advertising!

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  • broon ale

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    the fat c##t was too busy getting pissed and acting the big I am.. that why he didnt sell us,

    or it could have something to with his asking price of half a billion!!

    he has been an absolute failure! move on fat boy

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  • KENNY

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #36

    me im from walker,you should get ya self doon to the big market the neet,and tell every one your views,ya jaw would get snapped ya MUG.ya no nowt ya come on here spouting utter shite..ya need to take ya heed oot of ashleys arse.

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  • Irish John

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #37

    would’nt agree with you there toon pipes…Keegan is a legend…He always had the best interests off the club….

    I think its the other way round…The managment structure were thinking about pound signs not the quality off the squad that would eventualy bring them sterling in the long run..

    Successful clubs make lots off money..Arsenal are proof off that….They invest on right players were we were more interested in not investing at all..

    Im fully behind Keegan…He had every right to walk away…Any other manager in the same position would off done the same thing if people were being sold wiuthout he’s say so…Absolutley ridicoulous..Sooner wise and Ashley are out the better

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #38

    WAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

    WHO KILLED KENNY (‘s sense of humour?)

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  • Ian

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #39

    HPS

    Yes but what has he advertised???

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  • KENNY

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    toonchicken.lol..what gets me this toonpipes has probs never been to sjp to watch a match,like aye says he should go to the toon and he will find oot how much ashley is hated.

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