Mike Ashley Nearly Jumped Out Of The Window

Joe Kinnear has revealed today that club owner Mike Ashley rang him shortly after Sunday’s draw at Everton, and says Mike nearly jumped out of the window when Leighton Baines amazingly cleared off the line from Charles N’Zogbia, in the second half.

Mike Ashley – N’Zogbia so close – nearly jumped out of the window

Kinnear talked about getting the phone call from owner Ashley following the game on Sunday:

“Mike was on the phone not long after the final whistle went, saying he had been watching the game with his kids at home.”

“And he said he nearly jumped out of the window when Leighton Baines appeared from nowhere to kick that shot from Charles N’Zogbia off the goal-line because he thought it was going to be the winning goal.”

“But he seemed happy enough at our performance and the eventual result.”

It was a great performance from the team in the second half but not so good in the first period, but overall an excellent result for the lads.

Joe supervised the training sessions yesterday and today, and he will also attend tonight’s reserve team game when the second string travel to Robin Park to take on Wigan’s second string.

That’s good to hear because the youngsters in the Reserves are the future of our club, and it’s always good for them when the manager watches their games and is interested in their performances – good for Joe.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Tozvaldo

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    If only he had jumped!
    he’d have probably sued someone
    Ashley = mo money = mo pies

  • DanToon

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    He should have jumped.

  • Paul R

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    neally isnt close enough !!!

  • Paul R

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    bet he couldnt fit through the window – fat arse he is !!

  • If-owenly

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I nearly jumped off the ship im working on haha.Does anyone know if any bids came in today?.Thanks

  • paul d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    so near, but yet so far!!!!!!!!

  • MickMack

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Wouldnt surprise me if he didnt have a window ………… probably sold it for a profit.

  • Temuri K's Shiny Bonce

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Even if he had jumped he’d of bounced of the pavement. With the flab around that boy he’s virtually indestructible

  • JJ

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Does this mean if we beat Man City he will jump…
    What better incentive…

  • SpartanChris

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    This strikes me as a PR exercise from Joe Kinnear in giving the message that Mike Ashley still cares.

    The deadline for the bids from the club has been moved (the club are denying it, but Seymour Pierce the investment bank had planned to sift through all the bids this week. I believe and I could be wrong that no concrete bids have been launched. Therefore, don’t be surprised if Joe Kinnear is still manager come the January transfer window.

    Given that he has already questioned the wisdom of bringing in so many Spaniards and has also said he was making a list of targets just in case, it begs the question of whether Dennis Wise is big enough to stand up to Joe.

  • MickMack

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    SpartanChris post 10 – he will have to do as Wise says or he’ll get slapped by Llambias – and i bet he wouldnt want that.

  • SpartanChris

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #12

    MickMack – I’d put my money on Joe to slap the pair of them and not bat an eyelid. After his tirade against the press, which to some degree probably was a bit of a PR stunt, and a semi decent performance on Sunday, he is in a strong position at the club. I wouldn’t be surprised if no bids were launched until after the season and Joe was still in charge in May.

  • MickMack

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    SpartanChris – i fully agree. I believe Joe has more nous than alot of people think. And it wouldnt surprise me either if he was still in charge in May. Its a case of so far so good as far as im concerned although its still so so early to make a sensible judgement on whether he would be a good long term choice – how do any of us know if he would or wouldnt be until he’s had the opportunity.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    The reason they’ve put the date back 10 days is because no one has bid!!! why else would he want to delay leaving… I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, no one wants to buy the TOON due to the price Ashley is asking for, they don’t think we’re worth £280m-£300m, especially when Ashley got us for £134m just over a year ago!!!

    We’re screwed!!!

  • Robz

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #15

    MickMack // Oct 7, 2008 at 14:20

    Wouldnt surprise me if he didnt have a window ………… probably sold it for a profit.

    ROFL!!! 😀

  • Robz

    Oct 7, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Guys, can anyone guide me through how to get 5 tickets to the Nufc-sunderland game? I’mma fly over from Norway to cheer with you all!

  • Dondatta13

    Oct 7, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    MickMack comment 7 lol, hilarious 😉

    SpartanChris, comment 10, Took the very words out of my mouth. PR stunt indeed, you can see it a mile off…

    Along with the comments from Ashleys initial statement, where he said he is selling the club, its not a fire sale, he may not even find a buyer etc & JK drawing up a transfer list for Jan “Just in case”. The deadline for bids extended, little noises from the Ashley camp on how he still cares …. It all stinks to high heavens.


  • Whumpie

    Oct 7, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Cyprus-Toon (comment 14), you are a laugh a minute and brighten up all of our days. Are you available for weddings and bahmitzvahs?


    I agree that JFK is looking more and more like his job description is mostly taken up with PR work on Ashley’s behalf. But who cares right now as long as we start to win? I think he’ll do ok for a while, which is what he’s for.

    The club sale will sort itself out. The press who do know their stuff have been very positive in their assessment of the club as an investment prospect.

    Ashley may have royally pooch-screwed the football side, but we are one of the only profitable clubs in the league, which makes us a good prospect for anyone who knows how to build support and sell merchandise in places like India and China.

    We may have a trophy room full of moths and stripy carpet, but we are still a name people recognise, and that’s why we’ll get a buyer.

    Our problem is finding anyone with real wealth who hasn’t just jumped off a bridge because the stock market is panicking it away for them. Poofs.

  • Danny Duckfoot

    Oct 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19

    This is the good ship Duckfoot calling…….are you receiving us……..over.

  • Danny Duckfoot

    Oct 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Joe, you rock…….over.

  • Bungles Pocket

    Oct 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I honestly don’t believe Ashley has any intention of selling the club at all. This South African and Nigeria business is all a smokescreen to get the fans back in a positive frame of mind.
    I think we’ll still be in the same position come January.

    Please let me be wrong.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Oct 7, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #22

    He would have stuck on that window. Couldn’t get out, couldn’t get back in either.

  • sweendog

    Oct 7, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Can ashley not do anything right

    Ashley nearly jumped out the window
    Ashley nearly sold old beloved club
    Ashley nearly got Keegan back
    Ashley nearly ate all the pies

    The mans a walking disaster .. taxi for fat ash please

  • chuck

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Mick, Mac, Paddy, Whack, leave the Ash alone, or he may jump.
    Rather see him fade to black.

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    agree with most on hear,this is all crap to try and make ashley i,m a toon fan,i love the club.
    what a load of crap,joe nobody is falling that del boy,barrow boy bull###t.
    ashley do the decent thing you robbing b#####d,and sell up and f##k off!!!!!!

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    he,s fat ,he,s round,he,s lost 30o.million pound fat ashley,fat ashley.

  • skin d

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #27


  • Dan13

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    lol Ed what were you thinking of when you put this up, couldn’y you imagine all the comments?

  • Geordie Jayne

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #29

    A unamed source told me that Ashley would jump if we win our next match.

    Come on boys do it for the Toon Army.

  • Davies

    Oct 7, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh dear.

  • Dillon

    Oct 7, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    whumpie, you talk real shite mate.

  • Thump

    Oct 7, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Imagine if he N’Zogbia HAD have scored!

    No more Mike Ashley!

  • Michael

    Oct 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Damm We nearly got rid of him for good , wish he had jumped.

  • Cooper

    Oct 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #34

    By the way if anybody on here can get a hold of two sunderland away tickets i will pay you quite a bit for them

    i am a season ticket holder but i wont get them if i apply because i dont have enough loyalty points

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 7, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #35

    i made some pathetic sort of whining noise and bounced around in my chair when charlie’s shot was blocked. couldnt beleive it. had to have a word with myself regarding what i’d done when i calmed down aswell,haha

  • hadthetshirt

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Geordie Jayne is that che che che???

    This is the only thing we have to look forward to season after season.Which manager is gonna be sacked.Its about time we had some stability.I hope Smokin’ Joe gets them fired up,till we get a new regime in.

  • Chris G

    Oct 8, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #37

    Dillon // Oct 7, 2008 at 18:48

    whumpie, you talk real shite mate.


    Dillon, you’re wrong. He talks a lot of sense.
    When are you going to start?

  • Plimuff

    Oct 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    I would happily have s\crificed the hard won point for him to have jumped. Hope he lives in a penthouse

  • David Dutch

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Well here goes I am going to alienate quite a few on this blog, but let us look at some facts instead of fiction. The majority of people never let facts get in the way of a good story and fans respond to whatever rumour is flying around at any given moment. Ashley bought the club, removed the major part of the debt that was dragging the club toward oblivion, to be fair it was in his own interest to clear the debt for if he intends to sell the club, if it had a major debt on its balance sheet that amount would be deducted from the sale price (unless the club went bankrupt), now he will get his money back by including the debt in with the original purchase figure (good business sense here). His major mistake was in the management structure that he put into place, his idea being that just like his retail operation, put in a senior management team to run the business day-to-day and he sits back and only appears at AGM’s etc. His problem was that whereas his management structure in his retail business is OK his management structure at the ‘Toon’ is not. You need a chairman who communicates with the media on behalf of the club, Mort did a good job even though he was not a football man. You need a Director of Football who is appointed WITH the manager/coach approval so they can work as a team, the manager identifies players he would like to have to blend into his squad, the DofF attempts to sign those players negotiating contracts etc, if he identifies any players he thinks would benefit the club he refers them to the manager who has the FINAL decision, THEY WORK TOGETHER for the good of the club, even if they have both got strong personalities. That system works in any business large or small the name management TEAM is very important you cannot have an effective team if they are pulling in opposite directions.
    Where Ashley has gone wrong is his apparent unwillingness to change all the personnel in his upper management team because they are not pulling in the same direction and destroying the club. He is no fool and he can see that his investment will be almost worthless if we lose premiership status.
    The fans do not like it because they are emotionally tied to the club (I should say I attended my first match in 1950 and have supported the team ever since attending most home and many away matches in that time). The fans should forget the emotion and spend all their efforts on supporting the team not trying to bring down the Ashley empire – which they never will nor should they be able to. A good start would be to stop reading newspapers accept they only print hype to sell copy not necessarily tell the truth. Stop having knee jerk reactions. There is a saying better the devil you know and it may be true in the case of Newcastle Utd. Perhaps it would be better if KK did not return, that Shearer remained a BBC Pundit and that Ashley finds a supporting investor and the fans get on with their job of cheering the team from the terraces through thick and thin.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Septic cynicism!..


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