Mike Ashley Happy With Fantastic Newcastle Performance


It turns out that several members of Mike Ashley’s family attended the game at Chelsea on Saturday, although Ashley himself was not present.

Mike Ashley – family at Chelsea game


Even though the owner is selling the club his family are said to be keen supporters now of the Newcastle United club, and were rooting for the Magpies on Saturday.

So they would have been happy with the tremendous performance put up by the side, who were completely committed to the Newcastle cause.

Joe Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I  received a text from Mike saying that Newcastle United got a fantastic result at Stamford Bridge and he was happy and proud.”

“He said he thought our defending was well-organized and added that, apart from games against the other members of the so-called big four, he had not seen Chelsea so well held for a long time.”

Kinnear apparently stayed in London overnight to watch Spurs beat Blackburn Rovers. One defender he is anxious to bring to Newcastle is said to be 6’5″ center-back Christopher Samba, who played in that game. But we have no idea if Blackburn would be willing to sell the player.

Samba has played 58 times with 6 goals for Blackburn, since joining them from Hertha Berlin in January,  2007, for £400K, and he’s played over 20 times for The Congo. Another great signing by Mark Hughes while he was manager at Blackburn.

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102 comments so far

  • Mark-o

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Who cares? fat tosser!

    Samba would be agood shout as would warnock!!

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  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    samba would be awesome

    I dont see why everyone is still pissed off at him. hes done want the fans wanted, hes trying to sell the club. just becasue he got rid of keegan thts why every1 h8s him. do we need keegan now…..NO. so give the guy a break

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeahh, i’ve gotta agree, i’m starting to wain on my annoyance. Really it was just one biggggggg mistake that ashley made in that he appointed keegan with this system, keegan without this system would have worked, this system without keegan would have worked. Now as long as kinnear is happy to be a puppet and whoever replaces him is also willing to be a puppet, it may sound bad, but it can work. Ultimately i’m gonna keep supporting the team and just forget about whats going on in the background because no-one really knows whats going on and i’m fed up of getting my hopes up. Ultimately if the team let me down thats when i’ll be most dissapointed.

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  • dan

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Not related to this article but why do we have to sell before we buy this Jan? What happened to the Milner money, keegan was told he could buy with this money, why cant JK? Think it would show some good will and perhaps change the views that supporters have of Ashley to some extent at least.

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  • ELFER

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    What would you think if we manage to sell zoggy at an astronoumous price (as we did with milner)? I would love to add Aiden McGeady!

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  • AO

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Mcgeady wont give up champions league for a relegation scrap. I saw him in a pre season game and he was woeful anyway.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley is not going to sell ==> fact.

    He’s biding his time and letting the dust settle, as several of us said some weeks back now.

    Hand in pocket in January for some much needed cash for players. Get rid of Wise and cohorts and let the manager manage FGS.

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  • Partizan

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    MA should either sell or give at least 20 mill to JK+ the money from selling some of our players.

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  • ELFER

    Nov 25, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    To be fair to MA and especially Wiise (oh oh, better put my helmet on, when writing this…) did some very fantastic transfers! Look at gutièrez and guthrie – steals! And there comes the fantastic coloccini!

    Ok, Xisco wasn’t expected…but maybe we can earn money with him?

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  • Toon-Army1902

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Not on topic, but does any1 have an idea who they might want to be manager if JK dont get the job. i want Faith Terim the old turkey manager

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    No doubt the Mob believe Mike Ashleys happiness is a PR stunt – well if it is its the only PR he has been good at lol.

    We are on the right path – including the realignment of the dillusional Mob. Hope he stays.

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  • daniel...

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    i saw joe at central station on monday so he must have stayed in london for the two nights

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    more crap from kinnear,these really are little titbits of pointless information we dont need to hear to be honest.
    does kinnear ever shut his s**t up.

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Stardust – actually I think you’re spot-on. I think it’s a bit of PR that a lot of us expected. I believe Ashley decided he wasn’t putting up with what he saw as unnecessary hassle and decided he wouldn’t plough his money in anymore so he was off. However, his Plan B, if Plan A of selling at the right price didn’t come off (hasn’t come off) would be to revert back to man of the people. He’d let some water under the bridge, make some relevant noises and creep back in the back door. However, I don’t think it’ll work because I don’t think he’ll come forward and admit his mistakes or make explanations for the poor PR up to this point. He doesn’t seem like the sort of bloke who would. A lot of successful business people have a tendency to be arrogant and in this case I believe his arrogance will prevent him meeting us halfway. I also think that a minority will make him feel he’s not wanted either. I think effectively he bit off more than he could chew when buying us and in some respects we’ve bitten off more than we can chew by chasing him out of town. But people did it for the right reasons even if it backfired.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    ashley,s family are keen fans,i wonder if they criticize the owner?

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    if talking crap was an art form joe kinnear would be a world beater.

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  • Silence of the Llambias

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    My annoyance is not getting any less. Ashley has decieved and misled us ever since he arrived. He has an agenda to lower our expectations, so he can run the club on a shoestring if he doesnt sell straight away. Either way his greatest love is money and it will always be his priority to make more. A heck of a lot of the pleasure attached to Newcastle united has gone away thanks to him. Anyone buying a football club has got to do so with a good level of investment in mind, but this guy never ever intended to do that. He should have bought Bolton or similar, they are happy to bump along the bottom. I’m amazed he had the audacity to do this to a club like Newcastle with 52000 crowds and the immense will to succeed, which one day….one day, will bring us the success we need. I will never be happy til he clears off and makes way for an Investor who is ambitious for the teams success.

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Great Post Bowburnmag

    Mind you a lot of the very most successful are on the contrary to arrogant, single minded yes, but arrogant? They need people around them to succeed.

    I agree with you though that many are now seeing this with reality in mind and not the emotion of KK walking. The reality is the signings made were good ones and we are better off in many ways (worse off in crowd morale courtesy of poor PR)

    If he came out and properly explained things I honestly believe he could a great deal of credibility with the fans but I think JK is being used to explain things slowly without jeopardising confidentiality etc.

    Of course you cant please all of the people all of the time and many will harbour a grudge if he tries to gain favour again. But I think the time is right to build bridges and your analogy may be spot on.

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  • David_Barber

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #19

    bowburnmag: Here where you are coming from-but is it-we are swallowing the medicine without the cure-as it will be lost in the sale! Because a part of me thinks that! We have gone a few seasons without spending a lot of money-and SKY has pumped even more money into the Prem! So where is it al going?

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    bowburnmag,i think ashley has shot himself in the foot that many times,it,s a wonder he has any toes left.

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  • David_Barber

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry-hear (Why do I do this?)

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Silence of the Llambias – I believe fans like you needed their ambitions realigning to something more attainable.

    Success is earned not bought and putting the right foundations is is the right thing to do, if you directed some of your hatred of him into supporting the team the difference to the club would be huge if many did this.

    You are hear to support NUFC, if you allow your half empty coffee cup to distort your views and forget this, shame on you.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    I am soooo pleased your happy Mike, this makes life much better for us true fans.
    Us lot that pay a fortune to go and support our team, that alot have us have loved since we were kids.

    And I am so happy that you, the man who has done soooo much for my club, is so very happy that we managed to scrape a draw against a team that 5 years ago couldnt get anywhere near us!!

    You have put us back 5-6 years you usless fat money grabbing ……..I dont want to swear!!

    Get out and spare us from your meaningless text messages you are sending to your monkeys. You took us for some cash now, so be happy and go forth and multiply!!

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #24

    stardust ,i still think he,ll sell to be honest,i think it has become too much of a millstone around his neck.
    i just dont think he wants the hassle to be honest,he is a private man who has been thrust into the limelight for the wrong reasons.
    i dont think he likes this kind of attention,and will sell when the price is agreed.

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #25

    David_Barber – why does it matter the amount of money spent if improvements are made?

    If they can improve year on year on a budget, and a strong financial footing, I say great – put it this way – you had your trophy signing days for 10 years with FFS etc and it won us nothing.

    Time for a new approach – a one I welcome

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Angryman the Angry fan – if he walks and sells tomorrow – NUFC the CLUB are 100 million better off not Mike Ashley.

    A club that was potentially doomed especially with the current markets if the structure had remained.

    Mike Ashley will have made the CLUB 100 million if he sells and he might break even personally – why on earth cant you see that as a good thing for the club – its because youre so consumed by hate you cant think.

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 25, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    David_Barber – I didn’t say I agreed with it necessarily. I think Mike has a hell of a lot of explaining to do and I’m not sure we could fully reconcile. It’s a little like a twist on the proverbial ‘never go back’, he’s essentially here in body but not in spirit though. I also believe meeting us halfway would mean changing his frugal business approach and I think he believes too much in his own plans and also that he hasn’t got the requisite millions to burn to do it the other way. At the moment we’re probably just about breaking even, so I’d guess the money is going on outstanding debts at some point. Don’t worry about the spelling, Stardust did it too and he’s a bright enough lad, if a little liberal.

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #28

    THE BEAT – PR is totally different in this world than in his business world. That’s his biggest oversight. Your customers are much more demanding of where their money is going because their money is essentially an investment. It’s not a cheap pair of trainers you chuck away after a year.

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  • Stardust

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Bowburnmag lol “You are hear” had to read back to see it

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  • GeordieJayne

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Kinnear is playing school yard games, instrumented by the big bully Cashley.

    Good buys were made……….eh what, we have such a strong squad now don’t we, we are in the bottom three, thats nowt to do with Keegan he went ages ago.

    Cashley is still there, stardust you are a plonker m8, if you cant see we are in a terrible position made by the owner then you are the one that is deluded.

    If NUFC are bought the money does NOT go to NUFC it goes to Mike Cashley, of course he is going to take every penny…..oh no I forgot he has the best interests of NUFC at heart, so he will only take the money he put in and leave the rest in the new owners bank account. What a load of shite.

    Waiting with baited breath for some more rubbish about CASHLEY.

    I will never ever support CASHLEY and won’t forget what he has done to the FANS at Newcastle…..END OF

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  • GeordieJayne

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Since he took over he has thinned the squad big style yes we are better off – NOT IN A MILLION YEARS BETTER OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #32

    bowburnmag,i realise it,s different to the retail world.
    i think that,s been his problem,because he has excelled in one field,he underestimated how massive a business football is.
    he has come to try and implement the same principles as he has used before,but it has kind of backfired on him a bit.
    i dont think he has taken the decision to sell lightly,but was probably mulling it over before keegangate occurred.
    this incident was the catalyst for this course of action.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #33

    stardust,are you going to let jayne get away with that?

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  • NorthernPaul

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    I really cannot believe all you Mike Ashley fans.

    I personally will not forgive him for the humiliation he and his chums have caused the club.

    I accept he has done some good especially with the youth system, but the fact that the club released those ‘statements’ still riles me.

    For the record, I am not in the Keegan camp, and I never wanted him to return.

    My reasons are solely for the absolute crap communication, Liambass’s smug grin at the Hull match, the lack of a replacement for Milner and the fact that Mike announced that his kids were under threat at the match. Bollocks.

    It’s really amazing how many of you lot forget the very recent past.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #35

    northern paul,funny you should mention that,it is another contradiction.
    if ashley,s kids are under threat from us,what the f**k are they doing at the match?

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  • NorthernPaul

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #36

    THE BEAT

    Exactly mate.

    It’s laughable really.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    aye you couldn,t make it up.

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  • NorthernPaul

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Just a little extra to all you deluded idiots that think the club is doing well:

    We are in the bottom 3 and Christmas is not far away. Almost half of the season is gone. We are in SERIOUS danger of relegation folks, dont doubt that for a second.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    who are his kids,is it them two fat kids with him on the photo?

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #40

    aye yes man joe come up with a corker there.

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