Mike Ashley Smashed By SuperMac

We saw the rant by Malcolm MacDonald yesterday, in the Telegraph, and when you read thoroughly what the former Newcastle striker says about the way Mike Ashley has run the Tyneside club, and especially the way Michael Owen has been handled, it’s hard the argue with MacDonald.

Michael Owen – no respect shown to Newcastle captain

Macdonald told Telegraph Sport yesterday:

“If Newcastle seriously wanted to build a team around and behind Michael Owen then they should have wrapped it up a year or more ago,” “They failed to do anything about it a year ago when they should have been acting. They didn’t because the whole place is in complete turmoil.”

“I first came into the top division in 1971 and in all I have never seen a club in such turmoil in all those years as Newcastle United are right now.”

“Allowing a goal scorer of his caliber to get into this contractual situation speaks volumes, not so much about Michael Owen but about the current owner of Newcastle United and where he sights really lie. He’s trying to get his money back on the club.”

“Even if Newcastle bust a gut to find someone to take him in January he will just say ‘no’ and they can’t force him to go. He will just see out his time.”  “It’s fair enough for him to do that because Newcastle United have allowed him to get into that situation. All is fair in love, war and business.”

“Michael wouldn’t feel as though he has loyalties to the club. He will want to get away as quickly as possible and leave the madness behind him What wouldn’t be understandable is if he was prepared to stay.” “The whole thing was badly tainted when he was injured playing for England at the last World Cup,”

“That spoilt the whole situation. If that injury hadn’t taken place before he had hardly kicked a ball for Newcastle I think there might have been a different situation.” “He started off on the wrong foot and kept on going on the wrong foot. It’s hopped along on the wrong foot for about three years now and I think it’s time to say goodbye, I really do.”

“In the first place, he didn’t leave Real Madrid in the best situations and Newcastle were almost foisted upon him. He had three choices ‘Newcastle, Newcastle or Newcastle.’

“Last weekend Michael Owen got a brace against Stoke to give them a two-goal lead and he must have been scratching his head saying well they can’t even hold a two-goal lead when I get them one. That will be a factor in him making his decision if it’s not already made.”

“He’ll be thinking of a major pay-day as well. It will be a case of ‘thanks you very much’ – Newcastle a load of disorganized, absolute sheer nonsense and I’m better off out of it’.”

“Somewhere back across in Cheshire way nearer home and I’m laughing and I will be able to stick another 20 million quid in the bank over the next three years without all the travelling across country.”

Malcolm’s comments about Michael scoring two on Saturday and the Newcastle team being unable to keep the lead reminds us of a situation back in the 1950s when Brian Clough was center-forward for Middlesbrough. They lost a game 6-5 and Brian had scored all 5 Boro goals, and when Brian got to the dressing room he said:

“Sorry lads, I’ll try to score 6 next week.”

He played 222 times for Middlesbrough and scored 204 goals. Shades of what was to come once Brian went into management of Hartlepool United in 1965.

But back to Newcastle United, and we just don’t know if the Newcastle Board are doing the best they can, and are just completely incompetent, or whether they don’t really care because they can sell the club in the first few months of next year.

But the concern for the faithful Newcastle fans is that players, like Michael Owen and Nicky Butt, could leave the club in January, and we’ll be so weakened as a team, that the club may have a hard job surviving in the Premier League.

That’s why January is going to be an extremely important month in the history of Newcastle United – really.

Remember those times when we used to talk about qualifying for Europe?

120 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    They are worried that signing a player with his wages adds a large amount to the debt the club is owing. Plus what Michael himself said about contracts being discussed when Keegan walked and then everything braking down….well thats understandable as the whole machine has broken down.

    I dont see Ashley listening to Joe and frankly I can understand why, but he has given the guy the job and if he is not backed with some funds than his investment will lose a lot of money.

    The best thing at the club is the youth but he cant build a team for the future and expect to win games in the premier league now.

  • Partizan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Jeesus,just when i thought that there’s nothing worst than my drinking nights 🙂

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    what happened with the soccer lens awards? did ed win?

  • Sav

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t believe everything Supermac writes, Ed. He’s flakier than a box of Greggs’ cream cakes.
    But he’s painfully right about the lack of ambition at the club since Ashley leading to the likes of Owen and Butt being in this position. Long-term strategies and youth policy me’arse.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –

    ‘Ashley Out!’

  • DAVE

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    McDonald should keep his gob shut….its an embarassment that this guy is associated with our club.

    i went to a sportsmans dinner once where he was the speaker and he had to be stopped half way through he was that bad.

    The guy talks drivel.

    Ashley will know as well as anyone that if Owen leaves for nothing then the club he owns is devalued by 10-15 million easy.

    I don’t think there is a newcastle fan out there anyway with half a brain who honestly thinks Owen will only be intrested in whats best for Newcastle.

    You can’t say it’ll be a huge loss without Owen anyway, how many games exactly has he won us in 3 years?? Yes he’s a world class player but if you’re never fit who cares.

    I would rather see some hungry young striker who plays week in week out. You can’t build a team around a player who is only there for 10% of your games.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    ao its decided on the 15

  • HeronMag

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    One thing that interested me was when Owen cited Keegan’s resignation as they start of the whole breakdown in negotiations. Apparently some members of the board who were dealing with Michael’s contract quit over the whole affair – the question remains why?

    I have the feeling that they agreed with KK’s assessment of the situation.

  • AO

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    beythegreat- I heard this blog was kicked out because of people voting 200 odd times.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    One little curious fact about him is that apparently he holds the record for the longest throw-in according to MOTD.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10


    i dont know of that is true according to soccer lens we are still in atleast that is what it says on the website


  • PDiddy

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley deserves all of the critisism he has recieved in every aspect of his handling of our football club!
    He sat with us and beemed as he recieved our praises but when times got tough he ran,hid and put the club up for sale. He left the future of Newcastle United in the hands of Denis Wise and a Black Jack dealer!

  • Stuart

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Dave – Supermac is a legend!

    So what if he’s not a great after dinner speaker! Still knows his football. (Unlike you by the sounds of it!)

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    p diddy

    i agree though the majority of the fans wanted him to put the club up for sale

  • Kevin

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Regarding that hungry young striker to replace Owen. Would Ameobi not fall into that category? He seems to tick all your boxes, apart from of course that he can’t score anywhere near the goals Owen does. It’s no good being young and hungry if you can’t put it in the back of the net regularly

  • ashleys a tight c***

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    our team is much better with michael in it he is our best player for sure, ashleys a mug with a tight wallet he got into teritory he shouldnt be in doesnt have the cash but he just had to be in that “club” of poeple. only one way to make him sell

  • TheGoldfishBowl

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #16

    “I first came into the top division in 1971 and in all I have never seen a club in such turmoil in all those years as Newcastle United are right now.”


  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    i think owen will go but i really want him to stay

  • boater

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Pdiddy…. ‘He sat with us and beemed as he recieved our praises but when times got tough he ran,hid and put the club up for sale.’ Ummm.. don’t you mean when there was a mass protest telling him to sell as well as personal threats made.
    How are those Kevin Keegan tinted spectacles working out for you lad?

    ALSO – this is the same Supermac that recently insisted Oba wasn’t up to much and couldn’t play with anyone else and should be subbed…. so now he’s urging Owen to go… who does he think should play up front for us exactly?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Guy guys guys, Please be very very careful.
    You are at risk of Upsetting SPYRO/Stardust (Cockney boy), who, believe it or not, think CASHLEY has done a great deal for our club, and is still doing so, as did Fred Shep as did Allardyce as did Sourmess!!

    You will be thrown in the same category as me!! Terrorist mob activist or something along those lines, and I am personally to blame (Well with one or two of my terror mob followers) for destroting our football club and forcing it to be run in a Amateurish Shambolic Fashion…………????????????Honest!!!

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Angryman the Angry fan

    to be fair to fat ash he wiped our debt out, which is good of him but the NEGATIVES OUT WEIGH THE POSITIVES IMO!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #21

    “Ummm.. don’t you mean when there was a mass protest telling him to sell as well as personal threats made.”
    Was it not the Chief Superintendant of Northumbria Police who stated ” We know nothing of threats made to Mike Ashley or any member of his family?”
    I am sure it was!!

    Also, the number of threats I have recieved in the past on here, oooooo dear i am off. The going is getting sooooo tough!!

    SO, YES he did run when the going got tough, as did KK, the two of them should hold their heads in shame…..just after they have been removed from their bodies!!!!!!!!!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22


    Please please please do not be taken in with he wiped our debts out Bull mate……

    The club is still in DEBT…honest, the bloke said it himself. The only debt he paid was the debt that was costing HIM excessive interest!!!

    He will get taht back IF he decides to sell along with his nice little profit that he does NOT deserve!!!

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #23

    The club is still in DEBT…honest, the bloke said it himself. The only debt he paid was the debt that was costing HIM excessive interest!!!

    when did he say this? where?

    dont get me wrong i hate ashley for what his done, just a shame he wont come out and tell us his made alot of mistakes, but he wont will he?

  • boater

    Dec 10, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Angryman – you think threats on a message board compare to being hounded by a mob of deluded fans? Aye reet. Thing is he was told to do a runner, so he did and he put the club up for sale… no one wants to buy – or even to manage… what more could he do? I’d love to know.

    The mess we are in is because of KK – face it lads.

  • woooooooosh

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    owen and martins cant play upfront togeather, so its one or the other in my opinion. owen is on an absalute fortune and not geting any younger, mortins is younger and similar scoring record with a smaller wage.

    cash it on owne while we still can !!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #26


    the mess isnt 100% KK fault! ashley didnt back him, so how can you blame KK? but there is no way KK should come back IMO!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27


    NONEsense man.
    When did someone smack McKeag?
    When did someone smack Seymour, Westwood all them were hated by the majority of the fans!! Why didnt they stay away???

    DELUDED Fans???

    Morons like you and your little mate SPYRO/Stardust use this word alot

    DELUDED= People who care about NUFC and hate seing the state it is in now because of Mis Management by the Team of Managers (Ha ha) That a Fat Greedy Billionaire appointed!!

    You may cross out anything that isnt FACT in the last Paragraph mate!!!

  • Ian

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Find it hard to disagree with anything he says.

    Personally and i shouted it loud enough I would have sold owen last summer and bought Djibril Cisse and we would now have a striker with two and a half years left on his contract and Martins, and it may have cost us less than £5m, but what do I know.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Find his “Heartfelt” statement that he released when he decided to Sell…….ha ha ha!!

    He says in there:
    But like any business with assets the club has debts. I paid £134 million out of my own pocket for the club. I then poured another £110 million into the club not to pay off the debt but just to reduce it. The club is still in debt. Even worse than that, the club still owes millions of pounds in transfer fees.

    Boater/Spyro (Stardust) all choose to ignore this when they are singing the praises of the Greedy Fat one, and throwing at us deluded terrorists he done GREAT for the club “HE PAID ALL THE DEBT” .

    ha ha ha, makes me laugh.

  • Spitfire

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Even if Keegan had stayed we would be in exactly the same plight. The players would still be the same players and the results would still be the same results. Its not Keegans fault. It is the Boards pure and simple. I can’t understand how people can’t understand that simple fact.

  • Spitfire

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    There’s some real tossers posting on this blogs these days

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Angryman the Angry fan

    get this in your head


  • lesh

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    He hit the target when he played and he’s hit it again with his comments about the state of the club now – it’s a ****** shambles and MA’s presided over the whole debac le!

    What happened to the club announcement that MO had been made a super offer of a contract? Or was release up to NUFC’s usual standards fo honesty.

    Mr Ashley, please and on behalf of all of the long-suffering fans, either get your hands on the reins and sort this mess out or be honest and announce that you’re interested in nowt but a return on your investment.

    Anyone remember SM’s first game (i think) and a hat trick against Liverpool. And the Wembly scoreboard when it read “SuperMac 5 – Cyprus 0”? Heady days.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #34

    bloater, hope you get some brain cells for xmas man. kk couldn’t be party to this mess.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #35


    You asked where I’d heard it, i told you thats all!!

    Take a chill pill Mate…..

  • Stardust

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Angryman the Angry fan

    Please note that Sypro and myself are two different individuals – with the ability to make our own minds up.

    On a brighter note I hear farmer Giles is doing lessons for sheep this weekend – hope he teaches you some useful lessons lol

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37

    angry man youre making out i like ahley when i dont!

    get over urself mate

  • Incognito

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #38

    While I often think Mac talks a load of rubbish, he’s spot on here. Ashley doesn’t give a toss about his clubs future, about Michael Owen or any new acquisitions.

    All he wants to do is cash in and profit where ever he can.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #39


    Agreed 100%.

    But Boater and his mates have posted on here for years now, they are in the minority but the HUGE chip they have on their shoulders forces them to defend evil and denounce the good!!

    I am feeling very biblical today!! Bless

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Dec 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #40


    I split my sides!! Your wasted on here mate, truly wasted………..

    get this folks, Spyro is a computer game, a ickle purple dragon, and one of the tracks in the game is called ….yes youve got it …..’STARDUST’…

    good try matey!!

    Whats your thoughts on CASHLEY paying all the debts then wee man??


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