I Had Fantastic Year Owning A Fantastic Club – Ashley

Mike Ashley has talked to the News Of The World (NOYW) today so we get some idea of what he’s thinking these days.

Mike Ashley – I’ve made mistakes but no regerts on buying Newcastle

Mike told the NOTW today:

“I’ve made mistakes, sure,” “But do I regret buying Newcastle? Absolutely not.”

“I had a fantastic year owning a fantastic club. It really was like someone fulfilling their boyhood dream.”

“Up to a point, I enjoyed every minute of it.”

And it’s not surprising that Joe Kinnear has backed the owner, because Mike has brought Joe back from the management wilderness, and Joe’s done a very good job of reviving Newcastle, with just two defeats in his 10 games in charge, but still only 12 points from those games.

Kinnear said:

“I would love to see Mike back here for a match. He is a man who is passionate about football and passionate about this club,”

From our recent poll 56% were OK with Mike Ashley returning to watch the games at St. James’ Park, and 32% said no. You can still vote in that poll on our home page.

But we suspect Mike still thinks it’s a little dangerous for him to return to the club, as apparently some of the emails and messages he got after Kevin left, had him actually fearing for the safety of himself and his family.

That’s sad to hear, but we do know his three children do watch the games at St. James’ Park, and are recognized and they have not been abused at all. And actually they are huge supporters of the Magpies, we know that.

It also appears that the selling of the Newcastle club did not go well at all, and Mike said:

“I have not had a single credible bid,”

That’s not good news and we will have to hope that the world-wide credit squeeze eases by the summer, so Ashley can again unload the club, but it’s clear he will not sell for a ridiculously low price too.

The signs are not good however, and the credit squeeze and general world-wide recession will get worse before things improve, although at least Barrack Obama has some good ideas of how to get the US out of their problems, once he takes office as US President on 20th January.

There has been interest from various consortiums from different parts of the world for the Newcastle United Football Club, but it appears none were too serious, or had the type of money that will repay Mike’s investment in the club.

Ashley had heard some rumors that a Pini Zahavi-led group was keen to get round the negotiating table, but it looked like they preferred Portsmouth or West Ham above Newcastle, to which Mike countered:

“Someone told me they had been interested in Portsmouth and West Ham,”

“Why would we be third on the list? We are a much bigger club than those two.”

“I’m still desperate for the club to succeed,”

While we understand that many Newcastle fans will never forgive Ashley for Keegan leaving, shouldn’t we at least let Mike watch the games at St. James’ Park?

We also have to think of the bigger picture, and while Mike admits to his mistakes, don’t we all make them?  It’s hardly surprising they did make mistakes because they had never run a football club before.

A good step to take would be to have Mike watch the games again, because it will bring that little bit more stability back to the famous Tyneside, club, and that can only help Joe and the players, and that’s very important.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • ToonTonic

    Dec 14, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Wahoo im 1st

  • ToonTonic

    Dec 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah let him come back! He Has made a istake but as you say ED “We all Do”.

    Still dont think JK is the man for us, And wether or not the club gets sold we will need a new manager for the new season!

    Toon Army

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  • Partizan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Hey Fatboy….Why don’t you ask the fans how was their year!!

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    He hasent done a very good job at rectifying his mistakes tho has he?

  • TTID

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Perfect post!!!

    Coz my year has been S*ITE!!!!

  • toony soprano

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    He owns the club, he should be watching them, despite what any one thinks about KK.

    KK is long gone – we should be focused on trying to stay up, if we manage to this season we face a tall order the season after if we dont get some major investment and stable management.

    Christ we need a win today

  • ToonTonic

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah…Partizan i gota agree with ya, But he has paid a fortune for the club! He has a right.

    Mind you, We pay an arm an a leg attending games year after year so i suppose we have the right to say – Feck Off!

    Although lets be honest, Its not just been him has it! Things took a turn for the worst since Chris Mort left….But its been bad for a while before all this London massive took charge!

  • ditto

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    well put is this way all those moaning bout jk…
    if people hadn;t protested we probably would’ve got a decent manager from abroad or somewhere..we might well have been in a better position than we are today..who knnows.

  • Pete

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t mind him watching the games, but until the club is sold, we’re ****. If we can keep clear of relegation until that happens I”ll be happy

  • ridley

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    all mike has to do is come out and admit he’s done wrong and he wishes to stay and pull the club round and get them back up the top with an injection of money. speak to the players and tell them his plans and sit owen down and his contract sorted. 90% of the fans will forgive him with a fresh slate and the rest would hopefully win round with performances. we need this messs sorted out and fast before we lose are best players.

  • New Boy

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Folks, i read this blog alot and agree with elements of both arguments!!

    But what I feekl for my beloved club at the minute can only be described as APATHY.

    I dont really care what is going on at the minute because I feel i have had the crap kicked out of me by ALL associated with Newcastle United!! Only a season ticket holder for the last 6 years or so, up until this season, but regular attender at St James.

    From MA taking over, To KK walking out and star players refusing to sign contracts and sometimes indeed ‘honour’ contracts, i just think everyone at the club are just taking us fans for granted!!

    there is no doubt that MA has ballsed things up completely up there, but i do believe that he did have the best intentions when he first took over.

    the honourable thing for him to do now is step aside and let someone els have a go, but that new somone should, under no circumstances, bring kk back to our club. A whole new start is required, Managers should be given 1 year rolling contracts, people who understand our passion should be installed on the board, and players who WANT TO sign for nufc should be purchased.

    Only then will my club be the massive successful club it rightly deserves to be.

  • Partizan

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Mike has reached the dead end,there’s no way he won’t spend any money.
    Unless he wanna commit Harakiri or something similar 🙂

  • spiny Norman

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Find it bizarre that he’s doing interviews with the NOTW and not speaking to the fans in the local press…

    Would love to see him interviewed on St. James Park steps like Keegan! 😉

  • Eaststander

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Let him come back to watch? No one is stopping him from coming back i have never heard anyone say they are going to do anything. I am certain he would get a few boos but come on how pathetic is this man he just doesn’t want to face us the coward.

  • Silence of the Llambias

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Lots of mistakes from someone who is supposed to be smarter than the rest of us. Smart with money, and thats all that matters eh? He made considered decisions in spite of what most of us wanted and knew to be right for the club. I expect he will continue to do the same, and please himself. More suffering is on its way.
    Ashley will now play the long game. How long that game is will depend on whether we survive in the EPL this season. The glimmer of hope is in the young players coming through. A real turn on for Ash because they’re low-cost appreciating Assets. I bet he already cant wait to sell them.

  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Well at least he admits he made mistakes , that is a start . Now rectify 1 of those mistakes Mike and sack the silent man and give us a chairman that knows how to communicate with the fans . When that is done splash the cash in January and give Joe the players he needs , then come back to SJP and watch your team . It may surprise you how forgiving Geordie’s can be if your honest and care . It will take a while but make a start mike , it may just work .

  • toony soprano

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Stop talking to wankers like the NOTW about shite and start talking to the fans about how we are going to sort this mess out.

    accept your part in the summer of shame and if you are such a hot dog business man provide and implement a business plan to turn this disaster around. It will need some smart buys and ££££

    I have a sneaky feeling we will get some points today – hopefully not another draw.

  • Stuart

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Why does he only give interviews to london based newspapers? I don’t know if he knows but we have a couple of local papers up here who wouldn’t mind doing an interview.

    Course he could comke back and watch the team. He just needs to investin the team and appoint a decent manager! It’s obvious he ain’t gonna sell the club cos nobody has any money!

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Ashley ownes a media output:

    Its called http://www.NUFC.CO.UK

    Why not communicate to the fans directly through that?

    Then again why spoil the habit !

  • JJ

    Dec 14, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed Harrison

    Please stop saying Joe Kinnear has done a great job of reviving the club…
    He has done a job, but he is a long way from being even a half decent manager….

  • UTD111

    Dec 14, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Ah here we go…the latest hot air in the carefully calculated charm offensive by the fat boy and his cronies designed at “winning back” the fans – well the fans who are easily influenced anyway.

    Nobody is stopping Cashley going to the match – it was his own decision not to go. But he will not be forgiven by the real fans for hiring the poison dwarf or Sir Kevin leaving.

    And Ed – you have no control over who votes in your 56% poll – god knows who some of these people are. The real barometer of fans feelings will be shown when we see how many season tickets are renewed if Cashley is still at the helm.

  • fostino

    Dec 14, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    i wish us newcastle fans returned to being the 12th man for the team. it has never been so depressing being a newcastle fan!! we need to get back playing to beautiful carefree football, even if that means taking a few chances, look at teams like everton, aston villa for example, they have too have small squads but they can still hold there own. we have the potential to be better then these teams. these teams show faith in their players, and play to their strengths. our style should always be attacking football, this is want the fans love, this is our style. too often have newcastle overspent on expensive, overrated and under performing players!! the club needs a good shake-up but its not all doom and gloom………….with our present squad we have one of the best strikeforces in the league with an abundance of quality strikers who all appear fairly fit at the moment. our defence surprise, surprise is also looking solid with the revelation bassong steping up to the mark. our keppers are 1st class and we also have some exciting wingers in nzogbia and jonas and duff showing some signs of his old self. its probably our CM’s that are lacking so why not play 4-3-3

    p.s. lua lua should also be given a chance if we need a player to change a game

    i think to play an effective 4-4-2, we need an effective midfielder that can run the show and pull the strings, at the moment we don’t have that, barton has the potential but he may blossom with another effective midfield presence. this should be our top priority in the transfer market, although i doudt much cash will be splashed with ashley at the helm. we then need attacking full backs for an effective 4-4-2 formation aswell. beye is top notch but L.B. is a problem, if only N,Zogbia could defend better and enrique could be more consistant. this is our second essential signing. i think colo, taylor nd bassong are solid in the middle of defence, perhaps an experienced vetern like sol campbell could still come in and cement the defence with his experience and presence. we should remeber tozer and kadar are up and comers. we also need cover at right back, in case the fans favourite beye is out. back-up is a big problem, playing players out of position should always be avoided, especially in defence.

    players that need to go to free up the wage bill are cacapa, edgar, ( wont make it at newcastle at this stage), smith (just hasnt worked for him at newcastle unfortunatly, its a shame he wouldnt develop into a keane-like midfielder) possibly ameobi(despite his recent heroics, i dont think he’s very reliabale) or xisco….xisco especially would generate some funds, but i dont think he’s been given the chance yet to truely prove himself. carrol, the local lad should be loaned out for experience.

    unsure about these players!!
    butt hasnt too long left in the tank and is prone to carelessly giving the ball away and geremi too has also struggled to hold down a place in the team, however i think his verstatility should warrent a stay in the squad. duff too i imagine is a highly paid player who dispite recent form has not given newcastle enough, perhaps he should be replaced with a newer model…..lets not forget about N’zogbia either, its about time he stepped up and consistantly performed to his ability………he could nail down his spot on the wing. arron Lennon would be a nice replacement for duff with jonas alternating from left to right wing to accomodate the team.

    my suggestions for players: ive watched L.Diarra alot and he is class. sol campbell for experience at the back. w.bridge at L.B (if only), and possibly some unknown R.B for cover.

    if viduka goes then gudjohnson would be a good replacement.
    if owen goes then defoe as replacement, however defoe perhaps is too similar to martins??
    i think another C.M. should also be bought to eventually replace butt, a proven defensive midfielder like sissoko would be sweet. with sissoko, Diarra, Barton, Geremi or a newly reformed smith, jonas, nzogbia, lennon, lua lua and guthrie in the middle we would have a formiddable midfield for the future…..i suppose there would be no harm in butt hanging around either as a reliable back-up with vast experience

    my realistic dream team


    beye taylor colo bridge

    jonas Diarra Barton Nzogbia

    owen viduka

    ….back-up team


    (R.B) Campbell bassong enrique

    lennon sissoko guthrie(maybe the Gonzalez kid could be good) lua lua or duff

    martins ameobi or xisco

    then there’s froster, krul, kadar, tozer, geremi, butt, range, spearr etc ……………this is where our scouting system needs to continue on its recent good work and recruit some top young talent….this tactic will bear fruit in a few years.

    anyways thank you to those that took the time to read this, Rant over!!


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