Everybody at Newcastle Wants Michael To Stay – Ashley

Mike Ashley has started to talk again to the press, and he gave an interview today to The Sun, following the piece he had in The News Of The World last Sunday.


Joe Kinnear – Ashley has total faith in his new manager – my hero!

The Newcastle fans are getting some idea of what Mike wants to do in the January transfer window, and he’s leaving that to his new manager Joe Kinnear, who he seems extremely pleased with, given the tremendous job Joe has done over the last three months or so for the club.

Remember not many managers even wanted to touch the job in September, given the cirmstances, but fortune always favors the brave.

It would be good if Mike could address the Newcastle fans directly, since his relationship with them is in tatters, and if he wants to watch the games at St. James’ Park again, which he probabaly should in the new year, that’s what seems to be the right thing to do at this point.

He talked about Michael Owen today, and says while he’s got some money, he stresses he’s got nothing like the billions the new Manchester City owners have.

Mike said today:

“We’d love Michael Owen to stay.” “Newcastle want him to stay, but we have to look at what we can spend when other clubs like Manchester City do not.”

“The guy at City is about 1,000 times wealthier than me. I haven’t got his kind of money. If Man City want Owen, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Mike cannot do too much more than offer Michael a stellar contract, which he has done this week, and if M<ichael wants more money at another club, so be it, and he can move on. But we have a sneaking suspicion Michael will want to stay on Tyneside, since the fervor of the club and their terrific fans, has probably infiltrated into his psyche – we hope so anyway.   😀

It’s all comes down to what the incredible Albert Einstein told us back in the early 1900s, it’s all relative.

If Mike can pump £20M into the club every year, as was his initial plan, although he never told us that, then the manager can sell players and wheel and deal independent of that £20M.

So a manager like Joe Kinnear, who is very good in the transfer market, would be like a kid in a candy store with that amount of money to spend. In fact if Joe gets £12M to spend on two players in January, that’s probably the most he’s ever had to spend as a football manager.

And that’s just one reason the partnership between Joe and Mike actually seems to be working, and working amazingly well.

Let’s hammer Spurs on Sunday, and then we can continue this conversation next week.    😀

Howay The Lads!!

29 comments so far


    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    The last sentence scares me…all managers who had small transfer kitties and then go to bigger clubs and find themselves with 10 or 20m £ didn’t do very well…I hope JFK will be intelligent and better

  • BT9MAG

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m not liking anything Ashley is saying, although it’s common sense he keeps ending his statements with dangerous lines!

  • hisnameisjonas

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, may I remind you that 12 mill was alot more 10 years ago than it is now…

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #4

    ashley is full of shit….. still!!

  • Whumpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    “It would be good if Mike could address the Newcastle fans directly” – interesting one. How’s he supposed to do that, stand on the steps of SJP?

    The press, for all their crapness, are how an owner addresses everyone, fans included. I’m just pleased he’s said anything.

    The other point which is missing is the bit about giving JFK control of purchases. Is it just me, or has Ashley just said he’s doing what we’ve all been wanting for months? (Not that I believe him, but you never know and it’s worth a mention!)

    As for spending, let’s not get too excited. It’s January, and few gooduns ever arrive then.

  • Jimmie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    12 mil could almost buy Kinnear Alan Shearer last time around, in todays market its penauts!

  • Whumpie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    You also have to wonder if this was a PR stunt to talk up the value of the club and Michael Owen. But personally I don’t think so – I think it’s just him making a rather poor effort to open up a bit, in response to fans’ demands for him to do so.

    If only he’d get rid of that arse Llambias and change the official structure so Wise cannot override JFK on 1st-team transfers I’d actually be quite happy right now.

  • Spyro

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8


    I agree with you about Llambia.

    However, i Personally couldn’t care less if Wise is/was interferin. If our current signings came as a result of his interference then long may it continue.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    whumpie………..he could do like most other clubs do in the world, he could announce stuff on his own bloody club website once in a while. wouldnt it be nice if we had a ‘mike ashley colum’ on his own club website so he could drop us all info, perhaps a weekly round up on a friday from him. its not hard is it and chrsit would we welcome that. You agree?

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Everybody wants him to stay apart from owen himself!

  • Jimmie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree with you Craig, send your ide to the NUFC Office.

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    jimmie, your right man, i will send them a letter today rather than an email.

  • AO

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    craig chisolm- while your wasting your time with letters can you send ashley my regards.

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Good to see Ashley communicating with the fans through our prefered media outlet The Sun.

    Come on Mike, get a grip and let us know your thoughts through the local press or your own web-site.

    For crying out loud man, talk to us!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    he keeps implying we want 30 million pound players or expect them , stop it mike .

  • Mike Ashley

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    City loose on the weekend and the unwashed draw (or win) they will be in the relegation zone – and when that happens we can sit back and watch the circus move there as robby and co jump ship

  • The holey grail

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    jamie – you say 12mill is pea nuts but i bet its going to be well more than at least 3/4,s of prem teams spend in january. big moves dont really happen in jan as its compleatly the wrong time to sell players if you are a manager and the prices are so inflated its unreal.

    if you havent already realises with our (brilliant) scouting system 12 mill can buy us quite a lot – (bassong 1 mill, guthry 2 mill) if you do your homework, any single person worth 12 mill will be already established and altho these players are sometimes needed (as in the case of arsenal who have to much youth and not enough experience) we should be looking to buy up and coming players. . . look at diarra who we wanted to buy for 5 mill we could have made the 15 mill profit on him at pompy have, or we could be chelski and spend millions take all the losses on so called world class players( shevchenco, kezman,parker,wright phillips and so on), your call mate????

  • wsq

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    riquelme and saviola make it an argentinian squad

  • Jimmie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank you the holey grail – took me a couple of minutes to read your post. My answer to you would be that I rather spend millions on so-called starplayers (like we did in -95/96) and compete in the top of the league than scouting for young talants and playing for survival in the premier league. We aint that safe from relegation you know?

    Of course I even support the strategy of havning a good acadamy to produce top talants and even buy young prospects. Hope you are satisfied with these answers.

  • Stardust

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Jimmie – You cant break the Status Quo of the top 4 by competing with them for signings that way as you only get second choice players.

    Mike Ashleys vision is the only way to go.

  • Stardust

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Craig Chisholm – I often lay into you fella for not being constructuve – but your suggestion re a Mike Ashley Column on the website is a great idea, please dont just say you will email the club – do it – first class idea.

  • Lee Coxon

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #22

    I personally cant see any team getting into europe by only spending 20m a season, maybe 20m in jan then 20m in summer every year! plus surely mike realises transfer values are still rising.. diarra 20m????? no way! keane 20m????

  • Mark G

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23

    “It’s all comes down to what the incredible Albert Einstein told us back in the early 1900s”.

    I didn’t think you were that old Ed. Surviving that long with the heartaches that NUFC gives you, well done!

  • Jimmie

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Stardust, I partly agree with Mike´s vision in bring in youth´s and have a good acadamy. I hoped that it was cowered in my previus post but I also wish that he could spend some on players like Podolski , Arsjavin etc.. dont see theese kind of players as 2:nd choice players (even though Podolski seemes to be out of favour at Bayern)

  • Stardust

    Dec 18, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Jimmie – but typically when those players are in such demand the price goes through the roof. Which means one player here or there which really doesnt impact a whole squad until your a first class team – which we arent yet.

    What I like about this system is the players we are signing seem genuinely far better than we had – say we continue in this way – 6 players for 20 mill or so that we laid out this year. If in 2 years time having improved and improved, when we are bringing in new players and selling our old (for example Jonas if sold and replaced with a better player would fetch say 10 to 12 mill) we are financially in a much better position growing like that long term.

    Thats why I fully supported Milners sale, there’s no way Man U, Arsenal or Chelsea would sign him – but Villa overpaid for a third choice player. which ultimately long term damages their club.

    I really buy into Ashleys vision, in time I hope many more do.

    The other way is just a huge financial expediture (a one I think is killing football) I want to support a club that grows and we know the players, rather than the merry go round of hte last few years – not to mention the perpetual dissapointment.

  • chuck

    Dec 18, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Face it MO will sign for the most money offered,
    Its just business.

  • chuck

    Dec 18, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #27

    “Should I go or should I stay” MO.
    “I fought the law and the law won” Joey.

  • chuck

    Dec 18, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    “London calling,” N`zog.

  • Ian

    Dec 18, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #29

    The youth plan is a good idea, but an idea is all it is, otherwise we would have had Lua Lua already in midfield, we would have sold Carroll and would have played Nile Ranger at least twice to see if he has the potential for the first team, but we do not, so all I see is hot air, Roeder produced some first team players, there has been nothing since.

    Owen needs to be signed before the transfer window if he doesnt we need to be looking to secure a striker now for the Summer when he leaves, pinch Cisse from Sunerland to play alongside Martins, try and do a deal with one or two of our existing strikers ie Smith, Xisco or Carroll as Kitson (injured or not at present) from Stoke would be a better long term back up striker than any of those three, Stoke may be willing as Kitson does not fit in well with their team, he hasnt scored at all and has hardly been played.


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