Ashley Likely To Be Staying At Newcastle

Joe Kinnear has hinted more than once recently that Mike Ashley could well remain in charge of the Newcastle United  club, simply because he will not be able to sell the club any time soon.


Mike Ashley – he can learn from his mistakes

Add to that the success that Joe has had recently at Newcastle, and it seems Mike has become reinvigorated with his passion for the Tyneside club, and also if course  his three kids are big big supporters of the side, and want their father to hold onto the club.

Mike may well be reconsidering whether he wants to sell the club.

Kinnear said on Saturday:

“He wants to get back on the scene and rebuild the club.”

“I get the sense that he is planning to be here a bit longer. His passion for the club has been reinvigorated.”

“He would stay on as owner and I would stay on as manager. I have been told my job is safe as long as he is here.”

“Mike has already mentioned the possibility of staying on if the club is not sold.”

“He said, ‘you’ll always be with me as long as I’m here’.”

Well if indeed Mike wants to rebuild the club let’s start in January, and we can always see how we are in the summer, and we can further improve the squad.

Steve Wraith, editor of the Players Inc fanzine, told The Shields Gazette this morning:

“To be honest, you would prefer the club stays in the hands of the current owners if it’s going to go to the wrong people.”

“The bottom line is whatever is best for the club.”

Don’t really know if it’s just us, but we’d like the club to come together some time soon, and let there be more harmony around the place.

Certainly things have felt a lot better lately, now that Joe has the side buzzing, and the players themselves seem a lot happier these days. That follows all the terrible political stuff that has been going on at the club, and that’s a credit to the lads.

These are some things Mike should consider doing before he makes any statements about keeping Newcastle United:

  • Replace Dennis Llambias with either Chris Mort, which Mike will probably find hard to do, or else some other business executive who has some football management experience.
    Derek Lalmbias, however good he may be at other businesses, just doesn’t cut the mustard at Newcastle United.
  • Fund current manager Joe Kinnear with what it takes to allow Joe to bring in the five players he wants in the January transfer window.
    If Mike can give Joe say £12M, that would probably be enough, because we feel certain Joe will cash in on some other fringe players at the club to generate money – like Spanish striker Xisco.
  • Mike can even Dennis Wise in place, because many Newcastle fans are starting to see that Wise might even be good at his job. Certainly our scouts have identified some good players, and we’d love to see French 18 year-old Mamadouu Sakho arrive in January. The club has been tracking the lad for at least 9 months now. Even if he costs us £6M, he’d be well worth it.
    Dennis Wise also seems to get on quite well with Joe, and there is not the rather obvious big personality clash that seemed to be there with Kevin Keegan
  • Put in place, maybe through Joe Kinnear, how he will communicate in the future with Newcastle fans. Maybe a piece in the match program each home game – Words from the Owner – or something like that.
    It appears that Mike may be as daft as the rest of us on Newcastle, and that’s not a bad thing – but please let us know what you are thinking, Mike.  Joe could be a big help here.

So those are some points Mike could think about to help improve things at the club, and he’s already admitted he’s made some big mistakes at Newcastle.

But who of us haven’t in this life?

It may a good time, after the hearing completes on Kevin Keegan’s £8M claim against the club, to start writing a new chapter at Newcastle United.

Certainly Joe Kinnear and the players would just love it, and Steve Wraith hits the nail right on the head, when he says:

“The bottom line is whatever is best for the club.”

So be it.

127 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1


    gd artile as per

    ma should write something in the match programme like you said ed just like fat fred used to

    i hope citeh fet relegated then we nick a few players of them or atleeast attempt i realize the majority would not want to come but they are still worth a go


    i also hope spurs get relegated then we can try for


  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #2

    but lets not get carried away coz we arent out the danger zone quite yet and these teams will be expected to change form for the better

  • DanToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    So what if we lose every game from now on, is Kinnear gonna stay then!?

  • the black magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #4

    first little ol’ me , say it aint so???


    u know what i think ed- gota be sensible with transfer policy keep budget (unlike me, Im trying tho)

    Let him come back to the stadium- when we get back in the right half of the table

    we have to make peace- new owners even if they have money can not garentee stability look pon Man City the laughing stock of the moment

    im off work for two weeks wowowowowoowow gonna chill and cant wait for Wigan and Liverpool

    c’mon liverpool if you think your hard enough????

    carried away i know- as a Toon fan i derserve hapiness even if it fleeting

  • the black magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

    beye the great

    i thought i was first


  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    the black magpie

    lol never mind

    is our next game liverpool or wigan

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #7


    I have a feeling OHara and Bale will be available whether or not Spurs go down (which they probably wont).

    We should go for Taarabt. He would act as cover for Jonas and can play AM. Taarabt and O’Hara are the only two from Tottenham i would have. Modric is class, but i am a very big fan of both Guthrie and Barton. Modric is one of those players that attracts too much attention and he would be off after one or two good seasons.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #8


    youre probs right about modric but i hope youre right about o’hara imo he is extremely under rated instead of modric how about some1 who i have been bangin on about for ages in arango

  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Does anybody think that we coulds realistically get five players in in the January transfer window?

    I somehow doubt it – 3 maybe !!!

  • the black magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Its wigan friday then liverpool sunday 12pn

    high noon baby!

    I hope our momentum can see us past wigan- I would accept a draw

    just dont wana go into the liverpool game on the back of a defeat- that would be troublesome in my view

    if we go in it after a draw and still unbeaten will fare well and may get a hard fought draw

    if we go init after beating wigan- lets just say St James Park hot red hot the fans will be really up for it and that is how i would rather go into it

    howay the lads

    last night i was thinking of how joe fared with wimbledon, they never got to europe but they had a decent spine of Holdsworth, Earle , Jones and Sullivan- and they never had any money and all was well until that Norwegian Manager the Boots came anyone remember his name? Oleg something im sure?????

  • Howay50

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    From Newcatle Banter …

    Newcastle fans will be relieved to know they no longer have to spend the Festive period worrying about the possibility they will attack the next person who wishes them a Merry Christmas.

    What a difference a week makes. I head off for a break pondering the possibility Newcastle would be in the bottom three by the time I returned to work and instead the Magpies are up to the heady heights of twelfth spot and someone on my web chat on Monday even mentioned a possible push for a European place.

    Ah, yes, the good old Newcastle United rollercoaster, full of stomach twisting highs and stomach churning lows. A couple of defeats and the manager is ready for the sack, but grab a couple of wins and they are better than Fabio Capello (copyright Mike Ashley).

    Whatever you think about Joe Kinnear – and his contradictory public comments are not helping anyone regarding Michael Owen’s new contract or his expectations ahead of the transfer window – the guys has done a pretty good job.

    In his twelve games as a temporary manager Newcastle have lost just two. Considering he arrived at a club wallowing in the relegation zone and devoid of confidence after the battering the club received following Kevin Keegan’s sudden and controversial departure, that is impressive.

    Alright, so the Magpies have won just four of those 12, but the first objective for a manager coming into a club which is in trouble is to make them hard to beat and Newcastle are unbeaten in six. Not bad for a manager who was employed in desperate circumstances because he was desperate for any route back into management after four years out of the game.

    Foul-mouthed rants and two FA disciplinary hearings aside, Kinnear was right on Sunday, he should be proud of the position Newcastle are in. A four point gap between them and the bottom three isn’t enough to crack open the party poppers, but it’s a big step in the right direction and the wins at Portsmouth and at home to Spurs are worthy of praise.

    When you also think that, had the defence not gone to sleep at two set pieces in stoppage time against Wigan and Stoke, Newcastle would have another four points and would be above Everton and just one point worse off than sixth placed Hull City.

    I must say the defence, with Sebastien Bassong and Fabricio Coloccini superb, were really impressive against Tottenham. Yes, Spurs looked the better side for long periods in the second half and played the slicker football, but their goal owed much to luck and they rarely got a clear sight of Shay Given because he was so well protected by those in front of him.

    I’ve rarely been able to say that during my time covering the club and for once we should give credit where credit is due. There was a time when Steven Taylor, as promising as he is as a defender, was seen as the best of a bad bunch. Now he can’t even get into the starting line up.

    The price of progress for the England Under-21 international I suppose. When he was on the pitch against Stoke, Newcastle conceded two goals. In the four games either side of that, with him on the bench, they have conceded just one!

    An interesting stat, although I’m in no way suggesting he is a bad player or solely responsible for those goals. It’s just evidence he still has some improvements to make before he is the England international in waiting some have suggested.

    He will be back in the side eventually, not least because United have no cover for either full back and he is the obvious choice if, God forbid, Bassong or Coloccini pick up an injury. Hopefully the time on the sidelines will benefit him as a player because it is never a bad thing for a young man to spend some time contemplating things on the bench.

    For all of the new optimism released by back-to-back wins, Newcastle remain a club in turmoil in many respects and Ashley doesn’t help himself by continuing to give dubious interviews to national newspapers (see above comment).

    There is still a lack of any long term planning and a lack of commitment from those who put themselves in charge of running the club and, in some respects, Newcastle are incredibly lucky not to be in even more trouble than they are this season given the disastrous handling of the Keegan affair and the lack of necessary activity in the transfer market in the summer.

    The latter can be put right next month, but as I keep saying, don’t expect Kinnear to spend big money. The best I’m hoping for is the arrival of Jimmy Bullard and a new left back, but I’m sure you have your own thoughts about who should be signing up in January.

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    I think in the last month or so we have seen what a settled back room, manager and squad can achieve.

    If this is just the start, then i’m happy to stick with the formula and see where it takes us.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    black mag


  • jay b

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    i wouldn’t mind if ma stuck around, seems to have good policies. made a few mistakes but running a footy club was new to him. It takes time to find your feet in any job so ma is no different.

    it bothers me how greedy the human race is, keegan wants 8 mil compensation, you could buy a pretty decent player for that. if he loved the club he wouldn’t ask for anything, fair do’s if he was sacked, but he walked!

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Black Magpie

    Considering our record there is atrocious, i too would be more than satisfied with a point at Wigan. Two points from our next two games leaves us in a fairly good position for January. Also, with the arrival of a few new faces (hopefully a DM, LB/RB & RM/AM) we will have more than enough depth in our squad to complete the rest of the season in a more positive fashion.

  • John

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Nothing convinces me that Ashley is prepared to put money into the January transfer market although he may be forced to put in a few quid to keep Newcastle in the premiership. We need players to strengthen the squad but it may be more likely that Joe will have to sell if he wants to buy.
    It amazes me how some people are bending backwards to get Ashley back especially after the way he and his cronies have treated the fans. He was very quick to turn round and say he had no option to sell the club but because of the “credit crunch” and the financial “meltdown” he couldn’t get his asking price. So. instead of making the quick buck he thought he was on he now has to splash out a bit to save his initial investment.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    jay b

    It is because KK needs the money, which is probably the reason KK took the NUFC job in the first place. I believe KK needed the money & MA needed to save face after being snubbed by Droopy.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #18

    The communication needs to be better between the boardroom and the fans, the problem that the likes of Llambias have had is whatever they say the fans have kicked off at so they’ve not said anything, that needs to improve.

    NUSC was a good idea at sorting this but they’ve turned into an embarrassment with their press releases looking like something written by an angry 12 year old.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #19

    key factor lads lets not get carried away a couple of defeats and we are back where we were and i know how our fans in particlar change thie minds

  • Edd Case

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    I like Ashley. He’s made a couple of BIG mistakes, he’s realised that, come out in public and said that and now accepts he’s got alot to do to win over the fans.

    Ashley will be a success at Newcastle – he’s a successful man, I don’t doubt that.
    He will realise now that in Newcastle, we run the club, however bad or silly that is.
    I think he’s accepted that and will work with us.

    And can I just say that Joe Kinnear is proving to be a cracking manager and is perfect for our club.

    I mean, he’s a no-nonsense manager who has seemingly got the ‘back-to-basics’ right, like DEFENDING etc.

    We’ve tried so-called big name managers and even big name players – they’ve not worked, this ‘new’ set up is working and I think this is only the begining.

    4-4-2 – two solid midfielders, two classy wingers, two cracking forwards and a hard-arse defence with a top keeper in goal – recipe for success – one which we have (but can improve on).

    Howay the toon.


    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    ED, in january players are very expensive…if we manage to get 2 I’m very happy!

  • DanToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Looks like Owen’s off at the END of the season then!!

  • micepie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #23

    If MO goes so be it. The most important thing to us is that he stays this season. If anything, the “star striker” mantle ciuld be handed to Martins and he might thrive on that.

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Michael Owen claims he is willing to accept a reduction in wages.

    Making this public has made me very sceptical. Why would he make that known to the press? I personally think he has done it to alert other clubs that his wages are no obstacle if they want to sign him.

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah i’m not sure I like that from Owen. It’s put a bit of a downer on things. Basically he is now saying that at the end of the season he will walk away. Happy days for the red tops

  • UTD111

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Well you bloggers (whoever you are) who worship the fat t-shirt salesman better start saving your pocket money up – because the real fans will be walking away in our droves.

    Lots of tickets available next season for gullible folk like you – and you might even get to snog the posion dwarf.
    Good luck LOL

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    lads he has not rejected the contract

    and it isnt set in stone that he will

    he wants to see where the club is going

    now lets forget about owen for now there is nothing we can do

    can we get back to being on a high

  • najikhin

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #28

    i want MA to stay..

  • Spyro

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #29


    I am not bothered at all by Owen’s decision. I am simply trying to make sense of him disclosing certain information. I personally don’t mind if he leaves and have said it on many occassions. As long as we replace him with a striker that can create as well as score i will be more than content.

  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    sky breaking news, owen will wait till end of the season to decide future.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31


    all i am saying is he will make his mind up at the end of the season and we should forget about it till then

    wasnt mo already offered a contract in september for 120,000

  • nightfall

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #32

    if it’s true and owen wants to decide at the end of the season…i say……f*** that…sell him in januray…

  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #33


  • Jack

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #34

    if owen leaves in the summer will the club get any money? or is it completely free? it would seem unfair to pay 17m for a player who then walks away a couple of years later for free with getting any money back

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #35


    in jan we would only get a couple of mil anyway i would prefer to keep him till the end of the season

  • Toon1978

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Do any of you lot go on the Skysports forums. Is it just me or is it full of tools on there. Boro fan,Pompey fan,Sunderland fan and a Spurs fan turned against me for sticking up for the NUFC fans. They were slagging the Newcastle fans off big time and it got me back up to the point that i think i have been banned from the SSN Forums for being abusive to deluded fans of other clubs. A***holes.

  • the black magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #37

    here here, spyro, here here

    on both counts

    I will be satisfied with two points come monday 29th

    I will be electic with 4 points come monday

    I will be a genuine loony toon with unrealistic ambitions for 09 if we have gained 6 points by this time next week-

    john MA has invested in Newcastle- he paid our debt and is now trying to make us live within our means- as hard as that maybe

    unfortunately he realised early in pre season that KK whated us to break the bank in a credit crunch financial season- we cant afford to do that (henry trophy signings et al) no team can really- tis what Arsene has been saying even though all the aresnal fans at my work place- many of them who ARE SENSIBLE say aresnal should break the bank the bank to stregthen their middle- which policy has wraught profits??

    we had to sell Ginola and Fedinand to the yids because we were still paying the bank back for the shearer deal- (do i regret shearer no! but it comprimised our team as awhole)

    so john he has invested and yes he has made mistakes big ones, but iam of the view that it was KK that dropped the ball not MA as hard as that was for me to conclude

  • Toon1978

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Owen to decide his future at the end of the season. Think i would tell him to stick it up his backside.

  • dougnufc

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #39

    We must do well this season to keep Owen. He said he will not make any decisions until the end of the season.

  • Gordon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Owen is a fantastic striker and a true professional who’ll give 100% to whatever club he plays for.

    However, I think at the stage he’s at in his career he might want to actually win something.

    He’s not Shearer and has no ‘special allegiance’ to Newcastle so I think that, unless Newcastle really look like a club capable of winning trophies at the end of this season (unlikely), he’ll move on.

    That’s my guess anyway. I certainly wouldn’t hold it against him as long as he continues to give 100% to the club while he’s here.


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