Mike Ashley To Keep Newcastle – Official Statement

Mike Ashley has issued an official statement this morning, on the official Newcastle United Web Site, that he has tried to sell the famous Tyneside club but couldn’t, and is now committed to moving the club forward and will continue to be the owner of Newcastle United Football Club.


Mike Ashley will remain owner of Newcastle United

Mike Ashley, Owner of Newcastle United Football Club, today announced the football club has been taken off the market.

Speaking in the club’s match day magazine he announced today’s news and that he was again committing to the Newcastle club as its Owner.

Mike Ashley has decided to end the current uncertainty now, to allow the club to continue to progress under the new management team led by Joe Kinnear.

There’s no doubt that Joe has helped to heal the club since September, both on and off the field, and we just hope he can continue to take the club up the league, and make us a successful team again.

Here’s Mike’s official statement:

Mike Ashley, Owner of Newcastle Football Club, said:

“I am happy to end the uncertainty fans may have had about the future direction of Newcastle United.”

“I know just how important that is to you.”

“I have withdrawn Newcastle United from the market, and for me 2009 will be the year in which we drive the Club forward together.”

“Even when I haven’t been at games I have remained a keen supporter, kicking and heading every ball and cheering the team on TV and being the first to congratulate Joe whenever there’s a good result.”

“When I took the decision to put the Club up for sale in September I made a point of saying two things were very important.”

“Firstly, any potential buyer would have to show they had the best interests of Newcastle United at heart and had both the commitment and finance to be worthy custodians of such a fine football club before I would even consider doing a deal.”

“And secondly, I gave you my word that as long as I remain owner, this Club would continue to be run responsibly at all levels. I hope you will accept that I have stood by that pledge.”

This is hardly a surprise now, since it’s been on the cards since Mike was unable to sell the club, mainly because of the world economic collapse.

But he still has some work to do, and if Mike can bring in Chris Mort as Chairman again, that will go a long way to calming the fans down.

In fact we think if Chris had never left then Kevin Keegan would still be manager, but that’s water under the bridge now, and the last few months have been awful for everybody concerned at the club.

Chris did a great job while at the club, and he put both a professional and compassionate face on the club, as he had the Newcastle club doing much for the local community, and his idea were generally spot on. And he went out of his way to listen to what fans wanted.

This also has to be good news for current manager Joe Kinnear, but we will need to start winning games again, after the disappointment of Boxing Day, although it was one of those games when everything seemed to go against us.

It just so happens we have a chance today at noon to put things right on that score, when we take on Liverpool, who are the League leaders at the moment. That would make a win extra special.

The club had to get itself sorted out soon, at least for the players that haven’t yet signed new contracts, and at least Michael Owen will now know that Ashley will remain as owner, and Joe Kinnear will likely remain the manager even past this season, if he performs well enough through May.

Now the next thing, apart form beating Liverpool this afternoon, is to strengthen the squad in January with 5 good players.

If we can do that, we should more than a decent squad again.

Howay The Lads!!

54 comments so far

  • kellygun

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    why not sign back Hugo Viana as our creative midfielder???


  • kukubird

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    i forsee the downfall of this club

  • graeme

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Not really a suprise; just have to wait and see what happens!!!


    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Why so negative? For once we have stability and I’m happy to drive forward now!

  • stk

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    stump up the cash ash!

  • dingo

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah nice one MA.. pick the SBR day to make your statement! wan*er

  • Aussie Wigham

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    At least we have some certainty going into the transfer period. Cant imagine too many players wanting to come to a club that is up for sale! Now Mr Ashley, lets buy some decent players that can help us get into the top 8 atleast….

    Nwecastle 2 – Liverpool 1

  • G

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Alright, so let’s all wipe our mouths and move on here. The man has said he is here to stay, I have no problem with that, in fact I’m rather pleased in a sense as I saw a news article the other night which suggested his assets were doing rather nicely under the circumstances. Lets see if he puts his hand in his pocket and let the lad back on the terraces ffs!



  • Daniel

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    This is a good thing, we actually have some stability. Yesterday the owner, manager and captains future was uncertain, now it’s just the captains.

    See what happens in January before you critisize Ashley, I reckon we’ll definitely be within the top 4 spenders.

  • gggrrrrrrr

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Sensible statements so far, none of the short sighted Ashley out comments which will not help. We need to move on and that will mean significant player investment in January.

  • terry

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #11

    the downfall would be if keegan stayed, he was a liability, hero or not

  • Ericles

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh no! This means we will still be lumbered with Wise, Llambias etc. What for Uncle Joe now? Does he stay as well? Keegan out forever too? We must think carefully and deeply about the real meaning of Ashley not selling? It may mean Owen will stay now – or will he? Newcastle Brown bottle proof directors box?

  • Alex

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    2good signings as soon as the transfer window opens , then Owen will sign up . If ashley gets 4 good players in before the end of january we will finish top 8 .

  • gggrrrrrrr

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14


    lol tin hats in the directors box! There has been recent articles suggesting Chris Mort is prepared to come back. If Ashley has sense he will recognise the fans hatred of Lambias and bring back Mort. That will be a big step forward but I think Wise will be allowed to stay.

  • bill

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    A very cynical move on Ashley’s part, picking today of all days to announce that he is staying.

    He can stay as long as he likes but I won’t return until he has gone. The only reason he has announced this now is that he is getting worried about the teams performances, and the fact that the club will be worth even less if relegated, which is highly likely unless he buys some players in this transfer window.

    The worst thing about this statement is the timing; he picks the day when Newcastle fans want to honour a great football man in Sir Bobby Robson, and no doubt we will not want to demonstrate on this, his day at SJP.

    Ashley is a f***ing waster.


    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    the key to owen staying is stabilty and he wants to see the club make positive steps forward. ashley staying is the stabilty.(llllllambhed has to go though) i think mort will be back on the scene soon anyway… and good signings… thatmeens good players not just expensive ones.

    there are good players in every squad that want a chance to show what thy can do..

  • Alex

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    i would love Mort to come back and replace Lambiarse , but just cant see it happening for the long term . As great as Mort was as chairman its not his field he is a top class lawyer and i could not see him leaving that profession to become chairman of NUFC on a permanent contract

  • steve

    Dec 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    This is sensible – you just need to look at the mess clubs such as West Ham and Sunderland are in having spent a ton of cash and a slow growth strategy is what we need.
    Anyone expecting us to sign big names in jan have got a screw loose, however we should be able to get a couple of decent proven players and then try and bring the kids on
    I dont mind Ashley although he’s made some very short sighted decisions, I dont think he’s any worse than Douglas Hall or FFS.
    Lets get behind the team today because they are really going to need it

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    You need actions, not words Mr Ashley. Splash some Cash, the recruitment team need to show their worth (again). Doesn’t even need to be big money buys, just good ones. Start with Jimmy Bullard, a better player than Barry imo.

  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Think i speak for everyone when i say


    None of us seriously expected him to go surely.

    While i do think NOW this is the best way fowards…as its dragged on for to long and we need stability. This is all because Ashley didnt sell the fking club months ago because of his ridiculous asking prices and nights out drinking.

    Ashley has a history of not investing very much in newcastle.
    We never saw a replacement for Milner or that money used in any way whatsoever.
    He allegedly put the whole squad up for sale if the right price came in…which is what started it all off..and why the players went off him.

    If ANY of the above happens ONCE AGAIN after near EVERYONE telling him he was a tw*t for doing it. He can fck off again

  • steve14

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    thank god its now sorted out dont like ashley the man but let us hope now he tries to win back the fans with some decent buys and get us pushed back up the table . keegan saga is now history lets get behind ashley, kinnear and our superb club.

  • toonray

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    So nothing has changed from what it was on september first then.Only now we have a change to a manager that Ashley controls .The fans are now won over and the managment team that was hated and would never be accepted is now up and running after there little glitch !!!

  • Dave Emmerson

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Forget the past, lets move on for the good of everybody

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    The dust has now settled and it is decent news that he is here for the transfer window and it is time to stop badgering him and wise…NEWCASTLE UNITED.

    I hated Mike from early doors and grew more and more angry as time went on…the window is getting closer so we will be be more clear end of January how far he wants to take the club by the transfer activity or lack of next month.

    Expecting a heavy defeat today.

  • nightfall

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    cheers ashley

    i know it’s not a big surprise..but that’s what we needed..STABILITY!!!

  • wsq

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26


  • StevieA

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #27

    I have always said that Mike Ashley could be the right man for the club. I like the plan that he has for Newcastle United – To build a strong team from investing in young players and to build the club within our limits. This is the best strategy for a club that has over spent over the last 10 – 15 years, if supporters can’t see that then they are not true supporters in my eyes. It’s all about securing Newcastle United’s future, that’s the most important thing afterall.

    We now have some stability at the club. Why is this such a bad time to make the statement? I just seen this as a chance to let the fans know what’s going on before the transfer window and nothing more than that. Yes it’s SBR day but let’s not forget that his days have come and gone, Sir Bobby will be the first to say no one is bigger than Newcastle United afterall. Yes it’s a day to pay tribute to Sir Bobby and it’s well deserved but we also need to look to the future too.

    I am glad to see Mike Ashley staying as owner, I just hope he can learn from past mistakes and start to really fund an uprising for the club. We really need to be at least in european places each season, for a club the size of Newcastle United it’s essential. Let’s hope we can all unite and take the club forward now.

    Look forward to seeing what you do Mike.

    P.S Don’t listen to that idiot from the supporters club. What timing by him eh?

  • Mikey24

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Best news Ive heard in a while. Under his system we now have an absolutely fantastic youth squad, we’ve actually bought good players for once who want to play for the club (Bassong Guthrie and Jonas have been the players of the season so far for me!) Ok the whole KK thing wasnt the best but we are actually doing better under JK than KK (Or so the stats say)

    Lets just see what January brings and fingers crossed he splashes the cash a bit. Atleast we finally have that stability we’ve been craving for a while. Roll on the rest of the season!

  • gggrrrrrrr

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #29


    The bloke from the supporters club is somebody called Ord but I’ve never heard of him before today. Utter numbty!

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    We need stability and the official statement from MA is sensible. However, he needs to bring back Chris Mort, provide cash for 2 to 4 quality signings in January, then we can look forward to the structure being implemented by MA at all levels of our club.

    Let’s continue getting behind Newcastle United (team and management) and move forward together in the New Year……

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #31

    “And secondly, I gave you my word that as long as I remain owner, this Club would continue to be run responsibly at all levels”

    -so sack that prat llambias mike, because if you think he’s doing a good job then how made billions in business i’ll never know.

  • bill

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Mikey24, I think that you need to look at all of the statistics not just a chosen few. KK has been our most successful manager over the last 50 years.

    I will be interested to see how the players respond to this news in the next few hours.

  • Frankieboy

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Is the manger going to be allowed to manage.
    Lets hope JK’s words of wisdom to the chairman over the last few months have hit home .
    Hope rumours correct that Chris Mort is also returning, get rid of that gimp named after a bottle of cheap wine.

  • StevieA

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    gggrrrrrrr – He is a spokesmen for the supporters club no doubt about that but he doesn’t speak for all the supporters that’s for damn sure. The NUSC is always say that this isn’t ‘our’ opinion but this time it’s certainly not ‘our’ opinion. They seem to thrive on creating an us against those feeling on Tyneside and I for one am sick of that frame of mind.

    The only things Mike Ashley has done wrong has been to appoint Dennis Wise (although he has proven to do a good job). Take on Lambias to replace Mort (not the best of decisions) at least when it comes to relations with fans. The third thing was to put his trust in Kevin Keegan, no matter what happened he couldn’t win a war against KK. Not even Shearer would be able to do that, that could be a problem in itself because it causes unrest at the club. You only have to look at the last months in the clubs history to see that.

    We tried to invest in the likes of Aimar, Woodgate, Modric, Schweinsteiger and co. We just fell short for one reason or another. Mike has always said he will invest in the RIGHT players, he has tried to do that.

    I still think Mike can help turn Newcastle round. This is one of the reasons I defend him, I am a business man and can see the vision he has for the club. I also base my opinion on facts and have a good memory.

    Trust me Mike Ashley will get us back to where we belong, it will just take time. This is all new to him so he is bound to make mistakes initially but give the man a chance!

  • bill

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    That guy Ord is the official spokesman for Newcastle United Supporters Club. Where have you been for the past few months gggrrrrrr?

    I suggest that if you are a true NUFC fan, that you join asap.

  • gggrrrrrrr

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #36


    I have been a true NUFC fan for over 40 years. I had never heard of this chap Ord before today but if ,as you say, he is the official spokesman for the supporters club then I will decline your kind invitation to join asap. The man spoke claptrap! And just because he is an ‘official’ supporter does not give him the right to claim that he is talking on behalf of all geordies.

  • xfer

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Pleased in the end. To be fair to Mike, he hasnt done much wrong, probably apart from appointing our clown chairman (which i make no effort in remembering how to spell his name).

    Im very pleased with all our signings in the summer, especially if you look back at how much they cost, and what they have delivered, we have definitely moved forward. I enjoy our transfer policy, and i strongly believe this is the only way forward.

    On tonight’s match, 3-0 to pools if im optimistic.

  • Robby Bobson

    Dec 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Call me niave but i really beleive he tried to seel the club…why would he go to asia to try and flog the club. Its better he has said this, than ‘it being u for sale but not being able to sell’.

    Someone said lumbered with Wise….Ranger, Bassong, Guthrie, Gutierrez and are all conquering under 18s team. Wouldnt mind being lumbered with that all season.

    Wont be long until Kinnear signs up for probably another season at least. This is better all round for January as Kinnear can buy players on long-term deals and it would be more attractive to Joe now to buy young, instead of players who will have immediate impact.

  • Incognito

    Dec 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #39

    “gggrrrrrrr” – being a fan for over 40 years hasn’t made you any wiser. Ord was conducting a phone-call interview today while collecting money at the grounds for the Sir Bobby fund. He rightly pointed out that today is a day that should be singly focused on praising the life of a great man in Bobby Robson.

    Ord speaks for me at least, in saying Ashley is a tactless idiot for announcing this today of all days and immediately sapping the attention into his own corner.

  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #40

    “continue to be run responsibly” ????????

    are you kidding?!?


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