Mike Ashley Back In Toon

Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, made a return to Newcastle yesterday, and it’s the first time back for the owner since Kevin Keegan left the club in early September.


Mike Ashley – back in Newcastle yesterday

The owner visited Newcastle’s Darsley Park training ground for talks with manager Joe Kinnear and Managing Director Derek Llambias, presumably on our transfer activities for the next 6 days.

It was the first time he had been seen by his players for over 4 months, and this may signal the fact that Ashley will be more visible at the club from now on – he certainly needs to be.

His visit to the practice ground was seen as a way of  revitalizing Newcastle’s efforts to strengthen their squad this month, and the news we had yesterday was more than encouraging, but we still have only one player through the door in 27 days, and he was a free agent.

But it also looks like Shay Given has been sold to Manchester City for £9M, so Joe will now have £19M burning a hole in his pocket – let’s hope he will spend the lot on players before next Monday – we need to to make up for the loss of one of our most loyal and best players ever.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • AussieToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Hoo Bloody Ray!

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    we are saved!

  • Mag 48

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    We are all still waiting Could all be last minute
    again then guess what nothing!!!
    Lets hope ??

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    This is definately a posative step. lets hope we can move forward together. he may had a nightmare PR – wise, but he has still put a quarter of his fortune into saving us from going down the tube, lets hope we have a busy week on the transfer front. i fear, however that the short sighted no marks will still ruin things with their cockney mafia guff – what help is that????

  • lesh

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    The new messiah!

  • neil

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if he brought his wallet.

  • hitman

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    sranger how DC,was saying this story lastneet,and now its in the comical..

  • irish_toon9

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike Ashley back in Toon……..for opening of new Greggs shop

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    back in newcastle? im surprised he fitted in the aeroplane to get here

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    seems like he cant win with some people. for months he was being slagged off for staying away and now it seems the same for coming back. even if he gave JK an open cheque book people would still find something to cry about

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    It’ll be the same old sh*t as August, we’ll buy a couple of no hopp[ers on the last day.

    What a f*cking mess we are in I can really see us doing aLeeds if we’re not careful

  • magforlife

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope hes here to sack the pasty faced little maggot for obtaining his wages by deception.

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Well both DC and Waddles Mullet said something was going on there yesterday. I wonder if the Given ad Owen leaving prophecy will be true??????

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d feel a little more optimistic if his reappearance coincided with rumours of us signing a big name and not us actually selling big names.

    Ebondo or Given – hmm let me think about that one………

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #15

    how exactly are we supposed to sign big names? no money, 2 points off the relegation zone, need i go on??? i think the names we are linked with would be very good siginings in the positions which need strengthening. Yes Given has been an iconis figure for us but that 10 mill is better spent in other areas, put that with the fact that he wants away. its a good deal for parties

  • repo

    Jan 27, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    But it also looks like Shay Given has been sold to Manchester City for £9M, so Joe will now have £19M burning a hole in his pocket – let’s hope he will spend the lot on players before next Monday

    no chance of that happening..


  • AussieToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    he brought the mess on himself with his incompetence.

    deserves the ridicule he is copping, for me, i wont have faith, trust or the time of day for mike ashley until he proves he is capable of leading my club.

    big deal he is back in toon, should of been here a long time ago.

    now we wait and see if he will bloody do anything whilst being here.

  • Whumpie

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    He got quite an earful yesterday in the press about getting back up to Newcastle and taking charge, and it’s encouraging that he’s done that.

    Whether it means we’ll get any players or not remains to be seen – no amount of money will convince good players to jump onto the Titanic.

    However, just having him up there is a good sign. If only his discussions with Llambias included “you’re outta here mush, and take your cross-eyed pit-bull with you”. Ah, such fantasies…

  • Will

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    @ irish toon

    lmao, I was looking to say something witty and you beat me 🙁

  • Stardust

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Any proof of this anywhere?

  • hitman

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #21

    stardust,there no quotes from anyone in the comical.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    aussie toon – where do you think we would have been if FFS was still at the realm?? granted we all loved the big name signings and all lapped up his bulls*** but look what state he left the club in. we are in this mess and all the blame lies with one man and one man only

  • Ericles

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    How much will the armed response unit cost to look after the fat bugger? He can face Wise arse and Lame arse but can Fat arse face the fans? I am returning – who does he think he is, General Macarthur? Speak to us and give us the money Mabel so we can get out of the Pickles!!!

  • Stardust

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Hitman, just seen an article in the Telegraph – maybe thats it?

    No quotes from the local press at the mo – strange.

  • Micky Toon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    So, where are the apologies to Waddles Mullet and David Craig then?

  • Stardust

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Micky Toon – I can see why DC gets a hard time, but Waddles Mullet appears a reasonable poster, but I quite enjoy the rumour mill – part of supporting the club – as long as we dont attach expectation to the rumours and treat it as fun that is.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Apology for them?

    Why? Because they were at the trainign ground. My mates wife works somewhere that overlooks the training ground and she told me summat was happening.

    Craig also said that Owen was gone and Given was to be gone in 24 hrs. That was 2 weeks ago!

  • AussieToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    vivadavidkelly where do you think we would of been?

    not any worse than where we are now. relegation scrap crap that has had nothing but stupid issues all year and the incompetence at our club rivals a local australian team.

    hiring llambias was shocking, treating keegan like he did was shocking, his communication has been deplorable, i have no idea how this hermit made his billions, he has the business skills of a gorilla.

    this guy is sending us slowly down the tubes and yet people like u sing his praises. when we go down, it’s people like you that will be wondering how the hell it happened, who will you blame then?

    i dont want the big name signings, i want my club to be run in an attempt to win football matches, winning football matches should be the number one aim, as winning football matches is what puts bums on seats, its what makes merchandise sales, it’s what gets massive sponsorship,it makes the athmosphere at the home games unbeatable, its what makes the club a rock.

    Ashley has done nothing to create a winning football club. that is the crux of my issue with him.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    im not siging his praises. his PR skill are awful and of course he has made errors. but figures dont lie and if you think we wouldnt be worse off if the last regime were still here then you are living in cloud coo coo land. finacially we were a sinking ship, with figures to rival those of leeds – look at them now. the fact that ashley has put in hundreds of millions and we are still in dire straights just shows how bad it would have been. for you to say that we are worse off now is laughable. administartion wouls have loomed and evertything that goes with it. FFS was like a fat kid in a sweet shop and the current regime, like them or poath them are carrying the can for his incompetence. the lack of transfer activity and the full time appointment of a manager who would require peanuts compared to anyone else is the only option we are left with. there is no short term fix but you have got to open your eyes and see that, yeah things are far from perfect but thing could and would be worse if Freddie had still been here

  • Sav

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Sort of ironic, Ashley shows up for first time in 4 month on the day Shay ends 11 year of 100% loyal, talented service to the club.

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Even more ironic Sav that Wise will negotiate him leaving!!!!!

  • AussieToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    he bought the club for 134 million, correct? in that he inherited a football club that was one of the biggest in the UK, correct? All for 134 million, relatively cheap for a big club.

    then he has loaned 100 million to pay of the debt, not put in, loaned, knowing full well he will receive every penny, plus more back, so he thought, till his incompetence has landed him in a situation that he may lose money.

    he has the third biggest attendance crowd in the whole premier league, he has a stadium worth 400 million to his name now.

    i know freddie stuffed up, and i didnt like the man too, but this leeds talk is rubbish. we were never going to be a leeds and never will be.

    if freddy didnt sell to mr tightarse, maybe the arabs would of been knocking next.

    the biggest mistakes have come under ashleys watch, therefor he should take the criticism, if he ran the club a bit more professionaly from the start we may not have been in this dilemma we are in now.

    he can make it up to us, he needs to communicate more, let the fans know what the hell is going on, get rid of llambias, spend a bit of money in the transfer window, and hope to god we survive the drop.

    out of interest, what has been his total output of spending whilst he has been at the club.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    we are obviously not going to agree on this matter – his net spending obviously isnt as high as we or probably he would have liked, but obviously his millions have been used to plug holes elsewhere. you cant say that we wouldnt have been another leeds – the figures are there. the only difference is 5 years ago banks were still lending vast amounts of cash, nowadays they are asking for it all back.

  • Stardust

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    vivadavidkelly – might as well give up – you simply cant reason with those who “think they know” but have no understanding. what do they say about taking a horse to water lol

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    at last. someone elae with reason!!!!!

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Stardust / Vivadavidkelly – we can all take on board you viewpoints however, please answer one question – does Ashley need to spend to keep us in the premier league in your view?

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jan 27, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #37

    without any doubt he does – that wasnt my point though. he also realises this which is why funds have been available. he was never going to hand over 30m + to spend though

  • Stardust

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Mags – he needs improvements yes, I am not bothered about the amount of money – I just want improvements.

    Ashley has far more to lose than all of us so if you need to put faith in anything, put faith he has to do right by himself, and that means protecting his investment and keeping us in the PL.

  • Mags

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Well my take is that it would have been wiser to reduce the debt rather than clear it, thereby leaving larger portion of funds to strengthen the 1st team. I think we all agree that it is imperative for us to stay in the premiership if at all possible.

  • ian

    Jan 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Stardust, everytime I see Ashley’s face I see your comment underneath, is there some sort of groupie thing going on or a fan club or something??

    Stardust then rushes off quickly to post some comments on other threads!!


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