Mike Ashley To Attend Important Sunderland Game

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will attend tomorrow’s North-East derby at St James’ Park between Newcastle and Sunderland, after he sat stony faced through the Manchester City defeat at Eastlands on Wednesday night with Managing Director Kevin Llambias.


Mike Ashley – during better times – will attend game tomorrow

The game against Sunderland will be the first home game Ashley has attended since Kevin Keegan’s controversial resignation in September, over which Kevin is suing the club for £8M.

Newcastle fans were furious at Ashley at that time and Mike decided it was not safe for him to attend games and at that time he said:

“I am now a dad who cannot take his kids to a football game on a Saturday because I am advised that we would be assaulted. It is not safe for us.”

Since then Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear as a surprise manager back in late September, and apparently the Irishman has recently been offered a longer term contract, but Joe seems a little wary and will not sign it until he believes that Ashley is more willing to invest in the club.

Joe has been hit lately with almost every injury imaginable in the squad, and only last Wednesday we lost Owen and Barton for extended periods.

That led to the dramatic signing yesterday of Kevin Nolan from Bolton Wanderers, a great signing according to many Geordie fans.

Kevin is exactly the type of player we need, and the Liverpool lad will immediately give a lift to the dressing room.

The luck seems so against Newcastle right now that it reminds us when Ruud Gullit said he thought the club was haunted when he was here from 1998 -1999.

That’s probably what Joe is thinking right now behind closed doors, and he admits he stays awake in bed at night churning over who he can play in the team.

This is the toughest situation Joe Kinnear has ever been in during his management career in football, and only yesterday he said:

“It’s probably the hardest time I have had since I have been in football,” “Everything possible has conspired to go against us.”

“It just goes from bad to worse, really. But you have to fight and deal head-on with the situation.”

“I am not going to run away from the situation.”

At least Joe is a fighter, and he instills that into his players too.

Since Joe is our current manager, and doing his utmost to improve the squad and keep the side in the Premier League this season, we’d love to think that Newcastle fans will get behind Joe and the players big time, and be the 12th man in tomorrow’s game.

Looking on the bright side,  a victory tomorrow would give the team and the club in general, one huge tremendous lift.

And Speaking yesterday about Mike attending the game Joe Kinnear said:

“He is not daft and knows what will happen if we lose, but he put his money in and deserves a chance.”

Newcastle looked hopeless in the first half on Wednesday, and a repeat of that form will probably see us beaten by Sunderland twice in a season, for the first time in a long time.

And Mike would not want that to happen, as Newcastle fans are already upset at what’s been happening at the club, with Shay Given apparently just giving up on the club after 11 great years.

If Ashley is attending tomorrow we’ve got to think there’s a couple more players to be signed imminently – hope so anyway.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • William

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Mike should bring in Veloso before he attends the game.

  • toonjerry

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    If he brings him in it would calm things for him i reakon.He just has to show his commitment to the club and we do forgive and forget

  • joonzy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Kevin Llambias??? I’m sure it was Derek he was sat with!!!

  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4


    I’m all for forgiving the man

    But i cant forget.

    His heart may be in the right place when it comes to transfers, but that aside there have been too many mistakes.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I think it’s about time he came to a game.

    Would like to think that we’ve made a couple more signings before he comes. That would make it easier for him.

  • ginkoh

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t care anything less than 3 Points Tomorrow !!!

    Let all Sunderland know 1 thing, WE WANT TO KILL YOU ALL TOMORROW MORE THAN EVER!!! if we can put our passion like this in St’ James park every game. Surely it will be HELL for our rival.

  • NE3 NICK

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #7

    It is a sideshow. Just get behind the team. We need SJP to be a bearpit tomorrow.

    In the East Stand, we are gonna join in by clanking our Thermos flasks and waving our tartan rugs!!

  • joonzy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Get rid of Le Sulk, in comes Taylor – a decent player but most importantly a superb set piece player. If we can add another full back, another CM and maybe a striker – all on loan? We will have done well in the window to add 6 players, better than we have done before. We’ve got 3 by the looks of it and hopefully a couple more will strengthen us nicely. I think Darren Bent on loan is a good shout, Harry wants him out and the lad can play a bit when he’s confident. He missed a sitter last week but I’ve seen Owen miss chances like that and then come back and score. Come on Toon, lets win tomorrow.


  • joonzy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry, scratch that, I’ve just read Defoe has broken his foot. Bent will be going nowhere now i suspect.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Howay the lads. Im not there to see Ashley. Im there to support the lads.


    Cant beleive Guthire is out til end of season.

    We are cursed. Time and time again I say SJP needs a blessing, the dressing room, kit room, training ground, board room etc.

    Some one call a priest!

  • magpie6699

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    This should not be newsworthy – he does own the club until he sells it and is entitled to be a fan. Let’s hope we don’t get morons on here advocating violence and demo’s – it will not change anything except demoralise everyone further and give fuel to the press who are permanently on our back (see Daily Mail Sport last night as an example) Of course we may be very upset AFTER the final whistle – but leave the booing till then and let’s concentrate on getting behind the team. I hope Ryan Taylor is confirmed and we get cash for the pathetic Charlene Insom…Ngob…I’mbabyish. If he thinks he’s never been so insulted – just wait until he returns to SJP with his boyhood favourites Arsenal, I mean Spurs, or is that PSG,err Lyon, sorry was that Aston Villa… errrrr Wigan?

  • damostoon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #12

    a slight bit of light at de end of de tunnel,,110% behind de team and JFK,,cashley is still a bit away from earning my full trust,,,,,but session on , Sunderland must die !!!

  • Something else must have happened to Guthrie. Hamstring strains dont keep you out for that long.

  • toonjerry

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Real entertainers,
    I know what you mean ,i just think now that we know we are stuck with this lot that we would feel less animosity towards them if they bought a couple of real tallents and showed the geordie nation that they are at least trying.

  • toonjerry

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Hey is there no news today lads?i want something exciting to start the day off.

  • Californication

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Ever seen a mackem- They can depending on the severity of it, which tells me that his injury was somewhat more than a strain.

  • Hugh de Payen

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Personally I couldn’t care less whether MA comes to the game or not.

    He’s not the man I want owning NUFC but I’m not bothered about him attending games.

  • Nick 69

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    i dont want that f4t cnut at the match, hes ripped this club to pieces and i will NEVER forgive and forget and anybody who is willing to forget everything he has done to our beloved club should be ashamed of themselves, if he went out and spent 50mil 2morro id still want him out, and he is in for some serious abuse 2morro if we dont win

  • Mikeflame

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    If MA had staff who run the club properly there would be no need for a news story like this! shame really cos his heart is in the right place just he has made some ballsups! main one letting Mort go and hiring laimass!

  • Kirill of Russia

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Do not lose chance, boys
    To beat bastard cockney!!!!

  • daffy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    cant wait to see the reaction to ashley & co when the mighty red & whites go in front – SACK THE BOARD . FTM

  • Swedgen

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    The only logical conclusion one can come to is that the bloke has quite a severe death wish. We all know how much he likes to gamble, we’ll this time he’s gambling his egg-free face!

    Why is everyone creaming over Veloso? He’s really not that good, been poor for Sporting recently and he’s slow as hell. He’d just be another Hugo the Pornstar. M’Bia’s game is much better suited to the Premier League.

  • Sav

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Enough of the love-fest!!!
    Ashley shafted Keegan when he was starting to rebuild. We are still stuck with Wise and Llambias. Nobody speaks to the club except JFK and that is stream-of-consciousness blather. Jimenez buggered off without explanation. Given has gone after 11 years and we all know why, so lets not kid ourselves here.
    I’m happier to have Nolan and Ryan Taylor than not, because we are in a relegation fight, but are these the way to make purchases and rebuild to win something – ringing around other Prem managers to see what they’ve got that they don’t need? We are a laughing-stock and mad as hell and the second-last thing we want is someone telling us to ‘calm down. The last thing is for the Mackems to trounce us in our own back-yard. If the unthinkable happens, it’ll be every man for himself in the Directors’ Box.


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