Mike Ashley To Spend 3 Days A Week In Newcastle


Mike Ashley has finally said that he will spend more time on Tyneside, running Newcastle United.

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Mike Ashley – let’s hope he’s smiling like this at end of season

The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Ashley has told manager Joe Kinnear that he intends to be more visible at the club’s training ground from now on – and that he will start taking more responsibility for the key decisions at the club.

He will be in Newcastle about 3 days every week, and while nobody has said this, maybe he will take the position of  Chairman at the club, if he can do that work.

He also agreed to Kinnear’s request for a regular meeting every two weeks, which is good to hear, becaause that will help communications all around, which have never been good.

While we were disappointed at not getting more players through the door last Monday, it was good to see Ashley come to Newcastle for around 5 days and work all day Monday, on trying to get players into the club.

Manager Joe Kinnear thinks Mike’s new presence around the club will help to reinvigorate Newcastle:

“Mike will be back in Newcastle today. He definitely wants to become more hands on in the running of his football club,”

“He has been in Newcastle three days a week and that will be a regular thing from now on.”

“He wants to see how things work and he’s committed to a fortnightly major meeting between everyone at the club so that we can start moving things in the right direction.”

“It is a new world for him. Over the last week or so we’ve had him down at the training ground talking to the players, eating his lunch with them and giving them the kind of reassurances on their contracts and their future that they’ve needed to hear.”

“He hasn’t seen players train and work first hand before but he told me it has opened his eyes, and he’s definitely willing to back up his words.”

“I know people still have to be convinced about things but there is a sense of unity at the club now.”

“The guys at the top know they need to communicate better, which is why they are speaking to the two local papers.”

“I think they will sit down with supporters’ groups and fans and the people of Newcastle at the end of the season – I know they want to do that.”

“When I came in I kept getting caught between different people wanting different things but hopefully that has now disappeared and we can start to look forward.”

Mike seems to have realized that he must take a more personal involvement with the club he owns.

While we know he’s busy running his other businesses, if we do well and are able to build the club up over the next few years, not only will it be good for Ashley and the fans, but he’ll make a bundle if he can make Newcastle United great again, because the club will be worth so much more on the open market.

Ther are lots of  negative things to say about the time Ashley has been owner, and Joe’s right that he still has a lot of convincing to do with most Newcastle fans, that he has the goo0d of the club at heart.

But it will certainly help to have Mike around more, and that should produce more unity within the squad too, becasue we’re sure that’s one reason Shay felt he had to leave Newcastle, because we have looked in a shambles since last August.

And we would aslo like for him to give a regular communique to the fans in some way. Perhaps a message from the owne in the match program or a monthly update for fans on the official web-site.

One thing that is certain is that there’s a long way we can go up as a club now, and that’s both good news and bad news of cpourse.

A win at bottom club WBA on Saturday would be a perfect way to start reinvigorating and reviving the club.

And it’s only what the club’s biggest asset – the fantastic Newcastle United fans deserve, given all they have endured this season.

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56 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Ive commented on this story on another thread and my synical head is on.

    After 4 xfer windows and 3 managers – why now.

    Because we could get religated. If we were mid table and healthy I dont beleive this would happen.

    Its not easy being a toon fan – I think all us fans want is for a dialogue to be opened between the club and the fans to iron out the problems between the two and get bums back on seats at SJP.

    Not 100% will ever be happy but for example. Sunday was the fullest Ive seen SJP in a long while and the noise was fantastic.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    talk at the end of the season??? how bout blomin NOW!!!!!!!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    3 days at the newcastle donut shop

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t do the same mistake again. It’s 1 thing I wish for him.

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  • ToonGraeme fair point if we were doing well but he has guts to come back knowing what people think of him and he could take the easy option and not get involved. But he has came back and i think he is doing it in the clubs best interests. Give him the summer to see if he will keep his promises.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Can only be a good thing.

    Whatever his reasons are, and there could be many, we shouldnt speculate on that, just be thankful, it can only be a good thing for us.

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    RYAN have you got sky sports on

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    SHAY GIVEN INTERVEIW COMEING UP

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if he will ever appoint a proper footballing chairman?

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  • Stardust

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Batty? paranoia setting in there fella. I wouldnt post elsewhere about you – im a straight talker I would tell you directly.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    look lads, i hate ashleys face and everything about his regime but now is not the time to be tearing our team appart again, this is the most crucial 14 games of our recent history, make no mistake. for now, for the rest of this season i will be supporting everything and anything newcastle, we simply have to, even if it means an uneasy truce with ashley.
    i think we had a good window – dont laugh -honest i do. we brought in two high quality prem outfield players and got shot of two that wanted to leave and were not up for the fight. we also signed lovenkrands too – this bloke will suprise many, he is fast, has a great cross and bangs goals in too. just cos he is a freeby, dont confuse that as being crap……….michael owen will sign for a team as a freeby in a few months – is he crap, no!
    we tied up the contracts for harper and butt. we have brought in krul as number 2, to me its all good stuff and its creating for a better dressing room spirit. nolan will be huge for us, tha man is a winner and is driven. he will be crucial for us. then you have to think we have oba, viduka and smith all back too for the next game. Did we really need to be spending big on fancy non prem league names in the hope they will dig deep against relegation. there are only 14 games left, any none prem player needs time to adjust, in which time it would have been too late for us. taylor and nolan are PERFECT for our predicament in my opinion. i think we have a 50/50 chance of survival. in the summer i will be back on ashleys back again…..as usual. for now though, lets be newcastle UNITED ffs.

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  • magpies1

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    ok I know that things are newcastle are not good but I feel really let down by given by what he is saying in the press conference, he should not be speaking about it.

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    STARDUST EVEN SHAY GIVEN HAS JUST MENTIONED YOUR NAME YOU MUST BE FAMOUS

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    magpies1 he,s only speaking the truth he could say a lot worse

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  • Stardust

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Batty – lol

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    I heard Ashley is coming to open the new Greggs bakery and then heading back down to london to take up his seat at the london derby on sunday.

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  • ArtyH

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    If you believe anything that that man says again you deserve everything you get! How many more times are we to be made mugs of?

    Stuff this I’m off until a new owner can be found and hr/they can dig us out of the shite. The emotional strain is too much for me after all these years of false hope. At least before this rabble we were not blatantly lied to and expected to believe it!
    Invest £20/year but makes a profit of £2m by selling best players??? Where’s Westwoods eye patch?

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  • magpies1

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    batty

    I know hes only speaking the truth but after so long at the club I would of thought he would have some discretion for the sake of the fans etc.

    I dont feel there is need to say it

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    what did shay say

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    bennytoon you mite be right there they do sponsor the fat pie eating fck you know

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    ryantoon- he said that he wasted his best years at newcastle and feels this is his last chance of silverware.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #23

    What did given say – sorry stuck at work

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #24

    RYAN all that he said m8 was newcaslte regime could ov handled his tranfer better and he praised the fans and said we are very loyal he could ov said a lot more things m8 but he didnt

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  • magpies1

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    he said he was disapointed with how newcastle handled the transfer and didnt like the regime at the club and that he wanted to win silverwear.

    All true but he could of kept it to himself

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry didnt see that Benny.

    Aye stick the knife in. However Shay – if you recall NUFC were in Europe a few seasons ago and the decline has been steady fo why jump ship now fella. Realistically you could have gone a while ago.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Just to add – I think we all are thinking that Shay too. Anyway – best of luck to you.

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  • geordie jock

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Part time owner,part time club. Get your bloody finger out and do some proper graft you lazy tw*t

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    magpies1 what did he say that wasnt descreet ?

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  • magpies1

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    batty

    I agree he could of said alot worse but why feel the need to say he was unhappy about how they handled the transfer and about the regime?

    hes moved clubs and he should be happy after all we sold he on the cheap

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    he said the regime made him do things what he didnt want to do and he said the newcastle fans deserve better and it was a real rench to leave the toon

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    just glad shay didnt go to a small club like tottenham

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    If Given wanted to win Silverwear, why did he go to Man City?

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #34

    STARDUST do the regime make you do things what you dont want to do cos shay said if you dont beleive ask stardust ha

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    I wonder what things the regime made him do was????

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #36

    people just out of interest, where abouts do you people live? and what was your reason for supporting newcastle?

    me: from essex,
    me: reason i support newcastle is because the way they used to play, attacking football, also love the fans passion for the club and i wanted to be a part of it, even being so far away!

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #37

    Because I’m a geordie!

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  • batty

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #38

    kash because they will win somethig when they get a decent manager and spend all the cash kash

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  • Kash

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39

    They won’t win a thing in the next 2 years!!! That leaves another 2 years of his contract, by which timne Joe Hart will be number 1!!!

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  • broon ale

    Feb 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #40

    heaton, newcastle upon tyne.

    it’s natural to support newcastle when you are born there.

    i cant remember how it started. it just did.

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