Sir Bobby Shows Some Sympathy For Mike Ashley


When Sir Bobby Robson speaks, most fans listen, and today he says he has sympathy for Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

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Mike Ashley – sympathy from Bobby

 The former Ipswich, England and Newcastle manager, who did wonders at Newcastle, and is one of the best English football managers ever, wrote in his Mail on Sunday column this morning:

I never thought I’d feel sorry for Mike Ashley, but I do. He put his faith in the wrong men – and they have let him down badly.” “There can be no apology for some of Ashley’s decisions.

“He picked out-of-touch managers Kevin Keegan and Joe Kinnear, and his decision to appoint Dennis Wise as executive director of football was a complete disaster.”

“But I have sympathy with him because, unlike a lot of big-time owners, Ashley did not stick his nose in and interfere. All he did was bring in who he thought were football people and trusted them to do the right thing.”

“It is their fault, not his, that they wasted millions of pounds on bad players.” “Wise, his cohort Tony Jimenez and Kinnear were all out of their depth, and that is why the club are in such a mess and relying on an unlikely result at Liverpool today to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive.”

“I remember asking Ashley soon after the club signed Kevin Nolan in January what homework had been done on the player?” “I wanted to know how many times he had been scouted and what reports had been done of him. Ashley shrugged, he genuinely didn’t know the answer.”  

No comments there about Alan Shearer but we know Alan has spoken to Bobby a number of times, to get his advice and guidance in his fledgling Newcastle management career.

Newcastle stand on the precipice of disaster right now, and there will be problems at the club if we do in fact go down. But as we’ve said before, things sometimes have to get worse before they get better in this life.

With Alan Shearer at the helm we have hope for the future, whatever our final fate on May 24th.

Hope springs eternal.


22 comments so far

  • Partizan

    May 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Imagine if this happens today with Liverpool 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWrOvCIZkS0&feature=related

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Had 2 very strange dreams last night concerning NUFC

    the first involved us against Liverpooland Nicky Butt was playing amazing, he scores a hat-rick, but as he’s scoring the 3rd, as soon as it hits the net, he collapses and dies 🙁

    There is mayhem, NUFC win the game and stay up, but they have lost wor Nicky

    The 2nd, not so sad, it’s the last day of the season at Villa, I’m watching it at home with my whole family, we need a draw to survive, it’s 1-0 to Villa with 30 seconds to go, then Martins breaks away and is through on goal, then the keeper takes him down! PENALTY!

    with 10 seconds left to play NUFC’s geordie boy Steven Harper steps up, The fans cant beleive it, why a keeper?

    now 5 seconds left, he shoots, GOAL!!!!!!!!!!
    (commentator shouts Newcastle are staying up)
    The whole family jump up and down and celebrate, Mboro, Hull and WBA got relegated

    I WISH, I REALLY WISH, the 2nd 1 would come true!

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  • inselaffe

    May 3, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    wish SBR had never been sacked….

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  • Turkish Magpie

    May 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    according to NOTW, from what i can gather our team is

    ——————————Harper———————

    —-Beye—————Colo——–Bass——Edgar

    ————–Barton———Butt——–Smith——–

    —————Loven——–Duke——Martins——-

    and Lpool have lost Torres

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  • BT9MAG

    May 3, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Sir Bobby – literally the greatest man to be involved in Newcastle in my lifetime, I absolutely love him, the mother (a little irish woman who grew up near Georgey Best and worshiped Man U until moving over to Jesmond) absolutely loves him, he is one of the greats in the game and unlike so many he is such a genuinely nice fella!

    What he is saying is spot on, I’m quite surprised at the personal digs at certain people but as a newcastle fan, he is well within his rights! I’ve said all along i don’t think ashley is a bad person, just naive!

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  • beyethegreat

    May 3, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    does any 1 else ever get the feeling that we arent good enough for sir bobby a man as great as him deserves to support a team winning the champs league not struggling in the bottom of the prem

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    It was actually the supposedly in touch Sam Allardyce who “wasted millions of pounds on bad players” Bobby, including the ridiculous wage deals offered to such mediocrity.

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  • Stuart79

    May 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    workyticket // May 3, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    It was actually the supposedly in touch Sam Allardyce who “wasted millions of pounds on bad players” Bobby, including the ridiculous wage deals offered to such mediocrity.

    Rubbish!

    Alladyce brought in Beye, Faye,Enrique who are probably our best buys recently Bassong apart.

    Alladyce also had no say in how much money they earned either.

    If he hadn’t been scaked we wouldn’t be third bottom too!

    Only a great man like SBR with humility and dignity could have sympathy for Ashley.

    He also reconises the unforgivable mistakes Ashley has made.

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  • Stuart79

    May 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Worky

    From your past posts I thought you were a stickler for facts.

    Alladyce spent about 4m pound while Utd boss. Tell me how that is wasting millions?

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  • Paul141726

    May 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Sir Bob’s points about hirings ring true, and although his statement about Keegan is surprising, in the cruel light of day a true statement in my mind. (So hard to type that!) He was out of the game for how long-three years? As for Wise, Jimenez and Kinnear, there are not too many of us who would disagree with his words about them, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. It also seems to me that SBR is hoping that Shearer will get the job full time.
    HTL today and always!

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart79 // May 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    “Worky

    From your past posts I thought you were a stickler for facts.

    Alladyce spent about 4m pound while Utd boss. Tell me how that is wasting millions?”

    No he didn’t Stuart, Smith alone was more than that, not to mention Cacapa, Rozenhal, Barton, Viduka (free but with VERY high wages etc etc

    Should I go on Stuart?

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Troll.

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Geremi?

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  • Stuart79

    May 3, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Worky

    You’re working on the assumption that he didn’t sell anyone.

    He had to sell Dyer, Parker,O’brien,Albert ect… to fund his signings.

    Also he didn’t give them the contracts. That was down to Shepherd/Mort.

    So his net spend was negligible!

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    15 Stuart79 // May 3, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    “Worky

    You’re working on the assumption that he didn’t sell anyone.

    He had to sell Dyer, Parker,O’brien,Albert ect… to fund his signings.”

    If what you say is true, selling the likes of Parker, Dyer etc to buy those players mentioned above, then that would just make things worse!

    Best to quit while you’re behind Stuart 🙂

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Or perhaps you thought it was a good idea to get rid of those Bobby Robson players? Which kinda brings us back to the original topic nicely, Stuart.

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  • Stuart79

    May 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    workyticket // May 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Or perhaps you thought it was a good idea to get rid of those Bobby Robson players? Which kinda brings us back to the original topic nicely, Stuart.

    They were all Souness signings so do u wanna quit while ya ahead?

    Dyer wanted to leave as too Parker, Solano and Luque was useless!

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #19

    They weren’t all Souness signings Stuart. Bernard and O’Brien were Robson signings, and though Dyer was a Gullit signing, not a Souness one, ironically (in the light of later Dyer huffs), Robson was absolutely gagging for him to be signed from his old team, Ipswich just before he took over. Old Bobby raved about him, though I have to admit that I did stretch the point a little there Stuart. Well done.

    That first goal was well offside too!

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t know why I wrote Bernard there. Sorry.

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  • workyticket

    May 3, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #21

    workyticket // May 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Robson signed Bernard, then he left and came back before Allardyce got rid of him.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #22

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