Does Ashley Have Plan For Newcastle Over Next Three Weeks?

Mike Ashley is coming in for considerable criticism in the way he is letting the Newcastle club lurch into yet another crisis, as the club is without a manager and any leadership, and yet pre-season training will start in 3 weeks time.


Mike Ashley – what’s his plan for the next 3 weeks?

We think Mike thinks he can sit on the fence until a new owner comes in, but it’s now getting obvious that he will be forced to bring in a new manager – and fans will hope that’s Alan Shearer, who is an extremely popular choice on Tyneside, especially with the mess the club is now in, and it’s got a lot worse since we were relegated two weeks ago.

The only other choice would be Joe Kinnear – but we wouldn’t put it past Ashley to bring in Joe, but that would cause complete uproar on Tyneside.

Mark Jensen is editor of fanzine The Mag, and after the club put a notice up to would-be buyers this morning to send an email to the club, if they are interested in buying, has come out and said that move is consistent with Mike Ashley just not having a  clue.

Mark said:

“They would have been better off putting on something saying, ‘We are clueless’, that’s literally what it amounts to.” “It just reflects the urgent need for leadership at the club both on and off the pitch.”

“It’s clear that on the pitch, the leadership can be given by Alan Shearer in terms of sorting out the football side of things.” “With Alan Shearer in charge, it would not be just about what he can do as a manager, but he can be a person everybody can rally behind and start to rebuild the club.”

“The sharp end of things is that there are only three weeks until the players are back for pre-season training, and the season starts on August 8.” “It would be urgent in any other circumstances, but with the predicament we find ourselves in, every day that goes by, as Alan Shearer has said himself, targets are missed and all the rest of it.”

“The especially frustrating thing is that if Alan Shearer was not an option, it would be a totally different situation.” “But he is there ready and waiting, he wants to do the job and there’s a chance to start to put things right which is just not being taken.”

“After all the terrible decisions Ashley has taken, he is not willing to take one that could get the work started.”

It’s hard to argue with Mark, given the facts and the history of Mike Ashley at the Newcastle club. There will be books written about his tenure on Tyneside, about how not to run a football club, and we have to think his ridiculous decisions at the club will hurt his business image. We’ve been singularly unimpressed with his business acumen.

If he was in any real business he would have been sacked by now, but since he’s the owner, he has been able to go from one crisis to the next, without a break it seems. He’s been like a CEO these last two years, taking a business into bankruptcy – and it’s nothing to do with the world economic situation – he didn’t need that.

It’s getting a little hard to understand what Mike is doing – or thinks he is doing, but surely he realizes someone has to be appointed Newcastle manager soon, so that real work can start, or else nothing will get done.

Are we missing something here?

Or is it that Mike is missing something?

Comments welcome.

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60 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Come on ED! Be realistic!

    He hasn’t had a plan for the last two years so why would he all of a sudden have one for the next three weeks?

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Has he a plan? Pardon?

    Of course he has, sit on his butt and carry on in the knowledge that Joe’s there to pick up the pieces.

    Might be a good idea for Joe to put his hands up and walk away before actions conspire to kill him!

  • Mikey25

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Cogs will be turning, MA and Lambarse are well known for not talking as we’ve seen in the initial takeover, our signings, managers coming in etc etc and the club statement says they will not comment further!

    It is just the constant media sheet stirring that is not helping at all. Ive stopped going on NewsNow as there are literally dozens of posts an hour from sources “close to St James Park” stating Shearer ain’t being appointed, then he is and he has a transfer list, then MA ain’t selling, oh wait Harris coming out saying we are selling and we have buyers lined up. Its all a load of rubbish. Lets all sit down, go to the pub and get trashed and keep checking on SSN incase the yellow ticker says “NEWCASTLE SOLD TO ARAB MULTI TRILLIONAIRES”

  • Joseph

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #4

    may i suggest everyone spam the e-mail provided demanding shearer be appointed or no season ticket take up

  • Rangerman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s going to wait to see if there’s a solid offer over the next few weeks, not much else he can do.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #6

    may i suggest everyone spam the e-mail provided demanding shearer be appointed or no season ticket take up


    I doubt Ashley is the one opening the emails.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    right Ed.

    i heard a RUMOUR! that during a phone call to barclays bank about his business, a certain executive box holder was talking to someone high up in barclays in newcastle, when barclays had to cut the call short. it is RUMOURED he said” i have to go he’s trying to put the club into administration!”

    so it would seem that those lengthy talks with bank last week were about all the options he has, and one of them would be to put the club into administration, that way he would stop incuring the day to day running costs of the club!

    so lets hope that we get a buyer quick! or we could see the club in administration and a ten point dedution for a start to the new season.

    anyway it would seem that ashley has spent the last couple of weeks exploring every eventuality and one of them COULD BE to go into administration if no new owner is found.

    these next couple of days are going to be very important! fingers crossed.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #8

    I think you call it incompetant!

    He’s a Mackem, he must be!

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #9

    newcastle29 // Jun 8, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    It would cost Ashley less money to keep paying the running costs for the next 4 weeks.

    If he put te club into administration he would lose more or less everything!

    I know he’s thick but not that thick!

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #10

    thats my point!! if no buyer found soon, we could be right in it!

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #11

    by the way (off topic) setanta going bust and have until tomorrow to pay scotish football their money.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Mikey – totally agree.

    We KNOW Ashley is clueless – he’s even said so himself. But why is everyone so convinced that nothing is going on and that it’s all in limbo?

    We KNOW that Ashley and Llamearse want Shearer – they’ve both said it very publicly.

    We KNOW that they’ve appointed a reputable company to sell the club, and we’ve heard good things from them.

    We have also had a very strong hint (from Harris, today) that appointing Shearer may put off one or more of the leading bidders, which is why he’s not been signed up yet.

    We KNOW that 1st Artist (or whoever) have been appointed to sell players, and there’s plenty of rumblings to suggest they are hard at work.

    On the signings side, we also have a lot of evidence building up to suggest that acquisitions are being lined up. Have we heard from any players who have lost patience and signed for other clubs? Have any of our supposed targets signed elsewhere?


    For ins and outs, we can assume that Ashley and co have Shearer’s list and they are working to it. That makes nothing but sense.

    Shearer could in effect already be our manager, and we could already have several new players… in all but signature.

    Perhaps I’m being naively optimistic, but there’s a lot more evidence for this than the doomsday scenarios people are ranting about.

  • Weznufc

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    wat has our club turned into:(

  • woodsee

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #14

    How this idiot has made it in business is totally beyond me.
    Its only a few months ago he was trying to sell it to the arabs for 400m,but instead of going to meet them went on the hoy with Chas n Dave.
    Bet he would see them now

  • jettson1971

    Jun 8, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    what a complete mess we are in with MA! he hasnt a clue has he?! we clearly need direction now and it would seem Shearer is desperate to be the leader for the club as he was when he played. Please come in some oil rich based persons

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks like the premiership squad will be training for the championship!!!

    All they needed to start doing is try to sell the worst expensive players everyone knows who they are, Jonas, Barton, Smith, Gerami, Xisco, Duff, Enrique and so on unless of course they offer to drop their wages to high championship wages in which case they should be considered to stay.

    Bassong, Martins and co would all sell with four weeks left in the window so leave them until either a new owner buys or he has to keep the club.

    Our strikers if there are no buyers will have to be Ameobi, Carroll and Nile Ranger, beggars cant be choosers if there are no takers we will have to make up a team from reserves and the cheaper premiership players who will stay.


    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Guys Our whole squad is up for sale, players like taylor, bassong, beye etc will be sold, we’ll be left with the odd piece of crap that nobody wants like Ameobi and geremi while players like S.taylor will be shipped off for 5 million, if we’re to mount a serious challenge for the championship we’d need players like beye, bassong and taylor to stay but because we have no manager they’re all for sale. He’s going to leave this club but not untill he’s finally stuck the final blow. Do you think we could assemble a decent squad in a month that’s capable of playing together and mount the epic challenge of promotion? I VERY much doubt it.

    What we need is for Alan shearer or anyone for that matter to be involved now to oversea who stays and who goes, the ones he thinks should stay he should then build a team around – will this happen? nope.

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    We do not need Shearer, JK or even Roeder on temporary would do just to move out the not so good players quickly as that would not mess up anyone taking over and to build a makeshift team using Lua Lua, Guthrie and existing players.

    What really is MA’s game, he cannot be this stupid??

  • estechco

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    I wondered whether the popup ad which took me to map of “Fantasy Island” was a clue to MA’s current state of mind.

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Official announcement, Martins is going nowhere he is going to see all of his contract out here!!

    He loves the place and loves the fans, he would be outstanding in the championship.

  • magpie6699

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Thoughtful post, Whumpie. Hope that is the scenario.

  • Partizan

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Welsh…Thats exactly what i was saying couple of days ago,but you used the perfect word to describe it FINAL BLOW

  • Partizan

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope for this midfield next season

    —–Ekdal————————————Lua Lua–

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #24


    says who?

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Forget a planned midfield, it will be from the reserves and what is left of the prem team, probably Barton in there.

    We may well end up in administration.

    Ashley should maybe get out quick for £50m and keep a percentage as a sleeping partner with no liabilities, Fat Freddy and co are capable of getting the team back in the prem then Ashley can sell his share which should be worth about £100- £150m and reduce his losses.

    He needs a brain not a plan.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ian- where’d you get the info for this, I’ve had a sh*t day and i’m not in the mood to be messed around, please provide a link or a source of info.

    Much appreciated, IF IT’s TRUE!

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    My neighbour has told me, and he is fanatical so it will be correct, either on Sky Sports or the Radio Martins is not going anyhwere he will see all of his contract out.

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    PS my neighbour is 70.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Dont mean to be rude but how does your oap neighboor become (Official announcement

  • Dragonera

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    If true, it just means that Martins has realised that no one else will pay the crazy wages he is on here.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #31

    i heard a RUMOUR… administation….. lmao…. ha ha ha, what ever next!

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #32

    No Martins definately has three offers, he wants to stay here, he loves the place, no need to put a negative spin on this.

  • Big Dave

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Dragonera to be fair mate Oba cant win if he stays its for the money, and if he goes he has no loyalty, what can he do ?

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh lol it gets better lmao…. anyone being serious today?

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #35

    whats this nufctabloidblog day?

    Just been talking about NUFC on radio 5 and one guy say’s “£100 million for a championship club is alot and he’ll struggle to sell at that price”

    Well he’s right in a way! Depends how much of the squad is left by the time it’s sold and how much revenue is forcast for next season I suppose.

  • batty

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    WELSHMAG ware did u hear the hole squad is up for sale m8

  • Nick 69

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #37

    big dave- exactly what i said on an earlier post, if players wanna leave they’re slated for having no loyality, if they wanna stay they’re mercenaries who are only here for the money, seems to me a lot of people on here just like to slate our players no matter what!!

  • Nick 69

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    batty- it has been saying on ssn today that the whole squad was up for sale

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Big Dave quite right it gets me fed up with spin like that, Oba is loyal all of us know that, he knows if he hadnt been injured he may have got the extra goal to keep us up, he would score some goals in the championship we could go up with someone like him as our top striker, 15 goals no problem in the championship, especially if he has the likes of Lua lua providing a supply.

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Nick I think other fans come on here for a laugh, the pro Ashley ones still exist!! That is pure madness.


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