Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s Biggest Barrier To Promotion

With all the nonsense still going on with Mike Ashley’s sale of Newcastle, this activity and Mike himself,  have to be the biggest hurdle to promotion this year.

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Mike Ashley – biggest problem to promotion

This is what happened in the middle of September, when Mike put the club up for sale,  and then he took it off the market at the end of December, having created complete havoc at trhe club, which forced Shay Given to leave the club he was so disgusetd at Mike’s actions.

And we didn’t get too many points over that period either – surprise – surprise.

But we know putting any prioity on these daft stories about new ownership, is not important this time around, if we are to be promoted.

The best thing we can all do this season, is forget about the sale, and just support the lads.  We found last year there will be new stories every week about a new mystery consortium, and that will continue as long as the club is up for sale.

Not only will we need to get over injuries this season to get promoted but we’ll have to somehow get past our owner. who is causing more trouble than anybody else.

As we’ve said before, there’s something wrong when you have to fight the owner to get the club promoted.

Wouldn’t  it be so much easier at the club if Mike was gone?

We need to keep winning and probably the very best scenario this season is for Colin and Chris to keep the lads buzzing and moving along.

If and when Ashley sells the club we expect Shearer to be installed and then Alan can come in – not make too many changes, keep Chris and Colin and we get promoted before May.

No way should we have a complete change of management (again) and we should think continuity – because that’s what is best for the club and the players.

We would then have a long term management team in place. and with Alan at the head ,we’ll be able to attract lots of  good players next summer.

And in Chris and Colin we’ll have two coaches who stood with the club, when most other were running for the exits.

So to us they’ve proved their loyalty to the Newcastle club, and should be treated accordingly. Chris and Colin will be here all season and are major players at Newcastle this season, and hopefully next season too.

We are fairly convinced that some as yet unidentified group will come in and buy the club, maybe just before the new transfer window opens in January, and they’ll get what essentially is a Premier League club – that’s if we are still doing very well in the league.

So the more points the lads can put on the board in the next couple of months, the better the chances of a sale will be – hey – another reason to keep winning! 😀

Let’s put our energy and effort with the team and Chris this season, and not with Ashley and his soap opera sale.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    “gavoc at trhe club”…. left the boxing gloves on Ed?

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    And keep on wining Ed? Yes please; mine’s a large Sheraz please!

  • lesh

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    But Ed, you’ve hit it right on the head and if Ashley demonstrated some positive behaviours, I’m sure supporters’d feel a lot more comfortable with his presence.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I just wish you’d stop mentioning Shearer at every opportunity.

  • workyticket

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    “This is what happened in the middle of September, when Mike put the club up for sale, and then he took it off the market at the end of December, having created complete havoc at trhe club”

    That’s what the fans wanted, so they should take their share of the blame too.

  • Stardust

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    and stop blaming Ashley for all wrongs – may may people are also culpable

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    stardust – you must be ashleys relative or bum boy

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    i think Colin and Chris should join the list of heroes
    and i agree with shearer but not if it excludes these true servants on Newcastle foot ball club. i have no problems of a top manager but i don’t feel we could attract one.

  • workyticket

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Bigbadbob // Sep 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    “stardust – you must be ashleys relative or bum boy”

    And you must be Oscar Wilde?

  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #10

    workyticket – sorry if i have offended you and your like minded mates.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley has been killing the club for 2 years. Yes there are those that say he has reduced debt and cleared some players, but that is because HE HAD to. The final straw and thing we should never forgive is putting us up for sale by email on the club’s website. That made a mockery of the club and its loyal supporters, and Ashley will never be forgiven or liked for that alone.

    His price of £100 million for a championship club with a £50 million wage bill is crazy and that’s why no one is buying us. Our current standing in the leagues and debt puts our true value at £70 million tops.

    Nobody will come in until we are promoted to the premiership and by then Ashley will hike the price up to £300 million and it will drag on all next summer.

    Thankfully ON THE FIELD the club is united and giving us all a reason to smile. Long may it continue.

  • workyticket

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Bigbadbob // Sep 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    “workyticket – sorry if i have offended you and your like minded mates.”

    You haven’t offended me, Bigbadbob.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #13

    i am not totally against Ashley, all i want from any owner is to treat the club with the respect it deserves, its 117 years old, and been in crisis for large swathes of that time, lets get some stability.

  • Ignoreland

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #14

    The odd ‘troubled’ individual still attempting to justify the tenure of the corpulent one?

    How quaint…

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    yes it’s Mike Ashley & his side kick Mr Llambias, well they are not likely to use there real names.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 4, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Mike and Owl Heed Baffle me and Bore me in equal measure …..zzzzzzzzzzzz

  • MarinerUK

    Sep 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    What happened to Moat’s interest?

  • premier

    Sep 4, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Ditched mariner Ditched

  • jasonbourne

    Sep 4, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s realise it. Newcastle were a sinking ship before Ashley came in, the club had high debt and too many managers in short period, after Bobby Robsen (RIP), that all brought in expensive players that didn’t fit into the squad. The club has been a mess on the pitch as well as in the board room since 2005. Ashley started with the financial side of the club, and put a big amount in the club to remove debt. He had and idea that a sporting director should bring in players and not the manager, that failed big time. The pressure from the fans to get back to the glory days was increasing for every match, and expectations were too high as the squad was to unbalanced. Newcastle was destroying there team instead of rebuilding it.

    Alan Shearer was a good player, but as a manager I have my doubts. But if Newcastle wants him as manager, now is the time to install him, because he can pick up good experience in Championship like Roy Keane did. In the other hand why change something that works.

    Chris and Collin have done a terrific job with the lads, and turn a sinking ship into a winning team again. The spirit is high, and for every game that goes by, the players begins to be more comfortable with the idea of Chris and Colin as a coaching team.

    I thought the day we went down was the worst day of my life, but it also got me realising that maybe this is not so bad after all. With out the big pressure in the Premier League, we can start to rebuild our team around some of the player we already have, and add youngsters that can enjoy first team experience. Who miss Owen, Cacapa, Duff, Beye, Viduka anyway? Ok they were good player, but the wage was ridiculous high and they were old players over the edge all of them.

    Stability is a key word for Newcastle, and we need stability on the player, manager, director and the owner side. Maybe we should stick with Mike, replace Derek Llambias, add Shearer as manager, and bring in some good youngsters on loan. But in Mike Ashleys world, I’m dreaming, don’t I?

  • MarinerUK

    Sep 4, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #20


    When was that? Or has it just faded away?

  • dave 1961

    Sep 4, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    what ever plans we need in place now, if we go up with this structure we will implode again, whatever Mick Ashley has planned needs to be implemented now and staged to. so there’s no big change.but not kinnear, he’;s not wanted by anyone, and he will never be excepted, at least not by anyone i know, but I’m sure if anyone disagrees they can speak for themselves.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 4, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    The worst thing that could happen is Ashley is in charge in January…not becuase of no new signings, but i can see him flogging the rest of prem quality players, no mater wehat position we are in.

    Ashley is abviously tryin to scrape the way up, but surely he should have learned from last season, trying to scrape it doesnt work.


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