The Time May Have Come For Ashley To Go

The Newcastle  club is still up for sale and Barry Moat may still be able to get the money together to buy the club outright from the hapless Mike Ashley, although we doubt it.

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Clueless Mike Ashley – when will he go?

But Chris Hughton is only too willing to take the manager job at Newcastle even though Mike Ashley is still trying to sell the club.

Any delay in appointing Chris could signal that the club is about to be sold, and with news that visiting Newcastle fans tried to attack Mike Ashley at Scunthorpe after the game on Tuesday night, Mike may realize – finally – his time is up on Tyneside.

Apparently Hughton’s thrashed out the final details of a deal with managing director Derek Llambias last week, which will replace his existing coaching contract.

Chris said:

“The impression I am under is that the club is still available for sale.”    “A lot of people felt that the sale might have happened by now. But as far as I am aware the situation hasn’t changed.”

“The important thing for me is to be given the opportunity to take this group of lads back into the Premier League. That is what drives me on. Winning promotion would be the proudest achievement of my career.”

“The key thing for me is they want me here and I want to be here. It is a very nice feeling.” “I don’t want to speak about the actual contract. I already had a contract which runs until the end of next season.”

With Gareth Southgate being sacked last Tuesday night, that hasn’t seemed to deter Chris from wanting the hot seat at Newcastle either:

“The Gareth Southgate sacking hasn’t put me off going into management. Two managers gone in the last week and two the week before,”

“But it is part of the game you learn to accept if you are interested in being a manager. It is a precarious business.”

We’ll have to see if there’s any announcement on Chris being appointed full time manager in the next day or so.

But it would seem silly to appoint him if the club is about to be sold, so any delay in the announcement could well signal that Barry Moat has managed to put the money iogether to buy the club – maybe.

12 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Oct 25, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope so, really hope so but I have to accept something. This is Newcastle !! Nothing impossible here.

  • Widowmaker

    Oct 25, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope so, but this man is as unpredictable as it can be.

  • inselaffe

    Oct 25, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #3


  • Nick D

    Oct 25, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    No s…t Sherlock !!!
    That headline must be the understatement of all time

  • chuck

    Oct 25, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    You are really beating this to death Ed.
    Moat aint got the dosh, neither has anyone else and if the have there are better investments available for one hundred million pounds, than a second tier club in this economy.
    Let it go !

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Oct 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6
  • ArtyH

    Oct 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets be fair in our current situation £100m for the club is way over the top. There are so many things to consider, for one IF we get promoted the is at least £50m ( half the suggested value of the club ) to be needed for new players if we are to stay in the premiership. Sadly I don’t think Chris is the man to be manager either as much as I like and admire what he has done for the club under the worst circumstances. I am so depressed with the whole situation at the Toon as are so many others. However there are still 40,000+ still flowing through the gates every home match to line the owners pockets, I suppose he is in no hurry to sell, and will find some new way to kick the club/supporters in the teeth, like not selling.

  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #8

    The Time May Have Come For Ashley To Go
    – hilarious!
    That’s like ‘Is it time for the German people to say ‘Nein’ to Hitler’ NOTW 1944.
    And as for the ‘why delay the decision’ deduction?
    No sh** Sherlock.
    We’ve been writing that here since before the Scunny game.

  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    According to reports in the News of the World today … Dennis Wise, who left in April, is STILL on the club’s payroll and receiving a salary of £20,000 a week.

    News of the World: Ashley agreed to pay Wise’s salary in full until it runs out next March, meaning Wise, whose appointment led to Keegan’s departure, has picked up a staggering £560,000 since he left his post.

    Our source added: “He is picking up his contract as if he was still working at Newcastle.”

    Wise will continue to collect the rest of his £80,000-a-month salary until March.

    He is expected to return to football at Charlton soon.

    Well its only the NOTW, but given Wise’s role in the recent Tribunal speaking on ‘Mike’s’ behalf, would it be any surprise to discover that the little rat is still on the fat rat’s payroll?
    Another illustration of scum rising to the top.

  • Ratfink

    Oct 25, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    I have a mate who works at the club and knows a fair bit about the deal. He says the story that hasnt come out is the reason the club isnt being sold.

    That story is the £100 directors loan that has to be paid off by whoever buys the club. Ashley is asking for payment plans of all bidders.

    Then you have to take into account all the land we owned has been siphoned off into another Ashley company.

    And to cap it all Ashley will retain all the match day catering and hospitality revenue for 2 years.

    So the club is £200M (or £180M) with no long term assets and no shorterm income.

  • Sav

    Oct 25, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #11

    He’s such a lying, conniving get, who would disbelieve it? No-one would put it past him. But it won’t matter in the long term because I reckon he’ll lose everything eventually; Sorts Direct and the lot.

  • lesh

    Oct 26, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    That’s new news Ratfink and true or not, what you’ve said isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility.

    Makes a lot of sense and would explain why things have ground to a halt folowing due diligence!


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