Ashley’s £20M For New Players And Upgraded Scouting Network

Newcastle United’s newly-appointed manager Chris Hughton has been assured that he will be backed in the January transfer market by Mike Ashley.

mike ashley helicopter

Mike Ashley – arriving at the Benton training grounds by helicopter

That’s the news today after Chris met with both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias at the Benton training headquarters yesterday to tell Chris, the coaching staff and the players that he was going to be staying at the club.

And that means that Hughton will get the chance to bolster a meager squad which currently has 3 players on loan at the club, Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili and Marlon Harewood.

Ashley is said to have spent almost 10 hours on Tyneside yesterday after flying into the club’s Benton headquarters in his private helicopter.

Ashley watched a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic which United lost 3-2, but young Nile Ranger scored his first goal for a while and Alan Thompson believes that will do our young striker the world of good – maybe a first senior goal Monday night – hope so.

Mike announced that £20M would be injected into the club from his own personal money, and apparently that is money given to the club by Mike, so we have to applaud him for that – even though that’s hard to do. 😀

So the really good news, now that we are recovering a little form the ridiculous statement issued by Ashley last night, is that Hughton will indeed be able to make some real signings in January.

A Newcastle insider said today:

“The money will go into the pot to buy new players, but also some of it will be poured into the scouting network and elsewhere around the club.”

“Chris will have a major say in what players he wants to bring in,  and already has his own ideas on how he wants to play it in the January window.”

That’s a good use of the money since we need to continue with the scouting of young talent we started almost two years ago.

It’s paying off with young players like Nile Ranger and Tamas Kadar already coming through on Tyneside, and others still too young right now, like Haris Vuckic and Brad Inman, who can make it in the future.

Hopefully we’ll see more young lads coming to Toon in January, but this time Chris Hughton will be in charge of it all – with no Director of Football to interfere with things.

Chris has been restricted to loan signings so far, as well as the free transfer arrival of Peter Lovenkrands in August, but it looks like that will change in January, which now promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans.

Although we have to point out there’ still  nothing wrong with loan signings, as we get a chance to take a look at the players before making the plunge with transfer fees.

So this even looks a little like Ashley is starting to do the right things – if only he would employ a Chairman who knew what he was doing – that would be the next (good) step for Mike to make.

96 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. These are things Ashley should have done long ago and is only doing them now.

    We need a new chairman, and a new owner but that doesn’t look like it’ll happen 😛

  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #2

    So this even looks a little like Ashley is starting to do the right things – if only he would employ a Chairman who knew what he was doing – that would be the next (good) step for Mike to make – ed, we can only hope and dream!

  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #3

    I trust that MA and Llambias have seen the folly of telling lies and have changes as a result of the roasting they got from the Keegan tribunal.

    Nah, fat chance… leopard, spots etc etc

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    What’s the new scouting Network….YouTube?
    FatBoy could put in 50m in January and I would still despise the lying Tw4t.

    If he was serious about his investment in the club he would of appointed a Manager with a proven track record at championship level,instead he has appointed an Obama style frontman…a velvet glove on an Iron

    No way will this Shambles get promoted and if by chance they did we would need a miracle to survive…the current team have been the best of a horrible bunch so far this season and long term I just see a complete meltdown of both the Club,the History and it’s Identity.

    Nothing is sacred and anything that can be milked will be milked good and hard by this evil disease inside SJP.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    ashly is putting £20m of his childrens inheritance into a club he truly loathes,mm why?

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6

    If Mike Ashley…

    Won Us League & FA Cup this season.
    Signed Messi
    Cured Cancer
    Solved World Peace
    Punched Jordan in the face
    And Made Contact With Aliens

    I would still hate the guy

  • MacToon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, lets all get excited, afterall he never lies and loves this club.

    Some short memories again eh?

    Howay yerself, MUGS. He’s only doing it for HIS OWN gain, not ours. Hope you wet yourselves with the quality of football played @ SJP and lets not worry about the way he treats people like Shearer or Keegan!

    fickle f**£&7s!

  • MacToon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t forget to sign the petition btw, if you want that is.

  • Jay jay

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #9

    20 Million, load of bull, if MA told me it’s raining i’d have to look outside, lying t**t

  • Dennis Twice

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley lies.

  • ginkoh

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t believe anything you read from the press. How many times they lied to us within 2 years ?

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Petition Signed MacToon…this regime is FILTH.


  • Jay jay

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    January will be interesting, when he will be found out again, selling good players and bringing in crap on loan. he’s trying to get us to the premiership on the “no frills” approach to football ownership.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Wish he would wrap his Helicopter Round a Pylon…BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!

  • Hobs

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #15

    February 1st we’ll find ourselves having sold Krul, Carrol, Gutierrez and Colo, bringing in only one player on loan from the Liverpool u21 team. All under the excuse that “there was no player availible at the right prize”. Come summer and we’ll have missed playoff by a single point and the club is again put up for sale.

  • Hobs

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh, I forgot.. We might just sign the Star Wars kid on loan!

  • David

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #17

    This is great! Are MA’s motives pure? of course not! does it matter? NO! Mike Ashley wants one thing and that’s to make money. And right now that means getting Newcastle promoted so he can sell it(I hope) for a better price. I don’t care why he wants to use money on the team, as long as he does it.

    I see a lot of people are pi***d off, but I don’t quite understand why though. Giving the team 20 mill is perhaps the best thing he has ever done for it. I’m not saying you shouldn’t hate the man(you should) but this is still great news!

  • Hobs

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Well believe what you want, I have still not seen any of those millions…

  • Jay jay

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #19

    I used to get frustrated by a lack of silverware at this club, not any more, this tool has made being a newcastle united supporter a miserable thing, and next season when we’re playing at the aldi stadium it will be even worse. do the decent thing and blow your bloody head off

  • jasonbourne

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #20

    The only reason why he is putting money into the club is to ensure that Newcastle get promoted to the PL. Then he will put the club out for sale once again, and it will be more attractive for potential buyers. He make his money, but we get Ashley out.

    Get real, no serious investors would buy a club on its way down, as we now can confirm with Moat who couldn’t come up with £80 mill cash. Its just like with stock, you buy when they have hit the bottom. If we get promoted I think there are good time in front of us!

    Howay the lads!

  • OHurley

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #21

    I have to say- Mikey25 made a GREAT point in an earlier article regarding the name change of SJP.

    He stated he believed it was time for the NUST to step it up and sponsor the stadium name… and simply keep it as SJP. How genius would THAT be? Beat MA at his own game and put money in the team coffers at the same time. Brilliant, lad!!

  • Edinburgh Mag

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Bollocks this is great!

    What is the point of spending £20m in the January transfer window?

    What exactly do you think is the type of player we could attract just now? We’ll just end up with £20m worth of championship players.

    If by some miracle we do get promoted, how much do you think he will spend during next summer? Bet you it wont be any where near £20m. and if we dont spend big, we’ll just end up back in the championship!

    Its just more bullshit from him and how much more will it take before people realise this?!!

  • chuck

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Having realized there would be no buyers @ 100m. in this economic downturn, I had become used to the idea of having Ashley around for the long term.
    In which case my fears were , he would`nt spend and would gamble on promotion with both those players we have at present plus others on loan.
    Well in taking a pragmatic view of the fact he has declared he is willing to spend twenty million of his own money, beats the hell out of spending nada.
    Sure it`s probably driven more by pragmatism than any thing else. (get the club back to top flight football where the clubs overall wealth will be substantially higher)
    And in regard to re-naming the stadium, no one likes it , but if it brings revenue to the club, not much different from adds. on jerseys and we will know we are still @ St. James`es.
    The alternative would be to be owned by a bunch (take your pick) of shysters with no money who would probably make Freddy and the Halls look benevolent.
    If only Ashley would get rid of his pal Llambias
    and hire someone with a knowledge of the game,
    someone with a track record.
    Obviously he (Ashley ) has reconsidered his future as owner and it seems there`s a plan in effect (an upgrade of the scouting system)
    Which may very well mean he is here for the long run.
    Also there seems to be action on recruiting youngsters, the Arsenal business plan if you will.
    Next logical step hire both a name coach and general manager, who can work in tandem.
    Of course, keep our present manager and coaches, with the addition of John Carver, who in my opinion along with Clarke @ W/ham, could very well become successful managers if given the opportunity.
    Not that I am overly confident that we are on our way to something special, but lets see, one step at a time.
    There`s been enough negativism surrounding the club to last a lifetime.

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Why does everyone say its 20m to spend on the team when the statement says 20m into the – ” Club!” , which could mean anywhere and true to form it will be no where near the first team squad.

  • tynesider

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #25

    This promised 20mill quid will be spent on more WOW signings just like last time

  • OHurley

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Okay, why don’t the people of newcastle collectively march “peacefully” to the home of Mike Ashley where some silly sod just so happened to have a pitchfork and a rope…

  • OHurley

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #27

    I mean, I just don’t know where to begin with this lunacy. I CHOSE to support this club nearly three years ago because I love Broon Ale and I love teams with die-hard fan support. Sure did bite off more than I realized. I guess after all, it will just make the good times to come (hopefully within 10 years…) seem that much better lol 🙂

  • Nick D

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #28

    newcastle mole

    No you wouldn’t !!!

  • Nick D

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #29


    It’s all your fault then !!!!!

  • Gosforth Phil

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #30

    You’d have to be a bit of a fool to take this as anything but UTTER BOLLOX.

  • buda boom

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #31

    The question we should ask is whose judgement and decision it was to bring in Zhurab and Harewood. These are two of the worst signings ever and the person who signed these players should be locked up and never allowed to sign another player

  • Ross

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye aye, because wor Mike has never lied before has he!. This 20 million jazz is probably complete rubbish. Even if it isn’t, no offence to Hughton but i hope the loan signings were forced and not his idea of strengthening the squad because Harewood and Khizan haven’t looked much of players thus far like. If he gets full control come Jan it could be the biggest waste of 20 million possible.

  • MAGman

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #33

    So the fat hunt is staying. 20mill my ass (we will see) Ashley we hate you F..k off

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #34

    We`ll see in January just how honest he is being now……5 million on players for 1st team maybe and the rest being used in other parts of the club.
    That means 2 decent players in January…….hmmmmmmmm

  • carrollfan

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t know how you can say he is starting to do things right everyone in newcastle is up in arms about the fact he is selling the stadium naming rights. In fact i would say this is the most angry people have been since the Keegan sacking. he is a long way from doing things right.

    We all know he won’t be spending anywhere near 20 million on players either.

  • OHurley

    Oct 28, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Nick D-

    LoL m8… it is a helluva coincidence that I just started liking the Toon when all this disaster came about… HMMM… maybe I’ll support the Mackems for a couple years LOL!! Bring THEM in to the shittter haha!!


    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #37

    It looks such a nice helicopter as well…

    I was just thinking, wouldn’t it be an awful shame if exploded with him in it, anywhere over France.

  • UTD111

    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Anybody who believes anything the FCB and his cronies say deserve everything they get!

    This is probably just another of his “public relations exercises”

  • nobby sol

    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I rekon ashley deserves another shot at it.

    we wanted rid of allardyce
    he got rid of allardyce
    we wanted keegan
    we got keegan
    we wanted shearer
    we got shearer
    we wanted houghton
    we now have houghton.

    mike ashley should have been a great owner it just went tits up somewhere in the middle.

    are we all against ashley because he made one bad decision by employing wise? weve all made mistakes. We should stop the mike ashley chants at home and away games and maybe that 20 million could turn into 25 or 30 million, hes got the cash to play with.

  • nobby sol

    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #40

    lets not cut our noses off just to spite our faces eh lads. lets not through the supposed “20 million” in his face by the mike ashley chants give the guy a break and let him get on with it.


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