Ashley And Hughton Talk After Every Single Game

Chris Hughton has come out today and taken a bit of a risk by talking about Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.

Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton

Mike still has a poor relationship with Newcastle fans, and that’s putting it rather mildly, as fans still blame the owner for the plight the club is in, the lowest position we’ve been for almost 18 years.

Chris Hughton has told the Evening Chronicle today that Mike is always talking to him and that they have a good working relationship:

“Mike always does – he’ll speak to me after every game, whatever the result. I would imagine he’ll be very pleased.”

“We’re exactly where we want to be, but it’s a long, hard season, and there are a lot of games, and a lot of points to be fought for.”

“We’ve got to make sure we maintain what we’ve got.”

There’s no doubt that the unlikely Hughton has done a tremendous job for the Newcastle club since last summer, it’s really hard to argue with the facts.

The side has won 18 of their 31 games so far this season, and are on 63 points and top of the Championship. And we’ve been top almost all this season – almost.

And that great performance is after those expert football pundits were telling us last summer that we’d have another relegation season.

Hughton talked about the Newcastle success so far this season:

“It’s very, very satisfying. We’ve just got to make sure and take it through to the end of the season.”

“We know that the reality is that it is where we are on the last day of the season, after game 46, that matters. And that we must keep up our winning sequence if we’re to achieve our ultimate goal of promotion.”

“It’s a record that we aim to keep hold of for as long as possible.” “If you win your home games then you are certain to be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

“Preston, though, will be another test for everybody here.”

The Newcastle Unied Supporters Trust (NUST) had published results that said that 96% of Newcastle fans were against Mike.

We just didn’t believe that figure, and started our own poll on the home page.

At the moment about 48% do not approve of the way Ashley is running the club right now. We thought that would be a lot higher, but the poll is still open – so please vote if you haven’t done so already.

Each reader gets only one vote.

The only thing we are concerned about right now is to keep the club stable, so we can get promoted in May, and after that we have no idea what may happen – maybe Mike will finally sell the club in the summer.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Tom Mo.

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1


  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Hughton ” We played well today boss”

    The owner ” Yeah had a good one too, 12 pints and eight pies”

  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    A “What was the attendance?”

    H ” About 40,000 boss”

    A ” Good, more roulette money £££££££’s”

  • bill

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    I think that you need to check out who supports NUST, and who supports Mike Ashley. Most established fanzines and even the local councils; those supporting Mike Ashley – a couple of mugs on here.

    To say that I hate MA would be an understatement – some people have very short memories, I don’t.

  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    “At the moment about 48% do not approve of the way Ashley is running the club right now. We thought that would be a lot higher”

    I thought it’d be alot lower tbh, top of the league and a semi-successful transfer window.

    I, like Bill will not forget what this owner has done and what he has said whilst being at SJP.

  • paulparker

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – is it my browser or is the poll you mentioned on your home page not running? Can’t see how to vote (…against Ashley)

  • danuneek

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    My main worry with Ashley is whether he has learned from his mistakes. What if we get promoted, then he decides to sell in the summer. Unless a buyer can be found immediately this would very bad as he would stop everything – prep for premiership with signings – just like he has before. Once the transfer window closes and he still hasn’t found a buyer for the club he’ll then take it off the market and we’d effectively struggle with our team and get relegated.

    Basically unless we get a quick sale – which wont happen – then I would favour him staying and building a premiership team. Once we’ve cemented our place, then he can f**k off.

  • lesh

    Feb 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Mike – ” read that Greggs are to upmarket some of their outlets to resembe Starbucks and the like”

    Hughton – “Mmmm, that sounds good – maybe we should get a franchise at SJP?”

    Ashley – “Like it Chrissy boy, I like it…. I’ll get Dekka on the case and make sure he gets a case of fadges ‘n’ cheese pasties a week as well”.

    Wonder if they’ll open one near home as well…. that’d save on wor lass’s food bills an’ al be able t’ give a less”

    Hughton – “Mebby some freebies for the lads as well Mike?”

    Ashley – “No f*****g chance…. they’ll get a bit discount on retail, that’s all. What d they think I am, made of money!”

    Hughton – “Thanks boss an’ that’ll de for tha bonus if we go up?”

    Ashley – “Smart thinkin’ Chris, ye can have an extra one for free…… mmmm on second thoughts….”

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    MA is an enigma. He is simultaneously the best and the worst thing that has happened to this club for years.

    On the positive side he rescued the club from Fat Freddy’s suicidal high spending nonsense, has been forced to dump the freeloaders and impose a sustainable wage structure, and consequently we are now living within our means and bringing younger players on.

    On the negative side it was largely his incompetence that got us relegated, and he remains an utter ****** as far as I can make out.

    Which side of the coin history will judge him by largely depends on performances over the next three months, I guess. It could be worse….?

  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #10

    sandie shaw…..

  • lesh

    Feb 19, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    100% with you there Cap’n.

    His overall managemet style leaves a lot to be desired.

  • jimiley

    Feb 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashleee is the worst thing that has ever happened to his great club. He was responsible for getting the club relegated. He sold our better players and has reinvested very little. Like 3 mil in Jan. He had to put his own money into the club becuase he did not due the due diligence. Idiot. Where has all the transfer money for our best players gone? And when he sells the club when we are promoted he will recoup a fortune and all the money he has lent to the club. It is a loan you know if you get it all back in the selling price. We will go up (hopefully) with a wfer thin squad ripe for relegation while he saunters off with his 200 mil. The bottom line is that he will make a packet on promotion, has kept all the transfer money, invested very little player wise and will leave us as one of the relegation favoutites with very little time for any new owner to invest in players come this August (it will take that long to sell the club). Oh and he got us relegated in the first place. How can anybody doubt he has been an ignorant, arrogant (will not deign to speak to the fans) disaster for the club and the area. There are really some naive muppets on this blog who think he has been in any way good for the club.


    Feb 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #13

    You lot can slag MA all you want, but bottom line we would have been f ucked with or without him as financially we were a mess + the team was s hit and Keegan walked out and left us up the s hit … at least MA knows how to strike a deal – who can argue with the signings we have made? i’d be quite happy to bet large amounts of cash that our contracts are a damn sight more water-tight and the amount we paying out far more sensible and in line with prudent busiess practices than they have ever been .. mark my words, we will have success and be a better run all round club under MA .. you lot can s hout and have a go all you like, i was first to coin the phrase bedsheets and brickwallers brigade and ive had mental arguments with loads on here .. but i stand by my position back then and now .. we will be sweet.

  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14



  • Stardust

    Feb 19, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonpipes – some of us are still holding the line! Good to see you around fella – Ive felt like one of the last Spartans for a while lol.

    Dont know if you go on – but the debates generally much better on!

  • MacToon

    Feb 19, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Stardick the dust!

  • 007

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    you carnt say a bad word on .org its to pro ashley,ans im suprised your on here stardust coz your always slating this blog on .org you 2 faced twat

  • G

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #18

    It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to admit it, but I am with Capn Beefhart on this one. MA has imposed some structure, but his overall tenure has made us something of a joke in football circles. Part of me hopes that there is plan hidden away somewhere and the rest is smoke and mirrors, but I do think the club will be better off without MA on the reigns.

  • Doha Mag

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #19

    MA is a business man and will sell NUFC at the right price.

    Financially NUFC where in a mess when he took over and a strategy to reduce cost and bring in the best youngsters sounds like a sound strategy.

    We need to win tomorrow and ensure we are a PL side next season….

  • zico martin

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    if we get promoted i think he’ll stay i still think he hopes to win us over.
    And where do we keep getting 200m price tag from when he could’nt get 80m in the close season., even with the extra tv money who’s going to take a 200m gamble on us .
    but hey we live in hope as we always do eh

    here’s to 3 points points tomorrow lads onwards and upwards 😉

  • Doha Mag

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed, great blog

    Thanks for coming back……….

  • 007

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    its great going up but if ashley dosnt carnt sell,is he going to put a large amount of cash in to buying players to keep us in the prem,if he dosnt we will be fighting the drop.

  • jimiley

    Feb 19, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #23

    You are the fat man’s daughter aren’t you? go on admit it. If you can defend him, you can defend Hitler. NUFC has been a disaster club for years and some “fans” deserve no better.

  • Chris G

    Feb 20, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Maybe I’m just a cynical old bugger, Ed, but I’m wondering just how much communication there really is between Ashley and Hughton

    For example, there’s something not quite right about this quote –

    “Mike always does – he’ll speak to me after every game, whatever the result. I would imagine he’ll be very pleased.”

    Er, hang on a minute – if they DO speak to each other after every game, surely CH would know whether or not MA is pleased. Why does he only imagine it?

    Sorry, but this story just doesn’t ring true. It’s just another public relations exercise, if you ask me. And not a very good one, at that!

  • Toonpiper

    Feb 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Just wanted to say I’m not toonpipes! Ashley can’t be trusted, as we’ve learnt to our cost!


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