Mike Ashley Has Been Fantastic For The Newcastle Club

No, please don’t send us any of those attack emails about supporting Mike Ashley, it’s not us that’s saying that Mike Ashley has been fantastic for Newcastle, it’s Kevin Nolan.

Mike Ashley – thanking Chris for saving his bacon and £100M

There was a report some weeks ago about Mike Ashley cutting the wages next season for Newcastle players, but that was always nonsense and misconstrued and we said that at the time.

It was more of that sensational nonsense some papers in England put out regularly, and often they just don’t understand what’s being said, and probably don’t want to understand – they are just looking for sensations which will presumably sell their papers.

Kevin tried to clear this one up today and made some comments about Mike:

“There was a report I had been offered a new deal, longer but less money. I will clear that one up for you,”

“Mike Ashley spoke to me the next day and him and Derek (Llambias, the managing director) were absolutely laughing. Mike and Derek have been around here quite a lot.”

“When you think of the likes of Portsmouth, what he (Ashley) has done has been fantastic for the club. He has been open and honest with us as players.”

“We knew what he wanted, we demanded what we wanted, he has given us it. We said, ‘If you give us it, we will give you what you want’.”

“We have grown mutual respect and hopefully we can give the final piece of the jigsaw. Mike wants to see Newcastle succeed just as much as anyone in the team or any supporter.”

The players and Chris Hughton and the coaches have saved Mike’s bacon on Tyneside this season, not to mention £100M.

That’s approximately the amount they have saved Mike because Newcastle will now be worth at least £200M.

But the Tyneside club will be worth an awful lot more than that,  if Newcastle can actually become successful in the seasons ahead.

And we think there is now no chance at all that Mike will  sell Newcastle, not after all the stuff he and the club have been through, and Newcastle may even become successful – what a thought that is.

We’d like to think Bobby Robson was right when he said it wasn’t Mike who was the problem at Newcastle, but those like Dennis Wise whom Mike had brought in relied on in running the Tyneside club.

We hope that  Mike wants to now push ahead and make the Newcastle club successful, because after all, his club will be worth so much more money.

And that’s good for him, but more important than that – it’s great for those who really matter – the Newcastle United fans.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    “we demanded what we wanted”

    I bet you’s did £££££££££

  • DJG

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I love that pic you always use ED. He really does look like the fat controller in it. Or insert own word.

    Seriously though I think what he does over this next few months will either start to win back (some) fans or make him despised again. It will also go a long way to deciding whether the ground is full again next season or not.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Promotion was the easy bit…the building of a strong premiership side comes next…then we can pass judgement as Mike’s intentions become clearer.

  • Steve_48

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Here’s my 2p, shoot me down if you like…

    1. Yes – mass hatred in public because of what has happened and been well documented and publicised. Man’s love of money is the root of all evil and this was the case here. Cashley bought the club as a toy, things went wrong both on the pitch, and in the back office, which naturally caused a backlash against him and his regime, who ever that was [Messers Wise, etc] and on deciding to reign in the funds, this caused yet further uproar – while the fans were calling for yet more cash – it was akin to trying to stick a plaster on a broken leg. So was Cashley astute in this move – perhaps.

    2. In stripping back to basics, getting rid of those who were only in it for the cash, [the superstar player a la Owen etc.] not the club or what it stands for [remember we’re a one club town unlink our London and West Country compatriots] may have done us good in the LONGER term.

    While the passionate outpouring of vile and distaste for the man may well have been justified, where are we now that the storm has been weathered?

    We’re almost promoted, chance of some silverware, a huge opportunity to raise the cash base [and value?] of the club following promotion and money from the Premiership.

    The only short term problem I can see is when promotion is secured, and therefore associated value increase now being a Premiership club team, will this signal to Cashley the “For Sale” game again?

    For me, bitter [in the short term] sweet [longer term rebuild] is my view of Cashley’s regime. Remember this is not just football but business now. Would you like to see the club go out of business?

    /Rant over

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    i think ashley is now doing it correct, and on enriques goal the other day he showed alot of emotion, i just hope he carrys on as he is doing

  • magpie6699

    Apr 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Just 2 days too late Ed.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont mistake the success on the field with any Ashley achievement!

    Ashley may have put his hand in his pocket to keep the club in the black and fair play……but shouldnt that be the least an owner does?

    On the pitch is down to CH and the boys, nothing to do with Ashley or his goon of a right hand man.

    Yes the owner seems to have the club on an even kell again and i’m grateful for that……..but we need fresh investments

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Just seen the team for today.
    2 Words…………SHOCKED and DISAPPOINTED!

  • tomfin

    Apr 3, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    give the man some credit he knows he made mistakes with keegan but the rot had set in long before he arrive thanks to shepherd who i think is atotal waste of space see what happens next season dont forget i know he got us relagated but hese gut us up first time of asking

  • Sav

    Apr 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Its all about WAWWA and TINA.

    WAWWA – We Are Where We Are:
    Ashley is making the right decisions now to get us out of the Championship mire. There’s no more money so the wage bill has been slashed and inadvertently, the club finances are probably healthier for it in the medium term. Especially as Ashley the business whiz jumped blindfold into a deal where he had to pay off the stadium debt in one swally. ..Mug. Shearers 6-point plan for a swift recovery was too ambitious and too expensive so we have turned to Hughton for a third time and guess what? – He’s doing very nicely thank you, much to most fans’ surprise.

    TINA -There Is No Alternative:
    We are stuck with Ashley and he is stuck with NUFC. He can’t sell it. He’s tried often enough. NUSC are a long way off being ready to provide a credible alternative, if ever. Our skilled players and glamour managers have all gone and we have a team of workaday plodders, for the most part to get behind on matchdays.

    We may as well all get on with making the best of it for now. Ashley and us fans.
    Ashley can make a few bob back once we are in the Prem. and the club’s book value doubles.

    Longer term, its about trust. It was Ash who appointed Wise, Ashley who favoured Wise above Keegan, Ashley who appointed Llambias the liar, Ashley who appointed JFK the joke manager. We all know all this stuff but right now all our choices are limited by outside circumstances, history and prevailing economic mire.

    lets just enjoy the bash in getting promotion and try not to dwell too much on whether the fat geezer is our best mate.


    Apr 4, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Think mr Ashley has put the club on a very sound footing now,for the future,unlike some of the prem teams, who i think are about to implode on themselves,like i think, Liverpool will if they don’t make the champs league.Every 1 at the club needs to be rowing in the same direction including us fans,the owner to me seems to be trying very hard to be puting the club back on track,maybe its time for the stay away fans, to put bums back on seats, and boost our transfer kitty for Chris in the summer.

  • balubas1

    Apr 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Like I said in another post before I saw this article.. Even though what he has been trough with the fans, he still goes to the games wearing the colours. I do respect that.

    It seems (im not running NUFC so I don’t know 100%) that there is financial stability in the club, which is very good comparing to many other clubs.
    I also think that MA didn’t create the previous problems all by himself.

    And to the people that refer to him as “Cashley” : what do you expect!!?? he is a rich owner of a football club! he is a businessman.. as all club owners. It is not something to bash… it is just the way it is. Like it or not..

    When he does commit serious mistakes as an owner we should rather attack him then, instead of hating him for his business approach and the fact that he is fat:P

    This might seem like a huge defence of MA, but it is more a reminder to my fellow Newcastle fans that we should be more constructive in critisism and not hype up silly things. Suddenly WE might become a problem for the club, and that is something i do not wish to be.

    End word: there are worse owners.


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