Is Mike Ashley Now Ready To Sell Newcastle?


Some good and accurate comments from Kevin Keegan today on the situation at Newcastle, now that owner Mike Ashley has made another two horrendous blunders this week.

Chris, Kevin and Terry while Keegan was Newcastle manager

We have another huge problem on Tyneside, just like two years ago, because Mike Ashley has made it very clear this week – that he just doesn’t care one little bit about Newcastle fans – and he’s going to run the Newcastle club his way.

It’s almost like he looks on the Newcastle fans as the enemy.

Mike – the Newcastle fans are your customers and should be treated with a minimum of respect.

Mike doesn’t seem to have the first clue about what football is all about, but when you’re a billionaire it seem sthat gives him the right to do whatever he pleases –  but there’s something terribly wrong about that.

But Kevin Keegan said something very interesting today:

” Deep down, Newcastle fans know they are in a difficult situation because at the moment the man who owns the club doesn’t really want it; he has said that publicly.””Ashley wants to sell , but also wants to make money and in the current financial climate that will be difficult.”

“Newcastle are in a bit of a corner at the moment, but one thing the fans will do is support the team.”

“The current situation is not the fault of the players, and they will be supported from the stands providing that they give the effort required when you wear that famous shirt.”

“However, Newcastle fans are never going to get behind the current regime, because they have seen too much evidence of things they don’t like.”

It seemed that Ashley didn’t want to sell, and when there were rumors that Freddy Shepherd was leading a consortium to buy out Newcastle recently –  the club denied it – and the statement said the club wasn’t even for sale.

But now Newcastle are back in the Premier League they are certainly worth a lot more than they were last season, but just how much is hard to gauge.

But the last thing we want is for Mike to again put the club up for sale – that will turn out to be another disaster – and there has to be a concern that the turmoil at the club will again affect the playing staff, and that has to be a major concern at the moment.

Probably the very best thing we can hope for is that somebody comes along with a decent offer for the club, and covers Ashley’s investment in the club and he sells – and gets out of  Toon.

But that’s not going to be easy because Liverpool was sold for £300M recently, and that will put Newcastle’s price in comparison much lower than that.

But maybe we should start praying every night that Ashley sells the club – and then another prayer that somebody comes in with a decent offer. Both of those might just do the trick. 😀

We know fans will be protesting tomorrow and it’s understandable, given the anguish that now abounds, that they feel they have to do something – otherwise the man will continue to walk all over Newcastle fans and bring the club into disrepute.

But Mike’s done exactly that this week – and that’s after Chris was doing so well in resurrecting the good name of Newcastle United.

Mike seems to be running rough shod, not only over the Newcastle fans,  but also over the good name of the club.

But Ashley is thick-skinned to be sure, and maybe will not even be at the game tomorrow. That will be true if  he shows the same courage that Derek LLambias showed yesterday – when the Managing Director didn’t even turn up at the press conference.

It was his job to be there, however uncomfortable it may have been for him.

If Ashley was ever on his way back in popularity at Newcastle, he just shot himself in the foot this week – but it was worse than that – he shot his leg off.

It’s hard to think Mike can ever win over Newcastle fans and to think many fans were thinking (hoping?) he had got a lot better over the last 18 months – but then he sacks the man who saved him and the club during that time.

He’s been a complete disaster and embarrassment to the Newcastle United Football Club during his tenure.

And nobody can put a good argument up against that statement – because it’s the truth.

And Aston Villa fans thought Doug Ellis was bad.



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30 comments so far

  • SGToon

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    does anyone know if we have appointed any assistant manager, coaches or background staff?

    seems to me that theres only beardo and stone left?

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  • carrollsinger

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Spot on ashley will never have the trust from us fans only way is out! Ashley is a disgrace he ain’t fit and proper to run a club how did he ever pass the test on the first place

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  • wynsleap

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Why should he sell when he has brought in such a promising new manager to oversee our team – and who we’re all going to get behind to take us on to greater things (well that’s according to some of the continually down trodden fans on here).
    Get real – with Ashley we’re going nowhere and with Pardew in charge we’ll get to nowhere even quicker.
    The sooner this blight on our great club slings his hook and takes Casino Man and Pinnochio with him the better.

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  • Norwegian NUFC supporter

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    It is obvious that Ashely wants out at a certain price. If he had cared about winning something (like the owners of City and Chelsea) he would have done some huge upfront investment in the squad gambling for success (he can afford it). Instead our transfer budget is lower than smaller clubs, and there is now way we can be anything else that relegation contenders with Ashely in charge. The so called youth policy is just a smoke screen, and remember that all the clubs with the best youth policy (Barca, Ajax, Man Utd, Arsenal) are also buying establiesd stars from their leagues, and are all already successful.
    NUFC only hope is a new owner and we should do all we can to make Ashleys ownership such a hell, so he is forced to accept a realistic price just get rid of the club.
    If we ever are going to win the league we need a rich owner (for instance from the middle east, or Russia) willing to do a lot of investment in players for the first year, so we are regular top 4 contender.
    The good news is that with 52 000 fans, no debt no other teams in the city, and nothing to loose (thing can only be better) we are probably the best prospect to buy in the PL today. Let hope this happen sooner than later, and that there is still a club left ater the Ashely nightmare.

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  • nufclewin

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #5
  • cartoonie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon that the Qatar royal family will buy us and have said that they need a permenant manager in place as part of the criteria of the purchase. The royal family will be wanting to show their intrest in football since winning the 2018 world cup, so why not nufc. We have a great fan base over that way already (well we did back in the shearer days). I think Ashley will probs get his money back, the liverpool bid was for £300m but their ground is terrible whereas ours is top class, that has to be worth a fair bit. No debt either. So in conclusion, they should buy us and then get rid of pardew, get in mourhino and chuck down a few hundred mill for transfers, sorted 🙂

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  • geoff777

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Crazy because he was slowly winning people over with his low-budget steady-as-you-go buy and nurture young talent plan.

    Now with one mental spasm he’s rolled the dice and we have Pardew.

    Everyone’s unhappy except Pardew, LLambias and Ashley.
    Everything is now at risk as it feels like a truce has been broken.

    I’m sure Ashley wants us to do well in the future.
    A successful low-cost bonus-driven club that looks attractive to potential buyers.

    I don’t think he’s looking on it as a good thing to own, rather he’s stuck. So he’s decided to hit the reset button and try a new low cost manager.
    He might get £5-10 million to spend every year and if he’s lucky any cash from player sales.

    But it won’t be the team changing £30-40 million Martin O’Neill or Martin Jol would have wanted.

    So it’s a cheap move, executed very badly and may yet turn out to be a disaster. Why am I still so shocked? It has Ashley & Llambias’ written all over it.

    He’s certainly alienated the fans again.
    He’s also put Alan Pardew in a super tough spot.

    If he finishes lower than 12th he’s not done as well as Hughton was doing.
    If we end up in a relegation battle it could all get really nasty fast.

    We need to have a good winning streak starting tomorrow.

    HWTL

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  • jimiley

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, I have been slaughtering you recently but I give you full credit for the above article. Peace.
    Ashley will not sell this club unless somebody pays a stupid price. Why? Because he loves taking the piss out of Geordies who disowned him two years ago. he is so rich he is prepared to lose a couple of hundred million tormenting us.
    As long as he is in charge this club will slowly die.
    The answer? Accept relegation if necessary, stay away and EMBARRASS him to call it a day. We cannot force him out financially. This club is bigger than any person. We may get relegated but we shall return in a few years. I live in London and used to be a season ticket holder. I will not go to the Liverpool game but I would go to Grimsby away when Ashley is gone!!!!

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  • jimiley

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Geoff7777
    Pardew put himself in that tough spot by accepting the job. No self respecting manager would work for that idiot and thats why Pardew has used up any goodwill. He better be really good otherwise he will get no help from the fans. Pardew is knackered really and if the players do not get behind him immediately, we are going down and Pardew will be out of a job in May. next manager please. Joe Kinnear anybody? MA carries on taking the piss and smiling at us whilst drinking his pints. he has written this club and two hundred million off. Out of spite. He has still got a thousand million to play with. But not on NUFC.

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  • wynsleap

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Jimiley – I totally agree. There is no greater embarrassment than having no one to watch the football team you are in charge of.
    Think of the media coverage. How stupid and pathetic would Asley look?
    It’s in everyone’s hands but getting some supporters to see the bigger picture just doesn’t seem to be working.
    They really must be masochistic wanting to go through this torture every so often.
    Surely missing two or three games completely is worth it to see the back of this excuse for a human being?

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  • geoff777

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #11

    @jimiley Sorry I can’t want us to lose or be relegated.
    I think eventually someone will come in and buy us. The Qatar royal family could make themselves very popular on Tyneside and I’d rather we were a Premiership team when that happened.

    I’ll be shouting the lads on for a win tomorrow.
    I’ve been pretty vociferous about my opinion of Pardew’s CV. Don’t want him but he’s reality.

    I’m certainly not happy but any feelings I have been put on hold as its match day tomorrow and I must support the team.
    A losing streak and early cup exit could see me calling for his head …

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  • chuck

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Mike Ashley would have unloaded this club at any time he could have got his money back, cares nothing for the fans and probably enjoys the discord he creates.
    His treatment of people associated with the club, from players,to char ladies, (fired a bunch of little people in order to save a few nickles)also fans and especially the guy who worked his ass off to bring this club back to the EPL is an example of how callous and cruel he is.
    I cant wait to see him leave and desperately hope someone will come up with the price that will get him outta town forever.
    What a disgusting jerk !

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  • bill

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m sorry to say it geoff777 but it is fans like you that have kept Ashley at the club.

    If everyone had stayed away after KK was sacked he would have been long gone.

    I understand why you still go but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. I will not go back until the fat bastard has gone. Knowing how this man works does not allow me to be associated with such a cretin no matter how much I love the club.

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  • geoff777

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #14

    You’re attacking the wrong guy.

    I’m seriously anti-Ashley and have been since KK was constructively dismissed.

    I’ll be cheering the team on the internet, as usual.
    Haven’t bought merchandise since Keegan.

    I ask you to re-read my first comment, the sentiment throughout is that I’m not happy about what has happened and where we’re going.

    It doesn’t make sense for Ashley to see us out of the Premiership.

    However it makes real sense for him to finish mid-table year after year with low costs and a 52,000 crowd. Getting all the Sky money and just spending the minimum to go absolutely nowhere but mid-table.

    I’m not in a position to influence this as Ashley gets none of my money already.

    Anyone who stays away and spends less might effect his revenue stream enough to make him actually think of us as a factor in all this? Who knows at what point that would happen.

    Perhaps just vast rows of empty seats on MOTD & Sky every match would eventually make the club make a move to be more transparent, communicative and above all honest?

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  • geoff777

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #15

    @bill

    It’s fans like me who have been complaining about Ashley’s behaviour since Keegan.

    Ashley’s at the club because he couldn’t find a buyer.

    and I have no blame in that, I’m nor rich enough for you to blame me for that …

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #16

    “The club can never go anywhere under Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias – it can’t go anywhere, I promise you that.”
    KK
    [Some good and accurate comments from Kevin Keegan today. . ]

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  • brklyngeordie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Realistically we need to hope that we stay up this year so the fat c***t can sell in the summer..only thing i can think of no one is gonna come in now and swoop for us but if we manage to stay up someone might..But cant even imagine how frustrating it is trying to buy the club from this fat jabba the hut look alike.. I know we can hope for a massive heart attack??

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  • listie

    Dec 10, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    More chance of MA selling when Hughton was in charge, no way giving a manager a 5 1/2 year contract is the plan of someone wanting to sell. New owners will as they always do, want to appoint who they want. Sorry to all but MA selling just isn’t going to happen.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 10, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Going to games means keeping Ashley. That means a slow death and humuliation for our club. That is what the man wants. Attendance means you are killing our club. Blind loyalty does not help the club. The choice is yours. Ashley is going nowhere as long as you keep turning up. Please see the bigger picture here. demonstrations are a waste of time An empty stadium would kill him.

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  • spanishtoon

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #20

    The best article I have ever read on Newcastle United. It is exactly how I feel
    http://www.postmatchpint.com

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Mike Ashley is now the most despised person in football; I have never known such unanimous agreement in the football world.

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  • darthkir

    Dec 11, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Boycott. Short term pain for long term gain.

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  • lewman

    Dec 11, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #23

    we are a much better prospect for a potential buyer now than 2 years ago

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 11, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Qatar will buy Newcastle United

    then we got like billion of dollars for playerssssss wohooo

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 11, 2010 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Money is ruining football,Not enough of money is ruining this football club (and Of Course Fat Lad).Money will ruin the part time supporters of this club,Lets hope Qatar Royal family buys us.

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  • snaggletooth

    Dec 11, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Ashley picks a manager that will not get paid much per year, but strangely on a long contract, so should a buyer come in Pardew has such a long contract the next owners will have a much larger compensation package to pay so therefore that cushions the blow of the low wage, hence the reason Pardew excepted as well as being an old friend. Ashley stipulated that no funds would be available and wages would be low so he can actually say M,ON and Jol would say no to the job, therefore it becomes their problem for not taking the job. He then saves money not having to spend money on wages for the manager and new players while he prepares the club to sold. An attractive business offering to any prospective owner, a club with a huge fan base and low players wages and low paid manager sitting in mid table with all high waged players kicked out and ready for investment from a new owner. Clever really, you people think he is stupid but when you think about it with not feelings and from a business point of view it is common sense. He will sell within 3 years.

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  • The Shola Show

    Dec 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #27

    ashley doesnt deserve capital letters in this statement!

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  • ArtyH

    Dec 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #28

    We need some eloquent person to compose a fan based letter to the people in Qatar requesting they look at the prospect of purchasing the club. Some one who is really gifted at selling the great points of the club, IE, the fans and the regenerated region together with is potential for world wide exposure.
    To advertise the fact our club is up for sale we should boycott the games until it becomes untenable for Ashley to remain in control. I advocated this when Keegan got the bullet and this is how we get repaid for our loyalty. Its O.K saying you support the team but this situation needs radical measure now to get rid of the clowns in charge. We want our football club back and for once in decades run by some really honest supporter/s.

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  • dave 1961

    Dec 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29

    For anyone still unsure over Pardew, theirs every indication that he was a co conspirator with laurel and hardy, theirs every indication that this was a done deal months ago, and they were just waiting for any excuse to sack Hughton. I have made my position on Hughton clear, I have never felt he could take the club to where I wanted to go, but after last season I made it plain that I was going to give him every chance to make it. this season has had its ups and downs, but look at thing from a different perspective, and for bad refereeing we could have had 6 more point’s, that could have been within 6 points of top, so Hughton in my opinion was dumped too soon we did not take this to its conclusion, he did not fail, this was not a knee jerk reaction, it was done to create a job for Llambias’s mate simple as that. so it’s a case of Pardew happy to see Hughton sacked so Pardew could have his job.

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  • dave 1961

    Dec 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Tottenham are the favourites to be taken over by the Qatar Royal family, well according to the press, so a Jewish club is to be taken over and financed by the Qatar Royal family, it’s as likely as a takeover by the Hitler family, so I would expect it could be us or Everton.

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