Mike Ashley Needs No Help From Blackburn Owners


It seems that Mike Ashley at Newcastle, doesn’t need any help in getting club owners in the Premier League a bad name.

Mike Ashley – needs no help in giving owners a bad name

In his 42 months so far on Tyneside, he’s been successful in making a mockery of the Newcastle United club more than once, the last  time being 9 days ago when he fired Chris Hughton.

And that was after Chris saved his bacon last season in getting Newcastle immediately promoted back to the PL.   Some thanks.

But it seems the new Blackburn owners may even top Mike, or at least try, as they announced that Sam Allardyce was fired and that they want  a marquee manager at the club, and want to quickly be in the top five in the league.

OK – well that’s really easy to do, and  why only four clubs in the last 10 years have been able to consistently be in the top four.

At the same time they said they would take their time and up to two months,  to make an appointment, and until than Steve Kean will be the caretaker manager.

So what do they think will happen to the Blackburn side during that time?  And there’s already news that the Chairman almost resigned because of the Allardyce sacking, and the players are in complete disarray.

Venky’s (the company that owns Blackburn) chairwoman Anuradha Desai has admitted they are interested in Diego Maradona last night:

“We thought about Maradona as a coach after we took over.”    “Talks were at the initial stage then, but there is no development on that front yet.”

“For now, the current coach will be the manager till the end of the season.”   “There is no question of signing anyone for such a short time.”

We know Maradona is keen to take on a Premier League job, but is the Premier League really ready for The Diego Maradona Show?

The gossip press will love it because Diego’s  just like Jose Mourinho – one news conference gives them headlines for days to come.

The Rao family own Venky’s, the company that owns Blackburn, and they want a big name manager – we suppose big Sam didn’t cut it – but it could be that West Han now want him.

But it seems they are doing a Mike Ashley, by making huge changes at the club, even more quickly than Mike did , and of course Sam was their first manager sacked in both cases.

How long will these billionaires be allowed to buy a club and run it as though it was a toy,  for their own entertainment and pleasure – to the complete detriment of the club and to the dismay of the loyal supporters?

That’s a really good question.

Of course that’s what the NUST – Newcastle United Supporters Trust – is trying to solve, but it will take Ashley to leave before the NUST can achieve their goal of owning part of the Newcastle club, and getting some much needed representation of the supporters on the Newcastle board.

We think  if these owners don’t corral their ways soon – then somebody – probably Michel Platini, current President of UEFA, will need to create  some rules to control these people.

They have only two things in common –  they are rich and know absolutely nothing about what it takes to run a football club.

Picky picky.



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14 comments so far

  • partizanovec

    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Rovers are doomed if current coach will be the manager till the end of a season.

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  • dave 1961

    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    oh Michael Ashley I want to take your life,
    oh Michael Ashley I’ve got a great big knife,
    oh Michael Ashley I want to cut off your head.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    NUST? Never heard of them. At least they seem to have kept a very low profile last week, when they should have been organising protests.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    dave 1961, the new Keats?

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  • Paul P

    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Get out of our club, get out of our cluubbb, you fat cockney b******d, get out of our club. He may be the owner, but no one is bigger than NEWCASTLE UNITED, first and foremost.

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  • geordie_india

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    I KNEW IT that Venky’s will be going after Maradona! so that they can bring the blackburn team with “Maradona” to India! Where he is a god! like everywhere!! 🙂

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    From what I read the other day in the Guardian, Fat Sham was sacked because he didn’t agree with their new takeawy policy, sorry I mean transfer policy which was thet he’d be given a £5m, yes thats £5m warchest & here’s the sting in the tail, he wasn’t allowed to buy any players he wanted, he was only going to be allowed to buy players from a list, which was made up by the company that helped Venky’s buy Blackburn!!!! yes you read it write, only players on a list supplied by a 3rd party company!!!

    And you thought Ashley was bad??

    Now, I’m not that well informed but can anyone tell me of a manager, no matter how desperate they are, who’ll sign for a club who buys players like that????

    Thats worse than the player Wise brought for KK & at leats Wise is a footballer (in the loosest terms)….

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  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Geordie…..

    The poetry reading’s due to start at 1 and as you’ve spotted, Keats’s rehearsing now.

    We’re execting Shelley and Byron to pitch up and… possibly Wordsworth – if we’re really lucky!

    Oh, and in case you weren’t aware, this blog is the internet annex to the Literary and Philosophical Society.

    Enjoy the muses

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  • Dougie Broon

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Hi Everyone,

    I think some people are a little bit overboard about Mike Ashley. I don’t agree with his decisions, but threatening to cut his head off with a knife is a bit extreme….lol.
    I think it’s always the same with football fans, we are all very fickle and a few good results and a challenge for europe (here’s hoping – not holding me breath though) and we will have to begrudgingly admit it was a great decision.
    Now the dust has settled, I am hearing more about Pardew and less about Hughton. This will only increase as time goes on (and it’s only been less than a week!)

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh Ashley thou art an arse,
    thou maketh our club to a farce.
    Sitting in thy directors seat,
    stuffing thy’n face with pastry’s filled of meat.
    Removeth thyself from our dearest club,
    take Llambias with thee, you big fat tub.

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  • Dougie Broon

    Dec 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike, Mike, Mike Ashley,
    We are the fans of NUFC,
    And we line your pockets, wherever you may be,
    but we want you out,
    you fat cock-ney.

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  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Looking at the posted verse, it appears that Shelley and Byron arrived early.

    Where’s Wordsworth? Probably wandering around the Windmill Hills, having had a quart of Laudnum in the Borough Arms….. as is his wont!

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  • chuck

    Dec 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    These jokers @ Blackburn are an example of the type of ownership we have these days.
    Mostly very rich, with either an agenda related to making money with the club or as a toy, and hopefully both.
    Some are very hands on, others like the Glazers and both Arsenal and Sunderland guys, let the pro`s run things.
    For the most part the hands on people are only successful through the efforts of good managers, who in spite of dumbass owner inspired decisions end up with winning records.
    Aint no easy number (EPL Manager) few last more than a coupla years, though the bread`s not bad.
    I hope they (Blackburn- No disrespect to the fans) get Maradona, I need a good laugh and however shortlived his term it should be hilarious.
    Well after all football is supposed to be entertainment, show biz so to speak !
    But going from the sublime to the ridiculess just makes a farce of the whole magilla.

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  • Burni

    Dec 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #14

    GG@10 I creased at this!!! BRAVO!!!

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