Time For Mike Ashley To Tell Newcastle Fans His Five Year Plan


Bobby Moncur has his piece in the Evening Chronicle today, and some of it is a little surprising.

Mike Ashely with Derek LLambias – tell the fans what the 5 year plan is?

But what Bobby is saying could have a steadying effect on the club, and that’s of course what we all want after the shock of losing Chris Hughton.

But it looks like with the considerable help of the players, and a very sensible approach being taken by the new boss, Alan Pardew in more than difficult circumstances, and not least the great 3-1 win against Liverpool last Saturday – things have calmed down considerably on Tyneside over the last week.

It’s just a pity we couldn’t have smashed Birmingham on Saturday – but it wasn’t to be. 😀

This is some of what Bobby said today:

“I like that Alan Pardew has come in and he hasn’t started ripping things apart, he’s maintained a level of continuity and that is important.”

“He knows Andy Carroll can get the goals and he’s obviously working on the supply line.”“He only needs to add a few new bits and pieces to this team.”

“Then they will be more than capable of a respectable finish this season in their first season back in the Premier League.”

Bobby addressed the Chris Hughton affair and the fact the club must now quickly move on from that:

“I think what happened with Chris Hughton is over as far as the club is concerned, we won’t know all the finer points of it.”

“But now that things are calming down, I would think it would be a good PR exercise for Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias to come out and let the punters know what the plan is.”

“If they can’t afford big-name players or the budget for wages is small then now is the time to come out and kill all of the speculation.”

“If they have got a plan for the next five years – and Pardew signing for five years suggests that – then I don’t think they have any fear coming out and explaining what that plan is.”

“There have been mistakes made in the past. But in some ways you have to give credit where it is due.” “They have slashed the wage bill and there are no longer players sitting around picking up astronomical wages.”

“They haven’t followed the path of Portsmouth or Leeds or West Ham, they appear to be in good shape. That’s a big bonus.” “We’re all still here and the club is fighting for points on the Premier League stage.

“I’m happy that they have stabilized the club’s finances and they had to make some tough decisions to do it.”

Some positive words from Bobby for owner Mike Ashley there – which you don’t see very often.

The best of luck in getting Mike Ashley to say anything – and Derek LLambias said he would be more communicative with the press a while ago, but that seems to have dried up.

It seems the two of them have gone into that bunker mentality they followed after the Kevin Keegan affair – and it didn’t work then and it will not work now – much better to communicate with the Newcastle fan base.

The only time we remember Mike saying what his plans were for the Newcastle club was when Kevin Keegan had been sacked, and the fans had led demonstrations for him to sell up and get out of Toon.

And he then came out with that long statement, we remember it was about 9:30 pm on a Saturday night,  and it was all about how he had heard from the fans and he would leave Toon and sell the club as soon as he could.

But then a few months later, after reports every Sunday  that everybody and their mother were trying to buy the club, and just before the Liverpool game on Sunday, 28th December two years ago,  he took the club off the market.

And we were then hammered 5-1 at home by Liverpool.

And some of the things he said in that statement even  seemed to make some sense – and it was the first time he had ever communicated any detail of his plans to the Newcastle fans – and he’s done precious little since then..

Obviously Newcastle will build on youth, and will no longer spend huge amounts of money in the transfer market and on players’ wages.

But that doesn’t mean Newcastle cannot build the team into a force in the Premier League again, with so many of our youngsters threatening to come through big time – like Tim Krul and Nile Ranger – as only two examples.

Maybe Mike should give an update of his plans for the next five years, and put his thoughts on the Newcastle United web-site – so we support Bobby’s call for the Newcastle owner to do just that.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • Kazenga89

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    theres more chance of Ashley wearing a newcastle shirt and standing in the away stand with the fans again than him telling anyone what the ‘Plan’ is!

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #2

    As far as Ashley concerned, he’s already given us the 5 year plan 2 years ago, so why would you expect him to update us on the next 5 years when the first 5 years haven’t passed yet??

    And from what I’ve read, didn’t Pardew say it was him who wantd the 5 & 1/2 year contract??

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  • chuck

    Dec 20, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Following his recent cold blooded treatment of Chris. Hughton, i think aside from the bull***t we all have a pretty good handle on who this guy is.
    All that crap about loving the club and everything is just that, crap.
    Face it , it`s all about the money, allways was !

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  • Davies

    Dec 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow Chuck. You really have got the full measure of Mike Ashley from whatever you’ve picked up in the tabloids and whatever opinion is spouted on the varying forums. Perhaps you’re acquainted with every football pundit who feels the need to chip in with their well informed remarks on the owner they clearly know so well.

    Let me guess; there was absolutely no reason for Hughton’s departure, Ashley hates Newcastle (we all know he’s a liar, Keegan said so) and he is deliberately trying to sabotage YOUR club because he doesn’t want it to be a success, despite ploughing over £250m of his own cash into it. I’m guessing you think that people get to be billionaires by being stupid and trashing their investments, just to annoy the toon army.

    Or maybe you don’t know everything and will happily take whatever the tabloids feed you, like a sheep. Funny, the minute they slag off one of your favourite players, I bet you’re among the first to say what rubbish is printed in the press.

    Grow up. You know nothing.

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  • Thump

    Dec 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Davies, climb down off Ashley’s love stick and let’s talk about this.

    1. There was no reason for Hughton’s departure. He danced to Ashley’s tune, got the results and while he was in charge over a bad run of form – what manager doesn’t? He wasn’t allowed to appoint a number 2, received little to no support from the board and made good of the tools he had available.

    2. Ashley doesn’t necessarily “hate” Newcastle, but he certainly hates the fans. To say he hates the city and the club is far too strong.

    3. Keegan didn’t say he was a liar, the courts did and I have a tendency to trust their published findings.

    4. Of course he isn’t sabotaging the club and of course he’ll plough money into it – what the hell kind of an investment would NUFC be to him if he didn’t? Nobody wants to lose money, especially not the amount he’s put in to us.

    I think you’re a bit of a fool, to be honest.

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  • Offkey

    Dec 20, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I generally agree with Thump, although I dont think MA hates all fans…….just the majority.

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  • chuck

    Dec 20, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Davis , your naivety is embarrasing !

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  • Norwegian NUFC supporter

    Dec 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #8

    God help us all if he is still here in 5 years. Then NUFC will be a league two side. The sooner Fat Mike sells, the sooner we can start having an impact in the PL. He cannot affard owning either us or any other PL team, and he is too stupid to run a fotball club.
    We need a new (and hopfully rich) owner ASAP. That is our only hope if we are ever going to play in Europe again, and finally get a taste of trophies. With Fat Mike we are going nowere.

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