Mike Ashley To Stay On Tyneside And Invest In Squad In Summer

Newcastle have received some astonishingly positive press coverage for their miracle in the second half of the game yesterday against Arsenal.

Mike Ashley – no plans to sell the Newcastle  club

The lads came back from four goals down after just 25 minutes, and scored 4 goals in the last quarter of the game, and were a little unlucky not to come out winners. It’s interesting to note that in the last 9 home games against Arsenal, Newcastle had scored just 4 goals in total before yesterday’s game.

The Arsenal players were left to blame the referee and anybody else they could think of, and Arsene Wenger blamed whoever was closest to him after the game, but this shows the Arsenal players as lacking character – and it will be a worry to the Arsenal manager for the future.

As it tuned out Manchester United lost their first game in the Premier League later yesterday, when they had a surprising 2-1 loss at Wolves.

But Wenger needs some leaders in the Arsenal side – and they are not getting leadership from Fabregas – at least based on the game yesterday.

Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton ran the game in the second half  for Newcastle, and not one Arsenal player stepped up to the plate to stop the Newcastle onslaught in those final 45 minutes.

And even before this amazing result, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had made it clear that he has no plans to sell Newcastle, but rather will spend the cash received for former Geordie idol Andy Carroll, who sadly is less than an idol on Tyneside now.

It seems that Andy’s Idol is the greenback, and that has not gone over well with his fellow Geordies.

Ashley got an amazing £30M in cash paid upfront for Carroll last week, and a 7.5% sell-on clause, which will guarantee Newcastle even more money if the England striker moves on from Anfield in the future.

Ashley is said to have insisted on that clause in the Liverpool deal, and it seems that Newcastle got a really good deal,  for a player who has played very few Premier league game sin his career.

But  of course the Tyneside club lost their 22 year-old talismatic striker – but only because he wanted to leave if he didn’t get more money to stay on Tyneside –  and that made it a little easier for the Newcastle fans to take.

Alan Pardew has been promised transfer funds to buy a striker to replace Carroll in the summer, and there will be other additions made to the squad, in an attempt to strengthen it  for next season.

But this is all dependent of Newcastle surviving in the Premier League this season, but the way the lads got their unlikely point today, after they were simply torn apart in that first half, was a joy to watch.

That was for the Newcastle fans only, of course.

Newcastle are now on 31 points from 25 games, and are 7 points above the relegation zone, and need just 3 more points to equal their total in their relegation season of a couple of years ago.

And a win at Blackburn next weekend can get them on that points tally.

Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #2


  • Thump

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Mike Ashley To Stay On Tyneside

    Christ sakes man Ed, what happened to all this good news?

  • Thump

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #4

    No Lukaku in that squad GG7? 🙁

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 6, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #5

    That deal formthe big man keeps
    Getting sweeter and sweeter.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #6

    GG7 indeed it does!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Lukaku is worth about 25 mill they recon, I think hulk could be bought for around 15. But ofcourse romelu is an amaising prospect, but out of the three strikers I put on there, I’d most like wickham, he has so Much to his game for a teenager.

    I have big hope for ranger, he has more potential than the big man did at his age.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #8

    what a day! We didn’t win – but it feels like it. I’ve just watched MoD and I’m still gobsmacked.
    The biggest crowd of the day by far, and amazing publicity. This just has to be the biggest boost to our spirits – the team and the fans are now one again – this is the real start of something special at last.
    we are the NU the NUFC

  • newcastle29

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope best being pulled out of int. Squad is just precautionary!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #10

    LFC have paid 35 million for nowt and 5 out of the last 6 games show that we don’t need him.

  • nicolnj

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #11

    wow, if carroll is really out for the season then we are doing good business! at least we dont waste our money on his salary and can put the 35 mill in a bank for a couple of months interest

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #12

    If it is true he will feel the anger of the Liverpool fans.

  • fungus44

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #13

    if that the case good bit of business on Ashley,s half 36 million for an injured player


    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Sadly… yes, very sadly… and maybe its too much American Whiskey, but… I am… I am… starting to like the FATTY. HOWEVER if he doesn’t invest 40+ Million Pounds in new players, I could Ill be back to hating the FATTY!


  • gorskino10

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Great 🙁 but looks at this in a posistive light, if we spend the 35 in the Summer then get him out just after the summer then we would have hopefully tresh investment for the next windows without him lets atleast let us NUFC use the cash before he goes :p

    Also read that Best is out or Irish squad with Hamstring injury so will miss games for us if he is out a couple of weeks 🙁


  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #16

    I was looking forward to the Liverpool game and us booing his every touch. Now he’ll be somewhere in the stands getting booed from everyone. Ah sweet justice.

  • Howay The Lads

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #17

    GG7, don’t see anything in Wickham. Seen him a few times now and, despite clearly being good for his age, I think he’s viewed as such a prospect because of his height-to-age.

    He’s obviously massive and built, which means he gives a few CCC centre-backs a tough time, but Ranger did that too and, although he creates opportunities, he’s often muscled off the ball because EPL CBs are so much stronger.

    Basically I think in a few years Wickham will barely be better than he is now.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #18

    gorskino10, Looks as if we are down to Loven, Ranger and a lot of praying.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #19


    Yeah but if we play 4-5-1 with ranger along upfront with Nolan just behind or even another player just behind who could get goals i dont think Loven or Ranger can, but potentially Ranger can if he gets more 90’s he will get goals and today brought what we needed from a front man which is to hold the ball up and bring play foward.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #21

    gorskino10, Get wht your saying. That ball off Rangers chest for Nolan was a beaut, If that had gone in. Jeez.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Thump, don’t get you. Of course it was a ploy. Why shouldn’t it be? Clubs where fishing and he said that Carroll wasn’t for sale as a deterrent. Which is a ploy a plan, call it what you want. Nothing wrong with that.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #23

    yeah i mean Andy did that alot but then again scored too from headers but Ranger isnt that yet. BTW did anyone hear Scott Parker, David Stockdale and Aston Villa’s Kyle Walker in England squad but NO BARTON OR NOLAN wow capelo really sticking to that “Players who in best form gets picked”….not.


    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #24

    @ Thump, put it to bed… he’s gone and we now need hold the club accountable for the reinvestment of funds. AC wasn’t worth it and we all know it, but the truth is he left us.


  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #25

    ploy [pl??]
    1. a manoeuvre or tactic in a game, conversation, etc.; stratagem; gambit
    2. any business, job, hobby, etc., with which one is occupied angling is his latest ploy
    3. Chiefly Brit a frolic, escapade, or practical joke
    [originally Scot and northern English, perhaps from obsolete n sense of employ meaning an occupation]

  • Ashton

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Wickham. don’t need him and we already have Ranger which is similar and a lot better than him


    lazio paid 20m for Zarate, he will cost us at least 25/30m which is just too much

    Piatti is good but he will get raped in PL too weak

    Ayew valbuena are shit

    payet is very good

    Begovic I would rather Enyeama and we really need a world class goali and Enyeama is the man

    Hulk will cost at least 25m but he worth it imo

    horau too injury prone and inconsistent

  • Ashton

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #27

    We should look into :


  • Thump

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #28

    I’m not hanging onto the dregs of depression, I’m just amazed that Pardew has came out and admitted he was talking out of his behind.

  • veto

    Feb 6, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #29

    bout time we heard from our owner , lets have some honest truth and direction for a change .
    if the aim is to tread water till its worth him selling , fine , at least we know where we stand .
    if he does genuinely have some ambition for this club as long as its running on sound financial ground , great ! , we need our owner to speak ,
    it would be so easy to win some browny points right now with a tiny show of ambition

  • Carl92

    Feb 6, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #30


    Thats my four for the summer. I think there pretty realistic aswell.

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 6, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #31

    ashton, do you man Balazs Dzsudzsak? From PSV? That kid is a class winger. would love him here. I’ve lived off and on in Hungary and have seen him play a number of times for the national team

  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 6, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #32

    he would actually be my first choice winger. Young, hungry (no pun intended) and I think he’d mold and fit in better than Taarabt (not to say we would have had him anyhow). Lightning pace on him too

  • nexneveau

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #33

    The best center forward that NUFC can invest in is

    Keisuke Honda

    This guy is the real deal. A great threat in the air; superb direct free kicks, excellent touch + pass, and he has a super strong physique.


  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #34

    2strikers,2wingers,1RB is all we need in Summer transfer window.

    1striker+1 winger must be marquee signing to “appease” the NUFC fans.

    Roman Pavlyuchenko can be one of the Marquee signing striker.

    Udinese winger Alexis will be leaving the club in the summer, according to his agent, leaving Europe’s top clubs on high alert.

    Sanchez can be another marquee signing winger.He may cause lots of money. But we got enough. 🙂

  • nexneveau

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #35

    What so good about Pavlyuchenko = Spurs reject

    Honda > Him anyday, and he is much younger

  • chuck

    Feb 6, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Soh ! Ashley is to remain as owner of the club, “charming” !
    I was hoping for some free spending oligarch, but guess we have no choice in the matter.
    As for spending the thirty five big ones, dont bet on it, believe a chunk will go to-wards salaries.
    Will we sign a big name center forward ?
    More chance of signing a no name center forward, well a little known and not too expensive one.
    So now dont want to hear any complaints, as most of y`all guys have bought into the policy, buy them cheap and young then sell them for top dollar.
    The retailers mantra!
    Of course it all depends on whether we are still in the PL next season and at present only seven points seperate us from the bottom club.
    It`s worrysome when you look at the number of goals we have scored, almost on par with the bottom side, who just beat Man U. to-day.
    The fact we are almost out of strikers with Ameobi abd Best injured, we are down to Lover and an untried Ranger, hey we are in trouble !
    Forget to-days game, we played against a ten man side and got some questionable decisions, it`s going to be a nail biting run in, with any of ten or more sides worrying about the drop.
    Is Ashley and co. afraid we may go down again, bet your ass they are.
    Should they be ?
    Bet your ass the should !

  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #37

    @nexneveau: do you want someone who is already know the epl. or someone who is doing well in foreign country but not known the style of epl?

    Roman isn’t a striker who don’t score goals, in fact he is still scoring whenever he plays.
    He doesn’t get enough games soley due to the front Of VDV,and peter crouch being a better target man.

  • javatoonarmy

    Feb 6, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #38

    Gary Hooper
    Edison Cavani
    Sturidge maybe 😀
    Giovanni dos Santos

  • singamagpie

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Did Harper cause the Best injury? See the Tiote celebration… harper did an elbow drop on Best’s thigh and had him clutching his hamstring.

    Funny but sad… especially if we lose Best.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 6, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Ah hold on this might mean Ashley is off soon, everything he says he does the opposite?? but i suppose it’s to much to ask that he might leave for real 😀


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