Mike Ashley Wants To Build Newcastle – Not Sell It

It seems that Alan Pardew will now become the mouth-piece for Mike Ashley – and that’s okay – as long as somebody is.

Mike Ashley – wants to build up the Newcastle club

The Newcastle fans know far too little about what Mike Ashley wants to do with the Newcastle club, but over the last day or two that’s been revealed a little, with the things Alan Pardew has been saying.

And of course the signing of Cheick Tiote and coach John Carver to long term contracts at Newcastle, has certainly helped the feel-good factor surrounding the Tyneside club, and a win today against Bolton Wanderers would certainly further that feeling – and we could even be in 7th place in the league by this evening.

This is what Alan told Sky Sports today about Mike Ashley:

“There was a period when Mike perhaps wanted to sell the club. “But he’s out of the other side of that. He wants to build something here, but he wants to build it in a financial structure where it’s not costing him £10-15m a year of his own money.”

“He wants it to try and run itself and with the fan base we’ve got, there’s no reason why that can’t happen if the finances are correctly managed. Between myself, Mike and Derek Llambias we’re trying to do that, and in doing that we’re trying to build the team.”

“After the sale of Andy, I think everybody involved with Newcastle, in the dressing room and on the terraces, was a little bit concerned.” “But I think Mike Ashley wanted to answer that and I think he’s done that in the best possible way.”

“You can always harp on about the negatives of Andy leaving, but we have a surplus of cash to buy in the summer and if I was in the dressing room at the moment, I’d be thinking we already have a good side, as we’ve proved since Andy left.”

“It is a massive statement of intent, and in terms of me and my staff, I think the signing of Cheik is very, very important. I think that’s true for the fans as well because they have taken to him and he’s a very important player for us. He’s someone who would be very difficult to replace.”

“If we can improve on that with signings like Cheick and some new players, we could be a force next year. That’s what we hope to be.”

Alan Pardew has done much better than we expected from him,  in his first couple of months on Tyneside.

And the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton manager has more than a decent record do far at the club, and if Alan can lead Newcastle into Europe next season, with a little luck it’s possible, then we’ll ll be in fine fettle over the summer.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes – but just as every player has his price, I’m sure that in the unlikely event of a huge offer coming in for the club, Ashley’s intentions would change rapidly!!

  • leedodd

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    What a Load of Crap – Mike Ashley couldn’t give a Hoot about the fans. He doesnt speak to them he just does the oposite to what they want – Get Rid of Hughton sell Andy Carroll Bring In Alan Pardew who at The Moment is Doing ok but the way its Ran its like We have Godaffi Running the Club !!! Del Boy and Ashley Must Have a Bunker Somewere as if they could be cought there would be hell to pay !!!!!

  • Stuart

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Jesus leedod, what do you want? We’re pushing for europe the first season back from relegation, cheer up!

    Hughton getting sacked was sour yeah, Carroll had his head turned, screw him, he wasnt worth £35m anyway.

    This season is going alot better than I would’ve took at the start of the season, you should try supporting the team you’re meant to support.

  • Drona

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4


    imagine you get an offer of 20mil who we all think is only worth half of that, and is a good deal and can buy 3 more players with that money, wouldn’t you expect to sell that player? ashley has done just that. 35mil for carroll is over the top and buying a few good players in summer for that money is the only way to go about it. what we’re lashing about here is that ashley sold him,this that blah blah, but the fact is carroll left… if ashley wanted to sell him he could have done so when spurs had to offer 25mil or something for him but he didn’t and also rejected 35mil. judas left us stranded without a replacement. players leave clubs, new players come in and thats how it is. if anyone from the current squad wants to leave and if we get an over the top offer for them, we can think of selling them and buying 4 more players from that money. ashley is a businessman, he knows how to haggle people and the owners like chelsea and manc are daft as hell.

  • boater

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Cut and past – sorry. Ed obviously chasing them hits again.

    I’ve had this down as a home loss for some time. Bolton comprehensively out-fought and out-thought us last time round, with Enrique having his worst game of the season by far – against their right winger Lee – who skipped past Jose too easily and got ball after ball into the feet of their two strikers.

    There is some real crap in this league these days, but Bolton are a really good side for me,,, just hope we are more prepared this time.

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Perfectly acceptable comments from Pardew.


  • TimToon9

    Feb 26, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    TOugh game..

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I have to agree with boater@5.

    Today is a perfect test of Pardew’s ambitious rhetoric – as faithfully reported by Ed acting as ‘The Voice of Pardew’.

    Bolton are a team of comparable mid-table stature to us in the footballing scheme of things. So if we fail to convincingly take 3 points at home then we can not only kiss goodbye to Pardew’s oft reported dreams of Europe (just as well we need the reality check), but probably (ultimately) Jose and Joey as well. Unlike Tiote, those two both know the politics all too well at SJP, and something still smells funny in the state of Cashley…

  • scdoty

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9


    Thank you for that post, i was just reading LEEDODD’S comments and was bored by the second sentence.

    You have wrote just what i was going to say, i know were all entitled to our own opinon but come on just get behind the team.

    AP is not doing OK he is doing a lot better than that, CH (who i was gutted to see go) would not of had us in the position we are in now. No were near.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #10

    i agree with ya that Bolton are one of the much improved teams in the league this year and are playin nice football for a change.
    Our boys will be out to prove somethin at the Back (Collo and Willo)today i would say after how they where seen to look like schoolboys the last time out against Bolton.
    Jose and Jonas to play a big part today for me.
    Tiote to run the show in the middle and just hoping that our strikers have their boots tied properly today 🙂
    I think we will create lots of chances today
    Howay the lads!!!!!

  • Irish Geordie1

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Its hard to believe we were in the championship a year ago, sence then

    we sold the most expensive British player EVER,

    discovered one of the best defensive midfielder ive ever seen, for next to nothing,

    our left back has all of a sudden became one of the best left backs in england

    we had the best comeback in premier league history

    where already talking about europe

    what can i say there is only 1 Newcastle united, love it

  • Stuart

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #12

    @Irish Geordie1

    You’ve just summed up why this is an awesome season for us, and why all the boo boys should have nothing to complain about.

  • magpie6699

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Drona – sure! It wasn’t a criticism, just the reality of the world.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #14


    When you put it like that it sounds good doesn’t it

  • leedodd

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #15

    So You Lot Agree with What Ashley has Done yea !!! Yes were all Behind the Team But Not Lambias and Ashley. We will never be better than a Mid Table side With Them In Charge . Alan Pardew Is a Nice Guy and Right Behind the Fans etc But He does Not Know What he has Let Himself In For Just ask Special K. When it Comes to Top Signings In the Summer We wont Get anyone Special . He Took Us down In the First Place then shot the Guy that Took Him Up and You Back Him ??? GET REAL !!!!!!!!

  • Mag52

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Couldn’t have put it better myself leedodd.

  • chuck

    Feb 27, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Irish Geordie
    Obviously you have`nt seen a lot of defensive mid-fielders, Tiote is still learning, at least he has realized he does`nt have to put everyone he tackle`s into the stand and his distribution is improving, it`s possible though that he can become the midfielder you described.
    As for Enrique, got a bit of pace, put himself in the showcase to-day, bringing the ball upfield.
    But also had his hands full to-day , defending against Sturridge, who sold him a couple of dummies.
    I see you are still moaning about those who`s comments are not positive , think perhaps some could find that equally annoying ?

  • Visten

    Feb 28, 2011 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #18

    I am not Ashleys biggest fan and I think he could do some things better in terms of communcating with the fans but lets be honest he more or less saved this club from a downward spiral from the pitiful Shepard and Halls of this world. Let’s be realistic, we were a championship club last season and now we have premier league respectability which is all we can ask for at the moment. People complaining about this must open their eyes a little and realise that we are a mid table premier club which you would have taken this time last season no? It will be a gradual building process and when the financial fair play rules come into effect it will be interesting to see how this great club will do. Oh and 35million for Carroll of course we did not want him to go but we understood that as long as this money is re-invested which I believe it will be then it could be on the best deals ever.


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