Ashley Is Passionate Newcastle Owner – You Could Have Fooled Us


Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr is getting some well earned praise for some of the players he has brought into the club recently.


Mike Ashley – passionate owner of Newcastle – really?

And with the news today that an Indian Billionaire may be wanting to buy the Newcastle club, Graham has come out and done something very strange and unusual – he has come out in praise of current owner Mike Ashley.

Yes. that’s right, that’s  the Newcastle owner who refuses to even talk to the Newcastle fans – who are after all his customers.

The words from Graham are that Mike is a committed and passionate owner of Newcastle United – but of course we would never know that because Mike never says anything.

But Graham does give some insight to his time at the Newcastle club, and he holds regular meetings with Ashley, Managing Director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley.

That’s evidence to Graham that the scouting and recruitment that Graham Carr  is responsible for at the Newcastle club, are very important to the Newcastle owner.

This is what Graham Carr said today:

“The owner and the senior staff are very much interested,” “I work very closely with Derek Llambias, Lee Charnley as well as the manager and Mike Ashley.”

“I have regular meetings with the owner – I have met him on loads of occasions. It is good for me that there is interest in bringing players in.”

“I know what the perception is outside of the club but he strikes me as a passionate man who is very committed to Newcastle United.”

“They are knowledgeable. It’s amazing how interested they are really.”

Graham’s star has risen on Tyneside after bringing in a few very good players to the Newcastle club, including of course Cheick Tiote, and he has recently received praise from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

And we have to hope that Graham has a few others lined up in the summer too, which we have to hope will be  a successful summer transfer season for Newcastle.

And Mike Ashley should not be surprised if Newcastle fans are surprised that he’s passionate about Newcastle United.

How about doing what any good owner would do – and talk to the fans and tell them what his plans are for the Tyneside club?

Saying nothing at all is the very worst thing Mike and Derek can do – and that’s been the rigid  policy on Tyneside for far too long.

It’s very hard to like an owner the that fans don’t even know.

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20 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to the day Ashley & Llambias leave our club.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Saying nowt is about the only thing I can find redeemable in Ashley. It’s a quality Pards could learn from.

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  • Mags

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Spotlight Kid (2) I’ll 2nd that. 😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    spotlight

    you’ve got a point there !!

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  • UTD111

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Every time fat ash opens his gob he talks crap. Best to keep schtum, me old china……better still why don’t you just bugger off?

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  • Lee Dodd

    Mar 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    The Day That Ashley and Lambias leave A Lot of people Will Be out in Force to Wave Them off and Say “£$%^&*(“£$%^&* and Don’t Come Back You Pair of Pratts !!!!!!!!!!!! Then The Gates will Go Back to 5200 + Every Home Game !!!!!!!!!!

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  • kev

    Mar 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I for one would prefer the current owner to stay, the business model is working and it is better the devil you know.
    We now have an owner who dips in his own pocket rather than just lining it i.e. the crooks Shepherd and Hall.

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  • bills-son

    Mar 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Strange ….

    Somebody who is respected at the club and who actually talks to Ashley says that MA is “a passionate man who is very committed to Newcastle United.”

    But the blinkered MA haters say it is gobsh&te. Who I wonder is really talking gobsh%te … Graham Carr, Ashley or Spotlight Kid and his neghead cronies?

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  • veto

    Mar 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    it would go along way if mike came out and said something , leaving us hanging isnt doing anybody and good .
    if we had some ambitious statement of intent then the mood around the city would be alot better concerning the club , cos even tho were doing ok , we are still just plodding from game to game without any idea of the true long term plans and ambitions .
    it’s probably fair to say alot of mikes wrongs would be forgiven , and also im sure many a supporter would put their hands up and admit the fallout around the keegan saga was over the top and amplified by the media , some of the personal stuff directed towards mike and his family would be enough to sicken anyone , i think we all need to kiss and make up and share some of the blame .
    if he truely is trying to build sustain this club with a sound business model then he’d find alot of good will on his side , and the odd punt on a player now and then would be nice to tho .
    but if it’s just a smokescreen to bide his time and put the accounts back in better shape to get a return on his initial investment ….

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  • Tinman

    Mar 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    There is an old adage that states, “We are born with two ears and one mouth for a reason.”

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  • bills-son

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    MA used to stand with the fans and drink in the Strawberry and where did it get him?

    He will let his actions speak now. And rightly so.

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  • hebburntoon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Bills-son said

    MA used to stand with the fans and drink in the Strawberry and where did it get him?

    He will let his actions speak now. And rightly so.

    Tell me when his actions have spoken, explain to me what he has done that makes you so positive about the future.

    When will it eventually sink in that he has no intention to invest in this club, he only wants to get the money out that he put in at the beginning.

    If your happy to be a mid table selling club then fine go-ahead back him all the way.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Haven’t you Ashley lovers woken up to the fact that we are in another relegation fight with a squad getting weaker by the game, thanks to your man depleting the squad in January, and only bringing in a man who failed a fitness test, in a desperate act after he sold you know who? And yes, I have met him on many occasions, and I seriously fear for our future over the coming weeks.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    “They are knowledgeable. It’s amazing how interested they are really.”

    😆 April 1st already?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    bills-son @ # 8 I think you have a very valid point there.

    I do not think there was any need for Graham Carr to comment on MA as it was of little relevance to the article so I am inclined to lean on the side of Carr and think that the bell-ends that post their incessant anti MA cr*p and expound how the club is being run into the ground are just that, they arebell-ends apparently incapable of thinking with the head on their shoulders.

    Just because the owner is not down in the Bigg Market getting p*ssed and shouting to the world his undying love of the club does not mean he is not passionate about his interests.

    He was worth just short of two billion pounds when he took over NUFC, and you do not get to amass that amount of money without being passionate about what you are interested in, so yes MA is passionate about the club as billionaires hate to lose.

    Before he bought the club the media did not even have a picture of him, he was a bit of a recluse and kept himself out of the limelight. So why should he change? The media has been less than kind to him since taking over the club so why should he keep putting himself out there to be knocked down?

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  • bills-son

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    hebburntoon …

    The Toon & Boro got relegated together …

    Where are both clubs now?

    Which owner made the right decisions?

    Get a grip man – and never forget – we have won F ALL domestically since 1955 and F ALL at all since the Fairs Cup in 1969.

    To listen to the dreamers like you who talk about MA ‘settling for mid table mediocrity’ you’d think we were winning trebles every year before he fuc£ed thing up!!

    You are talking absolute hate blinkered bo$$ocks.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Jimmymagpie I am not as you put it an Ashley lover, but also I am not a blind Ashley hater as so many on this blog appear to be and you appear to be in the latter group.

    We are not in a relegation battle although we could be before the season is out, but before that happens eight teams have to miraculously change their ways and start winning more games than us.

    Although that is possible I do not think it will happen, to further your pessimistic argument but keeping the maths simple West Ham’s on 31 points with 27 points left up for grabs possible total 58 so in reality any club not in a European place i.e. less than 42 points is in the relegation battle.

    It has already been pointed out the clubs below us will be playing one another so they all will not be collecting max points, it would have to be a bad run indeed for us to be in threat of relegation again not to mention having to suddenly lose 16 goals more that the competition.

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  • onepeterb

    Mar 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Got to say I’m pretty fed up with the inane comments regarding Mike Ashley. I know he has made mistakes in the past but it shouldn’t be forgotten that had Shepard and Hall been the major shareholders at the time that the banks collapsed we would have been out of business.

    As for not speaking to the fans tell me an owner that does

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Cupid – the clubs below are winning more than us, they must be, because the gap at the turn of the year between us and third was 9 points, and now it is only 5. We aren’t winning the home games against teams below us, and just look at the remaining away games. A month ago I was reasonably confident that we’d be alright, but we’re letting too many points slip by letting teams off the hook when we’re on top, because of a shortage of regular goal scorers, the same thing that got us into trouble 2 years ago.

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  • ASTORIA

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Another Ashley puppet by the sounds of it!!!

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