Mike Ashley Now Wants Big Success For Newcastle

There’s no doubt at all that the Newcastle United were extremely well run financially while in the Championship.

Can these two bring big success back to Newcastle?

And we are well aware, from the various comments on this site, there are many fans who don’t just dislike Mike Ashley,  but even hate him.

But when you step back from all that emotion, Mike Ashley has done most things  right since the terrible relegation of two years ago, and the club is in much better shape, both on the field and off it, than they were back in the very dark and dismal days in July of 2009.

And Mike Ashley’s huge gamble of keeping good players at the club, and giving out interest free loans, so the club could not only survive,  but get back to the Premier League at the very first time of asking, worked better than anybody could ever have imagined.

And we’ve even got something today that we’ve been asking for eons, and that’s Derek Llambias talking about the club and its ambitions,

This is what Derek said today:

“Mike knows where we want to be and where we should be in four or five years time.” “Our vision for the club is to finish 10th or above every year, year after year.”

“That is our target – we want to be challenging for Europe every season.”

“Mike Ashley’s money has kept this club buoyant.” “Quite honestly, Newcastle United would not be here without him, it is as simple as that.”

“He has never taken a penny out of the football club, but he knows what he has to put in every year and he is keen to grow it.”

“We need to get that stability back here, including on the managerial side.” “We are starting to get the stability we need into the football club both financially and within the squad.”

“That stability is one of our most important goals.” “That would give us the security that the club and the playing side needs.”

After going through some very dark days in the summer of 2009, the club has made what amounts to a magnificent comeback to the big time, and that;s the good news story on Tyneside, but we need ti stay in the PL this season – that’s not just important but it’s imperative.

And we should not forget the fantastic contributions of a certain former manager, Chris Hughton, in achieving the miracle, and his two very able  assistants, Paul Barron and Colin Calderwood, who is now manager at Hibs.

Not surprisingly Newcastle had the largest wage bill in the Championship last season with  £47M, and that compares to fellow promotion team WBA, whose wage bill was just  £15M, and Blackpool’s was rumored to be $25 – just joking – it was estimated at £6M last season.

That’s about one and a half times what Liverpool are said to be paying Andy Carroll at £80K/week – just to bring a little perspective to that figure.

Derek Llambias has made it clear the Newcastle club now wants stability at all levels,  but particularly at the management and playing level, and hopefully success will start to come to some degree next season.

The club are hoping they will see the season ticket sales rise for next season, and the news is that the season ticket sales dropped to 29,000 during the last financial period, but of course that was with Newcastle playing the Championship – and you would hardly expect them to increase.

Things could be on the rise for Newcastle in the near future, but we have to beat Wolves on Saturday, because we cannot afford another relegation.

Now we all know why that’s the case.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    this is our squad – 35 players (25 + youngsters)



    Steve Harper
    Tim Krul
    Ole Soderberg


    Fabrizio Coloccini
    Jose Enrique
    Sol Campbell
    Michael Williamson
    Danny Simpson
    James Perch
    Ryan Taylor
    Steven Taylor
    Tamas Kadar
    James Tavernier


    Kevin Nolan
    Joey Barton
    Danny Guthrie
    Dan Gosling
    Jonas Gutierrez
    Stephen Ireland
    Cheik Ismael Tiote
    Haris Vuckic
    Shane Ferguson
    Bradden Inman
    Greg Mcdermott
    Joan Edmundsson


    Peter Lovenkrands
    Alan Smith
    Leon Best
    Shola Ameobi
    Kazenga Lualua
    Nile Ranger
    Ryan Donaldson
    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Phil Airey
    Michael Richardson

    some have been sent on loan (LuaLua) to join Foster & Xisco

    assuming the loans come back – is this a squad for success?

  • AndyMac

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    “I was always prepared to bank roll Newcastle up to the tune of £20 million per year… That was my bargain. I would make the club solvent. I would make it a going concern. I would pour up to £20 million a year into the club and not expect anything back”.
    Mike Ashley 14/09/2008

    “Mike wants to build something here but wants to build it in such a way it’s not costing him £10m or £15m a year of his own money.”
    Pardwho 25/02/2011

    “Mike knows where we want to be and where we should be in four or five years time.”

    It’s always five years time. What’s wrong with now or next year ? It can be done but you need clever people at the top nut muppets with half a brain.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike Ashley is now great.
    Derek Liambias is now great.
    The past is the past.
    The future is the future.

    Lets all skip along hand in hand because we are going to get into Europe…..or so Derek and Michael tell us…..its all part of the 5 year plan xx

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    assuming the loans come back – we would need to get 8 out to get 6 in! if those 6 in were Larsson, Elmander, Gera and Reo-Coker (on frees) with Gervinho & Ireland (loan converted) who are the 8 to leave because they are not as good as the new boys?
    possibly –
    Smith, Perch, a goalie (got too many), Xisco (would need to pay extra to keep him) Ryan Taylor, Guthrie
    should get 5-6m for that lot

    personaly I think senario is possible but the improvement is only marginaly better

    but it does show the scale of the problem we face

  • AndyMac

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5


    Interesting points from this blog btw

  • taker83

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Derek till The management shows real ambition,stay in the Prem league, and most importantly earn trust from loyal fans, Mike, u and Pardew will remain as silly b@stards.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    AngryMan – spot on. I have been taking pure abuse on here for daring to question the new Messiah in MA and DL.

    There is literally a baffling amount of contradictory statements that are put out lets look at Carroll just as an example:

    “He will not be sold, we need to build a team around Andy”

    “all of the AC money will be invested in new players”

    “The money will go into the club”

    “We are getting free transfers”

    Unfortunately some seem hell bent on saying how great MA is, and I really don’t know why, but that’s the way it is i suppose. We are going nowhere under this administration, all successful clubs will operate on a loss, that’s football I’m afraid.

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    That blog is good, in particularly the Carroll/Hughton stuff is amazing when you see it laid out like that.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    The most interesting piece of news coming from these financial figures, is that they’re forecasting our wage bill to ‘increase to £60m’ (I haven’t seen a official publication, just quoting Ed’s earlier article). If the source is official, it’s the best indicator of our transfer plans.

    A rise of £13m per annum on wages. Even without any sales of current players, that’s a significant increase, any method you use to split it up.

    It could be three £50k p/w players, three £25k p/w players and a few improved contracts for our top performers. That’s one permutation used for example purposes.

    My own personal opinion is, surely we can strip the squad of all the past it and stagnated players, therefore break even on wages, but also have a far superior squad: Smith (£60k p/w), Xisco (£35k p/w), Loven (£15k p/w), Raylor (£25k p/w), Guthrie (£25k p/w), Perch (£15k p/w), Routledge (£20k p/w), Sol (£30k p/w); that would shed a further £11.25m from the wage, at a modest estimation.

    All I cam gather is, we’re still going to be hampered by many of these no-marks next season, given the projected sums.

  • geoff777

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    They are liars.


  • DrunkenSteve

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    “Our vision for the club is to finish 10th or above every year, year after year.”

    And this is meant to be good enough to pull in 50,000 every week? Ok so for the next season or 2 champions league is probaly a bridge to far for us but for a 5 year plan to finish above 10th?!? WTF. Wheres the ambition?

    The Yids got ‘Arry in and 2 seasons later they are in the Champions League – why not the Toon? Everything is there except ambition from the board and possibly the manager to do it (Pardew has not convinced me he’s the man for the job ((unless that job is an unabicious 10th place – oh Mike has picked the right man!!)

    Go back to saying nowt you scummie horrible lying lot – at least the conspiricies were a bit of fun. –

  • teddy

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    I wonder how much MA pays Ed to write all these.

    Probably free kababs for one whole year.

  • chuck

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed. you are sounding like another Ashley apologist.
    He did everything right in the second tier, sure if loosing 17 million is ok.
    Face it, we did well because of Hughton and his team and the fact he could`nt get rid of the well compensated players.
    Listen it was in his interest to pay out loans to the club (himself), rather than sell at a massive loss.
    Yes we made it back to the PL where the money is,
    (thanks to Hughton) but at present this side is worse than the side that was relegated and we are in free fall, with a manager who is grasping at straws.
    So i fail to see why you should be so upbeat ?


    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #14

    @chuck thanks to houghton? we out classed (in terms of players) every other team in the championship by a huge distance come on. Shearer could of gotten us back up!

    I think houghton is a true gentleman dont get me wrong but saying we were promoted because of him is wrong imo

  • Bucks mag

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Quite a “good news” week this one, I was impressed by Pardew’s stint on BBC Newcastle as well. Let’s hope we can toast it with a win against Wolves. HTL!

  • Davies

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    I appreciate that there have been four years of ups and downs under the current ownership, but things are starting to look a lot better than they have been. I’m not convinced by Pardew at all, and the only way we’re going to know how he’s going to get on, and how firmly the owner is going to back his man, is to wait until the end of the transfer window.

    It’s frustrating as hell, but there’s not a lot any of us can do about now, or even after the window shuts for that matter. I’m not fussed about marquee signings, but I would like to see some quality come through the doors.

    What I’d be interested to know, and maybe someboday can help me with this, is how much of a new player’s wages comes out of the money made available for transfers.

    A player on £50k per week will earn £2.6m per year, and over 5 years that comes to £13m.

    Let’s just assume that £35m from the Carroll sale (and that figure is there purely for the purpose of this question), we will only be paying the signing fee and the first years wages to the club and the new player. That would mean that we could pay, say four new players £50k a week and still have the best part of £25m to spend on the actuall transfer fees.

    Or do you think that the Carroll money is being earmarked for the wage bills of the next five years, which, I think, are usually taken from the club’s combined revenues?

    That would mean we could sign three free agents and pay them around £45k per week. That might also work out, but these would have to be very good free agents.

    I’m not looking for a cynical “knowing ashley” answer. I just wondered if anybody actually knows this. I had assumed that wages came out of the revenue generated by the club each year, not from the transfer fee from selling one player.

    Grey area?

  • geoff777

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #17


    Nice comment.
    Interesting how Ashley has forgotten about investing £20 million a year out of his own money for the love of the club!

    I believe his heart hasn’t been in it since KK and the fans rightly turned on him and he put the club up for sale.

    It really is just a business to him now. The fun and his ‘money’ evaporated when he couldn’t go out on the town buying pints for everyone.

    Can’t blame him really.

    I just wish he’d sell and let someone come in who still has passion & love for the club.

    The Indian family of NUFC supporters would be perfect. (Reliance?)

  • Davies

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Chuck – Maybe you’re giving Hughton a little too much credit. I don’t necessarily think he was the managerial genius behing bringing us back up. Sure, he was part of a group that did it, but it could be argued that, with the same squad, Pardew could easily have managed the same feat. We were the best team by a mile in the Championship, and there are probably few coaches that couldn’t have done the same job.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Hoots, and I was gutted when he got the boot, but, as much as I would have liked to see him get a full season in the prem, I’m not sure he was really the man to take us forward (not that Pardew necessarily is either).

    You have to ask yourself, would you be tolerating the poor results we’ve had recently if CH was still the manager, or would it then be the fault of the team?

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Cant stand Derek (slimy b@stard) Lambias .

    No communication with fans apart from the clubs plan ? (which is a joke)

    what did he say when they sacked chris houghton and sold andy carroll. erm nothing !

    Get Out Of Our Club !

  • toonturtle

    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately for all of us, it looks like we are stuck with them.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #21

    But guys
    TOOOOO much negativity!!

    Michael Ashley and Derek Liambias are the new messiahs.

    They are doing a great job.

    They got us to where we are!!
    Granted we may have been in the top ten NOW if we’d strengthened the squad, but hey, lets not blame Derek and Mike. Their support for the Manager has been, erm, unswerving? is that a word?

    These guys will take us to the promised land!! 14th this year, 13th next, 12th the following etc etc and by, erm (Quick finger calculation) 2016, we may even be 10th in the league!!

    I reckon that, with these guys in charge, we can make a massive profit every year and build on our league position, grow and sell fergussons and richardsons of this world, keep the supply line coming, increase the top boys wages for doing such a sterling job, to what erm 60m per annum, and bobs yer aunty….5 year plan!!

    Honestly, guys, you cant fail to trust Mighty Mike and deadly Derek……..track record n all that!!!!

    I feel great with opur

  • lobacka

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    “Interesting how Ashley has forgotten about investing £20 million a year out of his own money for the love of the club!”

    He’s given £140million to the club in two years so i doubt he’s going to throw much more into it, Carroll money and possibly money from players sold. maybe he’ll start putting the £20million a year in when he’s paid back.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Where the frig did that last part sentence come from?? Must have pushed the keys on my lappie with my erection………..sorry lads!!

    Long live the Mikestar!!!

  • geoff777

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #24

    He’s only put money into the club to stop his own investment going into administration.
    Because of some terrible decision making when he first bought the club and a catalogue of disasters ever since.

    A look at Andy Carroll’s medals in ten years time and selling him for £35 million might be the biggest and most painful (for the fans) of the lot.


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Yes Lobacka
    We should really start paying back the owner of the club now that he has turned us into a huge financial success……I concur wholeheartedly.


  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t believe any of the Gera or Reo-Coker rumours either, maybe if we’re relegated they could do a job! Journeymen. The only players from the premiership, who are available on a free and would add quality depth, would be Larsson and Upson. Elmander is pap, along with those other two.

    My free transfer team, for the hell of it:

    GK – Green
    LB – Taiwo
    CB – Mexes
    CB – Upson
    RB – Gallas
    CM – Adam
    CM – M. Diarra
    CM – Pirlo
    LWF – Marveaux
    RWF – Altintop
    ST – Klose

    Subs: Westwood, Ziegler, Nesta, Appiah, Larsson, Vicente, Suazo.

    Hope I haven’t given Mike any ideas! 😉

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #27

    I think tahts a good shout coolcarter,
    We need lots of freebies this next window and lets put the 35m from Carroll and any other generated revenue (Lets hope we can get great money for Enrique/Tiote/Bartoon and Collo)

    This way the club will eat further into the debt by a couple of million, we can offer another 500 quid a week to our youngsters, keep them sweet for a year or 2 and then flog em.

    The club will match the revenues created by Real Madrid, Manure etc etc hopefully byt the year 2033!!

    This budget is a budget for the club!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #28

    25m Tiote
    12m Enrique
    8m Bartoon
    10m Collo


  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    It WILL put the club on a stable footing!!!
    Financially sound, WTF do you all want???

    The team, never mind the team, the CLUB has been here for alot longer than the team :-S !

    5 year plan 5 year plan….we will break even in 5 years!!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Havent you got to love those ‘chubby cheeks’ ooooo those ‘choochy woochy cheeks’ in your picture ed!!

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Jesus cant believe all you suckers are backing Cashley,

    Angry man is right we wont get a penny of the Carroll money, pardew is a puppet, St James’ @ sportsdirect.com will be sold for scrap and we will watch our beloved toon play on the town moor in blue square league by next season, Keegan will be crucified along with Shearer by Ashleys hand, in sacrifice to the gambling money god – Aspers the omnipotent, Enrique barton etc will be sold for £2 to the mackems(who by the way will win the treble next season) and be replace by 45 years old ex players who are all amputees, Instead of watching football we will all be forced to watch llambias and ashleys take turns on our mothers, while spitting in our faces and we have to enjoy it. We’ll give ameobi a 10 year contract and the number 9, on 100k a minute.
    All ashley cares about is money to the point he has it puréed and he puts it on his sarnies + uses it as lube. Smith will be given a contract extension and bits of tiote will be fed to him as a reward for every red card he gets, Oh if only houghton were here we would be top of the league carroll would never have been sold and shearer would regain his youth and return,
    And Finally the world will end in 2012 not because of solar flares or mayan predictions but Ashley will fart gaseous money which will kill everything apart from mackems (Who will jump at the opportunity to inbreed, for the sake of the human race of course), Leaving the world populated by deformed mackems who will still produce toon shirts to wipe their backsides with and also organise a toon team but just to beat them twice anually before killing them all.

    Either that or everything will turn out fine and its only football anyway so at the end of the day its their to enjoy not to cry about and allow to get you depressed

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Also angry man I bet you’re a right barrell of laughs to go and have a drink with, cheer up you depressed git. Other wise you’ll find yourself alone one day with no friends or family and wonder how did this occur?? Miserable people make other people miserable which is why other people want nothing to do with them

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #33


    Damned if I do and damned if I dont!!!

    Whats your problem? Im saying the rotund one is the mutts??? FFS…..some people just wont be pleased!!!!

    You need to get yourself out more fella!!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #34

    And was there really any need to RE-POST ??

    Is it attention your after my friend….. Bless x
    Mike will look after us 😉

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Bloody shame we couldnt have put the Carroll money into this years accounts!!!

    Would have made us just about break even…..och, nevermind, itll go towards next years!!

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Mr Ashley will need to invest to get and keep us in top 10 – assuming we avoid relegation (no joke!).

    I read stuff like Reo Coker and Sebastain Larsson on a free. Now Larsson is young with potential BUT we need players who are a step or two steps above what we already have or the potential to get there. We have enough Tier 2 players already, and too many tier 3.

    shine on!

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Haha, repost because I wasn’t sure if you’d seen it and I wanted a rise from you, in the same way you want attention for posting all the negative bull to try and get a reaction of people being positive.
    Im having a dig at you because you’re constantly depressed then you try to be sarcastically positive so im mimicking you in the opposite fashion to try and highlight what you come across as, also get out more? you’re been on here since before 2 i dropped in to have a read and decided to wind you up as you’re obviously in a good mood. As you state you are a angryman so its funny when you get more angry,
    Also how old are you out of blind curiosity, guessing either a lonely old man or a silly child

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Angryman the Angry fan

    Just Fu*k Off,

    You cannot be a newcastle fan talking like that, probably just a dumb foreigner

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Angryman the Angry fan

    Just Fu*k Off,

    You cannot be a newcastle fan talking like that, probably just a dumb foreigner

    dont really care about mike ashleys money, just care about Newcastle United Football Club

  • Jammydodger

    Mar 30, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Ben arfa thank you, Angryman your’ negativity acheives nothing go and be angry at something else


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