Mike Ashley Put His Neck Out For Newcastle After Relegation

Alan Pardew seems a reasonable enough down to earth guy, and certainly he has impressed most of the senior players at the club, with both his coaching and man-management skills.

Better communication from these two would be good start

After some bad defeats he has been very level-headed, and we heard last week that he is very very positive about most things at Newcastle and it gets to be infectious on the training ground.

And we have to think that Alan is more than perturbed at the way Mike Ashley is perceived by most Newcastle fans, and at the risk of sounding like a broken records, Mike could help himself big time if he would only talk to the Newcastle fans.

If Mike would only come out every four weeks or so, and say what’s happening at the club, and verify the long term plan, and things like that, even if it’s Derek LLambias writing it on his behalf, then it would help him enormously with Newcastle fans.

But since he refuses to do that, he is facing the consequences, and some of those are that the Newcastle fans hardly know the man and certainly don’t like him.

Alan Pardew is trying to speak for Mike it seems, over the last couple of weeks, and he has come out today and even praised Ashley, which can be dangerous. 😀

Pardew says by  helping keep the good players in Tyneside two years ago, and maintaining a massive wage bill of £47M, Mike was the prime mover in helping Newcastle bounce straight back up – and that could even be close to the truth.

And today the club is in a very healthy 9th position in the league, and Newcastle even have a decent chance to finish in the top ten come the end of the season – and let’s be honest – that would be great!.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“You have to say, and the figures last week back this up, that Mike Ashley put his neck out two years ago after relegation in the Championship year to keep the big players.”

“That has proved to be a really sound decision because most clubs, quite rightly, run for the hills a little bit.” “We did at Charlton. We had no backer like Mike, no chance.”

“The damage is irreparable and you can see yourself go through the division like Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and a number of clubs have.” “That was a bold decision by Mike and Derek on this occasion that perhaps went a little bit unrecognized.”

“On reflection, I think maybe in two or three years time, if things have gone well for us, suddenly it might be seen as a very positive thing that Mike did. I believe it was.”

The other side of the argument is that it was Mike Ashley’s stupid decisions surrounding Dennis Wise, and the fact that he allowed Kevin Keegan to leave the club in September of 2008, that started the complete and embarrassing mess at the club – which finally ended up in relegation.

To be fair to the owner, Ashley  has since said he made massive mistakes at the club.

If Newcastle do have some success in the future and Ashley is seen to be trying to build a good team that can indeed get into Europe every season, things may calm down and alter a bit in terms of the Newcastle fans’ feelings towards him.

But lack of communication, let’s make that no communication – is the worst thing he can do – if  he wants to get the fans on his side, and behind him in building up the club again.

And everybody know that intuitively, but is anybody at the club listening?

It certainly doesn’t seem so.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    When has any owner communicated with us? I can’t remember any and I’m going back as far as Lord Westwood. If any of them did open their mouths it was only to knock the fans and their women.

  • breadman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s time for you to walk the talk, Ashley. It is this summer or nothing, no more excuses.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    maybe he did but he also appointed JFK as manager. What was he thinking !!

  • geoff777

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley does what is good for Ashley.

    He’s the owner. His investment was going down the toilet and his stupid decisions were making him a laughing stock in the national press.
    He caused huge embarrassment to one of the most famous clubs in the country and the fans hated him for it.

    He tried to run away … no buyers.

    Was he going to stand by and let his investment value drop to 60-80 million or did he invest some more money and try to get back into the big league, where he gets paid SKY money and revenues from the club are generally a lot higher.

    No brainer really.

    Ashley does what is good for Ashley.

    He stopped enjoying being Newcastle’s owner when the fans turned on him after KK and he couldn’t run around town buying people pints.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda heights, dead honest although JFK was an effin disgrace. I thing if he’d remained fit he would have kept us up.

    Ed, even if Ashley did come out once a month and make a statement. Who’s going to believe him?

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    *I thing = I think.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #7

    well the joke which ed did at 1 st of april was good hope tat happenes quickly and we get a new owner who can communicate with fans spends money on TRANSFER and make the club one of the best in the world

  • geoff777

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew needs to remember.

    Ashley’s decisions were a major factor in our relegation.

    Did he feel honour bound to right the wrong of relegation he brought to the famous club?

    No he didn’t.

    He tried to jump ship.
    He was desperate to sell us.
    Barry Moat … Malaysian consortium’s …

    If Pardew is going to suck up to the owner and try to “reeducate” the delude fans he needs to realise that a lot of us remember what actually happened and what a rat Mike Ashley really is.

  • Thump

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes, Geoff, you’re right – Ashley does what is good for Ashley, and what is good for Ashley is probably good for the club.

    I swear some of you can’t see past your noses at times. Football, whether you like it or not, is a business and for the first time in many a years, our club is being ran like one. We all lack confidence in Ashley, but we have to admit that if it wasn’t for him we might have been supporting Gateshead in a few years time as our first team.

  • Thump

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    He tried to jump ship because he was getting death threats and we were screaming for his head. We played a part in his decisions and to deny that is quite ridiculous.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Why do we the fans expect Ashley to communicate with us, is it because other owners do with their fans???

    Name me 3 of the top clubs that do??

    Manc Usa – Glaziers… No!!!
    Chelski – Abramovich… No!!!
    Arsenil – Kronker…No!!!
    Spurts – Lewis… No!!!
    Manc Citey. – Sheik Monsur.. No!!!!

    So why do we expect Ashley to talk…. I mean, not even the muckems owner Shorty makes statements, it’s always left to the Chairman of these club to say whats going on & tbh, do any of you really want to hear what Llambias has to say, I mean the guys not exactly a full deck of cards is he.. lol

    But as usual, because Ashley doesn’t do what the fans want, the minority come on these blogs & slag him off…. he can’t win!!!!

  • geoff777

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12

    If we’d gone down another division at some point our value would have been low enough for someone like Moat to buy us.

    The fan base is so huge and loyal we would always rise back up to the Premier league.

    We’ll still be here long after Ashley.


  • dave 1961

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    the anti Ashley fans are trickling back now and once we are safe I expect the club to announce plans for the redevelopment of St James park. & the extra facility’s will generate more money for the club, our success will give Ashley’s business a greater profile in Europe, and therefore his incentive for him to move the club forward, this on the other hand make a sale less likely as it could increase the value of the club to £500+. if we increase the capacity of St James park to over 60,000 we then need to lower seat prices to fill it, this is what the club are doing with the extension of the family enclosure, £430 for 1 adult & child. the only thing I cant see is that Mike Ashley will improve his popularity at the same rate as the clubs fortunes, & this is the fault of his public relations department although it could be surmised that he does not have one. thankfully Mike Ashley needs a successful football club to take his brans into Europe, you could say he needs us more than we need him, nufc is almost a living entity that has its own direction to travel in and take massive errors to stop it, we are one of the few clubs that has this. thing’s should start to move once the seasons decided, and those that want shot of the owner will find this less likely. but this could open the door to Alexei Mordashov who is expanding in to the leisure markets.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias are Like Arabs – Any Talk of the £$%^&* Hiting The Fan Then They head for there Bunkers !!!!! The Deal Was Done With Barry Moat and Then Ashley Pulled the Plug (Official) … Probably after we were looking good in the league !!!!!!!!!! if we were Mid Table we would have had new owners By Now !!!!!! Anyway if the Pair of Dipsticks Did talk we wouldn’t beleive a word they said anyway after the Lies they say & Deeds they have Carried Out With Judas and CH !!!! We Need a Rich Oil Barron With a Few Hundred Billion to Spend on Players !!

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Alexei Mordashov is more likely to buy Ashleys SportsDirect company than he is to buy the Toon from him.. lol

    As for his brand getting into Europe, I think you’ll probably find it’s already in Europe as we have stores all over Cyprus fella as part of the E&S shopping chain here.. 😉

  • geoff777

    Apr 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    @Dave 1961

    A few of us never left …
    Hope you are right.
    I think if any talented players are brought through they will be sold.
    Good for the club in a way but will we ever win anything with this “business model”?

    Is Ashley trying to build a team that wins trophies?

  • shabunkin

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Manc Usa – Glaziers… No!!!
    Chelski – Abramovich… No!!!
    Arsenil – Kronker…No!!!
    Spurts – Lewis… No!!!
    Manc Citey. – Sheik Monsur.. No!!!!

    manc Usa …David Gill
    Chelski……..until recently peter kenyon
    man citeh …..brian marwood
    l’pool ………..rick parry

    seems to me a lot of the top clubs have a dynamic chief exec who does the communicating , i think its mr llambias who needs to open up a bit

    and dont be misguided geoff777 every club moves on players when the offer is to tempting !

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #18

    I wonder what you’re all going to say when Joey leaves and tells you why – that Ashley was adament that he was getting no longer than 2 years?

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Geoff777 – You can’t win trophies at the drop of a hat, I mean look at Manc Citey, they’ve spent well over £350m on players are still struggling to get a top 4 finish & haven’t won owt yet, it takes time & the prime example of that is Manc Usa… Fergie was at the club for about 4-5 years before he won the league & hen only because he brought through several decent players from the youth team all together like Beckham, Neville brothers, Scholes, Butt & added a few special players too from outside the club… that how you build a team that will win silverware continually, not by spending 100’s of millions on star players who’s ego’s are too big for the club…

    It’s better to have a team grow together than 25 individual players all trying to play as a team…

    We have the former now & we’ll build on that & hopefully, eventually, they’ll knit together & win us some silver.. 🙂

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    So jimmy, what you gonna say when Barton, Nolan & Enrique sign new long term contracts??? which shows Ashley is willing to keep our best players & buy in young talen, as he has done already over the past 3 seasons??

    the only players who’ve left are those that wanted to leave… their choice, not Ashleys!!!

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Solaidback – ain’t happening, only Nolan of the 3 you mention will stay. I notice that everybody is conveniently ignoring the report in the NOW today, which for once, I am told is basically true. Joey is upset that having offered to take a pay cut, the club are steadfastly refusing to give him longer than 2 years, and I’m afraid the whole club, including the players know that Jose is going because he doesn’t believe the club shares his ambition. Pardew has told the players that he expects to sign 4 first team players, 2 of whom are at the end of their current contracts, and another 2/3 squad players. I’m just the messenger here and I challenge any of you to tell me me when I ever gave you incorrect information. I want Jose and Joey to stay, but we live in the real world, and life goes on, they will be replaced.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    So now you’re believing what the NOTW says… lol lol lol lol

    It’s a sunday crap-loid who never ever get anything right but you’re willing to bet your rep on them… lol lol lol

    Next you’ll be telling us that there source is Tribalfootball news… lol lol lol

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Geoff if I remember rightly MA only put the club on the market after threats to him and his family.

    This blog show that a lot of people remember only what they want to remember, and only in the chronological order that suits them.

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Solaidback – you’ve just proved that you don’t read things properly. Read what I said again, and you’ll find that I never said that I got my info from the NOW. As it happens, I was told that Barton had refused the club’s offer 2 hours after the meeting between his agent and Lambias had broken down on Friday. It just so happens that the paper is reporting that FACT today. Now, please, learn to read things properly. No wonder you get the wrong end of the stick so often!

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Cupid – I told you months ago that Ashley was determined to get his own back on the ‘sodding Geordies’, as he so eloquently called us to my own face after the Fulham game just 2 months ago.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #26

    jimmy – you said & I quote “I notice that everybody is conveniently ignoring the report in the NOW today, which for once, I am told is basically true”

    You never said that you’d heard the news before it was reported in the NOWT, so how have I read it wrong???

    The fact is, you posted it wrong & are trying to deflect what you wrote as me reading it wrong, so maybe you should re-read your posts before posting them & blaming other for getting the wrong end of the stick as you put it!!!

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Solaid back – sorry, I didn’t realise that I had to spell everything out,as I assumed obviously wrongly, that you understood the English language. I was pointing out that report coincided with info that I had been given. Anyway must go, as I am due to go into hospital this afternoon for an operation tomorrow, which I’m not looking forward to. Will be absent for a while, so good luck to the lads at Villa, and I hope to catch up with you all in a month.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #28

    You don’t have to spell it out or be padantic with your excuses either, but if you’d said you have inside info which was now being reported by he NOTW, then many of us would have replied to you differently, instead of taking what you wrote as your information… but as always, some people can’t & won’t admit it when they’re in the wrong…

    Btw, good luck with the op. hope all goes well 😉

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Kimmy – for future reference, if you want your information to be taken serioulsy, never back it up with a craploid such as the NOTW… lol 😉

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry, jimmy I meant… my understanding of the english language getting the better of me again.. 😉 😉

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Solaidback- your spelling,seriously! Thanks for the good wishes and here’s to 3 points at the Villa.

  • Solaidback

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh don’t even start on spelling mistakes.. lol

    Lets hope its 3 pts & PL survival guaranteed 😉

  • andre29

    Apr 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 10, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    “You have to say, and the figures last week back this up, that Mike Ashley put his neck out two years ago after relegation in the Championship year to keep the big players.”

    Point 1. It was Fatman gross mismanagement that took us down in the first place
    Point 2. He tried selling the club, as a result of his own stupidity, but nobody wanted it for the money he hoped to make from the sale
    Point 3. Therefore he’s had no choice but to put the minimum amount of money he can get away with into the club this season.

    Anybody shedding tears for the Fatman needs their head examined.


    Apr 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sick of hearing Pardew kissing Ashley’s ar*e. We all get it Alan, he is paying your wages so best suck up to the boss, you only know what the Casino kid and Ashley have told you…the fans with any brains know the truth and don’t need this sh*t rammed down our throats every day.
    Give it a break eh you fool, becasue in the summer you will be made to look stupid…just like in January.

  • solano

    Apr 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Thanks Mike……..what an extraordinary job you have done in converting a lot of fans to accepting your lack of vision for the club…


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