Mike Ashley Showing An Iron Fist At Newcastle


We don’t have to remind fans that the Newcastle club was down on its knees a short two years ago.

Alan Pardew – we’re not surprised he has a strained expression

At that time two years ago Newcastle didn’t have a manager,  as Mike Ashley had elected not to keep Alan Shearer  as manager, but he didn’t tell him that – and as usual Mike’s communication skills seemed non existent.

And when early July came around,  the only real coach still at the club, Chris Hughton, who had done poorly in the previous relegation season when he was charge of the first team,  took over, to the dismay of Newcastle fans.

Chris quickly brought back Colin Calderwood, who was initially on a weekly contract as Mike Ashley looked for a new manager.

And we all now know what happened in that season, after a less than great pre-season, when the lads were hammered 6-1 at Leyton Orient.

Newcastle had a player committee, and the Newcatsle hierarchy more than once was quoted in the press that season, as saying player power was too great at the club.

Newcastle fans expected this summer to be a rebuilding one, but it’s also looking like the club could lose Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Joey Barton and captain Kevin Nolan before September rolls around.

Those were the players who stood up to be counted when the times were really bad, and many top players simply wanted to get out as quickly as they could.

We were amazed that Newcastle seem to have put a £6M price on their captain Kevin Nolan today, and Alan Smith was told a few days ago that he could leave on a free transfer, even though he has one year left on his contract.

Joey Barton wants to stay on Tyneside and see his contract out, but Newcastle will not offer him a new deal, and will try to unload him if a decent offer of around £5M is received this summer for him.

Jose Enrique will leave – and it’s almost certain that will happen, with the only question being which club will get him.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made it known he wants to keep Jose, Joey and Kevin on Tyneside, but he’s not running the club – he’s only the manager.

It seems that even though Dennis Wise has left the club, Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have a huge say in who will be coming into Newcastle this summer.

It also appears they have a huge say in who will leave the club as well.

The transfer business on Tyneside is now done by committee – that committee being made up of Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias, club secretary Lee Charnley, Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr

We do expect Newcastle to bring in some good players this summer, but it will be a risk if the club loses proven performers like Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.

But it seems that may be happening, and owner Mike Ashley will do whatever he wants to at his club, and will act completely independent of what Newcastle fans want – no change there then.

Why there have been problems with the contracts of  Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan we don’t know, but it seems once a player turns down a deal offered to them by the club – he;s history.

It seems that Mike Ashley is now running the club with almost an iron fist, and he will continue to do things his way.

That’s what happens when somebody unknown comes in and buys the club – it’s what Forrest Gump said – it’s like a box of chocolates – you don’t know what you are getting.

We think Mike Ashley has done well with the financial matters at the club in the last couple of seasons since we were relegated, but what’s he got against some of the players who have given their all for the club over the last two seasons?

Your guess is as good as mine, and this is the kind of quandary you get into, when the owner of the club refuses to say anything – we never know exactly what’s going on.

We wish somebody at the club – maybe that’s Alan Pardew – will come out and tell the fans what’s happening with Kevin Nolan,  and why it seems he is being sold.

As you can see I am a little upset at the possibility that Kevin may be sold –  and I don’t expect the view in this article to be a popular one.

Comments welcome.



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141 comments so far

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    first from belgium!

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    If Smith stays and Nolan and Barton go I will be very angry

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  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    pfffft… when is there going to be some good news…. I’m tired of reading the olds, and remix of olds… bring some NEWs…

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  • Solaidback

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    News bit thin on the ground at the minute is it Ed.. lol…

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    All the press rumours etc.. suggest the Club are in for another bumber profitable window!

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  • Barras

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Seriously, reading that was simply depressing can we please read an article what doesn’t completely depress us?

    Same old, same old at this club – last day of the season nearly finish 9th instead we finish 12th but we all thought we had a decent season now lets build on that. But instead of building on it we batter the foundations down to the ground and start over.

    THIS IS F***ING BULL****.

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  • Lachu

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed is like ashley.. he has a target of 500 comments these days so he s writting all rubbish tat ll cos a stir .. But he s a good lad , atleast he s ambitious

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  • Toon Army NYC

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve got to say, I rather disagree with you here Ed. I think that Nolan and Barton, if they truly cared about the club, would have taken the length extensions offered. They are a bit too far on to warrant long contracts at this point.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    “We don’t have to remind fans that the Newcastle club was down on its knees a short two years ago.”

    Was that when Ashley’s poor decision making got us relegated?

    Then he tried to bale out and leave us in the championship …

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  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Barras… that’s what i meant =P with more words =P

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  • geordietc

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Wasn’t it ‘life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get’?!!!

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Its the Blaydon Races day…if that doesnt cheer you up on this day then you are beyond help haha

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    149th birthday of blaydon races lads
    get singing lads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PrMaVjHS74

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  • Barras

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #15

    @Sambo

    Haha, Why someone just come in a buy our fantastic club? Please? Pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

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  • geoff777

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16

    @georditc

    Wasn’t it ‘life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get’?!!!

    The last few years have been hard to swallow and at times very tasteless if that’s what you mean?

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  • OttersPocket

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Where have the foundations been battered? My last look we still had all the players being mentioned above, no one has came out and said anyone is transfer listed or leaving etc.
    We have been linked with a few decent players so to me we are looking to build on it.
    To many glass half empty fans on here.

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  • Witters

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Where did this £6m Nolan price tag come from?

    Alan Smith is bordering on being nearly a bigger waste of money than Michael Owen. A disaster & the sooner he goes the better.

    I’d like to see Nolan & Barton stay for next season for their experience but don’t forget they were also in the team that got us relegated…

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  • Elb11

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry to be picky and off-topic but can you please start spellchecking the articles? You seem to spell ‘Newcastle’ wrong at least once in almost every article! Madness.

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  • Lachu

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #21

    i have gr8 respect and gratitude for Kev Nolan , but he s on 45k p/w and wud look @least a 10k upgrade. . and on top f it if he wants a 5yr deal .. he is taking Nufc for a ride , he s alredy an average player after 4 yrs he ll be lik sol cambell

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed

    for god’s sake he hasn’t got anthing gainst Nolan and barton personally, he just doesn’t want to give 5 year contracts to players nearly in their 30’s.

    They still hae 2 years to run and can leave on frees. Manu only offer payers in their 30’s a one year extension and re
    assess at the end of the season.
    Give mestrength !!

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  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    im gona against the grain and say mike has done a sterling job getting the club onto a sound footing hes taken the attention off the team and onto the boardroom i think a little dialogue with the press would help the only thing i will never forgive the board for was the sacking of chris houghton but on a financial basis the club seems to be getting run very well i laughed when i heard dogsleish was gona pay 10m for 30yr old malouda say 70g a week over 3yrs thats gona cost liverpool fc a cool 22mil with no resale value now thats no way to run a club unless you wana run it into the ground thats like a freddy shepard signing.

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  • geoff777

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    @otterspocket

    Doesn’t matter which way you look at the glass it is still only half of what it should be.

    Sounds like our squad … the squad that 52,000 Geordies with the 3rd biggest ground in the EPL are paying for.

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  • ToonST

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #26

    If we can not keep both players, keep at least one. If both go I will not be at all satisfied

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    You do realise it’s the Dail Mail who put the 6m price tag on Nolan? Basically saw West Ham offer 3, doubled it and claimed Newcastle would sell Nolan for that amount. Complete bullsh*t.
    Daily Fail strikes again.

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  • thepict

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Well said OttersPocket. I always thought it was the players perfomances that got us relegated.

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  • ArtyH

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    I think M.A is learning lessons from the past and refuses to get burned with Smithesque re signings, and I cannot blame him. Smith has been a peripheral figure on £60k/week for months as have others. IF we get decent signings in to replace Nolan/Barton it may not be a bad deal. Nolan has scored 12 goals last term but is really quite pedestrian, and is not for sale and has 2 years of a contract to run. I for one would at least wait until next year this time to even think about a renewed contract, what happens if he gets injured and cannot play like so many of the previous high earners, then we would be saying it was a bad plan and the owner was stupid to extend the contract etc. Same for Barton, and lets be fair, hes only played one good year out of three and well paid for it too. Yes they are both great for team spirit and moral etc, but lets be fair, they were part of the setup that got us relegated. Yes they were part of the group that stayed and got us promotion but when you think of it who would have bought them and how much would they have got paid by the new club, no where near what they got at the too, I dare bet! No there was a good financial reason behind it all, and lets look back at the fizzy pop league, it was really crap and an average team looked good….that was US.
    We got promoted and we need to move forward, some re shaping needs to be done, its clear M.A picks who comes in/out, that’s the situation at moment and we have to live with it or show our displeasure and show it. At the moment I really don’t know what to think about our situation I just want a successful NUFC and at my age I am running out of time. Ive seen it all from the 60’s to now but if M.A gets us a cup or top 6 place he will have done well in my eyes, and I don’t care who is in the team as long as it is successful.

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  • dave 1961

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #30

    The trouble with Ashley all his boxes of chocolates are filled with coffee creams.

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    if nzogbia goes to the makems al kik of with this club for fannying with gameiro n gervinho wen the cuda bin workn on a deal 4 zog lol,, he cuda bin ours by next week if they bid a senceinble amount

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  • PalmerToon

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Just a bit of topic but does anyone know a good radio station where they talk about everything Newcastle with regards to Transfer rumours etc?

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    starting to feel Suicidal with all the ifs and buts,anybody got some good news,to cheer me up.

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  • boater

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #34

    All boxes of chocolates come with the image/description table so I never understood why FG had a problem there: even revels are identifiable from their shape and size in the main.

    It’s all about the gamble. Despite press releases, Ashley isn’t the type to stick on a solid formation and build slowly, he’s a twister… Nolan has been awesome these past two years and practically spared us relegation with his goals,,, but it looks like we will be going into the season with a new look, flair side which will replace backbone with attacking guile and mobility… it’s a gamble on a push for europe, but if it all goes wrong, we could be in a relegation battle with want-away types all over again.

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    runnaway nee good news agen bud

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  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    ED im after googling GERVINHOS name and JUSTARSENAL.COM are claiming hes decided to join them.

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  • Nathan

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    This has annoyed me for a while about your articles, when has anybody ever in the entire world referred to Newcastle as “The Newcastle club”?

    Also this is such a nothing article.

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  • Lachu

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #38

    I just dnt understand this , y the fak shd kevin nolan and barton build team spirit .. then wat te hell pardew getting paid for , i for one is against giving 5 yr deals for kev or joey .. look @ geremi on 55 k , sol cambell 35 k , cacapa 40 k , viduka 70k , smith 65 k .. guys pls wake up

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #39

    ArtH well said I’ve supported the club since 1955 when I taken by my Dad as a small boy. I don’t care who plays who’s in charge as long as we at least stay in the PL are a top 8 club & have a chance of Europe and winning a cup. Club has always been in my heart & blood & always will be until the day I pop my cloggs

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  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    Jun 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry lads but i dont know how to put the link up.

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