Redknapp Wants Newcastle Fans To Lay Off Mike Ashley

Harry Redknapp was offered the Newcastle manager job after Sam Allardyce was sacked in January of 2008,  and it was obvious that Harry was first choice.

Alan Pardew and Harry Redknapp – today’s managers in opposition

But on a Friday, after he had accepted the position,  he went out to dinner with his wife and some friends, and it was that night that he changed his mind, for whatever reason, and let Mike Ashley know on the following day.

And then on the following Wednesday, Kevin Keegan got the job, after he had let it be known he was interested in coming back to manage the club.

The Keegan reign ended in disaster a short eight months later, and the way Mike Ashley handled that affair, where he seemed to side with Dennis Wise over Kevin, is one reason Mike is simply not liked at Newcastle.

Dennis had brought in players essentially behind Kevin’s back, and Keegan was supposed to be in charge of all player business at the club, and in particular which players are signed and which ones leave.

But it’s also true the Mike Ashley has made some good moves at the club, and he has got the club on a Youth policy which is already paying off.

And essentially, since the disaster of relegation over two years ago, he has done most things right at Newcastle, and the club have been improving ever since relegation.

Mike helped Newcastle get promotion by loaning the club around £30M in the Championship, so Newcastle could keep some of their top paid players.

And its now history that Newcastle ended up winning the league by 11 points with a massive 102 points, and got promoted at the very first attempt under Chris (Chrissy) Hughton.

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager who brings his top side to St. James’ Park today, thinks its about time Newcastle fans were a little more appreciative of what the owner has done for the club, as he had this to say before the game today:

“Alan’s done a fantastic job there. And, be honest, the chairman has had some grief up there and he’s done millions and millions of pounds.”

“Chrissy Hughton was a London boy and he went up there and did well, got them promoted.” “Then obviously Mike Ashley wanted a change and Alan has gone there and done a great job.”

“The chairman’s done fortunes but they’re still ­shouting and ­moaning. He’s spent about 100million quid – and they’re still abusing him!”

“They look a strong outfit at the moment, I think they look decent.” “I’m not sure they’ll be able to battle for a top-four place, but I’m sure Alan would love it if they can finish ­seventh or eighth.”

Of course Mike Ashley is not the Chairman, he’s the owner, and Derek LLambias is in the Chairman role, which Newcastle now call Managing Director, Derek is the top executive at the club.

There’s a realization that some of the things Mike has done have come off, and the best example is the summer transfer window, which looked to have ended in disaster, when the club failed to bring in another top striker, and had spent very little of the money available from the Andy Carroll sale.

But the players brought in have proved they are all good players, and certainly the Newcastle squad this year is much better than last season, and after all, Newcastle are in 4th position in the league.

Things are looking up at Newcastle, whether fans support Mike or not, and it would be fantastic if Newcastle can take all 3 points today, with no doubt Mike Ashley in attendance.

We donlt know if the fans will ever fully accept Mike Ashley, but the thing that’s important is to support Alan Pardew and the players, and Newcastle fans are doing just that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • metaloverlord

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    He would win fans over by talking to us!!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Ryan taylor good enuf for left back but not for his specialized position. where is the logic

  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we will fully accept him, when there’s a better line of communication coming out from the board in the club and when we see the results on the pitch.
    There’s a lot of catching up to do in both regards for both MA and DL.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    who does floppy chops think he is he doesnt know the half of it. he has spent fcuk all he has ‘loaned’ us millions which he will want back when he sells up then he has made a profit every transfer window since, so harry you can fcuk off you gobshite. time for you daily interview with SSN

    Anyways cant wait for the game today hope to god everyone going will get right behind the lads and drive them onto a win.


  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    An endorsement from ‘arry, is all you need to confirm what we all know – we are run by a bunch of shysters! F*ck off you Spurs!

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    I am so pumped…GOT my Newcastle long sleeve kit from the 99 season from Ebay!!!!!!! LETSSS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAAAAAADSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait fro 4 pm…I havent been THIS nervous since the Robson days…… :)))))) comooonn TOOOOOOONNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stuart no9

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    i like redknapp as a manager, but ” mind your own buisness and shut up”

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, Redknob ….

    hey up until recently you where the king of the selling club of England, a heeb business machine now he has the nerve to comment … ah please….

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    An endorsement from ‘arry is all you need to confirm what we all know – we are run by a bunch of shysters!
    The implication from his quotes is that we don’t like people who are from the South…what a load of stereotypical tosh and it shows a total ignorance of what has actually happened since 2008….CH and AP (Southerners) have been given more than a fair crack of the whip from the fans – more than what MA gives his managers.

  • Ian Magpie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    What the hell does this Cockney prick know about what happens at NUFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The lack of communication from NUFC and the fans means we hardly know anything never mind Arry the spend Redknap! Wonder what he would say if his chairman gave him a transfer budget with a net spend of £300,000!!!!!! Hmmmmm you can imagine the moaning!!!! Our management have done well this season and lets hope it continues but lets not forget they have alot of catching up to do and better communication would be a great start!!! Both fans and management need to give a little and this club will take off again! But Arry the prick needs to get his facts right before mouthing off about a club he knows nothing about! PRICK!!!!

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Ian Magpie

    AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH SPOT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Ashley has made mistakes, massive ones, but he and his team which includes Llambias, Beardsley, Pardew, Carr and all the other scouts and coaches are learning fast.
    Ashley has stated on more than one occasion his vision for or club and if people don’t listen then its their fault.
    1) Lower the wage bill
    2) Develop the academy
    3) Don’t buy player’s over 26
    4) Get the best scout and allow him to select players who fit into 3 and 1
    5) Move out those who cannot fit into the style of play we are adopting (modern football) and play that way from academy to first team.

    All these points are well known to the supporters and if it is allowed to continue we will be a major force within 5 years, so be patient and enjoy watching entertaining football.
    The worst thing that could happen would be an Arab coming in with vast wealth and throwing us off course.
    We need to get our club back in the real world and if the funding to the league implodes we will be in a position to exploit it.

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Shell…you missed out point 6, which negates any progress made under the first 5 points – to sell and profiteer in transfer windows without first making buying contingency plans so that real progress can be made.
    + the no players over 26 is not only totally ageist but rules out any signing of players who are in their prime years as a professional – surely a more pragmatic approach for the right player at the right time would be more appropiate for a club of Newcastle’s stature? Remember what the re-signing of Pedro did for a newly promoted Newcastle? – he didn’t cost a fortune but transformed an already promising youthful team.
    A good feeder club is what it seems we are being transformed into.

  • toon tom

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    even if hes put 100 million into the club, hes had 5 years free advertising for sports, how much would 5 years advertising cost at another big club, 200 or 300 million, and he is slowly taking his 100 million back, after all it was only a loan…… shut ya hole redknapp, you dont know whats going on up here

  • bills-son

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Ahhh … Solano’s back with his negative anti-Ashley gobshite.

    So, now that Ashley’s youth and transfer policy has given us the best squad we’ve had in years you decide to pour negs on it by saying all Ashley is doinmg is transforming us into a good feeder club. Pathetic.

    ITUNDERASHEL @ 11 has given the perfect answer to those who say Ashley doesn’t communicate. Of course he has – how many times does he need to spell out what the clubs polocy is? The fact is many fans don’t want to know/listen/understand because they still have the bile blinkers on. Solano being at the head of the queue.

    Ashley is the best owner we’ve had in my 50 years as a supporter. I’ll keep saying it – and I know for a fact that more and more sensible fairminded fans (including Ed) are starting to see that many of the highly criticised decisions Ashley has made are turning out to be great decisions for the club.

    HWTL and 3.1 to the Toon today.

  • moonraker

    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Harry should mind his own business especially as he turned the Toon job down! F@ckin cockney no-all b@st@rd

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17


    I would say Nicely put for those that keep banging the no communication drum, although they will have forgotten your post by the time the next thread is up and will be once again drivelling on about not knowing what the club plans are.

    As for solano are you really that blind or is it you just live such a sad life that the only way you can get a bit of a smile going is to gripe about things outside your control?

    Your first comment about profiteering in the transfer window would you only be happy if every transfer window closed with us being in debt????????????

    How do you KNOW contingency plans were not made????????? Thirty five million for an arsehole that could be locked up at a moment’s notice I think is absolutely excellent business the only problem was he went at the close of the window so no time to get cover in.

    No players over twenty six I think is quite a sensible rule in the past we used to be a high paying retirement home for past their prime footballers and it got us nowhere, so I for one am in agreement with that rule.

    Although the resigning of spiderman shows all rules are flexible the right over twenty six year old at the right price I think will still be brought in.

    bills-son I am with you and ITUNDERASHELL we appear to be setting good foundations and going in the right direction, long may it continue.

    As for 2 ameobies @ # 4

    The money is gone from his pocket so it is “spent” whichever way you care to look at it MA has SPENT a lot of money to date on NUFC and he has not made any profit at any transfer window “THE CLUB HAS”

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #18 longlost numpty friends….your spineless arse-licking ways know no bounds…..I haven’t been away at all but you choose to ignore any pertinent points to pursue your own adoration for a man who failed again to back his appointment….the fact that AP is performing a minor miracle DESPITE MA’s tightarsery and greed is totally beyond you….yet another chance will arise in January for the club to “kick on” by showing just a little ambition to build upon a great early season….but the weight of history tells me we are more likely to be grooming a few more Judas’s.

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Bills…you have the audacity to be dishing out abuse to me ..why don’t you try to show just a little humility as you have an almost 100% record of shouting off and then having to eat humble pie. Nothing at all has happened to prove that we are NOT a feeder club.
    Ambition from above will ensure we keep our best players in the future but statements from above all point to wanting to keep moving players on for profit and keep rebuilding right back from the ground

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    “fairminded fan” Ed……says Bills-son….is this the same guy you accused of being so anti-Ashley that you spat your dummy out and vowed never to come on here again just a matter of a month or so ago?
    P*ss and wind, my boy, that’s all you are…


    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Well said solano,bill – son needs to stop off the drugs or see a mental nurse because if he thinks m ashley is our best ever owner he has mental health ossues,on a brighter note i have a good feeling about todays game


    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Bill-son more like bell end you numpty

  • stuart no9

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Shell . I’m sorry mate but I don’t share your optimism.and before people start shouting, I am dead chuft where we are in the league and I am enjoying it as much as anyone (while it lasts) the 5 points you refer to = profit IMO .no players over 26, I’ve never known any team win anything without experience in the team, to steady the boat in nail biting finale’s An Arab would come in and knock us off course ?????????? no an Arab would get us to where ash wants us , in a year . When would you want CLF ? In 3 years or 6 . Also he had a 5 year plan , 5 years ago

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Solano @ # 18

    Your pertinent points are what??????

    Remembering that you have used the description pertinent and not biased blinkered bigoted or conjecture, so your pertinent points are?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25


    I guess your glass is always half empty my friend.

    Traditionally clubs get rid of certain, sometimes even their best players when they have served a purpose. Fergie did it all the time when the time was right with Yorke, Cole, Sheringham, Rud van Nistlerooy etc etc, then replaced them with younger, sometimes even better players.

    Barcelona will do the same with messi when the time is right . Sentimentality has killed this club with Shearer playing on way too long as just one example. And nobody in their right mind can say that selling Carroll wasn’t an amazing amount of business. 35M can’t even get on the pitch !

    Football = business these days or go under.

    For so long we have lacked any ruthless streak at board room level who can make good business decisions for the club. Now we are top of the academy and reserve leagues and 4th in the premiership, but still no good grace and acknowlegement from some people!

    Now we have people like Marveux, ben Arfa and Santon on the bench. Clever and astute buys and young, fitter faster players in the team.

    For all that, we still have the 4th highest debt in the premiership.

    You don’t have to like Ashley or Llambias but what does the bigoted, narrow minded, everything is black and white approach achieve?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26


    Colo is 30 ! it just means recruiting under 26 from now on

  • Sav

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Ashley has done 2 things right -appoint Carr and appoint Pards. I respect the second especially because it was in the face of general media AND fan opinion. But few would argue with that decision now.
    But we have been extremely lucky so far as well and if a couple of injuries come in the wrong poitions the wheels will come off very easily.
    Still, ‘arry should speak whereof he knows…the Wi, his doggies and second-hand motahs.

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #28

    The pertinent point is that all that has happened actually shows that we are exactly what I stated we are becoming….a feeder club. This is not just my “biased, bigoted point of view” blah blah blah…but a view shared by many respected journos, ex-players and many, many fans……I’m really enjoying our little run at the moment but it seems it is the “everything is great” viewpoints by the MA lovers who show narrowmindedness and bigotry.
    Rotonda talks of my “black and white approach” – I think you’ll find printed in black and white, are club statements that show that we lack true ambition and will continue along the lines of profiteering on our best players.
    It seems that if you hate Mike Ashley (which I unashamedly do, by the way!) it gets twisted into you wanting the team to lose….this is a totally proposterous assumption and shows how daft some people approach these “debates”. I hope we stuff Mike’s team today…..HWTL!

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda..the famous£35m was fantatsic business but that hasn’t equated to it being great for our football team…it just disappeared. Why are you so pleased with this deal? As a fan, it just doesn’t make sense, if it doesn’t go back into what it was promised for.
    If that’s what football is all about, you might as well go and cheer on your local branch of HSBC!


    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    SPOT ON SOLANO,no one can argue that 35 mill wasnt an amazing amount of money but it jus disapeared like my pay when owa lass sees it,im over the moon with the start we have had but things can change very quickly,

  • stuart no9

    Oct 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda @26 ok but that tells me that in future we may have a decent side, but when these players on the wrong side of 26 have gone and/or the the good ones under 26 have been sold.where is the experience in the team to be successful.I know, you know , we need that if we want to push on

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry can’t see what your argument is, tell me, when have we not sold on players??? So in that respect then we have always been a feeder club and this is nothing new.

    Most of our top players have gone on to other clubs well before they were over the hill, I admit my memory is not the best but to my recollection Shearer is the only big name to refuse the “bigger” club appeal see out his career with us, so in reality we have always been a selling club.

    As for “It seems that if you hate Mike Ashley (which I unashamedly do, by the way!) it gets twisted into you wanting the team to lose all the hate does is colour your judgement, I neither hate now love MA and I think as a consequence I am a little more balanced in my posts. I read your posts and the impression I get is you want MA to fail and as a consequence NUFC to fail.

    Just for you info your posts do not get twisted they just read like that.

    You take negative conjecture and post it up as facts, your opening sentence is a good example some of our ex players have already stated they left to go to a more “successful” club this is something that will never stop until we make the club more successful and the last season and a half I see as going in the right direction.

    So I am still waiting to read your pertinent points.

  • bills-son

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Solano – u r a loser.

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Bills…I take that as a compliment coming fron=m such a fool as yourself… have proven to be the No.1 biggest “gobshite” on this blog….can’t you remember your pledge never to return to this blog?
    Dicspudnutt…..the pertinent point is that this wonderful run we are on has jackshite to do with our owner who has very little interest in football matters and every interest in money-making….everytime we take one step forward as a team, he always makes the wrong decision…..would you like to bet against him viewing Pardew’s miracle as a great way to make a quick buck in January?

  • bills-son

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Solano – u r a loser.

    Unlike Mike Ashley, who has been a success in life, and is now bringing organisation, financial stability and a great squad of exciting players to NUFC.

    You sad wanker – just go stew in your neg shit.

  • bills-son

    Oct 16, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Solano – me a fool?!!

    You don’t know how big a fool you sound with your whinging neg defeatist crap.

    I’ve been right all along – you know it – I know it – and you just can’t stomach it. LOSER>

  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #37

    And many witnesses on this blog know you are a sandwich short of a picnic!
    Your posting history is on the web forever and many of your quotes have been thrown back at you….I’ll give you one thing though, you have no shame!


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