Mike Ashley In Newcastle To Discuss Transfers And Players’ Contracts

News today thta Mike Ashley flew into Newcastle United’s training ground today.

Mike Ashley – in Newcastle today

That’s interesting and apparently Mike wanted to talk face to face with Alan on plans for Newcastle’s future.   The Sports Direct owner  arrived in his own private helicopter,  as he often does when he visits Newcastle on a quick day visit.

The news is that Mike wants to talk to Alan Pardew about two major things – players’ contracts and transfer targets for the summer.

Newcastle are at the moment negotiating with the agent of Fab Coloccini on his new long term deal, and players like Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie also need new deals to keep them on Tyneside.

Of course the news today is that Fabio Capello has resigned his England manager position, but Pardew is not in the running for the job, and he was listed at 100-1 by SkyBet today.

Newcastle have already made a good start on their transfer targets for the summer, since quite a lot of ground-work seemed to be done in January, and no doubt progress on those will be discussed today.

And maybe while Alan is talking to Mike on players’ contracts,  he may get an improved deal himself, given how well Newcastle have done under Alan in the Premier League this season.

Mike does make frequent visits to Newcastle, and there will likely be a transfer meeting, with the people involved being Derek LLambias, Chief Scout Graham Carr,  Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley – as well as Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting.

Comments welcome.

49 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    need a new pic Ed of Ashley as the FCB has become a SCB after his diet

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah right, its a routine neeting ed

  • Dannyo

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Also highley likely that Beardsley is in that meeting imo, he’s the current head of the youth setup, and with there being allot of talks of youth nowadays and probably even more so in the summer, u can bet that it’ll be a huge issue in the meeting too.
    I think Pardew says he’s targeted 4 positions this summer, he’ll put out a hitlist with Carr, and also say to replace anyone who leaves.

    One of my concerns is also that we’ll have to sell before we buy.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    2 dannyo

    Why would we need to sell before we buy ?

    Smith, Xisco and the reserve guys are going anyway – at least I hope Xisco is going

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    feel sorry for best

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe we could start a rumour – Pardew is about to be sacked – that would please Indian.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Have we not always sold before we bought? The most recent window being the only exception in 4 years…

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    martoon now you are talking absurd, i think he is a conservative manager

  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Indian –

    Remind me why you support NUFC again? You do nothing but criticise. I mean I’d understand if we were 5th from bottom, but you keep yabbering on about Pards tactics – what do you know? Are you a PL manager? Have you took a team to 5th who were in the championship 2 seasons ago?

    Funny how it’s good players and not Pards who are responsible for us being 5th, but when we lose it’s all Pards fault because he got his tactics wrong. Get behind the team man, and yes that means the players AND the manager.

  • Dannyo

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    @Stuart (response on former thread)
    Aye, i’m Norwegian, but how Norway fare in matches i just read about in the headlines, briefly. Also, the FIFA ranking is bullocks…
    I think many feel the same about their national teams aswell, unless u’re Brazil, Italy or Spain atm 😛

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    that pic of ashley could well be an england manager.

    im starting a campaign – ashley for england , i reckon he’d do a better job than previous numpty.

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Martoon @6 – Nah, nothing ever pleases IndianM

  • Stuart

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Xisco wont be going anywhere, hes still got another year and a bit or something of his bumper contract left.

    Stuck with him til it runs out I reckon.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    best s injury means Ameobi closer to our first 11 YUCK

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #15


    all i have said is he is conservative manager, in addition he has been a bit lucky what is wrong with that statement

  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m not interested in England.

    Too much media drivel.
    Too much hype and unrealistic expectations.
    We’ve had numerous managers but the simple truth remains – the players are not good enough to compete with the worlds best. We’re miles behind Spain.
    Rooney has not turned out to be the genius at international level. I think he has lost his bullish edge, it’s been trained out of him. I remember his Everton days bursting into the box, knocking 3 players out the way and riffling into the net. Not anymore.

  • JackButler

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone else hear Beardo on Talksport yesterday saying how committed Ashley is to NUFC and that we have a very exciting future ahead of us

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    we loaned XISCO, with an obligation on deportivo to buy him nxt year

  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19


    I’m not talking about this thread, but your incessant campaign against pards and your love affair with HBA. Change the record man.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #20

    @ spuggy 9

    There’s Ashley neggers and there’s Pardew neggers. Then there are Shola neggers and so on..

    I’m with you on this one – the players respond to the manager – they’re all in it together when the team does well and they’re all responsible if we do badly but then its the manager who’d get sacked

  • derekm

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Here we go – let me be one of the first to say it – WELL DONE MIKE ASHLEY – YOU WERE RIGHT.
    OK, anyone care to argue that after his horrific start he has turned things around at all levels of our club? If so you are insane. We are no longer laughed at for off field rubbish ( QPR have inherited him ) our players are driven and improving quality all of the time. I believe his methods of mid range salaries but fantastic rewards for success has installed the team ethic – anyone not pulling their weight is letting everyone else down, so again, well done on the weight loss and also learning how to run a football club.

  • Lynxie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Are you BruTool / Indian Magpie in disguise?
    Leave it out man, you are boring the living daylights out of us. If you have nothing interesting or relevant to say REGARDING THE ARTICLE, then just read, and push your keyboard away.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Pards is a lucky manager? I mean what does that mean.

    All manager have luck good and bad. It’s called football. Funny thing is though the harder you work the more luck you tend to have.

    I’ve never seen such a hard working NUFC team. We have a defence to be proud of (when we have been a joke in the past).

    Pards has instilled that ethic into the players. No one else.

  • Diggedydaws

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #24

    The bloke had the unenviable task of dealing with a nightmare of a football club from the start, continually in the papers as a result of petulant, spoilt players and extremely unprofessional directors.
    Whatever he did he would of been pilloried(?) BUT I for one ampleased that through his financial stewardship we seem to be a solvent, ambitious and professionally run club.
    It’s going to happen that fans are divided about team selections and that’s good man, we’re passionate about our club.
    Thank heavens Hall, Sheperd, et al are gone, we are at the dawn of a New(castle) season my friends, let the good times roll!

  • ontariomag

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Well said derekm i also have to eat that there humble pie. He has one set of kahunas to stick with his policys and drive the changes he has well done indeed. Never felt so positive about the future since mr keegan and the mid nineties

  • Lynxie

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Well said. Good teams make thier own luck in football, hard work = results.
    thats why teams who think they can survive the top flight by looking good and courting the media and public sympathy vote (Hull / Blackpool) went straight back where they belong. And exactly why we will stay where we are at the very least

  • guymaxwell

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    It is time to possibly cut Ashley some slack, though I am sure that his next PR gaff is just around the corner.

    He can’t help where he was born, and weren’t Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand from the SE too?

    His appointment of Wise, although wrrong in terms of the individual, was right in terms of strategy. Identify young, talented players, buy them at low fees, get a few good years out of them, then maybe sell 1 in 3 at a huge profit. Oddly since the players are spotted by Graham Carr (one of us and a funny son) that model is fine?

    The club was run poorly by the previous regime, who pandered to our whim for expensive signings, we have to take some blame for that – we turned out for Shearer’s (good) and Owen’s (bad) arrival (actually, I didn’t but hey).

    He has invested his own (i.e. NOT BORROWED) money to keep us going and we should be thankful for that if nothing else.

    Ashley wants the club to be self financing, sounds like a bloody good idea to me.

    He may be a pillock, he is a southerner, but he’s done enough to earn some praise .. every now and again.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Pards has had a lot of luck.
    Some of it good – a lot of it bad. (ref decisions, FA decisions, injuries).

    Without his/our good luck, we would probably be sitting below the Pool and the Ar**, but still above everyone else.

    Would that not still be a creditable position, given our expectations and worries?

  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #29


    Spot on there with everthing you have said. MA might have made a few errors in judgement eg, Wise, the handling of Hughton etc

    But the guy is a multi Millionairre ffs you dont become one of those without a fair bit of business sense.

    Our club will be one of the only self financing in the world soon, and that alone is a major thing.

    Things are looking up for us in every way

  • markmac

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I hope someone comes in for xisco….if they do ill drive him there!!

  • sam down south

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    This is not an accidental meeting. Harry is likely to take the England job and Spurs will need a shortlist of new managers. Guess who will be in contention – yes Pardew. Ashley knows this and so flies in and offers Pardew a better improved contract – and of course one of the little improvements is a nice big contract termination clause. Meaning if Spurs want him they will have to pay us £10million. For Ashley this is a nice problem – it means the manager (or player) is performing and other clubs may go after them so you increase their salary and increase the compensation clause. Same thing we need to do with Demba.

  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Loverman also to be soon off the books, not to mention Best and Forster probably going for fees. Against this, we’ll be clobbered for big salaries for Ba, Krul, Coloccini, Cabaye and Guthrie in the summer and either a salary increase or a sale of Danny Simpson.
    Lots for the brass to discuss.


    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #33

    I expect the conversation will be about transfer ins and outs and maybe Colloccini’s possible departure and replacement if he won’t accept an offer within the clubs wage structure.
    Neggars will be out in force again if he goes and then of course a better replacement long term will be brought in.
    Ashley knows exactly were he is taking our club, its to the champions league!

  • wynsleap

    Feb 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #34

    guymaxwell @ 27 – Agree with most of what you say except “He has invested his own NOT BORROWED money”.
    Whichever way you look at it the money Ashley has put in will have to be paid back some time. He hasn’t given it as a FREE gift.
    I do agree though, that after being one of his fiercest critics, Ashley needs to be given some credit for the way this club is going. At last we’ve stopped being the laughing stock of football and our players are making the headlines for the RIGHT reason.
    We have an articulate and seemingly intelligent manager, an exciting plan to increase the quality overall of our youth academy (not before time), a sensible transfer policy of searching out quality players whose attitude and demeanour fit in with a happy playing staff and a fairly aggressive way in the transfer market of going about our business with a refusal to be held to ransom.
    If only Ashley would convince us by confirming that he has NO intention of ruining all this with some stupid actions like selling our top performers, putting us in red and blue stripes or renaming one of the stands The Sports Direct Stand or whatever, he may go down in history and even further up in my estimation.

  • Slank

    Feb 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Sam @ 31

    You are talking absolute rollocks.

    Why would a club with arguably some of the best players in the Premiership, playing, without doubt, the most attractive football, and on the point of qualifying for the Champions League would want to restrict themselves to choosing our manager, who has yet to prove himself at the highest levels, ahead of any number of world class managers.

    Do you think that Pardew’s name would come before Jose Mourinho? I think not.

  • Slank

    Feb 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    This meeting would have been arranged weeks ago because the January transfer window has now closed and so the club needs to take stock of where they are at with renewing existing contracts and planning for summer departures and summer arrivals.

    Very sensible business approach, now typical of the club under Ashley.

  • solano

    Feb 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37

    A lot of happy people about because we are flying high under PARDEW….the club’s recruitment policy won’t change however, and there will be a lot of horsetrading to come in the summer, no doubt.
    The blase attitude of automatically assuming we will find suitabl replacements if we sell our best players is an extremely dangerous one. Afterall, sometimes the timescale for replacements takes a whole year!
    Tim Krul’s recent words following the closure of the transfer window, should bring a cautionary lesson for all – the players, were as relieved as anyone when we didn’t lose our stars. Trust in those at the very top, it seems, is not so forthcoming as some on this blog would suggest.

  • jayarrscott

    Feb 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Does anyone know what NUFC’s players wage structure is?
    Are Colo & Jonas our highest earners – how much do they get paid?
    I guess that that Man U, Citeh, Chelsea, Liverpool & Arsenal pay can be much higher than ours for their top players – if so is it not inevitable that we’re going to lose Tiote, Colo, Baa, Krul (& maybe Simpson & others) as long as the other clubs pay top whack transfer fees (cf. Liverpool/Carroll)?

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Feb 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Bit of an Ashley love-in on here today eh? Well personally I still hate the greedy ugly c**t and I won’t be fooled into complicity just because we’re having one good season.

    Also lot’s of criticism for the past regime of Shepherd and Hall-why is this called for? Ok, so we have had a great season thus far but to heil MA as the perpetrator of our success is ridiculous, as Solano suggests thanks and praise are owed to Pardew.

    As things stand we have achieved NOTHING under Mike Ashley except for an embarassing relegation, a stadium name change and the defilement of two of the clubs biggest legends, yeah, thanks Mike.

    For all their faults the previous regime put Newcastle United on the map when we consistently qualified for europe and challenged for honours season in season out. What Ashley has achieved is the humbling of our club-ffs Spurs are apparently a bigger club than us now, so you brown nosers need to take a look at yourselves Ashley still remains a businessman and incidentally not a Newcastle United fan.

    Also, Dannyo is right, we have always sold before buying under MA even in this window if you consider that the money spent on Cisse could be either out of the remaining Carrol money or out of the cash injection from Virgin money…now our sponsorship deal is spent, how will we fund these 4 apparent targets in the summer?

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Dannyo @ # 3

    Just like we had to sell before we bought last month?????????????

    God the pessimists on here are pathetic.

    Dannyo think was it really worth it typing such shit??????????


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