Peter Beardsley – Mike Ashley Is Different Class – A Brilliant Owner

It’s fair to say that Peter Beardsley has been a big supporter of Mike Ashley,  ever since Mike first bought the Newcastle club in the summer of 2007.

Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – both are brilliant

And only recently Beardsley was promoted from the Newcastle Reserve team manager spot to a much broader and higher paying role of Football Development Manager, where his task is to identify fresh new talent for Newcastle United.

Of course things have hardly been smooth sailing for Ashley since he arrived,  and there have been a number of controversies and decisions which have really upset the Newcastle fans.

The latest one is the decision to rename St. James’ Park,  and Ashley and his top Executive at the club, Derek LLambias,  are hoping to sell the naming rights of the stadium to some company.

Newcastle are hoping to get £10M a year in new revenues from this, and it’s also true that Newcastle have done better than we could have ever imagined, since the club was relegated in May of 2009, just two years after Mike Ashley had arrived at Newcastle.

Of course Alan Pardew has received glowing reports on his stewardship of the club as manager since December of 2010, but Peter wants to also ensure his two bosses – Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias – also get the credit.

With Newcastle sitting in 6th position in the league, it’s not the first time that Peter Beardsley has come out and praised the Newcastle owner, and he was even supportive of Ashley during the Kevin Keegan debacle in September of 2008.

This is what Beardsley had to say:

“Ashley is different class, I have to say. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been given the support he deserves, but now people are starting to realise the club is on an even keel and going in the right direction.”

“I have to say – obviously I am biased and it will always be my club – the club is going in the right direction.” “We have got a brilliant owner, a brilliant managing director, a brilliant manager.”

“And if you have got those three who are really positive, you must have a chance.”

When Alan Pardew first arrived at Newcastle, he was hardly welcomed by the Newcastle fans, as he had replaced a very popular manager in Chris Hughton – although that had nothing to do with Alan Pardew.

And Chris had done a terrific job over the previous 18 months in getting Newcastle promoted from being down and out in the summer of 2009, and in December, 2010,  we were sitting in the middle of the league table, when Chris was suddenly sacked.

But 15 months on and Alan Pardew is now trying to have Newcastle qualify for a Europa League spot next season,  and if the lads can finish in 7th position in the league, then we think there’s a very good possibility we will get that 3rd Europa League spot for English clubs.

Peter was asked about qualifying for Europe:

“That would be nice.” “The good thing is, that’s not my problem, that’s the manager’s job. But to be fair, he has done an incredible job, he really has done an incredible job. Everybody around the place likes him.”

“The Geordies, he would probably be the first one to admit, they didn’t want him initially, but they have been pleasantly surprised, and onwards and upwards.”

Newcastle are in 6th position in the league a couple of points above Liverpool, and 7 points above 8th placed Sunderland, and we have a great chance of getting our first win in 5 games on Sunday afternoon, when Norwich City are the visitors to St. James’ Park.

And with a brilliant owner, a brilliant chief executive and a brilliant manager, you have to think we can do that now.

It would be a brilliant win. 😀

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    A blind date with Susan Boyle is too good to Ashley.

  • Graeme

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow, jail, thats a bit harsh mate lol

  • Dannyo

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Lol Jail, that was one of the better ones. Makes me shiver just by the thought of it, lol.
    On to the article;

    Success runs from top to bottom in a football club, it’s so important that everything works well together. The success we’re currently having is no fluke. It’s the result of structure, fluid communication and trust.
    None of those comes easy.

  • geoff777

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4


    Good one!

    I liked the Flamingo Land one the other day, perhaps a combination.

    Blind date with Susan Boyle at Flamingo Land on a Bank Holiday.

    On the article … that’s a serious bit of brown-nosing by Peter I’m embarrassed for him …

  • wynsleap

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    A ‘brilliant’ owner, a ‘brilliant’ managing director and a ‘brilliant’ manager.
    Well that’s your job safe for a bit longer Beardo.
    Maybe we can now look forward to a ‘brilliant’ season next year with all these ‘brilliant’ individuals around?

  • LewSpi

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Good morning everyone. First time I’ve posted since the ManUre game last night. So, is everyone Bilbao fans now? I think they (and every other European team this year) have highlighted just how much our traditional English, unimaginative tactics are being left behind by those on the continent. Worrying.

    Anyway, back to Toon, some nice words from Beardsley there for Ashley, I’ve noticed when I was at the lat couple of games, a certain ‘Get out of our club’ was absent from the terraces, and if it is shouted out, it rarely develops into a chant, surely a sign that peoples opinions are changing?

    Also, we’re linked with Jordan Rhodes again this morning, albeit in ‘CaughtOffside’, wouldn’t mind seeing him at SJP.

  • achtoon

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I was at an after match talk by beardsley at the west brom game in the champioship which was a draw and he really laid into the teams performance and really didnt pull any punches also critisising how the club was run. He worked for the club then also. he doesnt brown nose in any form so i trust what what he says

  • wynsleap

    Mar 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    LewSpi – the more I see of foreign teams the more it is obvious that this country is too smug and full of egotistical, overpaid, overhyped and pampered ‘superstars’ as well as managers and coaches like our ‘Arry who think they are God’s gift to the game.
    In reality we are lagging far behind the rest of the world in skill, technique, ability and organisation.
    That’s why European Championships and World Cups are usually nightmares.
    We gave the beautiful game to the world but money, greed and Sky TV have combined to make us .also rans’.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    The good thing is, that’s not my problem, that’s the manager’s job.

    Very good words from Beardsley, always my idol, very good attacking player together with ian rush..woah..cant forget those moments when they were at StjamesPk.

    These people knows what they are employ for and will never get into other people business. It makes everyone role easier unlike liverpool.


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