Mike Ashley Now Fully Involved In Transfer Business


Maybe it was when he heard that QPR owner Tony Fernandes had talked personally to Loic Remy, and helped to steal him from under Newcastle’s noses,  that has convinced the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, to get fully involved in Newcastle’s transfer business this month.

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Mike Ashley – personally involved in the transfers

Because that’s what’s being reported in the local papers today, and maybe it has something to do with a new £5B three-year Premier League TV deal to start next season – just maybe. 😀

And of course if Newcastle are relegated we’ll not see too much of that.

Here’s what Alan Pardew said today:

“This club has already been relegated not so long ago.” “To be fair to Mike, he was in a position where he could keep the team together.” “If you keep the team, you go back up.”

“But we don’t want to be in that scenario. The last person who wants that position is Mike Ashley.” “He doesn’t want to go back to that. We’re aggressive, but we can’t be overly aggressive. We have to do what we think is right for the club.”

And Pardew is trying to reassure Newcastle fans that a lot is being done in the transfer market now, since the black eye the club received because Loic Remy preferred that small club in London witt more money than sense.

Alan continued:

“Our financial position’s so much stronger than it has ever been.”  “But we find ourselves in a position where we need to invest in the team – I think that’s fairly obvious. We’re going to do that, but within the boundaries that have been set out.”

“They aren’t boundaries that I’ve set – they’re boundaries that the owner has set.”  “I have to abide by them. At the same time, I’ll still push for the best possible players I can get. Hopefully, the negotiations, that aren’t done by me, bear fruit.”

Most Newcastle fans are still hurting form the Loic Remy affair, and it will take Mike Ashley and company to bring in at least three good players in January – and keep Colo at the club – if  our fans  are to be convinced that everything possible was done in January to strengthen the squad.

The jury is still out on that, but we’re hoping …..

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38 comments so far

  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Has the man ever heard of speculate to accumulate? after all i thought it would be in his interest for us to do well? maybe he just likes laughing at our demise , knowing soft lads will still keep his pockets fat

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    i ain’t hurting from remy .. its these sort of money grabbers that took us down last time

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  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    not bothered with remy niether his record is not good, concern is over ashleys crow bar proof wallet

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    boreng day

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    The main reason we are in this position is we didn’t strengthen when all teams around us did. Especially when we knew we had weak first 11 positions to fill at CB, RB and CF (given Ba’s tenuous contract) and clearly also need another commanding CM with tiote at ACON this year.

    I will never understand why we didn’t push that little bit more to secure our position when we had the momentum.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Getting Mbiwa in would be a great bit of business.

    If we can get him and De Jong i’d be very happy. If Colo goes though, then back to square one and another cb is needed one that scores goals, Alderweireld possibly?

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  • MAUTITOON

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    7 GMT: Newcastle just cannot seem to catch a break. Despite reports from L’Equipe earlier in the day, RMC Sport is now claiming that the Magpies’ bid for defender Massaido Haidara, which was initially accepted, has now been rejected. RMC also believes that Premier League rivals West Ham have submitted a bid of 3.5 million euros for the young full-back.

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  • moonsault

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    After I read Remy’s interview on Tony Fernandes, I only got one advise for Mike Ashley:

    “Mike, you should play PES 2013 with those transfer targets while discussing terms.”

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    id rather have a CB that can defend as opposed to a CB that can score goals?!

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  • MrToon

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    He must have gone out and bought an xbox and fifa 13 to make sure we don’t miss out on anyone else.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Haidara bid can only mean 1 thing. Santon next to be cashed in on. Sooooo short sighted its unbe,ievable.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Why does Pardew keep defending MA. It’s not his job.

    Or maybe it is – maybe he sold his soul and mouth to Ashley when he signed that 8 year deal. May he is now literally a puppet, speaking and moving only at Ashley’s command.

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  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    i like the word HOPEFULLY in the above artivle, regarding lambs ass n jabba lol pissing in the wind theirthen

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    I woul rather sign mwbia than Remy ! We still need an Attacking striker/winger hope this week is a big turning point in our season …

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  • Toon73

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    fire up the PS3 Ashley FFS !!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    This interview looks to me like hes covering his back for when we sign zero more players saying he doesnt set the budget and he isnt involved in talks

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  • MrToon

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    I hope he didn’t buy pro evo. That would be a massive mistake

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  • gaz 44

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #18

    think we do need another strikers/winger type but if we get benny back soon ill be happy with Mark/cisse/hba to see the season out . just desperate for cb to get over the line

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Milan have asked NUFC about the availability of Santon.

    Apparently we have put a £15M price tag on his head

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  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    canr belive pardew said we need 2 players, we needed at least for in the summer, with ba gone and the injuries surely it must be 5 or 6 now???

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    its very hard to believe that, here we are on the 19thjan still struggling, – losing – negotiating with players, after all the bad results – bad performences over the last couple of months, and yet still nothing.
    ok we lost remy , but shouldnt there have been another option on stand by just in case something like that would happen. surely pards is not that naive to suggest things were going to run smoothly during this window. we should have new players in now. nothing has been done over the last few months looking for replacements. identifying players does not seem to be one of pards strengths- like his football, he has a plan A sadly thats where it ends.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22

    The trouble is MA wants to run the club with the costs of a championship club & the profits of a premier league club. I just can’t understand the lack of ambition. No wonder a lot of top players won’t come or want to leave. SHAME.

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  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    i would say it is why he employes a muppet and gives him a long term deal, because he will ask no questions and take the flack for jabba, hence why chris hughton went, he felt had had earned the right to be backed more and rightly so, but ashley went searching for a new muppet. we wont have a proper manager under this man, because he cannot cope with one, he is weak and a coward!

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  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Eeenteresting that MA’s taking a hands on approcah now. Could that mean that the penny’s dropped that his erxtwhile MD, Llambias has made a dogs breakfast of our tranfer activity so far?

    Petrhaps he’s realised or will realise that he needs a football person at the helm?

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  • JARRAMAG

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    If this is true then i can only assume that Ashley has realised that he is set to lose over £60 mill in tv revenue and season ticket revenue

    A lot of my mates who were season ticket holders for over 25 years wont give Ashley a penny and are waiting for him to sell up before returning and i feel that relegation again will result in a mass exodus in season ticket holders as Ashley has clearly shown all NUFC fans of his zero ambition for the club

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  • Solaidback

    Jan 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    So ed, when are you going to get this blog on the Andriod market & create an APP, so peeps like me can read it during the day at work on our mobs??

    As for Ashley gettin involved in transfers, I’m sorry but he’s no Tony Fernandes, in fact he’s probably the evil half of Tony Fernandes 😉 😉

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  • toontillidie

    Jan 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Cashley involved in transer business i can see it now

    Cashley – “hey was wondering about signing Mbiwa from you”

    Agent/Club – “Oh right how much we talking”

    Cashley – “we will pay ya £2.5m for the player we plan on offering him £50 a week salary and as for the agents they can have £1m”

    Agen/Club – “Great offer you have a deal great doing Business with ya”

    Cashley – Thanks Bye for Now

    phone rings –

    Redknapp – “hi this is Harry redknapp we are interested in the player Newcastle Just bid for”

    Agent/Club – “oh and how much you wanna offer?”

    Redknapp – “we will give ya £4m for the player will offer him 85K a week and the agents can Have £2m”

    Agent/Club – ” You got a deal let me just notify newcastle the deal is off”

    Thats a scary scenario

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  • blew

    Jan 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Why has Ashley involved himself in transfers?
    I would suggest he realises the shortcomings of his useless negotiators in chief – Lambsarse and Charnley.
    We may now see some progress, hopefully!

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  • toontillidie

    Jan 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Cashleys Phone rings –

    Cashley “Hello”

    René Girard – “hi this is René Girard”

    Cashley – “what can i do for you?”

    René Girard “just calling to let you know that we have rejected your bid for Mbiwa”

    Cashley – “how come”

    René Girard – “well Harry redknapp just offered us more than Newcastle and the player will be flying into London for a medical this Afternoon”

    Cashley ” Oh well i guess we dont have what it takes maybe i should just see who else is available for Peanuts, Bye”

    René Girard – ” Bye “

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  • toontillidie

    Jan 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Ashley getting involved in the clubs transfer negotiating could have positive effects but i very much doubt it if he does get us a couple of players over the line then i will be one happy toon fan but until it happens i wont be holding my breath HTL

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  • bonjovi

    Jan 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #31

    I think we gonna end upp with loise saha in the attack. Strong and fast. To bad

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Is it true that when MA had the chance to the sell up instead of getting down to business he spent the time in a casino? The result was that the potential buyers took the hump and went home.
    This is the calibre of the man who only cares about Sports Direct and uses the Toon to promote SD at every opportunity.
    Can you imagine MA trying to tie up a deal for a player? Don’t make me laugh.

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  • chuck

    Jan 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon doon south
    Sez “why does Pardew defend mike Ashley , it’s not his job” ?

    It could very well be his job Toondoon, what else was he hired for, he can’t manage ?

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  • miggy

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #34

    hate to say it but a wreckon w doomed already fat cashley has left it to late GET OUT OF OUR CLUB U DONMT KNOW WOT U DOING

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  • miggy

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #35

    AND I DONT KNA HOW TO SPELL

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  • ic0gcds00

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #36

    if you want to watch a decent newcastle side ,go and watch newcastle eagles,entertaining and brilliant to watch also top of the league….

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  • ic0gcds00

    Jan 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    looks as though some panic buying might happen now ,talk of all sorts of shite,we always do one thing well at the toon ,and thats make a pigs ear of everything,same old story too little to late,titanic looms ahead

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  • ic0gcds00

    Jan 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #38

    if i was pardew i would take a course on how to win friends and influene people

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