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Ashley Could Sell Club If Newcastle Are Relegated

12:52 pm, Sunday, April 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

After the Fulham game we thought we were safe when we got that last minute winner, and then we played well against Benfica – but basically our last two home games – which we have lost by a cumulative score of 9-0, may have done us in .

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Mike Ashley could sell if we are relegated

And if Newcastle do get relegated for the second time in four years, it’s a good question as to what will happen, because we don’t think it will be as easy as the last time to come straight back up.

And many of our players will want away, if we are a second division side, simply because the World Cup is next summer in Brazil and they will want to be playing in England’s top league.

And what will Mike Ashley do if we are indeed relegated?

If that comes about,the Mike Ashley era will be looked on as a failure, even though things seemed to be looking up last summer. and even in the first few months of the season.

Who would have thought we would be fighting relegation this season last August?

But the Billionaire may decide he just cannot hack it as a football club owner,

But we also doubt anybody would come in and want to buy Newcastle, which happened the last two times he put the club up for sale.

But make no mistake – if Newcastle go down it will change the club, as we know it.

And it will not be for the better.

It seems like a nightmare happening before our very eyes.

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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dubzy // Apr 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM


  • 2 Spotlight Kid // Apr 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    No he won’t. He’ll bury his head in the sand as ever and hope his fairy godmother will save him, then sack her once she does.

    He’s a chancer, and chancers – in the end – are losers.

  • 3 Ben3arfa // Apr 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM


  • 4 DS_NUFC // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    still frustrated over yesterdays hammering. it really annoys me that on paper our team should not be in a relegation battle. pardew is one of the worst managers in premier league history what is he doing playing a cdm right wing??while having pace and natural wingers on the can a team look so disorganized and look so impassionatie.i believe he has lost the dressing room and the respect of the fans. i just don’t know what ashley is going to do about this situation. i just hope he has enough football knowledge to sack him at the end of the season. the players on the pitch looked frustrated with his team selection and tactics.

  • 5 Beattie25 // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I would give a penny for ibizatoons thoughts.

    Not in the hope that he has finally found a disliking for Pardew, simply to get his opinion.

  • 6 proudtobageordie // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM


    comments like that? You are an embarresment to this football club. Mike Ashley saved our beloved club from bankruptcy and stabalized it so take comments like that elsewhere

  • 7 check the toastie // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Pardonk is a clown. The worst manager in our history, come back JFK all is forgiven.

  • 8 Shane // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Surely the opposite is true…

    If we go down Mike Ashley will not sell, he will get a much larger price for the club in the premier league so I’d imagine he’d stay sell off a few stars and try to win promotion back in to the Prem.

    If we stay up, surely Mike must be thinking of selling up while the club is valuable, a premier league club, financially stable with a bunch of top quality players, its mouth watering for the right potential buyer.

  • 9 Laurent Blanc // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    F**k sake you’d swear we were in the bottom 3. We may have a useless manager but don’t forget there is 2 very poor sides below us!!! West ham and QPR next surely we will get 3 if not 4 points. Ashely will relieve pardew in the summer and it makes sense to look at Laurent Blanc or even Moyes ( wants a challenge). Keep positive lads!!

  • 10 The Curse Of Wonga // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Ed Balls would make a great replacement for Pardew.

  • 11 NUFC FOR SALE // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I don’t think Ashley has done a bad job….he’s made us a sustainable club.

    Its the fact he employed a dinosaur as a team manager.

    Pardew is out of touch with modern football and modern footballers.

    We need to pray for a miracle and then make the change after the season finishes.

    Get Martinez once Wigan go down.

  • 12 jordijohnty // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    try the bbc premier league predictor.Its very hard to see which permutation will keep us up.Our goal difference is now something that could send us down (I’m not including the formula that we might win a game again., cos we know that aint gonna happen)

  • 13 Spotlight Kid // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    The very fact that Pardew, as of 13:00 the day after, is still in a job tells us all we need to know about Ashley. He can con the public with 70% off signs and make millions, he can maybe con his staff via bonuses and save millions, but he can’t pass Pardew off as a PL manager. But then again, no-one could.

    Your bluff has been called, Mike! Nice try, but you are stuck holding an empty hand. Stack it while you can, pay off your one-trick stooge Pardew today, and deal yourself back into the last 3 games with a different manager or you will be wiped out completely by three LONDON clubs in succession. They all have Pardew’s number by now ffs!

    Oh, the irony of it all…

  • 14 stuart no9 // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    proudto b @ 6 firstly- how do you know we were on the brink of bankruptcy? did ash tell you?, secondly, if he hadnt have bought the club , someone would have done, he is not our saviour as some may suggest.
    He had no 5 year plan, and if he did , what is it? i am sure the 5 year plan wasnt to get us relegated ( Twice) with an incompetent manager. Ash has benefited himself- no one else.!

  • 15 LGFUAD21 // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Mike Ashley is far from the problem with this club.

    It’s our manager.

    They may not have invested in the summer but even with added games we should’ve had a decent enough squad to keep us around mid table. Even if we wanted top 6.

    I genuinely believe we have a first team on a par with the likes of Liverpool, Everton.

    I’ve said it before. We don’t play football. Our players could easily be coached to play with their ability. W just don’t have a coach.

    Pardews 1 quality is his man management and he seems to have lost that lately. We need a real coach now. Not a manager.

    Watch this and skip to 2mins in Giovanni Trapattoni

    via McTube for YouTube.

    That is what we need in a manager.

    Cappello would be a good shout. He wants to come to England again. He commands respect and he knows the English game better than anyone else that is available, with the exception of Rafa.

  • 16 proudtobageordie // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM


    freddy shepard ran the club into the ground and iff ashley hadn’t bought the club when he did we would of gone bust. FACT.

  • 17 Deana // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I simply don’t know where to go from here. Pardew’s time is up but what are our alternatives?
    If we go down it would be a disaster beyond comprehension what with the sky money next year, players wanting out, not to mention Sunderland making progress.
    Lost for words……..

  • 18 check the toastie // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Think Ashley has been conned by Parsnip, gotta say i am mystified why Ashley seems to have so much faith in him, when its clear he has no ability to get his team playing good football.

    Its all just weird, almost a conspiracy, Ashley must be gutted, he has sunk a boat load of his money into the club but the one most important employee at a football club is the manager and Ashley just doesnt seem to get it.

    You need real quality to succeed in the PL as a manager and we just dont want to pay the dough to get a top man.

    Look at Steve Bruce, terrible in the PL, however consistently a success in the Championship, out managing Poyet and Zola, but you would never have him in charge of this club. Pardew is way behind a failure like Bruce and should never have been anywere near the club.

    If it wasnt for Graham Carr the club would be up shit street.

  • 19 Spotlight Kid // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    NUFC FOR SALE – there’s nothing remotely sustainable about spending millions in January simply to trust success to a gonk like Pardew.

    Likewise being perched just above the trapdoor, despite having home gates of 52,000 and a team full of internationals looks like a bad case of boom and bust economics to me.

    The only thing sustainable in football is success, and that’s what Ashley is scared stiff of going for. The eternal mid-table scenario is akin to Russian roulette, it only takes one season to go wrong. And even if that’s what he wants then why buy in anything but journeyman pros and big strikers – unless it’s merely to sell them at a profit to offset the loss of PL TV payments?

    The buck has to stop with Ashley for appointing and sticking by Pardew, or am I missing something?

    Maybe Bills-son can explain this to us all one day….?

  • 20 BigKirky // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    The negativity of playing the players out of position and the general disjointed clueless performances aren’t, as a lot of people already know, just due to tiredness or going out of Europe. Even last year we were putting in regularly poor performances but we just managed to rely on Ba then Cisse to get us out of it as well as Krul.

    This year, we have continued to play poorly except without the points. Along the way, some outrageous tactical decisions, subs and starting elevens. So outrageous that 90% of the stadium can see them, yet a professional manager cannot?

    A manager of that standard is supposed to see the obvious problems and also go far and beyond that and implement effective tactics and strategies. He can’t even do that.

    It is abysmal and he is not learning.

    He is the perfect example of someone who talks the talk but isn’t actually capable of walking the walk.

    His ego is inflated beyond belief and with that comes blind delusion.

    Is it a coincidence that when everyone saw the starting eleven yesterday we knew it would be almost impossible to out-score (i.e. Win the game) the opposition? I think not.

    He cannot be allowed to drag us down with the last 3 games included.

    He literally doesn’t know how to formulate a structured attack.

    The players’ own abilities have seen us nick points so far. That is not how to base your offence on.

    In a way, Pardew is probably doing the best he can. What HE doesn’t realise is that he is just not a premier league standard manager. His CV is testament to that over the years and nothing has changed now.

    52,000 fans in the stadium yesterday do not deserve this.

  • 21 ash1001 // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM


    Back to the TOON, could not give a dam what Ashley may or may not do, other than please Mr Ashley get rid of EDs friend Alan, he is a total waste of space at anything related to football other than making up excuses one after the other.

    Two sources this morning have indicated that Debuchy wanted to be booked a second time then sent off, if thats really is the case it says it all, ‘THE DRESSING ROOM HAS LEFT THE FIELD OF PLAY’ and thats down to the crazy team selections and substitutions of a certain MR ALAN PARDEW and his coaching staff.

    Someone and I hope its not Pardew because he will have been sacked (but not holding my breath on that one) will have to go and find Danny Simpson and ask him if he fancies a game, then try and persuade Colo to come out of exile, and maybe get Shearer, Beardsley and Rob Lee to organise training + anyone else with an ounce of a football brain to sort things out, or maybe approach Sunderland and see if Di’Camio would like to run both clubs and do some backside kicking.

    Gee I am so wound up after that load of crap yesterday.

  • 22 Plaigombi // Apr 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    The misery and the angst will continue to torment the club’s supporters as long as Ashley owns the club. It will not change until he has gone. He is a BUSINESS man and not suitable to be a football club owner. All of his key decisions are financial ones not foorball ones.

    Can anyone really see Ashley bringing success to the club as has happened at Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City….I can’t.

  • 23 Novocastrian66 // Apr 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Kets I use Gillette Pro-glide. Superb. Blades are canny expensive but they last for ages. Mind you I only shave twice a week, cannot be bothered with shaving everyday.
    Don’t know what they’re like for wrists though!)

  • 24 banjax // Apr 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Oh for Gods sake Ed. I know you need to keep this Blog fresh, but your takin things a bit too far. Doom and gloom. Yes things don’t look good and there are no excuses for Pardew and the players who have let down (badly) a magnificent bunch of supporters who put up with a lot of financial hardship and pain to follow our beloved club, but some of the things being said are OTT. First, Ashley might not be well liked but he is not responsible for what goes on the pitch, that’s down to Pardew. If Ashey is to blame for anything it is his choice of Pardew and not investing last Summer in new players – but he has cleared the debt and will spend money if we stay up. Next comes the players who have the ability, but who have not shown the professionalism or the determination to graft on the pitch, they have let everyone down big time. They all need to make a public apology to the supporters and make sure they put some moxy into the remaining matches. Pardew must go at the END of the season, sacking him any earlier will not help us to stay in the premiership and may have the opposite effect. Finally Ashley is a shrewd businessman, he has learnt his lesson. If he was going to sell the club, he would have cut his losses earlier, but he has go the club out of debt and will still make a profit in the Championship, because players contracts stipulate lower wages. We will still have the sponsors and parachute money and just know that Ashley would only sell if Newcastle is in the Premiership because he won’t make as much money if he sells at any other time. So come on Ed, things are bad, but relegation is not the end of the world, not that Toon will be relegated. Ha Way The Lads !!!

  • 25 chuck // Apr 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    If we are about to go down again, then Ashley has only to look in the mirror to see the main reason.
    His parsimony and refusal to hire the right people are the main reasons for our demise.
    How come.
    Look every dog in the street was aware we were going into a difficult schedule, with our involvement in Europe.
    His refusal to spend any money, other than waste seven million on Anita (yes Carr is not infallible) because of nickel and dimeing.untill it was too late.
    He had no problem getting five guys in following his
    realization, if he didn’t we would go down, which we still might.
    The feeling about the club is very much like the relegation year, panic and a side who appear to be resigned to it, with no fight.
    I suspect there’s more going on than we suspect, probably between Pardew and the players, because they are obviously not playing for him.
    Yep, that’s the parsimony bit, but the fact he refuses to hire anyone with a track record, either as a director of football, or GM, should be obvious to all as a major blunder.
    That and the hiring of Pardew, who in turn was supposedly recommended by Llambias, whom KK said
    “knew less than nothing about football”.
    Yep a good look in the mirror is what’s needed.
    But leopards don’t change their spots and Ashley will never give up control to anyone ,resulting in the same
    slow learning curve continuing, a recipe for disaster.
    FFS if that’s the case, give Carr the job, but take Llambias out of the equation and for gods sake, hire a manager who understands the modern game.

  • 26 Rozzy // Apr 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Laurant Blanc would be perfect replacement

  • 27 ArtyH // Apr 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Must say I thought Pardew was O.K until the last few months, but the look on his face and his body language on Saturday showed he is LOST now, lost the dressing room, lost the players respect and lost the plot. He should leave by mutual consent to save fave or resign, he will never ever be able to manage the toon with any degree of dignity and the fans will never forgive THAT humiliation, he is well and truely shagged.

  • 28 toonluvva // Apr 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Ashley will get very little for a Championship side.

    His best option is to bite the bullet and sack Pardew now. However, I hope he has lost Joe Kinnears phone number.

    Many times I have posted my opinion that Ashley’s biggest failing has been in his appointments to senior positions. He needs to be able to discuss the future of NUFC with someone who knows about football and not to rely on “yes” men.

  • 29 Paul P // Apr 28, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Finally Pardew has been found out to how rubbish and clueless he actually is. Time for Ashley to sell up to someone richer than him because that is what it is going to take to get us back to been a massive club and put us back on the map.

    When this happens, the new owner needs to appoint a manager who is a great motivator, keeps the confidence levels high, can get us to play world class football which will bring us trophys to the club.

    Think a few of our players also been found out too and the new signings have not exactly cut it either hence why we are in the mess. Who would you keep if we do manage to stay up and who would you bring in.

  • 30 Ancientcoptic // Apr 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I know getting beat by Liverpool was painful, but there is no reason to start suggesting all the players will be sold and the club is going to the breakers yard.

    We will stay up, get a new manager and put things right.

    No need to jump right of the deep end.

  • 31 nufc 11 // Apr 29, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    For me not giving Ba the deal he wanted will come back to bite, things must have been going on at the club even then Colo wanted out then too, everything seem s to have gone up in flames now.

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