The “Mike Ashley Out” Motion – In Full


The Mike Ashley Out Campaign took advantage of the meeting last night between fans and Newcastle officials to present a motion to get Ashley out of the club, and for those fans who haven’t seen it – here it is.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner since June, 2007

This is what Graeme Cansdale from the Mike Ashley Out Campaign put forward:

The appointment of Joe Kinnear to the role of Director of Football and his subsequent behavior  whereby he has managed to insult the fans, the city, the local media and even current players, cannot be viewed in any way, shape or form to be a progressive step for the well being of the club.

It has further alienated the very people who are essential to the club’s growth and betterment. The subsequent resignation of Derek Llambias has shown how unplanned and arbitrary the decision-making process is at Newcastle United.

Indeed, recent events are yet another gross error of judgment in a catalog of PR disasters which have occurred since Mike Ashley bought NUFC in 2007.   

Among other things, the club has overseen the public humiliation of two club legends in Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer, the self-inflicted disaster of relegation in 2009, the unexplained and inexplicable dismissal of Chris Hughton, the renaming of St James’ Park and a continued lack of investment and ambition, which was reflected by the club’s extremely poor form last season.

Mike Ashley has overseen all of these events, continually failed to engage the fans and consistently pursued an agenda that has seen a sad demise of the club, both on and off the field.

This house declares that Mike Ashley is not a fit and proper custodian of a footballing institution that has a proud history and tradition, and enjoys one of the biggest and most fervent followings in European football.

We call for Mike Ashley to consider his position as owner of Newcastle United and to begin a process of exiting before he does any more damage to either the club or his own reputation.

We also urge all fans who truly want the club to progress, individuals, fans’ groups, magazine and blog editors, journalists, local politicians and proud Geordies everywhere to unite in solidarity, not only to see the end of this failed era by means of a coordinated and determined campaign of peaceful protest, but also to promote the great assets that are the club and the city.

So that we can work in partnership with any interested commercial parties in the future, whereby we can once again build a team and a club to be proud of. Mike Ashley has had far too many chances from the good people of this area and has continued to exploit their loyalty and devotion to the club with a crass and callous disregard for their welfare and opinions.

Now is the time for action. We are drawing a line now: enough is enough.

The motion passed easily.

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215 comments so far

  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I have a dream…

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe,

    It’s a different structure to the Chelsea’s or Man Utd’s.We buy and base our whole recruitment policy on sell-on value. Well, this is the latest model anyway. If an offer comes in that they deem as good they will take it. I find this model alone totally unstable and find it almost impossible to believe it will bring us success.

    An owner who has ambition and passion for the club would not have this club in this scenario after 5-6 years and be causing so much kaos.

    In his reign, I can’t see any progression on the footballing side over the past 5-6 years. The squad depth is poor, we take ages in recruitment of players and generally start the season ill equipped. Our first eleven is fine for a club of ours at the moment but besides that it is just being rectified. Since January. We only have one decent striker at the club. This is supposed to be a premier league football team.

    If I ask myself the question, has this worked out so far under his reign? The answer would be no. It’s been totally disastrous.

    I could give Ashley the credit for appointing Carr, but is it warranted? Maybe it was a cheap gamble like everyone else to suit his own personal agenda at the time?

    The season was set-up to fail Lilongwe, the squad was ill equipped. He never had a consistent starting eleven to choose from for most of the season. Our best players missed half of last seasons games also. The team was ill prepared to start with.

    He is not blameless, my point is though, that the club is being ran poorly on the footballing and recruitment front and filtering down.

    This model failed last season. And the only part of the structure that seemingly did ok has just had a grenade launched into it.

    Pardew and Carr have just been undermined. Of course they are miffed. It’s a natural reaction. There is a reason why Pardew did not add to the statement welcoming Joe to the club. It’s because he dosn’t want to be seen welcoming him if this ends up in court.

    He waited until he knew what the score was and clarification on Joes duties. His silence speaks for itself really.

    I’v got to dash mate, gym time, catch up laters.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    I guess ashley dosent give a shit about this

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Im IN… FOR M.A TO LEAV OUR CLUB

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice to see people are trying but tbh nothing will happen. Ashleys proven he’s a borderline sociopath. He doesn’t care about us. In fact he probably draws sustenance from our own pain.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    It wasn’t even Ashley who appointed Graham Carr.
    It was actually Chris Hughton who brought him to the club.

    Though I’m sure Ashley/Llambias would try and take the credit for it.

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t know why people waste their time with this shit Ashley clearly isn’t the type to be affected by people’s opinions of him.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the only way of getting Ashley to leave, is relegation and a couple of seasons of struggle in the championship to be honest.

    Though I think you get big parachute payments for four years now. So he might just stick around. lol

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Would they be happy if Ashley closed the club?

    Make all the staff redundant and sell all the players. He can do it, nothing to stop him. I doubt it would make much difference to his wealth. I don’t think the council or/and the football authorities can stop him.

    I know, from a City pal, that NCP were once looking at the ground. Prime real estate.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10

    ok cant keep up with edwado this morning
    heard a rumour you will have to read pevious2 threads to find out what am saying

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  • DokToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    well theres a way to get him to spend some money on transfers… mike, get us quality players, then dont let the door hit you in the @ss onthe way out…

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  • DokToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    yes rain, you ARE special… how was the short bus going home ? 🙂

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  • low fell mag

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    It looks like im one of the minority here,and im going to get so down big time ,but here goes.
    I for one support Ashley , I cannot say I like the bloke ,but our club is financially sound .
    I could go on and on ,and the positives certainly out weigh the negatives.
    Just to keep it short, to the majority who want him out be careful what you wish for.
    Portsmouth ,Leeds, Blackburn,Rangers,and im sure there are a lot more out there.
    Lastly ,Fat Freddy and John Hall (,who we think the sun shines out their backsides ) could not wait to grab Big Mikes cash to line their own back pockets and run like F@CK..
    They knew the club was financially F@cked.

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  • aidytoon9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    He is going nowhere.
    I am just interested in players coming in. To much time gets lost on Ashley, pardew, joe etc.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Slank… Lol it would be funny to see the fallout if he did do that. Im imagining full mobilisation of the geordie public. Sports direct stores being torn down, the destruction of sunderland city centre 🙂

    Yeah im pretty sure he cant actually do that though. Im sure it would get blocked by authorities.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    How embarrassing. He owns the club period these ridiculous statements and stunts like turning up to the ground with coffin just allow the press to carry on with their piss taking.

    Toon Prodigy you have absolutely no proof Carr is miffed.

    Belfast We can not have it both ways anything which is crap is Ashleys fault anything good is Carr or Houghtons actions.

    Carr was brought in by Ashley as he pays him.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Rainrix He could fold the club by pulling his money out and allowing the Taxman to close it as Rangers.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Dok… I deeply resent what you are implying, the bus is actually a double decker and not short in the slightest 🙂

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    @Lowfell Mag best post of the day

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #20

    one Tony Green… Ah forgot about rangers. Im not the most clued in person regarding accounts but couldn’t a rescue package be arranged before liquidation? Of course just the theory of this is terrifying enough 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Then again aren’t we supposedly self sufficient regarding the day to day running of the club?

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    But now i think we are in debt to ashley so he could liquidate our assets.

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    rainrix

    As one Tony Green said he can effectively close the club down. Look at Hearts FC.

    No authority can force him to maintain the club. It’s his property to do as he wishes.

    I understand the council own the actual ground but they can’t do much. They are not likely to bankroll a football club.

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  • aidytoon9

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #24

    What date do the toon players start preseason?

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Rainrix Rescue package Rangers were a bigger club than us and could not manage it. Can you imagine being relegated into the conference league. People need to think hard before thinking money grows on trees.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    See Blanc manager of PSG – Anchelotti to Real Madrid
    Could be interesting concerning our French players

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Think people should be careful what they wish for on this one.

    Just my two pennies worth…! 🙂

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  • DokToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #28

    on a better note, only 53 days til citeh 🙂

    rain, any offense taken was purely intended, and not allowed for re-broadcast without my express permission 🙂

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Rainrix we currently have a 130 million interest loan from MA he could transfer that across to a bank loan owed by the club and then walk. No more Toon

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  • Slank

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    TorqToon @ 27

    Absolutely.

    Did the Blackburn supporters ever think that their club would be owned by Indian chicken farmers?

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    interest free loan it should read

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  • DokToon

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32

    gmorning sir torq,

    any good news today from you?

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Dutch Football ?@football_oranje 2h
    Dutch press linking Wilfried Bony to Swansea, English press linking him to Newcastle United

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Slank

    When you put it like that it is frightening

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Come on Torq cheer us all up

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    one Tony Green… Tbh financial matters bore me to tears, especially when it doesn’t involve newcastle. I didn’t pay much attention to the rangers fiasco so i didn’t realise they couldn’t manage the rescue package. Im honestly glad that this is just all hypothetical. Well at least for the moment 🙂

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Rainrix me too

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  • Rooster

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Low Fell, I am also not jumping on the latest hysteria at NUFC I will add I am no AP fan at all and of course MA has a way of doing things that is not much short of shock treatment, but he is keeping it in house with people he trusts, we may not be over the moon with JK, and he needs to reign in his mouth quite a bit but on a whole our club is sound and financially stable.

    You mention all the other clubs in your list, big clubs that havnt a pot to p.ss in now, even the boro who bought some real world class players in their time, have to rely on handouts from their owner who over financed his club, just like Hall n Shepherd did then walked away with fortunes. MA has put 25 times more money in to NUFC than both Hall n Shepherd did put together, his money, not money like SJH and FS used, which were just loans against the club, not their own money

    MA paid of the final 43 million quid of the ground redevelopment at SJP why did you think HALL touted to sell it, cos that money needed paying and he was not going to dip in to his own pocket and no one else was going to loan us any more against the club.

    Yes MA has a harsh at times way of doing things, but I am still looking forward to going to SJP this season, I wonder how the Pompey faithful and wolves faithful are feeling about the coming season, and that’s just for starters, add another half a dozen established previous premiership clubs, who are now in the knackers yard!!!!!! we can go out and IMO will pay millions of pounds for players in this window outright not on terms but cash down and that is what clubs want, MA`s decisions are hurtful at times yes agreed, but there is no big black cloud for me hanging over the toon, and again a top international in every position at our club JK is not everyones cup of tea, give the man a break let us see what he brings to the table, he has to back up his ego filled words!! lets see.

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  • rainrix

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Dok… Well im deeply offended now! Dont worry. I take comfort in knowing no matter how bad my life gets i don’t live in a country inhabited solely by obese people and serial killers. 😉

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  • cyprus

    Jun 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Frankly, I’d have sold the club ages ago. Although, to his credit, he realized he wasn’t wanted and tried to sell. If you remember, apart from the couple million the fans raised, the other offers were bogus or funny.

    This is the owner we got, he’s a billionaire, he’s invested big in the club, stop moaning unless you got 300-400 k to spare.

    In fact, it would be good for the club if he felt that we actually liked him, that would be the best strategy to take the club forward.

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