Mike Ashley Just Sabotaged Newcastle’s Season Last Week


The fact that Mike Ashley, through his Director of Football Joe Kinnear, sold Newcastle’s supreme midfielder Yohan Cabaye last week, for a reported £20M to money-bags Paris Saint German, and didn’t even bother replacing him, because he wouldn’t pay out what Lyon wanted for their 23 year-old midfielder Cement Grenier, and that means effectively the owner has just sabotaged Newcastle’s season.

mike ashley looking at camera in white shirt

Mike Ashley – what good does he get from owning Newcastle?

Maybe Newcastle can put together some wins to lift us up the table before the end of the season, so at least we get enough points in the last 14 games so we can keep in the top nine or top ten, but it seems any chances of making Europe are now non-existent.

But Alan Pardew will try to get as many points as he can with what he has available, and certainly the team we played yesterday, should have performed a lot better than the pathetic display they put in at St. James’ Park against Sunderland.

And we should probably play those players who have a future at Newcastle, like Luuk de Jong and maybe give young 16 year-old Adam Armstrong his debut, and whatever happened to Gael Bigirimana this season, although he’s out injured at the moment.

And of course this all has to be balanced out with trying to get points on the board, so Lois Remy will need to be played – although he has no future at the club after his loan spell ends this season.

Newcastle are simply not ambitious enough for such a good player.

How many owners sell their best player in January,  and how many Premier League clubs actually weakened their sides last month – Newcastle did because we looked safe enough from relegation – so it was time to make some money.

And what’s happened is really an indictment on Mike Ashley’s tenure on Tyneside, and the way he runs the club and basically treats the fans (his customers we may add) like rubbish.

Maybe it’s time for some of the official fan organizations out there to advertise for a new owner, a new consortium who can come up with £300M to buy out Ashley.

But any new owner has to pledge to spend money on the side and on some very good players, and their goal has to be to make us into a top four club in England again – anything  than that would probably be no better than what we have with Ashley.

What Mike Ashley did last week could well be the last straw – and he should now sell Newcastle, and end once and for all what has been a stubborn and frustrating tenure at the famous Newcastle United club.

What good can Ashley ever get out of running Newcastle the way he does?

That’s a very good question.

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588 comments so far

  • mag

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s stating the bleeding in obvious!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as we are still in this league come next season then it will be mission accomplished for Pardew, Kinnear and Ashley.

    the depth of this clubs ambition is simply to survive and exist at this level, anything more will be down to luck rather than intent

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #3

    3 years without a derby victory!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

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  • BandB

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost due to this game of cat and mouse I play with Ed.

    Turkish,

    Once Remy was out, he probably reverted to one of his favourite theories.
    That Shola can hold-up the ball.
    Shola takes up the space and positions a defender would. He is largely immobile. Like a defender, he denies space to other strikers. He stands there, failing to make any kind of run. Another obstacle to be got around.
    We may very well select a wheelie bin in his stead, and hope to deflect the ball in off that. The laws of physics suggest it would be unlikely to apply further force in deflecting the ball to safety.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    No he hasn’t Ed, we are exactly where he wants us to be, safe no more no less
    Many on here stated that if we were mid table come Jan we’d see a big player cashed in on and no one bought in, guess what!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #7

    yes but he didn’t make them play saylor and santon over MYM and haidara or hit 194 long balls to shola for 90 mins.

    Sunderland were playing a rookie from brighton!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Catchy
    You keep mentioning Martinez
    Can I ask why?
    I agree Pardew is an average manager who should never of got the job in the first place but please just cast your mind back to the interview Martinez gave when he first took the Everton job

    He categorically stated the most important thing was to have a very good working relationship with the chairman

    We have heard from numerous players and managers who have left that Mike Ashley is not a hands on owner, Hence the appointment of JFK

    I’m not disputing that there are numerous managers out there who could install a better continental style of football but as far as MA is concerned Pardew is hitting his targets

    With that in mind why would he pay off Pardews contract, scout for a new manager and buy out there contract?

    Ashley doesn’t care what happens on the pitch as long as we stay in the league so why would he bother?

    Jesper
    Ole has taken a win win role at Cardiff City
    No one expected them to stay up
    He’s under no pressure, if he is a success then the pundits will say he’s come in and done well, if they get relegated and Tan gives him the push then the pundits will say no manager could work under an owner like Tan with all the off field distractions

    NUFC is not Cardiff and the risk of failure wouldn’t wash with the fans or the board as survival is there only objective

    We’ve heard time and time again Ashley only Employs those he knows and trusts

    So say some of you get what you want, Pardew walks
    Then what?

    Where does that leave us? That leaves looking at Curbishly Warnock any one else unemployed or even worse JFK

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Top 10 is just to put it better than we only want to remain in the league.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Shola has got to be the thickest plank of wood I have ever seen on a football pitch. time after time, he runs from a position as the furthest player upfield, and heads the ball into the space where he himself has just come from. Moron of the highest order. Should never pull that shirt on ever again.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    If you were to offer Ashley 10 years in the Premier League surviving only on goal difference, he’d snap your bloody hand off for it

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  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Next summer would be like the time we sold carroll and hadnt bought cabaye. We have gone 2 years back.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #13

    JackButler

    Derek Llambias gave him the 8 year deal, and after the disaster of last season, Mike Ashley asked Derek Llambias to leave on mutual consent. I hope you know what that means, the communication between Pardew and Mike Ashley is all there to see, for us to witness.

    Mike aint no fan of Pardew either but he has found much better deal he had bargained for and know’s Pardew has reached his maximum potential here and that is mid-table mediocre manager., Mike Ashley has no trust in Pardew at all other then being a media puppet. He is very knowledgeable in the business area and is trying to get hang of the footballing sides. He could bring in a good manager with similar wages that can have a good relationship with just like Martinez and the Everton boss.

    BandB

    Yes I know and understood this ages ago, but he could simply of stayed with the same tactics and pass the ball to Shola’s feet which is surprisingly his best attribute as he has brilliant control and ball to feet ability. He was in no way forced to changed something that worked to the tactics which failed and nearly got us relegated last season.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I hope I am Wrong

    Bu I do not think we will get either Cabella or Grenier in the summer.

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  • LocalZero

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Repost:

    JackButler
    I honestly don’t think Ashley is necessarily a problem. I think he might actually be good for the club in the long run. I think some of his appointments, PR and some decisions have been disastrous but I also think the general direction is far preferable to the hand-to-mouth approach under Freddy Shepherd. What Ashley seems to be doing is actually the only way in my eyes to build the club up in the long term. Controversial opinion I know…

    At the same time, I also agree with the title of this article…

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  • banjax

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #16

    This is exactly what I said a few days ago, but saying it again doesn’t make it any better. Mike Ashley only knows about making money OR does he ? He may have trousered £20m but what use is it if we don’t qualify for europe ? What use is it when we lose more quality team members because of our lack of ambition ? What use is £20m when quality targets see we have a lack of ambition and won’t come to Newcastle ? Ashley has trashed the reputation of our great club around the world with his penny – pinching ways and recruited an incompetant who couldn’t put a deal together if one dropped on him. If our season goes pear shaped then we all know where the blames lies – if it doesn’t – then we are f..k.ng lucky !!

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    LocalZero
    Are you serious?,have you seen what has happened over the last month alone?

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #18

    tads

    he is one of a few i mention

    and please do not put words like i think pardew is average, he is far from average IMO, he is poor at best,

    your of the opinion pardew is hitting targets, and im of the opinion he is being forced out, so we are a little bit apart on that thinking

    mashley, has done lots of stupid things , but he has bought good players, and i really have no problem with him selling them, this is football, i wish it wasnt this way, but hayho, there is enough good players to get us up in the top 8

    but back to your point, why martinez, whether he would have came or not is not the question, the fact he is a manager that plays the game right, and he would not have cost a lot to get,

    id still go for paulo D,

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Turkishfan @13: ‘pass the ball to Shola’s feet which is surprisingly his best attribute as he has brilliant control and ball to feet ability’

    Are you on glue man? Sholas second touch is ALWAYS a tackle. He couldn’t trap a falling bag of cement. Stephen Hawking has a better first touch.

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #20

    To avoid any confusion that may have arisen from a post in the previous thread, there is no similarity in stance between the likes of bills-son, low fell mug, Ian Toon, TDS, Catchy and myself.

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  • LocalZero

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #21

    MrMojoRisin76

    Afraid so yeah. I’m gutted about yesterday. Gutted/angry about Cabaye. Haven’t got anything good to say about Kinnear. But yeah, I’m serious.

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  • toonking

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #22

    TADS

    just give up mate, people like him will never change. their brain is a virtual world brain so football is run like a fifa or football manager game and everything is controlled by the manager (him being the the person playing the game).

    so many of us keep making the same point but it goes in one ear and out the other.

    my advice is just avoid getting into an arguement with then and wait until pardew does get the sack or walks out and if JFK or someone like him is replaced and we don’t get an apology of them then it will have confirmed that they were just blog trolls all along.

    I had lots of hatred with ruddy but have since made up and apologised so why can’t they if they get proved wrong.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Can i just ask the Anti-Pardew fans,who or what do you think is responsible for picking us up after our terrible start to the season and getting us to the good position in the league we were in?,this is going to be fun.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    LocalZero
    Ok bud,i know what category to file you under then.

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #25

    ed i can understand ncle not wanting to pay out what lyon wanted for grenier as he is not worth it imo. having watched alot of french football recently the standard apart from the top 2 teams is below ours. although we should find out first if they want to sell and if the player wants to come.there is very little money in french football-lille in third had a budget of 1mill euros. grenier is a quicker version of vukic, no phisicality and in an attacking team has scored a screamer and i believe 3 free kicks 4 total in league.he is good but not brilliant this is why no one else is after him

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  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #26

    So much depth in our squad that our bench fields 16 yr old adam armstrong and dan gosling.

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  • LocalZero

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #27

    MrMojoRisin76
    Which one’s that?

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Tedious category.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #29

    imo everyone needs to back off pards tbh !

    the poor git has been scr$£”d over like the rest of us fans and he has to grin and bear it lie the rest of us !!!

    pards has nothing to do with transfers but was trying his best to pressure joke and ashley into getting grenier just they didnt care and disapeered to let pards take all the grief off people blaming him.

    as for the team what do we expect as the players and the manager is thinking the same as most of us in whats the point we are doing so well and they sell our best player without getting a replacement (are pards and our players supposed to be playing with full confidence after that ?)

    we still have a good team but the cabaye sale has left everyone disheartened and i would love to say they better sign big players in the summer but frankly i dont believe it anymore myself 🙁

    i can only see one back to the wall choice for our team atm and thats to play marv every game as he’s the ONLY player we have with a good final ball (and tbh i’m not marv’s biggest fan as i think he’s lazy and not a team player)

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    what was the last time we bought in a player as young as chamberlain paying that kind of money

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  • TurkishFan101

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Lynxie

    No I am on no glue “man”. You must be mistaking his agility, his agility is slower then a snail but his ball control has always been good, releasing it and vision has not, no reason to go hoofing it back to the Moon for mission APOLLO 13.

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  • LocalZero

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed:
    Please stop spreading this thing about Ashley “wouldn’t pay out what Lyon wanted for their 23 year-old midfielder Cement Grenier”. It might be true but it doesn’t seem to be the reason we didn’t get him. Grenier obviously wasn’t interested, no matter how much NUFC would’ve paid, so seems like we walked away. Grenier didn’t want to be Cabaye II and didn’t even know where Newcastle was.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew is in it with Kinnear and Ashley.

    summer of 2012 and 2013 he kept blabbering on he expects players in what do Joe and Mike tell him?

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #34

    theartfuldodger at 26 i would rather have a armstrong or some of developement squad on bench than ober or some peoples savior lazy gutless marv. anyway next time armstrong is on the bench he wii be 17.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #35

    @32 local

    i agree grenier didnt want to come however i refuse to believe if they had this agreement with cabaye and the fact psg always let it know they would be after him again that they only had 1 person in mind as a replacement.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #36

    LocalZero
    Insane.If you think a chairman that can sell our best player without signing a replacement can be good for us in the long run then you are.Do you not know the message he has sent?,the players have busted their ass to get into a good position in the league and what happens?Jabba sh1ts all over it by selling Cabaye,i’ll repeat,we did not need to sell Cabaye,we could have told him he can go at the end of the season but not before,he would not have went on strike with the the world cup a few months away.The club comes 1st not any player.We could have kept him and invested to push on the second half of the season,we didn’t.He took the money,he’s rancid.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    for one

    happy dont come close to how i feel about pardew having nothing to do with transfers

    everything he touches breaks

    why is his wife still with him?? every club he has been at, its been said he is a fanny rat,

    she is there for the money, like he is at us,

    no morals

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  • Lu-toon

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Local Zero WTF lad

    Mike Ashley has not just sabotaged our season! He has sabotaged our great name and put a massive stain on NUFC

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #39

    what makes you think mashly likes pardew ?

    i think actions speak louder than words, and the guy has not been backed at all, DL was sacked, pardew is being forced out

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  • LocalZero

    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Croftus
    Totally agree. Hard to accept that coming out the other side of the transfer window without Cabaye and with no replacement was anything other than rubbish.

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