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Does Mike Ashley Have Any Plans For Newcastle’s Future?

8:19 am, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Things at Newcastle are at a very low ebb at the moment, and after we finished 5th two years ago, things have gone very badly for Newcastle United.

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Mike Ashley – fans should be told what the plans are

We failed to sign enough good  players two years ago to fortify the squad in that summer for the Europa League, we brought in Vurnon Anita from Ajax, and we therefore suffered last season and only just avoided relegation.

And then this season after a dodgy start, we came along very well winning seven league games in nine and got into 6th place in the league.

But then we have imploded and lost six of the last eight league games – not scored in seven of them – and during that run managed to lose 2-1 at home in the FA Cup third round to second bottom club Cardiff City.

Oh yes, and we sold Yohan Cabaye for £20M last month and didn’t bring any replacement in.

We are hearing that the dressing room at Newcastle is in some disarray – but after what’s happened this year – that;s hardly surprising – and certainly the fans are in disarray about what;s going on at the club.

So it seems to us that Newcastle will have to start all over again in the summer, when we will be selling a number (probably a high number) of players who have just not made it on Tyneside, and probably want to leave the club in  any case.

And then we’ll need to bring new players in – and that will not be easy.

So the question is what is Mike Ashley’s plans for the club – what the new five year plan?

The last one almost worked, because after five years we were fifth top, back in Europe and things looked quite bright two years ago.

But with Ashley’s way of doing business at Newcastle, once a player gets very good he’s sold – and sold whenever the right bid comes in – even though that may damage the side for the rest of the season.

He’;s done that twice now at Newcastle – with Andy Carroll three years ago and now with Yohan Cabaye.

It also shows the players (and the fans) that Newcastle will never have a top four team again, because we keep selling the players we make into top players.

So what Mike Ashley has done in the past hasn’t exactly worked – there’s a lot of evidence of that.

What’s Newcastle’s five year plan is a very good question, and in most reasonable clubs those at the top would tell the fans what the plans are – what the club is trying to do.

But Newcastle  unfortunately is not a reasonable club.

The sad fact is that Newcastle are in decline, and have been for the last seven years, and we’ve lost in almost every quarter to the top clubs in England.

It;s going to be very difficult for us to make up that difference now – and we’ll never get there by selling top players for very high fees and then trying to bring in their replacements for as little money as possible.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 valle // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Well, when Ashley came, I remember reading that his 5 year plan ended with us as title chalengers… Something must have gone wrong?

  • 2 theartfuldodger // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    NO

  • 3 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    This jan it was Cabs, The year before Ba, the year before Carroll…………anyone see a pattern of profit to the fat man upstairs ??

  • 4 jasper // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Ed,
    “Once a player gets very good he is sold”
    So who gave we sold and what were the circumstances?
    Carroll – for silly money, no-one wanted him back at half the price.
    Enrique – demanded to go.
    Cabaye – ditto.
    Nolan – wanted a long contract, appeared too old. In hindsight may have been an error but seemed sensible at the time
    Barton – disruptive and everyone seemed to be happy to see him go, and of course he wasn’t sold.
    Perch, Routledge, Guthrie went for small sums, not exactly mega-bucks.
    How about the not sold?
    Tiote, especially when he was ripping up the league.
    Santon, despite siren calls fron Italy.
    Krul

    What is evident, and what is driving all this, is that the dressing room is vey unhappy. MA and JFK’s failure to strengthen the squad has clearly contributed to this, but I would see Pardew’s incompetence as the most acute problem.
    He’s lost them. He’s thrashing about blaming the players and there us no way that they will accept his behaviour. MA will have to wake up and realise that the players are not kids at SD on zero hours contracts. So long as they turn up for training he can’t sack them. So he needs to motivate them. He can’t sign anyone until the summer (other than pre-contract for anyone who is about to become a free agent) . But he can and should get rid of Pardew.

  • 5 John Tudor // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    ill take a script first one to block tds
    dont care if im blocked
    if i was what the people think i am ED would have blocked me yonks ago

  • 6 croftus5678 // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    @4 jasper

    i think thats spot on imo !

    transfers are just exagerated because we are in this position and it helps to make things look worse than they are when the full story’s are not told.

    personaly i cant see pards going and i dont think he’s as bad as he’s made out to be ! as i’ve always said he’s avg but i think we are lucky to have a avg manager who can put up with what happens at our club tbh.

    would love a more attacking manager for sure but what manager would come that doesnt have a say in what players come in or out and is made to stand there when things go sour so that they get all the blame :-(

  • 7 jasper // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Add to that lot Ba, again a forced sale.
    Mind you the risk averse approach to signings hasn’t helped. Ba got a let out because of his knee, Remy temporary due to the rape charge, LDJ because he might not work out.
    We’ve dodged a few bullets with signings but our caution is killing us. We couldn’t compete for PEA with PSG but missing out on Bony was poor.
    Oh for a DoF who knows what he is doing and a manager who can manage.

  • 8 magicbus // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    What unattached manager in their right mind would want to come here and work for Ashley, Unless their is a huge shift in policy ( buy em cheap sell em high at all costs) we will continue to look at 17th position as the target.
    I really dont know the answer.

  • 9 jazzyp // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Jasper
    I agree what you have said mate, But do you think we will attract any top class manager under this regime. Big sam-Houghton-Percy are not managers that make you sit up and take notice and will take crap from above because Nufc is a big gig for them……….World class managers would have walked by now especially the constant selling of your best players

  • 10 Greebol1892 // Feb 16, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Such is our recent run, you look at the fixtures and wonder where the points will come from as we have once again become the league whipping boys. Yes we are in a reasonable position now but are still on the slide. I think draws against Villa, Fulham, Palace & Stoke will see us through.

    Like I said, you only win games by scoring goals and we are seemingly incapable of that. Especially with this defensive-minded, clueless, long-ball, square-pegs-in-round-holes manager.

    If Ashley sells all our best players so he can recoup his money faster and sell the club faster – so be it! He has to go NOW, whereas NUFC will always live on and hopefully get an owner with ambition for the club – not just his wallet. And get a manager with experience of the principles of football eg, pass & move & supply line to forwards AND playing your best players for cup matches!

    Well we can dream.

  • 11 Geordie1 // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    @Greebol1892 I don’t want to P on your fire BUT you said: “If Ashley sells all our best players so he can recoup his money faster and sell the club faster – so be it!”. Well Ashley the Tyrant has already said no matter what money comes in non of it will go to re-paying him the alleged £125 million he loaned the club anyone who wishes to buy the TOON will have to meet his asking price plus pay of his loan the fatty has us over a barrel because no business man/woman would even look because of the way Ashley steals from the club. Rant over.

    ASHLEY OUT (MAOC)

  • 12 toonluvva // Feb 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Mr A$h£€¥’s plan for the future?

    Simple. Continue to push SportsDirect at all costs. FREE adverts at SJP whilst raking in huge TV revenues.

    Limited investment in players whilst selling off as many as possible.

    Appoint drinking pals to senior management positions.

    Hope to avoid relegation next season.

    On the bright side, people are starting to openly ask questions as to his financial acumen. He won’t like that.




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