If Only Mike Ashley Would Change The Way He Runs Newcastle


Since the sale of Yohan Cabaye last month, and with the lack of new signings in January, plus the terrible run Newcastle have been on since we lost the last game of last year to Arsenal, many fans would just love Mike Ashley to sell the club and then leave.

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Mike Ashley – needs to invest all the profits back into the club

But from what we can tell, the 50 year-old English Billionaire has no intentions of selling Newcastle, and if he did put it up for sale – we are almost certain there would be no real buyers for the club  – but we’d still hear all about those phantom people and organizations who are supposed to be interested in buying Newcastle from all around the world.

There’s no doubt that Ashley has brought his financial prowess to Newcastle,  and the club is now in a very good financial state – but with our lack of success under Ashley and that relegation in 2009, we have lost significant ground as far as revenues go, to the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.

And that’s why manager Alan Pardew keeps reminding us we now just cannot compete with the top six, but just six years ago Newcastle were probably a bigger club than Tottenham and Manchester City – but both those clubs have since received significant investment from their owners.

There’s nothing wrong with Ashley wanting Newcastle to break even every year, and it seems  Newcastle could do well in building a side in the next year or two, if the owner would only commit to invest all the profits back into the club, and it’s not the first time we’ve said that.

With something like an average increase of £30M in what each Premier league will be receiving from the league – note that’s an increase on the £40M we got last year – Newcastle could be making very decent profits over the next few years.

And if Mike would commit to put around two-thirds of that into buying players – surely we could put together a decent side.

And it would only take Newcastle pushing for a top four position – and saying that’s what they are doing – to prevent us from losing our best players – which will continue to happen far too frequently, if Newcastle languish in mid-table.

This year we will probably lose both Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy, in addition to Cabaye, because we don’t have enough ambition for those top players.

Spending around £30M net each year on new players, would certainly help Newcastle build up a very decent side.

And Ashley is already investing in building up the Benton Training Center to be one of the best in Europe – and that’s very good.

What we need to hear from Mike is that he now understands that when you run a football team, how the team performs on the field is if anything – even more important than just balancing the books financially.

We can even see the Newcastle future being fairly bright, if the club just invests its upcoming significant profits back into the club – but we’d also like to hear somebody in authority say that’s what’s going to happen.

One of the things that is very poor on the balance sheet at Newcastle is the commercial income, which is pitiful, but if Newcastle can become successful again, incoming revenue like the shirt sponsorship  will rise significantly – that money will rise almost directly proportional to how successful Newcastle are.

And it all builds on itself to increase the commercial revenue, success breeds success – and the Newcastle United brand around the world could be improved significantly.

It’s very difficult to get high commercial income, if you’re only a middle of the table Premier League side.

If the club can start spending a large portion of the profits in the transfer market,  Newcastle  could become a lot more successful than we’ve been over the last five years – that’s almost a given.

What do you think?

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54 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost
    JT
    I’m far from happy with what we got.
    He’s actually ideal the way we thought he’d run the club,with low cost quality players,no debt and keep building up the playing squad while bringing through the best youngsters etc etc but he hadn’t backed it up and it’s all turned to sewage.
    The question is,who buys it and takes us over?
    Do they bring us forward or destroy us more?
    Am I willing to take a chance?
    Hmmm,don’t like the thought of him continuing the way he has,and I don’t like the thought of someone else selling us the dream story and putting us down in the ditch

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #2

    well thats where we can agree to disagree when ffs let go i thought great billionaire how wrongi was
    you pays your money and teks the chance
    im all for change

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  • cyprus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Been off this blog for a while. It’s been a bit bitchy and has been dealing with too many non-football matters…

    AP reject having a great European game tonight. Did you see that amazing dribble? Class.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye Ed – if only if only . Some people on this site have been telling people for 5 years now what Ashley was all about , did they listen ? Did they b..locks . ‘Give him time ‘ was their response , even when it was crystal clear his intentions . Transfer windows never Changed , ‘ this window will tell what Ashley is all about ‘ people said . 7 years down the line , ‘some people still thing ash is going to spend big bucks on sorting this mess out , well , I suppose some people just live in hope ‘FOREVER ‘ I’ve lost all hope now onNUFC . If only , if only .

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #5

    ashley aint gonna change. suppose ashley takes all the cash sells the players then walks away .we are in the shit. anyways leopards dont change their spots

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  • sparky55

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #6

    jesus christ ED…anything new you wanna say…you’ve said exactly the same thing 1000 times now…all you do is change the headline.

    This record is scratched in exactly the same place and it’s getting on me nerves now. Ashley will sell when he’s ready and there’s no point guessing why where and when…he’ll do it when it’s right for him.

    how about talking football for a change

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  • andyctoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Alreet lads. Ive been reading this blog for months now and just registed. Enjoy a bit debate. And on this post if Shly only ran club well i would say its not guna happen and the sooner he goes the better. Unless its a owner like tan!!

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  • cyprus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Right on S55…

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Fat mike throws his money around like a man with no arms where Newcastle Uniteds concerned.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #10

    i thought he was asking opinions if he could change not sell

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    however i will read it again

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #12

    thought i was correct

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  • cyprus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #13

    JT,
    I think a leopard can change its spots mate. Look it up.

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Tight as ducks arse!

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  • Small World

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Will he change the way he runs the club? – highly unlikely

    Will he allow for investment in the club? – We don’t really know. It was always said that he wanted the club to be self supporting and generating it’s own income.

    For each of his years in charge, NUFC have been running at a loss, the last year roughly breaking even. This year we should be quids in – Cabaye sale, increased TV money and hopefully more from a higher league place. Maybe £40 – £50 million to the good.

    The truth is none of us know. Personally speaking, I’m not holding my breath and I guess others have also have drawn there own conclusions.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #16

    is he spotty or a leopard no who gives a monkeys chuff end off

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    run it the way it should be or get out

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #18

    The only leopard changing Ashley does are his leopard print thongs!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Routledge and Milner are two signs of players getting better after leaving the club

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Tighter than a hangmans noose!

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  • sparky55

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #21

    JT…almost worth a response until I saw he wording under the image…

    “Mike Ashley – needs to invest all the profits back into the club”

    at that point I lost all interest because that ain’t gonna happen so long as he’s got a hole in his arse.

    he’ll be taking all the money he can out the club thereby reducing the potential sales price until such time he can sell the club at a profit and get out.

    sick of that topic…football anyone???

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #22

    If only Mike Ashley’s heart would explode in his chest .

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #23

    not much football to have a worthy chat about

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  • Slank

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed,

    It’s not that we don’t have enough ambition for Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy it’s that other clubs are successful and have more money at their disposal.

    We will always be at a disadvantage. If PSG come calling again I cannot see Dubuchy turning them down for the same reasons as his best mate Cabaye.

    I can imagine Remy going to Arsenal. London is the 5th largest French city by population of the number of French nationals. It would be home from home for him.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Small planet——– truth is none of us know. Personally speaking, I’m not holding my breath and I guess others have also have drawn there own conclusions……. After 7 years in charge , probably a wise choice !

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #26

    and no worthy football to chat about

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #27

    If Ashley was a ghost he wouldn’t give you a fright!

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  • ToonMatt

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #28

    He bought the club to make money not to win trophies and he’s making a nice profit especially when he’s selling our best players and pocketing the money and then the next home game is sold out lol mugs!!

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  • mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #29

    When Ashley bought Newcastle United in 2007, he was ranked 25th richest man in the UK, now he’s ranked 15th richest man in the UK. So draw your own conclusions.

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  • Small World

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #30

    stuart no9 @25

    The fact is that he club by the end of this season is entering new territory for it (and most other clubs) – actually making money and not an inconsiderable sum. Unlike others I don’t believe Ash has been illegally taking money out of the club by cooking the books – The tax man would be on his case. The money sitting in the bank is potentially going to his biggest embarrassment. If it isn’t spent or it is taken out as Dividend – all hell is going to break out.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m not keen on out and out pop music although the Glam Rock era was a laugh and ok for the time ..Bowie etc ..Genesis seem better now, looking back now..There’s a gig over an hour long with Pete in the band on you tube .. was never really into them but watching them now ..it was good .. Looking back……

    RE Pop music : Blondie were a real tight band ..there’s one song they did with a great middle 8 here’s a link, listen to the guitar break .. one of the best ..simple, but great ..

    And Mizz Harry had some voice ..concentrate on her Voice ..gets almost vaudevillian near the end ..she could have tread the boards !

    Yeah yeah I know its a football blog but what the hell, Debbie is nifty on her pin’s ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KXewIR7Y7cc

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  • andyctoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Nufc feeder club to all those clubs who have ambition

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  • liamHWTT

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Slank @ 24

    “It’s not that we don’t have enough ambition for Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy…”

    That’s pure comedy gold right there. Have you not been paying attention? The club have even come out and specifically stated that we will not be challenging for any cups and that the only goal is to finish 10th every year. This is because Fata$$ just wants to collect the massive TV money and doesn’t want to have to invest any more than the bare minimum in the team, and runs in cups and trips to Europe would cost him a few pennies on the extra few players needed. You actually think that reflects the same ambition of players the quality of Remy and Debuchey? You’re laughing mate.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Well. Just put thw end of the swans game on. Looks like its been riveting stuff

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #35

    nufc feeder club to ben krul saylor koko etc

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #36

    OG…Blondie were great no doubt 🙂 I still enjoy them!

    …for some reason I always seem to get drawn back into Kate Bush – there is just something about her…something mesmerizing 😉

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  • andyctoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Bring back sir john hall

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Bloody hell. I only saw the last few mins of that, and lost the will to live. Cant imagine what the whole match would have been like

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #39

    my paint dried quicker
    sorry welsh

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #40

    John

    ….and i bet watching it dry was more exciting than the game? Honestly 90 mins of that sh1tw must have been hell.

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