Mike Ashley Taking More Of A Leadership Role At Newcastle


There are signs that Mike Ashley is taking a much more hands on approach at Newcastle, after the club has been on a decidedly downward track since Christmas,

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Worried looking Mike Ashley

While it looked almost a certainty that Newcastle would finish in the top half of the table a few months ago, that’s no longer the case, with Stoke City and Crystal Palace breathing down our necks – but some would say they’ve been cheating – they’ve been winning games.

That’s certainly not the case at Newcastle, and for the first time ever we have lost five Premier League games in a row, and it seems that Mike Ashley knows this summer transfer season is going to be very important for the club.

Mike has already held a number of meetings with Lee Charnley, who has been put in place to get something done in the summer, after the disastrous tenure of Joe Kinnear as the Director of Football, which was mercifully brought to an end in early February.

Loic Remy, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano, Conor Newton, Luuk de Jong, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan and Shola Ameobi will all very likely leave the club this summer, and there are others who could also leave.

And since it seems Ashley is planning for a big transfer window in the summer, now could be the time to bring in a new manager,  if he decides that – for the second season running – Alan Pardew has not met expectations on Tyneside.

74% of fans in our poll would like to see the now available Davide Moyes brought in – and David was thought at one time to be the perfect manager for a Mike Ashley run Newcastle.

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He got things done and had great success at Everton,  with a very small amount of money available for new players.

David’s had a terrible time of it at Manchester United this season of course, and was officially sacked yesterday, and it would seem like a window of opportunity is available for Newcastle.

But we have no idea if Mike Ashley still believes in Alan Pardew, and the news is that Mike will be back in England from Florida in the next day or two.

However, we would also expect David Moyes to be given a new job somewhere fairly soon, so he can get back into football in July and restore his reputation.

It could be exciting for our fans, if that was at Newcastle United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome,


138 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Comprehensive list of First Team Squad (x25)

    End of contract
    First team (x4) Dan Gosling / Loic Remy / Luuk De Jong / Shola Ameobi

    High possibility of being sold (x3)
    Jonas Gutierrez / Hatem Ben Arfa / Gabriel Obertan

    Potentially could be sold (x4)
    Tim Krul / Davide Santon / Mathieu Debuchy / Sylvain Marveaux

    First team squad (x14)
    Goal keeper (x1) Rob Elliot
    Defence (x6) Fabricio Coloccini / Mike Williamson / Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa / Massadio Haidara / Steven Taylor / Paul Dummett
    Midfield (x4) Moussa Sissoko / Vurnon Anita / Cheick Tiote / Gael Bigirimana
    Striker (x3) Papiss Cisse / Yoan Gouffran / Sammy Ameobi

    Returning loanees (x7)
    Defence (x3) James Tavernier / Curtis Good / Ryan Taylor (injury)
    Midfield (x3) Haris Vuckic / Mehdi Abeid / Shane Ferguson
    Attack (x1) Adam Campbell

    Promoted U21 / reserves (x2)
    Goal keeper – Jak Alnwick
    Striker – Adam Armstrong

    Possible first team players exiting = 11
    Possible first team 2015/16 = 23

    New players required = 2 (1 if Strolla’s contract is extended)
    Positions required Goal keeper & ???
    Nb. In the past few windows we keep getting linked to keepers.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    To be fair 74% of the fans would take Moyes over Pardrew, but I dare say 100% of the fans would take any other manager over both of them.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    MAke Shola Ameobi the brand Ambassador of Sports Direct.

    Coach? what will he coach?
    Contract ext? can he get any worse? 42-43 PL goals. Mostly against Sunderland or penalties.

    That is the level of our club?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Shola plays 90 minutes for 2 games after nigerian coach says he will pick regular players for their clubs.

    Well we surrender

    Shola Ameobi Guaranteed goal scorer – one a season

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  • mindcompressor

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    firebug666,

    exactly! i think it is important to show anything which can be understood as acting to bring better times for Newcastle and restore our position in league next season.

    so, if pardew can be sacked, let’s do it – moyes… alright let him to try. but i’m sick of stagnation. world is dynamic organism, if you are standing still, it means that everyday you are loosing distance to others. example of crystal palace is good now – we had 20 points more and probably we will finish league behind them…

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Forgot about Conor Newton in the squad list for 2014/15.

    Not that I think this will be the case, but it is easy to believe that on paper those in charge will not be concerned about the make up of the future squad. Lets just hope they have a little more about them than they have shown in the past.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Ashley can take whatever position he wants but we are still gonna be battling relegation next year unless he dumps Pardew.

    We are completely toothless and gumless.

    The fans and players know exactly the situation they are in.
    Infact other clubs know that too. Despite bad form Krul,BenArfa etc will get picked up.

    The very last thing I want to hear next year is
    “Well Ashley did spend, he did try”
    He last 2 wjndows are gonna come back to bite him,no matter what he does this time around.If You mess up the psyche, money aint gonna save you.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    We looked good in the first half of the season mostly do to other teams looking bad!

    …there had been some good performances of course – any team has that, but it has been down to individual goals and performances in most cases.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Gertjan Verbeek Sacked at Nurnberg.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I would rather give Luuk de Jomg a contract than Strolla. Luuk is only a young lad yet and has plenty to offer this club. I know many are saying he is not good enough, but to be fare to him, it must be difficult coming into a team you do not know and who are playing very badly under the direction of a totally inept manager. When he has played he has done some good things in holding the ball up and linking play, but you can hardly expect the lad to win the game on his own. He is use to player making forward runs, we never do that these days, so he has to either play the ball square or backwards to find a team mate. IMO give him a contract, I think he will come good for the TOON.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    artful

    I am of the opinion that if Pardew is incharge at the start of next season WE WILL go down.

    Look at Di Canio what damage he did.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Ferguson told Moyes to keep the coaching staff and get rid of Rooney, he did the opposite and is now out of a job. Will the same apply if Pardew does not achieve his target of a top half finish? How far can Ashley run down the ability of NUFC to be financially competitive and keep advertising SD?

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola is not getting a new contract.

    There has been talks of him being a “attacking coach” but that’s all rubbish as the “senior staff” that want him to stay is pardew, Carver and stone.

    Mike Ashley has a continued philosophy of not wasting cash on worthless stuff and Shoal is one of them.

    He gets paid £20k a week and rather then extending that he will bring in a youngster.

    As for Mike Ashley coming back from Florida, he’s back in a day or 2.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    firebug666

    That is like 2 new signings right there.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    TurkishFan101

    Will he be bring back some fine Columbian and knocking out lines in the Emirates boardroom?

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Shola*

    And by Mike Ashley’s philosophy, the age restriction unless its a quality player like Debuchy.

    And you really think he will listen to Pardew? Just like how he doesn’t trust Parses with transfer funds, why do you think he will sign shola Ameobi on a new contract?

    Come on guys get real, it’s stupid lazy journalism again..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Quite amusing from T.O.T.T
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Subject: Re: Tim Krul

    It’s all coming together for next season I feel.

    We’ll have an avid Great British Bake Off viewer in nets, nom nom noming his fat cake hole with a Steak bake as Adam Johnson nets his second hat-trick of the first derby match.

    Taylor the Lion Tart will be back to shore up the leaky defence, complete with silken cape, broad sword and his new rallying cry of “HOOMANAHMAGEORDIE”.

    We’ll have the Hawking-esque mobility and speed of Gosling in centre midfield, controlling the game for the entire three minutes he manages to remain uninjured.

    Shola will gain a one year extension, paid for by his own personal sponsor, Stannah stairlifts, and Ben Arfa, having eaten his own body weight in mussels over the summer will be rolled on for 10 minute cameo appearances to snooker’s ‘The Entertainer’ theme tune.

    I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get down to Sports Direct Towers and get my ticket for next season.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    HD,

    Agreed..

    Im laughing at Ashley. Only billionaire on this planet who can get a club relegated twice. How daft can the man be.
    People on here thinks its all going acc to plan. No, it isnt.
    The only plan going successful now get us relegated nxt yr and run away.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    The only real thing this club should do to move forward is get rid of Pardrew, and not bring in Moyes. The players we have are good enough to be challenging top 6 with maybe 3 – 4 additions, all we need is a manager who know what he is doing. Pardrew MUST be sacked now, or we will be relegated next year.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Turkish

    I don’t know if Pardew, Carver and Stone pushing for a contract for him part is also lazy

    but if it isn’t tells you all about our illustrious Manaager

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    How would Moyes be in any way exciting? Manu fans expect exciting attacking football and Moyes couldn’t provide it. Someone like Fellaini would never be in a free flowing, passing team!

    The days of the Moyes, Pardew’s etc are gone. We need a modern euro coach with 21st century tactics.

    It’s shameful Shola is being offered a new contract while Krul, Ben Arfa etc are all looking to haul ass…!

    Why can’t we get rid of one s—e manager rather than half a squad of half decent players?

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #22

    From an Article I Just read. A short Snippet

    This was coming towards the end of a run which saw Alan Pardew and his players winning seven, drawing once and losing just one in the league.

    To be perfectly honest, Newcastle made Palace look like a Championship side.

    As Pardew walked into the cafe, the club press officer declared no questions would be taken from ncjMedia (we asked them anyway) and as I put down my tape recorder Alan and I had a moment.

    I said something like: “I think I am allowed to say well done.” He replied: “You will be saying that a lot this season.”

    I only got to say it one more time, at West Ham.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Himanshu Dhingr

    They are spreading like cancer…

    Pardew, Carver, Stone

    Shola, Elliot, Gosling, Dummet, Saylor,

    These people all need to stay far far away as possible from the club especially the staff and Shola.

    The rest needs to be sold cause only reason they made it at such a big club was due to Pardew (apart from shola, he’s been sucking the club dry since he was born)

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  • theartfuldodger

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Selling cabaye was not the loss of just 1 player.
    It was the proof of a not so well thought out plan from Ashley.

    The first proof was when nothing happened after the season we finished 5th.

    Cabayes sale was the final nail in the coffin.
    If I was a player id stop thknking abt strategy and training and how to get better. Id be thinking abt how to escape.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    But the truth is we are not going to replace in the excess of 10 players in the summer!

    …do the math some are going to stay.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda heights

    As I said, no way he is getting offered a new contract.

    Pardew is getting rather too cocky for what he’s limits are for the club.

    Since Mike Ashley gone holiday he’s been trying to take responsibility for allot of stuff…

    But believe me when I say, Shola is never ever getting a contract extension UNLESS Pardew is the owner of nufc!

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  • Oldgit1

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    All the talk about Pardew leaving is doing my head in. Doesn’t people know how Ashley mind work yet.
    I can say that no way will Pardew leave, he will have convinced the great man Ashley that he is the man to take our team forward.

    Who else in the club has more knowledge on football matters than Pardew, who is going to argue against him, Ashley ???

    He is the safe option for Ashley. Wether we are regulated next season is another matter which I’m convinced we will be. The rot has set in. There is no one out there that can save our club. We are doomed, doomed I tell you.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Turlish

    ”Mike Ashley has a continued philosophy of not wasting cash on worthless stuff and Shola is one of them”

    What was Pardew on an 8 year contract !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Ed there is nothing to suggest that Mike Ashley is looking to
    A) be more hands on
    B) have a huge summer in other way than top players out bargain players in

    70TWO
    I’d add Taylor Colocini and Marv to the high probability list tbf they have all talked about first team football and colo has tried to leave for the last 3 windows

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Jesper

    I agree we just could not replace 10 players, The club has always said they would replace any player who left with better quality, but to date I cannot remember anyone being replaced. This year I think the squad will be filled out with returning loan players and maybe 1 – 2 brought in. Can see 4 or 5 leaving.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #31

    RH
    Or Shola’s previous contracts….or Obertan…..or JFK……..or Dekka……

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  • cyprus

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    We have to put this Moyes thing to rest Ed, because you may be inadvertently misrepresenting things. If your poll had been, do you want Cyprus as the new manager, I would get like 50%, because the discontent for the current manager has reached boiling point! Best to have a poll with competing names, like Laudrup etc. Then Moyes wouldn’t look so good in the poll.

    On HBA, keep him PLEASE and fire the culprit, AP.

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  • Patoon

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #33

    2 b honest i’d rather play Saylor or Santon up front than Shola, this man is pure and utter shite, always has been and always will b, ffs wot is our club turning into

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Firebug
    Spot on not one player has been replaced properly, most notably never in the same window!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Sadly Oldgit has spot on @27

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    Ed

    Ash just put himself on the board to draw another wage.

    Tads

    It’s hard to take how shambolically this club has been run down the years when the potential there is enormous. It really is like the club is cursed!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Firebug…just my thought 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #38

    Cyprus

    I’m listening . What style could we look forward to seeing under your management?

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  • firebug666

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Next season we are most likely to see players like Curtis Good, Medi Abied, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana as regular first team starters. We maybe bring in a so desperately needed striker and have Adam Armstrong on the bench.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda heights

    Well mate you can’t just blame Mike Ashley at the time.

    It was said numerous times that it was Llambias that gave out the 8 year contracts to Pardew and Co.

    Which was why he was managing Director here… Mike Ashley was never dealing with anything club related.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, fans were crying out for desperation for long term ‘stability” the club only followed what the fans wanted and set out a blueprint if they wanted longterm stability with Pardew…

    Fans were at the time when we finished 5th were like “KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF PARDEW, HE WILL MANAGE NUFC FOR THR REST OF ETERNITY”

    “THERES ONLY ONE ALAN PARDEW”

    So, now you understand?

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