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It’s Important Ashley Understands The Problems I’ve Had

8:39 am, Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Maybe it’s today that Alan Pardew will meet with Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board, but once that meeting is over, the next step is to post something on the Newcastle web-site to the effect that Alan Pardew will continue on as the Newcastle manager, despite a disastrous last 20 games of the season, when we lost 13 of them and failed to score in 12 of them. :(

Mike Ashley upbeat

Mike Ashley – he’s a good listener

And with Lee Charnley the new Managing Director, it will be interesting to see if fans get any more information as to what the club is going to do this summer and in the next year or so – probably not – but communication with the fans has always been very poor with Ashley in  charge.

This is what Alan  Pardew told the Shields Gazette:

“I think it’s important he understands some of the problems I’ve had,” “We can talk through some things I think need to improve.”

“Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he’s a better listener.” “That’s why he’s had such great success.”

“He doesn’t really say much. He listens and comes back to me, sometimes 48 hours after, and draws some conclusions from what I’ve said.”

“It’s not like there’s too much hollering and shouting, it’s more a case for Mike to listen to the problems I’ve had.” “Then he reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me.”

That’s always a good thing to do – listen to somebody and understand exactly where they are coming from and what they are really saying – the art of listening.

In consulting you are always told that a good consultant is one who is a good listener, so it looks like Mike is a good listener and would make a good consultant.

But he’s been enormously successful in his business life, and he’s obviously a bright guy, whatever the criticism against him over these seven years.

And we just hope that as well as being extremely successful in his Sports Direct business, he also wants to become a successful football owner, which he’s not at the moment.

If £60M is being made available this summer for transfers, that would be some good news, and we then have to bring in some really top players.

That’s the next step this summer to try to get us back competing near the top end of the Premier League.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SuperShearer // May 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I’d like to know A) why they are advertising that there is £60m to spend and B) why only 60 given nearly 80 from TV revenue + 20 from Cabaye. I understand that some goes back into the running of the club but 60 seems about 10 million short to me.

  • 2 firebug666 // May 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Mike a GOOD LISTENER, He never listens to the fans!

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Very good article in this Mornings Newcastle Journal on Aston Villa’s Randy Lerner – buying selling clubs, ownership in the Premiership and the implications of Fanancial Fair Play and what it means to the TOON
    Sorry I cannot find a link but worth reading searching for:
    THE AGENDA: Aston Villa, Mike Ashley, FFP and what could be the defining point of next season

  • 4 Average_Contents // May 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Jfa

    That link I posted was about the club apparently contacting total sport to tell them to cut some of what pardspew said as he didn’t want to dig himself a deeper hole, I haven’t heard the interview so can’t really comment on it, like I said just that link regarding what was “not” said lol

    Tequilamag

    Quite possibly but he answered a question from NCJ media after getting told not to by Wendy Taylor at the same de-brief

  • 5 stuart no9 // May 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he’s a better listener.” “That’s why he’s had such great success.”————hes not a great listener wnen it comes to NUFC and football, thats why we wont get success, w///er.
    Day off today and that tw’t has just put me on a badun before the day gets underway. back to bed then.

  • 6 TurkishFan101 // May 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Mike Ashley is apparently a decent bloke according to KK but, he tends to listen to the wrong people.

    That being his main representative is also a cockney which no doubt why Pardew got the job in the first place.

    Also, I said no way we could get Shelvey.

    “Jonjo is one for the future for this club. He is an important player with potential and those are the ones we want here. This is not a selling club.”

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // May 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Repost,
    mindshaft,
    If my mates ticket is anything to go by he can’t cancel for next season as he needed to give notice before January 31st, hence the Sky breaking news that Mike Ashley had sanctioned four players, people already in to their ten year deals will suffer penalties.

  • 8 bobby mango // May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    The main problem being Pardew and his staff are utterly useless.

    Leaking the 60m was a deliberate plot to appease fans. Wish it wouldn’t be mentioned.

    To set things straight – We will never, ever spend 60m on transfer fees in a single window under Ashley. At best it will be 30m and they’ll say the rest went on agent fees and wages.

    Even if we did spend 60m on players I have no confidence Pardew would be able to get the best of them.

  • 9 wynsleap // May 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    How can Mike Ashley be a good listener?
    If he listened to the fans he would have sacked Pardew by now and sold the club.
    The ONLY thing this bloke listens to is the sound of money coming into his Sports Direct company. Kerching!!!
    Quite frankly Ed, your’e starting to believe anything this PR machine regurgitates.

  • 10 Sav // May 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    A budget of 60 million used to mean we had 60 million to spend on transfer fees but creative accounting at Toon in the Mashley era usually means that includes wages for the lifetime of the contract. That’s a helluva lot less to spend. Does it include the Cabaye fee and what about the lesser amounts for at least half a dozen saleable players leaving? I hope there’s an account of how much each year is being skimmed off to recoup the debt to Mashley but having said that, if he manages to make NUFC run at a profit, we may never be rid of Monster Mash and his aim to hit the target but never the bullseye.

  • 11 NYMAG // May 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Sav- you hit the nail on the head! The 60M is a deliberate leak to get fans to buy season tickets and the number will include salaries although he won’t offset the players that are leaving the club…I will be surprised if we bring in more than 3 new players with a combined transfer value greater than 20M. We might also pick up a free transfer and an “academy prospect”….

  • 12 NZGeordieviaAfrica // May 15, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    60 MILLION MY AR$E. NOT EVEN 6 MILLION WILL BE SPENT ON TOP OF THE PALTRY FEES WE’LL GET FROM THE SALE OF JONAS , BEN ARFA , SAYLOR ETC ETC. 12 MILLION FOR THE LOT INCLUDING STROLLA FOR FREE AND MASHLEY WILL ADD 5 MILLION. THAT MAKES 17 MILLION TOPS! LOOK FOR 3 “FREE” AGENTS TO MAKE UP THE NUMBERS. WE ARE LOOKING AT A SERIOUS RELEGATION FIGHT.




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