This Scenario Will See Mike Ashley Sell Newcastle

The are questions coming up of what Mike Ashley;s plans are in the future,  with the news  that he wants to increase his share in Rangers FC by underwriting a £4M share issue.

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Mike Ashley – aiming to buy Rangers?

At the moment he owns under 10% (said to be 7% right now) of the Scottish powerhouse, and that could take him up to 20% ownership, and while you are allowed to own two football clubs under FIFA’s strict rules, they cannot play in the same competitions – otherwise integrity issues come up.

But the Premier League rules are more strict, and with FIFA, UEFA and the Premier League the rules are not exactly the same.

It could be that Mike Ashley is buying up an increasing percentage of Rangers while they are still cheap and on their way back to the Scottish Premier League, and once they are back again in the SPL (possibly next year at this time) and in the top two with Celtic, they will be worth a lot more than they are today – and they will be back in the Champions League.

Rangers are now in the second tier of Scottish football, one division below the SPL,  having been promoted in both of the last two years,  since they were broken up two years ago and put down to the bottom division of the Scottish League.

So it could be that once Rangers are back in Europe, then Mike could buy the Scottish club outright and at that time could be looking for a buyer for Newcastle United – so he doesn’t infringe on the dual ownership rules.

If Mike Ashley wants to have a club in Europe, and get the benefits of advertising his Sports Direct business, it would be much cheaper to buy Rangers than to have to invest in Newcastle United, when there are richer and bigger clubs in England.

We think that could be his strategy and it has got the Ranger’s fans a little worried, and A Union of Fans (A group of Rangers supporters’ representatives) long statement read as follows:

“We believe the SFA have been approached to find out what would be required to give clearance for this, due to Mr Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United.”

“We would question the wisdom of approaching someone who, despite his obvious wealth, cannot significantly invest in the club without removing himself from his ownership position at Newcastle.”

“We are also concerned that, under UEFA regulations on dual ownership of clubs, Mr Ashley cannot have a ‘decisive influence over decision making’ at Rangers without it leading to the possibility of us not being able to compete in European competition.”

“He could find himself holding around 20% of the shares in our club, having control of all club merchandise and being the largest single shareholder if he underwrites this share issue.”

“Will the board clear this unequivocally, and in advance, with UEFA to ensure that Rangers will not miss out on European football in the future because of Mr Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle?”

“Finally, Mr Ashley’s initial purchase of shares in Rangers appears to have been linked to his Sports Direct merchandise deal. The only man inside Rangers who liked that deal at the time it was put in place was (former chief executive) Charles Green.

“We hope that any possible assistance given to the board by Mr Ashley at this time will not see him clinch another favorable deal, perhaps to rename Ibrox at a knock down price.”

Needless to say Rangers fans are wary of Mike Ashley taking over their club, and some of their issues are described above.

We don’t know what Mike Ashley’s intentions really are, but this is one possible scenario where he would sell Newcastle UNited, possibly in a couple of years time, once Rangers are back in the Champions League.

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48 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Last seasons strikers v this seasons strikers:

    Last season:

    Shola Ameobi

    This season:


  • toonking

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #3

    if this were to mean he has to actually sell newcastle united “which i think he would prefer to do as rangers will easily get in europe cheaply” all i can say to fans on this blog is lets just all enjoy the whole of this season and accept the manager for one last year because we won’t be relegated and well we could stand better chance of a good new owner by showing passion rather than gurmpyness.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Ayoze Perez has a similar goal scoring record to Xisco.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #5

    toon king

    Ashley cant control the advertising for Europe meaning all the sports direct crap has to go
    it why he don’t want us in Europe

    not sure apart from cash why he is investing but I am sure he wont sell us to buy them


    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I despise ashley even though hes performed a financial miracle in football world terms. I see why he does what he does as his interest in club is based on returning a profit and hes entitled to look for a return on a massive investment BUT. Theres only one reason to be involved in sport and thats to aspire to be the best that will never happen with this fella. Hope its true n good ridance if it is.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 19, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #7

    All nonsense. Mashley can make 80 million a year outta finishing top 10 with newcastle.

    With Rangers he will maybe make half that if they qualify for champions league. Rangers will have 2 invest heavy 2 compete against celtic for the spl, and to top it off, da winner of spl has to beat 3 teams over two legs to qualify for champions league.

    The exact reason neil lennon left his job at celtic.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I will be looking at Rangers results this season with a close eye. Here’s to hoping they get promoted. Here’s to hoping Ashley sells up and Pardew gets the chop!

  • nufc_inside

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #9

    At their lowest point he did a deal with them to run their shops and website in a future profit share deal. So no upfront fee as jjb had done previously. Smart, risk free move. Uses all the same website and shop logistics as nufc and sports direct so no investment was required.. Easy money

  • Sazzer

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Ayoze have played 50 games and scored 17 goals.

    In Xisco’s first 50 ish games he’s scored 39 goals. (not sure how)

    Also Loic Remy only scored 11 goals in his first 50 ish games.

  • Sazzer

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Shola scored 7 goals in his first 60 ish games.

  • Sazzer

    Aug 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Cisse 34 goals in his first 50 ish games.

  • expatmag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Having watched the game a couple of times, realistically, it was a good performance under difficult circumstances.

    The difference in quality is obviously down to the seemingly inexhaustible funds available to the champions over the past few years.

    I notice that they have made Nastasic Richards Sinclair and Guidetti available. All would more than likely make our starting 11. It just goes to show the depth and squad options available to them. They have just paid 32 million pounds for a centre half which us virtually equivalent to our entire spend on 9 players this summer.

    I saw little wrong with the way Pardew set the team out from the options available to him. The first half was cagey and other than the mistake for the goal, We coped well.

    Once behind, I thought we came back well in the 2nd half but my two criticisms of the tactics were (1) we should have pushed up further in support of Riviere and (2) we should have made the subs earlier.

    Looking at the subs, City brought on 70 million pounds worth of talent in Milner Aguero and Fernandinho, all who represented their respective countries at the world cup whilst we brought on Aarons Perez and Obertan. I actually thought the pace they injected almost paid dividends in the end and we can consider ourselves unlucky not to get a point.

    It might also be worth remembering that we were missing Tiote De Jong Santon Cisse Mbiwa Fererya and Raylor from our squad. Once they are back, competition for places should ensure the competitiveness of the squad is maintained.

    I would expect to get the usual moans and whinges from the negative section but my answer to them is their football knowledge could be written down on a gnats back and they would be better off taking their criticisms down to the local sunday league amateur games where they would probably be more appreciated.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes I was impressed with the team Sunday and everything looks promising but I still think we need a proven striker and a decent centre back. I also think Vernon Anita was appalling

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Expat I agree with you. You hit the nail on the head. I would also love so sign Nastasic and Sinclair. Richards IMO would not be right for us.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 19, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #16

    @ 2
    and your point is?
    Totally agree

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Watching the telly, just spotted a young demonstrator protesting Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri, wearing the classic mid nineties ginolaesque toon top, strangely.

  • Thump

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #18

    @jimmy: Don’t tell the mackems, it’ll be #magedia all over again. (For the uninformed, #magedia is a portmenteau of mag and media. The mackem’s are convinced that we get painted positively in the media because we’re Geordies or something)

    In all seriousness though, I’ve been following the Ferguson thing since it began and it’s f’ing terrifying. The city is literally under martial law in all but name. Black press not allowed into the press area etc… terrifying stuff.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 19, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Expat…nice little review for anyone who didn’t see the match! Reading the last paragraph just made me skip right through it though…

    …don’t take the morale high ground

  • expatmag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #20


    I dont take the moral high ground at all.

    Like I have said before on other threads, I think some so called supporters fail to grasp the reality of managing a sporting club at such a high level and all the associated pitfalls.

    I am not a Pardew backer. In fact, I think he is somewhat out of his depth and I would rather a more experienced modern day manager.

    However, like it or not, we are stuck with him for the foreseeable future and I have no doubt the man is trying his best under exceptionally stressful circumstances. I would like to see him succeed because it would mean NUFC succeeds.

    As for your opinion regarding my analysis of the game I evidently didnt watch, you are, of course, entitled to your opinion.

  • expatmag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #21


    Please disregard the last paragraph of my previous post. I misread your post. My apologies.

  • dannitoon

    Aug 19, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Take Pardew with him.. We will know when we start selling our kids to em.. Maybe that’s why players are on 6 year contracts. . When they expire most will be 30+.. rangers get em for free…

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #23

    58 points after week one , not bad

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #24


    your mad and off your rocker mate,

    you can not come on here and defend the first game of the season, say we had a decent game, when we did not try and play against them for 90 minutes, we only gave them a game for the last 15 minutes. and that is a fact.

    im not sure what was a harder game, us vrs city or Burnley vrs Chelsea, we are a mid table , established prem team that under achieved last season, they are a team favourites to go back down.
    no doubt about it, both city and Chelsea will be no 1 and 2 ant the end of the season, but burnley had 2 shots against them, 1 goal, Chelsea only had 3 on target.

    you say you don’t back pardew and that he is out of his depth, this is not a new manager coming in, he played the same way last season, yet your defending a man who has continued with the form from last season.

    il go mad if I read one more time I need my new recruits to bed into the team, arrrrr, every team in the division has got brand new players that need to adjust, what makes pardew so special ?

    wake up, or your just going to be another delude manx

  • tequilamag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #25

    I think the new recruits need more time to bed in.

  • ToonMatt

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Fingers crossed, I detest the man and can’t wait for the day he leaves, He’s a parasite.

  • magoo

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #27

    So Rangers make it to the CL. He just needs to make sure Newcastle don’t. Job done

  • expatmag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #28


    Maybe you are a little confused or possibly list in the middle of a norweigan wood where you cant see the forest for the tree.

    And we did not try and play against them for 90 minutes and only gave them a game for the last 15 minutes.

    I believe you quoted that?

    Must have been a lot of injury time

    There is nothing mad about me. My vision is more pheripheral than yours apparently.

    On a final note, if you are so unhappy with the club, why dont you follow another team that would give you greater pleasure and doesnt have Alan Pardew as a manager?

  • MassiveG

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #29

    I have to say most of the top sides’ CB cast-offs are still an improvement on what we got – Nastasic, Coates, Toure, Dawson and there must be a couple of others we could prize away from slightly lower clubs…Shawcross?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Ha ha 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Apart from manxpie we all know Pardew is a tw@t who we’d love to see replaced, can’t you change the record man.

  • toon kk

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Sky tv is making Mash a lot of money not to mention the free advertising, so why would he want to sell NUFC.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 19, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #33

    JFA I think the Catchy madness boat sailed a long time ago

  • Slank

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Expatmag @ 12

    I agree with your analysis.

    We put out a team of 11 players who had never played together before in the Premiership whereas Man City put out a team, albeit with one new player, who had played together for the whole of last season and won the league.

    It was one of the few games I can remember when all the pundits congratulated both teams. The pundits were unanimous in saying that Man City look the strongest team in the league. They were also unanimous in saying that we played extremely well and all our new recruits played very well too.

    We made quite a few chances and although we didn’t convert them it strongly suggests that with some of the walking wounded back we should be a strong team this year.

  • Slank

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #35

    I see Chucky scored twice last night.

    Things are looking up even more.

    Hopefully we can get De Jong (and too a lesser extent because of how good Colback is) Tiote back for the Villa game.

  • Slank

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #36

    tequilamag @ JFA

    It’s the six months of darkness that does it.

    I was once on a six week course with some Finns and although great fun to be with they did acknowledge that being in darkness for six months of the year does leave its mark.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #37

    I think Tiote will come in for Anita, which is a no brainer really, I can only assume that SDJ will come in for Gouffran in a 4-4-1-1 type formation, if that is successful I don’t know where Cisse is ever going to fit back in.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #38

    It never ceases to amaze me this blog..

    Ashley holds the keys to the level of ambition set. This is the be all end all of how far this club is willing to go in competeing.

    Dreaming of top class managers or even an upgrade on Pardew is a complete waste of time while Mike Ashley is here. The model is always going to be the same and the struggles will remain whoever is in charge.

    Pardew works within a structure, a very difficult one, he has stayed in a job while some other managers may of walked. But, he is happy to do it. He talks some rubbish at times but he is no way as bad as some of the stuff wrote on here like haha. If he had been fully backed in his tenure I could understand the cursing but this isn’t true. Infact it’s far from it.

    He has his downsides and yes there is probably better out there but he isn’t as hopeless to the extent people say on this blog. He is working for Mike Ashley and that is a tough enough job on it’s own.

    Give him his CB and CF and I’ll hold judgement until November.

    I need my bed. Have a pleasant day lads.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #39



    people who are passionate about something , don’t just give up,

    for me nothing has changed, I will fight my corner until he is gone,

    and yes I know you and lots of others have changed your mind on where you stand on pardew , and that’s great , but people coming on here and pretending to see something they did not see in order to back their argument up is pure madness ,

    the gulf between burnley and Chelsea is huge , yet in my eyes they can count them selfs unlucky, Chelsea had 3 shots on target and scored all 3 , burnley had 2 and scored 1,
    the law of averages says if you hit the target one will go in sooner or later,
    now for pardew to come out and say we were unlucky and we never had a shot on target is just false , we had a line guy up front with no support for the majority of the game ,
    that’s called living in hope not unlucky,

    again every team in the division has new players , the chosen one said last night he only had 7 training sessions with that team due to the World Cup and new guys coming in late, his team at the top need time to adopt and get with the pace, what’s so special about our team , why should he be giving time ?

    pardew waxed lyrical about all these new attacking options , yet all I hear him talk about is SDJ, why talk up our new attacking impetus then say it will be different when we get our main guy back when he has never played a game for us?

    once again it’s pardew has spoken so it must be true, that’s why we have so many sheep


  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #40

    We’re not sheep, all the papers are saying it was a gutsy performance, saying we gave a good game, Look North the same, the City manager gave us credit and by all accounts the crowd came away reasonably happy despite a loss, why can’t you accept that we done ok, save the criticism for when it’s deserved.


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