Bursting The Bubble – Why Mike Ashley Will Not Sell Newcastle


The English Premier League isn’t just the most popular football league around the world, it’s also the most popular league in any team sport around the world.

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Mike Ashley – unlikely to sell Newcastle

And with Mike Ashley managing to make millions (and millions) off Newcastle – by his own admission – with the many signs of Sports Direct placed all over St. James’ Park, we think it’s extremely unlikely the news that he wants to sell Newcastle is true.

The news in the Telegraph was that Mike wanted to invest more in Rangers north of the border, and to do that he was restricted to owning only up to 10% by the Scottish FA – so the thinking was that he will therefore sell Newcastle to invest more in Rangers.

There are also rules in UEFA about not being able to own two clubs who compete against each other, but the rules are murky at best.

But Mike Ashley is no fool, especially where money is concerned,  and while Rangers are an iconic and great football club – no doubt about that – they don’t get the worldwide TV coverage that Premier League clubs get – even when they play in the Champions League.

And as we had hoped, Alan Pardew was asked about that report of Mike Ashley presumably ready to sell Newcastle today in his press conference – this is what he said:

“That’s news to me,” “I’ve heard no suggestion from him or any signs from him. He’s obviously given us money to spend this summer which we’ve hopefully spent well, but only time will tell on that.¨

¨They’re are settling in well,  and that’s the most important thing. His commitment to the club is as strong as it’s always been.”

We know there are a lot of Newcastle fans now praying that the news in the Telegraph is true – but logic is against any sale – it says Mike Ashley is onto too good a thing at Newcastle for him to sell the club.

But on the other hand this may be good news for Rangers’ fans.

And we see that Tottenham Hotspur are up for sale by owner Joe Lewis – but he wants £1B for Spurs – a simply ridiculous amount of money.

Mike would probably buy Tottenham, but for no more than £200M – if that.

And yes you guessed it – here’s Mike favorite song of all time.  😀

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92 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    18toonarmydownsouth // Sep 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    WTF is happening with Tiote?
    Supposedly injured ALL pre season
    For all 3 of are league fixtures, not even made the bench
    Goes and features in both his nations games during the break
    And now it’s being reported he’s not fit for the Southampton game!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed the story is being shot down as Pardew has said he doesn’t think he’ll sell…………………..since when has Pardew known anything of Ashley’s intentions?

    If getting Rangers into the champions League is worth more to him and Sports Direct then thats where he’s headed

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3
  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Transfer, it’s not all his fault, but most of it. If Hatem was enjoying his football I bet he’d be a lot more manageable.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5
  • optimistic prime

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Course M’biwa leaving won’t affect us Alan well atleast not until your long haired lover takes another holiday in Argentina.

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  • Slank

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Sale confirmed.

    Hull City.

    FA said he couldn’t change its name so the owner has thrown his toys out.

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  • Rainrix

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Surely even if you don’t rate MYM you would at least admit he’d get game time. Saylor and colo are incredibly injury prone and willos had issues with injuries as well. I simply can’t fathom the decision to let him go. I despair with this club 🙁

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Rainrix

    This club has been savaged by injuries for years and allowing Mapou to go has set us up for a massive fall again, it seems that those who hold the power are taking every single chance they can with our season. It would be just like us to lose both Colo and Willo to injury in the next two games.

    It’s impossible to have a single thread of sympathy for a man that shot’s himself in the foot every time he makes a decision

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Rainrix
    It’s baffling mate
    Colo is 32, injured a lot and tbh is looking a shadow of his former self
    Willo is 31 soon, slow as a milk float and is also susceptible to injury
    Over the course of the season, both of them will inevitably face periods out through injury/ Suspension
    So you’d think having a 25 yr old who captained his team to a title and has captained youth levels for his country would be at the very least be an ideal stand in?
    Apparently not, instead we’re placing all our faith in Stevie Sicknote Taylor, The inexperienced and also injury prone Good, the even more injury prone Streete and poor Sakta who will be thrown in at the deep end and written off

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  • toon kk

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #11

    What a pathetic excuse for a football club MA has turned us into.
    Isn’t supporting your team supposed to be exciting and special looking forward to every game?
    Fans live in hope of better days knowing they’ll never come under Cashley.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    “What’s important with the players here is that they represent the jersey with honesty and truth and love” AP #NUFC

    Like headbutting an opposition player Alan???

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  • Rainrix

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    JB… I’d never wish injury on a player, but i would love to see pardew squirm if we had no fit CBs. Its a gamble like you say ashleys taken a few with us over the years, this is one i seriously don’t see us getting away with.

    Tads… I don’t think the youth would even get a shot under pards, i think more likely we’d have a similar situation to when we played norwich a few years back, Full backs at centre backs. Not even like its a hypothetical situation, its a extremely real possibility 🙁

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  • ToonMatt

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    He won’t sell up while 50,000 turn up to support him and his regime.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Really alan? Honesty and truth? You don’t know the meaning of the words! Cheeky kunt.

    Your fully complicit in your bum chums plans so do us all a favour and fcuk..off..you..league..one..chancer!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    He needs hounding out and fast.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    The biggest confusion about the MYM decision for me is that a CB was a priority position admitted by the club
    AP said window after window we need to bring in at least one CB
    We finally bag one in MYM then shift him on 18 months later and say we’re happy with the defence!

    Ffs this is the same set of CB’s we had in the f**king championship!!!
    Surely if we were so desperate to bring in a CB, as stated by Pardew due to the defence being under strength and to stretched to last a full PL campaign then surely that’s the exact same f**king case now????

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19

    So depressing. I cant see.any way forward. Where exactly are nufc heading with this current set up and philosophy from Ashley and Pardew? They both keep doing the same things. Saying the same things. Acting the same way. Its mental.

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  • adwend

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #20

    i have said it before , the only way we will get rid of ashley is to get relegated ,newcastle not getting games on sky we are no good to him.
    i love newcastle but i hope we go down

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Those interviews are generally vetted and planned in order to suit the ease of answers to make it look pretty calm and normal. It’s anything but.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Toonmatt
    exactly fans complain about the running of the club, but 50,000 turn up to support the regime.
    There as much to blame as MA,
    If they didn’t fund mash things would have to change for the better.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s a group planned action though for people at the ground, which is why people have to get behind like-minded organisations who are trying to create change.

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  • toonking

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    rainrix

    i think he has given youth more time than you think, the forwards maybe haven’t been given much but i’ve seen alot of midfield and defensive youth given chances, the thing about it all is we have rubbish academy, the english game in general is poor with academies. over the pardew years i’ve seen sammy, vukic, ferguson, dummett and now arrons all get game time. the trouble with this is i also see so much negativity being typed about them dummett a prime example this year, arrons i was fearing would face pressure because of all the HBA screaming that will be made at matches, he is taking the place HBA would have played.

    their is also the risk that the team will be charged by the FA for fielding weakened teams which is what happened to blackpool, in the cups fans including me want him to field a starting 11 and also it could get ashley even more reason not to spend money.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon kk

    Fans who go to the game are as much to blame as Ashley???

    So when Pardew blames fans for something, its a travesty, but its ok for one fan to blame other fans for things? Its about time fans stopped blaming each other for things that are actually out of their control, and instead aimed the blame at the real culprits.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #26

    adwend

    the only way to get shot of Ashley is to have an empty stadium as with all the Sd advertising the last thing he wants is the press have mass coverage of an empty ground.

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  • ToonMatt

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    toon kk, I totally agree mate, I honestly thought that after last season fans would see sense and stay away then go back after he sells up? Instead they turn up in there thousands to support him and his regime, Who on earth would support this regime, No trophies? No European football? No ambition?

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  • adwend

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    well said toon kk as fans we most do more

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    No fans should have to shoulder any blame for what Ashley has done to the club.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #30

    He just keeps talking……
    @NUFCTheMag: Alan Pardew ‘We Have An Outstanding Midfield’ #NUFC http://t.co/jkqmVem5cR

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    LR32

    Correct. Instead of asking “haven’t their respective departures significantly weakened newcastle”

    Instead it’s this. As in you didn’t need them anyway did you alan?

    When it was suggested their departures would not affect Newcastle too much, he said today: “Correct.

    How can it be correct? We’ve got 3 SENIOR CENTRE-BACKS from the championship season you fcuking idiot!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Markaccus

    The fans are not to blame for what Ashley has, in that you 100% correct, but what we are guilty of is allowing him to get away with for so long without taking a stand to force his hand

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  • toonking

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    adwend

    the mirror itself had a pollwhich asked toon fans what they would rather have, the choices were-

    being in the premiership and still having ashley as owner
    being in the championship and not having ashley as owner.

    the prefered choice was to be in the championship,

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #34

    tads

    Every word he has uttered in that press conference has done nothing buy wind me up as he seems devoid of the truth and the fact that he’s a laughing stock in the eye’s of the fans. He has no dignity, backbone or moral standing anymore as he is nothing more than a cheap mouthpiece for a man who couldn’t give a damn about NUFC

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #35

    And people wonder why he gets so much abuse aimed at him? It’s because everytime the bullshitter opens his mouth more excrement spews from it! FFS! The guys complicit in everything and lies through his fcuking teeth in order to keep a job he never should of got in the first place.

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  • dazzler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #36

    We could be seeing quiet moves in preparation for a sale, but won’t know until the accounts are released.

    If MA reduces his loan then you see a reduction in gearing, meaning a more secure business if you include savings on wages, you’d also see a reduction in assets which would reduce the value of the business making it affordable to any potential buyers.

    Accounts could also be adjusted to ensure the profit sits at a similar level to last year which would show a business growing year on year.

    The next set of published accounts could be telling as to what his intentions are.

    I’m not getting my hopes up though, that stuff is all subjective anyway. Plus, it may not actually happen.

    I still hope only to see pardew replaced by literally anyone at this stage.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Markaccus
    MA is taking the United out of Newcastle United, every fan wants change. But what’s been done?
    A few petitions doesn’t mean jack sh.t to Mash.
    But selling season tickets, and penny pinching does
    Newcastle isn’t a proper football club anymore it’s just a business. Something has to change.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #38

    “AP promises Carroll will not be sold”

    “Cabaye: Not for sale says AP”

    “AP has dismissed talk of #NUFC being up for sale”

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Jack

    I think the fans who allowed it to go on, maybe did so in hope, rather than complacency. I know my son goes to the games in hope of something better. As yet he has no political feelings towards nufc, and at 16 i am glad. He does join in with the “its never your fault” chants though. I think if a fan does go, then at least yhey has tje opportunity to voice how he/she feels about fcb and ap.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #40

    JB
    Never really used to have massive issues with his pressers becuase tbh i just didn’t give a sh1t! But have to admit lately they seem deliberately flammatory comments designed to p1ss off the entire fan base

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