Mike Ashley Finally Thwarted In His Plans

News today that the Scottish FA have officially turned down a request from Rangers FC to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding in the club.

mike ashley 9876

Mike Ashley – plans thwarted

Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United outright, and a couple of months ago it was news the Scottish FA did not want him to own more than 10% of Rangers shares because of his ownership of Newcastle.

The news is that Mike Ashley wants to increase his stake from 8.92% to close to 30% of Rangers, and of course with Rangers struggling for cash and in the second division of Scottish, the shares are currently very cheap for such a famous club with a great brand.

Mike Ashley may not be well liked – but he’s no idiot when it comes to finances.

This is the Scottish FA statement on the matter:

“The Scottish FA board convened on Tuesday, 23 December to hear a submission from the board of Rangers Football Club. This meeting was arranged in respect of a request set out in an application to consent to an increase in MASH Holdings Limited’s shareholding in Rangers International Football Club to a maximum of 29.9% of the issued share capital.”

“The board has now carefully considered the application and has decided, unanimously, that the application should not be granted.”

“The Board, under article 13 of the Scottish FA articles of association, is required to have due regard to the need to promote and safeguard the interests and public profile of association football, its players, spectators and others involved with the game.”

Rangers have responded immediately with this  statement:

“The board of Rangers Football Club are very disappointed with the SFA’s decision and we will now consider all our options.”

There is a hearing with the Scottish FA on 27th January with Rangers and Mike Ashley – and they will determine if Ashley’s interest in the two football clubs has breached the SFA rules and the agreement they have.

It wouldn’t surprise us if they rule at that time that Mike’s ownership has indeed breached their agreement.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Please see if you can help the Northumbria Police to find this missing person – thanks.

You can follow us on our three social media sites below:

90 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Re the previous article
    I’ve heard of clutching at straws but that takes the biscuit. We’re on another downhill slide courtesy of P45.

  • ToonMatt

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    The parasite will find a way round it.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Pull the plug Mike and let the bluenosed bigots sink They can turn Ibrox into a huge penny arcade

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s like the old joke, a journalist challenges Pardew about losing five in a row and he defiantly replies there’s a worse record than that, when the journalists asks who, Pardew replies proudly it was him.


    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Money talks and Ashley will end up owning Rangers for better or worse, hopefully we will get something out of it…young players ideally we have a history with Scottish stars which I wouldn’t mind rekindling if they are good enough or Ashley will sell up and head north allowing us to move on

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #6

    So the SFA are basically intervening for the greater good of Rangers Football Club and the common weal of Scottish Football. To protect both from OUR owner. Jesus, that’s more than a bit in auspicious for us. They think he’s capable of destroying one of it’s greatest institutions, and the foundations it’s built upon. Wonderful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s a sad day for football in general when a club owes or depends on it’s survival to someone like Mike Ashley.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Say what you will about Ashley , he improved the financial health of NUFC and brought some of the best players in Europe to our club
    His fatal mistake was putting faith in that piece of excrement called Pardew.

    Hopefully he succeeds at Rangers, re-assigns Pardumb over there and uses that club as a dumping ground for trash players like colocinni.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9


    Fat chance, Ashley would have had this covered. Give it a month.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone know if this account is verified?

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon brother

    You do realise the stats don’t back up your argument we do better without colo.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Would anyone else have Salah from Chelski ? .

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Big papa

    Worth a loan spell. Might not be great (who knows) but his pace will definitely stretch teams and give us a good option.


    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Would rather have Remy

  • beermonkey

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15


    yes and hazards brother

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Aarons and Salah on either wing would destroy full backs :


    —————————De Jong—————————-


  • Douglas

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Can the SFA force Ashley to sell Newcastle?):

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle United will line-up against Manchester United on Boxing Day at Old Trafford with an unchanged side to the one that started against Sunderland on Sunday except Vurnon Anita is to replace Tiote in the middle of the park.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #19

    @Transfer Sage kindly present the stats to which you refer. Thanks

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Victor Moses >>>>>>> Salah

  • geordie157

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t rate salah, I’d rather we looked at narsingh or maybe bolasie.

    Notice a lot of Colo haters on here recently, so are they saying drop Colo because Taylor and dummett are better? It’s clear we need a new centre back and it needs to be one with pace who ideally chips in with some goals.

  • geordie157

    Dec 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #22

    How much would stuttgarts timo werner cost? He’s a great prospect

  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Sage I doubt stats would ease toonbotherers Colophobia. Actually Coulrophobia is the fear of Clowns – perhaps our captains Sideshow Bob resemblance is marring his appreciation for our games. I imagine him cowering in terror behind the sofa as Colo leads the players onto the pitch.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #24


    Here you go sir.

    2014/15 season

    total – 8 wins, 6 draws, 7 defeats
    with colo – 7 wins (39%), 5 draws (28%), 6 defeats (33%) = avg 1.44 points per game
    without colo – 1 wins (33%), 1 draws (33%), 1 defeat (33%) = avg 1.33 points per game

    2013/14 season

    total – 17 wins, 5 draws, 20 defeats
    with colo – 12 wins (43%), 2 draws (7%), defeats 14 (50%) = avg 1.35 points per game
    without colo – 5 wins (36%), draws 3 (21%), defeats 6 (43%) = avg 1.29 points per game

    taken from


  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #25

    85Jail for Ashley // Dec 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Yes, Merry xmas to all except welshgeordie9.

    Ha ha ha

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #26

    2012/13 season

    total – 16 wins (30%), 15 draws (28%), 23 defeats (43%) = avg points per game 1.16
    with colo – 8 wins (30%), 8 draws (30%), 11 defeats (41%) = avg points per game 1.19
    without colo – 7 wins (27%), 7 draws (27%), 12 defeats (46%) = avg points per game 1.08

    that’s enough, not going back more seasons, feel free to though but last 3 seasons should show how he benefits the team currently.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27


    Colo gets the same stick as Taylor for me. The mistakes, when he makes them as all our defenders do, tend to be pretty bad/obvious ones, some of the ones willo or mbiwa made when playing were more subtle but also more numerous/had a bigger impact to points totals.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #28

    So we lost 14 games with colocinni and won 12 last season
    And you think those stats show that clown in a good light
    Omg This guy is a curse on this club

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #29


    what more do you want? We average more points per game with him than without.

    I’m not saying he is a sensational player, but he is part of our best back 4 in my opinion. Our loss % drops when he is in the side, we lose a higher % of games without him.

    What we really need is 2 new class centre backs, but that’s a different argument.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #30

    my apologies from the last post, i meant we have a higher with % and higher points total, not a loss %.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #31

    win not with….can’t type tonight.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #32

    This season we have only lost one game without him
    And were very unlucky that day against west ham who are in great form
    lol no wonder you went two seasons back
    Those stats show what a horrible player he is

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #33

    toon brother

    in what way though, we get more points when he is in the side, it’s difficult to call in my opinion just using those stats as they don’t take into account the quality of t he opposition in the games he played in or missed…..if he missed games against good sides the stats will flatter him, if he missed the games against easier sides the stats won’t help him.

    In my opinion he is part of our past CB pairing with Steven Taylor, but overall I don’t think it makes a great deal of difference if he plays or not. Other players will have a greater impact.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #34

    posted this earlier

    Has anyone seen the show coming to sky tonight, best ever prem league 11. Here mine, what’s yours…

    Neville, Terry, Adams, Cole
    Gerrard, Vieira, Scholes
    Ronaldo, Shearer, Henry

    Made one change from earlier upon reflection, brough Gerrard in for Lampard, the 3 up top have enough goals without the need for the few extra Lampard get, Gerrard gets goals but creates more and has so much drive, especially in his prime.


    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Ur fighting a losing battle mate

    The lad is too Colo what catchy is to…NUFC really haha Christmas banter right there!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #36


    Just passing on a few stats, I think they show although we get about 0.1/0.2 more points with him in the side he is not really any better or worse than the rest of the CBs we have.

    In reality we need 2 top quality lads bringing in with Colo and Willo moving on (older and higher wages) and keep taylor as a sub with a younger lad too.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s funny how toonbotherers hero Mike Ashley was and is prepared to write off Joey Barton and HBAs contracts but wouldn’t with the want away Collocinis.


    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #38

    We bought that forest lad doubt we will get any new defenders until summer when Colo leaves?(or does he have another year on his contract?)

    Willo will be here as long as Pardew is mate

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #39


    Watching this sky sports greatest prem league 11 discussing shearer makes you realise just how lucky we were to have him and to also have an owner pay the big bucks to bring home and keep a local lad who wanted to play for his boyhood club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m not going to slate Willo as I’ve always liked him as an unsung hero as limited as he is, I think he will be offered a derisory deal to stay like Simpson and Ameobi and he’ll be away to a better paid championship side.


You must log in to post a comment.