Mike Ashley On Charm Offensive

Mike Ashley was shown immediately at the end of the game at the KC Stadium yesterday,  laughing away as John Carver finally got his first win as caretaker manager for Newcastle, and it was even a decent display from the lads, especially in the second half.

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Mike Ashley – went into dressing room yesterday

And that means Mike talked to John for the very first time since Alan Pardew decided to bolt from Newcastle after the home game against Everton on December 28th.

And while John won his first game for Newcastle, Alan Pardew lost his first game at Crystal Palace, after four successive wins.

We play Palace on Wednesday night 11th February at Selhurst Park – and we are really hoping we can win that game.

Newcastle are now in 11th place in the league, but if Swansea lose by two goals or more at Southampton today, we’ll be up to 10th place.

We must say that Ashley looked absolutely chuffed at the end of the game yesterday, nearly as much as we were, and according to the Chronicle  the owner went straight to the dressing room – and congratulated both the players and John Carver and his coaching staff.

We haven’t seen much of Ashley lately – with all the stuff that’s been going on at Rangers –  so it was good he was at the game, and good that he went to the dressing room – and great that we won. 😀

With 30 points from 23 games and good players coming back from injury, the relegation threat receded a lot with yesterday’s win, and we are now 11 points above the drop zone.

The transfer window runs out tomorrow night – so we don’t know if anybody will be coming in – or going out for that matter.

MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli is now being linked with Tottenham, and that’s after Aston Villa are said to have made a move for him, so it’s hard to say whether we can get this lad to Newcastle before tomorrow night.

There’s no doubt the 18 year-old would be a great signing for us and an attraction  at Newcastle is that he would get first team games.

It would raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans if we can sign him, and there’s a couple of Spanish teenagers we’ve also been linked with – 18 year-old Racing Santander forward David Concha and 17 year-old center-back Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon.

We should know early tomorrow if anybody will be leaving because it would take a Liverpool type move they made for Andy Carroll four years ago for somebody like Moussa Sissoko to leave the club on the last day of the window – and a sizable fee too.

While Moussa will stay with us through the end of the season he may leave in the summer, but Newcastle should ask north of £20M for him – and there’s not many clubs would come in for him for that amount.

If we can get Dele Alli in and everybody stays that would be good.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    He was there to have a look at which players he could get the most money for? No other reason as it’s a fact now he has no interest in the team winning or seeing it progress.

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon Matt

    Funny you should say that, the Chronicle says the slug is here to be hands on in transfer window.

    They say more chance of in than out, we say BS

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    He is an enigma! Just wish he would communicate with the fans. He did seem genuinely happy and wearing a black and white scarf looked like a “normal” owner!

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    What I can’t understand is that if you own a football club and go to a lot of games then surely you’d want to be entertained and see some good players there and the team win.

    I accept he doesn’t want to put his own money in and wants to use us to advertise SD but surely with the projected 50mil profit we could have some entertainment too.

    At his billionaires boys clubs he’ll go to surely he must get the odd bit of jip for the way things go here.

  • scout

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    It reminds me of the Glenn Roeder situation all over again. Great win though JC

  • scout

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Billionaire boys club? Hes not like that

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    We’re on Sunday supplement in around 2mins

  • Big Archie

    Feb 1, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I love the posts “He’s like this” and “He’s like that” and “He’s only there to do this…”

    As a long time supporter with at least half a brain I can’t understand how you can all be so bitter about a man who has done so much for the club. Just look around and count the other clubs who are going under, then look at where our finances are. Shouldn’t we be a little more understanding of the business aspects?

    When the “PROJECTED 50 MILLION” actually arrives as a genuine profit you will see investment. Gone are the days when we buy these expensive players on tick. Now, if we cant afford to pay cash, we dont get it.

    It’s not really that difficult if you WANT to understand.

  • ToonMatt

    Feb 1, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Er Ok Big Archie I’ll take your word for it mate.

  • scout

    Feb 1, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    From the heart that one Arch

  • sickandtired

    Feb 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Big Archie. I want to understand why he doesn’t pay his debt of 129 million down. 8 years almost now and we still owe him the ‘interest free’ loan. Club debt is therefore at the same level as when he bought us.

    ‘Truth is, the profits are all to do with the extra tv money and the selling of players. The club is still 20 million up in sales since ’08. Ashleys involvement has resulted in a decrease in commercial revenue, not increases.

    Ashley states (allegedly) he wants the club to be self sufficient. Yet he doesn’t fully reinvest the playing revenues and of course, SD benefit from the free advertising and our merchandising/retail operation now – depriving the club of that income. The only words he has uttered on that was in response to reporters at the SD AGM at which he said “SD and it’s shareholders benefit significantly from this arrangement’.

    Indeed, if he reinvests 50 million this Summer I shall change my mind. Until or unless that happens, all I see is an owner who has benefited SD (i.e. himself) and its shareholders to the tune of some 80 million since his arrival (merchandising and advertising revenues over 8 years).

  • 9

    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Big Archie,
    Be careful, lad, the regulars on here don’t like to hear the truth, just look at the first post on this thread – 99% of posters “know “our owner’s motives, they’re all financial geniuses, and there is barely an open mind amongst them. Rarely is it worth putting in an opinion based on common sense and reality, as you’ll find out in the reaction to this post.

  • beefman13

    Feb 1, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Big Archie, I realise as a club financially we are solid as a rock, that is a plus point, I know that is important, I have been banging on about it for years.

    But there is also a reason for the vast majority of fans being unhappy with MA, on the pitch it’s one step forward and two back so much of the time, frustrating is not the word, we have missed many chances to move forward during MA’s tenure, finishing fifth then stagnating like we did was criminal, he knows how much it would cost to compete at the top six level, will he vomit the outlay to that? I always remember him saying profit in monies will be ploughed back in to the club, he now has to start that process, will he? We are a soulless club for most fans and while they keep saying the players have spirit I’m afraid that does not reflect in virtually all the fans, he is making fortunes, it needs to be ploughed back in, he has a hell of a long way to go, I’m fed up with the feeling around this City regarding NUFC.

    Things have to change because like most I really believe that a one place finish above last season will be a very happy conclusion for all at the club, but there is more to thus football club than that, it’s passionless, and it bloody hurts.

  • AndyMac

    Feb 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #14

    So to Archie and 9 I’d ask the simple question. When the owner takes money rightfully belonging to the club, in terms of advertising revenue, kit sponsorship and clothing merchandise, while at the same time boosting his company’s net worth by some 600% in the seven years he’s been associated with NUFC, is it not fair to ask what the frick we get back in return ?

    As others have already mentioned the debt, which he effectively created, is not being cleared yet money seeps out of the club directly into SD’s coffers and the club gets nowt in return. I’m really not surprised that you two are out on a limb on this because most normal folk would see this as Corporate Fraud.


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