Mike Ashley Blasts Charnley, Carr, Carver And Irving

It’s becoming clear that Steve McClaren refused to take on the Newcastle head coach position at Newcastle last Sunday, because he was concerned of the control that Mike Ashley has on the club and also because Newcastle may be in the Championship next season.

Mike Ashley at Stoke

Mike Ashley – not happy with Newcastle mess
That he helped to create

But there is news tonight’s in various national papers, that Mike Ashley is less than happy at the day-to-day running of the club, and the fact that Newcastle are now in real danger of being relegated as we are only 2 points above the relegation zone and 3rd bottom Sunderland, but Sunderland have a game in hand.

There was an emergency  conference call on Sunday, the day after Newcastle lost their 8th game in a row at Leicester City and both Aston Villa and Sunderland won their games and gained 3 points on the Magpies to put us in more trouble.

The conference call was with Managing Director Lee Charnley, Chief Scout Graham Carr, Finance Director John Irving and interim coach John Carver, and we’d love to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting, and we cannot imagine Ashley was a happy man.

It’s looking more and more that Alan Pardew left the club because he was told their were no new arrivals coming into the club in January, when it was obvious we needed to bring in reinforcements, and this years’ weakened squad is further proof we needed those reinforcements brought in.

Alan also left because he didn’t have control of who was coming and who was leaving the club – which was a problem that caused Kevin Keegan to leave the club in September, 2008.

As Lee Charnley has mentioned in his statement, there had been two days of frank discussions with various parts of the club including the executives but also with key senior players like Fabricio Coloccini, Siem de Jong and Tim Krul.

And Fabricio Coloccini released a letter to fans tonight, which obviously came out of the discussions over the weekend after the calamitous 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.

It’s clear that Mike Ashley is now fully involved with what’s happening at Newcastle because we are in crisis – but he has left it late – maybe too late.

Sports Direct are in danger of being relegated.

Newcastle will have trouble breaking an eight game losing streak, especially when two of our players were stupid enough to get themselves sent off in the second half on Saturday.

The signs have been there for a good number of weeks that relegation was a possibility, and action has been taken but it’s very late.

And some of Mike Ashley’s own policies are why we further weakened the squad in January be letting Alan Pardew, Davide Santon, Haris Vuckic and Remie Street leave the club – with no replacements being brought in.

But we think Mike’s biggest grouse will be with Charnley, if he has not been in communication with Ashley – because he has let this situation fester for weeks with each successive defeat, and done nothing and said nothing.

Actions they have taken this week should have happened about four weeks ago.

If Newcastle do survive relegation, it wouldn’t surprise us if some changes are made in the executive team at Newcastle – which runs the club day-to-day for the owner with Lee the top executive.

And it wouldn’t even surprise us if John Carver leaves the club this summer,  if a coach comes in who wants to bring in his own coaching team – which should now be  a possibility.

Newcastle are basically in a big mess right now, but this has been coming for over two months now, and nothing was done to alleviate the growing seriousness of the situation.

Mike Ashley also has to take a huge part of the responsibility for the mess, because his executive team have presumably been following policies he’s laid down for them – which have got us into this mess.

Don’t believe people who say we are in no danger of relegation – maybe they should look at the league table and remember Newcastle are the team that is in free fall.

Apart from the bottom two sides Burnley and QPR who look like they are relegated, other teams around Newcastle are starting to win games.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

77 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 6, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Hi Ed – When can we have the poll?

    Ashley no reaps as he has sown – the consequences rest on his shoulders, nobody elses. If we go down, it is because of his decisions and actions.
    There is nobody else to blame but Mike Ashley.

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #2


    cheers for that I saw a little was I was waiting for the but
    read the rest while eating a a cheese and onion toasted sarni
    i have to confess i burnt it but it was still yummy

  • lochinvar

    May 6, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #3

    rearrange words as you see fit but the result is the same :

    Ashley , can’t be bothered , eyes taken off the ball , shut the stable door after the horse has bolted , careless, negligent, missed opportunity, should have gone to Spec savers

    You get the idea..

  • bettyswallocks

    May 6, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4


    Agree, to play with confidence and a smile and show natural skills seems to be the way for the successful clubs.

  • lochinvar

    May 6, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Polls ?
    Pills would be a better idea – take the pain away

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #6

    that would be bus not but
    i have never waited around for
    but well not unless its pride week

  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #7


    Betty swallocks

    I think the time for worrying about repercussions is over.

    He’s already humiliated us, dragged our club through the mud by association and treated us, the fans with utter contempt.

    Let’s keep plugging away especially so as the searchlight is well and truly upon him.

    The fat (bat) signal

  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #8


    As if he didn’t know anything.

    Mightily upset was you slug?

    Another “look at me, I’ve bollocked them” when in reality they’re doing exactly what he’s told them to.


  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #9

    The only reason he’d be slightly pissed off is they’ve cut it too fine. This none existent relegation that it.


    How very dare they raid the slugs beloved. The cheek of em eh.

    POLICE probing two Rangers takeovers raided Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley’s HQ yesterday.

    Detectives investigating the conduct of Craig Whyte and Charles Green travelled from Scotland to the Derbyshire nerve-centre of Ashley’s huge business empire.

    The two-year inquiry was understood to have centred on Whyte – but now the focus seems to have switched to Rangers’ operations since the club was sold by Sir David Murray in 2011.

    The move has shocked staff at Ashley’s HQ in Shirebrook, Mansfield.

    One worker told the Record: “I noticed a couple of regular bobbies walking around but I didn’t think too much of it.

    “But when I tried to step outside the building at around 11am, I was told I couldn’t leave until a full search of the premises had been carried out.

    “One detective said we could go into the canteen while the search was ongoing but people wanted to know what was happening so we stayed there.

    “At one point, the detective asked if any of those in reception was David Forsey, the chief executive. When we said he wasn’t there, he said we were all free to go.”

    Police Scotland confirmed that officers had searched a property in Derbyshire but would not comment further.

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #10

    if only they had raided his house

  • bettyswallocks

    May 6, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #11


    It’s juicy news now for all the media outlets.

    There will be a lot more dirt dug over the coming weeks.

    He is becoming public enemy number one very quickly, so all the hard work to expose the fat t!!t is paying off .

    My only worry is that he doesn’t take his bat and ball home big style and neglect the club into disintegration.

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #13


    were already being neglected
    how much worse can it be

  • Alternative Headline

    May 6, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #14

    The situation is so serious that Mike Ashley felt it necessary to take such drastic measures such as

    1. BOSH!! Arranging a conference call.
    2. BOOM!!! deciding to carry on with Carver and 3. KAPOW!!! get Wendy to write a pretend letter

  • soundoid

    May 6, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #15

    I’ve been an armchair fan since the days I was at Newcastle uni when my Geordie friends took me to games back in the keegan era. I went to some home games when we were relegated and a couple of away games. I wanted to do my bit. I cannot possibly understand what the people of Newcastle are going thought at this time. I have no advice. In the words of obi wan kenobi you must do what you think is right. Take care brothers and if we’re championship bound I’ll see you in the pub for a pint or too and some banter about the good old days. May the force be with us always.

  • expatmag

    May 6, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Well, as some may say. You couldnt make it up.

    I think Ashley is slowly but surely being brought to his knees with Police and parliamentary investigations into his dodgy dealings.

    Unfortunately, he is dragging us down with him.

    I would take relegation if we could be assured of a total break from this regime

  • Paul141726

    May 6, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Lets get this out of the way—I am an “armchair fan”. Living in the colonies there is no other choice. Been to St James’s Park tho, way back in ’04-’05. Great place, great town, great people!!! Now to this article of Ed’s. Well reported sir! But Ashley getting upset NOW??!! Where was he 3 or 4 weeks ago? Did he not realize that the person he put in charge of the squad was ill-equipped to coach (to say nothing of manage) this team? Charnley–a pencil pusher–nothing more. Thinks of himself as a Director of Football?? Please, don’t insult us!! Carr?? Don’t know as much. Many think he does an OK job. Me, I’m not so sure. He may have a mandate to find players for the club, but if Ashley (and I guess Chanley) tie his hands with unrealistic transfer fees he can’ do a good job. No, he does not have to buy 5/10,000,000 pound players! Just quality with an eye to playing “Newcastle football”! Carver– the less said the better, but lets face it–could not do the job in Toronto!!!! Unbelievable! Hoping we stay up, but—–
    Sorry for the long post. HWTF!!

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 6, 2015 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Pat @ 16
    It could be the only way to get rid of him but I can’t bring myself to wish for it. Just can’t!!

  • expatmag

    May 6, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #19


    Get used to it Hinny because I cannot see us getting anything against WBA and by the time we play QPR, they may already be relegated so the pressure could be off them.

  • toonfromhongkong

    May 6, 2015 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Hi, I am a fan of the toon from Hong Kong. I have been browsing this blog for more than 2 years but have never left any comments. However, as a loyal fan of Newcastle, I can’t stop myself from expressing my agreement with the Ashley Out campaign. After all, there is a difference between the Boycott and supporting of the club as well as the player. For Carver, I do agree that he is not a capable coach but he can do nothing at the moment and as long as the management does not appoint a new manager then he has to stay and fight with his “brave” sort of mentality. As to the players, i think some of them do give 100% of themselves, e.g. Jonas and Ayonze. So whats left is the shittee management. Okay, please, ASHLEY OUT! I think what we can do is doing the boycott AGAINST the manager whilst find a way to support the PLAYERS…and perhaps the COACH (not trying to support him to be the permanent coach but just for the 3 last game as we all know we don’t want nufc get relegated as this time will be different from where we once had Nolan and Barton)? Once the relegation threat is over, we will might think of sth more dramatic than BOYCOTT.


  • 89Norcal

    May 6, 2015 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #21

    What’s the matter Fat Ash? When you don’t sow any seeds, don’t be mad when there’s no harvest!

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #22

    I really don’t want to see this club in trouble, really really don’t want to see us in championship.
    If it’s possible postpone the boycott just for the last 3 games, then you all can continue to boycott for the entire next season.

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2015 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #23


    Please please please!

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Priorities: Boycott IS NOT a priority now, and even the goal isn’t clear. Is it MA out? He ain’t leaving in the next 3 weeks. So, why now?

    Priority no.1: A win, somewhere, somehow. Why Colo’s letter was viewed negatively I don’t get. He talks, he’s a puppet liar. He doesn’t, he doesn’t care.

    Wishing demotion to spite MA or to make him walk is a VERY dangerous game. I TOTALLY disagree with people stating this.

  • headtheball

    May 6, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #25

    If this was a boxing match, we have just knocked our opponent down for a count of three. Unlike lovable Frank Bruno who never willingly hurt the other boxer, we should press home the advantage whilst we have it. Appeasement is not an option.
    Rid yourselves of the curse that is SportsDirect and Mike Ashley.

    BandB Silence of the lambs @ St James’ Park.
    That’s a cracker!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Going back to your house on fire analogy – the club have demonstrated my point regarding them having control of the means to put out the fire, but are unwilling to use it.

    I now read that they are mothballing a search for a new coach until the summer. Is this because they’re going to be active on the training ground? Pulling on a pair of discounted boots? Instructing players on set plays, or creating drills which promote better transitions between attack and defence?

    I agree we don’t want to be relegated, I don’t think it will hasten Ashley’s departure. I don’t think we should be promoting a boycott this game, for varying reasons, not just relegation, but I don’t think we should be releasing any pressure on the board either. Be it post game, pre game or even part during then there should be visible and vocal protests this weekend.

    If we desist for the last 3 games he then has a buffer of a couple of months before any real chance to put on match day pressure. By all means, and I positively encourage people to roar the lads on, but keep the pressure fully on Ashley and Charnley.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Ironic that the club are mothballing a search for a new manager to help the club stay up, when you consider that the reason the club are in this mess is because they mothballed the search for a new manager back in January….

  • Reyantoon

    May 6, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #28

    So we have no center back for the next game?I’d put Jonas alongside coloccini at the back than Rtaylor.Both are poor in the air but Jonas at least has some physical strength,pace and battling ego than Rtaylor.The wba game will be our last chance to stay in the premiere league imo.Fans should get behind the team and roar as much as they can,especially when we possess the ball.The atmosphere should be like electric. Roaring and loud voices certainly will make a difference.No fan in this world wishes his team to go down because of something else.Who knows,they may surprise us by hammering westbrom. HWTL!!

  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #29


    You couldn’t make it up

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #30

    On Colo’s letter, there is a lot of scepticism and that is pretty understandable. It reads very much like a PR letter, but Colo would have needed help drafting any letter like that I’d guess, so the sentiment may be his, but the words are Bishop’s or Taylor’s. I’m happy to give Colo the benefit of the doubt that he does feel that way.

    However, why deliver it as a letter? If words aren’t your forte, then why not deliver those sentiment in a battling centre half performance, in a committed captains performance – lifting and driving your team mates to be better?

    Words mean little anymore, every week we are told by someone how important the fans are, and the next game is too them. I’m amazed ‘one of our own’ Stevie Fistpumps has been wheeled out of the doctors office to make a statement. Maybe they think Johnnie Fisticuffs can do the Geordie passion role just as well.

    Time for on pitch action, no more pointless and meaningless words Colo. Action is the be all and end all for these final 3 games – come Saturday night, we will see if your bite is as committed as your bark.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #31


  • Santon03

    May 6, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #32


    This is football not parliament or government. Forget about every politics or theory just for last 3 games.
    The main focus right now is for the team to win, I believe Colo letter, the team will unite to win, I’m naive or not, who cares. The important thing right now is they are asking for our support to get the club out of trouble.
    the only question is : we want to give support or not?
    After 3 games, you can boycott, cook up any theories or politics for next 10 years.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #33

    Stopping any form of protests weakens any protesting groups stance next time round. It isn’t politics, no, it is football. But is that what the club have served up? Funny how the club wouldn’t comment on the boycotts until they are in grave trouble. If they were such a problem why didn’t the club immediately release a statement saying that they realised their errors, and would resolve them moving forward? They waited until challenged publicly by the fans forum, and then only responded after Sports Direct was targeted.

    The fans were behind them at Leicester and at Sunderland, what did they give the fans in return?

    By all means support the players, but that is no reason to let up on those in charge of this entire debacle.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Most of us just want to watch the football, to be able to have pride in our club. But do we have that now? Maybe if the players showed some guts they would get fans on side.

    The best way to bring back some support from the stands is for the players to put in a committed display. That will in turn lift the fans to get behind them more. If the players don’t, then any support at the start will swiftly ebb away. The players hold far more responsibility to gaining support then the fans do to boost the players.

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Must admit that I don’t see anything wrong with those posts Lil. I can live with those approaches.

    Regarding the house on fire, mgmt (or MA or whoever) remind me of the shocked person who just shrieks or does nothing.

    On postponing the HC search, they’ve probably realised that R is a very real possibility, so, yes, it’s logical. If there were any big names in mind, well they won’t be interested in coaching a Ch. team.

  • Santon03

    May 6, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #36


    What do you want them to respond from Ashley out boycott? Yes, I will go out? WTF!

    They acknowledge their mistakes, their captain has made apologies letter to the fans and you don’t want to forgive? Are you that perfect?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #37

    If the club are so desperate for a full house, then why not a good will gesture? How about the players, Carver and the club offer everyone with a paid ticket a full refund for the match plus food and drinks. Refunds for the abysmal away trips that fans have endured recently.

    Give out scarves like at the Shearer’s testimonial. How about they do something for the fans if they expect fans to do something for them. Fans give enough. If they want support, maybe they should give something back first.

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think your favourite manager left for the two reasons you describe, or at least they weren’t the main reasons. Two bigger motives: sack pardew campaign, better conditions less pressure at CP.

    BTW, mea culpa. I had predicted NUFC would finish above CP, as that team would go on a long losing run. They did, a bit, but nothing like the 8L of my team 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 6, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #39

    They made very similar remarks last time we nearly got relegated – just 2 seasons ago. What changed in the summer? 1 loan signing, and 1 youth. 1 consultant fitness coach, why should we believe them this time. What have they done to earn our trust?

    The players have given apologies in probably about 70% of the weeks since we finished fifth.

    In terms of the head coach search, I agree that nothing could be formally decided, but they should be working on 2 lists of targets, just as they should be assessing 2 lists of potential transfer targets at the moment.

  • EllaGuru

    May 6, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #40


    How about a nicely worded poll?



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