Why Ashley Will Not Sell Newcastle If Relegated

We read with interest the piece from former Chairman Freddy Shepherd yesterday, when he gave an interview to the BBC and said he thinks that Mike Ashley will sell up and leave if Newcastle are relegated on Sunday.

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Freddy Shepherd – former Newcastle Chairman

But Mike Ashley’s world is money,  and he has put around £270M into Newcastle United, and will want that much back if he sells the club, and let’s just say we see nobody who would put up that kind of money to buy Newcastle – certainly not when we are a Championship club.

Not when Liverpool were sold for only £300M and Aston Villa will now be sold this summer for £150M because they are safe in the Premier League.

The best Ashley could do is around £100M and probably not even that.

Ashley also sees that if Newcastle could come straight back up, then the new TV deal for the Premier League kicks in next July, and to finish 10th that season would yield around £138M for the club.

So Ashley will still see pound notes when he thinks of Newcastle, and he’s unlikely to sell for a loss of more than £160M.

For a man whose whole world is centered around making money, he’s unlikely to sell Newcastle at a big loss.

So it could have been a case of wishful thinking by Freddy, but it’s not going to happen.

That’s not the answer Newcastle fans were hoping for – we know.

What is likely to happen if we are relegated is that big cuts will again have to take place and the club will be downsized because of the reduced revenues in the Championship.

And it will again be very painful for those who will lose their jobs at the club.

It will be so sad – yet again – if we are relegated.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    why does someone like raylor always come out mouthing platitudes when he shouldn’t be in the team in the first place.


    at least we won’t see sd and wonga signs as much if we go down but i honestly can’t see hull beating manu.

  • dave 1961

    May 18, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    And that’s why we make life hell for him, he will sell if we damage his brand he sells junk, stop going to the games empty seats lower the visual effects of his adverts, full stadiums give the impression of quality, empty seats, unpopularity he will sell if we keep up the attacks on his company.

  • firebug666

    May 18, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3

    From Previous:

    Ron Knee

    Remy Garde wanted the job, but he also wanted to bring his own staff, the club want to keep Carver, Woodman and Stone. But I agree with you to a point.

    They claimed to have over 80 candidates for the job, so there must have been a few other options. In my opinion they were always going with Carver, Cheap option for a club going nowhere fast.


    I hope so too, but the money from the club means FA to Ashley all he wants is the free tat shop advertising. I hope and pray that’s what hurts him if we drop.


    Penfold the pen pusher know nothing at all about running a football club, he is the sort of person to go running to Ashley with his puppy dog eyes saying “look how much I have saved for you Mr Ashley” and expecting a pat on the head.

    The problem is, he has been given a manifesto to follow, but lacks the common sense to take it as a set of guide lines, and is following it to the letter.

    Like most at the club he is totally out of his depth, and sinking fast.

  • Ron Knee

    May 18, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Agreed. Charnley is the classic yes-man, motivated by bonuses if he keeps costs down. Hence the disastrous decision-making.

  • ToonMatt

    May 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Dave 1961, I agree a 100% mate, We need to make his live a living hell, He’s been doing it to us for the last 8 years, Time for payback.

  • sparky55

    May 18, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7

    so what you’re saying ED is he won’t sell if (when) we go down because we MIGHT get straight back up the next season and make 138 million IF we finish 10th in the following season!

    You’ve obviously not been in business mate because IF that’s a strategy it’s THE worst one I’ve ever seen or heard of.

    Mike ashley might be complete and utter CNUT but he’s not stupid.

    Just for the record ED…this team we have now is far worse than one that went down last time and we’ll never get back up the following season because no-one will stay like last time…it’ll be a mass exodus and we’ll be playing with kids and we’ll go straight down to Division 1

    Re Ashley He’ll make his move as soon as he knows whats happening in Glasgow because believe me, he ain’t done with that yet and the lads up there who seemingly think they’ve got the upper hand will soon see they haven’t.

    Mike Ashley won’t be worried one bit if he only gets 100million for the club…8 years of free global advertising and brand awareness for 170 millions has cost him just over 20 million a year and he’s trousered over 80 million in transfer profits and is no doubt the mystery employee who just trousered 20 million in last years accounts as well…and lets not forget his personal fortune has risen from 700 million to 3.5 billion in the same 8 years and he’s just bought a plot of land in london to develop at a cost of 900 million.

    This man is a money making machine and he’s not stupid…he wants newcastle relegated and that’s why he put carver in charge, and that’s why he didn’t replace after two months, or with 6 games to go and won’t throw him out for the last game…because he’s a vindictive tw@t who wants to see us down because of what he did to him the season we went down last time and for having the nerve to challenge him now.

    No-one fcuks with Mike Ashley and he’s about to serve his revenge stone cold.

  • Klam3r

    May 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Good job Garde! You are a clever man.

    To all players and managers out there thinking of joining us; Stay away! Don’t waste your talent at this disgrace of a club!

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 18, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9

    So Ashley loses money.

    We have competitive football.

    He might leave?

    What’s the downside?

    We’re a joke in the EPL.


  • bettyswallocks

    May 18, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    BandB….. The policy you point out is correct for the last couple of seasons up until present day.

    All I was trying to explore was whether or not Ashley started out with that as a plan, or have his aspirations changed over the 8 yrs. and if so why?

  • davis_toons

    May 18, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    MA sold us an empty dream

  • Pop n Wyn

    May 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Hull have been so unlucky in their last two games, totally matched Sure and we’re robbed in daylight of Burnley, we are in a precarious position no doubts, the coin is in the air!


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