Ashley’s Interview – I Want To Win Something At Newcastle

There was a surprise interview before th game today from Mike Ashley – maybe the first one he’s ever given, and it was before today’s game – after which there were protests against the owner – as promised by the AshleyOut crew – took place.

But let’s be very clear – the sell-out crowd were simply magnificent today – as the players showed pride. guts and spirit, and got what was needed today – q win – and we even moved up two places to finish 15th on on 39 points – although that was our second lowest points total ever in the Premier League.

mike ashley at today's game

Mike Ashley at today’s game
He showed real emotion during the game 

This is what Mike Ashley said in full today in his interview with Sky Sports before th crucial game today:

“The responsibility for this season is at my door.” “I didn’t envisage us being in this position at Christmas. Obviously, after the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked at where we find ourselves today.”

“But I will continue the policy of investing in the football club.” “We have got the club on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight thanks to the current financial situation the club finds itself in.”

“We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.” “My intentions are to definitely win something and, by the way, I won’t be selling the club until I do.”

“The club is not for sale at any price. And when I say ‘win something’, if we ever get into a position of being in a Champions League place, that also counts as winning something.

“From this day forward we will be making our own luck.”

Mike Ashley has been shocked that Newcastle came so close to a second relegation in six years, and he will make plenty of money available in the summer, we’re fairly sure of that.

But the first thing will be to appoint a top experienced coach early in the summer – and that cannot be John Carver.

Maybe Mike will change the way he runs the club, but we’ll not be convinced of that until he shows he is willing to change his modus operandi.

In the past it simply hasn’t worked – we all know that.

We should see what happens in the summer, although we expect a number of our top players will want out of the club after this year under John Carver has been a complete disaster and a long running nightmare .

It’s very important for Newcastle to now get a top experienced head coach appointed soon, who has some authority – and could even persuade some of our top players to stay on Tyneside.

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20 comments so far

  • toonking

    May 24, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #1

    My saddest thing about this club right now is knowing jonas will not be here next season, jonas himself is the current nolan and barton of our team, he’s not got the best of quality but he’s got extremely good spirit, attitude and passion, he loves the club through and through, puts club first.

    as i don’t know how to put smilys i’ll just go sob sob sob boo hoo

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 24, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Well well well. Blackley calls it wrong. Mike Ashley will be speaking to the cameras next.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #3

    If it wasn’t for the fcukin Ashley Out ‘crew’ Ed there wouldn’t have been an interview, are your adverts and IBM pension not paying enough.

  • toonking

    May 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #4

    players that can leave
    rivere, colo, willo, raylor, gouffran, obatan, ferryra.

    players i think will leave but I myself would like to keep
    saylor, jonas (both great squad players and both highly passionate)
    sissoko, tiote, krul

    players that i’m happy to still see in the starting team next season, who’ll be likely still here


  • Mag52

    May 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #5

    You bet Ashley was emotional at today’s match. He stood to lose a packet if we had been relegated.
    Can we believe what he says about spending and winning things ? Only time will tell I suppose, but if he sticks with Carver as manager/coach we’ll have a pretty good idea won’t we.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    The tat man, the tea boy and the cones guy escape by the width of a weasel’s wonga thanks to the scrap heap Argie. You couldn’t make it up.

  • toon kk

    May 24, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #7

    have to agree, jonas may not be world class but he gave his all today. He always gives his best for Newcastle. .

  • cyprus

    May 24, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #8

    This is not all he said. Try to locate the video.
    No criticism today, only celebration. Plenty of time for a post-mortem to quote the big man.

    Keys said big announcement coming up on Tuesday.
    KK said he thinks there’s a big name coach lined up. Top on his list: Laudrup

  • Sir Braveheart

    May 24, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #9

    I so want to believe. I really want to believe that Ashleys been playing the long game of getting us financially stable and now we are we’re going to really start competing, that things are going to change.

    But I know its not true.

    Words are just wind, its actions that count, and Ashley isn’t demonstrating through his actions that anything will change. He’s playing the fans,he’s playing me, and he’s saying all the right things, that its his fault, that he wants to win things, that he’ll invest, things designed to give me hope, safe in the knowledge that he doesn’t have to change a thing.

    I hate him for that, I hate him for giving me hope.

  • martoon

    May 24, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I was at the match today and obviously delighted and relieved at the result although I have to say West Ham were a poor team – I can’t remember them having a shot on target but we still had to beat them and we did 🙂
    I know people are rightfully suspicious of Ashley but I thought his interview today gave me some hope for next season. Not for anything he said but simply for the fact he did it at all – it’s an indication that thing are going to change hopefully for the better.

  • Bambams

    May 24, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Ed

  • banjax

    May 24, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Now is the time for action, not words Mr Ashley. Now put the promises made today into reality starting with a top class manager, with the money to build a quality squad. Everybody is waiting and watching.

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #13

    It looks as though Ashley’s covering for Charnley over the Xmas leavers without replacements – including putting Carver in as interim HC.

    However, Charnley’s got to take responsibility for either saying nowt to Ashley about the very real threat of redundancy, or being unable to convince him to get a decent coach in to stop the rot.

    That’s what MDs are for, aren’t they?

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #14

    And if we’re expecting good players to want out, that’s all the more reason to appoint a credible HC quickly and let him persuade the ones he wants to stay, to stay.

    Fingers out Charnley – all leave cancelled until the new HC’s in place. Oh, and tell Carver that he does not figure in any new staffing structure.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Why will anything change? Same owner, same chief executive, same head scout – maybe a different coach, probably McClaren, certainly nobody of any real quality in the job. All rubbish.

  • lesh

    May 24, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16


    * … real threat of redundancy should have read relegation!

  • mfw13

    May 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Time for Ca$hley to put his money where is mouth is.

    If we bring in a real manager and spent $25 million + bolstering the squad I’ll believe him….

  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #18

    $25 million???? You’ve got to be kidding. Twice that much wouldn’t be enough to make this squad competitive. And the morons who scout and sign the players don’t know what they are doing anyway (apart from taking their cut from the agents of course – they are good at that)

  • HarriboNo9

    May 25, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Wish SOME people on here would show some respect to Ed more! If you don’t like what he writes and how he posts his headlines etc then simply don’t enter the site. It’s as SIMPLE as that!

    Well done guitteriez today. Great man great toon legend and great inspiration for younger toon players. Please stay as a coach for the under 18s they can look up to you for inspiration in life and gain passion at the base of the club.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 25, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    F off Harribo

    Ed’s calling a large percentage of the fanbase a “crew”.
    He’s been very anti protesting.

    He deserves to take some stick.



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