Former Sunderland Chairman’s Plaudits To Ashley


Mike Ashley gave his first ever interview since buying Newcastle United eight years ago – and that was the first time Newcastle fans had even heard the voice of Mike Ashley and to us he seems to have an accent very much like former England manager Terry Venables.

worried looking mike ashley yesterday

A worried looking Mike Ashley yesterday

Mike has received some plaudits for that interview,  in which he said he wanted to win something.

Ashley explained the situation by saying now we have the cart (good financial numbers), but we’re only half way there – and now we have to get the horses hitched up to that cart (meaning new players) – so he’s aware that only part of the club is successful – the financial part – which is not too exciting.

We’ll have to see what happens this summer, and see whether we can get some very good players into the club.

48 year-old Former Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn has given some positive feedback on Ashley to Sky Sports today:

“In the cold light of day that man Mike Ashley has done a great job of turning around a basket-case scenario that Newcastle’s finances were in.”  “That’s not enough for the fans. It means very little to the fans but they thrive on the success.”

“They want to see the club advancing at all stages. So to do that and at this stage and to understand they need to hear a bit more, that’s a great way to go.”  “He’s obviously a little cautious on what he says. I think the dial turned a little this morning and they will feel in a better place.”

“What he has to do is maintain that communication – and they will forgive. They questioned his ambition and why he bought the club. This is the first part of his answer back.”

Newcastle fans have demanded success, and it does seem that Ashley has changed his modus operandi some, and he’s now saying he wants success at Newcastle, and it would seem the cups are the easiest way to go.

So we want to see our best side fielded in the FA Cup and the League Cup next season – and who knows – we could end up at Wembley next year – that’s got to be a goal for next season – surely.

Note – Norwich City have just beaten Middlebrough at Wembley 2-0, and are the third team promoted to the Premier League with Bournemouth and Watford.

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214 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    May 25, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    I like Ashley
    He is a fantastic businessman and (could be) a great chairman but
    1. He has horrendous judgement when it comes to appointing Managing Directors and managers
    2. He does not speak out publicly nearly enough

    I hope he gets it right going forward
    First thing he needs to sort out is colocinni!
    That man is cancerous to any hope of success

    He also needs to physically eject Carver from the club
    Never in my life have i seen such ineptitude in a manager

    Sort out those two and we’ll be flying

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    May 25, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    _______________Krul/Darlow________________

    Janmaat/??_??/Saylor_Dummet/Lascelles_??/Haidara

    _____Colback/Anita_??/Jonas/Abeid________

    Sissoko/??______SDJ/Cabella_______??/Aarons
    ______________Austin/Perez/Riviere

    The only incoming I’ve added is Austin, simply because he’s the only player we’ve been linked with that makes sense for all concerned.

    Backup RB
    Experienced, dominant CB
    LB to do battle with Haidara, moving Dummet to primarily a CB
    Classy playmaker to fill Cabaye’s shoes
    First choice LW capable of consistently good deliveries, with Aarons snapping at their heels
    RW that will keep the heat on Sissoko.

    About time certain players nailed down specific positions they’re primarily assigned to, only moving around in case of emergencies.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 25, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    The way Norwich players and owners are talking about Alex Neil I wish we had a special manager I think the last one we have had that everyone was buzzing about was probably Sir Bobby !!

    Ashley has the opportunity to win the fans back or at least start rebuilding the trust he might not get another opportunity

    Lets start with removing Carver and Stone , and get the new manager in by the end of this week and lets start splashing the cash !!!

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  • cinhosa

    May 25, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    From an American who’s followed the club since 2004, I think the Geordies in Newcastle are sometimes harsh on Ashley. When I started following, there was massive debt left over from Freddie Shepherd over-buying and the team still did not “win anything”.

    I don’t know if Lee Charnley is the right managing director – we’ll see if he brings in a real manager. I do know that he’s clearly in charge. So, vitriol may best be directed at him, not Mr. Ashley.

    Finally, I appreciate that Mr. Ashley spoke publicly. Let’s hope that the football director makes sound decisions on players and a manager. JC has to go!

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s Mark Warburton !

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  • toonicle

    May 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Long term I think colback and sissoko should be the midfield pairing with a new DM behind them or Abeid would be our strongest set up. Cabella\Dejong, new winger and Perez up top

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    May 25, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Also, when you consider there is £34m in the bank, £8m from the sales of Mbiwa and Santon, in addition to any outgoings, there simply must be plenty of cash there for a new manager to rebuild the team.

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  • optimistic prime

    May 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anyone rembered to thank Uri Gellar for his help?

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  • scottoon

    May 25, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Chuffed that we are staying up. I stated that I did not feel as though relegation would do anything to persuade Fat Ash to sell….I dreaded the prospect so yesterday was a great day. But now the Fat One needs to step up. If we are resigned to the fact that he is going nowhere fast, then the pressure must be brought to bear (via Fans Forum perhaps, but also by keeping him under the glare of the spotlight….HWTF). He must make a substantive commitment to the side that must start with a housecleaning in management. Sure he is responsible…he established the culture and the policies, and Charnley, Carver, et al have failed miserably to deliver anything at all. I want Ashley out but he has stated he is going nowhere so lets be rid of the lackies who are over their heads.

    The club should be acting quickly, and making a public statement of intent by firing Carver and the coaching staff. The longer they linger the more the feeling that we are in for more of the same. The discontent will grow anew and we will be right back on the carousel.

    Charnley should be out the door soon after. Spineless.

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye cheers Uri ! You probably should have done it weeks ago like, but cheers anyway.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    @Riviere Run Dry

    Well this is the thing that worries me now every team in the world knows we have major funds sitting in the bank as well as the new TV money so prices are going to rise dramatically when a premiership team comes calling

    We need to change our valuation structure where we think a player is worth something and then decide he is not worth pushing the boat out for

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  • beermonkey

    May 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    prime

    he reads minds doesn’t he ?? so I am sure he knows what I think about him

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m convinced Carver and co will remain at the club no matter what happens.
    The new manager will be forced to work with the current incompetent staff.

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  • hibbit

    May 25, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #14

    cinhosa when the hall/shepards sold the club we owed £70/80m we now owe mr ashley £120m how are we harsh

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  • optimistic prime

    May 25, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Beer

    I don’t know I thought he just bent stuff.

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  • hibbit

    May 25, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #16

    belfast ….forced to work with staff or walk away

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  • dexter53

    May 25, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Cinhosa
    Problem you have is that you are out of touch over there in the US of A. We live this club 24/7 and have to put up with Ashleys constant lies. Never mind Charnley and the rest of the sycophants,mark my word, the fat controller makes the decisions at our club…..every decision. Dont be so naive to think because hes done a tv interview that everything will change from herein. It wont. Hes a liar!!!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 25, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Huge summer coming up but this is all for nothing unless we bring in a quality manager and spend a lot of money.

    Glad we didn’t get relegated as we do have a talented spine, but 4 or 5 quality signings are needed at the least .

    —————————–Krul——————————-

    –Janmaat——-New CB——New CB——-New LB–

    —————Sissoko—————-Colback—————

    —Cabella—————-De Jong—————-Aarons—

    ————————–New Striker————————-

    Your move Ashley .

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 25, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m so pleased we avoided relegation. I hope Ashley is true to his word and gives the new manager the financial support to build a decent squadallowing us to have a decent crack at the cups while maintaining a healthy position in the league.
    I’m not overly optimistic though.

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    West Brom tried it with Tony Pulis and he told them to f off. Pepe Mel and Alan Irvine both accepted the current coaching staff at West Brom.

    Most good managers will want their own coaching staff.

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  • optimistic prime

    May 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Beer

    He successfully transmitted positive mental energy to the players.

    Nowt about reading minds though 😉

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/uri-geller-claims-helped-newcastle-9321659

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #22

    scottoon

    good words but charmless hasn’t got the bottle to sack carver and the rest of the 3rd rate coaching, fitness and medical staff and other hangers on.
    so it’lll most likely be a very uninspiring choice to match the likes of pardew.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Cinhosa…Not sure how you know that it’s Charnley calling the shots and not Ashley.

    BDG…From previous thread…Who has said they’re heartbroken at not being relegated?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    That interview does actually nothing for me…it’s just static (noise)

    …would only really mean something if Charmless was removed and replaced with someone who were qualified to make those big decisions Ashley says is up to the Managing Director!

    Otherwise it just static!

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  • hibbit

    May 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #25

    never mind picking players we need a manager not just any manager we need a progressive manager who can get the best out of players through coaching and motivation his own coaches….. and he can pick the players we need

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza…I suppose non of us really knows?

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  • hibbit

    May 25, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #27

    boy done good you want to get out more it must awful in that room on your own

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  • scottoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda –

    Sadly you are probably right. I suppose that is why we need actions and not just words from Ashley. A statement of intent remains just that….a hollow propaganda piece from the Bishop. But an actual show of intent, now that would be something.

    I am not holding my breath though…..

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Scottoon…It never made sense to me why not say something if the plans were good.

    He has now said something. Let’s see what they do.

    As you say, they’d be best to move quickly.

    Mind, he’d have been best to not allow all of this bad feeling for the past few weeks, rather than allowing the spin towards fans boycotting. He could have said that ages ago.

    Still, every day there is a new chance to prove us all wrong. I’d love it if he did, wouldn’t everyone?

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #30

    If Charnley got the sack, Llambias would probably replace him haha

    I’m not even joking btw

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #31

    I would be inclined to think it was something the MD was suppose to be doing!

    …and I have absolutely no idea what Charmless is doing…but find it hard to believe he’s just a stand -in? One who is waiting for Ashley’s call (that is just me and my thinking)

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 25, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t believe Ashley for a second like, but who knows with NUFC these days .

    At the end of the day you are crazy to renew or buy a season ticket unless we invest heavily and bring in a decent manager .

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  • Tyne Built

    May 25, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I think the AO campaign have done a great job to date…but that letter is counter-productive in my view. Just comes across as childish. Instead of hurling insults we should be asking for the words to be followed up with actions. Who he appoints as manager will tell us all we need to know about whether he means it in my view. If it’s Carver or McLaren then we will know it’s back to business as usual. Moyes would be fantaka.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Jesper…Well, no one on here I wouldn’t imagine.

    Still, wasn’t it nice to hear Ashley say that it ultimately is his responsibility.

    The fact his employees are useless has never been in question.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Belfast…not that I have any faith in Ashley’s judgement, but maybe just maybe it should where we were putting the pressure!

    …me and my thinking! It will only get me in trouble on here 😉

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  • scottoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza – I think that is why we are all so skeptical about the interview. The timing gives it all away as a pure propaganda ploy designed to take the lens off Ashley and protests and cast it elsewhere. He would have been better positioned to combat the wrath of the masses had we been relegated, and now with survival he buys (steals?) time. A lot of posters on here now willing to give him that time. Short memories I suppose.

    This is such a poorly run organization that it needs immediate action to even hope at a successful repair.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza…it was actually some kind of relief hearing someone at Newcastle taking responsibility!

    Haven’t heard that from the MD, from Carver or even from Pardew I think 😉

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #38

    On AO.com.

    Do I think they would have been better to try and keep it professional? Sure. We all would be. Better for being seen as fair and reasonable.

    Having said that, something I have been guilty of in the past, we all tend to be very quick to jump on peoples backs over what are really small things. For some reason, these small problems within new groups, like AO, seem to be used as reasons to write them off or cause major doubts.

    Not saying these things should not be discussed. However, AO has given a lot of fans a big voice of late. I think that is a good thing and worth some understanding / being a little leniant over small points.

    Perhaps try engaging them?

    Anyway, to the point of there letter, I’m glad there response is strong. Why shouldn’t it be? Nothing has changed as of today. In the past fans have been easy to go “oh alright, that sounds reasonable, we’ll just sit, wait and see”. Keep up the pressure and perhaps force there hand.

    Are we worried that we might offend him and make him change his mind and not spend the clubs money?

    People have every right to let the club know they’ve had enough. Rather than joke it off, shouldn’t we be talking about things we can do, and how we can do it?

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  • scottoon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #39

    It was good to hear him say the words, but they are completely hollow if he does nothing about it. He is simply repeating the mantra that we have all been stating for years, and that anyone in any organization would say. A leader who bears no responsibility is no leader at all. Ashley needs to step up now and remove the deadwood in management, not idle and allow the mood to fester again. Charnely has to be the fall guy, and Carver’s shortcomings make for a very easy decision.

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  • JamesToon

    May 25, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    BPC 18

    —————Krul——————-

    Janmaat-Vlaar-Caulker-Robertson

    ——–Sissoko-Colback————

    Bolasie—–De Jong——–Cabella

    ————–Austin/Ings————

    Subs: Darlow, Lascelles/Taylor, Jenkinson/Haidara, Abeid, Shelvey, Aarons, Austin/Ings

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