Mike Ashley’s Sky Sports Interview – Video


Here is Mike Ashley’s Sky Sports interview of yesterday – the first time he has given an interview since he bought Newcastle eight years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ougRi9NRM8k



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36 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    May 25, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1
  • Bambams

    May 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    SSN are suggesting ‘Mike Ashley this hour’….
    I presume it’s a re run of his interview?

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    The True Geordie reflects….

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kai4JTWMAVY

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 25, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    The true geordie, he’s a funny guy, what a legend.

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Rrd

    Fair enough. My flat mate and his whole family are hull fans so that’s was what I was basing it on.

    I agree that bruce should never be granted a check book. He was doing a decent job at hull before they allowed him to spend. Sadly I just don’t see how that club can compete given their size and they don’t have a Tony fenandez type backing them.

    They didn’t even have an academy until 2 years ago.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Anybody knows his email address, love to get in touch with him, it’s a pity he’s not on this blog.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    “spend relatively and punch above our weight”

    What on earth does that mean? That could be any amount. We have been told we can’t match the Swans, the Saints etc. so does that mean we may be able to push them financially this summer?

    It is all so vague and meaningless. The only thing he adamantly and categorically states is that the club is not for sale. He even does a minor U-turn on not selling the club till we win something, by then stating the Champions league is classed as winning something.

    Sorry, but the more I watch it and read the transcripts the more holes there are and the less convincing any of it sounds.

    There is no commitment to invest, just a commitment to continue the policy of investing in the club. He does say the next aim is to win something. Surely we were better placed to do that a couple of years ago.

    He takes the blame, then swiftly passes the buck by saying he has nothing to do with managerial appointments or signings.

    Sorry, not buying it at all.

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    #ASHLEYOUT

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  • Belfast

    May 25, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Daft letter when you insult the person you’re writing to in the first paragraph like.

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    May 25, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Look at his eyes just before he answers questions, looks up and to the right, like he’s trying to remember his rehearsed answers for the agreed questions, and the response “If you’re asking me…..” a classic reframing of a question , like politicians do.

    The only thing that I can see as really positives, was his “..we’ll be making our own luck from now on…” comment and alluding to an acknowledgement with his horse/cart babble, that simply having a good financial footing isn’t really satiating for the fans, but both those points don’t offer any practical insight, just rhetoric.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Ashley has publicly stated that he’s here until we win something. Brave words for his first interview.

    I don’t think he s a big talker in fact I’m pretty sure he hasn’t spoken a word to Carver since he was installed .

    The main worry is the people he has around him. We all know how little Charnley knows about football so it looks like Carr is the Godfather on all footballing matters.

    Like he said he only provides the budget, so if he does intend to throw a few quid in ,then we’re relying on Carr to identify who to buy and Charnley to get the deal done.

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    May 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    ASHELY OUT MEANS OUT…………

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    The AO response highlights my point on last thread.

    Even though it certainly represents the fans frustration the group acts childlike and has no tact. Hence why I will not entrust them to play a part in moving the club forward.

    If ashley is one end of the spectrum, AO is the polar opposite and sadly I don’t trust either to lead this club towards some semblance of progress.

    The AO will never achieve anything towards its goal because it can’t even construct a professional critique of a flawed regime and a suspectedly contrived interview without sounding like a 12 year old. It acts too much with its heart and not enough with its head.

    I would be very interested to hear a 5 year plan from AO with any substance if it was given the reigns.

    I AM NOT DEFENDING ASHLEY but I am also not throwing my support behind AO. I think both roads lead to destruction.

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  • Fostino

    May 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14

    the manager situation needs to be cleared up a.s.a.p

    carver needs to go. he can go now happy knowing that he didnt get us relegated but his tenure has been a disaster. he should leave with dignity. i simply cant listen to another one of his egotistical rants

    if charnely is running the club (which worries me a lot….who is he afterall), then please do your job and clear up the manager situation a.s.a.p. …your negligence to do so has nearly cost the club his premier league status.

    dont be fooled by a final day victory against an unmotivated west ham. only review the previous game against qpr to see the inadequacy of john carver.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Apparently he had several days to prepare the interview. So why not one word on the quality of football he would like to see?

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Welsh

    Tweet him – he can read!

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  • Pokat

    May 25, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Blackley that’s Slank talk lad. Don’t do your fellow fans down by saying they’re not geordies if they are discerning. I understand your clinging to a romantic idea of the past that they support the club through thick and thin by coming to games come what may. Fine. I’m just saying times have changed and the fans have more power now than in times past when the fans income and entertainment choices were limited. The distractions and options of today’s consumer would paralyse folk of 60 years ago if they came back today. You have to see that the football thing is no longer the commander of the region’s attention, it’s not a local business and sporting club any more, it’s part of a corporate brand and international marketing concern. They crave our attention, we’re not longer dependent upon them it’s the other way round now.

    I admire the passion of the die hard fan, but he’s a dying breed and his own worst enemy if thinking sticking it out is the way, it’s not. You actually have to do something to change something. Hard but true.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 25, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    lesh

    I’m not on twitter, I don’t bother with that rubbish.

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  • scout

    May 25, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    What do you lads expect him to say “yeah got Laudrup all signed up and all policies out the window we have 200 million to spend”. He cant show his hand but fair play for saying something.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Pokat
    You don’t need to tell Blackley how things have changed over the years. But discerning customers support Man Utd. NUFC fans are not discerning customers. They love their club. They won’t take their custom to Old Trafford. They kick off when they’re not happy with the way the club’s being run and they’ve done so throughout my lifetime. That doesn’t make them discerning customers.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #21

    LGF,
    I think AO.com are rapidly losing some credibility at the moment. Momentum seems to have gone because they seem confused on how they want to move forward. There plans are too disjointed and there is no forward thinking involved. I have had several contacts with them and more often then not received a reasonably prompt response, however I also emailed asking why there plan for an out is. How will they make the Ashley out movement realistic and give it an end game. I received no response to that which was disappointing.

    I’m still very much behind the idea of Ashley out, but would like to see the group set forth a plan, rather than making things up each week and confusing the message with options for forms of protest each week. It needs direction and focus.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 25, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Well said scout.

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 25, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Belfast

    My sentiments exactly.

    Betty

    IF ashley is being truthful then it seems very clear that his football board are not up to the task and need to be removed. Ashley’s failure to see this puts himself in contradiction with his own words.

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  • Riviere Run Dry

    May 25, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    LGFUAD

    Aye, they were quietly improving, gaining homegrown fans that grew up supporting other clubs, then Bruce went out and bought with the same wanton disregard I imagine he approaches a buffet with which ended in relegation. Add the name change debacle, which their owners have said they’re continuing to pursue even after relegation (something I seriously don’t understand, given how their owner is a great benefactor to their area at large, donating tens of millions of his personal wealth back in to the community over the years), will mean they’ll lose 5000-1000 fans from their gate next season and will be a massive setback to the club, unless they get promoted quickly; could’ve been so different had they solidified in the PL and got their hands on the new TV cash, as they were looking to expand the stadium in recent years and would have had it not been for a bust-up between their owner and the council.

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 25, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Big investment once every five years.

    Sell on the best players for a profit.
    Lots of empty windows and promises … tease those ST holders.
    Cheap seats for families and kids. (They don’t protest).
    Stay mid table.

    Win sweet FA.
    Repeat.

    Never giving up until he is gone!
    Ashley Out Crew Rule!

    #BoycottNUFC
    #BoycottSD
    #ASHLEYOUT

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  • Fostino

    May 25, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    a decision is needed on the manager before we can target ashleyout. this needs to be resolved asap

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  • lesh

    May 25, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    LG

    I agree with you that the AO open letter has done the AO Campaign no good.

    The letter is impertinent and unprofessional and should never have been released in that form.

    If the AO Campaign hopes to be taken seriously, that letter has not helped its cause.

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  • Fostino

    May 25, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #28

    thoughts on the new jersey guys…i kinda like them i must admit. all good expect for the wonga haha

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  • Fostino

    May 25, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    agree ….that open letter is crap. shot yourselves in the foot.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 25, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Belfast
    I don’t think Fatso will ever read the statement, which made all the right points for me.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    scout,
    Fair play for speaking, but he doesn’t really say anything of any real significance. He is happy to stick with Charnley, Carr and ….. in the boardroom. I presume Leach will be the likely candidate to replace Irving as Financial Director.

    He didn’t need to show his hand, but he could have made a far more definitive statement and shown more intent. Instead he tells us the same tired model will continue, but this time we will be aiming to win something. If that happens he will maybe sell up. Hardly inspirational and not exactly a rallying call to fans.

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Lgfuad..”…………… I agree that the board have failed and need to be replaced.

    I can understand Ashley giving his subordinates a free rein to run things once he has put the money in, but he seems to be either too loyal or too lazy to get rid when they mess up.

    He must surely realise that we’ll never win anything being mismanaged like this.

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Lil

    Aye.

    They took all the credit for pardew out but they didn’t really do much in that. Their protest against pardew was limp at best. That was the fans own volition that drive pardew to take the exit route.

    IVery heard so many challenge them on their plans and they can’t seem to get past ashley out. No effort to attract new buyers. They just think shouting and screaming will drive him out.

    Ashley has shown himself to be thick skinned and I don’t think it bothers him one bit. Hence why I have been calling for a more proactive, conflict resolution rather than this pitchforks approach.

    Best case scenario for AO. Ashley will sell but to who is anyone’s guess and if he’s hounded out he’d immediately demand his loan back. Worst case he stays and ignores.

    To force change we need a mediator that can enable more production and considered communication and actions between the fans and ashley. One that as I mentioned last thread provides win/win results.

    AO seem to be under some illusion that if they get enough support ashley will eventually simply walk away and everything will be fine.

    What’s more likely is that the movement will gain enough support to starve the revenue of the club. The club will then be forced to make even more cuts and be even more thrifty and ashley will have absolutely no incentive to support it any longer. He’ll either unload and then hammer one final nail into the club by demanding his loan (which is no small sum) out of the club and unless he sells to an abramovic or mansour the new owners will be left with an even bigger task of restoring the clubs financial footing than ashley based to deal with in the first place. This will lead to championship obscurity like leeds and Forrest.

    Their whole game plan is about as flawed as carvers have been and hinge on bullying a stone out of the club in hope of a specific type of owner wanting to buy us and save the day.

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  • John Tudor

    May 25, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #34

    i am on and divvent bother

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  • peterk3

    May 25, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Give the bloke a chance to put things right. He knows he’s made mistakes and now wants to rectify them. Wait and see whats in store and then if still not happy go ahead and continue slating him.

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  • BURNLEY FOOTBALL CLUB

    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #36

    So basically this interview confirms that Newcastle are f****d! HAHAHAHA

    Ashley will be there until the day he dies, because lets be honest there is more chance of Burnley winning the Champions League than Newcastle winning anything!

    R.I.P Newcastle

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