New Mission Statement For Newcastle

Newcastle will follow up from Mike Ashley’s Sky Sports interview on Saturday to change the way Newcastle are run and there will be some changes – some of them significant.

We have put together a list of points that will change the way Newcastle are run and also the ambitions of the club have been changed by Mike’s interview – in short we now have some ambition to win something.

worried looking mike ashley yesterday

A worried Mike Ashley on Sunday

Here are some of the things that Newcastle will now do which are different from the past:

  1. Mike Ashley should be interviewed more and certainly his live interview before the crucial game turned out to be a good move, and Ashley came over quite well.
    He certainly said the right things – but he has to follow through with these – with the bottom line being more interviews and communication from the owner – that can only be good.
  2. Staying with communication there will be an even new focus on the fans – with even more emphasis on the Fans Forum with a drive to better communicate with fans.
    That communication with the fans has been woefully poor for far too long – we look forward to the next Fans Forum meeting to be held within the next couple of weeks.
  3. Ashley will now allow Newcastle and Chief Scout Graham Carr to sign players who are over 26 years of age – which Alan Pardew has been arguing for over the last couple of years – this will allow some experience in the side – which is a good move.
  4. Yes – he said it – we will now try to win something and the Cups must be a great opportunity for us starting next season.
    Mike Ashley also hinted in his interviews he would consider Newcastle finishing  in a Champions League position in the top four in the Premier League a success. Fans have been wanting this for years – and it is now a stated goal – it’s about time.
  5. Newcastle will sign more British players rather than those from places like France and Spain – and this has been in operation for around a year at the club.
    British players are more expensive, but we could also target top young British players who can come through the ranks on Tyneside, with some being signed as the finished product.
    But we have already seen this in action – that we are after a number of British players this summer.
  6. Use more of the profits we will be getting in the year ahead on building up a good squad.
    Ashley said we have the  cart in place – the very good financial results – but we are only half way there. Now we need to hitch the cart to the horses – with the horses being good players that can give us success.
    In short we are in a good financial position but we have use that now to get in some good players so we can start to even have some success – a strange concept over the last eight years.

Mike made it very clear that he will not sell the club at any price and that he is staying at Newcastle.

But the club must put their words into action.

It seems that Mike has been so shocked at the near disaster for Newcastle this season – he’s had a wake-up call about the dangerous the way the club has been run by depleting the squad at the worst times – like we did in January.

Mike Ashley still has to prove to fans that he means what he said in the interview – but to us it was positive that the owner was interviewed on  Sky Sports before the final game – that showed real courage.

And it seemed to pay off with our lads being excellent on Sunday with a terrific 2-0 win against West Ham, and Jonas making great headlines around the world for his human story.

A wonderful ending to an absolutely terrible season.

Next season we want to have a wonderful season.

Here’s Mike Ashley’s interview on Sky Sports on Saturday.

203 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    May 26, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s all great but we have to start with a new coach.

    Show the world you mean business Ashley and appoint KLOPP.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    If Jimmy Floyd turns up boys as our new manager then I would definitely say that throws everything that Ashley promised out of the window

  • Magpie Season

    May 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe I don’t live in Britain, I don’t know, but I really can’t comprehend this fascination with British players that has instilled an ethos in sides such as Liverpool who perform to a much lower standard than is expected.

    We are not Manchester City where homegrown players are sought after more than blood diamonds.

    The French connection has worked well in the past. With excellent value for money, sell on value &, if not, not a major loss in player sales.

    This new British thing we are trying to grow, it’s not because I’m an Aussie & I detest poms, but I would much rather prefer imports, that were star players at their clubs, wanting a taste of the premier league.

    Meaning, I would rather have a Cabaye from Lille come here for a season or 2 & use us as a stepping stone rather than a Colback or a Guthrie or an Alan Smith.

    What do you all think?

  • Sir Braveheart

    May 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    JazzyP – I’m not so sure that it does. I like close to Burton and actually the job he’s done there is pretty remarkable. Burton should have been an outside chance of the playoffs at best, but he’s done a good coaching job there. He’s higher rated than McClaren if you ask me – although thats not exactly praise is it?

    I’d certainly prefer a Klopp or a high calibre manager, but honestly, the managers abilities are more important to me right now than the size of their name.

  • Sir Braveheart

    May 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    * I live close to Burton, not like close to Burton!

  • JamesToon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Any of:
    Jurgen Klopp
    Brendan Rodgers (if he is available)
    Marcelo Bielsa (if available)
    Michael Laudrup
    Remi Garde

    Then the club will have my full backing up the hill.

    Would like to see us sign:
    Carl Jenkinson
    Ryan Shawcross
    Andrew Robertson
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Yannick Bolasie
    Charlie Austin

    Need a stronger spine in the team along with players who are proven prem quality with an English core

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    @sir braveheart wherabouts are you? Im just outside Burton!
    One of my mates is diehard albion, has been season ticket holder when they had crowds of 100 or so, absolutely loves Jimmy Floyd, reckons its the best football hes seen for or against Burton ever alongside Paul Tisdales exeter

  • JamesToon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Magpie season

    I agree with what your saying, however Newcastle shouldn’t be settling for the likes of Guthrie/Smith, I think we need star players from Prem clubs e.g. Shawcross, Bolasie, Shelvey, Austin

  • Ron Knee

    May 26, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Having watched the match again, I must say we were very lucky that WHU had started their holidays early. The first 45 minutes were mostly dire. Oh for a decent manager/coach!

  • lewisnufc

    May 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m hearing noises that Charlie Austin is a done deal. All the players at the training ground know it and his agent was at the game on sunday in the moncur suite.

    If it’s true then it certainly shows some intent – especially if its announced soon.

  • JamesToon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    As for head coach, we need a VISIONARY. Someone who is innovative and a character, with their own philosophy, their own coaching team, their motive to take on a challenge, to work on a long term project to bring success to Newcastle.

    No more Pardews, mcclarens or Moyes’s

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Sir braveheart
    I agree mate a managers name should not be all and end all of an appointment. But Nufc is a massive step up from burton do you not agree ??.
    The last thing Nufc need now is to appoint an unproven manager and hence the circle begins again.
    We need a solid proven manager with a proven track record to take us forward and maybe attract that bit of star quality player.
    Again all this is if mashley is true to his word with his stance on Newcastle united

  • sickandtired

    May 26, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Has to change the model, and that includes Charnley as MD with far too much say and influence for an ex club secretary.

  • will die for the toon army

    May 26, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    With Manager why can’t we go with Steve Bruce he will guarantee stability. Looking at Rogers or Landrup we wld b like a stepping stone. Will turn his head once a big team comes calling.
    Bruce will b accepted by us and its his dream team. He wont leave for anything.
    Bruce and Carver as assistant.

    Geordie team as we always dreamed abt.
    Charnely, Carr and Bruce.

  • JamesToon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15


    Yeah although I’m taking it with a pinch of salt im hearing from a lot of sources on Twitter that hes in talks with us

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    @magpie season – unfair to compare cabaye to guthrie or smith. He was a french international before we signed him.
    I think when people talk about signing english theyre talking about players like Bamford or hughes or the lads coming through at Southampton!
    Id take loftus-cheek (know hes not available) over his france u21 equivelent (probably Fofana), similarly i think Harry Kane will score more goals in the EPL season for season than his french equivelent ehich is probably Lacazette (in place in career, not style).
    Similarly id take Ings or Austin over most non top club strikers from the continent! The ability to settle in england and deal sith the physicality of the premier league is not to be under estimated either! Cabella was one of the best players in ligue 1 and Riviere one of the top scorers and neither have been able to deal with how physical this league is aswell as having the fitness/stamina to keep up with the pace.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    tbh, it should start with a new General Manager because if you ran a poll on Charnley, I doubt fans would have any more faith in his decision-making than they have for Carver. Or appoint a new, respected Director of Football to work with Carr and Charnley on this key appointment. It is far too important to leave in the hands of an understudy Finance Officer, which is Charnley’s only qualification for the job.
    It is also high time the promised investment in the Academy – a supposed cornerstone of the club’s transfer policy – was completed. That means bricks and mortar AND top coaching staff.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Nigel clough did wonders with burton albion…..would you take him as our next manager ???? I don’t think so

  • Chris

    May 26, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Magpie Season @3

    Totally agree.

    It’s interesting to look at Chelsea’s squad for the 2nd half of this season. They only named 18 players in their 25 man squad, and only 2 of them were Brits – Cahill and Terry.

    The absence of a British backbone didn’t do them any harm, did it?

    04 February 2015

    Premier League – Squad List 2014/15

    Chelsea – 25 Squad Players

    1 Azpilicueta Tanco, Cesar
    2 Borges da Silva, Willian
    3 Cahill, Gary James
    4 Cech, Petr
    5 Courtois, Thibaut
    6 Cuadrado Bello, Juan Guillermo
    7 Da Silva Costa, Diego
    8 Dos Santos Emboaba Junior, Oscar
    9 Drogba, Didier
    10 Fabregas Soler, Francesc
    11 Hazard, Eden
    12 Ivanovic, Branislav
    13 Kasmirski, Filipe Luis
    14 Matic, Nemanja
    15 Mikel, John Obi
    16 Remy, Loic
    17 Santos Do Nascimento, Ramires
    18 Terry, John George

  • Rafael

    May 26, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Di Matteo is now available and has been working in a “head coach” role at Schalke. Club should try and get him. He is young, right philosophy etc. Got Schalke from 11th to finish 6th. I am a big fan.

  • Mag52

    May 26, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s all very well making money available for new players, but are Charnley and Carver sufficiently knowledgeable to purchase the quality players to give us some hope of a better season next year ?
    Liverpool squandered 100 million last season, so it’s clearly not simply a question of throwing money at the problem.
    I can see any money spent on recruiting being frittered away if Carver stays in his job.

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Really like Austin! Make sense for any deal for him to be done before he makes his england debut. Price would rocket if he scores a few.
    Prefer Ings to Austin as Austin is similar to Cisse in that he relys on others to create his chances whereas Ings work rate means he creates his own chances too. They look like they could play together well. Imagine signing both! Mitrovic has potential to be better than both could ever dream of but rumour is hes off to milan?
    If our signings included Austin, Ings, Ayew, a centre mid and a centre half we might have a chance next season

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23


    I think that would be a massive statement to bring Austin aboard so quickly. But im sure Austin and his representatives will have a lot more clubs than just us after him.
    Fingers crossed eh !!

  • Sav

    May 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #24

    It should not be forgotten that this ‘New Leaf’ was turned by force. The Ashley Out Campaign needs to be on Code Orange to keep a man shamed in court for lying to the fans true to his word on this occasion. And this must be his last chance to make good his promises. The next revolt must see a complete boycott until Ashley is gone. He needs to know it. There may be mistakes, but the intent must be perfectly clear.

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    @ raphael – should probably check that di matteo philosophy mate! Hes been ran out of schalke! Played 4-5-1 with 3 defensive mids all season even at home to bottom clubs! Have averages 35-40% possesion each game and 4-5 goal attempts…. Parked the bus even at home to small clubs
    Possibly the worst manager in Schalke history

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Anybody know how many players we are set to lose through contracts being up. I know Raylor,Gutti and Ameobi are done in june. Anyone else ??

  • will die for the toon army

    May 26, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Guys. Charnely has worked half of his life at NUFC and has worked at all position from down to up. So I believe he has experience.

    Charnely made e signings we needed but players jst disappointed. De Jong, Cabella and Rivere. But these players r still young and can improve.

  • JamesToon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    A DOF who knows the business and knows his football would be good someone like a Kevin Keegan (would ever happen under ashley) or Les Ferdinand

    But to be honest with transfers, I’m not really bothered who the club specifically brings in however I am bothered that much about the new head coach, if it is someone like Klopp, the club could bring in another 7 or 8 foreigners and I wouldn’t mind, they would have my full backing

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    will die
    I personally think de jong will be a massive player for us if he can stay fit. Sit him behind the Forward and would guarantee 10-15 goals a season. Much like the kevin Nolan of old. Something that we do not have playing for us at the moment

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #30

    Excited to see a fit de jong next season! He really is a super player! Hope he can stay fit!

  • expatmag

    May 26, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Magpie Season

    Where in Oz are you?

    Melbourne here

  • Wayayman

    May 26, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Deffo dont want Di Matteo, he’s so negative! Don’t want McLaren or Carver either. Why doesn’t Ashley move Charnley aside and appoint a proper football CEO who shows ambition (like Derby’s Sam Rush for example -he’ll get Clement to Derby ffs!)

    Anyway, player-wise I noticed Alderweireld is not committed to Saints next season and is considering his next move as his loan has ended. He’d be a fantastic start to recruitment. Add Austin to that and we’d be off to a flyer.

    Of course nothing really matters without having the right coaching set-up installed as a matter of urgency. I fear Charnley doesn’t have the knowledge or vision to get who we need.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Soccer Sauce @soccer_sauce
    · 40 mins 40 minutes ago
    We understand that Newcastle officials are meeting Charlie Austin this week for talks #NUFC #QPR

  • will die for the toon army

    May 26, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #34

    Carl Jenkinson
    Ryan Shawcross
    Tom Clevery
    Jonjo Shelvey
    Yannick Bolasie
    Charlie Austin
    R Taylor

  • davetoon

    May 26, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35
  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36

    Whichever manager comes his backroom staff are equally as important for the club. Carver..Stone and his crew have just not cut it and are simply not good enough for this level. U21….reserves maybe but should not be anywhere near first team affairs for next season

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #37

    We actually began last season with a half decent squad! A fit de jong, a fit Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa etc and 2 high scoring players from the french league. Not charnleys fault they are duffs, Carr scouted them!
    Charnleys problem isnt getting deals over the line, its adapting when the script changed! Doesn’t seem to know How to react when things go wrong! I fully believe Pardew ok’d Yanga-mbiwa going and Carver ok’d santon going! Neither manager fancied either player and Charnley got players over the line last summer when he could plan and prepare!
    Think its been a club policy not to buy in january. Reckon that stems down from Ashley though and think inexperience meant he thought they could get through.
    Same with appointing Carver! Despite what the club say, im hoping Carver is the result of an outstanding first choice not being available till the summer. Hoping its Galtier but im expecting its Mclaren

  • Wayayman

    May 26, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #38

    totally agree JazzyP. The new guy should be able to bring in whoever he wants.
    I can’t believe Ashley the billionaire would be forced to have Carver stay as a coach as he doesnt want to pay off his contract. Carver really wont have been on too much in that position considering Pardew was one of the lowest paid in the PL. As Carver himself said, once the season ends he reverts back to his old contract.

  • Average_Contents

    May 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    I never necessarily disagreed with the transfer blueprint ie 26 or younger. Occasionally an older player can bring much needed experience and guile and I found it frustrating they never considered them because of age.

    What I disagree with was the way they were only bought with sell-on value in mind and not to further the club on the pitch and then when they were sold the club never replaced in sufficient time or at all leaving the squad woefully short because they were too tight to spend.

    This imo was the major flaw.

    I don’t want British just because their British and let’s face it there’s loads of overrated British players and they usually cost stupid money and you’ve only ended up buying mediocre.

    I want players that are good enough for this football club regardless of their nationality.

  • Sir Braveheart

    May 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #40


    Ticknall, so 8 miles from Burton

    @Jazzy – I agree, which is why i don’t think we’re the right club for him right now, he needs a championship club first before stepping up, but I’d take someone of his style definitely, if they can prove that they can manage a club in a top league in Europe somewhere

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