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Mike Ashley To Shake Up The Board At Newcastle

11:22 pm, Saturday, June 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

The Mirror is reporting rather sensationally that Mike Ashley will quit Newcastle, but what they are really reporting is the he will be quitting the Board – even though he is not officially on the Newcastle Board.

Mike had said the appointment of the new manager and the recruitment of the players is the responsibility of the Football Board, as he called it, and that’s not what he does, he provides the funds.

So officially he was never part of the Board but provided the finances to run the club.

worried looking mike ashley yesterday

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley at the final game

The real news seems to be he will reshape the Football Board as he calls it – and if that’s true it wouldn’t be a surprise with the complete incompetence in the way Newcastle has been run since last Christmas.

That almost got us sensationally relegated a couple of weeks ago, when we seemed as safe as houses at Christmas.

The Mirror is reporting that two new Directors will be put in place, and in any case we have to replace John Irving, the Finance Director – so they had to bring at least one new Director in.

But we’ll have to see if Lee Charnley stays on as the top executive at the club, because Ashley must have been shocked that we got so close to being relegated and he admitted in his interview to Sky Sports that he was shocked we were in the position we were in two weeks ago.

Since Lee Charnley runs the club for him, he is the man responsible for the debacle of this year,  after Alan Pardew left the club.

Here’s Mike Ashley interview with David Craig of Sky Sports of two weeks ago.

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sazzer // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Oh they are going to replace Irvine and his assistant?

    That’s new one. Replacing people.

  • 2 optimistic prime // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    JFK and Dekka

  • 3 beermonkey // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:39 PM


    it will take 2 years to replace irving and then we will replace with some1 not fit for the job

    a bit like replacing ba with riviere

  • 4 armchair fan // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    On Antonio rudiger

    I’m guessing we’re after him for centre back, while being a very fast defender who can also play right back he has a very bad header. Good centre back overall though would be happy to see him here

  • 5 Pokat // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    No I think Mike hot a bit flustered. His statement should have been

    “I’m not selling until we win something. And by the way, I count staying in the premier league as winning something”

  • 6 Pokat // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Nice to see you’re still relaxing comfortably in your parker knoll, armchair
    That’s the spirit lad!

  • 7 Pokat // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Beer monkey apparently it’s ok the lad who used to reload the copier with paper is up to speed on counting up big numbers with a calculator and all that. Safe hands.

  • 8 Pokat // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Well mike did look hot. In a tie raaaarrr!

  • 9 Sazzer // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    We know the drill.

  • 10 beermonkey // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    on the last thread
    Richards looked to great prospect a few years ago I know he said last year he was willing to lower his wage demands but he is still going to be a big earner with us do we really need a an injury ravaged player on big money who has prob seen the best years behind him

  • 11 BigB75 // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    So i guess deka is back, after failing at Rangers. Yaaaaaa

  • 12 JamesToon // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    get a good director of football ffs its not hard

  • 13 Pokat // Jun 6, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Mike checking gumtree…

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Toon22 is talking about Ashley actually being investigated by the police including his home. When did this happen Toon22? Oh yes. Ashley is the devil so it’s okay to make things up.

  • 15 sickandtired // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Dr Ed is full of it.

    Ashley IS on the Board and has been since last year.

    Charnle y said the same things then (exactly) as he did in January of this year.

    If there are to be two new Directors then I’ll make a bet right now it will be Leach as FD, and Llambias back again.

    Dr Ed is full of shyte. If he actually knew anything about this Club (apart from repeating daily news items on this blog) he would state the facts.

  • 16 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 7, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Why would Ashley lie on live TV that he isn’t part of the footballing decisions or part of the board. He’a a crook but not fcking daft man.

    Another thing aswell, people who comment on this blog and have a dig at ED. just fcuk off? Hows that? If you don’t like it be on your way, don’t comment man. What a disgrace to read then comment and then have a dig. It’s well known and has been for years and years Ed just relays the news but still you get the nakka who tries to have a dig because he can’t think of anything better to contribute.

    Get a grip man ffs.

    How do you comment yet slag at the same time for which u have made the effort. Dear me.

  • 17 sickandtired // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    @ Toon – what part of the link I supplied do you not understand? It’s from the Club website! Are they lying too?

    Mr. MJW Ashley became a Board member last year. I’m sorry if that shatters your illusions and screws up the fact Dr Ed is talking shyte (as well as Ashley). But it is an actual FACT.

    I’m contributing a fact here, to argue against a complete falsehood which this Blog has published.

    Mike Ashley is of course officially on the Board of NUFC – just take read of the accounts where he is registered as a Director along with Charnley and Irving. Though of course, Irving has left now – or maybe you don’t know that either?
    This Club’s Board consists of Ashley and Charnley, at the present time.

    There is no ‘football Board’ in any official sense, and due to the fact that only Ashley and Charnley are the remaining directors, there is only Carr who could be considered in that term.

    Basically what you are saying and what you want to believe, is that Ashley has zero input into the running of this Club, it’s finances, its manager/coach, players signed or sold – he just leaves it all up to Charnley & Carr?

    Get real, man.

  • 18 Thump // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Fatmans plans for NUFC ‘board shake up’.

    Deputy Ashley: Sepp Blatter
    Deputy deputy Ashley: Derek Lambeezee
    Deputy deputy deputy Ashley: Joe fscking Kinear.

  • 19 Thump // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    @sickandtired: But Ashley isn’t part of the “football” board, he’s on the “board”.

    Basically, the fat bar steward is one of those kids on the playground who stretches plays on words in order to not come off as a massive kernt.

  • 20 sickandtired // Jun 7, 2015 at 1:52 AM

    @Thump – point is mate, there is no ‘football board’. No such thing legally or factually.
    Are you really going to believe, given his statement in 2008 and what he said 3 weeks ago – that he is not involved in how things run here?
    Penfold’ns words are nothig more than a repeat of the Ashley model which Llambias told us of – minus of course the 5 year plan towards success, winning things and competing for everything!
    8 years later………..

  • 21 jimmysmith // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    The further you get from that terrible season, the better Ashley looks and sounds in that interview. He appears sincere, and he’s now on record, but he’s still got to go out and do it, and really, at worth 3 billion quid and after all the fans have been through, it’d be unconscionable not to give it a real go.

  • 22 Bigdave33 // Jun 7, 2015 at 2:51 AM

    Ashley can put in all the changes he wants in the board room but its changes on the park everyone wants to see who gives a toss who comes in at board room level Ive never seen a director pull a shirt on mind a couple of times last season they wouldn’t have looked out of place.

  • 23 Dingo†® // Jun 7, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    off topic but I just found out that we are playing the Portland T2 side (their reserves) as the first team are playing a competitive match against Seattle that day.


    additionally I am barred from my local bar that day cas MA likes to drink there when hes in Portland and he doesn’t want any geordies in …… when i say local bar it’s 10 meters from my front door & i spend my hard earned in there.

    words cannot describe how seething I am.

  • 24 davis_toons // Jun 7, 2015 at 3:21 AM


    Are you saying Ashley have no part in footballing decision for the next manager role like he said so?

    And Charnley was responsible for it? (I really doubt so if that was true but we never know maybe that’s why JC was still consider for HC role.)

  • 25 davis_toons // Jun 7, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    I dont really believe in the interview. Not 100%. Half TRUE. (Really does get everyone excited thou)

    And he did the interview before the West Ham Match for a REASON.

    He is a Smart and with experienced he knows when to conduct an interview.

    Hopefully he is trying to give back now…i’m not too sure if he did make some money out of running this club.

    Still i hope he sell to another owner since the books have already balance and there are cash to be spend like he said.

    So… Ashley OUT!!!…Ashley OUT!!!…Ashley OUT!!!

  • 26 Magpie Season // Jun 7, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    Is that interview before the West Ham game STILL doing the rounds? Jesus.

    We have gone down the pecking order that we can’t even attract the rejects of Manchester United anymore. Gone are the days of signing Alan Smiths & Obertans. Cleverley should have been a good signing on a free transfer, English, & fits into the age bracket.

  • 27 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 4:17 AM

    Anyone here with a twitter account..?
    ask David Craig who scripted the interview .?
    Why no real questions were asked at a time when his cuts /decisions were seriously looking like taking us down ?
    Or did the fact David Craig has serious connections to Keith bishop media have any bearing on this.?

  • 28 one fine day // Jun 7, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    Dingo @22
    To be fair you can understand your local landlords point.
    I am sure he won’t want upset mike and loose all those sales of crisps and pies

  • 29 Chris // Jun 7, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    “we have to replace John Irving, the Finance Director – so they had to bring at least one new Director in”

    Oh dear, something else that Ed got wrong!

    Obviously the club needs to bring in a new Chief Financial Officer (or whatever job title they choose to give him) but there’s absolutely no need for him to be a director, because private limited companies are only required to have one director (Section 152 of the Companies Act 2006) so they don’t need to appoint any more.

    What they probably WILL want to do (although they’re not legally obliged to) is to appoint someone else to take over Irving’s duties as Company Secretary.

  • 30 expatmag // Jun 7, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    One thing is for sure, we will have some i ndication by the middle of july just how intent Ashley is in showing ambition and spending money.

    In my opinion, he needs a huge clearout first before he will spend and by then, the best options may well have been snapped up.

  • 31 expatmag // Jun 7, 2015 at 5:43 AM


    As stated, 2 new directors will probably be dirty derek and Leach

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    I work with a few Newcastle fans on this platform I’m on, three of them at least, that I know of haven’t seen the interview with Mashley. They all have heard of the video and think that Mikey said he wanted to win something, as do a lot of people on this blog. Please somebody point out to me where in the video our portly and malevolent owner said that he wanted to win something.

  • 33 nut meg // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    That’s my guess to. Maybe LLambias to take over from Charnley who will drop down. Leach to do the finance side of things.Dirty Derek to move Carver to another post/ leave.Allowing the HC to bring his own man / men in, possibly more movement with Stone,Beardsley,Woodman & Watson. If as they say they need to improve communication with the fans I would think that will be LLambias’s job also, if they plan to do that. The club say the new HC will be a long term appointment so I doubt if the present coaching team will be around any lengh of time under a new guy.The changes that are needed may not be done immediately but I see it as a must if we are to move forward.

  • 34 expatmag // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:37 AM


    We all know he didnt but the problem as I see it is:

    1….The whole interview was stage managed
    2…..I have no doubt Ashley knew the questions well before they were asked.
    3…..His replies were carefully worded alluding to no promises of any note
    4…..The only straight answer was blame at his door.
    5…..For someone who hates publicity, he looked remarkably calm throughout.

    and finally

    For the 41% who appear to have been duped, after 8 years of pain and disregard, the leopard isnt changing his spots now.

    Ashley oot

  • 35 expatmag // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:40 AM


    History shows he will rely on his mates and we all know he hasnt many if those.

    Good points though. Woodman to Palace seems a certainty but Carver will stay. He has too much to lose and little to gain.

  • 36 kevymartins // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    A lot of bull going around. Chronicle report some crap. Surely every single player nufc is linked with Southampton arnt going after. You’d think people would learn about these clubs seeing as after Southampton got raided last time the only signed 1 or 2 players and brought players up via youth system so what would make them go on a spending spree now? Just pritty much points to the fact it’s all Aloda you know what. I bet out of all the players being said Richards dost matip or whoever else not 1 of them will end up at nufc or Southampton!! Just wish the chronicle would stop getting people’s hopes up because that’s all they do his people false hope.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    My God, from reading this blog I really hope SM turns us down ir the other way around…would be good riddance!

    …what a turn over some of you are (a real let down in my book) Could we be any more pathetic! I think not 🙁

  • 38 kevymartins // Jun 7, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    As for Steve Mcclaren why is people comparing him with pardew? He is far better than Pardew just go take one look at his record and win percentage he deserves his chance. He has proven he can win stuff with teams that don’t haver as much funding as other teams look at twenty they had nothing and he won the league with them look at boro…. People you may think are diamonds in the ruff Ronald koeman watch them under perform this season it’s a cert. There managers like pardew who get 1 lucky season then back to average. Mcclaren is a man who could actually take us to Wembley with the crap he is given.

  • 39 kevymartins // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Pufff pardew really like the same man who played MIKE Williamson over mbiwa and wanted us to sign Darren bent? Yeah right.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    I am sorry he deserves a chance? So now we owe him is that it?

    …what has SM done lately? Absolutely nothing. What he shares with Pardew is that he”needs” this job and quite frankly he won’t be getting s bigger chance than this!

    So basically he needs to make this one count…so how do you think this will pan out for us supporters?

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    I accept SM will probably be appointed against most wishes of the fan community, but I will not support this appointment or support the fact that Charmless is still in charge (and that Carver apparently is considered inventory)

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Charmless…OUT &
    Carver…to be removed from inventory (or at least we need some new plants) ????

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Ed…if you read this could you please consider doing something about the Unicode on this blog. Smirks or symbols come out as “????” Only a few smileys seems to work.

    I have spoken to others with the exact same problem.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Coffee time!

  • 45 geordieboy83 // Jun 7, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Steve McClaren out? Seriously? Before he’s been given a signing or played a match. Get real man.

  • 46 Moonraker15 // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Owl Heed must be coming back but even he’s a step up from Charmless!

  • 47 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Ashley is a director of these companies:

  • 48 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Ashley is a director of 177 companies and 19 dissolved. he has assets of 2.9 billion approximately.

  • 49 Moonraker15 // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Ashley said he wasn’t selling at least until he won something!
    Now we can believe it or take it with a pinch of salt, but at the end of the day he didn’t have to say anything.
    Being an eternal optimist and knowing the lying cheating owners we’ve had in the past, I live in hope but don’t hold my breath.

  • 50 expatmag // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    A few drama queens on here wetting their knickers already.

    Firstly, McLaren will do fine. For anyone who has any coaching experience, with the club opting for a European model of coaching, it was vital the club employed a coach experienced in this area, who can coach within the budgetary and committee confines set up by management.

    McLaren fits the bill perfectly. He has a wealth of experience coaching/managing at premiership, European and international levels with a reasonable amount of success. To compare him with Pardew is just ridiculous as he was limited in most areas and an ego that was unwarranted. McLaren has a reputation as a decent man manager and he coaches a very good passing possession based game.

    His failure at Derby was more or less down to a young talented thin squad that played a very attractive brand of football but suffered from injuries to key players for long periods.

    As a coach, you never stop evolving in the game and McLaren has a well respected reputation in the game for being quite innovative. Those worried about any influence on the training ground by Carver should understand that as McLaren is the head coach and involved in the day to day training schedules. Carver is there to carry out his orders or leave. Same goes for Stone Woodman etc.

    As for Ashley coming out on live TV, you can bet your bottom dollar that his so called admissions were for his benefit only and that the only concrete admission was that he was to blame for the current predicament. The key to the question here is he prepared to back up this admission with cold hard cash this summer.

    The fact the squad is already lacking with the sale and release of several players in Mbiwa, Santon, Jonas and Raylor plus the listing of Obertan, Gouffran etc and the probability that Williamson, Marveaux, Elliott

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Moonraker15…if Ashley needed to calm the masses and buy himself some time then saying something seem to have done the trick!

    geordieboy83…so we start over do we! Basically anyone could have been appointed then…One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

  • 52 posada // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Dear Mike
    A board should consist of 8 to 12 people with broad experience from different fields. From the game, ex players, from business and even from the media.
    Bob Moncur, Malcolm Dix, John Gibson.
    People who want the best for the club. They could not hi jack your club as you own all the shares, but you could use their experience and empower them appropriately.
    Instead you are trying to manage and keep control from afar through a small group of fools, who would not get anywhere near a top job in a normal football club at this level.
    In the last few weeks of the season you were never off the phone to Lee Charnley. Give yourself a break. Sack him and put a proper Chief Executive in charge.
    Kind regards.

  • 53 stuart no9 // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    How can anyone say maclaren deserves his chance at Newcastle ?? He’s been sacked from his last 3 clubs after only a few months . So that’s good enough for Newcastle is it ? Have a day off lads

  • 54 rwpoynter // Jun 7, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    For me the structure of this club should be simple. Mike Ashley owns it and will therefore determine the overall structure and how much money is available for transfers and wages and the background aspects of the club such as training facilities etc: He clearly knows little about football and the same is true of Charnley. Steve Mclaren clearly does know a lot about football, so let him choose who we buy and how to run the team. Carr is a scout and a good one but that seems to be it. We had all this nonsense in 2008 with Wise trying to tell Keegan what to do which as anyone who knew Kevin Keegan in his first term here as manager was something he definitely was not going to tolerate and IMO rightly so. Why do we need directors of football? Get a good manager and let him manage. Simples!

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