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Report Ashley Willing To Pay Out Fortune To Save Newcastle

9:31 am, Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

There´s a very interesting piece in The Sun today that reports that not only are Newcastle in negotiations to sign Marseille top striker Michy Batshuayi,  but that Mike Ashley is willing to pay out a fortune in January in order to save Newcastle from relegation.

Mike Ashley did say last May that from now on Newcastle would make their own luck only an hour before we only just survived relegation on that last day of the season.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley on Sky Sports last May

But after splashing out £52M last summer on transfers we are still marooned in the bottom three of the Premier League.

If it´s one thing Mike Ashley wants to do it´s  to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – that seems to be his overriding ambition for the club.

And when the club keeps saying they want to finish in the top ten (and even top eight this season) – that´s code for keep us comfortably in the Premier League but try to avoid any relegation problems.

Hence – the top half of the league would presumably do that.

But it hasn´t worked out like that at all in the time Ashley has owned the club –  since the summer of 2007.

And there have been only two times we have  finished in the top ten – and one of those was in 10th place – and this is our 8th season in the Premier League under Ashley.

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It would not surprise us if Ashley does spend a lot of money this month,  but the problem is going to be to attract top players to a club when we are 3rd bottom of the league table.

Ashley may have neglected the Newcastle squad for too long to save us now – in these last two transfer windows that included this one.

We hope that´s not true, because we want to see the great Newcastle club stay up this season – it´s the only thing that matters right now.

But it is looking tough at the moment.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Well after his bold statement after the West Ham match …..

    He will have to spend quite a lot of cash on signings AND wages to get top players here.

  • 2 expatmag // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    100 million plus…….lol

  • 3 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    He’d be better off paying Charnley off for starts – that would be money well spent!

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    That’s great, but why can’t he spend out on getting a good manager, scout and chairman.

  • 5 sparky55 // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Why we keep on looking abroad for players with high potential resale value does my fruit in…we need to spend 50 million on three players that already have considerable premier experience to keep us up.

    If we rely on the current players with potential within our squad and buy more of the same we will never get to realise that potential because they’ll all walk when we get relegated.

    The club will not survive with the squad we have now and will not survive even if we spend another 50 million on potential…we need to spend 50 million on older premiership experienced players and then we’ll survive the drop and be able to possibly realise the potential we have in the locker over the next couple of years.

    We need to invest in over 28 year olds now to steady the ship, we need to get shot of colocinni, Tiote, and sissoko.

    We need to play Dummet as a centre half or not play him at all, we need two defensive midfielders and a centre half, we need wingers not sissoko and Perez because they’re not wingers and we need a new left back

    We’re playing so many people out of position it’s madness…and that’s because we’re not buying layers to plug a gap..we’re buying players because they’re cheap and then play them out of position which is just plain stupid.

    It’s poor management of our club and assets from top to bottom

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Quote from Charnley one year ago:

    “I think we do communicate but we need to find a better way to communicate.

    This is an opportunity for us with a new head coach coming in – there’s more clarity about his role and what he does. His role is coaching and that’s what he can talk about.

    If that’s the case it’s only right that I then support him in terms of the messaging going out. If I’m saying ‘Only talk about team selection and the games’ there needs to be another voice. (Charnley?)”

    The interview is very vague on what Charnley will be doing.

    But it clearly states there will be another voice!

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM


    I freely admit I’d take relegation if it meant the circus finally left town.

    Just scraping by, staying up by the skin of our teeth year on year while having to endure the endless SD and Wonga signs, procession of low level staff etc etc. Not sure I do want that.

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Against Arsenal Schtevie should start with the two of the most agile strikers as they do not have mobile central defenders, but can cut out crosses all day long.


  • 9 JamesToon // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    sparky 5

    spot on

  • 10 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM


    Yes those players can make a impact this season if they joined us, why wouldn’t they?

    Austin a prolific goal scorer.

    Ayala better than Colo, Taylor and Willo

    Hughes and Mowat playmakers which we don’t have and creative players we need.

    Bryam potentially better than Janmaat both attacking and defending and has more pace and better crossing.

    Yeah I can safely say they will improve us!

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Lindisfarne…come on! Colback? You have got to be kidding me…I hope Dummett is there because of lack of options?

  • 12 spitfire_ // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Jesus Christ… This guy still thinks that just throwing the money away will solve all of his problems… This shows his knowledge about the world of football. The team need change of the transfer policy and change of the decision makers!

    If ashley want to own a successful football club, and he will not be involved in his running on daily basics, then he MUST hired for MD, a guy who understand the basics of the game. A guy, who knew the right people. A guy, who have the required experience.

    But honestly, he is in the world of football for the past 9 years, and he still thinks that it’s better to have a loyal but incompetent guys, rather than people who actually knows how can run a successful football club.

    Time to remove the cancer from the club!

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Nezza…because they are championship players and we are in a relegation fight!

  • 14 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:56 AM


    Ashley missed two golden opportunities when he didn’t pursue Klopp and de Boer, the latter possibly in line for Swansea.

    Leaving selection to Charnley, leaving anything to Charnley was and is just reckless.

    Meanwhile, Carr and his partner in the circus continue to hold sway and who’s hung out to dry? McClaren.

    Like McClaren or not, they’re taking him too much for granted and if he goes, who’s gonna replace him – realistically?

  • 15 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM


  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Spitfire…has got it! I completely agree with you there mate!

  • 17 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Against Arsenal ill go for

    Janmaat, Chancel, Colo, Mbabu
    Sissoko, Colback, Winaldum
    Perez, Mitrovic

    Sod the wings play central and control the midfield, you control the midfield you control the game.

    Plus over the seasons we seem more deadly through the centre and most of our goals came from central.

  • 18 lesh // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Jesper, like the plot he’s lost, Charnley’s lost his voice – or hasn’t got the guts or gumption to say something about our plight.

    He is a waste of space.

  • 19 croftus5678 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    honestly i’ll stick up for fatman this time around as he’s done what a lot of us wanted him to do at the start of the season !

    he’s stayed away from us and given us money to spend !

    not excusing him as its mostly his fault that we have not spent bits to improve the team over previous seasons but if he carries on like this season i’ll personally be happy with ashleys contribution.

    the signings we made i was confident we had greatly strengthened with wijnaldum/mbemba and mitrovic being huge signings that pushed us up in class (thauvin i was a bit iffy about but i still thought he was an improvement on what we had)

    mitrovic/thauvin not really hit it off but they may need time to adapt or i could have got it wrong that he would be a great signing for us ! only time will tell.

    plug the weak gaps imo first and formost ! a cb a lb a lw and a striker now that cisse is injured.

    most of all stop playing with 2 dm’s ! go with either 5 at the back or 1 dm if your that desperate to play with dm’s.

  • 20 NezzaNUFC // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    Leicester are championship team with championship players, same with Bournemouth and Watford.

    So this alone shows even championship players can have an impact in the premier league.

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    lesh…I am not sure I understand this McClaren being hung out for dry?

  • 22 geordieboy83 // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Personally don’t care where the players come from or how old they are, so long as they are good enough. The reality is premiership proven British players are hard to come by that are actually better than what we have, better than what we can get abroad, and not stupid money. Problem is no matter which way we go with it, some will be a success some will be a failure.

    People a few weeks ago were saying what’s wrong with us not signing players like mahrez Nd kante for 400k and 5 million respectively! Reality is if we had signed them players the vast majority would be screaming and shouting going for foreign cheap imports with sell on value, then if we sign British hard working players, mclaren will be a dinosaur and any manager can battle results out but we play shite football as we have no flair.

    Guess what I’m saying is no matter what we do, who we get, us as football fans will end up complaining. It’s what we do.

    Disclaimer: not people on this blog, all of us footy fans from everywhere

  • 23 Jib // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    There is something weird and wonderful going on between Olympique de Marseilles (who have deep financial problems involving the French tax authorities )
    and NUFC (Mike Ashley ) .

    First there is the Thauvin / Cabella deal (the actual payments regarding this are a closed book).

    Then we are linked with their goalie and captain Steve Mandanda .

    Now there is this link with their Belgian striker !!!

    Here is the Marseilles footy strip remind you of anything

    Remember King and the Rangers board are supposed to have seen off Ashley but Ibrox is still more plastered with SD stuff than SJP.

    ( Intersport is a company founded in Sweden now based in Bern Switzerland )

  • 24 biggzin_micks // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Hi new to the site hope you’re all well! I have been reading this site for over 4 years but have finally took the time to sign up!

    Now here’s my first opinion, and would love to hear some back.

    Now I am a supporter of McLaren and I do think he needs time. But I seem to get the idea that he doesn’t spark the team into life once they get knocked down ( unlike Pardew, whom may I say, and may get some backlash saying this..brought some reasonable good times on a shoestring budget of our owner) my first option is that our two best players wijnaldum and sissoko(WHEN he turns up) are both played out of position.

    I think they are both much more effective in the central midfield and dispite his size, wijnaldum could handle it I think. Now that is no offence to the two little guns colback and Anita but they create absolutely nothing going forward. Now I do feel for mclaren as if he moves them central we have no wingers ( bar the untested Arron’s and thauvan) is obertan injured? I know he has not much in the way of a final ball but he is unpredictable and runs his Heart out!

    What’s everyone’s thoughts???

  • 25 Ravostag // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    I have said for years that championship players give value for money and can step up to the Premier league. Most of them would be playing in the top flight were it not for clubs having an obsession for foreign players which blocks their development thus causing them to step down the leagues

  • 26 NoahJ // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:41 AM


    Even though McLaren is experienced, he looks visibly out of his depth during matches when we are under pressure (80% of the time). He wasn’t my first choice in the summer, but I would have taken him over Carver any day of the week, and when he was appointed, I was willing to give him a chance.

    I have simply lost patience with him, because he consistently plays players out of position, and insists we are ‘consistently’ playing well- therefore he’s either lying or is actually delusional.

    we do have wingers- obertan and aarons are injured. I would personally play Janmaat on the right wing.
    Also, remember marveaux- he’s still around at the club

  • 27 Douglas // Jan 2, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    To Ashley, 20p per hour is a fortune.

  • 28 biggzin_micks // Jan 2, 2016 at 12:02 PM


    Absolutely agree. Wasn’t my choice ether but I am not sure 19 games is enough to have us turned around after the absolute shambles of last year under carver. Of course I was aware or marveaux but let’s be honest with him. His contract is nearly over, for again and is not getting a look in still. He’s Newcastle days are all but over I believe.
    Completely agree with janmaat on the wing, although half good at defending I feel he would flourish with less defence live responsibilitys. But then I new problem Arises.. The need of a proven quality right back. I would love Sam byram of Leeds. Proven in the English game (although not prem proven) how many of these players in recent times from lower leagues been a success? I think more than these foreign imports. But unfortunately he’s not French so I think it is highly unlikely! ? I know this may sound silly but I really think we are missing the English grit. Through the winter months especially.

    One thing that always sticks in my mind of recent memory is when Vincent company came out after a game at st James and said there’s no leaving Newcastle with no brusies. That was when we had heart in the team with Nolan, Barton,Carroll etc.

  • 29 padthemag // Jan 2, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    Ashley pay a fortune f–k off if we had a decent striker we would have won today you fat c-nt you deserve all you get and look at the fixtures Jan and Feb of course we are going down we deserve too had enough with these retards that run this shambles of a club

  • 30 Big Archie // Jan 2, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Ed – how is this news?

    In summer all the papers reported that Ashley was willing to pay 50 million over the each of the next 3 transfer windows to get Newcastle to where he wanted them.

    People on this website even suggested that we should spend 150 million in one go.

    So hardly a surprise there.

    We really do have selective memories when it comes to Ashley.

  • 31 maikelw // Jan 2, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    With charnley and carr responsible for the transfers I doubt the money will be spent wisely. They have the wrong priorities. When we lacked defensive power they only bought 1 defender and 3 midfielders and a striker. Collicini is a captain without any authority, normally the captain is the one who leads the team but he barely can keep up on this level. Teams like watford, bournemouth and leicester lack the money but they have a trainer and squad who fight for each other and knows what he does.

  • 32 chuck // Jan 3, 2016 at 5:28 AM

    The old adage we need British players is a worn out story
    that is nonsense, both the PL and second tier are full of imported players, because British players are just not good enough.
    And why do certain fans continue to criticize Sissoko, morons! he’s far our best player, as is Janmaat who many regard as a great winger but not good as a defender, which is total rubbish, give a dog a bad name stuff and idiot’s will repeat it.
    Plus both our midfield players Tiote and Colback had excellent games defensively, but they couldn’t figure that out either.
    The side is beginning to finally gel, playing good football, all that’s needed is good finishing.
    The club will survive if Ashley springs for a decent goal-scorer, just!
    He has to, or it will cost more in the long run and he has his eye on those financial rewards .

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