Some Rare Praise For Newcastle And Mike Ashley

Sky Sports News pundit Jamie Redknapp says that Newcastle have too many good players to be relegated – and even offered some praise for the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – which is rare indeed.

But we had a decent squad right at the start of the season and certainly better than last season’s squad,  but we have done worse than last season up to this point.

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Jamie Redknapp – Ashley has put his money where his mouth is 

This is what Jamie has said on Sky Sports about Newcastle’s ability to avoid relegation this summer:

“Shelvey can pull strings in that midfield. He is one of the best long passers in the game. They’ve got Georginio Wijnaldum as well who will play off of Aleksandar Mitrovic, on the right Moussa Sissoko and then Andros Townsend.

“I look at that Newcastle side and I think pace. I can see them counter attacking teams. They shouldn’t be in the position they are.”

“So fair play to Mike Ashley. He has put his money where his mouth is. Now it is up to the manager and the players to get them out of this hole.”

“I think they will stay up because they’ve got too many good players.”

The Newcastle owner has come in for some harsh criticism during his time on Tyneside and most of it has been deserved.

But only the harshest diehard Mike Ashley Out people will  not give him some credit for loosening up the purse strings over the last seven months or so and spending over £80M on new players – the most of any club in the Premier League.

We’re still not sure what Mike Ashley’s intentions really are at Newcastle, but there has been a definite change in his willingness to spend Newcastle’s money.

And there will be plenty of that to spend in the future, as long as we stay in the Premier League.

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Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

One of the reasons for that is that Newcastle are a football club who are financially secure and stable these days.

The club can now spend considerable amounts of money on new players in future transfer windows, just like we have done in the last two windows.

It could be a bright future ahead for Newcastle United if only we can manage to survive this season.

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12 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Switched to new thread just as I posted. 🙂

    Some one is due a good hammering from us, might as well be Chelsea. 6-0 to the Toon.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Henry’s comment is spot on. We have the POTENTIAL to be a big club but we are nowhere near being a big club. we have been in the relegation zones a few times in the recent seasons.

    we have a long way to go. mclaren job is to cement us in the top 10. i dont think he’s the one to take us further than that. if we really want to ambitious and be a big club we need to upgrade on mclaren. maybe in 2 or 3 seasons time IF we are regularly a top 10 side.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #3

    I concur

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Jesus, Jamie. That’s a whole shed load of insightful insider expert analysis there. Ta for enlightening the ignorant masses.

  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib…… With a face like a camel sucking a biscuit and the character to aggravate a nest of rats. Just post without all the vitriol man. You can be quite amusing and interesting when you try.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Trouble is, is that virtually every other premier league or ex premier league club, even Sunderland has bagged a big trophy in relatively recent years.

    Has to be a curse.

    The rot has to stop.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t be greedy man.We won the China cup with King Kev.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8


    ‘China Cup’ ? was that something to do with Gladys our ex tea lady?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    My apologies… It was the Japan cup! 1983. 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10


    Dear Jib.
    We are having a great time.
    The weather has been fine.
    Quiet at the moment should be busier later on.
    Are you keeping busy -we really haven’t missed you, apart from the abuse that is.
    Wish you were here (not).
    The Blog

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    What big trophy did the mackems bag?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12


    The FA cup, surely you can remember Bobby Stokoe lolloping across the pitch after they’d beaten Leeds.

    We weren’t so antagonistic to our local cousins in those days.


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