This Was Mike Ashley’s Huge Mistake This Season

Mike Ashley has come out with what can only be described as explosive comments on Newcastle today – and the negativity about Newcastle’s financial situation and the way he has set up the club to be run by Lee Charnley – which seems to have been a complete and utter disaster – come at a very bad time for the club and it’s very poor timing from owner Mike Ashley.

And we wonder what Rafa Benitez will think of all this “stuff” when he sees those comments from the owner?

mike ashley and lee charnely

Dour looking Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

Here’s what Mike has said in an exclusive in The Times today:

“All I can say is there is a bank account. When you have emptied it, it’s empty. Don’t come crying to me for more money,” “There is virtually nothing left now. They have emptied it.”

“Do I regret getting into football? The answer is yes.” “I have had tons of fun in it but I haven’t been able to make the difference I wanted to in football.”

“I wanted to help Newcastle, I wanted to make it better, that’s what I wanted to do. I haven’t seemed to have had that affect.”

“I have virtually nil affect on Newcastle United, in reality, because I only pick the Board.”

“To get a football club to be the best it can be, you have to get the sun, the moons and the stars to align perfectly.”

“I don’t really want to have any influence in football to be honest. Looking after Sports Direct is more than a full time job.”

“But there is negativity around me as an individual when it comes to Newcastle, so the best thing was to make sure it was on solid ground and then step back and get them to self manage Newcastle.”

“Create a board, get the board to appoint the manager, put the manager on the board as well and then not interfere.”

“I don’t know what players they sign, I don’t know what team they are going to pick on a Saturday.”

“They have had a proper go at it this season, I think everyone can agree with that, but the results haven’t been ideal.”

We think what Mike did last June was good – take  a back seat and get people in to run the club for him.

But it was obvious shortly after the season began that things were not good and we wonder what he thought of Lee Charnley last June when he hired a sacked manager from the Championship in Steve McClaren.

Mike is still responsible for the club so he’s left it far too late to intervene – and while reports suggest it was Lee Charnley who decided to bring in Rafa Benitez and fire Steve McClaren – we don’t buy that at all.

Note that Lee’s two former choices for Newcastle head coach were John Carver and Steve McClaren – two mediocre coaches at best who were both complete and utter disasters for Newcastle – their records prove that.

We think Mike Ashley came in after the embarrassing Bournemouth home defeat and told Lee what he had to do – and in fact it was Mike Ashley who told them to get Rafa Benitez in.

Mike is responsible for the performance of the Board since they basically report to him and there were many signs they didn’t know what they were doing in both transfer windows because of the players they brought in.

There was evidence even last season when nothing was done as the woeful John Carver almost had us relegated with eight league defeats in a row.

Mike should have acted sooner and certainly before the end of last year – and yes – that’s in retrospect – but don’t forget we started the season with just 3 points from the first eight games.

But Lee Charnley didn’t want to fire Steve McClaren because he hired him in the first place but McClaren’s tenure of 28 games for just 24 points – the worst we have ever fared in the Premier League – was so bad that the likelihood now is we will be relegated,.

Maybe not even the great Rafa Benitez can save us now?

But hey – we still have hope – we haven’t lost that – well not completely.


Bottom line – the responsibility always lies at the top of any organisation and that responsibility ultimately is Mike Ashley’s.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    I think we need to win our next 3 against Norwich. Southampton and Swansea, i cant see us getting anything from Liverpool or City so this could see other teams around us pick up more points so I think we would then need to beat Palace and Villa as I cant see us picking up anything from Spurs on the final day.

    So, 4/5wins needed to stay up, bearing in mind weve only won 6 all bloody season I can’t see it happening. But until we are mathematically doomed I will try to remain positive!!!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Made me laugh:

    Tuchel has looked at their sleeping habits and prescribed books to read. Mkhitaryan, one of Europe’s most gifted technicians but also fragile soul, has learned to stop worrying after reading Timothy Gallwey’s “The Inner Game of Tennis.” “It’s like it was written especially for me,” said the Armenian midfielder. “I used to make all the mistakes mentioned there. I’m really grateful that the coach has changed the way I think.”

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    There seems to be 2 different quotes: in the previous blog where you showed the Times article he never said the account was now empty but in your quote he says it is empty?

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    we wouldn’t be stuck with the fat slug if he had sold to the Mansours for a fair price and not the stupid reported 800M asking price.

    How can there suddenly be no money? The club has been run disgracefully from choice of sponsor to a series of awful managerial appointments prior to rafa who is now being given no time to save us and re-shape the club.

    The horse has well and truly bolted and this is ash’s final gamble which also looks like failing. The gall of the man by appearing surprised after 9 years is beyond the pale.

    How carr and charnley are still anywhere near the club is totally farcical when their choice of manager after the disaster of JC previously and millions wasted on completely unsuitable players leaves both their positions totally untenable.

  • lesh

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    From a few threads ago, a repost in response to IanToon’s question:


    What mistakes hss Ashley made this season?

    Only two – allowing Charnley, Carr and Moncur appoint McClaren and not intervening earlier when it was clear that they were risking the Club’s Prem status.

    Otherwise, his hands are clean

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon_Tom @1 – We only need to do better than Norwich & the makems – can you see them winning 4/5 of their remaining games?

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    “To get a football club to be the best it can be, you have to get the sun, the moons and the stars to align perfectly.”

    What a load of Bollox.

    Employ the correct people in the correct positions and allow a decent budget year on year to buy players.

    Don’t employ your fcuking clueless mates.

    Here endeth the lesson.

    Ashley out!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    if it wasn’t for the fact that way, way too late they have finally brought in a top manager, i would have more readily accepted relegation, but if ash is stopping then nothing to be gained from that either. Just a disaster all round.

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    martoon – I CAN see the mackems making a last gasp push and picking up a lot of points yes, We are way behind in goal difference so we need a couple more wins than Norwich but again, I can’t see us winning or scoring many goals unless something changes from within.

    As I said tho, I will remain positive until it si game over

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    It is now looking as if Ashley thought he could get his money back he would sell up.

    The fact of Benitez arrival could perhaps be him being the choice of a potential Continental buyer.

    If NUFC survive it would not be too difficult for people with the right connections to raise the £300 million probably required by Ashley.
    A simple 10 year projection based solely on the TV money gives nearly 3 times that amount without even looking at other income streams.

  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    @5 Ian

    What mistakes hss Ashley made this season?

    Only two – allowing Charnley, Carr and Moncur appoint McClaren and not intervening earlier when it was clear that they were risking the Club’s Prem status.

    Otherwise, his hands are clean.

    pretty big mistakes though.

    or you could say – just one . he never hired a manager

  • kimbo

    Mar 22, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle are relegated , why spend time and effort in coming up with scenarios. An example of the waste of money signings is best described by looking at Routlege, we have spent nearly £50million trying to fill that position and we still have not succeeded. Sack Carr now!!!!!!!!!

  • GeordieinOhio

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Is ashley now finally admitting he has drained the club dry? well thats the first time in 8 years he has been honest with the supporters…..question is where has all the money gone?…….and surly this is a massive mistake on ashleys part to to come out publicly admit the club is broken, any potential buyer would come in and totally low ball him for the club …..has he now proven how incompetent he is!!

  • EllaGuru

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    That is Ashley trying to exonerate himself from the situation. Passing off blame for the likely outcome of us going down.
    This is also Ashley saying that he has no interest in making us a top 8 side, as he decided to boldly claim at the end of last season.
    This is Ashley telling the supporters that any future decisions he takes in relation to NUFC will not be in the best interest of the club, but in the best interest of him and him alone.
    This should be a message to supporters that enough is enough. He is not “wedded” to the club as he suggested, he is a weed in the club that needs extricating, along with the rest of the board.

  • GeordieinOhio

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15


    Exactly…..I’m just wondering where all the Pro Ashley supporters are on here!!? ans will they still be saying “he is making our club financial stable” Tw@T$!!! 8 years under this idiot and still no better off but the lambs still follow the fat greedy wolf!

  • EllaGuru

    Mar 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    A lot of opinions on here, Ed’s included, change as often as the wind changes direction.
    This can be blind and misplaced optimism, a trait often associated with Geordie supporters, or it can be plain naivety.
    I for one believe that Ashley is planning the collective supporter base for complete and utter fools.

  • Sivarese

    Mar 22, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17


    It’s ironic that you’d laugh at the methods of other coaches, whilst criticising the current set-up at NUFC.

    It’s obvious to all of us that this team we support is packed with mentally-weak players. Instead of just accepting his players have flaws, Tuchel has looked at the unconventional to solve his problems. Sleeping habits have a huge effect on players’ performance. Mkhitaryan has had an excellent season.

    Are you really questioning the methods of a man whose team sit 2nd in the Bundesliga and are on course for a European semi final (having beaten the PL’s 2nd-placed team 4-1 on aggregate) with only the ‘mighty’ Liverpool in their way to that. I’d take Tuchel’s methods over anything any manager has done since Sir Bobby at Newcastle.


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