Mike Ashley And This Fantastic If Unlikely Opportunity

The best thing Mike Ashley has ever done since he bought Newcastle nine and a half years ago is to work  to keep Rafa Benitez at the club after we were relegated in May for the second time in his unsuccessful reign.

Mike and Managing Director Lee Charnley seemed to agree with all of Rafa’s demands in negotiations which lasted 10 days until on May 25th it was announced what all fans had been hoping and praying for – Rafa would stay at Newcastle on a three year deal for around £5M a year.

Ben Robinson – Burton Chairman

Mike Ashley knows very little about running a football club and former manager and player Kevin Keegan has been praising the way Burton Albion – our opponents tomorrow – are run by their Chairman – self-made millionaire Ben Robinson.

Robinson has presided over Burton Albion while they were promoted from the Football Conference in 2009 and they are now in the Championship and he wants Burton to be at the center of the community.

Kevin has been speaking at a Sportsman’s dinner in Burton, and this is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“The way Burton is run is wonderful and it’s sort of a bit of a throwback because it’s not happening at many places.”

“All the big clubs are now owned by Americans or Chinese owners and there is nothing wrong with but this is a great story.”

“That is what Sir John Hall did at Newcastle; he made his money in the North East and put his money back into the football club.”

“Because he rightly believed and rightly so that the football club was at the heart of the community.”

“The community at the center of a club is vital but sadly it’s dying in the game. We’re getting a lot of people who are buying football clubs who don’t know how to run it.”

“Newcastle would be an example of this, Mike Ashley doesn’t know what he has got there.”

That’s because he is not from the area and I think he is just learning now what he has got – which is a fantastic opportunity.”

Rafa is also a great believer in the club being at the center of the local community and he has been working towards that goal since he arrived at Newcastle.

So Kevin is absolutely right – if Mike Ashley simply stays out of the way and keeps supporting Rafa – then he could even become a successful owner in the years ahead, as unlikely as that may seem.

He has finally somebody who knows what he’s doing and is also a world-class manager and seems obsessed with making Newcastle great again.

That sounds like music to our ears.

Note to Ashley – keep doing what you are doing and keep out of Rafa’s way while at the same time supporting everything the manager wants to do at Newcastle.

That’s a policy that will take Newcastle back to greatness again.

Howay The Lads!!

27 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #1

    How can they manage with gates of 7000.

    Do the players actually get paid.

    Their average wage must be really low.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #2

    If the Day of the Jackal was true, I’d quite happily see big Mikey in the firing line!

  • reilly

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Rumour doing the rounds that moyes has walked.
    Hope its true 😛

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #4


    How many got the bingo correct on Wednesday?

    I presume that you and Firebug are streets ahead.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5


    To think he was close to managing us at one stage, we dodged a bullet there.

  • one fine day

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #6

    if the Rumour is true i am not sure its good news to be honest .
    1 thought moyes was doing the perfect job from our point of view 🙂
    same reason i want palace not to sack pards . i am enjoying seeing both cabs and Townsend spending a season battling relegation after leaving for “bigger clubs”

  • Belfast

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    And fat Sam returns keeps them up etc etc etc

  • reilly

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #8

    there done if they go down there in massive debt administration is on the cards.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Moyes is a good manager.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Good enough for them anyway. 🙂

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #11


    Sam to blunderland? Sounds very possible: after all he, wasn’t sacked there. It’s a pity though he was sacked by the otherwise he could’ve gone to WHU and ended the Rafa speculation.

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #12

    * sacked by West Ham otherwise ……

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #13

    So, our oldest side, U14’s with 1 U15 player have entered an U16 league, the youngest organised league in Malawi…. We beat a team who weren’t U16 (most were, but probably at least 3 or 4 17/18 year olds the other day. We won 2-0.

    After the game, their coach delved into the Pardew Book of Excuses…. Apparently we won because his team didn’t know how to play football on grass…..

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t want to start a Pardew debate, just found it amusing and worth sharing. Malawian’s (and a lot of the Expats) still rate Pardew, some even think he is better than Benitez…….

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #15


    It really must be the end of days if anyone thinks that mate. Jesus wept.

    And to think, these people probably contributed to the gene pool in some way.

    Go evolution.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #16

    They’ve either been living under a rock for the past 5 years or ian’s been giving sermons over there on behalf of Pinnochio.

    The human race in all it’s glory….

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Hungrily assisted by munster and mag52 😉

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Not many understand the perils of poor vegetation management like the Pardster.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #19

    An average manager can only deal with grass of average length. It’s the science that can so easily lead to defeat. Of course long grass can easily reach deknees ha ha OK sorry.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Sky Sports posed the the question to Pinocchio that there may be a walkout at Palace tomorrow in the 21st minute to signify 21 losses 😀 He looked at someone off camera baffled how anyone could think such a thing. The resemblance of the discontent is almost a mirror to his former years.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #21

    His eager nufc blog disciples with be plotting the lock-in tomorrow to keep folk in.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 17, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Lilo, you’ve started one 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 17, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Ha, I didn’t want to, but I’d be lying if I really thought it wouldn’t!

    I think it is definitely more a lack of understanding of the game generally…. The same people still don’t understand why someone would support team that hasn’t won a trophy in 2 years…..

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 17, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Cal Roberts impressing for U23s again, racking up the assists now. I think we should blood him this season. He deserves a go. Why wait til we’re (hopefully) back in the PL next season?

  • firebug666

    Dec 17, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Moyes claiming he was misled by Ellis Short, and not told about 5under1ands financial situation. Sounds like he is ready for the off maybe in January.

  • firebug666

    Dec 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #26

    My Confirmed Rafa Bingo Lineup & Score prediction:






    0-3 away win for the Toon


  • one fine day

    Dec 17, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Seems safe really will be buggered financially if they drop.
    Was going to suggest a flyover with smug banner above the S.O.S (once relegation is confirmed ), as revenge for last seasons classless act ….. Maybe better we hire a C130 and drop them food parcels 🙂


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