Why Mike Ashley Will Not Upset The Apple Cart At Newcastle

There is some concern after the Sunday People report a couple of days ago that Mike Ashley may be getting too involved again at Newcastle and he may introduce his old failed transfer system of only signing players who are 26 years old or younger, so they have sell-on value.

Certainly the report on Sunday by Neil Moxley was hard-hitting and he suggested the Newcastle owner had laid down the law with Managing Director Lee Charnley on transfers.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

This is some of what Neil wrote in the People so you get an idea of the tone of the report:

“Mike Ashley has reinstated Newcastle United’s controversial transfer policy after a series of no-holds-barred meetings with the Magpies’ hierarchy this week.”

“The owner has put his foot down midway through the transfer window and taken measures to have a greater say over the comings and goings at St James’ Park.”

“He has left Managing Director Lee Charnley in no doubt as to his wishes and former recruitment guru Graham Carr is set for a direct role in all future purchases.”

Rafa Benitez likes his job at Newcastle and it’s the most control he has ever had at any football club he has ever managed.

Benitez has worked extremely well with the existing staff, including Graham Carr and he’s unlikely to make the situation any worse.

At his press conference today we expect Rafa to put any rumors to bed that he has been given any ultimatums in the transfer market by the owner.

Rather, we think he will point out his signings last summer were mostly for players under 26 and only Daryl Murphy, Mo Diame and Jesus Gamez were older than that – but brought along good experience to the squad.

And with good help from Managing Director Lee Charnley Newcastle also made a staggering profit of £31M in the summer transfer window, even though Rafa transformed the squad and got rid of a lot of dead wood.

If Rafa is left alone and in control of all football matters, then Mike Ashley could soon own a club worth hundreds of millions of pounds and it will be a lot more valuable than the club has ever been.

Certainly, it will be worth a lot more than £300M in a few years time, given that Rafa is as successful as he’s been at other clubs and gets full support from the owner.

Mike is no fool and he also seems to appreciate what Rafa has already done at Newcastle, by bringing everybody associated with the club together and pulling in the same direction.

It may be that Mike wants younger players brought in, but after some reflection we don’t think that will affect Rafa much, because he seems amenable to suggestions on football matters – and maybe even from the owner.

He also appears to be a savvy businessman and smart – very smart.

Rafa knows he has a sleeping giant on his hands at Newcastle United and at which other club would you see sold-out 52,000  crowds at home when we are in the second division?

Not many clubs could do that – if any.

No, we don’t think Mike will cause another big problem at Newcastle – he’s too sage to allow that to happen with world-class manager Rafa now in charge of his club.

In fact, in the future it may even be pleasant and enjoyable for Mike to attend the Newcastle games – we will be winning a lot more under Rafa Benitez.

What a concept that is.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Neil Moxley’s card has been marked

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Trinity Group Newspapers talking crap again, people, Mirror, Chronicle, Birmingham Mail – all owned by the same people. Just wanting to wind the Toon up before Wednesday’s replay with Brum and Villa in general.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Bolt the horses to the apple cart – job done!

  • danuneek

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I think its just southern papers up to no good, trying to wind us up! It’s funny that even when we’re in the Championship we still get coverage. Mike Ashley would have to be pretty stupid to do something like this, especially when we sit top by a point or two.

  • mad-serb

    Jan 17, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    My two cent worth to this fiasco is that I think its been taken out of proportion as Ashley was in attendance, and whatever was said behind closed doors all Rafa had to say is. “Daryl Murphy”

    He was even there to witness it himself. Maybe its Carr try to stir up some things as he has nothing to do it seems.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    i read benny is onfident a deal can be made for ton cairney !
    looks like hs the midfielder he wants and tbh i think he’s the best we have been linked with so far.

    with reguards to townsend i wouldnt say he’s admitted his mistakes but he would come back if we put in an offer for him ! but thats in bennys hands.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Neil Moxley “Mike Ashley has reinstated Newcastle United’s controversial transfer policy after a series of no-holds-barred meetings with the Magpies’ hierarchy this week.”

    Perhaps said esteemed hack would in the interests of honesty and integrity like to put on record exactly where and when these “series” ( ie. many ) of “no-holds” ( was he present or were recording bugs used to record the details of the conversations ? ) and if it’s the “hierarchy” that attended can Mr. Moxley account for the whereabouts of Messrs. Ashley , Rafa , Chanley, Carr and Bishop on anyone day of last week when there were all together or engaged in conference calls ( which he couldn’t know about unless someone was listening in ).
    And just exactly which biscuits did the Tea Lady serve up ?
    Crackers ?
    Thought so.

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    the only people trying to stir things up are Trinity Mirror Group who have an agenda as a company with Ashley and a personal one with NUFC fans in general

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    spot on mate a Mike Ashley NUFC headline sells papers

  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    hibbit, why do the ‘Trinity Mirror Group’ have an agenda against Mike Ashley and NUFC fans?

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope Ryder and Douglas get a bit of a verbal slapping off Rafa at todays presser.

    Benitez had a good relationship with the Trinity Mirror’s Liverpool Echo who have a virtual monopoly on Merseyside.

    However on this side of the country you have
    Johston Press’ Sunderland Echo and Shields Gazzette also Newsquest’s Northern Echo who would love to make inroads into the Chronic’s Toon readership .

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    If the speculation about possible player transfers was not already enough about nothing, then the weekend story from Moxley is even more nothing. Frankly it seems to me to be a waste of concern and rather than looking back at the owners mistakes, I would rather look forward to a real event taking place on Wednesday.

    Line up for the cup match:

    Sels / Elliot

    (if needed) Ritchie, Lascelles
    (provide relief) Mhanni, Barlaser

    That team could certainly take us forward to the next league game, barring any further injuries and with Hayden, Sammy and Sterry on the bench. Rafa will then have time to make any possible transfers.

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    because it sell papers what they don’t know they make up

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Repost from last night;

    Saturday the 15th of January 2017, Mike Ashley owner of Newcastle United FC is driven 16 miles from his home to watch his team play Brentford, he is joined by his mate Keith. Everything is sofar very Kosher.

    Next day, Sunday, a football artical written by a midland based journalist appears in a Sunday tabloid. This writer is known to be a supporter of Aston Villa, a wannabe rival to the north-east’s finest team.

    The Artical infers that Ashley is over-riding Manager Benitez’s recruitment policy!

    Shock horror! This would be a sensational turn of events, bearing in mind that NUFC are top of the league, highest goal scorers, equal in promotion progress to the successful promotion team of five years ago.

    Newcastle are also playing to sold out stadiums, home and away. On a business front the team was totally refreshed last summer, fresh blood was brought in a host of expensive deadwood was jettisoned. The wage bill was reduced.

    There have been numerous improvements to the facilities, the training and the methodology.

    The whole sporting culture of the hast been radically modernised, and the relationships with the fans and the community is as good as the wonderful Keegan/Robson years.

    And yet. One ill-informed, malicious newspaper Artical has caused nightmare on Gallowgate.

    Ashley is a business man, his track record, during his ownship of NUFC, is appalling, but even he wouldn’t risk disrupting the promotion push, or the short term negative affect of imminent season ticket sales.

    There is not a single fact to support this paranoia. It’s like pass the parcel, it goes from post to post, opinions are added, facts are lost, common sense goes over the bar.

    We should be celebrating the return of Big- Mouth, the less than feared injuries, (get well soon, Vern,)

    Looking forward to the words of Raffa on Tuesday.
    Howay the Lads…

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Ancient C
    I thought you knew stuff !!!
    Trinity Mirror have a problem with NUFC and Ashley because

    this has been scrubbed

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16

    100% agree
    its a headline designed to sell papers !!

  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #17

    You have to admit, the midfield situation at the moment is getting a bit desperate, nothing some movement in the transfer market wouldn’t fix.

    The squad at hand is close to being good enough to get promoted, why not remove any doubt, and get a few players in. The club has gambled on its position far too much over the years, now is the time to change things, and start pushing across the finish line.

    Gambling on having enough to get promoted, isn’t much different to gambling on having enough not to get relegated.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Bullsh.t baffles brains

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    There’s an interview in Italy’s Tutto Mercado with Achraf Lazaar.

    I read it expecting him to have right whinge about things.

    Just the opposite.

    In it he expresses lots of sympathy for his old teammates at Palermo – a club in a lot of turmoil – with regard to his own situation the phrase he uses is:-

    “Sto vivendo il sogno” – I am living the dream

    Nice to hear

  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib, anybody that has to wear that Palermo home shirt, would be glad to get away.

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    It looks like it’s us and Zola’s Birmingham City for the signature of Cheick Keita 20 year old full back who is supposed to be sensational.

    He’s Malian in origin so could be related to Seydou Keita the fantastic Barcelona midfielder who won 3 La Liga’s and 2 CL’s with the Catalans about 8 years ago.

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Uf the club had an issue with the Mirror why did they make them our media partners?

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24


    Is your ‘cup always almost empty’.
    Compared to last week the midfield situation is getting better!
    Big-Mouth has returned, Hayden’s injury is less than feared. It’s a fact, but not a shock, that Diame is away in Africa, and although Anita is injured he is not a midfield regular.

    The squad is not ‘just close enough’ to gain promotion, it is precisely on-track to replicate the success of Chris H’s side of five years ago.

    Things could always be better, but howay man cheer up, your cup will be brim full before Easter.

    Keep the Faith…

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25


    Keita’s a common name in north west Africa, it’s near equivalent to Smifff in this country.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    The mackem fans must have been wearing those pink shirts on Saturday – blended in nicely with the seats!

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #27
  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #28

    TyneMouth: Was your cup almost full when McClaren & co were driving this club into the Championship?

    Viewing the current situation the club is in, isn’t reflective of personal outlook – it’s about the situation the club is in. Currently, the squad could do with some extra creativity in midfield.

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    I suspected that
    Seydou Keita was great – he’s still playing at 36 in the Gulf somewhere I believe

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30


    You are right, the incompetence and failures of the past should not be celebrated, in fact they should be never, ever be forgotten or forgiven.

    And yes, things can always be improved, and so they should. Ambition is expected.

    However, my point is simply this; and it was simply to put into context what I was reading on this blog, that a significant number of posters were accepting the Moxley scribblings as the nailed on truth!

    As with all propaganda, to be successful it requires impetus, and if this comes from the readers so much the better.

    You could witness this happening on this blog, Moxley’s words were being embellished, characters were being added. (was Carr at the game?, no photo) Also not a single qualified quote or, more importantly, any reaction.

    Be careful what you read, and keep the Faith…

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Norwich City have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury, according to the Nottingham Post.

    Lansbury looks set to leave the club this month with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
    No mention of us !!!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Mark Douglas:-

    “Mike Ashley at SJP tomorrow

    “Am hearing Mike Ashley will attend his first Newcastle United home game of the season tomorrow. Another sign of his increasing involvement at NUFC?”

  • Jib

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s only a tenner a ticket
    Iron Mike always had an eye for a bargain

  • hibbit

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    roll on 1 o’clock when Rafa puts an end to this !!
    if not Ashley could be in for a very rude awakening apart from 1/2 on here Rafa is a massive fans favorite and the crowd will back him 100% folk are looking forward to games again and that’s down to Rafa

  • mad-serb

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #35

    anyone has a spare twitter account who can call this clown out to back up his story 🙂

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Ref; Mike Douglas quote;

    …’ another sign of….

    or not! Perhaps..

    You couldn’t make it up, next Douglas will be predicting the return of Pardew…

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #37


    And Salif Keita (Senegal) continues to make super music.

  • lesh

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #38


    Maybe Ashley just fancies a day on the lash. A few beers, up to the match, a few more drinks, thrown out of a club or two, a kebab then a night in Market Street.

    Now that’s livin’ alright!

  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #39

    It would be great if he wasn’t that stupid but he certainly is and has been in the past. That’s why the story is believable.

  • Belfast

    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #40

    And said journalist knows it.


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