It’s Not Wise To Paint A Completely False Picture Of Mike Ashley

Former Newcastle Director of Football Dennis Wise has become involved in the battle going on – what again – between Newcastle fans and Mike Ashley.

The fans want Ashley out of the club – we’ve had enough of his incompetence – and want him to sell as soon as possible.

And he must sell before he drives out one of the best-qualified managers we’ve had in the history out of the club – Rafa Benitez.

Dennis is saying Mike Ashley is prepared to spend money this January – and if that’s the case then how is it the 18th January and no money has been given to Rafa to spend?

Dennis Wise – former Director of Football at Newcastle

Wise remains close to Ashley and he has tried to defend the incompetent Newcastle owner.

This is what Wise has said in defense of Ashley on the Sky Sports’ – The Debate show.

“You’ve got a TV deal coming soon.”

“He could have done the deal now if the right deal came along and (the people who bought it) could have benefited from it further down the line.”

“Looking at that football club, where it is now, is a decent price to buy at roundabout £250million to £300M.” 

“Looking at Mike’s point of view here, someone is telling you they have a buyer and they’re going to put in this or that.”

“I know how he works: ‘Put that in an escrow account, put it there, show me where you are and we can do a deal,’”

“He would do a deal, knowing him, where he would spread the costs if he felt it was a good deal for that football club.”

“He’s a businessman who makes decisions that always come off – well, not always, some have been mistakes and he does make some.”

“But his businesses thrive, they go forward.” “He’s not going to allow this to fall flat.” (it already has)

“He’s not going to sell it to someone who will not allow the football club to go forward.”

“He’s obviously taken it to where he thinks he can take it.”

It’s completely false to say that Ashley is doing the deal only if it would be good for the Newcastle United Football club.

That’s complete nonsense.

Ashley’s done nothing but take this club down ever since he bought Newcastle almost eleven years ago.

He’s selling Newcastle for his own selfish interests and wants the maximum profit he can get – that’s his motivation.

His ownership has been a complete disaster for our club for more than ten years now.

That’s the truth.

Comments welcome.

116 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Wise and Wisdom are not one and the same thing.

    More Norman maybe

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    The full interview.

    My favourite is where he says. “Mike’s come out and said he can’t compete with other teams”

  • Reilly

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    sky have an agenda.they are the fat mans mouthpiece.the sooner these fkas lose prem rights the better.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Is Denis Wise Ashley’s new PR spokesman ?
    What’s happened to Keith Bishop – has he been demoted ?

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Dennis Wise is repaying the golf course debt to Ashley.

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s selling Newcastle for his own selfish interests and
    wants the maximum profit he can get – that’s his motivation.


    That’s a bit 2 faced coming from someone :-

    Who moved to the USA where profit is god


    Who had a career working for IBM who aren’t exactly
    slow to turn a cent or two of profits

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7


    The council can’t touch the land at SJP it’s the Freeman of the city who own/govern the land.
    The council has been trying to take the rights away from the Freeman since the 1700s and have gotten no where, kicked out of court every time.

    The land was given to the Freeman by Adam of Jesmond and although it’s classed as common land it isn’t, the Freeman graze their cows and allow public access to it. That’s the town more SJP and other land.

    I read a bit on them last night and as far as I can tell the land can’t be sold.

    The student accommodation has pretty much run it’s course also, the council have been blocking further accommodation as there’s to much of it empty. I’m currently working on one and it was meant to be student accomdation they couldn’t get planning for that so now it’s “luxury accomdation”, side step.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    1771 was when the council first tried to get control of the Land

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I for one don’t blame any of the people who took information from people that they trust and decided to share that info with others on this blog. I am more than happy for them to keep doing so.
    If it doesn’t turn out to be correct what is the harm done?

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Jib

    Poor comment – shame on you

  • Tsunki

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    If Mike can’t compete with other clubs then that’s an admission.

    1/ He is in the wrong business as the owner of a sporting institution.

    2/ He is in the right business as the owner of a sports branded advertising vehicle.

    This has a very remote chance of ending well for supporters of the club.

  • martoon

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12

    That article in the Telegraph that somebody posted earlier – I particularly like this paragraph:
    “This is a man who can appoint four hugely popular managers at St James’ Park, Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Rafa Benitez and then make a series of decisions that provoke and alienate them; a man who gives Joe Kinnear a job, twice, who gives Benitez full control of player recruitment and then appoints people above him who question his transfer policy; a man who can promise every extra penny generated by promotion, but who is then outspent by Huddersfield Town; a man who says the club will not be sold until he wins a trophy or qualifies for the Champions League who, two years later, publicly puts it up for sale because he says it is impossible for a club like Newcastle to compete.”

  • ashleysmate

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Mr Funk#10
    Totally agree

  • Prometheus

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    “Mikeys bum is this tight.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib are you suggesting that Ed has similarly achieved his success by the same methods of exploitation?

    You are the King of the Bland Analogy but that’s a bit of a hard one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    People blaming PCP for not meeting his asking price.
    “The Newcastle United owner is in Dubai with chairman Derek Llambias, executive director Dennis Wise and head of recruitment Tony Jimenez, in an effort to secure a buyer.

    But attempts to double his money with an asking price of £481m have been rejected. Yesterday there were allegations that Ashley snubbed a meeting with a Dubai consortium and caused offence by drinking in public during Ramadan”
    So was that the Mansours fault for not meeting his asking price then???

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    I see Jib/jane hasn’t changed his/her/their/it’s colours; a throughly worthless piece of human detritus, as ever.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I realise that the blog is contributed to by other than grown men but for goodness sake can we all agree to stop filling every thread with the moaning and bitching and whining and crying and wailing about the tewwible emotional damage caused by those nasty icky ITK types?

    People – this is the very essence of the blog, to discuss things NUFC, to suppose, theorise, predict, prophesy yeah whatever – it’s given us all sorts of stuff to mull over do what if the information was duff, we have yet to see how it all pans out. But give the itks a break if it wasn’t for them we’d still be batting with catchys crew about the failing manager and his world class team.

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #19

    @ Tsunki

    100% agree with you

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Wise you wanna put your brown nose and tongue away you moron. You are just as much to blame for your part in the saga of ” Take the p##s as much as you can out of the Geordies and make a few bob while doing it ” Mike Ashley looks after Mike Ashley and no one else comes before him ( Not even you brown nose ) Fatman Cashley is hanging on to benefit from the TV deal money, Nothing else ! You are just Another southerner thinking all of us Geordies are FICK. While a dipstick like you has to go onto the likes of I’m a celeb and make a total dick on yourself while a certain Geordie duo where taking the p##s out of you.

  • mactoon

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #21

    @op Correct me if I’m wrong but the land could probably be sold with the agreement of both the Freemen and the City Council, the same way Freddie Shepherd says he obtained extra land for the Leazes End (“Sir Len Fenwick and the Freemen of the City really helped us get the extra land to be able to put the extension on the Leazes End.”) He then got extra planning permission from the council to develop St James’. It’s designated as an “Asset of Community Value” (by the NUST) meaning if it is put up for sale the NUST have to be told and have the option to buy it if the Freemen decide to sell it.

    As I understand it the student accommodation (if you are referring to the properties across the road from the East Stand) are Grade 2 listed buildings and this prevents any further development.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    This morning I feel somewhat better about the fact that Staveley sounds as dodgy as Ash and it turns out her would be backers are nothing like a super rich sovereign Middle Eastern state and all these pathetic ITKs endlessly going on about Saudi princes and ”done deals” etc etc do indeed look very, very stupid now.

    It doesn’t lessen my contempt for Ashley but Staveley has flunked her lines very badly here.

    So the poison dwarf that is Wise, hasn’t heard SD and Debenhams have been on the slide for months and Ash lost 300M in Natwest futures or similar.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #23

    So come half past five it’s back to batting against catchy’s crew and having to put up with the Rafa bashers who will accuse him of being to attack minded as Man City score their fourth. Why on earth did he not play Colback instead of Merino who is pants btw and another blatant waste of funds that 7M could have been spent on a different potentially world class youngster.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    So what’s Stavely done wrong? What am I missing here, there must be an article I’ve missed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    *Half past five Saturday.

  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26


    We have Wise, a proven liar, trying to convince the world at large that Ashley, another proven liar, has the interests of the club and it’s future growth at heart.

    Yeh, ok, whatever.

  • Prometheus

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Ashley do us all a favour take a boat trip and fall overboard.

  • martoon

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki & Mr Funk – You’re right this is a football blog and info from the itk’s is all part of the fun whether it turns out to be true or not. It is up to you as the reader to decide what to believe.

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    The overrated Frenchman
    I see Jib/jane hasn’t changed his/her/their/it’s colours;
    a throughly worthless piece of human detritus, as ever.

    I wear that criticism as a badge of honour
    from the alchoholic widower from beyond
    the black stump.

  • greg

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Can we start a boycott that we will not buy any seasonal ticket , football ticket or any side product until Mike Ashley sell the club? Imagine if he lost 26000 seat x GBP40 ticket income on average , thats GBP 1million per game next season.

  • Reilly

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Lee Ryder
    Going nowhere: Amanda Staveley not budging on takeover bid – and Rafa Benitez also staying put despite breakdown of talks

  • nut meg

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #32

    The programme is called The Debate , was there actually a debate or was it just a platform to give the poisoned dwarf the chance to defend Ashley without any interruptions??

  • Rob1971

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Rotonda we are stuck with Ashley who again is not backing his manager in another transfer window, but your relieved the deal has fell through with Staveley? for me there is no way on earth she could be any worse an owner than Ashley even without the backing from mega millions in the middle east, the man has sucked the life out of the club the past 10 years

  • Prometheus

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #34

    greg, he can eat all the pies drink the booze and throw up.

  • Rob1971

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #35

    Reilly Rafa was never going to leave this season, for me its at the the end of the season he will decide what to do, I cant see him going through another summer transfer window with Ashley in charge

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #36

    We need Special Agent Dale Cooper to save the club!!!!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #37

    What I’m not getting is why would PCP disclose their investor to the Guardian?
    Then it’s denied within 2 hours by both The Reubens and PCP?
    Something not right here.
    Seems to me to be PR exercise to discredit PCP (especially given the language used), by Ashley’s camp.

    And no, just my personal opinion, I’m not itk.

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Or maybe we should send John Wick round to talk to Jabba about getting to f#*k out

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #39

    I watched that Denis Wise and thought he contradicted himself several times especially regarding backing his managers.

    The interviewer had the perfect opportunity to bring up so many facts but only browsed over them. Even so, Wise was umming and aahhing and provided no deginitive proof to support his argument. It was an Ashley love in but I doubt anyone was really fooled

  • martoon

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m pretty sure when Ashley announced the sale he said that if it didn’t go thorough by Xmas then there would be funds available for the January window – another lie????


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