Shearer Blasts Miser Mike Ashley – Explains Why Fans Want New Owner

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer explained on BBC One Match of the Day last night why Newcastle fans are desperate for a change of ownership.

Mike Ashley has been unwilling to spend big money on new players for almost eleven years now as the owner who controls the purse strings, and during that time we have been relegated twice.

And even now we are fighting relegation once again after Ashley went back on his word to support Rafa Benitez in last summer’s transfer window.

Mike Ashley just wants to get by spending as little money as possible at Newcastle, and we are now a skeleton of the club we once were.

That’s the sad news although our fan support is still the best in football with sold-out home gates.

Mike Ashley – a miser at Newcastle for 11 years – Mr. Scrooge

That’s been Ashley’s mantra at Newcastle for almost 11 years now – just get by.

And that means our transfer record is still 13 years old when we bought Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2005 for £16M.

And that broke the previous record – Alan Shearer himself – when we paid £15M in 1996 for him from Blackburn Rovers – now a League One club.

One of the best transfers ever at Newcastle.

So let’s put it this way we have bid higher than £15M for a player only once in the last 22 years.

Shearer had this to say about the state of the takeover on Match of the Day last night.

“Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and it looks as if no-one is willing to pay what Mike Ashley wants.”

“Now that’s fine, he’s entitled to do that, but the reason I think Newcastle fans want change – or at least most of them want change – is because they are not getting value for money.”

“This is the reason why: every club in the Premier League over the last two or three years has broken their transfer record.”

“Newcastle’s transfer record? It’s 2005 that it was broken, when Michael Owen signed for £16M.”

“Another reason? Nine of the players who played against Man City were in the Championship, and the other two were Javier Manquillo, who was at Sunderland, and Joselu who was at Stoke.

“That’s the reason why Newcastle fans want a change of owner.”

Well said, Alan Shearer.

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84 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30
    Out? Out of what?

    Work ethic is great, if you go back through many of my posts over the years I have often criticised luxury players who have moments of genius, but most of the time detract from the team. The difference here is that Mitro wouldn’t detract from the team. Last year, despite not playing a huge amount of games, he allowed other players to playy higher up the pitch and because of that enabled others to cause more problems. He is a better goalscorer than Joselu, and more capable of bringing others into the game than Gayle. He isn’t going to chase and harass defenders as much as Joselu, but Joselu doing that has often led to him being way out of position when we regain position leaving us with no forward ball to relieve pressure.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow! The buses are moving today….

    i can predict that Rafa will play the same formation against Chelsea in the Cup game, but how many players can be replaced to save them for the home game on Wednesday?

    Potential players to come in:

    Rafa can basically swap the front six players but the defence is a lot more difficult to rotate, I suppose it depends on who is penciled into play against Burnley. Rafa will want to use Yedlin for his pace, definitely Lascelles and Dummett. But one of the CB will have to be used along side Clarke and Hayden on Saturday.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Why isn’t Joselu on the mom vote?

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris Coleman must really be kicking himself with the number of PL manager vacancies that have past by since he stepped away from Wales.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Silva sacked is what should have happened to Pardew that season when we basically picked up 6 points in the entirety of the second half of the 2013-14 season. they’ve been in freefall since November.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    You have to be a footballer to be in the MOTM vote.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    “Miser”. Hahaha! Very good Ed, very good.

  • giimps

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Joselu is unfortunately what you get for 5m striker purchase in today’s market, Gayle, is what 10m gets you and the same goes for Mitro, the difference with Mitro is that he’s a marked man by the Referees association ( as described by Graham Poll ( at least I think it was him) who said that when he came , they asked for a background on his red and yellow cards history and marked him as a one to watch) Rafa knows this and combined with the fact he fails to follow orders means our most prolific premier league striker is on the bench.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Surely one of the biggest problems under Ashley has been the sheer turnover of modest players. Here’s a thought, lets spend 40 million on two players instead of 5, and ship out our least useful 5 while we are about it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Why would they sack Pardew after giving him an eight year deal and doing exactly what he was told. His only remit was to avoid relegation and the Europa league.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy. I think Rafa was in favour of that in the summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    You would assume that someone who spends so much time on here would know his onions. Yet last night manxpie denied that Pardew was complicit in our early cup exits. Even had the bloody cheek to say I was making it up 😮

  • corkypants

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t see the pull of Slimani! I have watched him a few times this season and he doesn’t look any better than what we have but give me Okazaki any day!!

  • Nufc 4ever

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Well reading fat mans comments put up or shut up. Well if you replied to the offers you would more than likely see the readies. You dont want to be here but you do nothing to sell. These are the same tactics he used 9 yrs ago when Steve McMahon consortium put in the required amount fatty wanted. Do us all a favour and do one

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Why would Eddie Howe who is very well liked and respected by his board and supporters, come here with less money to spend and to fight Mike Ashleys relegation battles.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Well if it does come down to protests against the owner I hope Shearer steps up to the plate as some kind of spear head. Because he done foot all the last time protest started to gather a head of steam.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Is everyone watching songs of praise or summit.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #18

    In work….

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #19


    It’s a bit hard to post, I’m refreshing newsnow every 5seconds waiting for our first transfer

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Nufc 4ever

    True. He kept moving the goalposts then agreeing then moving them again. In the end they fcuked him off.

    Straight from the horses mouth

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Did you watch the game yesterday?
    If so what was your verdict?

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #22

    “In our last conversation with Mike Ashley, he said we had the green light to sign players, so I would like to see someone come before January 31.”

    So we’ll sign one person. Hopefully.

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #23

    the BT coverage must have been shot through a keyhole yesterday as it certainly doesn’t show any of the off the ball work carried out by the vast majority of our players.
    what we lacked in skill (and compared to Man City we are definitely lacking) we definitely made up for in effort

    3-1 defeat yet so proud to a GEORDIE yesterday

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24


    I agree on the game yesterday. Limited city to very few chances and created 3 of or own as well. The difference is the quality of end product, city took their chances.

    I honestly don’t think we are down even with no signings. It will be close but we do have the ability to get out of it.

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #25

    There was no way we were going to beat City, we were down to 15% possession at one stage, but we worked hard as a defensive unit. I do think Rafa got his tactics correct as far as keeping it from a cricket score. Darlow pulled off some great saves.
    Rafa is getting very frustrated fielding a championship side.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I can see Watford dropping like a stone now. I wonder who will take them on (good news for us).

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Did you see Fernandinho foul Darlow
    just before we conceded the first goal ?

    That’s about the third time I’ve seen him do that

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    the horrible 2 scenarios:-

    1) we survive, rafa walks, ash pockets the tv cash and puts the price of the club even further out of reach


    2) we go down, rafa walks and ash still won’t sell at a lower price, ie 150M.

    Like being offered American number ones or country music as your bonus questions on ken bruce’s pop master show.

    That said, i’m not sure staveley has exactly covered herself in glory through all this, however frustrating dealing with ashley must be.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #29


    Not saying Ashley would have sacked him – he obviously didn’t. Just that he should have been at that point.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Dubai – could go either way. It really depends if they get the new manager bounce or not.

  • toon kk

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    There’s no getting away from our great work ethic yesterday, but j we were absolutely outclassed.
    No wonder Rafa is not happy with MA.

  • ShireToon(Disavowed)

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #32

    You fat cockney basted!!!!!!

    Get out of our club!!!!!

    Best fans in the land by a country mile. In full voice yesterday at the Etihad.

    Just wish we had an owner that matched our enthusiasm.

    Hats off to the lads on the pitch. If we had done to 2-2 City would have hit panic stations. But it wasn’t to be.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    steve wraith
    ?Verified account
    20 minutes ago

    So what we have learned today about #nufc
    1. Ashley says he has not seen proof of funds from PCP. Blatant lie.
    2. Ashley going to give Rafa what he needs for signings. We will believe that when we see it.
    3. Ashleys source seems to be backtracking.
    4. Still not signed anybody.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Fatman i wont put another penny into this club his words not mine. So why backtrack. Frightened somebody has called your bluff you have milked a great bunch of fans from day 1. Where is the other £350 million offer . He is a proven liar no other offer just get out of my club asap.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Re the penalty yesterday.
    After Tierney awarded the penalty he could be clearly be seen “mouthing” “PUSH”.
    If Manquillo was pushing tthat shortarse Stirling you would assume a push would mean Stirling being pushed AWAY from the person pushing – yet Stirling “fell” towards Manquillo. Logically a push would not result in the parties coming towards one another.
    Certainly Manquillo had his arm across Stirling but I cannot see that it affected Stirling at all.

  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley wants proof of furtherinvestment money before selling to PCP? What the hell has it got to do with him? All he needs to know is that they have the money to buy the club (which they apparently had to provide proof of before negotiations started anyway)

    I tell you what we DO have proof of, that Ashley DOES NOT HAVE FUNDS TO INVEST. He said so himself in that ‘interview’ sorry, propaganda piece on Sky last year. He said he cannot and will not spend the money required to compete.

    Again, more PR BS coming out trying to divide the fans on this. We need to stick together on this, keep remembering the only thing that will make any long-term difference to Newcastle is to get shot of this horrible, two-faced liar once and for all.


  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Mister Tuff

    Stirling could just as easy been done for diving very soft pen. but that’s just how the decisions go for us

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Sterling was on his way over anyway. Can’t stand the little cnut. Soft penalty that. However, if it had happened at the other end to, say, Murphy it would have been waved away!

    Money is power!

  • Bambams

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #39


    When I saw it I never thought it was a pen, I certainly cannot remember us getting a pen as soft as that….actually I can’t remember our last pen award !

    The lad had lost control of the ball from what I remember and just went over.

    But just my opinion

  • hibbit

    Jan 21, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40


    that’s always been the way with Ashley *divide and conquer*


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