Former Top Player Gives Good Advice To Mike Ashley

Former Newcastle left-back Warren Barton is a savvy and experienced football pundit who has worked for Fox Sports over here in the US since 2006.

Warren is a fan and a natural ambassador for Newcastle and loved his time playing in the Entertainers side in the 1990s under Kevin Keegan ad then he played under Sir Bobby Robson.

The right-back joined Newcastle from Wimbledon in 1995 for £4M and stayed for a successful seven years on Tyneside.

Warren Barton – part of Fox Sports in the US (Soccer)
Look who he’s interviewing

This is what Warren has said in Chronicle Live today and he talks about Mike Ashley’s tenure at the club:

“Newcastle are a big club – they always have been with this fan base.”

“Ignore what the pundits say, it shows their ignorance to the area and the people – it’s a vibrant city.”

“It still gives me goosebumps when you come in the train station, and the stadium is the first thing you see – it takes my breath away.”

“It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but it is mine.”

“I look at his )mike Ashley’s)  tenure and it can’t have been enjoyable for him.”

“I think he came into it thinking people around him were going to help and that didn’t happen.”

“They led him down a path, and perhaps was just a bit of fun for them, and they didn’t realize what the commitment is financially, the emotion of the fans, and what it means.”

“Then he tried to embrace it but by that time it was too late, and now he treats it like a business and it’s obviously a very successful business.”

“But if I was him coming into work every day, and you’re not wanted then I would get rid of it. He’s a wealthy man, he could sell it and enjoy the rest of his life.”

“I wouldn’t want to be coming into an environment where I’m not wanted. He’s tried to say I’m going to help Rafa – well back him – that’s the only way.”

“Man City and Chelsea have only become big clubs in the last decade because they’ve spent money.”

“I say to Ashley, you have a very, very good manager and loyal manager because a lot of people would have jumped ship by now having to deal with what he is having to deal with.”

“But he’s there, why not in the new year give everyone a new start?”

“But only he (Ashley) can decide that and all we can do as fans is get behind Rafa, the players and support them until something changes.”

“Unfortunately we don’t hold the cards, we’re not the owners because if we were it would be run a lot different and a lot better.”

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens through the summer when Rafa’s contract runs out.

We are hoping for a good January transfer window and with a bit of luck, we could get that.

Our feeling is Rafa is now too emotionally attached to Newcastle, his players, and the Geordie fans and it will be very difficult to walk away from Newcastle United.

But Rafa is a hard-nosed manager and he wants certain things done differently at the club if he is to stay on at Newcastle.

If Mike Ashley has any sense at all he will give that to Rafa and basically let him manage the club from a playing perspective – give him full control.

There’s nobody better to do that,

Rafa was allowed to do that in the summer of 2016 and the first half of the Championship season with Lee Charnley, and we did very well until Ashley wouldn’t pay out any money in January 2017.

The owner has to allocate Rafa decent funds in every transfer window but we’ve been saying that now for almost two years.

And so it goes on.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


39 comments so far

  • toon22

    Nov 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    MA ain’t done asset stripping us

    He won’t sell to anyone

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Warren Barton was a superb player and a loyal servant to the club, never moaning when he was replaced by Steve Watson in the starting line-up. I’m pleased he’s managed to make a successful career after retiring from playing and it’s great to have him speaking out against his know-nowt peers elsewhere in the mainstream media.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Who’s paying the money for these solicitors to sell the club?

    The club or Ashley?

    We all know Ashley doesn’t waste his own money the club’s on the other hand can be pi55ed away on anything.


  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    “Optimistic Panda
    We all know Ashley doesn’t waste his own money
    the club’s on the other hand can be pi55ed away on anything.”

    The club’s money is his money

    You know nothing after eleven years ?

  • geordietom

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    if we are going after MIGUEL ALMIRON … in the january window

    has to played to to good enough standard to risk 20 / 25 million on ?

    how long will it take to get him a work permit ?

    is he worth paying all that money for?

    is he to light weight for the premier leauge ?

    will ASHLEY pay 20/25 million for one player ( NO )

    does RAFA want this player who is good in the MLS ?

    would he be as good in the prem ?

    my opinion i cant see ASHLEY backing RAFA with decent funds in january if he does give RAFA decent money
    ( 60 million would do in this window ) cant see it myself

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Your seeming hero, Ashley, does want to sell – but at his price. It’s been shown that he’s had at least one offer but it wasn’t enough for him. He clearly wants more than what the market thinks the club’s worth and we must therefore infer that he wants what it’s worth to him. He doesn’t really want to sell does he!

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    From a couple of threads back, Ed’s said that Ashley wants to buy young players with sell on potential. Fine, but where Ashley’s aim’s flawed in that he’s looking at the relatively small profit on player sales as opposed to the vast amounts of money available through on-field success. Ah, but on-field success means big investment and that’s where his short term greed over-rides long term gain.

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    You are quite old so try to blog like an adult
    Your seeming hero ?
    Surely your better than that
    I expect it from toon 22 who is clearly a bairn

    Ashley is no hero of mine

    Try to discuss stuff like a grown-up

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9


    Yes, the club’s money is his money but he’s nibbling it by loading debt and unnecessary costs on it! Unfortunately, the club has no control over its own destiny and is being bled dry by its amoral owner!

    You can only defend your hero, Ashley, so much and you’re on the point ofrunning out of road.

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10


    Ashley is no hero of yours? Really? Then stop defending the indefensible and please don’t come the line that you’re playing devils advocate or trying to stimulate debate – you’re a narcissist!

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Read #8 Lesh

    We could have ended up being owned by ManCity’s
    wonderful proprietors

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Optimistic Panda
    the club’s on the other hand can be pi55ed away on anything

    Like paying Rafa and his coaching team £10M p.a. ?

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Matthew Hedges was sentenced to life imprisonment
    after a 10 minute hearing with no lawyer in the UAE

    I hope someone asks Pep Guardiola at his presser
    how that compares with his criticism of the Spanish
    government’s behaviour in Barcelona.

  • toon22

    Nov 23, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s never MAs fault,is it JIB

    Hiya KBA

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Correction @9

    but he’s nibbling it by = but he’s HOBBLING it by…

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    nice little shimmy that !!!!!!!!

    nowt like changing the subject to divert is there……….LOL

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    how old ?

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Mine wasn’t a shimmy it was still on the
    subject of ownership
    However calling someone a narcissist ………

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19


    Now if your hero either paid full market rate for all his companies’ advertising or remove it and market advertising etc, the club might just be a lot better off – yes or no?

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Lol, Jib, that would be an interesting question.

    I’ve blogged before about being conflicted over potential new owners – I’d love the funds and potential the likes of the Mansours and al Sauds could bring, but not maybe the reputation for human rights abuses.

    Ashley may be an unbridled tosser, but he isn’t responsible for genocide and murder

    I’m honestly not sure what the impact would be on the club long-term by being associated with a backwards regime still living in the Medieval era in terms of its attitude to its own citizens.

    I think on balance I’d rather the model proposed by Peter Kenyon and his New York investors. They may be shadow figures but at least are culturally closer to ourselves and would have a real football man at their head.

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21

    no mention of you Jib in my post ?????????
    but if the cap fits !!!!!!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Are there ever any Jib free days on here? You know like an early Christmas present to all Ed’s loyal followers.

  • lesh

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #23


    To paraphrase a song….

    Jib wishes he could shimmy like his alter-ego Jane…..

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24


    Only on Giro days

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    RobLeenio @20
    just because there NY based has no bearing what so ever on were the investor or the money is coming from or indeed there cultural or ethnic inclinations.

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Jib, #13. No he wasn’t, the other day was a sentencing hearing, he’s had 3 court dates, each one with a lawyer, each one with people from the embassy. Please get your facts right and don’t believe everything you hear/read.

    What would the UK think if an arab guy was asking specific security questions regarding very specific defence targets to a major in the Army? Do you think he may well have been arrested?

    I also think there’s something in this as the Foreign Secretary and PM have never before (to my knowledge) been so vociferous in condemnation and threats as they were with this guy.

    Anyway, he’ll be released next week for “Martyrs Day” here.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #27

    hibbit, true – I’m maybe assuming too much.

    Ethnicity is of no importance to me, but I think owners who share the same / similar cultural values as our fans would be an advantage.

    I recognise I’m getting into my own ethical quagmire here and have no desire to be branded as racist (I’m not), but I think Western based Asians / Arabs / Jews or whatever ethnic groups would be able to understand our own concerns, hopes and dreams better than those from elsewhere in the World.

    Having someone like Kenyon as their front man would help facilitate this.

  • MickyZee

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    How does a university student being locked up have a reflection on the Man City owners, I don’t get the link.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 23, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #29


    I knew you wouldn’t miss it, wanted you to feel worth while.

    Out of interest, if the club’s money is his money is the club’s debt his debt?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Aye Jibbers, he’s said he’s not prepared to put his money in, if the club’s money is his money, where is any money going to come from?

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Why do you, when commenting critically on someone’s post always have to quote their comment first?
    By the way, you say it’s Ashley’s money which technically it is, but football is not like ordinary business, in that you cannot be profitable AND successful; ie win trophies. He’s in it for the wrong reason ie Promoting his core business. He has increased our debt to HIM so how come we’ve got the debt if it’s HIS money.
    Your a fcukin Ashley apologist and trying to defend the indefensible and not helping the club with your opinions.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Seems to me that what hedges is guilty of is Naivety, there are a lot of places in the world where you need to keep your nose out of certain subjects and he should have been aware of this.

    I expect that he will be released unlike Nazanin Ratcliffe who’s probably guilty of less than he is.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Ashley wasn’t doing too badly from a PR perspective whilst he had Chris Mort at the club but once he left it’s gone from bad to worse.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    I think Jib genuinely believes that there is still a possibility with Ashley as owner that he will change his policy and allow the club to become competitive. Misgui

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Misguided and deluded as he is I honestly think he is expecting Ashley to see the light finally after11 years of misery for all concerned.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #37

    From a previous thread is N’soki any better than Roberts or Gibson?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38


    I think we are all hoping for a Damascene moment and given that he doesn’t look as though he’s going anywhere in the short term we just have to keep hoping.

  • count

    Nov 23, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Cretins. Absolute morons. Brainless douche-bags. Good to see the blog is still ticking over. Ill-conceived, pig-ignorant and half-witted ‘opinions’ abound.


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