As We Enter Another Year Under Ashley – Uncertainty Abounds At Newcastle

The situation at Newcastle at the moment is almost exactly as it was last year at this time.

We are struggling just 3 points above the relegation zone, and Rafa Benitez has no idea what kind of money he will be getting from Mike Ashley in the upcoming January transfer window.

And Mike Ashley is on holiday seemingly not caring about the current club’s plight fighting once again to stay in the Premier League under his ownership.

I thought I had written a blog since 2007, but it looks like it’s only a continuing soap opera under Mike Ashley as the Newcastle owner.

Mike Ashley – an absent owner who doesn’t seem to care less

And fans are again on tenterhooks wondering if Ashley will be able to sell the club this time around.

Former center-back Steve Howey said he had heard late last week from “a very good source” that one consortium was close to acquiring Newcastle and that an announcement could even come before this Wednesday.

The Sun on Sunday yesterday reported the consortium led by Peter Kenyon was £100M short of the £300M Ashley is asking for the club.

Kenyon would only pay the extra £100M if Newcastle reached the Champions League sometime in the next 10 years.

Mike Ashley turned that offer down quickly.

And the People reported yesterday that not one of the four consortiums involved had the money to buy the club.

They also added that if they thought Ashley would sell on the cheap if we are relegated, they should think again because Ashley would remain the owner and try to get Newcastle promoted next season.

So if Ashley is willing to do that why not fork out some money next month to help Rafa strengthen the side?

And Ashley would have to get Newcastle promoted from the Championship (if we are relegated) without Rafa Benitez.

If Ashley is still the owner next summer, we are starting to think there’s just no way Rafa should stay on.

It would be a tragedy for the club and the fans and even the players if he leaves, but the talented and experienced manager can only take so much nonsense from those above him at the club.

And Rafa has been the only one along with his staff and players fighting like crazy to keep Newcastle in the Premier League for the last 18 months.

We did have Ashley attend some games this season, but then he seemed to get sick of it all and stopped attending.

As we’ve said before, the Premier League have to look at how Ashley has ruined the Newcastle club and even refused to spend the club’s own money to build a better side.

Ashley is in no way a fit and proper person to own Newcastle United.

We live in hope as always, but if Ashley fails to sell the club this time around the fans will not be happy.

And yes, that’s a massive understatement.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • yogz69

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s all hope that Steve howey isn’t bullshitting us all

  • Wayayman

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    PLEASE can we all stop focussing on Steve Howey’s ‘source’? Look at his Twitter feed, it’s apparent who his source was and they are massive sceptics of their being any takeover.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Eh, what comment?

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I have a feeling it’s Kenneth Jian-Hong LIN
    of Credit Karma

  • yorkymag

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    I am a believer
    The shields gazette hasn’t said a word
    Just out of interest who do you think is howeys source

  • Jack Root

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail for Ashley
    You had your chance to put forward your detailed plan in response to my comment but most calm and reasoning individuals just knew you can’t and won’t.
    You’ll simply engage in the same old bad-mouthing ad hominems you’ve been putting forward for what seems like time immemorial.
    A Happy New Year to Toon fans wherever you are.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail, Jack Root must have made a comment which you ignored. Similar to the way you have ignored my comments re rafa’s good purchasing and the fact that I have said I would prefer rafa here long term, funded. Also similar to the way you lied about comments I made re Liverpool (I had no negative comments re rafa) or watford(as I said, we did well, no issue re rafa). This is fair and balanced. It’s also fair to say he and the team were poor against Fulham and we need to get a better attacking shape and a more ambitious approach at home, looking outside of the very best teams. Most fans know that but not you!!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8
  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9


    Hahahaha fcuking brilliant

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d love an attacking manager as much as the next man, but if we get lucky and find the next Klopp, what do you think will happen? Man Utd/ Arsenal/ Chelsea will take him off our hands after one season. At best we’ll get into Europe and get a nice compensation fee. Thinking we’ll find the next Klopp is like thinking we’ll find the next Messi. Possible but unlikely.
    At the moment everybody is looking for managers that play a high pressing game, and all the less talented bosses will try to get their teams playing that way. Then it will become old hat and some other young manager will develop a style that rips through it and we’ll all try to play that way and so on. Fergusson & Van Gaal are the only managers I can think of that consistently stayed ahead of the times by changing their tactics. IMO we should stick with Benitez. He has surprised me recently by changing his formation and he even played a youth and that shows he might be to change with the times and maybe won’t become outdated in the way that 99% of managers do. Anyway, it will be a good number of years before he becomes a dinosaur.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Rafa’s first priority when picking an eleven to
    play at SJP , is strength of character.
    Those of us who have experienced the atmosphere
    on matchday can affirm while brilliant if we are on top
    it can go downhill fairly rapidly from a certain percentage
    of the fanbase , who get on a players case in fairly short
    order if things aren’t going well.
    It’s not just the Ashley era , it’s been like this since I can remember,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    When you’re jumping on to the side of the fictitious Jack Root who hasn’t posted for gawd knows how long then you really are scraping the barrel. Yes we were shite at home to Fulham, had one of Manquillo’s dozen crosses been anywhere near one of our players we may have nicked it. We couldn’t string two passes together that day, we couldn’t have attacked more in a million years that day we were shite.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Mike Williamson, I agree. Even with top players we won’t get wonderful football a lá Liverpool from rafa, but that’s not a big issue for me. Jib you may be right but at some stage we need to start attacking teams more at home, teams who are off form or are not at the level of the better outfits. Maybe 10% more attack as people like Lilongwe asked for before, would suffice. And maybe the less vocal fans at home can get more onside then. Are we going to go 5 at the back v Cardiff?? ‘

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail, I was agreeing with Jack root because he is correct. I don’t know what his beef is with you but his assertion that you continue to bad mouth all day long makes sense to me


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