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We Can Now Expect Much More Pressure On Mike Ashley

Kevin Keegan’s new autobiography book “My Life In Football” is going to have some interesting pieces about his second management spell at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.

It was a bit of a disaster, and Kevin walked out on Ashley in early September when two players were brought in by the incompetent Director of Football Dennis Wise.

Nobody from Newcastle had ever watched Spanish striker Xisco or Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzalez – but they looked good on YouTube.

Some new news in the autobiography is how he has effectively been banned from the club and St James’ Park – that coming after he managed the club so brilliantly in the 1990s.

No class there from Mike Ashley.

Kevin won a £2M judgment against Ashley (Newcastle United) for wrongful dismissal in 2009 and he was helped by the League Manager’s Association.

He is also highly critical of the initial response from the club to creating a statue for the great Alan Shearer.

One passage that the Chronicle are reporting today is worth noting – this is it.

“I do retain an exhilarating vision of what could happen if Newcastle were re-ignited in the way that happened during the 1990s”.

The book was written by ghostwriter Daniel Taylor, and it’s going to be a great read for Newcastle supporters if only to bring back one time when Newcastle was a top club in Europe.

We are not now and nowhere near being one.

Newcastle are again expected to struggle to avoid relegation.

And that’s what Ashley’s record is – trying to keep us in the Premier League while spending as little of the club’s money as possible.

Why did he ever buy Newcastle United – that was a dark day in our club’s history.

The book will put even more pressure on him as the absent and disinterested Newcastle United owner.

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45 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #41

    The pressure is rising on Ashley. I can’t see it having the desired effect yet. His valuation of the club is too high. When it comes down he’ll be more successful selling. Get it down to a realistic price based on the disaster you’ve been as owner Mikey.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Sep 11, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #42

    What you mean Ashley hasn’t invested in the club? We put in that bore hole in the training ground with the Andy Carroll money!

    Also, when Rafa had his first preseason he was able to paint some of the training ground. Paint doesn’t come cheap!!

    I won’t mention the paddling pool and the wheelie bins for ice baths either as it seems they’re just plucked from thin air.


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 11, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #43

    Ashley can only take profit out of the club…seeing as we don’t make a profit he cannot take out any money!

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 11, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #44

    There’s plenty of profit to be had at the Prem level jesper. We just have to stay in it with a thickee for an owner. It’s a huge challenge when your own owner works against you as with Rafa vs Mikey.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 11, 2018 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #45

    What’s wrong Mikey? You don’t want to attend your own AGM tomorrow? How sad. Is something the matter then? Possibly you’ve been doing a terrible job with Sports Defunct as well?


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