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Mike Ashley Could Remain Newcastle Owner For Years To Come

We never really believed Mike Ashley wanted to sell Newcastle last December when he told Sky Sports that he was closer to selling Newcastle than ever before.

It was too much of a coincidence the January transfer window was approaching and he needed some excuse to not spend much money in that window.

And he didn’t until the very last day of January when he finally brought in Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United for a fee that could reach £20.5M.

We have a feeling that Ashley could be with us for a few years yet and that will not be good news for Newcastle fans.

Former Newcastle star Rob Lee doesn’t think he will sell soon either.

Mike Ashley – in deep thought about his disastrous ownership of Newcastle

Rob Lee has been talking to talkSPORT and has said this:

“I met him once with Alan Shearer many many years ago and he was okay, he just seems to take one step forward and two massive giant steps back.”

“He seems to want to upset the Geordies, you think he’s doing all right then he comes out with a statement at the end of the season a few years ago.”

(He said)  we’re going to invest money, we’re going do this and that, every money we generate, but he never does it.”

“I just think, you said a little while ago he’ll be there until the end of the season but he’ll be there much longer than that.”

“He won’t sell, I don’t think he wants to sell.”

“If he loses Rafa Benitez, we’re in serious trouble.” 

“Rafa has had to put so much pressure on Ashley to say ‘I want a player’. Michael Owen was our record signing in 2005, that’s too long.”

“Watford, Bournemouth – they’ve all beaten that by some way.”

“When won’t Newcastle pay more than £20 million?”

The only way Ashley will sell the club is if a buyer comes in who is really serious and meets Ashley’s asking price and also has significant funds to further invest in the club.

It could be sold very quickly.

That could come out of the blue, but we’d be very surprised if Ashley isn’t still the owner next summer at this time and maybe for more years to come.

The good news is if Rafa stays with us he will want everybody to be behind the club – including Mike Ashley.

Newcastle icon Rob Lee

Things had been calm and even exciting since the end of January and Rafa believes that unity is important for Newcastle to start (and to keep) winning days.

He could be the man who brings this all together – even with Ashley still the owner.

If anybody can do it – it’s Rafa Benitez.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

66 comments so far

  • toon22

    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t worry,next time he will sell us

    8th times the charm


  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    cheerful headline there ed!

    i thought gayle would swap with rondon.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib………….. Any updates from your source / sources from the legal profession regarding the takeover?

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    lesh from earlier, consistent inconsistency would obviously in most instances be logically illogical, however when applied to our club it suddenly becomes illogically logical.

    I hope that makes things more clear for you.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Talking of Rob Lee – did anybody see his goal in Harry’s Heros last night? It was an absolutely typical Rob Lee goal arriving late in the box – just shows he may be a lot slower but you never lose that ability. I was also impressed with Merson & Le Tissier – they were practically playing at walking pace but there touch and passing range was still great!

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley will sell, whether now, before the Summer, next year, 5 years down the line or when he’s 80. No football club remains in the hands of the same owners forever.

    In the meantime, if he can get Rafa to sign a new contract and then backs him in the transfer market to help him move the club forward, then that moves the club forward.

    There are still issues over commercial streams, asset stripping, facilities improvement etc which will not go away, but if he can see the club being run well, the team improving by increments and Rafa getting value from the Academy, then maybe he’ll start to run the club as it should be, rather than as his own personal piggy bank.

    Or not, obviously.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh – also the game wasn’t at Spurs new ground but at The Orient – so you can calm down about that :mrgreen:

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Frigging hope not.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9
  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10


    When hes 80.

    Cheers, I feel so much better

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Panda lol

    Just making a point 😉

  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Stop making them

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13


  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    When Jib was in the USA he entered a general store and stood in the queue waiting to make his purchase. There was an extremely attractive young lady serving behind the counter.

    An American guy standing in front of Jib approached the counter and said, “Give me some honey, Honey. A second American went up and said, “Give me some sugar, Sugar. Jib then went up and said, “I’ll have half a pound o bacon ye fat pig!”.

  • cyprus

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Off subject, a bit. Anyway, the above has been beaten to death.

    We have a decent squad, right now and Almiron has proven that’s the way to go with transfers. We just need one two top players every window. Should there be a bit of a clear out, it won’t affect net spend much either.

    Everyone is happy.

    Anyway, first, we’ll need those seven points.

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    It was a one-off at a golf course in
    Nerja – I was there in early Febuary
    I’m thinking it may have been a wind-up

  • lesh

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17



    A well essayed paper – and on less than one side of A4!

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Took my hoover back to the store the other day, it was gathering dust.

  • lesh

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19


    Have all the meaningless games at Sperz new ground been played and televised yet?

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Got the Tim Vine joke-book for Xmas I see

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    lesh, it reminds me of the allegorical applicant to the Cambridge University Philosophy degree, who, upon reading on his exam sheet “Is this a question” wrote “If this is an answer”, put down his pen, walked out and received an unconditional offer a couple of weeks later.

    Without, of course, being anything like as intelligent or amusing.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    cyprus, we’ll need 7 points? I think that’s really unlikely. I’m pretty sure we’ll be safe now, nut if not one more win will be more than enough.

    Of course, I’d expect us to get way more than 7 points more this season anyway so it’s kinda moot.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    lesh @19 – Not that I know of – I’m guessing it’s still not ready yet!

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24


    Spot on there mate.

    Ha ha ha

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Optimistic Panda

    Do you have any information on other PL clubs with Puma kits?

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    West Ham and Newcastle United are keeping an eye on Mainz attacking midfielder Erkan Eyibil. The 17-year-old from Turkey has been dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’. (Turkish Football)

    Is this the same as saying 50% of our Scouting efforts are focused on only one Academy player?!

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #27

    England at home to Czech rep on Friday and away to Montenegro on Monday, both should be easy wins and do not create much excitement or interest. Rather unfortunately for an International break.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    If ashley just gives rafa a decent kitty and let’s him develop the youth side then, whilst it could be miles better, it could also be worse. Give rafa the platform, stay out of the way (as he does) and let the man get on with it. What’s going on with shirt sales etc is a disgrace, a lá rangers, but if nobody buys him out, and we can’t force him out, the best we can do is keep rafa and let him build us slowly. I don’t think rafa will need a lot to stay, just some signs that he can make something happen.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Panda @9 – From memory I thought the deal was worth about £10m but I can’t find any mention of the amount but it is up for renewal next year according to this

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Are you all working on your essays?!

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Lindi, I read somewhere that Rafa has created space in the academy for at least five new young players he wants to bring in and prepare for the PL.
    He also was behind the idea of new academy coaches specific for certain areas he feels needs improving.
    The fact that he’s doing this and it APPEARS Ashley is supporting it, gives me hope that he intends to stay. Only time will tell.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    I posted late last night so some ifc you may have missed it, but if you’ve got access to BT Sport there’s a film/documentary called Brother’s In Football. I recorded it the other night and watched it last night.
    Its about Corinthians & Casuals FC. It gives you a history of the team, which has always insisted on remaining amateur, including how they were responsible for setting up Corinthians in Brazil. They were responsible for football being introduced to the country by donating two football’s!
    Anyway, its a real heartwarming story about the connection between the two clubs. Fans of Corinthians in Brazil make pilgrimages to see where it all began ffs.
    Seriously, its so worth watching if you can get it. I guarantee as football fans it will make you smile. The climax of the film is truly amazing, because they’re in danger of folding, which would be a crying shame considering their past glories. They’re an intricate part of football’s history after all.
    If you love football, you’ll love this. 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    Bobby do u know if a contract has been given to him? Or just speculation?

  • k

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    He. has. to. go.

    If we are ever going to get our status back he has to go, no ifs or buts he has to go.

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36

    Bobbybee @32 – That is hopeful but then you get the impression that Rafa is such a thorough person he would do this anyway so the building blocks are there for his successor!

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster, no, no idea mate, but I’ve always thought he would sign an extension of some description because I think he wants to stay and build something. If he stays and gets supported just by what the club generates, he’ll win us a trophy.
    Nobody’s going to come and rescue us in the short term, so it’s whether the knacka will agree to what he wants. He said in ‘Rafa’s Way’ he can do it on the money the club generates, he doesn’t need Ashley’s money.

    Mart, yeah Rafa would mate, but would Ashley? Tbh, the only way I can see Ashley improving anything at the club is to try and keep Rafa. It’s not like he’s got previous for investing is it? I think it’s all about Rafa. Ashley is many things, but stupid isn’t one of them. He knows the club’s biggest asset right now is Rafa and it looks like – and I stress, looks like – he’s doing what Rafa wants in a bid to keep him.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38


    Just the original article, seems we got more kit sponsorship years ago than we do now

  • martoon

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Bobby – I’d imagine Ashley is not used to dealing with somebody like Rafa. He is probably used to that if he offers an employee enough money they’ll sign a new contract (be honest most of us would be the same). Obviously Rafa wants a decent salary but it’s not the be all and end all, his priority is to secure a financed building strategy for the club (I hope!).

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Disney buys 21st Century Fox for $54Billion !!!!!!!


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