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Transfer Window Coming Up – Don’t Fall For Ruse That Ashley Wants To Sell


We see there is news in the Chronicle today that Mike Ashley still wants to sell Newcastle and they probably are making it known now for several reasons.

First of all the summer transfer window is coming up and it will give Ashley good reason not to pay out big money for players is he’s selling –  even though Rafa Benitez may sign a new deal to stay for a few years – probably three.

Let’s be honest here, Mike Ashley does not want to make Newcastle into a great team and a major club – that’s not why he bought Newcastle.

He bought the club to be a global advertising vehicle for his business – Sports Direct – and that will not change.

That’s what he told Sir John Hall back in 2007 when he bought the club.

Mike Ashley – in front of St. James’ Park

The hierarchy has said the club has not been taken off the market and one good thing since the turn of the year is that we will not be relegated this season.

The other positive is that if a new bidder came in and really wanted to buy Newcastle, it’s possible he could sign Rafa up to a long term contract – maybe five years – or even ten years.

But Rafa is not at all convinced that Newcastle are ready to mount any assault on a top-eight position – never mind a top six place.

Our training grounds lag behind even smaller clubs like Brighton – never mind the top six clubs, who have lavish training facilities compared to Newcastle.

We were promised world-class training facilities back in November 2013, and we are still waiting.

Rafa wants cast-iron assurances that he will get better training facilities if he signs a new deal and he also wants to rebuild the Youth Academy and U23 set up.

But at best Mike Ashley may grudgingly cave into some of Rafa’s demands, but his heart is not in it.

His idea of running Newcastle was to have it be self-sufficient and not get into the extra expense of having a really successful club.

As long as we survive every season in the Premier League that’s as good as it will get for Mike Ashley as the Newcastle owner.

And the last two seasons have been perfect in Ashley’s eyes because it’s been very cheap when you have a manager as good as Rafa in charge.

That’s the truth about Mike Ashley, and it hasn’t changed over his 12 years of ownership – the club keeps sinking further down the totem pole.

Comments welcome.

 


55 comments so far

  • toon22

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    8th times the charm

    LoL

    7
  • toon22

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s a dead cert MA has his beady eye on next summers transfer budget

    8
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    It looks like the Fleetwood Town head coach
    will be available soon.
    Joey Barton for manager anyone ?

    6
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    toon22
    8th times the charm

    Does that mean 12.5% the charm ?

    4
  • toon22

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    JIB

    Your boss has no intention of selling the club

    11
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d have just so he could chin Mike Ashley.

    7
  • DaveD1000

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib
    don’t confuse it

    0
  • geordietom

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Dave …

    IT ? meaning the green one …

    1
  • Bambams

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa seemed very upbeat during his sideline interview, I appreciate we had just won, probably secured our league status – just seemed very relaxed, confident – happy !

    4
  • posada

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Klopp was interviewed on TV a couple of days ago.
    In the back ground was a board showing all the trophies won by the club.

    Liverpool have won the FA Cup 7 times.
    We have won the FA Cup 6 times.

    That fact set off all sorts of thoughts about the last 50 years.

    5
  • DaveD1000

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom
    yup

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Dave …

    thought so lmao…

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13
  • Jib

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Great name for toon22
    I T
    Idiot Toad

    3
  • wynsleap

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone who is suckered into believing this tripe again at this time of year really wants to take a long, hard look at themselves. The bloke is going nowhere. He remains a big,unsightly and ugly stain on this once proud club that not even Cillit Bang could shift.

    15
  • jazzyp

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Same old routine been rolled out for the masses again I see.
    Don’t fall for it again guy’s…Rafa wont this time

    9
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    geordietom,
    Is it painful?

    4
  • the ledge

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    As bad as Barton is I don’t think even he would work for a scum bag like Ashley !

    6
  • geordietom

    Apr 14, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    jail … can be but you would’nt know mate you seem to be miserable most of the time … oops you where happy the other day ie Rondons fee kick …

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    geordietom,
    I’m generally quite happy but putting up with that parasitic owner of our club makes my pi$$ boil.

    10
  • the ledge

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #21

    All these rich folk looking to buy a football club ,and us with a world class manager telling the world we could be one of the very big clubs and he wants to stay and build it, the best fans in the country , good Stadium always full, and still no one want to buy and people in the pressure still confused

    10
  • the ledge

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Press

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #23

    The ball is most definitely in the owners court and he is doing his usual “look over there” trick.

    4
  • count

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Hopefully Ed will follow his own advice by not posting loads of clickbait headlines next time a takeover rumour emerges.

    3
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Sterling! For gawd’s sake.

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Also does anyone really believe that Charnley is “only” on 150K a year? There was a thing on earlier saying he was the lowest paid chairman but I don’t for a second believe that someone so complicit with Ashley and involved in all of those companies is just getting that paltry fee for his troubles!!

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Ron
    after missing a sitter from 3ft he hits that

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Crazy, Dave.

    0
  • Bambams

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Charnley will need to make as much money as he can whilst ash is still owner, no way will he be kept on once Ash eventually sells.

    The interviews of staff members would be very interesting when new owners come in.

    Ash will need to take him when he leaves.

    Just hugely out of his depth but well up ash backside (sorry Ed)

    4
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Of course he’s not Lee Bunga, he’ll have a shed load of other cash coming in too from other sources that can be hidden easily. Christ I could bill ashLIE a £100k a year and it wouldn’t show up on his accounts (it would on mine though LOL).

    Make no mistake penfold is complicit in everything ashLIE does, he not only agrees but probably puts forward ideas too.

    11
  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Hopefully, Count, we will have to do less eye-rolling at your idiocy as the realisation slowly engulfs you that what you call Eds “click-bait” is actually his job – monitoring rumour and highlighting it as talking points to keep the debate continuous. He does this during a difficult illness and with admirable tenacity. If you don’t like going on a site with ads, disconnect your router and cancel your data plan you limp witted blank. No offence.

    22
  • Bambams

    Apr 14, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    DubaiMicky

    Spot on fella, he knows every trick Ash is up to, in fact he causes more grief for Rafa than help to him.

    Total yes man to keep his boss happy and himself in employment.

    5
  • DaveD1000

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #34

    I am willing to sacrifice my first born if we can get David Silva. Will chuck in the other one at a push

    5
  • geordietom

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #35

    jail#20 …

    we all feel the same mate …

    2
  • Tsunki

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Surely nobody bought into this tripe by Lee “bunter” Charnley – the man who has braces on his underpants and a piece of paper under the sandwiches in his Fireman Sam lunchbox that says “make more sandwiches for tomorrow” – that the club is thriftily making do and mending, darning the players socks and washing their kit on the rocks at the side of the Tyne etc? The money that the club should warn isn’t being skimmed off, what he isn’t yelling you is that most of what you expect the club to earn is never even part of the equation, it never arrives because it’s not the club’s any more. Everything except gate and TV earnings is outside the scope. The money the club does get means it ticks over. The focus on profit is elsewhere. It will be as long as Ashley has it.

    5
  • toon22

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #37

    MA will have his plans for next seasons transfer budget
    It’s s shame the club won’t feature in those plans

    4
  • toon22

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    JIB

    You found any asset stripping yet ?

    LoL

    4
  • Just a fan

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail.ive never seen boiled piss ever
    Can you make tea with it

    2
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Since his ebullient statement on Sky last year that the club was closer than ever before to being sold , why has he or the club not had the decency to explain what’s going on?

    5

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