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Mike Ashley At The Game – Steve Bruce’s Transfer Dealings Look Spot On



There was a surprise spectator at the game at the London Stadium yesterday.

Owner Mike Ashley was there with Lee Charnley, and after the game he clapped the lads off the field, after an impressive performance and 2-0 win from Steve Bruce’s new team.

Ashley will have seen the wisdom of Steve Bruce’s transfer strategy – bring in experienced British players who have played in the Premier League, even if they are not under 26 years old.

Bruce has spent £35M on five senior players this summer.

That’s less than we paid for Joelinton last summer, a transfer that was driven by Ashley and his people, not by then manager Rafa Benitez.

Rafa didn’t think the Brazilian was worth the money, and so much for not listening to the people who know the game inside out.

But Ashley did that this summer, and we looked a strong side yesterday – it was a surprise just how well the lads played.

We’re not sure if it’s good or bad news that Ashley was in attendance, because we want him to sell the club.

It’s expected that either the Amanda Staveley led bid will still to go through (we think there’s still a chance of that), or new buyers will come in, before the end of the year.

That’s our hope, in any case.

This was Ashley’s first appearance at an away Premier League game in over a year and it as the first time we have won out first Premier League game since back in 2012.

That’s when we took Spurs apart 2-1 at St. James’ Park, on 18th August 2012, with second half goals from Demba Ba and Ben Arfa (penalty): the attendance was a sell-out – 52,385 fans.

This is what Steve Bruce said in the Chronicle when told about Ashley’s long at the end of the game last night and a 2-0 win:

“Yeah good. I hope he enjoys it, and he deserves to enjoy it too.”

“He enjoyed watching his team win which is what we are all in it for.”

“It helps that at the right time he flexed his muscles, and we have now seen the benefit of them.”

“Everybody concerned at the club felt that at this particular time, with the big huge loss that every football club has occurred.”

“We need people who are stick ons.”

“People who can play in the Premier League. We all agree that this is the best way forward.”

“It’s always a thing when if they are proven quality in the Premier League then it takes away the risk.”

“How often have we seen a player from ,abroad taking time to adjust, getting used the climate or this or that.”

“We needed who could hit the ground running. On the evidence of West Ham I think we were right.”

Both Wilson and Hendrick scored on their debut and played so well.

Young Jamal Lewis had a quiet first half but came into the game, and this lad has speed, class and can cross a ball.

Yesterday, he looked what he is – a top English prospect.

And when you consider Martin Dubravka, the Longstaff brothers, Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, and the expensive Joelinton were not in the starting lineup – we seem to have strength in depth and good competition for places.

Things are starting to look up at Newcastle, as Geordie Steve Bruce is doing an awful lot of things right at his hometown club.

Good for him, and good for Newcastle.

We like Steve a lot, and we’ll like him even more with more wins.

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22 comments so far

  • jane

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Jamesthefirst said we would be sold within a week last time he posted.

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  • jane

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    “Ashley is selling a stake in the club to the consortium.

    • None of these signings are Ashley signings”

    the consortium asked Ashley to buy the players before buying a stake? what if they didn’t then buy a stake?

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  • Goofy

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Great win yesterday, solid performance.
    The new guys done their jobs well, Carroll was a powerhouse and even Bruce’s subs worked, taking almairon on when their defence was tired kinda sealed it.

    We had a few scares they hit the woodwork 3 times, always felt if they scored we would’ve scored another.
    Feeling optimistic about staying up and maybe more.
    HWTL

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Excellent first game of the season but we need to back it up vs Brighton next weekend – need plenty of points from the first 4 games given we have a tricky run after the international break.

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley out now!

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Not sure why people think PiF is still in the running when the facts suggest they’ve pulled out – much as I’d love it it’s pure fan speculation

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  • geordietom

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    i’m happy we won we beat west ham didnt we ? . people saying they are a poor team point is you can only beat whats in front of you 3 points in the bag that will do for starters . a couple more signing’s will make our squad stronger . so howay lads and lasses get behind the team and let us all enjoy the season ahead . yes we’ll have wor up’s and downs wouldn’t be Newcastle United if we didn’t …

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Pity we couldn’t find a place for Almiron yesterday as I thought at times there was a large gap between the front two and midfield in the middle. With Wilson being quick and holding up the ball he had to wait for someone getting into the box to help.
    All in all a good start to the season lets follow it against Brighton and bury the bogey of not beating them in the Premiership.

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  • JohnReese

    Sep 13, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Carroll did look fitter than he has before, I just worry how long that’s going to last. He definitely showed there’s a role for him to play if he can stay fit and hopefully it won’t be long until he gets his first league goals since coming back.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Mindshaft

    Plenty of people said that the first time too after they released their statement and they were completely wrong as PiF were still involved as of last week.

    Id say based on that it would be good to keep an open mind.

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  • captainmarvel

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    As far as I am aware apart from the free transfer, the other three were on the consortium’s watch list…
    Even if they weren’t Bruce is the coach with little input..
    I am not knocking that it’s just the way it is..

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    GP – agreed, we’ve the easiest start to a season than in many a season and need to take as many points as possible – we should in theory win them all
    Not sure which game people.were watching yesterday , even Bruce said it was a poor game to watch ( as did Moyes )

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  • captainmarvel

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Dead right Gothy..

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  • captainmarvel

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    It was a huge win away from home which means less with no fans but still huge..

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyway, onwards and upwards – we could be top of league after 4 games -)

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  • WLtoon

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Good morning all, bit of a sore head after last night celebrating a rare opening game win.
    I thought our new signings had a decent start and our left hand side will, in time, torture most teams, St Max and young Lewis could create havoc if played to their potential.
    I am not getting carried with that win, though a good result, West Ham look like relegation certs for me, with Moyes totally clueless.
    I watched the Liv/Leeds match, and the pace of that game was far quicker than ours, so lets see how the season unfolds before we start getting too cocky.
    Great start though, a win is a win is a win as they say.

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17

    Mbappe has told PSG he wants to leave next summer…….

    its all falling into place….

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  • JohnReese

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    It was a good win for us but the performance was a bit disjointed, given how poor preseason was and the fact our signings have just come in, that was to be expected and it might not be for a few games before we get a better idea of how the team will actually perform.

    On the face of it last night, I’d say we still lack that bit of drive through centre mid that we haven’t really had for a few years.

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  • Darnik

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Where are these suggestions any links please, if we do spend another £40m then it’s definitely true

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  • mindshaft

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Darnik – apparently it came from some someone on Twitter so I’d take it with a very large pinch of salt

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  • Darnik

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Mindshaft
    If it’s from twitter or Facebook it must be true 😉

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  • geordietom

    Sep 13, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    bus ….

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