Does Mike Ashley have a case?

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Ashley - Spent more than the fans

Before I start,I’d like to say I don’t think Mr.Ashley has a case and today’s tattle in the media is being perhaps just a little rich from his side. Speaking today Mike said that’s he has lowered the asking price, to an initial fee of £80m and that Barry Moat’s persistence in buying the club has been ongoing, for nearly two years. It’s obvious that Mike himself is frustrated at the stage of the sale and that it hasn’t been completed yet but he just doesn’t realise how we feel as our beloved club is being dangled over a burning pit.

When Mike took over, hopes were high. His habit of buying pints for the locals down at the bars was a big hit then but now the locals have no time for the forlorn figure, and you can’t blame them.

To add to it all, his number two, Derek Llambias,  is a liar, and as much of a selfish, arrogant Londoner as Mike himself is. I don’t mean any disrespect to Londoners but Mike and his crew have taken too many wrong steps in the last 18-months.

After the court case with Kevin Keegan, Ashley’s party basically accepted the fact that they’ve lied on so many occasions to the media and indeed the fans. It was put something like ‘purposely misleading the media’. This isn’t good enough, and really, when your clubs owner is doing things like this, does he even have the right to own a mange a major financial and sporting institution?

I can’t help but feel that Mike is staying on but I hope I’m proved wrong, like so many other Toon fans. However, I’m sure there are some Newcastle fans out there, in favour of Mike, although without a doubt, in a minority.

But what do you think? Does Mike have a right to claim innocent?

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dave: ⏱ 18/10/2009

ashley , burn in hell

inselaffe: ⏱ 18/10/2009

At the beginning I had hope but now I just want an end to the sorry mess... Worries me that Moat can't pay the asking price - what happens in the transfer window? Same as the last few I guess - bugger all.... :-(

Ed Balls Chicken: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Its about time that Barry Moat came out and said whether his interest in buying Newcastle United is dead in the water or not.

Doocey: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Ed, I think we know he is, but there are reports that an NDA is in existence between any prospective buyers.

dave: ⏱ 18/10/2009

ashley , burn in hell

inselaffe: ⏱ 18/10/2009

At the beginning I had hope but now I just want an end to the sorry mess... Worries me that Moat can't pay the asking price - what happens in the transfer window? Same as the last few I guess - bugger all.... :-(

LA Toon: ⏱ 18/10/2009

I am surprised that no blog has picked up on Ashley's recent quote; in that he puts in 20 million a year....more than all the fans spend each year!! 52,000 or more each home game (until recently) + NUFC kits + away game expenditure etc. He just can't say anything sensible or unoffensive.

Ed Balls Chicken: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Its about time that Barry Moat came out and said whether his interest in buying Newcastle United is dead in the water or not.

Doocey: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Ed, I think we know he is, but there are reports that an NDA is in existence between any prospective buyers.

chuck: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Does he have a case ? sure. Do you believe he wanted to end up being hated by thousands of Newcastle fans, after such a promising start to the relationship? It has been unfortunately for everyone "a comedy of errors." His first mistake was getting shafted by The Halls & Freddy, "buyer beware". He intended I believe to base the club on the system used by Arsenal, His second mistake was to hire people who either knew nothing or too much about the game, naifs and hustlers. Which continues to this day. The fans were not particularly helpful, being mainly responsible over the years for the revolving door policy of managers and following the success of Sir Bobby, the club was short of funds and in decline. Does he deserve the treatment from the fans, not really, the most he can be accused of is Ignorance, perhaps stubbornness,lack of communication and as far as calling him parsimonious, he has spent quite a lot, in fact taken a bath. Can anyone blame him for wanting out, not really, but in this economy it aint easy to find that kind of dough.

LA Toon: ⏱ 18/10/2009

I am surprised that no blog has picked up on Ashley's recent quote; in that he puts in 20 million a year....more than all the fans spend each year!! 52,000 or more each home game (until recently) + NUFC kits + away game expenditure etc. He just can't say anything sensible or unoffensive.

chuck: ⏱ 18/10/2009

Does he have a case ? sure. Do you believe he wanted to end up being hated by thousands of Newcastle fans, after such a promising start to the relationship? It has been unfortunately for everyone "a comedy of errors." His first mistake was getting shafted by The Halls & Freddy, "buyer beware". He intended I believe to base the club on the system used by Arsenal, His second mistake was to hire people who either knew nothing or too much about the game, naifs and hustlers. Which continues to this day. The fans were not particularly helpful, being mainly responsible over the years for the revolving door policy of managers and following the success of Sir Bobby, the club was short of funds and in decline. Does he deserve the treatment from the fans, not really, the most he can be accused of is Ignorance, perhaps stubbornness,lack of communication and as far as calling him parsimonious, he has spent quite a lot, in fact taken a bath. Can anyone blame him for wanting out, not really, but in this economy it aint easy to find that kind of dough.