When somebody sticks up for Mike Ashley, you know that it is all but a foregone conclusion that it will be someone who you wouldn’t have liked anyway.

Whether it is certain journalists or former players/pundits, they tend to be towards the Dennis Wise extreme of carrying respect and popularity.

Step up Simon Jordan, the failed former owner of Crystal Palace who has a track record of winding Newcastle fans up to help get himself noticed.

He was recently on Sky Sports and talked at length (read it below) about Newcastle United.

A small part of what he said was put up as a clip on Twitter:

Simon Jordan:

“Now Mike Ashley has gone in there (Newcastle).

“Was never going to be accepted because he was a southerner.”

This clip attracted much attention and amongst those who responded was Melissa Chappell, agent of Alan Shearer.

No doubt in the circles she moves in, Melissa Chappell comes across many people who have come across Mike Ashley and his entourage, maybe she herself has done so personally. As well of course, as hearing from Alan Shearer himself about his dealings with the Newcastle United owner.

Whatever the interaction, Shearer’s agent has clearly formed very strong opinions on Mike Ashley.

Melissa Chappell:

“No he (Mike Ashley) was never going to be accepted because he’s brash, he lies and he’s totally unlikeable.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Simon Jordan talking on Sky:

“I love Sir John (Hall), I live next door to him in Spain and so I have heard the stories of Newcastle on many occasions.

“This is an interesting one. There is a lot of vilification of Mike Ashley but there should be a lot of commending of the fact he has been there 10 years.

“I know that he has two relegations on his watch but so have West Ham. I look at the fact he has stayed there and got some stability back into the club, he managed to keep Rafa Benitez.

“It was interesting to listen to him earlier on in the season when Benitez was harping on about what he could have and what he should have.

“The moment Ashley came out and said ‘I can’t write cheques out’, I knew that he was looking for the exit sign.

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful but I spent a lot of time with Freddy Shepherd, Douglas Hall and Sir John Hall, listened to this story about how Newcastle are a big club.

“I always said: ‘yes they are a big club – in Newcastle’.

This expectation that Newcastle fans sometimes have of their club is unrealistic.

“When Alan Pardew got them into the top five, I think that they expected they would win the league the following season and you could never meet that expectation.

“English clubs are going to attract value. What is Mike Ashley looking for? Well, we will see.

“Who is going to buy it? Well, we have Amanda Staveley. She is representing Middle Eastern money and it’s not her money.

“I kind of feel that it feels a bit like ‘be careful what you wish for’.

“If the expectations are so high and they are unrealistically high, and you don’t deliver upon them, what you then have is the next thing, which is just as bad – and that is disillusioned fans.”

  • Paul Patterson

    “When Alan Pardew got them into the top five, I think that they expected they would win the league the following season and you could never meet that expectation.”

    Case closed- delusional idiot.

  • pedrodelgardo

    What has Simon Jordan got to do with anything?

    • Toonarden

      When was Simon Jordan anything?

  • TheFatController

    I’d ask Jordan what expectation Frank de Boer wasn’t meeting when he had Palace bottom of the league after four games?

    Where should he have got Palace? Top 6?

    De Boer was sacked because clearly Palace think they’re too good to be a struggling team in the PL. they’ve made two FA cup finals in their history, hardly grounds for thinking a manager should never struggle in his first few PL games for them…that’s delusional .

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      In fairness, Jordan said DeBoer was not a good fit at Palace as soon as he was appointed.

  • Albert Stubbins

    That Simon Jordan needs a slap. Freddie should have had him stuck in the boot of a car. Odd job style like in goldfinger. He should be part of a Nissan Micra or something equally horrible. What a grade a t***!

    • Rich Lawson

      Like in Get Carter and into The Tyne,didn’t they visit Shepherd’s scrap yard in that to see Jack’s brother’s car ?

  • HarryHype59

    ” He’s brash
    He lies
    He’s eaten all the pies

    Mike Ashley, Mike Ashley”

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The truth is in the middle Mike Ashley has been one of the best Chairmen we have had since I started going in the 1960’s only Hall and Shepherd surpassing them and even the fans turned on them big style with the News of the World scandal. Our fans are dangerous as want all managers and chairmen out with the exception of Keegan and Rafa. It’s time the hatred stops .

    • East Durham Mag

      1) Ashley isn’t a chairman he is the owner.
      2) Boll*cks.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        He is charge of the club and has put in more money than any other owner of our club and has spent fifty million this season alone and did a similar thing when Mcclaren was in charge backed him for a similar amount. Name me any chairman who has spent as much money as Mike Ashley there is not one.

        • NUFCLX

          What planet are u on ?

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          He’s certainly put more of his own money in than any other owner.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Bollox, any money put in by him in his 10 years at the club will be repaid with a good profit if ,and when,the club is sold.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That is the skill of a businessman, nothing wrong with a chap succeeding having risked his own money.

          • HarryHype59

            Like John Hall?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hall played a blinder, yes.

          • HarryHype59

            He needs to deduct the £70m lost TV money resulting from the second relegation, from the debt he claims he is owned!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If the club had not suffered relegation, the asking price would be higher, so effectively he has done this.

          • Geordiegiants

            Your just a wrong’un.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Nevertheless, I deal in facts

          • HarryHype59

            Selective ones!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Woah, pot and kettle, you seem to rely on the proverbial bloke down the pub for your information.

          • HarryHype59

            Here is a fact! Did you know NUFC had the 7th highest turnover in top flight English football when they were relegated in 2016?

            What were you saying about the club being well ran!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’d say that’s exactly what a well run club should do. Take away the two clubs with artificial turnover, we’re 5th in the league. Good for us and Mike Ashley.

          • HarryHype59

            So you are saying it is acceptable for a club with one the highest turnovers in the EPL to pitch the wage bill at 16th in the 2016 season resulting in relegation?

          • HarryHype59

            Sky TV money you mean! He has owned the club during the most lucrative era in the history in top flight English football!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No, the liabilities of the club are mainly to Ashley on a personal level. Compare that with the previous regime.

        • Geordiegiants

          You clearly need to see a doctor.

        • Guest 2

          Net spend 11 million. Paid himself back 18 million though.

          Seriously, lad, just shut up as your ‘facts’ are as wonky as your creaky neck.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            You know the real figures, so you are being misleading at best, more likely a liar

        • Rich Lawson

          Chairman/Owner,Abramovich ? Glaziers ?

          • Guest 2

            Abramovic, who also turned 340 million of debt (his money) into equity technically rendering Chelsea debt free.

            This numpty thinks owing Ashley 144 million means NUFC has NO debts!

        • HarryHype59

          The Sky TV money has bank rolled our club for years Mr Delusional! Ashley has owned a gold mine for years via the TV dish! He also has a habit of selling the better players on!

          I am now convinced for certain you are a Pennywell WUM!

    • joe mac

      chairman?…..good football knowledge!

    • Kneebotherm8

      If you compare him with Mckeag and Westwood then I’m in total agreement with your point. Its not a good yardstick though is it?

      • Guest 2

        Not as bad – doesn’t make him better. His reputation throughout the country is toxic – yet some so called ‘supporters’ like this numpty thinks the sun shines out of his backside.

      • HarryHype59

        They, like Shepherd, didn’t have the mega TV deal! NUFC has been a money printing machine for Ashley via television money! He even collected £42m for getting us relegated again!

        This season if we survive the TV money will cover the operating costs of the club!

        • Kneebotherm8

          I’m not defending him,I’m just saying he’s,possibly,the best of a fkn bad bunch,the three mentioned have all been woeful for this football club.

    • Geordiegiants

      You are obviously a stooge for the mag to stir controversy.

      • Guest 2

        Sadly he isn’t. Graham is just a complete [email protected]

        • Geordiegiants

          I do not believe there is one single person out there with that genuine belief. Ok I can get that some gullible people believe he has kept us solvent, and he has pulled the wool over their eyes, but for someone to say he has been our best owner is absolutely extracting the urine. He can’t possibly be a genuine person.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            He’s been the safest owner we’ve had, he certainly passes on the baton with the club in better shape than he inherited. However, why is it gullible? I have explained the figures to you and you still make daft points.

          • Geordiegiants

            Safest!!!!!!? This is a football club man! Not a ftse 100 company. It’s a sport, a competition, a team that is supposed to win. The parasite and other muppets are trying to make out it’s a business first and foremost. It’s a FOOTBALL CLUB.

    • steve pearce

      Its time the hatred stops is it pal?

      Well you’ve just added your name to the hate list for one thing. It sickens me that Monkseaton is polluted by such as you as I enjoyed the walk from the Metro station just this morning on the way to the beach, but I detected a foul smell in the air – well at least I know what it was now.

      I only hope you don’t own that black and white Cadillac Eldorado coupe that is parked outside a block of flats on the way to the beach as such a fine car does not deserve you as its owner……

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I am glad you enjoyed some quality fresh air but a bit concerned that you that you have a strong interest in cars as football and cars do not really mix hope you not into computer games to.

        • Geordiegiants

          You are a click bait stooge!

    • Guest 2

      He had your beloved club relegated twice and close to it another 3 times. He’s profited from the personal development of Club owned property. His reputation is nationally toxic – but hey, as long as you keep on liking him he has one friend at least.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        You are being silly, I have explained the figures to you and you still make daft points.

        He’s not profited from club owned property.

        Who cares about his reputation, it’s mainly driven by the Guardian and Labour MP’s .

    • Toonrobbybobson


    • Kev Newcastle England

      M M CLOWN

  • Gallowgate Dave

    Simon Jordan is as orange as Trump, his hair is very nearly just as bad, he took Palace into administration and we’ve all seen his missus’ knockers. I’d be more worried if he did like us.

    • Leazes Ender

      I hate those orange guys

      • Steve McClaren


      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Well you’ll end up hating Newcastle on a Saturday night because the whole lot of them have been “Tangoed” !
        What once used to be confined to the awful perfume sections of Fenwicks, Bainbridges etc, Has now spread like a disease throughout Tyneside.
        I couldn’t stand it when I was younger where you had to hold your nose and wear dark glasses on approach to those sections of depart stores or failing that literally sprint through them !

  • GToon

    That bloke makes me physically sick. His words are just irrelevant noise.

  • steve pearce

    Mike Ashley is a Fat Stinking Bag Of Southern pus.

    …..Enough said!

  • Steve McClaren

    I’ve dined with Simon on many an occasion, he was courting me for the palace hot seat many years ago.
    He oozes class and is a real gent.
    He took me to Stringfellows and bought me a private dance.

    • Rich Lawson

      Was it from Peter Stringfellow ?

      • Steve McClaren

        His daughter.

        • Mark Spark


    • Toonrobbybobson

      Probably more like he asked you for a private dance.

  • Peaky Magpie

    “Alan Shearer’s agent slaughters Mike Ashley” Now that I would pay to see ! Game Of Thrones maybe.

  • Mark Spark

    “No he (Mike Ashley) was never going to be accepted because he’s brash, he lies and he’s totally unlikeable”,strange that could describe Jordan,Bellamy,Dyer and The Parasite and a couple of his apologists on here. weird,like follows like

  • FatParosite

    Everyone fell for the Jordon click bait….

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Like most I was expecting some inside info to back up the headline but no !
    A couple of sentences saying Ashley is a liar, Arrogant, Etc.
    You don’t want to end up like “The Chronic” who are up to this type of thing on a regular basis.