Listening to Mike Ashley is a bit like taking any notice of what Donald Trump is saying.

Neither of them have any shame in totally ignoring what they might have said previously, as they give us the latest spin.

By now you might have guessed that I am not a ‘believer’.

When Mike Ashley put out a statement on Monday afternoon, declaring he was selling Newcastle United, I was unmoved.

Why should we believe it now after everything that has gone before?

It is just another part of the Ashley circus, the ‘recluse’ who is desperate to generate as much publicity about himself as possible, instead of just actually getting on and selling the club, if that is genuinely what he wants to happen.

Supporters who are ‘believers – many of them are quite fanatical, wanting to declare as heretics anybody who shouts ‘liar liar’ at the latest Mike Ashley move.

Amongst the many things that have gone before, I refer you to 24 May 2015, Mike Ashley making yet another scripted appearance on Sky Sports, when he stated: “To be categorically clear, I’m not going anywhere until we win something.”

Mike Ashley speaking to Sky Sports – 24 May 2015:

“I can’t really have really imagined it from Christmas.

“I probably didn’t anticipate we would probably be even near this situation so obviously after the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked by where we find ourselves today.’

“The only positive is we’ve got the club on a very sound financial footing.

‘We are able to spend relatively and punch above our weight now with the current situation the club finds itself in.’

(Ashley asked what his plans were for the club over the next few years)

“Definitely to win something. By the way, I shall not be selling it until I do.

“This club is not for sale) at any price. When I say win something, if we ever get in the position that we get a Champions League place that also qualifies as winning something.

“To be categorically clear, I’m not going anywhere until we win something.”

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Anybody who believes a word the Fat Lad or any of his Minions utter is a fool

  • Madpies

    Can money be considered as one thing of the “win something” ?

  • Leazes Ender

    What about his broadcast to Sky just seven weeks ago……

    ‘Lets get this clear I’m going nowhere until I win something’ (he wasn’t referring to respect)

    David Craig….’lets wish you well for the next ten years’

    Ashley….’you never know’…..

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Article spoiled by left wing political nonsense… stick to football

  • Peaky Magpie

    Until this actually happens I’m not holding my breath,and a deal hopefully concluded by Christmas didn’t actually say which Christmas 2018,2019……….?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Here we go,Ronnie Gill is up & running.”5 potential buyers”

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Win something”,”Get a Champions League place”,yet we still put out a reserve team in the cups.Sound bite b######s.

  • 1cc

    to be categorically clear “if Ashley sells up I will count this as winning something”
    Cant wait to hear however the articles coming this way : 5 owners worse than Ashley.
    on another note; investment in the team, investment in the expansion of the ground and investment in keeping close to the community as this club has done for most of its life and has made great steps back to be more involved through Rafa’s influence and the great work of the food bank guys. We may not be the most successful but we can be the best in so many other ways.
    we will need a bigger ground as we are full at the minute, we haven’t won anything plus all the Im not coming back till Ashley goes gang will be back
    knew that red sun was a sign from above

  • MadMag83

    Does winning the Championship count? We’ve not made the Champions League under his ownership, and we’re unlikely to win a cup with his focus on 17th place finishes.

    As to whether he’s genuine, I think he might just be out to test the water, to see if any of the supposed bidders are serious. Could well change his mind (again) if there are no concrete offers.

  • TheFatController

    The comment from his lawyer about ‘scarcity of PL clubs with 150 years heritage’ tells us everything in The world of Ashley’s greedy nature.

    Doesn’t it tell us that he believes the last few months have seen a few parties make offers that were well below his valuation? he’s firing a warning that he wants top dollar for a (now) mid table PL club with a class manager and sold out home games.

    Fearing having to spend in January or face the danger dropping near the relegation zone if he doesn’t spend, he wants it sold by Xmas but at a hugely inflated sum.

    Stable in PL, sell fast and high to avoid the Jan window. That’s what it’s all about. It’s about his greed. Desperate for money, and now desperate to sell for top money.

  • Guest 2

    I sent him the fat [email protected] miser of the year award. Looks like it worked….

  • Wor Monga

    Nobody (who bothers their ‘rs’ to read and write on websites about the Toon) believes anything he comes out with…so why do you even ask the
    question?…why not just wait and see what happens seeing as us supporters can do nothing to change whichever way it goes…

    …That statement about winning something can just be added to all the other thro’a’way statements he has made over the years, and the only one that will have any bearing on his decision to go now will be the one that he has extended out, last summer to keep Rafa, concerning his offer of the clubs incoming funds
    from TV deal being made available for his transfer funds…

    …if he changes his stance on that then Rafa’s contract will probably be torn up…meaning that he’ll leave along with massive player discontent…and the club’s support turning rebellious…causing the value of the club to fall through the floor…which will see us end up like the mackem’s are now, worth sweet FA…

    …Ashley won’t risk that, and he’ll be looking to go while the going is good!!!

  • Albert Stubbins

    The bloke couldnt lie straight in bed!!

  • ToonNL

    We got a trophy lad you can be on your way