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Mike Ashley says FA Cup ‘a priority’ and promises £20m bonus when lift trophy…

4 years ago

You have certainly got to hand it to Mike Ashley.

So much drama at the club that it is difficult to remember what happened only a few months ago…

If you recall, back in August and September Mike Ashley had plenty to say for himself, before he then had even more to say for himself in October.

In August the NUFC owner was saying that he expected the team to get themselves safe in the Premier League and then make the FA Cup a priority once we got to January.

Then in September, Ashley told Sky Sports he was going to give team £20m in bonuses if/when they won the FA Cup, this followed numerous reports revealing that he had been refusing to agree the level of Premier League bonuses that other clubs’ players would receive.

October comes and Mike Ashley says he wants to sell the club as soon as he can, plus he’ll even accept payment in instalments to try and make sure he sells up quick.

Only at Newcastle!

Mike Ashley talking to Sky Sports – 13 August 2017:

“I actually now believe that Newcastle will look to make mid-table this season and maybe we can make the cup a priority this season.

“We can get ourselves safe and then go for a cup.

“It means that in my few years at Newcastle United I might be able to win something other than a Championship trophy.”

Sky Sports – 10 September 2017:

“Mike Ashley says he will donate £20m to the players if they win the FA Cup this season.”

Newcastle will find out who they play in the FA Cup Third Round on Monday night when the draw takes place live on BBC2, starting at 7pm – they are ball number 28 (see below).

It was very generous of Mike Ashley to say he was going to instruct Newcastle United to go all out for the FA Cup after ensuring Premier League safety, if only he had allowed Rafa Benitez to go beyond that £11.5m net spend in the summer – you don’t get many trophies for that amount these days.

It might be a bit too hopeful to expect to be rid of Mike Ashley by the time the draw is made on Monday night but he claimed he wanted to be out before Christmas, here’s hoping that when the third round match comes around (weekend of Saturday 6 January) we will have seen the back of him.

Third round ball numbers:

1 Bournemouth

2 Arsenal

3 Aston Villa

4 Barnsley

5 Birmingham City

6 Bolton Wanderers

7 Brentford

8 Brighton and Hove Albion

9 Bristol City

10 Burnley

11 Burton Albion

12 Cardiff City

13 Chelsea

14 Crystal Palace

15 Derby County

16 Everton

17 Fulham

18 Huddersfield Town

19 Hull City

20 Ipswich Town

21 Leeds United

22 Leicester City

23 Liverpool

24 Manchester City

25 Manchester United

26 Middlesbrough

27 Millwall

28 Newcastle

29 Norwich City

30 Nottingham Forest

31 Preston

32 QPR

33 Reading

34 Sheffield United

35 Sheffield Wednesday

36 Southampton

37 Stoke City

38 Sunderland

39 Swansea City

40 Tottenham

41 Watford

42 West Bromwich Albion

43 West Ham

44 Wolves

45 Woking / Peterborough United

46 MK Dons

47 Newport County

48 Wycombe Wanderers

49 Port Vale / Yeovil Town

50 Shrewsbury Town

51 Doncaster Rovers

52 Slough or Rochdale

53 AFC Wimbledon

54 Stevenage

55 Mansfield Town

56 Luton Town

57 Bradford City

58 Blackburn Rovers / Crewe Alexandra

59 AFC Fylde / Wigan Athletic

60 Gillingham / Carlisle United

61 Notts County

62 Forest Green Rovers /  Exeter City

63 Fleetwood Town / Hereford United

64 Coventry City




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