Mike Ashley will be keen to spend around £60m in January.

That is the confident forecast of Mark Lawrenson.

The BBC Sport pundit believes the Newcastle United owner will want to ‘speculate to accumulate’ in the next transfer window.

Lawrenson’s reasoning is that simply Mike Ashley won’t want to miss out on the ever greater Premier League riches, which he forecasts would be set to be worth around £160m to Ashley/NUFC next season, IF they remain in the top tier.

The former Liverpool defender reasons: ‘Why wouldn’t you be spending £40m, £50m, £60m in January?’, in order ‘To make sure you will be in the Premier League for the next season.’

Of course, as we all know, Mike Ashley rarely follows conventional football logic.

Despite being in major relegation trouble last January, the NUFC owner refused to allow any players to be bought.

Instead, on a very tight budget Rafa got Newcastle out of jail with two out of three loans proving inspired.

A born gambler, who is to say that Ashley will allow anybody to be bought this January, when the previous two seasons he’s allowed no buys in the mid-season window.

As for spending something like £60m, whilst Lawrenson claims this would ‘make sure’ Newcastle avoided relegation, many supporters feel that this kind of money might need to be spent just to give the club a chance of staying up.

With a profit on transfers of some £40m whilst Rafa has been at the club and no net investment in the squad since promotion, the team/squad has been so starved of investment it has been left in a desperate state.

Brighton have had a net spend of some £110m since promotion, Fulham £100m, Huddersfield £78m – for Newcastle to spend £60m in January would be more of a case of trying to go some way towards filling some of the glaring gaps in quality, rather than being any guarantee of Premier League football in 2019/20 and beyond.

Mark Lawrenson speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:

Mike Ashley is much maligned by most Newcastle supporters.

“In January, I do feel Mike Ashley will speculate to accumulate.

“Next year being in the Premier League is worth somewhere in the region of £160m.

“Why wouldn’t you be spending £40m, £50m, £60m in January?

“To make sure you will be in the Premier League for the next season.

“He won’t be able to sell the club for as much as he wants, if come February or March they are bottom of the Premier League.”



  • Big Hairy Man

    He probably will spend (the club’s money, it’s not him being generous” in January if that’s what’s needed to stay on the EPL gravy train. One thing is for sure he will want it back in his coffers ASAP.

    • Dillon Tovak

      That’s the terrible thing, if he spends money it’ll mean he stays longer so nufc can refund the fat greedy s***.

  • Superdooperhooper

    I’m sure ashley will spend 60m soon – on debenhams or some other struggling high Street chain

    • Paul Patterson

      He’s primed for that. He already owns a percentage.

  • Paul Patterson

    So many holes with this.
    He WON’T spend in January as we will either have pulled away from trouble and therefore not require money or we will be in deep do-do and will have to accept Championship football.

    This could all have been avoided if addressed in May/June/July.

    • Lord

      I don’t know about that, he has history. Money was spent in Jan during McClaren’s doomed season. He also splashed out on the French Revolution after unexpectedly losing to Reading at the beginning of the window and things were looking precarious.

      I suspect he will throw some cash in unless we go on some miraculous run.

      Trouble is Jan is too late if you’re adrift at the bottom by then….

  • fistsofsteel2

    He could spend £200million but it’ll be too late – we’ll already be down by January.

  • Sickandtired

    The wrong owners helicopter crashed yesterday…

    • Paul Patterson

      Now, now.

    • BigHairyDog

      Can you imagine if that had been Ashley?

      They’d need a 24hr Police guard for the few morons who’d leave flowers and scarves, there’d not be any tears or sadness in the city. But then the Leicester owner isn’t a snide and sneaky ****, you’d never see him giving the v’s to fans. A Leicester fan said on SKY “all the money he’s put in and he’s never taken a penny out of the club”, but then as Fat Mike says Leicester owner is a country.

    • panther

      we should all chip in and get him one of them helicopters for xmas

    • killymag

      That would be some night in town , it would be some party .

  • BigHairyDog

    Lawrenson is a sarcastic ****er, if he knew anything he’d know Ashley would want to spend nothing. In fact Ashley would prefer to make a profit in the region he made in August. The plan was for only loans coming in, may be if a massive offer came in for Lascelles or Shelvey they’d be sold.

    • panther

      or anything over £15 mil

  • 45709

    Sorry but clarko has already said Brighton haven’t spent 100 million this season so what do I believe here? Need him to weigh in with euros 😂

    • Paul Patterson

      How much in wallpaper?

      • 45709

        Lol 😂 I’m sure he/she could come up with that too!😉

  • magpiefifer

    It’ll be too little too late – whatever is spent!!!

  • panther

    no he wont

  • Kenny

    FFS,

  • robbersdog

    Rubbish! Ashley won’t spend a dime in January.

  • Peaky

    One million x 😂…..

  • Dillon Tovak

    1. Ashley won’t spend money and
    2. Why would a decent player sign for a team that appears doomed?

    • panther

      or has ashley anywhere near it, back in this position next year if we stay up

  • Pete

    Well I’m not impressed with Mike Ashley. He has toyed with the fans and robbed the club of its full potential. He has insulting the fans buy selling the club. The up in the price. So enough is enough. . Give the club some new owners. That will bring some glory and history. Back. For the fans. As this misery has gotta stop

    • Clarko

      Underrated comment.

    • Danimal

      Are you a recently released hostage from far afield? Or a master of irony? While you were chained to a radiator next to Terry Waite, the internet was invented. It’s great, it means young people walk into traffic cos they can’t stop looking at their mobile phones, large countries choose to be governed by imbeciles from reality tv shows…and you don’t need to put full stops all over the place when you send a telegram.

      • Billmag

        He must be on vacation from another Galaxy.

        • Danimal

          Yep, even an inter-galactic tourist has worked it out quicker than the Moscow-Monkseaton cult.

  • Leazes.

    It sounds like the sort of article Mark Douglas puts out just before season ticket renewal….. every year!

  • mactoon

    Lawrenson knows or understands absolutely nothing about Ashley or he would know he will be spending next to nothing in January. Why these fools get airtime is beyond me.

    • Viru leckworth

      I posted his comment as soon as the words were out of his mouth and said words to the effect … and the band played believe it if you like.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Dear old naive Lawro! Shouldn’t be allowed out without his carer. If all the pundits thought like this, fans would never have a chance. Thankfully some parts of the media are finally seeing the light.
      ASHLEY OUT!

  • Stephen Paylor

    He reacted that way before when we signed Sissoko and others in the January window. However, he also just last season only allowed some loan deals which did still help. This time around who knows what to expect. One thing is for sure though is even if we strengthen in January and survive it will reduce any spending next summer as he will see it as a squad that is already strong enough to survive again the year after. Survival is all he cares about. Premier League revenue and exposure for SD.

  • Kenny

    Much maligned, is that another way to say hated fat [email protected]

  • geordie boot boy

    Lawrenson knows zilch about football if he thinks 60 million will keep us up

    • Kneebotherm8

      He knows zilch about Ashley if he thinks he’s gonna spend £60 million either…….pretty clueless individual really….

  • Billmag

    Lawro is like lots in the media they know jack 💩 about fatty, they all think like that other numpty that messages on here (Cuckoo Clarko) that Ashley saved us from oblivion.

    • Kenny

      Clarko`s cuckoo ok

      • Billmag

        😀😀😀

  • Wezza

    Really.
    FCB WILL NOT back Rafa in January. He has not sofar and will not. Besides We got a point against Southampton and at off the bottom! No panic.

  • London_Mag

    There will probably be £60 Million of bids that are not accepted.
    Then we will end up with a couple of muppets who aren’t wanted by anyone else and are no improvement.

  • Kenny

    Penfold will hoy in a £10m bid for a £30m player & say, well we tried
    😂😂

  • Westdentoon

    Just watched the evening news, Leicester fans and general public alike gushing with praise for what their wonderful owner has done for their club and community. Putting so much in and taking so little out. What an owner.

    Are you watching Mike Ashley?

    • Kenny

      A top owner & a top man, he cared for the club and the people of Leicester.
      a rare thing in the world of today`s football

      • JohnnyH

        Pretty much unique in the PL
        An owner not in it to gorge on the free money.

        A glass of Dalwhinnie or two I think

        • Kenny

          Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban. try it

          • JohnnyH

            Sounds canny, finished in port casks
            I’ll give it a go when this ones gone, which won’t be long now
            Cheers 🥃

          • Kenny

            Tesco have it on offer usually £45 down to £35, worth every penny

          • JohnnyH

            Cheers

    • Leazes.

      Yes there was a mention of owners being remote, aloof and greedy…..

      ……Leicester’s owner was a shining star amongst so much that is bad.

    • Paul Patterson

      Hope they’re OK. They gave their club/business a chance..

    • Superdooperhooper

      Apparently he gave millions to a local hospital and the university. Pocket change to a billionaire but must have made a huge difference to the local community. And no Mike ashley isn’t watching he’s too busy trying to screw every penny out of everything he can

    • Kneebotherm8

      He is….but he’s taking not a blind bit of notice…..he couldn’t give a four ex….

    • Mung Bean

      Mike Ashley’s likely response, to this sentiment…

      “Pfft” and a two-fingered salute.

  • Ashley-out

    £60m that will be the fat [email protected] profit from Lascelles and Shelvey.

    • Blackburn1066

      don’t speak too soon my friend

  • Leicester Mag

    Today I see a city in mourning for a club chairman. A man who not only built a football club but also gave millions to local hospitals. So sad that Ashley seems to revel in lording over a city rather than embracing it as Leicester’s owner did.

    • Ashley-out

      a credit to football and a guy who embraced the club and the city
      Leicester will be very proud of the man and he will never be forgotten
      RIP

      • Leicester Mag

        Its so sad, scenes at the ground reminded me of when Sir Bobby died and St James Park. It makes my blood boil to think that someone who could have such a positive effect chooses to thrive on being loathed. Only last week Leicester invested tens of millions in new facilities and yet Ashley bleeds Newcastle dry. The contrast could not be starker.

        • Ashley-out

          An awful situation

    • Wezza

      Very well said.

    • Geordiegiants

      Shame it wasn’t the fatcunt we would of been partying.

      • Ashley-out

        for a week

      • Leicester Mag

        You know what I pity him I pity him because he is a pathetic excuse for a human being. Why someone chooses to thrive on being loathed is beyond human comprehension.

        • Leazes.

          That’s why I always say its ‘malevolence’ and not greed….a lot of people are confused by a businessman who they think is just doing what businessmen do…..

          …,we have one nasty ****** here!

          • Down Under Mag

            Agreed. There is just way too much evidence to point to it being malicious and deliberate. He obviously has a grudge and intent on making the fans suffer while ensuring he maximises his own profit. The man is despicable, and not in a cute minion kind of way!

          • morryJR

            Agreed…but when is this child in a man’s body going to grow up? is eleven years of negative malicious behaviour not enough?

      • Blackburn1066

        he has got the same Chopper, set the table get the drinks in.

    • JohnnyH

      Keep your chin up mate.

    • Kneebotherm8

      As a club owner, the absolute polar opposite of Mike Ashley………

    • Blackburn1066

      The little fat C-nt has got the same Chopper. Woopeeeee

  • Blackburn1066

    If on a match day the fans turned their protest around and walked out of the ground in there thousands to go to the Sports Direct store and made a noise then the football world and Sky Tv would love it and the football world may take notice

  • magpie0722

    Lawrensen must have bumped his head if he thinks Ashley will spend £60 million in Jan. Its irrelavent anyway as we will be doomed by then, 3 points from 30 tells the story, we could have Barcelona’s forward line and Benitz would have them defending and playing not to get beat.

  • Lewis SG

    You are crazy if you think that it’s going to be anything different. We were in the same situation last season and what happened? All loan signings.

  • tom

    Am i the only one who thinks Mike is unfairly treated?

    • Wor Lass

      Mike who?

      • tom

        Ashleigh

    • Carverlier football

      Depends if you count multiple aliases with dodgy agendas and a craving for the attention that’s missing in their life, Tom. Usually, Tom, a new multiple will defend MA in their very first post. Tom… don’t think I’ve seen you around here before…

      • tom

        Sorry, I don’t understand you.

        • Cockneytrev

          Do you understand troll????

        • Carverlier football

          Of course, the aliases intended to be fleeting and temporary are usually an ordinary name. Brand new user, a few brief posts defending Ashley, gone again. Not looking good for you Tom…

          • tom

            Bore off you utter parcel.

          • Carverlier football

            Sorry, I don’t understand you.

          • tom

            Of course, the aliases intended to be fleeting and temporary are usually an ordinary name. Brand new user, a few brief posts defending Ashley, gone again. Not looking good for you Carverlier football…

          • Carverlier football

            Well I understand that post because it is my own words. I didn’t understand your previous post – or at least I understood all of the individual words but they were arranged into a baffling sentence… Bore off? Utter parcel? You what? Those are the words of an absolute hatstand…

          • tom

            You’ve lost me, i don’t own any hats. Very confusing.

          • Carverlier football

            My point exactly…

    • Danimal

      Yes.

    • East Durham Mag

      No a few other buffoons share that opinion.

    • East Durham Mag

      Perhaps another way of putting it is looking at the outpouring of grief for Leicester City FC’s owner, the money invested in the club and money donated to causes in the city made him loved by all. What is Fat.cu.nts legacy going to be and what would the reaction be if it was him next. Apathy at best but wild partying would be my guess.

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes.

  • MadMag83

    Ashley won’t deviate from his business model. Little to no money will be spent in January. Ashley is known to dislike​ the inflated prices of the winter window (unless he’s on the selling side of course). He won’t risk spending £60m to stay up, when he thinks he can risk it, and if we do go down he probably thinks he can get promotion for less than £60m net.

  • Mxpx

    The way Mike will see it is we’re already down so let’s start building a promotion squad so shelvey and Lascelles can be sold so we’ll be able to take a profit

  • schwack02

    Even if Arseley puts money in, it will be minimal investment on cheap players as per and if we are still relegated the cost will be added to the loan. joy ..

  • Foggy

    If the players aren’t available, the money may be a moot point.

  • Albert Stubbins

    silly statement Lawro- if fatso was going to speculate to accumulate as you put it – why not ask yourself the question why he hasn’t done this for 11 years? no intention to spend, only intention to spend as little as possible and take as much as possible.