Mike Ashley is set to take control of another club, according to media reports on Wednesday morning.

Whilst Newcastle fans, as always, wait for news on when he will be leaving St James Park, instead he is apparently/supposedly set to add another club as a ‘feeder’ one to Newcastle United.

The Mail quote a Mike Ashley spokesman confirming that a deal to take over Greenock Morton is in the early stages, with talks continuing.

It is 30 years since Morton played in the Scottish top tier and currently they are seventh of ten in the Scottish Championship, which is the second tier of football north of the border.

With so little money in Scottish football, it wouldn’t take much backing to give the club every chance of getting back into the Scottish Premiership, after this three decade absence from the top tier.

Likewise, the cash to take over a club such as Greenock Morton would be minimal for somebody of Mike Ashley’s means, especially with him taking money out of Newcastle United this summer, instead of investing in the NUFC squad.

The Mail report that Mike Ashley has Derek Llambias and Graham Carr up in Scotland representing him, with Rangers director and associate of Ashley’s, Sandy Easdale, also involved.

The newspaper say that a spokesman for Sandy Easdale told them:

“I can confirm that Mr Carr, Mr Llambias and Mr Easdale were given a tour of the ground and the facilities and they met with the chief executive (Warren Hawke) and the manager (Jonatan Johansson) of the team.”

Mike Ashley sold his shareholding in Rangers, so no conflict in potentially owning a stake in more than one club.

The idea/suggestion of another club being taken over as a ‘feeder’ one is ironic, considering the recent minutes of the Newcastle United Fans Forum, saw the club state that they saw little point in making proper investment in the NUFC Academy as they perceived it to have little chance of producing first team players.

This report regarding interest in buying Greenock Morton, has quickly followed a Tuesday night exclusive, also from The Mail, which claimed that a ‘seriously wealthy’ group of American investors are wanting to buy Newcastle United and aim to take NUFC to the ‘next level globally’ – The Mail claiming this American group have the money in place to do a deal. However, the only sticking point, according to the report, is fears of Newcastle sinking further into relegation trouble which would make it difficult to do a deal then at the price Mike Ashley would still want.

Newcastle fans seeing another groundhog day scenario, when relegation fears supposedly made a deal impossible with Amanda Staveley and her backers a year ago.

After the club having been up for sale, allegedly, for over 10 years now, no Newcastle supporter will be putting any money on a takeover happening any time soon.

  • Paul Patterson

    If true, its astounding and a slap in the fans faces once again.
    He could back Rafa, yet chooses to buy House of Fraser and a second tier Scottish club?

    • MadMag83

      It’s just another way of him claiming his money is “all tied up”. Sorry NUFC but I can’t buy any players because my money is tied up in House of Fraser and Greenock Morton!

    • porciestreet


  • Waxi

    He is a joke a cheapskate a FCB and the sooner he goes the better. We are sinking to a new low if he thinks we are going to go anywhere with a feeder club from Scotland. Morton who.No wonder we are going nowhere fast he has got all his old gang fecking things up for us in the background.

  • Tweed Mag

    Another choreographed distraction, with a cast of shady characters. The pantomime is starting early this year.

  • jack

    God help Morton

    • Wezza

      Beat me to it haha!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    If we do a Blunderland, we could become a feeder club for Morton!

  • graham18

    What have Morton done to deserve that??

  • Alex

    Didn’t that club previously ‘feed’ us Archie Gourlay? (Can’t be ar$ed to check)

    • Danimal

      Pretty sure they sold us Alex Mathie, who was decent, to be fair.

      • Alex

        Indeed they did! Yes, Mathie wasn’t out of place at all.

  • Ron

    Oh it’s 17th of October – I thought it was 1st of April.

  • JohnnyH

    WTF would they be feeding us, deep fried Mars Bars?

    • Big Hairy Man

      And Buckfast wine

    • Leicester Mag

      They’ll be no doubt frightened we loan them the Hos.

  • Billmag

    Seems to me Carr still has an some sort of impact in all things to do with NUFC (transfers and loans maybe), according to this report it doesn’t look like he ever left the club.

    • mentalman

      A world class manager would accept pkayers being picked for him wouldn’t he

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    So will the price be down to 300 million as usual for Ashley to make a quick sale ?
    This is normally par for the course when it is released to the media to start the process of steering away from their failure.
    Then does this “American Consortium” disappear quicker than Lord Lucan if we start to win a few games ?

    Aye, Because Greenock Morton is a real hot bed of Football that is bound to unearth the gems of the future !
    Where Ashley is concerned, This one you can believe in because he would certainly be daft enough to do it.

  • GlasgowMag

    Announcement made on streets of Greenock Billionaire interested in buying the club Mardi Gras begins!! Second announcement made its big Mike from SD the crowd sigh WTF!!!🤔🤔🤣🤣😂😂

    • MadMag83

      Apparently they’re changing the name of the club to Greenock Mortified.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        We can unearth plenty junkies if “The Calorie Challenged One” buys Greenock Morton !

      • Tweed Mag

        Greenock Morbid if he gets his mits on them

  • MadMag83

    For the sake of Greenock Morton, I do hope he fails the fit and proper ownership test, but then again they did let him invest in Rangers.

  • Big Hairy Man

    He’ll probably loan Morton NUFC players to help get them into the SPL

    • GlasgowMag

      He already tried that with Rangers they got worse!!

    • Not bad to have a feeder club in the Scottish Prem. Shouldn’t take more than a 5-10m investment to get them back to the Scottish Prem next year.

    • grantham mag

      They are not good enough for the SPL.

  • robbersdog

    What jumps out of this article is the fact that Graham Carr and Derek Llambias are still part of the Team Ashley. All they need is Joe Kinnear and it’ll be a reunion of The Three Stooges.

    • Sickandtired

      Throw in Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez for good measure. You know, the total model of success…

  • Realist

    For a club of this size it’ll probably work.

  • Slim_Newcastle

    Yep because we all know what a hotbed of talent the Scottish leagues are. Should give us a steady stream of championship quality players once we get relegated.

  • mactoon

    ‘Carr, Llambias and Easdale were given a tour of the ground and the facilities and they met with the chief executive’. The only link amongst them all was when Ashley dabbled with Glasgow Rangers so none of these are related to Newcastle United?

    The report says Ashley ‘has asked his advisers to look into providing financial and footballing support to Inverclyde businessman Easdale to turn Morton into a Magpies feeder club’. I don’t see where ‘Ashley is taking control’?

    (If he owned them and they got into the Scottish Premiership he would fall foul of the two club ownership rules)

    • Ron

      …..and these are the goal posts and if you look down the pitch there are the others.
      So you have two?
      Great I can see a saving straightaway, is anything else duplicated?
      Eh…wait a minute….two sets of changing rooms.
      Your joking – could we turn one into a shop?
      Ring ring – Oh, yes, ahem, cough. I’m fairly certain we can Mrs oh I can call you Amanda. OK I’ll let them know.. I think we might have another offer can I show you out? We’ve got quite a few doors.

    • Sickandtired

      Cries of “F off ya Jakey [email protected]” are already making their way south.

  • Geordiegiants

    Ha ha lol 😂🤣😂🤣😂 is all of this real??

  • Tony English

    Our club clearly invests a certain sum in junior players who are discarded for nothing if they don’t make the grade.

    It seems like Greenock may well be seen by Ashley as a poundland, a place to send his ‘seconds’ his ‘broken biscuits’ so they retain some value and still promote his brand. Probably makes business sense.

    We’ll be their feeder club.

  • molend

    Well, according to Wikipedia, their nickname is ‘The Ton’ so ‘The Ton Army’ isn’t too much of a stretch. Also, as regards kit, ‘short-lived yet distinctive designs have been used over the years’. We’ve had a few (yellow comes to mind) of those. ‘Morton holds the record for the most promotions to and relegations from the top flight’. We’re on the way to matching that. Their previous manager was ‘replaced by ex-reserve team manager’. Their first team squad features three loan players. Recent form LDDLD. What’s not to like?

  • panther

    If hes trying to sell, why is he trying to buy them?cant even keep his own lies straight

    • Ron

      I blame the drink.

      • porciestreet

        You need to have a very good memory to be a good liar and he is neither.

  • wheyayeman

    It’s measly pickings but if he can asset strip the homeless he’d do it!

    • Ron

      We’d be home if the Council didn’t own the land-Mega SD store!

      • wheyayeman

        Not sure I follow

        • Ron

          Neither did I when I read it again!
          I’ve done an edit, trying to say we’d be homeless if he could sell the land. Messed it up though. I should apply to Charnley for a job!

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Madder than Mad Jock McMadness”

    • Peaky

      Hi Rich…nice to see you back….

      • Rich Lawson

        Watching from afar I Just got hacked off in the close season with all the ”oh yes you are,oh no i’m not,right i’ll have you out down the pub” multiple identity b######s !! But I couldn’t let this one go,why has no one made more of Graham Carr being involved ? Nice to hear from you tho’ pal,all the best.

        • Peaky

          Know where you’re coming from…in fact I can remember the one night it went too far on here….I backed down a little during the World Cup myself…..I’ve never blocked anyone I just prefer to ignore….anyway take care….PS….I moved over the summer and live just south west of Sheffield,still in the Peak. District but now a nice distance from Stoke…

  • Ron

    Took 11 – 12 years to learn the trade so he can see if he can get it right next time? Why oh why didn’t he buy Morton first? (and what makes him think he’s learnt the trade?)

    • Sickandtired

      Easton and Llambias, what a pair. Carr’s not much better either.

  • Andy Mac

    “When I sell NUFC I don’t want to get involved in football again” said the lying fat git only two months ago

    • porciestreet

      Couldn’t lie straight in his coffin.
      Mind you…..!

  • 1957

    Wasn’t Morton one of the favourite shopping clubs in the Westwood era? I think that one of Westwood’s relations/inlaws were chairman there at the time.

    Probably our most famous signing from them was Ben Arentoft

  • Christopher Smeaton

    There’s the money, Mike!

  • Sickandtired

    Hopefully he sells us and moves to a club where his tightfisted behaviour could actually be of benefit. He’s be Mortons equivalent of a rich Saudi.

  • Cockneytrev

    The thing that stood out in this article was , CARR,, he’s still around , has he been meddling in our signings?
    How he can hold his head up, supposed to be a Geordie, he has to have known what’s been going on ,, Shame on him!!!!

    • Down Under Mag

      Of course he has been. You don’t honestly think Rafa has been scouting the bargain bin of football do you? He has his eyes set on better players than we have bought or shown interest in, he will no doubt have been getting info from the clubs “scouting network” which is going to be Carr, even if he doesn’t officially work at the club, you can bet he will still be on Ashleys payroll!

  • X2

    God help Greenock Morton.

  • JohnnyH

    I think the FF has lost it. He’s throwing money at lost causes,
    A second tier Scottish club, a failed department store, neither are nailed on money spinners.
    Invest in the toon you weapon, it’s already a goldmine.

    • porciestreet

      Advertising forums, nothing else.

  • Let’s go

    Oh dear. The drug dealing greenock money laundering easdale brothers and mike Ashley who were chased out of glasgow rangers now trying to get there greedy hands on and destroy another Scottish club. I suspect they are after the land. I guarantee if Morton v rangers not one of them will ever set foot in glasgow rangers stadium again

  • toonterrier

    Surprised he hasn’t bought Gretna Green so he could sell wedding dresses and cakes in his tat shops.

  • Mxpx

    If they have any sense the club will be for sale but not to him

  • Mr wobert

    Smoke and mirrors,why didn’t fatty bid for the macums when they going cheap as f**k.

    • porciestreet

      Do you really need to ask.ha ha ha .

  • porciestreet

    Ask yourselves why on earth he would want another football club.
    1. Fact…messed it all up at Rangers.
    2. Fact…destroying NUFC with greed.
    3. Admits he knows zip about football.
    4. Fact.. He will destroy any other club he touches because of sheer greed.
    He’s not interested in football…only in profit, and my bet is that this latest Scottish ” venture ” is only to compensate for getting his are kicked out of Ibrox.
    Horrible, dispicable greedy man. Boy will there be a celebration when the worm turns.

    • Wezza

      How many is he allowed to own or have a stake in? Surely there’s some sort of regulation against this.

      • mactoon

        You can’t be the majority owner of two clubs that could face each other in a competition. But Ashley has nothing to do with this deal