In defence of the regime…
Mike Deserves Respect
”I am hoping the owner is starting to get a little bit more respect. I don’t think we are ever going to win everybody over for Mike and Derek and maybe even myself, but at least you can logically look at it and say we are in a much better position than most Premier League clubs in terms of our financial position.”
Sports Direct Arena
“There are sound economic reasons. We have to move with that otherwise we won’t be able to keep our players”
Source: The Telegraph
“Mike’s (Ashley) put something like £273m into the club and he’s not taken anything back. Since I’ve been here I have not really shouted his corner. Politically for me it’s a minefield.
“I want to keep the fans in a good place but I would say to them, before they get emotional about it, that Mike has invested something like 25 per cent of his personal wealth in this football club. Ask me for 25 per cent of my money and you’ve got no chance. I don’t care how good your idea is.”
NUFC: Open for Business!
“The players have had a great campaign, so we’ve a job on to keep our best ones.”
“You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike (Ashley), we’ve had a couple of phone calls during the window and we could have cashed in on a couple of our players but he didn’t and I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too.”
Unable to Compete
“I thought our fans were brilliant today and I’ve said to the press today – we might not be able to compete with big clubs in terms of finance but what we can compete with is in terms of fanbase.”
Doing it for Mike
“This win is for Mike Ashley and all our fans. Trust me, he is a fan and I’m pleased for the club. We are all Newcastle fans.”
We’ll remind you of this…
“We have more depth and more quality and when I signed a long contract with Mike and the club we both knew there would be ups and downs for both of us.
“It was fairly obvious he listened to me at the back end of last year and the support I’ve had in terms of the signing of the new players is exactly what was needed.
“I’ve nothing to moan about now in terms of what’s happened this summer.
“We have a strong squad, perhaps the biggest and best I’ve ever had in terms of options so we’re in a great position.”
Source: The Journal