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He's a gambler and has been all his life, he's now gambling that the club stays up. He'll want a profit so he won't sell if relegated obviously given the worth of the club would just about halve, but he'll gamble in the hope that the club bounces back up like the last two attempts with minimal cost of course, and that is no guarantee. He is a cunt.

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When people say Ashley is a "gambler" what do they really mean? 

 

Where NUFC are concerned he always seems to place the same bet. And lose.

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Todays "presser" should be interesting as Rafa will be asked if he knows his budget yet. It'll be interesting how he answers because with just a few days until the window opens he should know. I'm not expecting him giving a figure but at least to say he knows. If he says he still doesnt know i think we should be worried because how can he identify players if he doesnt know the budget.

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32 minutes ago, Tom said:

When people say Ashley is a "gambler" what do they really mean? 

 

Where NUFC are concerned he always seems to place the same bet. And lose.

I think the connotation is that he's a shite gambler.

 

Everyone gambles all the time, guys like Musk/Bezos/Jobs most of all.  They just tend to make gambles with a positive expected value so we don't think of them as "gamblers".

 

Either that or they play the system and never actually make a penny. <_< 

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17 minutes ago, adios said:

I think the connotation is that he's a shite gambler.

 

Everyone gambles all the time, guys like Musk/Bezos/Jobs most of all.  They just tend to make gambles with a positive expected value so we don't think of them as "gamblers".

 

Either that or they play the system and never actually make a penny. <_< 

Yeah I think the whole SD thing has gone to his head. :lol:

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I think he's wanted to sell for ages now. The free Sports Direct advertising is a bonus he's exploited whilst owning the club rather than a reason for owning the club. As others have pointed out the latter makes no economic sense. The reason he hasn't sold it before now is he was willing to hang onto it until he got someone willing to pay his asking price (i.e. so he could get out without making a loss). HF's argument that it's an appreciating asset has some merit but football clubs are odd things in that no one really seems to make any money out of them (unless you bought one ages ago like the Halls and Shepherd) so there's not many people who come along very often actually having the finance and the desire to purchase one. Ashley will be aware of this and will perhaps view it as a good opportunity to make a profit. Given how badly he's run it and the precarious position he continues to put it in then the gambler in him, if you want to call it that, may well see this as the right time to cash in. He's perfectly capable of fucking things up as well of course by trying to be clever (as suggested by trying to kid Stavely into thinking there were other interested parties etc.).

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3 hours ago, Haydnator said:

Michael Martin :lol::lol:

 

That bloke is an utter bellwhiff. He tweeted earlier on in this takeover malark that he was told the consortium was Egyptian.  :lol:

Have noticed a fair bit of stick directed at him on here. Have to say I always enjoyed tf before it went digital, and have never seen him as an attention seeker/blagger/ dick particularly. 

Why the resentment?

 

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31 minutes ago, heatonrifles said:

Have noticed a fair bit of stick directed at him on here. Have to say I always enjoyed tf before it went digital, and have never seen him as an attention seeker/blagger/ dick particularly. 

Why the resentment?

 

I've always enjoyed his articles myself plus he's a member of the Ashleyout.com gang so its a yes from me

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11 minutes ago, Alex said:

That said, the AshleyOut campaign have been very effective in achieving their aims.

It was never fully supported the way it should have been. The stunts Ashley's pulled over the years e's took the piss out of almost everyone & anyone  connected to club with very little protest. Re-naming the ground undermining Hughton, Keegan, Shearer & Rafa. SD sineage all over SJP running the club on a shoestring. The blokes only interested in money he bought the club for a bet i'll be glad to see him waddle out of the club. He's caused a Decade of Dogshit. Fanks Mike you CNUT

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4 hours ago, heatonrifles said:

Have noticed a fair bit of stick directed at him on here. Have to say I always enjoyed tf before it went digital, and have never seen him as an attention seeker/blagger/ dick particularly. 

Why the resentment?

 

He tried to arrange a walk out a day or so before the Cardiff game under Pardew when there was already one planned by SackPardew. He doesn't like not being involved.

 

Also a few month back, a lad started a fund for a Tiote tribute flag and asked Gallowgate Flags to help out then mentioned Gallowgate Flags in the info on the donation page. Martin then accused the lad of fraud and rang the police and contacted Luke Edwards about it. :lol: He completely went off on one like, even though he was being fact checked constantly by everyone he 100% maintained his completely absurd position. It was fucking weird. :lol:

 

He's just a complete arse.

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Yeah, know someone who worked closely with him who did say he can throw his toys out the pram now and again, and perhaps the flag thing was an overreaction, but I reckon he’s a well meaning fella.

always struck me as a voice of reason and has never sought to draw attention to himself that much.

id rather see him as some sort of fans ‘rep’ than, say, the likes of wraith.

one o them innit 

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Rafa said in todays presser he "still doesn't know what budget he has for the window" also "I dont know if i have to sell players or what"

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13 minutes ago, TheGingerQuiff said:

Chill the fuck out, man. He will know. He'll happily let selling/parent clubs think we are operating on a tight budget.

I didnt expect him to say how much he had but i did expect him to say he knew what budget he had. 

Also put a bit more pressure on Ashley "Wants all transfers done by January 20th has confidence Ashley will do what we need to stay in the Premier League"

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3 hours ago, heatonrifles said:

Yeah, know someone who worked closely with him who did say he can throw his toys out the pram now and again, and perhaps the flag thing was an overreaction, but I reckon he’s a well meaning fella.

always struck me as a voice of reason and has never sought to draw attention to himself that much.

id rather see him as some sort of fans ‘rep’ than, say, the likes of wraith.

one o them innit 

Michael, is that you ?

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This from The Sun who also had the exclusive on the "Curry House" meeting...

 

Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley have hit a £50million wall which threatens the takeover of Newcastle.

Toon owner Ashley appeared close to agreeing a deal to sell the club to Staveley earlier this month.

But the two parties are at an impasse over the sale price — with Ashley refusing to sell for less than £300m and Staveley yet to bid more than £250m.

Now there are fears the takeover could be dead if neither side budges — with Staveley also wanting clauses written in to the deal covering relegation.

Staveley wants boss Rafa Benitez but is also concerned he could go at the end of the season if a deal is not done by then.

Ashley met Yorkshirewoman Staveley, who runs private equity fund PCP Capital Partners, for talks at a London curry house at the start of December, as we exclusively revealed.’

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6 minutes ago, TheGingerQuiff said:

Fat Mikes media mates trying to crank up fan anxiety to up the pressure on Stavers?

I reckon he's met his match & some with Amanda to coin a phrase "The Lady's Not For Turning"

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