In terms of credibility and prestige I don’t think Newcastle United could have landed a better sponsor than Virgin, particularly when there are any opportunities for their much admired and very likeable owner to help spread the black & white word.

Rather than pretending to be a lifelong football fan like so many others, he’s happy to admit that football isn’t one of his greatest passions but what is more important is that he approaches with real passion anything he gets involved in and comes over as a really genuine bloke.

Writing on his blog, Sir Richard has waxed lyrical about Newcastle’s season just gone:

“Congratulations to Newcastle United for such a brilliant season.

It is a privilege to sponsor the club with Virgin Money, and it’s great to see the team bring so much joy to the fans in the north east of England and around the world.

I got the chance to meet some of the players when we launched Virgin Money in Newcastle earlier this year, and I think it’s fair to say our name on the shirts has been something of a lucky charm! 



Well done to the manager Alan Pardew and everyone at Newcastle United for making it into Europe – roll on next season”.

Any opportunity to get Richard Branson more involved at Newcastle United should be grabbed with both hands.

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mrkgw
mrkgw

Fair play to Steve. His comments are post MA interview and we have to see what happens with signings before upping any possible 'out' campaign. If MA is good to his word then fair enough. Otherwise, we all have cause to vent. Admittedly, early signs arent good.

Ruvio
Ruvio

It's really funny, because about a year ago I saw Steve in a bar called the Nursery Tavern in Sheffield after some sort of ex-staff vs ex-players Sheff Weds charity event. I asked him what he thought of Mike Ashley and what he was doing to the club he loved. He said he was so disgusted by it, he couldn't even think of words to express it.


What a difference a loss of a job makes eh?

AndrewBeckett
AndrewBeckett

Speaking to peter beardsley on tuesday at kings cross, reckons 100m to spend, said pardew was arrogant and not interested, said carver was a good coach but terrible manager and the players despised him. Also said he feels sorry for ashley and he has got the clubs best interests at heart! Also said SM is an excellent appointment and we are all gonna be suprised come january!!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@AndrewBeckett Ashley has the what?...   I always thought the little genius had his brains in his feet....

AndrewBeckett
AndrewBeckett

Im only relaying what beardo said, do i believe him? I dont know, the saying never bite the hand that feeds u comes to mind, but he did genuinely seem upbeat

leecharlie30
leecharlie30

steve come on how can you say trust ashley according to his 5 year plan 8 YEARS AGO we would be in the champions league by now the fact he has not spent over 10 million on any 1 player proves how far newcastle are now behind teams like southampton palace everton spurs you might want a job at newcastle but keep your comments about ashley to yourself until he actually starts doing the things he has promised us fans no wonder season tickets are not being sold last seasons team performance was a disgrace would in there right mind would pay all there hard earned money to watch that 

Geordie Zebra
Geordie Zebra

Watson a Geordie boy through and through. Top lad who has Newcastle at heart. I sat next to him at a dinner back in April and he absolutely didn't endorse FCB at the time. He blamed the players poor attitude and inability to motivate themselves - and by default the regime for buying them.

He's after a job, living in Manchester, wants to come home so had made a throw away comment which'll prove to be untrue when the window closes.

Is he anymore culpable than those who have bought season tickets or bought club gear? Pinch of salt time and let's remember him fondly.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

They can't help themselves can they ? For me Carver tops the list , he was the most embarrassing, although Uncle Joe ran him close many a time . It is sad to see the likes of former playing greats, Beardo, Watto , Bob Moncur behave like that . they've no shame in their support of this odious Regime .

dannymc21
dannymc21

I'm sure these people Moncur, Watson etc feel they have to ingratiate themselves with Ashley to get their snouts in the trough, but it's a shame they care so little for the fans.

Once Ashley has said he wants to "continue" to invest and win something. How many times have his actions been the complete opposite?

Ashley has proved, even in a court of law, that he cannot be trusted, so these sycophants need to shut up and stop telling fans that they need to trust/believe in someone who hasn't earned or deserved any trust.