Over the weekend it has been revealed that if Newcastle beat Arsenal, Mike Ashley has promised to pay a £1m bonus to be shared by office staff, tea lady, kit man and so on. In other words all of the people who aren’t on big money such as players and manager.

The mathematics of the situation are that if Newcastle win, then with every league placing worth well over half a million, a victory would almost guarantee much more than £1m to the club.

GP0014_Newcastle_United_NUFC (2)A lot of people would argue, well Ashley doesn’t have to offer anything and it is a no-lose situation. It isn’t like he’s asking the employees to gamble any of their normal wages/salary.

However, I try and put myself in their position. Imagine if you work at the club and earn say £15,000-£20,000 a year and if Newcastle win you might get a £10,000 bonus if the team win. These figures are obviously just a guesstimate but whatever people earn I can imagine that these figures reflect how much the bonus money would mean.

Again, putting yourself in their shoes, go back two years and it was revealed before we played West Brom in the final match that the lower paid staff would share £500,000 if Newcastle won, on a similar basis because a win would guarantee extra league placings and so extra money coming in.

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It was bad enough as a fan seeing Newcastle throw away a three goal lead but what if those eleven players on mega money cost you the chance of a family holiday, paying your debts off, or even keeping your house maybe in some cases?

Something you had absolutely no control over dictating whether you would be ecstatic or miserable, making or breaking your family’s happiness.

It all comes down to the motivation of Mike Ashley and indeed how the whole thing becomes public knowledge before the event.

If it is done with the best of intentions by the owner and then leaked by somebody beyond his control then fair enough. However, if it is simply a cheap gimmick (such as giving 8 year contracts out) then I think it is out of order.

A very rich man playing with people’s emotions and the question must be asked as to why this should be leaked in advance and Mike Ashley can’t just wait until the match is over and then reveal he is giving away an extra £1m? Or why not go into the dressing room just before kick-off and tell the players that they are also playing for the happiness of the staff they mix with day in day out?

At least the Sports Direct employees know that working their socks off will help them to achieve their generous bonuses. Not relying on eleven millionaires who have on many occasions let themselves and everybody else down this season and if they had anything about them would pay the £1m out themselves if they fail today.

Now that would be a story!

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27 comments
sickchip
sickchip

If NUFC don't release a statement asap saying they are looking for a new manager, Ashley's words will ring hollow.

sickchip
sickchip

Can't believe the town clown Carver talking about still being manager next season and bringing in the players he wants. What a deluded idiot the man is.

Get rid of the buffoon asap.


And his crocodile tears, and cheapshot, regarding the two lads who died was a disgrace. A cheap attempt to garner empathy with fans and pretend he's 'one of us'. Odious.

tino o
tino o

Using the 2 lads who died flying to nz to watch us rip. As an excuse for a disastrous season doesn't sit well with me we have been fortunate to survive. Lack of investment in to the team very very poor management from top to bottom has been the problem carver should be f@cked off now. If Ashley is staying get rid of the knob charnley and get someone who has a clue about football to do his job

MikeAshleyAteMyHamster
MikeAshleyAteMyHamster

I'm sorry but that's me done . This season has been a disgrace, anyone celebrating us staying up today needs to take a long hard look at themselves. The players have been an embarrassment for most of the season, the management and coaching staff have failed miserably and as for the owner, well the less said the better. Hurrah! Newcastle Utd are still in the premier league, roll on next season, more of the same.

Marklp
Marklp

Totally agree Toon Magpies, it took five pints to se

Toon Magpie
Toon Magpie

Took a long hard look at myself and I am happy with staying up. The game was great, we played very well. Looking forward to next season and I have a good feeling about it.

Phildene
Phildene

Stupid guy thinks he'll have say in who comes in-he's either very deluded (yes) or doesn't listen to whats been said and agreed on by the so called 'Board'. Anyone who comes in as Manager/Head Coach won't have any say in players - in a way its thank God, as if it IS Carver, God know who the hell he'd have coming in.


The man's a total deluded fool

GToon
GToon

I thought the manager/coach had no say on player incomings and goings or have the learnt that lesson too? I think the biggest disappointment for me today is Ashley's voice. I was hoping for one of those ridiculously high pitched ones that lots of fatties have. He will continue to invest in the club? Eh? It's by not investing that he has generated a profit each year. He. Might think we can punch above our weight financially but what player is going to want to join us? Maybe after we finished 5th top, but not 5th bottom. For me it's too little too late but whatever happens he has been provoked into this by the demo's so well done to the fans. Well done to some of the players too and I'd like to thank my parents......sorry I'm losing it, it's bed time. It's been a long season you know.

GToon
GToon

To him it probably just means paying the going rate instead of something with 70 percent off plastered all over it. First thing we need to attract decent players is a decent manager and we haven't got one of those at the moment. Anyway I wonder how much it would cost to buy the whole of Swansea FC. Might be cheaper than the 7 or 8 players we need. Not joking either!

v0ices
v0ices

@GToon punching above our weight finacially made me laugh being the 18th richest club even with our strangled revenue streams. Wonder how many 10's of millions a year fatty is costing the club with that. Does this mean we will be slugging it out with the top 10 richest clubs in the world instead of being unable to compete with swansea or stoke.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Mike will be so upset if he reads this as he has nothing to do with who harry potter appoints as manager, oh no.

TheBoneYard
TheBoneYard

he aint gonna walk so gonna have to sack him......up to Ashley to put action to his words......very noticeable post final whistle with carver on pitch all smiles and arms out stretched with most of the players walking straight past him.......did players play the way they wanted today and ignore any Carver instructions, Janmaat in particular got forward alot more today and Anita was all over the pitch.......pre match Ashley stating he aint going anywhere, so its over to the Carverout.com i guess.......

Alsteads
Alsteads

Yeah I noticed that. At least 3 players went past him and can't remember who but he went to high five mid air. Obviously huge issues. We know carver is out his depth and needs put out his misery but every single one of those players needs to have a word if they think it's ok to ( let's be honest) just put the effort in today that should be in there every time they pull that shirt on. I saw tackles being made that haven't been for most the season so this well done for the effort and this congratulations to Newcastle from Pardew more than fxxxing annoys me a bit!

Gordonthetoony
Gordonthetoony

Carver talking as if he's got the job already.  If this is the case then expect a summer of discontent.

Jarmin Geordie
Jarmin Geordie

Whilst Carver is totally deluded the next 48 hours should show if Ashleys amazing appearance in front of the cameras was a PR stunt or he meant what he said (he looked quite involved and enthusiastic during the game and maybe since Rangers deal is blown outta the water he will again try to push Newcastle towards Europe), although he did distance himself from the appointment of our next coach/manager

1957
1957

We win, score twice, survive and Ashley accepts responsibility for the problems at the club. More astonishing developments in the circus that is NUFC.

What could spoil it...'Geordie' John being appointed as Head Coach by his pal Charnley and the 'football board'. We could buy a team of world class players in the summer and we would still be battling relegation with the village idiot in charge.

You've taken a step forward Mike don't take two backwards by retaining Carver.

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

Dream on pelican head !!!! The only job you´ll be doing will be the one you´re fully qualified for: Village Idiot !!!!



Toonarden
Toonarden

Safety sealed. Ashley has spoken at last. Two positives from today. 

The next one would be to get Carver and his coaching staff totally out of this club and replace him with a successful and 'proper' manager and then let him have some quality signings.

Whoever said that all the negative campaigns, boycotts etc would be pointless were totally wrong as it as brought our corpulent owner out of his bunker. Next step is putting his money where his mouth is.

Surely being part of that atmosphere and excitement today would want him to do more?

GToon
GToon

He probably doesn't know who Jonas is. He hasn't been for a while you know. I think he joined the boycot, saving himself travel costs into the bargain. Win win!

v0ices
v0ices

@GToon doesnt cost ashley anything to travel his helicopter costs are paid by the club,.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Hopefully! And hopefully he feels humiliated at his treatment of Jonas too.

Andgeo
Andgeo

For fcuks sake relieve this fool from his duties immediately!!!

Michael Teasdale
Michael Teasdale

Good luck doing that at whichever club will take you, John...oh right, it's going to be us because Charnley and the "board" are picking.