I have been concerned and confused from something that I read recently in which Alan Pardew was quoted.

The quote; “We can’t compete with Man City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in those Champions League positions with that extra revenue.”

MikeAshley8Ok, this to a certain degree is true. Under Mr Ashley’s current regime it is true that we don’t have the huge and stupid amounts of money to spend on wages and transfer fees. This was not the part that has got me seriously concerned.

The next quote is what has made me chew over in my head since reading it, “We can’t compete with teams like Southampton in spending.”

How on earth can we not compete with Southampton, Fulham, West Brom and even Norwich & West Ham in the transfer market? I do not believe these clubs have more money to play around with on transfer fees and wages.

Their owners are not exactly Sheikhs as at Manchester City with huge long arms and even deeper pockets. I have not been able to stop thinking about it all day.

We lost Darren Bent to Fulham (wages, and slightly overrated but will score goals), didn’t follow up on Norwich’s Van Wolfswinkel ( looks like a handy lad that’s going to score goals) and not really getting involved in attempting to bring Andy Carroll back ( would not even match West Ham’s offer to bring home one of our own).

How is this the case? It is seeming like we are falling behind the smaller, less followed, smaller capacity stadiums, less revenue generating clubs and yet being told from the financial report coming from the club that we are moving forward.

I understand Mr Ashley’s business thinking on trying to clear debts and help the club be back on a level that is not so far in debt that we become another Leeds Ttd,but surely the man himself does not want to be being beaten by the let’s face it, smaller owners in the club owners world.

He seems to have too much showmanship and business pride to lose out in the retail sector to let this happen to this amazingly highly followed and regarded club.

He just needs to remember that once the business side is sorted to how he wants it to be, he can turn his showmanship and billions to our huge sleeping giant of a club, make history and have us singing his name for all the right reasons, which is competing in the transfer market and winning silverware.

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DavidDrape
DavidDrape

if this is future club policy surely we are not far away from toon fans going in hime ends which has been happening at places like Hull and a few others. this could therefore be a recipe for disaster as one day it will kick off big time with toon fans in the home end

David Telford
David Telford

It's good to give a discount to season ticket holders

MikeatToonArmyPhila
MikeatToonArmyPhila

Stateside, that would almost ensure empty stands. Ashley really doesn't understand the damage he has done to the brand.

Mark Brooker
Mark Brooker

I'll just wait until next season we'll probably be playing them in the championship.

mrkgw
mrkgw

Just typical.

Fozzyworld
Fozzyworld

@Mike_Ashley_Out. Brilliant move, double whammy. .. Force Season Ticket Holders to renew and reduce the away support in one go. Genious!

wor monga
wor monga

I Love it, Jackie…I really do!…if you think Ashley will sit back and let those who won’t go…don’t go…and never have gone take a lend of him via the internet (the Mag) then it’s about time you got the message…he won’t.


...One way or another those who haven’t renewed (for whatever reason) will get the message that he will use any trick in the book to fill the ground on matchdays…one way or another…by any cheap day deals he can think of, and if he can, hopefully, penalise some who are hoping to coming back, in the process.


...That’s how you make billions of £’s from nothing…and you don’t get that by backing down to any signs of opposition when the ‘natives get restless’.. 

knocky
knocky

Isn't this another way of saying a £5 discount for season ticket holders - seems fair to me. I've committed to pay for a season ticket and as such get  an opportunity to get some tickets cheaper. 

And The Mag should check the facts first before wading in with another anti-newcastle united article

amacdee
amacdee

@knocky Dont get knocky with the Mag. Its people like you, who keep buying ST's, who tell the Fatman he's doing everything OK ! FGS man you'll get a ticket for every home game this season without signing on the dotted line.

knocky
knocky

@amacdee @knocky 7 together? My whole family go, parents, kids and grandkids. We enjoy the day - pub etc, sometimes even the football. I live in hope that we provide our fans with effort and entertainment (as a a bare minimum) and to a some stage get back to competing with the top end of the table (won't hold my breath). But I have mates who are Leeds, York, Plymouth, Rangers fans There's no guarantees in football - we can't all support Man City/Chelsea

Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@knocky @amacdee But, you'd already have saved £35 for 7 tickets at Sheff United. I think it' great that ST holders get a discount

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

@Duke Fame @knocky @amacdee its a ploy and an excuse to make a fiver out of you. its about fairness not everyone can afford a season ticket but may live close to sheffeild and want to go yet pay £5 more. why should they be charged a different price and be discriminated against. ITS AN EXCUSE to change club policy from now on and force everyone to join the club membership scheme regardless if you go to 1 or all of the games home and away. its disgraceful and its ashley saying we will make you buy the club membership which hilariously this money is posed to be ring fenced to be spent on the academy ha ha joke because we all know how that has struggled in many ways in the last few years. these games should be no more than £10 regardless of money going to a good cause. its sonly kick about for god sake with 20 subs in the 2nd half. its also ashley being spiteful again - well if he wants to play it that way who is going to win this war in the long term? me thinks its going to be the fans ASHLEY OUT

philrenner09
philrenner09

This is exactly what Sheff Utd are doing £15 for non season ticket holders and £10 if you are --- they have set the prices, phone Bramall lane and get your facts right. This is a regular thing for Sheff Utd to do for pre season matches

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

@philrenner09 can we assume the extra £5 is going to charity as well or being milked off as admin/costs etc?

JohnyH
JohnyH

They just don't get it do they.

For a charge that might make them a few quid, they're prepared to p&£@s off the entire supporter community.

He can stick his f@&£&@g tickets right up his f&@£!?g fat a&£e

G Dubz
G Dubz

Dont go- the football is 5hite, the players arent committed, the chairmen is milking us... its not our NUFC anymore and wont be again until he leaves

He will only go if we undermine his brand- the TV money more than offsets the season ticket fall and attendance drop- making Sports Direct look bad is where it hurts him- do that by not going.

foggy
foggy

Just don't F in go, don't buy the shirts, don't buy or renew the season tickets.

Once again its just another slap in the face for the fans from the lying w#nkers who own / run the club, all the while aided and abetted by moncur.


Duke Fame
Duke Fame

@foggy I quite like going to the match, I support the lads and have some fantastic times. It's what being a real fan is all about

WilliamCarney
WilliamCarney

@Duke Fame @foggy What being a happy clapper and encouraging someone to use our club as a giant billboard that takes advantage of fans and players for his own benefit, let me ask you something ok, what are you exactly a fan of? the amazing football we play? or the destruction of our club? it's nice of you to think your a real fan but seriously your not, your the second biggest problem to our club, wake up you dumb moron.

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

@Duke Fame @foggy yeah thats all well and good but the main principle of going to the match is the team on the pitch which is the most important issue. without a half decent team trying to win things we wouldn't have a club. for the first time in this clubs history from 1882 we are not trying to win a cup - very disrespectful to everyone

Seventy2
Seventy2

I wonder how long it will take for the Membership price to rise?

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

Didn't you just know the fat 845tard was going to pull strokes like this.  Now's definately the right time to tell him to shove his tickets right into the dark place only his mother would visit.


Wallsendstu
Wallsendstu

Just don't go. I feel sorry for the lad whose testimonial it is as these players know that NUFC supporters travel in their thousands to watch the team. Does the extra £5 go to the guy? I doubt it, so the greedy sods milk off money where ever they can and it makes me sick to my stomach. The fatman and Penfold are just the type to steal from donation boxes as long as they get their grubby paws on another penny, scum. 

maddib
maddib

@Wallsendstu  If the extra fiver per ticket isn't going to Morgan, then surely Ashley is guilty of theft.  It's his testimonial, surely all monies goes to him so he can sort out stewarding/policing costs from the final testimonial amount and then take him/give to charity what is left.

Grrrbby
Grrrbby

There are some absolute morons on here like. This is a non article with yet another dramatic headline that doesn't tell you all the facts. Sheffield set the prices not Newcastle. And even if they did, i'd look at this as a good thing for season ticket holders rather than the other way round. Next ...