Keep you eyes peeled on Saturday for an unusual sight, no unfortunately we aren’t talking about the ball nestling in Manchester United’s net, rather a ‘Magical Misery Tour’ taking place around the streets of Newcastle

A cross-section of fans, with the help of the MAOC (Mike Ashley Out Campaign) are holding an open top bus parade through Newcastle city centre to ‘celebrate’ the achievements of Mike Ashley’s time at the club.

magical misery tour

Get On Board!

A message from the organisers;

The date is significant not because this fixture used to be a high profile game between two top clubs but because April 5th is the end of the financial year and we want to highlight how Newcastle United appears to be more of an accountancy exercise these days than a football club and sporting institution.

The ironic ‘celebration’ will show that the club has achieved exactly what it set out to do in its hopelessly limited aim of Premiership survival whilst not taking Cup competitions or European qualification seriously. Amongst a general feeling that Mr Ashley has nothing to contribute to the progression and growth of Newcastle United, fans also want to highlight concerns over the following  issues:

•             The continued feeling of alienation and exploitation fans feel from the club they love and support

•             Asset stripping; the latest proposed land sale at the Gallowgate End appearing to permanently end any chance of future ground expansion

•             Lack of ambition, direction and investment. Cashing in on our best players, whilst being bottom of the league in team investment over the last 5 years.

•             The free advertising enjoyed by Mr Ashley’s companies inside St James’s Park, which the club have now admitted is seen as an offset to Mr Ashley not charging interest on his non decreasing interest free loan!

•             The continued contraction of NUFC Commercial Revenues making the club appear hamstrung at a time when  Financial Fair Play rules show that revenues will be crucial for growth under the new regulations

•             The financial ‘blackhole’ created by MASH Holdings and the questions which arise as to whether fans’ money goes towards the benefit of the football club.

•             The continued diminishing of the Newcastle United brand and identity.

•             The association of the club with morally dubious sponsors

This ‘event’ is meant to highlight in a humorous way some very serious points about the running of the club. If you’re out and about Newcastle city centre please give us a toot or a wave to show your support.

NUFC needs new direction, new leadership and accountability.

On behalf of the invited bus guests.

MAOC Committee

Keep in touch with what MAOC are up to by following them on Twitter @Mike_Ashley_Out

17 comments
devonbay
devonbay

Caution to everyone , Ashleys solicitors will be all over this site so be careful  what you type !

devonbay
devonbay

Did you notice how Halliwell used his police skills ie disrespecting the MP's at the committee hearing by talking to them with elbows on the table and fists under his chin ? No wonder Ashley sent him in his stead !  Why did the MP's let him get away with that ?

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill

They can't say a word to us about the state of the Club - yet the moment SD is highlighted out they come. 

What can they disagree with?

Simon Bird simply repeated what he asked and was told at the SD AGM last year. That has already been in print. It's factual that SD does not pay for ground advertising, and they run the retail operation. Retail was worth 3.4 million a year, yet even the accounts do not suggest that amount (for 12/13 they reported only 0.8 million of stock from SD) and they continue to report sales as NIL.

Just goes to shows all the dissenters among the support that harming SD is the way to get at Fatty and ALL he remains concerned about.

Ikeys Brother
Ikeys Brother

Fatso`s weak point always has been his jumble sale shops & always will be

Wallsendstu
Wallsendstu

Perhaps it has reminded them that Carver now has 7 strikes and he should have went at 6. I am looking forward to the tanoy messages telling the players to put more effort in or they are gone. They will need to do it in French and English though not Polish (yet). I also thought how apt the free gift was the guy got it said it all A big mug, exactly what anyone who keeps giving the fat man money is.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Just a thought but as all of the shirt sales go to sports direct so boycotting shirt sales should be on the agenda. A just giving page could be set up with the purpose of giving money to the bobby Robson foundation this summer instead of buying a new strip. Promoting this idea via social media could be quite successful.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Andgeo Yes..... the 'club' shop IS a 'Spots Dirt outlet'..... I've been saying this for ages....


tino o
tino o

Channel 4 seem to have hit a nerve can't believe he issued a club statement hours after like we want to hear his lies or believe them let's hope the bad publicity continues hopefully this is just the start!

bill black
bill black

Any pro Ashley people want to tell us how grateful they are we have him as owner.

Roppa2
Roppa2

I would imagine that the club will be highlighting the glaring and disgraceful research error made by channel 4 which was their comment about the free advertising that his sports empire receives. They incorrectly stated that he owned both businesses so it was up to him if he wanted to pay Newcastle United.  He only owns 55% the last time I looked of S@it Direct so, in my opinion, Newcastle united football club should received 45% of the cost of  the advertising they receive. Over the years that would be equal to a first class striker and his wages. 

I look forward to the club highlighting that later today.

Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag

Will anyone still stick up for him and here? And put the argument forward that he is running the club well? These people are either plants or they have been on the pipe,, his whole time in charge of newcastle has been to further his sports business, he thinks of nothing but himself, the amount of money he has made through his free advertising and upping the profile of his company, he could walk away from newcastle for nothing and still have made billions out of our club,,,, he is a parasite,,,,,I agree totally with the other comments,, sports direct is where to hurt this man, bad publicity against his sweat shop company,,,

RitchieForster
RitchieForster

This is the time for J.D.Sports to really 'push' their brand or better still, Newcastle fans to do it for them. ... "we love JDSports yes we love JDSports .. We Love Channel 4 yes we love Channel 4...," 

Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Funny how the hierarchy wanted to be contacted for comment. There's a  change in policy. Charnley wanted to reduce the number of FF meetings. Last year I wrote to Lee Marshall about a particular matter and I didn't even get a reply.

Eagerly awaiting the release of their next waffle statement. The problems are all self made with Mr Tubbs being the main guilty party. Pantomime/circus are the best words to describe what is going on at the club.

mickg
mickg

They should counter the bad publicity by pointing to how well the club is doing and how all the staff and fans are so happy and grateful to Sports Direct for.........


Oh wait!!

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

So that's Channel 4 banned from the stadium too then I guess?!?!?!


But as @Charlatan30 says, nothing for weeks about the inept performances on the field, nor the failure to strengthen in January, nor the failure to get a positive change in the managers seat...and yet as soon as there is risk to the SD image (well more risk) there's an instant statement....guess that tells the Ashley Out campaigners exactly where it hurts and where they can focus their frustrations!

Andrew Barton
Andrew Barton

Doesn't mean a lot from a club that are proven liars