Remember the Newcastle United 5 year plan? The one that should have concluded 12 months ago.

Remember Derek Llambias saying: “In five years’ time I would hope we would be challenging for everything’.

derek llambiasSo why is it Newcastle United are satisfied, 6 years later, with mid-table finishes?

Why are we satisfied with not taking domestic cup competitions seriously?

I propose a new 5 year plan, which is to be achieved by the end of January 2020:

1/ We as fans do not rest until we rid Newcastle United of the cancer that is Mike Ashley and his puppets.

2/ We look to attract an owner with genuine passion for our great club.

3/ We appoint a manager (not a head coach) who has a proven track record and can restore the pride and passion at our beloved club.

4/ We go out every Saturday afternoon with our heads held high looking like we’re ready for the fight and give nothing short of 100%.

5/ We take cup competitions seriously and look like there is a desire to reach another Wembley final.

6/ We aim for the stars, and if we fall short, we can hold our heads high and say we gave it our best.

7/ We turn the tide on Sunderland and subject them to successive defeats, or die trying.

8/ We will not settle for mediocrity, mid-table is not an achievement.

9/ We re-establish ourselves as a club that CAN compete with the likes of Southampton and Swansea.

10/ We once again make St James’ Park a place where others fear to tread.

We’ve been there before, we can achieve it again, but it will never happen under the current regime.

Our new 5 year plan needs to start now and number 1 on the list is our top priority.

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  • prestondave

    That will do for me.

  • DZA187

    The only plan Cashley has is to take money out of the club :(

  • Hughie

    OK apart from 9 and 3. Ambition is about competing with the Man U’s, City,Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelskis of the world!! In terms of 3 who cares if it’s a manager or a coach as long as the team is effective.

  • Shaker_Shakrah

    DZA187 agree 
    are you a geordie ?

  • DZA187

    Shaker_Shakrah DZA187

    Of cause I am – 29 years I supported my home town club but again, what this have to do with Ashley taking money out of our club comment ?

  • RichGibb

    This is all well and good, but it still doesn’t address exactly how we would achieve points 1 and 2.

    You see, Mike Ashley is protected by the two things that count the most…power and influence. Yes there may be more of us. Yes there has been historical examples; social movements and the like, of ‘the people’ overthrowing a particular regime. However, HOW would we do it?

    There have been many suggestions –

    * Stop going to matches.
    * Stop buying merch.
    * Protest outside the ground.

    * Protest inside the ground.
    * Mass walk out.
    * A petition of as many names as possible of people who will never buy anything from SD again (I suggested this).

    But none of this has ever worked, or ever been truly implemented due to many factors; fan loyalty, media negativity (biased media points of view I might add) etc.

    So I don’t want to sound pessimistic, or defeatist, because I would desperately love Newcastle to have ambition and that will only come with a new owner. But how would it be achieved? Anyone?

  • Paul Patterson

    There is one problem.
    Someone needs to come up with the money to buy him out.
    That is the hardest part . .

  • toonterrier

    Under KK and Sir Bobby we went to games expecting to win and if we didn’t at least we left with a smile on our faces knowing we had been entertained and the players had given their all. Now we go to a game because that is what we have done for years. Watch rubbish with players knowing the club has no ambition so why should they work their socks off and then hopefully someone will come in and bail them out of the mess we have become. Not right that lads who we know are class switch off when they realise the club is going nowhere.. Hopefuly one day soon someone will come in and save us from the hell it is now.

  • PeterS84

    As with everything that comes out of the club at present its pure rubbish, the 5 year plan was to try and keep fans happy at buy into the 10 year season ticket plan

    The plan for the fat man is pure and simple….

    1) how much money can I make from this club

    2) keep premier league status…so he can make as much money as possible from this club

    3) Complete rule 2 then sell the most profitable player so he can achieve number 1 

    4) Promote his other companies for free so he can achieve number 1

  • No Brainer

    We as fans do not rest until we rid Newcastle United of the cancer that is Mike Ashley and his puppets.
     carry on as we have been going to the game but start singing to support the team
    2/ We look to attract an owner with genuine passion for our great club.
    Who can invest up to four million a year into the as a loss from his own pocket yet may not grow the commercial income like the current team.
    3/ We appoint a manager (not a head coach) who has a proven track record and can restore the pride and passion at our beloved club.
    NO appoint some one who can coach coach coach. with approx 20 hours per week for coaching and  planning with 25 players there isn’t a lot of time concentrate on that.
    4/ We go out every Saturday afternoon with our heads held high looking like we’re ready for the fight and give nothing short of 100%.
    As we do now
    5/ We take cup competitions seriously and look like there is a desire to reach another Wembley final.
    Two cup finals under in forty years, the two recent qtr finals are a step in the right direction
    6/ We aim for the stars, and if we fall short, we can hold our heads high and say we gave it our best.
    Carry on as we do
    7/ We turn the tide on Sunderland and subject them to successive defeats, or die trying.
    YES PLEASE ASAP
    8/ We will not settle for mediocrity, mid-table is not an achievement.
    YES PLEASE ASAP really try on this one

    9/ We re-establish ourselves as a club that CAN compete with the likes of Southampton and Swansea.
    Swansea your having a laugh just sold their striker stated they need most of the cash for running the club and use what little they have to buy midfielder and defender. Like saints yes 
    10/ We once again make St James’ Park a place where others fear to tread
    Thats up to the fans but is been very quiet since all seater went in like all grounds. not sure what we can do.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer what are you smoking? Ashley hasn’t grown the commercial revenue – the increase was due to tv money following promotion. In real terms we have lost revenue since Ashley took over and we all know why (SD). He also is not investing 4 million a year – the club is still over 20 million in profit from player sales since 2008. We also still owe him 129 million. No cup or euro competition, only a mid table finish, is the published aim of the owner. Another prime example of just how little too many people understand about the club and how Ashley is running it.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    RichGibb greed will be our saviour. As a going concern we look viable once again, even if Ashley stubbornly refuses to reduce his own debt. He’ll get an offer he can’t refuse because he plainly does not want to have anything to do with football, only its income potential and everyone is finally waking up to that fact. he hates and avoids publicity and all this is doing is throwing him into the spotlight and the shady dealings he has in order to max SD profits..

  • No Brainer

    Sickandtiredstill No Brainer  NO sorry you should read the reports after you have stopped smoking what ever that is stopping you from doing so.
    Commercial revenue and TV income are listed as separate items by deloitte’s for the purpose of this. Lets get this right.

  • No Brainer

    toonterrier Strange for SBR it wasn’t really quite like that. In his first year we were awful and hopeful but not expectant. 2nd year yes third yes fourth we abused him then we hounded him out due. Shame on TOON.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer Sickandtiredstill Sure, let’s get it right. Take out player sales (Cabayes in this case) and the initial new sponsorship deal with Wonga (thats the period these figures account for) and Ashley has decreased the commercial activity and revenue of NUFC in real terms. Been that way every year since he bought us.

    How? Because he pays nothing to the club for his ground advertising and SD now run the merchandising/retail operation. He even outsourced the catering! He has not produced any new or meaningful revenue streams to the commercial side of the club. He has not expanded our global brand, which was part of the original long term plan of his, and instead has concentrated on expanding SD exposure through us. 

    In simple terms, we don’t make more money from selling football shirts because no one is interested in us globally, and even if they were, SD would get the profits. Thanks to the deal with Wonga, a pay day loan company, many commercial business do not want their name associated with us.

    Even simpler, if we had a better team and challenged for things, we would also be on TV more and earn more revenue from that.

  • Sickandtiredstill

    No Brainer toonterrier same problem now as then. The non footballing people in charge (Hall/Shepherd) made decisions. Fast forward and all we have is a worse replacement in Ashley.

  • big TJ

    Right here we go, my first post!
    Please accept that everyone has and are entitled to to their own opinion, so here’s mine.
    1. MA own’s Newcastle united, it is his business and he will run it his way, he will make money from it, and he will be thrilled if the team play well, everyone enjoyes the experience and are happy as customers as they will spend more…..happy days!
    2. I think the system being put in place as the organization structure of the club is a good one, we’ve seen some awful purchases in the past, at least their are fail safes in place on positional quality and ability (coach), availability quality and potential (head scout), and affordability/ deal completion (MD). I also believe that if the head coach does not rate a player, the other team members would not purchase him and create problems within the club (communication will be key).
    3. JC I love the guy,, I rate him as a coach, and as a person, this is the ideal time to give him the opportunity, and repay his loyalty to nufc. I would rather john had the opportunity for the rest of the season, if were relegated you can hang me, if he keeps us safe reward him, if he keeps us in the top half, give him a further season, and if he gets us in to Europe then make him a god! If JC does get relegated (which I doubt) sorry john but sack him and start over, please remember a head coach coming in with new ideas may implement changes that may not work and could be a disaster!!! JC and co know the players. Remember if we don’t give him the chance we’ll never know, he’ll go to west bom or somewhere, coming back to bite us in the butt ha!!
    4. Players: I hate reading on the net that man u are having krull, arsenal are having sissoko and tiote, cissay going to swans, ah hey hang on esp London papers nufc will decide who goes and who stays. Then if one or all of these player leave honestly I don’t care as long as the club use the pendal system and bring in players that are 2 or more % better therefore increasing the overall quality of the squad, then I would be thrilled if we were once per season to sign a further quality player, in five years we’d be regularly involved in Europe and title challenge. Sadly very few fans are optimistic enough to agree that this will happen, I do!
    5. Fans……..look if your local chippy serves up crap you don’t go back, if you don’t like your local pub landlord, you find another pub, if nufc don’t deliver…… divnt gan! Personally I love Newcastle, but unusually I don’t go to watch just Newcastle, I will go to watch Chelsea, man u and city Liverpool etc. If we can performed well like Chelsea first half just from my point I’m happy, if we get a result then the misses gets sex (if me tea is up to scratch).
    I enjoy reading here, great points opinions and views. Thanks all. whatever you feel about my opinions I wish everyone would get behind the club support the team as we used to and inject a bit of positivity, as I believe we’ve always been the twelfth man

  • Sickandtiredstill

    Muppet. Get back to your Playstation.

  • big TJ

    I don’t own one fool, great post though, bet your on benefits.

  • DownUnderMag

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with a DoF with Head Coach approach, we have seen in the past any number of “Managers” who have made some awful decisions in the transfer market.  Ashley clearly isn’t ready to fund an 18m quid acquisition on huge wages to sit around on the treatment table all day or loaned out after failing to make an impact for two seasons…we know Carr can pick out gems, what we actually need is a coach who can use them the best way possible and work to players strengths and not try and fit round pegs in square holes like Pardew did and any number of other British “Managers” would also try to do.

    The big point of contention though is the cups.  The fans love a cup competition…and while we realise we probably won’t win it, we want to at least TRY!  Cup competitions aren’t for the owner, it is giving something back to the fans.  I am sure with a little more investment and/or a decent coach and youth setup we could take them seriously without fielding essentially an U18’s side.

    One big thing that does need to change though is the coaching setup from a youth perspective.  We all respect Beardo for his ability as a player, but it is becoming glaringly obvious he isn’t doing what is needed at a coaching level.  There is no shame, sometimes just because you are a good player you don’t necessarily make a good coach.  We need our reserves and youth to be prepped and ready to step into the first team and from what we have seen for a number of seasons now that just isn’t the case.

    I am not talking skill levels here.  As the saying goes, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear…i’m not expecting players to be superstars if they just simply don’t have that amount of natural skill and talent.   What i AM concerned about is the fitness and tactical knowledge of those youth players and the striking chasm of difference between what they have and what is needed.   Every player stepping into the first team should be able to play at minimum 50-60 minutes of football at full pace premiership level and they should walk into the team knowing exactly how they are expected to play, how the rest of the team is playing and link up with the other players better.  In short, players should be able to come in and NOT be a liability.

    As for Ashley, stay or not, that isn’t for us to decide unfortunately.  He will only sell when he is ready, but the frustrating thing is all it will take to push the club on to the next level is a small amount more investment and surely the increased TV revenue, league placing prize money and more appealing sponsor/overseas interest would offset that?  We, as fans, aren’t asking the impossible, which often gets overlooked.   We don’t expect to win the league, we just want to be competitive, to go out there and try, to give the fans a reason to get behind their club beyond just blind faith and loyalty.  That is not a hard thing to achieve from Ashley, he just needs to give a crap about the club beyond just short term profit margins and get some of the TV money spent to improve the setup.

  • No Brainer

    So silly and based on dreams in your head. There a many other deals that have contributed to the increase.
    And of course sone signed after tge wonga deal. There is not sponsor any where that has stated we will not enter into a deal with nufc as they have wonga as a sponsor
    back to school for you

  • No Brainer

    Sounds like good senae almoat a No Bra…..

  • Mister Tee

    1. Yes, its Ashleys club and he can do with it what he likes. In fact, he pretty much does! But it never seems to be for the good of the football team does it?
    Does he really want the team to do well?
    Or does he just want us to hover around mid table and keep the PL money c