Ant and Dec have backed the protests by Newcastle supporters against Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

Dec says that the fans had every right to protest and that the boycott of the Spurs match was a massive success with St. James’ Park half empty.

However, the pair believe that relegation would be a disaster and set United back, even though they understand that many fans believe that if taking the drop got rid of Mike Ashley it would be best for the club in the long-term.

Dec added that he thinks the protests should take a back seat in favour of fighting relegation and indeed the Ashley Out campaign organisers went very low key when it came to West Brom last week, clearly understanding that supporters have very mixed views of the conflict between focusing too much on protests when the drop threatens.

Though Dec also said that then fans would have to look again at what would happen in the aftermath of being safe from relegation, with supporters considering their options based on what Mike Ashley does this summer.

Speaking to Gordon Barr at the Chronicle, Ant and Dec had this to say:


“I think the fans have a right to do what they have done and the boycott worked, the place was half empty against Spurs. But I think now is the time we all have to get together and help keep the club in the division.

“Then see what happens in the summer and do what we have to do as fans next season. Relegation’s not an option.”

ant and dec

Relegation not a new dawn:

“I don’t think relegation will be a new dawn, I think it will be a disaster . Some people have been of the opinion it might be a good thing to get relegated and for the club to start again. I don’t agree with that at all. I don’t think that’s a viable option. That’s not what happened five years ago when we went down to the Championship the last time.

“We all thought that was a new dawn, and it hasn’t lasted very long. To be in so many relegation scraps over the last few years is not really acceptable for a club of this size.”


 “With that support every week we shouldn’t be down there battling every year. But I think the club hopefully in the summer will take a look at how they are doing things and maybe make a few changes and look at their transfer policies and their recruitment and hopefully we won’t be back in this situation.

“We should be up the other end of the table, battling for European places, not battling down there to stay in the division.”


“We didn’t have to be in that (relegation) situation. Eight losses on the bounce is ridiculous…ridiculous. If we took a couple of points earlier, won a couple of games earlier it could have been different.

“We were the last team that should have been sucked into all of that. But here we are, we find ourselves again in that situation.”

  • mrkgw

    Well said. Mike Ashley needs to take a long, long look at the state of things. Its all his doing. Surely, recruiting the right people cant be that hard. With certainty. Charnley and Carver must go immediately.

  • blackfriar1

    Im a newcastle supporter,get me out of here.

  • Porciestreet

    mrkgw Mrk, If he were the least bit interested he would do but he’s not. He’s just a money grabbing 5h!t.
    HWTF.  Ashley oot…………!

  • newcastlefan1984

    We should have never have been in this situation in 2009 and again in 2015.

  • newcastlefan1984

    mrkgw Whatever happens, this Summer is huge. We need a new owner, director, manager and captain. The club needs to start again.

  • IntravenusMP

    Ant & Dec backed Ed Milliband too

  • Demented_Man

    This is what is needed – more celebs speaking out in favour of the protests.
    Mr Shearer, take note.

  • LeazesEnder

    IntravenusMP did they….I thought they came out for your lot?

  • LeazesEnder

    Demented_Man …. and Robson Green

  • IntravenusMP

    LeazesEnder IntravenusMP You are sort of right, they said they wouldn’t vote Ed Milli. I suppose that is my lot, I’m not tory but definitely anti Labour

  • mactoon

    newcastlefan1984 mrkgw  It wont happen. We survive, he has achieved what he wants and can continue to run the club cheaply while raking in the TV money. We go down, and no one will fork out £300 million for a Championship club so he will spend the minimum to get us back into the Premiership. Groundog day

  • A lex

    LeazesEnder Demented_Man On the payroll!

  • GToon

    IntravenusMP LeazesEnder Why cos they help poorer people? See Mr Ashley made £100m on his shares once the tories got in. How nice for him.

  • IntravenusMP

    GToon IntravenusMP LeazesEnder Why? because they are economically incompetent, left the country impotent as  to deal with an economic collapse that they should have anticipated. They also had a bunch of policies that seemed fluffy and nice but had not been thought through.

  • GToon

    Should have anticipated? The credit crunch? No body else did! Debt as perc of GDP was 42 when they came in and 35 when they left! Anyway it’s not footy so enough.

  • Chemical Dave

    I read enough labour crap on true faith.

  • GToon

    Ok. No more then! Was just my reply that’s all. Time to concentrate on the draw we might get at qpr!

  • stevennufc

    yous think ashleys bad…….wait till “call me dave” starts!!…….god help us!!

  • Toon Magpie

    You can’t have Ant without Dec nor Dec without Ant, what were they thinking when they wrote that banner, idiots?
    Ant and Dec would still be a better coach between them than the self proclaimed best manager in the league.

  • Toon Magpie

    You are joking when have they ever helped poor people?

  • Toon Magpie

    This why we need to go to third tier.

  • Toon Magpie

    @GToon They sold the gold and pension money, wasted money on illegal war in Iraq under a 45min lie which has resulted in rise of ISIS .

  • Toon Magpie

    @Gtoon and wrong again we got beat. You’ve not having a good day Gtoon.

  • GToon

    Might get, not will get!

  • GToon

    Not doin politics now. I shouldn’t have replied to that post so let’s leave it and concentrate on our wonderful football team! ok?

  • GToon

    I’ve been running with my son and swimming with my daughter. After that I started relying on 11 clowns and one dillusional idiot to make me happy. That’s when it all went wrong! Day was ok til then. How about you? Point is there would have been a time the whole day revolved around the toon. That feeling is dwindling. We deserve to go down this year but I think that result for Hull last week will save us.

  • GToon

    You are right. Never heard any of them say they will get rid of the millions (3.7) children in the UK living in poverty. They are all the same. Liars. It’s just a matter of choosing your favorite liar.