I must admit I have always found Colin Murray more annoying than entertaining.

The TV and radio presenter, and Liverpool fan, is ok in small doses, but I usually find myself switching over sooner rather than later.

I have to say though that I’m really impressed with what he has now written about Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.

Writing for The Metro newspaper, he has produced an excellent article, which sums up perfectly the position Newcastle fans currently find themselves in.

Namely, the hope that at last this decade of manipulation and stupidity under Mike Ashley could at last be at an end.

Colin Murray is really on the ball with his knowledge of Newcastle United and exactly how the Ashley era has played out, putting most of the ignorant idiots in the media to shame, especially those offering ‘expert’ opinion…

With one this week from an Express journalist who specialises in writing about Rugby, really taking the biscuit (read it here).

As for Colin Murray, I’m guessing he knows his stuff, has done his research, has mates who are Newcastle fans, or any combination of those.

I might give him a bit more of a listen the next time he is on TV/Radio…

Colin Murray writing for The Metro:

‘NINE months after the day Mike Ashley finally sells Newcastle United, the National Guard and the British Red Cross will have to be deployed on Tyneside to handle the explosion of child births.

What a party that will be. The clouds will part, the sun will shine, rivers of brown ale will flow.

Grown men will weep, children of the Toon under the age of ten will smile for the very first time…

This week, the ‘tracksuit billionaire’ not only reiterated the club is for sale but set out a clear path to the exit door. Potential suitors have been named, and the frontrunner appears to be PCP Capital Partners, a Middle East company spearheaded by Amanda Staveley, prompting one fan on Twitter to immediately pen the classic, ‘Oh Mandy, you came and you ***ked off Mike Ashley!’ I believe this needs developing by the Gallowgate End should she succeed.

If you were being kind, you would say he under-achieved. If you were being brutal, you would say he cheapened the club with low-rent sponsors and distasteful stadium name changes, punctuated by all-too-regular farce at managerial and boardroom level.

Personally, I feel Newcastle United under Ashley have remained a sleeping giant, and when there have been signs of stirring, it always felt like it was Ashley and his closest allies who, inadvertently or not, slipped this great club a couple of Xanax.

Take this summer for example. Back in the Premier League, an influx of TV money, a world-class manager in charge, and their net spend in the transfer window was less than Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield. This was not a one-off. When they finished fifth in the top flight in 2012, this was backed up by just one ‘major’ summer signing, namely Vurnon Anita.

With new proprietors comes risk but, while Mike remains, it is hard to see how Rafa can ‘make Newcastle great again’, so please don’t fall for the ‘better the devil you know’ baloney.’

To check out the full Metro article go here.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We need no anti Newcastle songs at matches just support to the team. Your team Liverpool are in a bigger mess considering the money they have spent a shambles so keep your opinions to yourself.

    • Toonarden

      Agree with your first sentence but not your second one. Yes we need to be courteous while this sale is going on as I don’t think the likes of Amanda Staveley would be too impressed with such gutter songs and sentiments.
      To dismiss Liverpool however would be foolish. They are a huge club with a following similar to ours and a history of winning things which won’t change in the long term. Let’s keep it all civil and enjoy the moment (and hopefully beyond).

      • Guest 2

        Oh come on man. You can’t buy a football club if you are going to be embarrassed by what the crowd sings. Heaven forbid – that would mean scrapping the singing section, – like a certain chubby owner did….

    • TheFatController

      Ah, so you don’t like Murray attacking Ashley’s regime, but instead of just making your counter argument, you go all passive aggressive and attack Liverpool. Who won 7-0 in the champions league on Tuesday.

      Strange decision.

      • FatParosite

        Leave the pensioner alone…. You know he can’t think straight….

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The arguments is that Liverpool who were a big club who won titles have never won the Premier League in over twenty attempts so he wants to get his own house in order before attacking others. We have got as much chance of finishing as high as Liverpool this season so he should keep his mouth firmly shut.

        • cmrowley

          Do you really believe that statement?
          “We have as much chance of finishing as high as Liverpool”
          Or is that just hyperbole?
          If you believe that then your credibility is shot to pieces.
          We could finish higher than Liverpool, but the chances are (odds if you will) are massively less. To say otherwise is just silly.

          • TheFatController

            Not only that, but we could question what he means by ‘getting house in order’?

            Is he suggesting Liverpool need to spend more on players then £30m plus on Salah? Stop holding onto players valued at £160m rather than selling them and buying a cheap French replacement …? Where is their house so badly ordered ?

        • cmrowley

          Also, It is literally his job to offer opinions on these topics. Who on earth would think that he shouldn’t do his job?

        • TheFatController

          what’s bizarre is you are attacking him when he says we’d be ecstatic with Ashley selling.

          You’re saying he shouldn’t call our club out for having an owner not interested in taking the club to where it should be, giving examples of woefully low investment.

          Why shouldn’t he tell it as it is? he’s not asked to comment as a Liverpool fan, but as a journalist.

          He has voiced his opinion, many seem to share that opinion among Newcastle fans, why tell him Liverpool need their house in order before he can make comment on Ashley selling?


          • Guest 2

            He’s a “Mr. Ashley” devotee, man. Still thinks we should be grateful to fatty for something. Must have had too much sea air over there in Monkseaton.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Who is Colin Murray attacking, sounds to me like he’s just stating the obvious.

        • HarryHype59

          “We have as much chance as finishing as high as Liverpool this season”

          Delusional doesn’t enter in to it!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Yes after a fifth of the season we are a head of Liverpool
            the Mag just hates Newcastle full stop.

    • Albert Stubbins

      What a stupid comment- Murray has demonstrated on loads of occasions on the radio a vast knowledge of how we feel about the whole Ashley situation to my considerable surprise- he has his finger totally on the pulse and fair play to him for not trotting out the usual s**** we have to listen to from the uneducated media. Good lad Colin.

    • Danimal

      Anti-Ashley – who is anti-Newcastle himself.

    • Mag_Ladd

      Monkseaton Magpies are you a mackem?

      • HarryHype59

        I think he is a WUM and could possibly be from Pennywell!

    • HarryHype59

      I wouldn’t mind bring as “poor” as Liverpool. They must be bad playing in the CL this season and actually winning a trophy in the last one!

  • Mayor Vaughn

    I’ve always liked Colin Murray, great to have him back on fighting talk on radio 5 live.

    • FatParosite

      Absolutely. Nice bit of unrecognised integrity there. The Custis boys, Bird & dare I say Culkin might look at that with red faces.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Fighting talk is poor, they should has given it the chop when Johnny Vaughan quit.

      Murray was pretty good on talk sport but he’s just tame in the BBC.

  • steve pearce

    Watch out Colin – the Anti-Newcastle mafia will be after you and you’ll end up waking up with Mark Lawrenson’s bloody severed head between your legs…

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    And that is how all true fans will feel about being shot of Ashley, not the numbskulls who ring up Total Sport thanking him on their bended knee for supposedly rescuing the club from extinction. Did anyone reach for their sick bag yesterday when ‘Jack’ came on the show?
    Very refreshing, from one of the finest presenters on radio and TV.

    • Guest 2

      And numpties like Fleckman and Monkseaton Mag who still sing his praises

  • Lord

    I miss Colin Murray from MOTD2; he always seemed to be on the money when talking about our team unlike ‘Chappers’ who exhibits Merson-style ignorance about NUFC.

    • Damon Horner

      Unless I’m wrong he was not renewed because he questioned the pundits and promoted discussion which might have tested their “expert” titles, put their nose out of joint. I just get the impression he just loves football and actually does relate to the match-going fan

    • Gallowgate Dave

      I like him as a bloke and as a presenter generally, but particularly liked him pointing out that he’d heard Newcastle fans constantly branded as unrealistic in their expectations but had never actually heard a Newcastle fan being unrealistic himself, just other people lazily repeating it without evidence. He also quit his job with Talksport when Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp took them over as he didn’t want to be associated with him as a Liverpool fan which has my respect.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Chappers on the other hand in a recent discussion with Jenas and Carver on Radio 5 Live referred to Mike Ashley as “honest” which should not only see him taken off public broadcasting but should actually see him sectioned as a danger to himself. Staggeringly thick.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Colin Murray was OK on Talksport when he had the BBC reins removed. To be honest, this summary of his article is a little crowd-pleasing and light on facts and reflects just how many NUFC fans just follow opinion like sheep.

    When Ashley took over, the club was a mess. There were a few things that needed sorting, the Debts, the VAT case and the huge salaries. In hindsight, he should have dealt with this and let Sam Aladyce run the football, but a tight cap on salaries until the finances were sorted and then bought KK in. He could have then sold up and all would be happy.

    • Rich Lawson

      Or, he could have backed KK as promised and things might look a lot rosier today

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I’ve tried replying a couple of times but it keeps showing as spam!

        Financially, things needed to be sorted before KK came along. Once the dead wood was removed I think kk could have worked with milner, given, Barton, Owen and Carroll

    • TheFatController

      I can make my own mind up on the Ashley era without needing a journalist or writer influence that opinion thanks.

      Yet another commenter on here suggesting anyone not pro-Ashley is mentally inferior (sheep? Nice one) Nothing like injecting the drug of superiority into yourself on a Friday?

      • Guest 2

        Why would anyone be pro-Ashley? Apart from the pseudo accountants, and those intellectually challenged people who still believe (the Ashley lie) that he saved us from bankruptcy – what, on earth, other reasons would there be to be pro him?

        • Viru leckworth

          I am in no way an Ashley supporter, but one positive thing he has done is make supporting the club affordable. If a new regime comes in, which seems very likely, I hope hey continue his one good point.

          • Guest 2

            He made out of date sportswear affordable too!

            He could hardly charge a premium for the dross he’s provided for 10 years could he – coz he would have if he could. Anyway – it’s not just us who have reasonable prices.

            “Analysis compiled by the league and professional services company Ernst & Young, using data collected from all 20 clubs, shows more than half of all attending fans are paying £30 or less per match during the 2017-18 campaign.

            It also claims that 34 per cent of all available Premier League season tickets have been sold below full price, owing to early-bird offers and loyalty discounts, saving fans a total of £10m across the season.”

          • Viru leckworth


          • alex carr

            The thing that annoys me about it is the relative price is just in pounds spent. 40 pound to someone doing the same job as you in London (or tbh most places to a extent its not a wealthy area up here) is far far less. Taken that into acount the price we pay is far higher as a % of income.

          • Guest 2

            Not sure of your economics on that. I lived in London for a while and 40 quid goes nowhere. They may earn more, but everything costs ridiculously more as well. Like a Pint at around 4 quid.
            Can’t see why you think our money doesn’t go as far as someone’s in Swansea, or Liverpool, or Burnley?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I didn’t mean to be condescending (it means talking down to someone)

    • Damon Horner

      From a footballing point of view Bobbi, do you think we’ve progressed or regressed since Ashley took over?

      I’m with you on the finances bit because Shepherd did speculate too much to try to accumulate and he come in and neutralised it, albeit in the shape of a loan we still need to pay him.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I’d take today’s team over the one that ended May 2007. I’d only say Given, Dyer (fit version), Milner and Owen would be better than what we currently have.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        On the whole no, we had 2 great periods of competing with the the big boys but once Bobby left, we were on the wane.

        • HarryHype59

          If Ashley had run the the club with ambition, instead of treating us like a SD cost centre he could be getting a lot more than £380m for this club!

          Spurs are valued at over 1billion according to Total Sport even though they were below us in the football hierarchy pre Ashley!

          A well run Newcastle United finishing top ten every season minimum, competing seriously for cups and having no risk of relegation would be worth in excess of £500m.

          His lack of vision has actually cost him in the long run!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Spurs were ahead of us from 2005 onwards both on the pitch and off

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m assuming you mean there is a happy medium between running it as a business and running it like Shepherd & Co. You have to remember that very few people manage to run a football club successfully, forget Man City and Chelsea, the only clubs that are run as proper successful businesses are Arsenal and Man U. Liverpool manage it but partly because the owners acquired the club for very little

      • HarryHype59

        We have been relegated twice and been permanent relegation fodder bar one season! That must answer your question re the football side!

    • Henry

      Given the debt is higher than it was when Ashley took over and commercial revenue outside the huge increase in TV money is less now than it was in 2007, I fail to see how finances have improved. We have had no investment in the training facilities or the ground over the last 10 years. We are also being investigated by HMRC and yet people still believe that Ashley has somehow saved us! The previous debt under Shepherd and Shepherd included building a 52,000 seater stadium and purchase of the lease for the land behind the Gallowgate, with structured payments and we were never at any risk of going under. Ashley has been a disaster and there’s not one bit of positivity I can take from his ownership. If we hadn’t been a selling club over the last few years the debt would have increased even more.

      • HarryHype59

        The few pro Ashley apologists conveniently forget he has been owner during the most lucrative ever period of football via the TV cash!

        Mike Ashley has benefited from over £400m at least in TV money since he bought the club! It would have been more, had the club not been relegated twice and earned relatively poor performance money due to being perennial relegation fodder!

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        You are looking at the finances in a rather simple manner.

        The club was in deficit when he bought it, it was losing money hand over fist. It’s now well in the black and profitable .

        You should also be aware we were being investigated by HMRC when MA took over, we lost, appealed under Ashley but lost again.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Murray’s irreverence is better suited to radio or written press, his football tv presenting is like “Chappers” with the whole “pardon my ignorance for I am a mere normal bloke from the pub, enlighten me Martin Keown” schtick is annoying.

    Fair play for actually knowing what you’re saying Colin.

    • gallowgate26

      I’d go along with that. The only football presenter more annoying, irritating and irrelevant is Chapman. But only because he takes some beating!

  • gallowgate26

    Agree about Colin Murray. He hasn’t lasted long in any decent job he’s managed to get. Over opinionated, loud mouth Liverpool fans should be seen and not heard.

  • Chris J

    Seemed to me like the bloke has always genuinely liked nufc whenever on TV or radio. Always had respect for the fans of this club. Genuine piece I believe

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    A good song for Colin Murray which all supporters know is In your Liverpool slums
    you look in your dustbin for something to eat you find a dead rat you think it’s a treat
    in your Liverpool slums. Instead of making up songs for the Gallowgate to sing against Ashley this is the song the Gallowgate and Leazes have been singing for years.

  • Alreet

    Never been his biggest fan but this was spot on the money. Well done colin for not following the sheep into the ashley love in pen.

  • HappyToons

    The difference between Mike Ashley and a football man is that Ashley has given us a loan whilst a football man would have paid off the debts and invested the money on players rather than simply a loan to pay debts. The gamble would be that we won something. Mike could have been a legend and what would the club be worth if we were top 4 and won the FA Cup twice or any trophy.
    Now if he had given Keegan £100 million to sign players at the beginning we could probably had the best decade of our lives!

    Michael James Wallace “Mike” Ashley will be remembered rather as …

    Mike, Wallace or Wally?

    The fact he doesn’t give a s…t ???

    A successful club is a successful business. If he had backed Keegan he could have had Sports Direct on the shirts and made Keegan an ambassador for the SD brand.
    I wonder if he has any regrets of what it could have been?

    • HarryHype59

      If the club had been successful on the pitch it would be worth a lot more than £380m.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Yes, that is true.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You’ve lost me, what difference would it make had he given £144m rather than lent £144m?

      Kk was bought in too soon imho. The club needed a clear out whilst bfs kept us up then bring kk in.

  • Son of Wilt

    My irritation with Murray is so deeply ingrained, that even when he comes out with something positive about us, like if Take That ever came out with a decent album, I still wouldn’t like them anyway. His football rants to me always sound like someone taking a broken washing machine back to the shop, when he knows that it was him who broke it in the first place. His heart really isn’t in it.