Mike Ashley is like a particularly greasy stain. You scrub and scrub at it but it just won’t go away.

He’s had many chances to sell the club but he always comes up with a reason not to. Amanda Stavely is the latest to feel his penny pinching ways. He just will not part with Newcastle, unless he gets a price that’s worth more than the actual value.

Some might say that Ashley has asked a fair price, but with Newcastle looking likely to only be kept away from relegation by the fact that Rafa can organise a defence, you wonder what the club is truly worth. Is this club really worth 350 million at this point of time?

Whoever comes in will need to invest at least 200 million to keep the club in the Premier League and to bring the facilities up to date. Is that really the price of this club, or is it just another example of Ashley wasting time? I believe it is the latter.

What has come out, shows that Mike Ashley himself has no confidence in NUFC staying up this season, because he’s rejected an offer that met his valuation, provided NUFC stayed up.

Fine, let’s just say he’s right and we’re likely to go down under the new ownership. Why then did he reject a lower offer that was giving the money straight away. with no conditions? The answer is simple if you think about it though.

Newcastle are not a club which have been mismanaged that badly, at least not financially. The club turns a profit nearly every year. If they stay up, the new TV deal will further increase value of the club and help increase revenue. With reports of more games being televised live in the future, Sports Direct get free advertising that is worth more and more every year. The fans, by and large, are still loyal, and full houses are still common.

There is no real protest against his management. Combine all this together and you can see why Mike Ashley would think that he shouldn’t sell.

In fact, the more you think about it, the more you realise how little incentive he has to sell. He’s not putting his own money into the club, the club is turning a profit. The more profit the club turns up, the more its value increases. If his gamble pays off, the club will be worth more. There is no protest and therein lies the rub.

The fans need to get together and protest. This can take shape in many forms, but it needs to be organised, just like SackPardew was organised. Sadly, AshleyOut has never had that level of organisation so far but it needs to be backed by the fans.

Backing Rafa and the team can only go so far. Rafa himself can only do so much. If we do not protest out of respect to Rafa Benitez, then he may still well leave in the summer, why would he stay at a club which is pinching pennies.

Faced by the very real prospect of relegation, the only two real signings that are likely are the loan of Kennedy which has gone through, and a possible striker that has never really been tested in a tougher league. This is the level of ambition that Ashley has and Rafa will not stand for it much longer. Either the fans protest and make Ashley’s very presence at the club toxic, or Ashley will continue, with or without Rafa.

Mike Ashley will only leave when the negativity of the fans is so toxic that it hurts his end product, or if the club goes into loss. As he continues his ownership of the club, it is being hollowed out from the inside, its value reducing even more every year.

A few years ago, NUFC had Ben Arfa and Cabaye. Go back to before Ashley joined and there were still star players at the club. Right now though, how many players at the club would ever even be linked to a move to a better club?

That’s what Mike Ashley has done, and until his stay here is made non-viable, it will continue.

Either the fans get together and start something, or the club will stagger on like this for as long as Ashley wants it to.

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  • Virsino

    You know you’ve got a good article when “greasy stain” is in the first line :)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    That picture must have been taken just as Mike ordered his minion
    to shaft Rafa again in this window

  • TheFatController

    Yes, people debate whether he want to sell or not, and the answer is ‘everything has its price’

    But whilst he’s not getting offered what he wants, agreed, whilst he’s not putting his own money in and is getting the benefit of SD exposure, it’s hardly harming him financially or giving him any stress.

    If Rafa keeps us up, he’ll conjure some way of helping force Rafa out. But if Rafa isn’t obliged to pay £6m severance from this summer onwards, expect him to walk, straight onto the next big vacancy on the managerial merry-go-round.

    Then get a yesman journeyman manager in and off we go again. One more year with Lascelles then cash in/accept his ambition can’t be matched here, no one to come through the academy, foreign imports of varying standards, outspent by Wolves, you get the picture.

    Onwards and upanddownwards.

  • mactoon

    I don’t follow your figures, if we are to believe the reports he is willing to accept £300 m with no relegation clauses and Staveley has offered £250 m so how has he rejected an offer that met his valuation?

    I’ve said this before, once he gets the TV money the club will be self sufficient, he will continue to get free advertising for SD and the club will cost him nothing of his own money to run. Why would he leave?

    And demonstrations will serve no purpose other than disrupting the team when they need our support.

    • Damon Horner

      I’m not sure of the details of the amounts but I think one offer Staveley made was “£250mil – no clauses” and another was maybe “£300mil – clause for relegation”, the suggestion being if he had faith we’d stay up the second offer is surely acceptable.

      • FatParosite

        Very good point. Ashley never had faith which is why he was going for a quick buck. Notice I wrote was. I think the consensus is that once Amazon get in on the rights, Sky will be asked to leave the table politely, opening the door to bigger TV deal. This more than anything else is making the ‘Slug’ stay at the trough.

        • Rich Lawson

          Amazon you say ? Dear God,I didn’t think there was a worse media option than Sky,but you’ve cleared that one up.Hate them,more zero contracts and staff sackings than even Sport’s Direct.Look forward to the Sunday evening games in Plymouth etc.

    • TheFatController

      Yep, sounds like he’s in the perfect position to exploit the loyalty of a club’s football fans whilst promoting his own self interests.

      Every abuser needs to rely upon a perceived downside to the abused speaking out. It’s usually the line ‘no one will believe you’ mixed in with a little bit of ‘you’ve been/are bad and deserve it’. In our case we just get ‘protesting affects the team’ – lovely bit of abuse protest nullification.

      But hey, he cleared out debts so we didn’t do a Portsmouth. Because a few good deeds excuse the bad ones, a similar tactic to Savile and his charity work….take the rough with the smooth.

      And thus he is the perfect description the FA must have in mind for ‘fit and proper owner ‘

      • mactoon

        What really winds me up are the pundits and so called experts who say Ashley has done so much for the club and we should be grateful but are ‘deluded’ cos we think we should be in the top four. Idiots who know nothing about us or the club but get paid for spouting their rubbish

        • TheFatController

          Yes, but their morals are probably based upon ‘if you’re giving someone financial benefit, a few abuses of that privilege along the way can be excused …’ – bit like the morals at charity dinners where you can sexually assault the waitresses because ‘they’re getting paid and I’m charitable’ -money can cover a multitude of sins for some.

          Says a lot about our society that exploitation of a city’s loyalty to its only football club can be excused when someone spends money (knowing they will get it back with interest).

          If he bought up the Catholic Church, fixed a few roofs, but then got rid of the bibles and services would it be ok to say ‘if you don’t like it, don’t go to church or find another religion …’ ?

          Er, no. It wouldn’t. That’s why the FA are supposed to vet club ownership.

          • mactoon

            Unfortunately the F&P test only relates to criminal convictions and dodgy money, nothing to do with how you run a club once you’ve bought it.

          • TheFatController

            Yes, it’s how Coventry, Leeds, Blackburn, Portsmouth, Blackpool, etc ended up broken, the FA accepting a few bits of collateral damage to get new money into the game fast and without too many questions asked …

            Here’s the complete ‘FIt and Proper Test’ questionnaire:-
            Q1 Have you got Billions?
            Thanks for completing and good luck.

            Not quite the level of scrutiny they give our players in an off the ball incident, i would imagine…

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I long for the days of being like Coventry when Ashley leaves to shut you lot up.

          • TheFatController

            You’re anger is very unhealthy. Have you had a mental health check up lately. I just notice in your posts earlier you were shaming people and using superior tones, a sure sign you’re shame-based yourself and over-using polarities.

            Your enjoyment of winding people up isn’t merely suggesting you’re turning your anger outward, but that you cope with how much life winds you up by antagoning others into the same reaction so you don’t feel isolated with it? Comfort in seeing others suffer like you do?

            Alternatively I’m wrong and you’re sound as a pound and I’ll stand corrected …

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Certainly sound as a pound will be flying down there on Sunday to support our team just wish everyone would back Rafa and the team till the end of the season and we stay up this site does not help the cause. P.S it was sixty pounds cheaper to fly than get the first train which might not even get the fans there for kick off.

          • Danimal

            Oh you’ve paid for a plane ticket? You live in such a fantasy world, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you said you were going to link arms with Clarko and Ghost, stand on top of a tall building, turn to face south, take a run up and all start flapping. You could hitch a lift in your boss’s famous helicopter but he’d need to be in the northeast so that’s a non-starter.

    • FatParosite

      I was right with you until that last sentence.

    • nufcslf

      Your not supporting any team, only the fat c**ts cause. There can’t be a team worthy of supporting because he doesn’t give a sh*t. For instance, look at wins vs losses under the clowns time. Just when it looked promising, he sells your best player/player’s. I give up, those that see a reason to go, can go. Another cup exit should be more than reason to que up for a season ticket renewal in the Championship, because this lot are down. Laughable.

    • Damon Horner

      I do agree about the protests by the way. I don’t know what they can achieve as much as I’d like it to.

      • Phil K

        They worked at Man U and Liverpool (and were praised by the media while they did it at the TOP of the league and media ATTACKED us for doing it at the BOTTOM) and the media support the Wenger slaggers at Arsenal for “only” winning the FA Cup and all but 1 entry into Champs League in 20 plus years

  • Paul Patterson

    A serious point- Ashley is a gambler, so why would he sell when he could (in theory) get £100m a season minimum for staying in the league and if things go wrong he’s still rewarded with the parachute payments.
    Hes going nowhere unless silly money is offered.

  • grantham mag

    The only protest that would work, is an empty ground when sky visit it will not happen, but it might make fat boy think.

    • toonterrier

      I said similar last season that if its a televised game stop outside the ground until ten minutes after kick-off to show the viewers and the fat rat what we think of his running of the club. Go on what’s ten minutes it just means you’ll probably miss the oppositions first goal.

      • nufcslf

        It would make a huge difference. The football world would take notice of an empty ground. One poxy chant isn’t doing a bloody thing.

        • thewildchimp

          Exactly. He is the kind of man who ruins other people’s businesses for a living, he won’t even flinch ’cause of words and flags.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Firstly Staveley did not meet the asking price or anywhere near it. She wants extra clauses in the sale and has so far bee a complete waste of time. With regard to the Pardew protests they were pathetic and pointless and did no good. Pardew left because he was offered another job where he wanted to be. The protests against Ashley have been going on for over ten years and despite being toxic against Hull City have failed except getting us bad press. The only thing that protests will achieve will be Ashley putting in less money he said so after the Hull game so thanks fellow fans for that.
    Rafa has asked for fans to behind the team at games and any protests might make him walk as he wants everyone united. The protests have failed for forty years and will not work now especially as it is only money that talks. To suggest that protesting will get rid of Ashley shows how thick and out of reality people are and will almost certainly result in relegation.

    • FatParosite

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Bishop

    • nufcslf

      And he isn’t heading for a third relegation while running it in into the ground. I say ‘it” , because it is the furthest thing from a football club. Looking forward to losing to Chelsea’s reserves on Sunday are you?. What a total waste of time.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Will be there to support the team think we will win two nil flying down as trains not good on Sundays with early kick off can not wait. The people on this site just moan and spent their weekends looking at Vintage cars playing computer games and wait for this one doing crosswords .Very sad

        • Toon Barmy

          You seem like the sort of person I hate with a passion.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Why because you hate Newcastle explain why you would hate me.

          • Toon Barmy

            You seriously believe I hate Newcastle because you seem like the sort of person I would hate. You think people like me are anti-Newcastle because we critise Ashley, you imply that people are very sad because they have different interests than you. Due to personal reasons I don’t attend matches anymore, but because you are more fortunate than I am, you seem to think I don’t have the right to have opinions regarding Newcastle United. You also seem to like bragging about the fact you are able to attend every match, which makes you seem like you are on some sort of ego trip.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The worst times of my life being a Newcastle United supporter were not the three relegations the failure to win anything but the morons who hated Pardew and now Ashley. I would like to congratulate Alan for a great victory at Liverpool in the cup scoring three goals Bar Loco and the anti Pardew lads hang your heads in shame.

    • TheFatController

      So, let me get this right, Ashley was found guilty of deliberately misleading the fans and it’s club legend manager, so they protested, so Ashley refused to put money into the club but also refused to sell it (I presume because he could still get benefit out of the ownership whilst allowing it to fund itself – unless relegated due to the owner’s bizarre appointments).

      So basically, if you don’t like Ashley lying to you, he’ll punish you if you’re vocal about it?

      That’s what I like to see, a wealthy businessman dictating terms to less well off customers with an emotional investment in the club.

      ‘You will be lied to, and have your loyalty abused, and all because I’m filthy rich and you’re not, and if you don’t like it, I’ll ruin the club for you…’

      Please tell me you’re Keith Bishop and not a member of the public seriously defending Ashley’s right to lie and mislead and not be criticised?

      I CANNOT wait for the answer to this…..

      • TheFatController

        Still no answer from Bishop.

        Simple question. Just answer. ‘Money talks’ so protests won’t work?

        Why would protests result in relegation? I can point to the two instances of relegation resulting from a lack of investment in players and poor managerial appointments. Protesting doesn’t even register in ‘major contributing factors in relegation’.

        You say protests will result in Ashley putting in less money. Why? He’s already confirmed he can’t and won’t put any more money in.

        Please tell me you’re a keyboard warrior with no ability to use logic in making an argument, and not a Bishop thinking no one would unpick your banal defence of Ashley ..?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        To call Ashley a liar amazes me where did you get that from. He has put £264m in your club for the likes of me and my family to enjoy premier league or Championship football at a very reasonable price and kept us away from administration which is where we were heading for. The bad times at the club are when the fans are anti Ashley anti Pardew this sickens a lot of supporters and most of the country regard us as morons. I hate the protesters with a passion and long for the days when we are perhaps in the second division just above the Conference with a cup run with crowds of ten thousand so we can all enjoy a day out with out you lot.

        • TheFatController

          I got that Ashley is a liar from the Keegan constructive dismissal transcript, as follows:-

          “ Thirdly, for the Club to have made these statements, when they were, according to the Club, untrue, was, in our view, simply to store up trouble for the future”

          The club made statements that they admitted were untrue – that the club, owned by Ashley, telling you, not me.

          Is legally binding proof not good enough for you?

          You may be amazed that I told you Ashley lies, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong, it just means you’re not well informed.

          Which wouldn’t be the first time….

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Keegan walked out on the club at least three times twice under the Halls and Shepherds and once under Ashley.
            Once we were top of the league after a seven one win against Tottenham so there is no bigger liar than Keegan who betrayed the fans by walking out of his contract and that was under John Hall twice it was no surprise he did it under Ashley again claiming thirty million pounds damages he ended up with two a disgrace of a man. Did the same to England Man City and Fulham runs away when the going gets tough and claims money happened long before Ashley came along.

          • Danimal

            He left us fourth top of the Premier League I believe. Disgrace. He left Fulham to take the England job. Going gets tough indeed. He left Man City after four years, when he recognised it was time for someone else. Your boss could learn from that example. He left all three clubs in much better condition than when he found them. Your boss could learn from that too. What damages did KK claim from Fulham, Man City, England or Newcastle the first time? Or was it just the once, when constructively dismissed by your man?

          • HarryHype59

            WUM!

          • Albert Stubbins

            That doesn’t make him a lier though. A lier is someone who tells lies. Keegan never did!!

          • Albert Stubbins

            Tell that to clarko. Anyone who disagrees with him is uninformed and dilusional apparently.

        • Danimal

          I like that one “enjoy premier league or Championship football”. I don’t remember that phrase in his “brochure” back in 2007. As for “enjoy”…

        • HarryHype59

          If we get relegated again, will you finally admit he has been a woeful owner?

        • Albert Stubbins

          I was a season ticket holder when we averaged under 17,000 for the season in 1991 as were many others who have Ashley with a passion on here. Do you think you’re the only one to witness the bad times? I’d rather be watching the team under Ossie and have mackeag in charge than this horrible t***!!

      • Geordiegiants

        Just block him. Press the button on your top right and he disappears. I done it months ago.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I wish we could do the same with the fat man!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t we all! Well except for that muppet your talking to 😃

    • Wezza147

      Sorry PR drone, I think a lot of people on here believe Stavely’s side of it rather than a proven liar in Mike Ashley.
      His valuation is too high given safety is far from guaranteed- pure and simple. How much do you get paid to post pro Ashley stuff on here?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Staveley is just a hanger on who looks on the streets for rich businessmen to do deals and make money on the back of it. Her only real business in England went bankrupt leaving lots of people out of pocket. Her current company in England has zero employees zero assets is millions in debt and is taking Barclays to court to try and win millions a very strange woman. Mike might not be every one s cup of tea but a self made billionaire.

        • Phil K

          She’s done it before at other clubs. I believe she was part of the Man City deal, and that has worked nicely for Man City hasn’t it ? I wouldn’t believe Ashley if he said Wednesday followed Tuesday. His record every Transfer window shows just how much what he says can be trusted

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Just wasting Mike Ashley’s time did the same with Liverpool but could not even afford to buy the training ground there.

        • TheFatController

          He said himself he’s got no money, and can’t compete. Why buy the club in the first place? If you are criticising Staveley for having no money to invest, the same criticism applies to Ashley given he’s claiming poverty.

          Why are you never able to see the contradictions you make, even when they’re in the same sentence? Do you struggle with logical thought?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            When Ashley bought the club it was more of a level playing field now countries own football clubs indirectly so he is right in what he says Man City and P.S.G on a different level.

          • Danimal

            And Southampton and Bournemouth and Watford…

      • Lhc

        So im gathering you know stavely personally, personally I think she’s all wind! She’s a self publicist, what’s monkseaton magpies said is more or less spot on, protesting is a waste of time as Ashley will only leave when he wants to leave, simple.

      • RoboRat

        I agree his valuation is too high but when premier league players go for tens of millions you’d think 50m isn’t a huge leap to secure the deal. Makes me think the financial backing is nothing like the Man City financiers.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          They are not, the project Stavely put together is nothing like Man C.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Hahaha using the waste of time line 😂
      Troll.

    • Danimal

      Staveley didn’t meet the asking price. Nor did anyone else in the entire world. Is it possible that the entire world is right on this one and your hero is being unrealistic? Just a thought. By the way, as we are currently in the bi-annual non-transfer window, when was the last time he met the asking price for anything? The protests in the late 80s/early 90s gave encouragement to John Hall and the Magpie group to act, leading to a massive overhaul of the club. Unfortunately when it was time to move on, they flogged it to your man.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Hall and Shepherd put a million pounds in took one hundred and forty four million out. Ashley put two hundred and sixty four million in not taken a penny out .

        • Danimal

          They were successful so made a profit when they checked out. Your man has failed dismally so will be lucky to break even.

    • Cockneytrev

      Ashley hoop licker,,👅👅

  • Phil K

    He never intended to sell. We are the goose that lays golden eggs that he doesn’t effing feed either

  • Dillon Tovak

    If he’s a sadist and narcissist then why would he sell, just go on this website and witness the madness he’s caused and how many times his names mentioned.
    If he sells he’s just a bloke that owns a shop.

    • gallowgate26

      Precisely, the whole thing is an ego trip, as well as an investment and advertising vehicle. He will not leave unless he is seen to win. I don’t think he wants to be upstaged by someone who is willing to come in and invest and make a success of the club. With him looking like a failure. He won’t let that happen and doesn’t really care about the club and the fans. More of the same…

  • RoboRat

    The club is a cash-cow. All he needs is for the club to finish 17th each year. He can sit and cash in on massive tv rights while using the club as a platform to advertise his shit-direct merchandise. If any young talented players come through the ranks they will be sold off too. I don’t think he’s going anywhere, we’re stuck with him.