I recently wrote an article suggesting that the tenure of Mike Ashley was a failure.

Now, in keeping with the idea that if you criticise something you should also suggest a solution…

Here are some ideas of mine.

I have tried to think of all of the things to bring back the feel good factor to Newcastle United and try and build a successful club on and off the pitch, so here goes.

Develop academy satellite centres around the country to get young talent into our club, even if they aren’t within immediate traveling distance. Man Utd do this to great effect.

Update and improve the academy and first team training facilities so they are on a par with the best.

Incorporate a school, employing the best teachers available into the academy building, promoting education alongside footballing excellence.

Invest in the best coaches to run the training at the club from top to bottom.

Develop links with a local athletics club and employ a renowned sprinting coach. All players from every age to the first team should do sprint training with the best sprinters the region has to offer. If you want to be the best, train with the best.

Develop links with the Great North Run and any other sporting events in the region.

Put on free football in the community events and develop a link with every primary school in the region.

Insist that every first team player visits at least one school in the region every month.

Sponsor and contribute to the running of local charities.

Buy and develop and run a house to help the homeless.

Insist that players and other representatives of the club visit hospitals in the region and aim to raise at least £1m a year for them.

Improve relations with the media and invite them to see the good work the club is doing on and off the pitch.

Use the land at the back of the Gallowgate End to help expand the capacity, or look to relocate to a ground that holds a minimum of 65,000 fans.

Encourage players not to zoom out of the ground without signing autographs.

Manage the commercial side of the club properly (like it was before Ashley arrived), employing the best business people available.

Reinvest any money made from player sales back into the playing squad.

Aim for a top four finish every season and back the manager to try and achieve this.

The owner should communicate with stakeholders/fans on a monthly basis via TV or interviews with the media.

Take every opportunity to promote the club and create “a club that cares”.

I don’t see most of that breaking the bank but it could make a huge difference.

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  • mentalman

    The players already visit hospitals each year and make a charitable contribution out of their salary.

  • Rich Lawson

    Great stuff,apart from relocating/adding to the ground. I love St James’s and don’t want it moved,it’s an integral part of the city where it is. Any additional capacity now would just leave folk paying out for seats with no proper view other than with binoculars.(Old Trafford !)

    • TheNutJob

      we`ll all be boxed up before Newcastle move

    • Leazes

      We need a decent stadium, the present one is a reminder of a job half done.

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty isn`t going anywhere anytime soon, so forget it

  • Dan Robson

    Well this is embarrassing

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    fighting for the top 4 is a pipe dream. I’d be happy with consistently challenging for Europe. It’s more realistic.

    • East Durham Mag

      What about Premiership stability to begin with?

      • GToon

        Aim for the top. You might not get there but aiming for anything less and that’s all we will get.

        • East Durham Mag

          I would have said that once but City and others plus the Sky money has made that all but impossible, the Leicester City title was a one off and won’t happen again.

  • Leazes

    Developing academy satellite centres around the country isn’t going to be popular with local clubs…. imagine that Wallsend boys club operated as a satellite for Manchester United…..

    …..like it does, and Jack Hixon was doing his utmost to spirit away the best from your area…. like he did.

    Probably against FA rules anyway…. just do what Manure did and bribe parents would be far easier.

  • Kneebotherm8

    “Invest in the best coaches to run the training at the club from top to bottom”…………
    That’s Pedro oot of a job then?…………

  • Paul Patterson

    Some of this is pure fantastical nonsense.
    The first thing new owners need to do is appoint a decent MD . .

    • Leazes

      that as well… it goes without saying Charnley, Beardsley, and Moncur are shown the door.

    • Damon Horner

      Amazing how much untapped potential there seems to me there is at boardroom level here. Compare us to Man Utd and it looks embarrassing.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The Newcastle United Foundation works closely with a number of charities and the local communities and does fantastic work to which the players have an input. When Shola was here he put untold hours into helping others.The players visit hospials and schools and since Ashley took over the Newcastle United Foundation has gone from strength to strength so long may it continue.

    • Cockneytrev

      Unless it has changed in the last few years, the players did one signing per season for an hour at the club, I know this as I had to attend for a charity I was helping with ( on the occasions I attended the players were late and several did not turn up, this was during Ashley’s tenure) the club could and should do far more in the community, there are several players in the past who did a lot off their own back, surprisingly one of these was Craig Bellamy,,

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Please google the Newcastle United Foundation which helps over fifty thousand people a year from schools and charities it is one of the best foundations going and was founded when Ashley came to the club please read the site and you will see the great work they do.

        • GToon

          That’s great! But maybe they could do more. Maybe they could promote their work a bit more too. I’d like people to know about it down here too in the midlands. I want us to be world renowned for things like that.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I could not agree more if you google Newcastle United Foundation it tells you all the good stuff they do loads but
            you would never know they existed as no publicity. I slept on the pitch last year all night in the rain and raised nearly five thousand pounds for the good causes they do but must admit while they do a fantastic job know one apart from the schools and charities know about it.

          • GToon

            Good for you. That’s great but like you say the publicity could be done a little better.

          • Cockneytrev

            You slept on the pitch? I could name 20 or 30 who have done this for a living in the 50 years I’ve supported Newcastle,,

        • Cockneytrev

          They should be doing a lot more,,
          Because I’m out and about in the community and I see none of it,,I’ve talked to many friends about this same situation and I don’t know anyone who thinks that the club does anywhere near enough for the community,,
          WHo are these Fitfty thousand people? That’s 136 people every day of the but year, Yet I’ve not seen any of this, perhaps it’s another lie of the owner, a proven liar in court,,,
          Perhaps the casino staff that Ashley frequents count as part of these statistics, also throw in some bar staff,,that will get the numbers up,,
          As I said in a previous post, I was at a football event at Darsley park and they charged kids to take penalties,, hardly this wonderful charity your preaching about,,

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Please read the Newcastle United Foundation website
            they help more people than any other club in the country it’s the best was founded ten years ago and has helped hundreds of thousands of people.

          • Cockneytrev

            Not the areas that I visit,,
            Anything that has Ashley’s footprint on it can be taken with a pinch of salt..
            The players have one charity shirt signing per year, I know this as I’ve attended on behalf of charities, I stood for over 2 hours waiting for only 90% of the players turning up, most with head phones on sulking because they had to do this once a year,,

  • robbersdog

    How about…

    Buy some players and win more football matches.

  • Martin

    Is Fatty back from Miami yet? He is very quiet. I hope he has not been mistaken for a giant basking whale on Miami Beach and been netted by an over-zealous hunter.

    • Damon Horner

      I hope he has!

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Use the land at the back of the Gallowgate End to help expand the capacity, or look to relocate to a ground that holds a minimum of 65,000 fans.”

    The land behind the Gallowgate will not facilitate additional capacity of 13,000 – the car park does very little in offering construction possibilities. To replicate L7 on the Gallowgate will add just 2,000 seats and the cost is prohibitive.

    • Cockneytrev

      Where was it said that only 2000 extra seats would be added?
      I’ve looked and apart from yourself I’ve not been able to find this information.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        If you look at the Leazes end, the additional seats provided is 2,000. The bulk of the additional seating in the 2000 expansion came from the Milburn and the leazes / Milburn corner.

        • Cockneytrev

          This is your opinion not from an architects plan?
          So forgive me if I say your talking absolute nonsense.

          • 1957

            I thought that development of the Gallowgate was projected to take the capacity up to around 58k to 59k on the design scheme floating around at the time of the Milburn development.

            At current prices it is more economical to build a new stadium when viewed on a cost per additional seat basis. Liverpool’s expansion of Anfield cost about twice per seat than Spurs new ground will.

            Based on the Liverpool adding 6000 seats at SJP will cost £150m

          • Cockneytrev

            I’m not sure, but it’s triple the 2000 Ashley’s apologist said,,
            If they don’t know figures they make them up to suit their argument,,

          • Cockneytrev

            But I agree £150 mil is far to much to pay for an extra 6000/7000 seats,,
            But if we were sponsored on the stand, for 25 years let the sponsors pay for part of the building work,,
            As the owner likes all the advertisements for himself, it’s a no go

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The Shepherd idea was a non-starter. It was an attempt to appease the banks with the promise of bigger incomes and only the Casino would have been built.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            My pal worked for the structural engineers who did the expansion, I must admit to being fascinated by it all and gone through where and how the ground was and can be expanded.

            If you really want to, if you go and select your seat at SJP on the official site, it’s quite easy to work out the difference between the two stands.

            I’m not including the corners, the Leazes corner added 5,000 seats to the 1998 version of the stadium but there is a problem with the Gallowgate / Milburn corner where the metro line runs beyond the station and under the corner meaning the scope is also restricted. You will note that the corner stand is smaller, not only than the Milburn stand but the Galowgate as well.

            My pal says (& it’s just his opinion but more informed than most) that it will be far too expensive to add a level 7 to the Gallowgate but not impossible. Far more cost effective would be to add corporate boxes and a small Level 7 but still giving the same illusion of height with the roof built to the same level as the Milburn, Real Madrid do a similar trick behind the goal at the Bernabéu. Apparantly, it’s all a case of making the place look good on tv

    • Steven Patrickson

      Given that L7 in the Leazes holds >3000 in the away fans area, which is not the full width of the Leazes, let alone the capacity of the corner of the Leazes/Milburn, how can continuing L7 over the Gallowgate plus the Gallowgate/Milburn corner only hold 2000 extra seats. Bull$h1t methinks

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Each block in the leazes gives between 450 & 500 more seats than the original stand, there are 5 blocks added to the Leazes so it’s 2,500 . You have to remember that the old Leazes and the Gallowgate went back further than where Level 7 starts so the additional capacity provided is not that much. The increase cam from the corner and the Milburn.

        roughly, the 5 blocks in the Leazes gave 2,500.
        The corner gave 6 blocks L7 A-F & LL7 A -F which provided 5,000 extra seats.
        the additional seats in the milburn provided 9,000 extra seats.
        The original 36,000 capacity + 9,000 (milburn) + 5000 (corner) + 2,500 (leazes)

        The Milburn could be reconfigured to allow around 1,500 seats but the press and the posh seats would go.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Develop academy satellite centres around the country to get young talent into our club, even if they aren’t within immediate traveling distance. Man Utd do this to great effect.” – Man Utd do not do this, it’s not allowed.

    • Cockneytrev

      Chelsea youth team is full of foreign kids,
      How do they get away with it?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        The key is foreign kids, that’s not around the country

        • Cockneytrev

          Ok get a strong scouting system around the world, PSV have had one in Brazil for over 30 years run through a factory that sponsers the club,,
          Perhaps our owner could run them from all the factories he now has around the world, courtesy of the world wide free advertising he has drained out of the club.

          • Damon Horner

            Develop feeder club relationships which gives us a first option on youth prospects.

      • GToon

        Free to bring them in at 16 when youth contracts are handed out.

    • Danimal

      Bobbi, is the Daily Mail website down this afternoon?

    • GToon

      Oh yes they do. They have one at Walsall for example.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Slightly different, Walsall’s academy is Walsalls, they happen to have a coaching tie up with Manure. It’s a back-door way of getting around the geographic boundaries.

        • GToon

          So we can build a football academy anywhere. The only limit on kids going to an academy is travel time. We could set up centers of excellence anywhere. It’s about having an vision, investing in youth. Leeds, Man City, Everton, Arsenal and even Crewe all have a reputation for developing young players. We have a reputation for letting them go or supplying other clubs with them. If you treat people properly from a young age then they will stay with you.

          • Cockneytrev

            I agree,,👍👍

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Update and improve the academy and first team training facilities so they are on a par with the best.” nice idea just a costly thing to do without immediate benefit.

    • Cockneytrev

      Ashley promised this years ago,,
      Another one of his lies

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Incorporate a school, employing the best teachers available into the academy building, promoting education alongside footballing excellence.” – running a private school is a lovely idea, tends to be awfully expensive. Also, Jeremy Corbyn is going to axe private schools if he gets in.

    • GToon

      Everton do it Man City do it. Do you know what their reputation is like amongst parents of academy kids? They are considered to be the best.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Good for them, It’s a noble idea, very expensive to do. As I say, Corbyn wants to get rid of private education, maybe not the time to set it up.

        • Cockneytrev

          A drop in the ocean compared to the money that is awash in football,,,, and in out owners long pockets….

        • GToon

          Then get a link with an established school like West Bromwich have.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            or not vote for Corbyn

          • GToon

            What the funk has the election got to do with any of this?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Well, in your assumed position of chief exec, you are committing the club to running a private school. The current front runner in the election says he will close private schools. Best to put strategy on hold and vote for someone else.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Invest in the best coaches to run the training at the club from top to bottom.

    Develop links with a local athletics club and employ a renowned sprinting coach. All players from every age to the first team should do sprint training with the best sprinters the region has to offer. If you want to be the best, train with the best.”

    a bit pie in the sky, Ussain Bolt holds a WR at 100m, I’d bet on Micky Quinn getting the ball away in a 5 yd chase.

    • GToon

      As a former international triathlete I think I know what I’m talking about to be honest. Running was the last discipline in my event. I needed to be a good runner so I joined the best running club I could. It made a big difference. Do you remember guy whittingham of Portsmouth. He did exactly that and says it made him a much better player. My son trains with his local athletics club and excels at his academy too. So no, not a bit pie in the sky.

    • Cockneytrev

      Ryan Giggs extended his career via yoga, although a slightly different form of training , there are plenty of former players who have had sprint training.
      A boy I know who was at Sunderland academy was told to get sprint coaching at Gateshead stadium to get his speed up, he also saw a podiatrist in jesmond to have special shoe inserts for flat feet, this is the same podiatrist that Peter Beardsley attends.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Develop links with the Great North Run and any other sporting events in the region.” – why, the company that does the GNR does many events over the year, a distraction. Brendan Foster owns it.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Put on free football in the community events and develop a link with every primary school in the region.

    Insist that every first team player visits at least one school in the region every month.” – it’s done already

    • Cockneytrev

      Very very rarely..
      I also attended one such event at Darsely park with a relative and his friend and the friend was asked to give 50p to take a penalty against the keeper,,,

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Sponsor and contribute to the running of local charities.” and alienate 1/2 the population of the region?

    • Cockneytrev

      What half?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Sunderland fans

        • Cockneytrev

          Hardly half the population,,
          If 50% of the population is even interested in football that would still only be a Quarter,, add to that statistically we have a bigger following than Sunderland, this lowers it again,,, if it was only done in schools north of the tyne and Gateshead,, avoiding Sunderland strong holds it would Drop that percentage again massively…

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Also include those who support other sides. A bit like Nivea’s advert with Liverpool players, it alienates as many as it attracts.

          • Cockneytrev

            It would have the opposite effect in bringing more youngsters (the life blood of our club) in as fans of Newcastle United and stop them supporting Liverpool etc making heros of Newcastle players, something that should be thought about seriouslly,
            On a slightly different note, if Ashley thought anything about this club and it’s fans, he would stop selling other teams merchandise in his shops, in the Newcastle area and don’t come back with other shops would sell it, I don’t give a stuff, he owns our club and this proves he has no interest in this area what so ever, we are an advertising tool, nothing more.

          • GToon

            Exactly Trev. I want my club to say “Here is our club captain. He trains hard every day but he spends an hour at a local hospital each week too. He helps train local kids at a local school. He is somebody to be proud of. He is somebody to aspire to be like”. I’d much rather see that than read about drink problems, gambling addictions etc etc.

        • GToon

          I think after MH17 and Bradley a lot of fans on both sides can maybe see beyond the hatred a little bit. I did the three peaks this summer and my mate raised some money for Bradley’s charity. She isn’t a football fan but I told her about him. Do you not remember the applause and signing Bradley’s name at SJP? I think you are doing people a disservice if you are suggesting they would avoid a charity associated with one club or another. We are better than that.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes, however, would you go to a Safe sponsored charity event?

    • Richard Ede

      Why not sponsor and contribute to the running of local businesses instead, helping the cities economy!

    • GToon

      Are you joking? You think helping people alienates people? What planet are you from? I’m looking at promoting the club. A club that cares.

      • anyobrien

        Another one for the ignore section

    • anyobrien

      You need help mate God help you if you fall on difficult times.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I’m suggesting the charity alienates 1/2 it’s local population

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Buy and develop and run a house to help the homeless.” Why?

    • GToon

      The fact that you have put why to that almost makes me never want to reply to you ever again.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        It ain’t going to buy us a centre forward. Far better is to build the business of NUFC and provide more work to stop people becoming homeless

      • anyobrien

        😂…. Great aren’t they.

    • anyobrien

      Why not… Give back to the community

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Whatever happened to winning football matches and letting individuals look after themselves?

        • anyobrien

          Agree with winning football matches but a bit of charity ain’t bad

        • GToon

          The club is the heartbeat of the city. Surely it could help people who can’t look after themselves. Not everybody is as lucky as you obviously are. On my way home from the game on Saturday I walked with my two lads like my dad had done 40 years ago with me and my brother. I rushed down the same streets he had towards the station filled with the feeling of happiness only Newcastle winning can fill me with but as I ran I passed numerous people sat out on freezing pavements. That made me sad, just like it does to most people. I bet some of those people on the streets have stood inside SJP at some point in their lives. Maybe stood next to my dad. You know my son has a very good chance of making it as a professional footballer and we are all so proud of him but I’ll be just as proud if he grows up to be kind.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I actually work for a homeless charity and my job before that was a homeless charity called Changing Lives who send out reach workers out every morning to make sure everyone has a bed. You will be pleased to know in Newcastle nearly everyone has a bed for the night but other cities like London and Manchester are not so lucky. The food banks are a great help and are badly needed especially at this time of the year so it’s great to see people helping out on a match day.

          • GToon

            Yes I did on Saturday. It wasn’t much but I don’t like to just walk by. You do a great job then mate. Happy new year to you and your family. Glyn

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Manage the commercial side of the club properly (like it was before Ashley arrived), employing the best business people available.” —-errrr, pre-Ashley we made a loss on merchandise, less money on catering than we get in via subcontrac, I’m not sure how properly something is ran under that logic.

    • Cockneytrev

      The club has commercially stagnated in the time that Ashley has been the owner,,
      Incidentally the ownly premiership club that has.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        how do you work that out? much has been out-sourced yet still turnover is higher and profits are higher.

        • Cockneytrev

          Out- sourced is a red herring,,I’m going of the commercial figures, we are still in the £20+ millions, the same as when Ashley took over,,
          We were in the top 20 richest clubs in the world ( top ten at one time) we are in the 30s now,, commercially we have been a failure and if it had not been for TV money it probably would have been worse.
          Spurs, Everton, West Ham, have all over taken us

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Take the catering, we basically sell space for caterers to operate from. We charge them say, £5m a year for the privilage. Before we did the catering in house, we may have sold £8m in food and beverage but staff and other costs came to £4m, in this example, our turnover has fallen by £3m but out profit has gone up £1m.

          • Cockneytrev

            Bollocks,,, utter rubbish, I had a catering business and fast food catering is one of the most profitable businesses, staff wages are part time and minimum at st James park.
            As well as this the standard of Newcastle corporate food has went through the floor,
            More lies off Ashley and his Hoop lickers,,,,

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s just an example of how the outsourcing can be beneficial. Catering at Nufc has always been an issue on account of its proximity to town. I may get a pint at half time but otherwise, I spend 3 hours in other pubs.

            Freddie Fletcher even moaned about catering income

          • Cockneytrev

            Must be sad drinking alone,,,

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’d not suggest catering is not lucrative but there are people who are good at it and those who are not. If you had a catering business and it was so lucrative, why don’t you still do it?

            The point is that it’s potentially more profitable and less hassle to sub it out. Catering at football has it’s unique issues, unlike Subway or any daily fast food caterer, if you buy stock for Saturday, it can’t be used on Sunday as there is not a game for 2 weeks. Newcastle has an acute problem where the ground is in a city that has an abundance of eateries from fast food through to great restaurants and of course pubs and bars galore. The regular fan does not get to the ground early. The point here is the catering is paying for staff from 12 – 6 but the window for sales is 2:30 – 2:55 and 3:45 – 4, all unsold stock is waste. If you get another caterer to pay for the privilige of catering, they can do things far more efficiently.

          • Cockneytrev

            There are things called freezers. There is not as much wastage in fast food and profit margins are so big it’s negligible.
            high end restaurants is a total different ball game, but you go off bookings so you limit your wastage.
            There is more profit in food than almost any other business.
            Newcastle have 50+ Turn up every two weeks, no staff wages in the mean time, for example frozen burgers cost buttons as do frozen bread buns , when I was catering it cost me 8p for a burger, I sold them for a £1, tea was 1p a cup to make, these are just an example of the mark up.. why do you think the catering trailers fight to be outside the stadium on match day?
            As for me not doing it ( not that it’s any of your business) I moved on to other things and have had several other businesses since.
            You and several others on here will never see any wrong in Ashley, he is a liar and this has been born out time and again.
            Incidentally, I don’t believe he has any intention of selling and I’ve never thought he would, this is just another exercise in him getting more free publicity.
            If I’m wrong on that last point, I’ll hold my hands up and apologise, unlike yourself and the other few Ashley lovers on here, who even when proved wrong about him still won’t admit it.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s not really the point I’m making. I’ve no doubt fast food is profitable but at 8p a burger, I’m not sure I fancy one of yours.

            The point being is that although it’s profitable, the reality is it’s outsourced. i.e. NUFC sell the rights to provide food inside the stadium and although this may be less money than they previously took in terms of turnover, it’s 100% profit and they must feel it’s a better way of doing business.

            The figures are just illustrative but lets say they make the same money i.e.

            Old method: Sales of fast food in a year is £1.5m, Food costs are £200k, Utilities £100k and salaries £200k – profit £1m

            New method: Rent out the kiosk positions at £1m a year.

            Both methods provide the same profit, the 2nd method is guaranteed and moreover, no need to do any work.

            As far as Commercial income is concerned, writers in the Mag can scream out that income has fallen by 1/3 from £1.5m to £1m however the club is clearly no worse off.

          • Cockneytrev

            of course the club is worse off,,
            we have the worst playing squad since the late eighties early nineties,,
            Personally I go to the match in the hope of eventually challenging for something,, under Ashley’s tenure we have regressed massively, we were a known world brand, in the top 20 richest clubs, look at us now, a laughing stock , HMRC investigation, alleged Racist youth team bully, no decent investment in first team squad, the academy is a joke, 2 relegation’s in the last 10 years, 1 top nine finish in the last 10 years, no cup runs in the last 10 years, the owner in documentaries about treatment of workers in his factories and facing commons committee, found guilty in court of lieing, a previous manager head butting an apposing player, pay day lender as the shirt sponsor and on and on and on,,
            The man is a ****ing disgrace and people like you sticking up for him should hang your heads in shame, but then I don’t believe your a supporter of my club,, you make up numbers with no information as if it is verboten,,( the catering figures above) how do you know what the catering profits are? you don’t!! you read some accounts and think that’s the be all of everything Newcastle United commercially,, your a fool if you honestly think Ashley is not making money and lots of money out of my club,, the free advertising alone has been worth hundreds of millions to him, his company is a now world know brand thanks in no small amount to his free world wide advertisement.
            This is fact, our commercial revenue has not improved in ten years, you can dress this up as much as you like but it is disgraceful that we are the only major club whose commercial revenue has not progressed. He has hired sycophant hoop lickers who do only his bidding to cut costs at any length, when he took over Newcastle after setting up NUFC direct 6 months prior to the 3 Days purchase ( bollocks) after saying “I’ve made my money now for some fun” ( or words to that affect) this was the beginning of the lies.
            He was worth £950million now he is worth upwards of 3billion (nobody really know, I’ve tried to get to the bottom of his net worth)
            We owed £65 million or there abouts, this was a structured loan, we are now held over a barrel with us now owing the owner well over £100 million,, yes this has been very good business for the club.
            now don’t bother answering me, because you are part of problem.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The club are not worse off in that the club is still going but the point being is the club are not worse of f because of commercial activity, it’s just the club outsources much of what it did and seemingly, this is more profitable for the club.

            The problem with being excited about the old regime and seeing Shepherd through rose tinted glasses is that it was a regime built on sand, it was always going to fail. The club had about 3 months to survive when MA took over so all the top 20 rich lists and worldwide branding is worthless if the club went bust.

            You are way out with your figures on debt etc. If you look at older posts, you should get a better idea of how we were getting into the mire. To suggest we only had £65m of structured loan is misinformed.

            If MA has benefited by hundreds of millions in free advertising, do you really think the new buyers would be baulking at buying the club between £300-400M? If it could get in hundreds of millions for a fraction of the advertising space, the club would be selling for over a billion. If you think companies that advertise at St james park get to be world leading brands, do you not think stadium advertising would be worth a bit than it is?

            HMRC investigation? You do realise that we had one under the old regime and lost it in a VAT case in 2006, an appeal was granted in February 2007 but subsequently lost again. Guess who lent the club the money to pay that?

            Racist reserve team bully? oh come off it, Pedro was employed under FFS as well, he also was accused under FFS.

            Who cares about payday loan sponsorship, it’s just an excuse from the professionally offended.

            My numbers are spot on, check them.

            Mike Ashley may make money from the club when it’s sold, apart from that, he’s not taken anything but a corporate box.

          • Cockneytrev

            He’s made millions
            ANother hoop licker,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m not dealing with university material here am I?

          • Cockneytrev

            Correct,,,
            But don’t judge a mans intelligence by his education,,
            I’m very successful and part of that success is being able to smell a bull******* and hooplicker 👅 And you fall into both of these areas,,,

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            But negates the ability to have a civilised debate without acting like you are 7 years old?

          • Cockneytrev

            There is never a debate with you as you won’t even acknowledge the lies that Ashley and his lackeys spin, you see know wrong in the man and always come back to how bad it was before he arrived and saved my club from certain administration,,
            hence the hoop licker tag,,👅
            If the shoe fits and all that,,

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hypothetical?? It’s based on hard undeniable facts, not the made up figures you came up with.

            I happen to think he’s done an amazing job with Sports Direct in that he’s grown his business to be such a strong brand in little time, I admire the way that he’s created more employment in an ex coal-mining North Nottinghamshire town than government has managed, I admire that through business, he’s bought people in the 3rd world out of poverty and sustainable manner that charities have never been able to achieve.

            However, I see a lot wrong with Mike Ashley’s approach to NUFC. He’s looked at football and thought it irrational in the way talent is traded, he’s thought he can out-smart the traditional way of thinking and the successes he’s had has led him to believe too much in the scout – develop – sell process of player recruitment. He should not have let Dennis Wise have power over KK, he should have personally intervened with KK sooner, he should have kept Alladyce to manage and get the big earners off the payroll. He should have allowed the team manager to have more say in recruitment as Pardew was left holding the can with a team that was not of his making.

            What I don’t see is that everything must be Ashley’s fault. We took on McClaren who was a gamble but was logical. The Wonga sponsorship for me is no better or worse than Alcohol sponsors, Cable tv sponsors, financial institutions that bought down the economy, betting companies – we’re a football club and need to get the highest paying sponsor, not worry that someone can take a loan that he / she ca’t repay. Sports Direct advertising? Why care? Every owner in our history has advertised his company at St James, Stan Seymour, McKeag, Shepherd Offshore / Metro centre. Other clubs have seen Jack Walker advertise at Blackburn, Liverpool’s at Anfield, Man City’s owners…they all do it. We lose out on about £2m a year but we don;t pay interest on the loans that was costing £9m a year, get with reality.

          • Cockneytrev

            It didn’t happen so it’s hypothetical

          • Cockneytrev

            Chelsea didn’t go bankrupt before abramovich, that is also hypothetical

          • Cockneytrev

            So carry on hoop licking ,,👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            They didn’t but who mentioned them? They had Matthew Harding financing the club with loans before the Russian .

          • Cockneytrev

            It’s been mentioned many times that they would have been bankrupt without his money coming in, (frank lampards, autobiography I think mentions it) but that is also hypothetical as it never happened.
            You AShley hoop licker👅👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s not hypothertical that we were in a mess, that was obvious and fully documented.

          • Cockneytrev

            Didn’t it happen?
            NO
            THEREFORE ITS HYPOTHETICAL,,
            hoop licker👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Well, I think you’ve used the wrong word in this context. Hypothesis relates to a starting point with little evidence to support it, in this case, the overwhelming evidence is there.

          • Cockneytrev

            We’re we bankrupted?
            NO
            HYPOTHETICAL
            hoop licker 👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Technically we were insolvent, looking at the books, it was clear the club either needed a big investment, offload a lot of players or go into administration. The most likely outcome was the bank would force the issue and get a change of ownership as RBS did with Liverpool. Shepherd had been turned down by two parties having competed due diligence, the game was up.

          • Cockneytrev

            Hypothetical
            IT never happened
            Hoop licker👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Lordy, there is no getting through the to you. Thick🐷💩

          • Cockneytrev

            Kettle calling pot
            Ashley hoop licker 👅

          • Cockneytrev

            I have no love for either , Seymour, the pirate, mckeag, hall or Shepard, in fact I hate all of them as they have all systematically raped the club,,
            But Ashley has taken it to another level, also the previous owners also wanted success,,
            He only wants success for his retail business,,

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            So you’ve hated all our owners, could the problem be with you?

            If Ashley wants to promote his retail business via our club, that is a good thing. The better exposure he gets for Sports Direct would be because of positive performance by NUFC, I’ve got no problem with that as an aim. The fact it only happened once in 10 years is an issue but he does not get Europe, Australia or even Asia taking much notice whilst we’re inthe Championship, they don’t much notice if we’re mid table in the EPL.

          • Cockneytrev

            No the problem has been with the owners, taking my money and not running a football club to challenge, selling out best players, year after year,, as a boy in them 60s I was optimistic,,
            THat was knocked out of me by a succession of dreadful owners feathering their own nests,,,
            So carry on Hoop licking👅👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I see lots wrong with Mike Ashley’s running of NUFC. However, making up issues to be offended about is a waste of time IMHO. Being upset about commercial income growth being slow does not take into account the reality.

        • anyobrien

          Profits and two relegations… Magic that’s what I pay£668for a season… Profits.

    • anyobrien

      Hail Ashley eh ffs.. The mind boggles

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Reinvest any money made from player sales back into the playing squad.” – it has been

    • Cockneytrev

      No it hasn’t

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Where has it gone then?

        • Cockneytrev

          You seem to know so much about the ins and outs of the club,, you tell me and the rest of the Newcastle supporters where it has gone as the playing staff is the worst it has been since the late 80s early 90s.

          • anyobrien

            Correct

  • Blackburn1066

    If he just F–KS off that would make my day

    • anyobrien

      I wish he would have a accident

      • Peaky Magpie

        It was his mother who had the accident falling up the duff with him !!!

        • Blackburn1066

          The best part of him ran down his mothers leg

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂That one sentence says so much more than one hundred paragraphs 👍👍👍

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    “Aim for a top four finish every season and back the manager to try and achieve this.” – what an idea

  • Leicester Mag

    Sorry to rain on your laudable ideas but reality is more than likely he is not leaving. I hope I’m wrong but as fans people will not to contend with that reality and decide on the 19 ideas to get rid of him

  • Bernard Cribbins’ Love Child

    What about beating Barcelona eleventy nil in the Champion’s League final?

  • Gallowgate Frost

    I thought fatty had already sold the land at the back of the Gallowgate to the highest bidder

    • Leazes

      No he gave it to his son in law to look after without reimbursing the club.

      Michael Murray who manages Ashley’s property portfolio…. not a hard job but he gets a hefty £3 million largely for marrying his daughter Anna Ashley.

      • Gallowgate Frost

        I heard that they were going to build offices and student accomodation on it. Do you know if it’s true?

        • anyobrien

          He na’s everything man.. 😂

          • Leazes

            I know Staveley has no money and her husband was running a PR company and isn’t wealthy.

          • anyobrien

            Really

          • Leazes

            Really…. its not Staveley…..I thought it was because of her Newcastle links but she’s either a broker for an unknown buyer or she and her husband are part of a scam to flush out a buyer which had crossed my mind earlier…. they don’t have the money.

          • Bernard Cribbins’ Love Child

            I always understood it that she was a broker for the buyers, not that she was ever the buyer. She’s acting on their behalf.

  • NUFCDan

    I’ll have a hit on whatever your smoking please.

  • Cockneytrev

    Some of the ideas are a little bit fanciful, ( homeless houses etc) but the basis of what is being said “is run the club properly and professionally, not as an advertising hoarding for the owners retail empire, with no benefit on the the pitch or to the community as a whole”…

  • GToon

    When I wrote this article it was as a fan who now lives away from the north east and so some of the ideas might be already being done but I want us to be renowned for them. A few visits to a hospital at Xmas are not enough in my book. The fans of this club give everything and I want the club to give everything back. This money first culture of the premier league is quite disgusting in my opinion. I want my club to be involved with the people it benefits from. And lets face it the one positive about the club is the support. With regard to the training and academy facilities I have visited lots of the best academies in the country while watching my son play. The kids are our future so we need to invest in them. We need to invest in their parents too so that there are no more “Gibson to Everton” headlines. There’s an awful lot we could do to push this club forward, to build bridges with some of the fans who feel alienated and disappointed at the “make a profit at all costs” attitude of our owner. These are small changes but a massive change of attitude and direction. Look at the publicity Barcelona got when they paid to put UNICEF on their shirts. Imagine the pride we would have if we did something similar. Imagine the rise in shirt sales. This club could be amazing. This club could compete with the best with a few of these changes.

    • Cockneytrev

      At least you have put forward some positive ideas, unlike the Ashley apologists who frequent this site and can’t see any wrong, (or choose to see no wrong) in his running of the football club,,

      • Leazes

        ‘Apologist’…. its one person with a few logins.

        • Cockneytrev

          you may well be right,,,

    • Leicester Mag

      My earlier comment reflects my utter contempt and frustration at our present owner. I apologise if it seemed dismissive of the article. I wish we could genuinely debate the ideas you propose, that though cannot and would never happen or involve Ashley

      • GToon

        No probs. I just felt I should put some suggestions forward as I have done a lot of negative stuff. It’s always easy to criticize. Speaking of which I don’t see anything from Clarko yet!!

  • Tim

    No way in hell should we relocate!