Mike Ashley has done it yet again.

As each potential transfer link ends in….well, nothing.

There are still plenty of Newcastle fans shouting ‘what’s that idiot Lee Charnley doing?’

The Newcastle United owner having an uncanny knack of shifting blame for transfers not happening.

I can’t quite work it out…supporters universally despise Mike Ashley, yet when it comes to such an important thing as signing players to help avoid relegation, they prefer to believe that chump Charnley has messed it up.

No doubt these are the same people who swallow the line that transfers were held up because Ashley was away on holiday.

We expect no better from the press who are happy to repeat the Mike Ashley PR nonsense without any critical analysis but fans should know better by now.

I have no sympathy for Lee Charnley, he is willing to be used by Ashley in return for having the title of Managing Director.

His pay is only around 5% of what the CEOs/MDs of proper clubs such as Arsenal get but £150,000 is more than most supporters earn. The majority of his pay appearing to be earned by sitting in his St James Park bunker and accepting as much of the blame as possible, not allowed to even speak to anybody outside the four walls.

The reason why Newcastle have not bought anybody this month so far, is Mike Ashley.

If nobody is bought by 11pm on Wednesday night, the reason will be Mike Ashley.

No signings last January (2017), that would be Mike Ashley.

Rafa scraping around for bargains in the summer and having to bring in a £5m centre-forward as first choice, Mike Ashley yet again.

He makes the decisions on whether Newcastle buy or sell players, not Lee Charnley.

In January 2013, Newcastle bought five players, Mike Ashley says yes.

In Summer 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle bought nobody, Mike Ashley said no.

It really is that simple.

Ashley and his people want to make out that the whole buying and selling of players is a complex art.

It isn’t. Agents have never earned as much as they do today because of ever rising prices and due to the fact that they are setting up the vast majority of deals.

In windows where Newcastle have been active, they are one of the biggest spenders when it comes to money going to agents.

Players are presented/circulated by agents and clubs decide whether to buy.

Yes there can always be room for negotiation but then it all depends in the final analysis on simply whoever has the final say, saying yes or no to paying the transfer fee and wages.

If Rafa Benitez is left high and dry yet again, he won’t be blaming Lee Charnley for losing the list of targets or any other of the slapstick scenarios some want to conjure up.

It will be Mike Ashley, as always.

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  • Leicester Mag

    And still the majority stomach this. Any other club would have ripped the place apart. If Rafa walks so should every fan. He’s taken the club to the brink, time fans did the same. This malignant parrisite has to leave for there to be any worth calling one

    • Mark Potter

      Rip the place apart? You planning to trash Leicester (your home town?) or the Toon?

  • robbersdog

    Silly article. None of us give a flying f*ck about Charnley; we all know that we’ve got the owner from hell, and that nothing will improve until we’re free of him.

    • JonMag

      he`s scum like fatso, he must tell Rafa bare faced lies,
      day after day after day

      • Peaky Magpie

        Aye for every hour between now and the window closing that’ll be a nice new fiver in his pay packet for signing nee one !

    • len robson

      Can you see he can keep this set of players for many years without changing it too much as it is good team for going up then maybe keeping up for a year or 2 and so it goes on

  • JonMag

    Mikey the Pikey makes the decisions ok but the transfers are done by Penfold who, by accident or stupidity [email protected]@ks them up.
    1 man didn`t do the holocaust, he needed willing participants to do the dirty work as does Ashley.
    they are both guilty of bringing the club down on its knees

    • Kneebotherm8

      If he was at Shirebrook and he’d fckd up,like you say,for as long then he’d have been sacked long ago……so what he does or doesn’t do at NUFC is quite obviously accepted/orchestrated by Jabba…..

      • Soldier

        that`s the point he`s making of course it`s Ashley but he needs willing accomplices to do the dirty, they are as guilty as he is

    • StevieB

      Wrong

      • JonMag

        IDIOT

        • StevieB

          Im an idiot for not thinking Charnley calls the shots at the club 😂😂😂righto

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    Giroud and Batshuayi still available ATM, Oh hang on Mitro’s back has healed it will be like a new signing for us. Call back Adam Armstrong at least FFS we have nothing up front

  • Mirandinha9

    …and remember the time when Cashley was forced to sit in front of the Commons Committee, when he sprouted out the comment that he didn’t have much to do with Newcastle United and nobody listened to him. Absolute toss. He spins the wheels and Charnley, Moncur and Beardsley go round and round saying ‘yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir’. I’m still waiting for the Sissoko, Townsend, Janmatt, Wijnaldum money to be spent. Where did that £60 Million go Cashley, as it certainly wasn’t reinvested in the team.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Are yee still fit Mirandinha ??

      • TheFatController

        He’s not from Argentina. He’s from Brazil. He’s an accomplished player.

        If I’m remembering the song correctly?

        Saw his two goals at Old Trafford with the sombreros. Remember when even the McKeag regime could bring some excitement …

        • Peaky Magpie

          And that shows how far we’ve fallen when the Mckeag times seem ok in comparison….

          • GToon

            Aye. They got £2m for Gazza and actually spent it on players. What an amazing concept from the past.

          • Peaky Magpie

            How very true.

      • Mirandinha9

        I am still fit and could do a better job than Jocelu, but, running this pig farm is harder than I thought. Oh, i remember those days at the Toon. When I’m cleaning out the pig dens, I often think of that time when I kicked Davie Beasant up the jacksee! Me and Frankie Pringle – what a partnership we were!

        • Peaky Magpie

          😂😂😂

        • Peaky Magpie

          Did you & Gazza ever make up over that not passing to each other malarkey???

          • Mirandinha9

            I have never forgiven Gazza for leaving me to play for the Toon, whilst, he shot off to Tottenham. He didn’t care about me when I had to play up front with some cart-horse called Rob McDonald. Then the bald-eagle was supposed to sort things out, but, he didn’t like me one bit. The pig farm was a better option!

  • Peaky Magpie

    FFS Gullit on the tv now….as if today hasn’t been s**t enough !

  • Andy Mac

    If I was a genuine owner of this club, concerned about the safety of our PL status, I would have bought the players Rafa wanted at the very beginning of the window. Then left it to Rafa to sort them out.

    However I think we all know this is another one of those windows where nothing will happen but it’ll be stretched out all the way to the last minute because Fatman knows he has to go through the motions and pretend players are coming in otherwise even “the faithful” will start to get mutinous.

  • Mrkgw

    Thanks to John Hall, we are stick with the most spiteful man in the history of Newcastle United. Absolutely disgusted. Appalling.

    • Andy Mac

      The Robber Baron is still claiming Fatman is good for the club but the reality is Fatman was good for SJH and his cronies.

      • FatParosite

        I always despised senty bottle, Thatcher stooge, former makem, Hall & everything he stood for.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He still created the best team we’ve seen in living memory which will probably remain unsurpassed……….he backed the manager big time and,let’s not forget,paid a world record transfer fee for Shearer amongst other major transfers.
          I’ll forgive him for selling out to Ashley…..he ain’t got a crystal ball so how was he supposed to see what a twt he’d turn out to be ffs.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Luckily Ashley is doing a fit and proper person evaluation of any potential buyers of the club….

    • Albert Stubbins

      aye- awld Mussolini played a blinder there the awld b******.

  • Paul Patterson

    Our window has shut. Wednesday night at the match should be interesting..
    Then again, beware of the sting in the tail in the form of a sale..

    • Mark Potter

      Oops. Powers of prediction pretty poor, Paul Preston.

  • FatParosite

    I don’t think I’ve ever been fooled into thinking Ashley’s ar§e Q’tip had anything else to do than sharpening pencils.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Just watch folks the sale of the club will start rolling again on Thursday.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Mangala coming according to Ronnie !!! So is it Spurs,Chelsea or Liverpool for Lascelles ?

    • Duh

      yeah, curious why we want him unless we are selling someone. More like Mbemba for me, don’t see Lascelles or Clark going anywhere, nor Lejeune

      probably just paper bollox

  • Desree

    I am getting fed up with these Chsrnley apologist articles. The bloke is unfit to be MD of a 250m asset with an annual turnover close to 100m

    • Duh

      you can’t blame the guy for clinging on to a job that he is not qualified to do and although likely paid less than his peers, probably more than he is worth and could pull in elsewhere

      he’s likely not empowered by Mike, it he were, things might turn out even worse – though that’s hard to conceive

      clearly he will not last 5 minutes if the club is taken over, unless he is demoted back to pleb

  • Alex

    Like every employee in any company, Charnley is only still in his job because he carries out his tasks to perfection. Charnley does EXACTLY what Ashley tells him to do.

  • Peter Stabler

    Is Ivan Toney still wors?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Or his brother Mark……the ice cream man…..

      • molend

        Shieldfield on a Sunday morning

        • Peaky Magpie

          🍦🍦🍦

          • molend

            You forgot the lemonade for an ice-cream soda

        • 8prestondave

          Why shieldfield?

          • molend

            That’s where the shop was we went to

          • 8prestondave

            I’m from shieldield but now live in Preston. Born in Falconar street

    • Kneebotherm8

      Worse than who?……

      • Peaky Magpie

        Can’t be The Hoss…nee bugga is….

        • Peter Stabler

          A classic false no9.

  • GToon

    I don’t like to try and separate them (Ashley and Charnley). They are both the scum of the earth. Simples.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    i`d do a slice & dice job on the dirty duo in a heartbeat.
    i`d use a blowtorch on their feet first though

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂 Think Leazes has gone to ground.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he`s floating around don`t worry about that, the killer post will come in, you can bet on it.
        But not with BetVictor

        • Peaky Magpie

          I’m going to prepare myself now in the brace position under the table….

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Lemmings
            😂😂

          • Peaky Magpie

            Divvent set him off he’ll be setting me an exam on lemmings after my lesson before Christmas
            😂😂😂

  • paul mclaughlan

    He gets paid 5% of what CEOs/MDs of other PL clubs get paid? I’m thinking there’s some bad maths going on there.

    • Benmagpie

      5% is 1/20th right? So others getting 20 x more? I share your raised eyebrows

      • Paul Smith

        what’s 20x 150k ? 3 million. Do you find it that hard to believe that the MD’s of some of the richest football teams in world football earn 3 million a year ? I don’t….

        There have been plenty of articles (including on this website showing what the MD’s of other premier league clubs get.

    • Paul Patterson

      Why? £150k is 15% of £1m. It’s safe to say that other Premier League clubs pay their MD’s more than £1m a year. 5% is probably around about the right area.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Something does not add up.

    • Paul Smith

      Since you can’t post web links here without having to wait for approval…

      Google for “the mag lee charnley pay”. It has a chart showing what all the MD’s of premier league clubs were earning. It’s from 2 years ago but Lee charnley was on £106k while the 2 Manchester clubs were paying around £2.5 million a year. So Lee Charnley was actually on 4.3% of what the MD’s of the top clubs were earning at that time… So even less than 5%…

  • Jimmy_toons

    Culpable and guilty by association and by employment.
    He can’t stand by as club chairman or whatever he is, and say it’s none of my business guv. If he’s not part of the solution, he’s part of the problem.
    He should get out, and take the FCB with him.

  • JonMag

    most other chairman use phone blocker on Penfold so he won`t embarrass himself with daft bids. latest i hear is Man City

  • anyobrien

    I hope they die……they have killed my club.

    • Blackburn1066

      name your price. I have the means

    • ghostrider

      Nothing wrong with the club.

      • anyobrien

        [email protected]…. ck off you boring [email protected]

        • ghostrider

          If you’re going to saturate your hatred of the owner then you’re going to have to accept the replies that do not favour you. It may irritate you but they will just keep on coming.

  • Peaco

    Can’t someone just ‘do’ the fat cant

    • Albert Stubbins

      u wot john?

  • Brian Standen

    Anyone who can still find support for Ashley etc really is completely deluded!
    I just hope we can somehow avoid another relegation and something happens in the summer!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Why pay twenty million for a striker who might not even do it in the Premier League and Sturridge is no good in a poor team. For years we have been wasting money on poor players panic buys which leaves us in a worse situation for the following season. We have enough players to stop up and not wasting money on poor players.

    • Big Al 1967

      The same Daniel Sturridge who scored 8 goals in 12 games for a poor Bolton team that finished 14th?

      • Danimal

        He will be playing against us at SJP fairly soon. I seem to remember him scoring against us frequently in the past.

    • Westdentoon

      OMG I’ve heard it all now..
      That’s exactly the point you numb skull raving lunatic..they are only ‘panic buys’ as Ashley won’t stump up the cash when it’s needed…like in the summer and early in the transfer windows. You have to be taking the Pish writing nonsense like that you utter WUM!!

    • Albert Stubbins

      so what your saying is dont get a good striker as he wont be able to play in a poor team? so we need another poor striker then? or is it just sturridge? all the rest of the good strikers CAN play in a good team? youve lost me and I suspect everyone else.

      • Westdentoon

        He lost himself a long time ago pal!
        My dog knows more about football than that plonker!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Sturridge had some positives, he needed to prove himself in these coming months, there would be no hiding place.

      • Albert Stubbins

        he could have hidden in Ashleys wallet if things had gone bad for him- no f**** would ever find him again!!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I think in Sturridge’s case, it’s a lot easier to be loaned out to a club that’s a 30 min train ride than over to ourselves.

          • Albert Stubbins

            what sort of trains that then? must have an engine oot of concorde- last time I travelled from liverpool to brum it took all b***** day.!! the blokes deluded thats all-f- him

          • Down Under Mag

            I expect it has more to do with which club would match his wages in full and pay the loan fee…

          • Danimal

            And is making a serious attempt at staying up.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Apparently we did this

    • Blackburn1066

      Stop up do you think so?

    • FatParosite

      Straight from the slug’s mouth.

    • Phil Yare

      indeed, lets get relegated instead.

    • Down Under Mag

      Much better to pay less for worse players on stupidly long contracts and hope one or two come good so they can be sold for massive profit.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Are you saying that Charnley isnt a multi Billionaire pulling the strings at Newcastle? Are you sure now? So its all down to fat mike then? I thought he had nowt to do with the club and let Charnley make all the BIG decisions being that he so clever and good with numbers and all that. Thanks for putting us all right on this one pal- much appreciated.

  • thewildchimp

    We don’t know how high his salary is. We have a single number in the books, but with people like Ashley you can never know. He might be paying him more under the table, tax-free. Charnley could be simply playing the role of a fool, for their mutual convenience.

  • Phil Yare

    west brom now more appealing than newcastle united. the likes of Norwich can give chelsea a game but we can’t. promoted brighton and huddersfield out spending us and out playing us this season

    • ghostrider

      They didn’t outplay us. rafa allowed them to do it after a set time of us outplaying them like we’ve done to many teams this season and 90% of the time reverted back to full on defensive mode.
      Rafa is a clown and pundits are licking his dish because they’re probably scripted to do so. It’s mental.

      • Phil Yare

        the tactics are dross, agreed. I can’t see why ultra defensive is seen as tactical genius

        • ghostrider

          Because certain fans can’t see past the wording of “world class” Rafa Benitez.

  • Phil Yare

    the way I see, it we may as well pull out the league. lets not bother anymore because it’s too much effort to compete for our owners. people will still buy the merchandise so that will keep mike ashley in profit.
    it just means we wont regularly get humiliated and have to bear false hope of new signings etc.

  • TheNutJob

    Nee transfers news lads, apart from Penfold making a mess of things every day.
    Oh well. maybe tomorrow. i can see another dodgy Spanish striker arriving.

  • TheNutJob

    Be interesting to see what Rafael has to say on Thursday, won`t it.
    is he going to blast Fatty & Penfold or just accept that he`s been done again.
    i`d walk

    • Mike

      yep we are the Prem joke

  • Duh

    The fooling will be done with at Wednesday 11pm

  • fistsofsteel2

    The players at Newcastle would probably only fetch £40million tops between the lot of them. Stavely’s offers were very good when one considers that. Ashley is either stupidly overvaluing a ‘business’ he’s deliberately ran down hoping some mug will fall for his spiel, or he has never had any intention of selling the club.

    Rafa will walk. Ashley won’t get another offer as good as Stavely’s. He won’t invest money on players because he sees it as a waste and doesn’t understand football as a business. He took a chance teasing, then rebuking Staveley. The club is doomed.

  • Malaysian Geordie

    Looks like “most of the people, most of the time” to me.

  • 1957

    Even if there had been ample funds to accommodate Benitez wishes, Charnley would have found a way to miss out on getting players over the line.

  • JonMag

    the fat [email protected]@k had no intention of spending millions on players coming in, he may have spent some if players were moved out, but it`s an indictment of the club that not one player has been moved on because the bottom line is nearly all of them are shyte
    💩

  • ghostrider

    We have a manager who wants players in but refuses to let players go, even though he’s thrown them onto the scrap heap.
    Logical?
    It’s mental man.
    I don’t blame Ashley for not sanctioning money for overpriced dross.
    I hope Ashley’s seeing Rafa in the way I see him. A man that’s running past his sell by date who will (given the chance) fill this team full of overpaid dross and give out sickening football as a result of it, just like we’re seeing now but then will blame it on him not having BIGGER signings.

    I hope Rafa walks, I really do. I’m almost begging for him to walk.
    A new manager in and this team can easily stay in this league playing much better football with players left in the cold doing a sterling job.

    • East Durham Mag

      Idiot

      • ghostrider

        lol

        • East Durham Mag

          👍👍

    • Desree

      Ghostrider aka Charnley. Go and sign some players teaboy.

      • ghostrider

        Sugar and milk?

    • Gareth Marshall

      It’s difficult to address the points made in a rational way when there appears to have been very little rationale used when making such comments.

    • Jordan Peterson

      Are you employed by sports direct to write this?

      • ghostrider

        I’m employed by myself to use my own mind to make an opinion on what’s what. I do that without the help of any company or peer.
        Try it yourself.

    • Mike

      Yea bring back Carver or Kinnear I say

      • ghostrider

        Why do we need to bring any ex manager back. All we need to do is one or two things.

        1. Hope Rafa gets himself a footballing brain and understands that the squad is has is capable of playing positive football and can make a much better effect in the league and fan feel good wise.

        2.
        Bring in a manager that is willing to do this and do it right now if Rafa carries on playing the game like he does, because if he does, he will relegate us.

        • Mike

          eh? the sorry mess of NUFC is at the door of the owner and his hangers on. Get real tell me who will be better than Rafa he has a proven record of being a winner unlike the other idiots that get sacked then re-employed Big Sham, Pardspew even Carver no thanks

          • ghostrider

            There is no sorry mess but the one Rafa is creating by his actions.

    • MadMag83

      Hang on then. If Rafa is so bad at his job then why hasn’t Ashley sacked him? Why did he wait until the end of the season to sack Carver? Why did he employ McLaren when every man and his dog knew he would fail? The simple fact is Ashley is responsible, ignorance is no defence.

      If Rafa walks and Newcastle continue to disappoint, who will you blame, the next manager? You really must a troll if you believe Ashley isn’t to blame.

      • ghostrider

        If Ashley sacks him he’s got a massive compensation payout.
        Rafa should walk and do the decent thing for being a total team destroying clown.

  • MadMag83

    The person at the top takes ultimate responsibility.