Much has been said about a potential backlash from Newcastle fans if things don’t change with Mike Ashley.

Pick any one of the reasons…

If Mike Ashley doesn’t sell the club.

If Mike Ashley doesn’t start treating Rafa Benitez properly.

If Mike Ashley doesn’t allow better quality players to be bought.

If Mike Ashley oversees a third relegation in nine Premier League seasons under his reign.

If Mike Ashley forces Rafa to leave.

All of these five reasons are of course inextricably linked, or at the very least four of them are.

Undermining Rafa and/or forcing him out, not allowing money to be spent on decent players, and possible relegation, these are part of the same overall problem with the way Ashley runs the club.

The fifth reason, Mike Ashley potentially not selling NUFC, is of course what most Newcastle fans would see as ensuring that things will never ever be done properly.

When a lot of people talk about supporters rebelling against what is happening, it usually goes along the lines of expecting mass demonstrations, attempts to get a coordinated boycott of matches going, and so on.

The reality though is that when Newcastle fans do turn, it is a silent revolution.

People just get on and do their own thing, they don’t wait for some unified campaign/voice to tell them to do so.

Everybody has their own threshold of loyalty/pain.

The point where you might potentially stop going for whatever reason, whether it is the actions of the owner, the quality of football, or whatever.

I know loads of people who would have still watched NUFC even in the Conference/National League but who have at some point now refused to go because of Mike Ashley.

The current position is unsustainable.

Off the pitch, it is surely impossible to imagine Rafa Benitez still being at St James Park next season unless things drastically change in the way the club is run.

On the pitch, the football has been shocking really, especially at home. You can’t honestly say you have been entertained.

The last seven Premier League matches at St James Park have seen five defeats and two draws, in five of those Newcastle failed to score. Only Swansea have scored less than Newcastle’s total of 10 PL goals at home.

Whilst Rafa Benitez has to take some small level of responsibility in some shape or form for that, this is not a criticism of him, we all know that he has been left in an impossible position by Mike Ashley. With the quality of players he has got, it is all but impossible to take the game to any but the weakest of oppositions. No coincidence that the small handful of more convincing and decent attacking displays have been against some of the worst teams, such as Stoke and West Ham.

Throughout this season, when you are at the matches and in the pubs afterwards, the feeling is that this poor level of football and settling for hopefully survival, has only a one season limit. The thought of watching this for any longer would be soul-destroying.

If backed with three quality signings then it could have made a massive difference but will Ashley ever support Benitez in that way, rather than feeding made up claims of an intention to spend £20m on a striker.

Bottom line is that the cracks are already appearing when it comes to Newcastle fans saying enough is enough.

On Wednesday night St James Park will see the lowest attendance of the season so far when Burnley visit. The 51,042 who turned up for the defeat to Everton will be beaten, the only question is by how many?

Tickets are still on sale in most sections of St James Park, not massive numbers, but enough. They haven’t even started trying to sell the blocks of away tickets that Burnley haven’t taken.

Yes it is January and it is midweek but if the mood was different, or the football decent, or most importantly there had been ambitious moves in the transfer window, then the game would have still been a sellout. Instead it is going to be under last season’s Championship 51,000+ average and very likely under fifty thousand.

With most of the stadium season ticket you are never going to see massive swings in attendances during this season but as I say, the cracks are appearing, with people who pay match by match choosing not to go.

The thing is, this isn’t a one-off.

At Chelsea on Sunday there were around 400 unsold seats. Newcastle have a massive following down south and with only a three thousand allocation, plus going on general sale, it would have been unheard of in the past for these not to sell out, particularly when they were at a relatively reasonable (especially compared to past Chelsea prices) £30 and £15 concessions.

The away allocation at Manchester City was all sold but the previous game at home to Swansea was around a thousand under capacity. Yes they didn’t take their full allocation but it was a 3pm Saturday match and yet many Newcastle fans are choosing not to go, can you blame them?

The game prior to Swansea was Luton and a forty seven thousand crowd was great – but that was more down to eight thousand away fans and the usual hordes of parents taking kids as a one-off with tickets £10 and £5 concessions.

This is not a doom and gloom article, it is more a warning of what will happen unless something changes. That change of course being Mike Ashley.

In fact things are already happening, the fans who pay match by match are now choosing not to in many cases and things will only get worse the longer things are run like this at Newcastle.

Of course fifty thousand crowds at St James Park are still remarkable but that is built on forty thousand people buying season tickets in blind loyalty to Rafa Benitez and/or the club. Much like what happened in the Championship last season.

If Mike Ashley stayed and Newcastle remained in the Premier League, but Rafa left, then I don’t think we’d see fifty thousand averages next season.

Likewise, I don’t think if Mike Ashley stayed and Newcastle were relegated, but Rafa stayed on, we would get that fifty thousand average either.

This is a critical time for the club and a growing number of Newcastle fans are already saying they have had enough, Mike Ashley won’t realise until it is too late and that stream of fans becomes something far more substantial and lasting.

In addition, how many people on the long-term direct debit season ticket deals are now cancelling?

For most of those people the last payment for their current season ticket will be taken on Thursday (1 February) and then after that their payments are for next season’s ticket. the club don’t publicise it but they will tell you if asked, that you have to inform them by the end of January (tomorrow) to cancel your direct debits or else you will be tied to getting your season ticket for 2018/19 – Mike Ashley having you in his pocket already, without even knowing which division we will be in or whether Rafa Benitez will still be at Newcastle.

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  • Guest 2

    He couldn’t give a chuff. More supporters leave then more cheap seats for students etc will be made available.
    He knows the important revenue comes from tv – and he’s even prepared to jepopardise that.

  • GToon

    If there was a direct link between the attendance and Ashley’s oxygen supply then maybe people wouldn’t turn up but unfortunately our biggest asset (our support) is also our biggest weakness.

    • FatParosite

      Bang on the money…… They are culpable for all of this.

  • Peaky Magpie

    ASHLEY OUT
    ASHLEY OUT
    ASHLEY OUT

  • Jezza

    Two predictions for tomorrow.

    1 We will sign nobody, though to be fair we already all know that.

    2 Around lunchtime there will be a big breaking story about Newcastle making a club record signing and the story will run throughout the afternoon and evening and will only fizzle out after the crowd at the Burnley game have all left the stadium and immediate environs.

    • Paul Patterson

      Tomorrow could be toxic. I just hope it’s contained to after the game.

      • Jezza

        It could very well be toxic which is precisely why the club will put out the aforementioned big transfer ruse before the match.

        • Paul Patterson

          An Ashley TV interview perhaps?

        • FatParosite

          Bishop’s PR wagon will force the perception of hope to avoid TV chants.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          it`ll be Toxic if we lose, that`s a certainty

  • Paul Patterson

    I think there is another reason.
    It looks likely that Man City are going to sign Mahrez from Leicester at £50m+, after signing another player yesterday for £50m, to go with a team that Guardiola has at his disposal costing £500m+. At the same time Man United have signed Sanchez on 350k a week (£50k a day).
    Meanwhile we struggle to get a player to sign on loan.
    Football for the supporters is finished.

    • Dave Pattinson

      I agree. Burnley are top of the real league , clubs above that should really bog off and form a league of their own with the world’s other rich clubs. We might end up with a proper competition then. I can’t get excited about a competition we can never win. After 44 yrs with a tkt I decided not to renew last yr. Wasn’t enjoying the football and Ashley & co have sucked all the soul out of our club. Will return when the Fat One goes.

      • thewildchimp

        That’s the Champions League past group stage, in a nutshell. Best clubs from England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, etc. have a virtually free pass to the tournament. So they’ll get richer and richer and we are gonna end up miles behind. Not to mention clubs from lesser countries, who get only one spot for CL and EL, and have to play 1-3 rounds of qualifiers.

        • Phil Yare

          CL was designed to aid the top clubs. funny how when we came 2nd and qualified the southern press slagged us off saying we had no right to be there……yet nowts been said for years about 4 teams in it

  • Mayor Vaughn

    I’m pretty much numb to it all these days, the club rarely raises my blood pressure anymore.
    Sad state of affairs.

    • love toon despite

      I agree Mayor. Once upon a time I would have been goading Chelsea fans but nowadays what can one say…..the Club is in demise and I haven’t got the energy anymore to defend it, in fact I’m almost ashamed of it.

  • Martin Rooney

    Gees clutching at straws, there’s no new pattern here see all recent cup games and nufc’s support is static

    • Tony Mann

      When you say ‘static’ do you mean lifeless, dead, unmoving ?

  • FatParosite

    I have been once in 3 years to the SJP & that was with a free ticket to spread my dad’s ashes. I will NOT step foot in that place while he is still there.

  • Geordiegiants

    “I know loads of people who would have still watched NUFC even in the Conference/National League but who have at some point now refused to go because of Mike Ashley.”
    The above statement is truer than you could imagine, and all of those fans that have stayed away because of him are true fans, not football tourist. Fans that felt their voice was taken away and would go to every game in the conference or where ever.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The problem is that Ashley has never been bothered about the club, on here & the chron some fans say, he must spend or we`ll go down & he`ll lose the Tv money.
    i`ll say it once again he doesn`t care

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    What a load of rubbish. We are averaging over fifty one thousand and have the largest per centage of tickets sold in the Premiership at over ninety nine per cent.
    So we are doing better than Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool in that respect. For the Swansea game we sold every one of out tickets and a thousand of Swansea City’s .
    I was at Chelsea on Sunday where there was no transport to guarantee to get you there on time. We have sold out for every away game this season and are in a relegation battle with the highest occupancy figures in the league among the big clubs. Tottenham have twenty thousand seats empty every game are you real even by the Mags standards you are the second worst writer in their history.

    • Duh

      there lies the problem

    • anyobrien

      How do you think the transfer window is going with your beloved Ashley you [email protected]…king moron boring shyte ?

    • Paul Patterson

      I wasn’t there myself but the picture above proves you wrong on the sold out away section at Chelsea.
      Plus, I’d be surprised if anyone was sat near you on Saturday judging by the s***e you spout on here. You must have kept quiet all game.
      Back up Ashley’s a**e you go..

      • Tony Mann

        Paul,
        Monk-satan Magpies is not one person.
        A few posts ago, he couldn’t even spell his own name never mind string a sentence together.
        Suddenly, he formulates a reasonably eloquent post – which is still complete [email protected] by the way – but there you go.

        • Jezza

          Not one person but two socially disfunctional brothers from Manchester who troll this site under multiple ID’s.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Very funny Mr Mann guess you were not there on Sunday or probably any game like the half wits on here. Just hope you not related to my good mate Terry with the same surname a top supporter or he would die of shame.

          • Tony Mann

            It’s not that funny Mr Monksatan – The rest of your post. however, reminds me of another Terry – I think his surname was [email protected] – Worked in the publishing industry for Viz.

      • anyobrien

        He’s a Co… Ck

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Hope your wife lets you out to another away match this decade as you not been to one yet very sad your old mates Ian Bell (Titch) and Glen have even been to one game very sad the lot of you .

      • Jezza

        He wasn’t at any match last weekend, he was sat at home in the Manchester area watching his team play Yeovil on telly.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          You are very sad you once said you went to a match while living in Edinburgh probably your last match .

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          I was there while you were watching repeats of the Adams family your favourite programme always preferred going to the match myself than watch that load of rubbish but at least you are a cult hero.

          • Danimal

            Ironic that you mention the Adams family.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Where I was loads of fans standing in the aisles and could not even get my own seat so had to stand to stand with many others. The attendance was only five hundred below capacity and nearly all the empty seats were in the Chelsea Corporate area which were telephone numbers for a seat. However not surprised you were or any one on this site were not there. 52,006 and six the average attendance and sold out every Premier league game this site

        • Tony Mann

          52,006 and six is 52,012.

    • bob0411

      Is this Fantasy Football?

  • Tony Mann

    Just waiting for the squad announcement tomorrow.
    If Lascelles is not there, the writing is on the wall and we are well and truly f*cked.

    • Peaky Magpie

      If as reported Mangala is coming in there’s definitely a rabbit off somewhere….

      • Tony Mann

        Bricking it here mate.
        Lascelles goes for – just guessing – £30 million +
        Mangala on loan for – just guessing – £5 million to seasons end.
        Ashley adds his sums up and he’s better off to the tune of £25 million.

        • Jezza

          More likely Lascelles goes but they can’t quite get Mangala over that infamous line.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Would love to actually see how our line differs from everyone else’s…..it’s certainly unique.

          • Tony Mann

            So he saves another – just guessing – £5 million.
            My gorgeous Mrs doesn’t understand why I just crawl under the stairs and weep.
            There’s always Monksatans posts to lighten my mood though.

          • nufcslf

            Not worth going to all of that effort for the way this mess is being run.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Just checked fighting a relegation battle and the average attendance is 52,006
    you should hang your head in shame and never ever write an article again.
    Was at Chelsea and not one seat empty near me in fact people standing with the crowd near capacity with a few hundred of their posh seats empty so wrong again
    as we sold a lot of tickets on the Friday.

    • anyobrien

      [email protected] off bel end no one’s listening t1t

      • Phil Yare

        aye, easier just to scroll straight down

        • Jezza

          Yes, don’t feed the troll, lads.

      • Tony Mann

        anyobrien – I am listening to him.
        With his multiple personalities – He makes me chortle .
        He takes my mind off the depressing state we’re in.

        • anyobrien

          True he’s a bit strange I guess

        • Phil Yare

          yes, kind of reverse mentality. just take everything he says….and use the opposite conclusion

    • bob0411

      Of course you were, and I’ve recently returned from a trip to the moon…

    • Danimal

      You should hang your head in shame you pathetic brown-nosing excuse for a human being.

  • David Wright

    After giving Newcastle United and Mr Ashley well over £30000 in season tickets over the years and having the odd good game to watch I have decided my money is better invested in something I won’t feel depressed about after watching 90 mins of garbage.
    Hello National Trust at least I will see something worthwhile.

  • Ken

    I am a stay away had a season ticket from the age of 8 until Ashley sacked Keegan 40years vowed never to go back until he left. A few times reconsidered but he always managed to show his true colours. There are loads like me. Everyone has a threshold and this bloke certainly knows how to stretch it.

    • Phil Yare

      I’m exactly the same. cant forgive the man for that season alone nevermind whats happened since

  • Peaky Magpie

    The Krmecik rumour is still doing the rounds…

    • Jezza

      The official NUFC disinformation machine is getting desperate to avoid supporter unrest at tomorrow’s game.

      • Phil Yare

        giroud on his way for £35m

        • Jezza

          It seems guaranteed that they’ll come out with something like that around lunchtime tomorrow and string it out till the crowd have all dispersed from St James’s Park and the surrounding area.

        • Kneebotherm8

          On his way but not to us though..

  • David2211

    I have a season ticket but decided yesterday I’m not doing it anymore. Too late maybe but gotta make a stand at some point. I am not going back until Ashley is gone.

    • Phil Yare

      its the only way mate.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Swansea 3-1 Arsenal…..

    • Tony Mann

      Now that IS fookin scary.

    • Phil Yare

      we are down. again.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Hate to say it but it’s starting to look that way…probably with Brighton & Huddersfield.

    • Paul Patterson

      Win imperative tomorrow.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Without a doubt..draws are not good enough now..especially at home.

        • thewildchimp

          That’s what worries me the most. Playing at home.

          • Phil Yare

            what worries me is playing. home or away

          • Tony Mann

            What worries me is playing.

          • Peaky Magpie

            We’d be alreet if we could just play West Ham & Stoke for the rest of the season…🤣

    • Phil Yare

      i mean could we achieve a result like that? and the short answer is no. not in a million years. i’d be surprised if we beat gateshead 3-1

      • hetonmag

        Swansea where gifted two goals tonight.

        • nufcslf

          As long as they go in, it doesn’t really matter.

          • hetonmag

            My meaning is we are not that lucky.

          • Phil Yare

            so we are down there because we are unlucky?

          • hetonmag

            Well I don’t think we have carried much luck this season you’ll probably think otherwise.

          • Tomb

            The palace liverpool games we were very lucky

        • Phil Yare

          we never get gifted goals because we don’t make any opposition players panic. its normally a stroll or a picnic

          • hetonmag

            Have you seen the goals.???

          • Phil Yare

            whats your point??

      • Jezza

        I look at our squad and can’t see where those three goals against Gateshead would come from.

    • TwinFire

      well, there goes them three clubs that are definitely worse than us. we need to start winning every other game otherwise we will get sucked right down into the mire

      • Peaky Magpie

        Massive scrap now until end of season,GD could well be vital..

        • Danimal

          Not really, we’ll be 6 or 7 points adrift. GD irreverent.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye probably…

        • TwinFire

          on a positive note, Pardue is bottom of the league where he belongs, and after the mackems lose to birmingham in one minute, we dont have to worry about playing a derby with them next year!

          • nufcslf

            6 points saved, thank Christ for that.

    • Danimal

      Thanks Arsenal. No doubt they’ll take six points off us with two one-nil wins, while donating points galore to all our rivals. As always.

      • Phil Yare

        no doubt they’ll have about 96% possession

      • thewildchimp

        They always concede points to our rivals. Unbelievable!

    • nufcslf

      Both West Ham and Crystal Palace picking up a point as well.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Not a great few days all around really and only 25 hours to go to make all those signings ….😂😂

        • nufcslf

          Holding my breath as I write. Come on Mike, you know you want you….

    • thewildchimp

      Swansea 5 at the back, 11 behind the ball, players not half as good as ours (apart from few) – still manage to entertain. I was sleepy, now I’m awake, Sunday was the other way around…

  • Martin

    £0. This remains our transfer budget to buy players. We will be linked tomorrow with the likes of Giroud/Wellbeck/Torres and goodness knows who else but will get no-one. We have not attempted to buy anyone this window. Penfold time and again ‘fails’ to sign the players managers want yet Fatty still employs him. If Fatty genuinely wanted to sign these players he would replace him because he wasn’t doing a very good job. But he doesn’t. Because Penfold does what he is told which is shove in the odd low bid but spend nothing and then buy/loan cheap alternatives.

    • Phil Yare

      just random loan stuff and phantom bids for players to appease any fans who can still be convinced
      maybe penfold can call dennis wise and ask him if hes seen any youtube videos lately and get something ‘over the line’

    • Rob

      According to Ashley we must sell negligible value players in order to either not replace them or buy slightly worse players. Our luck with Merino is far outweighed by joselus and diames.

      • Phil Yare

        you cant slag off joselu anymore apparently

        • Rob

          Yeah sorry I forgot. He runs about or something.

          • Phil Yare

            wins everything in the air. i was told the other week

          • Rob

            Must have meant Shearer surely?!

          • Phil Yare

            no! the mighty hoss would you believe, i must be watching something else

  • nufcslf

    No they haven’t. Empty ground only a few thousand won’t a f**k to fatty.

  • anyobrien

    One nil Burnley away win

    • Danimal

      Agreed.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Hard to disagree

    • Phil Yare

      i reckon their keeper might spend the second half in the strawberry.

      • anyobrien

        Canny boozer

        • Phil Yare

          plus he can retrieve some of diame’s shots that end up in the car park

      • Tomb

        Burnley arent that good and are missing half a team. Newcastle to win

  • Phil Yare

    thank godness we’ve kept hold of joselu. all them bids from spain, italy and the prems big gunz for our prized asset. wins everything in the air apparently

    • hetonmag

      Why keep going on about joselu why not mention Gayle who couldn’t hit a barn door either.

      • nufcslf

        Both are a worry, just as well Cashley’s got it all under control.

        • hetonmag

          Joselu has been done to death on these pages you would think he was solely to blame for everything.

          • Phil Yare

            i’m sorry, diame, perez and manquillo are also equally as rubbish

          • hetonmag

            So we all know who’s to blame that’s why we’re in such a state, the four players you mention was a total outlay of 15m it isn’t the player’s fault is it.

          • Phil Yare

            i’m sorry for hurting their feelings

          • hetonmag

            You’re being a bit silly now.

      • Phil Yare

        I am going on about him because he is the worst. if you disagree then i think you should consider if joselu would score 23 goals in 34 appearences in the championship. NO, he wouldn’t

  • Peaky Magpie

    I’m so pi**ed off with the whole situation I can’t even laugh at the mackems predicament…..where will we be this time next year ???

    • nufcslf

      Probably only relieved if they go down as well.

    • Tony Mann

      Don’t laugh bud.
      That’s exactly where we’re going.

  • Rob

    Attended several matches this season and many of the the latter matches were grim viewing but with hope of a potential takeover. Once that was scuppered I decided spending more would be throwing good money after bad.

    Ashley’s confidence in bouncing back from a further relegation is very foolish and may be his final undoing.

    • FatParosite

      Everybody said that last time we went down… Don’t mek me laff….. They are still visiting the patient…Nobody willing to turn the life support off…

      • Rob

        Oh fans will turn up but the championship has improved again and a failure to get back to the premier league first time would mean a huge financial downturn that fatty wouldn’t have an appetite for.

  • Shields Mag

    If Rafa walks it should be the straw that breaks the camels back for the fans to walk away until Ashley is gone, hit him with a near empty stadium and he will sharp get the message. ASHLEY OUT!!

    • FatParosite

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz won’t happen and THE SLUG knows it.

    • nufcslf

      I agree, but will never happen.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        Rafa will stay till the summer and then walk – unless Ashley sells. If we are relegated then we’ll drop like a stone, if we survive it’ll be a new manager who is capable of hitting 17th every season.

  • FatParosite

    The fans are to blame. They will carry on consuming his turds. This is a measured gamble without any real loss to Ashley…

  • Tony Mann

    Worry not lads.
    Two – YES TWO – confirmed new players
    A revised defensive strategy involves two keepers – which also allows Elliot, Darlow, Woodman, Burridge and McFaul to go out on loan or to work at Shirebrook.
    Fat Cash Ashley and Portly Penfold will squash between the posts to reduce the goal area to zilch hence the defence is not required.
    This will then allow the Toon to field 9 – YES NINE – centre forwards.
    If we then play the rest of the season in this formation, It is hoped we may score.

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂🤣😂🤣😂

    • Phil Yare

      thank god for that. I would have kept McFaul though unless we could swap him for Pogba

    • thewildchimp

      Too dangerous. What if Ashley spots a penny in the goal area, whilst holding the ball? That’d be 1-0 defeat for sure.

      • Tony Mann

        Think you have spotted the flaw in the cunning plan!

      • GToon

        How about if they were nailed to the goal? Don’t bother with that no more nails stuff, proper nails I reckon. And big ones too.

        • thewildchimp

          You forgot that Penfold is spineless and can bend in all directions.

          Don’t be discouraged, if we all put our minds together, a solution will be reached!

  • Peaky Magpie

    Off to bed…it feels like Christmas Eve,the excitement for tomorrow means I won’t get a wink….

    • GToon

      Bet you can hardly wait. I won’t spoil it for you but you know that “room with a light still on” that David Craig is standing in front of. Well that’s actually the gents. Sorry.

      • Peaky Magpie

        🤣😂🤣

  • Jezza

    That’s it my friends. The fat lady has well and truly sung. Mike Ashley has relegated Newcastle for a third time. The one place in the North East where you are guaranteed peace and solitude tomorrow is the Newcastle training ground. The gates will remain locked and the janitor will be enjoying his customary day off. There’s nothing left for deadline day but to wonder which of our first teamers will be whisked off to where in the fat slug’s helicopter.

    This transfer window has been even worst then most simply because
    it played out exactly as we always knew it would. We all knew the dire
    consequences of inaction on the part of Newcastle United but none of us
    expected anything other than complete inaction.

    I won’t be posting tomorrow. I am going to completely shut
    myself off from all things Newcastle United just like I did on the previous
    deadline day. Believe me it’s a lot less painful that way. I’ll be back on
    Thursday morning for the recriminations.

    • Mrkgw

      Well said Jezza. What a mess eh.

    • Mike

      spot on

    • Tomb

      Slimani isnt a bad player if we get him in I think we will survive.

    • Mark Potter

      I’d love to be a fly on the wall when you get up to find that we cleared out more of the dead wood, Kenedy proved last night he can play, and we now have a highly rated international striker, valued at over £25 million, and a new international keeper. That lady was singing until after midnight, while the media tried to keep up with all of the transfer deals we completed. We even had the fun of Mitro running around Europe trying to find a club, he’s never moved so much in two and a half years. And the ginger one has finally found a suitable home for his skill level.

      And all of our (former) first teamers are still here, Shelvey etc. No loss of any players we need, and three new players that are probably better than we had.

      You’ll be thinking up excuses why you got it so horribly wrong. Oh, yeah, they’re loans. But it does seem that Rafa has got the players he was looking for to improve the squad. And he’s still here, and still 100% committed to the club.

  • Mirandinha9

    Despite everything that Toon fans have had to endure during Cashley’s reign:

    – The ill treatment of Special K, Big Al, Gutierrez and Hughton
    – SJP being changed to SD arena
    – Wonga being club sponsors
    – 6 consecutive defeats by 5under1and
    – 2 (soon to be 3) relegations
    – Continuous early FA Cup exits
    – Cashley’s constant lies and false promises and utter lack of ambition, care or compassion for the club

    50,000 people continue to turn up to home games every fortnight. If, the worst scenario happens and Rafa walked, accompanied by relegation, you would still get 40,000+ turning up, foolishly stating “the team needs us” and / or “it’s no good turning against the team”. It is that mindset which will never change things. Cashley will continue to laugh at them every time they set foot in SJP and we’ll get mediocrity for however long he chooses to laud over us all. The perpetual stance of those without any backbone is that ‘protests / staying away won’t make any difference’, but, how do we know? There has never been a collective effort to do it. The ‘sack the board’ late 1980s charge from the fans’ discontent certainly inspired the Magpie Group’s drive. As we know, Cashley hates bad publicity. If you look at every time there has been a revolt over the last 10 years, it was quickly followed by one of his inspirational TV interviews when he promised to ‘bolt the horse onto the cart’ or ‘would invest in the club’. Stand up and be counted men. Otherwise, if everyone remains complicit, we’ll always get what we’ve always got during his tenure – a laughing stock of a club, who other football fans around the club laugh at, whilst, 24/25 years ago, we were everyone’s second favourite team. How things change and how this once great club needs to change. Cashley out!

    • thewildchimp

      What we could use is a proper leader. Someone to inspire the fans, show them that it won’t be in vain – and to organise them. Or a body of influential fans, made of people who can’t be intimidated or bought. Something like that.

      • Davey drape

        maybe a well known fan

      • nufcslf

        My hate for the c**t is more tgan enough. Don’t need a leader, but too far away in Vancouver, so only the poor barstewards get it here on a daily basis.

    • Alex

      The backbone wasn’t shown in 15/16 in case the team was undermined and the club got relegated. “Support the team, not the regime” was the idiotic mantra. Well, in the end, that went well, didn’t it?!

      We all know there’s a perfect storm on the horizon, and if it happens, (which is looking very possible), I hope people realise they were wrong last time and some spine is shown from now on.

    • Mike

      Agree 100%

    • Whitbymag

      I vowed years ago, when it was blatantly obvious fatty was a lying scumbag, to never again give Ashley a penny ,as did lots of fans .if 20000 more did we wouldnt be in this mess now. He wouldnt be here.

      • Phil Yare

        quite simply he’s been kept in the job by benevolent charitable support

    • Phil Yare

      appointing the joe kinnear
      appointing dennis wise
      selling players behind KKs back
      appointing pardew
      appointing mcClown

  • gallowgate26

    Pfft, god help us. Remember that team Palace, that were down with the mackems, dead and buried, 0 points after 8 games? Everyone laugh at Hodgson? Now we’re in their dust. Remember Swansea? clear daylight. Now level. All our rivals are picking up points. The club show zero ambition, contempt for the manager, s’## all over the fans. Total roll of the dice, gamble, Russian roulette, red or black, as usual. Made up rubbish about selling the club. Smoke and mirrors…

    • thewildchimp

      Russian roulette, but with six bullets.

      • nufcslf

        Very good

  • wheyayeman

    This is one hell of a gamble by Ashley – if we get relegated and we are now odds on favourites, I don’t honestly think he can afford another push for promotion. Ashley quite simply can’t afford to run a club in the Prem or the top half of the Championship. Once relegation is assured Benitez will walk at the end of the season and then the dominoes really kick in. Ashley won’t be in a position to sell because the clubs value will be between a half and a third of what it was a couple of months ago. There won’t be many players to sell besides Lascelles + Merino (if both aren’t already lined up for sale tomorrow). Who then would come here as ‘manager’ to be persistently shat upon and given the same transfer kitty as Tow Law Town to get us back to the top table again at the 1st time of asking ?!!!

    • gallowgate26

      Carver? Grayson? McClaren? There will be someone who will take the job no matter what. Ashley really does just do whatever he likes. As long as he realises that he will lose a vast sum of money and be hated up here for all of living memory.

    • thewildchimp

      The only plus side is that we have our Championship-winning squad intact, even reinforced a bit. So no chance of sinking to the lower leagues.

      • wheyayeman

        Aye the Mackems thought the same about their squad too

        • gallowgate26

          The truth is that the championship is getting more competetive with each year that goes by. We only just won it last time with Ritchie and (a fit) Dwight Gayle!! No guarantee that will happen again! Mackems and Hull are doing well this season aren’t they!

          • wheyayeman

            It’s true the standard is improving and the investment to get out of there is increasing. He can’t afford another relegation but he’s so arrogant he can’t see how these next few months could cripple the club.

      • nufcslf

        Not with the rot this fat c**t causing.

    • Tomb

      Why do people think we will do a sunderland this squad has already won the championship. If we get slimani in I dont think well go down

  • Down Under Mag

    The last time fans tried to arrange a protest it was embarrassing as different groups set their own walk-out times which basically made no impact other than make sure we all looked like the dozy, delluded, horse-punching, greggs eating, catch=phrase spoting, beer swilling drunkards the press make us out to be.

    Ashley isn’t bothered about the fans protesting. He doesn’t need us. He has his plan to run the club his way and no amount of protests or empty seats will make any difference to him. He has things in place to be a yo-yo club, using the TV money as a way to bounce back when the inevitable relegation happens, basically content to be the “Man City” of the Championship every other season as players want to play for a “big club” and selling clubs not believing their luck at offloading the likes of Gayle etc. The fact he won’t sanctioning any big money moves also means that the wage bill is kept low and manageable so relegation isn’t the death-knell that it can be for othe rclubs who “took that risk” on trying to stay up.

    There is definitely a part of me that wants to see the club go down this season, the alternative is that Ashley’s gamble pays off and he can say he told you so to anyone who questioned his lack of investment and then he can sort out for a new manager/players in the summer. It’s quite depressing that we can’t enjoy life in the top flight any more because of the owner and laughably we end up enjoying the Championship more because we actually win games…such a sad state to be in!

    • gallowgate26

      Aye, we can se why Gayle was 4th choice in the PL for Palace and they snapped our hand off. Not a PL striker sadly, good finisher if given time and space in the championship… Yoyo striker!

      • Down Under Mag

        Yup, exactly. We get players who are not good enough to be in the top flight but who are top players in the Championship.

    • wheyayeman

      Thing is it’s not sustainable like this I mean for Ashley – he doesn’t have the resources to deal with not being promoted at the first attempt. He thinks he can keep control, keep being a yo-yo club but he won’t be so luck next time. Missing promotion will push the club to the brink. If only it would do the same to him

      • Down Under Mag

        I agree, but I think Ashley sees the fact he’s done it twice and thinks it will be as easy next time as well. Eventually things won’t go well and we will then hit a major brick wall. Perhaps though it’s the only way to get Ashley out of the club is if he is proven wrong…as painful as it will be for the fans. Alternatively if we go down and he thinks the club is lower in value he will just continue to hold on much like the Mackem crisis down the road…

  • Jonas

    Agree. We have to get organized and use this indignation before it goes back a soulless malaise – this fanzine, others, the forums leaders come to an agreement on something and get the message out, the local media, pamphletting at the match.
    It may not work but we HAVE TO TRY.
    It is no longer an option to carry on like this indefinitely.

    Its come to either get on with our lives and not let this scum bag effect it anymore, or go to SJP every fortnight knowing your team/club is rigged not to succeed by its very owner. That unlike every other club it is not and never will try its best. And that’s your either a fool he’s laughing at or lobotomized by it all.

    I know I’m done, and I was one of the 10k at home to Oxford, in fact if the people i was there with and I weren’t there it would have been 9k. All that’s keeping me is efforts to drive this tumour out

  • Mxpx

    Rather than a walkout nobody showing up in the first place would be far more effective saves everyone who isn’t a season ticket holder spending money which is how to hurt mr Ashley if everyone boycotts merch too rather than kicking up a fuss though if we just quietly ignore the club then mike gets as little pr for sports direct as possible

    • ghostrider

      Either support the team or don’t.
      Protests will not support the team nor the manager that people think is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
      It won’t hurt Ashley.
      He’ll play it as he’s always done and new fans will take the place of those who deck out.
      A half full stadium will not have any major effect on anything other than the guarantee that players bought will be reflected in how they see the club…which….guess what?
      It will become even less of a pull than it is now with its postcode.

      • Mxpx

        I’m not saying don’t support the team but you don’t have to be in the stadium to do that I’m sure the team would rather the place is empty if we get rid of ashley

        • ghostrider

          Do you seriously think the team cares about Ashley?
          Ashley is paying their very handsome wages.

          I know fans that go to see their football team. Some pay 20 quid a ticket and some actually have season tickets.
          So what, right?
          These fans happen to go to watch their team, not in a stadium as such, but more like a few small long sheds around a pitch that is tended to as best it can be with the meagre tools on offer.

          The little team survives because the players love playing in between doing a hard days graft.
          The fans still get irate and still lambast players and bemoan league positions and new signings or not.

          You might know of these clubs. You may even play for one or know many players that do.
          The fans are happy that they have this little club. They would more than likely do any sponsored activity in order to help it out in dire need.

          Imagine if they just walked away just because they weren’t getting the things they think they deserve?
          They would kill their club.

          They count.
          You do to a certain extent as a Newcastle United fan but only if your presence was not there and not replaced.
          The issue is, you will be replaced, because that’s the nature of the beast that is the attraction of football and especially the razzmatazz surrounding it now it’s been cocooned in the devils underground.

          I’d rather be entertained by a Newcastle United team that not only gives their all on the pitch but with a manager that coaches them to take the opposition to task, as I would expect the opposition to also do that for their fans.
          result?……an exciting game or a game where everyone gave their all and tried to do the right things.

          I do not enjoy watching football where the aim of the game from a manager is to protect a one nil lead when it’s the opposition that has scored it.
          However, I have to endure it because I always will take the rough with the smooth and everything in between and always with hope for better.

          • Mxpx

            So you think the players would rather play in the Premier league or the championship? I am pretty sure they want Ashley gone by your logic sports direct workers don’t want him gone either as he pays their wages I’m pretty sure the players want the to succeed on the pitch not in excel spreadsheets

          • ghostrider

            The players would rather take teams on in the premier league by playing them at football.
            Rafa doesn’t allow that.
            One of the worst managers I’ve ever seen in terms of defensive over caution.
            Even the defenders in this team will be sick to death of playing like this but the attacking minded players will be totally head wrecked.
            Ritchie is all but destroyed and I’ve seen many other players who’s heads are just devoid of anything but drone like motion.

            I want to scream at Ashley to get this Parasite out but I think Charnley is trying to hang back for bets or something with him.
            Rafa the mercenary.

  • 1957

    I informed them I didn’t want next season’s ticket and cancelled the direct debit about 10 days ago, I’m not prepared to pay any more money into an organisation with quite frankly isn’t fit for purpose. A big decision after over 50 years going to SJP, over two thirds as a season ticket holder, but enough is enough.

    I’m going to take my disillusioned grandson to Kingston Park to watch the Falcons, they were c##p but at least sorted themselves out and have become competitive, by bringing better players in.

    Different (and less wealthy) sport but the same principles apply

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Join the four other thousand people there but doubt who will enjoy it as much. However I always look out for their results and hope they win but it’s not the same.

    • ghostrider

      Everyone has a choice.
      Your thick and thin mindset and your black and white blood has just ceased to be so.
      You’re still entitled to deck out though.

  • S.G.M.

    I get the impression that Rafa is on-board with Ashley and his plans.