Mike Ashley. A name many on Tyneside would like never to hear again.

Since taking over Newcastle United on 23 May 2007, The Magpies have never been the same.

A very shrewd businessman, he has admitted on so many occasions he does not know anything about football. This poor knowledge about the sport, that so many people in Newcastle are so passionate about, has seen Fat Mike make many wrong decisions that have set the club backwards at every turn.

These bad decisions are so numerous they cannot all be listed here but the prominent ones, range from the decision to appoint Dennis Wise as the director of football, to forcing Kevin Keegan indirectly out of the club.

The one I feel every Newcastle fan would find it hard to forgive Ashley for, was the decision to appoint Joe Kinnear as manager on 26 September 2008, a decision he then repeated five years later by appointing The Director of F… all as our director of football. After spending eight months as director, Kinnear failed to make a single permanent signing in two transfer window, a complete embarrassment to the club.

In October 2017, Mike Ashley officially put Newcastle United up for sale. A relief for Newcastle fans around the world.

This led to a bid from Amanda Staveley and her PCP partners, putting in an offer(s) for the club in November 2017. After various rumours on social media and in the press, on 16 January 2018 it was announced (by Ashley sources via the media) that the bid was off the table and Mike Ashley has invited new bidders. This development was a major disappointment to Newcastle fans who wanted to see the end of their greedy owner.

Taking a closer look however, the decision by Mike Ashley to break off from any Newcastle Takeover deal could be the saving grace to Newcastle’s season for two major reasons.

Firstly, Newcastle United find themselves in a very delicate position in the Premier League table. The Magpies are just three points away from 20th placed Swansea  City. The last thing the players need is the distraction of a takeover. Many may not realise this, but as long as the takeover news continue to linger on, there will continue to be some sort of uncertainty surrounding the players and managers which could affect the performances on the pitch. So because of this, the decision by Mike Ashley to give up on the takeover process could be an advantage to the overall performance of the team.

Secondly, the breakdown of the Newcastle Takeover deal is a good thing for the Toon Army. A lot of people may not agree with this but as long as the deal stays alive, the fans will continue to keep their hopes up even when the deal is far away from conclusion. A term Ashley labelled as ‘exhausting and frustrating’. Well, for the first time ever, I will have to agree with Ashley on this one. As a fan, waking up every morning and reading about the takeover rumour was, in the words of Ashley, ‘exhausting and frustrating’.

On a final note.

The best time for the Newcastle Takeover deal is to wait till the end of the season. This will enable every party involved to know where the club stand and also if the takeover becomes successful, give the new owner a fresh start.

To every Newcastle fan out there, the best thing to do is forget about the potential new owners and just support the club.

Mike Ashley is only one man, no matter how far away it seems, he is going to leave eventually.

This is our club, we need to give it our best support and the time to do it is now. We cannot let him push us away from what we are so passionate about.

I love Newcastle and will continue to give it my best support because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Let us keep up the faith, a time will come when we will have our club back.

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  • Rich Lawson

    Is that copper on the left about to make an arrest for offences against football ?

    • Peaky Magpie

      Or is it what is the Fatboy hiding in that left cheek,something odd looking there 😁

  • TheNutJob

    A wooden stake in the heart & chop his nappa off, that`s the only way to get rid of Fatty

    • TheFatController

      Bright light doesn’t burn him clearly, there must have been garlic at the curry house, so not that…a silver bullet? Build him a wicker man on the quayside ?

      • TheNutJob

        that`s another option

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂

    • East Durham Mag

      Or close all the casino’s and Greggs.

  • TheFatController

    Agreed summer is the time to sell. Hopefully Ashley can learn one fundamental lesson – if you don’t want the leaks about the takeover process annoying you, don’t decide on making the sale public.

    Let’s hope we stay up, and then one day soon after it’s just announced a price has been agreed with someone and paperwork will be fine tuned and that’s all, there’s no need for any conjecture or hearsay.

    In other words, let’s hope it can be done professionally next time.

    • grantham mag

      Professionally, and the running of NUFC don’t go together its like trying to mix oil with water its never going to happen, with toxic Mike and Penfold stood on the bridge of sinking ship,

  • Phil

    Couldn’t disagree anymore!! There is no such thing as a bad time for a takeover to happen! The takeover happening is the only important thing!

    Uncertainty around the players is a load of pap as well. As long as they get their wage I don’t think they care where or who it comes from.

    Saying he has called the takeover off is wrong as well. If somebody stepped forward with £350mill he would be gone! That hasn’t changed.

  • Rich Lawson

    Aren’t you supposed to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’ve died ?

    • Tony Mann

      Class response – Lmao.

  • bob0411

    Sorry, pointless article. Fat lad needs to go asap, it’s always ‘tomorrow’ where he’s concerned!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    At last a person who writes on here with common sense (with the exception of half a dozen who post comments.) The takeover to be of any value to the club should have been done by the middle of December to give the new owners and manager the chance to get their targets. With the prospect of a takeover Ashley was never going to make any signing and the continued uncertainty would only damage the club.
    With the takeover off we can look to bring in three players by next week.
    A takeover can be done in the Summer
    It’s a shame that people on here do not have the sense of the author of this article.
    Their answer is more protests help get us relegated then no takeover very strange people on the mag.

    • TheFatController

      You’re comment assumes we bring in three good players, stay up, and then have a bidder in the summer willing to match Ashley’s asking price.

      History tells us we don’t buy players, twice have gone down with better squads, and for 10 years no one has come close to Ashley’s asking price …

      Those facts aside, you may be right…

      • Guest 2

        hehehehehehe

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Exactly, hopefully, we get a couple of new faces and we put a few wins together. It’s tight at the bottom and MA is not going to get full value unless that pressure is alleviated.

      • FatParosite

        Naivety does not seem to be exclusive to the author of this article. Oh it’s a drone.

    • FatParosite

      Bishop bunkum.

    • bob0411

      WUM

    • Westdentoon

      ….at last a person with the same view as you! Do yous play with your Mikey dollies together?
      MUG

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Keep on hating Newcastle with the usual suspects on here when each manager or chairman goes you will always hate one or the other or in most cases both been going on since the seventies.
        This site hates Newcastle United Football Club and always will do.

        • Guest 2

          Nah, we just hate [email protected] like you. You epitomize the dumb Geordie label. I suspect however you could manage to be punched by a horse, not vice versa.

    • Guest 2

      Coconut!
      Rafa confirmed he was told mid December, by fatty, that the takeover was off.
      Fatty and Penfold have had since then to back Rafa. Now we have 5 days to go – and have one loan signing.
      Brains of a f’ing rocking horse.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Rafa was told a couple of weeks ago and they have been working on transfers since then you do not just sign players in a day it often takes weeks and most of the business is done in the last week.
        Yes the fans on here must hate the club or they would not carry on like they do putting us in the media spotlight and causing unrest at the club. It’s as if you lot want us relegated it is beyond belief and you claim to have a degree so you should no better than to side with the brainless.

        • Guest 2

          Takes so long at this club that we are repeatedly told ‘just couldn’t get him over the line’.
          Meanwhile, every other club seems to manage just fine. Brainless is a title I’d certainly apply to you when you continually decide to ignore facts.

  • robert wakeford

    Now Ashley needs to find his wallet!

    If he wants to get anything like his £350 million asking price, he will need a premiership club to sell!

  • toonterrier

    A very shrewd businessman? Is that the same as being a fat greedy git only wanting to make money and to hell with everyone else. The sooner he buggers off the better.

  • Andy Bertram

    Ok someone on here tell me why when we are relegated would any investor want to pay more than approx 150 mill for us .. they can buy any club in the championship for less than that .. and spend 100 mill on transfers .. get promoted and have a premier league team for way less than the 300 350 fat git wants .. they are investing business people who don’t hive a jot about the toon … might as well buy Sunderland .. a much better investment when we are relegated .. we don’t own our ground .. fatty sold the only asset we had .. the land behind the gallowgate … our training facilities are second rate and on and on it goes !!!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      We lost an asset in the land behind the Gallowgate? A car park some 100m from the stadium. Come off it man.

      • FatParosite

        That asset now gone, stands in the way of raising the capacity of the SJP to 60-65k crowds.

        • Andy Bertram

          Exactly .. not only that but it was our only asset

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Only asset? It was a lease, just like the land SJP sits on.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Utter rubbish. That land was of use as a potential Casino & Hotel which MGM would have built. The additional capacity that can be offered by the Gallowgate alone is around 2,500 – 3,000 seats, the cost would be astronomical. The Casino / car park land has no bearing on the expansion except the Casino project may have helped finance the build. As the super casino proposal was killed off by the government of the time, why keep a car park?

          • Cockneytrev

            Bollocks
            You can’t prove that
            Hoop licker,,👅👅

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Hello, mastermind again?

            The Ronnie ran an article to say the Gallowgate could still be expanded, it simply costs a fortune.

            The government of the time shelved plans of super casinos in Feb 2007.

            It’s not hard to count the seats the the Leazes’ Vs the Gallowgate, not including the corner, the additional seats amount to 2,500.

            What else do you want proven?

      • Andy Bertram

        Yes an asset .. worth millions .. no .. worth a lot to the club for future expansion .. priceless .. as well as being the only asset we had .. no comment on anything else in my post .. yes let’s just pick holes in it .. keep mike coz our onlyvassetvwasnt worth millions lol .. point being as a business we are far from attractive

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          No, it was worth something if the MGM casino went ahead, the permission for such a scheme was withdrawn in early 2007. Since then, it was sold along with shares in MGM for a £3m profit.

          • Andy Bertram

            We owned it .. an asset . Now we don’t .. asset gone … what was that asset worth ? I respect your knowledge 3m is its worth … A’s room for expansion ? Priceless .. either way that asset no longer exists … why I ask you say ? Because MA sold it .. simple really …

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            We owned the lease, it was of value as a car park, we sub let the land to a car park operator. Very unlikely that we made any money on that sublet.

            The lease was not worth £3m, it was a lease and was sold for £800k in total having cost the club £500k, the rest was the Shareholding of MGM , the total profit to the club was £3m.

            The club could have kept it in 2010 but it would have had about £4m less money in the bank and therefore less ability to buy players or pay wages meaning it may have had to sell one of the players in our championship winning season. In that year, was it better to keep hold of a car park that was not earning any money or keep hold of players to get us promoted?

          • Andy Bertram

            Like I say you have more knowledge than me on this subject … for me .. and I’m not being awkward .. I would have held on to the lease and renewed it if possible to secure the possible plans for future expansion .. potential future larger gates could have repaid that outlay ..the money it would have cost is peanuts .. and yes if I had to I would have ditched one of our players in our championship winning season to pay for it .. either way we’ve no longer have it .. thus we have no real assets to tempt buyers … of course this is just one reason that a potential buyer would not be tempted at 3-350 mill

          • Cockneytrev

            He doesn’t have more knowledge than you,, he’s an Ashley troll who will attack anybody who has any negative things to say about his employer,,
            Your exactly right, it was an NUFC asset now it’s not,, it’s being made into student accommodation,,,,, so it was an asset to someone,,I wonder who?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It was an asset in the books at 800k for the two bits of land

            The money to buy the lease was provided by a loan on which no repayments were made.

            The loan had an interest rate charge which cost the club.

            So if you have asset of £800k, a liability of £800k and a cost of 8% but the asset is not producing any benefit, tell me, why keep it?

            So, the lease was an NUFC asset now it’s not, the loan was a liability, now it’s not.

            It now being built on, some 8 years after it was sold by the club.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The lease is plenty long enough, it will outlast me & even your good self.

            The point here is it has nothing to do with the stadium. If the gallowgate end required that land, it would be the height of the Eiffel tower.

            The reason the Gallowgate does not get built on is cost, the maximum of 3,000 seats it would add is said to cost (media estimates) £180m – £300m. This is because the Metro line runs close and foundations have to be underpinned or avoid the tunnels. At £60,000 a seat for the worst seats in the house, with current technology, it’s not going to pay Back unless the stand lasts longer than the club has been in existence.

          • Guest 2

            He’s full of pony, mate.
            If French, he’d be tainted with the collaborator title. He’s nowt more than an Ashley troll.

          • Guest 2

            Didn’t sell it actually. He’s developing it for his own profit.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Yes it was sold, 2010 for a profit.

      • Tony Mann

        The way things are going, we’ll lose an effing bigger asset than a car park.
        It’s called the Premiership.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          The way things are going, we’ll finish clear of relegation.

    • NUFCDan

      Nobody is going to want to buy us in the Championship. Even at £150m that’s probably double or even triple what you could buy most other Championship clubs for.

      • Guest 2

        He couldn’t sell for 80 million after relegation 1. No one wants to play with his cooked books.

    • mentalman

      with FFP a new owner couldn’t just spend 100m on transfers

      • Andy Bertram

        Ok it’s just a ball park figure .. for instance Leeds are apparently worth 84 mill .. spend 40 50 mill and hey presto your in with a decent shout .. Aston Villa I think was bought for 106 or 160 .. wolves recently bought .. how much have they spent ? You get the idea .. and I have no idea of other assets they may have .. the toon are not a good business tempter by any means

      • Guest 2

        FFP? LOL! Give owa man.

  • FatParosite

    This article seems to have been written by a naive 10 year old.

  • Paul Smith

    Last i heard the club was still up for sale so Mike Ashley rejecting PCP’s bid has done nothing but brought more turmoil… It certainly hasn’t ended off the pitch uncertainty and it wont until he takes the club off the market (the third time he will have done this) or sells.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s about time this ‘Shrewd Businessman’ tag was dropped as everything but a very timely stock exchange float with S****s D****t has demonstrated that he is everything but.
    Lucky more like..

    • TheFatController

      I always thought it was the inhuman ability to do things like make all the USC staff redundant by text – that sort of ruthless cost cutting and being mercenary over the carcass of someone else’s misery – that made him successful.

      The winner in a game of ‘least scruples in Sports and fashion retail wins’ …?

      • Guest 2

        Worse, he did so to avoid a legitimate debt to Diesel for stock.
        Then he bought USC immediately out of closure, debt and employee free, and relaunched as Republic.
        Criminal.

    • hetonmag

      Fully agree Paul he’s a Billionaire bully the same as Philip Green they have resources to walk all over working class people, it doesn’t matter who’s lives they destroy because they have the wealth behind them.

      • paul mclaughlan

        You can’t put Ashley in the same bracket as that piece of scum Green.

        • hetonmag

          Both have shafted people so yes I would put them both in the same bracket.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Rubbish

        • Tony Mann

          I know it might be a bit savage – but we can.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Hahaha.

        • Guest 2

          Hah! Green calls Ashley ‘Little Emp’ and in return Ashley calls him ‘Big Emp’.
          Emp being Emperor.
          If that’s not enough to make you want to send a torpedo to Greens yacht and a SAM missile to fattys helicopter, then I don’t know what is.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Oh behave, chip on your shoulder working class bs.

        If it’s so easy to build a business, you have a go.

        • hetonmag

          I worked for 50 year and unfortunately my parents weren’t rich enough to set me up in business, unlike your hero.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No but it takes guts to start a business and be as successful as Ashley.

          • thewildchimp

            Yes, but more likely it takes to be a scoundrel. The bloke started with
            10000 quids back in ’82 (granted, a lot of money) and became a
            multi-billionaire in 35 years. It takes a lot of skills but you also
            have to be a ruthless [email protected] to pull it off.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Nothing wrong with being ruthless.

    • Tony Mann

      Paul, – You must have misheard.
      He’s not a ‘shrewd business man’,
      He’s a ‘crude business’ man.
      New title allocated to people who have the propensity to chuck up in a fireplace and generally shyte over the slaves who provide him with billions.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        He’s created more wealth for those slaves than you have fella. He’s pulled people out of poverty through trade and business than Oxfam can manage.

        • Tony Mann

          Bobbi – said this to you before – I’ve been there –
          Sports Direct Shirebrooke has a poisonous atmosphere.
          I dont know where you live, but if you are ever passing J29 on the M1 and have the opportunity, go and look at the faces of the staff at shift change.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ve been in Shirebrook a few times. It’s an amazing place.

            He’s created more wealth in an ex mining community than any government job creation scheme.

            Also in Sri Lanka and other countries, SD lifts people out of poverty in a sustainable manner that charity and government fails.

          • hetonmag

            Liar its run down since the pit closed and your hero has a free hold because there’s no other jobs in that area.

          • Tony Mann

            Have you read this phrase ‘those slaves’ posted above?
            I’m not imagining it am I?

          • hetonmag

            You’ve read it right mate only wished he had been one those worker’s his hero shafted up in Scotland.

          • Tony Mann

            OK. Thanks for confirming what I thought.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The original post I replied to referred to “slaves”.

          • Tony Mann

            Enough now. Lets leave it.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            No, you bought up my apparent vindication of slavery, I did not such thing.

            Employing people who apply to work is not slavery

          • Tony Mann

            Just eff off – You’re as pizzed as I was the other night when I made that typo. I can tell you’ve been drinking because you’re talking drunken cojones as opposed to comprehensible cojones.
            Resume this tomorrow.

          • hetonmag

            He’s just a wind up merchant mate best to ignore him.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            So.much do that people come from all over Europe to work there?

          • hetonmag

            Yes and doing the local people out of employment on the minimum wage it’s called exploitation..

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Nonsense, are you saying local people with English as a first language are unable to compete with immigrant workers?

          • hetonmag

            Wow the Select Committee must have had Ashley in front of them to praise him for the wonderful working practices he has introduced at Shirebrook, no they highlighted the disgusting way he ran his business wether it be locals or Eastern European’s. And it doesn’t matter how you dress him up his working practices are a disgrace.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Most on the select committee have not done a days work in their lives outside the cossetted world of local and national politics.

          • hetonmag

            They are the very people overseeing unscrupulous people like Ashley and Green, you will never ever ever have any kind of argument in your support of Ashley so just give it a rest and go back to reading the Beano or the Dandy that’s about your stamp.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            They don’t have authority and should not tell people how to run their business. They know very little.

            The min wage issue Sports Direct had was very minor, basically, they had a security check and staff were not paid extra if they were delayed leaving due to a security check. TBPH, I think that’s OK.

          • hetonmag

            All I would say is people work to make a decent living wage, something Ashley is unaware of. Don’t know whether you work or in fact how old you are but you come across as someone who has 4st bag of Spud’s on each shoulder.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            People work to get the best living their skillset allows. It’s not for Mike Ashley or anyone else to pay above the market rate to give a decent living wage.

          • hetonmag

            Get lost you bigoted fool.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Bigoted?? Where the hell do you get that from?

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The world does not owe anyone a living, we have to earn that, not be given it.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It was run down but now it’s a flourishing area with full employment.

          • Tony Mann

            I knew you would get my blood pressure up.
            Not to this extent though.
            Vindicating slavery is the language of the 1700’s
            That’s as bad as it gets.
            You are disgusting.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            You referred to me “vindicating slavery” I’m saying it’s hardly slavery, it’s insulting to those historically who suffered from slavery

          • Tony Mann

            That’s very creative editing bobbi. Impressed.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I responded to your reference of slavery. It’s not slavery.

          • Tony Mann

            I am responding to your now non existing references to ‘those slaves’ which have vanished from these posts.
            I call that creative editing.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m not vindicating slavery btw.

          • Guest 2

            Like suggesting cotton picking slaves were better off for the ’employment’!

        • hetonmag

          Rubbish.

    • Guest 2

      Indeed. Let anyone show how he has grown NUFC as a club, let alone as a business. Without TV money we’d already be in Div 3

  • Mike

    Tripe……..he will never sell if we stay up more ££££ from TV etc…the price will go up and up. Wonder wot would happen if we go down be worthless

  • Megatron1505

    “Deji Adesoga is a passionate Newcastle United fan and a sports writer. His dream is to witness Newcastle win the English Premier League.”

    And yet he wrote this article…..the mind boggles.

    • Andy Bertram

      Lol

    • Guest 2

      And his uncle emails every day telling me i’ve inherited 20 million…

  • Peaky Magpie

    He just cannot give it a rest can he Merson,now commenting on number of tattoos Kenedy had got ??? What a drunken,gambling,drug addicted piece of f*****g s**t !

    • Phil

      I can put up with a player having tattoos.

      As long as he doesn’t miss any matches due to a hang over or Colombian cold I don’t care! It’s mad how a guy like Merson with his past can be so judgemental! Don’t know who’s worse. Merson or the idiot that employed him! Gaza would be a better pundit! And that’s saying something

      • Andy Bertram

        Just read that article .. par for the course from sky .. he’s a complete tit

      • Guest 2

        Beckham’s dripping with tats. Who wouldn’t have had him? They must be scary to Merson as they look so much bigger through the bottom of a bottle.

    • Tony Mann

      Whats the big deal with tattoos ?
      I’ve got some rabbits tattoo’d on my head – from a distance they look like hares.

      • Peaky Magpie

        That is funny 😁 😁😁

      • GToon

        Hahahaha

  • Alreet

    Get out of town. Dont put the place up for sale a few months before xmas then if you dont intend to sell. Shrewd. Nea hes just a bad gambler with a poor poker face. Been called out by PCP about offers and time wasting.

    Now all of a sudden he finds cadh from nowhere to finance the club staying up. Ur damb right. He wants rid but wants the top dollar.

    Total leach. We will stay up but i really do wish he sods off as soon as we are safe. Roll on the summer

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    they want £20m, shyte for brains Penfold offers them around 12 which is about what he`s actually worth, if that.
    All we need now is Clarko to appear at Warp speed & tell us he`s a ham shanker

  • Peaky Magpie

    Well only 7 and a bit days to go,take 2 off for Penfold not getting paid for working weekends and that’s where we are……I bet we are all on here this time next week asking who the f**k is this goalkeeper from the Turkish second division or another left back/winger from Swindon Town ???

    • TheFatController

      Can’t Penfold get a day in lieu if he works Saturday morning.

      Alternatively, take the rest of your life off, Lee…

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂 I bet he has to ask for permission from Lardy to go to the toilet…

  • magpiefifer

    What a load of you-know-what of an article!

  • Mark

    I was told yesterday by a guy that works in the city of London, that no one is interested in buying Newcastle because Ashley wants the merchandise and sports direct advertising as part of the deal.

    • Tony Mann

      Although I’m generally clueless with regards to big business – that would actually make sense to me.
      It also highlights just how much he could be pocketing for nothing in return.

      • Mark

        Nothing would surprise me with that bloodsucker. If it where true who would buy Newcastle if he was taking a big part of the revenue?

      • Guest 2

        Don’t be ridiculous. Who would buy a club / business with those strings attached?

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Well, just look at how he screwed over Rangers

      • Guest 2

        They got rid of him, completely.

    • Guest 2

      LOl, fck off man! A Big Issue / Evening Standard seller doesn’t count.

      • Mark

        His house is bigger then your sink estate so he must have been a very successful big issue seller

    • S.G.M.

      Why would Ashley sell at all? Prem. or Champ. He is raking it in.

  • Blackburn1066

    No more players coming in, could be some going out, Ashley is a Tw-t

    • Peaky Magpie

      Straight to the point,nee messing.

    • kingfisher

      Don’t hold back Blackburn,tell it like it is 😁

    • GToon

      You should be the sky reporter for the north east with summarizing skills like that! I’d love it if that David Craig bloke said that. Would be worth staying up for for once.

  • Alreet

    Get out of town. Dont put the place up for sale a few months before xmas then if you dont intend to sell. Shrewd. Nea hes just a bad gambler with a poor poker face. Been called out by PCP about offers and time wasting.

    Now all of a sudden he finds cadh from nowhere to finance the club staying up. Ur damb right. He wants rid but wants the top dollar.

    Total leach. We will stay up but i really do wish he sods off as soon as we are safe. Roll on the summer

  • TC Toon Army

    It’s just constant dross on here. Miles of analysis that pretty much says, everything’s the same regarding the ownership/management, and selling of the club. Will Ashley go, won’t he, who are we signing? It’s the same as it ever was. Until mike goes, whenever that is, it’s not worth thinking about. Let’s talk about beating Chelsea in the cup. That’s a false hope I can get on board with.

    • Tony Mann

      Ok – Let’s forget the constant dross.
      Let’s talk about beating Chelsea in the cup and see how far we get.

      • TC Toon Army

        I’ll put a tenner on someone mentioning mike Ashley within the first 5 comments…….. brexit in the first 10.

        • Tony Mann

          You owe me a tenner.

          • TC Toon Army

            I’ve got the ‘constant dross’ bit, but haven’t got the tenner

          • Tony Mann

            Check with Mike then – think he’s got a few.

      • Guest 2

        Losing to Chelsea in the Cup. There you go. No surprise.

        • thewildchimp

          Don’t be like that, man. Don’t sap the joy out of us. Let Rafa’s tactics do the job…

    • Guest 2

      I trust no man who calls that fat parasite by his first name. Beating Chelsea in the Cup? Seems you are well and truly on board with false hope.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I can see where some folk are coming from in regards to these empty rallying cries of articles that constantly cover the same old ground.
    “He will not force me out of my club”, And things to that effect that are now commonplace don’t really mean much at all in the scheme of things.
    I really don’t get what stoic threats of doing nothing but continuing to give Ashley money and go to the games help the situation in any way.
    If you are willing to do that then why complain about it if you are happy to hand over your cash to Mike Ashley ?

    I must be missing something here !

  • Mrkgw

    Unbelievable. Nothing whatsoever good about Mike Ashley staying at the club. He wont change – of that we can be sure. There is only one way for him now, through the exit door of St James.

  • nufcslf

    Only someone that knows sweet fa about football would be thick enough to stay and still not spend some money to save a lost cause. Laughable for how long this idiot has been getting away with this and will continue to do so with not a single word said from the people at the matches that finance the whole bloody circus. Who the clowns now?

  • Desree

    Fleckman, do you offer early pay outs

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      No, how are the Owls doing?

  • Desree

    However we sign, I guarantee we will all be trying to convince ourselves it is a good signing.
    With the exception of WBA all the teams around us are on the up.
    The whole momentum of Rafa and promotion is gone and I can only see another relegation.
    Which I am pleased about. Being in the EPL is not much fun.

    • thewildchimp

      I can’t agree on the last couple of lines. Championship football is so dreadful… Well, I might simply be spoiled.

      Still, we can survive. But I’ve lost more confidence in Rafa than I’ve lost in Joselu, so…

  • GToon

    Take out the word “takeover” and you have a more appropriate title.

    • nufcslf

      Agreed.

    • thewildchimp

      I honestly missed the word when I was reading the headline and was petrified. :D

  • Down Under Mag

    Should never have been done mid season anyway, was always just going to cause distractions on and off the pitch which we could ill-afford. That was why I suspected it was more about publicity and Ashley just wanting his name in the headlines again than him ever actually wanting to sell. Ashley has what he wanted…free publicity and lower expectations from the fans – so much so that we are cheering on a loan signing of an as-yet unproven 3rd choice winger and the “never to be accepted” bid on a striker that doesn’t really set the headlines alight. We have literally got to the point of “any signing is good news” rather than actually demanding the quality that we need and arguably deserve! Oh happy days!