We are now in the 11th year of the Mike Ashley occupation of Newcastle United.

What a waste.

We have a generation of Newcastle supporters who know nothing else but life under the Fat Controller.

NUFC don’t have a great record when it comes to having ambitious, upstanding, selfless club owners, but Mike Ashley has taken it to a whole new level.

Most seasons spent battling relegation, that is when not busy trying to get promoted back to the Premier League.

As well as his assaults on the spirit of the club (renaming SJP, Wonga, lies about the fans, abuse of club legends, guilty of discrimination against cancer sufferer Jonas) and so much energy being put into the manipulation of the media (in cahoots with Sky Sports, Keith Bishop, media partners etc etc), maybe the most amazing thing of all has been his total failure to spot an opportunity.

For a man who is always on the lookout for his next opportunity in business, how can he so regularly fail to spot it when he comes to the football club he owns, especially when he has employed an expert who is telling him so…?

Momentum in football isn’t quite everything but it is intrinsic to any chance of success.

After Mike Ashley managed to get Newcastle relegated in 2008/09 he made a massive profit in the transfer window of summer 2009 as he didn’t give Chris Hughton a penny to spend.

Despite relying on signing free transfers and loan players, Hughton masterminded promotion as champions.

His reward on promotion, was only around £4m to spend, Newcastle did stay up despite Ashley unfairly sacking Hughton, a clear case though of wasted momentum.

Maybe the most obvious example though under Ashley, has to be summer 2012.

Newcastle had somehow ended up in fifth place and just missed out on a Champions League spot. With match winners Ba, Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Cisse in the team, win after win was achieved via wonder goals.

That fifth place was never going to be replicated with only the same group of players…but with a few key quality recruits, a massive opportunity for Newcastle to establish themselves as a top six club for some time to come.

Instead a number of players were sold, including future England international Fraser Forster, to fund the purchase of…Vurnon Anita. A player who can’t even get a game for Leeds in the Championship this season.

Instead of building on that fifth place momentum, Newcastle almost ended up relegated, only reaching safety when winning the final away game of that 2012/13 season.

There are countless other smaller examples but moving forward to summer 2017 we have the latest stand out failure of not building on momentum.

Bouncing straight back from relegation, with a respected Champions League/double La Liga winning manager, 51,000+ average crowds in the second tier, over 40,000 season tickets sold ahead of the first game and…Mike Ashley does it again.

His manager/expert reduced to asking throughout the final six weeks of the transfer window if the Newcastle United owner was going to keep his transfer window ‘promises‘.

Whilst fellow promoted clubs Huddersfield and Brighton did everything to try and build on their momentum with £40m+ net spends in the summer, Rafa was allowed a net spend of just over a quarter of that figure.

Rafa was furious at the end of the summer window (as he had been back in January when led to believe he would be allowed to bring in extra players, only for nobody to arrive) when Ashley didn’t keep those  promises.

The last few weeks have seen Rafa Benitez talking about the money that wasn’t spent in the summer as being his starting point for January investment.

Remarkably, Rafa has still made Newcastle United competitive despite the lack of backing, actually coming out top when it comes to all the game so far between those clubs in the bottom half of the table. Even though the lack of quality has really shown when coming up against the better clubs in the top half.

Currently standing at 13th in the Premier League with 22 points, though with still a lot of work to do to get safety.

However, Mike Ashley is presented with yet another opportunity of using the momentum that is now being generated by Rafa Benitez.

Putting together a run of seven points from nine in the three of the four games that weren’t against Manchester City, Newcastle now face League Two in the FA Cup and then Swansea in the Premier League, both at home.

You would hope Newcastle should cope with Luton and just imagine if on top of that at least two good signings are made by the end of this week, giving them over a week to train and be part of the squad to take on Swansea.

Newcastle suddenly in the FA Cup 4th round and on 25 points from 23 games, with quite possibly only another four wins needed to get safety.

Maybe a generous fourth round home tie and one or two other players signed before the end of January.

This may all seem still like dreamland at the minute but every journey starts with a single step, no matter how far it ends up going.

Leicester City were Premier League Champions only 15 months or so after staring relegation near certainty in the face.

Nobody is claiming Newcastle can replicate that but the Foxes built ambitiously on that 2014/15 staying up and reaped massive rewards.

Mike Ashley is once again at a crossroads. Failing to back Rafa Benitez this month is tantamount to buying a ticket for the relegation raffle.

By belatedly supporting his manager/expert, Ashley would be giving the opportunity to build on these small shoots of new momentum and who knows where it will take us.

No doubt many of you will be saying what about the takeover and yes, obviously that is what we all want. However, just like everyday life, you can’t keep your life on hold and just sit there waiting for a lottery win.

Much as I hate Mike Ashley for all that he has done, if he just let Rafa Benitez get on with the job and properly supported him, then we would be all talking about the triangle of manager, players and fans, which is the way it should be anyway.

Momentum is back and opportunity knocks once again.

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  • TheNutJob

    He`s always first in line for the relegation raffle, it amazes me how people still think Fatty will back the manager. it`s not going to happen. sell before you buy that`ll be his memo to Rafa

  • Paul Patterson

    My judgement is that he won’t be backed. The most he/we will get is a loan deal or two.
    He will be hoping that Rafa gets a few more wins, gets to say 35 points by the end of February/March and then he will go to Staveley and say ‘Give me £400m!’.
    He’s a chancer and a greedy one at that. If he thinks he can get £100m more in six months (doubtful anyway) he’ll ride out the storm . .

    • anyobrien

      Totally agree.

  • East Durham Mag

    The one and only thing that owning Newcastle United has meant to Fatty is a free billboard for the only true passion in his life Sh*t Direct.

    • anyobrien

      Correct

  • Paul Busby

    Yeah, no chance this time is going to be any different to the previous times. The bare minimum will be done in the hope that it do just enough to keep the TV money rolling in. The reality is that it will be like a raffle, but without the luxury of “luck of the draw”.

  • Hughie

    Any serious buyer may not be deterred by relegation

    • Soldier

      any serious buyer would have paid the £300m, some premiership clubs quoted her a billion & yes they are in a much better position than us but a £700m saving is a lot

      • Duh

        I agree but she is a business woman and won’t just write a blank cheque. We just don’t know what’s going on there but let’s face it, Mikey is more likely to be messing around that her.

      • Wor Lass

        It`s not a saving if you heven`t got the money in the first place. It sounds like she hasn`t even got £300 mill.

        • TheFatController

          She has a portfolio of investors with £27bn in it. Not all is for a football club obviously, but £50m isn’t a sticking point because they don’t have it, it’s because the club has been under-invested for a decade and she’s not willing to bail Ashley out on the poor investment.

          Man City is worth £2bn because Mansour invested £1.4bn wisely.

          Ashley has no bids to his valuation because no one agrees with his valuation.

          • Wor Lass

            I`m sure you`re right and I get alll that but the question that I haven`t seen answered with any authority is, “Who is she buying for – herself or other investors?”. If it`s herself then she might be struggling to get the money together.

          • GToon

            Exactly. Imagine how much our club would be worth with similar investment. That’s the exciting thing. A good owner of our club could just about print money.

        • GToon

          You are right. Tbh the second somebody buys the club it will instantly be worth more based on ownership alone.

    • Mike

      eh who has bought a relegated club recently? Any takers for SAFC?

      • HarryHype59

        Lerner sold Villa for £60m ! He wanted £160m before relegation!

    • HarryHype59

      The EPL money gives the club 80% of its income! Without that money the club is worth 60% less!

  • Mike

    it will be bargain bin time again get rid of Mitro Shelvey and fund buys. The buying of the club is dead and buried. Gamble on staying up but if we go down we will be worthless

  • GToon

    My real hope is that fatty will have sold the club over the next few days so Rafa will get backed. Another hope is that the TV money the club will be getting around now might fund some deals. However I’m not sure the squad will be in a better position at the end of the transfer window than it was at the start.

    • mactoon

      Isn’t the TV money paid out at the end of the season ? If the money isn’t in the bank, he won’t release it.

      • GToon

        I thought I saw somewhere that some of it is paid now. Leazes ender knows I think.

        • Duh

          Yeah I read that there was a 20m payment around now

          • GToon

            Maybe fatty has spent it all on evening pay per view tv.

          • Leicester Mag

            Eye on the biscuit channel

      • HarryHype59

        The club receives three lump sums in July, Jan and May, in addition to smaller monthly amounts!

        Fatman has already received a sizeable wedge of the TV money!

        • mactoon

          I don’t think the club receives anything until the end of the season when they know the league positions and how many games were televised. On Premiership website it only shows totals paid out not interim payments

          • HarryHype59

            According to the Chronicle ( I know) that is how the money is allocated. A final payment in May will reflect the league position at the season end!

  • mactoon

    He has already said there is no money. The only money available is money the club makes and January will be no different if he is still in control. There is none unless Rafa gets rid of current players but even when he did that in the summer he wasn’t provided with the funds that provided. Two loans and possibly one player if he can get rid of current players he doesn’t want

    • Duh

      Even if you have unlimited funds, getting who you want in January is hard. My hope is 2-3 solid loan signings that will keep us up, maybe one permanent signing especially if current players are moved on permanently.

      • Damon Horner

        Loan signings depending on who they are open us up to better quality players. I’d take 2 loans and a permanent signing personally.

      • Buck Blacket

        You can only have two loan signings in the EPL.

        • Duh

          I thought it was 2 from other pl clubs. I thought that did. It count loans from Europe – I’m thinking casillas is one of those

  • robbersdog

    Two good signings by the end of this week? LOL!

  • Aaron

    “Instead of building on that wonderseason….”

    Spent over £70m in one window on wijnaldum, mitro, Mbemba, Shelvey, Townsend etc… just forget to mention that though eh

    • TheFatController

      Apart from the factual inaccuracy of you merging two windows into one, the point of the article was about Ashley not building on momentum.

      So, the purchases of wijnaldum, Mbemba and Shelvey was not building on opportunities but spending money earned selling quality players that broke up the momentum of the cabaye/ debuchy /Remy team that was doing well til the messy Cabaye sale, then Debuchy left and Remy went to Chelsea

      The Shelvey and Townsend purchases weren’t momentum building, they were buys to reduce the damage caused by poor buys/sales and appointing coaches not up to the PL task ( look at Pardew MacLaren and carver’s records since they left us) to avoid relegation.

  • Alan Pardew

    We know we’ve got an uncomfortable conversation regarding the form this year, the underachievement that’s been mentioned and everything else.

    It’ll be uncomfortable for us both, because we’ve both underachieved. Him as an owner and me as a manager.

    We need to find out what the reasons were and then it’s for Mike to decide how to go forward. We have underachieved as a club.

  • scumtest

    Pretty sure fatty will f**k the entire month of January up, no probs. It’s what he does/enjoys

    • mactoon

      Problem is he has an interested buyer so he needs to keep them sweet if he really wants to sell the club. He has to bear that in mind when gambling with relegation

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    We’ll be lucky to get even a loan signing. Or anything for Mitro. How anyone defends this [email protected] is beyond me.

    • Wor Lass

      I like Mitro but it`s been so long since I`ve seen him play that I`ve forgotten why!

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Wonder how many articles on here over the last decade began with “Surely even Mike Ashley….”
    Will we ever learn?

  • TheNutJob

    West Spam have 3 bids in for players, £15m for Joe Allen & 2 other players.
    Rafa needs to strap Penfold into a chair & shoot some sodium pentothal into him
    where`s the money Lee ?
    😂😂

    • GToon

      Huddersfield are tying up some defender from Monaco on loan too.

      • TheNutJob

        there`s movement at a few clubs, meanwhile Penfold`s busy doing nothing

        • PJB_NUFC

          He might be polishing the tea-pot and arranging the biscuits on the tea cart ready for his rounds

        • Guest 2

          Burying more tax files in his garden I suspect…

  • TheNutJob

    No rumours on the mag, no rumours on the net & no rumours on the ronnie
    looking grim lads cos when it`s quiet Ryder usually prints a bit of fake news, but there isn`t any of that either

  • Tony Mann

    where’s Clarko, OooBF and Ghostrooster when we need an objective viewpoint?

    • GToon

      Objective or objectionable?

  • Kneebotherm8

    Opportunity Knocks for Ashley???….. he’ll not hear it he’s stone deaf…..

  • grantham mag

    Its not whole new level, its a very very sorry LOW LEVEL

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Think Mike Ashley has spent more money on players than any other Chairmen. So it’s a very high level spending more money than at least eight Premiership clubs this this summer .The problem with Newcastle is fans like Dean Wilkins and this site in general. How I loved it at Stoke and West Ham when there were only a few fans not the dangerous and poisonous fans who watch us at home and write on this site.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      good point

    • Buck Blacket

      Under Benitez, Cashley has made a profit of £20.5 million on player purchases and sales combined.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Be £40m when he sends his helicopter to the training ground for lascelles before mandy takes over on saturday

        • Buck Blacket

          Don’t forget the money from your sale Mitro. Lol

          • Mitros gotta start

            No money…..straight swap for choupo mouting from stoke

          • Buck Blacket

            I’d rather keep you just so long as you promise not to try and murder any players from the opposing team, whaddaya say?

    • Vladimir Biggski

      It astonishes me that some actually defend Mike Ashley. I could understand if you were a Mackem or an employee of Sports direct.

    • TheFatController

      Why are you always spectacularly out of kilter with the rest of us on an assessment of Mike Ashley at every level, not just with the selective ‘facts’ you use.

      Does being so out of kilter with your fellow man not worry you ?

    • Guest 2

      You and your lack of fingers for counting. You cant just suggest he has spent – without figuring in what he has brought in from sales. The dangerous fans are morons like you who couldn’t understand the the truth if it ran over you dressed as an elephant. A real expert outlined Ashley had net spends of only 700,000 quid per season between ’08 and ’15. Get back to licking his hoop.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    How to write / cut & paste a Dean Wilkins article:

    i) Refer to the sale of England International Fraser Forster (forget to mention that at the time he was not really excelling and clearly not going to get ahead of Tim Krul who’d always looked the better bet through the youth levels.
    ii) Refer to Venon Anita not getting a game for Leeds yet when he was bought, he was very highly rated
    iii) Rehash the sponsorship of top pay-day lender Wonga as if it’s somehow offensive yet never raise the issue of alcohol sponsorship, Northern Rock that took out an economy (with the help of a hapless government), a cable TV company that preys on those who easily led into bad deals and now of course, gambling is cool.
    iv) Likewise SJP renaming
    v) Mention Hughton as if he’s the mould od Kevin Keegan and Alex Ferguson
    vi) Mention that Huddersfield €38m and Brighton €47 have more than doubles the net spend of Newcastle United €29 (never include the figures, that kind of ruins the “double” claim)
    This is new one, a claim that “Ashley unfairly sacking Hughton, a clear case though of wasted momentum.” What wasted momentum? We were 11th when he departed, we finished 12th and the following season 5th with his replacement.

    • Vladimir Biggski

      Houghton has since proved he is far better than Pardew

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Really? I think Chris has proven himself capable but failing to push on past a certain level.

        • mentalman

          If he keeps brighton up this season i think it’ll be the first time he’s managed it, it was the right time for him to leave us and he’s obviously learnt a lot over the years and progressed to become a decent manager

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Exactly. Chris played in a way that kept us safe and with Carroll and Nolan, we could batter weaker sides. Brighton play better football that we did in 2010 & he’s learnt.

            Moving Chris Hughton on was a sign of ambition at the time.

          • Guest 2

            Eh? He got us promoted and was sacked when we were 14th in the table and after spending next to nowt. We were in the bottom three last week and his team are still above us. You have a wonky view of things.

        • TheFatController

          No point defending Ashley, he’s going. Not because of Staveley, just because his business empire I won the wane…

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I very much doubt it, I think he has his eye on something else.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Unlike Pardew?????………

  • Mitros gotta start

    On a lighter note….mandy just registered a new company today…..takeover supposed to be done….announcement due saturday

    • Mitros gotta start

      Fatty desperately shopping lascelles to anyone who will give him a quick £20m cash before saturday….leaving present for himself

      • Vladimir Biggski

        Wouldn’t surprise me at all

      • mentalman

        selling the better players of the squad will decrease the value of the club, most teams pay in installments so fatty would probably only benefit by about 5million

    • Blackburn1066

      All will be sorted by 5th/6th

  • Gandalf Greyhame

    Being an American, I have always marveled at the patience and passivity of the British – enduring long lines, or queues as you call them, with hardly a peep, keeping the stiff upper lip, etc.
    In the US in 1980, local fans of the American football club the New Orleans Saints, who had routinely finished with losing records for the first twenty years of its existence, started showing up at the stadium with paper bags over their heads, and started calling their team the Aints (ain’t being an American colloquialism for “am not” or “are not”). Team ownership finally changed for the better in 1985, and in 2009, the team actually won the Super Bowl, and has had winning records since.
    So, yeah, there seems to be 100% agreement that Mike Ashley is the root cause of the problems of Newcastle United FC. Everybody agrees he only cares about his company Sports Direct.
    Googling, I see that there are TWO Sports Direct stores in Newcastle.
    Geez, as an American, I don’t understand why those two stores in Newcastle are still in business. Why are there no pickets in front of the store protesting Mike Ashley’s continued ownership of the club? Why are there no calls for national boycotts of Sports Direct if he does not sell the club? The fans in other cities might not care, but surely the people of Newcastle care enough to shut down the two stores in their own city as a protest against Mike Ashley. That should show Fat Boy a thing or two.
    In the US, corporations are much more sensitive to threats of boycotts, or protests held right in front of their stores. The retail industry in general is massively suffering as online sellers like Amazon are eating them alive. Walmart, one of the biggest retailers in the US, is making a massive shift to doing online retailing to take on Amazon.
    So Fat Boy and his Sports Direct should be very, very vulnerable.
    Have at it, guys, and good luck.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Because they are like sheep….they hate ashley for how he runs the club but turn up and pay their money to watch the games regardless….the fat pig knows this and is laughing all the way to the bank.

      • Gandalf Greyhame

        I’ve always had this theory that the most aggressive and angry Brits emigrated to the U.S. and became Americans. And that’s also why we have so many guns and gun violence. The passive ones stayed home. Not advocating a boycott of the team, just the Sports Direct stores and online business, btw.

        • mentalman

          money talks and people won’t boycott a shop that sells close cheaper than everywhere else

        • Guest 2

          The ‘passive one’s’ stayed home? You may want to pick up a history book, mate! We still had an Empire until WW2 bankrupted us, to your country’s gain!

          • Leazes

            We had a ruling class that wasn’t passive the Empire builders…. the working class are still wretched….. the yanks don’t have this archaic glass ceiling class system which differentiates…. it is still in place here…..

            …thus an ass*ole like Trump can get elected.

          • Guest 2

            Not a class system – but a definite wealth ceiling which replicates one.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      In the US, if people were really upset by the ownership, they’d get out and buy the club themselves. Here in the UK, football fans are like socialists, they want money to be spent but someone else’s money.

      • TheFatController

        Almost like the capitalism of using a worldwide exposure football brand to further the global ambitions of a UK sports retail operation ?

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Yep, nothing wrong with that IMHO.

          How about 150,000 NUFC fans, £2,000 each (2-3 weeks wages) and we all own the club?

          • Tony Mann

            You complete and utter tool – There is a food bank outside SJP because people can’t afford to eat. You think two grand each can just be dropped in by 150K ‘mega rich’ toon fans. Get a grip on reality.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Most of us have more than that sat on the drive, most of the lads at away games have spent that on refreshments in this season alone.

            Even so, not everyone will have to invest £2k some will invest less, some more.

            The chaps who can’t afford to eat will not be investing but those who like to tell Mike Ashley what to do with his money should.

          • Tony Mann

            Population of Newcastle is ? 300k,400k, 500k ? and you ask at least 33% to spend £2k on a football club on top of their day to day expenses such as living!!! Like I said before – Get a grip on reality.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That rather assumes we all still live in Newcastle. If we got to the FA Cup final, we’d easily sell 150,000 tickets, not just people for a day trip, real fans. We sell out away games without a problem, this is not new, I’ve been at the Dell in Southampton on a cold Tuesday night in the 80’s where there was almost a Hillsborough incident and police admitted they didn’t expect many would come so the allocations were wrong after 4,000 turn up. London Mags, Yorkshire mags, we’re all over the shop.

            You’ll find people who are hard up in Manchester or London, it’s irrelevant as to how people invest. call it a pension, call it an investment, call is savings, call it a bet whatever.

          • Tony Mann

            You have no grasp on day to day reality.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Au contraire, the reality is that there are plenty of well-off Newcastle United fans, we;re not really different to any other group of people. If an investment in Newcastle United is a good deal, people will buy into Newcastle United.

            On this forum, we’ve been told that Mike Ashley has been able to trouser millions out of the club and still sell for a profit. Who’d not want a piece of that pie?

          • Tony Mann

            The reality is that families have trouble feeding themselves and keeping warm – and your smug “Au contraire” response proves what a total [email protected] you really are.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            But at the same time, there are people going to games blowing £200-300 on booze, Charlie and a bit of spare, the rest they waste.

            Some can afford more money than others, look around Newcastle, people have money. It’s been the case for many years that people in the north east have enjoyed high spending power as the cost of living is low.

          • Tony Mann

            ‘Some can afford’ – the rest of that paragraph is what it is.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            This forum has comments telling Mike Ashley to either throw £100m of his own money at the club of accept £100m less than it’s value from someone else to buy it yet, when asked to do something about the club themselves, you say those same supporters will baulk at £2,000? That seems to me that you think fans are all mouth or hypocrites?

            If we don’t have spare cash, borrow it. The club can return £40m profit a year and will cost £300m, that’s over 10% return, borrow the money via remortgage and it’s free money.

          • Desree

            If I win the bet count me in.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            If you win the bet, we’ll get the club somewhat cheaper.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I read that The food bank outside sjp received more deposits than any other in the UK, that tells you something.

    • TheFatController

      A lot of people here in the UK are codependent in life in general – they make do with a bad situation as don’t see a way out individually or collectively. Often it’s all they know so don’t know to make the change, or how to start and maintain it.

      In some scenarios that can be the best thing, make do, as you may be on a hiding to nothing. but I agree with you, in sport and with a sports retail business that is in a difficult market the way out should be easily seen and acted upon …

  • nufcslf

    Terrible to know what is going to happen next.. and it’s not good. Really lifts the spirits before an important home game on Saturday. The only thing that is for sure, is that the jammy barstuard with get his full house every other week and see no reason to change. Needs turning on by each and every person…can’t bring myself to use fan…in the ground to let the world know, even if it does fall on deaf ears for the fat [email protected]

  • Vladimir Biggski

    Haggling over £15m for Modric, £5m for Deli Ali and £12m for Lacazette Spring to mind as missed opportunities too

    • mentalman

      ali wanted to stay in the south and Lacazette chose a champions league team over us, nothing to do with haggling

    • Guest 2

      KK was offered Modric for 1 million!

  • ghostrider

    Ashley might be a lot of things but he’s still keeping this club in the premier league after failures of managers taking us into the championship.

    It takes a special kind of manager to run Newcastle United. I’m serious.
    It takes more than just a big name with a pocket full of special promises.

    This club is a stand out giant of the north east.
    Sunderland could have been but their owner has destroyed them by KIND.
    yep….KIND. Too nice by allowing all and sundry to come along and just spend on anything.

    This leaves US. A massive north east club that has the potential to be successful but equally has the potential to be a Sunderland in the wrong hands.

    Ashley is by far NOT the wrong hands.
    He just knows the club does not produce the revenue to battle it out among the sugar daddy teams and the pretenders who’s ego’s are writing cheques their bodies can’t cash. (I took that from top gun).

    This doesn’t mean Ashley is perfect for us. Not by a long shot.
    He’s too shrewd at times.
    Let’s just hope that when he walks away and the new owners come in they run it in a way where it can achieve its potential without suffering for the attempt at getting it.

    Ashley can’t achieve that, so we either accept a mixture of the good the bad and the ugly with the latter being more in % or we hope new owners can trust whatever manager they deem fit and proper to spend their money.
    If that’s Rafa then I hope to all hell that he balances this squad right up and I’ll be happy.

    More positivity with some tactical shrewdness mixed in will do me.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Surely even Mike Ashley can’t miss this opportunity? Oh yes he can and history suggests he will. Expecting anything else is optimism taken to the extreme.