I know I’m stuck on the same Newcastle United theme but honest, no more after this.

With 32 points at the time of this article and only six more needed for safety with our goal difference…

It remains quiet with Mike Ashley.

No stooge performances from Dennis Wise.

No ‘hard-hitting’ feather duster interviews to Sky Sports.

No garbage articles from an inside source in The Mirror.

I pray the man has finally realised he wants out and due diligence completed, with only a short update required.

If it’s going to happen, it has to be in May .

Over ten years we have waited.

Let’s all pray and believe that in two months we may have Rafa AND a supportive owner, with a productive summer transfer window.

I think even a woefully ignorant national press will concede that, as they have labelled Newcastle fans unrealistic dreamers, perhaps we can have this one.

In Rafa we trust.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Here’s hoping. But I wouldn’t bet on anything with that man..

  • robbersdog

    A new owner, a massive transfer fund and a top 6 finish next season? Maybe, but only when pigs fly and hell freezes over.

    To be honest, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to support a club that actually wants to push on and actually achieve something other than either survival in the Prem, or promotion from the Championship.

    We used to be a big cub, but now we’re permanently marooned in Mike Ashley’s bargain-basement bucket.

    • stevetoontoon

      Not really that hard to get in top 6!!! Hadnt blew as many points at home wouldnt be far away…. top 5 different story!!!! Haha

      • nufcslf

        You’re right in the sense that from 10th down are shi**ing themselves to ginish no worse than 17th. Not the league a lot of people think it is, with half the teams being mo more than average. Scary shyte.

    • Toon

      Hardly a consistent big club, a few sprinkled years under Keegan and Robson since 1955, apart from that, domestically nothing

      • Lakeland Mag

        I’d rather have a few more “sprinkled years” than guaranteed bottom half relegation dogfights under Ashley.

      • robbersdog

        I’m old enough to have lived through the Joe Harvey years; we were a big club.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Were we? comparatively smaller than we are now. The highest we finished was 7th the other seasons were between 12th & 20th.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    So what makes you think that he is going to be on his way ?
    There is no evidence to support this and all we have to go on is his tried and tested “Phantom Sale” he uses when his back is against the wall.
    Three times he has used the same ruse and a lot of people have fell for the same trick.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if you get some patronizing short cryptic piece from the press office during the summer saying he is staying !

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    How long will it take for fans to turn on the new owners? I reckon about two full transfer windows.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      If they are anything like the Fat Scumbag we have, in a heartbeat

    • Jonas

      Unless their as bad or worse than Ashley, which is a million to one shout, theyd get a pretty good innings

      • Mitros gotta start

        Ask leeds or blackburn fans how bad owners can be…..the sad thing is we could actually do worse than the fat slug….now there’s a scary thought

        • StevieB

          I prefer to look at Man City, Liverpool, Everton owners to be honest.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Liverpool’s owners got the club for next to nothing, it could be argued that Ashley should have done the same.

            Everton are no further forward than us.

          • StevieB

            The money’s there for the support though.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            In what way? it was made available in exactly the same way as MA did with NUFC, to restructure debt. The difference is Liverpool’s bankers forced the hand of G&H so that the shares were worthless. If MA waited for that to happen at NUFC, he’d have saved himself £133m. The other difference is that would have been very messy as NUFC was a PLC, it would possibly have needed to go into at least administration.

        • Jonas

          Leeds had Ridsdale for a few years as a numpty, the others inherited that mess, yes some have been toss pots. Venkys – there but.for Hughton, Benitez and a far bigger and more loyal fanbase go we.

          were better than those clubs and others in spite of Ashley.

        • nufcslf

          Still think it’s worth a try. Sick to the back teeth of Cashley and don’t think it would or could be worse.

      • Viru leckworth

        They’re.

    • Viru leckworth

      How many good owners have we had? I think I can count them on one finger. Oh, hang on…

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        That’s the point, fans want the earth from owners.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    No one wants to buy us so will be left to Ashley to keep the club a float with his interest free loan. You think a mystery buyer is going to come a long spend five hundred million and we win the league. More likely a new owner who will be a lot worse, however there will not be one as no one will pay the money.

    • TheFatController

      Fake news from you – no one said £500m and no-one said we’d likely win the league.

      Except you. To set up your agenda that a new owner would be worse. And thus Ashley is great. With his interest free loan. And worldwide free advertising hoardings.

      But nice try. Keep it up, I love a laugh.

    • paulo

      I bet you’re riveting craic down the pub 😂

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I disagree, there will be a buyer for the club. What will be interesting is the reaction fans have when they realise the new owners will not be writing massive cheques. The budget for new players under Ashley will be around £50m, I doubt it will be much different with a different owner.

  • Steven05

    I’ll give you all a fact right now:

    Ashley will be gone one day

    • Blackburn1066

      you must be a NUFC fan good

      • Peaky Magpie

        Ashley is a cu*t….will that do ya ?
        ASHLEY OUT

  • Blackburn1066

    Why can we not get some NUFC fans on here any more

    • Steven05

      Eh?

  • John Batchelor

    I’d love a new owner but let’s face it, he’s going nowhere. Nothing has changed, he’s making money hand over fist from his other businesses, and this is a great advertising vehicle for them.

    S***** D***** UTD we’ll remain.

    I hope I’m wrong.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He’s lost money so far, he doesn’t make money unless he sells up. However, he’s not going to sell for a cut price deal.

      • John Batchelor

        I said ‘from his other businesses’. Which he is most certainly making a hefty profit from.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I see, fair point, although I’m not sure quite how effective/good value it is as an advertising vehicle.

          At a cost of £274m so far, he could have advertised at every ground in the league for 10 years and still got change.

      • TheFatController

        Might have no choice ….

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          It’s always his choice, he’s not going to sell because a few knuckle-draggers don’t understand business.

  • Mike

    Make or break for rafa

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    The same people who think Ashley has made the club an interest free loan probably also believe in a free lunch

  • relaxed

    Like I have always said Ashley will never sell this club while he is making money from it
    In his eyes NUFC is a business arm of Sports Direct. where else would he get a better platform to advertise and sell his cheap tat to the the world

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Where else? Any other club. At £274m cost, it’s not the cheapest advertising tool.

      • relaxed

        When has he ever paid anything into the club for his advertising at SJP

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Is that important? We clearly save more in interest.

          • TheFatController

            The interest on the huge loan to cover the cost of the relegations he caused – that interest you mean?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The loan for the relegation was £15m, the loan for the previous regime was £129m. I can see what would have cost the most.

  • nufcslf

    Could be Christmas in May, yippeeee. But sadly not holding my breath. Sometimes bad smells won’t go away and this rotten c**t is one of them.

  • nathan dewars

    To all the misguided so called fans Ashley is not making a fortune from the club he has put a lot of his own money into the club ok he hasn’t spent a lot on players and has been listening to wrong advice but he would be a fool to jump to Stavelys tune

    • nufcslf

      A none football minded c**t making money hand over f** king fist. Don’t lie for the pryk, I know the money that player’s have been sold for with not a penny coming back to help strengthen a sh*t team that has got weaker the longer the [email protected] has pocketed the money. And where’s all the tv money? and league pisition money?. The man is a lying, theiving rse hole and nothing else. Time to f**k off and take his cheering club with him.

      • Steven05

        It’s absolutely incredible that some people can pretend to believe otherwise

        • nufcslf

          As you might guess, it gets under my skin a tiny bit. Absolutely hate the Cashley and Donald Trumps of the world and never understand those that try to reason their actions. Horrible people and very lost sheep.

          • kingfisher

            Spot on 👍👍👍

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Apart from those who can read. When has money been “pocketed”? Moreover, why? He can legitimately withdraw £144m tax free from the club but you believe he’s got some backdoor scheme than auditors and Stavely’s team have missed?

          • Geordiegiants

            How much, do we get for the advertising? How much do we get for the merchandising? How much do we get for renting the shop to his jumblesale? Who gets the money from Shearers? How do we have the smallest net spend, but the biggest payments to agents? Who collects the money from the food outlets? Where has all the money gone that was set aside for the training ground? Who got the money for the land sale? We have operating cost yes, but how do we not have a penny to spend when we sell more than we spend on players and we get £100m at least a season. We now have a smaller squad and wage bill than ever. We were making money years ago when we were getting less and spending more. So how has the debt got bigger?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Advertising and merchandising aren’t itemised but the income is within the £25m commercial income. Likewise, merchandising which is now pure profit as it comes in as a license income which is how the club shops now operate. Shearer’s bar is now No.9, the naming rights deal where Alan Shearer got royalties ended in 2013 (some 7 years after he actually kicked a ball for the club) . I’m not sure if the No. 9 bar comes under the deal for other food outlets but it’s likely that’s part of the same deal where Sodexo operate the kiosks and the club get the licence income from the operation of these food outlets.

            The money that was set aside for the training ground is still within the club.

            The sale of the lease of the land for the Casino project? There was an interest only loan secured on that lease, this loan was repaid on the sale and the profit went into the club’s bank account.

            Our player trading surplus / (deficit) was (€30m) – including executed Merino purchase option this year, €37m 2016/17, (€104m) 2015/16, (€21m) 2014/15 so unfortunately the last 4 years have seen a substantial deficit.

            Whilst we made a profit in the last accounts of just short of £5m, we would have made a substantial loss last year when we were in the Championship.

            I’m not sure that your comment “We were making money years ago when we were getting less and spending more” is true. In the accounts for the year before Ashley took over, we lost £33m , we made substantial losses before that. IIRC we only made a profit in the season we got beyond the knock-out stages of the Champions league and even then, the accounting policies were dubious enough to be subsequently changed to account for costs quicker.

            Finally, your comment “So how has the debt got bigger?” is looking at it slightly wrong. The club in 2007 had a net deficit (add up all the assets and take all the liabilities) of minus £16m, it was technically insolvent. It now has net assets of £33m. The Debt in 2007 was around £115m but we carried on making losses until 2011 as we had players on huge contracts until 2009. so MA leant £129m to cover this and working capital and of course lent more money in 2009/10 to cover the cost of promotion.

          • Geordiegiants

            Very selective as usual Bobbi.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Selective????? i answered every query you through at me! how can that be selective!! All your concerns have been addressed!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Through????? 😜
            Smallest spend with biggest agent fee’s?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Blimey, I need a better predictive text app.

            Sorry, I missed that. Well HMRC didn’t like that either.

            Were a long early from being the smallest spend it itggest agent fee BUT agents are fixers for selling as well as buying.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Utter nonsense. Money has not gone out of the club, that’s simply a lie.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          idiot

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Exactly, the kid’s an idiot and his spelling is atrocious.

        • Georgia Peter

          Porciestreet.
          Then where is it…..?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The money is within the club, in 2007 the net assets in the club was minus (as in insolvent) to the tune of £17m, it now (latest accounts 2016) has net assets of £33m.

            The club obviously has running costs, so, from 2007 to 2016, income less costs have increased by £33m. It’s quite simple but less than simple folk make these silly claims.

      • Oldgeordie

        I don’t think you like the fat idiot .

      • Georgia Peter

        Porciestreet .
        Well said bro.

      • kingfisher

        Well said nufc.The sooner somebody comes in and relieves us of Ashley, the better 👍👍👍👍

      • Viru leckworth

        I say, steady on old boy!

    • Geordiegiants

      F*cking pr*ck!

      • kingfisher

        Don’t beat about the bush Geordie, say what you mean !😁😁😁

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha 👍

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet..
      Please stop apologising for the fat theif.

    • kingfisher

      What about 10 years of free advertising for his tat S***** D*****? That must amount to millions !

    • Viru leckworth

      Hasn’t spent a lot of money on players and listening to the wrong advice.
      Two pretty serious endictments I would say.

  • Oldgeordie

    If there is so much money lying around in the club why didn’t he release 20 or 30 million pounds of the 144 everyone talks about? Could have bought a couple of reasonable players instead of a Stoke City reserve.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Because the 144M has already been spent.

      • Oldgeordie

        On what? land and property around St. James’ park?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          £129m sorted out unmanageable debt of the old regime and £15m got us promoted last year.

          The lease for the land was sold and the loan that made the original purchase was repaid along with a decent profit to the club.

    • Leazes.

      Club could have spent in the summer safe in the knowledge that one third of the TV money was due in January.

  • Proppaboots

    Is this supposed to be an article………half a dozen lines of nowt!!