Mike Ashley is nothing but a thorn in the side of all Newcastle United fans,

He said he was putting money in the transfer kitty, which he didn’t do.

He said he was selling up and got all fans excited to see the back of him, which he hasn’t done, as yet.

Through Mike Ashley we have lost some good managers…but we are going to lose one of the best we have ever had if he doesn’t sell up now.

He is nothing but a greedy person.

Newcastle were looking at possible relegation and he said he wanted to sell up for £300m.

Now NUFC are safe, Mike Ashley wants £400m.

It is all greed.

He has no intentions of doing anything with the club and it won’t be long until we end up like local rivals Sunderland.

A so-called owner has ruined an excellent team.

Instead of being so greedy, just sell up and go and ruin another football club, or go and concentrate on your shops.


Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1


West Brom: Phillips 29

Possession was West Brom 36% Newcastle 64%

Total shots were West Brom 9 Newcastle 17

Shots on target were West Brom 2 Newcastle 2

Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 5

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett (Murphy 58) Ritchie, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 78), Gayle (Slimani 65)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden

Crowd: 52,283 (1,000 West Brom approx)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s game – Go HERE)

(Darren Moore thought Newcastle got off lightly – Read it HERE)

(Brutal honesty from Rafa Benitez after the game – Read it HERE)

(Alan Shearer reaction to Newcastle defeat – Read it HERE)

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  • TheNutJob

    only way to get him out is an empty Stadium every time the Toon are on the telly
    and we all know that`s not going to happen, back in the day it would have happened but the fans have been conditioned to put up with rubbish & will turn up no matter what & Jabba takes full advantage of it.
    Jabba oot, sack the board, if you can find him

    • Irving Cobden

      Why would he care if the stadium is empty?? The club will still get TV money etc and his empire involves far bigger income streams than the club.

      • mactoon

        and if the stadium was empty the TV cameras would be all over it.. and guess what.. free advertising for SD!

        • TheNutJob


      • TheNutJob

        it`s called world wide bad publicity !

      • Desree

        Last time it was 1/3 empty he spent 80m – money talks.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Canna sack the little twt……..he’s sackless……

    • kingfisher

      Well said Nutty 🤣

  • Leazes.

    No it isn’t greed Kenneth…. Its malice!

    His income from other ventures dwarfs what he gets from us, so two relegations were down to him appointing an overpromoted accountant Charnley to the position of Managing Director/Chairman/Squad builder in order to let this club tick-over and pay for itself and give him free advertising for his brands…

    He has damaged the very building blocks of the club, he didn’t need to take away the Strawberry Place land for a miserly £2.8million… that was the clubs future, he could have let the club keep its revenue from merchandise and advertising and maybe that difference was the difference of a strikers wage, and relegation.

    Not greed, certainly not greed, Ashley is one of those individuals beyond money who work in the realms of power… it is what your bank balance can do for you and what you can control. When he sold Carroll it was like winning at the Casino, it wasn’t going to make a difference to United’s coffers though but he celebrated that coup in his own way by blowing a quarter of a million in Aspers Casino…. and you know what it didn’t show up on any accounts!

    Control is what he likes and its the other side of the coin of the megalomaniac narcissist….

    …no certainly not greed, his harm is deliberate and methodical and controlling, the reason is obvious to anyone who was at that first mass protest against the ‘c*ckney mafia’ when Keegan walked out. The protest was deafening under the Milburn stand the chants were crude and he and Wise and his friends were stuck inside and they heard everything, he was humiliated. The police didn’t move anyone on… and neither did the stewards…. and it went on and on. The next day Ashley and Wise were in the Emirates supposedly looking for a buyer but they got drunk, and that bit has been reported.

    The rest is Malice in Geordieland.

    • Paul Patterson

      A bit like Blofeld in the Bond film Spectre . .

      • Leazes.

        No Blofeld was fictitious.

        • Kneebotherm8

          More like bloatedfeld………

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Why would the club keep the metro car park in Strawberry place? It was a white elephant once the casino idea was shelved.

      Selling it at a profit for the club was sensible. The club needed the money to push on with getting promoted in 2010.

      For what reason do you think it should have been kept?

      • Paul Patterson

        How much did it go for then?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          The land & the shareholding in the MGM venture was sold for £6.3m.

          This was a £2.8m profit for the club.

          It was (most likely) done this way to get money into the club so it met FFP rules wrt debt.

          Literally no need to get upset about it, the car park without the Casino plan was just a car park and the loan that was taken out to buy the land and create MGM cost more in interest than the car park company paid in rent.

          • Paul Patterson

            £2.8m profit? Well that’s a lot isn’t it. Not bad for selling off the chance of extending the ground and making that back in a few seasons. When we went down we got that figure by selling Habib Beye, so it’s really chicken feed with what could have been made in future. Short term gain, bad long term planning and no regard for the future.

          • Leazes.

            Absolutely…. that was a criminal act!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You yourself said that Architects all say the stadium can be extended regardless of having a car park.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            £2.8m profit in 2009/10 on a project that cost £2.5m in 2006 in which time, commercial property and land had suffered more than anything during the 2007-9 financial meltdown? The club needed money to get through the season in 2009/10 other than simply taking on loans from Mike Ashley so that EFL FFP rules could be met, I suspect the land was sold at such a profit to help in that regard. Also, it liquidated as asset into £6.3m, The only assets we had that could do that was Kevin Nolan or perhaps (unlikely) Andy Carroll.

            The sale of Habib Beye was part of that but the club were still running losses, some of the costs had been trimmed but the main costs were wages and as Sunderland found, it’s not easy the just get rid of unwanted wage bills.

            The main point is the sale doesn’t affect the chance of extending the ground, that can be done anyway. The idea of the super-casino was that it would help justify the obscene and disproportional build cost of that end. Once the super-casino option had gone with the decision of the Labour government, the value in that land was as a car park, it was a white elephant. Keeping the land and the shares simply meant the club received rental income from the car park company but the land was bought with a loan, the rent came in but the interest (IIRC at 9%) was costly.

            Hindsight is wonderful, we won the league quite easily in the end so perhaps we could have got promoted anyway and perhaps financed the losses by selling players in January 2010, Kevin Nolan could have got us £5-6m The club could have still gone up but it would have needed a replacement one promoted.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Did all that make sense?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          What is frustrating on this subject is Leazes’ knows when it was sold, how much the club got and that the stadium can be expanded without this land.

          When he wan’t so deaf to anything other than his own thoughts, I explained all this to him many a time. He even conceded that the architects acknowledge the casino land was independent of the expansion. BUT he likes to post on here to mislead and it doesn’t help others to understand what’s involved.

    • Mirandinha9

      …and there has never been a mass protest since and that’s the problem. Cashley hates negative publicity, but, he has 50,000 sheep who simply lay down for him every fortnight. He loves it, controlling them in the palm of his hand.

      • Leazes.

        We’ve had a few goes, there was a smallish protest march and an advertising campaign aimed at his underlings, his appearances have been less frequent. He certainly knows how to string the media along, they are all to willing to believe the Amanda Staveley tosh unfortunately.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on 👍👍👍

  • mactoon

    He is a businessman, he buys and sells to make a profit. The club is now safe and has the benefit of three years of £100+ million TV revenue and free advertising for SD so of course he is going to put the price up to £400 million. I doubt he would sell if someone matched that price

  • Paul Patterson

    In fairness, he wants (allegedly) £400m because the club is now secure in the Premier league whereas it wasn’t in January. The figure of £400m is about fair for now, but only a lunatic with too much money would pay £300m when we weren’t safe in Jan. It was that figure that was out of kilter with risks attached to it.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He’ll sell for around £3330-£350m which is about right

  • Coach Clagnut

    In other news, the mackems are shyt, water is wet, and Fatty couldn’t care less.

  • Wezza147

    Staggering greed that I hope we don’t have to suffer from any longer but I won’t hold my breath! Money goes straight into MASH Holdings and wholeness he can continue to make millions from the club he will.
    Can anyone realistically see the club being sold for 400M?
    Can anyone blame Rafa if he walks on the summer?
    I dread to honk what may happen in the summer!

    • Leazes.

      Yes it does go straight into MASH holdings where it is held, nevertheless is still the clubs money, but you can’t differentiate an NUFC £ from a Donnay £…. and I don’t think Ashley does either…. that account is used to buy stuff. the individual accounts are taken care of at the appropriate time to show a balance of sorts.

      Just as you can’t differentiate between a football shirt owned by the club or by S****s D*****t. The accounts must be a magical place to work akin to fantasy fun land between April and June.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Lying Leazes, you know the facts but you keep lying.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      The club will be sold for around £350m, that’s sort of cheap for a club like ours if it’s been in the Premier league for a long time, it’s about right for a club like ours that has been in the league for just one season.

      I hope I don’t smell you when you are honking, i suspect it’s hard enough thinking.

  • Mr wobert

    He cares,and knows nothing about football.just a greedy oxygen thief.

  • Jezza

    Decent article. Somewhat brief but it hits the nail on the head.

    • Leazes.

      I generally go looking for the people behind the names on the Mag but mostly find people who have nothing to do with football or our region, but are involved in media in some form. A lot seem fictitious and from one pen, but this is a different article in its succinct briefness, and although the surname derives from the Yorkshire area it is possibly genuine I still can’t find Ken though.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        You are seriously weird. You research the author?

        This article is basically a twitter rant filled out with match stats despite the article having no reference at all to the match.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First of all Mike Ashley spent £60m this season on players and loans the tenth largest spenders. We have £12m Murphy who never plays, £10m Merino not even in the squad and Atsu on the bench. When we went down twice Ashley spent a lot of money to get back up unlike Sunderland who spent £1.5m on ten players. The price of the club has always been £350m a fair price. People like yourself and others on here are very ungrateful and deserve to support a club down the road.

    • Nut

      Like talking to a brick wall, they will only work to theur own agenda and go shouting down the likes of you and me with abuse the moment we say anything.

      • Rabid Dog

        In the same way are you Ashley apologists are like talking to a brick wall. It works both ways.

        • Leazes.

          Ehm…cough…. Nut is an alias for fleckman or his brother, I blocked him….. there’s a useful button on his post…little chevron thing top right.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Yea, and they live in Manchester and support Manchester United, they have season tickets because Jezza had special investigators to find out ha ha.

            It just so happens MMM, Fireman Sam and Leazes always turn up in the time it takes to log on and off.

          • Nut

            Yep and all are the same person, a closet Makem!

          • Nut

            Wrong moron, I am not nor have I ever been anyone other than Nut on these boards.

            I have one profile stop trying to paint me with the same bull lies you try to paint Ashley with idiot!

          • Wezza147

            Thanks, I’ve now blocked yet another alias!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’m not sure if I am in the Ashley apologist gang but I’m just trying to be realistic.

          Would I like an owner who is insanely rich and we’ll compete with Man City? Yes I would, it would be a little artificial but hey, I could live with that. The problem with having a mega-rich owner is they may not be interested forever. If Chelsea ‘s owner loses interest or falls foul of a poison plot, it crashes as there are very few people who can keep a plaything going.

          I defend Ashley when the claims against him are incorrect. Pocketing all the money is the latest one, it’s not true. Stealing a car park for flips’ sake – not true. Selling off the expansion of the Gallowgate – not true. We should have bought Kenedy – well, you’d have needed someone willing to sell and the player himself being prepared to move permanently. Sports Direct advertising is worth £20m a year – not true.

        • Nut

          I am entitled to my opinions, so are you… the difference is I don’t go abusing others because they don’t agree with my point of view unlike many who have your view!

          I am not an Ashley apologist, I am however going to point out when I see the blatant lies your lot come out with!

          Ashley isn’t as bad an owner as you might have people believe, there are far worse!

          • Rabid Dog

            it it looks and smells like an Ashley apologist, then it probably is.

    • Rabid Dog

      The clubs policy of buying young and trying to turn a profit, is the problem with Murphy and Merino. We need experience – we have none. Oh wait – Slimani…..

    • Chuck D

      1.Ellis Short spent money
      2.Ellis Short is more of an honest man than Ashley ever will be
      3. Would Ashley have written the debt off if we were in the same predicament as them? No

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Can’t you see the problem? Ellis Short allowed the club to spend money but it was clearly not sustainable. He spent in a way that fans like but really had no idea of what can go wrong.

        Whether Ellis short is honest is neither here nor there, he’s got a basket case of a football club because he had no financial control over the strategy.
        Writing off debt is not really point, he’s had to write off the debt because (reading between the lines) the club is essentially insolvent, he’s not going to get the money he’s tied up in the club back.

        Had someone offered Mike Ashley £200m in the Summer of 2016, I’d think he’d have cut his losses in exactly the same way.

        • Chuck D

          Yes I’m aware of his failings.

          Your last point is debatable however.

          I think you need to acknowledge the fact that if we had gone down this season and Rafa walked, we could have followed the Mackems.

          If you’re thanking Ashley for the teams current position, it is hugely disrespectful to Rafa.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The thing is, we went down and Rafa was backed to get us back up.

            Had we gone down this season, Rafa may have left but Rafa, had we gone down, may not have been the manager we thought.

            If we went down, Ashley had two choices, throw more money at it or essentially asset stripbwnd cut his losses.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Last season Ellis Short spent 1.5m on ten players. He is not fit to lace Ashley’s boots and took them down to division three. Ashley spent money and now we are in tenth. This site loves the Mackems full of them saying do not criticise Sunderland and Short a good man. Your site is a love supreme mate. Once again thanks Mike for keeping us a float.

        • Chuck D

          We are currently tenth thanks to Rafa

          One day the penny will drop

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Keep on defending the Mackems and hating Newcastle a long with Jezza both of you have no place on this site defending Sunderland.

          • Chuck D

            Ha, at what point have I defended the Mackems?

            My comments were regarding Short!

            For me, if you defend Ashley as much as you do you can’t be a Toon fan.

            If you truly believe he has the best interests of NUFC then you are seriously deluded!!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Short took Sunderland down to division three Ashley spent money getting us back up twice. With the players we had some on £100k a week it was not Ashley’s fault we got relegated but the players and managers. The hatred for him is unjustified. Yes I am a Toon fan and a very good one at that top fifteen supporter.

  • Nut

    Secrets to writing an article that will go down well with the one person running the majority of the anti ashley profiles on here…… write an article as above, dont criticise sunderland (afterall we all know they are a closet makem), and abuse anyone remotely supportive of Ashley.

    • Billmag

      Why can’t you defend getting relegated twice and 3 near misses in 11 years of ownership.

      • Rabid Dog

        They cant defend it because they’re conditioned to mediocrity. Dont spend any money to stay in the Premiership, but MY GOD Ashley is a saint for selling the players with any value to get back to the premiership. Only next time it happens, and it will happen if he stays, we’ll have no one left of any value to sell to bring in others.

        • Nut

          Write history your way, re write history.

          Ashley has spent money, players that were sold on went because they were angling for moves after relegation.

          But you stick to your agenda of lies and bash anyone that dares speak out against it!

      • Nut

        In creating a great recipe you break an awful lot of eggs and make a lot of mess!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I think they’ve got a computer program that regurgitates these articles.

      rnd4(fat,cockney,greedy,parasite)”Mike Ashley has today been” rnd3(responsible for windrush, famine, sold a car park 8 1/2 years ago) “blah blah blah”

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Ashley was always going to pull something along the lines of this but I thought it might be during the off season when it came to light.
    I am surprised this has come out now unless there is some kind of Ashley Mind Game at play here ?
    It might be to get Rafa to walk immediately after the season ends without sitting around the negotiating table with him.

    Who knows, But there is always something afoot where he is concerned…

  • Peter C

    If Benitez goes, and what is more than likely, the club goes into meltdown. Ashley won’t get two bob for his investment.

    So there are two possible outcomes,
    1. He sells at a fair and reasonable price. Or
    2. He has to give Benitez the funds to match Benitez’s vision for running the club,
    I don’t think Benitez wants a blank cheque, to spend right left and centre, he’s
    astute enough to realise that won’t happen, but a significant amount of money
    must be made available, to strengthen the team and maintain our Premier
    League status

    So if Ashley wants out of the club so badly, and he’s made that statement. If it was me , I would sell at a reasonable price. Big thing is, Mike Ashley is the kind of obstinate individual who expects to get everything that he wants. He just maybe in danger of being saddled with a dead duck, if Benitez walks.

    And of course, the ones who suffer the most, us the fans

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      What do you call a reasonable amount, it owes him £275m of which, £260m has been tied up for the best part of 11 years. If he’d put that money in the post office, he could decide today to close the account and walk off with about £360m and a few stamps.

      • Peter C

        Dear Mr Fleckman, Or may I call you Bobbi,

        I don’t know what a reasonable amount is, I’m not a financial analyst who specialises in Football Club takeovers. But you seem to have all the financial figures at your disposal.

        However, you seem to have missed my point. If Newcastle ends up like Sunderland, and the possibility really exists, if we continually have the situation which we’ve had over the last five years, of the bitterness and disregard between the club hierarchy and supporters, the club is worth next to nothing. And Mike Ashley will feel, like Ellis Short is feeling now.

        If Ashley wanted a guaranteed return on his money, he would’ve of probably been better off, to have put it in a Post Office, as you’ve mentioned.

        As the disclaimer goes, stocks and shares can go down, as well as up. And he did buy the club, without looking at the books.

        So it’s down to we all pull in the same direction, or it’s heartache for everyone, financial for Mike Ashley, emotional for the fans, but whatever happens, the fans will still be there, MIke Ashley won’t, some day.

        Has any owner of a business, let alone a football club, alienated his customer base, more than Mike Ashley has his, that’s why if he is so desperate to sell, the more reason for him, not to be overly greedy.

        But there’s a saying which comes to mind, which I think applies, “the more you have, the more you want”

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          The problem is, no matter how much Mike A asks for the club, in some fans eyes it’s too much.

          We’ll not go the way of Sunderland because we are better run than Sunderland financially. It may not be the sexiest claim but whilst they were paying big wages for players that were not up to it, we, at least were paying low wages for players that were up to it or otherwise.

          Rafa is important but the deal for him appears to be consistent, his budget is how much the club have in profit. Ashley’s message is that he doesn’t want to put anymore money in. He’s struggling to get his money back as it is, so his view (I guess) is not to put good money after bad.

          I have BT shares, everytime dial-a-disc wants a new record collection, they don’t ask me for my record vouchers to go to Woolies, they pay for it our of the normal operations. As I read things, that is what Rafa has to do, it’s not unusual for a business that the owner has owned for 11 years to start operating within it’s means.

          He wants to sell, the issue is that there are simply not that many people who have £350m spare and want to own a football club.

          Personally, I would like a fans trust to raise 3,000 per fan and buy him out, that way we really can stop the constant whining and sense of entitlement.

  • Dennis Tate

    Some comments here about Newcastle United from Blunderland are hilarious.
    When NUFC were in the Championship last season all the home games were near full capacity.
    What does that tell you.
    A reality check is the support given to the team, it does not matter if Joe Bloggs is the owner, it is the support that urges your team to win games and not like the Stadium of Light where half of the seats were shut down due to lack of attendance.
    You lot should support your team every game like the proper lads at NUFC.
    Even at a £1 a ticket they still could not fill those pink seats.
    The talking is done on the pitch, when your team hears the roar of 50,000 plus at every home game. True Supporters.

    • Albert Stubbins

      The makems have a long tradition of deserting their team when they are most needed. It’s embarrassing to be compared to them by other supporters and pundits when discussing loyalty.

      • Dennis Tate

        True words Albert.

  • Jonas

    Were safe for a few weeks but become relegation candidates for next season the moment this season ends. Especially without Rafa and with Ashley (and the traditional lack of investment).
    this is the best time to sell, its all down hill from here if he stays – it will never be worth this much again.
    so obviously he’ll still be here.

  • Albert Stubbins

    He clearly hasn’t ruined us but what is just as bad is that he has severely stunted our growth!! We will never get close to our potential with the fat man in charge because it would cost him money when he is in the game to make money.