Mike Ashley still has Newcastle United up for sale.

That was one of the very few interesting things to come out of the latest fans forum meeting.

It has taken a week for the minutes of last Wednesday’s meeting to be made public, after supporters hand picked by the club met Lee Charnley and other club officials.

With not a single previous meeting this season, the fans present had plenty of questions, but very little of interest forthcoming in the answers.

Apart from confirming that the club is still up for sale (‘The position as not changed’), Newcastle United claimed there is nothing they can do when the likes of Sky Sports choose to move matches for TV with minimal notice.

Club still up for sale?

PF asked if the club is still up for sale.

The club stated that the position has not changed and if or when there is anything to update, the club would do so.

Fixture scheduling

SW outlined a number of fixtures throughout the season that had been rescheduled to the detriment of supporters. This included the recent match at Everton, which was moved from 3pm on a Saturday to 8pm on a Monday after tickets had gone on sale.

SW asked if the club can veto changes.

PF advised that the Premier League had recently suggested to fan groups that clubs do have a say when fixtures are rescheduled.

The club outlined the process of kick-off slots being approved and voted in by Premier League clubs.

As part of broadcast agreements, the Premier League and its clubs must use best endeavours to deliver the selected fixtures. The club explained that there are very limited reasons as to why a club could refuse a broadcaster request and this would unlikely be for any other reason that safety or policing issues.

The club understood the impact on supporters caused by the rescheduling of its match at Everton, which was way beyond the parameters set by the Premier League. Given the exceptionally late selection, the club committed to easing some of the financial burden on supporters left out of pocket after booking for the original date.

Extending Rafa’s contract?

Kris Woods (KW) asked if the club is making progress in extending Rafael Benítez’s


The club stated that the manager has a year remaining on his contract. As the manager has

publicly stated, discussions to extend his contract are ongoing.

Backing the manager in the transfer market?

PL asked if the club was willing to back the manager in the transfer market.

The club stressed that its conversations with the manager are ongoing and include discussions

around the transfer pot available.

  • Callum

    So no news really. They say no news is good news but where Newcastle is involved under fatty, no news really is…. well no news.

  • Christopher Edwards

    I would have liked to have seen questions regarding Sports Direct paying for advertising and around the upgrading of the training facilities. These were both mentioned in the previous forum and there has been no update since.

    • TheNutJob

      swept under the carpet

  • Ram Kishore

    A word of suggestion..
    The entire minutes can be analysed and u can put a write up

    • Dan Robson

      “The club said the bare minimum of ambiguous open-ended politician style question avoidance”

      Write-up complete.

  • Fireman Sam

    So basically they said nothing at all

  • ghostrider

    What will be, will be. Nothing we can do will stop whatever is going to happen.
    I just sit back and see what occurs.

    Of course we can still all have opinions (best guesses) on it all because that’s what makes the whole reason for being on chat forums/blogs and such.

  • TheNutJob


  • Mrkgw

    Ashley, Charnley out!

  • Paul Patterson

    What’s said and what’s the truth can be totally different things.

    • Jezza

      Always is where Ashley is concerned.

  • Weyhhadaway

    They didn’t say anything. a few platitudes, “ongoing discussions blah blah”

  • Dillon Tovak

    How enlightening 🤯

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Whenever it comes to Ashley and his regime the real truth is always hidden within the sentence like a cryptic crossword.
    Forget about the part of the sentence that reads “The Club Is Still Up For Sale”, Because that means nothing in the scheme of things and is nothing more than a mind control exercise !
    The only part of the sentence that is the truth is the part about “Ashley Plans To Be In Control At The Start Of The 18/19 Season.”

    That is where people fall down with Ashley because they don’t read the sentence properly like a mug punter not reading the small print after buying the latest cure for baldness !

  • MadMag83

    “The club stressed that conversations with the manager are ongoing and include discussions around the transfer pot available.”

    Which in plain English​ means, Benitez won’t commit to a new contract until he gets promises on a transfer kitty, and so far Ashley’s negotiating tactic has been to turn his pockets inside out and plead poverty. Joke of a club.

    • Viru leckworth

      Joke of a management. Just sell mr A.

      • MadMag83

        Who would buy a fatberg?

        • Dillon Tovak

          Hahaha I only learned what a fatberg was this morning.

  • Gianfranco Shola

    Every single summer feels like make or break at this club and it really is exhausting for us fans, I bet it is for the players as well tbh. How many other sets of fans have to pray every night to the gods that their owner will do things in the best interest of the football club?? It just feels like Charnley tries to say the right things to delay the inevitable of Rafa having enough and walking out

    • Dillon Tovak

      There is only so long I can keep interest in NUFC under fat mike.
      If Rafa leaves it’ll be at breaking point.

      • Jezza

        Yes that’s exactly how I feel too. Rafa going will be the final straw for me.

        • Gianfranco Shola

          He finally stumbled across something good in Rafa so it’d be so typical for Ashley to F it up!! Have nightmares of Rafa walking and being replaced by a Pulis or Hughes or someone of that ilk

          • Jezza

            Pulis or Hughes, ha ha, we should be so lucky, it’ll be Pardew.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I’d have pardspew over Hughes. I’d have decanio over that man.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I do as well but I just know I’ll keep going. I’m aware how embarrassingly sad that makes me look.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Great name. Have a like for that alone!!

  • Mike

    smoke and mirrors all rubbish to pacify the fans

    • Albert Stubbins

      Nail on head.

  • Waxi

    Money money money is all that matters in the fat mans world. If Rafa the gaff goes it will change a lot of fans minds as we all know the reason would be the fat man has ripped us again and won’t give the manager the money. I think this time MA is under more pressure than he has been at any time since he bought the toon.

    • MadMag83

      Pressure doesn’t have any effect on Ashley. Two relegations would probably have been enough for most owners, but he doesn’t care what the fans think. They keep turning up for the games and he keeps trousering their money with empty promises and that smug grin.

      • FatParosite

        That is exactly why I hate the fans that go & sanctimoniously complain at those who complain at them. The so called FANS have it in their power and do nothing. I hate them.

        • Albert Stubbins

          There’s f all else to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon!!

        • Gallowgate Dave

          You shouldn’t HATE the “so called” fans in the ground, some of them (me included) are closer to your opinions than you give credit for. There are some regime apologists in the ground but 50,000 strong minded fans like you and I in the ground loudly protesting Ashley and humiliating his real love S***** D***** in any way we could WOULD drive him out more easily than a few stay-aways easily replaced. We need more like you IN the ground not disillusioned at home.

      • Gallowgate Dave

        I respect your opinion but I believe you are wrong. 50,000 strong minded fans like you and I in the ground but loudly protesting Ashley and humiliating his company in any way we could WOULD drive him out more easily than a few stay-aways easily replaced. We need more like you IN the ground not disillusioned at home.

        • MadMag83

          I wasn’t criticising the fans who go to games mate. I was purely stating that Ashley plays on their loyalty, which is awful. He knows fans will turn up because they love NUFC, but rather than reward their faith and support with investment and clarity, he treats them with contempt.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I suppose it was your use of “they” instead of “we” to describe match going fans that felt like a criticism as you put distance between you and us but not always easy to tell in text. Your second post I agree entirely with. I’m a match going fan who can’t bear to give it up and also can’t bear Ashley – it’s a miserable life for the most part! My major frustration is our inability to unite and drive the bloke out – it could be done but it’d take huge, united, co-ordinated effort, something we’ve shamefully failed to do in my opinion.

          • MadMag83

            In all honesty I can’t see much fans can do mate. I think it’s a case of damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Ashley cares so little about the fans that protests and an empty stadium wouldn’t​ drive him out, we’d just end up in League One with him and nobody wants that. Our best hope of a takeover is to be a Premier League club, and to do that the fans need to get behind Rafa and the players.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Bit of a late reply due to sunshine, bank holiday and beer! Haha. I wouldn’t support protest at a match now either as we have a proper manager and not just an Ashley apologist/acolyte but if we lose Rafa there needs to be a proper mutiny, not just a half hearted one. I don’t buy into the argument that it doesn’t bother Ashley. I’m not saying he’d cry himself to sleep over our opinion of him, I know he doesn’t care about that but he hates the bad publicity. Evidence – disbanding the singing section and all the extra security added during the sack pardew protest, they were desperate to take the protest material off people, there was security on every turnstile, the problem is people just meekly handed it over and did as they were told instead of telling them we may not own the club but it’s worthless without us.

          • MadMag83

            I think a few of the players had a day like that against Watford! Valid point about him banning the singing section etc. Perhaps it’s bad for sponsorship/brand image? Or maybe he feels it is detrimental to the players to have that happening in the ground. Who knows, there might be half a brain cell between Ashley and Charnley.

    • Jezza

      Fatso is under no pressure and would gladly see Rafa walk as he could then bring back his pet puppet Pardew on a fifth of the salary with no complaining about lack of transfer funds.

      • Albert Stubbins

        That prophesy is in serious danger of coming true in next few weeks. He’ll not get rid of him till the season ticket money is banked safe and sound for another season.

  • FatParosite

    Bishop evacuating his bowel because Rafa is not playing ball..

  • TheFatController

    The club is up for sale…if mike Ashley can get his money back and a small return…

    The majority of billionaires make low profile investments and don’t quibble even 11 years later if they make a small loss that doesn’t really impact them. It’s all about finding rocks and seeing what’s under, and if nothing moving on to the next rock.

    We get the billionaire who makes a hugely high profile investment and eleven years later refuses to take a small insignificant hit because his ego had to ‘win’ on this one and he has to turn a profit.

    Onky we could get the world’s most dysfunctionak billionaire. The world mocks Ellis Short, but he wanted the best, was just poorly advised and / or inexperienced. But his healthy mental state is seen in him wiping out the debt, and selling. Yes, he’s lost millions, but his ego accepts you win some you lose some. Learn and move on.

    Maybe watch and learn from Short’s example, Ashley?

    • Albert Stubbins

      No chance. He’s not giving up trousering thirty million a year and rising. It’s been another great deception by the fat one.

      • Jezza

        Agreed entirely. Fatso is making so much money from our club that it would take some outlandish offer to persuade him to sell. He’s going nowhere so long as NUFC remains both his personal cash cow and a huge free advertising vehicle.for his core sweat shop business.

        • Leazes.

          No he’s not…. he’s getting £3 to £5m worth of free advertising, He lost a fortune of the clubs money relegating it twice…. loaned it money to cover then took it back…..nothing has come from the club coffers except the merchandise which he pays a token figure…. everything that comes out of United to SD benefits his brands and his stores and that’s where he takes money to top up the MASH account.

          He doesn’t need to steal money from his own accounts he’s rich, his accounts well they’re all lumped together, Buy a United shirt and the money goes to Shirebrook, he pays back a figure of his choosing (United’s retail has plummeted under Ashley because that figure is low)

          Have a look at the accounts yourself…google ‘NUFC companies house’ then go to ‘Filing History’.

          It is a mechanism which the club has no bloody say in!

          The club is losing out in not having control

          What Staveley thought of it I don’t know.

          • Albert Stubbins

            She buggered off so that should tell us all what she thought!!

          • Leazes.

            You cant do due diligence if your turnover is with another company…. that is the point…. Charnley is acting in the interests of S***** D***** not United.

        • Geordiegiants

          You,s are going to start Bobbi off again with his BS on this topic.

  • Albert Stubbins

    The club is up for sale in the same way that every player has his price. Ashley isn’t actively looking to sell though and that’s the lie that he’s been peddling for years now. It’s all total bs!!

  • Mxpx

    For sale in the same way you can buy anything if you pay over the odds

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He keeps moving the goal posts, he`ll never sell

    • Albert Stubbins

      I think he was moving them during the game on Saturday as we couldn’t get the ball between them for love nor money!!

      • Mxpx

        Moving the goalposts himself ? Nah he’ll have someone on a zero hours contract to do that