The truth can sometimes hurt and Mauricio Pochettino has certainly delivered it to Newcastle fans ahead of Wednesday night’s match.

For me, the Tottenham boss is one of the good guys, like all of them he has the ability to annoy at times, but overall I think he comes over really well and his teams play good football.

So when he delivered his straight talking today, it wasn’t with any malice intended.

Mauricio Pochettino declaring: ‘Newcastle of course is a big club…was a big club, yes, big names, yes, but the reality today is that it’s not.’

Rather than intending to wind up Newcastle fans, the Spurs manager was instead going out of his way to praise the job Rafa Benitez has done, stating ‘The reality, with the context, is that Rafa is doing a fantastic job and to be safe before the last few games of the season – for me that is a massive success for them.’

It is still gutting to be patronised [unintentionally] by somebody from Spurs.

This is our current reality though, thanks to one man, ironically – alleged Tottenham fan, Mike Ashley.

In the 14 seasons before Ashley bought Newcastle, Tottenham finished higher in the league on only five occasions. In those five seasons they finished higher, Spurs were 11th, 10th, 9th, 5th and 5th in the Premier League.

Whilst Tottenham didn’t have a single top four finish in those 14 years, Newcastle had five of them, including being runners up twice and third place on two occasions.

The majority of seasons saw Newcastle in Europe whilst Tottenham fans watched on enviously, including adventures in the Champions League.

Whilst Tottenham are set to move into a new state of the art stadium holding around 62,000, Mike Ashley himself is developing on land opposite the Gallowgate End which all but guarantees that St James Park can’t be expanded any time in the foreseeable future.

A whole generation of Newcastle fans are now being brought up in a Mike Ashley era where surviving in the Premier League is the only aim.

Massive changes are needed at Newcastle United and not just in terms of spending money in the transfer market, they will never happen whilst Ashley remains at the club.

Mauricio Pochettino:

“Newcastle have had a fantastic season.

“Rafa is doing a fantastic job, with all the circumstances.

“When we assess another team, we need to assess them with reality.

Newcastle, of course is a big club…was a big club, yes, big names, yes, but the reality today is that it’s not.

“To see the past and say: ‘Ok because Newcastle won some titles, now Newcastle must win’, is wrong.

“The reality, with the context, is that Rafa is doing a fantastic job and to be safe before the last few games of the season – for me that is a massive success for them.

“What we missed against West Bromwich was being more clinical in front of goal because we had chances.

“We dominated the game, I think 80% of possession but If you’re not aggressive then that is [worth] nothing.

“That is the most important, to keep pushing for 90 minutes, try to score – the team lacked that aggression from the first ball, to say we’re going to win. And

“West Bromwich had the belief it was still possible before the game, they were deeper and tried to play counterattack.

“We relaxed, thought we would dominate the game and score.

“But as the game went on, it was difficult, and of course every team can concede from set pieces.

“It was cruel because it was the last act, that was a little but unfair, but football sometimes is unfair.

“We need to now show the passion and right attitude…

“I don’t care if it’s Newcastle, or Leicester, or West Bromwich, we need to focus, we need to try to win, try to be in the Champions League next season.”



  • Paul Patterson

    We’re not currently a big club, but if you look at the ambition that Spurs have shown since Ashley bought Newcastle, then our ownership can be quite rightly labelled as grossly negligent.
    Spurs have grown and we haven’t. All Spurs had to do was stand still and they would have been better off over ten years that us. That’s shameful.
    New stadium, champions league qualifications v land sell off and multiple relegations.
    That is no one’s fault but our owner..

    • ghostrider

      Yeah well strick Newcastle down London and stick Tottenham in the north east and we’d see what would happen.
      Hint: Newcastle united would not be the small club.

      • Andrew

        What the hell are you talking about now GR? So success is purely based on being in London then? Explain how Manchester United and Fulham fit into your flawed logic for me would you?

        • ghostrider

          No….I’m using Tottenham and Newcastle and saying let’s change them and we’ll see who’s known as a big club and who’s known as a small club.

          Newcastle would wipe the floor with the likes of Tottenham in terms of big.

          • Paul Patterson

            Tottenham don’t actively under sell the club ..

          • ghostrider

            They don’t have to do anything. The capital sees to that.

          • Alex

            There’s only one thing you’d need to change – the owner.

            Imagine Ashley having Spurs for 11 years!

          • Paul Patterson

            The London press would have gone mental. Imagine White Hart Lane being called the S****s D****t Arena? Or Llambias telling fans they don’t treat the cups as priority, or saying ‘You don’t realise how horrible we can be’. There’s been a near riot at West Ham for much less..

          • Andy Mac

            Oh if only ? Theyd be on their knees by now looking to groundshare with Barnet !

          • Lakeland Mag

            Imagine if we’d had an owner over the past 11 years who put success on the field of play before (or at least equal to) personal financial gain !!

          • ghostrider

            If Ashley had Spurs they would be doing what they’re doing right now. Maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.
            London seals the deal.

          • mactoon

            Two Manchester clubs from the Midlands at first and second in the league say different. If ashley had spurs they would be nowhere near the top six. London makes no difference to the lack of an owners ambition

          • justchampion

            So how do you explain nufc bring more successful in the PL prior to Ashley? Engage brain before commenting.

          • Wezza147

            Don’t feed the trolls just block them instead.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            See no evil.

          • ghostrider

            By robbing banks to play with the elites…but you only get so long before the shackles get placed upon you.
            If we want success we have to fight the fight with restraints, unlike the chosen elites.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We finished 13th, lost £33m and were insolvent in the season before Ashley took over.

          • Ram Kishore

            Come on.. so u r saying Tottenham became a success only because of its Geographical location…

          • ghostrider

            Absolutely.
            Not just because it’s in London but because it’s aided like the rest to be up there as chosen elite of you like.
            Put it this way…if you think 6 multi multi billionaires bought all north east clubs and spent fortunes on them…do you think all the north east clubs would be the elite clubs in the premier league against the London clubs?
            Answer that honestly and you might get where I’m coming from. If not, fair enough.

          • Ram Kishore

            Look Tottenham did things right managers, right management with Daniel Levy for.more than a decade ..Slow and progressive incline…in a way for long time that eventually made them a successful and yes London played part in it too but that alone didn’t ..
            What about West Ham, other clubs.. look for yourself..

          • ghostrider

            They’re not really successful to be honest but are part of the elite London bunch.
            You see, 36,000 crowds and even then they didn’t always fill the stadium.
            Where did they get all their money from?
            Same as West Ham under Gold and Sullivan who were almost potless at Birmingham but found money hand over fist at West Ham and then walk into a stadium that’s subsidized to the hilt with rent.

            No problem if you think it’s all above board….but Newcastle United have to do it correctly or we go down the same toilet that Sunderland did.

            The reason Middlesbrough aren’t down the toilet is because Steve Gibson knew where his boundaries were…and still does….but should he ever try and go for it, you can bet your bottom dollar that Middlesbrough will also go down the toilet.

          • Ram Kishore

            So u r saying owning a London club and running it is easy?

          • ghostrider

            Running any business is not easy but some businesses are more hierarchy friendly than others when it comes to being shoulder carried.

          • Ram Kishore

            What does that mean.. Hierarchy friendly?

          • ghostrider

            Those who actually run/rule over the football/sports.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Man Yoo had a plane crash just as TV was becoming important and people could follow a different team than their local one.

      • Wor Lass

        He he – you`re the gift that keeps on giving!

        • ghostrider

          Enjoy it.

          • Wor Lass

            I do, I do!

          • ghostrider

            Good man.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ditto

      • mactoon

        I think that if Spurs were in London and had Ashley as owner they would suffer due to his inability to invest and take the club further and his mantra of making as much profit as possible while catering for his need to advertise Sports Direct. He would reduce the massive wage bill by selling the top earners and transfer the club shop retail profit to Sports Direct. That’s his MO

        • Billmag

          He would also have built luxury accommodation on the land the spuds are currently building a new stadium on.

        • GlasgowMag

          Barcelona would struggle with our illustrious owner at the helm 😂😂

        • ghostrider

          Nope. He would be advised by the elite as to where to go and what to do to stay top in London with all the other clubs.
          He wouldn’t become the media hate figure or anything like what he’s been cast into in the north east.
          It’s a class war and if you can’t see it then fair enough.

      • TheFatController

        Based on your logic every club in London should be massive therefore …?

        • Jezza

          Ha ha yes, how long before NUFC can’t match the transfer spend of Orient or AFC Wimbledon?

          • Paul Patterson

            Leyton Orient bought four players for Undisclosed fees in Jan. So they probably have spent more this year. .

        • ghostrider

          Nope…only those chosen to stand out.

      • KRS1

        Moron! Those 2 Manchester clubs up north are really struggling.

        • ghostrider

          They’re down south from Newcastle or the north east.
          Just look at the road signs when you set off from Newcastle or the northeast in general.
          But that’s not the real issue.
          The real issue is in the north east being cast aside as low class and fed gruel compared.

      • Lakeland Mag

        And if Ashley was still our owner we’d still be in the deplorable state we’re in now, regardless of what part of the country we were situated in.

        • ghostrider

          We aren’t in any state. We are well run and sustainable under him.
          What we aren’t, are title contenders and champions league participants like most other clubs.
          Unless we deserve more than the other clubs who’s fans don’t generally spend the majority of their lives hating their owner with such bile.

          • nufcslf

            You thick blind c**t. I also hope you are in fatty’s chopper if it goes down. You wouldn’t be missed.

          • ghostrider

            It’s such a shame you said that.

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t respond to him, he is a stooge for the mag.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Why do you still mention the land sell off, I’ve proven beyond reasonable doubt that this is a good thing.

  • Billmag

    Under Ashley’s tenure we are now a million miles behind the spuds, both on the pitch and on the commercial side of things.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Well obviously he’s right. It’s been downhill for years.

  • Peaky

    …..but Deli & Kane are cheating arceholes….

    • Leazes.

      That’s irrelevant …. totally separate issue.

      Actually I’m not sure who the article is aimed at.

    • Geordiegiants

      Shithouses the pair of them.

      • Peaky

        There’s just no stopping shithouses now….starting to get a bit cocky….

        • Geordiegiants

          🤬 them!

  • Wor Lass

    I`ve got a great idea, Mag. Why don`t you get the likes of Sam Hepworth and Graham Porter to start an anti Spuds thing. It could take over from the Villa bedsheet scandal and the Sunderland fixation. You could crank it up all during the close season in between telling us why Ashley might finally invest more heavily in the playing staff. Go for it!

  • Andy Mac

    Big club small club ? Bottom line is before Fat R’s arrived we were ahead of Spuds in terms of turnover, European co efficient, crowds blah blah blah

    However agent Ashley has done all he can to hold NUFC back while his pals at WHL grew their club up to the level we should have been by now.

    Whichever way you look at the last 11 years it’s been a woefully underachieving decade in this proud club’s history..

    • KRS1

      And it doesn’t look like things are going to improve any time soon. It is the total lack of ambition that is so depressing.

  • Jezza

    Well when you consider that 22 years ago we paid a world record transfer
    fee and now as a Premiership club we’ve got a transfer budget that just
    about puts us on a par with the smallest clubs in the Championship, who
    can argue with that comment.

    • Mrkgw

      Too true. Ashley has reduced us to also rans and that will always quite rightly, be unacceptable to us. No ambition, pure mediocrity from which the regime milk their reward. ASHLEY OUT!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Except of course. it’s not true. Most of whatever Jezza comes out with is not true.

      • FatParosite

        Unfortunately it is acceptable to the 50k+ who walk through the turnstiles and keep it all going.

        • Geordiegiants

          Look at what has happened at Arsenal, if we followed suit it would work for us as well, these mob love the loyalist football supporter tag, which is loyalist stupidity really.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Down down deeper and down…..from taking over,the fat twt hasn’t even kept the status quo……

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Utter, utter rubbish again Jezza, you are a liar.

    • Cockneytrev

      He has done to us what he has done to every brand he has purchased ,,,Cheapened it’s name….

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I’m really looking forward to NUFC being outspent by Cardiff and Wolves over the summer. And then the inevitable backlash from clueless journalists admonishing the fans for setting their expectations too high.

  • Weyhhadaway

    So tell us something we don’t already know. Maurichio bigging up Rafa to try to make him lose focus and accept the inevitable defeat. I want us to win because it is a rare night time midweek game I can watch while drinking beer, with my one and only Toon supporting customer and getting paid too. Lets make it a win win for me lads, please.

    • MadMag83

      “Entertaining a customer..” Lapdancer? 😂

      • Dillon Tovak

        Turning a trick isn’t something that Johan Cruyff used to do 😂

  • MadMag83

    Player recruitment at Spurs has been far better than at Newcastle​. We could have signed Delle Alli from MK Dons but chose not to! Spurs bought new players with the Gareth Bale money. Meanwhile we’re all still wondering where the money for Andy Carroll and Sissoko went.

    • Jezza

      Yes £65 million banked from Carroll and Sissoko and the club pulled out of the Delle Alli deal for the sake of 300 grand.

      • MadMag83

        And to make matters worse, this team is crying out for a number ten like him.

        • Jezza

          There’s no way Delle Alli would still have been a Newcatle player now. Fatso would have cashed in on him at the first given opportunity but at least we’d have had the enjoyment of seeing him play for our team for 18 months or so. If it’s any consolation we can take some comfort in the fact that by not signing him Fatso missed out on another £30 million or so profit that would never have been reinvested in the team.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Whilst Dele Alli is really good, I dislike the guy so much I’m actually glad he did never play for us to be honest.
            I can’t think of another player I find more unlikeable.

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s not really a reason to not want one of the best in the world in your team. Shearer certainly wasn’t likeable.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Depends on what you see in people, I absolutely loved Shearer at Blackburn too.
            Alli is someone I’d of hated at school, obnoxious brat.

          • Geordiegiants

            I get where your coming from, but Shearer was hated by all fans, just to stick a couple more in, Keane and Cantona were detested by everyone as well. Ali is a cheating diving shithouse, but one hell of a player. Anyway as stated below Pinochio and Charva would of ruined him anyway.

          • Peaky

            I’m with you on that one….there’s something very odious about him….and he’s a fuc*ing diving cheat….

          • MadMag83

            He probably wouldn’t have developed like he has at Spurs. We have a history of ruining careers.

          • Jezza

            Fair point. Carver and McClaren wouldn’t have done him much good would they.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Myth no. 3001, we could have easily got Delle Alli by bidding £300,000 more.

        • Dillon Tovak

          You know categorically it’s a myth because……?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Both he and his agent said so, let’s not take their word for it, why wold they know.

          • Dillon Tovak

            What’s the link for that article? That news has passed me by.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Can’t post links on here, as soon as Spurs were interested, he didn’t have to move home and we were dust.

          • Dillon Tovak

            You can, you can write dotcom rather than the real thing.

            http://www.skysportsdotcom for example.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Tumbleweeds I see.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The link I added gets blocked, the story is available in may places, deal was agreed with NUFC, MKdons accepted, player was ok with it and press release being finalised. Spurs came along and matched our offer and he preferred to stay local.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Well the original point remains then, as MK Dons would only accept the highest bid, regardless of the player prefering to stay local, therefore Newcastle did pull out over an increased bid.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not really, where did it say anything about £300,000 too little? Sure we could have offered more and MK would have accepted and the agent would have gone to Spurs to get them to up the deal.

            If a player prefers another club and the asking price has been met, we’re unlikely to change his mind.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Well possibly? You may be right? But it’s guess work really.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            But the £300k extra for Alli is not guess work it’s made up nonsense.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The media of the time and it’s been mentioned since. we bid the same money as Spurs, Spurs were closer to home, he didn’t have to move and better reputation for developing players.

            The £300k under-bid is nowhere to be see as far as I can find.

          • Billmag

            Why not bid more ???

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The asking price was met, it was up to the player.

          • Cockneytrev

            No idea what he said about my post as I blocked the troll ages ago, what I posted happened , I know this for fact

        • Fireman Sam

          Ashley wouldn’t cough up £12m for Lacazzette or £10m for aubameyang. Wouldn’t cough up the money for Deli Ali and thought Modric was overpriced at £15m.

          He has missed out on a fortune through not trusting someone like Rafa or Keegan.

          • Paul Patterson

            Sammy Hyypia for £1.25m, club bid £500k.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Myth no. 3009….

          • Geordiegiants

            No it’s not a myth Bobbi, Keegan stood on stage and told everyone. Jabba has been proven in a court of law to be a liar more than once, Keegan has not. Keegan loves our club and fans, Jabba does not.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Keegan wasn’t about when we were after those players except Modric..

          • Geordiegiants

            I thought we were talking about Modric, my apologies.

          • Cockneytrev

            Peter Harrison was the agent brokering the moderic deal,,
            on the Friday he talked to Dennis wise and was told that the chairman was sending his plane for modric to sign on the Monday at Newcastle,,, he signed For Spurs the next day,,Harrison was furious as he had been stitched up by wise and Ashley,,,,, we had modric if we wanted him,,
            Harrison was obviously annoyed at loosing out on his 10% commission on a £15 mil fee.
            This is just one example of the kind of behind back deals that has been going on at NUFC for years…..

          • thewildchimp

            That’s the reality of football. Now imagine how it’s like in the lesser leagues, where managers often graft onto the players and suck out no less than 90% of their income; heard of the cases when it was 100%.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Or Carr

          • Guest 2

            Modric was offered to KK for £1 million!

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Great Mag article, classic myth building.

    Take a myth, say…..Tottenham were miles behind Newcastle United when Mike Ashley took over, this is true of league position and commercially.
    Get the less intelligent Mag readers to comment ad nauseum and repeat said myth.
    Repeat.
    Who Cares that Tottenham finished 5th and we finished 13th or that Tottenham recorded £29m profit against our £33m loss or even that Tottenham had a Net worth or £49m and we were technically insolvent to the tune of £16m.

    • Billmag

      Close your eyes as much as you want but the simple fact is Spurs have moved forward and we have gone backwards under this regime, we can name them but the reality is it could be anyone of half a dozen clubs that have overtaken us.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        They moved forward from 5th place in 2007 to 4th/5th place this season.

        They have £70m more value in their finances in 2007 than we did, about the same now.

        We were insolvent in 2007, we aren’t now.

        • Billmag

          That’s why the obese one is asking £400million + because 25% of that is debt wrapped around the clubs neck, so we are not solvent so stop pedaling that theory (myth ).

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We are solvent, we have more assets than liabilities which makes us technically solvent. To be legally solvent, you can have more liabilities than assets as long as there is someone funding the company – i.e. Mike Ashley 2007 – 2012. In 2007, we owed more than we had in assets, i.e. if we sold the stadium, sold the players, sold the pitch, we still could not pay off the debt and legally, we were on a sticky wicket too as the bank was not lending anymore money.

            He’s asking £400m because we’re in the EPL, in the EPL, because we’re ran pretty well, we make about £40-£50m. If that continues, £400m is very cheap indeed.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Mmm the total amount he accepts is the same, he owns the shares and debt, in actual fact it helps a buyer.

      • MadMag83

        The very fact that so many articles on this website, and rants by fans on social media etc, are about NUFC finances tells you all you need to know about the way Ashley has run this club. More interested in the figures than the team!

        • Billmag

          Correct

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Spurs are not a big club either never win much at all compared to Arsenal and had thirty six thousand empty seats at the last home game will be less on Wednesday as our fans in their end not Jezza or Leazes though.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Exactly, sadly I can’t go either so we’ll have a beer next season!!

      Spurs had a good youth policy through the 90’s & 00’s, they bought well and sold well.

      • Geordiegiants

        What a load of shyte you talk Bobbi, Spurs had nothing then, Harry Redknapp had to come in and pull them out of the shyte. They were ran appallingly, like Newcastle is now.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Got back seven this morning on the bus we had a few chances hope to buy you a pint next season either home or away.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Good stuff, would it be nice to meet Jezza?

  • Fireman Sam

    Newcastle are a massive club. But, are the only club in the world that is being used to subsidise a FTSE 100 company.

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    ‘Big club’ used to could be defined by game attendance as this was the biggest part of club revenues and the game was predominately a domestic venture. TV money and inflated transfer costs have leveled the playing field where the difference in the annual amount of game day revenues between a NUFC and a Huddersfield won’t buy even one more player for the larger club’s starting XI. The ‘big’ clubs are the ones with the extra revenues of various non-League competitions and the larger worldwide fan bases buying their quantities of licensed merchandise.

    As Rafa has stated, NUFC has potential. As MP states, we currently are not that club.

  • nufcslf

    And this would be because of which stupid fat c** t. Rsehole, rot in hell Cashley………

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Jeez, the quality of debate here.

      • Geordiegiants

        He is right though isn’t he Bobbi?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          It’s meaningless noise.

          • Geordiegiants

            If that’s case so is all of this site.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Now that is very true of a lot of this site.

  • Scott wood

    Can someone remind me when Spurs last won something

    • FatParosite

      Definitely since we won something…

      • MadMag83

        Everyone has won something since then.

  • thewildchimp

    Yeah, well, WBA are even smaller, so… NUFC is and will always be a big club (unless we somehow do the “Mackem”) – we just don’t have enough good players at the moment. But that’s something money can get you. What it can’t get you is class, Pochettino proving it yet again.

  • michael warburton

    Who gives a toss what he thinks.