Hard headed financial reality or smoke and mirrors at Newcastle United?

That’s the question we’ve been wrestling with, ever since the release of the club’s annual statement of accounts.

This was followed up by the MD doing a big press interview with a number of journalists, to set his stall out.

The message was crystal clear. The club took a massive hit from relegation and it’s going to be a slow rebuild. It was, of course, a relegation that Mr Ashley created.

And now the scene has been well and truly set for the summer ahead.

Mike Ashley has parked his tanks on Rafa’s lawn. Info wars round one.

He’s basically sent a message to the Spaniard – don’t expect too much.

The lack of ambition is a firm undercurrent.

Under no circumstances are fans allowed to get too excited because the men at the top have to set expectations based around Ashley’s miserly approach.

We’re still no clearer on the issue of autonomy.

Can Benitez have his say on who comes in this time around, or will they move the goal posts again?

Does he know what the budget is?

Just what were the sticking points over his new deal and can that be ironed out?

It’s very hard to trust a word that comes out from the Ashley camp. That problem will never go away for as long as he owns the football club.

This is the problem Charnley has when he does come out and speak to the media. We can all see right through Mike Ashley and after years of implosions we’re not going to suddenly get along.

The coming weeks and months are going to be huge. A second season in the Premier League after promotion can often be harder. They will have to invest and it will need to done well, with transfers tied up swiftly, without any sagas that drag on for weeks on end.

It all has the classic Newcastle United on the edge of a cliff feeling about it.

Yet another summer of Mr Ashley’s ownership to look forward to. I can hardly wait.

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  • Billmag

    We need a striker that is an absolute necessity, we need back up for certain position’s because we were pretty lucky on the injury front last season. As far as fatty is concerned he can put as much spin as he likes on the finance situation but nobody believe’s anything that comes out of the club anymore.

  • Alex

    He might have his tanks lined up but Ashley simply doesn’t realise the tank traps ahead if he fails to get this right.

    • FatParosite

      Yeah…?? What will happen? Rafa goes..? So what. Ashley will still have 50,000 idiots turning up. Those so called fans will grumble under their breath for 2 weeks but turn up they will, and keep the disease alive.

      • Alex

        A fair point – that’ll be the equivalent of the “Army cannon fodder”, I guess.

        Nevertheless, the bottom drops out of his club valuation if he gets it wrong.

      • porciestreet

        The sad thing about that scenario is that the hoards of followers are now no longer supporting Newcastle United , but blindly paying homage to Sports Defect.
        It’s such a shame that they can’t see the wood for the trees.

    • porciestreet

      A couple of A 10 Warthogs would sort him out…..!

  • Paul Patterson

    Ashley and Charnley are both court proven liars. Nobody in their right mind would trust them to finally wake up and see the light . .

    • Leazes.

      True

  • porciestreet

    It sickens me that too many people still call this spiv Mr.
    You must earn respect and I’m afraid I have none for this lieing scrooge of a waste of someone else’s fresh air.

    • Leazes.

      The moose calls him Big Mike!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Used to, until i got a Bollocking off someone,
        i prefer Fat Scumbag now

        • Leazes.

          fitting title.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Big Mikes quite funny, in an ironic way.

        I do prefer it a little more on the nose and just call him fatty fatty toad boy though.

  • TheFatController

    He has ‘cried wolf’ too many time now on finances and how we ‘can’t compete’ and he ‘isn’t a country’ with related financial clout.

    It’s all become a little bit immature, but I suppose it was the ‘boy’ that cried wolf and not a man.

    Sadly transfer windows are the worst time for us, although good for The Mag page impressions !

    Expect Rafa to stay, not sign a contract, and £30m net spend on players that take 6 weeks from agreeing to join the club to being pictured in a new shirt … and us not to sell any star players so “doesn’t that just show the club’s ambition” (as Wolves spend £30m on a striker and do it in a day)

    • mactoon

      Reports coming out that no transfer activity will be done until Rafa has signed up. If that’s true I wouldn’t bank on £30 million net spend.

      • TheFatController

        That’s Ashley playing the only card he can now play against Rafa and his legal team.

        Toys out of the pram. Either sack Rafa now or back him, but Ashley shouldn’t say ‘you must sign or it’s no good for the club’ as we all know that it’s not Rafa harming the club by not agreeing a deal, he’s protecting the club from it’s unambitious owner.

  • Leazes.

    Allo, Allo, It looks very like Ashley and Charnley are fighting against Benitez, what with the strategy meeting in London with Barnes and Bishop and statements via Craig in Sky (He remains anonymous).

    Much was said of the gamble to finance the club to regain Premiership status again (Yes Ryder is expected to spin) but little was said of the gamble that Ashley plays with the club constantly…. Russian Roulette…. holding back finance to see how little the club can survive on, like a concentration camp auditor drawing the last breath of work from the starving prisoners.

    Ashley has parked his tanks on Northumberland Street they should be the target for ze resistance.

    • Guest 2

      Still can’t figure out what the ‘gamble’ was supposed to consist of? Fatty gave all of £15 million.

    • Paul Patterson

      Good moaning Leazes . .

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    How did Mike Ashley get us relegated it was Steve McClaren and the seventy million pounds of players who got us relegated one of them was playing in a Champions league final . Yes seventy million spent on players who did not try except for Townsend. Then he backed the club again to get us back up.

    • East Durham Mag

      Fatty owns the club so the buck stops with him.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      First relegation – Undermined Keegan and was subsequently proven a liar in court then appointed an over the hill rambling drunk with serious health issues as manager before a desperate last throw of the dice with a novice manager. All Ashley’s decisions ergo his fault.

      Second relegation – Appointed Steve McClaren and amazingly actually backed him in the transfer market (of all the people to give money to!), despite the fact not one single right minded fan rated him. Waited far too long to replace him sleep walking into danger even though anyone with half a brain could see we were sinking (no I didn’t need the benefit of hindsight). Again Ashley’s decision (Charnley is merely a publicly muted vessel to carry out Ashley’s instructions) ergo his fault.

      Open your eyes Monk.

    • TheFatController

      I think you’re confusing accountability here.

      Unless McClaren had something on Ashley, you might find the buck stops with Ashley on how McClaren ended up relegating us…

  • jack

    The figures from championship are completely distorted on purpose so as not to spend .People say support the team not the regime , but by supporting the team YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE REGIME .There is only one way to get him to leave , hit him in the pocket

    • thewildchimp

      He’d just spend less to balance things out. But what we’ll do is show the footballing world what a knut he is, if we are willing to sacrifice one of the things we like the most – which is going to the games. Sadly, some think that they support the team when they are doing the exact opposite. Destroying the only real power we fans have. That’s selfishness. He’d be pushed to spend money to save his name or sell fairly to get out of the mess. Instead, we end up with more of the same…

  • Albert Stubbins

    NUFC. Lowering expectations for eleven years and counting!!

  • Lord

    The Mag Summer 18 looks like this:

    – article stating the obvious: mike Ashley’s tight / not selling / the devil; Rafa is / isn’t staying; spurious transfer story
    – monkseaton / Bobbi says something supporting mike Ashley
    – everyone else gets cross with them
    – Paul Patterson says something sensible
    – leazes asks betvictor to pay their taxes / decries the chronicle / points out the club is being run into the ground
    – peaky laughs 😂😂😂
    – thefatcontroller writes what everyone thinks
    – jezza says there won’t be signings this summer, just loans
    – the mag republishes the article’s comments as a new article

    Repeat until the season starts.

    • Paul Patterson

      Sounds sensible to me.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      You forgot Ghostrider writes a novel of drivel that could have been easily summarised in a sentence!

      Clarko quotes stats from transfrmarket then calls someone a dummy.

      Moose and Nutjob order another Cerveza.

      Wor Lass says something sensible before nipping out for a baguette.

      We stop debating the football (if we ever did as we’re more likely to all be mistaken for trainee accountants discussing finance) and start talking about trolls.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Or 3

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Oh and we all start skimming through the articles to get to the comments section faster. Some of us even read the comments first and don’t even get to the article! 😂

      • thewildchimp

        In 99% of cases, I just check the articles to see what will be the general topic in the comment section.

    • Peaky

      😂😂😂

    • TheFatController

      I think you’re missing the article about the dates when that lot play Burton home and away next season …?

    • Lakeland Mag

      Almost spot on…..but you forgot Ghostrider having a go at Rafa, repeatedly (whilst supporting Ashley).

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s ok,Pedro will come round and re-turf it.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s went quiet, hasn`t it

      • Peaky

        Swept under the same carpet as the takeover with a great big massive brush…

        • Dillon Tovak

          Roll up fatty in that carpet and lob it off a bridge please.

      • Rich Lawson

        Very,I think at some point in the close season when there is a better news story to cover it up they will quietly announce his retirement,”great servant to the club etc”,no further action and all complainants taken care of with a non-disclosure ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Every window i have the lowest expectations on signings & Fatso hasn`t disappointed me yet.
    all those who think he`ll spend to enhance the team are living in cloud cuckoo land

  • Should really change the picture of Ashley, how many times can you re-use one photo :D
    We can start worrying after 1st of July, till then we should at least be signing Dubravka next week when most International transfer windows open to the UK.

  • Dingus

    None of this is relevant because people keep paying up and going to games. No matter what deal people stupidly signed up for regarding ticket prices, they should grow a pair, take the hit, and do what’s right for the club as a whole. Stop going to games. Mugs.

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Dingus 👍👍👍👏👏👏

  • nufcslf

    Stupid thick fat c**t ans even bigger stupid c**ts that show up to allow this to continue. Stay the f**k away and wake the the piece of sh*t up. Simple.

    • Ram Kishore

      😂😂

    • kingfisher

      👍👍👍👏👏👏

  • kingfisher

    The fans that turn up regardless can’t 👀👀👀 Ashley’s a 🤡🤡🤡 and is a waste of (an exceedingly large) pair of underpants.Support the team and you support the regime 😭😭😭👎👎👎