Most Newcastle fans believe Mike Ashley is poison for Newcastle United.

A small handful actually buy the line that he is doing his best in very difficult circumstances, battling against nation states, having been duped into buying the club that had supposedly unknown hidden debts (which were all plain as day in the annual accounts and which he then paid and loaded onto the club as a debt to him, pretending they weren’t part of the asking price to buy the club).

There are then some people kind of in the middle, or to the side, of those two positions, who are willing to think that Mike Ashley just blunders along making accidental mistakes in the running of NUFC, which have then led to two relegations, a couple of near misses, and general disastrous running of Newcastle United.

The clear truth is though, Mike Ashley does nothing by accident when it comes to NUFC, everything is calculated to putting him personally in the best position and usually the club suffering because of it.

It is 12 days ago since the season finished, a superb win over Chelsea rounding off a very good season, where both Rafa Benitez and his players achieved points and league position that was above the squad’s intrinsic talents. The league position a slightly freakish one, as 44 points was the lowest any club had had in the Premier League era to finish top half.

Rather than attending in person and thanking Rafa Benitez, or putting in a personal call, instead Mike Ashley put out a statement minutes after the final whistle. It did the basics of congratulating everybody but the main message was plain to see. Ashley promising to back Rafa with ‘every penny’, the same statement that had led to the manager repeatedly saying promises had been broken when it came to transfers in summer 2017 and January 2018. The use of the words was no accident, it was calculated to put Rafa Benitez back in his place, saying nothing had changed and he was the one in charge doing it his way.

Five days after that last match, we had another Mike Ashley statement of sorts.

The headline figures of the Championship (2016/17) season put out by the club, seemingly designed to try and make that promotion season look the worst possible in financial terms.

It was always going to be a step back but the club pushed out a figure of £90m ‘lost’ that season, which then when the full account went public, financial experts have shown that £90m figure mainly due to ‘accountancy tools’, with the ‘real’ loss in terms of money being actually under £20m. The message as always, that we should be grateful to Mike Ashley, rather than him being the reason for relegating NUFC twice in seven PL seasons.

Now we have the latest calculated PR stunt, a handful of journalists invited to meet Lee Charnley.

Whilst he (on Ashley’s behalf of course) did do the basics of praising Rafa Benitez and the team, it was once again bigging up Mike Ashley time.

‘It would have been a catastrophe, a bloodbath (if Newcastle had not got promoted at the first attempt)…A one season gamble….It would have taken years to get out of the Championship…A decision to “put all the chips on the table”.’

It is very difficult not to see these three separate statements over a period of 11 days, as anything other than a coordinated PR campaign, by Mike Ashley and his minions, to try and massively build up the owners’s credibility.

All of this of course going one, at the same time as there is the big stand-off with Rafa Benitez refusing to sign a contract extension until he is satisfied there is ambition at the club and full support for him as manager.

To think that it is coincidence, for example, that Lee Charnley suddenly does his first interview in years with journalists.

I really fear for Rafa Benitez, that little attempt is being made to keep him at the club, that instead Mike Ashley has set out on this PR campaign of preparing the ground for the Spaniard’s departure.

Naturally I hope I’m wrong. I just hope that Rafa will plough on and that this PR campaign simply proves to have been a message to fans to be grateful to Mike Ashley, rather than getting in the work well in advance to prepare for the media fallout that would follow if Rafa Benitez walked away.

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  • Leicester Mag

    Welcome to the football club George Orwell might have imagined. A club where the truth /lies off the pitch completely mask the situation on the pitch. A club where progress is stagnation, a club that chooses not to compete, one where fans are brainwashed that average is the norm and that they should be grateful they are not Sunderland or Leeds. Time for people’s eyes to open.

    • Arty Hume

      In reality its like the e.u ( FCB ) sucking all the GDP ( NUFC ) out of the U.K.

      • Leazes.

        Our region is a net recipient of funding, the EU works on Regional geographic basis…. we are a poor region and we won’t be better off we’ll be worse off…. don’t bank on Westminster getting this self inflicted wound cauterized, even May was so shocked into promising Nissan protection but in a region still suffering depopulation with resulting School and Hospital closures from the Tory Harrying of the North in the 80s…. it doesn’t bode well.

        Westminster calls Manchester the North and that’s where funding and infrastructure and surplus media Hub’s is going!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Very true but even if every NUFC fan in the world gets real, there is nothing anyone can do about it, as he knows. We have no bargaining tools. The days of gate receipts being the motivator are gone thanks to Sky.

      • FatParosite

        You’re falling for the often installed maxim that the fans do not have a say. Arsenal fans rid themselves of a failing manager with a year still on his contract in using the only thing at their disposal correctly.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          I think there is a big difference between getting rid of an owner and getting shot of a manager. Unfortunately, only failure and demise or loss of cash will see an owner go. Our only hope is to sell the club as a national institution for a big profit, the fans are doing that quite well and Rafa knows that.

    • Leazes.

      … and Charnley pats himself on the back in that interview for the ‘risks’ he took in trying to get the club back up…. unbelievable bare faced lying and stone-walling!

      He relegated the club!

      • Guest 2

        Appointed Carver, then McClaren. Dodged a relegation by the skin of his shiny heed, then managed to go one better – after Schteeve was provided the keys to the safe.

      • panther

        Twice, and could have easily been more times

    • Leazes.

      And then you have the Chronicle boys on top of that spin….. my god, they back up the lies…. they are gutless and spineless!

      • JonMag

        they may as well work for Ashley, there isn`t a reputable journalist amongst the lot of them

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    One of Ryder`s idiots is reporting that Penfold has stated Rafa will be backed this summer so why has he not signed a new contract, it`s because he doesn`t trust those Rats at Nufc & he could very well leave before the season starts if the right club comes in for him.
    Rafa still hasn`t confirmed that he`s staying has he, we only have the report in the chronicle to think that he will & that`s not worth a scoot of P

  • Arty Hume

    Indeed, and a well layed out informative sequence of events with a logical conclusion. Unfortunately this has been happening for years and eventually more and more are seeing the lies and deception. Sadly IMHO Rafa will see out his contract and then leave. We will then get another puppet and face or suffer relegation the season after next. A leopard never changes its spots, TFCB has to go.

  • Lord

    I think Rafa will stay for this season but not sign a new contract.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Would you put money on it ?

      • Leazes.

        I’d be surprised if he signed… very….. the promises from the club amount to nothing and the Ashley boys at the Chronicle are bin dipping for players! Nothing has changed since the arrival of Benitez….

        …despite the denials from Ashley and Charnley it is a Championship squad as Shearer said with Lascelles and Shelvey. Pardew had a better squad and never had to serve up a two line defence to protect a beleaguered keeper.

        The two bits of PR have gone out of their way to emphasises it isn’t a Championship squad but without Benitez and a bus it will be. It really isn’t a good squad and only escaped because we were injury free last season.

        The fans have taken 11 years of downsizing, Rafa doesn’t need this!

        • JonMag

          and with the help of Dubravka & Kenedy, one gone & the other hedging his bets, if Rafa does leave we can expect a return to the championship

          • Leazes.

            Yes he had to get loans because there was nobody in the squad who could step up to the mark!

          • JonMag

            i have a feeling that it will once again be loans & players not under contract that we`ll sign with the odd player signed for a fee as a token gesture

          • Leazes.

            He said so himself…a loan will be the only way to get a player of Kenedy stature.

        • panther

          If I was Rafa, id be on a rolling contract, as soon as the first lie comes in, quit, and tell everyone who will listen what that fat oaf is doing to this club, I take it a ND clause will end with this contract?

      • Lord

        Depends on what odds you give me :-)

  • Lostprofit DBC

    A good article, no arguments from me about the theory. Personally, I see two sides of the man, firstly he is a businessman who lives for money. The other side is that he has gradually got to detest the fanbase and loves winding us up. He is also a big gambler. Add all these things together and he just about wants to be in the Premiership and needs Rafa at the helm. Minimal input for maximum financial reward, that’s Cashley for you!

  • Paul Patterson

    If Rafa leaves, this whole thing folds like a pack of cards.

    • Bradley Sparkes

      Exactly the reason the club need to back Rafa this summer, regardless of the accounts. Speculate to accumulate, pay off the debt with the extra income from our elevated status as a PL team. Otherwise we go full circle again and risk further losses.

    • Wezza147

      Agree. If the unthinkable happens we could get relegated again since fatty isn’t spending any of the clubs money, just transferring it straight into MASH Holdings.

  • Baffled

    You just had to look at the worry on Charley’s face on the last day of the season , nufc 3-0 up against Chelsea the crowd singing to Rafa asking him not to leave , and charnley squirming and fidgeting looking terrified , what was he thinking what was he told by mash as to his prime objective this summer was he to sack Rafa Benitez , I ask you to look at the footage and draw your own conclusions (IN RAFA WE TRUST) long live the rafalution

    • Leazes.

      Don’t know what Charnley was thinking but there hasn’t been a promise of anything as far as I can see.

    • FatParosite

      Charnley has no power what so ever. He’s there to front the shop and to shut up. He does not have the intelligence to be frightened.

  • Chris Armin

    Total PR! Total Ashley! I’d be very surprised if Ashley hasn’t said to his gargoyle’s try and get Rafa to see the last year of his contract out then when we’re positively mid table let him leave . Then he will have had two seasons in the PL with limited funds and the best team he could get with peanuts. Rafa will be too big for his boots in Ashley’s opinion and I can imagine him chuckling at the thought of improved training facilities and Academy. The beginning of next season will be the point of no return and excuses will already be lined up. “He wanted what we haven’t got “ or “ We offered him the best possible competitive contract we could” and then once the heat dies down turn to an Allardyce or some other hard faced bottom feeder who loves his wages more than his team. Then Ashley can continue his mission of getting us to finish 17th every season. In the PL Ashley will never go. Only a Sunderland situation would see him go and I fear that’s what’s in store. The man wouldn’t sell now when he’d never get a bid as big again. It needs total destruction for him to sell his broken toy.

    • FatParosite

      Benitez will be snapped up before that.

    • Baffled

      Unfortunately I think your right but you dismiss one possible scenario, what if mash is carted off in a wooden box

    • Wezza147

      You’re right on the pre-planned excuses by the regime, I’ve touched upon that recently. They will use those excuses you stated to take the heat away from them and back onto Rafa. Although their plan is flawed because everybody here can see through their lies. Except the unwashed trolls.

  • FatParosite

    I think the article is missing the biggest piece of the jigsaw. Rafa is playing a blinding PR battle that is always 1 step ahead of the clumsy spin Bishop is putting out. I was utterly amazed at Benitez’s naivety falling for the “every penny” rubbish last season. However Rafa is in the driving seat for this contest. Knowing that not just repeating lies will win the PR war. Everyone is well aware of the between the lines Sky sources reports and Knave of Farts Charnley Ashley statement rehash are all rubbish. Benitez sits back says theres no problem with the owner, iterates the club have to evolve or die and sits back and waits for another Ashley foot-in-mouth rebuttal.

    • Leazes.

      You have to laugh at the ‘every penny’ bit when the account showed that monies were held with MASH the parent company and there wasn’t a single penny left in the Club account.

      • FatParosite

        I laughed because I get that Ashley is siphoning the money off & is using a transparent excuse for it. But I cry that the stupid fans don’t see it & have no idea of the power they have to stop it.

        • Leazes.

          Nah … the club does get it back when needed but there’s nowt there …. thus rendering his promise a bit cheeky and mischievous.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Sorry Leazes, that is a lie. Show the figures and reference them.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          No money is siphoned off, Leazes is lying.

      • Kiko

        Money was held. This is not an appropriate use of the (most unnecessary) plural for money. In the u.k money’s is sufficient.
        Monies was an americanism, albiet adopted by british financial workers
        And only really needs to be used in the context finacial contracts and written bonds.
        There is no situation where the simple term “money” would not be all that’s required.

        Please refrain from attempting to use such words in a vein attempt to look intellectual.

        Monies generally is used to describe several groups of large amounts of money.

        For example nat west has 7 billionaires all using there bank to hold money for a merger. Upon completion of the merger monies held within natwest will be distrubuted to the necessary benifactor.

        • Leazes.

          I’m blocking you.

          • Kiko

            Thats coz your a dumbass

    • Paul Patterson

      Wouldn’t it just be nice to get to a stage where the owner gives the manager a decent transfer budget with no smoke and mirrors and then the manager can get back to identifying players, signing them and then managing the team? He’s a top politician, but he shouldn’t have to be . .

      • Guest 2

        Never happened since the fat one arrived and is the reason why KK left and took them to Tribunal. This overweight Leopard is never going to change his spots.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Define decent?

        • KRS1

          £50 – £70 million would show ambition. If Mitrovic is sold and that money reinvested I see no reason why that isn’t reasonable. What would you like to see spent?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            If it were my money, I’d be authorising 2/3 of the surplus for the year (about £40m) for transfer fees and wages in this window allowing for requirements in the Winter.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Just to be clear, I think £40m including wages before any additional player sales.

        • Paul Patterson

          £50m plus transfer sales?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            £50m including wages?

          • Paul Patterson

            A flat £50m, no smoke, no mirrors, no hidden clauses. Then whatever is sold on top of that . .

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            But do you know this is available?£50m including wages I’d assume? What happens if things have not gone well and we need another player in January?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not saying you are wrong but how do you get to £50m as a figure?

      • panther

        We cant have that, thats how you run a football club

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If you read the accounts for the last two years it is plain to see that Rafa indeed has ad every penny to spend on players as there is nothing left in the bank. Indeed in the last set of accounts we are twelve million overdrawn. Add the deferred income of £23m on to this which is the season ticket money and sponsor deals for following seasons and the real overdraft for that year end is £35m. If Mike Ashley had not put an extra £15m loan we are talking about a stating position of £50m overdrawn.
    Yet the press and most people on here say he is not giving him the money. This is simply not true as there is none left.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Putting his money into his club is hardly an overdraft.

      • Guest 2

        And ‘his money’ is highly debateable. After relegation 1 he mortgaged SJP and all other assets!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Where do you get that from? The club’s assets have never been less encumbered

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        My point is if he had not put the £15m into the club and into the bank account the overdraft of £12m would have been £27m and without the season ticket money and sponsor money for the following season £50m.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The bank account was overdrawn at 30 jun 17 and there was a separate loan. If that loan had not been taken, the overdraft would have been £15m more.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          As with all posts on this subject I would say in a financial world maybe but this is football. It’s his club and he owes himself 145m. We all know that this is accountancy gone mad and is why nobody will pay what he wants, not that he really wants to sell it anyway.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            That’s not really the case, it’s a separate legal entity. He’s stated that he does not want to put any more money in to the coffers.

    • molend

      And whose fault is that?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        We have spent a lot of money on dead wood and that includes the last couple of years.

        • molend

          Who has?

        • robbersdog

          All managers/clubs buy players that don’t cut it. Even Sir Alex did it with the likes of Bebé, Eric Djemba-Djemba and many more.

          It comes with the territory, so it’s only to be expected at our club. However, the big picture is that in two seasons we’ve won the Championship and finished tenth in the Premier League – all of which suggests that Rafa’s transfer dealings have been rather successful.

        • TheFatController

          In the modern game you have to speculate to accumulate.

          For every Sels there is a Dubravka, for every manquillo there is a Lejeune.

          Given you watch so much football, I’m surprised you are not up with the modern game. One ‘find’ can make you tens of millions, but it’s not a precise science, you turn a few rocks to find something under one.

          As you well know, MM, a nod’s as good as a wink to a blind man…

    • JonMag

      I see your head`s still on back to front

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        For stating the correct facts in the accounts like being overdrawn at the bank. Least you have not blocked me yet like the hard core Newcastle haters on here.

        • KRS1

          People block you because you are a total f××king moron. The ones who don’t just laugh at you or abuse you! Keep on trolling.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The ones who block me have a very low I Q and do not even understand my comments. The others are entitled to have a different opinion but to me it’s them who are trolls not supporting the club. It’s great to have the likes of Fleckmen, Clarko and Ghost rider giving alternative views to. All the others just jump up and down hating Ashley on mass the only person ever to put money into the club. Cannot work out why all the hatred.

          • Mal

            To be fair you have to acknowledge that he’s made some pretty lousy decisions over the years. Just when things appear to be on the up he finds a way of upsetting everybody. His record in this respect suggests to me that he isn’t a man you can trust. Just my opinion.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            To be fair to him his record of appointing managers has been excellent but a lot of that is down to Charnley. McClaren was ex England who flopped and Rafa world class. It’s his appointments behind the scenes which have not helped him at all. With the exception of Chris Mort who was exceptional the rest have left a lot to be desired and are not up to scratch though I do think Charnley will come good in a few years when he get’s more experience as he is still young.

          • Peter C

            What about Joe Kinnear, and not lets forget, Fat Sam and John Carver ……….you say he has an excellent record of appointing Managers

          • Mal

            You beat me to it. I thought he’d missed the word ‘not’ before ‘been excellent’. It would have made more sense then.

          • panther

            I suspected they were all you with different log ins, you all just seem to be here on some kind of wind up mission, Ive picked up on that after a week

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I am just one person from Monkseaton with my own views
            who goes to every match home and away never miss.
            Why my views may seem strange is because I went in the late 1970’s early 1980’s when crowds went down to seven thousand so believe me through the bad times Southend New Years day away twelve O’clock kick off and lost four nil being a low.

          • TheFatController

            Because he lies.

            We all agree with Keegan when he said that, nothing has happened since to change our view

        • TheFatController

          To criticise the accounts reporting by the club for focusing on a £90m loss does not make anyone a newcastle hater.

          We are now well aware of who is good for this club, and who is bad. You’re changing no one’s mind with your bizarre ramblings, but good luck.

    • TheFatController

      Yes, you’ve made your point, Ashley has messed up our finances despite football’s boom period and now we have no money compared to rivals …

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Things will get better and have a good season this year we will have big money to spend. Look on the bright side fixtures out in twenty days at 9.00am cannot wait.

        • East Durham Mag

          The only way it can be better is when your hero sells up and [email protected] off.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Be nice if anyone would put a bid in. So far no other person than Ashley has put more than a million in the club. No one wants to buy us even for £300m.

          • TheFatController

            I think we’ve all seen through you now.

            You may have noticed I just use my replies to you to highlight to readers the reality against your pro-Ashley spin.

            No one will buy us because we’re not too far behind the top 6. I’m not replying to you, I’m telling readers to have no doubt that Ashley has been dreadful for us.

            If anyone wants to look up the Swiss accountant guy who has gone into detail on the accounts, he has a graph that shows our commercial revenue was level with Spurs 12 years ago and we are now £268m behind them…

    • robbersdog

      Maybe our balance sheet is weak because Sports Direct receive all of the commercial benefits that could’ve been sold to third parties for millions of pounds?

      The free promotion of Sports Direct via the marketing medium of NUFC has been worth tens of millions to Ashley, and is almost certainly the main reason why he’s in no hurry to sell the club.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Millions of pounds? Obviously the last accounts were for the championship, do you know how much the top clubs in the Championship earn in perimeter advertising?

        • robbersdog

          Ashley has owned NUFC for 11 years, of which only two have been spent in the Championship. However, putting aside the fact that Ashley has reaped the benefits of 9 years worth of Premier League advertising, last season’s Championship campaign generated significant publicity, and resulted in some of our games being shown on UK Tv, and ALL of our games being shown in various overseas territories where Sports Direct have interests.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So, how much did other clubs earn in perimeter advertising? Leeds are a big club and often on TV, you said “millions”, I’m seeing thousands.

            Even if the Championship does not fit your argument, look at similar sized clubs with similar exposure in the premier league. Everton had a total advertising income of £4m, Sports Direct take about 50% of the perimeter advertising so the club lose out on £2m a year. The reason for Sports Direct not paying is actually fairly complex but the argument goes that the free lending that is provided more than compensates for the loss of advertising income. To be realistic, the value of the interest free lending leaves the club millions of pounds better off.

          • robbersdog

            You seem fixated on perimeter advertising, even though there’s a hell of a lot more to it than that, eg, the Sports Direct logos behind Rafa when he conducts his pre and post match press conferences, and behind the players when they do past match interviews.

            If you ask football fans in this country and around the world to name one commercial brand associated with Newcastle United, the most common answer wouldn’t be our official sponsor, FUN88, it would be Sports Direct.

            It is an undeniable fact that Sports Direct has received tens of millions of pounds worth of international promotion via its association with NUFC. But then, as one of Ashley’s PR flunkeys, you already knew that.

          • TheFatController

            Why bot just make it all above board then? If the club are better off, why not just pay for the advertising and take the interest?

            You’ve got to be pretty dumb to make it all look dodgy if reality is it isn’t…

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Because SD are a listed company and Mike’s the majority shareholder. The City do not like majority shareholders throwing their weight about for personal financial gain. If Mike’s seen to be making Sports Direct pay his 100% owned business over-the-counter advertising rates, investor confidence would disappear in Sports Direct.

            WY giving Sports Direct a free pass but take the personal hit on the interest, he balances things off for all concerned.

          • Wezza147

            They’re just trolls, just block them.

          • Peter Graham

            As Leazes myself and Wezza have recently said just block these idiots as we’ve done. If everybody did the same they’d bog off to other sites to wind up their fans. Cut off they’re oxygen. And yes I’m for freedom of speech but these trolls are simply there to massage their egos not to meaningfully debate.

        • Rich Lawson

          Do you have those figures Bobbi ?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Looks to be less than a million.

  • JonMag

    it seems i`ve upset the lads at the chron as they`ve banned me, Ryder must have read my 2 posts. not to worry.

  • TheFatController

    Are we giving them too much credit when we all refer to PR spin?

    We all know it’s tosh, so none of us are being ‘spun’.

    Maybe calm it PR ‘won’t be fooled again’ ?

    • Leazes.

      Probably wrong top call it PR….its not aimed at the public its aimed at Journalists and at Rafa. They don’t give a darn what the punters think because they know that they can fill the stadium and simply hide from questions, Charnley and Ashley havn’t been seen for a year.

      Bishop’s job is PR though that’s what he does, political manipulation, he was at the common’s with Ashley to advise him on answers. Amanda Staveley’s husband is also in PR….

      ….it all seems surplus to requirement as they don’t give a fig.

      • Guest 2

        Nowt wrong with PR, for a normal company – but this is Ashley we are talking about. North Korea presently appears more hospitable than our little fat owner.

        • Leazes.

          Generally its there to counter bad publicity or advertising, or knock journalists into shape but he’s never had a bed press from the Chronicle, they tow the line willingly…. You have a Blackburn fan and a Liverpool fan writing about United as if we are Scunthorpe and they’ve set their ambitions for us at that level….

          …..today we had guest writer Mick Quinn saying United should be in for the 34 year old Torres!!! I mean come on would he be saying that if he was writing about Liverpool?

          • Rich Lawson

            No,but there quite well off for strikers,our lot are hopeless.That said,his looked for wages would be extortiant,he’ll finish up in China or USA ?

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The only thing that is a surety, It will all end badly !

  • Unio

    The 1.3 million spent at sports direct tells you a lot about mikes “desire” to sell up.

    He has non. This is only 1 (relatively) small way of dripping cash from nufc to him, the guy has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies.

    Including, i believe, puma and others assosiated with the club.

    It wouldnt at all suprise me if mike has a financial link to fun88 and the tyre company on the sleeve.

    His other companies which he has major shares in all have recieved an amount of business from nufc or firms related

    Hes a very, very good business man. No body can argue with that.

    We all sit here week in week out and question him.

    Rest assured the only thing on his mind is personal gain.

    It payed him to invest in the championship season, not to mention that the investment he made simply got added to the value of the club and any potential non internal investment this season will also end up on the debt? How can somebody who owns something add his investments on to the debt.

    Im going to put a new carpet down in my house but ill add it to the asking price when i sell and also i quite often cut the grass so ill tally up a bill for that amd add that to the market value when i sell up..

    The man is a greedy, greedy man.

    And his son is a racist sexual deviant

  • Mal

    On signing his new Spurs contract yesterday Pochettino said:

    ‘Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long term sustainable success. This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this club deserves’.

    If only Rafa could make a similar statement about Mike on signing a contract extension. We don’t expect £150 million but just a sign that they are talking and working together would be good. I’m not holding my breath.

    • Rich Lawson

      Daniel Levy is the most slippy of the lot in terms of football ownership and I wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw Ashley.

      • Mal

        I agree and I thought it was brilliant that we got him to pay £30 million for Sissoko. He does however seem to back Pochettino. Like Ashley though he doesn’t seem a very nice character. Perhaps that’s how they’re so rich.

        • Wezza147

          What is annoying me is that other clubs are already well under way in planning for next season, managers signing new contracts, transfer budgets sorted etc.
          Yet we, as usual, because we are ran on a shoestring, bare bones staff lag behind. We are not a football club that is ran anywhere near efficiently.

      • Mirandinha9

        You like the rest of us would only be able to throw Cashley a couple of centimetres. Not even just due to his physical size, but, of the weight of all the £50 notes which line his pockets.

  • robbersdog

    One (possibly two) of the posters on this forum is a professional PR shill for Mike Ashley. But if I’m wrong, then he’s just a Mike Ashley groupie – which is rather sad.

    • panther

      certainly seems that way

  • Rich Lawson

    Just cos he didn’t do due diligence when he bought the club,surely no one else will fall into that trap now ?