It is just over two months since Newcastle United beat Arsenal.

That completed a sequence of five wins and a draw from seven games, with only the defeat at Anfield really messing with the stats.

Actually, the drawn game was the one at Bournemouth when Newcastle were two up with only 10 or so minutes to go, so that run of form could have looked even better.

The five wins included victories over both Man Utd and Arsenal, as well as away at Leicester.

A massive bonus as well, was that Newcastle were actually playing some really good football, the wins over Leicester and Man Utd were achieved by pressing the opposition, whilst against Arsenal the second half also saw Newcastle getting to grips with a better quality team and looking the better side.

The talk amongst fans at that point was a case of adding two and two and two and two and two…and getting a perfect 10.

However….

Firstly, the current form and results suggested better times ahead, with even a possible eighth place finish.

Secondly, surely as well as Dubravka’s already agreed £4m permanent fee, Rafa would be backed to also add Kenedy, who had so energised the team.

Thirdly, with only a year to go on his deal and having achieved promotion as champions & 10th in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez must be so appreciated by Mike Ashley, that even this owner would be desperate to please him and get the manager signed up on an extension.

Fourthly, as well as Dubravka and Kenedy, this summer there would be another three or four first team signings added.

Fifthly, with Rafa’s penchant for getting players in early, Ashley would give him  the backing and freedom to get quickly on with the job in hand.

I still can’t believe that here we are almost 10 weeks after that win over Arsenal and we are in this position.

I defy anybody to claim that back in mid-April they could have predicted just how badly we all feel now.

It is like somebody is on purpose crushing all of our hopes and getting great enjoyment in doing so.

I wonder who that could be…

I love Newcastle United but as they say, there is often a very small divide between love and hate, and at this point I truly hate Newcastle United.

I have never seen us win a trophy and whilst I would love to see it, it doesn’t really annoy me that much.

However, when there is a situation that comes along where Newcastle United have a chance to really push on, and we don’t, it really does my head in.

We had such a brilliant opportunity after partly fluking that fifth place finish in 2011/12. Only Vurnon Anita was bought in summer 2012…and Newcastle ended up fighting relegation throughout the season, only making it safe when winning the final away game at QPR.

Then to a lesser extent in 2013/14, despite not a single player bought in summer 2013, the team were buzzing for much of the first half of that season. Imagine if Mike Ashley had persuaded Loic Remy to sign a permanent deal that January and gone after one or two other better quality players, it could have persuaded Cabaye to stay and then…instead Cabaye was sold, nobody bought, the season collapsed.

Now in summer 2018, Mike Ashley had Rafa Benitez knock on his door and volunteer his services in March 2016 and he is set to waste yet another golden chance.

Snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

If we’d signed a couple of decent players by now I couldn’t have cared a less about the season ticket rises, even though they are totally uncalled for, but to do that as well, surely Mike Ashley is just laughing in our faces.

I don’t pretend to have the answers on what to do about a problem like Ashley but my spirits are so low at the minute, I won’t be renewing my season ticket and will wait and see. Any encouragement and I will get it but if necessary I will even just wait and decide whether to go to matches week by week.

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  • TheNutJob

    It`ll never sink in with some fans that until the Fat Gringo leaves Newcastle Utd
    are going nowhere, Fatty`s acolytes purport to have a degree of intelligence
    but they are as thick as 🐖 💩

  • Paul Patterson

    The club is in perfect condition to push on, but will be restricted and held back by one man . .

  • NUFCLX

    “I defy anybody to claim that back in mid-April they could have predicted just how badly we all feel now”
    I think everybody would have predicted it, Fatman hates us and will never change no matter how much we hope and pray.

    • TheNutJob

      anyone with any common sense could see this coming a mile off

      • the tea lady

        speaking of common sense, I wonder where Jezza is?

        • Geordiegiants

          And Clarko 😬

          • Mrkgw

            Clarko I did see more recently on here.

        • Mrkgw

          Haven’t seen him for weeks. Strange – hope that he is ok and re-emerges.

          • porciestreet

            Maybe got the hump at being blocked…lol.

          • Wezza147

            Probably on holiday or taking a break because what he said is exactly what is happening now now.

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Nutty

  • Toontone100

    No… you don’t hate Newcastle United … you hate Mike Ashley

    • NUFCLX

      U hit the nail on the head.

      • FatParosite

        I hate all those who support him…. Namely the 50,000 morons who keep him in place.

        • NUFCLX

          It is the advertising and TV money that keeps him in place not us morons who go to games. I kept going thru the sack the board era and the protests in the ground done more good than not attending matches. We do not get the protests now but I have a feeling when Rafa leaves, either now or at the end of his contract the pony will hit the fan.

          • Geordiegiants

            The sheep will sit as usual on their hands and do exactly the same as they have done for 11 years………………,,
            Fuckall

          • Mark Potter

            Sheep don’t have hands.

          • nufcslf

            So very very true

          • porciestreet

            I so sincerely hope not.

          • porciestreet

            Why oh why does the problem have to be so exacerbated as to lose the best thing the club has had In donkeys before anyone decides

          • FatParosite

            Bullseye…

          • porciestreet

            Think what Rafa would be considering if he was to witness such mass sup port, not for the club, but for Rafa Benitez Esq.
            He would never even consider leaving.

          • Rich Lawson

            I don’t think he cares,he would just sit in his ivory tower and see who blinked first,gate revenue is small beans while he still has the tv cash ?

          • Rich Lawson

            Boycotts and large well mannered but vocal protests outside Sports Direct shops are what’s needed,would make the national media,papers and BBC/ITV,couldn’t be edited or swept under the carpet by match showers ?

          • FatParosite

            Unfortunately you still believe the lie you have no power. An empty stadium has Scudamore on the phone to Ashley quicker than Milana Trump to the Botox clinic. Wise up moron. Use your power.

          • porciestreet

            100% yes.

          • Rich Lawson

            Sky (bstds) would just edit it or keep the camera’s firmly on the pitch.

          • NUFCLX

            Under which successful owner did u used to attend matches ?
            I have been going since the 60’s and as far as I remember it was the fans protesting inside the ground and outside the ground that got us coverage on local/national TV that eventually led to McKeag etc selling up, not so called fans sitting at home moaning. It took a lot of years of suffering but the fans eventually rebelled.

        • nufcslf

          The biggest problem of all by a long shot kick de bucket. Wish Cashley would kiick the bucket and soon.

          • porciestreet

            Been saying that for so long and everyone said…Oh, you cant say things like that….! You should crush a Cockroach. It needs killing.

          • Rich Lawson

            And yet the’re the only life form predicted to survive/flourish after a planetary nuclear war,depressing !!

        • kingfisher

          Could’nt agree more Fat 👏👏👏

  • Megatron1505

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory should be the name of Mike Ashley’s biography.

  • East Durham Mag

    Just waiting for a troll to come on and kiss Fatties @rse now and tell us he saved us.

    • FatParosite

      Just block the Bishop Zero Hours Bees

    • Soldier

      there`s plenty of them around

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Yes 90 % of the people on here hate Newcastle United .

        • Lakeland Mag

          No, they hate Ashley and the way he has downgraded our club since he’s been owner.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Your pray’s have been answered.

  • Mrkgw

    To be fair most of is despise this odious, noxious regime. They are sapping life out of the club. In fact, there isn’t much left now. The excitment, optimism and feeling part of it has really diminished under Ashleys disasterous ownership. We all want him gone. 100%. He has had chance after chance to redeem himself and time and time again, has blown the many opportunities. He will never ‘get it’. Ever. And so, yet again it’s ASHLEY OUT from me.

    • porciestreet

      Thing is mate, he’s not looking to redeem anything other than his Sports Defect shares. We are exactly what he bought us for…an advertising medium for his crappy goods.

      • Mrkgw

        Guess you’re right there. So unfortunate that his attention honed on our club. And to think that John Hall believed that he would be the right man to sell the club to. I’m grateful to the Halls for the amazingly good memories we had during the Keegan and Robson eras but, he really did sell us a dud with Ashley.

        • porciestreet

          Yes, an awful lot lot of good came from the Halls but I firmly believe that Sir John knew exactly what was coming when it was his time to get rid of the problem ( NUFC ). He’d made his portion .
          Perhaps he didn’t know exactly what fatty had in mind, but it was a quick sale and damned the consequences.
          Only my interpretation.

          • Mrkgw

            Quite right. Sir John Hall Stand? Hmmm.

    • kingfisher

      Well said Mrkgw,and yet still they will turn up like sheep to the slaughter in their thousands to support Ashley.No wonder he is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Firstly the season ticket price rise is only the ten per cent reduction we got for going in the Championship which was extended for yet another year. The prices now are little different to eleven years ago under Hall and Shepherd so do not give me that one. We will sign players but need to get the right ones and quality not quantity like in the past. Only need four more players to make a good team so bide your time.
    We finished tenth Boro in the Championship, Sunderland on the way to the Conference and who hate our club. Take it you are a good supporter.

    • GlasgowMag

      At least he’s a supporter lol your still a funny guy 😂😂😂

      • Wezza147

        He isn’t a Newcastle fan, others exposed him as one of the trolls who are brothers based in Manchester. See how they get people annoyed? They thrive on that!

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          More of a fan than anyone on this site I can guarantee you that.

    • Steven05

      How do you know we will sign players? And the success of our club should never be based around the demise of sunderland and Boro

      • Mrkgw

        Reckon he is Mike Ashley!

        • porciestreet

          Or one of his flunky’ s.

        • Peter C

          If not related, on the payroll

    • jack

      Idiot

    • wheyayeman

      You are such a bell*nd

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      So we need nearly half a team of outfield players, all quality.
      where we going to get those from ?
      you`re as a mad as a Hatter.

    • Callum

      GONK

    • Peter C

      Sorry to quote you again, but several weeks ago you stated that the club would get 6 new signings, your assumption / feeling.

      See Quote of 31st May

      “For next season I predict seventh based on the six signing I think we will get.”

      Are the 2 extra, squad or first team signings, And I see that you’re paraphrasing part of my reply,

      My words

      “And what counts anyway, is quality, not quantity.”

      Little bit of a contradiction, any comment !

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        First of all my first post said we will get six new signings. We have one so that leaves five. My second post says we need four quality signings ones which are ready to go into the first team. We can finish seventh if as Rafa says we stick together but most people on here are against us.

        • Peter C

          So is the 5th, is just a spare / squad player, and how much do you think 4 quality first team players will cost. Because the way it’s going, I can’t see one quality player signing for the club.

          It’s not that everyone is against anyone on here, I believe most fans are extremely despondent, because they can’t see any progress on the transfer front, or Benitez’s contract.

          And they don’t believe Mike Ashley will put his metaphorical hand in his pocket,to buy anyone descent.

          Would be grateful if you could enlighten me, as to the 4 quality players, you think we will buy.

          And as far as sticking together, Benitez was the one who got the fans back onside, and put the united back into United, so to speak.

          You would have thought, Mike Ashley would’ve moved heaven and earth to keep him as long as humanly possible at the club, which doesn’t seem to be the case, or they would’ve come to some sort of agreement, and Benitez would’ve signed his extension to his contract.

  • Leazes.

    I knew that back in mid-April just how badly we all feel now! None of you writer(s) understand Ashley or the nature of football or the politics of United….or football.

    Its going to be pretty much the same as its been for the last decade

    The club still has 22 places to fill and the end of the month isn’t far away, prepare to be inundated with swoops and bargains and loans not exceeding £45m for the lot!

    Job done…Ryder in paradise!

  • Ram Kishore

    Without Kennedy we are still short of one player who made that strong team that defeated Arsenal ..
    We are weaker than last season..
    I think.Jezza is right on this one.. we don’t have any budget

  • nufcslf

    Fat Cash and Sports Direct United simply don’t give a f**k and neither do I. All too predictable for words.

  • Contisertoli

    You had to know that Lucy (FatAsh) was not gonna let Charlie Brown (Rafa) kick that ball.

  • Wor Lass

    ” ….. after partly fluking that fifth place finish in 2011/12.” You can`t just let Pardew have the credit for an amazing achievement – Fergie said in an interview that he voted for him for manager of the season and he knows a thing or two! Pathetic.

    • MP01

      Personally, id rather give Chris Hughton all the credit!!

      • porciestreet

        Yep.

    • Dillon Tovak

      But it was fluked from an Ashley point of view, sacking Hughton for a chancer like Pardew (history has shown he is not a brilliant manager) and it’s not like Ashley pumped trillions into the team.
      But fair play to Pardew, I was a big fan by the end of that year, only lasted anouther 4/5 months though. 🙄

      • Wor Lass

        I think that sums it up nicely.

    • Steve Smith

      But it was a fluke.

      Chelsea were distracted by the Champions League. Liverpool severely underperformed.

      We had two prolific strikers and an in form Ben Arfa winning games on their own.

      I find it doubtful that Pardew’s team talk before the last Chelsea game was “Volley it into the top corner from the touch line, Cissè.”

      • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

        Wherever you finish after 38 games you deserve to be there, credit to pardew and the players. we played some great attacking football that season. Pardew done a ok job overall in his time here certain fans have an agenda against him to this day. Just let it all go that chapter is done now. Let’s see if rafa gets us to fifth after 38 games eh.

        • Tino11

          Why am I not surprised a person who loves a racist scumbag also likes Pardew!

          • Wor Lass

            I detest Tommy Robinson and I don`t like Pardew – he definitely has an unplesant side – but I`ve never associated him with racism. He just thinks he`s superior to EVERYBODY.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Do you actually want to talk about football or do you just want to be an absolute [email protected] Some real sad cases on this mag!

        • Wor Lass

          For once, I absolutely agree with you!

        • porciestreet

          I reckon that with some help from the terrible twins , Rafa could have and will get us there.

      • porciestreet

        There were so many games that season where we perhaps should have conceded a penalty, or lost or drew where results could so easily have been reversed.
        Titles are won and lost on such things .

        • Wor Lass

          But surely the FA, the refs and anyone else we usually blame were out to get us then just as much as now. And don`t you think that sums up any season – did Leicester fluke it?

          • porciestreet

            So many of today’s ” super qualified reffs” are totally unfit for purpose and no, I don’t think Leicester fluked it. They caught so many sides cold with their pace .

    • Leazes.

      Moyes?

      • Wor Lass

        Now that one does bring his judgement into question – maybe it was just a Jock mafia thing!

    • porciestreet

      Doesn’t make him right however good he was. Simply his opinion..

      • Wor Lass

        True – and as Leazes points out, he did recommend Moyes as his successor! I didn`t like Pardew and I would have sacked him for his abuse of Peligrini but I just feel that he should get credit for success as well as criticism for failure.

  • kingfisher

    Excellent post Matthew.However when you say “I defy anybody to claim that back in mid-April they could have predicted just how badly we all feel now.” I would suggest that a lot of fans would have said back in April that we would be exactly where we are now because with Ashley in charge,we will never operate like a
    “normal” football club.
    You say you hate Newcastle United,but do you know what I hate more? myself for continually kidding myself that things will change and Ashley will act like a responsible owner.
    Despite knowing what Ashley is like and knowing he won’t back Rafa, there is still a tiny bit of hope that I cling on to and try to convince myself things will change,only for Ashley to shaft us again. Having supported nufc for over 50 years,I come to the conclusion many moons ago that they are only good at one thing : promising so much and delivering so little.The proposed takeover being a prime example.The final piece of the jigsaw,new owners and a bright Ashley free future,build us up to knock us down,need I say more ?

  • ghostrider

    So we need to push on from 10th yet most fans were happy to see us finish 17th and push on from there?
    Was 10th a fluke?
    Could we have done better than 10th?
    Could we have been relegated?
    Should we have finished lower but for the timely intervention of Kenedy and Dubravka hitting the ground running?

    Lot’s of things to think about and yet none of them matter because what matters is what happens at any given point in time until the end of that time, as in, season’s end.
    We did finish 10th, so what’s the theoretical next step?

    For me it’s to buy in quality at fair prices and fair wages and create a better entertaining outfit that can possibly match 10th or thereabouts.
    That would be progress for me.

    I certainly do not want to be finishing 9th or 8th or 7th playing another season of dire football, in the main.
    I’d rather finish 10th again or even 12th but by playing watchable and enjoyable football, because that’s what we all pay money for. We pay to get entertained whilst we dream and hope for something at the end of it…but if not, at least we were entertained.

    I’m not buying into any Newcastle fan…or fan of any club that would genuinely sacrifice their matchday enjoyment for the sake of nicking a trophy. Because, although that trophy comes with so called bragging rights, it also comes at a massive cost to the season well being of the fan.

    Basically it’s like living like a pauper all year for the excitement of going away for a week in the sun. You sacrifice your enjoyment for 1 weeks worth of excitement and then do it all again.

    Not for me.
    I want progress but that progress has to be balanced, not a large famine and a quick feast.

  • Reggae86

    What a headline for The Mag, ay? Have a word with yourself.