Deadline day approaches. Jim White prepares his best yellow tie, screaming “This just in!” at himself in the mirror repeatedly.

But another deadline looms that I’d argue is more important. The deadline to renew your Newcastle United season ticket (if you’re not on a ten-year deal).

You could be forgiven for not knowing when this deadline is. The club’s muted launch of renewals on social media and the website didn’t exactly put vital information like renewal deadlines and price rises at the front and centre. A hastily written email followed the next day to explain things a bit better, It revealed the deadline for renewals is Wednesday 27th June, with a public sale starting a week later “subject to availability.”

At the start of May I wrote an article – “I sign when Rafa Benitez signs.”

I argued that history had taught us we were in for a summer of links, speculation, war chests, but no real action.

And here we are.

A week from the deadline for renewals. We’ve secured Dubravka on a permanent deal – but at £4m surely we couldn’t argue that was overpriced. Other than that, what has happened (or hasn’t happened)?

Rafa hasn’t seen fit to trust Ashley and sign a contract. We’ve been interested, made enquiries, tentatively linked with a host of players. Not one has led to a bid, let alone an agreement.

There are people better qualified than me to explain the finances behind all of this (@bigchrisholt of this parish being the best in my opinion), but whatever the reason, the facts are we have the best manager we’ve had since Robson. He doesn’t trust Mike Ashley and neither should you.

If we take a brief look at history again, we can see how cosy we’ve made it for Ashley. The odd protest march, we paid our money for Spurs then some of us walked out, and I like many others have renewed year on year. Enticed by the hope of better things.  Many did all of this wearing shirts bought from the NUFC shop that is Ashley’s biggest customer.

A quick glance north of the border shows what we should be doing. When Ashley tried to expand his Sport Direct Cartel to Rangers he was met with a “hostile environment.” The kind our government is so keen on. They made his life incredibly uncomfortable through vocal protest, and a well coordinated UNITED effort. Ashley realised there was only one winner and sold up.

Ask yourself this. Do you want Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle United? Then, contrary to what some say, you can make a difference. You can make Ashley’s life uncomfortable so he can’t demand £400m for the club and must be forced to accept a more reasonable offer. At the moment, Mike Ashley has no motivation to sell Newcastle United.

To get rid of Ashley it requires a strategic political campaign, channelled through those with an audience. NUFC 360, nufc.com, The Mag, True Faith, NUST, Wor Flags, to name a few. People want rid of Ashley but many don’t want the hard work, they don’t want to miss a day on the lash at the match with their mates.

It only ends one way. Rafa won’t walk. But he won’t sign, and neither should you.

I stand by #isignwhenrafasigns. But lets go one step further and work together to create a hostile environment and make Mike Ashley’s life as uncomfortable as possible. If we don’t do it now, it will be too late.

I was recently described by an NUFC fan as “some scrote on Twitter.” You can hurl similar abuse at me @alanofthenorth

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  • Stephen

    I haven’t had a season ticket for years.
    You CAN pick and choose.
    A day in the Toon and the match is legendary, a drug the stuff we were brought up on.
    But if enough stay away something has to change.

  • Virsino

    I like how you did that word play on ‘king of the north’!

  • SuperDesHamilton

    It’s been 4 years since I last went to st James & I’ve no intention of going back soon. I’ll never knock people who want to go though.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Good as the last four years had some great times.

      • TheNutJob

        so you enjoyed watching Newcastle being relegated, you`re a very strange person indeed.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          He’s just upset I had a different opinion to him. Strange bloke, saying that he’s gotta try make up for him not being from Newcastle

        • jack

          He’s an idiot mate

          • Kneebotherm8

            Total…

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The Spurs five one win when they were trying to pip Arsenal
          for second place was indeed a great day and Spurs took a good hiding. Such was the atmosphere Rafa stayed. No thanks to certain fans on this site.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Was that the game we were already relegated……great times

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂

          • SuperDesHamilton

            This is where we are now with the absolute muppets who blindly follow Ashley. Happy we won 5-1 despite being relegated

          • Kneebotherm8

            Aye they’re sad individuals without a doubt…

          • Kneebotherm8

            The bloke that got us relegated?……..according to you……

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Not me wrong person.

          • Chuck D

            Beyond belief, I seriously hope for your sake you are a troll!

        • Kneebotherm8

          Fckn warped I would say…

        • Geordiegiants

          Howare nut, I’m surprised at you feeding that shithouse.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I have seen us win lose & draw all over the country though. Must hurt being from monkseaton and not from Newcastle proper.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          I have lived in a stones throw from the ground but now reside in Monkseaton a hotbed of supporters who actually go to games.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A can just imagine every Saturday morning you riding about monkseaton sounding the supporters horn as a call of arms. Look at me I go to games I’m an Uber supporter, do anything to my club mike I’ll still turn up.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Can imagine you in Eldon square carrying the shopping.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Well it wouldn’t be in sports direct unlike you. Look at me mike I’m a proper fan I’ve just 80 pairs of Lonsdale socks from your shop

        • FatParosite

          He’s not from Monkseaton…. He’s a mank doing Bishops bidding… Save time and patience… Block it…

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That’ll explain a lot then

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Everyone on here hates Newcastle you are against the club
            and never go to games very sad people.

      • Mirandinha9

        Yes great last four years. 6th successive defeat by 5under1and and a relegation. Great times indeed, certainly for you.

    • Geordiegiants

      They are the problem, the thing that keeps him here. He has even stuck it up them with price rises and still they will continue, but that will give him the green light to do more.
      Watch this space.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        It’s a shame we can’t all do the same a thought a relegation would make people see but nope, fatty playing on support

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So we finish tenth and you want to start protests. First of all Rafa and the players do not want that and any carry on and Rafa might walk let a lone sign a contract.
    Fans have protested at matches for years against Ashley the Hull game being the main one and what did that do relegation as we got beat. A point would have done. The club is worth £350m upwards easy and yet no one wants to buy us. By not renewing your season ticket it just means less money for players. On a different note the season ticket renewals were announced as soon as the new ticket system was up and running. I have six season tickets all renewed. Happy days.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Rafa not signing a new contract tells you all you need to know about Newcastle`s stinking regime,
      Unless you`re as thick as Pig`s schitt that is

      • Kneebotherm8

        He is….

      • jack

        Yeah he really is that thick , if brains were taxed he’d never get a rebate

    • jack

      Well it just shows how much of a brainwashed blind idiot that you are . There’s no money for transfers anyway , but that’s nothing new , so what’s renewing of season tickets gonna do , not a lot .but you’ll just keep spouting your blind love for Ashley regime , your really are prize idiot

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        We spent £47m last season then more on loans and agent fees so hardly no money.

        • jack

          That’s bull , the net spend was roughly about 12 million ,

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I only talk gross and according to most reports the final figure was £60m. Not interested in net as the players sold were never going to play for us again. The last two sets of accounts show that nothing left in the bank every penny spent on players so get behind the club.

          • jack

            People are not interested in gross , it gives a false impression that the club have actually pushed the boat out , your pretty deluded , if you pick your wages up you look at the net first everytime .Ashley doesn’t like spending money , having a net spend each season of under five million ., great ambition that isn’t it

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            We spend every penny we have the accounts tell you that. You cannot ask for anymore than that.

          • KRS1

            Is it difficult to see what you are typing with Ashleys c*ck in your mouth – loser!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Sado support the club you never go to games.

          • magpiefifer

            You really spout some garbage to try and justify your argument – ‘not interested in net as the players sold were never going to play for us again’ – in financial terms both gross and net are totally relevant!!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            If we get money for players surplus to requirements that is great but what is important is the gross spend and the quality of players bought as net by and large is meaningless apart from adding to the bank balance. A player sold does not add value to the squad.

          • Danimal

            Does if it’s reinvested like it would be at any other PL club. Can’t believe it’s necessary to explain that but there we go.

          • Fireman Sam

            Sell up mike

          • grantham mag

            You only talk gross, is that a spelling mistake DROSS is the word you should of used.

          • Geordieguy

            There’s lies, damned lies and accounts

        • Fireman Sam

          No we didn’t.

          Players in:
          Murphy £10m
          Llejune £9m
          Manquillo £4m
          Merino £5m
          Atsu £7m
          Hoselu £5m

          Total is £40m

          Players out:
          Thauvin £10m
          Hanley £3.5m
          Murphy £3.5m
          De Jong £3m

          Spent £20m not including money from sissoko, wijnaldum, Townsend, janmaat

          Where do you get your figures from? The Ronnie Gill?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Murphy £12m, Merion £10m including loan fee paid at start of season and loans for the three players in January take the spend to near £60m. Not bothered what we got in as them players were surplus to requirements anyway.

          • FatParosite

            Why do you bother with the Bishop bot..??. just block it…

    • Fireman Sam

      The 10th place finish is attributable to the quality of Rafa and the hard work of the players. And also a little luck.

      Unfortunately the efforts on the pitch are being restricted by the club owner using the club to subsidise his business.

      Should people be satisfied with this?

    • Billmag

      And what did he do when we finished the highest in his tenure at the club (5th ) precisely nothing and we nearly got relegated the next season.

    • phildene

      Mad fool! What a load of bollox! Or wind up merchant….
      Good article

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Rubbish article the bloke is a traitor.

        • Chuck D

          Nope that’s you

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Anyone not going to games should never be allowed back in. That is my view.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Bad article we do not need supporters like him hope he never comes back in his life as he is not welcome.

        • Danimal

          Can’t work out if you’re Donald Trump or Chemical Ali. It’s like a combination of the two, with the increasingly irrational views and childish expression.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Loads of people on here should be banned for life as they hate Newcastle just bad people who hate our club. If I hate my way would ship these people down South as they do not deserve to live in this great City.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          You don’t live in This great city though. Off you pop to bishops office Monkseaton Mackem

  • Peaky

    I see Stephen Taylor is still plying his trade playing for Columbia under another name….Carlos Sanchez…what on earth was that ???

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂
      Japan nipped in to take the lead

    • Leazes.

      Loads of Colombians there…. must be the annual coffee growers outing.

      • Peaky

        Just checked today’s fixtures,Ryder will have us linked with someone from Japan,Columbia,Poland,Senegal,Russia & Egypt before the night is out.

        • Danimal

          ‘The Eastern Bloc outfit’, ‘wide of the mark’ etc, the usual BS Bingo lifted straight from his Alan Oliver phrase book.

  • kingfisher

    Excellent post Alan!

  • Leazes.

    Yes absolutely but we haven’t even got the local press onside after eleven years, I can only presume that Ryder and the Rest prefer trips to Hull and Ireland rather than European campaigns. They believed the debt story for years and the Staveley nonsense and that is what United fans were fed as excuses for the asset strip and lack of investment and team involvement…. the Rafa contract story is the latest excuse for this regime to harm the club…. and it goes on and on!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      No other Rag would employ a clown like Ryder so that’s why the Burke won’t rock the boat In regards to Ashley, he must kiss his picture of fatty every night before he goes to bed

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I know Lee Ryder and he actually went to games before becoming a journalist so knows his stuff.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Liverpool games

        • SuperDesHamilton

          The Geordie dancer goes to games, does that make him a football encyclopaedia?

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Tiddley winks

      • Fireman Sam

        The chronicle is terrible. They love quoting a net spend of £40m from last year. It wasn’t even £15m

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Honestly I’m sure Ryder got his degree in a Frosties box

        • Geordiegiants

          It was £11.5 wasn’t it?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            €24.9m not including Merino..nobody likes facts on this forum.

    • Fireman Sam

      Exactly, it will be blamed on World Cup and shortened window “couldn’t get any over the line” and this magic loss from 2 years ago that never happened. If Rafa speaks up, the anti Rafa PR is already typed up and ready to send to sky sports and the mirror.

      But what happens in 12 months time? How do they make an extra £60m dissapear into thin air?

      Anything other than a £50m net spend (which will never happen) should leave serious money in the bank. And if it’s not there, where’s it gone? MASH has a few quid in the bank, where did that come from? Oh look, there’s a squirrel….

      • Duh

        but hang on, perhaps I am missing something…

        the club has wages costs of 110m and other operating costs of 70m

        even with 100m from the PL, 30m say from season ticket6s, <10m from shirt sponsors and other revenue, it does not seem to me there is much money disappearing anywhere

        much of the player sales are in the balance sheet (as money owed) which is money Mike is not spending for sure.

        so, not sure there is really much money being asset stripped?

        • FatParosite

          Gullibles Travails….

        • Atilla McNamee

          Those numbers are spin. £70m operating costs only comes from a calculation extrapolating costs years in advance and allocating them all to last year to make it seem as if our financial position was a lot worse than it actually is to give Ashley’s regime cover for not supporting Rafa. These are the sort of people running our club. Except it’s not our club anymore, it’s Ashley’s . Let him get on with it

          • Duh

            Well those accounts are audited so there is only so much they can do. You are not allowed to take income nor expenses that relate to the future when it comes to accounting, that is a basic principle.

          • The Newt

            Ah yes, there are no dodgy auditors out there, willing to bend the rules for a quick payday…oh wait, what did KPMG do with Carillion again?

          • Geordieguy

            Yes these billionaires are always straight as a die . None of them dodge taxes or cook the books . And Mr putin isn’t the butcher of grozny and Mr abramovich isn’t a Russian mafia gangster. He got all his money from helping old ladies across the street

          • Duh

            Don’t know how you stretch from mundane UK companies act accounting laws to what Russian oligarchs get up to – a strange and false equivalent if you ask me.
            You can do a bit of bending but to outright cook the books is pretty unlikely, there is just not the incentive to do so.
            There is no one to defraud apart from potentially the fans but since the fans have little say, why would Mikey care about cooking the books?
            Trust me, hm customs and excise (as we have seen) will investigate shenanigans.

          • Geordieguy

            My point is you don’t get to be a billionaire by being a boy scout . This club has been fed on gruel for years and we’re still being told we haven’t got a pot to p1ss in . Where’s the money gone ? We’re being outspent by Huddersfield ffs .

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There is a £20m provsion for wages but not included to “our financial position was a lot worse than it actually is to give Ashley’s regime cover for not supporting Rafa.”.

            Most likely, this provision as included to provide tax losses and to ensure future figures look good for prospective new buyers. It also provides far more scope under FFP which is useful for the current regime and future owners.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        My goidness, have you been to the Diane Abbott school of economics?

    • Toonrobbybobson

      They just arent that bright really.

    • Mxpx

      Too scarred of being banned although here’s the kicker their articles would be far more successful if they did get on the owners back

  • magpiefifer

    Have to agree Alan.This is my 9th anniversary of not renewing my season ticket,and while I hate not being at SJP I am sticking to my vow of not giving Ashley a penny of my hard-earned cash!
    Until Ashley leaves/is driven out, our club will continue it’s present existence.

    • Geordiegiants

      I’m in my 40s and had a season ticket from the age of around 15/16 and I never missed very many matches from being around 6/7.
      The only home game I have been to since Keegan was lied to is the 1-3 against the paedo lovers.
      I will never ever give him a penny of my hard earned money, I think/hope I know every single shop/brand he has shares in or is connected to and don’t use any of them, even paying more to others if I have to.
      It was really really hard at first.

      • magpiefifer

        Couldn’t agree more – I hate seeing the number of SD bags being carried around our town!

        • Geordiegiants

          He owns and has shares in a lot more than people think, and it’s really really tricky dodging his shops, especially as the wife thinks I’m barmy.
          Debenhams, Tesco, and house of Fraser are 3 bid ones that everyone may use regularly without knowing, I don’t want to do a Clarke and list them all but do your research as you will be surprised at some of them.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        So you go to the big derby games, how about a cup final?

        • Geordiegiants

          Cup final? Which cup final?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I forgot, it’s not 2019 yet ;-)

    • porciestreet

      Takes balls my friend. Well done on your stand.

      • magpiefifer

        Thanks Porcie – it’s not a pleasure,but I’ll not give in to that odious owner.

  • Fireman Sam

    The only hostile environment our government creates is towards its own people. And that is not one party, that’s the whole lot of them. Mike Ashley is fleecing us, if he hasn’t sold up by this time next year it will be glaringly obvious from the next lot of accounts.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You do post some utter rubbish.

      • Geordiegiants

        🤣😂🤣😂🤣 is that some sort of reverse mental game your trying to play?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I used to think Jezza was stupid but this kid is something else

          • Geordiegiants

            I meant about posting rubbish, have you seen some of the 💩 you write.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            sacrilege, everything I post is backed up by fact. I’m biong serious.

          • Geordiegiants

            Biong are you?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It’s the new way of being :-)

          • TheFatController

            No it’s not you put out some totally incorrect quotes on commercials revenue last week.

            Everyone knows to make Ashley’s finances look good, you have to lie.

            £120m debt, best asset Rafa about to leave and thus upset second best asset the fans, and no buyer in site.

            I’m glad I’m not Ashley having to put that lot all right. No chance he’ll get one of them right.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            which figure was incorrect? If you go to the real figures published in the accounts rather than some blog, you get the facts.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Said the same many a time. To affect the status quo you must do something different. It must be organised and professional over a sustained period of time like any medicine.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      How about 150,000 put £2,500 in and buy the club. Putting money where the proverbial mouth is.

      • porciestreet

        If it was a serious consideration, then I don’t think there would be any shortage of takers , however, the club is not up for sale and probably never has been. The whole Cashley roadshow is nothing more than a massive publicity vehicle and EVERYTHING is geared.towards boosting the image of Sports Defect.
        Don’t forget, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Ashley thrives on it .

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Try him, NUST have had 9 years of hot air.

          Ashley does not get a penny from the club until he sells up.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Already said I would in the past. I love my region. Part of the fabric is the football club and the mining village history. The rest of the country just dont get how it works here and part of Ashleys problem.

        Id happily stick £5k in to be rid of Ashley if a serious proposal was put together. But Ashley is allowed to sit pretty at present because we have not done enough because of the apathy.

        Im actually quite disappointed how many of my fellow Geordies are happy to just accept what Ashley is doing and has done to the club. I want to make sure the club is in a good position for future generations. NUFC is a big part of our area and without it doing relatively well it will massively impact the outlook of the region as yet more money goes into London or even Manchester.

        I have no doubt this club is at a cross roads because one more relegation we wont come back from. You have clubs from Championship/newly promoted. now investing and the sums of money make the gap huge to catch up. Im not talking about NUFC challenging for the top but that we exist in the Prem.

        Ashley is not a fit and proper owner because he has no interest on the club for footballing reasons. It serves a purpose to him.

        Until its made painful for him ongoing financially he wont hear. He only speaks money.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          He speaks money which is why the only way is to put our money where our mouth is.

          THe NUST seems unwilling to do so. A pal of mine, who has some money and experience of takeovers had put a bit of work into this but concluded that there would not be enough interest. History tells us that NUFC fans will not be prepared to do it.

          Like you, I’d put £5k into a properly funded and business case. The problem being is that my definition of a proper business plan would not be a million miles away from the Ashley model. The advantage being is if we sing ‘sack the board’ we are sacking ourselves.

          You mention the investment in this window but at the weekend, we were the 5th highest net spenders in this summer window (that may have now changed) but the point is it’s early days.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          THe issue is, if “Ashley is not a fit and proper owner because he has no interest on the club for footballing reasons. It serves a purpose to him…… He only speaks money.”

          He ONLY makes money out of this club if he sells.

  • porciestreet

    A damned good article and every word a truth. Trouble is, how many have the ball5 to do something about it.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Alan Park I will tell you the truth please stay away we do not need glory hunters like you. You are not a proper supporter and a disgrace to the club. Our friends down the road have twenty thousand supporters you have bought season tickets and as much is my hatred for them I have respect. For you I have none please never come back you are not welcome ever.

    • grantham mag

      Prickk, MONGSEATON……..

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        No support your club through thick and thin be it Crewe, Rochdale or Sunderland. That bloke is a disgrace and should be banned for life.

        • Geordieguy

          No you don’t. Who stays in a bad marriage or a job when they’re employer is treating you badly ? Moronic sheep like you . That’s all . Anyone with pride in themself tells them to shove it

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Tenth top hardly a bad marriage when Sunderland are in Division one and Boro in the Championship but still some of their fans go the bloke who wrote this article is a disgrace as there would be no football fans going to matches except the top six clubs. Hope he never goes again.

          • Geordieguy

            I agree with your last point. I hope he never goes again until Mr creosote is gone. And I never will either

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The fun thing is all these stay-aways will want to come back if we have a bit if success and they will moan like a beach because their seat on the half way line in the east Stand has been sold to a real fan.

          • Viru leckworth

            Don’t forget two relegations to add to the equation.

          • Reggae86

            Interesting point you make. For me, personally, the club’s more like family and as such, it’s an unconditional thing. If they err, you can say so, even rollock them, but you still cheer them on to do it right next time. It boils down to the team I love on the turf for ninety mins and Ashley has nothing to do with that. He’s only made non – game time unbearable, He wouldn’t stop me grabbing my seat and a cuppa char and losing my voice and hair. The players grafted their clockweights off last season, and what does it say to them when seats start to empty? How often did Rafa implore the fans to get behind the club and how much was that worth when they did? The Toon army were always a part of this club; the bit he couldn’t buy or rule. I totally understand the sheer ire and frustration, it’s been a joke and a long haul. A rough decade, but a drop in the ocean. We’re gonna be reet one day lads and lasses.

          • Geordieguy

            You make some good points and you sound like a true fan. However I
            would argue that ashleys bloated valuation of the club is at least partly based on the guaranteed 50 thousand attendances at every game and however many shirts are sold every year. If we don’t do what ashley expects he may have to get real on the asking price. Maybe short term pain is worth it in the long run

          • Reggae86

            Agreed, the fan base is a bargaining tool for him. Like I say, I fully understand why some want an active boycott. Personally haven’t physically been able to attend home or away for four years now so I’ve jumped aboard unintentionally, although given a new spine, I’d jump at a ticket in any comp. right now. Nowadays, I’m letting the actions of the owner and the resulting media circus go overhead and fretting only over results come matchday.

    • Alan

      Hi Monkseaton, my names Alan Park. You’ve chosen to hide behind a Metro station so I don’t know your name. I’ll try and be polite and not band around words like hatred, disrespect and disgrace.

      I went to my first game with my Dad in 1990. Milk Cup second leg vs Boro. We won but went out on aggregate. I loved it, and have done ever since. I don’t think you can call anyone who has followed Newcastle since 1990 “a glory supporter”, unless you count the Intertoto Cup. The point is I love the club and it’s for that reason i’m unwilling to part with what little money I have to fund Ashley’s disfunctional sporting goods store disguised as a football club any more. He doesn’t care about history, or the future, success, Europe. He cares about selling shirts. I’d rather HMRC convicted us of tax fraud and we were relegated 3 divisions than have him own our football club another day. I envy Sunderland because they’ve got their clean break and in 5 years could be in a better position than us if Ashley still at the club.

      You do what you want, that’s your choice. But don’t pretend for a second your support is helping the Newcastle United I fell in love with in 1990. It’s not and if you’re not willing to do anything about it then good luck when Rafa leaves, Ashley stays and the same old cycle starts again.

      Ask yourself why are you supporting Ashley’s NUFC when there is no hope of ever achieving anything. We have one the greatest managers in world football and he’s wasted. I think by taking action now we can keep him and get rid of Ashley. If that makes me a disgrace, so be it.

      • Geordieguy

        Totally agree . I’d rather be where Sunderland are now without ashley than be in the premier league with him . As long as he’s got fifty thousand sheep going back every year then nothing can or will ever change

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        You certainly can, 2 years of Ossie’s bairns and the KK’s wonderland. That’s no apprenticeship

        • Damon Horner

          What if he was born around ’87 like me? Should we have waited for the Keegan years to finish to support the club to avoid the tag?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Or continue supporting the team in harder times.

          • Damon Horner

            If Alan is considering giving up his season ticket from this summer then he has supported in harder times? Granted the doubts are in now.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            If his seats are going back into the general pool, if they are in a good spot, someone will take them.

      • KRS1

        Alan, just so you know Monkseaton muppet is a troll who regulars on the mag either block, or hurl verbal abuse at (my preference) He is a tool!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        You have never seen the bad times when we were in the second division for six years and were one game away from going in the third division. Crowds went down to seven thousand and everyone jumped ship. Did it do any good no it only made things worse. What you fail to understand is no one wants to buy us not one person and no bids have been made this Summer not one. Mike Ashley has lent the club £144m interest free which saves the club round £7m a year so is entitled to some advertising. Every penny we have is spent on players.
        With regard to you envying Sunderland the club is virtually bankrupt and they have no money and they will soon be in trouble. You indeed like many of the supporters who came a long during the Keegan years a supporter who demands to be in the top six so not a real fan. As for your point about hiding behind a Metro station again totally wrong as used to use my real name but got banned from the site.

    • Sumit Sengupta

      With all due respect to every point-of- view, the writer actually stayed with the club/team in bad times and leaving when the club is at the 10th position because he sees no hopes of progress. What is wrong with that and why the disrespect?

      It seems like you care for the club so why not post an article that would convince people like Alan to change their minds? I agree it would be very hard to defend the owner but a reasonable and logical debate is better than insults and disrepect.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        You should see what I get called on here far worse than I ever respond. All I said is do not want glory hunters in the ground.
        See KRSI comment below.

  • TheFatController

    £120m debt
    Best asset Rafa soon to leave
    Best asset fans locked in by season tickets or addiction to ‘loyalty’ buzz
    No buyer in sight
    19 aggressively competitive PL clubs to finish above next season (Wolves and Fulham going for it)
    Wheels likely to come off due to underspend and broken promises / realisation ‘every penny’ Is a very subjective term

    What’s not to like about Ashley ?

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      When the bank account is empty yes it’s every penny spent.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Alan, are you a Rafa fan or an NUFC fan?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Just to let you know that we finished tenth last season yes tenth. In the last forty seasons we have finished tenth or higher only twelve times three of which have been under Mike Ashley. So he is hardly the disaster people make out. The problem was the Keegan years distorted expectations and the Keegan brats as I call them expect success every year. Well the history of Newcastle tells us it does not work like that. If everyone took your attitude there would be not one person at most of the grounds in the country.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      We attracted a lot of glory seekers in the Keegan years, they didn’t do their homework.

    • Paul Ferguson

      It’s not about where we finished and it’s not about having ridiculous expectations, it’s about having a ground that is filled every game and one of the biggest in the country and persistently insulting the fans by creaming their money out of the club and giving them nothing in return…

      Why will he not invest in players to improve? Because he doesn’t want to improve the club, he just wants to keep it steady, like a Bolton or a Wimbledon… we all know what happens long term when all you want to do is stand still whilst everyone around you wants to move forward… that is the issue… we all see the potential as does Rafa, but we see it being wilfully held back in the interest of only one person, not 52,000

  • Paul Ferguson

    The only truck I have with this is that whilst Rafa’s contract is still live and he remains there is hope. Surely even Ashley isn’t stupid enough to think on the day after Rafa’s contract ends that he can keep things going as they are with some other mug running things… when Rafa goes I go… I think Rafa deserves our backing regardless of Ashley’s antics… and yes, it may be playing into his hands for 1 more season, but if it results in a sale knowing Rafa will walk and the club value will plummet then it may just be worth he gamble against fatty…

    After this season when Rafa leaves I take my support out too and see how his bill board looks with an empty stadium…

    #RafaGoesWeGo