Our thanks to Chris Holt for his latest contribution.

Newcastle fans protest and look to the best way to help the club move forward, with the manager still at St James Park,

Chris has penned ‘A letter to Mike Ashley on why I go if Rafa goes’, enjoy.

To Mike Ashley:

I’d like to enquire about the branch of your shop at St James Park, Newcastle.

Primarily, when I started frequenting St James Park, it had been home to a football club, a famous club that competed in European competition eleven out of thirteen seasons prior to your buyout.  Only eight other English clubs have won more domestic trophies than Newcastle United. Newcastle are one of only thirteen English clubs that have won a European trophy.  But even when we haven’t been winning things or qualifying for Europe, wherever the club stood in the league it was almost always a club that looked to compete at the level it was playing.  A club that broke their own transfer record every three and a half years on average, in pursuit of the quality of players it needed to improve (if not necessarily win silverware).  A club that trained young local lads that would go on to play for England at the highest level.  Whenever these primary objectives were not keenly pursued by the owners at any time, change inevitably followed.

Since you took over in 2007 you have changed the reason the club had existed for over a hundred years prior, Newcastle United switched from being a football club that generally wanted the best players it could afford and provided them with the best facilities, to being the footballing wing of your store, plastered with your logo.

Games of football have since been hosted at St James Park, but only as an afterthought, the primary objective seems to have been to sell cheaply produced merchandise to devotees of the Newcastle United brand and a global audience of Premier league viewers.

To achieve YOUR primary goals related to your shop, Newcastle United no longer pursues the primary interest of supporters like me.  You have decided that those interests take second place to your own.

The falling standards that have resulted from this change of focus are exemplified by the fact that the club has been relegated twice in the eleven years you have owned it.  You could go back more than forty years prior to your arrival and only see Newcastle relegated twice.

It’s also shown by the fact you have not once broken the club transfer record, you have to go back thirteen years, to the previous owners,  to find a transfer where we outspent our own previous high.

It’s five years since you announced with great fanfare that the dated academy and training facilities were in need of an overhaul and would be getting one.  As Joe Kinnear stated at the time: “Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities”, yet there has not been any renovation even started since.

Where money has been available to progress the club you have often failed to invest it in the club, you preferred to repay yourself £11m of loans in 11/12 and have, as yet, refused to invest the revenues of two years in the Premier league since promotion in 2017.

There has been some sizeable re-investment of club generated funds on occasion.  After AshleyOut.com arranged a boycott of a home game against Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 there was a reaction from you the following summer, clearly the threat of wider boycotts became a real concern and a £75m net spend followed. However, whenever club revenue has been spent on players, your criteria has been detrimental, never seemingly a manager’s first choice, you only buy unproven players that you hope will accrue a quick growth in value, but that most often clog up the wage bill and cannot be shifted.

As a manager, Rafa Benitez has publicly stated what he thinks needs to happen to make this a football club again.  He does not seek the level of investment that Manchester City make, no matter if you choose to inaccurately portray his position as such.  He asks only for the limited investment in facilities and players that any other Premier League club outside of the top six spends.  So far in the Summer 2018 transfer window the thirteen clubs other than Newcastle that sit outside of the top six, have spent an average £28m on transfer fees. That was before Everton started spending.  The £4m Newcastle have spent is one seventh of this average and a dereliction of the needs of the team.

As a supporter of a football club, I cannot continue to spend my money at St James Park if it fails to act as a football club, if it has been co-opted as part of a retail empire.  I don’t support your shop, I support Newcastle United.

Rafa Benitez is a great manager with very few peers in world football.  I don’t think there are many that understand the needs of a football club any better and I place the utmost faith in him to judge whether or not the club’s primary interest is as a football club.  I will only continue to spend my money at St James Park if Rafa Benitez is satisfied that he is getting the support that my funding should be contributing towards and remains in his position as manager, as he has publicly pledged his desire to do.

I hope to see positive action towards improvements that will satisfy the manager and supporters being made soon.

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  • bob0411

    Great stuff! More of this please Mag….

    • jack

      They should send this letter to sky sports

      • Mike

        And the Chronnie Radio Newcastle etc etc

        • jack

          Yeah every media outlet should receive a full copy ., and they should all be asked to print it , but his record in the transfer window incommings and outgoings should be drafted out and sent to sky and all the rest, showing the 4-5m net spend per season since he took over , not the Ashley Pr machines distorted view sky issued yesterday .The bad publicity we can give him the better , and he definitely won’t like that , but it has to be a constant attack by all the supporters groups and media in the area , not half hearted , constant .what better Pr machine than 50000 supporters , which if the local population got behind would quadruple at least

  • Colin Jones

    Until people stop spending he won’t change. Stop buying Season Tickets the people who say support the team not the regime, Ashley only sees money. People buying shirts and using his tat shop, Ashley only sees money. If the ground were empty on one or two occasions something might change. Until then don’t cry when Ashley sees you giving him money for how he is acting as he won’t change as he doesn’t have to.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`ll never change as long as he`s at Newcastle

      • relaxed

        Sadly so true, spots—leopard—ect

    • panther

      spot on

    • Ba ba.

      Ffs man it’s our club. …tv money makes him tick not the fans

      • Geordiegiants

        How wrong are you? There is not 1 single business in this world that would survive without its customers. NOT ONE!

        • SuperDesHamilton

          It’s poibtless arguing with this happy clapper. Complains but does nothing about it then comes on here to complain about people complaining 😂

        • Ba ba.

          Satalite TV is the customer with a world audience of millions

    • Jate Legend

      Has boycotting the match worked in any other situations like this at other clubs over the years? I don’t know, just asking out of interest.

      • Geordiegiants

        Arsenal and West Ham to name just 2 last season.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafa`s requests go in the shredder so God know`s where letters end up.
    the more Fatso gets wound up the more spiteful he becomes

  • relaxed

    Spot on

  • FatParosite

    This action will take months to bare fruit. In the pursuit of creating a better working budget for Rafa the consequence is far enough away for Ashley to ignore it. Ashley has to see that this is more than a social media action group with no teeth. Empty seats for televised games is a MUST.

  • Alex

    Ashley knows that when Rafa goes, his NUFC value drops 50% immediately. That’s why he’s taking his loan repayments now (tv and performance money), then will be able to sell the club for a base value of max £200m. That’s probably a fair asset value at the time, and will allow new owners to put money in.

    Hopefully, there’s enough in the kitty to finance the rebuild at that time. And, enough time for Rafa to be re-employed.

    • Jate Legend

      Good shout. Increasingly starting to think this is Ashley’s strategy. The endgame

  • Peaky

    On his Wiki page they are saying Muto A K A The Geordie Ninja……!!! 🤣🤣

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      FFS, you couldn`t make it up. really you couldn`t

    • FatParosite

      Cue borderline racist stereotypes.

      • Peaky

        It’s unbelievable it really is……I think that page had been changed multiple times today if you check the timeline at the bottom….anyone must be able to go onto a wiki page and just put what they want without any checks etc…

        • Soldier

          they can

  • Billmag

    Good post Chris it echo’s the feelings of the majority of Newcastle supporters.

    • Dillon Tovak

      I’m failing to see the wonder of echoing our own feelings back to us?

  • Mike

    Excellent 100% well done

  • Steven05

    I really wish the ground was completely empty (home end) for a our first home match on Sky…

    • relaxed

      That would really hit the mark

  • Leazes.

    10/10

    • Wor Lass

      Chris`ll do a screen dump and frame that one!

  • Viru leckworth

    Excellent last paragraph, the rest wiould go over his head. But good on you for echoing 99% of true supporters.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Amen. Brilliant post. Couldnt have put it better.

  • GeordieZebra

    Phenomenal

  • Soldier

    pity it`ll never be read by Ashley

  • Soldier

    i have an uneasy feeling that Mutu is this years Joselu, hope i`m wrong

  • Jonas

    I hope some of the points here are brought up by the mp as that statement doesn’t include the litany of disgraces Ashley has perpetrated aside from not backing the manager.
    perhaps include it as a fans pov.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Great stuff Chris.

  • kingfisher

    The people who go to SJP don’t have to boycott every game, just the odd high profile televised match at first, then more regularly if things don’t change.
    But if they are not even prepared to do that and keep on going, then they will reap what they sow, and it would be no good complaining if Ashley is still here in ten years time, because it will be their fault.

    Why on earth would he give up and sell Newcastle United F.C when he is guaranteed a full house at every home game.
    It’s been said on numerous occasions that the only thing Ashley understands is money and if you take that away from him then he would lose interest.
    I honestly don’t understand how 50,000 people are comfortable with giving him millions of pounds every season when he treats them like something he has trod on!

    • Phildene

      We have been saying this for years, as chucked our seasons tickets in ages ago during our 10 deal, but still they turn out!

      • Ba ba.

        You packed in because we were rubbish … You probably got your tickets during the kk glory days.. .addmitt it you went went it was trendy…. Correct?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          He went when it wasn`t a load of [email protected]@king shyte clinging on against relegation year in year out & having to watch
          a World Class manager park the bus because the Scumbag that owns the club won`t buy whats needed

          • Ba ba.

            Parked the bus like 90% of the other teams in the league did but that was tactical genius.our goal difference was great last year . Ffs get a grip

          • Superdooperhooper

            So 18 teams parked the bus in the PL last season ? Our minus goal difference was great? Hope you’re being ironic

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Ba ba happy clapper, loves lining fattys pocket

    • Ba ba.

      “it will be there fault” . Ffs I’ve heard it all now. . I’m sorry for watching my team in the east stand for the last 31 years. .. I’m sorry I’ll continue going so it’s my fault my three cousins, my dad, uncle and ten mates. .. Sorry

      • panther

        you should be

        • Ba ba.

          Helmet

          • panther

            I’m not the one paying Ashley to stay

      • kingfisher

        Believe me Ba ba,I know what you are saying.I’ve supported Newcastle for over 50 years, but it got to a point when I could’nt, in all conscience, keep giving Ashley my hard earned knowing what he was doing to my club.
        By going every week you are saying that you support Mike Ashley and his regime.Surely if you want rid of Ashley,.it would’nt hurt if you missed the odd televised match to make a point?
        We have tried almost everything we can to rid our club of Ashley,but to no avail.
        The only course left open to those of us who want change is to boycott S.J.P. Having said that, I may be wrong in thinking that you want rid of Ashley.If you are happy with the way things are going then fine,but I know a few fans who give Ashley and his minnions dogs abuse but they still go to SJP, what’s that all about? Your’e either in one camp or the other surely?

        • Ba ba.

          Your taking the pizzz?
          I’d happily go on the pitch and attack the directors box so don’t give me the bollix of one camp or the other.. I’m nufc nothing more nothing less…. Tbh I’m sick of hearing you lot giving it boycott the games.. You probably rapped in long before fat man rolled into town… Do us a favour and [email protected] off

          • Damon Horner

            I dont go to games but as far as I’m concerned, the club isn’t Mike Ashley, it’s Newcastle United, it’s our club. If people want to go, i definitely wouldn’t judge or criticise.

          • Ba ba.

            Exactly… If you go you go if you don’t you don’t… But don’t preach

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s the problem, the fatcunt IS Newcastle United, he is dressed up as Newcastle United with his hand out asking for money.
            Its not difficult to work out.

          • kingfisher

            Can you not have a reasoned discussion without resorting to personal abuse.?You better get used to hearing “us lot” talk of boycotting the games because if we don’t do something soon instead of sitting on our hands and doing nothing,then we will lose our club.
            You say “you are sick of hearing us lot,” well it works both ways my friend 🤣

          • Ba ba.

            When have I come on here and said you must go?…… But all I hear is you must stop going so tell me when did you really stop if you ever went and I’m no friend… Because I’m sick of being dictated by you lot yes you fukn lot preaching to keep away well you know what there is 52 thousand of us who sing backing rafa the team and not the regime… OK… 👍

          • kingfisher

            One of the 52,000 sheep,is that why you are called baba 🤣

          • Ba ba.

            Yes that was the point its irony… Your thicknas mince

          • kingfisher

            Nice one Ba ba (me thick ? what does thicknas mean) ?🤣😂😁

          • Westdentoon

            I’m with you on this one. Divint think any fellow supporter should be given stick for going to the game. Definitely think we need to get off our arses and organise some action, but life is too short and match days to precious to sit at home hoping one day mr pig won’t be there.
            I remember back in the Keegan days oposing fans used to sing ‘where were you when you were schit…’, well you never here that song any more and that’s because we are one of the best supported teams in the land. Why suddenly turn into Sunderland? Remember the stick we gave them last season for all those empty pink seats??

          • Ba ba.

            100% fans can demonstrate how and when they like but not dictated to

          • Westdentoon

            For me there seems to be a worrying divide opening up between fans who are supposed to be all in the same camp.
            Yet another symptom of a decade of poisonous ownership.

          • Ba ba.

            Agree its a shame and a symptom of the fat ones grip on the football club.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah I agree but they must do something. Not nothing!

          • Geordiegiants

            The thing is they are sitting there like fuckingmutes doing fuckall, support the team not the regime? They are all sitting doing NOTHING, FUCKALL. I would be the first to jump on anything that will get him out, Anything. “Sometimes you have make sacrifices in life”, is a very well know quote.

          • Westdentoon

            So what do you think should be done?

          • Geordiegiants

            I have only been to one home game since Keegan was pushed, I swore not to give the fatcunt my money ever again. The only game I’ve been to was a free ticket, to the 1-3 against the paedo lovers. One of the lads was on holiday.
            I don’t buy in any of his tat shops or any business he has shares or affiliation. If our fans were as interested in the club as they are in not seeing their friends, kids, cousins etc,etc,etc. Not missing a match for however many years, or being in the same bar every game, or losing points, you get the picture, and we’re that passionate about saving our once great club, then we would get somewhere. They go on as if everyone is saying to do it forever, demonstrate in the ground if you must go, don’t just sit doing nothing giving him more and more money every week, that’s my biggest gripe.

          • Westdentoon

            Aye I totally agree, Liverpool and West Ham fans showed rightly or wrongly how to make an owner take notice. However, you can’t call 52000 fans sheep etc just coz they choose to gan to the match. I’ve never had a season ticket since Jim Smith was manager and I’ve bought 2 for this season. I want nowt to do with politics, sacrifices blah blah blah, I know life is too short, I simply want to take my 6 year old son to see a team I want him to grow up following..the same as my dad did with me at that age. What should I do? Wait another 5 years in the hope he will be gone? Nee chance, I’m not missing the opportunity to take my kid at that age and it’s bad craic in my opinion to be slated for doing so.

          • Geordiegiants

            So you are sitting there complaining about him, then doing the exact thing that he wants you to do? You are obviously happy for your son to grow up in the same circle of abuse from our owner? Or are you going to stand up and be counted and make a difference?
            I am doing the only thing I can while the sheep flock, as soon as there is direct action I will also join in that. I certainly would not put my kids through it, they will always grow up knowing Newcastle is in their blood regardless.
            You need to see the bigger picture!

          • Westdentoon

            Nah…maybe I just don’t feel as serious about it as you. I’m happy to go to the match, enjoy my day and take enjoyment out of watching my boy getting into the game. Aye it could be better, but I ain’t going to be dictated to by the likes of you about going to the match.
            If you want to slag the fans off, go for it, each for their own.
            Like you if any action was organised I’d be more than happy to participate, but just because I go to the match doesn’t make me some sort of Ashley supporter.
            So you want 52000 people to stop going for good until he goes then suddenly go back?
            Sorry like but you need to see the bigger picture, not everyone is prepared to let Ashley stop a way of life and I wouldn’t have a pop at you for not going, it’s your choice. Hope your kids don’t grow up supporting City or Man U.

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s like the replies the fatcunt gives in his interviews. Nobody is saying stop forever, why such extremities? It’s like comparing our spending to Citeh. There’s middle ground to be had.We don’t expect to spend like them do we? It doesn’t have to be that extreme. I think I get a bit passionate about it all and misunderstood as well sometimes. The point I am trying to get get across to the the sheep like following is, DONT JUST SIT THERE LIKE MUTES DOING FUCKALL, pretending it’s not happening, or hoping someone else will do something. We don’t live in North Korea, you have a voice, be heard, you have a brain, use it. It’s not rocket science. The fatcunt is Newcastle United unfortunately, you can dress it how you like, but he is and every penny that Newcastle United generates is HIS.

          • Westdentoon

            i totaly agree with the core of what you say. I reckon the best way would be the mass boycott of certain high profile games and I would be more than happy to tear my ticket up in support, but you have to conclude that there may infact be a large percentage of fans that don’t feel that strongly about it.
            One thing is for certain he WILL be gone sooner or later & hopefully you will get yourself back to the game because at the end of the day you are obviously a passionate fan and it’s a shame Ashley is stopping you going.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well I think that’s a good place to leave it on that score.

          • Westdentoon

            nee bother, take it easy

          • Geordiegiants

            It doesnt matter how you put it or dress it up, the fatcunt IS Newcastle united. Its his money, its his stadium, its his players, its his merchandise, its his canteens, its his EVERYTHING! EVERYFUCKINTHING IS HIS. WHAT DO YOU NOT GET???????????

          • Ba ba.

            Eh?

          • ghostrider

            No you won’t lose your club while Ashley owns it.
            You could lose it if you get the wrong owner in…and as far as I’m concerned, Ashley is not the wrong owner…he’s just not a Sheikh or willing to take club killing chances to appease fans…regardless of what people think he’s pocketing.

          • kingfisher

            In the early days,I used to think that Ashleys business model was a good one,i.e. only spend what you can afford, get rid of the debt and get us on a sound financial footing.However in my opinion Ghost,he’s gone too far the other way in trying to save money etc. As always it’s a matter of balance,and while on principle it may seem like a good idea to scrimp and save and buy cheaper players,in practice it does’nt work (as two relegations during Ashleys ownership proves).As all the teams around us continue to spend large amounts of money on players we, by hardly spending at all,fall behind.

            Any one can provide stats to prove that Ashley has spent a lot of money,and of course he has,but the simple fact remains that he has made several promises ranging from promising the Manager all the money Nufc generates,to saying that he would completely rebuild the training facilites 5 years ago, and yet we are still waiting.
            Obviously there are two sides to the argument about Ashley,for and against,but football is an entertainment business and all about hope, excitement and expectation, but sadly we are at the stage now when the main aim is to survive which is ridiculous for a great club of our stature and this can only be blamed on Ashley as the buck stops with him .
            Surely it would have been reasonable for even the most mild mannered supporter to have assumed that we would have made a modicum of progress over the last 11 years,not the constant relegation struggle year after year we have now.

          • ghostrider

            Your post is a very good post and fair to the point.
            I agree with it.
            My arguments are not in favour of Mike Ashley just for the sake of it. I’d be more than happy to have a new owner but the major issue is in what owner we could theoretically get that can do a better job than Mike Ashley.

            Now it’s easy for people to shout ” a better job than Ashley…he’s killing the club”….etc…but the reality is, he isn’t killing the club.
            However, he is doing what you suggest. He’s running it carefully and not really willing to dare to take uncalculated gambles…which is what high spending would do.

            But we have to remember that Ashley has this club working from within, regardless of whether people say the club should have this and that. Let’s say it does have a bit extra and he spends it. What can that be?
            Let’s say the club has 50 million surplus and fans want it spent on, say, two top players or 3 quality one’s for say, 2 at 20 million and one at 10.
            That’s fine but the wages to go with the bigger signings exceed the wages we pay. It has to based on the fees alone and what players expect in this crazy football world.

            But yeah, Ashley could open up a bit more with Rafa as it stands…but by how much more and would it be enough for Rafa?

            Ashley’s at a dead end in terms of, he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
            He’s damned if he gives long contracts and bigger wages and paying decent money for players that don’t work out….but then he’s damned if he pays less and gives shorter contracts to players that can be better than the higher priced one’s….yet deemed too cheap and thus, low quality, regardless.

            So all in all, it’s about knowing the so called devil with certain fans and wanting change, even if it turns out to be the devil’s daughter/son….kind of thing.

            Or get rid and bring in a local club loving businessman who has the guts and ability to play with the banks to finance the appeasement of a certain section of fans who want more.

            It sounds good. Someone who cares and someone who is willing to risk it.A bit like Hall and Shepherd all over again. A sort of handing the club back to the fans scenario, with harmony and a local loyalty.
            The issue is, what happens when the sugar daddy clubs simply swamp us and send us backwards?
            We simply cannot start again. We sink like Sunderland have.

            There’s only 3 things that can work if Ashley was hounded out.

            1. A similar owner comes in who can maybe tweak a little bit and live to fight another day.

            2. A Sheikh or oligarch type who can manipulate the fair play with over the top advertisement of their own businesses and paying themselves (the club) over the top fees which ramp up the transfer kitty…above and beyond what the club could legitimately make.
            Like Man city (as an instance) are doing with their Ethiad stuff…because, let’s face it, that club could never generate the funds required without bypassing the so called fair play rules.

            3. A mass fan buyout with a guarantee of the mass fans buy in of a set amount apiece that they agree to sustain for a minimum of 10 years at a set minimum fee (say £20 a week as an instance).
            This would work but fans would be under no illusions as to how far it can take the club and only then would the fans maybe see just how the show is run in terms of the elites against the best of the rest of the also-ran clubs.

            The issue with the blank cheque (Sheikh type) owner is, it creates a want from the fans. It creates an expectation that ends up going to a height that cannot be bettered and then there’s massive comedown which will then create the fan backlash of….” we deserve more.”

            From that point on we become a plastic club with plastic fans (in the main)….yet if we fall from grace when a Sheikh gets bored, then we have lost what makes Newcastle United and their fans, the best.

            That’s why I’m happy enough with Ashley. It keeps it as real as can be in a sickening money world that’s created pompous wannabe’s and expectation above and beyond realism.

          • kingfisher

            Some good points there Leazes.I think the main problem is Ashley has told lies and broken his promises and consequently he’s lost thousands of fans who, no matter what he does, still want him gone.
            You’re right when you say he could tweak things and perhaps back Rafa more, but personally I think he’s made too many mistakes,burned too many bridges and told too many lies,for him ever to be totaly accepted.

        • Ba ba.

          You have a picture of super mac did you stop going when the pirate Westwood ran the show?

      • Geordiegiants

        Can I ask you who’s fault it will be then?

        • Ba ba.

          Er Ashley’s I reckon. .He owns the club and does what he wants, but hey blame he fans who have Been en going for generations .

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s definetly his fault, I couldn’t agree more, but just spend a minute and think of it like this.
            You buy your 6 year old a first bike without stabilisers, and off they go, you know the he is going to fall off and bang his head, scrape his knees etc. Who’s fault is that? Its not yours they are learning to ride. So what are you going to do if your kid is going to keep falling off the bike, do you just keep going and going until he’s had enough and is cut to bits with bumps on his head because he can’t take anymore?
            Or do you prevent it by, simply buying a helmet and knee pads and stop the suffering? It’s gonna cost a few quid more and take a bit of time out of your day and inconvenience you having to go back to Halfords, but it’s worth it in the end as your son won’t be in anymore pain. If you keep on letting him fall off it’s your fault!

          • Ba ba.

            So it’s my fault is that what your saying.

            BTW my two kids rode bikes without stabilisers pretty much straight away because we taught them on balance bikes first great bit of kit you should try them.. 👍

          • Geordiegiants

            Both mine rode balance bikes, cheers for the advice 👍, but either you are trying to be belligerent as you have an agenda, or it is possible you just genuinely don’t get it.

          • Ba ba.

            I don’t get it… The fans attending games are not to blame we are meaningless.. The sky money and the free sd advertising is where he scores big time. ..thats what I and many think now let’s just leave it at that eh.. .You blame the fans I don’t. Okay dokey.. 👍

          • Geordiegiants

            That is the mentality that has us where we are. Also the fatcunt has you and a lot of people believe that bums on seats money isn’t worth a lot. Check it out don’t take my word for it. It’s around a third of the clubs income, like I’ve said 100’s of times before, there isn’t a business / business owner in the world that can survive without its customers.

          • Ba ba.

            TV is the big customer.. And his advertising.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah and if nobody buy his product the advertising stops.

  • Steven05

    A serious idea of what we could do:

    Produce a professional looking easy to read paperback book with everything he has done – including the way he treats his shitedirect staff. It doesn’t have to cost loads and if everyone who cares about our club enough to act on it could contribute a few quid. A local printer could knock something up, and then it could be sent out to everyone in business, sport, government etc.

    Would it help? I have no idea.

    But surely he wouldn’t be too keen on mass bad publicity

    Also an empty ground on Sky. But I think the magazine thing is more feasible?

  • Tweed Mag

    Fully agree. There is bound to be the odd numpty who picks through the words to find something to disagree with, but they seem to be struggling at the moment. Where are the doubters? Are you all waiting for your leader to issue guidance? Is it too difficult to challenge the above? The wind-up merchants have retreated to their bunker.

  • MBTMask

    Really dont understand why people waste time producing things like this? He wont read it, if he ever did, he’d just laugh it off…

    • Ba ba.

      Sometimes in life you need to get thing off your chest. . Writing, fighting or singing.. .People just need to vent stuff from time to time

  • David2211

    Why do people need to wait for Rafa to go? MA has constantly undermined him and treat us and other good folk terribly. Why are you waiting on Rafa to go? Do it now maybe regardless because this club CANNOT move forward until MA has gone, regardless of who the manager is.

    • Dingus

      Yes, yes, yes. Perfectly put

    • Ba ba.

      Because he’s the best we’ve had since sbr.. He has given us hope, pride and our identity back. . The man’s a class act and when he goes he will have my blessing. .👍

      • David2211

        I agree, but I think you’ve missed my point. Surely the way Rafa has been treated up to this point is more than enough for people to walk away/fight back?

        • Ba ba.

          Tbh I don’t think it will make any difference .. Its the tv money he loves… I postponed the spurs game a while back…it killed me I turned up demonstrated and went home .. Most fans took photos of us laughed and went into the ground.

          • Geordiegiants

            Why does everyone think that the Stadium revenue is nothing these days?????? Just take a minute of your time and work it out in your head, or alternatively have a look at the books. Its a myth that the fatcunt has spread to keep the sheep flocking, its around a third of overall income. Probably more this season.

    • Steven05

      Totally agree

      Act now – and we might even have a future WITH Rafa

  • Phildene

    Great article Chris -made brilliant and humorous reading too.

  • Toon

    Open letters – oh dear, embarrassing

    • Tweed Mag

      Explain.

      • Dillon Tovak

        They’re never read by the intended recipient and only serve to preach to the choir.
        It’s well written and all true but completely pointless, the only people that will read it are Newcastle fans and all well aware of every point made.

        • Tweed Mag

          It is not preaching, the points made are true and constructive. That is the difference between people like the author and the wind-up merchants. There is nothing wrong at all with a post like this reminding us of what should be.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Preaching to the choir is an expression, meaning talking to people with the same view as you.

            It would be constructive, if mike Ashley were to read it. But he won’t.
            There have been numerous of these open letters written on the Mag and they say the same thing each time.

      • Leazes.

        I’ll explain thats a troll….the younger Lee brother he’s called Kevin.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂

        • Wezza

          And another for the block list.

          • Leazes.

            I blocked that incarnation of the troll when he first appeared.

  • Wezza

    Spot on best article in a while!!

  • BillytheFish

    Did you never see the training facilities in 80’s..That WAS shocking.
    Mike Ashley’s final stab at the Geordies could be to move NUFC to Northampton and call them Northampton Toons…Get out of our club Fat Cuckoo….

    • Leazes.

      That is the club he was interested in before he became aware that United were for sale…… its his level of commitment.

      The law has to change to stop this generation of billionaires asset stripping and holding fans to ransome.

  • panther

    11 years too late

  • Dillon Tovak

    As useful as a letter to Santa.

    • Tweed Mag

      I got a bike and Ker Plunk. Cheer up.

      • Dillon Tovak

        Well let’s hope we get a new owner with this letter then 😂

        • Tweed Mag

          Hope so.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Glory hunter

    • Ba ba.

      Zzz

    • paul mclaughlan

      Like your mate, Ghost.

    • Damon Horner

      Sensible allocation of club funds, work being done to improve the academy and a genuine attempt at a domestic cup would see most fans more satisfied. Nobody is chasing PL titles and world record signings.

      • Leazes.

        Cups aren’t realistic without an elite level squad….we need a club aiming for Europe and keeping in touch with the ambitious group….. which is where we were before Ashley.

        • Damon Horner

          Even if we tried winning it would be hard I agree, It leaves a rotten taste we surrender every season though.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          tell that to Wigan…

        • ghostrider

          We actually weren’t there before Ashley.
          We were on the road to hell in the few years before Ashley took the club on.

          2004….11th
          2005….9th.
          2006…9th

          So, if that was aiming for Europe, then we are doing it right now with a 10th placed finish after one season back in the premier league…right?

          The reality is, it all started to go wrong from 2003.
          This was when Hall and co were scraping the barrel and coming to a stage where they either dipped into their personal fortunes to bail out the club….or sell it before it crashes and burns.

          Enter Mike Ashley…luckily.
          And yeah, it is lucky he took over regardless of what happened after he took over, to present day…because we are in a better position with him right now than we would ever have been after 2003 with the Halls and Shepherd.

      • Ba ba.

        Correct

      • ghostrider

        Fans will never be satisfied with Ashley, no matter what. The hatred and bile may calm down for a while until the first error and then BANG.

    • Toon Barmy

      If Newcastle were to ever reach a cup final, i assume, that because you are not a “glory hunter”, you will be out shopping with the missus, instead of watching the final.

      • ghostrider

        That’s not what glory hunting means.

  • Ba ba.

    Judging by this site hardly any fuka on here goes anyway so to bang on aboot people to stop going is pointless

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      they`ve had the sense to stop going

      • Ba ba.

        Jesus this is boring now… Half them rapped years ago when kk left ffs… Do you go?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          No, never been for 4 yrs, i`ll go when the Pig leaves

          • Wor Lass

            I see Leazes called Nutty a mong the other day – that`s even better than moron. Or did I just misread it?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It wasn`t Leazes & the Mong bit was about me

          • Leazes.

            I’ve never called anyone that name…. not even David Lee.

          • Wor Lass

            My bad!

          • Ba ba.

            Aye whare ever.. 👍

    • Guest 9

      Ba ba. just like sheep eh?

      • Ba ba.

        Yes that’s the whole point I changed my user name to ba ba to be ironic….. Oh the irony eh… 😂 😂 😂

        • Guest 9

          Oh yes, eh. Genius…

          • Ba ba.

            Correct

  • Wor Lass

    A great read, Chris. I doubt it`ll actually do any good but you never know – it could galvanise a few to take action. I`m just trying to work out who Ba ba is – his mixture of inane ramblings, vitriolic attacks and mentions of the good/bad old days seems familiar but there have been so many n0b-heads appearing recently that it`s difficult to remember them all.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s anti the Pig so he`s not a Troll

      • Guest 9

        He is, check the diction and the mandatory historical references

        • Ba ba.

          Explain please

      • Ba ba.

        I’m very much anti pig very very much and like I’ve said earlier I boycotted the spurs game only for another 51thousand to go in .

    • Ba ba.

      N0b head really, ramblings please explain?

      • Wor Lass

        Time will tell, I suppose. Every now and again a new name comes on all guns blazing and slagging everyone off and theyturn out to be another moniker for some troll or other. The way you were going at people made me think you might be another one. On the plus side, though, you have a healthy dislike of the fat pig so maybe I got it wrong. If so, I apologise!

        • Ba ba.

          Look mate I stuck up for what I believe I’ve been going to St James Park for years and I’m not going to be bullied into stop going.. I detest the fat man he’s ruined my club and your club if fans chose not to go then I respect that decision I know of three lads that have chucked it this season…. My previous name on here was anyobrien I changed it to Ba Ba because I was called a sheep last season for still attending games… I think this was lost on a lot of people.. I.e I was being ironic obviously lost on here. Hwtls.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Part of the problem. You just go because not being from Newcastle you feel the need to over compensate

          • Wor Lass

            Fair enough. I remember your previous moniker and I think we agreed most of the time. If you could be bothered to do a Clarko and go back through my posts, you`d find that although I`m in favour of boycotting I`ve ALWAYS said that I wouldn`t criticise any fan for still going. It`s a hard choice to make and different for everyone. I stopped going 4 years ago (just the odd away game after that) but I live abroad now and can`t go anyway – so saying boycott is easy for me, I suppose. Anyway, I actually do apologise now!

          • Ba ba.

            It’s no worries I would honestly love to walk its like a bloody drug… I come home sometimes and say to Mrs ba ba… “that’s it enough is enough”…. She lafs and says “whatever you’ll never give it up”
            It kills me what he’s doing and the frustration is immense, I and the lads I attend the match all feel the same… The day I boycotted the spurs game I was only one out of our group who did it… It felt good but walking back to the bar I felt empty and a bit lost…. I just hope one day he walks.

          • Wor Lass

            Cheers! Most people on here probably hope he`s carried rather than he walks.

  • Tony English

    Perfectly said Chris.

    Exactly the argument we need to present, totally focused on his failings, not his waistline or place of birth.

    • East Durham Mag

      The problem is in his own mind he hasn’t failed Tony. The 🐖 is coining it in. Job done for Mike.

      • Tony English

        True, but my point is if the facts of his tenure is presented in this way, as opposed to name calling, the wider public and media will hopefully focus on Ashley’s record and better understand our position – and not get side lined by all the “they don’t like cockneys up there” rubbish.

        • East Durham Mag

          Possibly true but remember he sat in front of a commons select committee and smirked at them, it was shown on primetime news on every channel. He really doesn’t give a toss what anyone thinks.

          • Tony English

            I don’t expect Ashley to give a toss, but I think it’s important that his apologists in the media aren’t able to paint the fans as ungrateful because of terrace name calling, it clouds the issue and does us no favours.

          • East Durham Mag

            I think its the only way they see that they can get back at him, barring the obvious other way …. an empty stadium which will not happen.

  • Tino11

    THIS is what I come to the Mag for, sadly there has been very little of it of late. Well done Chris.

  • phildene

    Brilliant article and well said Chris

  • Desree

    Can Mike Ashley read?

    • Paddy Clarke

      Yes mike Ashley can read it has been knowen he can read the serial number off a fiver from 100 Myers away

      • MP01

        He will probably employ someone at below minimum wage on a zero hours contract to read it to him……

  • Paddy Clarke

    Come on Ashley show some willing you duck egg

  • Fireman Sam

    Fat Mike Ashley couldn’t care lass what any of us think

  • kingfisher

    In the early days,I used to think that Ashleys business model was a good one,i.e. only spend what you can afford, get rid of the debt and get us on a sound financial footing.However in my opinion he’s gone too far the other way in trying to save money etc. As always it’s a matter of balance,and while on principle it may seem like a good idea to scrimp and save and buy cheaper players,in practice it does’nt work (as two relegations during Ashleys ownership proves).As all the teams around us continue to spend large amounts of money on players we, by hardly spending at all,fall behind.

    Any one can provide stats to prove that Ashley has spent a lot of money, and of course he has,but the simple fact remains that he has made several promises ranging from promising the Manager all the money Nufc generates,to saying that he would completely rebuild the training facilites 5 years ago, and yet we are still waiting.
    Obviously there are two sides to the argument about Ashley,for and against,but football is an entertainment business and all about hope, excitement and expectation, but sadly we are at the stage now when the main aim is to survive which is ridiculous for a great club of our stature and this can only be blamed on Ashley as the buck stops with him .
    Surely it would have been reasonable for even the most mild mannered supporter to have assumed that we would have made a modicum of progress over the last 11 years,not the constant relegation struggle year after year we have now.

    • Leazes.

      He started by inventing a reason for frugality which was aimed at the press, and year after year has stripped the club of more and more….

      Douglas and Ryder, Macdonald Gibson, and Lowes, Anderson, Brown, Starforth and Bird, Shearer and Lee, Wise and Craig Bellamy.. bought into it.

      Add to that their colleagues, and the click bait media sites and Jack Lacey Hatton and you have an almighty moratorium on the truth. Add to that the trolls who work the journalists and you have 11 years of Ashley and a club which has been downsized.

      There was no upside….. the biggest problem was that those people are the media commentators who envelope the club in words and thoughts(sic)

      So now we are reduced to being a billboard for SD marketing which has taken a new step in creating a far east interest by dictating player purchases!

      There aren’t ‘Two sides to an argument over Ashley’ unless you mean the truth ……..or the LIE!

      Its has taken Shearer over a decade to come off the fence, and it only now that Douglas is saying that if Rafa goes he might reappraise the Chronicles friendship with Ashley….so that’s great!

      • kingfisher

        Excellent post Leazes.I never cease to be amazed at how
        many people condone, support Ashley or say that he’s a good owner.👏👏👏

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Correct! You notice he says things that much people believe them ie sell to buy etc…even his sky interview last year he said we can’t compete with Man City, as if we thought that everything’s said to undermine us & crush and aspirations

  • Taz

    Well said

  • jon

    Perfectly put!

  • Geordiegiants

    None of it matters while the sheep flock.
    If they could get it through their heads that the only thing he is after is money, and that is exactly what they are giving him!