Now the welcome/unwelcome distraction of the World Cup is out of the way, we can now turn our attentions to proper football, the bread and butter of Newcastle United and the Premier League.

The weekly excitement of going to watch your team far outstrips the nonsense of watching the national side. It was good to see the country united with England getting further than most expected, but once reality dawned and they played a half decent side, it was always likely to pan out the way it did. Give me the daily/weekly dose of Newcastle United over the national side any day.

After Newcastle confirmed their Premier league status for another season way back in April, a layman could be forgiven for thinking that it would be time for a significant spend in the transfer market, so that Rafa Benitez could take Newcastle to the next level after a steady 10th place finish. But no! With just over THREE weeks of the window remaining, we have Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng and Kenedy (on loan) through the door. That’s two players we already had last season and a freebie. Er, bravo! Slow hand-clapping all round.

I tell you something, he’s canny that Mike Ashley. With Mikel Merino departing to Spain, it’s entirely feasible that the fee banked for him (reportedly £10m) will have covered the three players we’ve signed, a common trait under this owner and not one that has had sustained success. The infamous 5th place finish produced a reaction in the summer that followed, a feeble reaction whereby only Vernon Anita was added to a side that was playing in two cups and two leagues spread across domestic and European competitions. We all know how that turned out.

Now, I can’t poo-poo the summer signings so far. Dubravka is a cracking goalkeeper, Kenedy is a class apart from what we have and Sung-yueng will give us some competition in the middle, but once again it’s selling high and buying very low, sometimes not at all. You don’t get away with it very often, as was the case after that 5th place finish where relegation was inevitable eventually.

This summer, there is no reason why we can’t go and sign the clinical striker Rafa Benitez wants, as well as Andros Townsend, while at the same time keeping our current squad intact – except for the obvious departures of reserve players and players not in Rafa’s plans. The manager shouldn’t be looking at flogging the garden shed to fund a new patio, you can’t have too much quality or strength in depth. Heaven forbid a major injury occurs to this team, as the whole thing would look decidedly rickety.

For what it’s worth, I feel two other players are also required as a minimum. The first should be competition for Matt Ritchie down the right, NOT as a replacement. I’d be happy enough for that to be Andros Townsend. My second signing would be someone who can compete with both Paul Dummett AND DeAndre Yedlin. I feel the two players have strengths that are completely opposite to each other, one good at going forward but poor defensively (Yedlin) and the other good at defending but gets a nosebleed when crossing the halfway line.

Now if the above did happen, I wouldn’t be completely unhappy if a new number one striker didn’t arrive. I think with what we have going forward, we are decent. A combination of Shelvey, Sung-yueng, Diame, Perez, Ritchie, Kenedy and Townsend is a cracking pool of players to play behind Dwight Gayle and I feel he would score more chances next season with that set up. I would obviously love to see either a top clinical striker be bought outright and Gayle drop to the bench, or at least a back up striker come in. I wouldn’t advocate signing one just for the sake of it. That gets you a Joselu.

The squad is more than capable now that we have Kenedy and Dubravka for a full season, it’s just lacking a little bit of extra quality and depth that wins you more games than a side that scrapes 10th. Extra depth would also allow us to have a crack at a cup, which I’m sure is something Rafa wants to do.

There is still that little nagging at the back of mind. Whenever we are doing reasonably well, up pops the owner with a spanner in the works to derail any idea of progress. If he backs Rafa with two big signings, I’m sure he’ll sign a new contract. However, if history is anything to go by, by 9th of August we’ll end up having sold Merino, Hayden, Mitrovic, Ritchie and Lascelles for £70m+ and brought in Sung-yueng, Dubravka, Kenedy and Townsend for far less.

As I’ve said, there is only just over three weeks left of this transfer window and I can’t say I’ve got the confidence in the club hierarchy to get enough quality onboard in that time. The clock is ticking.

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  • JonMag

    Only the media & the dimwits think England are any good & the same applies to Newcastle in respect of buying any players of the required quality.
    not going to happen people, no matter what the cretin from Monkseaton say`s

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Your two mates Jezza and Leazes must be back in the nut house. There are a few on here who should join them the lot who say Fleckmen etc are trolls.

      • TheFatController

        Can you recommend a nut house? Which of the ones you’ve frequented would you advise?

        Did they all have lifts ?

        • FatParosite

          Don’t feed the Bishop zero hours troll….

          • TheFatController

            Even with his bizarre mutterings he’s still way ahead of the transparent nonsense the club’s official PR dunces come out with…

    • Jezza

      The troll is actually from Manchester and has never been to Monkseaton in his life.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yes we need a full back, attacking midfielder perhaps a wide man in Townsend and hopefully a centre forward who can score regularly through the season. However equally important is not to lose any players which are part of Rafa’s plans.

    • JonMag

      you need to sue the brain surgeon

    • Christopher Smeaton

      Rafa won’t be here next season.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Rafa will be staying for a few more years yet.

        • JonMag

          did he tell you that in the lift ?

          • TheFatController

            Haha, he probably rides that lift all day waiting to pounce !

            He doesn’t understand that Relationships are built on trust. Where’s the trust? There is none, can now never be any.

            It’s not even within the realms of human nature nor professional logic for Rafa to be here next summer.

        • Peter C

          I would love to think, you’re right, and that I and many others have got it wrong.

          But what sort of penance will you do, if he leaves no later then next July.

          And please explain why Benitz will stay, when his advice and intelligence is being ignored by Ashley and Charnley, at almost every opportunity.

        • Peter C

          I’m still waiting for your response

      • Peaky

        But unfortunately the 🐷 will be…..for another 10 years.

    • TheFatController

      Equally important is to not let Rafa have 10 months left.

      It’s obvious to all that he’s not staying, so why would Townsend sign?

      No player signs for a manager who’s leaving soon. Unless they can’t get another club with a more permanent manager buying them for a longer future relationship.

  • Wezza

    I do agree. Whenever there is the slightest hint of Newcastle doing well and building on a good finish up he pops with his ways.
    Now we are in MA’s overdrive, as it were, a full on era of spite. Everything is personal now. He is collecting everything he can and sticking to us geordies.

  • jack

    There won’t be any signings ,only cheap loans , more spite from Ashley , and Rafa gone , which is basically what Ashley wants , Rafa gone .He doesn’t like anybody he can’t control , but it wouldn’t surprise me if Rafa didn’t see out his contract and he left mid season

    • mentalman

      he does control rafa though

      • jack

        He doesn’t control Rafa , if he did the new contract would be signed , he’s trying to blackmail Rafa into signing ,

  • Jezza

    “if history is anything to go by, by 9th of August we’ll end up having sold Merino, Hayden, Mitrovic, Ritchie and Lascelles for £70m+ and brought in Sung-yueng, Dubravka, Kenedy and Townsend for far less.”

    Remove Townsend’s name from that statement and you’ll be spot on.

    • Peaky

      Hard to disagree Jezza….the only Townsend that’ll be seen in Newcastle is Pete if The Who play the Arena….

      • TheFatController

        Why would Townsend sign when Rafa has 10 months left? Who’d advise him on that move ?

        They’d say ‘if Rafa leaves how is it going to be better for the club or you personally ?’ I’d ask him that.

        • Peaky

          It’s just not going to happen…..all of a sudden we are now looking at Matt Phillips of WBA…..him AND Rondon…..WOW that’ll should get the heart racing…..unreal this club it really is.

        • FatParosite

          I’d say Townsend is a little past his best & would only be a like for like, or marginally better than Ritchie. Palace are cash strapped so they are unlikely to let Townsend go anyway as buying someone to replace him would not be cost effective. I know Hodgson has made mutterings to bump up his (Townsend) price but I would not put stock in Ashley paying for any player older than 26.

          • TheFatController

            Well, with Rafa leaving we may well only attract players past their best.

            How many players on the up would join the only PL club with an owner saying he has no ambition for it? And thus is about to lose its only asset, the former Real Madrid manager?

            It’s not like another former RM manager, Zidane, or someone of that stature (and independence financially of Ashley) would be arriving after Rafa goes …

    • Pc07

      I was thinking the exact same.

    • Billmag

      Jezza I tend to agree with most of your post’s but please stop peddling getting rid of Lascelles it isn’t going to happen.

      • FatParosite

        You need to have a little look at Ashley’s M.O.

        • Billmag

          I know all about fatty that I want to know I will say again Lascelles won’t be sold till Rafa leaves.

          • FatParosite

            That’s a bit different from “getting rid of Lascelles it isn’t going to happen”

          • Billmag

            Nit picking are we you know we’re I’m coming from, and if you took time to read Jezzas post he said he would be getting rid of the lad this season Im saying he won’t.

          • FatParosite

            It is a distinct possibility that Lascelles will be sold. You added the caveat of Benitez having to go first. That is hardly nitpicking. Benitez is waiting to see what Ashley does and is wise to maintain his own council. Ashley is very prone to making big statements at the start of the season now, and that plays into the way Rafa is handling it. As the season starts when the window closes. If Ashley does sell from under Benitez, Rafa will walk, cite constructive dismissal and get his wage paid for the rest of the year.

          • Billmag

            Looks like you have your own agenda,there’s nothing no where to suggest he’s going anywhere never been a bid put in for him, just people on here like you saying fatty is going to sell because he has history.

          • FatParosite

            Does that last statement even qualify as a sentence?

          • Billmag

            What are you some sort of grammar school geek.

          • paul mclaughlan

            Didn’t West Ham stick a bid in for him last week?

          • Billmag

            Is that right or just fake news I know where my money be on.

          • Jezza

            For the record I said:

            “Remove Townsend’s name from that statement and you’ll be spot on.”

            The “getting rid of Lascelles” bit were your words not mine. Consider yourself blocked. Troll.

          • Wezza

            Bet thats Sgt Bilko.

          • Mike Adam

            Bill, I read it the same way, “by 9th of August we’ll end up selling Merino, Hayden, Mitrovic, Ritchie, and Lacselles for 70m+”.

          • Billmag

            Ok mate that’s your opinion which I respect but you are not on here day in day out peddling the same line, but I tell you what I am no troll that’s for sure and I will tell you something if Jezza keeps blackening my name I will take it further believe me.

          • Mike Adam

            I am on your side Bill. I read it the same as you did. Who cares about Jezza!

          • Billmag

            Cheers mate but Im really and truthfully annoyed at his comments about being a troll after supporting this club most of my life for which I’m in my seventyth year, but Mike I have read how he poisons people’s mind calling everyone a troll that doesn’t agree with him he just shouldn’t get away with it and he won’t.

          • Mike Adam

            I agree mate! But he isn’t worth it! I felt the same way months ago when he said the same things about me. Move on and forget him, the majority of us know better.

          • Billmag

            Ok mate rant over thanks for your support I shall take your very good advice.

          • Mike Adam

            Talk soon mate.

          • Billmag

            No bother.👍

          • Peter C

            Got that right, when Benitez goes, the exodus will start then.

          • Wezza

            If a huge offer comes in for Lascelles MA will sell and pocket the lot. He did the same with Andy Carroll remember and he was not for sale!

          • Billmag

            Well if he does I will say you were right and I was wrong.

          • TheFatController

            I predict Ashley would sell him just to show the world this summer what happens when you don’t sign a contract he offers you.

            I can’t say he will go because there hasn’t been a bid, but as soon as clubs see Rafa not likely to sign a contract, they’ll work out they can get Ashley to sell Rafa’s captain to, as I say, show who Is boss at our club.

          • Wezza

            It isn’t about being right or wrong all I said was if a big offer comes in MA will sell.
            Only the Lee brothers troll here and like to stir things up to satisfy their sad lives. Surely the Lee brothers have better things to do.

          • Billmag

            Read my post above pal I certainly don’t know what you are on about simply because I don’t agree with you.

      • Jezza

        If a sizeable offer comes in for Lascelles do you really believe Ashley will turn it down? Where have you been for the past 11 years?

        • Billmag

          Don’t ask me where I’ve been for the last 11 years im well aware of the path this club is taking under fatty’s tutorship but your constant bleating about what’s going to happen is getting really boring what will be will be at this club nothing you or I can do about it, and as I’ve said Lascelles will be going nowhere unless Rafa leaves.

          • TheFatController

            Rafa is leaving. What do you think will change between now and next summer that will rebuild the trust in their relationship ?

          • Billmag

            Continue the love in with that Jezza fella if you like and by the way I’m not an Ashley apologist he’s blocked me for daring to have an opposite opinion to him, calling me troll after supporting this club for nigh on 60 years how dare he. Im beginning to think that the big joke on this forum Monk is right what he says about him that he is a Mackem.

          • TheFatController

            What did my comment have to do with jezza?

            You said ‘Lascelles will be going nowhere unless Rafa leaves’

            I said ‘Rafa is leaving’ – inferring Lascelles would go and Rafa would be powerless to stop it because he hadn’t signed a new contract and Ashley would sell without a care for how Rafa feels. That much is blatantly obvious.

            What does that have to do with Jezza? Even if it did, why would me agreeing or backing Jezza be something you should mock?

            It is possible, seriously I know this may be hard to believe, but it is possible that if two people disagree with you, it doesn’t mean they’re having a love in and one doesn’t really disagree with you, it just means they both actually disagree with you.

          • Jezza

            He’s a troll, marra. Just block him.

          • Billmag

            There you go he’s answered you I suppose I’m yet another brother from Manchester and I work in a SD shop sooner or later people on this forum is going to cotton to this fake person. Also I have been retired 5year coming up in Nov and tell him if he wants to meet me I will be in Murton British Legion club on a Sunday night.

          • Mike Adam

            Don’t sweat it Bill it is just the childish thing he does when you don’t agree with him and his 100% predictions record!!!
            I was blocked months ago for my opposing views. He accused me of being a troll and Mackem, he was wrong!!! He said I was one of several brothers with different accounts, he was wrong again. I have always posted under the same name since 2015. So who cares what Jezza says besides him and a few of his followers. It is really pretty juvenile to block those who simply have different opinions.

          • Billmag

            Well said Mike there is a canny few regulars on here that post under different aliases, maybe him and his followers are the same person.

          • Mike Adam

            Who knows, who cares. Don’t let him get to you. You have opinions and it is your right to share them on here. To talk football and support the club in whatever way you do. Everyone’s opinoin counts no matter what some of the experts on here say.

          • Billmag

            .👍👍👍👍👍

          • Jezza

            I’m constantly bleating and really boring am I? What do you want me to be? A happy clapper? Do you want me to bang on about what a great piece of business it was to sign a 29 year old journeyman on a free transfer from relegated Swansea or how generous Ashley was to put up the money to sign Dubravka? Should I put a positive spin on the fact that Premiership clubs have spent £700 million this summer and only £4 million of that was spent by NUFC? Do you want me to confidently predict a £25 million club record striker signing before the deadline? Would that make me a bit more interesting in your eyes would it?

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Jezza, There really is no point trying to explain yourself because we are living in a very strange age indeed !

          • Billmag

            Mackem wouldn’t expect anything else.

          • Wezza

            Well said Jezza.
            If you constantly hit a person they will get annoyed. Us Newcastle fans have been constantly kicked in the gut by Mike Ashley.
            Are we supposed to sit there and like it Billmag? No way. We feel the way we so because MA has ripped the club apart and pocketed hundreds of millions.

          • Billmag

            Do you think I don’t know that, do you think I’m not an NUFC fan I will meet you anywhere any time where and prove it, I’m no troll and i will disrespect anyone that says i am, I hate the way Ashley is running this club I have supported since 1960 but you and your mate Jezza the Mackem go on on about the same thing every day.

          • jack

            Well I like the majority of Newcastle fans must be a mate of jezza and wezza too , because we all are saying and thinking the same things and want better for our club. It’s no use being positive about something or someone who is destroying your club ,you tell me one positive thing about Newcastle ,there isn’t any , we’re the joke of the premiership made so by Ashley , do you feel good about that

          • Billmag

            Jack if you have read any of my posts I absolutely detest Ashley, the reason I got upset is because they insinuated I was a troll because I had an opinion about Lascelles, well as you can see in my post I have asked them to come to the club that I frequent just to prove I’m no troll and certainly not from Manchester. But these two in particular, (wezza and Jezza) I personally think they are as one continue to poison people’s posts calling them troll’s, and where have I said anything positive about Ashley but he ho join the the band wagon if you must.

          • jack

            I’m not joining any bandwagon , not will I ever try and tell anybody how to feel or think , but I’m passionate about Newcastle as you and the majority of fans are here , what did Bobby Robson say , cut him in half and he’d be black and white , but one thing that puzzles me is the support Ashley gets off certain people , I don’t know who the trolls are I have a good idea because of the support they give Ashley because no one , no Newcastle supporter could ever give him praise for the 11 year destruction of this club , and I think jezza and wezza are just passionate supporters that’s all , because they are bewildered about what is happening under this Ashley tenure

          • Billmag

            Jack,Jezzas attack on me was nothing short of disgraceful calling me a troll because we had different views on Lascelles, that didn’t make me an Ashley lover I hate the man. Through my whole life supporting this club there has been a hell of lot more downs than ups that’s for sure but these last 11 years have probably been the worst for the simple fact there’s more money in the game now than there’s ever been. As far as those two are concerned or anyone else that calls me a troll just take a look at yourselves in the mirror.

          • jack

            I know who the trolls are on here , but the last 11 years have been the worst , and I include the Westwood mckeag era as well ,, I started going to games in 1957/58 season .,used to go with mate and his dad , only a kid ,still in junior school , I’ve seen a lot of bad times , but some good ones too. But no times as bad as this with Ashley , I seen them win fairs cup , attended all the home games , and got to Feyenoord and rangers away , great times apart from the riots with rangers fans ,Ashley is a cancer to this club . We’re losing our identity, and he could even do a sunderland with us when Rafa goes , who in there right mind is gonna manage us when Rafa leaves .And when Rafa does leave everyone in present squad will jump ship , you struggle to envisage what will become of us then

          • Billmag

            Who knows how it will end Jack I know one thing time is running out for me personally to actually see us winning a domestic trophy that’s for sure.

          • jack

            Running out for me too , although did see the fairs cup , a lifetime ago lol

          • TheFatController

            I think the positive fans think Rafa loves us all and will stay.

            He does love us all, but he’s a professional football manager. He loves trophies, success, European nights.

            So he will have to decide soon, stay with the newcastle fans, but Ashley and no success, or hop to another club already set up for success.

            He left Valencia because he asked for table and got a lamp shade (or some such metaphor) and he had won them La Liga twice. I’m sure he loves their fans too having done that, but he won’t be messed around.

            If he could leave Valencia, I have no doubt he’d leave us. But maybe I’m being negative and Rafa will forego his usual success, from now til the end of his career, to instead labour under Ashley’s disrespect and petty politics …

          • Jezza

            Rafa is far too good a manager to be working at a club where the only aim is to finish 17th in the table. He deserves much better than the kind of transfer budget that Carlisle and Hartlepool give their managers. His pedigree, talents and abilities are wasted at St James’s Park and sooner or later he’s going to realise that.

          • Jonathan Gibson

            Jezza is a poor man gypsy hippy and despizes positivity

          • TheFatController

            Put the positive on Rafa not signing a contract for me then…?

            That’s nothing to do with Jezza, I just find the feel good of that scenario interesting among fans who criticise anyone seeing it as a huge negative …

          • Jezza

            Don’t feed the troll, marra. Just block him.

          • Billmag

            Thanks mate I’m no troll and Im horrified to be thought of in that respect just because I have different opinion to his constant know all stance.

          • Jonathan Gibson

            Hes a classic manic depresive who attempts to counter any positive comments with negativity, he will knock any comment or article on the mag but never generate anything, needs to focus on his own appearance never mind MAs,
            I suspect a pure dole waller sad loser, wazza u wnk rrrrr

          • Billmag

            Be careful mate he will block you and you will join the long long list of Lee brothers from Manchester that work in an SD shop.

          • jack

            Jezza just speaks the truth mate , and says it like most Newcastle fans see it , he doesn’t try to gloss it over

          • Billmag

            Jezza is a Mackem and if you want to believe anything he says that’s your perogative I’m sorry but what the eff have I glossed over.

          • jack

            Because he’s right , there isn’t any positivity at Newcastle , if you think there is you’d be happy with a bowl of rice per day

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        It will if a big enough bid is received to which the club has already alluded to.
        Put it one way, The day that bid comes in you will not be able to hear yourself think for the whirring of helicopter rotors.

  • Pc07

    I can’t understand why people still live in hope. 11 years! We know what will happen, Ashley is more than happy to just stay in the premier league. The reward per position isn’t much. Certainly not worth putting £20m in for a new striker. Cups don’t offer financial reward and are all but monopolized by the rich 6.
    As things stand that squad will stay up, that’s all that matters to Ashley.
    I can’t understand why people write these pieces every bloody window thinking something might change. Wake up.
    Either accept it, attend the matches, buy the shirt, the merchandise, smile and drink the cool aid or do the only thing you can, support the team but boycott all financial input to Ashley in the hope that he may finally leave when the well runs dry. That’s the options.

    • FatParosite

      I could not agree more….. The close season dimwits starved of football see everything rose tinted as they have the capacity for cogent thought in the same way as a household radiator has the capacity to fly.

    • Jezza

      I agree entirely. I am not the least bit surprised by the lack of transfer activity this summer. This transfer window is going exactly as I predicted it would before the season ended. I knew there would be no significant incoming transfer business because I know how Ashley’s mind works.

      The fat pig wants NUFC to be two things and two things only:

      1. A highly profitable business.

      2. A huge free advertising vehicle for his core sweatshop business.

      As things stand the club is comfortably satisfying both those requirements so from Ashley’s point of view there is no need to make any significant changes. Why strengthen a team that finished 10th when they only need to finish 17th. It would be madness to take £20 to £30 million out of the profits to boost a team that is already performing well above the required standard and can comfortably afford to drop a good few league places next season without any detrimental effect on Ashley’s masterplan.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Exactly Jezza, What has changed from last year to this ?
        The MO is still the same but people are still shouting the odds at a bloke who is never going to alter the course of his actions.

        • Geordiegiants

          A bloke who has already said he isnt going to spend any money and said that we will have to get by with what we have until the club is sold.

  • FatParosite

    I read “Now if the above did happen, I wouldn’t be completely unhappy if a new number one striker didn’t arrive. I think with what we have going forward, we are decent.” – then stopped reading. I fully expect the words thank you Ashley for saving our club somewhere within the rest of it….. Slack-jawed.

  • DeadToiler

    Townsend, a striker and a versatile full back should give us enough to improve on from last season. If we get rid of Mitro, Ritchie & MBemba this will give us funds for players. The quality depends on how much (if any) extra Ashley puts in.

    • FatParosite

      Even with that we will stand still.

    • TheFatController

      He said he won’t be putting money in. I know he lies, but I am pretty sure he won’t be going back on that statement anytime soon.

    • jack

      You’ve got more chance of nailing jelly to the ceiling

  • Vodkamagpie

    The fee banked on him,10mil. Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t we just buy him. 2mil odd loan fee, purchase end of season 7mil, total cost 9mil. So bought him a few days ago, sold him for a profit of 1mil, which basically covers his wages etc for the year. Only thing Newcastle get out the transfer is [email protected] load of paperwork and massive waste of time

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I just don’t get this article because nothing has happened at the club and there is no change from this time last year.
    What has went dramatically wrong all of a sudden that would warrant yet another Mike Ashley has done X,Y.Z to me and my family ?
    There is no change in the approach by Mike Ashley and the same things are being said as usual at this time of year, Ashley Must Spend etc

  • Desree

    Jezza said in March expect loans and frees.

    We have just put in an offer for Rondon, loan with a option to buy.

    Jezza. Can you start predicting that Ashley sells, Rafa stays, we smash the transfer record and make the top 4?

    • Jezza

      I could make those predictions, marra but I’d be wrong on every one of them and I don’t want to ruin my 100% record.

      • Desree

        Selfish!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Jezza is always proved wrong, he’s a lying piece of you know what

  • Desree

    This might sound irrelevant but Disney is a good example of fan power.

    The last Star Wars movie bombed after fans decided to make their views clear by not going to the cinema.

    Sounds radical. Any coincidence that our last major transfer window came a few weeks after only 30,000 turned up to watch spurs.

    • Jezza

      Look at West Ham’s record breaking spending this summer after a little bit of fan unrest last season. There’s a very valuable lesson to be learned there for Newcastle fans.

      • Down Under Mag

        This issue is Ashley has the club set up to cope with relegation and will be sure that even if we go down from massive mismanagement once more that we will bounce straight back up again (along with a sizeable new amount of debt added). He also has absolutely nothing to gain by spending money (we won’t qualify for Champions League, so what would a few places higher in the table gain him) and he is comfortable with what he is getting out of the club as we are right now and won’t get any extra even if he does spend. Spending money and aiming for higher in the table is for the fans and the club, Ashley doesn’t gain anything by it, in fact he loses on the deal because the profit margin will go and will likely have to pay higher wages and risk his “safe drop” philosophy. That is why nothing will change…Ashley is happy to keep picking up the free publicity and offering the fans nothing but mediocrity as long as it doesn’t cost him anything personally..

        • Desree

          Ashley can hide anything with the accounts. He has also lied in court.

          What he can’t hide is a empty stadium. It isn’t the money, it is his vanity.

          30,000 turn up for spurs, 12 months later he has spent 90m and apologised on TVto fans promising cups and CL places.

          The fans need to keep Ashley accountable and the only way to do that is to stay away from SJP until he gets the message

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            For a boycott to he effective, you have to go in the first place.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      30,000? It was 47,000

      • Desree

        Thanks for the input Don’t stop Keith Bishop.

        I believe the official number was indeed 47,000.

        But given MASH and NUFC accounting treatment, only 30,000 people were in attendance.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          according to NUST and MAOC, both of which have raised how much to actually buy MA out and fulfil their goal? I’d love a new ambitious owner, I’d love fans to get together nad put money in but I can’t stand whining and expecting someone else to take all the risks.

          Some NUFC fans are like socialists, they want a lot of money spent but they want it to be someone else’s money. I had you down as one of the more honorable ones.

          • Desree

            No honour amongst thieves Bobbi. And Mike Ashley is a parasite as far as it comes to owning clubs.

            What did at Rangers was despicable and it is happening at NUFC.

            There is no defending Ashley now. It is time for fans to take stand.

            I would invest in NUFC if the opportunity presented itself via crowdfunding.

            But Ashley would want 600m just out of spite.

            Every man woman and child n the north east would have to stump up 1500 quid. Or every season ticket holder 12500.

            Half of st james park spend that on beer in a year.

            I am no socialist, indeed I believe in capitalism when it creates. But Mike Ashley has no intention of building a compelling future for the club.

            He has no interest in supporting the community of Newcastle. He has no desire to support the youths and young talent.

            He treats fans, employees and business partners with total contempt.

            Yet you find any excuse you can to defend him. If you aren’t working for Keith Bishop what is your angle.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What he did at rangers was to force a takeover from bad businesspeople who wanted to own the club with other people’s money.

            Whilst United probably would have gone into admin / bank forced a change of ownership without Ashley, Rangers would have folded again without SD lending it money to get out of the clarts.

          • Desree

            Bobbi as I said, no honour amongst thieves.

            Football clubs are massive business.

            It is the fans who are the customers. The fans support the club and believe that the money they spend goes into the club.

            Keep on defending Mike Ashley as much as you want. But deep down you know that what he is doing is wrong.

            There is honour in rescuing a club from ruin. There is no honour of the intent behind rescuing the club is to then use it solely a vehicle for personal gain.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Are you talking of Ashley or the other Rangers’ shareholders.

            None of the board members would risk their personal monies on bailing Rangers out (again) having ran the club in the same illogical manner that got old Rangers into extinction

      • jack

        I remember the game well , you’d be hard pushed to say there was 30000 in that day , this is what I mean about creative accounting and Ashley

    • NUFCDan

      The gate receipts are small fry compared to the TV money.

      • Desree

        It isn’t about money. It is about drawing attention to Ashley and bad press.

        Does no one get what button to press.