Our fans will not like this but unfortunately it’s true, Mike Ashley has everyone from the press to the supporters, exactly where he wants them.

Even Rafa is powerless to change his direction, despite using the one year left on his contract as a bargaining tool.

Before I go into the reasons for Ashley’s contentment, I will provide my view of his strategy.

Like many, I believe he wants maximum return for minimum input, stability the main aim with financial results before success on the pitch. I also feel that he has it in for the fans to some extent, his friendship severed long ago.

Just to show what a grip he has on the club, here are the things that confirm his stranglehold:

He currently has a Premiership club with guaranteed income. This may not last but at least he has the power to decide our destiny. For now he is where he wants to be.

He has the press exactly where he wants them. The local journalists can smell a rat but won’t dare risk being cut off as the Evening Chronicle were, a couple of years ago. The nationals and Sky see him as some sort of saviour who saved our club and now acts in a responsible manner. What we see as penny pinching, they see as a suitable strategy, ignoring unreasonable expectations from the demanding fans. Sky give a platform to their partner, to enable his reasoning.

Ashley has successfully lowered expectations, just look at social media or talk to fans to confirm this. As he did after we finished 5th, he has failed to capitalise on a golden opportunity but not by accident. To be honest, mid-table will do me again.

He still commands interest and will achieve full houses every week. Even during the World Cup, fans are wowed by a free transfer. Even the critics must admit to a genuine buzz when we sign a player. He has a team in a football mad area. People are powerless and Liverpool style protests won’t work here as fan power is our only real asset (ED: Reality was that Liverpool fan protests got nowhere either, it was only when Hicks and Gillett ran out of money that they were forced to sell, shame Mike Ashley isn’t running out of cash…)..

Mike gets free advertising week in week out. Even his notorious interviews put him and his first concern in the spotlight. Furthermore, as journalists will point out, there is no such thing as bad publicity when it comes to marketing a product.

He can sell the club anytime he wants by lowering the price. Personally, I think a Mike Ashley free NUFC is worth £400m but no one else seems to think so. It is in his hands and he knows it but as Shay Given once said, he enjoys winding the fans up. I don’t think he wants to sell, just using it as an excuse to be non-committal in the market.

If all goes pear-shaped for him, unlike previous years, he could really asset strip the club and with a squad to the value of £200m. He could also keep all the £125m prize money, accept relegation and then sell for a reduced amount (comes to nearly £400m). To those keyboard warriors who think he has already done this, I would say in the words of BTO, ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet’.

So what hope can I offer?

Well, Wonga shirts can be bought for next to nowt and you get used to missing the match eventually.

My real lifeline is knowing that in football, what comes around goes around, look at that lot down the road! I just hope that our great fans are rewarded rather than Ashley’s club nosedives. Sell up please Mike, no chance I hear you all say.

To feature like Steve Hickey submit your article to [email protected] and/or for more info go here



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First of all he cannot keep the T.V. money as it’s the clubs and he cannot just take it out. He can pay himself a wage or a dividend but honourably chooses not to. What he can do and has every right to do is take the loan back but he will probably only do that when the club is sold in the region of £350m a bargain given that it includes the loan repayment and the T.V revenue and the assets of players. For those who hate him so much would like to say this. Out of the original twenty teams in the Premier League the first season only nine remain. That year Aston Villa finished 2nd, Norwich 3rd, Blackburn 4th, Q.P.R 5th and Sheffield Wednesday 7th. The likes of Oldham Athletic and Wimbledon were there, also Coventry City. As no one wants to buy us at any price it his loan which is keeping the club very much alive and for that I am grateful as without it we would not be in the Premier League at all..

    • Wor Lass

      The only “honour” that fatty knows about is “your Honour” – you know, the sort of person he routinely tries to lie to.

      • Paul Patterson

        Court proven liar .

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      HE is the club, you idiot

      • Your mum

        He is not the club, the club is a separate legal entity, any money he pays himself from the club will be taxed. That is the only way he can take money out of the club, just like any other ’employee’ of a business, regardless if they are the owner or an apprentice.
        Whilst i want him out, we have to be careful what we wish for.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          he is not an employee he`s the owner

          • Your mum

            Yes, but he can’t just take money out of the club without paying tax on it, just like any other employee, director,owner of a business. It’s very simple if you understand the law.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yes but he is filtering money out clearly. We have bigger incomes than most clubs, yet still we are struggling to compete with championship clubs for signings.

          • Your mum

            Look at the company accounts, don’t you think we have to be squeaky clean with the HMRC stuff going on. Or does that not suit your agenda? You can’t just siphon off money, it’s not a builder that gets paid in cash.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s funny that isn’t it? He obviously isn’t squeaky clean as HMRC wouldn’t be raiding the offices and penfolds house.

          • Your mum

            Yes but that was related to French agents. It’s nothing to do with Ashley or his personal wealth. People really struggle to separate business and personal. Ashley is a billionaire on paper. If he has more than a few hundred million in his personal accounts I’d be surprised as it’s pointless.

          • Geordiegiants

            You do know he owns Mash Holdings? Have a look at how much is in there, and rising!

          • Your mum

            Yes, he owns it, like I own my company, but it’s not the owners money it’s the companies money until it is paid to them. This is what you don’t seem to be able to grasp.
            Why is a companies profits increasing classed as dodgy dealings? There could be 20 other companies in Mash holdings.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yes in the eyes of the law it’s a separate entity, but the truth is it’s all his money.

          • Your mum

            So which one are we using here, the law or your fantasy land?

          • Geordiegiants

            So it’s not his money?

          • Your mum

            No, it is the companies money until he pays himself from the company in some way.

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s like talking to a wall, regardless of how you put it, or how it looks on paper, it’s the cancers money.

          • Your mum

            It’s not my problem that you don’t understand, or want to understand. How do we know he is the only shareholder or director? For all we know the holding company could be making losses and no money could be withdrawn. Hopefully this helps you grasp it.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Not in terms of legal entity. The only way he can get money out is by paying dividends or wages both taxable or repaying his loans non taxable.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Grass is green
      Water is wet
      Monkseaton defending Ashley

    • phildene

      We know he takes the money. There’s no chance we will see any of it. He’s been thieving the clubs money for last 11 years and has a very good accountant to cover his tracks and who gets extremely well paid for doing so

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Not taken a penny out sorry.

      • Ram Kishore

        When he has many ways to makemoney..Why would he take money out of the club.
        Why would he give loans to sustain and manage the losses..
        Yes as any other owner who has bought any other club as a business entity to market his firm Ashley does the same.. just like Bet365 owners.. he has made wrong decisions.. but saying that he’s stealing money from his own property is senseless

    • Oldgeordie

      If the TV money is the club’s why don’t they repay the loan? Then if the club is worth £400 million he could sell it more easily as it is loan free and still financially sound

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Two points you raise here. If he repayed the loan the price of the club would go down to say £200m to £250m so very reasonable price.
        However we have no money in the bank at the last two sets of accounts as the costs and transfers take all the income so it is not possible at this stage but perhaps in stages over time.

    • Mike

      no one will buy this club

  • Paul Patterson

    The thing that would make me sell, is knowing that I’m hated by a hundred thousand people or more, my business practices are held in contempt by millions including politicians.
    All the while knowing that regardless of anything, if I did sell, I’d have a billion pound retail empire to fall back on, lot’s of money in the bank and at least £200m in my bank account if I sold the club at a bare minimum.

    However, I don’t have the brass neck that Ashley does . .

    • Billmag

      Billionaire’s are armour plated Paul.

      • Paul Patterson

        See my above response.

      • Peaky

        He revels in his notoriety.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He doesn`t care

      • Paul Patterson

        I like to think I’m pretty thick skinned, but I’d consider my position, knowing I’m made for life a hundred times over if I was getting the sort of abuse that he justifiably gets. Especially if it escalated to physical threats ..

        • FatParosite

          He did and it hasn’t shaken him one bit. If anything it has strengthened his resolve. Empty seats would shift the slug.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            How, shift him where? Empty seasts will just reduce the budget, everything else will stay the same.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I doubt you would care is you were hated. I’m afraid, most of those who hate Ashley haven;t thought this through.

      The idea that NUFC will get Ashley out by showing he’s hated didn;t work and will not work, it’s stupidity.

      If I were Ashley, I’d shrug my shoulders and put two fingers up to those who think they hate him.

  • FatParosite

    Twas ever thus… well for a decade at least. No point going over it again and again. Liverpool did put up a fight against ticket rises and won & Rangers fans rid themselves of the Ashley cancer. However if fans feel they have no power they have to consider that the premier league will not put up with empty seats. Wenger was poleaxed by them. Ashley would have Scudamore on the phone the minute it became apparent we were making a protest on that scale. We just don’t. I understand an addict needs their drug yet still complains at the symptoms. I deplore anyone who goes to the SJP, not the away fans because Ashley does not get that money. I hate the feckless idiots who buy his tat and eat at the match as much as I hate Ashley. THEY are ruining our club.

    • phildene

      Well said and very true. The fans are their own worst enemy at this club

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Ashley does get the money from the away fans.

    • paulo

      Agree

    • I-Think-Therefore-I-Am

      Agree, totally, and that’s what I’ll never understand, you have the sheeple stating you always support your team, no matter what, altho the bigger picture is in doing so it’s supporting the authoritarian regime that is so very detrimental to our beloved club, and who has stripped away most everything, from the team, land to our identity, with the bigger picture being what this piece as well as Leazes successfully states, it’s happened, history!

      I love this club, and see very little hope or future, and this is coming from someone who was on the inside!

      It’s the reason that since the 1st week of takeover, I’ve never spent a penny, and never will, as there’s only one decent outcome, and that’s Ashley’s got rid of/sells up – gowd please let there be a buyer out there.

      Until then, I will watch from afar, still supporting my club – by not supporting!

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The problem is Leazes in the most part is lying.

        • I.Think.Therefore.I.Am

          Propaganda is all you ever blow out of your rear end.

          I’d rather converse with a bulls behind then listen to the constant fantastical truths you and the ‘others’ try to perpetuate, with your rose tainted ashley specs, makes me sick, your obviously on the payroll! Your nearly as bad as him.
          Simply, you cannot tell me anything I do not already know, fact! I still have good contacts ;-)

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, with a Krypton factor of nil.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            What assets has he stripped? Why keep the land for instance, it was turned into cash that helped us get promoted.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    100% correct

    • Your mum

      It’s not, it is factually incorrect.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        It is but when you’re an Ashley love child like yourself you twist facts

        • Your mum

          No its not. Yes, he could sell the players and take any funds from the club as a payment and the prize money, but he would have to pay a lot of tax on that, 50% probably, so he would never do it. It’s just more uneducated scaremongering as he would never get £300m nevermind £400m.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Oh yes it is

          • Your mum

            in your deluded blinkered world maybe. Ashley doesn’t lose money, we know this, so why would he deliberately lose 50% of his investment.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A think you’d protect these lies with your life, Mike’s got you well trained.

          • Your mum

            And there’s the delusion i mentioned.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Just try to deflect it like a coward

          • Your mum

            deflect what?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            The utter **** you spout m’lord

          • Your mum

            you mean the law? you’re making yourself look very silly, again.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            No that’s you, you were embarrassed on your other account last night

          • Your mum

            Sorry to burst your bubble again, I only have one account.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            We all believe you….

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            The lad takes paranoid to another level, he has convinced himself I’m also fleckman , monkseaton , and now by the looks of it also you. Im posting this comment now from Lutterworth, South Leicestershire. He needs to go and do his homework as he could see that your post isn’t from Lutterworth and mine is. I offered him last night to come and meet me in the three mile, gosforth after i had just got back from glasgow with graft, i was there from 8 till half 9 ish, cant be anymore open than this, but he prefers to troll the mag sending messages through the middle of the night, very strange boy. He is a proven bottle job and very very paranoid😂

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            They had a poll on here and I am the most hated and disliked person on here even above Clarko and Fleckmen I regard it as an honour as these people hate our club.

          • 1957

            Does he have to pay tax on the profit he makes from selling the club?

          • Your mum

            Yes, if there is a profit after his loans are repaid. But the clube will not be in his personal name but probably in a holding company, so it would potentially be subject to corporation tax depending how that company does over the year.

          • 1957

            So the more the club/holding company ‘owes’ Ashley as a proportion of the selling price the less his tax burden?

          • Your mum

            It’s only a tax burden to him personally If he chooses to take money out of the holding company and move it to his personal account, which he probably has no need to do so.

            What would probably happen is, the club sells for £350m, then the 350 minus the 150 (approx.) that is owed makes 200m- the £135m that the club was bought for (from wiki) leaves £65m. so the holding club makes £65m profit. On this, if it not reinvested elsewhere and the other businesses are breaking even in the holding company the he would pay corporation tax on the £65m profit. If it sells and there is a £65m loss in the holding company then no tax will be paid. (numbers are estimates)

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I see what you mean, you agree MA can take his personal loan back tax free and the loan made via St James Holdings will have to go via the company.

          • Your mum

            Yes, exactly, but I highly doubt the loan was ever a personal one, it makes more sense to fund it through the parent or holding company as he would pay much less tax initially.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I actually think the first loan of £129m was a personal loan but it makes no difference anyway tax purposes. Nice to have someone sensible on here but you will not be hated as much as me and Fleckmen that is for sure.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            £111m is a personal loan, £33m from St James holdings.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            His loan/investment won’t be taxed.

          • Your mum

            i know, i have said that below.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            In actual fact, he could take £144m out tax free. I think, had we been relegated again, there would have been a temptation of liquidate as much as possible and pay himself back. In that situation, leazes would see what asset stripping is, that hasn’t happened.

  • Alex

    Don’t paint everyone with the same brush, Steve. I don’t buy anything from his tat shop, nor put a penny into NUFC any more. He could’ve been brought down a few years ago, had the sheople not supported his running (down) of the club. He most certainly doesn’t have ME where he’d like me.

    • paulo

      Here here mate.

    • mentalman

      the fans couldn’t organise themselves enough to bring him down, they along with the media made a laughing stock of all newcastle fans

      • Alex

        Disagree. There was an organisation there and active, but the sheople bought into the “support the team, not the regime” garbage. See where that’s got us! They’re the ones that Ashley has where he wants them. The ‘laughing stock’ is what other fans think of us for putting up with such schyte and doing nothing.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          The bedsheet wavers made us a laughing stock.

        • mentalman

          They organised two different walk outs at different times throughout a game and the media lapped it up, why not have one walkout? There was then a boycott and the media showed a couple of kids playing football outside th he stadium and branded it as the boycott so yes there was little organisation and the media made the fans look stupid

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      How could he have been bought down? The way to change owner is to buy the shares off him. We can’t afford £330m but most fans can afford £2,500, get 150,000 fans, put some money in and we all own the club and we can all save on bedsheets.

      • Geordiegiants

        We don’t have many FANS anymore, we have a stadium full of socialites.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Believe me we have lots of fans but also have people on here who hate Newcastle United.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          We’ve a forum full of socialists, they all thing the world owes them a living

          • Geordiegiants

            Hows that like Bobbi? As far as I can gather most are working people on here or would t be able to afford season tickets.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Just look at Leazes’, Jezza and their hangers on. Football seems to turn folk into wanting the work but having it paid by someone else’s toil.

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t follow.
            We as fans have worked our socks off to follow this club, be it in the past the now or the future.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            We have, however, we still demand the owner throws more money in, do you not thing he’s put enough in?

          • Ram Kishore

            When it comes to u asking this question everyone shuts off lol

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            That is the problem, few people are clear what they want from an owner except they know the owner is having them over!

            On balance, I think another owner would be better for the club but unless it’s a Oil baron or someone or entity equally rich and equally flamboyant we will always have mobs of fans moaning.

            who’d ever bother being a football club owner?

          • Ram Kishore

            Sometimes I feel the problem here is the mismatch of most Fan’s ambitions and the capability of our owner..
            All went crazy after the Kev’s incident

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The KK thing changed everything but surely people can understand individual actions.

          • Warwick Hunt

            See my reply to kishore above. Can’t be bothered to repeat myself

          • Warwick Hunt

            Nah not having that . We want an owner who trusts the manager and allows him to get on with things without micromanaging everything. Is that too much to ask?

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t want him to put any money in, I don’t think any of us do, we want him to run it properly and use the money it brings in properly, who in the world would lend money to themselves and charge interest?
            Bobbi it’s fuckingridiculous.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The owners of Leicester charged interest on their loans, Stoke’s owners charge interest. Sir John Hall charged interest when he owned the club.

    • Peaky

      The Chronicle could have and most certainly should have got stuck into the regime.

      • Geordiegiants

        They have been bought.

        • Peaky

          Shithooses…all of them…

        • Warwick Hunt

          What does that say about this site ? They’re always going on about season ticket renewals

  • Leazes.

    There’s nothing left to Assert strip Steve….

    He’s stripped some of the land at Little Benton and all of it on Strawberry Place.
    The squad is of a relegation standard, he did that by stripping the club of players.
    He stripped the club of its advertising streams.
    He stripped the clubs merchandise streams and only gives back a token payment.
    He cant take Sky money and PL bonus payments because the accounts have to balance…. that would be theft!
    He seemingly has taken the Stadium from the club and is renting it back…..

    ….What is left to Strip?

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Ive stopped this year. Not everyone will agree but I feel its the only way to help my club eventually be rid of him. I gave him a chance a good few times and he had the perfect chance with Rafa but there is no longer any doubt to the direction he wants to take.

    Everyone has a different tolerance level, mine was up.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      You are wrong not everyone has a tolerance level or the game would die. Crewe Alexander have some great supporters so do Bristol Rovers, Coventry City. There are only nine teams left from the original Premier League the other eleven such as Oldham and Coventry long gone. However it’s the good supporters that keep the game going so remember that.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Here we go again Monkseaton telling people how to support their club 😴😴😴

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Not telling him to do anything but with his attitude he needed replacing by a new enthusiastic fan or some one retiring from a job who worked weekends.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            OK replace me with one of those ones who turns up and reads the programmes for the first half and never get out of their seat.

            Ive spent fortunes following my club. Love it to bits that it hurts to not go but alas I believe its personally the right thing to do. If someone comes forward with a plan ive stated i’ll put a few £k in to be rid of the sports direct cuckoo thats plonked itself on St James Park with the fans having to feed it.

            Ive always been an optimistic supporter, glass half full. Very positive person but when it comes to Mike Ashley hes a large black cloud. One day it will be shifted hopefully not too late that the club is so knocked back that it will never be what it should have been for future generations.

            I personally feel we have an obligation as current fans to do something to protect the club and the region for future generations to come. Being asleep on watch is not an excuse.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Don’t bother. I’m fairly certain Monkseaton works for the club . He’s one of ashleys bean counters or PR goons . No ordinary fan is that obsessed with the club’s accounts

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Please see my comment above but sorry do not work for the club but wish I did.

          • Geordiegiants

            Very well put 👍

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Please see comment above.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The only person ever to put money in the club and you hate him very sad. He has spent a fortune and you and the other ungrateful people on here can do your shopping on a Saturday afternoon as we do not need people who do not care. We finished tenth have a great manager and a squad of players who give their all and you jump ship. Says a lot about you.

          • Will Venus

            “The only person ever to put money in the club”?. Can you explain that statement? What about the supporters, who have always put money into the club, long before Ashley appeared on the scene. Many have now stopped doing so, as is their entitlement, but I’m sure will do so again when Ashley is no more. That is why we are entitled to ask where all the money is going, and to date, there has been no credible explanation. It is generally a good idea to engage the brain before opening the mouth

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The money goes on players and wages please read the accounts.

          • Will Venus

            Answer the question. I dare you. How is Ashley the only person ever to put money into the club, and what is your claim based on? As for you’re referral to the accounts, don’t be so naive

          • Wezza

            He’s Fleckman aka. David Lee, him and his brother troll here daily to wind people up. They’re not Toon fans they’re Man Utd fans. They’ve been exposed on here long ago. Very sad. I just block them.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            Its relative. Ive put plenty money in relative to Mike Ashley over a longer period of time.

            Also please dont put words in my mouth. Not once have I said hate which is a strong word. I wish the man to move on from my club and im not a fan of his but never have I said hate matey. Wind ya neck in please.

            Your definition of care is worrying. Whether I support from the ground or the other side of the world im a supporter. My belief is the club will never progress or grow to watch is achieveable with Mike Ashley as owner. He does not care end of. If you want to continue to support a regime that does not love the club, have a sense of ambition or any remote passion for it with a distinct disrespect for its workers and followers knock yourself out.

            You’d be a great replacement for Lee Charnley.

          • Warwick Hunt

            Well said. He’s a supporter of mediocrity not Newcastle United

        • Leazes.

          Which club is he talking about here, as far as I’m aware he’s a Man United fan, an acolyte of George Best, his facebook showed he was a frequent visitor to Manchester where his younger brother Kevin Lee worked for the Prescription Pricing Bureau …. oh yes he’s fleckman! aka David Lee.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Instead of living behind an iron curtain and blocking anyone who says anything good about Newcastle you should live in the real world Jezza to and several others.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        My tolerance is with Mike Ashley. Don’t confuse the two.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          I am not many supporters continued to follow Blackpool and Coventry it’s called being a loyal supporter.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            So what are you going to say to supporter who cannot attend games or afford season tickets? Are they not supporters anymore?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Toonbobby, where were your seats? I’m just thinking if they are in a good spot, I could grab them next week.

          • Geordiegiants

            That’s the exact intimidation the vile scum is trying to promote.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Just asking, I think I’m waiting until Saturday when all the seats are available but if he’s got a couple of good seats, it will be good to get a heads up to get in early.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            When I was at school I used to have two paper rounds and deliver leaflets. Remember the going to Bristol City the year we got relegated near the end of the season working two days to get the money. Newcastle United should be your life no cars, little food keep your money for games.

          • Fireman Sam

            Bla bla bla

      • Fireman Sam

        Bla bla bla.

  • Wezza

    Spot on article. As for the 125M TV money – that has already been transferred to the MASH black hole along with the Carroll money.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      But it’s not Wezza. £18m of the Carroll money did go to pay the relefation loan but ever othrr penny is within the club.

    • Wezza

      David and Kevin Lee are blocked. Ciao.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Thanks for the lively response. I wrote the article on three fronts: 1. Frustration 2. To demonstrate my own views 3. To pinpoint the things that can be challenged. To those who stopped going like myself in 2008, that is your right but don’t criticise those who still go, they are what makes Newcastle great, not our bank balance or history (which is quickly subsiding into the wilderness). Our passion and pulling power is what makes us stand out from the rest. A great club will always come back. Just like karma saw England through last night, cheats shouldn’t prosper, take note Mr Ashley. TV money makes attending the match insignificant in terms of revenue! Let the fans watch THEIR club.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    😈 Mass hysteria last night based on 1 penalty kick. Had they gone out it wouldn’t be ‘it’s coming home’, it would have been, they’re a disgrace again.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    The Ed makes a good point, “ED: Reality was that Liverpool fan protests got nowhere either, it was only when Hicks and Gillett ran out of money that they were forced to sell, shame Mike Ashley isn’t running out of cash…)..”

    You don’t force an owner to sell unless they run out of money of need it elsewhere. His Rangers period was the time to buy him out, he would have sold cheap in order to get into Rangers. He’d sell now for the going rate of £350m – £400m.

    The author is right, he could get his loans back by selling players to the core of a youth squad, the club has not been asset stripped at all yet. The time to do all that is next season if Rafa leaves. If Rafa keeps us up but leaves with his team, Ashley could sell anyone with a value and get his £144m back. From then, the club is debt free and with a very low wage bill.