Do you remember the days when Newcastle fans used to get excited by the players that the club bought?

Mike Ashley may be getting it in the neck with supporters mobilising to attack his ownership but other Newcastle fans are falling into the trap.

You actually get some fans, and local media, heaping praise on Mike Ashley and his minions for selling players.

The storyline being that we should be applauding them getting these departures ‘over the line’, especially when it is (allegedly, according to Sky Sports) £22m to be paid by Fulham, potentially (supposedly) rising to £27m if certain targets hit.

Surely Newcastle fans should understand by now, what players are sold for, is a bit of an irrelevance with this owner.

Andy Carroll for £35m…

Yohan Cabaye for £20m…

Moussa Sissoko for £30m…

Gini Wijnaldum for £25m…

Mitro for £22m/£27m…

Rafa Benitez generated a £40m profit on transfers in and out in 2016/17 transfer trading, mainly through that Sissoko sale, then last season there was a net spend of ony around £15m, £20m at the very tops.

Yet here we are this summer with Rafa Benitez not having a penny to spend unless he sells first.

So once again I say, why should we be celebrating what players are sold for by Newcastle United?

Even if you see the benefits of big selling fees, you then have serious doubts as to exactly how much of any sale price Rafa gets to spend now.

Merino goes for £10m and free transfer Ki Sung–yueng comes in.

Mbemba out for £6m and £3m Schar arrives.

Mitrovic for £22m and £9.5m Muto in.

Maybe we will see a miracle and a big net spend in the next 11 days will all leave us wondering how we could ever have doubted Mike Ashley…but I doubt it.

I’m sorry, but I’m not going to get excited at all if we sell Mitro for £22m, I will save that for when Newcastle buy a striker for that amount.

Although whether I’m actually still alive when that happens is open to doubt, plus by the time it does come around under Ashley, £22m will be what ambitious clubs such as Fulham and Bournemouth are spending on third choice left-backs.

The idea, that seemingly many Newcastle fans are being duped into, that it is somehow clever/good business to be selling a forward for £22m and then buying a replacement for far less, is just plain daft.

Yes, not all big transfer fee players work out, but they are far more likely to be good enough than your average budget signing.

Just look at last summer, players such as Manquillo, Joselu, Atsu and Murphy aren’t good enough for our first team, just our luck that the one player (Lejeune) that has proved good enough is now going to miss the whole season, or most of it at any rate.

The thing that people conveniently ignore as well, when congratulating Mike Ashley on selling high, is all the players who the club lose money on, especially those who aren’t good enough and can’t be shifted, seeing out their entire contracts or given away. The likes of Haidara, Marveaux, Obertan, Riviere and many more.

Fulham are no mugs. They are spending money and buying players who they think can progress their club, not only keep them up this coming season but help them build and build, year after year.

Maybe you think Fulham have paid £5m or so more than Mitro’s worth but what is that compared to the financial hit that Mike Ashley has already brought twice to the club with relegations in 2009 and 2016?

I understand from Rafa’s side of things why he is ok to sell Mitrovic but from the Fulham side of things, I can very much see why it works for them.

Mitro has scored 10 goals in 40 Premier League games but that isn’t the whole story. With 18 of those games as a sub, he has only actually played 2,203 minutes in the English top tier, his 10 PL goals coming at a rate of one every 220 minutes.

Taking that over a full season (38 x 90 minutes), he could potentially get Fulham 15 or 16 goals if staying fit and the Cottagers getting the service to him.

What would we give to be signing a striker who we believed had every chance of scoring 15+ goals this upcoming PL season?

Even if not backed elsewhere on signings, Rafa should be paying out that £22m Mitro money (plus a few extra quid) on a striker that he really wanted to go for.

Instead it will be another cut-price option such as Salomon Rondon, with 24 goals in three Premier League seasons.

Meanwhile, some foolish Newcastle fans will still be applauding Mike Ashley’s ‘business acumen’ on the selling front. You couldn’t make it up.

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  • Brian Standen

    Your points are valid except about Rondon, it is widely known that he was always Rafa’s top target so that is good business! Forget his record, if Rafa likes him I’m comfortable with that!

    • Tino11

      Not doubting you but do you have a source for that? I only remember Rafa saying he has missed out on top targets and is having to look elsewhere.

      • Brian Standen

        No source just what we all read and hear, given the likes of champagne signings are out of our league under Ashley

        • Tino11

          So where do you get ‘widely known’ from? When Rafa is on record saying he has missed out on targets.

          • Brian Standen

            Rondon has been mentioned since virtually the end of last season in one form or another!
            Yes he has missed out on targets although only one I can think of is the French bloke who went to Germany

          • Tino11

            But you did say he was his “top target”, my point is Rafa has only been on the record as saying he has missed out on his top targets and was having to move further down the list. The papers might have mentioned Rondon but I bet he was never Rafa’s ‘top target’, let’s see how enthusiastic he is in his quotes, he didn’t exactly gush over Muto!

          • Ben Jones

            This is an impossible situation, every rafa signing that comes good is Rafa’s signing, every rafa signing that goes bad or isn’t fashionable or expensive enough has been foisted on rafa as a 5th (seems a popular number) choice. Literally walks on water

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            Ashley Apologist

          • panther

            great name

          • Mike Adam

            Realist to me.

          • TeessideMag

            Wasn’t Rondon linked a few years back, before he signed for West Brom? Could have swore he was originally a Carr recommendation.

    • Leazes.

      Surely not… a relegated 8 goal striker is not the Rafalution its the Stagnation!

      • Brian Standen

        Did you expect Harry Kane to rock up?

        • Leazes.

          Don’t be bloody stupid…. Rondon….how far down the list is that one?

          • Brian Standen

            Stupid? What are you hoping for? Under Ashley it’s the best we can hope for and under Rafa he could well prove to be decent signing!
            Or perhaps your reminiscing about the happier days of Bobby Shinton and Billy Rafferty!

          • Leazes.

            ‘The best we can hope for’….. give me strength….. then what is the point of having a world class manager?

          • Brian Standen

            Again fair point! But we have and while he is there we have some hope!

          • Leazes.

            They should be using the Rafa effect to push on but they seem to have chosen to push him out and impose players onto him…. I think that is more like common knowledge.

    • Foggy

      This Rondon business has dragged on for ages. You have to wonder, why, if he is that good in a world class managers opinion, some other team hasn’t stepped in who also shop at Pondstretchers?

  • Leazes.

    Absolutely…. the chronicle boys are leading the charge with ‘great business’ sensations! and they’ve fished out selected tweets and facebook comments to justify the ‘Ashley is great theme’!

    • Brian Standen

      I think your beef with the chronicle is a bit wide of the mark, can’t see any selected sensational tweets!
      Fact is Rondon is about the best we can hope for under Ashley!

      • Leazes.

        Rondon is not the last minute Joselu mistake, this is the club purchasing players over Rafa’s head…. he’s crud!

        Problem with the journalists at the chronicle is that MGN did a mix up policy with Liverpool Echo, their Sports Editor is a Newcastle fan and ours is a Blackburn fan….. theyve done this sh*t for 30 bloody years!

        They do a stitch up job every time they’ve set out their stall again to back the Ashley regime!

        I can’t call any of them traitors….. they aint United fans…. none of them!

        • Brian Standen

          Fair enough

  • Billmag

    Don’t care if Mitro stays fit in my opinion he won’t score 15+ goals in a season but we’ll see.

    • Mike Adam

      Yes we will all finally see Bill.

  • Mrkgw

    Our club are being taken for complte mugs by Fulham. Granted, Mitro is cause for debate amongst supporters but Rafa didn’t give him lickings of a dog last season. Nor much during our promotion season either, favouring Gayle. His judgement is flawed if we sign Rondon. That, on the back of a string of ineffective signings i.e. Hoss, Manquillo, Murphy, Sels, Atsu to name but a few. Leazes is right also in criticising happy clappers at the Chronicle. ASHLEY OUT!

    • Ben Jones

      The only person you’ve listed that is ’cause for debate’ is the only person that wasn’t a rafa signing, every single other person you’ve mentioned in a disparaging manner are rafa signings, what does that mean?

      • EveryoneBlockBenJones

        You’re just an Ashley Apologist..

        • Ben Jones

          Here boy, here boy, what’s this? What’s this?, good boy, who’s a good boy?, yes you are!, fetch

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            Woof woof!

      • Mrkgw

        I infer that Rafa might not always be the brilliant, flawless judge of player that we think. I like him greatly – make no mistake. But, his signings have been questionable. For that, I make no apologies.

        • Ben Jones

          Fair comment

        • Mike Adam

          That is true about Rafa and ‘every’ manager that ever managed, they ‘all’ make mistakes.

        • Damon Horner

          I don’t think anybody thinks Rafa is a perfect judge on players, like Mike Adam says though, all managers get them wrong at times. The one thing I will say though is we should wait until Rondon is a bad player for us before we assume it surely?

    • Billmag

      Sels was Carr’s recommendation he was given his marching orders shortly after, even the great Fergy maid some duff signings I won’t mention the Rondon – Mitro debate as we have done that one to death, I don’t think you are ever going to get over the fact Mitro’s gone.

  • Leazes.

    The best thing you can say about Fabian Schar and Rondon is they know about a relegation scrap!

    The worst thing you can say about them is the both failed that relegation scrap!

    Cheap as chips, third rate, no stats can back them up as being anything at all
    …. and the chronicle calls them sensational deals!

    THEY ARE ABSOLUTE BLOODY MORONS AT THAT PAPER…… BOYCOTT IT!

    • skarabrae

      I couldn’t agree more about the chronical… I remember when it backed the magpie groups takeover from mckeag etc… now it just toadies up to Ashley & his croanies, I stopped buying it years ago!!

  • TheNutJob

    Fatty`s at it again, Gayle & £3m to £4m for Rondon he gets the dosh from the sale of Sels.
    the Mitro dosh just disappears, he`ll end up over £20m in profit in this window

    • Leazes.

      I think its about £15m now…..When Mitro goes it’ll be nearer £40m

      • TheNutJob

        I think you could be right

      • Tino11

        Maybe Rafa is stupidly thinking he’ll get some of it in January if we are struggling, we know how that turned out for him in recent January’s!

        • TheNutJob

          I think Rafa has made his mind up, he`ll do his best to keep us up then walk away next year

          • Tino11

            Yes I agree, he will wheel and deal to get a squad that can hopefully fight relegation off, then he will be off next summer and can happily wait for an ambitious club to give him a ring.

          • Mrkgw

            Yes, having sold Mitrovic and inflicted Rondon upon us.

          • Tino11

            I think Rafa would have liked to have inflicted someone better than Rondon as Mitro’s replacement on us, this signing stinks of 3rd choice or lower.

          • Mrkgw

            I know that Ings suffered serious injury but, his signing would have been logical. Rondon though? Hells teeth.

        • Ben Jones

          Mr Ashley doesnt like spending in January as you don’t get value for money in an inflated market, more likely to be getting 80%+ of the funds now

        • Leazes.

          I don’t think they’ll sanction a January spend with a matter of 4 months left on his contract…. not at all.

          • Tino11

            Yes that’s likely very true, perhaps he has been promised a tiny bit of it for loan fees if we are in the bottom 3.

          • FatParosite

            Rafa will not believe in ANYTHING Ashley says….

          • grantham mag

            It will be to late by then relegated by Xmas

    • Peaky

      Leazes is on form….someone must have nicked his Yorkshire puddings 😳😳

      • TheNutJob

        😲😲

    • Albert Stubbins

      What aboot membemba and merino?

  • HarryHype59

    It ‘s hard to disagree with sentiments of this article. Under Ashley, Newcastle have become the “Sports Direct” of the EPL. The regime take a perverse pride in spending as little as possible in order to make short term profits over long term growth.

    The NUFC brand, so respected under Keegan and SBR, has been well and truly trashed, debased and devalued under Ashley.

    • Leazes.

      The point as well about the local press bigging-up the bargains wasn’t missed!

      They were in such a hurry to find quotes on facebook saying what great business the Rondon deal is that they failed to notice one was was from a WBA fan!

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂

      • TheNutJob

        Monga`s back leazes
        😠😠
        😂😂

        • Leazes.

          He never left…. you mean that name has turned up! He was going through his troll accounts in alphabetical order yesterday, he did the letter ‘R’….

          • Wezza

            They’re trolling and denying it as well. They’re unbelievable. I’m done even mentioning these sad tories now.

  • Wor Monga

    Haven’t bothered checking out the political bletherings on this site while the actual football has been on holiday, but glad to see the main tub-thumper Leazes is still hard at work trying to sway public opinion away from supporting our club…somebody has to have been paying him for all the time he puts into this life crusade of his…

    …I can’t believe somebody in 2018 is still negatively harping on about the sales of Carroll our one time (one season) local superstar…or Sissoko who needed the World Cup above all else in life, or Cabaye who ended up at Palace, FFS or Wijnaldum who’s been the real nowhere man in exactly the town where the term was actually created…we didn’t need Mitro last season or the one before, and the one before that he was so crass stupid, it was untrue…so he’s gone now. EOS…

    …The main thing is (despite all those dire predictions) weve still got Rafa with us, and when you’ve got him you know for a fact that whoever he turns out on the field will be up for it (that’s what we wanted wasn’t it) and that’s what counts…HWtL.!!!

    • Soldier

      we still have Rafa, he`s leaving next year because of the way the club is being run & starved of quality players so Ashley can milk it dry and you say
      we still have Rafa. take another holiday

      • Leazes.

        Oh has he turned up under that one now…..haha!

        • TheNutJob

          He`s back, wor monga

          • Wor Monga

            I’ve never been away man I just look in every now and again and laugh at you lot every now and again!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Leazes is an absolute fantasist weirdo but you and your brother are utterly mental, yet another account

          • Wor Monga

            Just me mate…same account as always…same lap-top for donkeys years, and once again looking forward to the coming season, with Rafa in charge and with a fair amount of optimism like always, that’s all!!!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Rafa isn’t in charge of Man Utd though

          • Wor Monga

            …WTF!!!

          • TheLeeFamilyArePaedos

            Tea is at 17:30, don’t be late!

          • FatParosite

            Bingo later……. I SAID IT”S BINGO LATER…!!!!

          • Leazes.

            I just mentioned it yesterday it must have reminded him.

      • Wor Monga

        I see you’ve been reading the tea leaves again, Action Man!!!

        • Soldier

          just stating facts

    • WorMongaTheMongrel

      I don’t think you can read properly, or maybe you can but can’t comprehend. It’s not that those players don’t play for us anymore, it’s the fact the money we got for them hasn’t been spent on quality replacements.

    • Wezza

      “all the time he puts into this life crusade of his.”

      Pot kettle black? You and your brother troll here and it is part of YOUR crusade against NUFC fans.
      Why?

      • Ben Jones

        Ahhh one of the infamous brothers from Manchester , trolling this site of really important people for years, all because , what is it again?, shearer knocked them back or the 5-0 or something, anyway, yeah, since then they’ve dedicated their lives to trolling this website of really important people by spending all day and night making multiple accounts, each with their own character, which are painstakingly remembered, all to troll this site of really important people, they sound crazy don’t they…

        • TheLeeFamilyArePaedos

          Tea is at 17:30, don’t be late!!

          • Ben Jones

            I know mummy, does wor Kevin?

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            Where has your fellow ‘realist’ Ghostrider gone?

          • Ben Jones

            You need help, you have at least 4 guest names plus your ‘real’ account and that’s minimum, seek help

      • Mike Adam

        Maybe, he just has a different opinion than you and others???

        • Ben Jones

          I feel sorry for them, their complete blind ignorance has left them with no other explanation as to what’s going on other than troll or brothers from Manchester, they’ve completely lost it

        • Wezza

          Whatever, I have better things to do than deal with trolls. Bore off.

          • Mike Adam

            That’s right only your opinion counts. Then please go do other things.

      • Wor Monga

        Hey Wezz…I don’t know any brother trolls mate…I’ve supported the club since I was 10 year old in ’56, and I will as long as I am able, and when I feel like it I’ll put my six-penneth on here whether you and your non-supporting buddies like it or not!!!

        • WorMongaTheMongrel

          name your primary, middle and high schools?

          • paul mclaughlan

            Name yours.

          • WorMongaTheMongrel

            Hazlerigg, Wideopen, Seaton Burn

        • Toon Barmy

          Calm down, if i recall you informed us on a few occasions in the past that “it’s ONLY football”, so you are basically getting annoyed over nothing, just go and enjoy watching the football, nothing we say or do is going to stop you, and please stop using this site as somewhere to boost your ego, i couldn’t care less if you are a so called “super fan” or not.

          • Billmag

            See this is what’s wrong with this forum Wor Mon has an opinion and yet he gets slagged off for it, no wonder he doesn’t come on here as much as he used to.

          • Toon Barmy

            Do you think it’s okay for him to slag people off for having an opinion?

          • Billmag

            Where exactly has he slagged anyone off, he’s been called a troll now I’ve followed his post’s for a long time now and he has always backed the team through thick and thin with Rafa at the helm and he has never once backed Ashley as far as I can remember.

    • FatParosite

      This is typical of every SJP frequenting fan’s intelligence being in negative equity. All you see is the short term and you’re still hooked by the worm of jam tomorrow. The players identities who were sold were not at issue with this article but the major salient point you and many other like you wilfully chose to miss. The money has been made and is still being made on promises never kept.

      • Wor Monga

        Jam tomorrow don’t make me laugh…I’ve supported the club too long, and don’t expect any Jam ever, but with Rafa in charge, and his players playing for the shirt, and us, I’ll be there supporting them!!!

        • Albert Stubbins

          Is Paul Weller coming back like? If so I’m in!! :-)

    • Paul Patterson

      #Wheresthemoneygone
      💰👋🚁

      • Ben Jones

        That’s your job to prove if you’re claiming it’s the case.

        • EveryoneBlockBenJones

          You have been reported to DISQUS;

          Ben Jones – joined August 18th 2015
          Clarko – joined August 18th 2015

          Exact same date, exact same year, both Ashley Apologists and both upvoting each others comments, how sad.

          • Ben Jones

            Haha . Christ Clarko, of all the days you could join you chose the day I did!

          • BenJonesBellEnd

            Noboy is going to buy that.

          • Ben Jones

            Well has Clarko riled you as much as I have over the last week? Why has he saved it till now? Presuming of course I’m him rather than he’s me

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Let’s see what DISQUS say, I hope you remembered to use a VPN everytime you made a comment.

          • Ben Jones

            Lol. No mate I’m just on my phones Google engine . No sweat buddy

  • Wezza

    “Do you remember the days when Newcastle fans used to get excited by the players bought?”

    Too long ago to remember!

    “Instead it will be another cut-price option such as Salomon Rondon.”

    Muto is Mitrovic’s replacement, we won’t be buying another striker let’s be realistic.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Muto, Joselu and Rondon.
      We’re gonna have defences sh*tting their pants with these prolific marksmen.

      • Wezza

        Indeed! As long as MA is in profit that’s all that matters though.

      • Leazes.

        Our own!

    • Leazes.

      You know when Ashley proclaimed that there would be no more media event signings eleven years ago, most people thought it was because he was just getting rid of the ‘fanfare of a media circus’…. not that the quality of signings was unworthy of trumpets and fireworks!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Troll City formerly known as the Mag
    Bye

    • Tino11

      Yep it’s gone crazy, they need to remove the guest option and ban anyone using the same IP for more than one login, that would be a start at least.

      • FatParosite

        It would make no difference to the k1ddy p0rn king pins… They would never be off VPN.

  • Albert Stubbins

    We have negotiated some good deals in recent years for players who were not worth anything like what we got for them, Sissoko, Carroll, Mitro etc etc. If only this money had been reinvested into the team imagine how good a team Rafa could have made for us by now. Unfortunately it’s all ever been down to one man’s greed that has prevented that from happening.

    • Clarko

      Ashley did reinvest the money received for Sissoko (and Carroll over time), in the 16/17 summer window Newcastle actually had a net cash outlay of £11.4m. In the 17/18 season we had a net spend of ~£46.0m. In his time here Benitez has spent ~€123.1m (not including the fee for Muto) on players.

      If you want to complain about the lack of spend in this window go right ahead but you just weaken the point/message when you lie/make false claims about the spend in previous windows.

      • Soldier

        quoting figures from doctored accounts isn`t very smart at the best of times, one consolation, you aren`t one of the many trolls on here.
        how you doing on your anger management course ?

        • Clarko

          Again people like you make the entire fan base look stupid, you ARE one of the many ‘trolls’ on here and people like you just make the problem worse.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Dummy.

          • Soldier

            i`m far from a troll if you look at my record on here.
            as for your answer, the treatment isn`t going at all well.

          • Clarko

            What record? I’ve seen your comments, you may not be a “troll” (I hate that word) but you’re certainly an idiot and you are part of the problem.

          • Soldier

            there you go again, i guess you were a real problem child
            the runt of the litter

          • Clarko

            👍🏿

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Click on his profile, he joined on August 18th 2015, the person who upvoted his comments ‘Ben Jones’ joined on August 18th 2015, now what do you think the odds are for that!

          • Soldier

            it`s a funny forum, the trolls are staring to out number the genuine posters

          • Wezza

            There are two brothers and their father and have over 40 ID’s between them. Disqus are sorting it out.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Ben Jones likes your comment, Ben Jones joined August 18th 2015, Clarko joined August 18th 2015.

          • HarryHype59

            It’s the same sad person.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            Yes I know, but it’s nice for everyone to see the evidence for themselves.

        • Geordiegiants

          He is, I thought he wasn’t, but he has proven that he is a troll, in various different ways recently.

      • Danimal

        Sorry, are you saying Benitez has spent plus £123m or minus £123m? Or Euros, not that there’s much difference these days. I don’t think either is correct but pretty sure it’s a minus.

        • Clarko

          ‘Benitez has spent ~€123.1m (not including the fee for Muto) on players.’

          • Danimal

            What’s the curvy line? A plus or a minus? And just to clarify, our we now doing it in Euros?

          • Clarko

            The (~) means approximately. I wasn’t talking about net spend, I was talking about spend, it would be difficult to spend -€123.1m on players.

            As for using euros, I pulled the €123.1m from transfermarkt, the reason for using euros instead of pounds is because the database saves the fee in euros (german website) and then converts that number into pounds, the problem is that the conversion rates are always changing so the pound value you see on the website does not represent the fee that the club actually paid at the time of the transfer, it is the euro fee converted in pound using the most up to date conversion rate (not accurate). The euro fee always remains constant and should be used when using that site.

          • Danimal

            Net spend is all that matters.

          • Clarko

            No, it’s not.

          • Danimal

            Great news. I’ll explain that to my accountant when I submit this year’s books. Thanks wise one.

          • Clarko

            Yeah, you don’t have an accountant or any books.

          • Danimal

            You think so?

          • Geordiegiants

            You are afucking idiot. It’s exactly what it’s about!

          • Clarko

            I’m just going to quote your comment because I think it’s pretty hilarious:

            ‘You are afucking idiot. It’s exactly what it’s about!! It’s’

            From a known racist as well.

          • Geordiegiants

            🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

          • Superdooperhooper

            The chronicle said that ashley has made a 180m profit on transfers since he took over
            Care to explain that one ?

          • Clarko

            Firstly, I was talking about spend and not net spend. Secondly, you’re the one who has just stated that Newcastle have made ‘£180m profit’ since Benitez ‘took over’ so it would be your job to explain where that number comes from.

          • Superdooperhooper

            No I said ashley not benitez

          • Clarko

            I was specifically talking about Benitez.

            How has Ashley made ‘(£)180m profit on transfers since he took over’? I’m interested.

          • Superdooperhooper

            The chronicle said that not me. If you or ashley have an issue take it up with mgn

          • Clarko

            No you did say it, you chose to use that information, that’s on you. You’ve failed to explain what you’re talking about and haven’t provided any link (title of the article) so I have no idea what you’re talking about.

            What I can say is that number (£180m) is not net spend, excluding this window (using figures form transfermarkt) Newcastle have a net spent of €76.88m under Ashley (we’ve spent more than we have sold).

      • SuperDesHamilton

        ‘Over time’ 😂😂😂

        Sold him in January brought in a free (Kuqi) sound solid investment as usual…

        • Clarko

          You quote the phrase ‘over time’, laugh at it and then provide an example of a free replacement being brought in 10 days after Carroll was sold…

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Free being the key word

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Do you think a 30 odd year old journeyman was a suitable replacement for a premiership club? If so I’d like the drugs you’re taking

          • Clarko

            Why would you ask that question?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Because I want to?

            I’m curious to know, do you think that was good enough?

          • Clarko

            Where did say/suggest/imply that was good enough?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I’m asking you

          • Clarko

            Yes and I’m asking why? Why would you ask that question? How is that a relevant question to ask?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Because I say it is, a don’t think you can answer because that would mean removing your tongue from Ashley’s hoop

          • Clarko

            No, that’s not how relevance works.

            Have fun though.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Your tongues been out his hoop longer than 10 seconds, you ok?

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            He won’t answer because it hurts an apologist to say anything against the regime.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            “Where did say/suggest/imply that was good enough?”

            Missing an ‘I’ there, dummy!

          • Clarko

            No, I was missing a ‘he’…

            😂 😂 😂

            You can’t even get that right…

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            You were still missing something, dummy. Ben Jones.

          • Clarko

            😂 😂 😂

            You’re missing some brains.

          • ClarkoIsADummy

            You’ve been reported to Disqus, 2 Ashley apologists regsitering on the same day in the same year, I hope you remembered to use a different IP between the 2 logins everytime both accounts made a comment, otherwise the game is up.

          • drc74

            all i can say is ashley must be a heavy cxmmer as he gives u his special facial

          • Danimal

            Well, it would seem a relevant example. Does it not suit your agenda?

          • Clarko

            No, it’s not a relevant example.

      • Albert Stubbins

        It’s not a false claim. You have just admitted he spent the caroll money over time. Well I will use the same argument that you have used and over time, the eleven years which Ashley has been in charge we are as a club a reported 170 million pounds up on transfers. The chronicle reported this so the figures admittedly might be out but it will be well over one hundred million. Is that also going to get spent over time?

        • Clarko

          It’s funny someone down below quoted a £180m figure. I believe you’re both mistaken on what that figure refers to, it’s not net spend, excluding this window (using figures form transfermarkt) Newcastle have a net spent of €76.88m under Ashley, once again proving that funds were/are reinvested over time.

          The title of that article form the Chronicle would be appreciated.

          • Danimal

            Clubs are spending net £76m annually due to the tv bonanza. Your lord and master has spent that in eleven years???

          • Clarko

            No, you’re wrong.

          • Danimal

            Are you just here permanently, waiting to respond to stuff. Have you thought about changing your name to Alexa?

          • Clarko

            Says the person replying…

          • Jezza

            He’s just a troll who is here purely to wind up Newcastle supporters. Don’t give him the satisfaction. Just block him.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Most transfers going out is in installments, sissoko gives us 6mil per season etc. How is it possible, that for the past 4 years, Newcastle have out spent , West ham, Southampton , Burnley, Bournemouth , etc. Newcastle have out spent every single team in England, excluding the top 6, and everton, Leicester, in the past 4 years.

      • TheFatController

        Well, given he’s so generous and free with the club’s money and yet is still not appreciated, why did he not sell to Staveley and be done with it for a small profit?

        I thought he was a smart businessman? Seems not.

        • Vodkamagpie

          Every season that goes by, the value of the club will undoubtedly increase, considering we remain in the premier league .

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    People cannot argue that there are some skills there when it comes to bringing in money on Ashley’s part.
    The supposed plan Ashley was meant to be working to sounds good in theory and I haven’t got a problem with it if it was executed properly.
    In an ideal world clubs would love to sell a player that they unearthed for next to nothing for mega bucks if it was going to be invested wisely to repeat the process but that has not happened at Newcastle United.

    They seem to be great at the selling part of the “Blueprint” but absolutely hopeless when it comes to the buying side of things to which we have all seen.
    The investment needed if they were serious about their plan should have went into the academy and employing top class scouts who would scour the world looking for the next big thing.
    As we now know that has not been forthcoming and some of the rank amateur appointments of those people who were meant to deliver this have been laughable in the extreme !

    • Leazes.

      No,sorry there is a problem with the policy AND the execution, the very notion of selling your players to satisfy the books undermines team building.

      They have sold players and written off seasons without a thought again and again to make profit, and over the tenure of this regime have made £180m, now the proof that the policy is stupid is the two relegations which cost the club money in the same region…..

      …they haven’t deviated from it, and the only adjustment is the rate of payment, they now accept installment payments!

      Its a monetary policy of shear idiocy, which leaves the squad vulnerable, trailing and it undermined the poor manager who is left as no more than an onlooker and that is the position Benitez is in failing to implement the Rafalution!

      You don’t need a trophy manager to park a bus with third drawer players whose only purpose is to market S**** D*****…. and the club know that!….

      ….and that is why the contract is being run down, that’s why the clubs PR is saying no money until you sign an extension! Nobody wins here except his bloody advertising, its stagnation for football,

      Playing russian roulette with the club is moronic and he’s doing it again this season!

      • Will In Despair!

        Nice, I thoroughly enjoyed that read, so very well said and eloquently written – I thank you sir for your time! (Altho, I simply could not be bothered to read the post you replied to!)

        It really does sullen one’s thoughts, as it’s our club! Alas, the truth at times is always the hardest hitter 🙃

        I do wonder how many more relegations we have under this odious goit, ho hum 😥
        Excuse the happier tones this fine evening, an decent afternoon spent consuming the old Vino 😇

        (The Misery One Formerly Known as I Think Therefore I Am, Will)

      • Wezza

        Well said Leazes.

  • TheNutJob

    Chanel allure sport extreme, try it, sends the girls wild. if you want good stuff it`s Chanel or Dior, me dad say`s the Mackem`s are still wearing Brut or Lynx
    😂😂😂
    talking football all the time will send you barmy

    • Peaky

      Sat for 3 hours watching the end of The Tour De France and still haven’t spotted Wor Lass…..what a waste of a Sunday afternoon…..🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🇫🇷🇫🇷

  • Mrkgw

    According to Sky Sports, top spenders are as follows;

    1. Liverpool – £176.9m
    2. West Ham – £94.9m
    3. Man Utd – £81.7m
    4. Arsenal – £70.6m
    5. Man City – £60m
    6. Chelsea – £57m

    Where has our clubs money gone? Ashley says we can’t compete. Why?

    ASHLEY OUT!

    • Vodkamagpie

      And yet, Newcastle have spent more than west ham in the past 4 years. Maybe hard to believe, but true.

      • Will In Despair!

        🤮

      • Big Hairy Man

        🔔🔚

    • Will In Despair!

      Wowser, these certainly are unbelievable eye watering amount of lovely cash, scary.
      They bounce these figures around as tho we’re actually a part of it, while also conditioning us 😉, and here’s me hoping the Bitcoin price rises just a tad, enough to buy a few (thousand) beers, I wish 😉

    • Wezza

      I too wondered the same question for years and cottoned on exactly what he wasn’t up to. The figures have never added up and the latest accounts are nonsense. Ashley hasn’t banked the TV money and the proof is happening right now. Sell to buy. We don’t have too many players either our wage bill has never been cheaper.
      Ashley out!

  • Geordiegiants

    FFS our squad is overloaded, we need rid of a lot of players. It’s no excuse why the fatcunt isn’t spending money, but it’s a reasonable request to sell before we buy. Considering we have already moved out 13 players, some on loan, some released, some sold, and have a full 25 man squad still. It’s no surprise.

    • Clarko

      No, our squad is not ‘overloaded’, providing Mitrovic leaves and Muto joins we will have 26 senior players, that’s fine.

      • Geordiegiants

        I’m sure we only need 25???

        • Clarko

          We can register 25 players. Do yourself a favour, go and check out the squad size of each Premier League team on transfermarkt before replying.

  • Leazes.

    The best thing you can say about Fabian Schar and Rondon is they know about a relegation scrap!

    The worst thing you can say about them is the both failed that relegation scrap!

    Cheap as chips, third raters, no stats can back them up as being anything at all
    …. and the chronicle calls them sensational deals!

    THEY ARE ABSOLUTE BLOODY MORONS AT THAT PAPER…… BOYCOTT IT!

    • Mrkgw

      Yes, it went downhill when Gibbo passed the reigns to Ryder. I seldom agree with their views on things and reporting is meak. The good old days of the Saturday night Pink are long gone.

  • TheFatController

    Mike Ashley’s business acumen.

    The people who think he has good business acumen I presume base it on
    A. His retail business success
    B. His ability to sell one or two players st higher amounts than they’re actually worth

    But consider this;-
    – in football his only business has seen its debt double in the period of his ownership
    – every apologist on here complains big money signings are often over-priced. Ok, and sometimes they are. But if they are, why are we revering Ashley for selling two or three players for more then we think they are worth given we sell plenty of players ?

    Ashley has no football business acumen. He just knows how to cut costs and occasionally gets lucky with a club desperate to make a signing on deadline day. Hardly genius business building.