One thing you can’t accuse Mike Ashley of, is doing many/any favours for Newcastle fans.

Of course, when the self-made English billionaire swept into Toon back in 2007, most of us did think it was the start of something really good.

Not a fortune, but a half-decent amount, spent on transfer fees in his first window but Mike Ashley did back Sam Allardyce in terms of big contracts for players from other Premier League clubs, as well as from abroad.

When he gave Fat Sam the boot only some seven or eight months into his tenure and promised Kevin Keegan he had his full support, and the manager had the final say on transfers in and out, it appeared we were on the verge of something special.

Ten years on and we are all older and wiser, at least most of us are, indeed surely everyone now is….?

For that, we have Mike Ashley to thank.

I can understand those who despite year after year of Ashley’s cynical non-ambitious running of Newcastle United, have continued to try and find positive angles. There is nothing stronger than those who want to believe and indeed this is supposed to be all about an escape from our stress filled normal lives, so why not think that enforced cheap budget signings could actually be just astute buys who could surprise everybody.

However, Mike Ashley has surely now removed all doubt with this summer’s shenanigans.

Whilst most of us recognised last season’s approach to the transfer window as a disgrace, not able to even compete with Brighton and Huddersfield on transfer fees or wages, there was still some semblance of some promise (for some fans) in the signings that were made.

Florian Lejeune coming from La Liga, Manquiilo signed from Athletico Madrid and he’d already played for Liverpool in the Premier League, Atsu could improve after at last getting regular football, Murphy could be the next big thing, Merino coming in from the Bundesliga, whilst Joselu might be a £5m Stoke reserve who had never ever scored double figures in a league season but just maybe…

Even the January 2018 window, despite Rafa’s being blocked from buying any players by Mike Ashley, still could have some spin put on it with the loan signings.

Slimani and Kenedy from Premier League clubs, although Dubravka was a little puzzling, a 29 year old keeper on loan from a Czech Republic club who had never played in a major league.

As it happens, Slimani was a waste of time but the other two were big loan successes and key to our successful relegation battle.

Despite Dubravka and Kenedy being once again set to play this coming season, this current transfer window has been a complete joke, both for the current hopes and aspirations, as well as the longer-term ones.

To be sitting with a transfer profit of around £12m with 16 days to go until transfer deadline day, is quite unbelievable, especially when the manager has made clear he is desperate to strengthen the squad but has been left with no funds by Mike Ashley, apart from cash raised by selling players.

Mike Ashley has surely united all fans this time, there surely can be no room for doubt this summer, the owner refusing to give the manager a transfer budget.

Early June saw claims in the media that Ashley was refusing to allow Benitez any transfer funds unless the manager signed a transfer extension first. This had to be nonsense, didn’t it?

Subsequent events and Rafa’s words though, have confirmed this to be the case.

Instead of breaking the 13 year old transfer record and showing at least the minimum of ambition, Mike Ashley has simply stuck two fingers up to the manager, current squad of players, and the fans.

All three newly promoted clubs are spending money, whilst Rafa and Newcastle are forced to dig in and prepare for another inevitable relegation battle. Brighton and Huddersfield are continuing to invest, there can’t be any Newcastle fan now who can’t see this is a disaster under Mike Ashley.

It isn’t about not being able to strengthen the squad, it is Mike Ashley choosing that to be the case.

Not beating that 13 year old transfer record is bad enough but Newcastle United are actually trading down.

Merino sold for £1om and his replacement is a free transfer, normal clubs would use that money and add £XX to then look to buy better.

Same with Chancel Mbemba heading out for £6m, Rafa seemingly forced to be looking at the budget/free end of the market for a replacement.

Even the long-awaited Aleksandar Mitrovic departure, likely to leave for £20m and Rafa to have less than that to spend on his replacement. Crazy.

When you add totally unjustified season ticket price rises (Newcastle one of the most expensive to watch outside the ‘big six’) and the most expensive replica shirts in the Premier League, what more could you need to tell you Mike Ashley is poison?

So thank you Mike Ashley, you are surely the best possible recruiter for the #IfRafGoesWeGo movement, for at least that we have to be thankful.

At last all Newcastle fans united against the common enemy.

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  • Ben Jones

    It’s starting to become the worst thing we could have done as a club in employing Rafa . He needs to sign his contract renewal or leave NOW and let the club back the man who wants to manage the club . Tired of Rafa’s games now . Sign or leave

    • Big Hairy Man

      Are you a total 🛎🔚 or just a troll?

      • Viru leckworth

        Both

      • Leazes.

        Why ask? he’s a troll…. surely you know by now! just don’t feed them man, you give them reason to stay around, you block them and they change name…. that’s the game they play!

    • DavyB

      Rafas games? Are you sure? He was promised ‘all money the club generates’. When your boss breaks promises to you, why the hell would you sign a new contract?

      If it was me, I’d sign a new contract and see what funds were released then. If the funds weren’t adequate, I’d resign and take him to court as per Keegan.

      • Ben Jones

        Exactly. If it was you you’d sign the contract , as would I , but it’s not you or I is it , it’s Rafa and he’s not signing , he’s doing the opposite to what we would do . But you’ll still say he’s right as he can do no wrong

        • jack

          No you .wouldn’t sign because this isn’t the first time it has happened , Ashley has history have you forgot , anyone would be wary of signing a contract

        • TheFatController

          Taking a specific and generalising. That’s what people who can’t make ale a good case do. Just FYI

        • DavyB

          Surely that’s his prerogative? He’s got far more experience of negotiating contracts than me or you so you have to take him at face value. (He’s been quite open and honest about it) He may not want to be embroiled in a court case when things go sour – I can see both sides of the coin.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Why would he sign a new contract? Ashley will never honour it. He’s a scheming liar.

      • Ben Jones

        Then he’ll have a case for constructive dismissal won’t he

      • panther

        exactly, Rafas is not in it for the money, he could walk today and double his money with a 6m signing on fee, he’s not signing because he knows what Ashley is, its like cuddling a cobra

        • Ben Jones

          No he couldn’t, he stays he earns 6m , he leaves he earns nothing and owes us 6m , so -6m , the only way he could double his money is if he get employed at another club for 18m for the year, this would wipe out the 6m he owes us and leaves him with 12m (double what he currently gets)

          • panther

            pretty sure he could negotiate for a new club to pay it

          • Ben Jones

            And the figures I quoted wouldn’t change, the new club would have to pay 18m in the first year to double as you say, but maybe you’re right, maybe that’s why Rafa isn’t signing, maybe he wants to leave, maybe it is all about his personal wealth and not the club for Rafa, it’s certainly a possibility

          • panther

            Where’s the block button?

          • Ben Jones

            Next to my name, there’s a little expand button thing in there and that’s where the option is, best wishes for the future

          • panther

            who will be youre next identity so I can block that too?

    • TheFatController

      This childish approach is now getting a little tiresome…

      • Ben Jones

        Agreed. He needs to sign or leave

        • TheFatController

          No, you’re just immature. It’s just your low self.

          Some get attention in childhood for being irritating because no one took a blind bit of notice of them for anything else.

          It’s sad but when it manifests in adulthood, it looks exactly like the ‘designed to irritate’ nonsense you write on here.

          Yes, you’ll get a reaction, if that floats your boat go ahead ..

          • Ben Jones

            Ffs right ok . Give Rafa billions to spend and don’t even askhim to sign a new contract, let’s skint the club on Rafa’s players when he won’t sign a contract . Sounds like a really sensible thing to do & keeps in line with the supporters NEED to do everything the least efficient most expensive way

          • jack

            He’s not asking for billions moron , he’s asking to be able to compete with all the clubs below top six , he’s asking for Ashley to show ambition and to improve the academy , not a lot to ask to be able to compete on a level playing field is it ? Actually Rafa is fighting for your club a hell of a lot more than you and some others are .so instead of what your saying you should be stood shoulder to shoulder with him as all the rest of the fans should do

          • TheFatController

            You deal in a specific to make a generalisation. That’s low quality case making so maybe give up outting a point across til you can comprehend all the facts in the case you’re dealing with?

          • Leazes.

            I blocked that one a year ago …. that will be the youngest one the idiot ….Kevin Lee.

          • TheFatController

            I wish is mum or dad had given him the attention he needed. He’s all over the place on here. It’s like a car crash.

      • Viru leckworth

        I’ve heard he enjoys peeing into the wind

    • panther

      better if you just leave

      • Ben Jones

        Bless

      • Billmag

        Here here.

  • Leazes.

    Why do you suppose Charnley hides from the public? It’s not because he’s self conscious about being pug ugly!

    • ghostrider

      Why does he need to parade in public?
      How many MD’s do you see parading in public any more than Charnley?

      Same with owners.
      Most simply take a back seat and leave it to the staff to stand out.

      • TeessideMag

        Okay I agree, but how about the other end of the scale… how many other clubs don’t have a mission statement, don’t hold regular fan forums (or dictate which questions are allowed to be asked), and refuse to speak to the local press?

        • FatParosite

          ghostrider is a Bishop bot. Block & do not engage it’s pointless.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I don’t understand why people respond to him

        • ghostrider

          Think about it from Ashley’s side of the coin.
          If he comes out and says anything positive it’s immediately cast off as some scam to wind up the fans.
          If he comes out and tells the fans that we can’t compete with the big clubs on the type of fees they pay out, he’s classed as a miser who is trousering the profits.

          And if he comes out and puts his cards on the table, he’s dealing a stacked hand and playing it, whilst using sky/media stooges to ensure sleight of hand and mind.

          So is it any wonder why he doesn’t bother to hold anything?
          I’m more than sure that he would if he thought for one minute that he wouldn’t be just cast off at every turn.

  • ghostrider

    It’s absolutely amazing how fans believe we are so hard done by and yet ans of all other club, just about, never feel the need to constantly whine about their club.

    What makes Newcastle United so special, except to Newcastle United fans?
    What makes Huddersfield Town so special except to Huddersfield Town fans?

    What makes Leeds United so special except to Leeds United fans.
    Even Leeds fans give their club a rest and they are arguably on par or bigger than Newcastle United, yet are underachieving massively compared ti us.

    Just be thankful we have a club and an owner that can literally run it and not kill it or plunge it into the lower leagues and into basic rarely mentioned oblivion in terms of where the big hitters are concerned.

    Better the apparent devil you know than the devil you don’t.

    • gordon

      Do you even read the article. Why not go through it point by point and give your view on why each of them is a ‘good thing’ for Newcastle fans. Instead we get the same rambling diatribe time and time again. Paragraphs of text with nothing to say except ‘you’ve never had it so good’. Garbage.

      • ghostrider

        But I’ve never said we’ve never had it so good, so maybe take a leaf out of your own book and read what I say.

        • gordon

          ‘Just be thankful we have a club and an owner that can literally run it and not kill it or plunge it into the lower leagues and into basic rarely mentioned oblivion in terms of where the big hitters are concerned.

          Better the apparent devil you know than the devil you don’t’

          Different words, same sentiment. Any response to the rest of my post or are you just cherry-picking to deflect attention from your drivel?

          • justchampion

            Funny I’m sure jabba took us to the lower leagues twice?

          • ghostrider

            What response would you like?
            Because I thought my response was ample for me.

          • TheFatController

            What you think about what you do will be accurate, yes. 100% of the time.

        • TheFatController

          If it’s ok with you, I’ll not. But thanks, appreciate the effort you take writing.

          I would think it’s changed the opinions of, ooh, close to, maybe even exactly, no one.

          • ghostrider

            You’re welcome.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Moron

    • TheFatController

      No, don’t do the ‘if I didn’t beat you someone would beat you worse’ wifebeating abuser confidence sapper tactic.

      You’ll look like you’re seriously mentally ill if you carry on with that logic. Who knows what you can justify to yourself Is actually ok to do to people because there’s someone out there doing it worse .?

      • ghostrider

        Read what I say….or don’t.
        Accept what I say….or don’t.

        • TheFatController

          You’re unhinged. Seek help. It’s out there.

          • ghostrider

            The Dr has appeared….again. Lol

    • jack

      Newcastle is special because it’s our club . If you don’t get that ,then your a fool , look at the keegan banner , it’s our club

      • ghostrider

        It’s my club too….until it isn’t.
        Do you get that?

        Let me make it simpler.
        The club itself is Ashley’s club,a s it stands on where it is and who is employed to run it.
        However, any fan that buys into the club in whatever stance, whether it’s buying a pencil or rubber or shirt or paying into the ground to watch the team or paying a sky ( or other media) subscription in order to watch, or even watching the reserves, or the youth or anything to do with the club, feels that it is their club, whether they live in Antarctica, Australia, New zealand or Newcastle….etc.

        However…unless all those people are willing to buy the club as a mass then they have no control over it for the good…but they can ensure some bad if they choose not to be part of monetary payments towards it, so the club…..(not Ashley) suffers. Your apparent club that you feel is not his but yours.

        So here’s the deal.
        If you want Newcastle United to remain special to you…and every other fan want it to remain special to them…then the club is going to remain special whether it has 10 pence to spend on players or 100 million.

        However, if you feel that cutting off your nose to spite your face and then actually willing to lose your own ears into the bargain just to rub it all in, then do so…..but never look in the mirror believing you’ve done the right thing.

        Keep your nose and your ears and sit out the good the bad and the ugly like we’ve always done and most likely always will….but at least we get to do it with our special club, no matter whether it’s with Ashley or Ant and Dec …..or a Sheikh….just as long as the club remains a long term ongoing club to be a fan and supporter of……UNCONDITIONALLY.

        • jack

          Your an idiot lad . it’s your club till you die. Ashley is only doing a bad job or looking after it for you , typical answer from you

          • ghostrider

            Ashley’s doing a very good job of looking after it.
            What he isn’t doing is bowing down to bullies.
            What he also isn’t doing is jumping into the deep end with half inflated arm bands like he’s been doing.

            He’s also not allowing messiah’s to dictate the club’s fortunes…or not, on a whim.

            I’ll always hold Newcastle United dear to my heart until I die or until the club does. Hopefully it’s the former and Newcastle United live on for as long as there is a game called football.

            Oh…and that’s with or without Ashley.

        • jack

          And if ever a reply was contradictory it’s yours , first of all its not my club or supporters club but Ashley’s, then you end saying your a supporter unconditionally , double Dutch if ever I heard it , to all true Newcastle supporters , unlike you who is just a troll , it is their club and their families after them , owners good or bad come and go , but Newcastle could be in Newcastle’s families for generations

          • ghostrider

            I support Newcastle United unconditionally. I do not put any stipulations on who or how it’s run.
            I might not like certain things at certain times but I’ll always support the club.

            Ok, now we have that out of the way and also the word, UNCONDITIONALLY…. I’ll mention that… any person who decides to only go to the game if Ashley leaves or who won’t buy merchandise until Ashley’s gone….is not an unconditional supporter, because they place conditions on their support of Newcastle United.

            Yet weirdly, somewhere down the line when all is changed and things look more rosy, you’ll get the old ” I bleed black and white” and ” I’m a thick and thin supporter, no matter what.”

            Not to forget the singing from the condition crew…. of….we are the loyalest football supporters, the world has ever had…….UNITED.

            But some are clearly not…..right?

            It doesn’t matter how some dress it up or reason that they’re doing it for the good of the club. They’re simply not. They’re doing it because they have dined on expectation rather than hope…however faint…and are prepared to suffer the strain of their own mini boycott.
            The classic nose off to spite the face.
            The footballing hunger strike that benefits nobody.

            How this game has changed because of money and TV and media hype.
            When I was a kid I’d have my scarf around my wrist, walking to the ground that held 32,000 to watch a team consisting of Hardwick (goalie) and David Barton as our big centre half…etc.
            Playing the likes of Cambridge in the old second division.

            I never worried about how much the players cost and I never worried about us losing.
            To me we were always going to win and even hammer teams.
            That wasn’t me expecting that. It was me having a mindset of any and every game is there to be won until it’s not.

            I always had the shakes with each game.
            Hope and excitement to see the players run out and play football.

            Even when we got hammered and the old moaning started from the ground to the train station…it was about how good or bad certain players did and the praise or digs some got.
            Like it always has been and still is.

            But I never dwelled on any owner/board being good or bad, even though we had some right measly characters running the club.
            Not once did I ever decide not to support the club since then and to this day.

            That doesn’t mean I went to every match or do so now. It means that I will never boycott it and will always support it, whether it’s inside of it or outside of it.

            My excitement starts when the transfers start and the pre-season friendlies start and it rolls on till the end of the season. Every season.
            Because I look forward to football and look forward to Newcastle United being part of it…..with penny players or pound ones….because I chose to go in for a penny and in for a pound, if that’s how it pans out.

            I also have my days when I want to give the manager a dig or slag down a certain player….or have a dig at the owner. All done in a quiet way, until the next time where it all starts from scratch.

            And here I am doing it all again with many many many more to come, no matter who controls it.

          • jack

            Your excitement starts when the transfers begin ? What transfers ? Are you living in a fantasy world , and no I still think you’re not a Newcastle supporter

          • ghostrider

            So we don’t bring in transfers?….Oh ok.

            As for what you think of me being a Newcastle supporter…..keep thinking it for as long as you wish and even tell me about it in every post if it makes you feel better.
            But guess what?

  • Baffled

    One of the best managers in the world and probably the loyalist fan base in the world and still mash can’t understand that if you invest you’ll get it back 10 fold… mike Ashley you are an idiot , I’m sorry if this statement offends any other idiots (trump)

    • panther

      I agree with everything except the trump part, blokes an orange genius, hes come from oz to save earth

      • Leazes.

        I agree he’s orange…. but disagree with everything else…. he’s a billionaire narcissist without empathy for anything like Ashley

        • panther

          you forgot hes hillarious

  • TheFatController

    I think Ashley may be thinking everyone shares his view of people, that we’re all like him.

    So if he and a few others on here say ‘it’s rafa not me to blame’ we’ll turn on Rafa.

    He’s so divorced from the realities of both life and the club, and such a poor reader of human nature and lacking in empathy, I actually do think he believes Rafa may become the fall guy here .

    • panther

      I dont think Raffa will become a fall guy, as everyone despised Ashley long before he got here

    • Ben Jones

      Ashleyaube? What is an Ashleyaube?

      Rafa WILL be the fall guy as the funds will be released when he signs a new contract, this will be proven when he doesn’t sign and our next manager gets all the funds Rafa would have gotten if he hadn’t tried to play games

      • TeessideMag

        What happened to all the money from the previous transfer windows, what happened to this years tv money, what about the money that we are still likely receiving from installments of previous player sales? If he is happy to make this money available… put it in writing and I’m sure he would sign. He’s made these promises before and broken them, now Rafa is in his final year of his contract, he’s trying to use that against him, as he can’t hide anymore…

        • Ben Jones

          It’s sitting in the bank mate, and Ashley is saying to Rafa, ‘sign your contract and it gets released, if you refuse to sign and run down your contract what is my incentive to let an outgoing manager spend all the clubs cash?’

          • TeessideMag

            So put that in writing, something binding, rather than just his word… as we all know his word is worth [email protected]

          • TheFatController

            Yes, Ashley has let this run into a complete mess.

            Further proof he can’t run a football club.

            Get some professionals in with people skills to sort this mess would be my advice to him.

          • Ben Jones

            Some profiesisonals huh .

            Never heard of them

          • TheFatController

            The buck stops at the top. It’s Ashley’s mess.

            He’s not proving good at coping with ambitious world class managers.

            He needs skills poor and needy managers because that suits his man-management skills.

          • magpie 1969

            So Rafa signs his new contract and hey presto the disappears again

          • Ben Jones

            Then rafa would have been a massive mug for signing a contract where the conditions were not on it , OR he has a claim for constructive dismissal

          • magpie 1969

            Fat boy wouldnt be all that bothered about as the compensation for constructive dismissal would cost a lot less than buying new players

          • porciestreet

            And you obviously believe the drivel that Fatboy comes out with…..even though he’s a confirmed liar. He coudn’t lie straight in his coffin mate and that won’t be soon enuogh for the majority.
            It’ll get released ok pal…..straight into MAsh Holdings.

          • Ki’s ‘avin a laff

            Yeah, this is nonsense. Very naive that some have believed this ruse. A year is plenty of time for a manager to renegotiate their contract. No money is being spent because the owner does not want to spend any money. The manager’s contract situation is irrelevant. He’s not Neymar.

      • Viru leckworth

        Pull the other one benny boy

        • Ben Jones

          If any of you lot were NUFC owners then the club would be skint within 3 years, 90% of you would have paid 20m and 80k a week for Jorgensen in January,

          90% of you would let a manager who refuses to sign a contract spend all the clubs money

          90% of you would get too excited and just give everyone whatever they wanted

          90% of you would have a squad of 38 players now with every club in the world knowing were desperate to offload

          Always the least efficient and most costly way

          And all you’ll be left holding is a mug

          Apt.

          • TheFatController

            ‘If any of you’ or ‘if any of you people’

          • Ben Jones

            Yeah

          • TheFatController

            You are the perfect example of an Ashley apologist.

            Poorly researched, lack of coherent argument, over emotional when not getting taken seriously, shown by this example of flippant reply.

            Are you seriously the best Ashley has got at justifying him as owner? He must feel desperate if he sees the posts you put up.

            He’d be cringing. Even he deserves better.

          • Ben Jones

            Flippant reply? What do you want? You’ve located another grammatical error, you’ve shown you understood what I meant anyway by correcting it,

            You want an apology? I’ve corrected 5 or 6 of your posts today too even though I understood them, where does this end? It’s pointless

            So ‘yeah’

          • TheFatController

            Haha, bingo. You’ve been trolled.

            What a sap.

          • Ben Jones

            Right, so you’re the troll

          • TheFatController

            It’s irony. Google it.

          • Ben Jones

            Okay

          • TheFatController

            Haha, he’s having a little moment of indignation.

          • Ben Jones

            Sorry bud there’s no point corresponding with you, can’t be doing with a picky person who’s looking for the first minor error to make a big deal of to derail the conversation. I know your type, your argument has gone and your left with hollow grammatical victories

            It’s boring

          • justchampion

            Haha TFC 1 BJ 0

            Unfortunate initials by the way, or does it represent the special relationship you have with Ashley?

          • Ben Jones

            People like you don’t understand, losing the losers competition is winning the winners competition . Good victory lads ;)

          • TheFatController

            I rest my case

          • TheFatController

            Yes, I am boring you.

            That was my intention.

            You’re not bright, how could anyone with intellect not bore you ? I’m not even being dismissive there, I am sure you aren’t quite all there.

          • Ki’s ‘avin a laff

            It should be “you’re left with hollow grammatical victories”.

          • Ben Jones

            Agreed

          • Ron

            oops I was flippant as well!

          • jack

            Idiot

          • TheFatController

            Put ‘idiot husband’ – he has a bizarre thing about husbands.

            No, I haven’t a clue either.

          • Ron

            However if Amanda Staveley did buy the club and overspent – she could ask her husband to help.

          • Ben Jones

            Quite

          • Viru leckworth

            Sweeping assumptions with no basis. 90% of us would release accrued capital for the good of the club. That’s what we would expect of an astute ownwer – not keep it in a metaphorical piggy bank.

          • Ben Jones

            Listen I’m 90% certain my numbers are correct within a 5% margin of error adjusted for inflation.

          • Viru leckworth

            Now I am certain you re no more than a wind up merchant. Utter bunkum. Wind your handle and go beat your tin drum.

      • TheFatController

        Your approach on here is always so immature.

        For you to think Rafa would be affected (hurt? Haha) by whatever the next manager here has to put up with suggests you’re a child for believing it or a child for not believing it but writing it to wind people up.

        Either way, a child.

        Ps mine was an autocorrect typo, whereas your grammar is often appalling and matches your poor cognitive processes.

        • Ben Jones

          Yeah yeah bud. And it changes your ‘your’ to ‘you’re’ too, you always type everything correctly always, as does everyone else who you agree with , I’m guessing it just people you disagree with that make small grammatical errors isn’t it….

          I never said Rafa would be hurt, I’m saying the next manager will get the cash that Rafa is turning his nose up at

          • TheFatController

            You’re saying absolute nonsense I’ll give you that.

            Keep on keeping on, it’s a good giggle for many on here.

            And knowing your and you’re hasn’t changed my opinion that you’re grammar and vocabulary is appalling. I prefer Ashley apologists to at least be coherent and grammatically correct, or you do him no favours at all really, do you?

          • Ben Jones

            Yeah I can see its giggles I bring out in people…

          • TheFatController

            Well, I doubt anyone takes what you say seriously. It’s unsubstantiated drivel.

            You make up percentages, guess at player wages etc. Ashley would cringe to think that all his apologists on here can’t make an argument without making things up.

            You really don’t do him any PR favours, it is all so amateurish and manipulative. Just like Ashley in fact.

          • Ben Jones

            Husbands? What are you talking about?

          • TheFatController

            Where does it say ‘husbands’, sorry?

            Are you the best of the best of Ashley apologists?

            A small pool clearly, but we and he deserve better. Seriously.

          • Ben Jones

            You make up percentages, guess at player wages etc. Ashley would cringe to think that all husbands apologists on here can’t make an argument without making things up.

            You find it

          • TheFatController

            You’re getting a little overly concerned.

            Are you sure you’re ok? You sound unhinged now ?

          • Ben Jones

            You mention Husbands

            I ask why Husbands

            You say where Husbands

            I show you where Husbands

            You claim I’m unhinged

            You’re crazy

          • TheFatController

            You keep mentioning husbands ?

            Why? That’s a little bizarre, even you must agree ?

          • Ben Jones

            Why did you mention them first and without provocation?

          • TheFatController

            I haven’t mentioned them anywhere. I’ve been back and it’s nowhere.

            Are you misreading when I always say you’re ‘unsubstantiated’?

            Husband is a male partner by marriage, unsubstantiated is when you claim something as fact when there’s no evidence.

          • Ben Jones

            Ok

          • TheFatController

            So you’ll stop saying husband andngonback to just the weird support of Ashley then?

          • Billmag

            Go away is there no playgroups over in the North West.

          • pedrodelgardo

            After the awe you inspire with your wit and intelligence obviously.

          • Ben Jones

            Ty

          • pedrodelgardo

            i never said that ner ner ner ner- you are 14 and I claim my £5.

      • jack

        So you just want a manager with no ambition , a yes man , who keeps his mouth shut ,and you think Rafa is just playing silly games , your deluded mate , if we all participated in the way Rafa is against owner I’m sure we would have our club back ,but with people like you we’ve no chance

        • Ben Jones

          Never said that, don’t try and strawman me pal

      • Ki’s ‘avin a laff

        There will be no cavalcade of funds, contract or no contract, this manager or new manager.

    • FatParosite

      Ashley is a sociopath

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Rafa is a good manager no doubt, But is he playing into Ashley’s hands when he is wheeling and dealing for players in the bargain basement ?
    Would it not have been better if he walked out on the club instead of staying out of some kind of duty and loyalty towards the fans ?

    At the end of the day this is what Ashley wants is a manager who is at the sharp end and front line of his business empire doing his bidding.
    He is no different to others who have been employed by him in the past who work within his ethos.
    Buying low, Selling high with costs kept down and more rolling in that is ever spent.

    In that respect Rafa has been perfect for Ashley
    The trouble is, It could be doing more harm than good when you play ball with it…

    • jack

      So you prefer Rafa to have no ambition and just keep his mouth shut , your just as bad as Ashley , it’s ridiculous what you’ve wrote

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        It isn’t though !

        • jack

          It’s your club till you die , Ashley is just doing a bad job of locking after it for you

    • Billmag

      Give over man Rafa is no better than the previous incumbents, that’s a rather silly statement how the hell is he playing into fatty’s hands the man has more pride in his little finger than the fat slob has in his whole body. Unfortunately Rafa doesn’t hold the purse strings, you would actually like him to walk away and how is that going to help the situation he isn’t perfect for fatty in fact he is a thorn in the slobs side.

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        The point is, Nobody can work for this man !, And if you play the game you end up as part of the problem.

  • John D Williams

    Ghostrider. If we get relegated this season we will be in oblivion.
    Rafa will go, so will Lascelles, Kenedy etc. We will NOT get promoted again. Look at the statistics we are the ONLY club relegated twice who has bounced back the first time. No thanks to Ashley and Penfold. We had very strong leaders the first time, Nolan etc who gave great support to Hughton. Then it was Rafa getting palyers to stay and persuading others to come(Ritchie) Do you honestly think McLaren would have got us back up? Do you honestly think Brighton, Huddersfield etc will go into oblivion? They are spending the millions of sky money, Ashley won’t. He has bled this club dry.

    • Leazes.

      He’s a troll don’t bother.

      We would never have been relegated if it wasn’t for Ashley and Charnley withholding money from the squad…

      ….what that second relegation did was to cover for the continued asset strip…. the land seizure by MASH went unreported by the chronicle because of the chaos elsewhere, the chronicle still believe the debt story because they want to and have held that view since the ruse was devise for their consumption….

      …playing these daft games of Russian roulette with our club holds Ryder and Douglas in check and will do for the foreseeable future while he keeps constructing an artificial debt from his own relegations!

      PS the money he has taken in advertising and merchandising from United over eleven years easily covers the initial debt for the stadium which he inherited from John Hall. (which is still an asset and ADDED to the value of the club) The club is now worth £400m with no debt according to Ashley,

  • FatParosite

    Ashley is a sociopath with a cast iron agenda. He KNOWS that there will be people willing to fill his stands rank and file regardless of his vandalism. The #IfRafGoesWeGo does not go far enough. it should be #IfAshleyStaysWeGo

  • Mr_anderson

    shirts have free printing and premier badges, so if you take off £2 per number (and got two numbers) and a 6 letter surname plus the premier badges, the shirts are actually £49 obviously it depends how long the name is you want….

    • Ben Jones

      That won’t go down well in here mate, doesn’t matter if you’re correct and it mages the shirts the cheapest, it’s not what the fans want to believe, they need to feel the pain so they’ll stick with the most expensive line tyvm

      • Billmag

        Go away.

        • TheFatController

          He’s making Ashley trolls look a bit unhinged, let him keep up the good work.

          Ashley and Bishop must cringe at times.

      • pedrodelgardo

        Saddotastic mate.

    • malamoto

      It took me 30 seconds to check this and its wrong. SD online newcastle shirt with Gayle number 10 and the premier badges £80.99

      • Mr_anderson

        the plain adult shirt is £64.99 and comes with free my id printing. On the sports direct site and the ‘Newcastle official’ sports direct site….Not sure how its wrong.

        • malamoto

          The shirt becomes £80.99 then they take off price of printing £16 so shirt cost £64.99 they do not take price of printing from shirt price

        • Ki’s avin a laff

          Bargain…

  • skarabrae

    & still they march in their thousands to fill the stadium & line his pockets!!!

    • Ben Jones

      It pains you doesn’t it, to see nufc so well supported, it’s illegal to dip into the funds of a Ltd company as you suggest, the only pockets that are being lined are nufc pockets, what you have trouble with is that Ashley owns newcastle united, so you know that if the club has a lot of money it means he is better off, and you can’t handle that, and your hatred of him is more important than your love of nufc as you’d rather see the club fail under ashley

      Skum.

      • gordon

        You really are a horrible little schitt aren’t you?

        • Ben Jones

          Well you tell me Gordon how Nufc can be great AND Ashley loses out

          You’d take the club going backwards if it meant getting rid of ashley wouldn’t you? Think about that

          • gordon

            I was referring to your skum (sic) comment. Childish and unwarranted.

          • Ben Jones

            Anyone who’s disappointed that my club is well supported fully warrants the tag

          • gordon

            No they don’t, they just disagree with your point of view. Paedophiles are skum (sic) and yet you equate the vast majority of the population of Newcastle to them. Not very pleasant really.

          • Ben Jones

            Are you saying the vast majority of the population of Newcastle would happily see us go backwards if it meant Ashley lost out?

            Same word the lot of them

          • gordon

            I think the vast majority of Newcastle would happily see themselves go backwards if it meant Ashley lost out. You seem to have no concept of how much the club means to the people of the city as a whole, not just the 50,000 who go to the match. I guarantee if we ever won anything (unlikely as that may seem) you would see a darn sight more than 50,000 following the parade. The fact you cannot grasp either this or the damage Ashley is doing to the club and, therefore, the entire city leads me to conclude that you are indeed nothing more than a nasty little troll. Or maybe God-Emperor Ashley himself. Bet you love Trump as well.

          • Ben Jones

            Right, I’m not sure why you’re saying I don’t grasp that there are more people/fans than 50k in Newcastle and that winning something would cause a parade, I’ve made no comment that would suggest that these things are lost on me, perhaps you’re thinking of a different poster.

            You can’t give a fortune to a guy who’s running down his contract, he signs he gets money, it’s as simple as that

          • gordon

            You’re obviously very young so I will explain something to you. When you reason an argument you make a few related points and then tie them together to make that argument cohesive. Thus, I reasoned that there are many more supporters and followers of the club than there are go to the match. From this I concluded that the club is extremely important to the city as a whole and, subsequently, reasoned that Ashley’s actions damaged the city as a whole. I then tied this to your unadulterated support of Ashley and concluded that this support means you are unable to grasp the effect of Ashley’s actions on the club and city. Simple really.
            Now fock off back to whatever schitthole you came from you turgid little twatt

          • Ben Jones

            *Extra extra read all about it Football club important to the supporters and city which it represents in exclusive breaking shocker*

          • gordon

            Are you Trump?

          • Ben Jones

            Is he Kevin’s brother or his father?

          • Geordiegiants

            Is that the father that has been noncing his kids?

          • TheFatController

            Probably both.

          • Wezza

            Just block him. That is wother David or Kevin Lee. Man Utd season ticket holders and trollers of this and other nufc forums. Very sad old men.

          • TheFatController

            No, it’s not simple at all. When Rafa leaves no good manager will want to follow, only well below par ones.

            Nothing simple about that therefore. Ashley has created a mess that may end in a third relegation

          • Ki’s avin a laff

            This is nonsense. It’s a ruse. For all your deliberate antagonism you seem an intelligent enough guy to know that this excuse not to spend is ridiculous.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He supports Man Utd. He was sacked from his NHS job so has all the time in the world to go on here & look at the dark web

          • TheFatController

            You’re saying we would go backwards should Ashley leave?

            Please provide the evidence? Don’t be a non-substantiated Ashley moron. It’s embarrasing and makes fans hate him more, not warm to him.

          • Toon

            I think these campaigns to get rid of Ashley are wrong, we need a campaign to get Ben Jones a life, friends beyond the keyboard

          • Westdentoon

            You truly are a first class, prized bulls knacker aren’t you.
            What a horrible piece of schitt you are Ben.

            You really do need to meet a woman..

          • Ben Jones

            Right. And this is some perverse reverse dimension we’ve entered where the people who want the club to fail are actually the true patriots. This place is weird

          • Westdentoon

            You are fu**ing weird.

            All you seem to do is pick arguments and wind people up. You are incapable of taking on other points of view or accepting that the vast majority of fans have a different opinion to you. You hate it.
            Calling people you don’t know scum for expressing their views. Your a weak little keyboard warrior that is making himself look pathetic with every comment you make.

            Get a life you moron.

          • Ben Jones

            For wanting my club to fail of course they are . Their logic seems to be the club must fail for ashley to sell/lose out and then build from the ruins with the new owner who’s in it for all the right reasons of course. 10th last season and you’s are kicking off again before a ball has been kicked. Nutters

          • Westdentoon

            It’s called topical discussion. Wanting to improve. Ambition. Pride.
            You sir are the ‘scum’ as you put it, a complete first class 🛎 end.
            Your weak as p*ss and you know it.
            How old are you man?
            Honestly have you ever been to St. James? Grow a pair of gonads and stop trolling.

          • Ben Jones

            Yeah man. Sometimes you’ve gotta take 3 steps back in order to move 2 forward . Only radical thinkers understand this

          • TheFatController

            No, I think anyone with a basic appreciation of maths and addition will understand it.

            Trust me.

          • Wezza

            Guys just block him and don’t give him the satisfaction of getting angry. These are the Lee brothers who are Man Utd season ticket holders. I’m talking to disqus trying to get their IP banned.

        • porciestreet

          Biig Schitt……!

      • Toon

        You still a virgin then? As mentioned yesterday, go outside! You really don’t need to spend your life being obnoxious online all day, you can get help, you can get friends, all is not lost but act now it is nearly too late

        • Ben Jones

          I’m sure you’re trying to be helpful so I will thank you anyway

      • TheFatController

        Your love for Ashley should set alarm bells ringing among anyone left to care about your wellbeing.

  • robbersdog

    We have an owner who doesn’t want us to do well and actually appears to hate us. The whole thing is just weird.

    When the b*stard eventually sells the club, it’ll be like VE Day in Newcastle.

    • Ben Jones

      Yes, he doesn’t want us to do well, he appears to hate us, it is weird isn’t it?
      It’s almost as if you’re reading the situation incorrectly and he does want us to do well and he doesn’t hate us, as that then wouldn’t be weird and would make sense. But I’m sure it’s the weird version you claim it is

      • JonMag

        Another troll, just [email protected]@k off you stupid c nut

        • Ben Jones

          Ok it’s not the weird version then!

          No pleasing some people

          • JonMag
          • Ben Jones

            Are you borg?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Just block him. It’s one of the fat Lee brothers bitter their mother ran off with a Geordie

          • paul mclaughlan

            Fat, speccy with lank hair. Proper keyboard warriors.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The level of debate is high! I’m sure it takes longer to find a poo emoji than to write a constructive argument

          • TheFatController

            Ashley apologists onky atgument is ‘we’re not Leeds Sunderland or villa’

            Very true. And we have Hughton and Rafa to thank that we aren’t.

            Chew on that, weird Ashley loving apologists !

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m not so sure of being in an Ashley apologist group but the pragmatic argument is not simply Leeds, Portsmouth Sunderland but it’s what is possible or not.

      • I Think Therefore I Am, Will

        Lol, all this past history proves you are so full of 💩💩💩.

        Another apologist troll!

        • Geoff

          Repeat after me.
          “Somebody who disagrees with me is not a troll.”

  • Jordi

    It is time even the Ashley apologists realised the fat parasite has no ambition or interest in Newcastle United. He will only leave when he has bled the club and its long suffering fans dry.

    • Geordiegiants

      They aren’t apologists, they are stooges/Trolls.

  • Disgruntled

    Ban ASHLEY from entering the City of Newcastle for the rest of his life, he is nothing more than a fat stinking pariah.

  • IAN SPEIGHT

    Same old same old. You’ll be writing the same kind of article this time next year, like you did this time last year. Newcastle United are the Football equivalent of Groundhog day.

    • gordon

      That’s kind of the point really!

  • Rev

    Which will lead too …… 50,000 filling the ground every week instead of 52,000 and more of the same next season and the one after that. The owner is happy with the current state of things so long as the club avoids relegation. The manager isnt and will probably go, another one will be found. The club is bigger than any individual right? In the end it comes down to the people filling the stadium. Would the owner care if the stadium was empty on matchdays, probably not

  • MadMag83

    Misleading headline, I thought the fat sod had died.

    • Geordiegiants

      Wishful thinking!

  • Disgruntled

    I’m not a lover of either of these men only the club for me. They need to sit down like men and Rafa to sign his contract with a clause stating the assurance of funds and then it would be all down to Ashley to give the promised funds. If Ashley doesn’t then that’s it, we all will go through the season and Rafa leaves, thats it. You can see cases on both sides, Rafas 18 signings haven’t all been decent enough for NUFC without buying these failures we should have done what other clubs do and play the reserves/ younger players or when will they ever get a chance. Is that not the plan why do we have to buy every time. Bring the manager in from Burnley he has done a fantastic job.

    • Billmag

      And what would the manager of Burnley do better than Rafa, why hasn’t S. Dyche been signed up by a more fashionable club (no disrespect to Burnley) I will tell you why, he is in his comfort zone at that club.

      • Jonas

        His owner works with him not against him like ours too.

    • Wezza

      Rafas signings haven’t all been decent. Well take Joselu because Rafa has had to wheel and deal and get bargain basement buys.

    • Toontaff

      Ashley has cancelled investment in the academy, though. Our eserves/youngsters have been rubbish for many years.

    • MadMag83

      I can see your argument. Personally I think signing a new contract is low risk for Rafa, if he signs but doesn’t get the promised backing then he can walk away or another club could come and rescue him depending on the release fee.

      That’s the sticking point with Dyche, he wouldn’t come cheap, Burnley would want compensation and​presumably he would want a sizeable transfer budget. So for me, it makes no sense to not back Rafa. Mike needs to sit down with Rafa and give him the assurances he needs, it’s all on Mike convincing him after previous breaks of trust.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Rafa has a list of potential recruits for every position he wants to strengthen. He made it absolutely clear he is not buying the players he wants to buy, but the ones he is allowed to buy. I don’t blame him for the lack of success of some of his recruits if they are his 3rd or 4th choice

  • Blackburn1066

    Is he dead?

  • Hughie

    Finishing 10th gave the hierarchy full justification for not spending- worst thing that could have happened. Ashley still wants to sell but any deal needs to ensure he will get his 139 million loan back. So Staveley or others wont pay 400 million (including his 139 million loan) how else will he get it back without dropping the club deep in the ****? Answer by not spending anything and increasing liquid assets. That is surely whay he is doing?

  • Mark Davies

    And to think that money grabbing 4r53hole john hall said hed sold us into good hands. Both greedy tossers

  • Jonas

    You’re too kind as he didnt back Allardyce either. Remember him playing Harper as an outfield player in a friendly to make a point about the small squad and lack of investment. 11summers later……

  • Andy Mac

    What this article fails to mention is that with Fatman’s vindictiveness towards Rafa and us, as fans, it also enables us to get organised as a genuinely UNITED opposition during the next nine months.

    By the end of this season we should have our foot on Fatman’s neck, stretching it as far as the obese moron can suffer ! #WeWantOurClubBack

  • Geordiegiants

    Still the sheep will flock!

  • Peaco

    Find out where the fat man lives and sh!tbomb his house – fat cnnt

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Despite the evidence, there are still supporters who think Ashley is doing just fine.
    You really can fool some of the people all of the time.

  • Dillon Tovak

    Why is Rafa still here? I don’t get why he’s wasting his time with this pointless “football” club.
    Mike Ashley is a f*cking joke.

    Everyday I check out any possible nufc news, with zero intention of finding out about signings. It’s got to the point (a long time ago tbh) where I’d be completely shocked to go online and see “Newcastle have signed x, y or z for £12m” which is absolutely nothing in 2018.

    Joke club with this evil, petty owner. F*ck yourself Mike Cnutley.