Past experience tells us that Mike Ashley doesn’t like it when Sports Direct attract negative publicity and/or when he/Sports Direct is put under scrutiny by the House of Commons.

So when MP Chi Onwurah presented a petition to the House of Commons 14 days ago on behalf of some of her constituents (St James Park is within her constituency), attacking Ashley’s running of Newcastle United, you can imagine it hasn’t gone down too well.

With Newcastle fans intensifying a campaign of protest against the owner for his neglect of the club and refusal to back/support Rafa Benitez, the NUFC owner is clearly not liking it.

It is now 15 days since the official Sports Direct Twitter account sent out promotional messages, thanks to NUFC fans bombarding any of their messages with replies attacking Mike Ashley and Sports Direct.

Whilst Ashley’s PR company have been forced to make their account private, due once again to Newcastle fans running interference on it.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Newcastle fans have also been ordering thousands and thousands of pounds of goods from Sports Direct online in single transactions, only to not checkout and pay at the end, meaning many items then show as out of stock for those who are looking to buy stuff.

Newcastle fans have also been urging other supporters not to buy the three new 2018/19 replica shirts, or at the very least not to buy them from Mike Ashley – either SD or the NUFC club shop.

If anybody had any doubts as to the effectiveness of the protests, a letter from Mike Ashley tells you otherwise.

It is addressed to Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright at the House of Commons but Ashley’s people have made it available to a journalist who has regularly shown support for the Newcastle United owner, Martin Samuel at The Mail:

mike ashleymike ashley

Even the fact that Mike Ashley has had it signed by Lee Charnley on his behalf, shows how desperate he is to try and present Newcastle United as a normal club.

The fact is that rather than having a proper board (or two boards of directors as some clubs have and indeed NUFC had, back in the day) and a professional management team running Newcastle United, instead Lee Charnley is the only board member AND the only named person at the club in a (supposedly) senior role.

However, both fans and media have come to take for granted that Charnley is simply put up there to take as much of the stick as possible, whilst Ashley’s shadowy people in the background, Justin Barnes and Keith Bishop, run things on his (Ashley’s) behalf.

No doubt the letter was put together by one of these Mike Ashley minions and so much of it is laughable and easily picked apart.

Chi Onwurah made a number of attempts to get Mike Ashley to engage with her in the past and invited formally to meet him at the House of Commons, a reply was sent to her some four months later telling her not to contact him in future, and send anything to Lee Charnley at the club instead.

For Mike Ashley to want the credit for promotion after it is he who relegated the club twice in eight seasons (plus a couple of near misses) is pathetic.

He talks of the debt owed to him by the club. Failing to mention that most of this ‘debt’ was in reality part of the buying price of Newcastle United, such as settling the mortgage balance that was still due on the rebuilding of St James Park.

Ashley claims that the training ground is fit for purpose and finishing 10th last season proves it, though if it helped NUFC finish 10th then surely it also ‘helped’ them get relegated, twice. In 2013 Mike Ashley declared that a new state of the art training complex was essential if Newcastle United were going to compete, yet five years later they haven’t even made a start on it. In terms of improvements, the only big one on the existing facilities, was when Rafa Benitez insisted on a new surface on the indoor pitch, the previous one had been deemed too dangerous for top players to use in case of injury and that had been the case for years.

A little belatedly, he is also now very concerned for his Sports Direct staff. Nobody would say it is acceptable if any staff are being  abused but with Mike Ashley’s record of lying in the past, you would have to be sceptical as to what he claims.

Mike Ashley wants credit for keeping season ticket prices down for 20,000 Newcastle fans, yet fails to mention how the other 25,000+ have seen massive price increases this summer, some rises over 20% on last year, making Newcastle one of the most expensive to watch outside the top six. Plus of course no mention at all of the fact that the long-term season ticket deals were introduced so that fans now start paying direct debits for the following season, months before the previous one has ended, before you even know what division the team will be in.

The biggest joke though of all, must be claiming credit for ‘retaining a World Class Manager’ like Rafa Benitez.

This is the manager he is determined to drive out of the club, a manager who has refused to extend his contract, a manager who these past three transfer windows has said Mike Ashley has not kept ‘promises’ given on signings and transfer budget. With two days of the transfer window remaining, Newcastle are sitting on a profit of close to £30m on transfers this summer, whilst Newcastle’s competitors spend relative fortunes.

Undoubtedly, Mike Ashley and his PR minions aren’t trying to convince the vast majority of Newcastle fans, by making this letter public they hope though to convince others who aren’t as clued up. Watch out for plenty of the media being sympathetic to Ashley’s letter, or indeed at the very least just repeating it without pointing out how ridiculous it is.

Ashley ruthlessly uses Newcastle United only as something to prop up his retail empire and amongst the lies and broken promises, in the NUFC 2014/15 annual accounts, he promised that Sports Direct would start and pay a market price for all the previously free advertising and promotion, needless to say this has never happened. If you wonder how much NUFC help SD, just look at the official photos of loan signing Salomon Rondon yesterday, an SD sign the overwhelming thing that you see.

The campaign of protest is working, Mike Ashley isn’t happy, let’s keep it going.



  • Paul Patterson

    Bishop: All done Mike, just sign at the bottom.
    Ashley: Cheers Keith.

    Come on, we weren’t born yesterday . .

    • Milburn_Taylor

      the pressure`s building on him & his PR men are trying to dig Ashley & themselves out of a hole, it won`t work

      • Kneebotherm8

        Definitely not……

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Ironically he couldn’t even be bothered to go to that much effort Paul, his lapdog signed it instead.

      • MP01

        that was my first thought!

      • TeessideMag

        Can the man even pick up a pen, what the hell is that? hahaha

        • Kneebotherm8

          Who slgned for the Leech Arnley?…normally 3 crosses from him……

          • TeessideMag

            Looks like a toddler signed it to be honest.

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂😂

          • Leazes.

            He a big baby.

  • Kneebotherm8

    He speaks with forked tongue.

  • Megatron1505

    Like I have always maintained, despite this image as a hard nosed businessman who isn’t bothered what the fans say, he is an over sensitive baby who spits his dummy out when things go against him.

    • Kneebotherm8

      His skin can be got under.

    • Leazes.

      Who exactly is it aimed at? Even the Daily Mail to whom he leaked the story to put along side it his spending record.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Pantomime villain?………that’s twice he’s mentioned that in official statement releases….

    • Paul Patterson

      Oh no he hasn’t! Oh yes he has!

      • Kneebotherm8

        The bogey man…😂😂

  • Kneebotherm8

    Just waiting for the usual suspects to post on here in defence of the “Pantomime Villian”…

    • Ben Jones

      That’s right. You are

      • Ken.

        🤡.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    To all those who claim he can’t be rattled, he can. He dislikes bad publicity because it reflects poorly on Sports Direct. He may be majority shareholder but unlike at NUFC he does have other shareholders to answer to. Anyone present at the Sack Pardew protests with the added security on every gate confiscating protest materials will already know this. Well done to everyone making an effort. The only thing I would urge is don’t give Ashley/the press he does have in his pocket any moral high ground by intimidating any caught in the crossfire like Sports Direct staff who are probably in the main just youngsters trying to make a living. I take that part of the letter with a pinch of salt mind but let’s not give him any excuses to gain sympathy.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      The anti Pardew people were a disgrace and made Newcastle a laughing stock. A manager who had got us to fifth into Europe who not only won the Premiership manager of the year but also the whole of the football league.
      The ones who protested were not proper fans just youngsters from Bar Loco with a few leaflets. Pardew left not because of them but because of an offer from Palace.

      • Ken.

        🤡

      • SuperDesHamilton

        What about his other season apart from his fluke one? Or what about when he nutted a player

        • Billmag

          Or abused an elderly gentleman.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Facts hurt monky

          • Billmag

            He never replies to facts Des.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Opposition manager who gave him stick to.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Had a go at a player for holding on to the ball and hardly touched him. What about Harry Kanes tackle last season first match now that was a proper kung fu kick.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Had a go…he head butted him.

          • panther

            Harry Kane wasn’t the Newcastle manager

      • TheFatController

        That’s a balanced view. Only mentioning one of his seasons.

        Well done.

      • Gallowgate Dave

        An interesting recollection of the Pardew years. I’m not denying him the 5th placed finish and I enjoyed that season but our goal difference was +5, just to put that into context last season’s 5th place Chelsea had a goal difference of +24. We weren’t battering teams that year, we ground out results albeit that’s not to say I give him no credit. What followed however was very poor, my most vivid recollection of the Pardew years is the defensive capitulations – 22 times we were beaten by 3 goals or more, the 0vs6 home loss to Liverpool, the -40 overall goal difference of his tenure, the woeful derby and cup records and the embarrassing set pieces like that freekick routine to lump it to Mike Williamson or total inability to score from a corner. He would have taken us down like he later proved at Palace (sacked in 17th having taken 26 points from 36 games in 2016, the worst managerial record in the entire football league) and West Brom (abysmal record). I don’t think he’ll work in top flight football ever again and it’s now without a shadow of a doubt proved that’s nothing to do with Newcastle fans.

        • panther

          We we’re incredibly lucky ba, cisse, hatem and cabaye showing flashes of individual class and nothing to do with pardew his answer to everything was swapping left backs

      • MP01

        What about Chris Hughton’s unceremonious sacking? Justified by a “we are going to appoint a World Class Manager” statement?

        regardless of whether you agree with the “Pardew out” movement he was not an upgrade on Hughton (as demonstrated by his inability to do anything in the remainder of his tenure. I mean the only thing more ludicrous than that whole debacle would be to offer the very same man an 8 year contract!

        • panther

          He is nowhere near Hughtons level of competence, Hughton asked for money to push on, sacked the next day

      • panther

        As disgraceful as calling other managers an old c, head butting opposition players, being paid to lie, and anytime we did get 3 points dedicated it to baron greenback?

  • TheFatController

    All abuser types know how to play the victim.

    Surely Jeremy Wright will just reply ‘if you’re doing such a good job, and being so under appreciated, why haven’t you sold the club?’

    ‘Just about every other club has changed ownership in your decade of ownership. How hard can it be therefore?’

    ‘Then you’d not have the unhappy SD staff you mention, the unhappy players, manager and fans at the club, unhappy MPs from the region, and then you’d not have to write moaning to me…’

    Seems the logical reply.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Very fair point……

  • Leazes.

    On the fourth of May two thousand and six
    We set sail from Burnham in Bucks
    We were sailing away for a year an a day
    For the Tyne craft of Newcastle’s John Hall

    She’s a wonderful ship, she was rigged fore-and full
    And oh, how the wild winds drove her
    In full sail, if you you could only see her black and white pale
    with the sun glinting from the cannons up high
    She’d withstood the blasts, she had quite a past
    As we boarded with nothing to fear
    and named her the Burnham Buccaneer

    Hall didn’t have debt but I wasn’t finished yet
    We had two million to take out on ads
    We had three million from trade…..We had four million made
    We had five million from player sales me lads.

    Six million asale again and again
    Seven million from players in hand
    This wasn’t enough for me, the crew for their brew
    So then we had eight million from hiving off land

    Twas the biggest raid since the Vikings got made
    In the hold of the Burnham Buccaneer
    I like a gamble and a bet but we ain’t finished yet
    We are still putting out to sea
    As the captain calls out with a hell of a shout…..

    …..You ain’t seen how horrible we can be.

  • Billmag

    Well this letter tells you all you need to know about the liar Ashley, he gets a bit tetchy as soon as 💩 Direct comes into the equation.

    • Desree

      And there in lies the answer. Anything fans can do to affect the share price of Sports Direct will have an effect

      • Ben Jones

        And there lies the problem, potential buyers are viewing what ‘fans’ do to owners businesses if they don’t get their own way……and they’re walking away

        • panther

          No, Ashley is also despised in the business world, any buyers will already know the deal and sympathise with the fans

          • Ben Jones

            Fair enough. Smash the place up. Couldn’t care less

          • panther

            Point is , everyone knows why we hate him , and the wrong people who come sniffing around know we won’t take to them either, he can spin and lie all he wants, but he seems to be the stupidest person in this whole over a decade long tragedy

          • Ben Jones

            I’m glad the next owner won’t be a bad one

          • panther

            We will have to be truly cursed to get a worse one

          • panther

            hard to imagine them being worse, he seems to be doing this on purpose

          • Ben Jones

            ‘This’ is highly subjective

  • Your mum

    Do we really think he is rattled? Not a chance, all this is, is a response to an MP to deflect some negative PR, he cares so little he got someone to PP it for him. He puts forward his case and in some areas makes a valid point that innocent staff in SD should not be targeted, abused etc, that is not acceptable as they are just doing their job. If they’re not NUFC fans, they probably won’t even know who MA is.

    With regards to the rest of the letter he has said enough to appease the House of commons, he doesn’t lie in their and when he says about contact with the club, he refers tot the petition, not 4 years ago. The MP (whom should do her job instead o getting involved in football) could have made contact with Charnley as directed, but chose not to.

    • Ken.

      🤡.

    • Billmag

      It’s no good asking you if you believe everything he says is true is it.

      • Your mum

        I never said everything he said was true. All i said was he did not lie or make anything up.

        Do you believe that SD staff should be abused?

        • Billmag

          Has he not abused his own staff after all he was brought in front of the Select Committee for workplace malpractice, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

          • Your mum

            To be honest all it was, people were being checked by security on their way out in case they were nicking stuff, i have been stopped by security at some sites to have my car checked. The staff believed they should be paid for this. Would you want to pay staff after they have clocked off?

          • Billmag

            All it was ?? Woman giving birth in a toilet, people on minimum wages, an owner who lied when he said he didn’t know about working practices, and you continue to support him.

          • Your mum

            Show me where i have said i support him, i have said the opposite and want him gone. But minimum wage is not illegal, giving birth on a toilet is the woman’s stupidity rather than mike ashleys issue and why would he kow about working practices at one of his warehouses, he has people to manage them, he owns a long list of global brands, he will not know what goes on in every shop or warehouse. Yes he overall takes the responsibility when there is an issue but he cannot know everything if they are not reported to him.

          • Billmag

            He can own half the brands in the world but his baby is SD and he knows everything that goes on there because that’s where his fortune is, making a case for a known liar is proof enough that you support him.

          • Your mum

            Not really, it’s your assumption, which is incorrect. You also think he knows what goes on in every one of his 600+ stores and numerous warehouses round the globe? Nice one.

    • My Cashley

      🤡

  • Brian Standen

    One thing that he is right about is abuse employees of SD may or may not get, it is out of order and I hope all fans of NUFC recognise this – in some cases people rely on SD to pay bills etc!

    However the rest is fair game!

    He should be prime minister given the spin he puts on everything!

    Long may this vendetta continue!

    • Sickandtired

      No one is abusing SD employees – other than him. SD shareholders have benefited from all the free advertising he has given them and as such, they are legitimate targets of influence.
      We can do little, whereas they have a voting right to pressure him.

      • Ben Jones

        Well that goes against the thoughts of decent people. Go on son, you shout at mavis the cleaner if it makes you feel empowered

        you big manly man

        • Ken.

          🤡.

    • Leazes.

      No pensions and no guaranteed hours…. that is the abuse his workers are bothered about.

      • Brian Standen

        Absolute fair point , but some do still rely on SD for a weekly income!
        But you are so right about that, he does not know or care about working rights or conditions!

        • Leazes.

          You know what he said about holding his SD board meetings in a nearby pub…. he found the shirebrook complex soulless like a lot of these modern factory warehouse hubs…. he visits the place but doesn’t stay there its functional… much like United it does the job its designed for United advertises his brands.

          A shell of a club they don’t have the decency to communicate with fans, in eleven seasons of dumb silence they’ve uttered a few sentences!

          There’s a reason for that.

          • Brian Standen

            I noticed the season tickets came with no extras this year, I’m sure last year they tried to include a few cheap collectables – this year not even a covering Thank You letter

          • Leazes.

            There was only the cardboard 125 year commemorative thing which must have cost about 50p top make. (yes I was there last year)

    • Billmag

      Yeah Brian wasn’t his Shirebrook described as Victorian Workshop so him of all people should know all about abusing his staff.

      • Brian Standen

        Can’t argue at all with that!

    • Desree

      What abuse. Have NUFC fans been standing outside the entrance of Sports Direct at 5.30pm, demanding to check SD staff bags?

      • Brian Standen

        Again can’t argue. I feel for SD staff!

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The cleaner got an £80,000 bonus and all 2,000 full time employees got £43m between them £21,000 each in one year. See a kind bloke that Mike.

          • Brian Standen

            You see now I 100% know your lying, a family member works at SD , has been there for 2 years , aged 22 and works on shop floor either at till or with stock!
            He works full time 5 days a week, plus weekends to make an extra few quid!
            He is full time was fully aware of this bonus but received zero- that is absolute fact!
            The reason being is although staff work full time they are classed as part time – 16 – 24 hours per week! However they are EXPECTED to work more but still be classed as PART TIME but I reiterate to work FULL TIME!
            That is Mike Ashley all over – rotten to the core!

          • Billmag

            He won’t reply Brian he hates facts.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Ober 11.5% of staff got a bonus that is a fact a very high proportion of the workforce compared to other companies where most do not pay a bonus at all.

          • TheFatController

            Can you provide evidence that other companies mostly don’t pay bonuses?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Google it £43m was paid to staff but only registered full time employees over 21 hours. Your family member must not have been a full time employee. Google it as it’s in all the papers and there accounts.

          • Brent Jackson

            ‘Their’ dumbo. come back when you can form an adult argument the grown ups are discussing the usurping of a vile despot.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            In 2013 2,000 employees a staggering 11.5% of the workforce received £69,017 each. Most firms in this country do not even pay a bonus.

          • TheFatController

            Staggering? Why?

            So he rubbed 88.5% of the less well off employees’ noses in it?

            That’s staggering.

          • Brian Standen

            Because he bends the rules you loon!!!
            99% of staff work full time but are classed as part time – what part don’t you understand?
            I don’t doubt 1% of staff got a bonus, most of them his family!
            If you don’t get that it really is a waste of time conversing with you!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            The figure was 11.5% to be correct quite a high proportion of staff getting bonuses compared to most firms who do not give a bonus at all.

          • TheFatController

            Quit while you’re ahead Mugpie, you’re sounding desperate.

          • Brian Standen

            Because most firms pay a decent wage and contribute to a pension scheme!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Also please read the Accounts and the section on bonus payments it’s all in there although it’s 154 pages long.

          • Brian Standen

            To know that suggests you are one of his minnions! I know the tricks he pulls!
            99% of people are not wrong. I will be in three bulls at 10 on Saturday.
            And Peppers post match!
            Let’s see if you and your mates really exist!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            My mates go to the Five Swans cannot stand the place but normally call in the Bulls after that actually go to Sg Peppers till the Metro clears. Also all firms must have a pension scheme by law.

          • Brian Standen

            5 swans is no good!
            But I am easily recognisable my pic is up there
            Feel free to approach for a chat

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I will not set foot in the Five Swans will be in the Bulls from nine downstairs upstairs from ten stand at the bar you know me anyway the nut case.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Even better in the year ended 2013 the 2,000 employees got £77,000 worth of shares each so incredible. Your family member needs to go full time to get the big bucks or better still apply for management position then will be minted.

          • Brian Standen

            Because the rules are bent!
            People work over 40 hours yet are classed as part time
            You are a total idiot!
            You just proved it

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            There are 2,000 employees classed as full time so that is a lot.

          • Brian Standen

            Are you Keith Bishop?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    First of all Mike is not worried at all and it seems nothing fazes him at all not even when he had to appear in the House of Commons. The M.P. in question has not got a clue about the running of Newcastle and she should know the excellent work done by the Newcastle United Foundation helping thousands of disadvanted people. Shola and various other local companies together with the Club help over 50,000 people a year so this so called M.P. knows little about the town she serves.
    As the letter say Mikes interest free loan has saved the club more than £80m in interest payments to Barclays. The last two years accounts show £2m left in the bank and £8m overdrawn so everything invested in players and wages.
    Those on the ten year deal have been well looked after and let’s hope there is another one after it expires. He might not be every ones cup of tea but he runs Newcastle the best way he sees fit with the available resources he has. An incredible fifteen players have left this Summer most on high wages who seldom play so that should help a lot. That M.P. leaves a lot to be desired unlike the M.P. for Gateshead who speaks football language.

    • drc74

      did he tell u that in the lift as u were sucking him dry

    • Ken.

      🤡

    • TheFatController

      Are you also in that ‘flat earth’ minority ?

      You love being in a minority. You believe it makes you special.

      Trust me, you’re a special case alright.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I say what I believe having been round a long time. I was involved in the United Supporters for Change group but got sacked for going to games. What it taught me is that protests do not work only hard cash and that was back then. It applies even more now.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          So you were a stooge in the group, a snake a grass basically?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Not really as a few of us bribed the gatemen so the money did not go to McKeag. However you could offer me a million pounds to stay away on Saturday and I would turn it down.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You were a grass & a stooge no wonder they sacked you

          • toonsteve

            Ashley is dependent on the likes of you to feather his nest. Congratulations!

          • Superdooperhooper

            You would turn down a million to miss one match ? You’re a bigger liar than ashley

        • TheFatController

          Yes, but I think ashley wants too much hard cash as his failing ego wants to ‘win’ before he leaves.

          Because he knows we’ll all party when he goes, if he made a loss he’d be publically humiliated.

          So yes, reduce the hard cash valuation and get out of dodge, Ashely

      • Leazes.

        He has been for at least 14 years to my knowledge a very small minority comprising of himself and his brother and occasionally his dad.

    • Brian Standen

      I knew you would defend him as you always do!
      But not everyone is a fool, Initially I did think he was good for NUFC but now I can see through him as can everyone else apart from you and your mates!

      • Paul Patterson

        He probably thinks Adolf Hitler was a bit misunderstood . .

        • TheFatController

          He probably thinks he’s Adolf Hitler – and dresses accordingly

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Until any one better comes a long he should be supported. If he was really nasty he could start to repay his loans and run the club on a shoe string. It is a shame the so called fans drove him away as he was prepared to put an extra £10m a season in to help the running of the club but because of the morons he put the club up for sale and changed his mind. So the protesters have actually damaged the club the City and our well being. I hate them with a passion.

        • Billmag

          Are you actually living in a bubble have you read his letter lie upon lie more debt now than we had when he bought it. the training facilities is more like a care home, any decent journo would rip that letter and his running of NUFC to shreds. And yet you still support his ownership who’s only aim is to promote his baby 💩 Direct.

        • Brian Standen

          But he is running the club on a shoestring or should I say a thread! How do you not see that?

          • Ben Jones

            Yet you can’t find the missing money from the 10 previous sets of accounts, and no one else can either..

          • Wor Lass

            No, the money hasn`t gone yet (apart from the Strawberry Place wad that he`s made, the merchandising through Sh*te Direct and the free advertising costs he saved for himself up to this season). That will go when he sells up and all the lack of investment in the training facilities and academy, the loans, third rate buys and swap deals will have been worth it for him then.

          • toonsteve

            Compare the commercial income (non TV) of NUFC over the past ten years to that of other clubs. NUFC’s has declined whereas the majority of Premiership clubs have at least doubled theirs. That’s where the money (value) has gone.

          • Ben Jones

            Can you provide words I can Google so I can see the graph/chart that you’re getting this information from?

          • toonsteve

            The mag won’t let me post the link. Swiss ramble analysis of the top 6 is within his Jan 2017 analysis of Chelsea finances. The information on the majority of the rest is available from Companies House – though you’ll have to create the graph for yourself. I’ll do it for you (or rather get my finance director to do it) but he’ll want a small fee. (Beer is normally sufficient!)

          • Ben Jones

            No no a graph won’t be nessessary, I had presumed it was in that form, but thanks for the offer, just to confirm, are you now saying that your doubling statement was based on the top 6 only or did you trawl through companies house on all the clubs/all the years to come to your statement conclusion?

          • toonsteve

            The top 6 have increased by 205 % as per Swiss Ramble’s analysis. Though that is hugely affected by the nonsense that goes on at Man City (and ignored by the UEFA fair play inspectorate). Excluding M City the top 6 have increased their commercial income from 260m to 570m ( an increase of 119%. I’ve trawled through most of the others, using their latest filed accounts and their 2007/2008 accounts (depending on year ends) The majority have more than doubled, as per my initial post. A couple are tricky to pin down due to lack of turnover breakdown in earlier years.

            In 2007 NUFC had commercial income of £27m (accounts signed off by Chris Mort, audited by EY) whereas in 2017 it was £12m. (accounts signed off by Lee Charnley, audited by Grant Thornton)

          • Ben Jones

            I’m happy to assume you’re correct, I’m confident you know numbers so you’ll understand that when everything was in house before (merch and catering) the club gets all the turnover but that turnover comes at a cost, the cost of sales(stock/shop/staff/etc). When it’s contracted out (sports direct/sodexo) they effectively buy the turnover , for a price. This price is pure profit for us and it replaces the previous turnover figure which,albeit was much much higher, actually produced less profit after expenses, this is one of the reasons why it appeared to drop a lot, other reasons being we had extra European commercial income in 2007 compared with 2017 and I’d imagine things that were previously filed under commercial income are now under another name

          • toonsteve

            You’re correct about the contracting out of merchandising contributing to the fall in our revenue relative to our 2007 numbers. However it does not answer the question why we have failed to grow our commercial income in line with all our competitors. Between 2007 and 2017 Everton have increased their commercial income from 7m to 27m and WHU from 5m to 26m. These aren’t top 6 state sponsored clubs – they’re our competitors – they’re just being ran professionally.

          • Ben Jones

            Hope I didn’t appear to patronise, it’s never easy knowing how much people already know/understand.

            I don’t think it’s fair for me to comment on the 7-27, 5-26 figure without knowing exactly was included in the earlier and later figures, same with newcastle, and analyse the differences(and you seem level headed enough to accept this is what would be needed to gain a true reflection) , but someone would need to do the donkey work because I ain’t lol. I’m not saying it couldn’t have performed better, I’m just not willing to jump to conclusions(which everyone is if they haven’t properly looked into it) 2007 and 2017 are, albeit significant dates(prior to taking over and latest accounts) unreliable sources as one included euro income and the other championship income, of course it’ll make the difference *appear greater

          • toonsteve

            No worries.

            As an aside, one of the clubs with no breakdown in 2007 is Stoke, whose commercial income in 2017 was 11m. Interestingly their whole turnover in 2007 was only 8m – how the world has changed!

          • Ben Jones

            Crazy ain’t it how fortunes can change

        • toonsteve

          He was only prepared to put the money in when he had some spare free cash. Unfortunately his loss of £250m on his HBOS spread bet put pay to that idea, not any protestations from the fans.

    • My Cashley

      🤡

    • SuperDesHamilton

      A think your head is gonna explode by the end of today

    • gordon

      Hahahaha you are the only one of the idiots I haven’t blocked – you’re just too entertaining – comedy gold. Btw board is far better once you have blocked the mentalists; so much better not having to see their inane drivel.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Would never dream of blocking anyone even Jezza who really should be sectioned for his own good.

  • Jimblag23

    Why is it that all other owners invest in their company, he loans it money.
    Oh yeah, cos he’s a greedy 💩

    • Danimal

      Nice to see Wonga falling apart by the way.

    • Leazes.

      ….and pays it back to himself….. the debt he created!

  • Sickandtired

    Debts of £76 million – which included a standard mortgage on St James (for the redevelopment) which was due to be fully repaid by 2016. That was of course before the massive increase in tv revenues.
    Instead, we now have £144 million of never decreasing debt; lost club owned land to be developed for his own profit; gave away free advertising to SD and it’s shareholders; lost merchandising revenue; lost any increases in commercial revenues.
    He’s a lying toerag.

    • Paul Patterson

      Court proven!

    • Danimal

      No no no, you should be grateful for him turning a £76m debt (yes with interest of course but a structured payment plan) into an indefinite milestone of £144m. Then downsizing the club so it can neither pay off the loan or improve the squad and facilities. Or something like that – Bobby F will explain in his usual patronising, pseudo-qualified manner.

      • Danimal

        Millstone (bloody autocorrect).

      • Leazes.

        Oh yes… the affordable seats which was for the downgraded product…. a walkout or two and seats to fill at £68 a season…. he was filling the gaps!

      • Sickandtired

        And let’s not forget, he personally repaid himself £11 million after relegation 1 and then £18 million in Dec 2016 after relegation 2 (£29 million ‘loaned’ due to relegation 1).
        So, the £18 million went back in his own bank account but the Club owes him it still as it was loaned by St James Holdings!

    • DC1964

      Spot on!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You’ve ignored a lot of debt there. The debts in 2007 were around the £150m mark. Overdraft, loans, unpaid player transfers and an additional £5m VAT case that was provided for.

      you are misleading at best, lying toerag may be strong but you do need to look at yourself in that regard.

  • TeessideMag

    The Magpie group need to write a rebuttal letter, disproving all the points he makes in this letter, and also share it with the media. Fire with fire.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      The Magpie Group have no money and are a waste of space.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Awwww don’t be like that Monkseaton, you’re showing yourself up

      • TeessideMag

        No money, to write a letter?

        • SuperDesHamilton

          It’s because it costs quite a bit for Monkseaton in stamps when he sends letters from fantasy land

      • TheFatController

        Evidence Mugpie, otherwise you’re just blowing hot air again.

        Which is not like you …

        • Ben Jones

          ^’prove something doesn’t exist’

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          To buy the club it will take £325m plus and I do not think this new group have £325.00 between them. The last Magpie Group who I met had money and bought shares of Dickson and got hold of the club. Knew Malcolm Dix well and others.

        • Ron

          Could be I blocked him and can’t see him either (only blocked him and Monkseaton Magpies)

          • Ben Jones

            It is Ron, he knows it is, and so do you, you’re fooling no one man.

          • Wezza

            They’re the same person.

          • Ron

            Schizos?

      • Brian Standen

        Please detail why! Without insulting anyone

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Only money talks. The last Magpie group were influential people with a few bob behind them who bought up shares.
          Unless this new group can raise £350m quickly they are a waste of space and will do more harm than good.

          • Brian Standen

            So in that case your maybe referring to NUST?

  • Danimal

    Excellently summed up Jim. The third last paragraph nails it – this is yet another piece of PR nonsense to feed the likes of Richard Keys and Andy Dunn.

    • Leazes.

      Andy Dunn who on 24th January 2015 said…

      ……’ Lee Charnley is ripping the heart out of one of England’s important clubs – and Newcastle deserve better

      The managing director’s recent interview with the Evening Chronicle was one of the most depressing football documents you’ll ever read – and fans have my sympathy’

      He’s now the official media partner of Mike Ashley

      • East Durham Mag

        Obviously a hack of high integrity then? Bought and paid for its sickening.

  • LockieToon

    The letter is a cut and paste from other bull sh*t he has put out to the media before. In the letter it’s states that he has provided interest free loans but stated nothing about the profit on the club from last season and player sales standing at around £100mil plus and yet little investment in the squad made over the summer. He also mentions Sports Direct in the letter and the negative effect it may have on it and associated businesses which is all he cares about. However, I hope someone takes the opportunity to ask some questions about the running of the club.

    • Kneebotherm8

      The pantomime villain bit is definitely a cut and paste…….it’s becoming his trademark…..

  • Leicester Mag

    There’s something almost Trump like in the petty childish nature of this and the natural way in which the truth becomes almost a side show to what he wants people to believe. Keep the pressure up. Protest outside stores keep it legal but keep it up. Like all bullies he’s a coward at heart and hates challenge.

    • Ben Jones

      Yes, it’s imperative that we show any potential buyers of the club exactly what happens if they defy the toon army, that’s right we target their businesses.

      You getting involved Leicester mag or are you just encouraging others to?

      • Ken.

        🤡

    • Leazes.

      He is an absolute coward!

    • LEE

      Wow, bbc watching ignorance at its finest.
      According to a harvard study, world wide media coverage of Trump is 95% negative, yet out of all the current world leaders like May Macron Merkle, who all have low popularity in the ratings @ 30ish % Trump is @ 51% and rising, so equating Ashley to Trump is not right. Ashley is more like May or Merkle where the media put a positive spin on all they do, even when it goes against what people want.
      actions speak louder than words, Trump is getting the job done, Ashley most certainly isn’t.

      • Wor Lass

        Last time I looked, the other day, his Gallup satisfaction level across voters of all persuasions was 39% – the lowest August second-year level since records were made (ie back to Eisenhower).

        • gordon

          He gets his news from feckin Breitbart man – the truth will be absolutely and completely irrelevant to him

      • LA toon

        As an expat living here and experiencing the lying orange buffoon, I can see that Ashley and Frump are both in their own world of make believe and alternative facts. At least Ashley is unable to destabilize the world and start a nuclear war. Trump is a pawn for the Koch brothers who want to change the constitution. Please read other materials rather than the Daily Fail!

      • gordon

        This ones a Tommy Robinson fan! Blocked you racist [email protected]

        • LEE

          don’t forget Farage.

          and i honestly don’t think you know what it means.

          Islam is not a race, baffoon

        • LEE

          you are what’s wrong with our country

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Typical Mike Ashley, Writes a lot of words but explains absolutely nothing !
    Looking at some of the comments on the “Daily Fail’s” website, There are some who especially from the outside of Newcastle, Seem to think he is a good owner.
    What are we seeing that others are not in regards to Mike Ashley ?

    The only merit you could give him is the fact we have bounced back twice at the first time of asking after relegations, But in reality, They were caused by him in the first instance.

    • Billmag

      Yeah read the comments section we still had quite a majority that backed our dislike of the owner.

  • My Cashley

    The Fat Man is wobbling, hopefully a decent turnout to protest outside S***EDIRECT will keep a bit of momentum and sustained pressure going

    • Ben Jones

      I’m sure you’ll hear about it from someone who goes

      • Ken.

        🤡

      • My Cashley

        🤡 won’t need to hear it I’ll be there pal, along with others that genuinely care about NUFC

        • Ben Jones

          You won’t be there you’re lying, you’re just whipping up other people to do something like Leicester Mag. Lowest of the low.

          • My Cashley

            🤡 spose you’ll be too busy sitting under a bridge somewhere will you trollsworth??

          • Ben Jones

            Well I won’t be encouraging other people too while I don’t bother myself. Unlike you

          • My Cashley

            Why don’t you meet me down there, we’ll see who’s there and who’s not. I know who to look out for… the troll with a S***EDIRECT pencil shoved up his a**e 🤡

          • Ben Jones

            I don’t know who to look out for though. Describe yourself & any ideas what you’ll be wearing?

          • My Cashley

            🤡 I’ll be proudly wearing my mcewans sponsored shirt, nothing from your messiahs tat emporium. Hope to see you pal, traffic out of Manchester depending of course

          • Ken.

            🤡🤡🤡

          • Billmag

            Block the idiot mate.

          • Ben Jones

            Still smarting Bill? Get over it man

          • My Cashley

            No I welcome the minority party trolls opinions, with every word typed people will and are seeing them for the imbeciles they are. And I’m happy to confront them.

          • Ken.

            🤡

          • Ken.

            🤡🤡

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Absolutely rattled 😂😂 it’s fantastic! The reply seems as though it’s been wrote by a child all that’s missing is it wrote in crayon

  • Rabid Dog

    It’s not even signed by him, it’s pp’d. I detest that sort of arrogance. Can’t even spend the few seconds it takes.

    • Ron

      Maybe he can’t write! Give him a break, probably can’t spell Ashley, and holding a pen the right way up is tricky for anyone ……..isn’t it?

  • East Durham Mag

    Liar liar pants on fire Fatty. Just sell up and eff off then.

  • Wezza

    Since the trolls will be all over this
    David and Kevin Lee, Man Utd TROLLS BLOCK LIST:

    Clarko, Fleckman, Monkseaton, ghostrider, ComeAndTakeIt1836, Mark Potter, Vodkamagpie, funlovingexpress, Nut, Jonathan Gibson, Martin Rooney, mentalman, Ben Jones, Rob Brown, 501ninedarter, your mum, Mike Adam, Duh.

    • Your mum

      Anyone with a balanced view then?

      • Ken.

        🤡

    • Billmag

      It’s ever so hard to keep up.😀😀😀

    • Ben Jones

      Ok mate we get it, you’re trying to make sure people reading this don’t take notice of the people you’ve mentioned. What we supposed to do? Read your snippets of joy? Try adding to the mag in a positive way and contribute more than telling people what to do

      • My Cashley

        🤡

      • Wor Lass

        “Try adding to the mag in a positive way ….” Did you really write that?

        • Ben Jones

          You see wor lass, you know I did, but you still asked anyway, that’s positive content? Waste of time

          • Wor Lass

            I just couldn`t believe my eyes.

          • Wor Lass

            Pure Clarko that, by the way.

          • Leazes.

            Ben Jones…. it is Clarko…. Kevin Lee

          • Wezza

            They always slip up. They’re even replying to me even though they are blocked! Very very sad!!!

          • Ben Jones

            Not replying to you though, I’m replying on what you’ve said. This place isn’t all about you

          • Ben Jones

            You think I didn’t see your conversation with MMM the other day? How you enjoyed how much he would troll another nufc forum, how he made it exciting for you, how in the end everyone ended up being accused of being someone else, how it turned that place into a farce. Look at your hero now. Making a farce of this place too. Save your accusations for who you already know deserve them

          • Wor Lass

            Of course you saw that conversation – it was on a public forum during quite a heated debate involving a lot of different people – did you think I thought it was private? I have never had any problem with people who want more than one moniker, although I don`t really understand why they do. What matters to me is why they want to be on here in the first place. Triple M, like all of us, has his faults but he is a fan and a large proportion of his posts refer to football and current issues at the club. I have no massive problem with Monkseaton because he seems to be a real fan (I`ve never fully bought this Manchester business) and his comments are often about the players – some of which I have actually agreed with. Bobbi puts forward some thoughtful arguments about the finances. Even Clarko mentions players when he`s not pointing out inconsistencies and generally winding people up. Des talks about football quite a lot – especially European stuff. You, on the other hand, seem to have peurile personal comments and p*ss-takes as your “raison d`etre”. I really don`t recall seeing a comment by you that was just about football/the players/the club in a way that was contributing to the general debate.

          • Ben Jones

            Right. So the only problem in here is actually me. Ok

          • Wor Lass

            I won`t be doing that but I do take your point. My view is that you should always be prepared to put forward your own genuine point of view. I used to get stick back in the day when I stuck up for Pardew solely on the basis that if he copped criticism when things went badly he should have got due credit for the things that went well. People accepted my stance eventually even if they disagreed with it – MMM included. I`ve disagreed with both Leazes and Jezza on the Monkseaton et al being Manure fans and I`ve agreed with Bobbi on the interest free loan being compensation for the SD advertising. What you guys seem to be trying to do is turn the whole thing around and make your gang shout the loudest. Two wrongs don`t make a right.

          • Ben Jones

            I think that’s a very fair reply from you which I’m in agreement with

          • Wor Lass

            I`m looking forward to your comments about the football, then. Big KO Saturday so the pnoney war will be over and we can all get back to talking sh*te!

    • Leazes.

      ….. that’s not comprehensive enough.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Aye he hasn’t put you on you weirdo conspiracy buff

  • Christopher Smeaton

    The best bit about the current heat Ashley is getting, is that everyone now sees any attempt at countering as clear PR stunts. He is being attacked on a lot of fronts, and his PR shill Bishop is is being rendered impotent.

    Ashley is not a sentimental man- when Bishop is no longer earning his wage, he will be sacked and the inner circle will fall apart. When you put profit over people you invariably come undone- and that’s when the fun starts- when Bishop starts using his skills of manipulation to start attacking Ashley.

    Purely speculative but certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that one vulture might eat another when backed into a desperate situation.

  • robbersdog

    Ashley didn’t write that, his PR company did. Mike can hardly string a sentence together, let alone write something like that.

    Mind you…I like the description of him as a ‘pantomime villain’. That’s exactly what he is because he’s easy to laugh at as well as dislike.

    • Jimblag23

      Shows that he views it all as a game and a joke too, he’s no pantomime villain. He is just plain and simple evil, in a sadistic Scrooge like manner.

  • Ron

    He didn’t even sign it, may well have been signed by Enid Blyton

  • Jimblag23

    Fat Mikes signature looks like a pen15, fittingly.

    • Ben Jones

      Looks like a pee pee (pp)

      • Your mum

        This is the intelligence we’re dealing with.

        • Ben Jones

          It just came to me, I’m proud of it myself too

          *I know

    • Leazes.

      Its Charnleys initials!

      • Jimblag23

        Whatever that squiggle is underneath LC is what I’m referring to.

  • Peter C

    In his mind, he is a good owner. The same way, that Donald Trump is an upstanding and honest person, who doesn’t constantly contradict himself, practically on a daily basis.

    • Desree

      Very similar people when u look at it.

      Both have a take it or leave it approach to negotiations.

      Both love having their name/logo plastered all over their assets.

      Both play dumb.

      Both are compulsive liars who claim that everyone else is the compulsive liar.

      Both crack under pressure and spit the dummy out.

      Mike Ashley – Future PM?

      • Peter C

        In previous posts, I’ve compared him to, a down market, poor man’s Donald Trump, with less charisma. If you could ever consider a billionaire, as being poor.

        They could’ve been, non identical twins, which were separated at birth, if not for the age difference.

        • Come&TakeIt1836

          If you have any familiarity with Myers-Briggs and put any stock in it, they actually probably do have the same personality type…ESTP. I think it actually explains why MA can be a successful entrepreneur but isn’t so great at managing a transfer window amongst other things associated with NUFC. The club’s operation and activities are actually too restricted and mundane for him to have an interest. It is a good asset for his business portfolio though.

  • Tweed Mag

    Ashley is rattled. The letter is second rate waffle. The Three Stooges (Barnes/Bishop/Penfold) are failing their leader. Their only hope is that some of the press will follow like sheep, whilst we all know the apologists will lap it up without thinking. Please don’t continue with the personal abuse though, as that will potentially undermine the progress so far. The entirely rational, reasoned and innovative protests are working wonders. I am over the moon.

    • Toon River

      He’ll have a reminder against spurs when 52,000 loyal fans turn up and remind the world that we don’t have anything to do with the thugs who have been targeting the innocent sports direct staff. I hope this doesn’t get much media attention or its going to be embarrassing.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Even if you are against Mike Ashley, surely you must agree with his point about the MP raising this.

    • Tweed Mag

      Er . . . no

    • Ben Jones

      What’s her majority? I’m assuming she’s safe but it stinks of self interest

    • TheFatController

      That his lack of investment may mean a solid business may end up having to fire sale assets and go into administration because it fails to make itself competitive when compared to other businesses in the same market?

      He even highlights himself that if you don’t run this type of business properly, you can end up in a mess – he cites 4 examples of businesses struggling due to poor ownership that made mistakes far less frequently than he does. If he hadn’t been relegated twice, he may hold the higher moral ground. But he has been, unfortunately for him.

      A business that other local businesses rely on for matchday revenues to ensure they can pay full and part time staff?

      And all this in her constituency?

      Er, no.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The last thing I want is an MP getting involved in private business. They are usually MPs because they can’t get a job in business. History is full of failed businesses due to political meddling. Shipbuilding on the Tyne would still be going strong without politics.

        • TheFatController

          No, politicians should highlight where loyalty of customers Is being exploited by lying business owners making money by abuse of that loyalty.

          Your example is also totally irrelevant. Who says ‘politics shouldn’t get involved in business’ ?

          You aren’t intelligent or well studied enough to comment on the history of political intervention in business. Neither am I, but I’m not the one claiming to be. Your woefully under qualified and thus no one gives you any credibility.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’ve studied the political economy at degree level, I may not be an expert but certainly qualified enough to know the post war consensus and use of industrial development certificates did not have the desired long-term outcomes.

          • TheFatController

            So give us two examples from your degree studies ?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The obvious was Rootes group and BMC.

          • TheFatController

            That’s cleared that up then, I think we can all agree

          • Superdooperhooper

            Fleckers is a tory so believes in light touch regulation . In other words turning a blind eye to dodgy business practices

      • Sickandtired

        How about the business he closed down (USC), and threw staff onto the dole just before a Xmas – simply to avoid a legitimate debt (to Diesel).
        Hey presto, reopens under a new name (Republic) having asset stripped and still retained the USC name.
        An out and out lying [email protected] bag crook.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Reply to Ben J who’s reasonable post seemed to have been removed:
      I think you can put a monkey up in her seat and get in with a red rosette. Some constituencies simply have voters that blindly vote for the same party regardless of how racist, anti Semitic, economically illiterate the policies are.

      • Tweed Mag

        You have overstepped the mark again. Disgraceful.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I see what you were referring to but it says more about Ken & yourself than it does me.

      • Ben Jones

        Yeah I removed it, her seat is very safe so it’s not something she needs to do for the votes, but every little helps i guess, I should imagine the poor lass has been inundated with letters from concerned ‘fans’ bet she was forced to say something to get the loons off HER back

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Ahh ha, I thought you’d been censored.

          I think she was being popularist.

          • TheFatController

            I said you were underqualified to talk politics earlier and you prove it in writing ‘Popularist’.

            In politics, the term is populist.

            Maybe go back and change your entry to say populist or else we’ll all think you talk the talk but can’t walk the walk.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            quite right, populist it is.

        • Ken.

          🤡.

      • Ken

        Racist comment if I ever heard one, disgraceful you should be banned

        • Ben Jones

          Could replace your posts with ones typed out by a monkey and they would be more enlightening

          • Ken

            Crawl back under your bridge and troll somebody else

          • Kenny

            I think I need to change my name, done don`t want the trolls getting confused

          • Ken

            You beat me too it

          • Ken.

            🤡

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ahh, yes, Is that what they think is racist? it says more about Ken(ny) & Tweed Mag than it does me.

          • Kenny

            trolls

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Hmmm, says the bloke who posts the same emogi multiple times.

            I understand where you are coming from and to be honest, that shows you up.

          • Ben Jones

            Exactly. Their mind has made the leap no one else’s, it’s obvious what that means

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Eh? What’s racist? I simply said the policies are racist / anti-Semitic.

          I’m the least racist person you’d ever meet.

          • Tweed Mag

            Does not look like it. Careful with your wording and descriptions. It is times like this that your true character reveals itself.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Tell me what is racist? The reference is to racist / anti-Semitic policy or actions that has been in the news for months.

          • Wezza

            They always slip up.

          • Ken

            As you are not from Newcastle I would not expect you to understand

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’ve lived long enough in Newcastle and have have Geordie values drummed into me since a babe in arms. Enough to understand that saying a monkey could get elected with a red rosette in a strong Labour seat does not make me a racist. For a start, any Geordie should be familiar with the work of Peter Reid.

          • Ben Jones

            What about the animals who come from Hartlepool.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Exactly.

      • Superdooperhooper

        Wrong . Her seat had a tory mp as late as 1987 . It was thatcher taking a wrecking ball to the local economy that saw the Tories driven out of town once and for all .Thought you knew local politics?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Great that it was once a non-Labour seat. 1987 isn’t that recent, Gazza was still with us back then.

          Thatcher’s policy did not harm the economy, it was the belligerence if unions, nationalisation and general state intervention that killed industry and the local economy.

          • Superdooperhooper

            1987 is ancient history is it? I’m must be really old then. Anyway if you know so much what was the name of the mp and where was his next constituency?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Piers Merchant, Beckenham .

            I didn’t know, I’m not interested in local stuff tbph, I much prefer the wider economic issues, politics just gets in the way.

            I’m not party political, I’ve voted Labour, lib Dems & Tory and ironically, if it wasn’t for his EU policy, I’d happily vote Farage. Simply at this moment, I see Labour as a danger to the country.

  • Icky (Heaton)

    I’m wondering how many of the oaf’s apologists helped to compose that propaganda!

    Mind you, I take pleasure knowing I ain’t goner read it!

    • Leazes.

      That was work of Keith Bishop associates and signed by Charnley because Bishop isn’t a club employee.

      • TheFatController

        I agree, it has Bishop’s paw prints all over it.

        Because it’s error strewn and leaves him wide open to correction. So the usual Bishop standard therefore. A spectacular PR backfire.

        • Wezza

          Yep I think there’s only so much they can PR.
          Now they have cornered themselves and left them exposed. Like cornered rats if you will!

    • Toon River

      If you aren’t going to read it then there’s nothing to be angry about is there mate? He’s trying to give an explanation of the great things he’s done for us, but if you won’t even read it then there’s no point on being annoyed because you are blocking a counter argument. You can’t stay annoyed or angry when you can’t listen to points from both sides or you are just being stubborn mate

  • Toon River

    It’s pathetic how some people on here are calling this letter childish, yet they are praising a tiny minority of disgruntled fans who have been targeting innocent staff from sports direct with abusive phone calls and emails. Nobody will ever buy the club out when they know what they’ll have to deal with if some our ‘fans’ don’t get their way. This is embarrassing. We’ll be the laughing stock of football football again due to some narrow minded thugs.

    • Ben Jones

      The militant. Absolutely destroying our club, and it won’t end when’s he’s gone either. It’s all about THEM

    • TheFatController

      Could you provide proof and examples. And also that no other club has fans that would do similar.

      Once you do, you’ll have a valid point. Until you do, you don’t. Which is a shame for all of us.

      But thanks from everyone reading I suspect for that entry, we probably all just need evidence. Take your time with it, it’s important you get it right.

      • Ben Jones

        ^’prove something hasn’t happened’

      • Toon River

        I never once said no other fans would do this. Unfortunately there are moron fans at various clubs, but they are always the minority spoiling it for everyone else.

        • TheFatController

          Why would you say we’d be a laughing stock then?

          If every club has a nutter minority, surely no one would laugh because they’d say ‘we have a minority like that, in fairness’ ?

        • Sickandtired

          We sure do have moron fans. Glad you self identify. Now go back to licking windows.

          • Toon River

            There’ll be 52,000 of us cheering on this great club against Spurs. We will not be defeated by armchair fans expecting us to be like PSG and get the likes of Neymar. Wake up, Rafa has got his top target, we are playing premierleague football. Let’s enjoy the season

    • TheFatController

      Hmmmmm, ok. Do you not have any evidence? Can you not prove all clubs have a minority of fans that would put a buyer off if they didn’t just ignore them and base their judgement on the majority?

      Sir, are you guilty of making things up to sound convincing and being totally biased ?

      Or, put another way, are you taking bull?

      • Ben Jones

        ^’Dude you’ll die if you walk off the roof’

        ‘Has anyone fell off this 500ft roof before? Where’s your evidence?’

        ‘Crack on oh wise one’

        • Ken.

          Ashley isn’t the only one rattled, is he nonce
          🤡

      • Leazes.

        Thats a Lee Brother…. the young one….. just block them don’t let them through the door.

        • Toon River

          Who are the Lee brothers?? This bloke is quite clearly a paranoid moron

    • Milburn_Taylor

      troll

    • BanJones

      It’s the wide waisted thug I am more concerned about.

      • Toon River

        Imagine being a Portsmouth or Sunderland fan? I think people forget how bad club ownership can be. We finished 10th last season as a newly promoted club. People need to remember that. It’s really not that bad

        • Kenny

          troll

        • Sickandtired

          You need to remember why we got relegated, again, bonny lad.

          • Ben Jones

            Let
            It
            Go

    • Kenny

      And another one 🤡

    • Sickandtired

      Which innocent staff? Go on, let us know who they are. Just because Ashley claims a generality doesn’t mean – yet again – that it’s in any shape or form true.
      SD and him were getting the stick. No one else.

  • Megatron1505

    It seems that Ashley isn’t the only one rattled judging by all the blocked posters commenting here. Put your dummy’s back in kids, i’m sure your messiah has some petty act of spite planned that you can defend shortly.

    • Leazes.

      If you get a significant post such as this then the pair of them will blanket bomb the article to nullify points which are made….

      Simon Van der Velde has just posted an article about Shola Ameobi in order to knock this one down the list….. not saying deliberately mind, but what was its point if not deflection and nullification….

      …. meanwhile in the media world talksport have been blasted by United fans for their coverage of the situation…..

      truth will out but with no thanks to Mark Jensen, or the local press!

      Jensen still hasn’t done anything about the troll

      • Wezza

        Spot on. It’s good to not see their posts though. Thank goodness for the block button.

    • Desree

      It is great blocking them. Makes the site so much more fun.

  • foggy

    just another PR stunt from the FCB’s minions.

    The letter should have included ……

    I am a proven liar
    I have shafted the club with my free advertising.
    I have shafted the club by ensuring St James can’t be extended.
    I have employed complete [email protected], namely Wise, Kinnear and Pardew.
    I have sh*t on club legends.
    I have sacked a thoroughly good manager and decent man in Chris Hughton.
    I have relegated the club twice and had numerous near misses.
    I have zero ambition for the club.
    I employ a boot licker as an MD.

    • TheFatController

      I wanted a much loved and respected player (who’d stayed after relegation to see us promoted) sacked due to his testicular cancer.

      A player who later played again for the club – but I am concerned about my SD staff. When it suits. So mostly I’m not.

  • magpiefifer

    ‘Walter Mitty’ Ashley strikes again!
    Yet another example of the manipulative PR trash which he instructs Bishop to release for the uninformed, gullible,lazy hacks to repeat ad nauseum.
    If he is such a good owner,how come there is a list longer than my left arm of the damaging things he has inflicted on NUFC!?
    It’s what he excludes from his fantasy letter that is telling,eg the dramatic fall in commercial revenue, which of course is down to his obsession with his precious retail empire!!!

  • Waxi

    Where has the money gone Mike.

  • Lewis SG

    What a poor argument. He is fooling no one. Wait, there are a few that actually stand by him on this site.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You voted ‘up’ the claim I made a racist comment. Can you explain why you think this was a racist comment.

      • Tweed Mag

        To be fair, if you can’t see what the problem is, there is no reason why anyone else should be drawn in. Pause a while, forget trying to score on technicalities and read Ashley’s letter again, whilst trying to spot one fact or a hint of truth.

      • Kenny

        🤡

      • Lewis SG

        You know what you have said. Being online doesn’t give you the right to say anything you like. Look at your description and find out who you are describing. Ignorance doesn’t give you the excuse to comment that way.

        • Kenny

          ignore him, it`s a troll

        • Ben Jones

          Hold on, so you’re liking the Newcastle central mp to a monkey? Remember it’s your mind that’s making that leap. Oh dear

          • Lewis SG

            There it is. Racists.

            It’s always the same. Racists making stupid comments and then find stupid excuses before dragging in a friend from another race saying “I have friends from other race, I’m not a racist.”

          • Ben Jones

            No one said that, to which you’ll no doubt respond ‘we all know why you don’t have friends from other races’. Nicely boxed off that strawman ain’t ya. 2/10 must try harder.

          • Lewis SG

            You know who you are. We know too.

          • Ben Jones

            I know the picture you’re trying to paint. Laughable

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Utter rubbish, the problem is with you if you make such an association

          • Lewis SG

            You made that comment, not me. If there is any hint of racism you should delete your comment right away. What value does your comment has anyway except to potentially offend a person of another race?

            It’s fine, you can always brush it off, typical response.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There is not a hint of racism, my comment may offend Labour party members but they should address that problem to their leadership.

      • Kenny

        racist & a nonce

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Quite an accusation.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            fact not an accusation

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            what is a fact?

  • andrew baron

    The letter is PPd so was not signed by Ashley and no doubt not written by him either, although I imagine does contain his viewpoint.

    • Ben Jones

      Only them are not facts are they? You made them up, if its fact then explain how it’s fact

      • Kenny

        Nonce 🤡

      • andrew baron

        1 He has never paid for advertising
        2 The club shops have now all closed and been replaced with SD outlets to which the cub pays a fee every time an item is sold.

        What more do you need?

        • Kenny

          he`s a troll

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          He’s never charged interest on the loans. How much do you think the advertising is worth?

          The outsourcing to SD is surely more effecient than doing it in house. In face, the only person to make out of the in house strategy was Bruce Shepherd.

          • Kenny

            loans, what loans ? troll

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There are two loans to the club totalling £144m

          • Kenny

            no there isn`t,

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Yes, there is. See note 18 of the latest accounts.

          • Kenny

            They are on a par with the letter above, lies
            Nonce 🤡

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I get the feeling I’m not dealing with the brightest of buttons here? I’m accused to be a nonce for pointing you in the direction of the audited accounts as a reliable source of financial information?

            So, you alone have found lies within the audited accounts and that I am racist and a nonce. Don’t you think you should advise the authorities of this?

        • Ben Jones

          Yes the club shops have closed, the merch doesn’t magically sell itself, so someone else takes care of all that hassle instead and we receive royalties which are greater than the profit we would make by keeping the shops open and all the expense associated with it.

        • Sickandtired

          Take a look at RFC. His ‘deal’ with them meant they get only 7p of every £1 of merchandise sold. I expect/suspect the club doesn’t even get that off him here.

          • Ben Jones

            That figure, ok that figure, is only relevant if you have the information on what the club actually made from merch prior to that, once you have this information, we can judge whether Rangers are better or worse off.

            It’s like me saying it took me 20minutes to walk to the shops and expecting you to know whether that’s fast or slow, you couldn’t without knowing the full information

          • Kenny

            Nonce 🤡

  • BanJones

    The only question tff needs to answer is ” When are you going to crawl back under the stone you crawled out from Mikey?”

    • Toon River

      He’s been here 11 years and there’s zero interest in anyone buying us so I’m guessing it won’t be anytime soon

      • Kenny

        🤡

      • TheFatController

        Oh boo hoo, no one wants us. Abuse us please then Mikey… we’re not worthy !

        Childish argument you make there. How old are you out of interest?

  • HarryHype59

    In the letter Ashley admits the “debt”was around £82m When he acquired the club. Fast forward eleven years and it is now £144m, despite this club receiving around half a billion In TV money over this period. If that statistic isn’t a damning indictment of his woeful ownership, I don’t know what is.

    • Kenny

      the man is a pathological liar

    • TheFatController

      Yes that’s the most bizarre part of the letter to a Minister.

      ‘I bought the £78m debt, it’s now £144m’

      But you turnover £150m, spend £40-50m annually on players, often lower net, the wage bill is £85m, you have few other overheads, and can afford for the main ground advertiser not to pay for it?

      Where’s the money going, if the debt keeps going up? Why not charge the main ground advertiser if you are running at a loss ?

      He better hope Jeremy Wright has better things to do than do these simple maths

      • Viru leckworth

        Or, if you think you are running at a loss, sell at a price to recoup this loss. It won’t be 400 m.

      • Billmag

        Just waiting for a barrage of stats from Fleckman.

        • Ben Jones

          That’s right. You are

          • Kenny

            He’s a nonce like you
            🤡

          • Ben Jones

            Is it ‘ or ` ? Pick one and stick to it surely

            Soldier on

          • Kenny

            trolls are on a par with a nonce sonny, you`re both

        • HarryHype59

          The troll Fluckman, gets off on defending the indefensible.

      • Leazes.

        He also said the initial ‘debt’ was gone….. this is a new debt to himself which he created by a combination of mismanagement and underfunding causing relegation… most people know….. so who is the letters intended recipient?

      • Wezza

        The wages now have never been lower. It’s about 45M for this season.

  • Viru leckworth

    Keep up the pressure he is getting unsettled. However bad mouthing SD staff directly is not nice. Demonstrations inside and outside the ground must be doing him damage. And to end all this aggro, all he has to do is be a decent owner, listen to Rafa and go along with his wishes within reason. And all the aggression will disappear.

    • Ben Jones

      And that’s exactly the message them fans are sending to potential buyers of the club, go along with our wishes ‘or else’ . Very damaging

      • Kenny

        💩🤡

      • Viru leckworth

        On the other hand, potential buyers will understand the passion our supporters have. Do you really think potential buyers are so stupid as to think nufc supporters are being unreasonable in the present climate?

        • Ben Jones

          No they won’t. They’ll see how the fans go on, your theory only works if the accounts back up what you claim, if all money has remained in the club(I’ve no reason to believe otherwise) then his only crime is not dipping in his own pocket, that’s the message being sent , ‘if you don’t dip into your own pocket we will kick off’, pretty much eliminates 99% of potential ‘investors’ and only leaves a billionaire looking for a toy, not many of them

          • Viru leckworth

            Looking for a toy… that is exactly what Ashley was doing. It has backfired though and he knows it.

          • Ben Jones

            Ok Viru. Ok

          • Kenny

            🤡 Nonce

        • Toon River

          Potential new owners will see fans spitting their dummies out after a 10th place finish for a newly promoted club which is only one of handful of financially stable clubs. Nobody will want to buy the club after this.

          • Kenny

            Nonce 🤡.

          • TheFatController

            Ah, I notice you can predict the future. I’ve not heard of anyone scientifically proven to have that skill before.

            Or is it that you’re so angry that Ashley I s being got at, you want to spite us by telling us ‘no one will buy us’

            So like a spurned lover telling their gorgeous ex girl ‘no other man would have you…!’

            Of course they’ll buy us. Sorry, does that anger you, knowing it’s going to be outside your control and we’ll be happier and you’ll still be miserable ?

          • Toon River

            I don’t see any huge queues of potential owners lining up to buy us, do you? He’s been here 11 years. If anyone was serious he would have been away years ago

          • BanJones

            Nonce

          • TheFatController

            Then give it away to someone who can run it well. Huddersfield are well run yet have no one with more then a few hundred million in their bank account.

            I could run it better than Ashley, because we make so much money you just have to trust in football people who have good CVs.

            But if you are paranoid and don’t trust people, you’ll end up employing people you trust but who aren’t good enough. I would not have that business weakness.

          • BanJones

            That is a childish comment, potential new owners will understand the mickey taking under investment and note the 2 relegations and the way the club is used as a tool for Sports Direct and make better decisions with better outcomes for everyone.

      • Kenny

        Nonce 🤡

    • Leazes.

      They’ll always make stuff up that they are the victims, typical of the bully!

      • Wezza

        Yes so typical. All abuse was brought on by himself. I don’t condone it but mess people’s lives up and they get angry.

  • Leazes.

    In the letter he refers to the Newcastle United foundation which he inherited from the previous regime (every Premiership club has a charity foundation). How much money he has put into it I would estimate as Nil…. or put it another way…. far less than the amount he blew in Aspers Casino celebrating the windfall on the sale of Andy Carroll….

    But yes credit where it is due they sold off players worn kit on ebay and donated the proceeds to the food bank a sum of £20k…. but hardly a case of Ashley dipping into anything personally now is it!

    Everything minimal and….. nil given away through charitable generosity!

  • Andy 67

    Interesting to see Mr Usmanov leaving Arsenal, the rummer is hes involved with Everton but if I were a betting man wouldn’t Newcastle be the perfect fit, maybe somethings already afoot

    • Ben Jones

      You’d think so wouldn’t ya, world class manager, no debt, healthy accounts, beautiful big stadium, decent squad, fans who’ll wreck your business if they don’t get things their way, I don’t know why he doesn’t either, it’s a mystery

      • Kenny

        Troll nonce

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Exactly that, we are very investable but if you are promoting your own brand on the back of us, some of our fans are the most precious in the land.

        • TheFatController

          Can you substantiate that claim? Or are you just saying it because you’re angry at the battle with Ashley and need to lash out?

          It’s good that you’re angry. Erodes your health massively

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Can you substantiate that claim? You mean the claim that some of our fans are precious? they certainly are, they get up set at Wonga, SD, MA, etc etc. Whether we are the most precious in the land? I’m not so sure. Celtic run us pretty close, Liverpool are always hard done by.

          • TheFatController

            Nothing like a good bit of closet racism eh?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Iare the Celts claiming it’s racist to stereotype them as precious?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            And anything post will ever be like racism.

      • Kenny

        You doing your mum
        how disgusting 🤡

        • Ben Jones

          Why are you making this site all about you? Calm down a bit and let’s make it about Newcastle United and not individual posters

          • Kenny

            Pedo

    • Your mum

      I heard he was one of the parties to sign an NDA before xmas last year, the issue was arsenal, he tried to buy out Kroenke but he wouldn’t sell and now it looks like it’s gone the other way. Maybe he forced his hand and they have never got on.

      Whilst he is a true panto villian, he would be a sugar daddy owner rather than an investor and money for transfer fees would never be an issue. Hopefully he reignites his interest in us.

      • Kenny

        Troll nonce.

        • Your mum

          Ooh here’s the uneducated with no substantial input to try and discredit someone by calling names. What a legend!

          • Milburn_Taylor

            lost your blob because he`s trolling a troll. you stick out like a sore thumb, so hop over to another alias

          • Your mum

            No, i just understand business and the law, whilst you lot with your blinkers on paid by benefits don’t have a clue about anything but punching horses.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            what part of Manchester you from i know it pretty well

          • Your mum

            Gosforth, it’s about 150 mile outside manchester.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            liar

          • Your mum

            True story mate.

            Thought you blocked me? there’s only one liar in this thread.

          • Ben Jones

            Haha

          • Milburn_Taylor

            blocking you know & you stick out a mile mate

          • Your mum

            Cracking, but the correct word would be ‘now’. What is it with you lot, it’s like trying to educate pork.

          • BanJones

            “you lot” says it aal really – nonce.

          • Your mum

            Is that you Kenneth? Struggling with English again?

          • BanJones

            If you are calling toon fans “you lot” and criticizing English on a fan site then sorry Mum you are not a fan and you are a trolling nonce and you are blocked – byee.

          • Superdooperhooper

            You lot ? You mean Newcastle fans? As opposed to what ?

          • Kenny

            Nonce.

          • Your mum

            Come on Kenny, you must have other names to call people. We’re starting to think you’re a bit thick now due to the level of insults. Someone brighter would at least have some variation.

          • Kenny

            Pedo

          • Your mum

            Great, we’re getting somewhere, but your spelling is awful, if you’e going to insult someone you have to at least spell it correctly otherwise , people still think you’re a bit thick. The correct spelling would be Paedophile, or Paedo for short. We should try that again.

          • BanJones

            Nonce

          • Superdooperhooper

            Nice one dude . Calling us all doleys and horse punchers . How to win friends and influence people

          • Kenny

            Nonce

    • Toon River

      After the embarrassing actions of some of our ‘fans’ nobody would want to buy us. He’s had enough rubbish at Arsenal. Our fans are even worse than theirs when it comes to having unrealistic expectations

      • Big Hairy Man
      • Kenny

        Troll nonce

      • Milburn_Taylor

        you embarrass yourself with posts like that mate, calling your own fans.

      • TheFatController

        Well, that’s certainly one braid, generalised opinion that none of us can substantiate and only he could answer.

        So well done.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    A proven liar, yet I bet Ashley is given sympathetic treatment by Simon Snyde on Total Sport, especially the bit about his staff being subjected to intimidation.
    Hard facts about Ashley’s mismanagement is what we need, including the pertinent stats, not more mealy-mouthed garbage about Ashley ‘dividing opinion’.

  • HarryHype59

    In the letter Ashley admits the “debt”was around £82m When he acquired the club. Fast forward eleven years and it is now £144m, despite this club receiving around half a billion In TV money over this period. If that statistic isn’t a damning indictment of his woeful ownership, I don’t know what is.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He’s hiding his bushell somewhat as the unpaid transfers we £51m in 2007 and this was reduced to £25m in the first year of his ownership.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        he`s been pilfering from day one, he`s a borderline criminal

        • Ben Jones

          20 quid a day from till number 5?

          Paper trail?

          • Kenny

            Nonce

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          He’s not, over the course of his ownership, money has only gone in.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            2 trolls at once, lovely. both of you are blocked

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Oh dear, schools out for summer.

          • TheFatController

            Til it comes out with a sale, of course.

            He’s not invested, he’s bailed out to safeguard future return.

            That’s selfish really. Especially when he now makes out it was all for us, not for him. He must think Wright is unable to grasp the timing and motives he’s shown.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            There is nothing wrong with safeguarding return. The opposite is setting the thing up to fail.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Nothing wrong with getting the money back on sale.

          • TheFatController

            No, so long as the market meets your valuation, fill your boots.

            Remind me, is it valued at a price people would be willing to pay?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            And sellers are prepared to sell.

            I think it’s more valuable than £250m by most measures.

      • TheFatController

        Ah, I had it all wrong then. Seems he’s a great guy after all.

  • Big Hairy Man

    No Mike, we don’t demand a team that wins everything, or even a team that tries. We demand A HEALTHY BALANCE SHEET.

  • Kenny

    All the troll nonces are out
    Hey fellas there’s little Ben, your mum & toon river, dogs chit

    • Jimblag23

      Well why don’t you block them? Seems like you’re trolling trolls, which is almost as much of a waste of time.

      • Kenny

        have you blocked them

  • Jonas

    What a lying bar steward.
    Someone will do a piece here picking apart bit by bit the bs in that letter.
    Only an idiot or someone willingly ignorant not wanting to challenge the narrative they prefer could believe almost.any of it.
    for proof, see the comments herein.

  • Come&TakeIt1836

    I do agree that the Parliamentary petition is irresponsible and misleading amongst other adjectives but this response comes across as childish in tone as well as in the logic of many of its arguments. If we were on a schoolyard playground and one child said “Mikey doesn’t play fair” and Mikey responded “I do, too”, I’m not sure the arguments have elevated much here. I’m also not sure that if by responding, he did not unwittingly elevate the MP’s petition from laughable use of government time and effort (at best) to a potential action item for further discussion.

    Loans and interest impact on ticket prices – there is a connection but to tie the loans as a direct reason for ticket prices is not reasonable. The decisions for these two actions would have been primarily independent. I personally think they knew the club’s financial turnaround would take several years and freezing prices was a way to offset the expected lack of on-field competitiveness.

    The Foundation – this one part of the response is fine. I thought the ‘lack of community involvement’ piece was an odd inclusion in the MP’s argument and easily refuted. Very subjective.

    Training facilities – The argument against the training facilities is not ‘are they sufficient’ but do they accentuate or more easily enable success. Are the grounds and equipment recent upgrades or old technology (old may be as recent as 2-3 years for some things)? There is no mention of recent significant upgrades because they do not exist. As an example, scouting ‘shacks’ may be ‘fit for purpose’ but are more likely an example of how a dedicated staff can overcome environmental constraints in the short run. The team’s final table position in any year is not the lone barometer for this area.

    Calling out the failings of specific other clubs/owners is childish. The argument point is fine but too personal at this level. The MP’s petition potentially encompasses all owners and so splitting from them to stand alone is strategically foolish.

    He clearly manages the finances of NUFC in such a way to maximize his personal benefit first and the club’s competitiveness second. The club’s competitiveness is more aggressively addressed only if his benefit is at risk (relegation) or when his benefit seems secure (spending under McClaren). That is okay insomuch as it is his prerogative as the owner. I think he should have not responded but since he did, the arguments in response should be much better crafted. Embarrassing really.

    • Kenny

      Troll 🤡

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        Puerile 🖖🏼😃

        • Kenny

          did you google that troll ? it`s childish trolling sites sonny

          • Come&TakeIt1836

            Do you have any specific retort or refute to my opinions on the article’s subject matter? If so or if you’d like to share your own opinions on the article, I’d honestly like to hear them. We can discuss and maybe both be the better for it.

  • Kenny

    must have a cup of tea, see you in a while little trolls

    • Your mum

      Grammar Kenneth, grammar.

      • Kenny

        in the 3 bulls head before the match any of you lads want a gargle
        feel free, just ask for Kenny i use my real name.

        • TheFatController

          Better tell them where the 3 Bulls is, they don’t know the city centre at all well…

          • Kenny

            i know that, they`ll be on google earth & maps

          • TheFatController

            If it takes then off here briefly, I’m all for it

          • Kenny

            i was trolling trolls before the word was invented
            i`m relentless, believe it

  • Kenny

    had to delay my cuppa as the trolls wanted to chat, i`m off now but like Arnie says
    i`ll be back

    • Ben Jones

      Legend in your own head mate. I imagine everyone is enjoying what you’re doing to the forum. Slow claps all around

      • Kenny

        see below Benny if you can`t make it on Saturday, i drink in the Denton you`re welcome to come in for a little chat.
        if you don`t know where it is as your mum😄

        • Ben Jones

          So you’re over 18 and acting like this? Fair enough legend

          • Kenny

            see you there then, Nonce

    • Wezza

      It’s best to just use at block them mate. They troll to get a reaction. It is what they live for and they can’t stand it when they’re blocked and ignored. They are beyond help. It’s two brothers from Manchester using a lot of different aliases.

      • Kenny

        i know who it is, but i`m on them 24/7 believe it

        • Wezza

          They’re not even worth our time.

        • Guest

          Tragic

  • Wezza

    Look at the trolls all over these comments just as I predicted. You are pathetic. There are no more excuses and you simply cannot defend MA anymore so resort to lies and trolling. Sad, have a good look in the mirror and then go troll some place else.
    Oh and I really hope Man U have another bad season!

    • Kenny

      i`ve invited them all for a drink

      • Milburn_Taylor

        won`t cost you much in drink`s for two, the travel to Manchester will though

    • TheFatController

      Now you’ve said that Wezza, no one will want to buy us. Apparently.

      So that’s us made miserable now we know we’ll sink without trace without Ashley as our glorious owner

      So we shouldn’t be happy he’s had to write whinging to an MP, and we should instead change our ways and learn to appreciate him.

      • Kenny

        😍😍 we luv you Mike

      • Wezza

        OH Yes we should be thankful master mike saved us. Oozing sarcasm there!

  • Wezza

    David and Kevin Lee, Man Utd TROLLS BLOCK LIST:

    Clarko, Fleckman, Monkseaton, ghostrider, ComeAndTakeIt1836, Mark Potter, Vodkamagpie, funlovingexpress, Nut, Jonathan Gibson, Martin Rooney, mentalman, Ben Jones, Rob Brown, 501ninedarter, your mum, Mike Adam, Duh, Toon River.

    • Kenny

      good lad, keep naming them for new guy`s coming on here

    • TheFatController

      I quite like their ‘now no one will want to buy us because you’ve been so nasty to Mikey- ever. Ever ever. Ever ever ever. So there! That’ll teach you’ lines.

      I can see them typing the lines out crying but with deranged delirium and anger in equal measure.

      It’s made me feel quite good to know they are livid, and it’s obvious everyone now knows to hit SD hard as it clearly irks the shareholders so irks Mikey the glorious leader

      • Ben Jones

        now no one will want to buy us because you’ve been so nasty to Mikey- ever. Ever ever. Ever ever ever. So there! That’ll teach you’ lines.

        ^no one said this, if you show potential owners there’s a chance owning nufc could damage their businesses it will make them reconsider, this is perfectly logical

        Livid? Crack on buddy, the football season is starting soon

        • My Cashley

          🤡

        • Novocastrian Git

          Try knitting instead you vacuous fool

    • Toon River

      I can provide evidence that I support Newcastle and have a season ticket. This clown doesn’t go to games so his opinion is completely void. He’s a an armchair troll

      • Come&TakeIt1836

        I’m up to fifth place. I must be gaining on ghostrider but Mark Potter is coming on strong. 😉

        What a badge of honour to be on the list! I’m glad he keeps it. It gives his life purpose and at the same time testifies that we all can think critically for ourselves.

        We need a name to own it… maybe something like ‘Wezza-Listers’… ‘I’m a proud Wezza-lister.’

        • Toon River

          It’s as if they thrive on being negative. None of them comment on positive articles, they just like to be negative all the time and make it out that we are all from Manchester or we are somehow friends with Ashley or something

          • TheFatController

            Now come on, if they thrive on being negative, why are they so positive and supportive of Rafa?

            You’re full of polarised statements ‘none of them comment on oaotive articles’ – never ? When you have to exaggerate to make your point, it’s not really a valid point is it?

            I see plenty being as positive as they can be. But when your owner runs the club to not achieve in League or cups, if you’re a fan who has ambition and an ounce of competitive nature, of course that’s going to ruin the enjoyment for you.

            No one minds being rubbish despite all the best intentions, but 4th most rubbish being success suggests you’re either not a fan or not competitive and don’t get the point of sporting contest.

            Which is it?

  • TheFatController

    Anyhow, the conclusion is we are giving Ashley a twitchy eye like Clueso’s boss in the Pink Panther.

    If the players, Rafa, us and MPs keep on at him, we can have him in a strait jacket by christmas

    • Milburn_Taylor

      wouldnt that be a bonus

    • molend

      Very ‘Now, now’

  • Stephen Paylor

    Usmanov has sold his Arsenal shares to buy NUFC

    • Milburn_Taylor

      so if that happens will the trolls turn up with Russian names ?

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    He’s rattled, doesn’t like anyone messing with his jumble sale.
    Keep up the good work everyone!

  • MetalMickey

    ” I would be happy to provide written answers to any questions that you may have”
    Guessing (any) would be those his legal team would filter as being answerable, therefore excluding the ones which should be answered:

    Here are 2.
    -Why fail to back quite possibly the best manager you could possibly have, who could (given the opportunity) make your multi million £ company worth even more?

    – “Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.
    REALLY? In that case, where is the “every penny” from – Finishing 10th, sponsorship of the shirt, sponsorship of the shirt sleeve, stadium advertising revenue, Puma revenue, instalments revenue from previously and recently sold players.

    • Desree

      ‘Ah the 120m TV money. I said Rafa could have every last penny generated by the club. The TV money is GIVEN to the club NOT generated by the club. See I am sticking to my word. I’m a man of principles, not some Pantomine villain’