Listening to Alan Shearer, you get the feeling that you have heard it all before.

This isn’t a negative aimed at the Newcastle United legend, he can only say what he sees.

Shearer once again asked how he sees the situation at St James Park and yet again he spells out the obvious problems, or rather, the usual one big problem.

At the minute Newcastle have a profit of between £25m and £30m on summer transfers, so even if Rafa Benitez had been allowed to spend that amount plus another £30m or so, just how different would all Newcastle fans, including Alan Shearer be feeling now?

With an extra £60m or so to play with, we could have seen ambition to progress the team, including Kenedy tied up long-term, a new centre-forward in place for the years ahead, other signings as well to mean we could be looking up the table, rather than having to scratch around looking for bargains to try and help avoid relegation.

Plus of course, we could then well have seen Rafa Benitez signing on as well longer-term…

It seems unbelievable that we are now having to sit here and think of a £30m net spend as having been far far beyond what we could hope for under Mike Ashley. This at a time when clubs such as Fulham and Bournemouth are paying almost that much on just a single player.

Alan Shearer thinks Rafa Benitez will ‘stick around’ and that with the manager in place, he and the rest of the NUFC fanbase can have hope of avoiding relegation.

Beyond this season though, Alan Shearer sees only one real hope. That Rafa Benitez can outlast Mike Ashley, that the owner will genuinely put the club up for sale this time and sell it.

However, with owning Newcastle United such a key part of Ashley’s tat empire in terms of the massive free promotion and advertising it gives it, you can only hope that now all the negative publicity that is being aimed at Sports Direct and his other brands, plus interference being ran on social media by fans attacking SD and related accounts, that Ashley will see the negatives outweighing the positives for him with Newcastle United.

Ten years ago Mike Ashley claimed the club was up for sale and he was supposedly desperate to sell, a decade later and he still owns NUFC and it keeps going up in price, the owner making the price tag £100m more than the actual reasonable value. Anybody would think you can’t believe anything he says…

Alan Shearer speaking to Talksport:

“I do think Rafa Benitez will stick around (for the time being).

“He will stick around in the hope that one day someone might come and buy the football club…I know for a fact he realises the potential of it.

“He knows there are fifty two thousand fans who love this football club and who are crazy about football and want to have hope.

“I think it is his wish that he can give them that one day, so he will stick around BUT if nothing changes come the end of the season, that will change I’m sure.

“Nothing changes at St James Park, does it?

“Rafa is obviously angry and upset, because the owner promised him all of the funds that were generated  to spend on the team, and that hasn’t happened.

“I think at the minute it is a profit of around about £25m on transfers (this summer)…that is very difficult to keep going, when you are making a profit on transfers year in and year out, when all your rivals around you are spending big money.

“I understand Rafa’s frustrations totally, and the fans frustrations, they want to have hope.

“They work all week in Newcastle to have a good time at the weekend, spend their money, and a good time is going to St James Park and watching their team, being loyal and supportive and being encouraged and having hope.

“They don’t feel that at the minute but they have got a top manager and that will give me hope that they will avoid relegation again this year…because of him and what he did last season.”



  • Wezza

    MA. Get out of our club.

  • Your mum

    Hopefully Mr Usmanov is a reader of the Mag, so this is to you. Come and save our club!

    However he may have showed signs of a balanced view and been referred to as a troll and thought ‘f*ck it’

  • Ram Kishore

    We are not going to sign a LB, CB or CAM to compete with Perez.. if we don’t do it by today..
    That’s it end of the window.

    I just wonder why did we even take such a long time to bring Rondon

    • magpie0722

      If they put the same effort into actually buying players that they do to not buying them, we’d have a hell pf a team.
      I agree our spending is over for this window, the squad hasn’t improved only the personnel have changed. Would have liked at least cover for LB, Joe Bryan would have been a decent buy.

      • Ram Kishore

        I crave for a CAM pal. Perez needs competition and needs to be pushed sometimes it could give Rafa to tinker the style and give him options to make the team play with two CAM, which could be effect against solid defensive teams with we had boring matches.. remember the Burnley, Huddersfield and Brighton ones..

    • Ron

      Easy, we have to start to pay his wages once he’s signed, why pay him for a month when he’s not playing.

      • Your mum

        Gayle was earning more than Rondon.

        • Ron

          You spotted the hole in my argument, but maybe Rafa was hoping to keep Gayle as well.

          OK yeah you’re right!

      • Ram Kishore

        Idk about that pal.. the validation given by Yourmum seems valid.. but still LB, CB, CAM is a priority to provide competition and options..
        But I don’t see us doing the deals quickly in the remaining time..

    • Your mum

      WBA would have preferred the £17m cash. Once the buy out clause expired they knew their hands were tied and the loan deal with Gayle went through pretty quickly then.

      • Ram Kishore

        But I don’t really think we will be getting 2 or 3 players by tomorrow ..
        Just speculating

        • Your mum

          I on’t either, if we do, they will be a couple of million here or there or a Mangala from city, basically someone who doesn’t feature in their managers plans and they want them off the books.

  • Paul Patterson

    Over to the trolls to tell Alan he’s wrong, should shut up and buy the club . .

    • Leazes.

      No… don’t feed them….for pity’s sake

      • Paul Patterson

        I just find it strange that some people think that ex players and friends have enough money to buy a football club. Maybe if it was Ronaldo buying S********d, then fine, but asking the Shearer’s, Lee’s, Ferdinand’s, Keegan’s and Sting, plus Ant & Dec to put in all their finances (because that’s what it would take) would be financial suicide.

        • Ben Jones

          Why would it be financial suicide? I thought mike was holding us back and there’s bundles of money this club makes, plenty to go around surely? Unless you’re saying it would all go wrong? Genuine questions, can you elaborate

          • Kenny

            🤡.

          • Your mum

            This is where people’s unbalanced view comes into play.
            There are very few individuals that could afford to buy a club like nufc and then run it to the level that is considered ambitious.

            I personally have spoken with people and companies (financial houses) about a consortium lead approach and the outlay was staggering, it does not make financial sense to buy a PL club. If it was a consortium people have different views and ambitions, some will look for a return on their investment. The same with PCP. They would have wanted to turn it round in a few years, which is why hey wanted it on their terms.

            People believe there is a surplus of money floating round nufc, and there would be if everyone paid upfront when buyig players, unfortunately this isn’t the case and the championship year cost us dearly. We bought our way out of that league, like it or not. Now the money from sissoko etc will have bridged some of that loss, but not all of it, not only did we lose 50m or so but we also lost spending power vs our PL rivals, who were in the Pl that season. The club breaks even or makes a profit on a good year in the PL, but even using that profit for transfers it would not enable us to be as competitive as fans would like,

          • Ben Jones

            I couldn’t agree more, expect a poop and a clown as a reasoned counter

          • My Cashley

            🤡

          • My Cashley

            “The Championship year cost us dearly”….. the sole reason for us being relegated in the first place is by and large down to the fire place destroyers complete mismanagement of the club (i.e. appointing another yes man desperate for another opportunity in McClaren)

          • Your mum

            Yes the wrong manager was brought in. many had a bad feeling about Schteeve when it was announced, myself included. However from memory i think he was reasonably well backed in the transfer window. Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Mitro, Shelvey, Townsend, Mbemba, Saivet. Most were £10m +.

            Given that the turnover of managers is huge in the PL, its very rare that an owner/director gets it right. Thankfully, right now, we do!

          • My Cashley

            Yeah thankfully we do now, so much so the best manager we could wish to hope for will be gone in less than a year, and replaced with another McClaren-esque yes man 😂 #minority

          • Your mum

            Hopefully not, but my belief is that the club will be sold this season.

        • Jimblag23

          I know 😂
          One of them, don’t even wanna give them infamy by naming the cretin, said if we care that much every Newcastle fan should put in £10,000 and buy the club.
          Quite literally….RIDICULOUS excuse for a human being.

          • Paul Patterson

            I heard that mentioned on Total Sport one night this week as well. When ordinary young people are struggling to get property and cars to run their own lives, it’s absurd that it’s even suggested that a fan could saddle themselves with £10k worth of debt.
            The mere idea that people would put their families financial lives on the line is crazy and nobody (fan or otherwise) would expect that of them, even if you’re worth an estimated £40m like an Alan Shearer. It would take five of him and still not be enough . .

          • Ben Jones

            Yeah but imagine 66 ex players ant&Dec,sting and Jimmy nail pumping 5m each in, or 2.5m each and the geordie nation making up the shortfall £100 a time for those who can afford it, why that idea repulses you is strange to me. Let’s do it together. Positive campaign

          • Gallowgate Dave

            The problem you have Ben is I’ve read your posts and they are rabidly pro-Ashley and you come across as an apologist which unfortunately means when you are being sensible nobody listens to you. You are absolutely right with this though. Fans can’t moan that Ashley is taking us to the cleaners and in the very next breath complain that buying the club is “financial suicide”. Which one is it? See my reply to Paul and Jim above but basically the formation of NUST was to raise money so we could buy or at least buy into the club and so far we’ve raised zero in a decade. People think it’s impossible but if all fans had saved a modest amount over these 10 years (see sums above) we could actually afford it! That model seems to work pretty well for Real Madrid and Barcelona! It’s dead easy to tell someone else how to risk their own money (and I detest Ashley) but it’s hypocritical if we won’t risk our own.

          • Ben Jones

            I think your initial sentence is very fair comment, although I prefer realist to apologist. It wouldn’t matter who it was I’d feel the same way, but yes, I know what you’re saying.

            I also agree with the rest of your comment, too many people not willing to put their money where their mouths are. Bobbi has spoke about this a lot, people claiming to have stayed away for 10 years and claiming there’s 10’s of thousands like them, well, they could have half the money saved up just between them, I’m sure the ‘happy clappers’ and ex players could have made up the rest. It’s time to make a serious public push for this and also get mike to respond to how he would help facilitate it.

            Will read the other posts you mentioned

          • Gallowgate Dave

            You’re overly adversarial with many on here in my opinion, sometimes it might even be justified, but it’s hardly likely to influence people positively to your opinions. I’d argue it’s possible to be a realist and make it very clear you dislike Ashley. But aye I’ve had these conversations with Bobbi too (I rarely agree with him either) but on your point above I couldn’t agree with you more. If we could had some clever folk who have the time and inclination to put forward a serious plan, get a few figureheads like ex players and Geordie celebrities to give backing and engage with Ashley it’d be interesting to see how many would put their money where their mouth is. I would. Aye of course there’ll be some unfortunates who are struggling to make ends meet (and they have my utmost sympathy) but most people can afford a loan of £2,500 (over 7 years that’s £30 plus minimal interest per month) to buy a stake in their beloved club they can then pass down the generations. I have 2 boys and that would be an amazing legacy to gift them instead of a lifetime of relative misery at the whim of Ashley or whoever else wants to exploit us and the money floating around in modern football. I understand anyone on here who no longer goes to the matches in protest but what I wouldn’t understand is anyone who’d rather spend £30 per month on a TV package, coffees, an expensive motor, a new iPhone, a gym membership they never use etc etc etc rather than to effect real change and control our own destiny. In my opinion they wouldn’t be much of a fan if they prioritised other trivial things. It’s no problem them spending their money on whatever they wanted mind, totally up to them, just don’t then moan on about Ashley when it’s him risking his money if you don’t want to risk yours.

          • Ben Jones

            You’re just a delight, you’d stop to tell me I was holding my sword incorrectly wouldn’t you. I agree entirely, I had given it consideration, I’m more than happy to have constructive conversations with anyone, I completely run out of patience with people who can’t be serious, I’m aware how that can undo any ‘good’. To be honest I don’t think the fightback starts in my living room, my words are hardly going to make a difference to anything, as I’ve said to another poster today, I want his ownership to come to an end asap just to put an end to this distraction, but I firmly believe it will be downhill from that point onwards, aside maybe a few seasons of false hope, so let them have what they want, there’s no serious dialogue to be had with them people anyway, your comment though, in that regard, was heartening.

            Re:fan owned club I’m in 100% agreement, it’s unusual thinking about it why it has never gained any ground, of course finances as you’ve said can be an issue for some, and that’s fair enough, but of all the loudest of shouters of ‘injustice’ isn’t it odd that non have shouted to buy the club. I suspect they’ll say it’s not worth the asking price (while Simultaneously claiming the club makes fortunes every year) and they’ll also think they’ll be handing him a profit. I think the players are terrified someone mouthy would suggest it, I was conversing with Rob lee on twitter and he went quiet when I asked him about a consortium, he knows the score.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Well I’d let you know if you were slashing on my feet put it that way.

            I’ll take my chances and continue to wish for the end of Ashley’s tenure, fearing we should stick with him just because we might get someone even worse sounds like Stockholm Syndrome to me.

            Next time you’re on Twitter target an ex player other than Rob Lee. Shearer called him the tightest man he’s ever met.

          • Ben Jones

            Ha!

            They will be worse….but I’ve a feeling I know who’s fault it’ll be…

            That’s like a red rag to a bull

          • Desree

            I would invest. I am sure there are plenty expats who would.

            NUST should start a crowdfund
            Raise. 100,000 geordies around the world could at least raise 50, 000, 000

            That then gives NUST a chance of being taken seriously

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Aye if we couldn’t raise the full amount at least a statement of intent that we could be serious partners for any consortium, at least it could give us a voice. I lost interest in NUST a long time ago but would welcome an attempt by them or anyone else on this idea.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I have posted this above to Jimblag too:

            If Ashley accepted £300 million (which was reportedly enough to get the deal done last summer) it would take 120,000 fans stumping up £2,500 each or 60,000 fans stumping up £5,000 each to own a share. There would be those that could pay more and buy multiple shares. A £2,500 loan spread over 7 years would cost £30 per month plus interest to finally get rid of Ashley, control our own destiny and have a democratically elected president/board. You know like Barcelona and Real Madrid, they aren’t doing too badly are they? There will of course be those unfortunate and on benefits who will genuinely be unable to afford this which is absolutely fair enough but for the rest of us, I’m sorry, if we can’t be bothered and prioritise other things then we can’t really complain as we obviously don’t care that much. That was the original point of the formation of NUST and a decade later we’ve raised nothing, even if we’d raised something we could offer to buy into the club bit by bit and at least have representation (obviously I realise Ashley might want a full sale and not allow this). I hate Ashley with a passion but fans find it so easy to moan on yet if it came to taking the risk themselves with their own money they’d run a mile.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            If Ashley accepted £300 million (which was reportedly enough to get the deal done last summer) it would take 120,000 fans stumping up £2,500 each or 60,000 fans stumping up £5,000 each to own a share. There would be those that could pay more and buy multiple shares. A £2,500 loan spread over 7 years would cost £30 per month plus interest to finally get rid of Ashley, control our own destiny and have a democratically elected president/board. You know like Barcelona and Real Madrid, they aren’t doing too badly are they? There will of course be those unfortunate and on benefits who will genuinely be unable to afford this which is absolutely fair enough but for the rest of us, I’m sorry, if we can’t be bothered and prioritise other things then we can’t really complain as we obviously don’t care that much. That was the original point of the formation of NUST and a decade later we’ve raised nothing, even if we’d raised something we could offer to buy into the club bit by bit and at least have representation (obviously I realise Ashley might want a full sale and not allow this). I hate Ashley with a passion but fans find it so easy to moan on yet if it came to taking the risk themselves with their own money they’d run a mile.

          • Jimblag23

            You really think there are 120,000 people willing or able to fork out £2,500?
            Cloud cuckoo land.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            No Jim but my point is that’s the problem. We won’t ALL risk a (relatively) modest amount ourselves but we do want to tell someone else what risk they should take with their own money and he doesn’t even care about the club like we do. I find it hypocritical. If 50,000 fans had saved £600 per year (roughly the cost of a season ticket) since the formation of NUST a decade ago we’d now have £300 million to offer to Ashley. The sums aren’t impossible, they are actually achievable, I believe most fans will have disposable income of £600 per year/£50 per month no problem (while accepting that there are some very unfortunate fans that don’t but you’d have to be on the absolute breadline) but if they choose to spend on other things instead of doing something amazing that they could then hand down to their kids and grandkids then we don’t have a leg to stand on. Imagine being the only fan owned Premier League club, accountable to ourselves, run on the Barcelona/Real Madrid type model, controlling our own destiny and with no rich bloke like Ashley who couldn’t give a stuff about us to spoil something we all love? Not only that it’s not even dead money, you’d own part of an asset we could pass to our kids for FAR less than what most of us spend on a car. The only thing stopping us doing it is the will.

          • Jimblag23

            I think you’re completely incorrect that the required amount of people having disposable income you talk about, maybe to you a few thousand or whatever isn’t breaking the bank but to a lot of people that’s a great deal. Also, how do you see this conversation going? “Love I’m just popping down to the bank to get a loan to attempt to have a steak in nufc”,
            “but we can’t even afford to fix the boiler!”

            Additionally if these Newcastle fans wanted this deal they’d also be the fans that already fork out X amount every year for a season ticket. And wouldn’t want to not go for 5 years in the hope Ashley may accept a fan led bid.
            Which also seems obvious, Ashley would whack an extra hundred million on the asking price out of spite if Newcastle fans tried to buy it.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I’m not talking about not going. I’m talking about finding £30 per month plus minimal interest for £2,500 spread over 7 years to buy a 1 share = 1 vote stake in our club. Don’t forget we have plenty of celebrity fans who could afford far more than that. I’d rather it was 120,000 all with one vote but if say Shearer or Ant or Dec bought 400 shares for example that would be £1,000,000 and you’re telling me they can’t afford that? Also remember it’s not dead money, it’s an investment in a Premier League club. For ordinary punters like you or I are you saying you saying we can’t afford £30 per month? My wife wouldn’t care a hoot if I spent that on something I love and for most people if they are honest how many times do they “waste” money on luxuries like expensive coffee, an old direct debit for a warranty they’ve forgotten about, a few bottles of wine with the shopping they could do without, an extra night out, a poor pub lunch or a few TV channels they never watch? Aye I think most people could easily afford an extra £30 per month if it was for something they really wanted. I’m desperate for someone with the nous to organise it, that’s what NUST was supposed to do. As for those that can’t, and if you are one of them, then I genuinely feel for them and it must be an awful position to be in. But the population of Tyneside is nearing a million and then you have Geordies who’ve moved away and foreign fans, we’re not all on the breadline, the majority of those have £30 per month. It’s absolutely within our grasp IF we want it to be. It’s the inclination, not the means that I doubt.

      • Tweed Mag

        The racist insults yesterday were way out of order and I have decided to take your advice and block the numpties. Once they have no audience, they will go back to stacking shelves at Shirebrook.

        • Desree

          So this is the abuse of SD staff Mike Ashley was referring in his letter.

          “I am made out to be a Pantomine Villain while Ghostbuster, Monkseaton Magpie, Clarko, Ben Jones, Guest and Fleckmann are abused and threatened”

          • Tweed Mag

            Bye bye

          • TheFatController

            Post of the week, right there .. 😂

          • My Cashley

            Brilliant

        • Leazes.

          Oh yes there was always the edge of racism from David and his Dad but not from the youngest one.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Don’t feed them?! It’s all you talk about man!!! You add nothing at all except talking about out trolls you little fantasist

      • Jezza

        Agreed 100%. Completely ignoring them will hurt them far more than any insults hurled their way. Everbody just block them.

    • Ben Jones

      Are you saying you’d hate it if a group of ex players clubbed together to buy our club? Do you think non of them have the funds to at least set up a consortium? Are you not suspicious as to why so very few players end up getting into club ownership?

      • Kenny

        🤡

  • Ben Jones

    When you think of the money these players earned from the club, any player from any club for that matter, most of these players will have earned 30m+ just from the clubs nevermind image and advertising etc, even if you half that for tax it’s an incredible amount of money(and fair play to them), obviously they have a life to supplement but you’d like to think they put a bit to one side, sensible investing etc. The ones who didn’t, well their opinions on what money should be spent are irrelevant really, they’re useless with their own afterall, the ones who were/are sensible with their money and did put it away investing, well they never seem to invest in clubs do they? It’s almost as if they know something we don’t..

    • Tweed Mag

      Just to let you know, I am now convinced you are on the payroll at SD, along with a few other apologists/pessimists. Your main purpose is to confuse and take the debate away from the important issues. The bad temper and insults you also throw around (fleckman especially) make it worse. Bye Bye.

      • Ben Jones

        Ha I wish!

        I’m just pointing out I find it slightly obscene that wealthy people can criticise the running of something they love while at the same time be in a position financially and icon’ically motivate fans to get involved in a consortium to run it in shearers vision, why is that so offensive to you?

        • Kenny

          Troll 🤡

          • TheFatController

            I presume Ben has replied to me, ranting calmly no doubt.

            The noose tightens daily around Mike’s neck, but there’ll increasingly be more trolls as the Shirebrook depot has fewer orders to process daily, I guess.

            ‘If youre not busy with orders, could you do some trolling, whilst I search your bag…?’

          • Ben Jones

            Yes , I’m calmly explaining to people how you’ve taken another posters genuine concern you would get banned, twisted it’s meaning, and then attributed to me.

        • Your mum

          They won’t understand that.

      • TheFatController

        Agreed – I once cut and paste a reply to them all that said ‘let’s not let specifics distract from the main issue – namely the woefully under-performing owner…’

        Ben Jones wrote a reply something as follows;-

        ‘Hey, I enjoy your banter so just letting you know if you keep posting the same thing discus will close your account. So maybe go back and change them – I hope it’s not too late…’

        Gee thanks.

        So obviously yes, they are programmed to divert to specifics, away from Ashley and his poor practices that ruin the club as a competitive sports entity.

        Also, they are forever threatening ‘if you act like you don’t like the owner, no one will want to own us’

        Which is like saying ‘if you divorce your fat ugly wife no good looking girl would marry you…’

        • Ben Jones

          Bobbi said that to you and I read it as it was written, he was genuine and genuinely concerned you would be kicked or banned, I can’t say it bothered me either way if I’m honest.

          Your paranoid twisted mind took bobbi’s genuine concern and made it sinister, it’s a pattern with you I’m afraid

        • Tweed Mag

          Their tactics are well and truly exposed now. I suggest we cut as many off as possible so that constructive debate can take place. The remarks yesterday about Chi Onwurah were way over the top. I don’t see how they can rise above it. Bye bye apologists.

        • Leazes.

          I was told by fleckman that he would go away if I stopped posting. I didn’t and he hasn’t.

        • morryJR

          Charmingly put

      • Billmag

        Well done it’s about time the Mag blocked these troll’s, they bring nothing to the debate on here, c’mon Mag get rid of them.

        • Ben Jones

          Ironically Bill, we are the debate, without us there is no debate, just a group of people agreeing with eachother and feeding off each others pain over you know who, you want the debate banned Bill, that’s irony

          • My Cashley

            🤡

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Ben Jones, nut, vodkamagpie, Leazes, jezza, maximus, nutjob

          • Billmag

            The list is never ending.

          • Ben Jones

            Easy Des

        • Garry Norman

          It’s not a debate if you block everyone that doesn’t toe the line. It’s just a bunch of bitter people agreeing with each other

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You mean anyone who doesn’t lick up to Leazes the weirdo

          • Billmag

            Not on about blocking everyone apparently two people has numerous aliases, if you are happy with that’s your choice but it’s ruining a perfectly good forum by people that have got Jack 💩 interest in NUFC .

    • Kenny

      🤡 troll

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      A better return than speedflex that he invested in.

  • magpiefifer

    It’s so exasperating with Ashley that we just keep going round and round in the same circles!!
    Will he ever sell our beloved football club,or is it his intention to keep rubbing our noses in it!?
    We do deserve so much better than the fat tat man,and I just hope that pressure will eventually take it’s toll – but I’ll not hold my breath!!!

  • TheFatController

    You mention the negatives outweighing the positives to SD and are correct.

    The main pressure on Ashley will come from shareholders of SD. No doubt they’ve chuckled at the rise of their share value and the thought of all the free publicity for their company through our association.

    So we really must take the smile off their faces. Ruin their social media. Direct people to competitors. Highlight the poor history of employee conditions.

    Trust me, Mike may not care what people think, but shareholders care about their dividend and share price.

    We must be relentless. It will never stop. And will only ramp up when Rafa goes.

    We don’t need a rich buyer, Ashley has proved we can survive without an owner putting money in. The trick is to employ (and listen to) good football brains, and thus not get relegated. £150m + turnovers will do the rest …

    • Jonas

      Agree in totality.

  • Ron

    Great photo, was Alan talking about the size of Ashley’s manhood?

    • Ben Jones

      He’s illustrating the amount of ex players who invest in football clubs, I think he went on to talk about how his investments gave him an 8% net return last season, something like that anyway

    • TheFatController

      Well, Ashley’s not seen it for years, so nice of Al to be brave and break the bad news, in his no-nonsense style

  • Leazes.

    Amazed that Shearer believes that the club is for sale….

    • Kneebotherm8

      So am I………..no chance………

    • SuperDesHamilton

      He may know something we don’t, since he’s in football.

      Obviously Leazes Christ knows more though

      • Your mum

        He does know a lot more than any on here.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Leazes knows more than anyone

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        One thing we can agree on, the club is primed for sale.

  • Bowlsey

    Shearer really is clutching at straws if he thinks that the club is going to be sold anytime soon. All hell is going to break loose when Rafa goes and we can only hope that the ensuing chaos and coordinated attacks on Ashley’s jumble sale shops will convince him to cut his losses and get the hell out of Dodge.

    This forum is much better now that I can see lots of messages saying “This user is blocked” instead of pro-Ashley s***e posted everywhere by wind up merchants.

    • Ben Jones

      Ok mate, now you’ve gotten it off your chest you don’t need to mention it any more, that’s just what you see personally in the forum and I can’t for the life of me understand why this information would be of any use whatsoever to anyone else

      • My Cashley

        🤡

    • Jonas

      But Rafa will be going soon, less than a year, and that final straw for some that will be will cause chaos i agree (though don’t know why ppl would wait until then). So the club could be up for sale relatively soon.
      Clutching at straws though i know that is too.

    • Tweed Mag

      Yes, you go out to work or whatever, come back and every subject has one or more of the apologists ruining any sort of debate. I don’t know what they do all day, apart from pick senseless arguments.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        How do you debate when all you want is a bland agreement amongst people who can’t really think for themselves.

        • Tweed Mag

          Because of the remarks you make – debates are constructive, not petty point scoring and littered with insults. Bye Bye.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I don’t insult anyone.

    • Desree

      What losses?

  • oompalumpa

    Looked at this site for months, some very strong debate alas usually defends into petty name calling and farce. For me Mike Ashley has kept me and my family away as ex season ticket holders in the east stand for the last 2 Years. I’ve kept my cash as the owner has.