As disgraceful as the support for Rafa Benitez has been from Mike Ashley in this transfer window, promising him every penny the club earns and then ending the summer as the most profitable club in the Premier League, is not the only concern for fans and the manager.

Benitez has consistently raised the issue of outdated training facilities and underinvestment at the club academy since the day he arrived at Newcastle.

This is an area that Mike Ashley should be on the same page as his manager on, to quote the owner from back in 2008 – “I want Newcastle to be able to create its own legends of the future to rival those of the past. This is a long-term plan. A long-term plan for the future of the club so that it can flourish”.

The lack of investment in Newcastle’s training facility at Darsley Park flies in the face of any such desire, and is a slap in the face to a great manager like Benitez, famed for bringing on talent.

It was 2003 when Newcastle opened their current facility, over 15 years ago it was state of the art, but these days modern facilities are miles ahead of what was built prior to Ashley buying the club, and Ashley knows it. That’s why he announced an upgrade in 2013.

As Joe Kinnear, Director of Football at the time (pause for thought) said announcing the upgrade –

“Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers. It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.”

Nothing happened after the announcement, the planning permission that was granted has expired five years later.

There have been some improvements that Benitez has been able to push through. There has been internal restructuring, some new gym equipment and a big thing for the manager was resurfacing the indoor artificial pitch. The new 4G surface reduces the chances of injuries, but Benitez was keen to state that this is not anything extravagant, but rather something those of us that play five-a-side already had better than the club –

“If our supporters play in their five-a-side teams perhaps, then they will know themselves the difference between a poor quality artificial pitch and a 4G pitch.”

The same surface was provided for the academy.

Rafa still wants Newcastle to do more to improve on what was a recognised problem back in 2013.

Almost every other Premier League club has invested heavily in keeping their training facilities right up to date, if they’ve not upgraded their facilities they have plans in place to do so:

Arsenal Hale End Academy, major developments, completed April ’17

Read more – Arsenal.com

Bournemouth, former Canford Magna Golf Club, granted planning approval January ’18

Read more – AFC Bournemouth.com

Brighton, American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, completed November ’14 (cost of £32million)

Read more – The Argus

Burnley Barnfield Training Centre, completed March ’17 (cost of £12million)

Read more – Lancashire Telegraph

Cardiff City, planning approval for 15 new pitches granted July ’18, further planning decisions pending

Read more – Wales Online

Chelsea Cobham Training Centre, completed ’07, major extension in ’14 and further development ’16

Read more – Chelsea FC.com

Everton, Finch Farm, completed ’07, refurbishments ongoing currently

Read more – Liverpool Echo

Fulham, Motspur Park – purchased land immediately adjacent ’17, planning permission granted May ’18

Read more – football.london

Huddersfield Town, Canalside Complex, planning permission granted February ’18 for new gym and video room

Read more – Huddersfield Examiner

Leicester City, plans submitted for £100m training complex

Read more – Leicester Mercury

Liverpool, redeveloping existing academy at Kirkby, after submitting plans to build 160 homes on existing Melwood site

Read more – Liverpool FC.com

Manchester City, Etihad Campus, 5 years into a major ten-year development

Read more – Wikipedia

Manchester United, Trafford Training Centre, last major redevelopment of medical centre and sports science department ’13, more expansion planned

Read more – Manchester Evening News

Southampton, Staplewood Training Ground, opened ’14, £40million development not yet completed

Read more – Daily Echo

Spurs’ state-of-the-art Enfield Training Ground to go with their incredible new stadium

Read more – Tottenham Hotspur.com

West Ham United, preparing planning application for Rush Green Training Ground

Read more – Daily Mail

Wolves’ Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, completed November ’05, submitted two planning applications for major redevelopment May ’18

Read more – Insider Media

Protests against the owner are not just about disappointing transfer windows. They are about chronic under-investment across the entire club. The transfer window might be closed but Mike Ashley still has an opportunity to invest where Rafa has asked.

Just over a week ago, the club released a statement that included the following rally cry – “Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club.”

If that is to have any credence whatsoever, it’s time for Mike Ashley and Justin Barnes to start pulling in the same direction as Rafa Benitez and invest the club’s money where he wants.

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  • Kenny

    King Rat won`t even spend money on players never mind training facilities
    the club is falling apart at the seams and the majority of fans sit on their a$$ and do sweet FA.

    • James B

      that’s basically pr1cks like you then who spend all day [email protected] over videos over your god rafa.

      • Kenny

        take a hike you troll [email protected] nt

      • TheFatController

        Yep, it is a personality disorder. Thus I can’t laugh at you, it’s no laughing matter the issues you must face ?

      • KRS1

        You are a fooking simpleton, please f#ck off and do not darken our door again you c#nt

  • 1957

    Invest in infrastructure by all means, but our chances of producing our own players is more related to the woeful level of coaching these kids get. I’ve watched a lot of u23 games in the last three years and Beardsley’s team’s play like schoolboys, no shape or organisation.

    The biggest improvement we could make below the 1st team is a total clear out and replacement with better scouting, coaching teams and management. One of the comments from Ryder’s team at the time of Beardsley’s problems suggested both Ashley and Benitez rate him highly as a coach… I can’t see why and neither can the scout I attend u23 games with.

  • Lord

    Another reason why Ashley over-valued the club and got no takers.

  • JohnnyH

    I posted this on another article, the PL central payment (£123 million for us this season) is intended to be spent on improving club infrastructure, the PL handbook explicitly mentions improvements to training facilities and youth development.
    Not only is the fat [email protected] insulting the club, he’s also giving the PL the finger.

    Magpie group should look at the possibility to crowdfund legal action

    • Leazes.

      Maybe the Premier League and Sky could take him to court…. darn sure the tv money was meant for the football club not to buy HOF.

      • Kenny

        that lot are as bent as he is

    • Ben Jones

      You’re suggesting outside interference from the league or sky to be able to dictate what a club should spend it’s money on and when, we finished 10th in the top division last season and have a world class manager, get a grip

      • Kenny

        Fukwit

        • Ben Jones

          That’s what I thought but I didn’t wanna be as harsh as you’ve been

          • Kenny

            you`re the fukwit Benny, Fat Micks ladyboy

          • Kenny

            be a good lad and go for your tea

          • Ashley-out

            Kenny seems to be a big fan of yours 😂😁😂

      • Chuck D

        Still not sunk in that this world class manager will be gone at the end of the season?

        • Ben Jones

          I don’t understand what you suggest, he’s currently manager now and we’re talking about the premier league or TV bosses, do you want them to force the issue and have part control of the club?

          • Chuck D

            You make the point about finishing 10th last season and having a world class manager. The fact is that the first point is only a result of the second and the second will no longer be the case.

            Which makes the point you made utterly pointless.

          • Ben Jones

            I’m pointing out how little interest the premier league or TV bosses will have at Newcastles ‘plight’ , I wouldn’t expect too many sympathetic ears with that kind of destruction

          • Chuck D

            I have no interest or faith in either the FA or PL, as for TV bosses the PL is their customer.

            Back to my argument which is the 10th place finish is a mute point as we spent a great deal of the season fighting relegation.

            Had it not been for Rafa we would have been in the Championship this season for sure.

            So unless the club is sold this season Rafa will be gone and any ideas of finishing 10th and above in the PL will be long gone.

          • Ben Jones

            I’m sorry the discussion was about what the premier league/tv bosses would/could do about forcing the hand of the owner of a club to do what they want him to do. I’ve no idea what you’re going on about. Back to your argument? It wasn’t your argument pal, you joined another and changed it

      • Ram Kishore

        Maybe the media may take the 10th as a big thing but all u have to do is look at the table, the points table shows we were just few points away from 18th placed team. This is one thing I don’t agree with ur previous comment..

        • Ben Jones

          I don’t know what to say ram, if 10th is not 10th because of the points collected then it’s using a different method than I’m used to

          • Ram Kishore

            Haha lol.. i just meant we didn’t have the 5 to 6 points cushion to the next placed team Ben.. u know what I mean right.
            U going for the match?

    • Carverlier football

      If it’s part of a contract with the PL signed by the club then there would be a case there surely. Even if it’s not in a binding contract and is more an internal guideline, does the PL have it in their rules to demote us for continued non-compliance I wonder?

  • ghostrider

    Making out the training centre is woeful when in actual fact it is fit for purpose.
    The major issue here is, it’s not fit for purpose for the sons of Sheikh’s or the pampered pooches who require glittering gold and jazzy extras.

    If we have somewhere indoors to train and outdoors, plus baths and showers and bibs and cones and goalposts and such, then we have the facilities.

    Let’s try and remember that the football players are human beings.
    They kick a football about like every other footballer.
    Most are brought up at some stage, roughing it… and getting better and better extras as they progress.

    There’s more than enough at this club to cater for training.
    Can it be better?……Of course it can…like anything.
    Even our own stadium can be much better as it requires a good old shot of maintenance.

    We finished 10th last season with the same training facilities against the so called elite training facilities which every other club but us seem to have.

    The amount of digs at Newcastle borders on the frenzy….it really does.

    • Kenny

      well that`s a load of 💩

      • simonjames60

        Agree. Environment has huge effect on performance of a team.
        Yes in theory a pitch, goals and a ball are all that are needed to train but there are vast numbers of elements that impact on the both physical and mental performance of players over and above that

        Clive Woodward’s success in 2003 was built upon the huge attention to small details, critical non-essentials, environment, professionalism, etc etc. all very small adjustments but all add up to an advantage over your opponent.

        The gulf in facilities between Newcastle and Etihad is incredible.
        2 training stadia, 12 artificial pitches, multiple gyms, class rooms with digital technology, cafeteria, accommodation villages for parents of the 12-14 year old brought in from abroad at Manchester are a world away from the Newcastle academy school style canteen and play room with a scabby pool table, play station and a physio room full of spare parts made for siem de Jong

        • Peaky

          Nice one

        • Damon Horner

          All valid points and you could even go on with reasons if you wanted to.

          • simonjames60

            I don’t think i could explain as well as Paddi Lund or Sir Clive’s books do.

          • Damon Horner

            No, I didn’t mean it in that sense, you explained it well, I meant you could add things like attraction of innovation alongside the professional and comfortable environment benefits.

        • Ben Jones

          Ok. Fair. But non of us expect to be competing with the man city’s, right guys? So let’s at least compare with like for like, ie current facilities at Everton, West ham, Leicester, who I’m sure have better but by how much?

          • Damon Horner

            Haven’t Leicester unveiled plans to invest £100mil? Granted you can’t perfectly quantify based on amount spent.

          • Ben Jones

            I’ve no doubt they have and I’ve no doubt they will in the future, but at the moment, the ones they’re using now, are their facilities fit for purpose?

          • Damon Horner

            I don’t know, I’ve never seen them but they’re recognising they need to improve their facilities. I’ll be amazed if they invest that amount into them and they’re not significantly better than ours.

          • Martin Rooney

            but not put in place as yet

          • KRS1

            Dick#ead

          • Angelswithdirtyfaces

            Compare with Southampton – didn’t one of our local heroes end up there ?

          • Martin Rooney

            Everton better facilities, Rangers fans from the 70’s will wonder how goodison park passes any safety checks

          • Chuck D

            Have a look at Brightons elite training ground which was built for £32m

          • Martin Rooney

            It looks smart as does their ground which was largely paid for by sponsors. Wonder if fans will prefer that to have been spent on players come the end of the season.

      • Rabid Dog

        To be fair, it IS Ghostpoo. Roughing it and fit for purpose spew out of his food hole like water down the Tyne.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Who needs training facilities when they can rough it by kicking a beer can around the back streets like in the good old days.

      • Westdentoon

        Would you believe the players had blow up paddling pools to use a plunge pools in the recent heat wave. I kid you not, straight outta Sports Direct.
        Could you imagine any other prem league club with such luxuries?
        Never mind it’s fit for purpose eh…

        • Martin Rooney

          Arsenal players where using green wheely bins for the same ice bath process this summer??????
          For that matter so does Anthony Joshua

          • Westdentoon

            Aye whatever

          • Martin Rooney

            In addition Arsenal have fans who are willing to £1000 per ticket for the worst seats in the house, businesses that are willing to pay £120k for a box instead of £25, and bank executives of the company you bank with to pay £1.5 million on suite sponsorship deals which nufc can only dream of.
            IF you want to make a difference start by pulling your cashout of T**ty companies like that. F MA F arsenal and F you you ffffing sheep are all the FFFFFing problem ya *once. STOP FFFFING WHINGING AND DO SOMETHING OR SHUT THE FFFFUP

          • Westdentoon

            Why don’t you just F*#ck off you prized helmet. I can write what the [email protected] I want.
            Again…are we investing in the future? Are we [email protected]
            It’s morons like you who believe us up north should settle for second best.
            No P*ss off back to your Mike Ashley [email protected] mag you tool.

          • Martin Rooney

            Just can’t take facts that make it clear you just are not able to comprehend what the reality is, I guess its hard but I don’t know as I have a brain that does its own thinking.

          • Westdentoon

            Aye a brain that can’t comprehend other opinions.

          • Martin Rooney

            We are in a very similar place as when he took over or maybe slightly better we certainly have a better manager and probably a squad which did last year and like to this season finish in a higher position than when he took over.

          • Westdentoon

            In a very ‘similar’ place, yes maybe, I agree. Whilst most, if not all of our rivals have invested, grown and shown ambition in areas where our owner simply has no interest whatsoever. This is reflected in the standing of the club worldwide, which is considerably lower than when he took over.
            We have a better manager NOW, but come 12 months time things will be different as he is no mug, he knows the craic exactly, otherwise he would be sitting on a shiny new 5 year contract!

          • Martin Rooney

            Learn to bread you divi. Its morons like you who can’t comprehend what the facts are continuing the same behaviours that keep the north second best and feed the greed of the south to help it stay that way.

          • Westdentoon

            ‘Learn to bread you divi’

            Says it all you first class pri*k.

          • KRS1

            HOW ABOUT YOU F#CK OFF AND DIE

          • Martin Rooney

            Tried but failed so back again.

          • Martin Rooney

            Look if Rafa thinks the facilities are okay then they’re OK if he thought £2m spent on them would make a massive difference tovtge performance of all of His 25+ squad then he would have done that.

            We should know this because well we all know he is a very good manager.

          • Danimal

            Based on recent experience he’d have to sell £12m worth of footballer to be able to spend £2m on anything.

    • Martin Rooney

      Who is saying they are bad not Rafa he over saw the refurb remember

      • ghostrider

        Somebody is…and I never mentioned Rafa…but if he’s ok with it then what’s the issue?

        • Martin Rooney

          There is’ one is there

      • Chuck D

        What refurb? The indoor pitches were updated because of concerns over recurring injuries. The rest of the facilities are far from what standard a PL club should have.

        • Martin Rooney

          Rafa’s words not mine,

    • grumpyoldmag

      If you follow that to its logical conclusion all chris hoy ever needed was a big standard bike to ride round a tarmac track. No marginal gains no Manchester velodrome no wind tunnel performance assessment no nutrition scientists no psychologists just ride your bike fast chris

      • ghostrider

        Football is over complicated to start with. It’s become a science of nonsense in terms of how players are dealt with.
        However, what the players require they get with the facilities we have, no different to other clubs.

        I’ll say it again. We finished 10th last season with the same facilities.
        We also won the championship title with the same facilities.

        What?…It’s only the championship so it doesn’t count?
        How about telling me what we don’t have that the players actually require to do their jobs.

        • Chuck D

          If you read Roy Keane’s first book you’ll understand the importance of proper facilities.

          Look at any top club and they invest heavily in training facilities and the academy.

          Try watching first team Juve on Netflix.

          • ghostrider

            It’s the not fit for purpose that I disagree with.
            I’m more than happy for the training facilities to be updated but it’s not so bad as to be to the detriment of the squad in any way. It has everything necessary.

          • Chuck D

            Are you a professional footballer and have you trained there?

          • ghostrider

            Are you and have you trained there?

          • Chuck D

            My argument is how do you know it has everything necessary?

          • ghostrider

            Because I don’t hear players complaining that they don’t have it and nor do they look any less conditioned than any other players, so I assume they have everything required.
            How about you tell me what it doesn’t have that is necessary.

          • Milo79

            The players take ice baths in wheelie bins.

          • ghostrider

            And?

        • KRS1

          Pri#k!

          • ghostrider

            By all means use any language you see fit but what I ‘m saying is bang on.

    • Danimal

      If it’s fine, why did your god Ashley tell everyone he was going to replace it?

      • ghostrider

        Maybe because he was or is.
        However, it remains to be seen whether he needs to if he’s selling up (who knows?) or whether the funds scuppered it considering what the club’s went through.
        Maybe now there’s money to actually revamp things….IF he stays or is intent on staying.

        I’m speculating on it all because, like you, none of us know the real ins and outs of the entire set up of the club, only best guessing based on how we all feel and perceive.

        I would imagine he’s less than full hearted with the entire club after the bile and spew he’s took from massive bandwagon jumpers…but he’s still running it efficiently regardless of the excuses made at each turn by a set amount of fans and bandwagon jumpers, to find any way or means to bring him to his knees because cutting off their own noses to spite their own faces appears to be acceptable to some……until they find out what the reality actually entails after the fact.

  • kingfisher

    Just over a week ago, the club released a statement that included the following rally cry – “Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club.”
    The only direction Ashley is pulling us is down,down,down !

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    That should come off the value of what he is wanting for the club because whoever buys it will have to fork out for the refit of the training ground.

  • Mrkgw

    Will someone just buy out this despicable owner. Such is the intense level of dislike towards him then you really would think that he would up sticks and go. But no, he is harder to shift than a grubby stain. The sheer contempt shown by him towards the club, the region and its people is beyond comprehension. The Ashley out campaign needs to turn that screw another notch.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    George Best needed no Academy just a pair of boots and a blade of grass. Same with Pele and Maradona. The people on here who say Sunderland are light years a head of us producing players are right. They are in league three.

    • Brian Standen

      But it’s another broken promises, yes or no?

      • Desree

        Monkseaton is on Ashleys payroll. Ignore them.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Aye, them were the days. Proper men, proper tackles etc. Things have moved on since then. The levels of fitness and body conditioning today are light years ahead of the 60s and 70s when half the players were p!ssed 2 or 3 nights a week (or in George Best’s case 7). If we don’t keep up with majority of the EPL clubs we will be fighting a losing battle.

      • Kenny

        that guy has issue`s.

    • Westdentoon

      Aye and me fathers grandad used a pigs bladder for a football

      • Kenny

        his Dad used one as a blob, that went well, didn`t it

        • Martin Rooney

          it popped, as did you, 6 months later under cooked

        • Wor Lass

          He should have removed it from the pig first.

        • TheFatController

          That’ll be why he spells it ‘Rondom’

          Like his dad, close but no cigar …

    • Martin Rooney

      Your giving the doomsday folks ammo here Rafa decided a refurb is enough and ensured it happened to his desires remember the big play about him having little holiday to over see it. Short memories these muppets.

      • Superdooperhooper

        OK you’re anti rafa pro ashley. Just one question . Why?

        • Leazes.

          If you want to annoy it don’t feed it….block it.

        • KRS1

          Because he is a c#nt

        • Martin Rooney

          The answer is neither, Rafa’s the best manager we’ve had since well all of my life Bobby ran him close but he didn’t discipline well, Rafa, colo out mitro out arrons out colback out any dissenters out. His football is boring though and I think he’s made some big mistakes in the transfer market we will have over £35m of his signings not even in the squad today and i think the first team strength is important, I’m guessing though that he will prove me wrong. Given the largess of the football world players agents managers owners I’m long past putting any of these F***ers on a pedestal and thinking they’re are god, I’ve got twenty years left of work and could retire on 9 weeks of Rafa’s take home so please fogivee me if I don’t get out a hanky if he thinks the club should put more money into the hands of players and agents than is needed just to get them in early during a window.
          As for Mike ashley I see him as all the other owners Hall Shepherd McKeag. All of them a shambles at many times during their ownership during mckeag place was a ****hole the tunnel door was hanging of its hinges and rotting, under hall and shepherd they couldn’t control a jumpy jack manager and Derek Wanless the respected former natwest bank Chief said ‘the club was technically bust’.

          Mike Ashley didn’t loan the club the amount that is owed to him the majority of it is capital the club without debt was worth c£240 that is why Ashley paid £130+m in cash and then took on the debt, thats equity disguised to ensure little capital gains tax at the sale time A further £35-£50m he has loaned for players etc etc He’s made some big mistakes the biggest of course being appointing Keegan which has soured him for eternity in most peoples eyes. He has been damned for any move he made since.

          The thing is not everything he or the club does is wrong, had Santon and Taylor not utterly f’d in Portugalup we would have likely qualified for our first european final in however long, but we forget about that, under him. Had Jonas played like he had against west ham during the whole of his nufc career

          But I think if i was running the club then i would probably run it in a similar same way. .
          I think the club should have no debt, it should also have more than enough money in the bank to cover a seasons costs after a relegation, it should also have enough cash in the bank to buy a Fernandez on the eve of the season if the first teamer gets injured. The club should tell agents where to go when they get greedy. Whilst we have disrupters like man city we shouldn’t try to keep up wait patiently until we have the cash let them buy the likes of Jamal lascelles at £70m to have him sit on their bench and build slowly.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        Only one muppet and that’s you Kermit – you actually from the North East or have any connection?

    • Superdooperhooper

      I worked down pit 27 hours a day and paid pit owner for privilege of working there etc. BTW if Sunderland are in league three that means we’re in league one

    • Ba ba.

      😂 😂 😂 What a helmet

    • Wor Lass

      George Best is the greatet player I ever saw live. He had the skill of Messi and Maradonna but was as strong as an ox when kicked. BUT he was pi$$ed out of his head most of the time and couldn`t have got away with it against modern players.

      • Leazes.

        Do you like Elvis as well?

        • Wor Lass

          Loved Elvis – another one who self-destructed. Ironic that Aretha died on the same day, albeit 41 years apart. The King of Rock and the Queen of Soul. Could be a song title…

    • Chuck D

      It’s well known that their academy is better than ours and so is Boro’s. It doesn’t necessarily reflect on the first teams performance but you’re too thick to understand that.

      Just look at Southampton for example.

      • Martin Rooney

        You should check that first go to the nufc training ground then to the nufc academy centre then take a twenty minute drive down to SAFC training and academy centre, let us all know about the comparison in the standard of the facilities?

    • TheFatController

      You always make yourself unblockable due to the pap you come out with being comedy no one else could write …

      It’s legendary that Brazilians learn on the beaches … surely a sand pit should be top of Sheik Mansour’s purchases at Man City therefore, based on you’re logic?

      The gift in the lift that keeps on giving…

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Then that wouldn’t be light years ahead

  • Tweed Mag

    Now here is a terrible thought. HoF are in dispute with their distributor and SD have no access to the warehouse. How long before some bright spark suggests NUFC’s Darsley Park as the new hub for Ashley’s ever-growing empire? Just think, he could allocate space for his apologists and at least they would be telling the truth when they say they are based in the NE.
    Only joking . . . .

  • magpiefifer

    Ashley will not invest for the betterment of NUFC if there is no tangible profit.
    He just sees buying and selling with a profit column at the end – many people see this as a stable situation – but not a very appealing one from a fan’s perspective!

  • Martin Rooney

    Which fourking oneker wrote this bile, ask Rafa if it was him who decided to refurbish rather than completely rebuild the training facilities and he will readily say YES his decision, saying he needs to strengthen the team first.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      the team strengthening did not seem to go as he wanted, did it.

      • Martin Rooney

        he’s bought 27 players he can’t really complain can he, no did the development of own grown players, which was it that he got wrong ? or was it both

        • Wor Lass

          It must be hard for you to remember who you are when you post.

          • Martin Rooney

            Thankfully I’m reminded by the Post as ……… button below the text box

        • KRS1

          You sir are a c#nt

          • Martin Rooney

            Thank you sir.

        • Danimal

          As so many people on here like house/car analogies…in my time I have had to sell a car to pay rent and debts. I managed to buy an older, less reliable car with what was left over. I thought I’d downgraded but apparently it was a straight swap. Thanks for putting me straight.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Only because of the shoestring budget.

    • Danimal

      Well, that’s worked out well hasn’t it?

    • FatParosite

      Bishop Worker Bee… moron=blocked

  • Leazes.

    Some pictures of the facilities at Darsley Park have been leaked on the NUFC blog comparing what appear to be a run down secondary schools changing rooms and gym with premiership ‘competitors’ state of the art training camps…..

    …..Ashley tells lies.

    • Chuck D

      My mate took his youngun there for some event and said it is shocking.

      The media room is an embarrassment!

      • Leazes.

        I just looked at the photos of the facilities… my god its bleak!

        • Martin Rooney

          It does look very bleak alongside those of man city’s stadium interior pics.
          They probably look bleak against nufc’s stadium changing pics

          I assume its telling of how the owners got their cash. Ashley made his, man city’s owner was gifted his MA Clearly not one who desires incredible finery and doesn’t feel others need it either, its not a problem to most players I would have thought.

      • Martin Rooney

        Would he not have went to the academy?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You are the biggest lying cee you next Tuesday there is.

      • Chuck D

        No Ashley is, it was proven in court.

        • FatParosite

          Don’t feed the morons… block them

        • Mark Potter

          It wasn’t. Wise admitted lying and Llambias admitted that an article published ironically by the Mag also contained an untruthful statement.

          If anything the Keegan tribunal found Ashley himself had been honest with Keegan, informing him there was going to be a “European model” Director of Football, and Keegan would be a coach, not a manager with full control over transfers.

          Since the decision of the tribunal is published online, it’s easy for anyone to establish what it did, or did not, find

  • Desree

    Anyone hear the podcast on TF with Rangers fans? Their advice – Ignore the Ashley supporters. He has paid shills everywhere, yes some of them on this platform.

    • Chuck D

      Aye just heard it, hugely alarming and inspiring!

      • Desree

        Yes it is alarming. We have no board, surely the FA need to turn up the heat.

        Maybe we as fans should be turning on the FA. They are meant to be protecting clubs from this.

        The FA won’t want bad press. I guarantee it.

    • Leazes.

      The Rangers fans highlighted strange phone calls into local radio stations in support of Ashley….I think we’ve found what Bishop does on a day to day basis!

      The message is forget the trolls…the fans can smell the difference between Coffee and Billshut….and that goes for Keys, Grey, Wise, Craig, and the rest of the C**kney media mafia!

      If the local press sat on their hands for ten years its time to start questioning your loyalty….what is it to exactly?

      • kingfisher

        Spot on Leazes 😁

      • FatParosite

        The Comical has some of the biggest questions to answer…..

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Come off it Desree, you can surely see that the Rangers situation was different to ours.

      • Chuck D

        Yeah Ashley owned 10% of Rangers and owns 100% of Newcastle.

        Oh wait…it’s ok because he really is a Newcastle fan and he wouldn’t do that to us.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Not really the point though.

    • Mark Potter

      Lol, when flat earthers see anyone saying they Earth is a globe they say they are paid shills. When they say we went to the moon, paid shills. When they say gravity is a force which causes objects to fall to the ground, paid shills. People who say the pyramids were built by the Egyptians, the Twin Towers were destroyed by terrorists, vaccines help children avoid contracting serious diseases, cancer is real, Stonehenge was built before the 1950s, there was not a global flood a few thousand years ago and dinosaurs didn’t exist alongside mankind, all paid shills.

      Conspiracy theorists can’t imagine why anyone would disagree with their mad ideas, unless they were paid. It never enters their head that they could be wrong, so it’s their standard go to response when someone points out the facts, the evidence, tbe science, maths or history which goes against their theories.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Ashley out, put some money up, put up or shut up.

    • Billmag

      Ridiculous reply but thats not surprising is it Bobbi.

    • Bob_the_Builder

      there`s lowlife, then there`s the like`s of you, i don`t know your age but the sooner you die the better.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Had a drink have we?

    • Danimal

      Unless you’re willing/able to buy a football club, you’re not entitled to an opinion. What a great attitude.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It’s not about being able to do so personally but the way to get rid if Ashley is to buy him out.

        All these fan groups are gob-shights unless they have a plan

  • Bob_the_Builder

    i wish to buy Newcastle Utd, will Fat Micky take a Bank of Nigeria cheque for
    $500m US dollars

  • Leicester Mag

    What is remarkable is that there remains a debate. Its like historians discovering Nero stole an apple when a child. A proven liar, a track record of self inflicted failure. An unfit owner by any definition bar that operated by the games shameful governing bodies. Enough is enough.

    • kingfisher

      Well said Leicester,and yet still the sheep flock in their thousands and follow the rotund shepherd.😁

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Love reading the mag on a Saturday morning after everyone’s been on the drink & posting Friday night 😂 death threats, calling people nonces & that..fantastic!

  • Toonfen

    Its a pity we couldn’t organise a sting with a national to show the lack of investment in the academy etc to show rest of the country and the FA what Jabba has done and failed to do! ASHLEY OUT!!!

    • Martin Rooney

      So what would they do to the likes of Huddersfield?

  • Paul Patterson

    Put simply, it was another fib ..

  • gordon

    After watching the Man City documentary what struck me the most was not the money, transfers etc but the way the club is ran professionally at every level. In contrast, we are a feckin shambles at every level (bar Rafa’s ability to put an organised team on the pitch having had jackschitt to spend); the club is corrupt to the very core.

    • Wezza

      Spot on.