Mike Ashley has brought to an end his 2018/19 bonuses dispute with the Newcastle players.

Last summer it took until mid-September for agreement to be reached for last season’s bonuses, with the NUFC owner refusing to agree to the going rate paid by equivalent clubs.

Twelve months later it was same again, Mike Ashley not wanting to pay the NUFC squad appropriate bonuses and winding them up to the extent, that they refused to speak to the media, including the club’s own, after each of the last two pre-season friendlies.

This was then topped on Monday, when the players agreed between themselves not to do ‘walk-up’ shots for Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Monday’s actions appear to have struck a nerve with Mike Ashley, as it has now been confirmed by Jamaal Lascelles that the bonuses issue has been sorted with the season set to kick-off in three days time.

Needless to say, the last thing the NUFC owner wants to do is upset the TV chiefs, with the worldwide broadcast coverage being Ashley’s prime motivation for owning the club to promote his retail empire.

As for Jamaal Lascelles, he has been doing his captain’s bit as well, talking positive ahead of what looks a very difficult start to the season.

Lascelles talks about ‘gelling together’ and with so few minutes for new signings in the five pre-season matches, Newcastle really need the likes of Muto and Rondon to get up to speed as quickly as possible in their new surroundings.

The owner has yet again put as many obstacles as possible in the way of Rafa and his season preparations, now the manager will need all the benefit of his experience to get his team/squad ready.

Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the official club site:

“It would have been nice to get a couple of good results out of the games but what’s important is we’ve got all the fitness we need for the first game of the season, and I think gradually we’ve improved.

“I think the last game (against Augsburg), we can definitely take a lot of positives from that – okay, we didn’t win but we got everything we need out of the game.

“The majority of the team got through (pre-season) injury free and everyone is really fit. Especially for me, last pre-season I didn’t really get to play much because I was injured but I’ll be looking to play this game and hopefully I’ll be flying.

“And that goes for the rest of the team. Everybody looks sharp, we’re training hard and we’ve all got our heads in the right place.

“We’ve managed to sort the off-field stuff (2018/19 bonuses with Mike Ashley); now that’s out of the way, we don’t have any reason why we can’t go out and put on a good performance.

“We know where we stand. No-one’s moaning, no-one’s upset and now it’s just about gelling together even more, working hard, getting a good energy around the club and the training ground – and doing what we do best which is working hard and playing as team.”

“We finished tenth (last season) with the team that we’ve got now, and we’ve now got the likes of Martin and Kenedy for the full season rather than just half a season.

“And adding to that, Rondón’s a very good signing – a very powerful player, fast, strong.

“I didn’t play against West Brom away but when we played them at home, in terms of physicality, he’s probably one of the toughest strikers I’ve played against.

“He’s strong, he can run in behind, he can win headers and he works hard for the team. He’s experienced in the Premier League so I think that’s going to give us a massive boost and since he’s been training with us he’s looked really good.

Mutō looks very energetic and works hard, and we’ve all played against Ki and technically he’s excellent on the ball, a very tidy player, and I think he’ll work really well in that midfield.

“So we’ve made some good signings and I think it won’t take long for us to really gel together and carry on with the same team chemistry that we had last year.”



  • Ben Jones

    “We’ve managed to sort the off-field stuff (2018/19 bonuses with Mike Ashley); now that’s out of the way, we don’t have any reason why we can’t go out and put on a good performance.

    Great news, I would hate for the lads to have a reason to put on a bad performance

    • Kenny

      Have a prawn sarnie Benny
      🤡

    • Kenny

      Troll 🤡🤡

    • My Cashley

      🤡

    • panther

      They have so many excuses with this clown show if they have a bad game, Im amazed half the team havent put in transfer requests

  • SuperDesHamilton

    “Team leader Jamal Lacelles had a meeting with head cheerleader Monkseaton Mag to hash terms out. In return for never having to be stuck in a lift with him again, Lacelles agreed to drop all bonus demands”

    • TheFatController

      He has his own elevator music in there.

      Electro version of ‘tears of a clown’

      • SuperDesHamilton

        A thought he’s Be more of a benny hill theme bless him

        • TheFatController

          He once met Benny hill.

          In a lift.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Good one but true the people I have met in lift is Merino, Ashley .

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Monkseaton you see Ashley when you look in the mirror that’s why

    • panther

      like it

  • Paul Patterson

    Now wouldn’t it have been sensible to sort it out weeks ago? This idiot creates problems . .

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Hahaha don’t be stupid that’s what a normally well ran club does!!!

  • grumpyoldmag

    Now all we need are the two new signings monkseaton assures is we’re on the way😂

    • Jimblag23

      What a nutter, we need months to complete just one let alone 2 in 24 hours.
      He doesn’t actually think that however, he’s just trying to get attention. Poor little lamb.

      • TheFatController

        Who was it who offered bets on £25m net spend?

        Mentalman, goatrider or Boobi?

    • Billmag

      He’s probably stuck in a lift somewhere with these new signings.

  • Tino11

    To Monkseaton Magpie,

    I am afraid I won’t be able to meet you this Sat morning, I only
    have less than an hour spare anyway and I have decided to join the
    protests against Ashley on Saturday, his barefaced lies in his letter
    are a disgrace, I know you will disagree so we will have to postpone our
    meeting until another game, but I will look forward to it none the
    less.

    • Kenny

      i`ll meet him i`m going to the 3 Bulls

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Fiiiiiight!!!

        • Kenny

          no i`ll get him a drink in

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Make sure you do an Ashley though. When they ask for £3 offer them £2 for the pint & then remove your offer

          • TheFatController

            Offer to take a few pints on loan til the end of the night and return them in the toilet at midnight?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Big fan of that one 😂

          • Danimal

            Then tell the world it wasn’t a genuine pub, just a timewaster.

      • Tino11

        I believe Brian Standen said he would also meet him at the 3 Bulls.

        • Kenny

          i`ll see who turns up

    • Toon

      A protest against Ashley before walking up to the ground and attending the game, probably in a replica shirt and spending a fortune at the bar, you maverick!

      • Tino11

        Nope, not going to the game and the Virgin Money shirt was the last one I bought.

        Try again pleb!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Yhe virgin money one was the Ashley era!

          • Tino11

            I never said it wasn’t!

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Take care and enjoy the game. Will be in the Bulls every game so no rush and will keep your pint on hold. For the Chelsea game will be in from ten till half ten. Having said that the protests are in Northumberland Street which will affect pensioners, families and the general public. Makes me ashamed to tell you the truth.

      • panther

        im not surprised with your polar opposite view of the world

    • panther

      He cant make it anyway, trains from down south are off

  • Kenny

    be selling the club capt to pay the bonus & the rest will vanish

    • panther

      aye, troublemaker now

  • Wezza

    Bully boy backs down.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      I can take it but thanks will be in the Three Bulls Saturday at nine to meet any one who turns up. Some cancelled all ready but hope some do show there faces. We all have different views but want the same outcome. Enjoy the season.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    It would be funny as if Monkseaton just booted everyone all over in the Bulls on Saturday morning 😂😂

    He’s completely backwards but he’s the best person on here pure entertainment

    Is laughing at mentally ill people ok 🤔

    • TheFatController

      He’s too old surely ?

      He was 50 when he met Hughie Gallacher in the lift on his Chelsea return.

      A huge crowd turned up to see the meeting, most stayed on for the game.

      Explains our record attendance.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Sneaked under the turnstiles with Jesus to watch us play Southend

        • TheFatController

          I was actually at the Southend game (not meaning to ‘do a Mugpie’ saying I’ve been to every game since 1925).

          Not quite the feast of the five thousand that game…

          • SuperDesHamilton

            How did you know where to sit/stand without monky telling you about the seating plan?

          • TheFatController

            Standing behind the goal.

            There was no internet then, so Mugpie was just a distant algorithm in his developer’s dad’s eye

          • SuperDesHamilton

            His dad was just a wee barrow boy from London then

          • Malcolm Fisher

            Had your telegram from the Queen have you. You must be at least ,110 yrs old you and monkseaton. Good for your age keep it up oldun

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          I was at Southend to see us get beat 4-0 New Years Day one of the worst moments of my life.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Thanks for that to be honest like your comments. Will be in the Three Bulls at nine till ten past eleven. There is someone on this site called Brian who knows my track record he says he gong to turn up but sadly Tino backed out. However will buy anyone a pint who turns up.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        I disagree with 100% of what you say & I do think you might actually be mentally unhinged but you don’t cry like a little girl when someone doesn’t agree with you & shout block or troll at least

      • panther

        if your buying ill come

    • panther

      is when its that tool

  • GlasgowMag

    Very interesting how direct action involving upsetting the TV companies who basically finance the premiership makes our illustrious owner climb down from a stand of position!! This is definitely a weak spot so for all these supporters who doubt direct action by not attending during televised games is fruitless take note. Just imagine playing against Man Utd at home televised game empty stadium TV company will go ballistic and also SD name will all be over the bad press!! We want change this is the main tool to get rid of this workhouse owner effect his brand and his wallet and he will sell!! Ashley out!!

    • kingfisher

      Well said Glasgow. I regularly post the same thing about not going to high profile televised games and to be honest, I get more people agreeing with me than disagreeing, however most of the 50,000 are not prepared to miss even one match to p*** Ashley off .

    • Toon

      No chance, season ticket holders won’t miss out on their day out, they don’t get the impact of empty seats and will roll out the usual list of excuses

      • Geordiegiants

        Exactly, how quick was it? A genuine sustained attack on empty seats and bad publicity and he will be gone.

        • mentalman

          I think a mass pitch invasion and bringing a game to a halt would be the best protest it’ll certainly get plenty of coverage

          • Jimblag23

            I don’t think it’s fair to make the players feel threatened, which it could.

          • panther

            no, the players wouldnt be threatened, its not about them, theyre giving it 100%, its about Greenback

          • mentalman

            If you run past the players they will not feel threatened, they are grown men after all. It could be done at half time when the players are off the pitch. I don’t see anything else which would get as much attention. A walk out is well and good but it all depends on the game, if we are winning or its an exciting game less people will leave and then if we lose the match the media will say the fans cost the team the points. If we are losing the media will say it was because of the score.

          • Jimblag23

            Half time is a good idea, delay KO.
            But I think in 2018 and the amount of nutjobs there are out there, having a sea of revved up strangers running towards/near you while you’re at work could make you feel unsafe.

          • mentalman

            The first game would have been perfect for it. It’s live on tv so will get coverage and we’ve a few games afterwards on tv so they’ll need to make the decision of whether to show the matches and risk it happening again or stop showing our games

          • panther

            then sky will spin it and call us terrible geordies worse than Isis, having ago at poor little Mike

          • mentalman

            Whatever is done certain media outlets will put a spin on it to make us look bad

      • phildene

        For the ridiculous high price + membership I’m surprised they’re still buying season ticket and must be mad!!!
        As you’re saying they’ll come out with the usual excuses instead of simply not buying the season tickets and still putting money into Ashley’s ever growing coffers. I’m sorry to say they’re part of the problem and unless they grow some balls and stop buying them, he’ll stay.

      • panther

        aye if theyre still paying for Ashley to be here, theyre not fussy about the asset stripping and sabotage

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Utter nonsense

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        1000 times better than your moronic idea of 100,000 low earners some how coming up with 4000 each!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          150,000 real Rana putting in £2,500. Two weeks wages, 5 days in the cote d’azur, not changing the family car for a year, etc etc.

  • Tweed Mag

    Two notable points. 1. The players can now concentrate on playing. 2. Ashley proves yet again that he is inept, fails to invest and cannot communicate.

    • Geordiegiants

      Its all done on purpose to wind up the militants. Its ridiculous he is a horrible fatcunt.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    I hope the RAFA and Lascelles partnership will be productive this season. He is a pretty solid captain for one so young.

    • panther

      but at which club?

  • Mrkgw

    So, MA ends his dispute with the players as the last thing he wants to do is to upset TV chiefs. So, when will he show some respect towards supporters, is stead of the usual contempt? When will he invest in the squad in terms of proven quality and as permanent signings? When will he change his approach and engage openly with us all. When will he show Rafa some respect? The list goes on but it shows how he will change tack when it suits him to do so. Usually because of money being involved. ASHLEY OUT!

    • Desree

      When we don’t turn up to matches. Proven tactic in 2015.

  • Jonas

    There is no reasoning with the d**khead so he has to be treat like a baby by the players to sort the bonuses out.
    and by us, there is no other way if we ever want oit club back

  • Kneebotherm8

    Ashley walks the line with the players,manager………he really does……total cnt….eff off MA….asap…

  • JEz_Brizzle

    Wonder if Rafa can play the TV card against ashley… during the december games, refuse to talk to the press or have anyone talk to the press until our superb owner signs a guarantee spending amount for the mid season transfer window…. and if he doesn’t he also has the end of contract card and that he just wont fight so hard to keep Cashley’s fat cow in the Premiership earning fatty’s crust