Newcastle United players have now escalated their own conflict with Mike Ashley.

Having refused to talk to the media (including  the club’s own…) after each of the last two friendlies, the squad have now collectively upset Sky Sports.

The players were due to do their ‘walk up’ shots for the TV companies, Sky Sports included, today.

However, they declined to do so because Mike Ashley is refusing to agree to pay the going rate in terms of bonus payments for the coming season.

This isn’t the first time it has happened, as back when Chris Hughton was managing the team, Mike Ashley did the same. Hughton supported his senior players who were in conflict with the owner and it was claimed at the time that Ashley made a pledge to make sure that these senior players and manager would be removed from the club as soon as possible.

Sure enough, Hughton was removed despite leading the team to promotion on 102 points and having the side safely in PL mid-table, whilst Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and others, were also quickly dispatched.

Last summer saw exactly the same situation, agreement only reached a month into the season in mid-September.

Obviously realising what they are up against this time, the Newcastle United players have chosen to get their retaliation in early. Hopefully Sky Sports are on the phone to Ashley’s PR poodle Keith Bishop giving them grief.

Most journalists who cover Newcastle United, including Keith Downie who covers NUFC for the broadcaster, are taking a neutral stance and just publishing the story, or sympathetic to the players as we hit the latest Mike Ashley behaviour that is to the detriment of the club.

Handily, Richard Keys has been kind enough to provide the other stupid and predictable (for him) point of view, talking about how much players get anyway etc etc.

How much players do and don’t get is irrelevant, what is relevant is whether Mike Ashley is willing to pay the going rate, what players can expect at other clubs.

Newcastle’s squad is certainly not in the top half of best paid PL squads and funny how we never hear of other PL club owners being stupid enough to ensure there is conflict with the team only days before the season kicks off.

As for Richard Keys talking about ‘going on strike’, this isn’t refusing to play football, simply exercising their right not to do media stuff. Which I doubt upsets any decent Newcastle fan.

Rafa Benitez and this squad of players have shown plenty of times they are prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to helping the community, whether it is with the club’s own charity (NUFC Foundation) or other community initiatives such as the Foodbanks.

Keith Downie:

“Newcastle United’s players have withdrawn cooperation with the media as part of a dispute with the club over bonuses for the upcoming season.

“The players refused to give their time for “walk up” shots for TV companies at the training ground today.”

Craig Hope of The Mail:

“Details from last night of NUFC players threatening not to fulfil media commitments with rights-holders amid bonus dispute with Mike Ashley.

“Today they have followed through with that threat & refused to do pre-season shots for broadcasters.

“What a mess.”

Richard Keys:

Newcastle players on strike over bonuses?

“Win bonuses. Isn’t it their job to win games?

“I’m told Cup bonuses are really good – so win a Cup. It’s time somebody did at St James’.

“Most PL players earn an average annual wage every week. Some a lifetimes’ money.”



  • CaptainCaveman

    I’m already sick of this season and it hasn’t even started yet.

    • Ron

      I’ve been sick one week after transfer window opened.

  • BanJones

    What has the sexist cheating wolfman’s views got to do with anything?

    • Ron

      He’s the new Public Relations Officer at SJP, great salary I hear

  • Ron

    Complete farce, nufc admin must have had the time, it’s not as if they were busy signing anybody,

  • Peter Wesley

    Southampton Fan here – Feel for the supporters, you have a great following and manager. The team needs 2/3 players but your owner is “Two Tokens short of a Toaster”
    Don’t think the players should hold back from doing the walk up, mind! Are they aware that about £80 million a year goes over to each club and without Sky Income, that would not happen.
    There was a report yesterday that the Average wage across the whole Premiership (all 22 Clubs and all players) is £69,000 a rocking week!
    Personally i think Bonus should kick in when they get past an agreed total amount of points, not just a win. So say 45 points (Nil Bonus) thereafter agree something sensible.
    I know this isn’t relevant, my Mrs is a Staff Nurse 28 Years Service, not a single £1 bonus and after 25 years….not even a card! Cant print what she thinks!

    • Wezza

      Welcome! Hope you have a better season than last!
      At least you have got a proper backroom board and have ambition. Our club has none of that. Our owner is all about the money and the football comes last.

      • Peter Wesley

        Can only imagine as a fan, it must be like….Im just going to go and head but that wall again, i know its going to hurt, but if i do it hard enough, the pain will go away!
        We always enjoy playing you guys, fans a friendly and we have a laugh every time!
        Good luck to you, I’m amazed that you lot haven’t clubbed together for one of those self exploding drones….:-)))

        • Sickandtired

          An exploding cake, or Greggs pasty, would have more chance of taking fatty out ;-)

          • Ron

            or the chocolate coins a bag full, bound to go for that, Money, money, money!

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          On a different not you keep on selling you best players and look like you might get relegated this season how are you going to take your Chairmen out.

          • Toon Arnie

            Deflection tactics Monkseaton – you and Ghostrider are looking isolated and predictable now.

    • Sickandtired

      Perhaps Sky will start to ask why Ashley isn’t making use of the money they pay his club – and ensure he can produce a team worth watching and capable of winning something? Plenty of that is around for him to make a bonus available, like every other club does.

    • Ron

      Tell your wife “well done” from the Toon fans

      • Peter Wesley

        Thank you – I will do and she will appreciate that – Take home £1,400 a month, something is imbalanced.
        The Toon Army will out survive Ashley and you will get there with your support.

        • Ron

          We will but might need your wife’s nursing skills in the mean time.

          I like Southampton ever since they trained a manager that worked wonders over the river!

          • Peter Wesley

            Small known fact – Did you know that when Alan Shearer was at our academy, he room shared with Matt Le Tissier…..few years later…same guest house same room Gareth Bale shared with Theo Walcott. Interestingly the landlady still hears from Gareth Bale after ever game (was true until couple of years ago)..bit of a special room though!

          • Mirandinha9

            I bet you revere Lawrie Mac the same way we do with Keegan. Great bloke Lawrie, he was magic at Southampton, just couldn’t manage the same success at 5under1and when he plummeted for players tha were beyond their prime.

          • Peter Wesley

            Big Laurie is a fine man, he spends a great deal of time raising money especially Children’s Charities and for the elderly (Dementia etc).
            He runs an annual golf day, literally every player that ever played for him turns up, none of them charge, they all contribute. Its testament to “The Man” all of his old players respect him still!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            My dear friend Jack Hickson signed him Shearer was at the funeral along with Lawrie Mac how also gave a good speech.

          • Peter Wesley

            We were very lucky to have Laurie as our Manager and for the team that he put together. Its good to hear that Laurie and Big Man done the right thing of your friend, I’m not at all surprised. He is a Big Man in every way. He lives in Braishfield a couple of miles away. Matt Le Tiss lives in my village and they all see each other very frequently.
            Will never forget when Saints signed Kevin Keggan 1979, i was in the Jungle listening to World Service…I couldn’t believe it. That says a great deal about Laurie, who else would have pulled him from Hamburg to Saints!

          • Mirandinha9

            Love the story of Lawrie asking Keegan If he could get him a light for the house (only manufactured in Hamburg) as a means to initiate a conversation to detect his interest in coming to the Saints. At 82 years old, he’s still one of the most charismatic men you’d ever meet.

        • ghostrider

          Get where?

          • Peter Wesley

            You will be rid of him and Newcastle will get that passion back once you have an owner with true passion.
            It seems like a good idea to have a Billionaire, but not if he strangles the baby!

          • ghostrider

            What passion back?
            The passion is still there. It’s only a minority of fans who seem to be losing the passion.
            Most get disrupted amid their passion because the feel they have to be part of the whining over nothing campaign.

            You need to be thankful you have an owner like Ashley.
            Only when he’s gone and things go teets up in short order will the moaners wish they hadn’t hounded him out.

          • Peter Wesley

            Think you misunderstood – Think everybody knows that the Newcastle fans still have the passion that they have always had! I meant an Owner with Passion for the club. Ashley only sees Newcastle as a play thing, that sometimes he supports, other times he takes from.

          • ghostrider

            He clearly does not see the club as a play thing.
            If he did we would be in a right mess by now, because his play thing would have been played with in a way that suited his hobbying.

            He runs the club as a business to go hand in hand with his other business.
            He doesn’t hand out sugar daddy presents to the fans with trophy signings.
            He tried that and quickly found out that befriending fans is a big mistake.
            He also found out that running the club as a fan is a potential death sentence to the club…just as Hall and Shepherd found out.

            Let’s put it in simple terms.
            Ashley knows he’s hated. He doesn’t deserve it but the frenzied fans (some of) are hell bent on making sure everyone knows how hated he is and are spreading it like a disease as far and wide as they can.

            But guess what?
            It will come to a stop and the tide will turn, because people will actually see the moaning is for moaning sake by some fans.
            It scrapes the barrel when an MP goes to parliament and bemoans lack of spending at the club.
            This MP does not sit in the boardroom or anywhere else inside the club.
            She decided to boost her ego and votes up and what better way to do it?

            Some fans just seem to hang onto anything as long as it is aimed at Ashley in a bad way.
            Anything good will be washed under the bridge.

            Like I said earlier.
            When it comes to the fans backing the players over big bonus payments on top of the sickly wages they get for kicking a football and doing a few hours training in a game they love and what any able bodied person would do for nothing as a leisure….then this game will only go to the dogs.

            Playing follow the leader is a sure way to kill off any club.

          • Toon Arnie

            Go away bore !

          • ghostrider

            Yawn.

    • mactoon

      Nice post. I can sympathise with your wife (I was a civil servant with no pay rise for 5 years although I wasn’t making the difference she is) and thank her for her service. If it wasn’t for the NHS I wouldn’t be here. It sort of puts our gripes on here into perspective. Football, money and greed has just gone mad. Good luck to you, your wife and your team

      • Peter Wesley

        Thanks Mactoon – Its funny but to me most footballers know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.
        Being a Saints fan a lot os said about a certain Mathew Le Tissier – he gets beaten up for not having moved to Man U, he was asked several times. He said he was very happy being a Saints player his whole career. The maximum he ever earn and only in the last two years was £4,000 a week.
        He spends a great deal of his time for Charity and playing golf raising money for all sorts of good causes.
        I saw in yesterdays news that the maximum Bobby Charlton ever earned was £30 a week!
        Anyway have a great season and win-loose or draw, know that your support is true!

    • Martin Rooney

      Well said Peter they haven’t got clue 28 years that’s loyalty

      • Superdooperhooper

        And how many years loyalty you got then so called Martin but probably Wayne Rooney

        • Martin Rooney

          31 with just two years out despite five years living down south with the filthy greedy TWA ts

    • Desree

      69,000 a week average. That is what our top earner makes? Most are on much less is my guess. Maybe that is why they are protesting.

      • Peter Wesley

        Yes of course – When you have the likes of Sanchez at Man U on £300k a week it distorts the figures. The average at Saints is £40k a week which is certainly move than I’ve ever earned, thats for sure! Lets walk um all in a hospital to work a week, firstly they would be knackered, secondly, they couldn’t afford to put a tank of fuel in there cars and eat, let alone protest…:-)))

        • Desree

          Big respect to your wife. My mum has just retired from teaching. They are the real heroes.

          I still applaud our players for making a stand.

  • superalansuddick

    The fat NOT a cockneybastard is doing all he can to pish off Rafa, the fans and players,the sooner he gets taken out the better

  • Paul Patterson

    The owner does like a bit of chaos doesn’t he?

    • Sickandtired

      He’s nowt more than one very large chaos grenade…

      • magpiefifer

        He’s poison!!!

        • TheFatController

          He follows the ‘if you hate me you must be thinking of me’ attention seeking issue tactic clearly …

  • David2211

    Excellent. Good on them.

  • Wezza

    I agree, we don’t all seem to want to protest but the players are. They know what it is like under MA and I don’t blame them one bit for their protest.
    We finished 10th last season, which was magnificent considering the way MA has behaved. The players deserve a bonus as an incentive.

    • Martin Rooney

      Aye tgey now him 10th place, ninth highest wage bill so he over pays tgem

      • Ben Jones

        Aye, if there’s any bonus then surely it should be based on where the players think they should finish and work from that, if they say 20th then why are they being paid so much initially in comparison with otjer clubs would be the argument, if they say 10th then say that’s when the bonus kicks in. Surely anything else is giving the clubs money to the players for failing

  • Sickandtired

    Hahaha! For every one of the ‘support the team and not the regime’ lot on here – how about you show some real solidarity then and protest against the owner like the players are?

  • Leicester Mag

    On another post I referred to the club being like the Keystone cops I deeply regret this and realise this was highly disrespectful to the professional comedians who formed part of the Keystone cops.

    • Sickandtired

      We have our very own Fatty Arbuckle though…

      • Tweed Mag

        And the Three Stooges – Barnes/Bishop/Penfold

  • Toonarden

    “Isn’t it their job to win games?”
    Isn’t it your job to keep your mouth shut Keys?.
    Why do the media give oxygen to this nobody?

  • Rob

    He’d have players on zero hours contracts with bonuses paid in sports direct mugs and magazines if he could.

    What a mess days before playing a Tottenham missing key players.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Another day another debacle. There can no longer be any doubt that ashley is doing this on purpose

  • 52k

    Back the players all the way. Good on them. Wish the fans would make a stance. How much more…really?

    • kingfisher

      Well said.If the players can protest,why on earth can the fans not?absolutely unbelievable

      • Steven05

        Many of us say support the team

        We call ourselves United

        We are all sick of him – and the players are actually DOING something about it

        I’m over the moon the players are doing this

        • kingfisher

          That’s the problem Steven,We will never be united until Ashley has gone.It’s a shame that the 50,000 can’t have the same commitment as the players and actually do something to show their feelings towards Ashley.
          Unfortunately far too many are more than happy to sit on their hands and let others, including the players take the fight to Ashley.

  • MetalMickey

    Will the bonuses dispute derail the Rondon deal or that of any other potential new signing I wonder…

  • TheFatController

    Maybe Richard Keys could donate a percentage of his salary to women’s rights organisations ?

    I’m sure he can’t even justify that salary, whatever it is, anyway..

    I see mike Ashley has learnt nothing from his perennial mistkake of thinking footballers and managers are like zero hours workers with no power or independence without his money. He’s a really ooor businessman outside of tatt retail and picking the carcass of folded brands …

    • Martin Rooney

      He just shouldn’t be getting any air time

  • Mxpx

    Good lads helps that the players are pulling in the same direction as all of us

    • mentalman

      Until they get the money and then its all forgotten. They are doing it for their own pocket not to stick it up the regime on behalf of the fans

  • Ken.

    Where’s his little cohort of trolls

  • Ben Jones

    Non of us know the offer on the table that the players are turning their noses up at, maybe they’re right, maybe they’re after too much, who knows, what SHOULD the bonus amount be? Who knows

    • Ken.

      🤡

      • Ben Jones

        Oh, apparently Ken knows but he’s choosing to not let us all in on it, how mean

        • Ken.

          🤡

  • SuperDesHamilton

    The players are protesting, will the happy clappers?

  • Tony English

    As I said yesterday…

    …broadcasters pay a much bigger percentage of money to the clubs than they ever have before…they are expecting that the owners use this finance to improve their highly paid for product.

    ..lets see the broadcasters turn on the regime that THEY fund, let them ask why THEIR money isn’t being spent…they don’t want Ashley pocketing their money either.

    This is a great move, an embarrassment for the owner.

    • Martin Rooney

      Apparently deal on the table is reported to be the same as last year £20m for the squad for winning either cup £3m if relegated £5m for 17th place increasing by £500,000 per place up to the European places to tenth then a further £1m per place from there. That’s to be shared between 33 players and coaches The club mirrors it on a percentage basis to annual wage to all other staff.
      We’ll no doubt hear soon that they are doing it for them.
      Why is last years not good enough?

      If that is the cases they can **** off the greed in the game is becoming a joke £9m they got just a few weeks ago.

      • Tony English

        If that’s the case, can we have the numbers Ashley banked and received from the Prem to fairly compare?

        Or maybe it’s just the numbers above that for some reason have been publicised?

        • Martin Rooney

          The revenues from PL TV and prize money were on an article on here in may after end of season I think the total was 124 million so a huge amount but what we don’t know is how wages increased with the bigger squad lascelles and dummett pay rises paying for players on loan elsewhere.

          Honestly think its all a load of co.UK and balls what can they be holding out for another £2m would be worth 30 grand each after tax and so really is this warranted for a measly £740 per week.
          If they want even more its coming out of next years transfer fund.

          • Tony English

            Fair enough. But does the annual wages the bonus mirrors include Ashley’s take?

            I just think it’s interesting to see if the broadcasters have an opinion on the underfunding of the product they pay so much for.

            I’m sure their legal teams will be looking at the small print today to see if the action by the players is actionable against the club.

            It would be surprising if the players hadn’t sought legal advice.

            I’m sure there will be clauses inserted into the TV contract to punish clubs if this is repeated, and maybe (who knows) in the future there may be a legal obligation for the clubs to invest a percentage of the TV money on the pitch.

          • Martin Rooney

            The problem we have is that they don’t see us as any different to another club so as we’re spending more than many others then theywould look to others as under funded clubs.

            If they give all of the TV cash to the players in wages then that is invested on the pitch and it seems they want a pay increase for potentially failing, I’m concerned that this is Lascelles starting his reasoning for a near exit.

            What’s Ashley’s take? as far as is apparent from the accounts its zero and given the MPs distaste for him I’m guess he’s not taking anything as they’d have him in court as falsifying accounts is a jail worthy offence. Much as its offensive that a cockneys controlling our club and putting nowt of his own cash in then. Andcwhen the shiek’s and ruskies spend then we ain’t got a chance .

            While we’re on that vein in 25 + years of making a fortune from doing themag with all of its revenue coming from the fans of nufc mark Jensen and themag has to date put absolutely bot all into the club and has made a fortune from it.

          • Tony English

            There is a difference in tax avoidance and tax evasion. Taking expenses and dividends writing off interest, taking free advertising space and cutting deals with the likes of Puma which may see favourable deals on prices for his shops all have a financial benefit to him.

            All I’m questioning is wether at some point the premier league will stipulate that a percentage of their money HAS to be spent on their product.

      • Desree

        Unlike 50,000 nufc fans, they are prepared to stand up to Mike Ashley and take him on.

        They have my respect

        • Martin Rooney

          And if you go your cash

    • Jonas

      Yes mate.
      just to get it off my chest I typed up a skeleton of a letter to the FA etc. wherein I mentioned the funds are not being reinvested into football and that its better for them to have NUFC as was pre MA than with him now. Since their duty bound to improve things including income they might want to do something about MA.

      • Martin Rooney

        You should send the letter to the taxman as it seems you believe he’s falsifying the accounts and if that’s true he’ll be in court and him knowing how Geordie’s are aware of his every trick then he Nash from here quick sharp.

        • Chuck D

          HMRC are already investigating

          • Martin Rooney

            The avoidance of some VAT by some agents representing some french based players signed by NUFC WHUFC CFC and others.

    • Desree

      They would if the ground was empty

  • kingfisher

    It’s a funny one.On one hand you could say that football players earn enough without having bonuses as well but on the other hand, an employer must pay the going rate otherwise players will leave.
    As Richard keys says “Surely it’s a footballers job to win games” and really it’s hard to argue against that.The obvious conclusion is that they won’t push themselves to win unless they get paid extra for it, which is an insult to all of us who graft hard for 12 months to make what some of them earn in a week.
    Surely in this day and age considering all of the bad press NUFC get, they could have kept it in house until it was sorted.
    Just another nail in the NUFC coffin.

  • Jimblag23

    It’s seriously unprofessional of Mike Ashley to create a situation where the players aren’t 100% focused going into the start of the season.
    This man is the worst person involved in football in the whole country. What an embarrassment to be associated with him 🤮

    • Dave Pattinson

      Totally agree mate. If this.helps in our fight against Ashley, I’m more than happy.

  • nufcslf

    Player’s are on stupid money and have no loyalty to any club. Look at how happy they are to go around shaking hands with big smiles on their faces after any given embarrassing or humiliating loss. They don’t give a sh*t about the paying customer’s weekend it might have ruined. This one if it works and makes Cashley look like the moron he is and it is the bad publicity that cracks the fat c**t. I say, “GO FOT IT”!!!.

    • Ben Jones

      It’s almost as if half way through you left the keyboard and someone else finished off the remaining half.

  • ghostrider

    Let the players get on with what they want to do.
    I say fine them every time they do not do their contractual duties.
    The instigators of this carry on need to be dealt with by fines until they can be sold.

    Any fan that thinks big bonuses on top of their sickening wages, are acceptable then we’ve lost and the players have won….for now.

    I just want to know how many players refused, because surely not all of them and if all of them then there’s some kind of bullying going on and Surely Rafa has to be complicit in this if he hasn’t refused to sanction it.

    These football players do not seem to realise how lucky they are.
    I sincerely hope Ashley hangs the instigators out to dry.

    • Mirandinha9

      It’s Cashley not Ashley!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      I swear I can taste your tears through my phone

      • ghostrider

        You’re probably listening to wet wet wet.

    • Chuck D

      Yeah sack Rafa and the lot of them then bring Pards back and let the good times roll again!

      Egit

      • ghostrider

        Nahhh not quite that.
        It’s pretty simple really.

        Rafa can either see out his contract if it appears we’re being coached good enough to stay in the premier league. If not he has to be sacked.
        The good thing about sacking him is, he hasn’t been allowed to spend big money and has only spent money from the good players he’s binned.

        Or he can sign a contract and do what the fans say he can do, which is coach and manager the players with his world class know how and get them firing as a unit.

        Also keep fining the players who instigate this strike over bonus nonsense.
        Whatever the club loses in fines, take from the players wages who instigated it….no matter who they are.
        Then sell them at the next available window.

        I’d rather go into league one than let players dictate to the club…or a manager. If it meant getting back to brass tacks.
        I’m sick to death of this money ruining the game and turning footballers into pampered pop star diva’s who think they can control clubs.

        All fans who back these type of players need to wake up, because this is the real problem in football.

        Our club is run properly but people can’t see it because properly run does not equate to pandering to whims of managers and players.

    • KK

      You still here talking rubbish

      • ghostrider

        No.

    • Tony English

      It’s clearly not a contractual duty or they wouldn’t have withdrawn their labour. We’ll see over the coming days if they are fined for it.

      • ghostrider

        It is a contractual duty for the club. The club get fined.
        All the club have to do is pass on the fines to the instigators and let’s see how clever they are then.

        • Tony English

          Next time I get a parking ticket, I’ll just pass it on to my labourers….you can’t just pass fines on if it isn’t agreed in a contract…give me your address, I’ll send you the kids library book fines.

          • ghostrider

            How about your labourers using your vehicles and getting parking tickets?
            Pass it all onto you or do you make them responsible for their own actions?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Would you do that if one of your lads parked the car/van in the first place.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I don’t mind big bonuses, I get them when I / my employer does well.

      HowwHow, bonuses have to be in line with how the club does. Last year’s scheme (&the year before) was very generous. This may have been reflected in the need to get promoted in the first place and to stay up.

      I think most expect us to kick on a bit this time so a 10th place finish in the clubs first season up is a bigger achievement than 10th place this term and the bonus on offer appears to be lower. I’d like to see a weighting on a top 10 finish and a cup win.

      • ghostrider

        Yep, bonuses for progress, I agree with but certainly not as a given, regardless.
        For instance, no way in hell do I think any bonus should be paid out for escaping relegation and stuff like that.

        If anything I think players wages should be based on how they perform as a unit, by percentage…not bonuses paid for mediocrity.

        Offer bonuses for cup runs up to quarter final and to final and also getting into a Europa position, or further.

        Yep, I agree with bonus schemes for that.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I think in both last season and this season, a bonus for avoiding relegation is relevant. Given the club receives media money based of final position, I don’t have a problem with rewarding a position bonus. What is an issue is that the majority of the merit money went to the players rather than the club and this years’ bonus should put the emphasis on a higher league position and a cup i.e. qualification into Europe via a means (whilst maintaining EPL status).

          I’m sure Man City players do not get over half the merit money for a 10th place.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    These players are paid a fortune and bonuses should be earned but the icing on the cake. How many fans get bonuses not many they are setting a very bad example

    • Tweed Mag

      You still need to let us know how many matches you have been to, so you can follow up your promise to buy everyone a pint who beats the total. Which pub? When? All talk and no trousers.

    • Toon Barmy

      That’s Rafa in the bad books, now the players, i am guessing the new war cry will be “support the regime not the team”.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        If it was up to Monkseaton we’d play Ashley up top, in goal, managing the club & owning it

  • Jonas

    The players fall into the ‘do-er’ category, as do I which is why i like it. That’s all. Players, fans and manager together have to have a better chance opposed to Ashley.
    and Richard Keys needs a serious clout whether he’s that stupid or a paid Ashley lackey.

  • David2211

    Crazy. The people getting bent out of shape over this are the MA lovers. Shocking.

  • Desree

    Great, another 50m for fat mike by selling Shelvey and Lascelles.

  • Down Under Mag

    Yes the players get well paid, but bonuses and such are a part of parcel of the footballing world we live with and it is a disgrace that only a few days out from the season kicking off we are in this situation. Why do we never here of this kind of thing at any other club and yet we’ve had it three times in the last decade?!?!?

    I’d like to see the players take the hit, suck up a fine and just refuse to play in the opening game live on sky…maybe THEN the media will start realising what is going on and stop beign Ashleys mouthpeice and blaming the delusional Geordies…

    • Martin Rooney

      Maybe You don’t read the info of other clubs?

  • Sumit Sengupta

    Players don’t live and play in isolation. They see what is happening around them in other clubs. If most clubs have some kind of bonus system, then naturally the Newcastle United players would ask for something similar. This is not an ideal world where a player would put on the shirt, feel gloriously proud, give his 100% and smilingly accept a token amount of gratitude from the club.. Money matters. Even in other jobs, people wish for some incentives on top of their regular pay, irrespective of the amount of their salary.

    Now, if the club doesn’t have the money, that’s a different thing. They should tell the truth to the players and hope for the best.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      NUFC’s bonus scheme last time was very generous. The players getting the bulk of the TV merit money with a reletively small squad and regular first xi.

      The bonus scheme offered this time had higher expectations and it’s this that has upset the players

      • Sumit Sengupta

        Okay. Anyway, saw this article that the issue has been sorted out so it is all good for now, Thanks for the info.

  • Mike

    the way this club is run is a joke. Rename the club to NUSD

  • Mike Ashley is running the club like he runs all his operations – in the worst possible way while churning out a personal profit. He’s milking NUFC, and while Richard Keys might note how well players are or aren’t paid, it pales in comparison to the cash which Ashley and his mafiosos will be lining their pockets with, thanks to their on-pitch efforts. To my mind, I honestly wouldn’t be against them going on strike – it might be the thing to finally drive Sports Direct out of St James’ Park.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      If it were true that MA was lining his pocket, you’d have a point but there is no evidence that he’s taken a penny out, over the course of his ownership, money has gone in.

      Players striking would not force him out, it would just make the club less attractive to a buyer, so the reverse is true.

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    The players appear to want a similar deal to last time. When fans ask #whereisthemoney we have an answer, of the £21m merit money, £12m went in player bonuses, the remainder went towards paying their basic. Of that £12m, the club also were liable for employers NI, another £1.7m.