Friday afternoon has seen a surprise statement released by Newcastle United, a joint message signed off by Lee Charnley, Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles.

After the end of the transfer window, the statement’s message is maybe best summed up by this line: ‘Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club.’

Make of it what you will but just maybe this is a sign of something more positive to come in the future.

Unlike the embarrassing emails that were sent out in the names of Steve McClaren and Fabricio Coloccini, I just can’t see Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles allowing anything to go out that they weren’t perfectly happy with.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Dear supporters,

As the transfer window closes and attentions turn to the start of the season, we wanted to make this joint statement, on behalf of everyone at the club.

Doing good business in a transfer window is about ending the window clearly stronger than when you started and we believe we have done this. The view we all share is that we have a better squad now than the one that finished tenth last season and all involved have worked tirelessly to make this happen.

Collectively, we must extend praise to Steve Nickson and his recruitment team. Their operations are year-round, but they have worked day and night in recent months to support efforts to enhance the squad.

We are all excited about the seven players who have joined us this summer. Their combined experience in the Premier League and at an international level – with three of them appearing at this summer’s World Cup for their respective countries – cannot fail to strengthen us.

Martin Dúbravka and Kenedy have already proven themselves to be fantastic players here and we are confident that Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schär, Yoshinori Mutō, Salomón Rondón and Federico Fernandez will be excellent additions to the dressing room.

Given our finishing position last season, we already had a team of players who were more than capable of performing well in the Premier League. They have shown heart, guts and determination and the inference that they are ‘Championship’ players and not good enough is unfair and untrue. The players all believe in themselves and in the quality of the squad, and we all believe in the players.

Now, it’s about all of us pulling in the same direction, for the good of the club. This came through strongly in a recent positive call between our owner and senior members of the squad, who agreed that better dialogue going forward will benefit all parties and is in the best interests of the club.

With the transfer window now closed, the focus should be on unity and getting behind the efforts on the pitch.

We know our supporters are incredibly passionate and we know that passion will be channelled into supporting the players we have in black and white on Saturday, and every matchday thereafter home or away.​

Lee Charnley, Managing Director

Rafa Benítez, Manager

Jamaal Lascelles, Captain



  • Keeganontherebound

    Ultimately Benitez and Lascelles are employees of the club. They can hardly refuse to put their names to something like this. I don’t think it tells us they buy into the regime and what it’s been up to. It does suggest Ashley is rattled, which is a good thing. This is an attempt to keeps fans quiet, let’s not be fooled. Time to keep up the pressure until he clears off.

    • Andy Mac

      Agreed. It’s a sign that the regime are concerned enough to push out this bullshlt when everyone knows it’s got Fatmans grubby, chubby pawprints all over it. #FatmanOut

    • Leazes.

      They Are Rattled!

      • Kenny

        To the core

      • panther

        Lets keep the pressure on, hope youre all going to the protest

    • FatParosite

      The old photo says this is a quickly botched job by Bishop.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Pap for the peasants.

    Fortunately, I’m not a peasant.

  • Ben Jones

    If Rafa and Jamaal want unity and us all pulling in the same direction then that’s what they’ll get!

    It frees up Saturday morning for 10 or 15 people as well now so. Win-win

  • relaxed

    I would rather put my hand into a poke full of rattlesnakes than trust TFCB

    • Ron

      They’re rattled too!

      • relaxed

        Now is the time to crank up the pressure

  • Steven05

    “Please don’t protest, I have a lovely new business venture on the way – 70% off all socks at House of Fraser”

    • panther

      and zero hour contracts for all woohoo

  • David2211

    He’s rattled.

    • FatParosite

      Trying to head us off at the pass…..

  • Megatron1505

    Not a surprising message from the manager or captain, asking the fans to support the team, I respect their point of view but as a fan cannot agree with it.

    Ashley has gone too far too many times, and statements like this show that we are getting to him. The online social media blockade of his and his associates business accounts is more than an inconvenience, it’s damaging to him.

    If you look at some of the clubs social media posts recently (highlighting the SEVEN signings in captal letters etc….), it is clear that the current fan campaigns are having the desired effect.

    Sorry Rafa and Jamal (if you did have a hand in this latest Bishop PR spin), we don’t agree. The campaign against the owner is working and it needs to continue and get stronger.

    • FatParosite

      Bang on…

      • Toonarden

        Ditto.

    • Superdooperhooper

      I asked fleckman about your bet and amazingly he admitted it! It’s on the spurs fans thread. He says you have to message him

      • Megatron1505

        He’s trying to pay by bank transfer, because obviously i’d give my account details to a sociopath on the internet.

    • panther

      we’ll have to hit the house of fraser sight too

  • Ron

    I’ll believe it when Rafa signs a new contract.

  • Andy Mac

    Goebbels alive and well and living in the North East apparently ?

    • Peaky

      Aye…and have you noticed the similarity between Fatso & Goering….uncanny…

      • Milburn_Taylor

        lol his double

  • FatParosite

    Jam Tomorrow…..

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Jam all over Leazes and your licking it off?

    • FatParosite

      Thankfully I can’t read whatever $hite is written below by some cretinous mouth breather.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        below is superdes

  • Ron

    Why is Harry Hill shaking hands with Rafa, is he to be appointed as a new Chairman?

    • Leazes.

      Old photo….. wonga shirts in background!

      • Ron

        Or is he trying to sell off the old stock still?

      • Milburn_Taylor

        that was a good spot

      • FatParosite

        It’s from when Rafa first signed.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    Is Charnley a mute? Has anyone actually ever heard him talk? Or has Ashley snapped the pully string in the middle of his back?

  • Leazes.

    He doesn’t usually speak, that must be a Keith Bishop rally around the flag call….

    It was an opportunity to push forward but instead he says the squad is marginally better…. It would have been a miracle to make it much worse but he nearly succeeded.

    Patting himself on the back is he?… two players who were already here and three relegated players and another two for the cynical S**** D****t marketing campaign!

    What a load of rubbish………..

    Same again…. nowhere average buy, relegation scrappers…… like every window that Lee Charnley has been involved in(sic).

    Where has the money gone?

    Why does he hide from supporters?

    • Jezza

      All true. A pathetic attempt at a PR exercise after a transfer window in which the NUFC playing squad was wilfully weakened to provide funds for the S****s D****t takeover a department shop chain.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        the man is a borderline criminal

        • Jezza

          Not sure I agree with the borderline bit.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            tougue in cheek

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          he’s a literal criminal who exists in a society specifically set up to make his actions legal (some twisted folks would even call them laudable)

      • Dave Pattinson

        Agreed.Pathetic attempt at manipulating us thickos from the north. Patronising gits. We mustn’t believe this [email protected] Don’t rest till these people have gone.

        • panther

          we dont and never have

    • panther

      he doesnt want to answer those questions

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Steve Nickson & his recruitment team…more like Stevie Nicks the garbage we’ve brought in

    • panther

      cant believe he needed a team for that window

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He needed twenty yes men to lick his hoop & say his ideas were brilliant

  • Kenny

    fake news, fake pic

  • FatParosite

    This unrest is becoming a flood… $hit shows like this say that we are having an effect…. Trolls are finding it harder to make a difference…. Keep this going…. Rafa or no Rafa Ashley simply has to go and we need to keep asking where the money has gone until he does..

  • Milburn_Taylor

    trying to head off tomorrows protest at the shop

    • Jezza

      Spot on. That’s what it’s all about. Avoiding bad publicity for S****s D****t. Nothing more.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        i will be there, i postponed a meeting to go

    • Toonarden

      NOTHING should stop that.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        it won`t

    • panther

      Ill be there

  • Stephen Paylor

    demonstrations at SD stores will have a huge effect. It is the way to get him to sell for sure. His beloved SD

  • GlasgowMag

    Moto for the campaign “Won’t get fooled again” “Now it’s about us all pulling together” [email protected] definitely rattled keep up the good work guys one day this scum will be finally be gone!! Ashley out!!

    • Ben Jones

      Where will you be when the protests are happening?

      • Kenny

        I’ll be looking for you troll 🤡

        • Jezza

          Just block the pathetic sad sack. Don’t give him the reaction he so desperately craves. He lives for replies to his trolling comments no matter how abusive those replies might be. Don’t give him the satisfaction.

          • Kenny

            👍

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Love you jezza you’re my idol

          • Milburn_Taylor

            i blocked 3 yesterday

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Love that you have to tell everyone, because they didn’t share your opinion I guess?

          • Mark Potter

            Yep, Jezza’s back to tell the sheep who they should block so he doesn’t get disturbed by people pointing out his lies.

          • Tony English

            That’s right. You make sure you tell Kenny who the trolls are. You make sure he doesn’t engage with anyone who is abusive.

            You’ve just been awarded
            #1 blinkered post of the week.

          • Kenny

            Swiss Tony full of 💩
            troll🤡

          • Tony English

            Just block the pathetic sad sack. Don’t give him the reaction he so desperately craves. He lives for replies to his trolling comments no matter how abusive those replies might be. Don’t give him the satisfaction.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            That Kenny weirdo is literally Everything te acolytes call the other folk

          • Tony English

            Indeed. It’s bizarre. The ones who are the most vocal and paranoid about tr*lls happily have a conversation with him whilst he’s fly tipping all over the place.

            They do themselves a great disservice.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I mean it’s as if they know who it is…mind blown!

            Sound like Leazes I’m just missing the tin foil hat

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            your responses make you look a tad unhinged. I don’t think you’re one of the unwashed “troll brothers” Jezza is constantly bleating on about, but I’m also fairly certain you’re sort of a d!ck.

          • Tony English

            Fair comment – I’ll accept that totally.

            I thought it best to engage with the little clown face, rather than let him just ‘troll’ me, and hand him his ar se on toast until he bottled it.

            The less words he used, the more wordy I got, so yes, out of context that can make my comments look proper d!ckish – 100% agree.

            So he blocked me, as hoped for, job done – can I get back to talking about NUFC now please?

    • FatParosite

      There will be no end of wool pulling….

  • Wezza

    Sounds like PR to me to try and stop/lower the protest tomorrow. Won’t work.

  • Mike

    ha ha ha ha total tripe like we will give rafa all the money

  • Awaymag

    Rafa and Al Murry look pleased to meet each other. I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow despite a disappointing transfer window. HWTL

  • ghostrider

    Great seeing posters asking for clarity from the club. Wanting Ashley and Charnley to communicate.
    The club communicates and it’s cast off as lies and waffle.
    Get on with supporting the club you profess to love.

    • Kenny

      🤡

    • panther

      it is lies and waffle

    • Scott Robinson

      ‘The club communicates and it’s cast off as lies and waffle.’

      PIE IN THE SKY SPORTS’ sponsored by Pie and mash holdings.
      Jingle: Who ate all the pies, who ate all the pies, Pie in the sky or humble pie, who swallows all the lies.

      Good evening, welcome to the phone in, my name is DickWheezeKeys and not to be confused with the ‘six whiskies’ which I downed before coming on air! The subject this evening is, yes. MIKE ASHLEY. First caller says he is a fully paid up member of the cartoon army ‘Geordie Cloonie’ who put the ‘Eeee’ in ‘Clown’, er no it is ‘Monkseaton’. Is that Monkseaton near Shiremoor, or are you in Shirebrook?

      Monkseaton: Super Mike Ashley blah, blah, blah. I have his number, I mean name on the back of my new net minder soccer vest bought online from Sports Direct blah, blah, blah, Super Mike, blah. Blah.

      Six whiskies: What do you think of Ashley’s statement in 2015 ‘To be categorically clear, I’m not going anywhere until we win something.’ If your club hasn’t won anything for half a century and the owner isn’t investing in top class players at all, you are not likely to win a thing for another 50 years! The same owner who has equalled your relegation tally in your total history of 126 years in only 10! So he isn’t REALLY going anywhere soon, is he?

      Monkseaton: Super Mike Ashley, Blah, blah, blah. I hope he is here for 50 years, blah, blah. Super signings.

      Six Whiskies: Wouldn’t any owner who has even a minute interest in the club and fans, claiming to want success and ‘win things’, walk immediately he realises that they will never win a thing whilst he is in charge? So why hasn’t he walked?
      Well. It seems the line has gone dead. Onto the next caller ‘toast hider’.

      It’s ghostrider, actually. Super Mike has the club up for sale, Super Mike wants only the best for NUFC. Super Mike has invested millions. Blah, blah, blah. Super Mike is kind and compassionate, he’s just saved House of Frasier and all those jobs. Super Mike…Blahhhhhhhh!

      Time for a merited toilet break queue jingle
      “Who ate all the pies, who ate all the pies, Pie in the sky or humble pie, who swallows all the lies.”

      • ghostrider

        Danger danger, Scott Robinson.

    • Chuck D

      Have you ever watched a North Korean news report?

      • ghostrider

        Can’t say that I have. Why?

  • drc74

    i reckon its charnley shaking the hand of a cardboard cutout of raffa

    • Leazes.

      That was taken the day he became manager.

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    Communication when it suits them.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      when they panic, have to keep the pressure on

  • Leicester Mag

    Where does the adage fool me twice end after 20+ transfer windows? Yet more cynical almost amateurish attemps to head off protests surely people can see this chubby Emporer is naked aside from his grubby Lonsdales

  • Kenny

    Monks meeting me tomorrow, have a jar in the 3 Bulls with him then drop him head first off Percy St car park

    • Tony English

      Be careful not to trip over your big stupid clown shoes. You’d be sorely missed by many a bell end.

      • Kenny

        Come along then I can do 2 for the price of 1
        Vermin🐁🤡

      • Kenny

        Swiss Tony
        🤡💩

        • Tony English

          I see what you’ve done there..

          Great work. Witty and clever.

          Brilliant. You’re the best.

          • Kenny

            Vermin 🐁

          • Tony English

            Can anyone compete with the quality of these witty ripostes? You’re like a young Willy Russell, a striding collosus. Stunning work sir .

          • Kenny

            Scum 🤡

          • Tony English

            Cutting. Too good. Award winning..

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Will be there at the Bulls at nine be very careful with your comments that is a friendly word of advice.

  • panther

    Looks like theyve promised Lascelles a move in January to put his name to that disgracefull propaganda

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    “Please support us, please stop the protests, we’re all pulling in the same direction, everything is rosy. Honest”

  • Hughie

    Only NUFC could claim to be trying to sign players on the day the window closed, when those players were never going to be eligible for a work permit. That is simply incompetence or of course fake news. Any advance research would have told them this. How on earth can Charnley and his merry men– whoever they are–expect us to believe anything they say about recruitment, when the standard of their HR expertise is clearly so inadequate.

  • kingfisher

    Blah, blah, blah. It was only a few days ago that the players were on strike for more money. It was only a few days ago that Rafa wasn’t happy, and now are all supposed to believe that everything is sweetness and light? The band played “believe it if you like”!
    I’m surprised we didn’t try to sign Mike Williamson from under the noses of Gateshead at 4.59 yesterday! (We most probably did but Gateshead were prepared to pay more than us) !
    The whole thing stinks of Ashleys underhand, spiv business strategy. He really must think we all believe this rubbish !

    • Milburn_Taylor

      you just have to look at the timing of it

      • kingfisher

        Exactly Milburn.I will never set foot in SJP and give Ashley my money as long as he is the owner.

        • Milburn_Taylor

          ditto

        • Peaky

          Told my missus if she sets foot in H Of F again she’s oot….and,I’m keeping the dogs and cds’…..that’s her fettled…

          • Milburn_Taylor

            i bought some aftershave In Flannels the other day,
            today i found out that he`s part owner. puke

          • Peaky

            How strange….I literally only found out a couple of hours ago he’s got his grubby chubby mitts in there….

          • Milburn_Taylor

            he`s everywhere like horse sh it

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            See you gave Kenny an up vote see you in the Three Bulls at nine. Most of you lot have cried off all ready one by one. Cannot wait for the turn out.

          • Peaky

            How could you possibly know who upvotes who unless you are the same person ??? Well and truly caught out….as for been in Three Bulls at nine ??? Where have I ever said that….got no intention……got a life and live too far away….!!!

          • kingfisher

            Well said Mr Peaky. I’ve always thought H of F sold third rate tat.Personally I find it doesn’t have the quality that one always associates with it’s contemporaries such as Primark.😆

  • fistsofsteel2

    A lot of negativity here. I think Newcastle could surprise people and do quite well this season. The squad isn’t as bad as people like to make out.
    Rafa needs to be a bit more ambitious with his tactics though, and stop being too defensive minded.

    • Mark Potter

      He appears to have more attacking options than he did a year ago. But strong defence is the bedrock of the team.

  • Peaky

    Bet Penfold’s voice is a cross between Orville and Joe Pasquale….

    • Milburn_Taylor

      Bishop`s hand is up his rear end

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Like yours is Leazes?

  • Paul Patterson

    Surprise statement? Rubbish!! It was all planned, just like the TV interview from Ashley was at the start of last season. Utter PR. And Ashley buys a £90m new toy for his retail empire THE DAY AFTER THE TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES??
    Ashley will have had a chuckle at that one. Wake the chuck up!!!

  • Brian Standen

    Sounds a little bit like Mike Ashley is not enjoying the negative stuff going his way – excellent!

    • Milburn_Taylor

      it`s getting his back up

  • Superdooperhooper

    PR puffery. All the sheep in the pen. Good sheep !

  • Kenny

    Time for a couple of jars might tune in for the Mancs game to see the trolls
    Swiss tony English & bell end Benny

    • Tony English

      Brilliant. Just brilliant. Concise, punchy, memorable. I swear if I didn’t know Oscar Wilde was dead I’d believe I was in the presence of his genius…we are not worthy.

      • Kenny

        Gotcha Swiss Tony
        full of 💩 you are troll 🤡

        • Tony English

          …and before he knew it, the misguided juggler, blinded by glitter, had lost his power to discern between right and wrong…when the shimmery fog cleared he realised he had become all he wished to rid the message board of…he had become the king of the trolls.

          You my friend, are a kn ob, and not even a very good one x

          Must try harder.

          • Kenny

            The phraseology in your posts pins you troll 🤡
            how’s your mum ?

          • Tony English

            Cremated.

          • Kenny

            still posting on here though
            strange 🤡

          • Tony English

            Highly unlikely she’d be communicating from the beyond…and if she was it wouldn’t be about football…she had local hero as her ring gone, but that was where her interest stopped.

            I have one profile. My name. Hate Ashley. Support Rafa.

            But keep pis sing up the wrong tree and I’ll always engage with you or anyone. Regardless of how purile you might be little clown.

          • Kenny

            Hope you see her soon 🐁🤡

          • Tony English

            …and that ladies and gentlemen…is a troll.

            You decide if he’s from Manchester or your mate.

          • Ben Jones

            He a classy guy

          • Tony English

            He thinks he’s a good windup merchant, when he’s as predictable as night following day.

          • Kenny

            Scummy manc vermin
            🤡

          • Tony English

            Ar se on toast, have you finished eating it yet?

            You do realise the sequels are always worse?

          • Mark Potter

            Most parrots have a greater vocabulary than he does. And a higher IQ.

          • Milburn_Taylor

            you are the troll and everybody knows it

          • Tony English

            Do tell me where I have trolled? What contentious comment have I made to earn that medal? Are you blind to old clown face? And who gave you the right to speak for everybody?

          • Superdooperhooper

            He’s neither. I’ve just blocked him cos he’s gone way over the top with that comment

          • Tony English

            I appreciate that. Cheers.

            I can only really be wound up by folk who’s opinion I care about – he’s spent two or three days trying to push buttons but forgot to take his mittens off.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I remember when I had my first drink as well

          • Kenny

            I hate goodbyes but I have to block the bros
            bye scumbag
            Blocked🤡🤡🤡🤡

          • Tony English

            …and he gave up.

            I will always miss our little chats…I thought I could help him….

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’re a proper weirdo you. A bet you got bullied at school

        • Big Hairy Man

          Come on Kenny. We all know Goatrider, Monkfish, Bobbi Flickdick etc. are trolls. Just block them. This is getting embarrassing.

          • Tony English

            ..and what precisely is Kenny?

          • Kenny

            maybe. for you I’ll block them

          • Kenny

            Done 👍

          • Big Hairy Man

            Well done.

          • Tony English

            I hope you’ll be very happy together.

      • Jonas

        That brought a smile. In these bleak times that’s not easy.

        • Tony English

          The clowns two day rampage is at an end for me. The Raul Moat of the message board has choked on Gazza’s chicken.

  • Jimblag23

    Can’t wait to see how our £90m striker House O’Fraser does tomorrow.

    • Neil O

      lol! ;)

    • Milburn_Taylor

      sack half the staff, the other half on zero hour contracts

  • Mrkgw

    Pure dross.

  • BanJones

    Fat stunts like Ashley are prime candidates for a cardiac arrest, a stroke or not seeing your bits for 20 years so it’s not all bad.

  • Superdooperhooper

    I’m disgusted that rafa and jamaal would go along with this . I’ve had enough with this. Have a nice time watching rafa trying to park the bus in your 65 quid shirts but I’m done with this joke of a club baaaaaa you sheep make me sick

    • Will In Despair!

      In no way is this a defence; but is it not the case this will all be contractual? Like it or not!

      As likes of the 0dious goit, not necessarily Newcastle per se – but they are one, sadly said goitious (made up word 😉) gimp says; they all jump etc etc etc as per contract, again like it or not, they will have to do this, dunno, seems like his thing!!

      • Ben Jones

        Hmmmmm. Sounds like a defence to me

        • TheFatController

          Yedlin Clark Lascelles dummett

    • Ben Jones

      55 quid I’ll have you know

    • TheFatController

      I don’t think the three of them sat in a pub in Walkergate and thrashed out the wording before Jamaal told Rafa it was his round and to get some pork scratchings whilst he had a e-cigarette outside and Charnley bought condoms and took a slash …

      But I’ve been wrong before. So who knows?

      • Desree

        Haha. I miss those days!

        • TheFatController

          When Charnley and Rafa and Jamaal drank together ?

          But yeah, love it when the pub still has the magic sex pills in the toilet.

          You know Monkseaton magpie chews on them…

          • Desree

            Remember novelty blobs. I got one called the rat, with a rats head on

  • Jonas

    Reads like an attempt to quell the ill feeling. Until i know different I’m assuming Rafa and Lascelles had no part in it.
    “pull in the same direction” ffs – players, managers and fans having been doing that for 11years but its futile when the owner sabotages any good or hard work.

    • FatParosite

      I would love to think that the ubiquitous gurning Steven Taylor (or insert name of willing idiot here) saying everything will be great in the next match interview, had no effect on the average supporter. However we live in an age where every part of the SJP is filled with mobile selfie gurning idiots who pay Ashley to keep his grip on the club.and moronically fall for the content light pieces in the Comical. Unfortunately.

  • LA toon

    Absolutely appalled by this statement. I am assuming that Rafa and Lascelles had to put pen to paper due to contractural obligations and the recent bonus agreement. On the brightside the forthcoming demonstrations including the disruption of shitedirect website and twitter accounts maybe having some affect. I only get back to the UK annually, which coincides with a home game, however not sure I want to attend a game. I am so tired of the constant struggle to remain in the PL .

    • Mark Potter

      Or they wanted to? If you are too “tired” to support the team, then have a lie down and take it easy.

      #RafaStillHasOurTrust

      #SaluteCapnLascelles

      • LA toon

        Tired of keyboard warriors like you. Blocked

  • TheFatController

    Appealing to vanity.

    You’re all such great passionate supporters you wouldn’t dare not be great, passionate and supportive .

    So, if you are supportive you are behaving well. And if not, you’re not a great person, hang your head in shame.

    So if we’re good it’s our behaviour, if we’re bad it’s that we’re failing as people.

    And if the regime is bad, it’s not like them at all, so it’s pantomime villain territory – we have a great owner whose made to look like a bad person on the back of a few mistakes that weren’t pre-meditated in no way ever aat all, no.

    The mistakes aren’t the real Ashley, the loans to the club are the real Ashley. So let’s all pull together as one and stop all this nonsense. It’s like a pantomime, he deserve me sooooo much more respect.

    • Ben Jones

      Is that first draft?

      • TheFatController

        I thought mum took the phone off you after 9, Benjamin?

        You don’t like that I can explain PR tactics do you?

        • Ben Jones

          Mine does but I’m with yours tonight and she’s much more accommodating

          • TheFatController

            She’s been dead 7 years so you get down with her ashes Ben, give her a rare night out.

          • Ben Jones

            Ditto mate RIP’s

          • TheFatController

            I’m sorry your mum’s passed. It’s clear you’re very young so that must be painful to lose her so early .

          • Ben Jones

            Do you say that to all the boys?

          • TheFatController

            Bedtime. Clean your teeth.

          • Tony English

            Seems like there is a pattern emerging tonight.

            I reckon we learn to look down the family tree and look out for our kids as that what our mam’s would have wanted.

          • FatParosite

            Please don’t feed the animals.

        • Mark Potter

          That was you explaining something? Lordy. Stick to writing pantomime scripts. He’s behind you.

  • Andy Mac

    Has any topic attracted such strong opinion and comment ?

    No one likes being patronised but this club takes the biscuit when it comes to completely misjudging the fans attitude

    #FatmanOut

  • Desree

    On a positive note. We get the toon game free to air in Australia tonight. Which means I don’t have to pay for my subscription for streaming.

  • Steve Smith

    Blink twice if you need help….

    Because nothing says everything is ok like the need for an official statement to tell us everything is ok!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I am surprised Rafa put his name to that complete and utter b****x !
    That was probably knocked up by Keith Bishop in a vain attempt to stop “The Peasants Revolt.”
    The sad thing is a couple of decent results and all this will be forgotten about and therein lies the problem.

    • Ben Jones

      I guess, x,why,y man, as true fans with black and white coursing through our veins, the logical conclusion to your statement is we must all hope we don’t get any decent results, it’s what any real fan would want

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        You always get one ffs !
        All I am saying is a couple of good results and they will forget all about the protests, Which has happened in the past.
        The pressure needs to be kept up against Ashley regardless of the results.

  • Lewis SG

    Well, if that’s the case, what else can we say.

  • Tweed Mag

    Not the words of the Manager or the Captain. Or Penfold for that matter. Most of it has been seen before and the rest is waffle. All the hallmarks of the inept PR ‘consultants’ Ashley depends upon. It is probably the best they could do before turning to the inevitable closures and redundancies at Workhouse of Fraser.

    • Leazes.

      Ashley doesn’t do upgrades….had to laugh at the promise to turn House of Fraser into the Harrods of the High Street and at the same time take on Amazon, which are the opposite ends of the spectrum…. he just says the first thing that comes into his head for an instant sound bite like Trump.

      • RoboRat

        Give it six months and HoF will be filled with cheap tat made by poor sods in sweat shops, all with misleading 80% off tags applied.