Transfer deadline day today and of course, it is the usual circus at Newcastle United.

Quite rightly, much attention is being paid to the lack of money being spent on transfers. However, it is important to stress that this is nothing new at Newcastle United. Generally speaking, it is quite surprising that this is the summer in which more fans have decided to ‘rebel’ and take part in greater collective action towards the ownership.

It could have been any summer under Mike Ashley, so the idea that things have all of a sudden got really bad under Rafa Benitez is not something that I would be on board with. The truth is that it has always been really bad. This summer is no different to most previous transfer windows, or Mike Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle United as a whole.

The point being that, there is more to the problems at Newcastle United than Rafa Benitez not being given a certain amount of money to spend on players. There are few clubs that have been so badly mismanaged over a sustained period of time. It is a club that is rotten to its very core at the present moment, I hope to paint a picture that goes beyond just transfers.

Transfers – a joke

The most obvious problem with the club at the moment.

Only signing players on the cheap is a strategy that has come to the fore this summer and received much wider media scrutiny than usual. The club has no intention of breaking the transfer record. It has been mentioned that the club have previously made bids above the transfer record, for instance the likes of Berahino, Lacazette and Jorgensen; with Newcastle evidently bidding below the asking price, knowing full-well that it would be turned down, but giving the impression they are ‘doing something’. So the suggestion that the club are willing to break the transfer record because they have made bids in that region before is simply not true.

At the moment, Newcastle will likely line up on the opening day with this starting 11 (Dubravka; 4 million, Dummett; Academy, Clark; 4 million, Lascelles; 3.5 million, Yedlin;4 million, Shelvey; 12 million, Diame; 4 million, Kenedy; Loan, Perez; 1.5 million, Ritchie; 11 million, Rondon; Loan… a grand total of £43m. I would hazard a guess to say that will probably be the lowest in the Premier League come the opening weekend.

There is that saying that spending money doesn’t guarantee you success, or doesn’t mean you are buying a good player… we know all too well about that down the years at Newcastle United. But one thing that is a fact of football is that not spending any money at all, guarantees failure.

It is not just the money from transfers that seems to be the problem though, where is the money from Puma? Fun88? Ticket Sales? 10th place? TV? Advertising boards? Or from Sports Direct?

Players – one of the weakest squads in the division

In regards to the players action this week involving media duties, I think it is very clear that Mike Ashley wanted to end this dispute as soon as it affected his relationship with the TV companies that provide him with the golden opportunity to advertise Sports Direct to the world.

I am not going to personally knock any of the players because they’re a good bunch of lads that as a fan you would rather turn up and get behind them, than the likes of Cabaye, Sissoko, Thauvin. The standard or level of ability in the playing squad has taken such a dive under Mike Ashley. Even this pre-season Newcastle started most games in pre-season with Joselu upfront.

Looking past the specific names in the squad this is a team I worry about going forward, we are weak in terms of depth at full back, weak at centre back after Lejeune’s injury, weak in the middle of the park, weak at number 10, and the jury is obviously out on the centre-forwards who I hope will come good.

Manager – Position is unstable and although he is one of the best around, that is arguably his biggest problem

Certainly the ability of the manager can’t be questioned. I am sure come tomorrow Rafa will be fully focused on getting the best out of his squad. The position of the manager remains another matter that the club have mismanaged and got wrong. I don’t think there is another manager in the league whose position is as unstable as that of Benitez.

His contract expires next summer, meaning Newcastle are entering into a season knowing that the likelihood is that their manager won’t be with them after the end of the upcoming season.

I have made this point before, some agree with me while and some don’t, but the manager’s position is so farcical that he is probably one of the reasons why he isn’t getting any money to spend on transfers by not signing a new contract (I’m not saying he should give in and sign one) and by being so good a manager that Ashley believes Rafa can keep them up without spending any money. Rafa’s position at the club is the only thing stopping fans from taking real action i.e. not turning up to games.

It doesn’t really matter who the manager is, as long as Mike Ashley is the owner of this football club, and it is ran in the interests of Sports Direct, then Rafa or No Rafa, nothing will ever change.

Training Ground – More lies, and a fine example of how Newcastle have fallen behind the rest

You only have to look and compare it with other clubs such as Tottenham and Everton to see how far we have fallen.

According to the club, the current training ground should have been knocked down in 2015 and a new one set up in 2016. This never happened and will go down as another Mike Ashley lie. In his letter to the Culture Secretary, Mike Ashley stated the training ground was fit for purpose because we finished tenth. Although this is the same training ground when Newcastle were relegated twice. What it goes to show, as if we didn’t already know, is that Mike Ashley doesn’t have a clue about how football works, and he isn’t willing to listen to those that do.

Nobby Solano was shown around the training ground earlier this week, and I suspect it looked at very much the same level as  from his playing days, when in reality it should be completely unrecognisable from the standard when he was playing for NUFC.

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Academy – Newcastle United’s greatest failure

Lets not pretend that before Mike Ashley, Newcastle had a fine state of the art training academy and were churning out Premier League players left, right and centre. However, the situation regarding the youth set up has only got worse during his tenure.

This is the area where I know most about and can give my experiences, having experienced all of the academies in the North East in one way or another. Specifically, in relation to Newcastle, growing up in the same age group as Adam Campbell and Remie Streete, and just above Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons etc, I know the amount of talent that there is in the North East.

Believe me, at the ages of 16/17, the talent in the North East compared to the rest of the UK is just as good, if not better, it is a crying shame that none of those players have come through the system and ‘made it’. I also grew up with players at other clubs: Jordan Jones now at Kilmarnock, and playing for Northern Ireland, and Lynden Gooch of the USA at Sunderland amongst others, who at the same age were nowhere near as good as some of these guys coming through at Newcastle. So you have to beg the question, what is going on at Newcastle?

Of course, the facilities have always been below bar. Middlesbrough and Sunderland’s youth academies have always had better facilities, and out of all the youth academies I have spent time at, in the UK and abroad, the majority of them have put Newcastle’s to shame.

Do we even have an U23s at the moment? Do they have a manager? The whole Peter Beardsley saga is another gross mismanagement on behalf of the club. You could list players all day but given the fact our two most ‘brightest’ youngsters, Longstaff and especially Woodman, could now look set to spend the first half of the season rotting in the U23s, it goes to show the ineptitude that is seeping right through the academy.

Prices – Taking fans for mugs

Season ticket prices have gone up, some by as much as 20% compared to last season. The club also failed to get their act together in sufficient time to hand out renewal dates which meant for many of us, we were only given 2-3 weeks notice of the chance to renew. If given the option now, with the benefit of hindsight, I would not have renewed my ticket. I should have know better but I feel very much mugged off.

Club shirts prices have increased exponentially under Mike Ashley, with the Newcastle shirt being the joint most expensive in the country. Compared to other clubs from over 5 years ago, Newcastle’s has increased by a higher price than anyone else (£20). The prices for friendlies and early-round cup games are often £20 or £25 on the day of the game… throw in the fact that the NUFC box office remains nothing short of a joke and the fact there have been multiple problems with the new online ticketing system, it frequently equals an all round bad experience trying to do anything related to Newcastle United.

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The beauty of it all is that none of this would really matter if the club used the money to re-invest in the playing squad. I have said for ages that these problems exist but nobody really cares when the team is doing well. It now looks as though more fans, including myself, are waking up to the fact that on the face of it our money isn’t going to try and bring success to Newcastle United, it would appear it is going straight to benefit of Sports Direct.

Communication – a symbol of gross incompetence in the Mike Ashley era

Social media is of course the main avenue for communication nowadays. Yet the club’s ability to communicate with the fans is in my opinion the biggest failure of the Mike Ashley era.

The ineptitude of the club’s social media channels was recently summed up with the latest signing of Solomon Rondon positioned facing the Gallowgate End with Sports Direct emblazoned across the centre of the picture. It suggests that those in charge of any decision making at the club remain out of touch… for the most part, those in the media teams aren’t fans of Newcastle so I wouldn’t expect them to understand.

Additionally, the club has tried to put on live streams for games which ended up being a disaster, with the streams  not working properly in three of the four games, and on other occasions being shown for free by the host team’s stream!

Perhaps these ten areas can be used as the questions raised at the next fan forum, which as everyone else knows, remains a bit of a laughing stock every time the minutes are published. Still we have a non-representative fans forum in which the club decide who sits on it, and can get rid of whoever they want, which actually happened to the NUST representative at one point.

In the recent fans forum, a substantial amount of time was devoted to issues related to roads and parking, where ball boys and girls are positioned on the pitch (yes really), the problem that some fans in the east stand won’t be able to see the big screen if VAR is introduced, and where always fans would be sitting at SJP, before you get to any of what could be deemed “nit and gritty”. Quite frankly it is a joke.

Stadium- putting a cap on ambition

The redevelopment of Strawberry Place by Maricco Asset Management (commissioned by Mike Ashley) puts an end any hope to the expansion of the stadium and places a cap on the level that the club can reach in terms of ticket revenue.

The lease on the land was bought by Mike Ashley under the umbrella of “Newcastle United” when he bought the club, now it is being used to personally benefit Mike Ashley and not the club, the owner paying a fee to buy the lease from NUFC so that Newcastle United will receive no big bucks when the development is complete.

Even inside the stadium, there has been no positive change or improvement during his time as owner. Granted, it was a top stadium when he took over, but the only areas that have seen change is related to the corporate side of matter.

As an example, now the family paddock is just your regular concourse, 15 years ago it was a warm suite with carpet, and games, and many things going on. A great example that highlights his attitude towards fans. A once great stadium is slowly rotting away under the shadow of multiple Sports Direct signs.

Boardroom – A club ran by two men who don’t work for the club

The club doesn’t even have a board! That board under Steve McClaren doesn’t exist anymore and only Lee Charnley survives.

Instead the club is driven by Keith Bishop and Justin Barnes who have no official role and are free to work in the interests of Mike Ashley, rather than Newcastle United.

Lee Charnley  remains on one of the cheapest contracts in the league for a man in his position, which probably goes to show just how little power and influence he has at the club compared with Bishop and Barnes.

The Owner

A now absentee owner, a proven liar who has resided over; two relegations, Dennis Wise, Alan Pardew, Joe Kinnear, John Carver, Sports Direct Arena, Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan, Jonas Gutierrez… the list goes on and on and on and on.

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Of course, these 10 points are just my overview, a comprehensive piece could be written on just about all of them.

The club is a mess, and it is not all to do with transfer activity. I stress again, nothing will ever change while Mike Ashley is the owner of Newcastle United. It doesn’t matter if Rafa Benitez is the manager, and it wouldn’t matter if Newcastle had signed a £30m striker in the last moments of the window tonight (obviously that was never going to happen).

Rotten to the core.

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  • Leicester Mag

    While the ground is full this cess pit is proped up and will continue to be topped up

  • Taz

    Unfortunately I can’t disagree. We are fkd under the fat pig

    • ghostrider

      No we aren’t.

      • Taz

        Yeh u r right the fatcockneytwat is doing a great job …….🙄🔫

        • ghostrider

          I’d go as far as to say, a fantastic job.

          • Sam Colligan

            You ‘re a deluded fool

          • Taz

            Lay off the crack pipe its not good for you

  • Max powers

    I think what has made this summer transfer window worse is mainly two things
    1: not investing in this window is hierarchy basically forcing Rafa out the door in may.
    2: what has made this worse is all the investments from other owners to their club for players. The trouble is this time it’s clubs that have been promoted and teams in the bottom half who we will be fighting against this year. I believe they have more depth in their squads. Let’s hope for no injuries and suspensions because that will be when we will struggle!!!!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      We made a profit! I mean to make a profit is insane. Hes reduced the wage bill as well. Madness. The club is run threadbare and any injuries will have us f *cked

      • ghostrider

        This club isn’t threadbare.
        There’s cover in all positions.
        It may not be Man City quality but it’s there.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          So you are saying the cover to come in is capable at the Prem level to keep us in this league?

          So if Joselu, Manquillo, Elliot and Stery come in we can survive can we?

          • ghostrider

            Why pick out 4 players as if that’s all we have?
            Don’t overestimate the premier league. It’s not all that.
            Only the elites get to play in the big time. The rest are also-ran.

    • ghostrider

      Apparently they had more depth in their squads last season and we had a supposed championship squad, remember?
      We finished 10th.

      I know I know, Rafa genius and nothing to do with anything else. eh?

  • Roppa

    A good article and accurate in every respect. Please forward a copy to Chi Onwurah (MP). The more info. she has, the more she can expose his disgraceful ownership of the Club.

  • Toonarden

    A brilliant article. Like others recently produced in eloquent and searching details please send it to the relevant media, MP’s, Premiership, TV, etc.
    Let’s keep this in the public eye and on an ONGOING basis. Not just done once then dropped. We MUST get this b******d out of our club or we shortly won’t have a club worthy of the name to watch when Rafa our best hope decides enough is enough.

  • Tweed Mag

    Wow. Comprehensive breakdown of Ashley’s incompetence and the willingness of certain individuals to carry out his bidding. I hope this article is spread far and wide. Thank you.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Its missing the media black outs when it does not suit his agenda. Charging them for exclusives as a media partner but just feeding them lies of ‘attempted’ signings.

      Hes been proven as a compulsive liar.

      Hes on a cash grab atm so he can buy House of Fraser. NUFC will be subsidising it. Hes gonna pull his loan in. The fantasy loan which should not exist if SD had paid its advertising bill over a decade.

      • Tweed Mag

        The HofF bid id an interesting one, the high street is in trouble (even the tat shops like his are struggling). We can only hope that he sells up and goes elsewhere.

  • Leazes.

    You should print that and send it to the Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

    The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP
    Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,
    Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
    Office for Civil Society
    Houses of Parliament
    London SW1A 0AA,

  • Billmag

    Good article Jonathan and I certainly echo the other poster’s below, send it to every National newspaper and dare them to print it.

    • Toon

      Eh no

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We finished tenth last season and have a far better team for the whole of this season although the loss of Lejeune is a massive blow. Think we will be in the top eight this season. Shame you do not pay as much attention to your beloved club who could not even beat A.K . Athens at home and have a go at their pathetic record in Europe and demand changes. Is that not to much to ask a change at Celtic to compete in Europe rather than a pub league. Be in top eight this season but you will probably be following West Ham like you do or Celtic. You are a very bad supporter very bad.

    • Big Hairy Man
      • Monkseaton Magpies

        n question had a season ticker for West Ham last season and instead of going to one of the most important games last season Arsenal at home went to watch season. Jezza is a self confessed Sunderland supporter. These people are damaging our club and you stand by and let them.

    • GlasgowMag

      Nice one Monky boy I always said you were the funniest of the chuckle brothers!!😂😂🤣🤣👍👍🤡🤡

    • SuperDesHamilton

      You’re definitely deficient Monk, We’ve went from season tickets to ‘A.K Athens’…is this the twilight zone?

  • GlasgowMag

    I was listening to 5 live today. The presenter asked the head of sports what our fans would think about our transfer activity this window and he answered he wasn’t sure but mabye they wouldn’t be satisfied!! When he asked the question I thought yes this is a real opportunity for someone to say it as it is and have a go at our illustrious leader but no “mabye they wouldn’t be satisfied”. Just sums up our cause really the fans can see exactly what a scandal is happening at our club but the press are either to incompetent to investigate properly or they basically don’t give a [email protected]!!!

    • Leazes.

      Some of us knew from year one including the Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards. And some of us haven’t let go of trying to get through a thick swaddling media blanket surrounding the club ever since that disastrous day when he spewed onto the scene.

    • FatParosite

      If the knowledge does not filter down to the paying fans…. The media are not the problem.

      • Leazes.

        The media are a huge problem particularly the local media…..
        Mark my word the chronicle boys will revert to position ‘A’ before you can say wheresthemoneygone.

        • FatParosite

          Where was this rhetoric from Douglas last season ..?? The Comical keep standing back saying they can’t get answers. Why are they in the profession if that is the case…??? They won’t dismiss the paying fans because they are the ones who buy their printed toilet paper… SJP going Fans are still to blame regardless of lies pumped into them….

          • Leazes.

            They should be camped out on Charnley’s doorstep.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          Be articles of ‘10 things the players have for breakfast after transfer window shuts’ type of rubbish.

          None of them have a clue how to be a journalist

  • NUFCLX

    Great article, hit the nail on the head. The FCB shows no respect for the club, the fans or the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Greed is his God.
    Hope there is a massive turn out on Saturday morning.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Is that Beardsley with the lawnmower?

  • Leazes.

    Just a little question aside from the article for you Jonathan…. do you know anything about Jack Lacey Hatton who writes for the Mag and has a facebook picture of himself in a Man United shirt?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Just spit it out & ask if he’s single

  • Ricky

    Basically Newcastle united are no longer a football club
    They are a well run business that only exists to earn money for the club owner.
    £127m from premier league
    Sponsors, shirt sales, player sales, ticket sales will all go into the coffers.
    Free advertising too.
    This summer they will have made a further profit of £15m plus.
    Pointless to consider them as a sporting operation any longer

    • Leazes.

      By ‘well run’ you must mean ‘Disastrously run’….apaling mismanagement, and allocation of time money and resources without a football board or steer.

    • Sickandtired

      Not well run, matey.

    • ghostrider

      Would you prefer the club to be run on bank debt?

  • Mrkgw

    MIKE ASHLEY – GET OUR OF OUR CLUB!!!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Id put it blunter

  • Down Under Mag

    Article sums up th esituation perfectly. I don’t have a problem buying a player who is cheap but is a good player who the manager wants and just works out to be good value. Given the showings of Dubravka last season I have no problem in securing a low cost fee for him when you see how much Liverpool and Chelsea have just spunked on new keepers. And we all know a high fee does not always mean they will turn out to be an amazing signing. But the fact ALL of our signings have been for cheap fees and loan deals is the bigger concern. I can’t believe that Rafa didn’t ask for one player that was valued at 20m or over. Fulham have signed multiple players for 20m+ as a newly promoted side without this years TV money and who should be recovering from seasons in the Championship which would have cost them money if you listen to Ashley.

    The lies, well we all know that Ashley couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it. The letter wrote in response to the petition was laughable, bringing up clearing the debt when it has actually doubled and just been put off as an interest free loan to Ashley which is the sole reason for a sale being untenable is just rubbing salt into the wound.

    The traing ground looks like something from a division 3 club and given the promises of investment in that area and a promise to develop the academy it is an even harder pill to swallow. I’ve said it before, Pedro may have been a brilliant player but his failings as a coach are plain to see, but he is kept around because he is a yes man to Ashley.

    On a brighter note though, I do actually think we have a little more quality than this time last year. Much will depend on how Rondon fits in up front and the service he receives but I am hoping he can prove his doubters wrong and recapture some of the form he showed in Russisa.

    Most of all, I hope anyone who is in the region gets behind the protests in a sensible way (please don’t get tanked on white lightning and punch a horse people) but once that whistle blows give your whole support to the manager and the players because they deserve the full backing of the fans no matter what the owner is putting this club through!

    Here’s hoping that Ashley uses his massive profit this window to pay off that debt to himself and gets a sale done ASAP!

    • Leazes.

      In all likelihood there will be another relegation and more debt to pay back to himself….. its a system which works well for him.

    • Sickandtired

      See deadline comments out of the club. ‘…Don’t fit the club’s criteria’.

    • Martin Rooney

      How much have fulham actually paid out are these buy now pay later deals or is it a case that they have broken fair play rules?

    • Toontaff

      Fat Parasite ain’t in Toon, so the hoss will be safe!
      I’ll get behind every initiative the combined protest groups ask us to.

  • Toon

    Yeah big words, you’ll still be there on Saturday clapping your hands and waving your flag though, empty words

  • FatParosite

    Good article started well until I read you bought a season ticket…. Points ALL null and void.

    • Leazes.

      You are talking to someone who followed the club to Ireland for a training session…. he an idiot.

      • Sickandtired

        PMSL!

    • GlasgowMag

      I don’t see the point in slagging the fans that go week in week out they will only dig there heels in. My positive from the article is hopefully it is finally sinking in with fans like Jonathan who buy season tickets they are feeding the beast and the only way to get rid is to stop doing so!!

      • FatParosite

        It is not sinking in with the fans we have been here before…. We have been told in the past lets not get at the SJP going fans…. BY the SJP going fans… they ARE responsible it’s about time we started to lay the blame where it NEEDS to be placed. The life blood of Ashley’s NUFC empire RELIES on them being there… They ARE to blame.

        • GlasgowMag

          Yes I agree but they are also not the enemy this is what the fatboy wants fan against fan!! The real enemy is our workhouse owner basically we need these fans onboard otherwise we will never get rid!!

          • FatParosite

            That is complacent clap trap…. the SJP going fans have got away with it for too long…. being split on this HAS got Ashley what he wants…. but it has also got those selfish fans who still want to go unhindered….

          • GlasgowMag

            It’s not clap trap it’s the reality we need these fans onboard otherwise nothing will change the stadium will be full and this [email protected] will never leave!!!

          • Toonrobbybobson

            I think its finally changing. Fans realise they are supporting Sports Direct United under the guise of Newcastle.

            The patience has finally been eroded. The ok I will give benefit of the doubt he will eventually invest when the stars align. However finally everyone sees he has no interest whatsoever in taking the club forward. He has had many opportunities none more so than now to push on with momentum. He has no interest but to exist at prem level, milk the cow and push SD globally.

            Hes best described as a fat cuckoo thats plonked itself in our nest and having all of us feed him draining our resources.

            Chuck the f *cker out of the nest!

          • Toontaff

            Got away with what? Supporting our team? Hoping things would improve? Backing Rafa and players who want to play for our club? Get a grip,,,,,,,,,,,,

        • Sickandtired

          Been here before? Well if you think that and are old enough then the ‘sack the Board’ crowd you will remember well? Most home crowds these days can barely muster a F’n song let alone a protest against this fat parasite.

      • Sickandtired

        Take a look at RFC, or LFC. You can go and still protest. You can stop going and still protest. What we need is coordination on both fronts.
        That said, it is a fact that there is not much of a protest voice inside the ground any longer.

    • NUFCLX

      I wonder how many of u key board warriors will be in the Toon Saturday morning. It is the fans who go to the games and protest that will get the publicity, just like West Ham last season.
      I will concede the lack of protests in previous seasons but the tide is turning. The popularity of If Rafa Goes We go tells us that.
      What has more chance of forcing change, fans protesting inside and outside the ground or people slagging so called Happy Clappers on a web site, I am sure it puts the fear of God into the FCB when he reads these comments on this site.

      • FatParosite

        If I lived in Newcastle I would be there on Saturday morning…. The tide is not turning… Ashley knows it and is currently rubbing his semi in glee….

        • NUFCLX

          Let us judge if the tide is turning after the first month of the season.

        • Gallowgate Dave

          I’ve seen you spewing out bile to match going fans for months on here yet what a surprise you don’t live in Newcastle so it’s easy to stay away from games for you. I detest Ashley just as much as you and I lament what a (relatively) easy ride we’ve given him but if and when we do rise up against him and it’s not the pathetic showing other organised protest has been (I was amongst it) then it’ll have far more potential to hurt Ashley’s interests than a few stay away keyboard warriors attacking fellow fans.

          • Sickandtired

            Well mate, you are just as bad as those ‘keyboard warriors you attack. The vast majority are life long paying customers who voted with their feet at some point. What we need is to come together, against Ashley, not keep throwing jibes.
            Inside the ground, or from outside, a supporter is a supporter.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sorry but can you point to any comment I’ve made that would back up that I’m “just as bad as those keyboard warriors you attack”?! If you look up this very thread you’ll see that I’ve posted that I respect fans choice who’ve made the decision to stop going until Ashley sells up, many of my mates have done the same. What I don’t respect is “fans” like this fella turning on fellow fans who detest Ashley but have the club in their blood and just look at his previous comments, he’s been attacking fellow fans in almost every comment for months and it turns out he doesn’t even live here, easy for him to stay away. I’m not looking for an argument fella but if you re-read both my comments, this one to you and my comments history and compare them to this bloke’s you’ll see you’ve got this one badly wrong, probably emotions running high because we all love the club but as I’ve said check my previous comments and his. We’re nothing alike.

          • Sickandtired

            “then it’ll have far more potential to hurt Ashley’s interests than a few stay away keyboard warriors attacking fellow fans.”
            There you go.
            Are you suggesting anyone who has stopped going doesn’t have the ‘club in their blood’ too? I’m one of them.
            Paid my share of my meager wages into NUFC and like many, if you tell me you are more a supporter than I am then you’ll get this response.
            Plenty of Trolls on here to wind people up, but the time is upon us when ‘support the team, not the regime’ has run it’s course. We ALL need to do something, together – inside, outside the ground or whatever.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            “I’ve always said I respect fans choice that have decided to chuck it in until Ashley leaves, many of my mates have done the same, I get it, I really do”

            What part of my direct quote suggests I don’t respect your choice and think I’m better than you?! Many of my best mates have made the same choice as you. I totally understand it.

            As for calling out this Fat Parasite fella who has been attacking fans for months and positions himself above match going fans like he’s making some huge sacrifice when he’s already said he doesn’t even live here aye too right I should.

            “We ALL need to do something, together – inside, outside the ground or whatever”

            As for your quote above aye I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s curious you’ve picked an argument with me when we largely agree, I’ve already said I respect your choice and don’t view you as less a fan because of it, you could be one of my mates who have made the same choice. The only thing that we disagree on is you likening me to Fat Parasite who has been slagging off fellow fans for months while making the “ultimate sacrifice” of not going to matches when he doesn’t live here and probably wouldn’t be there anyway. What a martyr.

          • Sickandtired

            Fella, you are commenting on an article by a guy who doesn’t live here either. He went to Uni here and that was it. He’s on Linkedin – it’s not hard to find out.
            The ‘net is full of these wannabe ‘sports writers’. Olly Hawkins is another, yet he can’t stop writing about our ‘Board’! Yeah, the one that doesn’t exist.
            I’d love to agree. I’d love to see a real movement against Ashley. But come on, you have to admit, the current home crowd these days does very very little in way of dissent.
            I’ve heard the team boo’d (on tv) more, far more, than I’ve heard or seen anti Ashley stick.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I don’t care that the writer or even that Fat Parasite doesn’t live here. People move away for different reasons or come to love the club for different reasons other than birthplace. I’ve read many of Jonathan’s articles and I believe he went to Durham uni, seems a genuine footy fan and has developed a big affinity with our club. But I’m not sure what your point is?

            Again you seem to be deflecting away from why we wound up in this debate in the first place and that’s you calling me “just as bad” as Fat Parasite yet I keep proving you wrong with my replies and direct quotes that you ignore. I’m nothing like him and don’t slag off fellow fans who I know have made difficult choices they believe are correct. What I do object to is him moralising to fellow fans and hurling abuse and insults, check his comments history.

            And aye yet again we agree. I despair at many fellow match goers as the protests were feeble. I maintain though that what we need is people like you who seem to genuinely care passionately protesting and while I understand why you stay away I think it’s a shame as I’d like to be stood side by side with you making our voices heard. Sadly there’s too few fans that want to do that to make a difference. Likewise there’s too few that are prepared to stay away to make a difference either. The problem is we can’t all unite and agree on a course of action. Divide and rule, happens to wor

          • Toontaff

            He wished all 50,000 dead – but he’s one of the ‘sensible’ posters……….bet he’s a scream in real life! I’d go for him being a Harry Potter lookalike! But hard as nails behind his keyboard!

      • Gallowgate Dave

        Absolutely bang on mate. I’ve always said I respect fans choice that have decided to chuck it in until Ashley leaves, many of my mates have done the same, I get it, I really do, but fans who sit behind a keyboard slagging off fellow fans while they do nowt constructive and won’t help fight back/organise or even participate in any protest while having the cheek to sit on their high horse judging others who love the club….well I’ve very little time for.

      • Sickandtired

        Been to protests. Arrange something and I’ll come again. I ain’t giving the fat [email protected] a penny of mine ever again though.
        Forcing change will be best served by getting at SD. They have shareholders who have a voice and voting power against fatty. Keep attacking the brand.

      • TheFatController

        Being active on here and being there Saturday morning are not mutually exclusive pursuits yet you seem to suggest they are? But I may be wrong ? If I am apologies

    • phildene

      That’s just what I thought when reading the article and came to that bit. Pointing out the clubs deficiencies whilst still paying hundreds for a ST!! Beggars belief! And to say after all these years he didn’t realise his money went to SD-where did you think it was going??!?

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Exactly! It’s beggars belief

  • Steve Smith

    “The ineptitude of the club’s social media channels was recently summed up with the latest signing of Solomon Rondon positioned facing the Gallowgate End with Sports Direct emblazoned across the centre of the picture.”

    It isn’t ineptitude. It was a middle finger to the supporters. I’d put my house on it.

    • Sickandtired

      We don’t come into is thinking, mate. SD is what is important and it was front and center, again.

  • Wezza

    100% spot on. For anyone who doesn’t know the state we are in, this is the article to share.

  • Tony English

    A well researched and detailed article…but a very uncomfortable read. Just hope it gels on the pitch this season so we can concentrate on football and not Ashley’s stranglehold.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Brilliant article! Bravo! Been a couple of really good pieces on here lately.

    It makes you cringe reading it. NUFC you used to have pride in. Now its a laughing stock. An embarassment for the region. The only thing keeping it tick over is a good set of hard working lads in the team and Rafa and his staff.

    Rotten to the core.

    The status quo has to be broken where us, fhe fans sustain their campaign against him. Has to get uncomfortable from all angles for him.

    We are strong United. The fans are Newcastle United. Its time we saw him off.

  • Kev-82

    I can’t lie, the transfer window has been a disappointment in terms of incomings but didn’t anyone genuinely expect any different?

    I do think some people need to relax a little though, the way people are going on you’d think we were heading for sure relegation. We still have pretty much the same first XI that got us to 10th last season and I don’t think they’ve turned into bad players overnight.

    The main disappointment is that I can’t see Rafa signing a new deal after being let down again, the only way he will stay on now is if Ashley sells up.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      We got lucky with injuries last year. Another bad injury like lejeunes and we are in trouble. What happens if Rondon gets crocked?

      You say we got the same 11? We dont already with Lejeune out who was a massive part of us having good second half with his distribution.

      Why are we gambling with our premier league fate.

      Disgraceful ownership.

      • ghostrider

        What happens if masses of players get crocked in any team?
        They suffer obviously but they have to get on with it.

        • Toonrobbybobson

          get on with the relegation

          • ghostrider

            Get on with supporting the team.

          • Toonrobbybobson

            I will support the lads 100%. Always have always will.

            However I will tough love support the club to get rid of this horrible owner who will continue to hold the club back as he uses it as SD United.

            Its my prerogative. My feelings. My decision. ‘I’ believe my course of action now against the regime is the only way for the club to shake off its shackles for future generations to enjoy supporting their football club as it should be ran.

            If that is not your definition of support I really dont care.

          • ghostrider

            Have a think about what you’re saying.
            Ok you want rid of Ashley. I get it. I get that many do.
            So let’s go absolute rational here, ok?

            In order for Ashley to go, you know as well as anyone that someone has to buy the club off him, fair enough?
            In order for someone to buy the club off him, someone has to come forward with the readies to actually do it.

            It’s fine for anyone to keep saying he keeps bumping up the price or he’s blocking buyers but those in fan Ashley hating abundance can buy him out if a deal could be struck.

            However, in order for anything to happen, any buyer would need to see a club that is worthy of the takeover…and I don’t just mean what it can generate to compete…I mean what happens if it can’t or what happens if it can simply just hold its own, or what happens if the potential buyers are after profit only.

            You see, the fans then have another dilemma. Who to hate this time and for how long before they can oust their next owner(s)…but won’t need to have an issue trying to oust themselves if they own it, because it would be just like literally cutting off your own nose to spite your own face, just as a new owner like what I’ve mentioned could very well be.

            Attitude?
            No matter what, even if we lose the club and have to support Gateshead…as long as Ashley’s ousted.
            That’ll be the mentality of a select few.
            Others won’t be as crazed.

            So here’s the thing.
            Tell me what you want for the club assuming you do what’s necessary to get rid of Ashley.

            Just place a simple CV of your own making of a potential new owner and what you would expect as a minimum that would guarantee the fans will not get restless over and go into attack mode.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Btw in case anyone didnt know he is clearly cash grabbing so he can buy house of fraser. NUFC is going to subsidise it for him.

    • Sickandtired

      It’s not even that. it’s just about keeping the ‘accounts’ looking good and squirreling away money to MASH/off-setting club debt against MASH earnings (the parent of the company group which the club belongs to).
      If the media had any sense then they should be calling this fat parasite out. Rafa ain’t in charge of all football matters and he hasn’t been given every penny the club earned. Lie after lie after lie.

  • Sickandtired

    Let’s not skip over the claim that deadline signings were down to the players not meeting the ‘club’s criteria’.
    Who’s criteria would that be then?! Definitely not Rafa’s! About time all the moron media people on Sky, the likes of Keys etc too, started facing and reporting facts.
    The fat one calls the shots still. Not ‘every penny generated’ has been given, and clearly Rafa is not in charge of all football matters.

    • Danimal

      Well it looks like every penny generated this year equals minus 2,000,000,000 pennies. Has someone left a tap running?

      • Sickandtired

        £20 million to come, in drips, over the next….years. Insert your own number!

    • Martin Rooney

      UnfortunatelyvRafas revamped scouting team are the ones who chose these players we were linked with them months ago and now we have Rafa’s team and squad.

      TAKE A blanket and pillow be prepared to have a Sleep at SJP.

      • Sickandtired
        • Martin Rooney

          Net Spend
          Net spend
          Net spend
          like a load of daft parrots man, Kante Marhez, Vardy. stick ya net spend where it doesn’t shine, Michael owen, Luque, Tino etc etc etc.

          You’ll be telling me that Carr’s still in charge next.

          FFS let the manager and players get on with it, I think he’s playing style is boring and always has been every where he’s managed, but he is a very very good manager of the team and knows what he is doing. I don’t like Rondon but he is a worker which is what Rafa wants up front.

          Thats just the facts this squad is his there are few there from before he came here, lets see what he does I’m expecting 7th to 12th give or take a a dodgy ref decision or two.

          • Sickandtired

            You’re a numpty. Why mention Kante and Mahrez? If Carr was so bloody good then why didn’t he find them?
            Rafa crying out for quality players and we instead make a £20 million profit on transfers, while once again buying no one close to our 13 year transfer record.
            Blocked.

          • Ben Jones

            #netspendwanker

  • NufcViking

    I wonder why we signed a player from Korea and Japan. Free advertisement for Cashley?

    • Lewis SG

      Let’s give these players some credit for their ability. If they are incapable they won’t be making any appearances for any clubs or even their country.

      If Sports Direct had wanted to use Asian players to.tap into Asia they would have signed Keisuke Honda long ago or even a Chinese player.

    • ghostrider

      Whatever it is, he’s entitled to take advantage of anything.
      Anyone else would at any other club.

      • Kenny

        Troll vermin 🤡

  • Mrkgw

    Despicable ownership. Rotten to the core indeed. ASHLEY OUT!

  • Danimal

    Fair.

  • TheFatController

    On Saturday we poke the bear for the first time as a collective – appreciating plenty of social media antagonism has already been undertaken.

    Give th groups chance, currently it’s trialand error – what hits then hardest? What are people prepared to give their time to? Etc

    No doubt Ashley’s people are watching this trial and error, hoping each ‘experiment’ fails.

    If you’re asked as a supporter to join some activity – join it. If it doesn’t have impact we all move on to the next idea. But each time we will learn, progress etc til such time as we are effective and know we are pushing their buttons.

    It won’t be easy and not everything will work. But one of the ideas eventually will strike them where it hurts.

    Stand together, we all have different opinions but for most of our lifetimes we have deserved better owners. Why not put your everything into seeing if we can finally get the owner we deserve.

    You don’t owe it to me, Rafa, the players or anyone else posting on here – surely you owe it to yourselves ?

    • Ben Jones

      I always find its groups like the one meeting up on Saturday that end up containing the stray horse puncher, a cap, a (pre ashley) nufc scarf wrapped around their face to conceal their identity, usually tanked up and dragging innocent passer-bys into abuse . I hope it doesn’t get too violent, I’d hate for people’s employers to spot them in the newspapers, times are hard these days

      • Kenny

        Vermin Troll 🤡🤡

      • toonsteve

        That statement seems to be a generalisation. Could you be more specific on “i always find” with some examples?

        • Ben Jones

          Of course,
          I always find – meaning what I find,

          An example would be,
          That time the horse got punched.

          • toonsteve

            So what group was he a member of, and in what was that group similar to the group meeting up on Saturday?

          • Ben Jones

            I think he was part of a group of extremely angry newcastle ‘fans’ which had grouped together because they were not happy.

            I just remember the pictures in the papers at the time and reading how quite a few people lost their jobs because their employer seen that they were involved.

            I just don’t want anyone to get hurt on Saturday or end up losing their job, times are hard these days

          • toonsteve

            I ve not seen any suggestions that the group planning to protest outside SD on saturday have any intention in horse punching or other similar activity. In fact I saw one post encouraging protesters to bring cakes for the staff!

          • Ben Jones

            Such is the case most of the time with these things, someone is sitting down, probably now as we speak, and they’re boiling over, absolutely raging inside, and for them, someone’s gotta pay for how they feel, of course it won’t be his true target that gets it, it’ll be Sheila who works on the kids trainers section, because in the mental cases head, if it wasn’t for the likes of Sheila helping Ashley get his money then he wouldn’t have it and if he didn’t have it he wouldn’t have bought the toon, so for people like that, I worry that it ends up being Sheila’s ‘fault’ to pay for. I just don’t want anyone caught up in violence or losing their job from the fallout of just happening to be pictured next to the loon minutes before he went full loon

          • toonsteve

            So on the basis that you assume all protests may turn violent, are you against all protests?

          • Ben Jones

            Not all protests no, but you’ll find any amount of stories of protests that in one way or another turned violent, mix in football and alcohol and you don’t know what you’re gonna end up with, nutters usually just look for reasons to be able to kick off, be careful anyone who’s going on Saturday. Times are hard these days

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Aye don’t forget Ashley has the ability to organise someone to make it look bad.

        It needs to be massively highlighted as peaceful. Anyone who does otherwise needs to be told by those around them.

        With violence and hatred we will lose the battle. The hearts and minds of the outside world will just roll their eyes.

        I agreed entirely with the comments the other day that love should be given to the staff at SD so nothing bad can be said about us. It will hurt Ashley even more.

        • Ben Jones

          Agent provocateurs, quite, I’d imagine it wouldn’t cost much money or take much arranging either

    • Martin Rooney

      Very profound

      • Kenny

        🤡💩

    • Tony English

      Unfortunately ‘poking bears’ doesn’t usually have the best of outcomes for the folk doing the poking.

      • TheFatController

        Does if your gun is big enough.

        • Tony English

          Then I’d suggest you don’t poke him with gun, stand well back and take aim from a comfortable distance.

          *today is the day for bear and bathroom metaphors all on the one thread.

  • Jonas

    Good piece. Grim read.
    I don’t think there has ever been a club ran this badly for this long.
    Without Hughton, Rafa and the fans he’d either have finished the club off or driven it so low that it was no longer beneficial to him and he’d have nobbed off.

  • Lewis SG

    I think most of us are quite disappointed with the lack of ambition shown in the transfer market but let’s get behind the team. It should be Rafa’s last season with us, so let’s get behind him and give the team the support they need.

    With an owner like this, the aim should be at least to avoid relegation, we should be happy if we achieve that. I’ll hate to meet Sunderland next season.

  • Martin Rooney

    Jonathan, having a good look fella, Rafa decided to refurbish and not rebuild. He wanted that money for transfers.

    The signings he has brought in are the players Rafa has had his scouts looking at all last season, Muto, Rondon both publicly linked with us months before signing.

    He is getting the players he wants the reality is the world cup, agents, the make weight and the selling club didn’t want to deal, so Newcastle had a lot of work to do to get it done.

    You say that before Ashley nufc academy where producing players left tight and centre, so I start thinking of 26 year old plus ex nufc kids in the premier league and came up with.
    Andy Carroll and Fraser Forster neither of who are wanted by their club or would be in our first 11.
    And the players you mention lynden Gooch is he a third tier footballer ?
    And there is no one at Kilmarnock I want in our squad.

    Ticket prices seriously what a load of bolarks I have a better much seat than previously and pay for the boy as well and its £40 cheaper than in 2004. Can you identify seats that have gone up in the last two years of course you can but generally its not risen much in 15 years if at all.
    Though would you be happier to pay more to get better players?

    • Kenny

      Troll vermin 🤡

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      I seriously doubt Muto and Rondon were even on Rafa’s fourth choice list, and then they would be purchases, not more loans.

      • Kenny

        It’s a troll 🤡

      • ghostrider

        If all those players are thrown onto Rafa and he signed a contract with a lawyer, that took many weeks to iron out, then I’m sure Rafa would be able to walk away from his contract and be compensated.

        He’s not doing that and he refuses to sign an extension, so he’s either signing his own players or he’s having no say in who’s brought in because he never thought to have player control in his contract.

        What do you think?

        • Kenny

          Scummy troll 🤡

          • john ellis

            He is mate and there are a few on this site unfortunately

          • drc74

            no kenny, hes a cockwombling troll, :)

        • Lewis SG

          What’s stopping Rafa from signing a new contract?

          You speak like the owner is a man of the highest integrity, a man of his words. Remember what has been promised for the past two seasons, “every penny”.

          • ghostrider

            Yep, every penny. I would assume that every penny would go to a manager that actually commits, because that would make sense.
            Every penny to a man who appears to have his bags packed and ready to run for home at the end of the season is a clear no no and I totally agree with it.

            Rafa’s been put far too high on a pedestal by the fans.
            Hate Ashley all you want but Rafa is getting away with all kinds of nonsense at this club.

          • Lewis SG

            I repeat, the same words have been repeated over the course of two season, that “every penny” can be invested to improve the squad. It did not happen last summer, it’s not happening this summer. Why would you trust a man who fails to deliver what was said publicly? It’s about trust here, are you telling us that Mike Ashley has a track record of being a man of his words yet Rafa being narrow-minded, refused to commit his future to the club?

            Pedestal or not, Rafa has won more silverware than any other managers that Mike Ashley has appointed. What sort of nonsense is it to demand more resources to improve the squad, the facilities? Is it for his own pocket?
            It’s perfectly fine if you do not respect Rafa for his work so far, but nonsense would be the appropriate word to describe the things you type to defend Mike Ashley and slam Rafa.

            This team has been relegated not once, but twice. Remember that.

          • ghostrider

            I don’t care whether the team has been relegated twice. I have no reason to dwell on it because I actually thoroughly enjoyed both attempts to get back up, which we did as champions on both occasions.
            Just remember that most teams do not play in the premier league and few teams ever win it.
            Most teams have fans who look forward to their season, in their leagues, with many having no real thought of winning that league but hoping they do well in it and see where it takes them.

            No fan is happy with his/her lot. But football being football, it is what it is.
            The good times, the bad times and mostly the indifferent.

            As far as Ashley goes. I back him against the hate. I don’t believe he’s doing everything in his power to make this club a giant among giants.
            He knows by now that he would have to kill off his businesses in order to try it and just like the Halls and Shepherd not willing to gamble their personal wealth…neither is Ashley.

            As for Rafa.
            I stick by what I say.
            He’s an employee paid a fortune to do a job of management of Newcastle United footballers and identifying (with scouts) potential targets.

            If he signs a contract to do that and honours it, then fine. But don’t start rocking the boat when the signings are not the expensive one’s you’d love to have…but can’t.

            He knew the score when he signed on.
            If his contract is breached in any way he can walk.
            He not walking, so obviously his contract is sound and he should be following it through like he is, except without the moaning, because it does the squad no good service to be hinted at at being sub standard.

            It does not adhere players to a manager who constantly bemoans their quality after he’s bought them.

            Having said all of that. I watch the team on the pitch with hope in every game, regardless.
            That’s it.
            I don’t spend my time worrying about what Ashley’s saved.
            As long as the club is not struggling to survive, then that’s great.
            Anything else is par for the course and there’s always hope for anything, if you want it to be.

            Or, people can spend their time moaning and moping and hating…but just remember; they’re doing it to themselves and crating their own misery.

          • Lewis SG

            You are one odd fan. I didn’t expect you to enjoy the team struggle and find content in survival.

            Good for you and fortunately, most fans don’t think like you.

            If there’s no passion in sports, no love nor hate, you are better off just working and having no hobbies.

          • Tony English

            If you sign a 3 year tenancy agreement, and the bath falls through the kitchen ceiling, would you expect your landlord to either :

            a] come and fix it, honour your agreement for the full term of your occupancy.

            OR

            b] say “well you might leave at the end of your tenancy, so sign up for another three years and maybe I’ll fix it.”

            Any repairs the landlord does to the house, and fixtures and fittings he buys will still be there adding value when the tenant moves out.

            There is ZERO reason to use Rafa’s contract as an excuse to not support him and allow him to maintain the ‘house’ during his tenancy.

          • ghostrider

            I’d expect him to fix it.
            What I wouldn’t expect him to do is to put in a walk in shower instead or to put in a new bath and tile it to my expectations.
            What I would do is do my own improvements on what the landlord replaces, as in making it better for me and ultimately the home.

            If the worst happened and he refused to repair it, I’d refuse to pay the lease whilst gathering the necessary proof of him breaching the contract of it.

            I don’t see Rafa walking because Rafa’s getting what he needs….not necessarily what he wants.
            If his tiles aren’t as shiny as he wanted, then polish them up as best you can and be proud of how you did it.
            Don’t go running to the landlord who’s gave you enough to ensure competency.

          • Tony English

            Well clearly Rafa sees the bath through the ceiling as a problem, the landlord thinks it’s just ‘open plan’.

            We have different opinions on the current state of the grouting, and the landlord thinks a bucket to flush the bog is acceptable.

            True you can polish and polish cheap ‘candy’ tiles and get by for a while, then guess what, they break and the fix is more costly than it would have been to invest in decent ones in the first place.

          • ghostrider

            If Rafa sees the bath through the ceiling as a problem and knows his contract lease entitles him to get it fixed but it doesn’t happen….then…..like I said before….he can terminate his lease without penalty.
            Clearly the repairs are being done.
            The repairs are competent but admittedly they are not up to the standard of the penthouses, mansions or the renovated homes that people now owe remortgages on in order to bring their living standards up so much of a notch as to feel part of the elite they’re trying desperately to keep pace with.

          • Tony English

            Once a slum landlord. Always a slum landlord.

          • toonsteve

            In his sky interview I can t remember him stating the caveat “to a manager that commits” Are there any other caveats you d like to add on his behalf. Perhaps “ if the fans are nice to me”

          • ghostrider

            Nahhh, I don’t really need to add anything.
            I said what I said and I stick by it.

          • toonsteve

            Fair enough. Its generally easier to add the caveats as and when required rather than in advance.

            I guess we can view his statement as “ every penny, unless i have an excuse.”

            In the two transfer windows since he made the statement he has had an excuse.

            1. In jan 18 – Selling the business to a buyer who he determined after the transfer window was a time waster.

            2. Aug 18 – refusing to back a manager with only 12 months of his contract remaining.

            Although only two transfer windows, and thus not a large statistical sample, the current evidence would suggest that every penny may not be available as often as the statement may have initially implied.

          • ghostrider

            The top and bottom of it is, it is what it is and will be what it will be.
            We can argue the rights and wrongs trill we all expire but, until the fans who are apparently sick of his regime put the few quid apiece together to run the club or a takeover happens, then the owner is Mike Ashley who is running the football club in the premier league and is allowing a manager to buy and sell players like all managers do.

            The quality of the players is dependent on where we’re supposed to be striving for.
            Top 2?…top 4?….top 6?…..top 8?…… top 10?……which is it?

            I saw Burnley get top 7 with a squad that I believe were not as good as ours, pound for pound.
            The issue was, they somehow managed to get the rub of the green and acted like a wolf pack in just about every game to nick the spoils by a whisker on many many occasions.

            What am I trying to convey?
            The simple fact is, what we bring in is on par or better than what a lot of the premier teams have, barring the elites.

            The proof is in the playing and the end result of a match and the entire season.
            We finished 10th last season.
            Could’ve finished 15th, could’ve stole 8th….but we didn’t. We finished 10th.

            And now we’re apparently in relegation trouble again according to some fans even though we’ve added 7 players and lost only 2 that have played any real game time in Merino and Mbemba, who played in a few.

            The rest between them only just managed to hit double figure, so were no loss .

            The major problem here is, we are Newcastle United…a massive club in a big city as the only big football club in that city and we have a history you know. We’ve had Keegan and Robson and Alan Shearer as well as Jackie Milburn and Hughie Gallagher of older times.
            We all expect better because we’ve always had better.
            We’ve always had hope and always had our special number 9’s.

            We are loyal…in fact the loyalest football supporters, the world has ever had.
            We are the most knowledgeable football fans around.
            We all bleed black and white.

            We are the elite in our minds so we deserve to play among the elite but we will never ever say that because we know it will make us look delusional.

            So don’t bring us players that we can’t get excited over, not after we’ve had Shearer as a record and broke it with an Owen.

            We want more.

            And blah blah blah.
            What we should be doing is getting behind the team that is always there to be supported and cheered on.

            The rest is out of our hands and should be.
            When a player refuses to perform, let him know.
            When a player performs well, let him know.
            When the team don’t perform as a unit. Let them know.
            When the team performs as a unit. Let them know.

            Make the players glad they are here.

          • toonsteve

            That’s a long monologue that does not address the content of my post – the fact that the last two transfer windows indicate that every penny is not being made available to improve the squad.

          • ghostrider

            The squad has been improved and there’s still January to come.

          • toonsteve

            Debatable that the squad has been improved. A matter of opinion. The fact that every penny will be made available, (Ashley’s statement) looks evidently false.

          • cmrowley

            piffle.

          • cmrowley

            Appears to have his bags packed? Run for home at the end of the season?

            Are you for real man, he’s asking for things to be done properly, to demonstrate that there is a serious project to be undertaken and invested into.
            It is abundantly clear that Ashley is not serious about making the club into a competing football team, gradually and incrementally improving the team and squad and club as a whole.
            Rafa will leave at the end of the season, I have no doubt about it, not because he wants to go now but because the parasite owner is a joke and no established, self respecting professional would have anything to do with him.

          • drc74

            i think your doing gohstys boyfriend a mis service, i mean its notvlike hes been provrd a liar in court, proven to be a abuser of human and employees rights, creative accountancy that hmrc showed interest in, bugging a group of mps and mis advertising his products pricing, apart from that hes defo a man of integrity i mean it wouldnt bother me if i had daughter aged 17, who was subjected to being practically strip searched everyday its a very reasonable request

        • Richard Watson

          It’s obvious the fat man pulls the purse strings
          I’ll give Rafa till Xmas then hell walk
          Let’s hope PCP come in and purchase NUFC
          It’s sad for the long suffering supporters but the fat man is happy to get more money from relegation
          We’ve always been a selling club, so you reap what you sow

          • ghostrider

            Nobody’s suffering. It’s a fiction.
            The suffering is a self inflicted wound due to bandwagon jumping and media hype that creates an epidemic of disillusion where there really is none.
            I don’t expect anyone to accept what I’m saying. Most are so encased in the belief of it, they will simply continue on that path rather than actually look at the real fan picture.

            I don’t care what Rafa does after this club. I only care what he does for mthis club in a positive sense.
            Him leaving would be his choice and a new manager takes his place. That’s the nature of the beast in football and in all walks of life.

            Everybody’s expendable no matter how long you get to keep them for.
            Hoping PCP comes in is all well and good as long as you know who they are and what their worth ethic is for the club.
            Do you?

            Because, if you don’t, then ridding the so called devil and saying hello to satan changes nothing, or could actually change a lot more than you bargained for, to the detriment of the club, the city and obviously the loyal and genuine fans.

            As for Ashley getting more money from relegation. You know that’s far from true but you will go with it because you refuse to look at the cost.

            You won’t accept the massive wages kept on with players in that league.
            You won’t accept that premier league players were bought for that league, as well as championship fighters that could aid us getting back.
            All this for lots of money spent.

            Going back up as champions tells its own story but that story reads in many different ways to whoever decides to start and finish it.

            As for being a selling club. It’s true,w e are and always will be.
            However, so are every club in every league that deals with money.
            So you’re not really telling anyone anything bad.

            Unless you mean we always sell out best players and replace them with garbage.
            Would this be what you mean?

            If you do, then name the top players we’ve sold under Ashley that were begging to stay or who didn’t force their own exit.

            There’s only three things a club can do when big players decide to rock the boat and want out.

            1. The club make sure that they don’t go on the cheap and get the best price available.

            2. Keep the player and ensure that the player disrupts the rest of the dressing room.

            3. Keep the player but send that player to train with the kids and forget about him until some other club loan him or he runs down his contract and goes for nothing.

            You tell me what is feasible in those situations.

            Now you can tell me how we are this selling club.
            Try not to use Cabaye and no replacement as your trump card.

          • cmrowley

            I don’t know if you are a troll or not, I like to give the benefit of the doubt so let’s say you are not. If you are not, then I have a few points about your post I’d ask for some clarification on and also just taking exception at your fallacious arguments further down in your post. If you are a troll then you won’t care anyway and you can defend you position (if you choose to do so) in a trolly like manner;

            “Nobody’s suffering. It’s a fiction. The suffering is a self inflicted wound due to bandwagon jumping and media hype that creates an epidemic of disillusion where there really is none.”

            – What are you saying here? this doesn’t make sense. Nobody is suffering – but the suffering is a self inflicted wound? it can’t be both, which is it?

            – Bandwagon jumping and media hype which creates an epidemic of disillusion – but really there is none? Same as above..

            Then further down you enter into fallacy territory when you trot out;

            “Unless you mean we always sell out best players and replace them with garbage. Would this be what you mean?”

            – A valid question, but you pivot away from a discussion on this topic and create a straw man argument when you go onto say;

            “If you do, then name the top players we’ve sold under Ashley that were begging to stay or who didn’t force their own exit.”

            – and list the only 3 options available against your strawman argument (another fallacy by the way, this time a false dichotomy).

            How about we replaced a top player who wanted to leave with a better player?
            How about we replaced a top player who wanted to leave with an equal player?

            I’ll tell you how we are ‘this selling club’

            We sell our better players and replace them with cheaper, inferior players, on occasion we unearth a gem which is eventually sold and replaced with an inferior player.

            Most of the arguments on here are not really relevant in the long run, the parasite relies on ignorance of detail from the masses (me included) to go about his business in the most cold and calculated business manner as possible (worthy of respect if it wasn’t destroying my club). The simple fact of the matter is:

            We are slowly degrading our squad, year in, year out.
            We are not investing in training and slowly falling behind year in, year out.
            We are not investing in Academy and slowly falling behind year in, year out.

            On it’s current course, this club is doomed. The parasitic Ashley will have his money back (and some) over the years as the flesh is stripped from the NUFC carcass until there is nothing left. He won’t care, he’s had his out of it by this point, but we’ll be left with nothing.

            He has to go before we do..

    • Lewis SG

      Well, if Rafa is happy with the signings made he should be signing a new contract isn’t it? He shouldn’t be complaining about lacking in signings, lacking in investments right?

      Rafa has said and made it particularly obvious that he is disappointed at how things are going. Why are you trying to twist the situation around by stating how you feel?

      Refurbish or not, you are not going to win anything signing players like Ki, Muto and Rondon. That’s a fact. Rafa wants the club to match his ambitions, he is not getting the players he truly want, but getting only what the club can afford now, which are loans and free transfers.

  • john ellis

    Martin Rooney are you mike Ashleys love child or something ffs how the hell can you defend that fat cockney c##t . You need to find yourself a different team to follow as I don’t it will be good for your health my friend . Sunderland are looking for supporters so off you trot pal ..

    • ghostrider

      Those who constantly want to disrupt the club need to chill out, not others who support it.

      • Kenny

        Vermin 🤡

      • john ellis

        You are another troll pal do us all a favour and do one scum bag

        • ghostrider

          Do yourself a favour and block me.

          • john ellis

            Nah you block me

          • ghostrider

            Ok.

    • Kenny

      Rooney is vermin troll 🤡

    • Jezza

      He does follow a different team. He’s a Manchester glory seeker who comes on here purely to antagonise Newcastle supporters.

  • Duh

    Will the football start already

    • Kenny

      Your teams playing tonight troll vermin 🤡

  • 1957

    You could build a brand new state of the art training facility and it would make no difference to our ability to produce our own players with the present incumbents running the academy.

    The Beardsley situation is beyond a joke, he should have been sacked for lack of coaching ability alone (his teams play like schoolboy teams not future professionals) yet I was told he will be back when the furore over his indiscretions die down, Ashley and Benitez rate him highly apparently.

    Strikers who don’t score, youth coaches who don’t produce players…what next.

  • Toontaff

    Mugged is the right word for the season ticket! Anyone want mine?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    We already know their Jonathon Carpe-Diem. But they’ll all still be there lining fattys pocket

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Excellent summary of everything that is wrong at the club.

    This is what they should be discussing on Total Sport; not stupid jokes about the weather.

  • Toontaff

    You missed 1 – Toon ‘fans’ abusing each other for differing viewpoints.
    Divide and conquer will keep Ashley here.
    Shame, it looks like nothing we can do to keep Rafa here.
    I’ll predict 10-12th. this season, relegation next, when Rafa, Lascalles, Kenedy, Rondon, Shelvey and Ritchie are gone.

  • kingfisher

    And yet despite all this, the 50,000 will stiill keep on backing Ashley.As everyone knows, nothing will change until people stop going.Is it too much to ask to stay away from one or two high profile televised matches for the greater good? Well yes, apparently so !

  • 501ninedarter

    Go and start supporting Liverpool or Man City leave the toon fans to get on supporting the team. Nothing but bloody negativity on here really don’t know why you bother

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      He had a season ticket for West Ham last season and when we played an important game against Arsenal at home went to watch Celtic instead. Some supporter is our Jonathon the best.

    • Brian Standen

      For the record I will be there tomorrow supporting my team! I actually think we are stronger than last season but unfortunately virtually every other team is!
      And I can still detest Ashley which I do

    • Billmag

      How about writing an article like Jonathan telling us why we should have a positive outlook under this owner, if you are happy with his ownership that’s your choice, same as it’s his choice telling us how things have deteriorated under Ashley’s stewardship.

    • TheFatController

      I don’t think criticising Ashley is overly negative – plus the team don’t read this.

      You can’t really expect to come onto a toon website and find it all fiddling positively whilst Rome will burn next May when Rafa leaves and all the world’s good managers duck to avoid the job and we pick the best of the poor managers.

      The best for Ashley, not the team or club of course.

    • Murdy

      I don’t know why YOU bother. No-one’s forcing you to click on The Mag and read the article. If you disagree with Jonathan, write your own piece and stop crying about it.

  • Brian Standen

    Look Ashley is a proven liar, top 4 and a cup – result instant relegation!
    Every penny generated given to the manager – result it lines his own pockets!
    When he first came he spoke about extending the Gallowgate End – result he brazenly purchased the land to do the opposite!
    Blah blah blah

    Yet still people defend him WTF?

    • Leicester Mag

      They defend them either because they are schills or Trolls neither can present a coherent counter argument beyond we could have been Leeds

      • Brian Standen

        I would simply say they are blinkered

        • Jezza

          No they are not blinkered. They are a pair of Manchester glory seekers who come on here to be deliberately provocative and inflammatory.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            sorry Jezza, you know that is not true, you are just a lying fat Danny la Rue.

          • TheFatController

            Agreed. You’re Bobby Davro yes?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Bobbi, not Bobby.

          • TheFatController

            My mistake. Apologies Bobbi.

    • Sickandtired

      He didn’t give the club a penny for the land.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Yes he did, he paid a combined £6m in 2010 for the land and the MGM shares, a profit of just short of £3m for the club and gave the club it’s 2nd biggest cash receipt in that year helping the club finance promotion.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I’d have loved a shiny new stadium, a load of signings etc.

      however, if someone posts things that are not true or illogical, I will say.

      First, he’s not lined his own pockets. So far, money has gone in and only £18m which was an additional loan has been taken back out.

      The Gallowgate end could be expanded to give an extra 4,000 seats, it’s just very expensive, there is little need for it.

      • Brian Standen

        Absolute rubbish – mike Ashley stated himself it would take the capacity to 60,000, your maths is way off!
        Plus a 60k capacity could easily be filled if the club was successful!

        We are selling out now despite him restricting EVERYTHING!

        So can you imagine what the demand would be if we were successful?

        I am afraid you and your ilk are either blind or really are internet trolls – for the record why right under a stupid name? If you trust your facts reveal yourself!

        • Leazes.

          There is a theory that trolls come with websites in order to boost the number of hits and its actually a marketing ploy by someone sitting in an office of Discus….luckily there’s a button

          • Brian Standen

            It’s a worry when me and you agree, which we are a lot at the moment

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’m happy to meet you. I’m not at any home games in August but will be at City away. I’ll be at Leicester at home, Brighton and home and a few aways on October and November. Just say, I’ll buy you a pint.

          Now, would we sell out if successful? Yes. Top 4 every season, cup wins etc and we’ll sell out a lot of games. City do not sell out every game BTW. There have always been seats available in the top of the Gallowgate for all but the big games. Since Bobby Robson left to Ashley arriving, the top section has often been sporadically filled for the lesser games.

          The stadium can be expanded with or with the Strawberry Pl land. The Strawberry Pl land was for a casino & hotel.

          To expand the Gallowgate in line with the Leazes end is very expensive. More than the cost of the 1998 extension. The hill means the height of the Gallowgate end would be huge and needs big foundations that will need to straddle the Metro. It can be done but very expensive. If you note where the Milburn stand ends, the hill falls away as the stand stops. On a flat piece of land, it was far cheaper to expand the three sides together and being a little lower but because of the hill and height, they didn’t go around the corner.

          If you look at the capacity of the Gallowgate vs Leazes (don’t include the corners), there are only 2,800 or so more seats in the Leazes.

          If the cost is over £100m, the payback take a long time and the Gallowgate seats are the least attractive. So, if we charged £20 a seat for 20 home games that would take 90 years to repay at full capacity. Given there have always been seats available in the top of the Gallowgate for all but the big games, it’s not a goer.

          There is potential for a different style of stand on the Gallowgate, the latest technology cat utilise space better but we’d

          • Brian Standen

            Ok. I will take you up on that and offer credit for you responding positively. Of course the majority of folk on here won’t believe it until it happens.
            Let’s get it sorted after this game against Spurs
            I’m always happy to debate sensibly and in person, over a beer is even better!
            I look forward to it!
            Not sure if I’m going to City but I am at Cardiff next week if your there, if not pick a home game of your choice!

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Leicester and Brighton are my two nailed on home games. I’m not at Cardiff but every away from October to December as far as I can see.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Good stuff, look up that Supra Stadium technolgy, it’s an interesting development. Problem is, it still does not get over the East Stand’s issue.

      • Billmag

        Remind us posters how much did you say would be spent in this window.??

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’ll be having a look over my bets and paying out on Sep 1 as promised. I’ve also won a couple.

  • phildene

    Ashley has just bought the House of Fraser for £90m today Friday 10th August!! And we can all guess where the money has come from…

    Meanwhile NUFC crumbles!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      It’s come from Sports Direct International.

      • Your mum

        Bobbi, stop with the facts please, it ruins the delusion.

        Or they’re just not bright enough to understand.

        • TheFatController

          Agreed. Is it a fact that Rafa has had every penny available to make the transfers he saw as required?

          If not, it’s a fact that we’ve been lied to. Not the first time. Fact.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Do you think Rafa would have stayed if that were true. He’s publicly stated the every penny line twice. If that has not happened or Rafa feels duped, there is a constructive dismissal case which would cost the club £6m.

          • Your mum

            Rafa has had what the club has generated, which is profit. You can’t give him a loss!
            Unfortunately the club is not as profitable as people on here seem to think.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Some of the folk on here don’t seem to have an idea of basic maths.

          • Billmag

            And both of you don’t know the difference between plus and minus.

  • JohnnyH

    Great article
    I packed in my season ticket 3 years ago, for all of the reasons Jonathan has set out. That’s about £1600 of my money that didn’t go to the fat slug, to buy the House of Fraser.
    I also stopped looking on this site because of the shills posting on it.
    I see it’s infested with Ashey’s Trolls now.
    The Mag should weed the f*****s out.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      So, £1,600 saved, why not put that together with another £900 and get together with 150,000 NUFC fans to buy the club? You’ll even get £964 back within a year.

    • Your mum

      NUFC didn’t buy House of Fraser, SDI did, their money is totally separate.

      • TheFatController

        Seriously? I thought it’d be the club making the purchase. Amazing.

        • Your mum

          Yeah, but Johnny doesn’t get it, like many others on here.

    • Leazes.

      Some people are running out of places to buy socks….. I think George at ASDA is still an option.

      • Scott Robinson

        George only sells odd socks

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    “The redevelopment of Strawberry Place by Maricco Asset Management (commissioned by Mike Ashley) puts an end any hope to the expansion of the stadium and places a cap on the level that the club can reach in terms of ticket revenue.”

    utter nonsense

    • cmrowley

      Can you elaborate? so everyone can be informed as to why it is nonesense?

      • Leazes.

        Remember Noodlebug from the Chronicle, ‘Big Sams Black and White Army’, Wor Monger’…. Kev from Manchester’…. all the same guy.

        Yup I saw your post…you’ve found him or his brother Kevin Lee or David Lee….. its a troll and he’s been doing it for years hasn’t he.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Them brothers have absolutely destroyed you, like they’ve completely engulfed every aspect of your life

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        The land that the club sold in 2010 was the Metro car park. It was split into two parts a freehold that the club bought in 2006 for £200,000, this was sold to a company -project J newco no 40 ltd, wholly owned by Mike Ashley for £500,000 at a profit of £300,000. The leasehold land was sold at the same time to a separate company – project J newco no 39 ltd, again wholly owned by Mike Ashley for £500,000 which was the same price the club paid in 2006.

        The club also sold the shareholding for MGM Grand (Newcastle) Holdings for £5m in 2009. This was set up in 2006 to build the casino on the Metro car park. This was essentially a white elephant following the government decision to not allow super casinos to be licensed in the UK. The shares had cost £2.5m in 2006 as this £2.5m was deposited into a bank as a sign of intent by the club.

        The club borrowed the money in 2006 to buy the shares and land at an interest rate of around 11%, the earliest repayment date without penalty was 2009.

        By paying off the loan and creating a £2.8m surplus, NUFC could meet EFL fair play requirements.

        The land was not part of any stadium expansion, there was to be a Hotel which could join the stadium but it was not essential to any stadium expansion. It was possible to over-engineer the casino & hotel foundations so that an expanded stadium could sit on part of the pilings but not essential.

        The architects and council have stated that the Gallowgate end could be expanded without the land.

        If that land formed part of the stadium, the height of the building on that land would be higher than the Eiffel Tower if the Gallowgate end was one tier, even higher if there were more than one tier and the roof would be 5 times larger than any stadium roof in the world and any attempt at a cantilever construction would need advances in technology that so far have not been found…….but alas, Geordies love a challenge!

        If it was cost effective to expand the stadium, it can be done. The fact is, it’s expensive and the seats added are not premium so the payback is over far too many years to make it viable.

        • Brian Standen

          And I take it you are a qualified architect and construction engineer?
          You write as if you yourself were asked personally by Mike Ashley to investigate the possibilities etc OR perhaps your on his payroll and have access to certain information that us minions are not allowed access to!
          Either way your lavish love of him his sickly, blind stupid or both!
          Unveil your self, I challenge you !

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            As I said, happy to meet at a game for a pint. No problem.

            I’m not an architect, civil engineer or a structural engineer. I’ve worked with loads of them on lots of projects though. I have a rough idea of the costs involved.

            The mag could contact Taylor, Tulip & Hunter who were the architects, they would explain the issues or even better, the structural engineers Hutter, Jennings & Titchmarsh.

          • Brian Standen

            I absolutely look forward to it