Rio Ferdinand launched a passionate defence of Mike Ashley on Saturday night.

The former player turned pundit insisting that Ashley was the one propping up Newcastle United and that it was obvious he was trying to sell the club, if only he could find somebody to buy it…

However, he picked the wrong TV show to do it on.

If he had been given the kind of platform Dennis Wise is given by Sky Sports to spread unopposed Mike Ashley propaganda, no problem.

The same if he had been a guest of disgraced presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys at beIN Sports.

However, appearing on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand found himself confronted by clued up host Jake Humphrey and former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas.

They totally destroyed Ferdinand and his pathetic arguments/claims, so much so that by the end, Rio Ferdinand tried to claim he was only ‘playing devil’s advocate’ when backing the unscrupulous Newcastle United owner.

So why was Rio Ferdinand so blindly supportive of Mike Ashley?

Well, obviously there is no way that Rio Ferdinand would be doing it because of underhand motives. Him being  such a respectable bloke and all that.

However, it has now emerged that there is a clear conflict of interest when it comes to the former Man Utd player talking about Mike Ashley.

This is from the Sports Direct website (their capitals not ours…)

‘EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE AT SPORTS DIRECT, THE NEW SEASON DROP FROM FIVE IS DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MAN HIMSELF, RIO FERDINAND.

NEW SEASON COLOURS, PERFORMANCE CUTS AND FRESH FITS; SEASON 2 IS OFFICIALLY HERE.

GET GAME-READY WITH FIVE’

Not only that but the Keith Bishop Agency (majority owned by Mike Ashley/Sports Direct)

Jake Humphrey hosting on BT Sport for the Man City v Newcastle match on Saturday, discussing the situation at Newcastle United with guests Rio Ferdinand, Richard Dunne and Jermaine Jenas:

Rio Ferdinand :

“I understand the fans anguish because they’re a passionate bunch up there (in Newcastle).

“But when they went down Mike Ashley spent big to get them back up.

“He spent money and I just see it if you look at it from his point of view.

“Mike Ashley has put money in to buy the club, he has put money in again when they have got relegated to get them back up, he is thinking ‘I have got them back up and I am fighting against countries who are investing in clubs….(as well as) massive consortiums who are putting money in, so I want to get out now.”

Jake Humphrey:

“If you want to get out, then get out.

“If you want to sell your house, then sell your house.

Rio Ferdinand:

“It is not as easy as that. If it was it would have been done (ED: Mike Ashley first (supposedly) put NUFC up for sale in 2008 and 10 years later still not sold).

Mike Ashley is obviously trying to get out….he has tried to sell the club once they’ve got back into the Premier League.

“He (Ashley) has fought to get them back into the Premier League and in that sense I can understand him but I can understand the anguish of the fans too.”

Jake Humphrey:

 “We are not saying go and spend huge amounts, just go and spend enough so that they can build on a top ten finish last season.”

Rio Ferdinand:

“It is easy to say it when it’s not your money.”

Jake Humphrey:

“It is the club’s (Newcastle United’s) money.”

Rio Ferdinand:

“But it is his (Ashley’s) money, he is backing it (Newcastle United financially).”

Jake Humphrey:

“It is money that Newcastle have brought in, they have sold £40m of players (this summer) and they made £120m(+) of prize money (last season).

Jermaine Jenas:

“You (Rio Ferdinand) say that they spent money when they went down but they sold Wijnaldum and Sissoko.

“Newcastle made £70m in those two deals, so I wouldn’t say Mike Ashley spent big in the Championship. It was money they recouped (ED: In that summer 2016 transfer window Newcastle made a £40m profit).”

Jake Humphrey:

“Newcastle United’s net spend is £1m (since promotion), less than Brighton (£110m) or Huddersfield (£78m).

“People talk about countries but those two teams aren’t backed by countries.”

Rio Ferdinand:

“That doesn’t make good reading…

“Who would have said that Brighton’s net spend would be £100m and Newcastle’s £1m?

“I am just playing devil’s advocate…trying to look at it from Mike Ashley’s point of view. He’s thinking ‘I don’t want to spend any more money’.”



  • Toon

    Yawn

  • Paul Patterson

    Well done Humphries and Jenas.
    None of these so called stooges arguments ever stand up to any sort of scrutiny.

  • GlasgowMag

    Here’s another conspiracy theory, Jamie Redknapp keeps on spouting rubbish regarding Rafas tactics but never mentions anything regarding Ashley,s underinvestment strange really. A number of years ago Louise his wife was on a celebrity version of the apprentice for Charity!! Can’t remember totally the task but each celebrity were phoning wealthy friends for donations!! Then Louise out of the blue phones Mike Ashley from her mobile advising her fellow celebrity’s he was a personal friend of the family!! Mike then answered her call and went on to donate a sizeable amount to the charity!! Now Jamie is there a reason why you never mention Ashley’ underinvestment in the squad to NUFC performances I wonder!!🤔🤔

    • Name

      Its not a conspiracy then! We know what Keith Bishop is doing and it looks like Ashley doesn’t want to go!

      • Name

        “She puts a call in from the back of a London taxi. “So, Mike, could I tempt you into buying some tickets and giving us some money, please? There are some people who have given us £200 for a ticket and other people have given us over £30,000 for some tickets,” she says over the speaker phone.

        “Really? Right, three tickets, I’ll give you £100,000,” squeaks out a southern accent of the type that meets with disapproval in Tyneside streets. The voice might be unfamiliar, but the impetuousness of the snap decision is not”

        • osmosis

          No wonder saggy chops was linked with us time and time again. Friend of the family….dirty deeds for dodgy chancers. Good old harry eh!

          Fat leech out
          Hwtl
          Hwtf

    • Cockneytrev

      That’s a great spot,,👏👏👏
      It’s a pity this couldn’t be pointed out to a national newspaper,,,,

      • GlasgowMag

        That would be to much effort these days for todays journalists watching the telly is really hard work you know😂😂

        • Cockneytrev

          Yeah ,, yoUr right,,
          It’s hardly lying in a water sodden ditch in Vietnam,,

          • GlasgowMag

            😂😂🤣🤣

      • Kneebotherm8

        They’re all in his back pocket……..20 pieces of silver…..

    • Mark Potter

      Former wife, they divorced.

      • GlasgowMag

        Yip and your point is???

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    Back in your box Rio.

  • Billmag

    Why play 👿’s advocate just do your homework before you spout your rubbish.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Because they are lazy or on the payroll.

  • JohnCornwell’sHair

    I really don’t like Jake Humphrey but he and Jenas played a blinder yesterday, Howey and Custis on Sky last week also stepped up. People are now starting to wake up to the facts and challenge the Ashley apologists and paid for stooges when they trot out the tired old party line, about time too. For Brighton and Hove Albion to have spent 99 million pounds (net) more than Newcastle since promotion is an absolute disgrace.

    • morryJR

      Do Ashley ..Bishop and the awful Ashley supporters honestly think that there is anyone left in the UK who doesn’t know what he is really like? Who do they think is fooled by the ..” I’m sick of being cast as the pantomime villain” line?
      Even people who are not particularly interested in football know about his dodgy working practices. It takes some doing to be summoned before both the Scottish and English parliamentary committees to explain your appalling business practises. In spite of this though the likes of Craig Bellamy describe Ashley as a ” fantastic businessman”. Clown.

  • Toontaff

    Great to seeRio coming armed with the facts!

  • Sickandtired

    Another one who has sold his soul then. The bloke is about as sharp as a bag of kittens anyway, that was proved yesterday.

  • ghostrider

    Maybe Ashley should do what West Ham are doing…eh?
    People need to stop whining about Ashley. He owns the club and if people want to make it supposedly bigger and batter then BUY IT.
    If not then get on with telling the egotistical manager, Rafa Benitez to set up HIS squad to have a go and stop whining about not having big funds.

    If he’s so clever a manager then get on with the job and get your players up to scratch and playing to their qualities because as it stands they’re getting stifled to all hell and it’s showing.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Maybe Ashley should do half of what West Ham are doing eh!

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Rafa’s approach in these games was the same last year and it showed in our goal difference and it’ll work this year.
      Your mate Ashley knows it and is more than happy with it.

      • ghostrider

        I don’t care about goal difference.
        I care about having a go and playing football that gives entertainment in a balanced way.

        38 games with goal difference on the mind is the actions of a chicken.

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          Not what your mate thinks though is it.

          • ghostrider

            ?…

    • Cockneytrev

      Ashley hoop licker👅👅👅

    • GlasgowMag

      Mabye you’re boss should do what Wolves have done and invested the money gained by the tv revenue within the playing squad instead of asset stripping!!! Still a funny guy ghostly boy!!! 🤣🤣

      • ghostrider

        What money gained by TV revenue?
        Wolves have only just been promoted. What revenue do you think they got for TV?

        • JohnCornwell’sHair

          They got promoted and that guarantee’s a certain amount of TV money, Wolves have used that money in the exact opposite way to your pal Ashley.

          • ghostrider

            Guarantees a certain amount of money?
            Have Wolves been given that money yet or are they working from their owners wallet?

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            No they haven’t been given it, but they know it’s coming and they’ve spent it on the most important part of any football club, if you want to make sure the money keeps coming in you need to stay in the premier league and that means spending on the playing staff.

          • ghostrider

            Ahhh right, I see. So they’ve borrowed the money until their cheque comes.
            Like a pay day loan isn’t it. lol.

            Just like all the other clubs do when they come up and try to better each other in buys and wages.

            Let’s see how it ends up with a lot of them because short term spending like is happening will lead to long term problems when realising your wage bill is so far out of the club’s depth that it cannot be sustained.

          • Ken

            No!! they like most clubs have an owner who is prepared to invest or put his own money into the business then there is us

          • ghostrider

            Do you think having an owner who puts their own money into a business is good for a football club in the long term?
            Does that not flout the rules of fair play?
            Should clubs only run within their means to be fair?

            This is why the elites leave the rest behind.
            The sugar daddies of the big clubs are allowed to flout the rules

            The likes of Q.P.R and clubs like them, who have owners willing to shell out, suffer the inevitable consequences.

            Ashley’s not stupid. He knows the pitfalls of going down that route.
            We may not be overjoyed with it but it keeps us financially stable and strong.

          • Ken

            Yes

          • ghostrider

            Well then, there’s your problem.

          • James Hopkins

            Well if he isn’t stupid he must be incompetent. No one is asking him to put his own money in. Just for the club to use the money that he takes off it.

          • ghostrider

            You have no clue what he’s taking off it.

        • GlasgowMag

          I was talking about the TV money earned from the championship that’s more money than your boss invested from the 123million gained in the premiership!! 🤔🤔😂😂🤣🤣

          • ghostrider

            What TV money did Wolves earn from the championship to allow them to spend what they have?

          • GlasgowMag

            Ok I will ask you a question how much did Wolves earn from TV revenue in the championship???

          • ghostrider

            How about you tell me.

          • GlasgowMag

            £530,000 how much did NUFC get from tv revenue last year??

          • ghostrider

            Hahaha, Wolves are on a roll with that. It will pay our players wages for a week.

            I don’t know how much Newcastle got from TV revenue last year. Enlighten me.

          • GlasgowMag

            123 million I know it’s hilarious now😂😂Wolves net spend on players approx 32million now what was NUFC spend on players??? Ps bare with me this conversation is going to get funnier😂😂😂

          • GlasgowMag

            Mork calling ghostly boy come in ghostly boy Mork calling Ghostly boy come in Ghostly boy!!!😂😂

          • ghostrider

            You carry on and let me know every juicy thing.
            And get to the end product of what it is you’re trying to get across.
            For instance, tell me what we should be doing.

            Out some real figures into what we should be doing in terms of buys and wages.
            Before you do this I want to you think back to the last time we did it with wages to match.
            Ok over to you.

          • GlasgowMag

            Ok your back now you didn’t answer my question so I will tell you NUFC Net spend on players was 0%with an overall profit of 23million!! So what percentage of Wolves tv revenue from last season was spent on players??

          • GlasgowMag

            Are you still there ghostly boy signal must be awfully weak!!😂😂😱😱

          • ghostrider

            The whole £500,000?

          • GlasgowMag

            Well done now how much did NUFC spend on players from their tv money!!

          • ghostrider

            I don’t know. Maybe you can tell me.

          • Ken

            We earned about 7 million from the championship and our owner couldn’t even invest that

        • Blackandwhite9

          Have a quick think about what you just said invisible one …, Wolves got no TV money yet invested loads .., we got £m’s of tv money and spent roughly -(minus) £20m and you are using that to defend FCB?? I can see exactly why Mr Ashley employ’s you???

          • ghostrider

            Invested?
            What does investing mean?
            I wonder how big Wolves wage bill is now compared to lasts eason.
            Wolves will have a first season breakneck attempt to upset the applecart.
            From then on they will have to up the ante massively if they have any mind on keeping up a push.
            Something has to give with all these clubs getting set up to fall like a pack of cards.

            Very few of them will make a fist of it.

          • magpie 1969

            So your not denying your on Ashleys payroll then

          • ghostrider

            Does it matter whether I admit or deny it? I’m sure you’ll make up your own mind on it and feel free to do so.
            In the meantime I’ll give my opinions like you lot do, because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

          • Ken

            Smaller clubs making a fist of it Bournemouth Watford Burnley there is your starter for ten then you could add Brighton Huddersfield and to a certain extent Palace nearly a third of the EPL there for you

          • ghostrider

            What fist are they making of it?

          • Ken

            You know exactly what I mean you are not going to get a reaction get back in your box

          • ghostrider

            Enlighten me.

          • Phil Yare

            they might ‘do a leeds’

            definition of ‘doing a leeds’ – nothing different to any other team that got relegated once

          • ghostrider

            Just sit back and watch what happens to all the teams that supposedly INVEST or are classed as having ambition. Then once you see them fall apart you can come back to me and we will discuss it.

          • Phil Yare

            when will this happen? 300 years time?

          • ghostrider

            A few years…maybe sooner for some.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Totally defeats his own argument,doesn’t he?…….what a Wally………

        • Phil Yare

          they show games on TV. its a screen normally found in your living room. funny enough you have to pay subscription fees to watch it – especially football AND premier league football. amazingly these channels pay lots of money (paid by the viewers) to show these games. its complicated but just try and watch your premier league side at 3pm on a saturday, its a rare event now.

          • ghostrider

            I’m talking about Wolves here, nobody else at this time.

    • Blackandwhite9

      People don’t need to stop wining about Ashley, they (we) need to keep on wining about him and the devastating way in which he “ru(I)ns” NUFC, your “ if you don’t like it then buy it” argument really is quite pitiful, but in all honesty ( apologies for swearing) it’s about all you SD guys have got left, you are all like the mid American Trump supporters who refuse to let facts, logic & commonsense get in the way of a self serving, beaten argument, I’m quite sure that you will actually be quite happy if Ashley ever sells ( not sure it’s actually on the agenda) at least that way you, Ben, monkseaton,Bobbi et al, can go sulking,back to your real shirebrook day jobs and stop all those petty little time wasters going to the toilet, or trying to get something to eat/ drink

      • ghostrider

        By all means carry on having a pop at Ashley and join as many marches against him that you feel you need.
        Pretend boycott and set up banners outside of every SD store in the entire country if you feel the need.

        But guess what?
        He owns the club regardless of anything you do.
        the bile that he’s had to endure will never be bettered in terms of more nasty because there’s nothing left that he hasn’t already had to endure.

        The man has been turned into granite, so those who turned him like that are the one’s that now have to be frustrated when he cannot be chipped away at anymore.

        And people still think he’s going to hand out presents after all he’s took.
        People need to think about that for a start.

        But you know what?
        The man is a professional. He’s a businessman and knows the club inside out. He’s under no illusions about any of the potential of the club but he’s also under no illusions about it never being able to achieve it due to the elites.
        He knows this but certain fans seem to be under the impression that Newcastle United in a big city is entitled to play among the elites because history somehow dictates it.

        When it’s mentioned that the 50’s were the last success, some fans come out with ” no no no, not then, we mean under Keegan and Hall and later sir Bobby.”

        Eh?

        I back Mike Ashley because he’s keeping this club financially stable. It will never suffer whilst he is here but it also might not gain the heights that fans want.

        What to do, what to do?

        It’s almost a catch 22 situation.
        If he sells up then pray the new owners are long term strategists.

        The issue is in getting new owners.
        Do you know of any that seem interested without being tyre kickers or vultures waiting to pick the bones?

        In the meantime Ashley owns the club and his biggest mistake as it stands is in keeping Rafa Benitez on as manager.

        He needs sacking now or as soon as is humanly possible for us to be treated to real football and have a chance of having a fair season.

        • Phil Yare

          so according to your wise theory half of the premier league teams should go under by christmas if we are ‘financially stable’
          a decade of instability with the most money that’s ever came into the club man.
          clueless, absolutely clueless

          • panther

            you cant argue with an idiot

          • ghostrider

            Noooo. Half or more of the premier league will suffer greatly within a small number of years when their wage bills have eclipsed what they generally paid out at one time to keep a solid foundation.
            All that will vanish and leave the club in Sunderland’s position.

            It’s a merry-go-round where the elites just shout “NEXT.”

          • Phil Yare

            we should win the league then because there will be no other teams to play

          • ghostrider

            Course there will. The newbies coming up to replace the battered gungho pretenders, plus the usual elites who will have new cannon fodder.

    • Mark

      I always try to keep an open mind when it comes to the running of Newcastle but I cannot believe that any Newcastle United Fan honestly believes Ashley is good for our football club or has its best of interests at heart.

      • ghostrider

        That all depends on what you think are best interests.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Ghost rider is a an absolute nonce. Only person I’ve blocked. He just argues for the sake of it. The type who stands and shouts at sea gulls

      • Wezza

        He isn’t a Newcastle fan, he has been exposed in the past by Jezza and Leazes, he is a Manchester based troll along with his brother who troll on countless ID’s. They both like to scream paranoia when they are found out but it is a fact.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Jezza & Leazes the chats resident mulder & sculley.

  • Kenny

    f##king snide

  • Mark

    I hate the way the club is being run, cant wait for Ashley to leave and Ferdinand was well off the mark with his argument but there are some serious tinfoil hat wearers here if you believe Ferdinand is in Ashley’s pocket. Look at the positives if Ferdinand had just agreed with everything that was said they would have moved on quickly and not shoved the stats down his throat.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Business links = conflict of interest

      • Mark

        This is an ex-footballer giving an opinion on TV, all be it the wrong opinion which was born out through the stats. He was not in a court of law.

        • Cockneytrev

          It’s not an unbiased opinion,,
          As the previous post said he has a conflict of interest as does many other pundits.

        • Sickandtired

          He said he was playing Devils advocate – why? Can’t do that when you don’t understand, or refuse to accept, the facts.

    • Cockneytrev

      Have a look at the sports direct web site and see how many of these ex players pundits and presenters are on it, from talksport too sky,,
      Ashley and bishop know exactly what they are doing and if you can’t see this your wearing blinkers not a foil hat……

      • Mark

        Well if he’s a stooge for Ashley he need to go back to stooge school because at the end he admitted that the stats were damning

        • Cockneytrev

          Yes because he’s not the brightest,,
          Neither are wise and grey, but it’s easy to put a point of view and make it stick if there’s no one to question it, Ferdinand was made to look a fool by people who were willing to question him.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Thick as pig💩…….

        • Sickandtired

          At the end he actually came out with “Well, you spend your money then”. That highlights the fact he is oblivious that Ashley hasn’t actually ‘spent’ anything since he bought the club.

  • Jimblag23

    Well, Rio got it right with that last sentiment. That is exactly what mike Ashley thinks.

    • Name

      What have Dennis Wise, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Redknapp, Richard Keys, Andy Grey got in common with Newcastle United?

      They are completely remote, but all know Ashley or Bishop.

      • Jimblag23

        And they’re all [email protected] Although Rio has always seemed alright, shame he’s an Ashley buttlicker.

      • morryJR

        and don’t forget Craig Bellamy telling everyone what a “fantastic businessman” Ashley is on the Steve Howey interview.

        • Phil Yare

          what a player bellamy was…but as a human being hes deplorable

  • Mrkgw

    Complete disgrace. His opinion is rendered as irrelevant.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Rio is absolutely pathetic. It was like when they were asking him during the World Cup why the ‘golden generation’ didn’t achieve anything. He blamed absolutely everything burn himself. It was embarrassing but this topped it

  • Jimmy_toons

    10 years since Sheik Mansour took over Man City not long after Ashley didn’t bother turning up to an agreed meeting with Mansour to supposedly discuss the sale of United, and look at the different paths both clubs have taken. Oh what could have been
    Why is it that certain owners with money to burn have taken over clubs like Fulham and Wolves, but haven’t been near Newcastle in all this time? It would look like the deal to sell the club is either toxic – check out what was done up at Rangers with naming rights, merchandising etc – or the club isn’t for sale. Then ask who is benefiting from our current owner being in charge? The football on the pitch? Getting into Europe and competing in cups? Investment in the club’s infrastructure and academy? Or none of these and money going somewhere else.
    Save your powder from Ferdinand, he’s not the brightest and can’t answer like many pundits should with ‘I don’t know enough about the subject to comment on it’. They’re all paid to talk rubbish, you should just turn off.
    We all know who the problems are caused by, and the problems will remain so long as Ashley does.
    Ashley out.

    • X2

      Agree about the likely toxic terms. What he and Llambias did at Rangers was disgusting. Once Ashley goes I hope the new buyer has the power to reject long-term toxic agreements which will weaken the club.

  • Carverlier football

    I don’t mind pundits defending Ashley when somebody is there to immediately challenge them, it shows up their arguments. It’s why they get to spout it unchallenged it’s more of a problem.

  • Phil Yare

    I think anybody who talks about ‘up there’ i immediately hate. especially people like him that played for midlands teams like man u

    • SuperDesHamilton

      It’s the southern attitude the elitist attitude they have towards us as though were billions of miles away. They think if it doesn’t happen in London it doesn’t exist

      • Phil Yare

        exactly mate. i’d rather be dead than live ‘down there’

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Same I’m not even joking when I say I’d rather live in Syria than London. Least some of the Isis blokes might be alright. All the Londoners are complete c****

        • Mrkgw

          Through work, I have to! Was tough at first but been here 13years or so now. Get back to visit our families – one day will return for good.

      • Steve Smith

        It’s the southeast. They do the whole “up there” for anything North of Watford and “down there” for anything south of Reading.

      • Jonas

        Atmosphere at grounds and passionate fans don’t exist thenJonas

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Excuse me

  • Tweed Mag

    Yet another Ashley apologist on the payroll making a complete pillock of himself. Who next?

  • Foggy

    Not surprised as I never thought he was at the front of the queue when the brains were given out. Remember he has a history of conveniently missing drug tests so he probably has drug addled cells making him incapable of rational thought. Bit like aged Arizona politicians.

  • magpiefifer

    Never liked the guy – now even less as he’s on Ashley’s payroll!!!

  • Spoon_Army

    Unfortunately it’s the classic ignorance. You can’t really blame Rio, it’s more the fault of TV choosing respected footballers to talk about an aspect of the game they simply don’t know. They also show passionate bias to their own club so they are inconsistent and hypocritical in their views towards other clubs. Arm chair ex pro’s on match of the day or sky or other god forsaken channel, who have zero managerial experience and never proper supported a team, are a waste of space. The bit they may know about in terms of players is compensated by a huge amount of hindsight and detailed post match analysis due to camera and replay techniques covering every bloody angle every second of the game.

    I simply don’t understand why people listen to them at all.

    • Down Under Mag

      How can you not blame him? It is a total conflict of interest when he is commenting on something the has a vested interest in…he obviously has to keep on Ashley’s good side because he sells all his tat clothing brand via SD. Before this I would have just put it down to ignorance, he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but after this?? All he had to say was he couldn’t comment on financial state of Newcastle because he had a conflict of interest. He doesn’t say anything, gives himself credibility and doesn’t get caught out. he now has ZERO credibility, he’s done himself and KB’s cause a lot of harm with being a total brainless idiot!

  • Kevin Thomas

    £70mil wasn’t received in all one go though. The payments received are not the same as the money paid up front. If I can understand this, then so should other people. Rio is right, Ashley has spend a lot of money on the club. Where it’s gone wrong is down to making bad financial decisions, ie. employing the wrong people and players who can’t deliver.

    • Wor Lass

      And why d we have a surfeit of players who can`t deliver, Kevin?

    • Toontaff

      The money from past transfers must be due, then? Ashley’ fault the transfer policy or ins and outs is different, in terms of credit.

    • MadMag83

      Those people were chosen by Ashley, Carr handed a bumper deal remember? Joe Kinnear, McLaren were both Ashley picks.

      As for the playing staff, what do you expect when you don’t invest in the youth setup, and Rafa is shopping in Poundland whilst our rivals shop at Waitrose!

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    • barishka006

      o︁h m︁y g︁od , yo︁ur bo︁d︁y i︁s l︁i︁te︁ra︁l︁ly p︁er︁f︁ec︁t

  • The biggest issue last year was Rafa and the Team overachieving in that 10th place finish. If we had barely scrapped relegation Ashley wouldn’t have had an excuse not to invest much more. Our goal every year and our only goal is to stay in the Prem, and if we finished 10th, well that means we don’t need anything but to keep our players. That is what it looks like if you don’t know football or haven’t seen the actual table, points and how we finished 10th. Sadly, instead of building on that we were left to gamble, faith, Rafa and a few quality players to perform miracles against teams who can afford to invest heavily in their squads while being in a much worse financial and revenue situation than NUFC.

  • X2

    Well done Jake Humphrey though. I’m sure he was able to respond as well as he did due to the fantastic work done by the Magpie Group and all who chip in to support them. NUFC is dead. Mike Ashley is stripping what used to be a football club..