Mike Ashley has Newcastle United run on the cheap.

As well as lack of investment in the first team squad, you of course have the refusal to allow proper spending on the training ground, Academy and St James Park.

There is no proper recognisable management team in place that would compare with those at other clubs.

Newcastle United don’t even bother having a board of directors, instead it is only Ashley’s fall guy, Lee Charnley, who is the only named director at the club.

No surprise with all the above that everything else at the club is done on the cheap as well, with a refusal to allow money to be spent on staff who are up to the job in many cases.

Just look at the state of the official club website.

I went on the site this (Friday) morning and if you click on ‘Tickets’ this is what you get:

mike ashley

Yes, six days after the Brighton game was played, the big thing that is being pushed is selling tickets for a match that has already been played.

No wonder ticket sales for Watford are so slow…

However, this isn’t a rare mistake, as there are many other examples around the site of a lack of care and attention.

Click on to learn more about joining the (embarrassing) official Newcastle United Fans Forum and this is what you get:

mike ashley

Yes, text that is over two years out of date, talking about the most recent meeting in August 2016!

No wonder the football club is such a mess, on and off the pitch.

As well as all the manipulation and cynical way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United for his own selfish purposes, he also has the club operating on the same level as one of his Sports Direct jumble sale style stores.

NUFC are only heading in one direction whilst he remains as owner.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Give Charnley a break. He’s got a lot on what with deciding on which tea bags to buy, skimmed or semi skimmed, sugar or sweetener. Those pens don’t arrange themselves..

  • Themoscow72

    I have just clicked on the club website and the tickets which come up are for the next five home games Watford, Bournemouth, West Ham, Wolves and Fullham and a comprehensive list of dates when they go on sale to Members, online sale and then full general sale so very good. Compared to other Premiership websites it’s very good probably second to Leicester where for the away games you can actually choose your own seat very impressive. Keep up the good work Newcastle the website has come a long way.

    • Simon Carr

      Did you buy a ticket or Did you go in when the doors opened 10 minutes from the end

      • Wezza

        The troll claims he has a box and buys 6 tickets at a time and is happy with the way the club is ran, hates keegan and shearer and is pro Ashley. Of course he blames Rafa for letting Gayle go on loan but doesn’t blame Ashley for not letting the club spend ITS OWN MONEY. He is a troll who loves winding people up. It’s his illness.
        Just block it.
        #BoycottWolves
        #BanTheTrolls

        • Simon Carr

          He told me years ago on his bus he boycott the Leeds game and when the doors opened 10 mins end went in

          • Themoscow72

            I went in just before Mick Quinn got his hat trick which was 67 minutes.

          • Paul Patterson

            I have a mate like him. He visited Cape Canaveral years ago and now he claims to be a spaceman. A sad case . .

          • Themoscow72

            How many away loyalty points have you got if you want to talk the bigin.

          • Paul Patterson

            None of your business for a start. And if loyalty points make you as delusional as you then clearly you have too many . .

          • Themoscow72

            None of my business but why do you come out with stupid comments then like above.

          • Paul Patterson

            It wasn’t directed at you. Now buzz off. At least you don’t deny being delusional . .

          • Toon Arnie

            I’ve got 24,000 loyalty points and have been to every home and away game for the 1st team and Reserves / Under 23’s for the last 20 years, some of them twice, so beat that !!

        • Themoscow72

          I do not have a box but my mate does and the biggest box in the ground.

          • Tweed Mag

            I’ve been to Tenerife. You have probably been to Elevenerife.

      • Themoscow72

        For the Leeds game a steward let me in and I saw three of our goals and for the Oldham game I paid a steward and saw the full game but I was in the ground both games full stop.

        • Simon Carr

          NO MORE LIES

          • Themoscow72

            It is you who is lying as was in the ground both games as would not have got asked to resign as was spotted in the ground. For Leeds 25 minutes and Oldham 85 minutes.
            Me and one other were not allowed to stay in the organisation as I was spotted in the ground for both those games. So was I in the ground yes or no.

  • Toon

    Yet despite all of the above, you go on the site to buy tickets for the match. Sums it up perfectly, spend your time writing articles critical of the club, spreading the word to fellow fans but still going on the website to buy tickets. Jokes on you here pal!

    • Themoscow72

      That is what Rafa wants the fans to buy tickets. If we do not he will leave.

      • Simon Carr

        Lies

        • Themoscow72

          It, you who is lying as was in the ground both games full stop even though the Leeds one was only for twenty three minutes. For the Charlton game a few years later was only in for seven minutes as there was a train strike when I lived in London but I was there.

      • Kenny

        Rafa will be gone in May

        • Themoscow72

          Rafa staying if the fans do not boycott.

          • East Durham Mag

            Did he tell you that in a lift then?

      • Paul Patterson

        (Sigh) If Ashley sells, Rafa will stay as the club will highly likely get owners who will give him more money than he gets at present for team building, which wouldn’t be hard. So if anything, Rafa supports the protests but can’t publicly admit it.

      • JohnnyH

        Monk, get real – he’s going to leave as soon as the £6 million handcuffs are off.

      • oompalumpa

        He will go anyway , why keep the fat lad rich just look at the situation and don’t go cut out his cash flow help the club long term

      • Toon Arnie

        He wants backing off the Fat Oaf or he will leave regardless of whether we turn up or not – you’re missing the point totally…again.

  • Kenny

    No interest to me, i will go back to St James when the Fat Rat leaves, not before

    • Peaky

      Me neither…..last time i was there was 2 games into Carver’s ‘tenure’….gave my ticket away to a neighbours lad and never been back since….will be back like a shot as soon as the FatTwat departs…

    • oompalumpa

      50k sheep are throwing the towel in every week and feeding the cancer

  • Wezza

    One other aspect of our joke if a club that isn’t ever touched on. This article highlights it.
    Does anyone expect anything other than our current plight of the club if it isn’t even staffed correctly?

    • Billmag

      Said it before Wez a multi million pound business overseen by a glorified tea boy.

      • Wezza

        Yep and all by design. Makes you sick the way our club is being run.

    • Pezza

      Go explain yourself, I’m sure it’s facinafasci.

  • Billmag

    And yet he spends £280k on lawyer’s to defeat Rangers in the Law Courts, all that while our ground needs an upgrade, hate the man with a vengeance.

    • Pezza

      So he could lie down and watch Rangers break contracts.

      The only people to blame there are the people running Rangers.

      • Toon Arnie

        Of course – in your mind it’s never Ashley’s fault is it ?

        • Pezza

          In this case, clearly not, SD won the case

    • Toon Arnie

      It’s a power thing with him – he gets a kick out of it

  • Leazes.

    It’s like Reggie Perrin’s ‘Sunshine Desert’s’…..

    …bits dropping off as the squeeze is put on everything, with nothing left to squeeze!

    He’s applied the criteria for profit…. cost cutting, lowering quality, and using a renowned label to stick on it ….. to sell it.

    No staff, a checkout person and a security guard on the door. and meal deal signs everywhere there used to be a giant poster of Ginola there, there used to be TV screens to watch….. they seem to have shrunk.

    Sodexo takes over the catering and you have to make your own tea and coffee…’ here’s a cup of liquid’…. now go look for the milk in a dispenser somewhere against a wall by the stairs, sugar somewhere else ….No demerara…aaagh, a lid for the DIY affair…. too much to ask really….

    ….turned to Ashley’s Grot Shop hasn’t it?

    • Paul Patterson

      And a MD on peanuts . .

      • Sickandtired

        That’s what you pay Monkey’s…

    • JohnnyH

      Exactly
      Another example of the TV money Not going where the PL ‘guidelines’
      suggest.
      Another insult to the club, the fans it’s paying customers.
      Another means by which to show utter spite and contempt towards us.

      • Leazes.

        Its the thing you notice over the Ashley years….visible deterioration of everything and lack of pride….

      • Pezza

        What nonsense. If you want to tell a business how the business should be run, I suggest you go and buy it.

        • Toon Arnie

          So you think the club is well run, is that what you’re saying ?

    • Steve Smith

      “Sodexo takes over the catering and you have to make your own tea and coffee.”

      Not actually sodexo’s fault. They’re only providing what they’ve been told to provide.

      • Leazes.

        Downsizing, deterioration and dismantling…. Ashley took on a cost cutting firm as caterers after bidding for the job…. its what you would expect to get…. higher prices and lower standards.

        Funnily Charnley and Llambias set up a Catering company of their own called ‘Balambaras’ Caterers….probably to try and make a bidding war for the contract happen!

        It was a company on paper only.

      • Cockneytrev

        I was in the leazers grill for the Arsenal match and some guys were complaing about the standard of the food,( which was disgraceful) the chef came out and he told them that they have £7.50 a head for each person in the restaurant, there is no starters now and a choice of 2 deserts, it’s absolutely disgraceful.
        Ashley has done to the brand of NUFC exactly what he has done to every other brand he buys, cheapen it,,
        ASHLEY OUT!!
        KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!!

        • Leazes.

          I think you’ve missed he point…. what ‘leazers grill’?

          • Paul Patterson

            It’s alright, Debenhams are in trouble so he’ll probably buy that out on 1st February after a fruitless transfer window.

          • Kneebotherm8

            We’ll need to make a profit in January too, to help fund another of his acquisitions…..it could be worse than fruitless…..

          • Cockneytrev

            The corperate section in the old leazers end,,
            My point is that the corperate side of Newcastle is so bad now, when at one time the was the best in the country and the fact that they only spend £7.50 per head when they charge £180.00,
            So yet again Ashley has turned a very good product into garbage…

        • Pezza

          If a chef can’t do something decent at £7.50 a head, he should not be in the kitchen.

          If he came out to tell you that, he should be sacked…unless you made it up.

  • tom

    Earth shattering article

    • Leazes.

      Es ist keine Pflichtlektüre für den Lehrplan.

  • MadMag83

    They’ve also missed out the ‘&’ for Brighton & Hove Albion. The club’s social media postings are just as terrible. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was hiring Mackems!

  • Cockneytrev

    You have to remember , the same people who look after the NUFC site , are probably the same frackers who come in this site and troll all the time,,,, it’s got to be time consuming!!!!

  • Pezza

    Talk about grasping at straws, if this is your gripe, I’d not bother with your life, you’ll be disappointed.

  • Wor Lass

    When KK arrived the club shop was selling the previous year`s calendars. Well, the Fat Barsteward`s made sure that won`t be happening on his watch.

    • Leazes.

      … no club shop!

      • Wor Lass

        Simples!

  • FatParosite

    We are the used gusset of football……

  • oompalumpa

    Yet the sheep keep going , they would most likely buy the Brighton tickets again to support the team , couldn’t make it up. Just stop feeding the parrisite your time and money

  • Andy Mac

    Michael this is all irrelevant. We all know the club is run on a shoestring. Chances are the website is being looked after by two 16 year olds hoping to complete their GCSE project ?

  • Stephen Paylor

    Negative reviews on all Sports Direct stores on Google, take the time until he decides to sell.

  • Disgruntled

    Sorry guy’s think you werd a bit hasty in withdrawing your protest at Wolves.
    Anyone wanting to buy the club would know why and who you are protesting against ( ASHLEY ).

    You should have gone through with it because Ashley is a stinking SNAKE wjo speaks with a lying forked tongue.
    He uses the press and sky tv to spout his lies.
    The pressure should remain on ASHLEY until he leave our club.
    Pile on everything that has ASHLEY’S grubby hands on or IN especially online.
    Pile it on , Pile it on , Pile it on.