It is a massive waste of potential under Mike Ashley at Newcastle United.

The NUFC owner slaughtered on Sky Sports on Sunday morning.

It is always so much the better as well when it is a respected journalist saying it who has no connection whatsoever to the club or area.

Oliver Holt writes for The Mail on Sunday and declares the situation at St James Park to be ‘toxic’ under Mike Ashley.

You would be hard pressed to find a Newcastle supporter who would disagree.

Oliver Holt is actually a Stockport County fan but recognises that Newcastle United are ripe for a takeover, for somebody to come in who would take the club forward and potentially also do so much for the region as a whole, as the owners at Manchester City have done.

The Mail on Sunday man goes so far as to say that he thinks both Newcastle and Leeds should be top six clubs, ‘great English clubs’ that are not currently fulfilling their potential.

As Holt says, the past 18 months or so have at last seen Leeds attract decent ambitious owners, after a disastrous time under a succession of chancers.

Newcastle United of course very much in danger of seeing themselves replaced by the Elland Road outfit in May, unless they (NUFC) get rid of their very own chancer.

As Newcastle fans we all know it is a crying shame what has become the reality under Ashley and it isn’t that we expect to win trophies, just that the club is ran in a way where it is given every chance of being the best it can be.

Oliver Holt speaking on Sky Sports – Sunday Supplement:

“It doesn’t have to be somebody local (who buys Newcastle United), I know that is the dream, but it does have to be somebody benevolent who wants to buy into it – like (Manchester) City.

“I know that there are lots of question marks about the regime in Abu Dhabi, I totally get that, but if you look at what they have done around (Manchester) City, around the area…

“What I see as an outsider when I look at Newcastle, is a waste. A waste of potential, a potential of a fantastic club.

“I was up there for the Great North Run a few weeks ago and I got the Metro back into town. The first thing you see is this Cathedral (St James Park), it is the City’s Cathedral isn’t it, on top of the hill.

“It is the thing that dominates the City.

“If I had two clubs that I think it is a waste (of their potential at the moment), it would be Newcastle and Leeds, and at least Leeds appear to be getting back to what they once were.

“Newcastle and Leeds should be top six (in the Premier League) in my opinion, they are great English clubs.

“And what I see going on at Newcastle…it is toxic and it is a shame.”



  • Paul Patterson

    About time. πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • magpiefifer

    Will there be more national journos seeing the light!?

    • Ron

      Could this be the thin end of the wedge? I hope so.

  • Geordiegiants

    Better be careful or the fatcunt will try and gag you.

  • BanJones

    Well said sir!

  • East Durham Mag

    About time the big hitters in the national press woke up to Fatty and his dastardly crew.

    • Leazes.

      Its not going to be the chronicle or the Shields gazette!

      • East Durham Mag

        Northern Echo?

  • Rabid Dog

    Well he’s not wrong, is he?

  • JohnnyH

    Meanwhile our local champions of the people are headlining, β€œRafa fears of the sack, Brendon Rogers on the way?”

    Get off the fence Douglas

    • Leazes.

      ……think he’s on the other side of it, as he’s championed the ‘club in debt to Ashley myth for a decade’…

  • Ron

    What I see as an insider looking at Newcastle, is a waste of potential, potential of a fantastic club.

  • Tweed Mag

    No fair minded person could argue with this. How the Chronicle can continue to waffle as they do, is beyond belief. They have let fans down.

    • Leazes.

      I always wondered how they could look themselves in the mirror, until I started looking at who they were, and why they were there…. apart from young Waugh they’ve no link to United…. they are first and foremost page filling journalists with no inquiry…. only interested in buttering up club insiders.

  • Cockneytrev

    Any journalist who had been at the arena to see Lewis Ritson fight last night , could not have been moved by the passion ,,
    Speaking to some scousers, they told me , they were astounded and said they’d not seen anything like it at a boxing venue.
    Any potential buyer ( I don’t believe the clubs for sale) would have seen the true potential of the club.

    • Leazes.

      Its a shame that the boxer had been attacked by the United club ‘money men’ one week before the fight….. they really are alone aren’t they? A small isolated group in hiding, protecting the logo which belongs to the City anyway! Shame on then!

  • BigHairyDog

    If Ashley cared about his investment he’d have addressed the toxic atmosphere years ago. Instead he employs Llambias, Charnley, Barnes and Bishop, who know little to f***-all about professional football at the highest levels and exasperate the toxicity further.

    All Ashley cares about is toying with the club, making managers dance to his tune and winding up supporters. He still hasn’t realised all the bad PR, the share price being hit and the SD shareholders contempt is his own fault. But then he has Bishop in his ear telling him he’s not at fault.