We saw a total farce on Thursday morning as a blatant Mike Ashley PR play saw Jamaal Lascelles get a one year contract extension, which was presented by the club as some kind of big positive sign of Newcastle United moving forward.

Lascelles had been given a new six year contract in October 2017, taking him up to June 2023, the one announced today extending that to June 2024.

It all seemed pretty feeble and disappointing that both Jamaal Lascelles and Rafa Benitez went along with it being presented this way- but nothing that serious and only really an embarrassment for the pair of them that they were prepared to go along with this Ashley/Bishop transparent nonsense.

However, we weren’t to know just how worse it would get this afternoon.

Earlier this week it had been announced that Jamaal Lascelles would be doing various press stuff towards the end of this week, today’s PR feel good stunt now making clear why the media chats had been arranged.

This afternoon though, Jamaal Lascelles really stepped out of line.

We all understand that current players are not going to slag off the club’s owner.

However, they should stay neutral and not get involved in taking Mike Ashley’s side against the fans either.

Jamaal Lascelles crossed that line today, saying ‘..hearing him [Mike Ashley] speak and seeing what he’s like as a man. He’s a nice guy. I know fingers are being pointed at him, but I think it was a positive meeting and if it could happen more, I don’t think it would do any harm. If there are divides, I think it creates problems. If everyone in Newcastle stopped the negativity and tried to form a unity, that would help.’

I’m sorry but this is totally unacceptable from the Newcastle captain.

How exactly is Mike Ashley a ‘Nice Guy’?

Does giving Jamaal Lascelles a few million via a new contract make the owner a ‘Nice Guy’?

Was he a nice guy when he had the club discriminating against cancer victim Jonas Gutierrez?

Was Ashley a nice guy when he and his people repeatedly lied to Kevin Keegan (and the fans) and forced the NUFC legend out of the club?

Was Mike a nice guy when he treated Alan Shearer the way he did?

Was Mike Ashley a nice guy when misleading Rafa Benitez one transfer window after another and broke ‘promises’, as the manager keeps telling us?

As for divides and negativity, there is only one person responsible for that and it is Jamaaal Lascelles’ new best friend.

It is quite unbelievable that Lascelles is even suggesting you can blame the fans for the shocking form, the worst start to the season in 120 years.

The rubbish football and shocking results are down to a combination of Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and the players, NOT the fans.

If Newcastle fans want to boycott the Wolves match, or indeed do any other protests against this rotten club owner, it isn’t his (Lascelles’) place to be criticising them.

Quite frankly, he should be having a good look at himself, rather than lecturing fans.

Jamaal Lascelles has done well overall as a Newcastle player but he is no superstar.

The defender had a decent season when Newcastle got promotion, although arguable Ciaran Clark outperformed him, then last season he (Jamaal Lascelles) had a really good season. However, this season so far the captain has been poor to average, the reality being that £6m buy Federico Fernandez has easily been Newcastle’s best defender.

In fact, I would say that it is easy to say that only three players have done ok this season and those are Fernandez, Dubravka and Shelvey.

Lascelles hasn’t been terrible but he hasn’t been good, certainly not good enough to be lecturing the fans who pay his wages about letting down the team.

Newcastle fans haven’t exactly been vociferous in their support at home matches this season but little surprise considering all five games were defeats and the football overwhelmingly bad.

However, those 50,000 supporters have been remarkably restrained in terms of not getting at the manager and players, I can’t think of another club where the supporters would keep off their backs to such a degree.

We (the fans) all want unity and no divides at Newcastle United but understand this can only be possible when ‘Nice Guy’ Mike Ashley sells up.

In the meantime fans (if they attend) a game should get on with supporting the team when at St James Park and Jamaal Lascelles and the rest of the players should now start and do what they are paid to do, which is win football matches.

Jamaal Lascelles:

“Speaking honestly and it might not be what everyone wants to hear…I think it’s important everyone is together, especially when we’re right down at the bottom of the table.

“I think the meal was really positive, having a sit down meeting for the first time, hearing him [Mike Ashley] speak and seeing what he’s like as a man. He’s a nice guy.

“I know fingers are being pointed at him, but I think it was a positive meeting and if it could happen more, I don’t think it would do any harm.

“If there are divides, I think it creates problems. If everyone in Newcastle stopped the negativity and tried to form a unity, that would help.

“When there are problems going on around, off the pitch, it does have an effect on you as players.

“It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad energy into positive energy, helping us get three points. That’s what everybody wants.

“It’s my prime years. I’m a centre-half and centre-halves don’t get to their prime until 26 or 27.

“I have still got a lot more to offer and knowing I’m here for another six years is a great achievement for me.

“It’s a thing off my mind and now I can just focus on what I’m doing on the pitch.”

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  • Kenny

    Oh dear.

  • Tino o

    Money talks

  • Alan Pardew

    This win is for Mike Ashley and all our fans. Trust me, he is a fan and I’m pleased for the club. We are all Newcastle fans.

    • Peaky

      Looking forward to managing him in the championship Alan ????

    • Steven05

      When you coming back Pards?

  • Sensible

    Would you call your own boss out in public?

    • Kenny

      He didn’t have to say anything about fatso, just the match

      • Toon

        Idiot

        • Kenny

          you f##king moron get back in your Ashley bin you piece of schit

    • Tweed Mag

      He was not very happy with him when he had to make a last ditch phone call to agree the player’s bonus for this season and last – was he being ‘Nice Guy Mike’ then? Or was he doing what he does best, bribing whoever does his dirty work.

  • magpie0722

    “When there are problems going on around, off the pitch, it does have an effect on you as players”.

    “It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad
    energy into positive energy, helping us get three points. That’s what
    everybody wants.

    Is Lascelles having a go at Benitz with this statement ? It looks like it to me. we all know Benitz and Ashley don’t see eye to eye on club matters etc.

    Who said a Tiger can’t change their stripes, it looks like Mikey has a new best buddy.

    • Ashley-out

      the bad energy has only one source

  • Tweed Mag

    If there was ever a wrong time to say what he has, then this is it. Lascelles has sold himself for an extra year on his contract that he is unlikely to ever see. So disappointing – he has outdone Shola and a number of others.

  • Steven05

    Wolves match – Still supporting the team not the regime?

    • Ashley-out

      how you going to manage that

      • Steven05

        It was a question aimed at the people who claim that is what they are doing

  • Coach Clagnut

    He’s a footballer, what’d ya expect?

    Intelligence?

  • Peaky

    If true…get rid….in January……as Kenny says he could of just spoke about the match…he’ll come to regret what he has said….gone down in my estimations that’s for sure.

  • Mrkgw

    They say keep your enemies close………

  • mactoon

    Bearing in mind he has just been given a new contract (well a one year extension of his existing one) it was a very naïve thing to say all this. He should have talked about his new contract and matters on the pitch and just shut his mouth when it comes to the fans and any mention of Ashley. A simple statement along the lines of “as a player I don’t get involved with things like that and just concentrate on my football” would have done.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Jamaal says “I know fingers are being pointed at him,but I think it was a positive meeting and if it could happen more, I don’t think it would do any harm”………….
    The only fingers being pointed are the two by Ashley at the fans………

  • Superdooperhooper

    So the club won’t give rafa a transfer budget because he won’t sign a new contract but they tie players down on six year contracts not knowing who the manager will be next season? Something stinks here

    • panther

      Almost like a big bid coming in January, after saying that I want him out of the club in the next window, he’s just s&&& on every fan

  • 1957

    Next it will be Benitez signing his new £6m+ a year contract telling us all that him and Mike now share a vision of where the club can go.

    Big Mike has obviously begun to win the battle for the minds of the players, I think given time and a little money for players in January Benitez will be on the nice guy Mike bandwagon.

  • 45709

    Well I may aswell buy a Juventus shirt, least I can be proud of wearing black & white…

  • David2211

    Pathetic. Everything I liked about this guy gone in one sentence. Hurry up and leave and let this waste of a space football club drown with it.

    • Jate Legend

      Overreact much?

      • Steven05

        I think he’s views are pretty tame actually. Newcastle United Football Club is GONE.

      • David2211

        Nah. Totally justified.

  • Kenny

    bet Rafa is over the moon, Lascelles has seen the degrading of the squad these past years that has left us well short of quality and to come out with a statement like he has beggars belief.

    • Tweed Mag

      And to make it worse the Chronicle was part of the set-up. The ‘Ashley Times’ as it should be known. No one can blame players for making a few bob during a short career, but to come out with ‘Nice Guy Mike’ has ruined Lascelles reputation. He has lost a lot of respect.

  • 5floorshigh

    a very ignorant comment with a slice of ‘I’m alright’ thrown in…….he should go spend a week working in SD warehouse then decide if MA is a ‘nice guy’ !

  • GToon

    It’s a thing off his mind is it? Being at NUFC for the next six years would be a thing on most players minds. It’s a total load of rubbish. It’s just some pretend contract to negotiate his release fee if we stay up or if we go down. He will leave in the summer and him and his “nice friend” will make a few quid out of it. End of.

  • GToon

    Anybody can be nice for an hour or so. Actions speak louder than words. The silence in the next transfer window from nice guy mike will speak volumes. Btw, did he make them pay for their own curry?

    • Steven05

      Anyone can be nice for an hour or so – sometimes even without following it up with two fingers up at his customers!

  • Toon

    Tell you what, except a pay rise from your boss and then slag him/ her off in the media, see what happens next! Sometimes I wonder who are the numpties that write this rubbish. It’s a club PR stunt, end of – sadly quite a few will fall for it

    • Kenny

      you f##king moron, get back in your bin

      • Ram Kishore

        I don’t think he is.
        It’s a PR thing and what else can we expect.
        He was given a contract last year around this time. This is looking like a peace offering to the bonus issue in the pre season.
        I remember saying that players’ protest was unnecessary when they could have just sat down and talked . They decided to cross the line and were one of the reasons responsible for fans starting protests. Now when they get what they wanted, jumped ship. I am just being honest here.
        The players are taking care of the interests. I just felt the protests showed how greedy they were all and I mentioned it back then

    • Tweed Mag

      He did not have to say anything – just stick to football.

      • Ram Kishore

        He isn’t wrong Tweed Mag.

    • Chris-Chapple

      you are as thick as Lascelles

  • Gav

    Every work place has a brown nose why should foot ball be any different

    • Paul Cannell

      Not many of them are shop stewarts.

  • Chris-Chapple

    What an idiotic thing to come out with, has the guy any brains at all.

  • Leicester Mag

    The torpedos the last vestage of an argument against boycotting. The players have no loyalty to fans / the city. Fans equally have no responsibility to players, to them it is work. Newcastle United and its owner their employer. These words will amount to nothing when Chelsea or another club come knocking. Anyone who has any faint sense of some whimsical player loyalty is living in lala land.

    • Jate Legend

      He’s hardly betrayed the fans.

      • magpiefifer

        No,he’s been Ashley’d – more pocket money for saying the ‘right’ thing!
        It looks like another case of money over brains!!!

      • Superdooperhooper

        Cobblers ! He’s been bought off and wheeled out in front of the media to say what bishop told him to. Absolute disgrace

      • Leicester Mag

        I didn’t suggest he has and certainly didn’t use that word. The point is there is no loyalty to fans here or anywhere. The regime is rotten to the core and if we want change it won’t come from anywhere other than our actions. We owe players nothing we owe our heritage and future everything

    • East Durham Mag

      Most football players are mercenary just some a lot more than others.

    • Ba ba.

      100% correct

  • JediMindTricks

    The Given situation in a different way? Get the fans angered at Jamaal, then sell him in January and state that the fans wanted him out?

    • 45709

      Awesome user name, AOTP! I saw Vinnie in Manchester a few years back, was amazing

      • Jate Legend

        AOTP!

        • 45709

          Yay another👍 Mangle mike Ashley’s cabbage 😉

  • Cockneytrev

    After the support he’s had from the fans , to come out with this utter gufff,,
    It just shows, wave some extra cash at the mercenaries and they all bend over,,,

  • Paul Cannell

    We are knackered when our captain comes out with that.
    Today is an important day in our relegation battle. We will go down now for sure.
    What Lascelles said will cripple the fans.

    • East Durham Mag

      He probably will be sold so he won’t be here to care anyway.

  • kingfisher

    Quote from Lascelles:

    “Speaking honestly, and it might not be what everyone wants to hear, as a club I think IT’S IMPORTANT EVERYONE IS TOGETHER especially when we’re right down at the bottom of the table.”

    Well said Jamaal. I think everyone should be together as well, AND STOP BUYING HIS S***** D***** TAT, STOP GOING TO SJP AND BOYCOTT WOLVES.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Bang on! I’m talking about the last part of your post Kingfisher!

    • Carverlier football

      Ironic that “nice guy” Ashley is the one breaking from the togetherness… the fans, Rafa, even Jamaal want us to be the best we can be, Ashley couldn’t give a stuff, he just wants to further SD

  • wheyayeman

    Another reason to stay away until nice guy Mike is gone from our club for good!

  • JohnnyH

    Just means a bigger pay day for the fat one when he gets sold in January.

  • Big Hairy Man

    It will be interesting to see what [email protected]’s take is on this.

    • Leazes.

      it is what you expect….. some journalists are drooling and dribbling at the chin.

  • 45709

    Gotta post again cause I’ve thought of something else.

    What PL player would be happy to sign an extension? Where’s the drive and motivation to win trophies and medals? To be better. It’s another Owen, I’ll take the money and keep my head down, while promoting SD and the jabba!

    Surprised NUFC are doing SD adverts…

    • Leazes.

      ……A player who is being sold,

      • 45709

        Even so, why not give a big up to NUFC, I keep trying to believe the end is insight and we’re gonna get a white knight (I’m a fool) look at Leicester, that’s the type of owner we need

      • Martin Rooney

        You may be right, ever since I heard his Manchester based Mrs was expecting I thought he”s off. Howver it makes no sense to sign a new desk before leaving, it reduces the bargaining leeway for his agent. If his release clause was £30 and is now £40 that will affect what the new club will pay him in weekly wage, it doesn’t make sense.

  • Jate Legend

    Article is over the top. He’s just trying to build some bridges the atmosphere is obviously affecting the team and he’s trying to do something about it. You’re either with us or against us mentality from some on here is a joke. Also downplaying his contribution cos you’ve interpreted something he’s said the wrong way. I respect him for trying at least to mediate a really bad situation as per of his job. Also totally deserves the contract extension.

    • Paul Cannell

      It must be cold under that bridge

    • Billmag

      He knows the situation with the fans and Ashley so he should have avoided getting involved full stop.

    • Tweed Mag

      Nothing wrong with trying to rally the team, but his comments on Ashley were bound to cause a reaction. He did not need to get involved. It was not long ago that he threw his teddy out of the pram when he was asked to play in a different position by the manager – when Ritchie told him to get on with and do as he was told, he had a full scale strop. Is that what we expect from the captain? He is also trying to backtrack from his original comments according to twitter – expect more ‘clarifications’ before Saturday. Best thing he can do is shut up and play a blinder.

      • Leazes.

        stupid comments designed to hit fans.

    • Carverlier football

      I don’t think it was malicious, it was the words of a professional who wants to win games and sees a positive atmosphere as a way to do that. Rafa does the same. Except Rafa is smart enough not to side with MA. Lascelles has been an idiot.

    • Ram Kishore

      ‘You’re either with us or against us mentality from some on here is a joke’
      Do you think only some on here has that mentality? Haha lol.. Most of them.
      Everything has been wrong from the beginning of this season.
      Rafa’s pre season interviews about transfers, players protests, fans protest, then this relegation battle.

  • Leazes.

    #BoycottWolves

    • Steven05

      I asked about a week ago what it would take for people to stop going, make a stand, fight back

      Not sure this will make any difference. It seems Ashley can get away with absolutely anything with some

      He must be laughing his ar$e off at the Newcastle fans

      • Leazes.

        Lets hope they make no effort to attend….. I feel something in the wind.

  • Carverlier football

    Oh yeah, Mike’s lovely, just look at how he treats his own parents…

  • magpiefifer

    Lascelles doesn’t do much to allay the belief of many fans that there are lots of players with not enough between the ears.
    Can he not see what Ashley has (hasn’t) done for NUFC over the past 11 years!??

  • East Durham Mag

    30 pieces of silver comes to mind. Thanks Jamaal.

    • Kenny

      Not even that, a 5 quid pizza

      • Toontaff

        Was a nice pizza, though………..

  • DeadToiler

    Stupid article and some stupid comments. What is he supposed to say “Ashley is a c… I hope he dies”? He’s the captain he has to be positive. No player is going to criticize their employer. I listened to the caller on Radio Newcastle. What is he try to achieve by putting on the spot. Stop whinging and start supporting the team. I hate Ashley as much as you but this is only creating a toxic atmosphere.

    • David2211

      The toxic atmosphere was created eleven years ago when MA started methodically destroying our club. Open your eyes.

    • KennySamsung

      Agree.. it’s like being at work and saying a certain manager is a nice chap but bloody hell they havn’t got a clue how to manage, thats the answer to this from someone who is only 24 years old who’s only concern is to win a game.

  • Ba ba.

    He was on radio Newcastle tonight and explained exactly what he said… It has been totally taken out of context. .. But you know what I can’t be arsxd to explain.

    • Chris-Chapple

      backtracking rather fast then

    • Superdooperhooper

      I know the context and I don’t care . It’s what he said about divides and negativity that upset me . What does he want us to do ? Walk around with big daft grins on our faces while ashley destroys nufc ? He’ll be long gone with millions in his pocket but we’re left to suffer

      • Ba ba.

        Boycott wolves.. .👍

    • NUFC17

      It wasn’t taken out of context, I watched it on Sky and he said it

  • Bowlsey

    Lascelles is one of our better players for sure, but he needs to concentrate on the next game and keep it zipped with regards Ashley. Yes the atmosphere is sh*t and yes we’re all f*cking fed up, but there is only one person to blame for this. I take it that the players don’t go out around Newcastle much and rarely, if ever, interact with fans for any length of time, because if they did they would understand exactly why we feel the way we do and our captain wouldn’t be making himself look completely f*cking clueless and so out of touch on the subject. Worst start to a season for 120 years…I knew things were bad but…Jesus…

  • Clarko

    😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

    • 45709

      Where’s the €’s? You are such a loser!

  • RoboRat

    Having listened to the whole interview myself, I believe this article to be completely over the top tripe. The young lad showed courage coming onto the live show and now we’ve got this clown writing this click-bait. I haven’t been to a match for eight years due to Ashley. So I understand the loathing of the man. But you cannot tarnish the reputation of the young lad for trying to stay fairly neutral during the interview.

    • David2211

      He didn’t stay fairly neutral. That’s the point.

      • RoboRat

        Did you listen to it yourself? I could see he was trying to stay neutral. A similar thing happened when two callers said they wished Rafa would play two strikers. He sort of said he understands but has to go along with how Rafa wants to play.

        I dunno, I understand the hatred of the owner and agree with it. But I was impressed with the young lad coming onto the show. Took guts.

        • Tweed Mag

          So why did he get the hump when he was told to play in a different position?

        • KennySamsung

          Couldn’t agree more, I detest Ashley but why crucify a player who has the potential to be great for this club, as a player he wants to win which means focusing on winning a game, almost impossible under the circumstances. If he said what he really wanted to say he would probably be sacked on the spot. How many of us don’t say what we want to say at work to our bosses.. that’s life!!

          • NUFC17

            I remember when Steven Taylor and Shola had potential!

          • KennySamsung

            For 5 mins I thought Taylor was going to be sometjing special and he was special only not as a footballer haha

  • mactoon

    Let’s go back to Andy Carroll. United signed him to a new long-term deal in October. What happened in January? He was off to Liverpool for £35 million. This ‘new’ contract means absolutely nothing and if a big bid comes in he is off. I wonder what Lascelles will say about it when that happens to him?

    Players like him are now, at best loyal to whoever gives them money and it seems he is now willing to defend Ashley as a “nice guy” but if he looks at the bigger picture of how Ashley has destroyed our club, and reduced the squad to a bottom three club and how it affects the loyal fans of a club with so much history, he wouldn’t be so quick in coming forward in saying “Mike is a nice guy” and asking us to stop protesting.

    We have a first team 11 who wouldn’t get into Keegan’s squad never mind first team. Take a look at some of the games we played under him then tell me we should be pulling together and embracing how Ashley is running our club given the situation his lack of investment has put us in.

    And he asks us to pull together under a leech like Ashley… hang your head in shame. You know NOTHING about the club you play for or the club we once loved .

    • Bowlsey

      I suspect that Jamaal will be spending the next couple of weeks desperately trying to backtrack and claiming that his comments were ‘taken out of context’ and that he understands the deep frustration that the fans have with the club’s current situation. Well, he will if he has any sense.

  • Kenny

    He is Captain of Newcastle & still a young man, in the past 2 seasons he has lead the team with distinction & he has been fully committed so best just say our piece then forget about it.

    • Wor Lass

      That must be a cracking single malt you`ve been sipping – very mellow!

      • Rich Lawson

        Same one you give to the Mayor every year.

  • KennySamsung

    He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, you can’t blame the guy for wanting unity, however as Newcastle captain his focus is on the playing field and at 24 he is still learning which includes trying to put politics aside and trying to pick up 3 points. You can’t even blame him for a bit of naiivity when it comes to understanding every single little thing that people do or don’t like about the club. I know one thing for sure he’s brave enough to stand up and be counted.

    • Superdooperhooper

      Brave is going into a burning building not doing an interview !

      • KennySamsung

        Brave is going to war.. I’vd done that too! Brave is anything that puts you up for possible ridicule which might be part of an intetview especially when thousands are making a mountain out of a mole hill

        • Superdooperhooper

          Why do the interview? Because he’s a sellout. His pay rise per week is more than I earn in a year. Bishop propaganda

  • NUFCLX

    You have to think about all the good things Mike has done for our club, I’m thinking, I’m thinking, I’m thinking, sorry can’t think Of anything but rumour has it he is a good guy, what more can we ask for, our claim to fame in the future, we have the worst owner ever but he is a good guy.

    • Martin Rooney

      Tbf in all our working lives we’ve known many who are decent folk but utterlycrap at their job.

  • London_Mag

    Jamaal meant no insult to the fans – i’m sure. He should probably stay quiet about the Ashley situation and concentrate on football. I’m sure most people will agree with me. The author of the article is an absolute idiot and i’m not sure of what is he trying to achieve other than showing what a loser he is.

    • NUFCLX

      How can he say that odious man is a nice guy. For me it does not matter what else he said.
      Come on Mag have one of your Polls, “Who thinks Ashley is Nice”

      • HarryHype59

        He is nice compared to Mao, Stalin or Kim. It’s all relative!

        • Leazes.

          Not Hitler, Chiang Kai-shek, and William McKeag?

          .

          • Rich Lawson

            They wouldn’t stand a chance against many current owners/directors of Prem’ clubs.

    • Martin Rooney

      Dean”s very accomplished at proving he’s an idiot.

  • BigHairyDog

    Take it in context, he’s an employee and he said he was just commenting how Ashley behaved for pizza. I’d guess he was briefed to say that, and later in offered no excuse for Ashley’s 2 fingered salute…the silence then was deafening. He neither criticised the protests nor defended any players using protests as an excuse to down tools.

  • Martin

    Some of the trashing of Lascelles is bordering on the hysterical. I have never once thought he has given anything less than 100% for the club yet fans are now saying he doesn’t give a fu*k about NUFC because he doesn’t back a boycott. It’s those fans that are strengthening Ashley’s hand because they alienate others from their views. I have not made up my mind re: the Wolves game but reactions like this do not encourage me to say away.

    • GlasgowMag

      One guys reaction should not deter you from doing something positive to help the club to get rid of this leech!! Look at the facts of where his ownership has taking us then make your mind up!! Can you honestly see any sort of future unless this guy is ousted!! Yes go to the game if you want but don’t blame other people for making your mind up. Personaly I have made my mind up I’m sick of this SD circus, the lies and the blatant asset stripping so yes Ashley out!! Ps yes I thought the article was BS as well!!

      • Leazes.

        People shouldn’t miss an opportunity like this. just think of all of those games walking back to the busses after another home defeat to a nothing team and realising what the owner has done, and feeling so foolish for helping him do it.

    • TheFatController

      Surely whether anyone boycotts or goes to wolves is their personal reaction to Ashley, not a decision based on how others are reacting to Ashley?

  • Wezza

    Minimum fee release clause by any chance?
    Lascelles is the captain and he will no doubt have been told by Penfold via KBA PR Goons, that he must try and get the fans to stifle off the protests. Say the owner is nice or something – inadvertently putting the heat on Lascelles and off Ashley. Same with Rafa being told this a well. We know fine well Rafa understands our frustrations. Why? Because he sees it first hand himself!
    It’s shameful PR lies from a club that will never tell the truth any more. Why does Penfold hide? Because FCB takes everything he can and we are no longer a football club. Hide and can’t answer the awkward questions.

    • Martin Rooney

      If he met him and thought he was alright, how is it PR lies?

  • JohnnyH

    Jamal isn’t unique among footballers in lacking the mental agility needed when being interviewed live.
    Move on I would say.

  • Colin Brumwell

    He is entitled to speak as he finds, just because you dont like what he says does not make you right or him wrong and vice versa

    • Leazes.

      Yes it does….. unfortunately the player will be sold when Rafa leaves on 31st May next year, the statement is that of a player with no connection like the owner.

      A few people like Ryder have deliberately misunderstood the contract extension…. he was on £40k and he been brought up to senior pay, they are not sorting out major issues here.

      The statement is ungenuine and disingenuous to supporters.

      Aldi Squad…. still going nowhere despite the expected spin from Ryder.

      • Colin Brumwell

        You do not have the right to tell anyone what to say or think, your opinion of the goings on is yours and Lascelles are his

      • Rich Lawson

        ”to the faraway towns”

  • HarryHype59

    Will he still be at this club by the end of Jan 2018? Doubt it!

  • GlasgowMag

    Much about nothing really!! All he wants is the fans to get behind the team!! The blame for all of this is is at our workshop owners door. This is just PR [email protected] trying to attract everyone’s attention from the protests, ignore move on and keep up the protests and one day hopefully the leech will be gone Ashley out!!

  • Dillon Tovak

    The author is a massive gimp. The players do not follow what’s going on. Jonjo said when asked about takeover talk, “I don’t even understand some of the words in the articles”.
    Players exist in their own bubble.
    Jamaal is a good guy and great captain.
    Don’t devalue the momentum built by those trying to force change against Ashley by alienating the players, who do give 100% on the pitch and seem like nice guys.

    • Leazes.

      The player sounds like hes away in summer to me…. daft thing to say when he didn’t have to …,,

  • Mirandinha9

    You’re a buffoon Lascelles. You should have picked up on the current climate of disdain towards Cashley. I pick up on a comment that players don’t know what fans feel about the owner, but, you’re the captain, you well and truly know the context and have foolishly aligned yourself to the regime. Goodness, I thought you’re ambitions were high – you obviously realise your limitations if you’re prepared to stay at a Championship bound Toon side. You could have been an icon, whilst, conversely you’ve gone down in many people’s estimations.

    • Derek Osborne

      I totally agree. Lascelles has undermined all of the efforts made (by the fans) over the years to rid us of the slimy git. He has cut us off at the knees

  • killymag

    I only hope he is up to the pace on Saturday , and the Fat Mans Spu#k does not slow him down to much

    • Kenny

      Very elequent post
      😂😂

      • Toontaff

        Even you’d have struggled to put it more eloguently!

  • Lewis SG

    I think they should all shut up and start winning games. What’s the point of all these talk of unity from Rafa and Lascelles when they are not even winning games?

    Start winning games first!

  • Kneebotherm8

    Did he really have to go as far as saying Ashley was a nice guy?

  • Wor Lass

    Brighter minds than Jamaal`s have been used by unscupulous political wranglers before now. He`s a young lad who takes his responsibilities as captain very seriously and probably believes what people say to him face to face. If he`s been told by Jabba that he`s busting a gut to help Rafa now and that he (Jamaal) needs to do his bit to bring everyone together then he`s believed him. Unfortunately, he hasn`t grasped the real depth of feeling over Ashley (as someone else has pointed out below, modern footballers do live in a bubble) and he hasn`t chosen his wording carefully enough. The only bit that differs from what Rafa says is about “everyone in Newcastle” stopping the negativity. It sounds like he`s having a go at the fans but I doubt that`s what he wanted or intended. It`s a bit naiive/ill-advised but I think Dean`s response is way over the top. I hope the lad has a decent game on Saturday.

    • Rich Lawson

      It also conveniently misses out the bit where he says he doesn’t want to go and wouldn’t leave if the club got relegated !

    • Colin Brumwell

      Brighter minds.? how well do you know him to pass that sort of remark it seems the thread has been hijacked by fascists who cannot abide anyone who has a different opinion

      • Wor Lass

        Where to start, Colin? Just because I used the expression “brighter minds” doesn`t mean I think he`s thick – just that the PR industry is cunning enough to bamboozle anyone. Where do I give the impression that I “can`t abide” him? I described him as a young lad who takes his responsibilities as captain seriously and I said that I hoped he has a good game on Saturday – I also said that Dean`s criticism of him was way OTT. My only criticism of him, if you want to call it that, is that he`s a bit naiive and maybe doesn`t understand the depth of feelings against Ashley – otherwise how would a guy who tries so hard for the fans and values them so much, risk alienating them in this way? My post was actually supporting him so you`re either an idiot or a wind-up merchant i.e. a malicious idiot.
        PS As for bringing fascists into the conversation, I`ve fought against fascism over the years and I`ve got the truncheon marks to prove it.

        • Colin Brumwell

          We all have our own opinions, and I am neither thick or a wind up merchant, just someone who believes in free speech

          • Wor Lass

            Well we can certainly agree on the freedom of speech bit – and you don`t have to be thick to be an idiot.

  • Themoscow72

    Last season the fans were great with their flag displays and it certainly helped against Man Utd and Arsenal. This season the protests are affecting the players which is not helping at all. This will only result in relegation Rafa leaving and Ashley staying. In short what he and Rafa are saying is protests = Relegation and Ashley staying.
    On a different note after four minutes at Southampton the usual anti Ashley chant breaks out which does nothing to help the players. After nine minutes We are having a party when Ashley dies is the chant. That moment any sympathy from other fans and the Media they may have had with the Magpie group went out of the window.
    Newcastle have some disgraceful fans.

    • NUFC Rotten From Top Down

      Oh dear! Sorry but I’d be somewhat embarrassed posting tosh like this!

      Relegation – clearly MA’s fault, never has reinvesting in the club, and never truly will, if you believe otherwise, then you are the utter fool they gladly take fans for.

      Mr Benitez leaving – because off all the lies, coupled with the above and more. A world renowned respected manager that’s able to walk into 99% if clubs, forced to drop most every skill he’s aquired in his illustrious career, forced to budget with peanuts and buy from bargain buckets, ideally freebies, his hands always being tied, while blindfold and hamstrung, he has never been allowed to hone in any of his true skills, a manager of his calibre who’s really never had the owners backing, just his constant broken promises and lies! (allegedly).

      MA staying – has never intended to sell, why would he, why? NUFC is another cash cow that he can lie his way spending it’s cash on other non footballing business. Yes, another big whopper an obvious constructed lie to fool buffoons of the apologist kind.

      Chanting – all fans do this, always have and always will, if you honestly believe this is bad, then you either: don’t go to games, have lived a blinkered life, are another teams fan, a troll or an apologist, as believe me, many true fans will back this up when I say there’s much worse things chanted than that!

      Disgraceful fans – seriously, again, if you actually believe that this is as serious as you are trying so hard to make out, again, perhaps try getting out more, take the cotton wool off, but definitely stop being an apologist ;-) as this is NOTHING in the world of football chanting!

      Now this is where I really want to bring more attention to, as a Newcastle fan of many a decade, how I’ve never felt so very proud, and how your whimsical ‘disgraceful fans’ claim can be so very easily countered!

      With the many phenomenal feats and amazing contributions by many Newcastle United fans, & more, with their FANTASTIC help, bending over backwards to show their support and help, with regards to the heartbreaking and devastating Bradley Lowery news, your insult is weak!

      Very simple to understand, MANY IF NOT ALL of Newcastle United’s current problems & issues are because of one man, and how nearly every single problem only existed after this owner took over. Tbh anything before really was not of any consequence, especially now and that we know how truly fantastic the broadcasting revenue riches are!

      Just think, our club would be in such a enviable fantastic position, gained only by a handful of the big clubs, only if it had been run like most football clubs, & professional, if he hadn’t decided to decimate the likes of merchandise sales, it’s downfall clearly the fault of one man.

      So many things done wrong, that cannot be undone and will never ever be forgotten!

      He’s created and is responsible for most everything that’s bad about Newcastle United, including a purposely constructed debt, now of which should only be historic, if done correct, altho this was never on his agenda!

      From Top down, a truly rotten rank streak that will never care or have the values an average fan has for their club.

      A club that will never compete, only stagnate and even go backwards, with only one goal of being cash, cash and even more cash, s0d everything else, with his biggest crime how our club has lost it’s soul, it’s identity and is the laughing stock to the rest of the league(s).

      Long live Newcastle United!

    • Toon Arnie

      Well we can never accuse you of that.

    • NUFC Rotten From Top Down

      Oh dear! A somewhat naive embarrassing post! Don’t you realise how most points raised are clearly the fault of its owner, so simple to see!

      Relegation – MA’s fault, never has reinvesting in the club, never truly will, if you believe otherwise, then you are the fool they gladly take fans for, well over a decade of minimal investment!

      Rafa leaving – a combination off all the lies, coupled with the above, and more. A world renowned manager, prevented from using his skills acquired in his illustrious career, forced to budget with peanuts and buy from the bargain bucket, a respected manager of his calibre who’s never truly had the owners backing, just constant broken promises and lies! (allegedly), sadly, we’ll never have another manager close to Rafa’s pedigree :-(

      Him selling – he never intended to sell, why would he? NUFC is a cash cow that he lies his way to spending it’s cash. One of his biggest whopper, an obvious constructed lie to fool the buffoons, similar to a created debt that helps with the lies.

      Chanting – all fans do this, always have and always will. You honestly believe this is bad? Believe me, fans will back me up when I say there is a lot worse things chanted than that!

      Disgraceful fans – what an insult, again, seriously, if you truly believe this is as serious as you’re trying so very hard to make out, perhaps try getting out more, believe me, many fans will back up when I say there’s much worse things chanted than that, it’s NOTHING compared to some other football chants!

      Now this I want to bring to your attention; as a Newcastle fan of many a decade, how I’ve never felt so proud, and how your whimsical ‘disgraceful fans’ insult can be so very easily countered, it’s pathetic using this to help praise an owner that’s ripped our club apart, no excuses, it’s appealing!

      As with the many phenomenal feats and amazing contributions by many Newcastle United fans, and more, with their FANTASTIC help, bending over backwards in wanting to do anything that shows full support and help with regards to the heartbreaking and devastating Bradley Lowery news, your insult is weak, disgusting and ill advised!

      It’s all so very simple to understand, MANY if not ALL of Newcastle United’s current problems/issues are caused by one man.
      Nearly all these problems created after the owner took over, whereas anything before was not of any real consequence, especially now we know how truly fantastic the broadcasting riches are!

      Thanks to Ashley we’re a club that will never compete, only stagnate, actually going backwards, with one goal of cash, cash and more cash, and the biggest crime being how our club has lost it’s soul, it’s identity and is the laughing stock to the rest of the league, if you don’t see this by now, please seek help!

      There’s only one United, and we’re not thanks to him!

  • Mike

    Bye bye then in January. Hey you have no idea of what its like when the fans turn on players and manager St James can be a nasty place

  • tom

    Maybe he’s just sick of some fans carrying on like absolute weapons instead of supporting the team?

  • nufcslf

    Whether you mean it or not, any player or so called fan that say’s anything positive about the fat c**t is a complete and utter lost sheep wanka. After seeing this, very much in two minds to bother even watching yet another home loss. What a lost empty excuse of a football club.

  • Pezza

    Dean, are you totally devoid of a brain? He’s the club captain, leading a team of players who need to battle to survive. He’s also just signed a long contract rewarding his performance.

    He’s dealt face to face with Ashley, you hide behind a keyboard.

    You are not a NUfC fan, just an agent provocateur who wants to get people agrivated. It’s pathetic, articles like this do nothing but stir up negativity

  • Jake the Peg

    I’m amazed to see that a number of fans think our captain isn’t entitled to an opinion just because it is not one they share.

  • KennySamsung

    Q. What fo you think of Mike Ashley?
    A. Seems like a nice guy

    Q. What do you think of Mike Ashley as a football club owner?
    A. Absolute f####g s####t

    He should never have answered the question, or some might say he should never have been asked the question.