On the face of it, Mike Ashley is right.

It has always been a Premiership squad at Newcastle United whilst he has been in charge…

Listed below is where Newcastle United have featured in each of these last 14 seasons, in terms of squad value.

The total of how much it has cost to put Newcastle’s squad together in terms of transfer fees, compared to all other clubs in the Premier League and Championship.

Overall position by value of squad:

2005/6….6th (Shepherd and Hall as owners)

2006/7….6th (Shepherd and Hall as owners)

2007/8… 6th (Shepherd and Hall sell to Mike Ashley)

2008/9….8th (Mike Ashley relegates Newcastle)

2009/10….15th (Season in the Championship)

2010/11….14th

2011/12….10th (Attempts to hold mid-table)

2012/13….7th

2013/14….8th

2014/15….9th

2015/16….8th (Mike Ashley relegates club again)

2016/17…14th (Back in the Championship)

2017/18…15th

2018/19…17th

The current Premier League clubs in order of how much they cost (via Transfermarkt.com) to assemble, Newcastle 17th having cost 174m euros, approximately £152m – only Cardiff, Huddersfield and Watford having cost less.

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Look at it, what is the policy?

Where is the input after the first relegation?

He is maintaining mid-table (spending) and avoiding Europe and cup competition.

Happy to be cannon fodder, simply allowing failure to take its course regardless of competitor spending.

An absentee owner with a club that is positioned to struggle, will struggle. Nothing to aim for and relegation will come.

Football is about competition and that means competing at every level.  If this owner didn’t want to compete from the start then why buy the club in the first place only to destroy it….

That 6th place position in terms of squad value/spending could have been maintained if Ashley had allowed the club its own income streams (that position was maintained by the previous regime who were taking money out as well – via wages, dividends and other means).

The difference between competing and stagnation – spiralling out of control to the next relegation.

Mike Ashley certainly doesn’t need the extra cash/benefits he gets via Newcastle United but the club certainly does.

Stop the fleece.

If it was maintainable under the previous regime it should have been a doodle with a billionaire.

#BoycottWolves

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  • Big Hairy Man

    Clarko will be on trasfermarkt right now doing a bit of number crunching to show how Uncle Mike has given Rafa more than enough Euros to compete.

    • Kenny

      Earth calling Clarko,

      • Leicester Mag

        Wish someone would jam the signal

    • Wezza

      He can’t even spin that though. He does like to talk in circles and assumes he has given explanations when he has literally talked out of his backside. He will argue without proving anything. A pure, sad, sex starved troll.
      Just block it, he is obviously worried about the Manchester derby this weekend! Hopefully the end of the special one. So he has to troll and get a rise out of people to feed his illness.

  • Paul Patterson

    You eventually end up where you aim for. Aim for getting by at the expense of profit and you will sometimes succeed (5th) but often fail (relegation) That will be Ashley’s legacy.
    Repeated failure.

    • 45709

      Sorry you’re wrong, you mean: “a big fat f**king fat repeated failure cause he’s a big fat f**k and a greedy tw*t” 😉

  • Big Hairy Man

    17th position at minimal spend to stay on the TV money gravy train is the promised land for Ashley. Too many fans now accept that this is our lot, this is our place. For all their faults at least under Hall/Shepherd there was exciting football and that dirty word “ambition”.

  • Kenny

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    I`d like to see Newcastle sell our lot and get £152m for them.
    Not a hope in hell

    • 45709

      Probably could get 152 m&m’s… 😂

      Edit: not peanut ones just bog standard chocolate ones😉

    • Leicester Mag

      Be football’s answer to a car boot

  • Clarko

    This article is completely wrong, you’re using transfermarkt’s own market value (which are completely invalid) and not ‘the total of how much it has cost to put Newcastle’s squad together in terms of transfer fees’.

    Terrible article, 100% incorrect.

    • 45709

      But the article uses what you always bang on about, why don’t you just leave and never come back?

      • East Durham Mag

        We’re not that fkn lucky.

        • 45709

          Lol we can hope!😂👍

    • Cockneytrev

      Hoop licker👅👅👅

      • Paul Patterson

        That table is a decent correlation. It will be more accurate by May. It doesn’t suit Clarko’s arguments so he disagrees.

        • FatParosite

          Don’t feed the Bishop….

        • Clarko

          No, it’s wrong, you like the table/article and are happy to ignore that it’s invalid/wrong because it suits your “arguments”…

          • Billmag

            Why don’t you write an article Cuckoo.

          • Clarko

            Because you wouldn’t be able to understand it.

          • Billmag

            😀😀😀😀😀

    • Billmag

      You use it when it suits your agenda.

    • KennySamsung

      Tell me the facts then, the fact is that nobody really knows what the true figures are probably manipulated by the club before they go public, yet you are saying this is 100% incorrect.. tell me why!

      • Clarko

        I did tell you why the article is 100% incorrect, the author is using transfermarkt’s own flawed value system instead of the actual transfer fees paid out by the club, for example, Lascelles is valued by transfermarkt at €15.00m and that is the value the author is using, we didn’t pay €15.00m for Lascelles like the article states, we paid €5.00m (transfermarkt) for Lascelles and I think we both agree that Lascelles is valued higher than than €15.00m currently no? The article is wrong and transfermarkt’s value system is wrong.

        Side note- The figures can’t be manipulated by the club once the spend/net spend is stated in the accounts. Let’s not lie.

        • KennySamsung

          My point really was about the behind closed doors figure (fee paid) as opposed to the public figure they want people to see and believe. I don’t neccessarily believe the transfermrkt figures myself just needed to know your facts as you know them. I still don’t believe that Ashley is fully compus mentus when it comes to the actual truth. Do we really know exactly how much someones fee was as well as other financial issues. This is the reason why fans, business people and politicians don’t trust the man.

          • Clarko

            Again, like everyone else you try to make everything about Ashley and once you do that everything is a lie because Ashley has lied before and you all act like no one has ever lied about anything in the history of the human race.

            Ashley has nothing to do with the figures and the club cannot lie/fabricate numbers in the accounts and that can be said for all clubs and before those annual accounts are published, people talk, people like to talk, the numbers get out, most numbers are disclosed. I have personally cross referenced transfermarkt’s transfer fees with numbers published in the accounts of various clubs, they are reliable.

            You can’t go around with a ‘I don’t like this information so I’m going to say it’s a lie without any actual evidence or reasoning’ attitude, it’s silly.

          • KennySamsung

            Agree to a point however we have one owner with all the power and the buck stops at him therefore in my opinion I will wait until he shoots himself in the foot. I don’t disagree with you on several points but Ashley is the main man and everyone is controlled by him and his house (no pun intended) will come tumbling down one day. Facts are only facts until someone, in this case, smells a rat and he sinks slowly.

          • Clarko

            So what you’re saying is because Ashley lied once, that makes Benitez is liar and everything that comes out of Benitez’s mouth is controlled by Ashley right? The same goes for Ritchie right? And the kit man? Tea lady? They’re all liars spewing whatever Ashley demands them to say and doing whatever he tells them to do.

            Do you not see how silly that is? That’s what you’re saying.

            ‘Facts are only facts until someone, in this case, smells a rat and he sinks slowly.’ – And that hasn’t happened, so they’re just facts, stop ignoring them.

          • KennySamsung

            When did I ever say Rafa lied? what I meant was he keeps his mouth shut most of the time and other colleagues controlled by Ashley support him (Ashley) for doing a great job at Newcastle which he isn’t. By the way since Ashley took over the club he has lied to Keegan, lied to the fans, lied to Rafa. Biggest one of all when answering questions to the govt select committee he denied knowing anything about the way Sports Direct were tteating its own employees, disgracefull man.

          • Clarko

            ‘I still don’t believe that Ashley is fully compus mentus when it comes to the actual truth.’

            ‘Ashley is the main man and everyone is controlled by him’

            Ashley is a liar, Ashley controls Benitez, Benitez is a liar. That’s your argument, everything that comes out of the club is a lie because Ashley lied to Keegan this one time… Silly.

  • Big Hairy Man

    Great article. 100% correct 👏👏👏

  • t00nraider

    It wasn’t maintainable, that’s why Hall wanted to sell.

    • Big Hairy Man

      Manageable debt. I’d rather owe the bank than owe Ashley.

      • Kenny

        i think the debt was £53m and that may have been the mortgage
        it`s now 3 times that & we have a relegation squad

        • HarryHype59

          Don’t forget how much more TV money Ashley is getting compared to the previous owners.

    • Cockneytrev

      Rubbish

    • HarryHype59

      It is definitely maintainable with £120m plus TV money coming in.

  • 45709

    Oh god, here comes clarko to tell you why this is all wrong…

    Edit: should of scrolled down first, clarko is here to say his/hers beloved tranfermarkt is wrong. Clarko that can’t name a manager for nufc that’s good, and bangs on about €’s.

  • East Durham Mag

    Like anything else you get what you pay for. Peanuts = monkeys. Spot on Leazes.👏👏👏👏

  • Wezza

    Spot on Leazes.
    He policy especially these past 2 years is asset strip to the bear bone and take EVERY penny he can from the club (which he has from the start) but these last 2 years has been malevolent, out of pure spite and hatred. How dare we cross the odious one.
    The message after the weekend is phew we will be alright no need to spend in Jan, get a cheaper manager in, asset strip further, take another hundred million to money and player installment money. Rinse and repeat.
    As far as Clarko goes just block it.

    • Leazes.

      Who?

      • Billmag

        Clarko the Cuckoo.

        • Carverlier football

          Has he thrown some real Newcastle fans out of the nest that is this forum…?

      • Wezza

        Just addressing the peeps above calling out Clarko.

  • Steve Smith

    I’m surprised at the low value of Watford. I thought they’d spent a lot more than that.

    • Leazes.

      You can see the company we keep…. the figure includes a conservative valuation of kenedy too.

  • FatParosite

    I’m sorry Leazes but the Watford game is a signpost that most are accepting of a sticking plaster to sooth the ills of a double amputation. Our club is lost at the hands of those who supposedly support it. I would love to be proven wrong but I think the boycott will not work & most will be bought off by a moderate spend in Jan & back to normal when Benitez flees.

    • Ashley-out

      i have no faith in a boycott, to many sheep

      • FatParosite

        I want to be proven wrong and I don’t like spouting negatives. & it’s TOO by the way.

      • Ba ba.

        Out of ten lads I go to the match with three are still going to the wolves game . .Some just can’t help it ….

        • Carverlier football

          If that ratio applies across the whole crowd I reckon that would actually be a relative success – about 15k in the crowd…

          • Ba ba.

            Hope so.. 👍

    • Leazes.

      December will be cold.

  • Ashley-out

    a good article, in fact it is very good, shows the parasite for what he is an asset
    stripper

  • Ashley-out

    Just spotted Clarko so off i go, the man is mental

    • Wezza

      Just block him mate.

  • FatParosite

    i honestly think the worst thing that could happen for us is staying up.

  • Blackburn1066

    So all this tells us what we already know NUFC are Sh-t

  • Blackburn1066

    ban a game on sky

  • Leicester Mag

    Mitrovic looking very ordinary tonight

    • FatParosite

      Funny that the narrative has gone silent in the media too. It’s almost like they have no facts and the attention span of a kitten on coke.

    • Billmag

      He’s running about and giving the ball away like Joselu.😀😀

  • Blackburn1066

    Why do the fans of NUFC keep banging on about the little fat man, he does not spend, he is taking money out of the club, he does not care about what the fans think or do. Well do something about it stay away from games , help the protest in London, Just Sh-t in his neck and don’t give him your cash. I have I will not go to SJP till he is gone and I have been going for years and years, I do not miss going as all my mates who have been going like me for years have done the same. its our way of getting our Club back.

    • X2

      It’s the only way. Do something about it. I’ve been thinking recently that most fans don’t actually care much for the true club – its ties to the region, family members (my dad took me to my first games), friends and future generations. Bit depressing really.

  • Kenny

    Watching to worse teams than Newcastle,
    Huddersfield & Fulham, throw Cardiff into the mix and we will survive in 17th.

    • Billmag

      Very scrappy makes us look like world beaters. 😀😀😀

    • JohnnyH

      Mitrovic off the pace, no first touch and got booked. Nowt new there then.
      I’d be gutted to have paid £23 mill for him

      • Down Under Mag

        He was having a purple patch for the national side and was banging them in for his club, but sadly not in the league and at the standard required for the Premiership. He started off well, i’m guessing still riding on a high as were the rest of his team and now they are in the grind phase of a newly promoted club. Plenty of time for him to come back to haunt us but truthfully I have always said he will score goals, just not enough at this level – he needs too many chances
        and too much time on the ball, which you just don’t get in the Premiership. Would ave been a great bit of business by Rafa had he actually been allowed to spend the money on a replacement :(

        • Geordiegiants

          Couldn’t agree more.

    • Pezza

      For a change, you are right. We will finish 14th, as the club with the 12th highest wage bill, that is poor.

      • Danimal

        As well you know, the problem at this club is the total lack of a plan. Instead of building, consistently upgrading where possible or replacing as necessary (players who leave, get past it or retire), we just clumsily lurch back into the transfer market reactively every 3 or 4 years, trying to repair the latest piece of totally avoidable damage. It’s more expensive that way, as distress purchasers have to make hasty choices from a limited range and generally pay over the odds. I’ve done it myself with car and home maintenance when I’ve been skint. Ashley and NUFC are not skint.

        • Pezza

          Have we not done this in the past, Pardew was pretty consistent

          • Danimal

            That’s what I am saying. For example, total neglect instead of sensible investment the summer following Pardew’s 5th place, then panic buying in the January, once all momentum had been lost. Also, having to hastily assemble a team for 2nd division purposes, then refusing to strengthen it once it had done its job. By ‘in the past’ are you going back to pre-Ashley? The summer of the Woodgate sale and Rooney nonsense was a bit of a shambles but prior to that, the squad building had generally been ongoing year on year (1993 to 2005 in other words).

          • Pezza

            Thsts

  • JohnnyH

    Not much of a response from Bishops trolls in the face of carefully constructed irrefutable evidence.
    Well done Leazes

    • Leazes.

      Irrefutable. I should have done a graph as well but you can use your imagination though, it’ll look a bit like a ski slope.

      • JohnnyH

        Aye, would need a long Y axis 👍

        • Leazes.

          If we were to have held that 6th place we would have a squad valued at £575m…… we are about £400m Light

          • Pezza

            And would still be insolvent, you don’t get figures do you?

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          • X2

            Interesting because I reckon Ashley has stripped out £300m from the club. Athough that was before this year when he’s ripped even more out for his HoF purchase. Maybe £400m is closer. Why would he give up his NUFC cash cow?

          • Leazes.

            I was thinking the same the merchandise and advertising, the player sales…. this is the bit you can see, the players!

            Other clubs continued with that momentum achieved European qualification and carried significantly more financial burdens than us with smaller stadia… Ashley took us out of the picture deliberately!

            It shows a huge downscaling exercise in three steps.

          • Pezza

            How do you work this out Mr times 2?

            He started with a business that had negative assets so how has he stripped £300m?

            Show your workings

    • Pezza

      Banned

  • Mxpx

    People can say that the club has players worth 174 million but let’s be honest we’ve paid alot less than that for them

    • Leazes.

      Indeed we borrowed two of them…..

  • Down Under Mag

    And yet somehow the club think they can make us believe we have the 5th highest wage bill in the Premiership….?!?!?!?

  • Pezza

    So, what has been proven is that we have picked poor managers with the exception of Pardew and Rafa. Our finishing position has been lower than our spending.

    The other point to note is that spending the 6th highest transfer fees under hall and Shep leeft the club insolvent.

    What is overlooked in this rather simple essay is wages. Wages is the big ongoing cost which tends to have the biggest correlation with position.

    What the author has done here is a rather simple cut & paste collage without thinking things through.

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