On Monday evening when I heard Mike Ashley’s comments, like everyone else, I thought, ‘here we go again’.

I thought that there was as much chance of him selling as there is, Theresa May getting her Brexit deal through Parliament.

Fast forward 36 hours and I now think there is real substance in it. This is because most of the major institutions who follow up on such statements, relate to four interested parties. Would he dare to give Sky unreliable information? This is not though the reason as to why I would call the Newcastle v Wolves boycott off.

The players need all of the support they can get, to lose on Sunday would be more than a setback. Fail to get to 16 points by Christmas and you are as good as down, statistics are rarely wrong, although there are always exceptions.

We need 50,000 fans roaring the team to 3 points, the atmosphere is crucial. The West Ham fans were astonished at the lack of atmosphere on Saturday, surprised and disappointed but happy with the result. Teams often lose games where a protest is in the background – fact. Our players are desperate for confidence and deserve support but this isn’t my reason for withdrawal either.

In my opinion, for all I admire the Magpie Group and their presence may have made more of an impact than recognised, I believe protests are often futile. Like strikes, they are a sign of solidarity or otherwise, showing how strong or weak you are.

I’m afraid most attempts to get things done in the past, make us look like an embarrassing joke, Saturday was an example. Now before you start criticising my logic, I stopped supporting the team I love 10 years ago and have never been back, thank you Mr Ashley.

At least I get 10 out of 10 for judgement and vision. Again though, this is not my reason.

I firmly believe by calling off the action, we size control and ramp up the media war.

Going back on his word now would make Mike Ashley look transparent and stupid.

Premier League fans have already voted him as the worst owner. This would give the media, the people he goes out of his way to condone and support him, a clear view of his devious intentions.

Calling off the Newcastle v Wolves boycott would get more attention than a small fraction of the crowd carrying it out, opinion rather than fact, but probably true. Go if you want to.

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  • Paul Patterson

    FFS! Ashley must be thinking it really is that simple. Sell the media a lie and some fans will buy it. Boycott or no boycott, Monday nights comments should change nowt..

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I agree the proof is in the pudding but a poorly supported boycott would help prove him right.

  • Sickandtired

    I don’t agree. Any new alleged buyer should be fully aware of the fans situation with Ashley and this will not affect their decision whatsoever. There wouldn’t be any potential buyers if it was putting them off, would it!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      True but it might affect the result.

      • Sickandtired

        The lack of quality on the pitch is what affects results, not who is or isn’t in the stands.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Ask the Mackems, they were 2-0 down at Anfield, then the walk out, it ended 2-2. Their fans boycotted and they are in League 1 now. Don’t tell me it doesn’t have an effect. Look at Saturday’s atmosphere.

          • Sickandtired

            Aye right. The Mackems got relegated because of fans walking out. And us against West Ham was a 3-0 defeat because a few thousand, at most, didn’t take their seats at kick-off. Give over, man. 300,000 couldn’t make Perez play any better or score the goals he missed.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Haha like it and there is a counter argument I know like lack of quality. Last year though proved what the same players can do though with momentum and confidence. A bad atmosphere does contribute to a bad performance.

          • Sickandtired

            Bad performances lead to a bad atmosphere! Most of the bums on seats never make a noise anyway. Well documented and commented on.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Agreed, the place ain’t what it used to be, glad I stopped. Still love them though.

  • Steven05

    He’s reacting because of the pressures. Reducing the pressures now seems a bit stupid to me.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Yeah but we can be the bigger man…

      • Steven05

        He’s had 11 years

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        it’s physically impossible for me to be a bigger man than Mike Ashley…

  • Geordiegiants

    NO NO NO NO NO!

    • Lostprofit DBC

      At least 40k will say otherwise. Stop altogether like me or waste your time.

  • Kenny

    Moron

    • Lostprofit DBC

      On what basis? Do you have proof that half a crowd would help our cause, Ashley would just laugh man.

      • Kenny

        Get lost

        • Lostprofit DBC

          I wish he would and who knows, he might.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    My article was written with the view of 3 points being more precious than even a successful boycott. Go down and the club dies, no new owner and no hope.

  • David2211

    Haha this is brilliant. Troll or not someone actually typed up this rubbish.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I stopped going do you, can you type?

      • David2211

        That doesn’t make sense.
        I don’t go to games anymore.
        Pressure is building. You seemingly want to stop that pressure.
        I genuinely thought this was a ghost article where nobody would reply but you did, so fair enough, you obviously believe this. I still think it’s nonsense though to be fair.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          I stopped when I saw no future under Ashley. I think seizing on his statement and calling the tune, would be more effective than a few missing, who have already given him money. Thanks for at least reading my rubbish.

          • David2211

            I read a lot of rubbish, it’s my pleasure.
            No but in fairness I agree in stopping going altogether. There is no future as long as he’s here.
            But you must understand that this is all coming out thanks to the pressure so to say the one boycott with a decent awareness should be cancelled is crazy?!

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I don’t think he’s crumbling, just selling….and if he doesn’t all hell will let loose. The team need 3 points, there will be other times…

          • Superdooperhooper

            Not the twelfth man thing again! Spectators are just that -spectators. Besides we’ve played 8 at home and lost 6 in front of near full houses. Some of those players can’t handle the pressure . They might do better in an empty ground !

    • Steven05

      If he was officially working on behalf of Ashley – would the article be any different…?

      • Lostprofit DBC

        I stopped going 10 year ago because of Ashley, read it again. Everyone should stop but for good.

        • Steven05

          I may have misunderstood – are you saying all fans should stop going?

          • Lostprofit DBC

            What I am saying ,is what readers who regularly read my articles know is, boycotting a televised game is a good idea, I suggested this, I think that the timing is wrong though. We need points but more importantly, to get positive media attention. There is only one way to get rid, everyone stop while he owns us. He will laugh on Sunday man.

        • David2211

          Hold on if you are saying stop going for good, absolutely. I agree.

  • Tweed Mag

    Steve – if the news had some sort of official stamp on it (even a joint press conference with the new buyer would do) then there would be a reason to call off the boycott. However, we are miles away from doing that. There is lots of talk, journalists falling over each other to report the next snippet of information and thousands of fans hoping for the best.
    Until we know for sure, keep calm and boycott.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      How many will boycott though?

      • Tweed Mag

        I don’t know for sure. My point is that the protests cannot stop until the potentially good news is confirmed. Otherwise we will all look stupid if it falls through and Ashley misses the next window, keeps his money and relegation looms. The negotiations are still going on and the track record for previous bids is not good. Don’t fall in to a PR trap.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          He has fallen into the PR trap imo. We could really benefit by calling the tune, there will be other opportunities this season. This is his big mistake…

          • Tweed Mag

            Yes. He is also trying to distinguish the difference between the loyal fans and the money grabber owner. I get that bit, but calling off the boycott at this stage is way too soon.

          • Dave Pattinson

            Boycott Wolves….just do it!

          • Lostprofit DBC

            What will it achieve? Everybody knows how we feel anyway. Defer it til a better time. This could be as early as his lies come to fruition.

          • Steven05

            So we call off the boycott then the pressure is on Mr Liar to prove he is good for his word (“I couldn’t spend in January and couldn’t get the club sold”)

            I’m struggling to understand any logic to your comments. You say you don’t go, you want the boycott, cancelled, and you give credit to Ashley’s latest comments?

  • Gallowgate

    #boycott wolves Don’t back down . He’s not accepted any bids yet . Make the stand as one !

    • Ron

      Has there been a bid to accept? Doubt it, a lot!

      The FCB couldn’t speak the truth if his life depended on it.

  • DZA

    Don’t call off the boycott #Ashleyout

    Anyone really expect Ashley to sell #no

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Is there anyone out there not actually fed up to the back teeth with this ‘support the team not the regime’ rubbish that is periodically trotted out to dissuade people from protesting?

    • Mxpx

      Absolutely stop funding the owner and he has more incentive to sell

    • David2211

      Yes. Support the team? By leaving early, booing and having no atmosphere.
      Not the regime? By handing money to them and applying no pressure.

      It all seems backward to me.

    • Steven05

      I’m sick of it

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Me, sick of Brexit too. I wrote the article though to add brains to the debate. A few thousand missing will be ridiculed like Saturday.

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    wow. 5-0 to Sports Direct United, Keith Bishop with a hat-rick.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Own goal by MA imo. Call it off, get more publicity, put the pressure on him to live up to his statement.

      • Steven05

        How is calling it off going to put more pressure on him? Remember – his statements mean nothing

        • Ashley-out

          that is a troll.

          • Lostprofit DBC

            What is?

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Til now the media have been largely unaware of his devious behaviour. He now has something to live up to. Calling it off would only be deferring it.

      • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

        how on earth does that get more publicity? who is going to report on the boycott being cancelled outside of the north east?

        companies like sky sports will just report on something else.

        and what statement? he never said ‘the club will be sold’ or anything even close to that. he has no statement to live up to.

        • Lostprofit DBC

          10k missing won’t get much attention either. We need to do the right thing on Sunday but that’s up to the individual.

        • Ashley-out

          that is a troll

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I want to make the point, that I don’t think he is bowing to any sort of pressure from the fans. I do now think though that he may sell at the right price. As I said, a few missing thousand who have already paid will do nowt.

    • Tweed Mag

      The 11 minute ‘walk in’ may not have been a resounding success, but the miserly move by the club to switch off the TV screens on the concourses was certainly a result for the protesters. Petty and vindictive tactic – says it all.

    • Gallowgate

      Apart from make a statement against Mike Ashley . Stand as one# boycott wolves

      • Lostprofit DBC

        It’s up to the individual. I won’t be there. Lose and we will be in real trouble.

        • Steven05

          There’s no point and no future under Ashley. What will winning a few matches achieve while he is here?

  • Gallowgate

    Never mind saying backing the player’s get behind the team . This the worst Newcastle United team I’ve seen and after two relegations that says a lot.its all down to one man Mike Ashley # boycott wolves.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Those players did ok last year..

      • Ashley-out

        Troll, no need to answer. blocked

        • Lostprofit DBC

          Ask Leazes

          • Leazes.

            You better ask me I’ve blocked him

          • Lostprofit DBC

            I knew I could rely on you!

          • Ashley-out

            tell him, over the moon im blocked

      • Brian Standen

        May I add Billy Rafferty , Andy Parkinson to that endless list?

    • Ashley-out

      block him, troll warning

  • Ashley-out

    lostprofit is a troll, block him

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I take exception to that. Read my other articles. I am a regular contributor. The articles are linked to this one. I went to the match home and away for years til Ashley came.

      • Ashley-out

        troll

  • Ashley-out

    #boycottWoves

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Your prerogative, I’ve had my say….hope we get 3 points and taken over whatever happens.

      • Tweed Mag

        Everyone will agree to that.

  • roblee07

    Steve I appreciate your views but you say that if Mike Ashley went back on his word he would look stupid. in his 11 years here is has continually lied, continually went back on his word and used sky multiple times as a platform to spout his garbage unchallenged. sky clearly do not have a problem with this so why would he stop. I actually think his timing is odd since the 11 minute walk in failed (I don’t understand why?) and I am not confident now of fans boycotting. however he cannot be trusted and the pressure must be continually applied until the man has zero connection with NUFC

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Had enough, tried my best. Hope for 3 points whatever.

  • Damon Horner

    Makes sense to me. I think a press release stating with the recent media reports linking us to an imminent sale and therefore a prospect of progression for the club and with the teams results at the forefront of the decision, the decision to boycott will be postponed gives the impression we don’t want to damage results or takeover talk but it will be back on if things go sour, this to me would probably would put us in a fair light.

    • Ashley-out

      have you lost your mind, Ashley wants exactly that.
      #boycottwolves

      • Damon Horner

        Stay of execution. Like LostProfit said. He has something he can publicly held to account for, let him either sell the club or publically hang himself from a PR point of view, justify our actions further.

        • Tweed Mag

          Yes but you are running before you can walk – where is the concrete evidence that a sale is imminent? We all hope he goes and the news may turn out to be what we’ve been waiting for, but just hold on to your nerve.

          • Kenny

            I would say it`s nigh on impossible to sell in the time frame the Rat has stated, more bull

          • Damon Horner

            I just wouldn’t think it’s a great scenario where a sale is in the pipeline and we’re continuing to boycott, which might be a perceived attack on the time. My thought would be to pause any action rather than withdraw, I get anybody with the alternative view though, I just think delaying action wouldn’t hurt.

          • Tweed Mag

            Pause/delay/postpone on the basis of what? Another PR stunt? If there is a sale, great. But we do not know.

          • Damon Horner

            This one would look like a clear PR stunt and clear to media and all he is a joker, right now so many think he had been generous and financially efficient, showing he “cares”.

            No matter what though his words will weaken the protests. It’s up to the fans what they do. I see the point made by others, it’s all about how we see the future going.

    • Tweed Mag

      If there was independent, reliable information then things could be re-arranged. But it is all paper-talk, PR and one interview with Ashley (who we know cannot stop telling whoppers).

    • Leazes.

      Crowds don’t win points…. as SJP proves week in week out…..

      • Kenny

        If they did we’d be in the top 4

      • Damon Horner

        You’re right, They don’t. If we’re talking PR though, what we don’t want is for the general reaction to be to paint us as the bad guys instead of him. If he promises a takeover and screws us over again, put it all back on harder and make it clear why, more of our fans should buy into it and we’d look less embarrassing.

        • Leazes.

          No more…. it isn’t genuine, but by god the press have taken the bait again.

          • Damon Horner

            So have some fans taken the bait. Most fans with a cynical view point on the matter are not in the stadium, they’ve sacrificed their seat a while back. We’re heading for weaker protests in my view if it goes ahead.

    • Kenny

      Smashed 3-0 in front of 51,000
      That argument doesn’t stand up.

      • Damon Horner

        I’m not making an argument. Just am opinion.

    • Billmag

      Not with you on this one Damon, until the parties that’s involved in this supposed take over make some sort of statement of intent then I think we should take the word of a known liar with a pinch of salt, remember the every penny statement (lies).

      • Damon Horner

        Not many will mate. I worry we’ll look morons if we do half hearted protests when his words are half promising a takeover, not just a hope. No matter happens now his words will weaken an already half hearted protest attempt.

  • X2

    No. Just no.

  • Leazes.

    Nothing you have said makes any sense at all, are you really Steve Hickey? or are you Simon Carr impersonating him?

    I looked at other posts under this name and it all contradicts this tripe.

    Whoever you are you are no friend of this club!

    Get off your knees and get a backbone you clown.

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Haha, I’m a cardboard cutout of the man I used to be. If it is to be a boycott, I hope it’s a good one and we still win. Headlong into half a crowd is hardly the way forward.

      • Tweed Mag

        Your article dated 3rd July 2018. “Mike Ashley has Everyone Where He Wants Them, Press and Supporters”.
        That will change when he is stood up to, not by those who give up.

      • Leazes.

        No you aren’t…. you have done more damage to this club than a cardboard cutout could ever do Simon!

        I presume you are Simon Carr….there can’t be two people that thick.

  • FatParosite

    NOW is the time to boycott MORE.

    • Kenny

      Yes it is, you don’t call a ceasefire when you’re winning. Prospective buyers know the problem is solely with Ashley.

  • Carverlier football

    Until he is actually out of the door nothing is changed. Developments this week should not change anyone’s actions – go or boycott

  • Billmag

    He is transparent and he is stupid especially when the transfer windows come around.

    • Kenny

      Same 💩 every time a window approaches or it`s time to renew season tickets.

  • Cockneytrev

    Totally wrong,,
    NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESS ON WITH THE BOYCOTT,,,,,
    ASHLEY OUT,,
    KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!!!!!

  • Lostprofit DBC

    How many on here wanting a boycott have a season ticket I wonder?

    • Kenny

      WTF has that got to do with it

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Keyboard warriors will have little effect on true supporters opinions. I am not a true supporter anymore either as you know I stopped out on principle 10 years ago. Do you go?

        • Kenny

          Do yourself a favour and keep away from me.
          you are full of schit

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Willingly

    • Leazes.

      A lot on here jacked them in you fool….. ?

      • Lostprofit DBC

        So did you read my mind or are you perceptive. You know how I feel about cardboard cutouts.

        • Leazes.

          duh

  • FatParosite

    True-Faith Season ticket holders Alex Hurst & Michael Martin saying call off the boycott are going to look mighty stupid when there is silence on 1st of February 2019…..

    • Leazes.

      Alex Hurst is a mate of Simon Carr.

      • FatParosite

        TF have been recently much more cognitive of NUFC plight. Unfortunately they have fallen back into rank and file with this. I hate TF & all it’s cretinous mouthpieces giving it large whilst hanging on to their season tickets. They have watered down expectation just as much as the Comical in my book.

        • Leazes.

          Never ask a taxi driver for an opinion….

          • FatParosite

            Very true.
            TF’s Michael Martin wants his cake and eat it. As do the other TF lickspittles.

    • Leazes.

      Alex Hurst (Gallowgate Flags) is a mate of Simon Carr (Monkeyboy)… commissioned the flags from a very dodgy Polish Neo ‘populist’ website….. strange friends they have….. nice flags not so nice friends.

    • Tweed Mag

      It is hard to believe that people cannot wait for proper confirmation. Until then a sale is pie in the sky.

    • X2

      Wonder if they’re in Ashley’s pocket somehow.

  • Leazes.

    Mike Ashley tweet

    @MoneyMikeAshley
    Have it on good authority that this Sunday’s protest has been cancelled. The people have spoken – I’m staying. Thank you for your support.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    This really is not a serious argument for stopping a planned boycott.
    “Going back on his word now would make Mike Ashley look transparent and stupid.”
    Yes….. and which words might that be ? “I’m selling” ?

    If it waddles like a duck and it quacks like a duck, chances are it’s Mike Ashley lying.

  • JohnnyH

    Ashley wouldn’t need to go back on his word to call off any deal. If past form is anything to go by, he’ll just come out with the same shyte as he did with the Stavely ‘bid’ ……the negotiations were a waste of time.
    Probably coinciding with the closing of the transfer window.

  • X2

    Steve, you said “… I admire the Magpie group and their presence may have made more of an impact than I realised”. You then undermine their fine initiative to boycott Wolves. Why? You admire them and admit they’ve had an impact. You talk about seizing control and ramping up the media war by giving up the boycott. What?? No. I hope you’re not some kind of leader in the army – “Right lads, we’re going to seize that hill by running away. Ready? I’ll run away first.”

    • Lostprofit DBC

      Answer deserved: No I led from the front and packed in 10 years ago. No good will come with him in charge. I just think there is a great chance to make a point on Sunday. With all due respect to OUR fans, they just don’t seem to understand my point.

      • X2

        Fair enough. I packed-in about the same time as well. Ideally I’d like the majority to pack it in until Ashley goes but not going to happen in a day so my take is that every little helps. I can still do my bit by not buying `NUFC branded merchandise, avoiding all Sports Direct group shops including Evans Cycles etc. Hopefully more and more people will come over. Calling off the boycott shocked me but it’s just a battle, not the war and I believe will even have a positive impact once the “selling the club” spin evaporates (yet again!}.

  • Toon

    Total, utter gutless rubbish. Keep it going until a takeover happens, for all we know it’s Ashley playing his games, True Faith will lose all credibility (if they had any) for this shout out if it goes pear shaped. Some fans will look for any excuse not to support the boycott

  • graham18

    No way call it off.Keep still having ago at Ashley until its official that he’s found a buyer and whoever it is officially comes out and says”We are the new owners of NUFC”.Ashley is a conman who whenever exposed will do anything to take the heat off himself.Boycott the Wolves game-FCB out!!

  • Squintytoonarmy

    The takeover is legit – Moscow is out of the lift and in the data room

  • Jonas

    Mug.
    Call the protests off only when/if he sells.
    A few rumours, leaked from MA no less can be repeated time and time again, has been repeated time and time again – the first such incident occuring over 10years ago now. Yeah! lets call it all off and have the same discussion in 10years.

    He’s a lying until proven otherwise to anybody in their right mind.

  • Cockneytrev

    You still want to call off the boycott?

    • Geordiegiants

      That bunch of tossers have called off the boycott now. Who believes this fuxkinshit?

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I want the fans to do what the true fans want to do. I chose to stop 10 years ago as I saw no future under Ashley. It took away the thing I loved but I believe I made the right call. As for the boycott, great if it’s a worthwhile turnout but a chance missed to show how intelligent the Geordie public can be.

      • Cockneytrev

        Have you been smoking a crack pipe?
        The rest of the country think we’re idiots for still showing up,,
        “A chance missed to show how intelligent the Geordie public can be” it’s one of the most moronic statements I’ve ever read on this web site and that says a lot…….
        Do you work for Ashley? (Its rhetorical I don’t want an answer off you).

        • Lostprofit DBC

          You are getting one, thank you for your opinion. Read my other articles, you will see what a moron I really am.

          • Cockneytrev

            I didn’t call you a moron,, I said the statement is moronic,,,, and it is,,,

  • Sing in the Leazes

    Just had a cheeky glance at my crystal ball…. saw a couple of things…

    1. Sunday 5:15 pm: 49,000 Geordies wishing they had boycotted after all as Wolves score a third and there’s still half an hour to go. What are you supposed to do when you know the team are not getting back into it and you have to sit it out? Is there anything more painful or depressing as a fan? This is what death row must feel like.

    2. Multiple dates between now and 1st Feb 2019: statements about potential investors, then the phrase “in time for the transfer window” morphing into “before the end of the transfer window”, then the phrase “non-disclosure agreement” meaning zero news, then the phrase “Mike doesn’t want to spend money on transfers if a sale is imminent”, then the phrase “Rafa looking at loan deals”, the the phrase “difficult to get players in with so much uncertainty on Rafa’s future”, finally followed on 1st Feb by the phrases “sale fallen through”, “Rafa not signing new contract”, “difficult to see where the next point is coming from”, “relegation a certainty”, “entire Geordie nation gives up the ghost”.
    FC United of Newcastle anyone?