Taking a step back you can see it all too clearly.

The situation as it exists now at St James Park, means that…

Luckily there is only everything that still needs sorting at Newcastle United.

Amongst the ‘few’ things that NUFC are lacking:

An ambitious and trustworthy owner

A board of directors with the skills to steer the club forward

A professional talented non-football management team to drive the business

A plan for the medium and long-term, rather than existing season to season

A manager of the necessary level contracted for the 2019/20 season

A team fit for purpose

A playing squad with the necessary strength in depth

A St James Park that is maintained properly and expanded if possible

A state of the art training complex that was described as being ‘essential’ when  promised 6 years ago

A fully resourced Academy

The above are the broad brush strokes but it is such a desperate state that Mike Ashley has reduced this football club to.

The most obvious, that no rational person could fail to see, is that due to lack of investment in window after window after window, Newcastle United simply don’t have the playing squad that is needed to compete in the Premier League.

What you see now is a squad that has had sticking plasters applied to cover up the inadequacies, a reliance on loan players and short-term deals on a number of older players to try and cheat relegation in the short-term.

Nothing is impossible but you have to accept the whole thing is daunting when it comes to the amount of work needed to turn the situation around.

Everything has a starting point and just maybe, sometime in the future we will all be able to look back to something that happened in 2019, a point when this potentially great football club started to be rebuilt.

Without that hope we have nothing.

  • Wezza

    Good article! We know there is a fakeover but just imagine the club was sold! They’d have to spend s lot to get the club back on its feet. Imagine many cogs in the wheel are missing (asset strip) it may take years to get back to a normal club who does everything it can to be successful.
    This FCB has set up this club to maximise profit. Monk Carr likes to spout FCB doesn’t take a penny. We know this is false as the accounts don’t add up, money being transferred to MASH via a loophole.
    FCB has gotten richer from our club and that is a fact.

    • Geordiegiants

      No doubt what so ever about it.

    • Leazes.

      He certainly doesn’t take a penny….. the advertising alone is worth between £3.5 – £5m….. multiplied by 12 years….

      Add in merchandise….. we can only guess …. and so can anyone doing due diligence…..

      ….adds up to quite a bit that he didn’t actually need….. but the club did.

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, but we’re balance sheet champions, year after year..

    • NUFCLX

      Mash Accounts for Apr 16 thru Apr 17 were due to be filed July 2018. They still show as overdue, I wonder why!

  • Leicester Mag

    The rebuilding only starts when Budda is toppled

    • Leazes.

      Strange bit of name calling…..

      • Leicester Mag

        Simply a reference to his rotund shape and a laughing budha

  • Tommy

    Newcastle has been decimated on every level by Ashley, it may never recover.

    • KennyS

      This time if they do get regulated you could be right

  • Paul Patterson

    In May we will need a manager and around 10,000 supporters as well..

  • Albert Stubbins

    When I was telt Peter k was heading a consortium i knew then it was a joke. After all he is a stand up comedian after all!! I’ll get me coat..

    • Kenny

      Published reports on him crowdfunding to buy Newcastle.
      You really couldn`t make it up.


      • mactoon

        they did !

  • Kenny

    where`s the money gone

    • Steve Smith

      Into the Debenham’s pot.

      • Kenny

        I wouldn`t put it past him.

        • Steve Smith

          I fully expect about £50/60 million to be paid by him for Debenhams by around April.

          • Paul Patterson

            Nah. Just after the Man City game as the window shuts. He likes a p!$$ take ..

          • Peaky

            Yup….a good old ‘rub it in gesture’….

  • Leazes.

    This is the latest mark Douglas headline….

    The Newcastle consortium conundrum: Why Peter Kenyon’s £1million ‘whip round’ might make sense.


    • Paul Patterson

      There’s a Unicorn emblem above the Chronicle offices..

    • Tweed Mag

      Embarrassment to journalism.

    • KennyS

      Just don’t read it! … the chronicle doesn’t exist anymore they’ve failed the fans and Tyneside big style.

    • Superdooperhooper

      I couldn’t believe the Kevin miles quote -be careful what you wish for – could anyone be a worse owner than ashley?

      • NUFCLX

        I was at that meeting and you have to take what he said in context, he also went on to compare it with the Blackpool situation.
        Believe me there is nobody who hates Fatman more than me and I would take a chance on anyone taking us over but you have to realise we do not want to be taken over with like for like.

        • Superdooperhooper

          When people were calling for Shepherd to go I always said ‘better the devil you know ‘ now I say ‘anyone is better than ashley ‘

          • Geordiegiants

            Shepard’s greed was killing our club. He would of been like a pig in shat if he had of been around in this money era.

          • Sickandtired

            Someone fell for the Ashley is saviour line, eh? The club was so ‘badly’ off, it’s debt amounted to £78 million, including the ground expansion mortgage (to have been fully repaid by 2016).
            How does that compare to what is now ‘owed’ to Fatty, and a team, squad, and club infrastructure which is in tatters?

      • nufcslf


      • Sickandtired

        Staveley dismissed as a time-waster despite making 3 bids. Kenyon can’t even raise the alleged purchase price (but apparently not a time-waster?), so how anyone would expect him to then invest in the team, squad and infrastructure, is a legitmate question.

    • Sickandtired

      Aye, and it was someone else’s story once again – repeated from Caulkin. Douglas and Co couldn’t find a story in a book shop.

  • KennyS

    Fat Ashley 1 Geordies 0

    When will the fans wake up and take control of this situation?

    Pressure must also come from the FA or the Premier League or even Government to put pressure on this owner ..
    SUBJECT: The deliberate destruction of a major company in the UK.

  • Danimal

    I’ve just had a Manchester United fan, complete with Home Counties accent, explain that their 2-0 win at SJP has restored his faith in football after “six years of misery”. He seemed genuinely surprised at my lack of empathy.

  • pedrodelgardo

    Until the owner is called out for his “ambition” to finish 17th on the lowest possible spend, all other considerations are equivalent to shouting at pigeons.

    • pedrodelgardo

      and i’ve had a few!!

  • Reconquista

    I drove past Spurs training ground at Enfield yesterday. The place is huge, and looks like they’ve spent a fortune on it.

    I’ve been to our training ground at Benwell…..Which in comparison looks like it belongs to Blyth Spartans.
    The lack of investment and how it looks to anyone coming into the club probably says it all. It needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up if it’ll ever survive. It won’t get the investment with Ashley asset stripping the place. And the only way we’ll ever get rid of the parasite is to boycott every game. Otherwise we’re just prolonging the