A lot of people, quite rightly in my opinion, think that despite all the fuss and claims to the contrary, Mike Ashley wants to hold onto Newcastle United.

The club has effectively been up for sale, more or less, since he bought it in 2007 but he’s still here.

Despite people’s suspicions about him, again justifiably in my opinion, one thing remains a fact. There is nobody out there who has come forward and bought our club.

There are several explanations why people would be reluctant but the hard fact remains that nobody will take a chance, give him an offer he can’t refuse, and put us out of our misery.

A list of reasons for hesitancy, would range from the threat of relegation, to the actual amount that Mike Ashley really wants. Throw in the expectancy of the fans, the huge overhaul needed…and a poisoned chalice rears its head.

With this worryingly factual statement in mind, you have to ask yourself, why? Especially when all of the inconveniences mentioned earlier can easily be overcome with some financial backing and a degree of patience.

My view is, that I think he is vindictive and may not sell at any price.

He is maybe even prepared to lose millions by being relegated. I also think that Ashley would love to see the back of Rafa Benitez.

Maybe the media’s reluctance to paint the true picture could be putting potential investors off. There aren’t many out there with £300m to throw around but there are some.

Despite Mike Ashley’s shortcomings the fact remains, that nobody wants us, at Ashley’s price (and conditions?). Personally, I also don’t want owners who can barely scrape together the asking price, as they would struggle for transfer funds and the like.

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  • Kenny

    He`s not going to sell,
    There will only be Crocodile tears from the club when Rafa leaves.
    Anther patsy will be put in place & that my friends will be the final nail in the coffin
    because he couldn`t give a [email protected]@k about the club, the fans or the people.
    The chance was there to up the pressure & the fans blew it,
    you reap what you sow.

    • graham18

      exactly.there’s no sale,never has and never will be.

    • Leazes.

      The fans didn’t blow it…. there are 2 parts to the magpie group….one group is a bunch of businessmen (Fairs Club, Mag, and True Faith and Gallowgate Flags)who pulled the plug and didn’t give a darn about protests….actively sabotaged the group from inside.

      The guy who runs Gallowgate flags is Alex Hurst who said he was an ordinary fan in the Corner of the Gallowgate….he owns Phoenix taxis and others under different names he’s a mate of your Moscow friend.

      Does that explain anything…. members of Seg Hill Conservative Club and Malcolm Dix’s bloody bunch of Tory traitors well they want him out as well but are unwilling to deviate from their raison d’ etat…..

      ….must be hell to turn on the very thing they worship.

      • Kenny

        Whatever, they will still fill St James` if we go down again, won`t they

        • Leazes.

          Moscow will have to buy more than 10 tickets…. it isn’t going to be 52k from now if the club is relegated again.

          • Kenny

            they won`t get 52,000 but they`ll still get a fair amount there.

          • Leazes.

            Its a heck of a catchment area, a transport hub on the doorstep 50k students from all over the place filling the pubs and a captive fan base and no competition….when the mackems periodically go into the wilderness you can bet that a few end up here as well…. it shouldn’t be a problem for success to happen instead its become an excuse to run the club as a failure….

            ….20,000 on ten year deals at £24 is a give away…. its a backdrop to his bloody advertising and thats it.

        • Viru leckworth

          No. Not this time.

      • Ivan

        Don’t think Alex Hurst has anything to do with the flags now although he used to. At least he was doing something positive. I enjoy the podcasts they produce and I am a subscriber to their paid content. As for the magpie group they are just not well organised and have many different agendas. Bit like some on here really.

        • Leazes.

          If he’s gone now then its Mick Martin then is that the name?

        • We’ll support you evermore

          The magpie group agenda was political, nothing to do with football. Football was the front to deceive and get people on board.

    • Wezza

      In a few years we will look back and think – wow we Rafa! We will never get a credible manager like him for a long time.

      When there is zero spend when the Jan window slams shut there will be a backlash…
      The PR put in place is sale imminent… for it to calm and then say definitely sold in summer.
      The regime is now backed into a corner because when Rafa leaves $hit will hit the fan big time and no protests will stop. Or will they?
      I’d like to think there will be but why 52,000 still turn up NOW after all that has happened you wonder what it will take!!

    • Carl Marks

      Well said – our fans have allowed him to get away with so much,for far too long –
      Because of this,I’m of the considered opinion,that the comatose masses among our fans will only wake up when something catastrophic,like going into administration happens!
      They’ve persistently refused to see that the FCB is taking the pi** out of them –
      but surely they can’t avoid the smell of the pi** he’s taken out of them??!!
      There’s one helleuva stench!!!

  • Rabid Dog

    There may be potential buyers out there, they may, or may not include Peter Kenyon or Garry Cook.

    Ashley has no need to sell. The relationship he has with the club suits his needs.

  • TheFatController

    Without a sale, there’d be no reason to go to matches.

    If anyone needs to go to the football to socialize with your mates, you need to seriously consider where you’re life is at. What do you do when there’s no match on then? Sit at home alone for 13 days?

    If anyone says the team needs their support, and you won’t let Mike Ashley come between you and the players? everyone at that club on the playing side has been employed knowing Ashley is the boss. They knew what he was about and didn’t care, as he was offering most of them tens of thousands a week.

    What would they do, therefore, without that support you believe they need ? Well, maybe still pick up tens of thousands of pounds, and if needed find another club to pay them similar. Yes, they give 100%, but they’re playing football, I paid to do that each week when I was young enough. They’re hardly being asked to give 100% working down pit, are they?

    Yes they’re good lads, but they’re Ashley’s lads, they take his shilling, that shilling that he takes off you.

    If it isn’t sold now, you have to consider if you reason for going justifies allowing him to strangle the life out of the club, setting up a fall it may never recover from …

    • KennyS

      I’ve lost all sense if reason now and running out of questions because only one person can answer them, Fat Ash

  • Paul Patterson

    In summary-

    1.He had the perfect chance to sell around 10 years ago but he chose to get p!$$ed instead.

    2.Bottom line is, he is happy to bleed the club for £100m a year, get his tat shops plastered all over Sky and BT and p!$$ the fans off in the bargain.

    3.He thought he had it good in 2012 when he had Graham Carr spotting players for nowt and being able to sell them for fortunes but that will only work for so long before it backfires.

    4. He now has a world class manager (who actually asks for stuff) with better ability than any since he bought the club on £6m which he thinks (wrongly) that will keep the club in the league despite the lack of investment.

    5 i. He wants the club to just get by in this league but isn’t afraid to gamble on it getting relegated just so long as he doesn’t have to spend.

    6 ii. He will be ok with relegation as it won’t cost him to come back up if it’s at the first attempt.

    7. He couldn’t give a $h!t.

    There you go. In short, he’s an @r$£hole . .

    • Kenny

      I can`t see us coming back up if we go down again.

      • Jonas

        Would any fans even want to?
        I wouldn’t.
        Only benefits one person, the one person we need not to benefit.

    • Leazes.

      Point 2.

      He’s not bleeding the club for anything like that…. he’s starving it of 3 income streams though…. but

      Advertising £3m to £5m
      Merchandise heaven knows probably the same again maybe more
      Matchday…. cheap tickets for at least 60% of season ticket holders where before they were premium priced….

      Club is hit on all three

      Ashley makes money through advertising online sales not the shops….that’s why he’s created the ‘FAKEOVER’ PR stunt.

    • Wezza

      Spot on Paul!

  • Peaky

    I really do think we’ll get relegated this season now…all this there’s three teams worse than us business….I honestly don’t think there is….one maybe,two at a stretch but definitely not three.

    • Kenny

      We know that Newcastle won`t buy so it all depends on what the bottom 6 are willing to spend to enhance their squads.

    • Carverlier football

      After January there won’t be 3 teams worse than us… Rivals strengthened, no sale, and we’ll have a demoralised squad under a manager who’s the only thing holding it together and who they know is on his way at the end of the season…

  • Steven05

    #AttendWolves

  • Rabid Dog

    I was asking my stream provider if he was supplying the kids vs the filth from NUFCtv tomorrow…. his response:

    We’ve tried to get the Newcastle stream before, was expensive, then the actual Newcastle channel itself kept failing, it was a Fat Mike Cashley disaster

    Sums it all up actually

    • Kenny

      They made a right mess of the pre-season games and had to refund everyone, amateurs.

      • Rabid Dog

        Just like everything else

  • Tommy

    When we were promoted we bought Joselu or the Hoss, that sums up Ashley`s ambition for the club.

    • Leazes.

      When he brought in Pardew he said it wasn’t to sell Carroll….. he lies….his friends lie…..PR people lie….Journalists lie…..whats new?

      Reality has had to sink in the hard way because sure as beans is beans they were never going to reveal the game plan for the future of the club.

      Hall said Ashley would take the club to the next level, well that was like the witches prophesies in Macbeth!

      • Carverlier football

        The next level… He didn’t say which direction…

  • Dave Young

    He’s a narcisitic sociopath with a complete and compelling hatred for Geordies, what else would drive a man to the behaviour he exhibits daily, seeking to destroy the club we all love. I live for the day his death is announced…. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      I’d say the diagnosis is pretty close, but purgatory would be several business failures in short order, rather than the big sleep

    • Ba ba.

      Here here

  • Weyhhadaway

    He battled to keep Rafa because he is worth a fortune in saved transfer fees. A good coach keeps a bad side up.

    This club is a cash cow to him, every year good or bad, so why would he want to sell? Do you think he even reads this stuff? He just says whatever has to be said, true or false, to keep from spending a penny.
    Don’t go to the ground, don’t got to his stores.

  • archiedog79

    I’m not sure what my first game was, I know it was one of Ozzy Ardiles Last. I was 11 or 12, then Keegan came and saved us from the drop. The next few years I shared a season ticket with my neighbor and went along with my step dad. What an amazing time. I was absolutely in love with the place. Id go to every game I could but you were lucky to get a ticket. Id even go those screenings they would do at St James , the place was always bouncing. Thousands turning up just to watch the lads training, felt like I supported the best club in the world, all the neutrals loved us ….Rob Lee was my favourite player. I was proud when I went into school that I was able to say I’d been to the match. I was literally obsessed. The feeling I had back then about this club. Absolute pride…..I moved away as a young adult but still I loved the club, I felt like it represented me and my home, if the club was doing well, I was doing well, or we were. Stupid really. Now I come on this forum and read depressing articles about this club called Newcastle United that I don’t recognise…. Absolutely soulless and dead from the inside and I think…. Did any of that happen? Can’t imagine what it’s like for bairns now…. When this is the best they’ve had. It’s even worse cos everyone from outside laps it up, they believe all the drivel and think that we should consider ourselves lucky, propagating the lie…. We shouldn’t though, it’s the best club in the world, and you should be allowed to dream of bigger and better things…but Ashley makes it hard….

    • archiedog79

      That was longer than I intended!

      • Leazes.

        apology accepted

    • Paul Patterson

      Going up the steps into the ‘arena’ part of St James’ was always awe inspiring. Now it fills me with a feeling bordering on disdain. .

    • Tweed Mag

      Exactly what a lot of fans are thinking. Ashley has disconnected the club from those who matter.

    • Leazes.

      Enormous low point in United’s history to enter the fray….the place was a dump and had deteriorated as the Leazes End had been demolished and half turned into a car park…..a slide as fast as the team…. from the Fairs Cup to the MacDonald years to a downward spiral….ardiles playing a bunch of kids….you’ll never win anything with kids…. not the ones we had.

      • Tweed Mag

        NUFC three up versus Charlton Athletic on a horrible winter’s day, Gavin Peacock hit the bar (which would have been four nil had it gone in). Best game for ages . . . until they scored four. Low point indeed. No investment and no belief. The oaf is obviously trying to re-create those days.

        • Danimal

          Yeah and a certain Alan Pardew got the winner. At least he got that one “over the line”.

          • Kneebotherm8

            😂

      • FatParosite

        Jack Charlton’s Black & $hite army. Megson & Reilly. Turgid.

      • Jonas

        i started in 1989 – can any of your readers beat that?

        post Gascoigne, well pre Keegan, just pre fences coming down. Supporters for change boycott going on.
        To me Ardiles era was fun, lots of goals, better football than what had gone before it.
        I’d love to be just gold old fashioned s**t like that again instead of deliberately s**t with no signs the bloke whose causing it going. Was always hope then.
        These are the dark days.

        • Danimal

          1977-78 relegation season. Ten consecutive defeats early on and no wins after new year. And I still came back for more.

  • KennyS

    Mikey had a little lamb he also had a club.
    The match was on a saturday but I was in the pub.
    He didn’t want the team to win a f###ng game.
    So he traded in their biggest assett what an terrible shame.
    Mikey has a lot of money he spends it all on tat.
    He wont be buying anyone.. what a f####g [email protected]
    When he makes a profit he always seems elated.
    But the thick [email protected] doesn’t realise the club could be relegated.

    • Leicester Mag

      😂😂

  • Dillon Tovak

    Cracking article! Filled with insight!
    I’ve learned so much from this.

  • Shipcote Willy

    Agree, does not want to sell, could have sold umpteen times over last ten years when plenty clubs have changed hands. Agree that he was Rafa replaced with Pardew mark 11

  • deadtrail 74

    Any Toon Fans in to Voodoo? I think I could have a 52,000 order for Mike Ashley Vodoo dolls as things are getting desperate. In fact buy the MA one get the Lee Charnley one free!!

    • Leazes.

      If you ever have a boiled egg just draw Charnley’s face on it then bash it in with a spoon.

      • toonterrier

        Would that be a lame duck egg.

      • MadMag83

        More sense in a boiled egg.

  • Roland

    Seems to me that the club is actually worth around £200m. But in Ashley’s logic, he includes the money owed to him (over £100m) in this valuation, which inflates it to £300m. NUFC is not, cannot be worth £300m, it doesn’t have the cashflow or assets to be ‘worth’ anywhere near £300m. This is the sticking point.

    The problem for anyone trying to buy via consotrium is that investors will not tend to give cash just to settle debt. Debt itself would be considered, potentially restructured, but investment money is about purchasing assets, then providing cashflow to increase the value of these assets (i.e. stadium work, player purchases, commercial increase). Settling debt offers zero value, it does not make the club “more valuable”. Thus it stands to reason we can never be sold, unless someone buying the club can agree to structure the debt repayment to Ashley in the form of a loan and Ashley then accepts a price for the club nearer £180-200m.

    • KennyS

      Ashley doesn’t want to sell, unless someone as stupid as him puts the money up.

      • Roland

        He does, but he wants his loan back and he’s not desperate enough to reduce the amount his own club “owes” him. Consortium cannot pay debt, investors won’t release funds for this, so we’re a bit stuck. Even a wealthy individual is going to think twice about giving the fat one £300m for something both parties know is worth – at best – £200m.

        • Leazes.

          The club is worth about 3.5 times its Brand Value plus its assets….. it isn’t for sale!

          • Knowles222

            It is but not for 200 million, mike Ashley would sale for say 500 to 600 million all cash offer an repayment of the loans on top. Problem is he selling at a time when owning a football club as a millionaire play thing as lost it shine in the UK, fair play rules and having to compete with middle east governments wealth funds is no fun.

        • Mr_Kinnear

          I am not supporting fat boy but he paid 134 mil AND loaned the club 143 mil. Approx 277 owed to Ashley. I don’t think he has anyj intention of selling unless he gets his money and a few quid for pies

        • Tweed Mag

          If he had carried out proper due diligence before he bought the club, he would have seen the true financial position and he would not have ended up ‘loaning’ himself a large sum. He is not, and never will be, a competent football club owner. Defend him as much as you like, but he has made a complete mess of his tenure at NUFC.

  • GlasgowMag

    Let’s be realistic about this why would he ever sell based upon the below:
    1. Free tv advertising for his main concern SD beamed across the world during match day.
    2. Over 200 million tv revenue per season for just staying in the premiership to be spent on expanding his retail empire.
    3. No matter what money is spent on team 52 thousand fans guaranteed to spend money and fill stadium every season.
    4. Free prime land gained for commercial development.
    5 Additional free revenues for SD through NUFC retail sales.
    6. Millionaire status upgraded to billionaire status from the benefits gained by his ownership of our club.

    I rest my case this is just a small part of why our club is not for sale!!

    • Leazes.

      That’s why it is a FAKEOVER

      (good soundbite isn’t it)

    • Roland

      1. His concerns are no HoF, Debenhams and potentially HMV. He needs cash, the SD shares aren’t helping him.
      2. He doesn’t take any money, apart from to pay back his own loan.
      3. Stadium income is pittance and goes towards club upkeep. He doesn’t pocket anything.
      4. NUFC don’t own much land, he’s already sold – to himself – what he can.
      5. Again, pittance.
      6. He’s already a billionaire.

      • GlasgowMag

        Yip I’ve got it wrong I bow to your knowledge Mike’s really a good guy!!!🤔🤔😂😂

        • Roland

          Where does it say that? He pockets what he believes he’s owed – I find the stupidity of Toon fans, somehow thinking he’s using NUFC to fund pub rounds, astonishing.

          He’s a horrible fecker, a cancer killing the club – if it’s not already dead. But shouting about stuff that isn’t remotely true or even sensible does us no favours.

      • Leazes.

        11 posts ….. idiot…… blocked

        • Pezza

          Leazes’, you are a lying toe rag.

      • Wezza

        “He doesn’t pocket anything”

        Lie and blocked.

        • Roland

          “lalalalala fingers in ears”. He only takes what he’s loaned, that’s a fact.

          The club breaks even and doesn’t have much to spend because of very costly relegation and awful commercial revenue – both Ashley’s fault. I’m not defending the kent. I’m just trying to give a balanced view as to what he’s doing. The better we understand the enemy the better the chance of defeating them.

      • HarryHype59

        Fleckman?

        • Pezza

          No, he’s not Fleckman, pay me the money you owe from our bet, welshing cent.

      • archiedog79

        Sigh

      • Pezza

        SD has far more money than Nufc can supply.he will not touch hmv.

      • Big Hairy Man

        😂😂😂😂

      • Toon Arnie

        Do Points 1 & 6 not contradict each other and lessen the impact of the point you’re trying to make ?

        • Roland

          Only if you don’t really understand finance. To clarify, he owns shares in SD which makes him – on paper – a billionaire. However, the shares can’t be used like cash, he can’t buy HoF with shares for example, so he’s only a cash billionaire if he sells SD shares. Subsequently he has – in his opinion – £300m tied up in NUFC that he could use right now to continue his High Street obsession.

          Anyone thinking my post is a defence of Ashley is a moron. He’s a cancer on the club, we’ll never improve with him and desperately need rid. I’m only pointing out that we should deal with facts and not mindless vitriol. Too many NUFC fans are like villagers with pitchforks, except they tend to do it quietly behind keyboards which makes the ignorance to the reality of the situation even more astonishing.

    • Pezza

      Except you are wrong.

      1. It’s an awfully expensive way to get a couple of million quids of advertising

      2. £123m actually, about the value of the wage bill.

      3. Yep

      4. Hmm, rubbish. It cost him way over the cost / market price for that land

      5. The club benefits more than SD

      6. Jeez that’s rullsheet

      • GlasgowMag

        Monksy boy or Mosky boy these days don’t believe everything you hear in the lift!!🤔🤔😂😂

        • Pezza

          I’d not claim the honour of being the Monk.

          I’d not believe all you hear in the pub. Your post was inaccurate, I’ve corrected you but if you are too thick to understand, you agree just as bad as the other sheep in here.

          We are unable to post your comment because you have been banned by The Mag. Find out more.

          • Roland

            I am finding a lot of pitchfork wielding Toon fans are actually hugely ignorant to the reality of the situation, and do come across as thick. It’s no wonder we can’t work together as a fanbase. I was labelled an idiot and an Ashley sympathiser for pointing out inaccuracies.

          • GlasgowMag

            Childish school boy bully reply!! Your sole intention when you post on this site is to gain a reaction just like your pal below who for some reason has stolen identities of one of my favourite Grange Hill characters🤔!! No need for a reply as no more communication will be forthcoming!!

          • Pezza

            Well, I’ll have the last word on the subject.

            All I’ve done is correct your points to show where you are wrong. If you had anything about you, you’d counter that or agree. Instead, you throw your toys out.

  • Jonas

    At this stage there should be no doubt what the answer is and that everyone should be moved on from it now.

    Almost every club, if not every club, in the top two divisions has been either bought out-right or bought into – some, for example Aston Villa, have been bought three times in the time Ashley has been here. We’d be the exception.That’s not the case.

    People have been interested therefore willing to buy
    Ashley has refused to sell – for whatever reason (price not met, not the right fit) – because he doesn’t want to sell (unless someone offers way more than the club is worth – but if Sheik Mansour wasn’t going to do that, nobody else will).

  • Wezza

    Not a willing seller. Why sell when you can take a hundred million a season minimum? Invest that into more companies, asset strip, make profit, leave company crippled etc.

    All the club does is lie.
    All KBA does is lie to the media and fans AND get paid for it.

    • Pezza

      You are an utter lying piece of poo, Wezza.

      • Jock Mcglock

        Not as big as your hero.

    • East Durham Mag

      The club was never for sale. Projected finish 17th, no investment, asset strip and lie. Rinse and repeat.

      • Leazes.

        Transfermarkt have revised their squad valuations since the start of the season we are no longer 17th……

        …..We’re 18th

        • East Durham Mag

          Really? It just gets worse. See who if anyone gets cashed in for his other needs.

      • FatParosite

        If we go down & stay down its the only way he will go

  • Pezza

    At least that was brief, you stated the bleeding obvious then made something up and got angry about it.

  • Mr_Kinnear

    I doubt he is vindictive. I am guessing that any potential buyers are looking at every aspect in fine detail. I think the price and conditions are unacceptable. So much money is needed that I doubt it’s viable even over 5 years. If Ashley make a no money as Pezza and his pals would have everyone believe, why invest?

    • Kneebotherm8

      Where will 💩Direct get the free worldwide exposure they get through this club?………..answer is nowhere……..it’s what he bought the club for in the first place all those years ago…….and it’s serving his company very,very well…….just as he planned…

      • Viru leckworth

        He would get much more exposure if the club were in th champions league every year – that of course would take investment.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    He has never wanted to sell the club imo
    It is his billboard to promote and advertise his tatty business which has seen his net worth rocket up to 3.8 Billion in his time here.
    The selling the club ruse is one he has used for 10 years now and was first used after “KEEGANGATE” to get him through that storm.
    It is used whenever he feels threatened or his back is against the wall and has worked well for him thus far.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Your opinion is correct…..sell the club?……..no,nay never…..

  • nufcslf

    To Fat Cashley and his morinic followers.

    Chorus
    Sports Direct is f**king sh*t
    I won’t buy a thing from it
    I’d take a match and burn it down
    Mike Ashley you’re a f**king clown

    You came to toon to buy our club
    You bought the locals pints in a pub
    You even fequent Strawberry Place
    Mike Ashley you’re a f**king disgrace

    Chorus
    Sports Direct is f**king sh*t
    I won’t buy a thing from it
    I’d take a match and burn it down
    Mike Ashley you’re f**king clown

    You’ve been here now going on 12 years
    But nobody has answered my prayers
    Mike Ashley f**k off and die
    Because I can’t stomach one more lie

    Chorus
    Sports Direct is f**king sh*t
    I won’t buy a thing from it
    I’d take a match and burn it down
    Mike Ashley you’re f**king clown

    • MadMag83

      Brilliant 😂

  • zack

    how could the club possibly be worth 300m? is the badge worth 200?

    • DZA

      The club only valued at 195 million by the banks. Ashley asking for too much and the value was from October last year, so they’ve no way the club gone up in value by much since then.

      • Leazes.

        The brand is worth £195m

        If you want to buy a going business a rule of thumb is 3.5 times the brand value and its assets.

        For heavens sake Sky give us £125m

        • DZA

          Not according to the insider & the FT, the club not worth more than 195 million, you cannot count ashley loan into this.

          You wouldn’t buy a house at 200k if it’s only valued at 90k, would you. It’s common sense! No buyers because no one willing to pay over the odds and why would you.

  • FatParosite

    If it takes our fans this long to catch on can we really blame the local media for being slow…?

    • Lostprofit DBC

      I walked in 2008 so don’t be fooled by the apparent naivety in my article. I’ve seen the basement stuff of the 70’s but at least the fans stuck together.

  • Carl Marks

    90+% of comments on here fall under the heading,”Preaching To The Converted”(mine included)
    Pity we couldn’t have them transmitted on the big screens at SJP – maybe then 50+ thousand fans may realise,that they’re having the pee taken out of them on an industrial scale!!

  • Carl Marks

    Another day,
    Another lack of transfer activity,
    Another lack of surprise from all of us
    Ashley’s a cancer and consequently,
    should have been ‘treated’ a long time ago,to prevent further spreading of the disease.
    Love or loathe Jeremy Kyle,he always says to people who’ve been treated appallingly,
    “People will always treat us badly,
    as long as we allow them to”

  • DZA

    We should have more articles about it’s time to boycott now. Fans are happy to be sheep and keep going to games and moaning but not make a stand.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    I wrote the article, not only to show Ashley’s deviousness that we are all too well aware of but also to make the point that nobody wealthy wants us. Ashley may leave a shell but the club can be made great again.

  • Jock Mcglock

    A few months back Abramovic knocked back 2 billion for Chelsea. 2 billion? Surely that buyer would look at the apparent 300 million Ashley wants and think that’s a total bargain. 300 million to Ashley, 700 million for players and still 1 billion in the bank. We were ahead of Chelsea 15 years ago. So why not again with the right investment? The only conclusion I can draw is we’re not for sale.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      This one thing I don’t understand about Ashley. The top 4 spend big and get a lot more worldwide exposure because they are on TV and Europe etc. They make more money all round. Why is Ashley ignoring all of this potential?

  • Toontone100

    “Personally, I also don’t want owners who can barely scrape together the asking price, as they would struggle for transfer funds and the like.”
    I can see some sense in this but …. personally I would welcome anyone who was at least trying to struggle for transfer funds … as even that would be a huge step forward.

  • Knowles222

    The biggest problem is the fair play rules. Even if someone willing to pay say 600 million for newcastle, they just chuck 500 million at the club and turn it into a champion league side. The rules have limited the amount of fun investors can have with a football club.