Mike Ashley Continues Cost Cutting At Club

In a story that has been doing the rounds over the last couple of days, which we find amusing as much as anything, Newcastle United players will be hit in the pocket by Newcastle’s latest cost-cutting move – after being told they will need to pay for their own club suits.


Mike Ashley – making players pay for own club suits

It looks like Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is trying to cut costs at the club, which of course were far too high under former Chairman Freddy Shepherd and his cronies.

And now the very well paid stars of Newcastle United will need to pay for their own club suits, rather than the club providing them, which is the usual practice of course.

But this news is more about the action of the club in miserly small cost savings, as contrasted to what it will cost the players.

I told my wife about it yesterday, and her reaction was – “so – they can certainly afford it”, which about sums it up

A good suit costs £250, let’s say, and a lot of these guys are on £60K a week, so do the maths – it’s not hard. 😀

They can certainly afford it, and while it may label the club as stingy, (and that is probably well deserved), the club must be run as a business in this exploding world of football as the global sport.

Whether that should go to the level of club suits of course, is another question, and we must say it does look a little petty.

Ashley also wants to get rid of some of his under-performing £60K/week players, who have not produced over the last season like Carr, Emre, Rozehnal and possibly Barton.

Carr and Emre were out injured most of the last season, and hardly played. When we are bringing players to the club this summer, we must look at their injury records, because they will not be much good to us, if they are always out injured.

The wage bill right now is also said to be a huge £72M, which is the 5th highest in the Premier League, and the club is certainly not getting it’s moneys-worth. We’re sure that Newcastle fans will agree with that statement.

Newcastle have already slashed around £6M/year from the overall wage bill, with the transfer of £60K/week earners Emre to Fenerbahce for £4M, David Rozehnal to Lazio for £2.8M, and releasing Stephen Carr, at the end of his contract.

We find nothing wrong with that, and the only player we may miss is Emre, who is a very talented and quality footballer, but hardly ever fit.

We’ve also let Peter Ramage, Lamine Diatta and James Trosi leave the club in the summer, but we didn’t get any fees for them, as their contracts had run out.

We also don’t think we’d miss Damien Duff and Alan Smith too much either, if they were to leave.

And we need to now bring in at least 6 top players to augment our squad, which is all the Newcastle fans are waiting for right now.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far


    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    just rediculous !!!! next he’ll have them paying for there strips!!!

  • true

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    it all sounds a bit petty to me then again i would happily buy them all a suit out of my pocket if we could ever get to new wembly

  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #3

    i think it is amusing to say the least but if you are earning 10k-100k a week you should be able to afford a suit with your own cash, ashley seems to be putting his foot down and wants to save money where we can where it will not affect the club too much

    although it might all be untrue

    if he saves money hear which means that he can spend it elsewhere then thats fine.

    someone told me i think it was my dad when mike ashley took over that he is great at taking a business which is not running effeciently then steadying ship and have the business running very well….

    i hope this is true, its a strange time where the football fans are discussing the club inside and out instead of just on the pitch

  • adam

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    can we please buy some players so that theres someone to buy the suits!!!

  • gonufc

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with your wife Ed lol. Who cares? Normally people would have to buy their clothes for work in an office or similiar.

  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    why doesnt mike ashley get lippo suction if he is soo rich, he looks soo funny in that picture

    well if he pays me a grand a week i will be his personal trainer, put him through the fat (cost) cutting cycle see how he likes it, i will steady the waistline (ship) make him more effecient.

    he could even sell the sweat to make soap or maybe to some university for testing lol

    god im so not very funny, but i try thats all that matters haha

  • Leo

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #7

    ps ed how the ‘ell do you manage to put these articles up at this time well there were articles up at around 9.30 am local time depending on where you are based wouldnt that make it 4.30 am for you?

    whats the secret there red bull?

  • Obafemi Martins

    Jun 14, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    I have absolutely no problems with this, seems like a fairly good idea. I was actually quite surprised to find out that the players get the club to pay their petrol and mobile phone bills(that means gas and cell phone Ed & other Americans).
    I might go to my boss on Monday and try to negotiate him paying for me to get there in my car, and for the use of my phone. I know what he’ll say – two words, one of the being “off”.

  • rave

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    WTF, shame on u Mike, u are bloody stingy
    as Ed said, the players can afford it, so why don’t u?

  • Marat18

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    if this decision has been made, then it’s not in the sake of cutting the costs.
    we are talking about Newcastle here, the club that had no problems with taking Barton to and off the training pitch with helicopter.

    how much will it save? 50k? 100k? per year?laughable.

  • jack

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    i think it’s a bit needless. cost cutting wise, any how. is that really going to make a difference?

    but anyways, sure, the senior players can afford it but do the under 18s and reserves need to pay for their own suits? ’cause i imagine they don’t make a lot of money. i know one lad who just got cut from newcastle reserves who was offered a place in norwich’s first team but couldn’t afford to go and move down there, so they obviously don’t make that much. less than the average man.

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Agree with Marat18. This action will saves the club very little…Perhaps the money saved from suits will be Mr. Wise’s salary.

  • tapir

    Jun 14, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    the action doesnt show at all our club ambition!!!
    after this player have to buy their own drink!!!

  • Hadrian

    Jun 14, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    you know , robinho at real madrid is on 40k per week ……………………
    kinda brings our current situation into light abit dunnit :O

    and i read the club spends 20k per year on these suits , so thats about the saving ashleys making from this gesture .
    20k yearly saving worth the stick we will get from this ?
    billionare trying to save 20k send a good message out ?

  • t-g-w

    Jun 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Every little helps…

  • iain

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    it doesnt help paint a good picture of MA when hes being accused by many of being a tight wad.

    but tbh how much of a joke is it that not only do fans pay players wages, we have to cover the cost of buying them suits as well.

    every sports club ive played for (unpayed) ive had to pay for club ties/badges/equipment etc so i dont see why nufc players should get theres free.


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    What is it sayn to the rest of the football world? especially if we are tryn to attract quality! its just over the top! I agree that the players wages should be brought into line to the clubs performances! its just getting out of hand! what would £50,000 a year change! in the clubs overall financial saving not a great deal! MA just seems penny pinching! no wonder hesa billionaire!

  • ScottyT

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘the club must be run as a business’

    no! the club must be run as a ‘football club’. yes the business side of things are important to cut costs bla bla.. BUT this is a football club who needs to buy players to help win football matches. annoyingly it is looking increasingly like ashley doesnt want to spend which is very worrying to say the least.

    i hope im wrong though.. specially afta renewin season ticket for nxt 3 years i/we deserve better.


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    The players will have to buy there own kit next!!
    NUFC PLAYERS GET 10% DISCOUNT AT SOCCER WORLD!! Ashley needs to get a grip!


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    It looks like he wants to squeeze every penny out of the club, its players and the fans!!!! We’ll be the laughing stock of the premiership and the world of football!!!!!!!

  • Hammy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Great idea guys…..
    Let’s put vending machines pitchside at St James and at half time the lads can queque up for their lucozade drinks…….just see the players asking folk in the crowd if they can change a fifty…..

  • Hammy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    On a more ominous note anybody notice how many Platinum Club tickets their were for sale in this mornings Journal??? I counted about 5 different lot’s, looks like some of the toon’s well heeled fans are voting with their feet.

    Mike Ashley take note……

  • Marguerite

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    As I understand it, not only will the players be expected to purchase their own suits, but their mobile ‘phone bills and petrol expenses are to come under close scrutiny.

    It leads me to ask will Mike be wearing a suit to the games this season?

    Oh dear, another bizarre decision at our club and I am not sure whether it makes the us look tight fisted or prudent.

    However, couple this with increases in season ticket prices of approx. 10% and no indication of new signings, it does little to engeander a ‘feel good’ factor for the fans.

  • beye the great

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    i think it is a bit tight but bt aso why should the club have to pay for thier suits in the old days players would have got 55 quid a week whilst having to pay for boots shinpads and other stuff its not just thier wages but also the fact more or less everything is paid for them which i personally wouldnt mind but with the underperformance something needs to change i mean if you and i were to have a choice play for newcastle get 60 k a week n pay for your suits or not play for newcastle wot would you chose


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Im getting the feeling MA is getting the club as attractive as possible to sell at a profit!! this time next year we might have a new owner/owners!

  • Hammy

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Ronaldo comes up to Owen at the end of a match and says,
    “Hey Mickey you wanna swap shirts with the best looking footballer on the planet?”
    Owen says
    “Sorry Ron we’re not allowed, the owner says they’ve got to last until next season…..”

    Of course that’s a load of Bollocks as Ronaldo will be playing in Spain next season and that situation will not arrise…

    Absolutely cannot wait for Ronaldo to sign for Real, will be taking the piss out of Man U fans for weeks…….and Fergie has the nerve to accuse Madrid of poaching players.


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Surf is good for black and whites!

  • michael

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Bout bloody time someone tried to look after our interests. What is the point in we fans paying through the nose for Emre to earn £4mill every year while he lies on a treatment table. Think of how many season tickets that is. So Mike Ashley makes them pay for their own suits, big whoop. They can afford it more easily than you or I, and that’s 20 people in the stands all year who will be paying a player to PLAY, not dress up like a show pony. (Even if that’s only for 2 days in Michael Owen’s case).

    Good on Ashley bring down the excess drains on the clubs finances and make football the priority. Maybe if these arrogant woolly wofter’s are made to pay for a badge they might respect it a bit more, and in turn the club and it’s fans.

    P.S. Did anyone else know Nicky Butt is on £4million a year. He was good this year but he’s been taking the piss before that.

  • catawbamag

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #29

    I personally think the story is rubbish. If Ashley is that hard up to cut costs, he could have the team suits made at his Chinese shirt sweat shop for a bowl of rice, and save himself the bad publicity.
    They need to get Owens contract sorted out to get the ball rolling here.


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #30

    the thing is Beye the great I agree if it was you or us but its not! professional footballers!
    will quality want to come – with all the penny pinching!


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #31

    I believe Mike Ashleys nickname is MR BURNS!!!

  • tapir

    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #32

    again the new regime fail in the communication
    -no denial and no udpdate on any transfer talk
    and dont ask me to refer to NUFC official site!
    i rather check my primary school site which is far more informative!!


    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashley said he wants to stop the club going backwards and only forwards? if thats the case he is creating bad publicity and making us the laughing stock! so is that going forward?

  • Davies

    Jun 14, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Where exactly from?

    Slow news day?

  • oga

    Jun 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    When we talk of under performers, why is there a constant bias? Viduka is the second worst offender after Emre, while Rozenhal was never that bad. Geremi wouldn’t be missed either.

  • Marguerite

    Jun 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Re Davies (33) – I saw it first being reported in the Shields Gazette yesterday.

    I am not advocating that the club runs to the press / media loose lipped every 5 minutes – in fact the opposite; however there is a happy medium.

    Hell if someone at NUFC had given out some sort of ‘mission statement’ or indication as to how the club was to progress and their intentions in broad terms for the coming season, then this sort of reporting would have been avoided.

    I was hoping with this new board we would stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

  • Marguerite

    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Also how much is it costing the club for Wise and his cohorts to go jetting around the world sussing out potential youngsters?


    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Ashley’s got a bazuka!! Marguerite (36)


    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Question for you guys! In your own opinions!
    we’ll probably need 9 -10 players after the crap has been sold on?

    Who realistically do you think we’ll sign?
    how much money do you think we’ll have to spend on targets!

  • Craig

    Jun 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Story could be rubbish but even if it is tue who cares?

    I think the players can afford their own suits with some of the idiotic wages they are on (thanks fat Fred) .

    Starting to get irrated by the total lack of communication with our new regime. Has Mort’s replacement even been offically announced?


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