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So Sad For A Proud Newcastle United Club

1:35 pm, Monday, September 8th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 334 Comments

It would appear from the actions of this morning, where both coaches close to Kevin Keegan, McDermott and Sadler have been sacked,  that the Newcastle United Board are determined to press ahead with things at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley – massive mistakes made by owner

It’s hard to see how this will all turn out once the people running Newcastle, none of whom are actually in Newcastle, return to the city, either in the next few days or for the game against Hull City on Saturday.

What is happening at the club right now is definitely being carried out against the fans’ wishes, and it’s really difficult to imagine how Billionaire Mike Ashley, in the midst of an all-out rebellion from the fans of Newcastle United, can hold onto the club, even though it now appears that’s what he wants to do.

The Board have made massive errors, not only in not being able to keep Kevin at the club, but also for issuing statements on Saturday night which are obviously not true, by their own previous statements. And also by their own admission the club is a business – but we wonder who they think the customers of their business really are?

It seems that what’s being lost in all of this – is the proud name of the Newcastle United Football Club.

That an owner came come in and buy a club, and then go completely against what the Newcastle Public, the Newcastle Fans, the Newcastle Players and the Newcastle City Council want, seems unbelievable.

But perhaps with all the big money in English football, this is what football in England has come down to.

For the faithful fans of Newcastle United, this episode, now one of the worst in the club’s history, is much worse than any nightmare.
It’s all so very sad for the real supporters of our proud club.



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334 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    sweendog – Sorry for delay mate, feeling rather unwell to day (man flu). Yes indeed, I was the originator of the petition. However, in order to facilitate further suggestions, I propose that a general meeting of supporters be arranged allowing further debate of this current situation. I would welcome an opportunity to actively debate and agree upon future action.

    Let me know what the consensuses is..!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/DWMANUFC/petition.html

  • 2 dubsea // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    what an insult. to see the guy wrecking our club wearing our shirt…so much for ashley being one of the people

  • 3 Victor Meldrew // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    How do we get his tank of our lawn? He aint gonna move it without a fight.

  • 4 graeme // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    MA has proved beyond doubt that nothing and that means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is going to come between him and a nice fat profit.

    The Club doesnt matter, the players dont matter and we, the fans, most certainly dont matter.

    He isnt here for the pleasure, at least not as we know it; he isnt here to win a popularity contest; he isnt here to be one of the toon army. He is here to get a substantial return on his investment. Nothing more, Nothing less.

    The ONLY way to convince him of the error of his ways is to boycott the club. If you havent already got a ticket dont buy one until he leaves; If you have a ticket,go, protest, buy nothing from him.

    Boycott NUFC progs, merchandice, food, drink. Boycott all of his shopping outlets. Hit him in the only way he understands and the only place he notices, Hit him in his WALLET.

    Long live NUFC.

  • 5 Ericles // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    There are denials from potential buyers today. Is this just a tactic by potential buyers or are Ashley and his gangster menagerie really intending to stay at NUFC? Our proud club is now run from London like some branch of a sportwear store by contemptible profiteering individuals who give not a hoot about Geordieland. Are we to become just a colonial outpost of a bunch of Southerners and Londoners? Is the club to be stuffed with ex-Chelsea cronies of Wise accompanied by a load of Kings Road clubbers and zoot suited barrow boys? Come on Toon – we need to get organised. Turn up in droves inside and outside the ground on Saturday and show these Ashley paid parasites that the Toonarmy is not finished yet or ever will be. We want our club back asap!

  • 6 John // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    cant believe this, hes at it again. Please somebody come save our club.I still cant believe al this is happening. Ashley and his cronies have no clue, i really dont know what his intentions are? it is just baffling me, at this rate the club isnt going to be worth as much in 6 months time the players will want to leave in january.So maybe he wants to keep the club? tough for him we wont let it happen, whats the point in keeping the club if you cant sit in the stadium without getting your head bounced around. im very confused just like everybody else, hopefully something concrete will happen this week,as im sick of being a moody bastard because of all this.

  • 7 Mr Klaw // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    If MA tells the world he wants out then he’s in a position of weakness. He needs to be in a position of strength to extract the most value out of the asset, hence this stance. Either that or he’s serious and wants to hang around.

  • 8 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    It is all very well debating the various methods of action on this blog, however, in order to further facilitate a concrete approach by those who intend to protest, I propose that a general meeting of supporters be arranged.

    Let me know what the consensuses is..!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/DWMANUFC/petition.html

  • 9 Irish John // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    I wonder what impact this is going to be on the players performance…I might be jumping the gun a bit but if there is constant turmoil throughout the season we could get relegated…

    I remember a certain Leeds when they had some great players at there club but still got relegated because off all the uncertainty at the club..I can unfortunaley see the same thing at ours …Were in trouble, no doubt about that…I really hope ashley f*cks off…

    Maybe the only way he will leave is if we are in danger off teh drop..Might be a blessing in disguise in a strange way….

  • 10 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    MA has flucked up,he must want oot.

  • 11 SAMTHECAT // Sep 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    McDermott going i can understand as a new Manager will want his own No2 but Sadler has the reputation of a very good local coach and new Managers are usually not that bothered who runs the Reserve team. Thankfully im sure he will get another appointment quickly.
    This is clearly a purge of all staff not appointed by the present Board.
    Any players speaking up will be out in January.

  • 12 italian geordie // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    …stop moaning and support the lads on matchday, nothing else matter!!!
    …let’s see, Keegan is a wonderfull person but he’s never been a good manager, he never won anything!!!
    …we don’t need a messiah everytime, let’s sign a good coach/manager and fight for our colours, always behind our players.
    Keep the faith!

  • 13 John // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    OUT OUT OUT! we need him out so he doesnt wreck the season for us because if he stays thats what will hapen its good all this happened whilst we didnt have a game on saturday.i feel powerless, we need critic’s and celebs to voice thier opinions on the matter, come on BIG ALL publicy tell ashley to pack up and f*** off. Mike if your reading this please piss off, all your proving is that your wanker.

  • 14 AdamCF // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    If Hughton can miraculously get the boys up then he’ll be the choice as First Team Coach.. as a Manager is clearly not an option.

  • 15 Geordie den // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Ashley should f*** off as he is not one of us and take his lap dog wise with him. sod off back down to london you tossers.

  • 16 STF // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Listen up please people.

    Now really is the time of the fans, we cant roll over and allow these ignorant bunch to ruin our club. They have made it very clear that they dont care for us and made it very clear how they intend to go forward with this.

    Even the players have suggested striking and now its up to us. We need to STOP all buying of merchandice and STOP attending games!! I know its sad but its for the long term, hell we need to make them feel entirely uncomfortable within the City.

    As sad as it is true, supporting the team on match day is supporting the board and while the board is what it is I cannot support the team!!

    Nobody has a voice like the Toon Army!!

  • 17 lesh // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    A ****** disgrace!

    And I got on to the Chronicle’s website, clicked on NUFC and lo, what message popped up? ……

    An error has occurred
    If you have any queries about this error, please e-mail the website administrator support@ichelp.co.uk.

    Even the IT system’s passing comment on the junta’s behaviour!

    Shame.

  • 18 al gardiner // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    we need to get behind the team on saturday, get into the ground early, do the protests then come kick off 100% behind the lads, half time more abuse then after the game further abuse, cant resort to violence though as that just shows us up.
    dont buy nowt any more

  • 19 lenny // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    i am glad keegan has went, as a club with limited funds we need to be careful in the transfer market and invest in youth, whereas i think keegan still wants the trophy player finishing his career of the shepard days and paying nearly all our wage budget on michael owen

    the signings wise has brought in (or jimenez more likely) have been class so i don’t see what the fans are going crazy about. as if our fans didn’t already have a bad repution for over-reacting. whichever manager takes over from keegan will probably be hated instantly and driven from the club, unless its alan shearer or bobby robson

  • 20 Ericles // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    We must get behind the team because we need the 3 points regardless who is in charge. A mass meeting is a good idea. Not just fans at it. We need as many ex-players and notables as possible at it. We need to see the City Council sending representatives too. How about fans elsewhere (the colonials!) organising local meetings too. Boycott Ashley’s business as well, but support the players even though the likes of Owen and some others will be sold in January. At last us lower income fans have something in common with our better paid players. Ashley thinks he can freely sell them on the market and the rest of us down the drain!

  • 21 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Where’s the poll on our plans for action ?

    Over on Vital Newcastle United they have voted 72% in favour of a total boycott.

  • 22 KEEGAN FOR PM // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    I live in Scotland & thought Hearts were the laughing stock of football with their owners dictatorship but their new manager has got a bit of stability back to the team & supporters.ASHLEY YOU ARE NOT WELCOME ANYMORE JUST GO AWAY AND DON’T COME BACK.

  • 23 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Do u reckon Freddy Shepherd would want to buy us out.. At least he was a Geordie and not some fat Cockney prick with a little Wise C*nt under him.

    We need to do something at the game Saturday..

    I can’t stand this

  • 24 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Only 72% boycott.. what the hell are the other 28 thinking!!!

  • 25 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    the players know we support them,if we boycott the match they know were not boycotting them but ashley

  • 26 51times // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Brettoon – Let’s not go that far.

  • 27 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    I really want a way to contact Ashley!!
    Just want to be able to say how much we really want him out by writing a letter or email!!

  • 28 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    72% for total boycott on Vital Newcastle United.

    Have you lot GOT IT YET!

  • 29 Spitfire // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    I hate to say this but the only way to get rid of the conmen liars and cheats is not to attend any games until they go. Do not support this board. Do not support the team because they will ship out as soon as practical and I don’t blame them. If the only way to hurt Ashley is to get relegated then as unpleasant as that is that is what has to happen otherwise we will never get this club back! I am not going to SJP again while this shower are there even though that will cost me a grand in unused season tickets

  • 30 neeraj // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    one things for sure this club is going to be run by
    spurs and leeds players or supporters

    we are going to sign spurs rejects, so that we can raise funds for spurs……

    MA is making NEWCASTLE a joke…………..
    hope it bites him from behind…..

    gus poyet= new manager (chelsea/spurs)
    wise= director (chelsea/leeds)
    hughtton= first team coach(spurs)
    alan thompson= reserve coach (newcastle/ leeds)

  • 31 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    God the worst thing for us to do is get relegated cos i can’t see us coming back.
    We don’t want to hurt the team – just the board..

    And we want to hurt them hard

  • 32 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    What’s 28% of 47500.

    I was always crap at maths.

    Do we think 11000 supporters are going to want to go into the ground when the vast majority are screaming at them to SAVE OUR CLUB.

  • 33 Simon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    STF is right.
    Only an empty ground will send the right message to Ashley.

    REPEAT……ONLY AN EMPTY STADIUM.

    Pointless going in there and shouting, that’s what we normally do.

  • 34 Geordie den // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    I agree on the relegation bit as we dont want that but i cant see anything other than a total walkout untill they have gone. the fanzines are saying get behind the team but if you want to make change you have to stay away or these dim witted bastards will not get the message.

  • 35 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    dave ya reet,if theres thousands oot side protesting,the rest will join.

  • 36 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Ed, it’s not the fact that he has done what we dont want him to – lets face it – he’s the owner.

    Its the fact that, after employing a manager and assuring him of certain things (that he would have the final say on incoming & outgoing players amongst others), he has gone completely behind Keegans back and done the complete opposite. And, despite this continues with an arrogance I have never seen before at any top flight club before.

    The fact that McDermott & Sadler have been sacked (is this the case or have they resigned), shows that he only wants his own little yes men at the club. This borders on dictatorship.

    Apologies if I sound over dramatic but I feel absolutely disgusted with the owners and directors at this moment in time.

  • 37 SpartanChris // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Unfortunately, I think this could be a long drawn out war of attrition between, the true followers of NUFC and the Owner/Cockney Mafia.

    I for one will definitely attend the match on Saturday, but only to support the 11 men wearing the black and white shirts, which I will not be wearing. I will also be there to pour abuse on any of the Cockneys who have the balls to show up.

    Mind, Sir Bobby has a point that if Dennis Wise is not at every match, then he should not be in the job, so I’ll be saving quite a bit of venom for that loathsome little prick.

  • 38 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    HAS THE PENNY DROPPED? HOORAY!

  • 39 Danny // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Long term plans my bum! This man is obviously intent to turn Newcastle into a new Wimbledon/MK Dons.
    GOD I HATE THAT MAN!

  • 40 neeraj // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/tottenham-confident-poyet-would-stay-920389.html

    news of the day

  • 41 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    What do u mean Dave V?

  • 42 gorskino10 // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    “spurs and leeds players or supporters ”
    Erm Spurs are probably one of the most debt clubs in the PremierLeague then to Leeds they went into Administration thats not a great sign even if like me we dont even want them.

  • 43 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Ed – you gotta change your NUFC blog title thing.. I don’t want to see Ashley on that anymore!! Makes me feel sick! Fat bastard

  • 44 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Boycott – hooray.
    Anyone care to calculate the cost to Ashley if a total boycott takes place.
    Total average attendance less season ticket holders (assuming no DD are cancelled) = balance x average cost of a ticket plus lost revenue from the pies, programmes and drinks.

  • 45 Griff // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    The more i think about it the more i beleive that this happened:

    http://www.4sportsake.com/blog199h/index.php?entryid=1379

  • 46 ObaFan2 // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Stay UNITED and fight Ashley. Do not rest until he leaves our great City.

    ASHLEY SELL UP YOU ARE RUINING OUR GREAT CLUB.

  • 47 Sadmike // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    What about all fans going saturday wear yellow to match the cowardly tw*ts running the club? (into the ground that is).

  • 48 ToonFaith-nomore // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Had another idea that is not brilliant but hey, not many of them about. Everyone attending the game or just protesting on the day should all wear BLACK. no strips, no white shoes, just black, like we are attending the funeral of our club. just a thought..

  • 49 4matt // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    The most effective way to affect MA is to picket the Sports Direct shops on a Saturday. as well as no purchases at the club outlets.

  • 50 John // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    ed, i agree with brettoon, get him off please ,also ed i know your reporting news and do give us your opinion, what do you think is the best policy for toon fans at the moment? could you write an article on that, maybe you can contact some newspapers while your at it and help organsie something, a meeting a walk, a video, posters. The negative energy needs to be used effciently to have as much impact as possible, like alot of the people on here i think something should be organised(a few famous faces would help)

  • 51 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Griff – No mate!!

  • 52 Jim in Wales // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    I’m a football fan rather than a NUFC fan but I don’t like what is happening to the game at the top level. I’m not sure than boycotting, demonstrating or the such will have a great effect on these thick-skinned business people.

    To me there is a more positive solution. Firstly, I doubt if Ashley will let go of NUFC without a fight (or a profit) and who is to say the any new owner will be any different. NUFC supporters are not the only PL fans to be adversed to their clubs ownership…there are a number of other clubs where fans are less than happy but are content to keep reasonably quiet. A few years ago the owners of Wimbledon decided to move to Milton Keynes…so some enterprising fans set up their own club which now tops the Conference South and appears to be heading toward the Football League. A long game no doubt…but this can be short circuited. The “My Football Club” experiment (30,000 fans chipping in £35 each) saw Conference side Ebbsfleet being bought up (and winning the FA Trophy) last season. I would imagine with a bit of organisation a group of NUFC fans could get the same thing going….20,000 fans at £50 each is a Million pounds…granted not enough to buy NUFC off Ashley but perhaps enough to buy a big stake in a club like Gateshead and move them forward as a club owned by real football fans.

    The business models are there…it can be done…it just need some enterprising fans to get it organised….and if it does get off the ground, invite KK to be club president.

    I’ll stump up £50 to join such a venture

    Jim

  • 53 Tom_Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    gorskino10 // Sep 8, 2008 at 14:33

    “spurs and leeds players or supporters ”
    Erm Spurs are probably one of the most debt clubs in the PremierLeague then to Leeds they went into Administration thats not a great sign even if like me we dont even want them.

    ————————————————————

    Sorry but the damn Spuds have no debt.

  • 54 Brettoon // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    John is on the ball.. It needs to be a serious protest!

  • 55 jude // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Patience patience….just see what they do next…the next manager will definitely want to work wit someone who’s in tune wit him

  • 56 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    John – not sure if you know but a protest march is being organised on saturday before the game. This has been instigated on here by a few regulars.

    I have emailed Jeff Brown of BBC Look North this morning in an attempt to get some publicity. The BBC cannot support this but they can mention it!

    Anyone know if we need pemission from the police etc for this???

  • 57 Nick 69 // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    why doesnt everyone just listen to the majority and all do the same thing. the votes have been cast and its an overwhelming victory for a TOTAL BOYCOTT, now we need to all stick together and if the majority wants a boycott, a boycott it shud be!!!!!!

  • 58 Steve // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    As disgusting as this situation is, there comes a time when we must stop feeling sorry for ourselves.

    It was never Keegan v Wise, it was always Kevin v Ashley’s business model. There was only ever going to be one result.

    I now await the next appointment. It will surely be a foreigner who wants an entry into the Premer League and has worked under a similar structure…. In fact, further to that, they’ll likely be an associate of Jiminez and therefore, share the vision and appreciation for similar players.

    I feel like I should now go and wash my mouth out…

  • 59 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    ok maybe not permission, but do we need to inform them of our actions?

  • 60 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Steve, It doesn’t matter whether it was x vs y. The fact of the matter is that 8 months into a 3 1/2 year project our manager had the rug pulled from beneath him after being told that he would have the say so on comings & goings.

    On top of this, the arrogance shown by Ashley & co. is unnaceptable to the vast majority of fans.

  • 61 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    All this talk of boycotting the game? How come it’s just this place that is saying this? You read the other sites and most people are going to the game and boycotting spending when they are there, along with a boycott of Sports Soccer, etc…

    You do realise that when you say 72%, it is actually only 72% of people that have voted on that web site. That might only be 72 people.

  • 62 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    at least ssn dont just pick idiot newcastle fans to interview they do it with west ham fans aswell….

    reporter:who do you want to see as new west ham manager?
    west ham fan: ‘donodeeni’ i think he is italian n that, dont want zola coz hes ex chelsea n that

  • 63 Jg // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Im quiting

  • 64 gorskino10 // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Tom Toon they must be if not how can Daniel Levy keep spending SO MUCH every year when Jol was manager he spent tones of money i know they have recooped some from selling but they have nearly spent as much as Man Utd and even Chelsea.

  • 65 Geordie den // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    i think the march should be supported then when at st james’s a vote by the group wether to go in

  • 66 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    comical reckons ashleys gona dig his heels in and firmly believes in the structure in place, funny how 3 of the candidates for the managers job all know wise zola, poyet and deschamp, looks like this is gona drag on and on, ashleys appointment of llambias and the job this tool has done since arriving is terrible, expect another sh*te offical statement soon

  • 67 Spyro // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    its true, Spurs are in a great financial position

  • 68 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    A total boycott needs to be followed by a mass refusal to pay direct debits. I would like to think Ashley would get the message after a mass boycott, but he looks to be so autocratic and thick skinned I believe the only way to persuade him to leave, will be a direct debit boycott.
    This man as much as we detest him will not give in easily, and I believe he needs to be hit with everything we have got now, to reduce the long term damage to our club.

  • 69 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Griff – get a hold on yourself – this is just more crap from “insiders”, before you believe any such rubbish find out who the source is and what motive is behind anyone making these statements. We all know the Ashley setup at Newcastle are lying, every time they make a statement a contrary statement can be found that was issued or spoken by them. They are total amateurs at this, you cannot get away with lying once the media are on the case because it will all come out eventually.

    Ashley is just playing for time while he tries to get a good price for the club. I do not believe he will stay with the hostility that is coming his way.

    Even if KK gave someone a wish list of players it would have been his way of taking the piss. A scenario could have been “well Kev there is £12M available who do you want us to buy, KK answer, “well let me see, lets go for frank Lampard because he is available for about £30M, and how about Jackie Milburn” you get the idea.

    The one thing that is constant, KK tells the truth and Ashley’s mob tell lies. That’s all you need to remember.

    Some Journalist have stuck the knife into KK because they have history. Ignore them, especially Curry the c*nt (how did he ever get a job?) and that guy Beasley the Chelski supporter who is probably friendly with Ashley’s mob.

  • 70 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    We need to face it that Ashley will probably not sell up and to be honest, if he had spent more, I reckon some people wouldn’t be bothered.

    All of the complaints about Ashley were that he was tight. If he had brought Robhino, or Berbatov to the club I reckon a lot of people on here would be pretty silent.

    People moan about the way the club is ran like a business and how people who are not from the area shouldn’t be at the helm.
    Yet in the next breath they want an Indian or an Arab to buy us out and throw £100m at players?

    Which is it to be? You can’t have your local club for local people with a soul that is ran by Arabs throwing money into the game because they have made so much cash out of the extortionate price of petrol.

  • 71 Spyro // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Mickey Toon

    agreed

  • 72 adaaaam // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    get fat ashley off the banner man

  • 73 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    The one good thing about this mess is that if we stick at it for long enough, Ashley will be glad to get rid of the club and we could buy it at a knock down price. What Ashley seems to be forgetting, is that if he stays, the fans won’t. No fans means no NUFC.

    As I have said before, all of this is stalling whilst he lines up a buyer. He knows his time is up.

  • 74 Toon4Life // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Well Said Ed… MA had his chance and all he accomplished was to lie, cheat and destroy… Now it is time to start rebuilding, and that starts with us the Supporters…

  • 75 Ian // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    It was obviously a spelling mistake when they said Ashley had a ‘tank’ on their lawn.

    The other seems much more likely.

    As far as not boycotting the games goes, Ashley’s little men I am sure are trying to get everyone to go working like beavers on the various web blog trying to get people to the matches.

    I even saw on one blog where someone looks like they are trying to write like a cool teenager, sad.

    The fans seem divided at the moment but I think that the gate losses will be huge, especially the cup games but we will have to wait and see.

    This has to be the thickest owner in premiership history, if he still has the club when the media contracts are dished out and sponsorhip deals are to be struck he will be stuffed, not to mention when season tickets are up for renewal especially at the end of the three year deal, funny he gave Keegan a three year contract from the Summer (31/2 overall) and then offered the season tickets for 3 years????

  • 76 Mr Noell Orll // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    oh this is where yez have all moved to then is it, for a second i thought ya might have gone out and gotten lives, how wrong i was hahaha

  • 77 bear pit // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    MA didnt become a billionaire by being decent, nice and caring. These types are all very ruthless. He couldnt give a shit what we think. I heard reports that the players are extremely down about all this and many have decided they want away already. Sad state of affairs !

  • 78 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Brilliant, I’m so please to hear fellow supporters agreeing with my sentiments – Spitfire (post 26) mate your post has made me feel so much better!

  • 79 Born Again Geordie // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Do not boycott the game that is what all the gutter press and TV want.

    Don’t buy a programme, do not buy drinks, food etc in the ground.

    50,000 people say on average spending £5.00 is £ 250,000.00 in lost revenue per home match! That is not taking into account merchandise from the shops!

  • 80 Geordie den // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    micky toon having arabs run the club is ok if you have a manager that is the heart and soul of the club. Keegan was one of us. we should never forget that

  • 81 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Micky Toon – sorry mate but that isn’t what most of us want. I think that the Newcastle area is very similar to that of Barcelona and that is how we should be run – by the people for the people. It may take 10 years to get back to the top but after waiting for 50 years another 10 doesn’t seem that bad

  • 82 Lost Prophet // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Spot on Mickey Toon.
    I think people need a reality check. No one forces MA to do anything, you just have to look at his prior businesss deals to see that. I have paid my money and I will go to the match and support my team. Why should I let some fat bloke keep me from my seat when he has my money in the bank? I WILL boycott any merchndise, food and drink and I will voice my opinoin of the current board all through the game.

  • 83 JJ // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Can someone tellme why I can only get into the site through newsnow and not enter the homepage???
    Its pops up as a bluehost page?

  • 84 Nick 69 // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    noell orll, u need to get a ife then cos ur on here aswell u c*ck, think b4 u spk cos u just make urself luk lyk a proper numpty by callin ppl on here sad, when ur obviously on here urself, and lets be honest being a toon fan on here isnt sad, but being a fan of sum other team and comin on here to get ur jollys, now tht is sad

  • 85 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Since Ashley took over we as fans of Newcastle United have had to take a few slaps in the faces.

    1) Bringing in Dennis Wise.
    2)Bringing in Llambias
    3)Ticket price hike
    4) Failier to send out season tickets
    5)Giving Keegan 12 million to spend
    6)Slow transfers
    7)Panic buying at end of window
    8)Not spending the 12 million
    9)Forcing players on Keegan
    10)Forcing Keegan out
    11) Those statements!

    But for me the biggest slap in the face is right now, the one where the club are still treating the fans with ignorance and failing to acknowledge the current situation or letting the fans know what they are doing about it.

    Honesty is word rarely used in football, particularly at SJP. But it would be nice to come out and answer a few questions. Like most fans i’m sure we would have a few suggestions to help you get started:

    1)Are you planing on staying or selling?
    2)Are both options still viable?
    3)Is the structure at the club staying or will it be reviewed?
    4)Is there cash availble to a new manager?
    5)Will the manager have input in transfers?
    6)Will transfers be imposed on the new manager
    7)Will the club review its PR team?
    8)Clarify Wises role
    9)Clarify Llambiass role
    10)Why was Ashley not present during the crisis?

    As you have noticed i have not mentioned names regarding a new manager as i believe the club has hit rock bottom and the foundations need looking at and the fans need to be involved in the resoloution.

    However this will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears within the walls of SJP.

  • 86 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    nick 69 dont rise to noell,hes a dirty kiddie fidla

  • 87 Jammy // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    People complain that the club is ran from London, yet in the next breath want Indian/Emirati individuals to take over?

  • 88 nando // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    strike, strike, strike, strike. hang the board. burn the stadium down.

  • 89 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    you’re right micky if he had bought berba or robhino people would be less eager to stick the knife in, however it boils down to the blatent disrespect we are being shown as fans regarding the lack of communication from the club, i mean that statement the other day was nothing short of disgraceful, it appeared petty and arrogant to say the least, i dont see how ashley can heal the rift, i really dont and the longer this silence continues the worse the feeling grows towards him, well respected sites such as true faith have allready issued a statement demanding he does not stand with the away fans anymore and saturday is going to be very ugly for all concerned imo, sigh

  • 90 Born Again Geordie // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Courtesy of the fine fellows at NUFC.com

    Your response

    Having now managed to read through a decent number of the emails you’ve sent in, the following set of actions are overwhelmingly in the majority:

    Not to boycott the Hull game.
    Not to buy club merchandise, including food & drink.
    Not to drink in Shearer’s Bar or any bar within SJP.
    Not to shop at Sports Direct, Sports Soccer & Lillywhites.

    The strong view is that watching and supporting the team in black and white is a birthright and fans refuse to have that taken away from them by the actions of outsiders.

    Words like “pride” and “dignity” are being used and as we hinted at on Thursday night, the mourning of Keegan’s demise has quickly given way to much greater fears over where NUFC is heading now under its current leadership.

    The preferred scenario of most is for Ashley to sell up and ship out, as his actions have tarnished the “product” to an extent where it’s become “damaged goods” and will only continue to deteriorate and reduce its market value.

    Needless to say, any future shirt-wearing or match watching among the fans by the owner would not be advisable – although we’re sure that’s already been
    taken off the agenda for fear of further provocation.

    Whatever good feeling that had been produced by his forays among the fans is long gone, as are his chances of “having fun” here, as his interview last month mentioned.

    As to what form protests inside the ground will take, that will doubtless become clearer over the coming days, but we’re duty-bound to urge that the more extreme views being expressed aren’t translated into actions.

    To stress this point further, pitch invasions etc. would make headlines but affect the team on the field – and as we’re hearing, that’s not the collective will of supporters.

    That and any other criminal acts would only reinforce perceptions of ungovernability and deter possible new investors. Ground bans and criminal records would inevitably follow – please don’t become stars of CCTV.

    PS: Again, we’re trying to show a representative view of what people are expressing to us here – and not being deliberately inclusive or exclusive of any opinion.

    We are aware of the people who are taking their own forms of action in the form of contacting the club over cancelling season tickets, direct debits etc.

  • 91 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Bill not much gets passed you.
    One question though, do you think the fans can buy the club?
    Personally in this day and age were billionaires are entering football, I see it as a fairytale prospect as much as i hate to say it.

  • 92 Mr Noell Orll // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    hitman, thats right fanny boy warn the “lads” not to bite and then bite ya’self, classic, why d’ya run away earlier fanny boy? did me words bring home some disturbing truths like? hahaha

  • 93 Ericles // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Are we beyond the miracle of a Geordie consortium taking over the club? Yes, probably.
    Even if 250,000 Geordies nationwide put in £100 each Ashley would sneer at us for trying. Anyway it was so-called Geordies who sold out to Ashley anyway. Trouble is we are such a massive club compared to Ebbsfleet!

  • 94 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    After the initial announcement, I wonder how many of you have actually cancelled your direct debits as I did (read previous threads over the last few days for details), although I disagree, my dad is going to the match to protest. I remember there was a lot of ‘I’m going to cancel my direct debit’ – Just wondering that’s all..!

  • 95 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    aye just blank them

  • 96 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Bill, like I said earlier. It would be nice if we could have a club owned by geordies, ran by geordies and a team of 11 gerodies on the field. That was what Sir John Hall had wanted.

    But, would people really want this if it meant we had to do an AFC Wimbledon? No doubt people will say yes, anything to get jabba out, etc.., etc..
    If we were to become the new AFC Wimbledon, we wouldn’t be able to play at the ground, that belongs to Ashley. We couldn’t afford the players wages and what colours would we have? The old Purple and blue of Newcastle West End or heaven forbid the White and Red of Newcastle East End? We couldn’t have B&W because that would mean Newcastle United and that belongs to Ashley.

    Let’s face it the majority of NUFC fans would not support us going back to basics. If you want that go support Newcastle Blue Star. Me? I support Newcastle Untied and all the crap that goes with it. I’m not happy, but if it means that I support a club that is ran by a muppet, which by the way is no different to the past 12 years, then so be it. At least I’m honest and realistic with my opinions, and I don’t think I’m on my own.

  • 97 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Spitfire – you are right about not attending, unfortunately some will go because they just want to watch the team. It reminds me of what happened in Germany prior to Hitler coming to power, they just let him get on with his antics so long as it didn’t bother them, and we all know what happened there – don’t we?

    I think that a totally empty stadium would make a huge impact with the media worldwide. Obviously the Hull fans will be their because they will be hoping for 3 easy points from a totally demoralised team.

  • 98 Spyro // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Mr Noell Orll

    I am not normally one to engage in conversation with ‘fernando’ type bloggers but i am curious, where are you from? I only ask because sometimes you sound like you are from the south, and other times you sound like a northerner.

  • 99 Tom_Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Gorkskino, they made a profit this season from transfer, are run financially sound and have an owner worth at least 5x as much as ours.

  • 100 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    bill,if people turn up to watch the match,ashley will think he has getting away with it.

  • 101 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Mozza – ‘you’re right micky if he had bought berba or robhino people would be less eager to stick the knife in’

    Yeah, but the simple fact is that he did not – End off!

  • 102 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Micky Toon – how long do you think Ashley can hang on if no one is going to the games?

    At worst, we would be relegated before he gave up. Coming back from the Championship wouldn’t be that difficult.

    I’m not advocating starting a new team, just put that bastard under so much pressure that he has to sell.

  • 103 Ericles // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    All actions taken by fans must be responsible and mature in conduct. We cannot stoop to the level of the hoodlums now running NUFC. We need to hurt Ashley in his wallet and his pocket.
    We must not play into the hands of the press who are on the side of Ashley and Wise and just itching to do the Toon Army down. I bet Ashley is nowhere to be seen on Saturday. Nor Wise, nor Bambi-arse.

  • 104 Bye Bye Ashley // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    We need some anti Ashley songs making up for the Hull game.

    Here’s my crack at it.

    To the Dads army tune:

    Who do you think you a kidding Mr Ashley,

    If you think Newcastle’s done.

    We are the boys who will stop your little game,

    We are the boys who will make you think again,

    So who do you think you are kidding Mr Ashley,

    If you think Newcastle’s done.

    Followed by: F Off Ashley, F Off Ashley, F Off Ashley etc etc etc.

    I think t-shirts Ashley dressed as Hitler with the little tash & stuff.

    He dares park his tanks on our lawn, well we’ll park ours too?

    Howay the lads & keep the faith.

  • 105 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    i noticed that spyro

  • 106 Oblongfanny_Martins // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    The chronicle is saying the majority of fans dont want a boycott of the hull game, who are the tossers at the chronicle talking to? they have published “fans veiws on the shock exit of KK” and most of them are anti Keegan. F*ck lee ryder F*ck anal oliver F*ck john gibson and boycott the game its the only weapon we have.

  • 107 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    @ Born Again Geordi – post 89

    I think this should read

    TO BOYCOTT THE GAME

    ….as the majority (72%) on Vital Football advocated this approach.

    Not sure why Ed Harrison isn’t putting up a poll on intended actions as well. That would give us an indication of fans intentions.

  • 108 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Personally I think of all the actions that are being talked about, people cancelling season tickets and the associated direct debits could be the one that makes the most noise.
    However, and I don’t know what the contract states, by cancelling one of the 3 year deals you may get your self in trouble as you may have entered into a contract with the club, so they could have you over breaking a contract. I don’t want to see any toon fans on the BBC’s Baliffs program. :-)

  • 109 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Hitman – I think that you misunderstood, I don’t think anyone should attend the games, I’m not.

    Some people I have spoken to are doing so, unfortunately.

  • 110 Ericles // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Mickey Toon has made a lot of sensible points.

  • 111 Spyro // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    mozza

    It’s not just him either, i have noticed that a few bloggers on here who claim to be “geordie born and bred” have been using well known southern slang.

  • 112 Scary // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    The media will concentrate on the game, but there are several hundred thousand fans who don’t regularly attend matches, they are a huge largely hidden force.

    The people of Liverpool never forgave the Sun Newspaper, over Hillsborough, and it is still widely boycotted, so we must keep up the long term financial pressure on MA, I can’t see a quick fix here, we have to force him to sell.

    Also
    We can all send random e-mails with big attachments, they all get looked at & up busy up their servers.
    These are some of my favourites

    Sports Direct sales – cs@sportsdirect.com
    NUFC Membership – membersclub@nufc.co.uk

    Anyone got MA, DW or Gollums e-mail?

  • 113 STF // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Total Walkout is Required!! Anything else will not get the result we need!!

  • 114 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    I’m surprised that fans are camped out at Ashley’s private residence

  • 115 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    we should get metro radoi to put massive speakers oot side sjp, so all that boycott can listern

  • 116 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    to the match

  • 117 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    exaactly my point black and white, he has had no intention of doing that ever, the modric deal still makes me laugh, we had no intention of trying to sign modric ever imo it was just spin but as i said people including myself would have been a lot less eager to stick the knife in had he bought those sorts of players, instead they are attempting to copy the arsenal model, which wont work as we dont have their scouting network or wenger

  • 118 Marty // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    I think HULL spent more than us this year…….
    MA said he loved this cllub by saying he was a supporter as you just cant support this club without loving it.
    SELL OUT FATTIE

  • 119 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    meant to say:

    I’m surprised that fans AREN’T camped out at Ashley’s private residence

  • 120 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Born Again Geordie – I strongly disagree with there suggestions.
    Not to boycott the Hull game – I believe and WILL boycott the game + more, furthermore I would be pleased to see a Hull victory which would intebsify the pressure on Ashley.

    Not to buy club merchandise, including food & drink – Well I assume we will see on match day if people do, I tend to think people won’t though.
    Not to drink in Shearer’s Bar or any bar within SJP – Well that’s not working, having attended recent protests at SJP, I have noticed that Shearer’s was very busy – People can resist everything except temptation!

    Not to shop at Sports Direct, Sports Soccer & Lillywhites – Not going to happen, I was at the Metro Centre yesterday, and it was heaving, you see people are to greedy, and will always opt for a bargain.
    Hey mate, but this is just my opinion!

  • 121 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    If you want to hit the web sites then there are far easier and better ways than a web bomb. Although it is effective, especially if you direct it at a sales e-mail address.
    However a DDOS attack to the web server would be better. For those who don’t know it’s a quick, easy and dirty way of bringing down a website for people who can’t hack. It basically sends too much information to a web server that the server cannot handle and brings the server to a halt. There is too much internet traffic for the ISP to handle and the genuine traffic cannot get through.

    I DO NOT ADVOCATE THE USE OF THIS AND IF CAUGHT YOU WILL GET IN THE SHEET.

  • 122 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Black and White Blood,

    I would be surprised if 300 have cancelled their direct debits.

    I hope its because they don’t have the intelligence to understand the danger the club is in. They may move to your option if a boycott doesn’t have the desired affect, but don’t hold your breath.

    Looks like I may become a life long Blyth Spartan attendees, no disrespect Spartans.

  • 123 Marty // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    If ihad the club and his cash so i would have made funds available cause i love this club so i think it says it all that HE DOES NOT LOVE OUR CLUB SO:GET OUT OF TOWN:
    and take the LITTLE TOE RAG WITH YA

  • 124 Micky Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    B&W Blood I know you are pee’d but wishing for a loss is not right. Get a grip man.

  • 125 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    makes you wonder how many identities some bloggers have spyro

  • 126 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    we can make a massive statement at the hull game,but we have to all be united.

  • 127 Mr Noell Orll // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    dont matter where im from ya sad act, stick to making cybermates like the rest of the “lads”, oh no i forgot not even ya cyber buddies really like ya do they my little purple friend, im off to play footy with the “lads” have fun on here all day and night ya saddo’s hahaha

  • 128 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Dave V

    Dont bring my second love into this….:)

  • 129 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    I very much doubt if a three year contract is enforeable under these circumstances or any other for that matter. I haven’t seen the contract but I’ll bet a lawyer could drive a coach and horses through it. In fact I will see if I can download a copy and have a lawyer friend of mine have a look at it.

  • 130 Spyro // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    calm down its just a question, dont know why i even bothered.

    exactly mozza

  • 131 cooldj // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Ed, I’ve got to say I disagree. I have no idea how good either of those two coaches were and I’m keen to see where the club will go from here. As much as I love KK the club will now be able to bring in a new manager who will accept wise and his team and be able to bring in his own staff. the club will have more unity. I just think Derek Llambis has to go…

  • 132 DanToon // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Lads, Lads check this out!

    http://img399.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mafg8.png

  • 133 DanToon // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    I’ve got nothin’ to do at work today!

  • 134 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Ignore post 119, I really need to proof read what I write – SORRY!!

    Born Again Geordie – I strongly disagree with their suggestions.
    Not to boycott the Hull game – I believe and WILL boycott this game as well as additional games. Furthermore, I would be pleased to see a Hull victory; this would only intensify the pressure on Ashley.

    Not to buy club merchandise, including food & drink – Well I assume we will see on match day if people do indeed refrain, I tend to think people won’t though.
    Not to drink in Shearer’s Bar or any bar within SJP – Well that’s not working, having attended recent protests at SJP, I have noticed that Shearer’s was very busy – People can resist everything except temptation!

    Not to shop at Sports Direct, Sports Soccer & Lillywhites – Not going to happen, I was at the Metro Centre yesterday, and it was heaving, you see, people are to greedy, and will always opt for a bargain.
    Hey mate, but this is just my opinion!

  • 135 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Ed can we have a little timer in the corner of your wonderful web site that is set off everytime another incident or revelation occurs at SJP.

    The timer can be used to see how long it take NUFC to actually reply to the fans.

  • 136 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    @ coldj “the club will now be able to bring in a new manager who will accept wise and his team and be able to bring in his own staff”

    No self respecting manager worth twopence halfpenny would join a shower like Ashley, Llambias, Wise and their cronies.

  • 137 Scary // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Micky Toon – DDOS

    ….Like the executive action route, lets hope it does not come to that, but this is a bit like a cold war, we have to convince MA that the game is up, hopefully without firing a shot.

    I can’t afford to go to the game, so have to find some other way to help.

    I trust

  • 138 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    black and white, the majority are’nt going to boycott thats why the march is so important, hitmans reet we need to be united, i just hope it goes ahead thats all, from a selfish point of view i’ve changed plans to go on this march ie weekend away

  • 139 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Mr Noell Orll – we are just passionate about our club, unlike you.

  • 140 Gorman // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Mr Noell Orll

    Why even bother? Newcastle fans come on here make there opinions heard. If you dont have one bugger off.

  • 141 Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    How can anyone who claims to have ‘black and white blood’ be pleased to see NUFC get beaten on the football field?

    This is a difficult time for the club, the players and the fans but there really is no excuse for crap like that.

    I don’t care who owns our club and what they are allegedly doing to it – if you want to see NUFC lose then fcuk off and support Sunderland because you certainly aren’t welcome here.

  • 142 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    these lasses in the tshirts on eds site look fit as f**k on a lighter note, although its probably my raised testosterone caused by the anger i feel at present

  • 143 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    @Mozza – actually the majority don’t need to boycott – just a significant minority would still hurt Ashley

  • 144 gorskino10 // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_4116480,00.html

    Says Ambani will NOT BID FOR NUFC :(, but is said to be A NUFC FAN so he could be interested ???

  • 145 happy toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    LET’S FACE IT ASHLEY IS HERE TO STAY….SO LET’S MAKE MICHAEL ASHLEY AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS POSSIBLE….I WONDER IF HE’LL SIT IN THE CROWD…

    LET’S FACE IT GUYS….THE SIGNING THUS FAR HAS BEEN GOOD….WE CAN’T EXACTLY COMPLAIN CAN WE?

  • 146 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    dave v – Mate it’s so disheartening isn’t it! If I’m honest, I recall some real dark day at this club, especially under the former Football League Chairman Gordon Mckeag. However, none of those bad times made me feel as disillusioned as I now find my-self..!

  • 147 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    i suppose so ian, lets face it the crowd was down against bolton which raised eyebrows, so any further decrease will without doubt make the back page of the papers, all adds up i suppose

  • 148 Scary // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Its clear that Boycott/ not Boycott, is not going to be easily resolved.

    A simple idea like wearing Black (Or Green!), instead of replica kit, might catch on and unite people.

    Dennis Wise for Manager – come on my son – come and get it.

  • 149 Jammy // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Black and White Blood, despite all the sh1te that is going on, you can’t wish for a Hull victory?

    No matter who owns the club or manages the team, its our club and we have a right to be there and watch. Boycotting when you have paid is futile, and by the way he is acting it is clear Ashley pays no attention to what is in the media, so hitting him in his pocket is the only way.

    As stated on nufc.com, by the Mag and by true faith (all much bigger and more relevant than the rivals site), the vast majority of fans do not want a boycot of the Hull game, but concur with a financial boycot of all things NUFC and Sports Direct.

  • 150 cooldj // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 16:04

    @ coldj “the club will now be able to bring in a new manager who will accept wise and his team and be able to bring in his own staff”

    No self respecting manager worth twopence halfpenny would join a shower like Ashley, Llambias, Wise and their cronies.

    yes perhaps you are right but don’t forget that this is the norm in some foreign managers. a spanish or italian manager might be a lot more accepting than you might think, especially if jiminez was negotiating to bring him here and he knew the players wise and jiminez had brought in (they’ve all looked quality so far)….

  • 151 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    difference is black and white it had turned to appathy under shepherd, we are more angry now because some people including myself believed the false dawn and feel like mugs now hence, wanting to protest and not give up the fight untill this ballbag and his band of merry men feck off

  • 152 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Well Colj – We’ll see who would really be daft enough to take the job in due course.

  • 153 Scary // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Happy Toon

    The issue is not the quality of signings – its the quantity

    The squad is just too small,

    That was the big issue for KK- selling people and not replacing them.

  • 154 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Lads, you talk about going on this march, but it is only people who come on this site who have a clue that there is going to be a march.

    If you want it to be successful you really need to stop talking about it on here and actually spread the word.

    Otherwise you will be very disappointed because only a few people will actually turn up.

    And the people who hope we get beat by Hull so it puts more pressure on Ashley, get a grip. We may well find ourselves in another relegation scrap this season so this game is very very important. 3 points is a must.

  • 155 Lilil // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    MA and DW want to reread the article by DW in The Official Matchday Programme Issue 18 Sunday 3rd February 2008 Page 3 – HEADLINE
    DENNIS WISE
    “i’M HERE TO HELP KEVIN – HE HAS THE FINAL WORD”

    If anybody does not have the matchday programme and wants to know exactly what he said just ask and i will type it

  • 156 dave v // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    ENTERTAINERS.
    Do you remember the game against Wrexham at SJP ?
    That was how I visualised our supporters the day we won the premiership.
    Sad it looks like its getting flushed down the toilet because we don’t have the balls to protect that dream.
    I’ve never known the ground to rock like that with supporters from all north east clubs cheering them on.
    A truly amazing night.

  • 157 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    thats what i’m worried about shearer9, ne fecker turnin up, if its going to work it has to be advertised on somwhere other than just here, i might check out true faith to see if ther’es out on there

  • 158 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Micky Toon – I know it sounds drastic, but I’m looking at the longer term view. For example, if we get a few decent results, Ashley will become comfortable and possibly remain at the club – God only knows where we would go from there.

    A defeat can sometimes benefit us….Remember when Gullit left Shearer and Rob Lee out of the game with Sunderland in which they beat us, do you recall the out cry that occurred afterwards, which finally resulted in the departure of Gullit – Imagine if we had managed to get a draw, or even a win that night – The chances are that Gullit would have remained in charge of the club and eventually took us down.

    Honestly mate, I’m not being fickle, trust me, it’s harder to want you team to be defeated then wanting them to win, but this club is my life, it means everything to me, therefore as a result, I’d rather suffer the short term humiliation for greater good of the club!

  • 159 Toon4Life // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Black & White blood – re [post 93

    I signed up for the 3 year fixed price and then rang to cancel it last Tuesday night after the shambles that was being talked about.

    When I called NUFC box office, they told me to e-mail them explainingn this which I did within an hour.

    When I hadn’t heard anything for a couple of days I called them back & they informed me that they were waiting on instruction from “upstairs” for an offical line. They also said that I was obligated to this contract & that I couldn’t just cancel.

    Have you been told differently? I don’t want a season ticket next year after this fk up and won’t until that fat fkr & his bong-eyed turd gets the hell out dodge! (or newcastle at least) :-)

  • 160 izzy rocks // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    What is going on is an utter disgrace.

    If you talk about the board , there’s absolutely no word from our lifelong president Sir John Hall.
    He’s been here long enough to say something , at least or did MA and Llambias told him to shut up which i don’t know.
    The reputation is damaging by the second and i think the FA should step in to this.
    It is damaging football, the premier league and english pride for gods sake.

    Izzy Magpies News

  • 161 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    reet lads am away for me tea

  • 162 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Those who are thinking about going to the match to protest.I am with ya either way,just want to say summin.
    Protest @ who?
    You think MA gonna be there?You think DW is gonna be within earshot of people who want to “smash his face in”?
    Who ya gonna shout at.
    Just a thought.
    Bring your own refreshments coz I don’t want Jabba the Hut to make any money out of football,ever again!
    Boycott all shops,progs,ground food,ANYTHING that leads back to that fat fu*k!
    For the Spurs game all tickets will have to be purchased won’t they?Mug if you do tbfh.

  • 163 Born Again Geordie // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    @ black & white blood. No problem mate – that is what this site is all about. I personally don’t think a lot of people will boycott the game but I do feel they will not buy stuff inside the ground. I will go to the game but am confussed as to what anyone is doing once in the ground. Wearing black? Replica shirts? Silent protest? etc. etc. etc .

  • 164 happy toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    FAIR POINT SCARY…BUT WHO WOULD PLAY FOR US….
    1) WE CHANGE MANAGERS EVERY SEASON
    2) We’re not in europe
    3) Ashley doesn’t want to spend big
    4) We haven’t won a trophy in God know how many years.

    who would like to warm up the bench in those circumstances.

  • 165 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    B&WBlood
    “Honestly mate, I’m not being fickle, trust me, it’s harder to want you team to be defeated then wanting them to win, but this club is my life, it means everything to me, therefore as a result, I’d rather suffer the short term humiliation for greater good of the club!”

    Aye,me too tbfh.
    Anything to get rid.

  • 166 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    mozza

    why not contact the chronicle/journal/northern echo to ask if they will put an advertisement in, tell them what time and where the march will start. worth a try

  • 167 happy toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    we’re spending coppers compared to the likes on man city and other…who r throwing money around.

  • 168 Cooper // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:32 PM

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  • 169 hadrian // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    he’s reduced outgoings , raised income and spent 2 million in the tranfer window , were on a tighter budget than blackburn , but with double the support .

    as it stands mike ashley will be taking the most amount of money from a club in the premier league this season .

    anybody could have bought us and do what mikes doing .

  • 170 Toon4Life // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    To Anyone – re [post 93

    I signed up for the 3 year fixed price and then rang to cancel it last Tuesday night after the shambles that was being talked about.

    When I called NUFC box office, they told me to e-mail them explainingn this which I did within an hour.

    When I hadn’t heard anything for a couple of days I called them back & they informed me that they were waiting on instruction from “upstairs” for an offical line. They also said that I was obligated to this contract & that I couldn’t just cancel.

    Have you been told differently? I don’t want a season ticket next year after this fk up and won’t until that fat fkr & his bong-eyed turd gets the hell out dodge! (or newcastle at least)

  • 171 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Toon Chicken – The answer is simple, your to short sighted mate, don’t dare tell me I don’t support Newcastle United, I’ve followed this club all over the country as well as in Europe for the past 20 years. Unlike you mate with your negative comments of late, I do support the club, both verbally as well as actively. However, I’m wise enough to see the bigger picture, unlike some little pugnacious smart arse with clever ideas of bring mail systems to a halt to show how much a supporter you are! Fu*ck Off!

  • 172 Nick C // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    I think Phil has a point. Obviously as a fellow Gosforth fellow I may be biased.

    We have all paid for our Season Tickets. MA has the wedge. Missing league games is an irrelevance.

    Boycotting everything else is a different matter. Let him watch the Spurs game with a few hundred of his Laandan mates and no one else. He might start getting the message then.

  • 173 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Toon4Life – Yeah mate, I was threatened with legal action, thankfully I called there bluff! I’ve discussed it on here a few times now, I’ll try and find the link to the thread and post it – give me a few mins – Thanks mate

  • 174 steve // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    The only option is a total boycott of the hull game

    Ashley and co are unlikely to be there anyway and are obviously banking on us going and “supporting the team” – they obviously think that we’re just a bunch of idiots who’ll chant “ashley out” etc but still turn up and line the coffers

    Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded – Ashley and co don’t care a toss about the team or the fans which they’ve shown by thier statements – the only thing they care about is the bottom line

    A boycott is the only sure way to affect the profits of ashley – it’ll also have the benefit of attracting worldwide attention to this farce

    BOYCOTT HULL

  • 175 geordie jock // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    A Boycott is the only way which will get 100%attention from the media. Why not go to the ground early to protest. If everybody does it and there are 10′s of thousands outside the ground why not stop players etc from getting into ground and getting match called off. See what message that sends to fat B*****d and to the world.

  • 176 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Dave V

    unfortunately mate i’m in my early 30′s and dont remember the game @ SJP

    However i have heard the story from my father many times and have seen the old footage.

    I wish i had of been part of it and can only hope Newcastle United get days like that back at SJP.

  • 177 Cooper // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Agree completly with 171 and 172

  • 178 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Born Again Geordie – I agree mate, black is a good choice though. I think the march is a good Idea also, I just hope sufficient numbers turn up!

  • 179 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Happy Toon – It has nothing to do with spending money.

    The point is a manager has to manage. The people in charge at our club are spiv’s and liars. Who cares how much Man City are spending. MA should have just let KK get on with his job.

    We all know that he wants to run a tight ship and there is nothing wrong with that, but you have to have the manager in charge of players coming in and going out. If DW or anyone else had a player in mind – well fine, so he tells KK about him and he has a look, then they decide between them if he is good enough or not. The main problem is the DW and KK are not close, and I think in the role that DW has it was necessary that he was in close contact with KK on a daily basis.

    Unfortunately, it is too late now because KK has gone and they are now telling lies in public. As I said earlier, they are just spiv’s and liars.

  • 180 Nick C // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Black and White Blood, it’s the first time I have seen the word “pugnacious” on this blog. I like it. Some of the language and spelling usually leave a lot to be desired.

    Just thought I would point that out. On a lighter note like.

  • 181 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Phil,Gosforth – mate thanks for your support!

  • 182 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    jock if we stop players gettin in we will be branded thugs,total boycott will send a message reet across the world.

  • 183 magsie // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    A kid on Rivals came up with this for Sat nd i thought it was quite good :
    To the tune of who ate all the pies…….

    WHO DO WE DESPISE
    WHO DO WE DESPISE

    YOU FAT BASTARD YOU FAT BASTARD
    YOU AND DENNIS WISE!

  • 184 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Nick C – I know mate, it’s my own fault, I should proof read what I type. I can honestly say I feely so unwell today, (wife says man flu)….Spelling, grammar is awful – Promise to try and remember to proofread..! ;-)

  • 185 dick // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    I understand it this way toon4life that the 3 season ticket is a binding ageement, what is happening now is that ashley and co are deciding if they are going to try to get the money off the supporters who cancelled their standing orders with legal action, expect a solicitors letter shortly

  • 186 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    @ cooldj:

    “As much as I love KK the club will now be able to bring in a new manager who will accept wise and his team and be able to bring in his own staff. the club will have more unity.”

    NO,IT WON’T.
    Only the boardroom will.

    I don’t care who the fu*k they bring in,I’m not a happy shopper and that fat fu*k has to go man!

  • 187 Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Black & White Blood – get frigging grip mate. The stress is obviously making you lose your marbles.

    Most of my comments have been positive if you actually read them. That’s because I can see life after Keegan, I honestly don’t think he is the Messiah many make him out to be – he has won nothing as a manger, spare the hearts of the Geordie people, but unfortunately that’s not enough to get you in to Europe these days.

    All you see and talk about is doom and gloom when actually the real bigger picture is probably moderate success (let’s face it we aint gonna win the league anytime soon even if we had Jesus Christ in the dug out) with a modern coach who is prepared to work with the system that has been put in place to try and attract some of the best young talent and untapped potential throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

    As for the email thing – what the bloomin’ eck are you talking about – that’s got nowt to do with me.

  • 188 mart // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    I cancelled my direct debit last Friday. And that was after giving myself a couple of days to see if I calmed down – I didn’t.
    So today I rang the box office to see what their reaction was and got a polite ‘put it in writing’ and send a letter to the box office.
    My opinion, and I understand why some people will still want to go and support the players, is we should BOYCOTT the Hull game. This will show Ashley what he will get if he stays – empty ground for cup games and empty ground next season.
    We have to show him he is not wanted and not welcome.
    If its any gauge of opinion, out of the friends I go to the match with and season ticket holders at work, 2 are going in and 8 boycotting.

  • 189 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Regarding rocking nights at SJP. My favourite was when we beat Ujpest Doza 3-0. Don Revie said the Hungarians were the best club side in Europe after they had beated the Mighty Leeds United (Bremner, Hunter, Giles, etc) home and away in the semi’s. Fantastic!

  • 190 geordie jock // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Hitman i don’t mean use force or anything illegal. Just force of numbers, keep on the move but swamp the areas of entry into ground. C’mon lads we have to do something spectacular to get this evil B*****d out of our club.

  • 191 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    No problem B&Wblood.
    3 points isn’t my main priority.(always like em tho).Attending matches isn’t my priority.( a crowd is NOT a pre-requisite for winning a game)
    Getting the fat fu*k and his rats out of our club is no.1 for me.
    Whichever league we’re in,how ever many games we lose,I support NUFC.The best thing at this moment in time for the club is those tw*ts out!

  • 192 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    I sincerely concur!

  • 193 Toon4Life // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Dick

    What about a “cooling off period”?

    When I asked about this the guy at the box office couldn’t answer.

  • 194 IanG // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Money is tight at the moment and so boycotting may not be that difficult for many.

    As I keep saying there is no way Ashly is going to stand by watching his revenues dwindle. He may be stubborn and he is an idiot but even he can see the folly in hanging on to a principle.

  • 195 JaY-TNK // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    the only reason these 2 guys have got sacked is coz the new manager who will be appointed soon has his set of coaches he’d like at the club….

  • 196 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    feckin hell some of the bickering on this blogs unreal, we are supposed to be united and especiallywhen we’re in the s**te, people will allways have different opinions, try to respect that, unless of course its nando then feel free to let rip, shearer9 good idea about contacting the papers

  • 197 Born Again Geordie // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Here is a question to you all. If you decide to not go to the game – are you going to give anyone who does decide to go, a hard time ? Just wondered what everyones slant was on this ?

  • 198 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    good song magsie by the way

  • 199 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    all ashley cares aboot is making money,whats the best way to hurt him.

  • 200 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    see the problem as i see it is we don’t want the confidence of the players rocked and ne offence black and white we dont want a defeat imo, once you go on a loosing streak you can end up in a world of s**t and to loose to hull would just greatly increase the size of the big s**t sandwhich we are eating at present, other teams would then fancy their chances and the downwardd spiral continues, i can see the impact of a total boycott, but i can also see the sense in supporting the team and then protesting both before and after the match, i’m struggling to make my mind up to be honest and its giving me a headache ffs

  • 201 geordie jock // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Born Again we can’t get involved with in fights among ourselves, WE HAVE TO BE UNITED and fight the board with everything we have. some fans will have to do things they don’t necessary want to if we are to stand united. I will go with the majority whatever is decided but at this minute total BOYCOTT seems to be favourite.

  • 202 micepie // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    One way to partially get us out of the mess – or at least build a bridge between the chaos and a way forward – would be Zola. I reckon. We don’t know how good a coach he might be, but he’s likeable,
    optimistic and expansive. We could plan for several years and take it from there, and I think Hughton could continue as assistant.

    Anyway, kinda hope it happens and I believe we should be doing everything to persuade him a.s.a.p! One bonus could also be his insight into rising Italian stars and he would be helpful in continuing the youth recruitment drive.

    If it happened we can still demonstrate disgust and sadness at what happened over KK and much of how the club’s run, but at least we could hope that things will get better.

  • 203 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    I don’t think anyone who wants to go the match should have a hard time as we in Geordie Land think everyone has a right to do as they wish.

    I do however think that the TOON supporters should march together in unity and boycott products and Ashley empire to get a message across.

  • 204 D.C. // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Ashley keeps this up, we’ll be relegated. Fact.

  • 205 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    micepie zola,he is mates with wise,that sorts nothing,it would make it worse.

  • 206 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Does anyone wonder what Chris Mort thinks of this shambles. I bet he is cringing as he done some great work with the fans.

  • 207 Tom_Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 16:49

    Black & White Blood – get frigging grip mate. The stress is obviously making you lose your marbles.

    Most of my comments have been positive if you actually read them. That’s because I can see life after Keegan, I honestly don’t think he is the Messiah many make him out to be – he has won nothing as a manger, spare the hearts of the Geordie people, but unfortunately that’s not enough to get you in to Europe these days.

    All you see and talk about is doom and gloom when actually the real bigger picture is probably moderate success (let’s face it we aint gonna win the league anytime soon even if we had Jesus Christ in the dug out) with a modern coach who is prepared to work with the system that has been put in place to try and attract some of the best young talent and untapped potential throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

    As for the email thing – what the bloomin’ eck are you talking about – that’s got nowt to do with me.

    ————————————————————

    Absolutely brilliant comment, what i have been sayng the whole time too.

    So many are blowing this way out of proportion.

  • 208 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Toon Chicken – I’m man enough and mature enough to sit here and offer you an apology. I was rather offended to you questioning my allegiance, nevertheless, I was also out of order for over reacting to your comment – Of course both you and I retain a relentless passion for Newcastle United, as a consequence we both must acknowledge that we present a differing perspective, although I do not agree with your view point, I do accept it.

  • 209 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    the way it looks to me hitman is this geezer and his cronies are going to dig their heels in, he’s famous for it in the business world and its gona take something special to shift him

  • 210 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Tom Toon – Are you not in disgust with what Ashley and his cronies are doing with the fans.

    If you like Keegan or not that is not the point.

    The point is they don’t give a figs ass about the Toon Army and are treating us like idiots.

    Its not about doom and gloom its about our right to be angry with these clowns.

    Is it OUR club or is it ASHLEY’s to do what he wants.

    No-one will ever be manager at NUFC again, they will only ever be a coach……..

  • 211 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    agree mozza,the only way to beat this fat sack of sh!te,is by hitting him in the pocket.

  • 212 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Toon Chicken

    “That’s because I can see life after Keegan, I honestly don’t think he is the Messiah many make him out to be – he has won nothing as a manger, spare the hearts of the Geordie people, but unfortunately that’s not enough to get you in to Europe these days”

    Oh,so Europe is more important to you than having an owner who doesn’t care about you,doesn’t care about the game,has no honour,lies in your face and pisses money up the wall left right and centre but spends nowt on transfers?Oh and lies in your face!(worth saying twice tbh)

    I’d take the championship with KK over the premiership with the current retards in charge,any time.ANY TIME.

    Fair weather fans,eh! Pffft

    Toon Chicken :
    “All you see and talk about is doom and gloom when actually the real bigger picture is probably moderate success (let’s face it we aint gonna win the league anytime soon even if we had Jesus Christ in the dug out) with a modern coach who is prepared to work with the system that has been put in place to try and attract some of the best young talent and untapped potential throughout Europe and the rest of the world.”

    Any sort of success is no reason to put with the filth that run our football club.We could win PL,CL,CC,FAC and I’d still feel the same way about the turds upstairs.It would still rile me just as fkin much.
    You question KK as a manager,then go on to say you can see moderate success with some foreign “yes man” as manager.
    Under KK we were,3rd,6th,2nd,and 2nd (albeit without him for the final few months).I’ll take that over “moderate success” any day.
    Yeah this bloke has no idea how to manage a club.He knows what he’s doing,he loves us and we love him.Good enough for me.Apparently,not for you.

  • 213 Howay50 // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Is it just me or does the description below from the Star Wars website sound familiar?!?

    A loathsome slug of a gangster, Jabba the Hutt (Mike Ashley) was the preeminent kingpin of crime in the Outer Rim Territories (NUFC). Basing his operations out of Tatooine (Hertforshire), the Hutt had his pudgy fingers in a number of lucrative and unsavory rackets — slavery, gunrunning, spice-smuggling, extortion and more.

    Jabba’s physical appearance was as repulsive as his decadence. A hefty Hutt, Jabba resembled a worm-like slug, with a legless, tapered body coated in slime. A wide, drooling toothless grin split his flat face, and two yellow-red reptilian eyes stared covetously from his immense head. Jabba surrounded himself with the shiftless dregs of society (Wise and Co.), ensuring his protection with a screen of henchmen and hired guns. He lived in an opulent if sand-scarred palace out in the Tatooine deserts.

    Jabba’s depravity was legendary. He kept himself entertained by torturing and humiliating his subjects. He kept scantily-clad slave girls chained to his throne for his amusement (US$125,00 night in NYC). When fickle, Jabba would send his prize possessions to a ghastly end.

    To spread his influence and business across the Outer Rim, Jabba employed a number of smugglers (Wise and Co.) to traffic his illicit goods. One of the best starpilots on his payroll was a young Corellian named Han Solo King Kev). Solo’s luck ran out while (trying to run a great football club) running a shipment of Kessel spice, and his freighter, the Millennium Falcon was boarded by an Imperial patrol. With no options, Han jettisoned Jabba’s cargo into space.

  • 214 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    PHIL GOSFORTH HEAR HEAR

  • 215 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    @ geordiejayne
    Spot on,pet :D

  • 216 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    nice touch blackandwhite

  • 217 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    HA HA Howay50

  • 218 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    i 4 one am nt going to be at the hull game, i have never suported any business i do not believe in. i do not shop at asda as they were using real fur on one of there childrens toys, and i will not give anything not even my support to a bsiness that can treat staff.. keegan, mcdermot and sadler the way the fat man and pixie man have up there. i vote boycott. this is the first time i have said this as before they sacked these 2 i was up for the coloured shirt campaign

  • 219 Worjackie // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    I’m not boycotting the game. – I’ll be there supporting the lads. I’ll support any manager they bring in and I’ll support the toon till I die. I don’t have to agree with the board or what they are doing, but I’m going to support the team. cause its times like these when they need support, not when everything seems rosy. Yes Ashley I think you’re a t**t for spoiling my fun.
    If there is nice football played at St James’ I don’t really care who is charge. It would’ve been nice to see what the reaction of fans would be if Keegan had stayed and we were mediocre again. My bet a lot of fans would be on Keegans back as well. I liked the football Keegan played, but The club, the owner and every single fan will survive. I’ve renewed for 3 years, my betting Keegan will be well forgotten by then, and we / I will have something else to moan about.

  • 220 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Tom_Toon – Yet you believe it is acceptable to question my allegiance – I know I have proven my support for Newcastle United, have you..? I’m only asking.

    For all you criticise others for implementing one sided argument tactics, I am amazed that you are unwilling to step back and accept your share of the blame for conducting yourself in exactly the manner. When I feel that I have demonstrated unacceptable behaviour, I offer an apology. In the future if you do not agree with me, that is perfectly ok, nevertheless, kindly respect my opinion as I will you, and refrain from using childish insults.

  • 221 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    wonder what the team will be on saturday, some debut for the new lads with all this pish going on

  • 222 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    I honestly think fans are getting the two problems we have at Newcastle mixed up..

    Yes Keegan has gone. I’m totally gutted, but one day we will move on, whether thats with him again (hope so) or not (i’ll get over it)

    But the bigger problem is the ownership and any talk of potential new managers has to be put at the back of our minds until the fundementals of our club are sorted out.

    Root and branch review is often heard throughout football these days and you know what, that is what is exactly needed at SJP, but the fans need to be part of it.

    Not just shut out the way the board are currently doing.

    Shameful.

  • 223 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    its not the fact that they have sacked them two or the fact they forced kk out it is the way they have done it that had got me so riled. i will do anything i can to get that scum out and i believe the only way now is boycott till he gone

  • 224 peter596 // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    there will be no Silver Bullet

    there will be no White Night

    he’ll appoint someone who is difficult to hate (Zola) and then gradually we’ll recover

    eventually Ashley will return to the directors box

    eventually Ashley will sit amounst the fans….

    then stricken by post traumatic stress, all our hatred will come flooding back and he’ll be toast!!!

  • 225 Al (not shearer) // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    The way to get media attention is for the fans to do something to show their disagreement with the actions that the board have taken

    HOWEVER THE BEST THING ABOUT OUR CLUB IS THE FANS!! SO WE MUST SUPPORT THE TEAM.

    For the minutes that the game is active we should support as we always do but there should be absolute silence outside of actual playing time.

    Pure silence!! Give the team massive support while playing on the pitch but absolute silence outside of that.

    What do you think?

  • 226 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    @The Entertainers + Spunki
    Agreed.

  • 227 geordie jock // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Now is the time foe ALL fans to get together. Most fans want the fat B****d and his hobbits out of the club forever. However there are still some ( i wont name them as everyone knows who they are ) who don’t seem to give a sh*t about the way we the fans have been treat, never mind the manager and coaches. So come on you yellow bellied tw*ts and get a backbone and fight for the future of our club.

  • 228 MAG PIE // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Shearer and Robson sat go to the match – good enough for me

    I’ll march, I’ll boycott club merchandise, I’ll jeer or be silent whatever is decided, I’ll support KK, I’ll boycott or even sit in Sports World … but I’m going to the match. Sorry .. same aim different method.

  • 229 Tom_Toon // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Black and White Blood – I agree with Toon Chicken’s sentiments about the whole saga, not about his feelings towards you.

    You can do whatever you feel righ, i cant stop you and i wont, i just dont agree, im not going to insult you, there will be no point and no justification.

  • 230 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    hope that xisco proves the doubters wrong and turns out to be a good buy, people on here have written him of before he’s even kicked a feckin ball, they’ll be cheering the same kid if he scores though, fickle as f**k football at times, my pet hate is those arsewipes that groan every time someone hits a loose ball, probably the same lot that gave smith the uncalled for shite, when he was linked with everton, there’s a new breed of football fan and i can’t say they impress me

  • 231 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    MA knows he can’t sit with the the fans again.
    Love to see him try,though the stand would only be filled with his bouncers in toon tops.

    WE can be the silver bullet Peter596,the White Knight.
    If he’s a business man,then he has a weakness.MONEY.

  • 232 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Black and White Blood – there are those on here who seem to think you have to support Newcastle United at any cost.

    A highway man has come to our club took over and are making it there own little toy, and money making machine. This will not be the Newcastle United you or I have known all of our lives if we do not make a stand.

    For those who do not want to make a stand, that is your choice, but it is also myself and the likes of Black and White’s choice too,.

    I was there at the games when you could get in at half time for nowt. Standing in the poring rain getting beat week after week supporting the lads no matter what.

    Even under Freddy Shepherd I went….but this is totally different.

    This is NEWCASTLE UNITED from the City of NEWCASTLE – geordieland, WE ARE NOT going to stand back and give money to a man for his own amusement, and watch him tear the heart out of us.

    LOOK WHAT HE IS DOING NOW GETTING TOON AGAIN TOON GEORDIE AGAINST GEORDIE.

    This will end in tears BELIEVE Me.

  • 233 Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Black & White Blood – Thanks mate. I apologise to you too (I wouldn’t wish supporting Sunderland on my worst enemy :)).

    I still stand by all of my comments though and would like to think that somewhere in the deepest, darkest corner of your heart you’ll still be rooting for wor lads come Saturday – no matter who is sat in the Director’s box. :)

  • 234 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    GeordieJayne – couldn’t agree more. Those who choose to go through the turnstiles should not receive any abuse whatsoever. It is their choice.

    If anyone receives abuse for doing so we are just lowering ourselves to the level of Ashley. He is bordering on dictatorship at our club (sorry if this sounds a bit ott)

    Those who choose to enter SJP should support the players for 90mins and then rejoin the thousands who will be outside the ground at 5.00pm

    We, the fans need to show that we are united with the players and each other – and let the Ashley regime know in no uncertain terms that his time at SJP is drawing to a close

  • 235 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    I think most sensible NUFC (I now cringe when using that acronym) fans would support any Newcastle United player.

    Even ones bought by Wise, even Smith and Shola!

    Always back your team

  • 236 Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Phil,Gosforth – hand on heart you would rather see Newcastle relegated with Keegan in charge than win the Premiership without him?

    Really? Honestly? Truthfully?

    I know we all say things we don’t mean in the heat of the moment but you can’t really wish for that, can you?

  • 237 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    the reason those 2 got the sack was probably cos they got geordie hearts n were willing to fight for a cause.

  • 238 Toon Chicken // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    And just to add to the hypothetical argument – if Keegan did come back and we did get relegated, wouldn’t he just get sacked anyway?

  • 239 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Toon Chicken…

    Good point, but if you change the name of Keegan to Mike Ashley, you would get a different response altogether!

  • 240 Worjackie // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Geordie Jock.
    The fans have been treated not treat. Also it’s a contradiction in terms that you won’t name names and we are yellow bellied for not apparently fighting for the future of our club.
    so………Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • 241 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    I would be very surprised if either Ashley or Wise graced us with their presence on Saturday. However, if they were to attend, my contempt for them would sink ever lower. Surly such action would merely be a way of provoking our fans, simply antagonising us ‘Look it’s my club and there is nothing you can do about it’

    Guy’s, that me for tonight, I feel like my tummy is on cycle 10 :-(

  • 242 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    toon chicken, we are more likely to get relegated without him and all this uncertainty so that was a strange comment

  • 243 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    sorry toon chicken i forgot to read the hypothetical bit lol

  • 244 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    i still support black and white bloods level of passion, he is trying along with hps and a few others to galvanize us into making a stand albeit boycott or protest and i applaud him for that

  • 245 Phil,Gosforth // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    @ toon chicken
    I said I’d rather be in the Championship with KK than in the prem with MA @ the helm.
    That is how much I think the people in charge are NO GOOD WHATSOEVER for this club.
    I’d love to win the league,of course,but if the people upstairs have no respect for me as a fan,have no respect for the game,spend nowt when they obviously have it and lie their a*ses off to me,then I’m not fkin happy.

    It was more to show the level of distrust I have for the people in charge.

  • 246 DeeJay // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Entertainers – that’s simply not true.

    Shola and Smith was boo’ed when playing for our club.

    How can you possibly call that support?

    If we boycott the game, we’re effectively giving home advantage away. How is that supportive of the players?

    Boycott Mike Ashley’s other business interests, boycott the food/drink stands. However, whatever you do, don’t boycott the match, wreck player confidence and make the self fulfilling prophecy of relegation become a possibility….

  • 247 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    if people go to the match and protest great,but if people boycott even better,everyone too there own.which will get the most coverage.

  • 248 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Black and White I know exactly how you feel m8. My anger is at a point I have never known before. Don’t forget there are hundreds and hundreds of people feel the same.

    Keep your chin up m8 will be looking for you on Saturday at Central Station.

  • 249 DanToon // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:55 PM

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  • 250 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Geordiejayne – Thanks, I appreciate that!

    Wow yes, I remember that, turnstiles would open just before half-time. When I didn’t have sufficient funds, I used head towards the corner of the Leazes where the two large gates were used by the St Johns Ambulance men were, then facing the old box office and club shop…..I found it was always easier there!

    Do you remember entering the ground, that’s what I would call an atmosphere…!

  • 251 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    i think there’s gona be a mixture of both hitman so either way the press will sensationalize it anyway and we’ll make the back and even the fronts of some of the rags

  • 252 Mark // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    so thats 3 of us who think things are being blown out of proportion…sweet

    and ps why all the small mindedness about oh only a geordie understands’ ..and its ‘geordies vs the rest’ etc etc…im pretty sure newcastle has tons of fans outside of newcastle.

  • 253 Toon_Ksk // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Is it possible to do a silent protest outside his store?

  • 254 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    DeeJay

    I think you missed my point.

    What i was saying is that the MAJORITY of decent fans would never boo a Newcastle player.

    Yes there have been boos for Smith and Shola, but these were condemed by alot of fans too.

    Imo you never boo a player without good cause. ie Dyer refusing to play.

  • 255 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Wow I certainly do. We would go at half time cos we did not have any money lol. I remember once slipping and smacking my head on one of the stone bollards and everyone laughing, I felt a fool but pretended I could not care.

    My dad took me to most of the matches I went to until I thought I was too big to go with him. Sadly he is not here anymore, but has his name on St Jame’s walk way and I know he will be jumping if Ashley steps one foot on him, god he would have lead the revolt lo.

  • 256 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Toon Ksk

    Love your positive attitude,

    but would that not be classed as window shopping…..lol :)

  • 257 dick // Sep 8, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    cooling off periods are usually just for 1 week toon4life

  • 258 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Mozza thanks mate!

    geordiejayne – I’ll be there…..

  • 259 geordiejayne // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    make contact with you before then black and white

  • 260 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Geordiejayne – Good on him, I guy with morals!

  • 261 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    I see hours later and still the club have yet to confirm the two departures earlier today…..

    Thanks for keeping us informed

  • 262 dubsea // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    who is the public face of this club now? the NUFC website and its anonymous statements? its time for Lambias or Wise or even Ashley to speak face to face with its public (us) and state what the hell is going on with this club. no one can truly condone what has happened here.

  • 263 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    geordiejayne – Defo

    The Entertainers – So I see everthing is back to normal at NUFC….!!!!!

    Anyhow guys, I’ve got to go, feel as if I’m dying…:-(

  • 264 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    entertainers,the lack of communication beggars beliefits its almost tantamount to the fantastic pr we’re given

  • 265 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    This is getting silly. Having a go at each other for wanting / not wanting to boycott.

    It is each individuals choice what to do – respect that!

    I think everyone is in agreement to boycott the sales of NUFC merchandise etc. and when we get to SJP from Central Station I hope to see an empty Shearers Bar – but I doubt it. As someone mentioned before we can resist everything but temptation.

    But whether you are inside the ground, or outside, we need to be united against the people who are slowly killing our club

  • 266 Cooper // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    yea but we should all really be doing the same

    me? i will probably just follow the majority

  • 267 Black and White Blood // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Oops sorry I almost forgot, I expect the petition to hit 5,000 signatures at some point tonight and with one week still to go!!!

  • 268 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    it will be hard marching to shearers bar with that sweet sweet beer but i will resist for the skae of the cause

  • 269 The Entertainers // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    We’ve gone from a guy in Keegan who actually met fans face to face when we sold Cole.

    To our board putting its head in the sand and pretending nothing is happening.

    Bring Kev back to do the bloody PR at least.

  • 270 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Speaking of Shearers Bar, if he wasn’t working for the BBC and therefore has to be seen as impartial, do you think he would be happy to have his name above an Ashley establishment.

  • 271 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Spunki Munki – the beers crap in there anyway!

  • 272 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    “i can resist everything but temptation” great oscar wilde quote and you’re right graham shearers wont be empty

  • 273 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    what do you drink my pint is generally ok. not brilliant but just on par with everything else up town

  • 274 geordie jock // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Worjackie .I knew one spineless b*****d would have to spout off. And the only decent thing you have done is admit to having no backbone and probably no respect for true fans who would put their lives on line for the football club. ps excuse the grammar i was brought up in Dudley and i have no qualifications.

  • 275 Graham // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    To be honest I haven’t been in since they changed to Carling – used to drink Kronenbourg. I think thats french for p**s!

  • 276 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    does anyone know if dingo has got anything sorted with the shirts

  • 277 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    i hope terry mac spills the beans on whats went on

  • 278 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    i never really stray from stella if i can, strong tipple though, gota accept the heedache the next day

  • 279 mitch // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    I am sick and fed up of the premier league the way clubs treat us fans since the big money has came in is so bad yes Ed it really is a sad time in the history of such a proud club

  • 280 AndyNUFC // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    To be honest lads, time is always the best cure… and now after the dust has settled a bit, i’ve started to think about the whole situation a bit more openly.

    I think we would all love him to, and think that he should, but we know deep down that Ashley won’t sell. Now, I have no problem with Ashley being owner (in a sense, he needs to book his ideas up), I just want him to get rid of this ‘continental’ structure that undermines managers and renders them puppets to Dennis Wise.

    Now in all fairness lads our signings so far have been great I think, and if they were all suggestions from our scouting team (although Coloccini looks very much so like a Keegan player) then hats off to them. But we all trust Keegan and this buying players behind backs is disgusting.

    If we won the league this season i’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t be complaining… But seeing as we’re a small club with small ambitions can we atleast have a bit of pride back and see Keegan and a respectable owner and structure in place?

  • 281 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Lads, if you need any more proof as to how clueless our owner/board are just look at West Ham.

    They have kept their fans informed every step of the way. When Curbishley resigned they released a statement in a matter of minutes. When Keegan resigned there was a statement on the website 2 hours later.

    We have heard bot all from the club about shortlists for managers, when the interviews will begin and so on.

    Two coaches have been sacked today, we don’t even have a reason why never mind any kind of confirmation.

    It doesn’t matter what you think of Terry Mac, he has been with the club since Keegans first spell in charge so surely to god they should give us a reason as to why he has been sacked?

    Don’t you have to do something wrong to be sacked? So what could Terry possibly have done? He has been here long enough to know what to do and what not to do.

    I think it is blatantly obvious that Terry Mac has gone because he is Keegans man. Unfair dismissal anyone?

    As for Adam Sadler, who knows? One of the top young couches and he has been sacked.

    All I can say is nothing surprises me anymore.

    But the fact that some of you are now starting to stick up for Ashley is quite sickening to be honest.

  • 282 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    you’re right mitch football sold its soul to the devil a while back and the fans are treated with pure contempt

  • 283 Toon 85 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Im going to the match with my mate, mainly because i want to cheer on the team and would like to see this xisco have a run out.We will both wearing black and taking our own food and drink and i’ll be joining in the protests before and after the game. My other mate who sits with us is on holiday and refused to sell his ticket out of principle but we respect each others choices

  • 284 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    i see the depor coach has knocked us back.

  • 285 Nick 69 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    i really fail to see how people think this is being blown out of proportion, we are simply trying to get mike ashley out, if you think that is blown things out of proportion, then obviously theres something wrong with you, because anyone who thinks mike ashley staying is good for the club needs their heads checked.

  • 286 Paul // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    “although Coloccini looks very much so like a Keegan player.” (279)

    Er, he’s a top class defender Andy. Whatever your views on Keegan, he hardly has a reputation for picking those! ;-)

  • 287 ed_speed // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    gerraway man

  • 288 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    shaearer9 good point about the west ham comparison, i knew things were bad today when i visited my mam and dad and my dad is optimistic to the point of insanity, he looked like a beaten man and he even changed the subject to boxing, so he didn’t sicken himself more

  • 289 spunki munki // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    wat about philip albert. legend. who got him lol

  • 290 ed_speed // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    i like terry. pity he has gone in my opinion.

    regards,
    ed

    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • 291 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    dont think any fecker would work at this asylum at present

  • 292 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    I think this blog is getting infested with sheep. The gas chamber, sorry, I mean showers are this way.

  • 293 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    ed_speed

    you strike me as a very intelligent and amusing person.

    regards,
    shearer (9)

  • 294 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    we’ve been knocked back by depors coach, i’m pleased. hopefully we will get knocked back by everyone, leaving ashley with no choice but to sell.

    btw, who is depors coach??
    i see the board are trying to please us with a big name.

  • 295 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    lotina

  • 296 mozza // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    reet am away for the neet lads me brains frazzled, see what pish tomorrow brings, laters

  • 297 boycott // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    i think we should all stick together and boycott all nufc games untill we get ashley out this is the only way to get him out, if we go and protest he wont care he,s still getting paid end of day . as for surporting the players i surport the toon army not just the players i for one will not enter sjp again untill he is gone.

  • 298 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    later mozza

  • 299 shearer9 // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Deportivo La Coruña coach Miguel Ángel Lotina revealed today that he turned down an initial approach from Newcastle United about the vacant managerial position at St. James’…
    The taciturn coach told Marca that the call took place after Francisco ‘Xisco’ Jiménez joined the English side from the Galicians.

    Does this mean he was approached when Keegan was still in charge?
    Good god it gets worse

  • 300 ed_speed // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    cheers shearer(9) much appreciated.

    have you ever tried snorg tees? being advertised at bottom of screen?

    look canny rubbish to me like.

    regards
    ed

    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • 301 Anth // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Well guys what a week!

    Having built and bought a few buisiness’s in my time, one interesting thing with ashley is that the whole pr thing with him payin the clubs debts off in truth he hasnt, now having a personal friend at northern rock i know the morgtage on the staduim was paid oof in full which was 45 million,now i know this season is when the final payments are owed on owen, emre ,parker , luque, (around 28 million) now taken in the fact that we have only spent 12 million net, it is plain to see that ashley is letting us use the 40 million tv money every season, its is just the sad state of affairs that freddy left us in

    To be honest I am quite bored over the whole saga

    I am bored with the fans sayin they will boycot the game

    I am Bored with fans saying keegan is the only man to take the club forward, if he was he would have stayed regardless of any constraints (just think that one through boys )

    now its all finished with we have to rally round the team

    I will be there on saturday singing and shout my heart out for my club, for the players, and I will also shout for ashley to sort it out

    now a few proposels for mike ashley they may be outlandish however, i dont think he will get rid of his poisend little dwaf that is dennis wise

    these are my proposels

    if wise stay’s then i would want him to move up north to communicate with manager reguarly if he cant commit to the north east then he hasnt got the commitment that is needed when your getting paid 1.5 million a year, to watch a few football games on youtube sorry in the flesh

    I want mike ashley to have a monthly news letter for the fans like man utd’s owner does i was amazed to read in the monthly mag how candid and funny the glazer boys are

    lets get behind the team we have a good chance for this to be a good season still, howay the toon

  • 302 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    shearer9 i wouldnt put it past them.

  • 303 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    anth: wise wont come and live up here,the little stain would be lynched.

  • 304 reillers // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    How stupid is Ashley and Co. They are, if that’s possible, loosing the very little fans they have left.
    You think by now they would have acted fast, putting in a manager or something, but no, they just sack the remaining lads left.
    Besides them loosing more fans and for whatever reason that they thought it’d be ingenious to sack the lacks..who the hell is going to run the team..them?? Please God know.

    What the hell is happening to football. Once upon a time it was about the club, the grassroots, and the club belonged to the fans.
    If I didn’t have the All Ireland football final next Sunday I’d probably go mad..UP TYRONE..

  • 305 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Thanx for the financial info Anth…It makes a lot of sense!..
    …& ta for the measured post, it makes a nice change from all the name calling…Which is churlish in my view!..

  • 306 thefuturesbrightthefuturesblackandwhite // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    anagram
    dennis wise = snide swine

  • 307 Thump // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    rofl @ anagram

  • 308 51times // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Punk Skunk – YOU’RE churlish!

  • 309 hitman // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    why havnt we heard owt aboot terry mac and sadler going.

  • 310 Scary // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Reillers –

    It would bw better for all concerned if they packed up and moved to club to London _

    Then we can start again

  • 311 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    51 times,
    ho’way man!..
    …All it does is wind people up further…I just wanna see this shite get sorted out & shouting insults at each other gets us no where…Action speaks louder…’n all that!..

  • 312 loony toon formerly known as the black magpie // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    isnt the official newcastle website disappointing in this time of pandamonium…

    a few points

    boycotting the match and subsequent matches is not the answer-because at the end of the day we need 3 points

    ashly is acting like a cunt who has learned nothing from the geordie nation- we are intimate………and so was the king

    were we go from here,,,,,,,a brave new world

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    sorry im just still gutted from the last week

  • 313 ed_speed // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    very constructive post there dan toon (comment:249)

    i agree entirly.

    regards,
    christmas has come early,
    ed speed

  • 314 51times // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    it was a joke

  • 315 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Ok mate, soz, i’m a wee bit edgy like…But at least i managed to not bite too hard…Phew!.. :D

  • 316 ed_speed // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    anyone else in big market tonight

  • 317 AndyNUFC // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Bit unfair paul lol, our defense is best it’s been in years. I meant Coloccini’s a Keegan defender in the sense he’s good with the ball at his feet and take the ball forward if needs be.

  • 318 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Well 51 times,
    what d’y’make of the Terry mac/Sadler thing?..
    …New coach/es on the way, or what?..

  • 319 51times // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    I’m sorry to see Terry Mac go to be honest, I think he was good for morale in training and such. An old hand to rely on. Sadler was praised by van Gaal IIRC so I suppose the only reason he and Terry have gone is because they were allies of Keegan.

  • 320 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Same here!..
    …I guess they were always gonna dispense with KK’s marras like!..
    …I reckon we’ll be getting a overseas coach now…’cos they’ll be more likely to wear the coach rather than manager set up, won’t they?..
    …Plus, i can’t see any british coach willing/capable of taking the job!..

  • 321 ANON // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    See the tossers who actually bleieved we bid 16m for Modric seem to have crawled back under their stones!!!

    Myself and one or 2 others on here told you all months ago it was bull, but no, you werent having it!!

    SACK THE BOARD and run out of town any ASHLEY Supporters.

  • 322 51times // Sep 8, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    A Spanish or Italian coach would probably put up with it…still, I feel uneasy talking about another manager/head coach.

  • 323 Punk Skunk // Sep 8, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Aye man,
    i get ya’, i’m just trying to change the subject a bit, ‘cos it’s all doin’ me head in…& it seems like moves are bein’ made!..
    …I’m not happy, but i do care about the team & want stuff sorted for them, so they can at least do their job properly…They’re gonna need guidance…The last thing we need is the crowd getting on their back!..
    …But i understand what y’saying, i’ll shut me pie-hole about it!..

  • 324 toonster // Sep 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    We need 3 pts on sat !! Not sure if the players will be motivated..

  • 325 toonster // Sep 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Do you think the players can perform in an empty stadium ??

  • 326 bill // Sep 8, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    I won’t take the credit for this piece of work but I agree with it wholeheartedly – Scott posted this on the ICNewcastle web site.

    While the shock of Keegan’s exit, and the smear campaign against him by the club rages on, I think people are missing a trick. Even before Keegan left there were 5 thousand empty seats at St James’ Park. Many Toon fans like myself were waiting on Mike Ashley to back up his claims of ambition in the transfer market; there had been signs since the day he arrived that the investment he was prepared to put into the club was minimal, and while the good old ‘club insider’ attempted to blacken Kevin’s name, he always mentioned ‘residual’ value for players who’s transfer fee’s were in the couple of million pound bracket. Without the accounts to look over you have to use previous year’s books to give a rough idea of nufc’s finances. Looking at them, it is clear Mike Ashley intended on taking more out of the club than he ever did investing in it. Instead we seem to be looking for players who with premiership exposure, values would rise, and even going down the Webster ruling route. All the while reducing outgoings with salary’s and whatever other cost cutting mike has done, as well as increasing income with raises on season tickets. You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking we were being set up as a feeder club. With a net spend of less than 2 million this summer, its fair to say that Mike Ashley stands to make the biggest profit of all premier league clubs this season, hardly a sign of ambition.

  • 327 reillers // Sep 8, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    I feel so sorry for the players, I don’t really care about us, we’re not the ones who’ve to go out and play aginst Hull, if we’re pissed of all we have to worry about is how best to protest. The players can’t.
    They can’t go, ah sure we’re pissed off at how the board has treated all of this so we’ll not turn up.
    They have to play through all of this, with very little people left that they can trust. Who’s left??
    They know the board will have no problem getting rid of any of them, no matter how well they play.

    Shay in his interview, he said very little but his body language was clear as day..
    The way he constantly looked away from the camera, his aggitation was clear from that.
    At the start, he sticks his tounge in his cheek, he hesitates, stutters, his laugh is more of a pissed off are you kidding me laugh, then a hahaa.

    His body language tells us that he’s extremley pissed off, but he just can’t say it. He doesn’t feel that he can say what he wants to say, and this is coming from a wee lad who’s very honest, who’s know problem when it comes to refereing to our defence as worse then a Sunday Pubs team. But in this case, he holds back, simply because he knows that if he opens his mouth to start he wont stop and he’ll be out the door faster then he can blink.

    The players can’t say anything, unless they want to be first out the door come January.
    They can’t say or do anything. They may have the backing of the fans but that will only go so far..They are completley alone and with very little people left they can trust.

    We can whinge and protest all we like but what can they do, not a bloody thing. I honestly wouldn’t hold it against any of them if they all walked and went to Sunderland.

  • 328 GeordieDeb // Sep 8, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Appalled at what has been happening to our beloved club. As much as we all want it I can’t see Ashley going willingly. I will be at the match on Saturday but will take part in all the protests before, during and after the match that are organised. I can’t believe that some people haven’t got the gumption to stay out of shearers bar before the match for gods sake. Boycotting all merchandise, drinks, food etc should be agreed and stuck to by us all. We’ve got to stick together on this. What about having some cards that we all hold up throughout the match with a message Ashley, Wise and the cameras can’t ignore, accompanied by singing other visual protests etc? Just a thought but please don’t start losing faith before we even start, I can’t believe so many are already talking about new manager etc!! What about Kev? We need Asley out and nothing else will do, howay people we can do it

  • 329 IrishMan // Sep 8, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    reillers,

    Up Kerry!

  • 330 reillers // Sep 8, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Your taking the piss. Seriously are you from Kerry??

  • 331 Sav // Sep 9, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Cowboys out! Indians In!

  • 332 Worjackie // Sep 9, 2008 at 9:21 AM

    Geordie Jock
    Your point having a back bone: The opportunities that this country gives you to actually get qualifications. Which you have not taken lends me to believe that you yourself may have vertebrae that lack substance.
    Take this point; join the masses because it’s easier than having a real point of view. Or take a view within the minority and risk the wrath of thousands
    Spouting off is what this site is all about or is a difference of opinion something else your afraid of.
    P.S. I know who my Father is, even if my mother does not.

  • 333 TOONALE // Sep 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    I was determined to go the the Newcastle game on Saturday but Im definately stopping away. I live in Yorkshire so can never get to all the matches as I don’t have a season ticket. But I normally meet up with about 20 of us some live in the north east and some travel further. But we’ve all decided to stop away from the ground for the Hull gasme. 12 have season tickets so that wont hurt fat Ash directly but we want to make our support hurd. We all agree that paying good money to watch the match and protesting (not sure how anyway) will not affect MA one bit. Not buying tickets will. Simple as that.

  • 334 IrishMan // Sep 9, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Reillers,

    From Cork, but spend a lot of time in Kerry!




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