Ashley Finally Pays For Chartered Jet To Tannadice

News today that Newcastle United clueless owner Mike Ashley paid up the £8K to stem a players’ revolt, ahead of yesterday’s friendly at Tannadice Park in Dundee, Scotland.

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Mike Ashley – the Scrooge at Newcastle

The Shields Gazette revealed on Friday the squad were facing a four-hour coach journey to Dundee, rather than a very short flight, because of financial cutbacks made necessary at the St James’ Park club, in the wake of our relegation.

And they have reported that some players were even prepared to pay the extra costs themselves, because the players were not happy at taking the long coach journey (like the fans would have done).

But it seems that Ashley finally relented and the players traveled to Tannadice via chartered jet.

It’s true that with heavily reduced revenues this season, and for as long as we stay in the Championship, the revenues will be around £50M at best, from the £100M we brought in during our Premier League days.

But we could also do ourselves a lot of good, by unloading those players who don’t want to stay at the club, and by getting good money for them in the transfer market, and also relieving the enormous wage bill we still have at the club.

That will also help the cash flow problem a lot in the coming season.

At some time the club may even think about what it will take to get the side promoted, but that seems the very last thing on Mike Ashley’s agenda right now.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Get them on the national express next time..useless fkers.

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #2

    what is the latest on the sale anyone? been in the hospital the weekend with the little lad ,

    R.I.P Sir Bobby Robson

  • batty

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Johno Toon what u been in with y kid johno

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    he was brough in with suspected swine flu , they had him in isolation for most of the weekend , was sent home yesterday. He didnt have swine flu they put it down to a viral infection , but due to his age they just wanted to be sure

  • batty

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    johno so is he ok now m8

  • Doocey

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Nowt about the sale really.
    Tomorrow’s the day apparently.

  • batty

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Doocey // Aug 3, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Nowt about the sale really.
    Tomorrow’s the day apparently.

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah is is ok , well as well could be i guess! he is at home but off his food but he be grand! Thanks batty

    tommorrow is the day eh? when have we all heard that before lol!

  • liam85

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on sell the club!!!!!!! 🙁

  • Tel

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    linked with some diamond billionaire now according to sunday express, more bull to sell papers.

  • bigted28

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, at least if the sale does go through before Saturday, we will have loads of time to buy up at least 5 players and get rid of all the deadwood. lol. Typical Newcastle, always leave everything ’till the last minute, then disappoint accordingly. Fed up, to be fair, but it was aways destined to be like this, right?

  • evildick

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    have to admit ive come full circle and im really excited about the season starting.

    all i want to do is watch a few lads in black n white stripey tops kick a ball around like!!!

    had enough of pictures of fatty and boring tripe like this story!! who gives a flying monkey f#@$ about if the players are catching a bus or a plane!!!

  • Tel

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I never thought in my worst nightmares it would still be dragging on this close to the new season. The longer it goes the more I think Ashley is doing his best to screw us up further. It will be the end for me if he does a u turn and keeps the club saying no suitable buyers again. I am signed up for the three year deal, but will cancel direct debit and make sure he gets not one penny more off me.

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Well my view on this is :

    They are in the championship and as such will have to make sacrifices.

    In the championship due to the dismal performance last season

  • komfort

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #15

    he only paid for the flights coz his big red bus is still is knackered…

    …tel , the thought of fat man doing another u turn would make an onion cry.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #16

    SALE will be tommorow, if not tommorow, the next day, if not that day, the day afterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • milburn

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    for a good old fight to relieve the stresses of NUFC visit

  • Solaidback

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m sorry but if you believed the story from the Shields Gazette, then you’re most desperate for stories on the TOON than you should be!!

    C’mon, you don’t actually think that Ashley would give into the players for a measly 8k do you, get real, 90% of the players earn more than that in an hour, so why would they care about paying for there own flight if the story was true!!

    I never believed this story in the beginning & still don’t!

    As for the sale of the club, if the rumours are true (finally) then we will get an official statement tomorrow regarding the clubs new owners, I’m hoping that it is the head of DIC, as he’s loaded & will probably have an in-house competition with the owner of Manc Citey as too who get what players for their own club, yes they have an advantage at present but next seaosn, we’ll be back up & chasing them & our bidding them too… lol

    Sorry, that last bit I wrote while asleep & dreaming.. lol lol

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19


    …& it would be cool if it was ‘dic’s head’ wouldn’t it?..


  • Stuart79

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Can someone explain to me how it costs £8k to fly 20 people to Dundee?

    Was it concorde like?

  • Solaidback

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #21

    It was probably 1st classs mate, plus its not just 20 players, its coaching staff, boot boys, fitness staff etc, probably around 40 people in total, thats why they always use a 52 seater coach or fcuking well should do!!!

  • Rangerman

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Should tell them if they win they can travel to the next game by plane, if they lose then they are back on the bus.

  • Alex

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    it cost 8k because of the extra weight the plane had to carry . Those bigheads and over inflated egos , that must by very heavy for takeoff 🙂

  • workyticket

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Stuart79 // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    “Can someone explain to me how it costs £8k to fly 20 people to Dundee?

    Was it concorde like?”

    It was a privately chartered jet, Stuart, just for them.

    Footballers don’t use easyjet or Ryanair!

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Private charter.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d have made the feckers walk, or called their bluff and let them hire their own plane.
    These pampered tossers have really forgotten what it is like in the real world haven’t they.
    I do like Rangermans idea mind. If they win they get the plane if not then its the bus. Now hows that for motivation then? LOL

  • DJG

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Joey Barton, chairman of the players commitee lol

  • DJG

    Aug 3, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #28

    imagine Joey Barton muching on a bag of crisps on ryanair and having to pay a pound to use the toilet. can u coz I can


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