Sunday Sun Banned From St. James’ – Watch What You Write


Newcastle United announced on the official web-site yesterday, that they have banned the local Sunday Sun from St. James’ Park and the training ground, presumably for inaccurate reporting.

Mike Ashley – objected to tone of article

The Newcastle club issued the following statement:

“Following an article that appeared as a back page lead in the Sunday Sun on 10 January 2010, headlined ‘Desert-ers Leave Toon’, Newcastle United, having taken exception to the accuracy, tone, inference and content of the article.”

We contacted the Sunday Sun to seek a full back page retraction of the said article in the following Sunday’s paper (17 January).”

“The retraction was not forthcoming in the manner requested and as such the Club have banned the Sunday Sun, indefinitely, from St. James’ Park and the Training Ground.”

Our initial reaction to that article was that it was a hit below the belt, but hey, it’s a Sunday paper, and they all try to shock their readers, after all.

This is what the article stated, that seems to upset the Newcastle ownership:

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias have been busy early on in the transfer window . . . in Las Vegas.”

“While United manager Chris Hughton started his bid to sign the players to boost the club’s priceless promotion campaign, his bosses flew to the States at t”he start of the week.”

“Hughton has been promised money to spend in January, but will have needed to confer with Newcastle’s top brass on whether to up his bid for Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford.”

“The purpose of Ashley and Llambias’ trip to the world’s gaming capital is unknown, although Llambias is a former boss of now-closed London casino 50 St James and once managed a similar club in Vegas.”

“While the duo were away, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust’s attempt to buy Ashley out picked up pace, with Newcastle City Council revealing it will consider giving the fans’ bid its official backing.”

“Newcastle’s search for new firepower is becoming ever more urgent as the Championship chasing pack hunt them down. And the Sunday Sun understands that promotion rivals West Brom are lining up a bid for Leicester City hotshot Matty Fryatt.”

“Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias have been busy early on in the transfer window . . . in Las Vegas.”

“While United manager Chris Hughton started his bid to sign the players to boost the club’s priceless promotion campaign, his bosses flew to the States at the start of the week.”

“Hughton has been promised money to spend in January, but will have needed to confer with Newcastle’s top brass on whether to up his bid for Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford. The purpose of Ashley and Llambias’ trip to the world’s gaming capital is unknown, although Llambias is a former boss of now-closed London casino 50 St James and once managed a similar club in Vegas.”

“While the duo were away, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust’s attempt to buy Ashley out picked up pace, with Newcastle City Council revealing it will consider giving the fans’ bid its official backing.”

“Newcastle’s search for new firepower is becoming ever more urgent as the Championship chasing pack hunt them down. And the Sunday Sun understands that promotion rivals West Brom are lining up a bid for Leicester City hotshot Matty Fryatt.”

Let’s face it, there’s been a lot of rubbish written about Ashley, but he hasn’t helped himself much by doing some crazy things during his 31 month tenure, which has hardly benefited the Newcastle United club.

However, some of the stories need to be denied and this may be one of them.

But we have to say the daftest comment we have seen recently was from the Newcastle United Supporter’s Trust (NUST), when one of their members had the gall to suggest that Mike was making £7M a month out of Newcastle.

It’s OK not liking Mike Ashley, a lot of us don’t like one little bit the way he has disrupted the club, but you have to be measured and careful in your criticism, otherwise you start to lose credibility.

We believe this showed up the NUST in poor light, since the Newcastle club’s total revenues are estimated at £50M this season – and the wage bill is estimated to be around £35M, and is probably more than that, but down from the £74M it was last season.

How this person can say Mike’s making that profit is just beyond us, in fact the truth is probably that he’s putting some money into the club, to survive this season.

The statement from the NUST spokesperson  shows his complete ignorance on financial and business matters – not a good statement – and probably not representative of the NUST, who we support in their efforts to wrestle the club back for the supporters, although we think it will be very difficult.

We would have liked to have seen a retraction from the NUST, saying this statement was out of order, and would have showed the NUST as being responsible, which we think they are, but we didn’t see one.

Comments welcome.



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29 comments so far

  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #1

    THE TRUTH HURTS !!!!!!

    GET OUT OF OUR CLUB YOU FCB !!!!!!

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    This is two stories Ed – which one to comment on??

    Sunday Sun – yep, if that story was false (i.e. if they didn’t go to Vegas at all) then damage was inflicted and the club is right to retaliate. The Press Complaints Commission are a load of amoral hacks, so sometimes you have to do it yourself.

    NUST: totally agree. I was gutted that they dropped such a schoolboy clanger, and it put a big dent in my hopes for their cause. Retraction was needed and just didn’t appear.

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  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m still amazed people read the Sunday Sun. I heard they spent their revenues last year on constructing their very own rumour mill which is entirely economical, supposedly – it’s ran on fresh bullsh*t.

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  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #4

    & TAKE YOUR DILDO LOVING GAY BOY WITH YOU !!!!!

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  • bill

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    NUST have explained where they got the figures from, “some clever accounting ” which has been uncovered by forensic accountants on behalf of the trust.

    As I understand it, basically by moving money around his various companies MA has apparently been taking money out of NUFC on a regular basis when averaged out amounts to £7m per month.

    I don’t think that they would say this if they didn’t have the evidence to back it up.

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  • MOONDUST

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #6

    roy cropper do you have to be so crude ? you arse.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #7

    i love mike ashley ashley and have nothing against him even though he’s done alot of shit.would it not be reasonable if nust formed a partnership with him?

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  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    moondust – stick to tailing batty & stay off mine ! you dick.

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on Ed you’ll have me crying in me tea your article is beginning to sound like you are almost siding with the fat one. I can’t see what the Sunday Sun have done wrong , Ashley always does a runner during transfer windows and never spends any money on players which will be proven again at the end of this window.

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  • stevep

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #10

    @bill – the NUST dropped a bollock, claim was made on pure speculation, hearsay and rumours rather than any fact – they’ve yet to put any substance behind this.

    Just can’t see NUST bid actually materialising as they can’t raise enough cash to buy the club outright and it may be a bit pointless buying a minor share where Ashley can just outvote them on any issues

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  • MOONDUST

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Roy Cropper // Jan 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    moondust – stick to tailing batty & stay off mine ! you dick._dont want to tail booty boy you will do idiot.

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  • bill

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    NUST are to try to buy Ashley out, otherwise why outline the method by which the club is to be run, and to give out information that investment banks are already in the loop.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    i wonder why fans lack patience and wait for the right owner with an o.k. fund instead of jumping from pan to fire.i blame the fans and not ashley.

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  • geordie jock

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe we the fans can ban the fat one from st james park and the training ground until he gives us all an apology on the back of the programme for everything he has done to us and our club.

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  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Ban Ashley – like it but it still doesnt remove the problem. Neither does singing FCB songs so what to do ………………

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  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    moondust – on second thoughts perhaps i should have posted it in lower case.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    “presumably (banned) for inaccurate reporting”

    mmmm let me think, who else has lied too and misled The Toon Army?

    pot….. kettle…….etc.

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  • bill

    Jan 20, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #18

    ganiyu:

    I’m afraid the days of billionaires throwing money at football are now going to be few and far between.

    The only answer for football to be sustainable in the long term is for fan participation. The fans have the good of the club at heart, businessmen are usually after a fast buck or a toy.

    ManU fans are going to protest against the Glazer’s by wearing the old Newton Heath colours of Green and Gold perhaps the Toon army should adopt a similar method of showing ongoing opposition to MA – any suggestions?

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  • MOONDUST

    Jan 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19

    roy cropper go away little man .

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  • Roy Cropper

    Jan 20, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    MOONDUST // Jan 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    roy cropper go away little man .

    you chuck a compromise back in my face ! – well i aint gonna troy any more .

    in the words of batty – y dipshit.

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  • MOONDUST

    Jan 20, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    now run along and tell booty boy .

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    One thing we ought to be grateful for is that we are not in the mess Pompey or West Ham are in financially.

    That said, although our finances have been tidied up, we do still owe around £100 million in loan back to FCB…but at least it’s in control and we’ve done a brilliant job of getting the wage bill down.

    At least financially we’re quite strong I think, even compared to the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd.

    Next season, with the EPL money and TV money back in the pot, and a reasonably mid-league position to work from, things might look a lot better.

    Just a thought.

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  • ganiyu

    Jan 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    bill if things keep happening like that then im afraid that potential buyers wont come.its either they create an extra decision policy.

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  • donjuan

    Jan 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed can’t you get an age rating on the site? That might stop the likes of roy cropper and Moondust acting their playground arguments on the forum. Just a thought. Pleased Simpson’s in.

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  • G

    Jan 21, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Agree with donjuan 24 here

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  • Sav

    Jan 21, 2010 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #26

    I wrote to NUST to complain about the stupidity of the article and saying it could only harm their credibility.
    At least I got a reply from Tony Richardson, but in it he only tried to justify the claim.
    Unimpressed.

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #27

    What’s wrong Roy? Worky finally banned you from .org?

    Nust can shuv it as far as I’m concerned. They’re a bunch of tossers with their own financial gain in mind with little idea of how to run a buisness let alone a football club. In this case it’s certainly better the devil you know.

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  • G

    Jan 21, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Agree with thump about NUST here, never trusted them, and still don’t. If they are to launch any kind of credible bid, then they need to be a little more transparent about how they intend it to work. Do they still charge you a tenner for a sticker? How do they sleep at night?

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  • Bao Zheng

    Jan 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29

    First the Sun. I would have banned them even without that article together with any other journalists based south of the Trent. Second if big Mike wants to go on holiday good luck to him. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with you. If Houghton needs to talk to him they have phones in Las Vegas. Finally, NUST. For people to trust you with their money you have to be flawless. That 7m gaff may well be enough to kill confidence and so the whole project. Also in my opinion their “prestigious” team is seriously short on credibility. We’re top of the league and not going into administration, be happy.

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