Fourteen Questions To The Newcastle Board – Will Ashley Sell

The Evening Chronicle has today published the fourteen questions that will be put to the Newcastle United Board for answers.

Mike Ashley – why doesn’t he communicate with fans?

Apparently there were over 500 questions suggested, but the following fourteen were the ones that were most popular.

Here they are:

1. Where has the money that was pledged to be reinvested in the squad after the sale of Andy Carroll gone?

2. Why is there such a lack of communication with the fans from Mike Ashley and his board?

3. In 2009 you outlined your plans for the club at a fans forum. Can you give us an update on how you see our position now against that plan and if it has changed? What is the long-term plan for Newcastle United?

4. Can you justify why it took seven months to pursue a striker before failing at the eleventh hour to secure a signing?

5. Public opinion on Tyneside from large sections of fans is that they no longer trust statements coming out of the club after several empty promises. What assurances can you give fans that they can believe what the club tells them?

6. Given that level 7 was deserted in some parts at the Fulham game, is there any reason why those who want to sing can’t all be sat together rather than upsetting fans who don’t want to sing, which appears to be the problem in the Strawberry corner? What has caused the club to fundamentally change its stance to standing in the stadium?

7. Many fans clamoured for a marquee signing on the striker front. Are those days gone and can we expect more continental-based players coming in in January, if any?

8. Are you concerned about the 10,000 drop in attendance and that fans are either not renewing season tickets or have headed to support local non-league teams instead?

9. Is Ashley considering putting the club up for sale?

10. Newcastle United has the third highest attendances in the country, Sky TV and income from merchandising, plus a lower debt position than many in the EPL. Why in terms of player recruitment can Newcastle not compete with smaller clubs like Stoke, Fulham and QPR?

11. Are you aware of fans’ disgruntlement with the away ticketing policy given the Toon Army are amongst the most  loyal fans in the UK, and will you consider reviewing the policy?

12. Alan Pardew said he was 100% convinced he would get a new number 9. What changed?

13. Why was Joey Barton allowed to leave for free and join a club that could be considered to be a rival in the Premier League?

14. Many fans now consider us to be a “selling club” after the departures of Nolan, Enrique, Carroll and Barton. How do you respond to this?

Those are all excellent questions,and question 9 is an interesting one.

We think if somebody came in with a £300M offer for the club, Ashley would probably be willing to sell, because he gets everything he’s put into the club back, and a small profit on top of that.

We wonder if Mike will realize at some point, that the evidence is in, and he’s just not cut out to be a club owner?

And that’s especially true at a club like Newcastle, where the fans are so passionate about their football and their club, but Mike never even talks to the fans.

That’s the single biggest mistake he’s made since he bought the club a long four years ago, and it makes everything just that little bit worse when there’s absolutely no effective communications between Newcastle’s passionate fans and the club owner.


This is an excellent opportunity for the Newcastle Board to start a dialog with the fans, but whether they will take it is another matter.

56 comments so far

  • WesJameson

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    WoW, those questions are REALLY good, but what is stopping them from feeding us more bullsh!t answers

  • Toon-Norway9

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2


  • Toon-Norway9

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Infact you don’t know. They gonna lie anyway 🙂

  • Shabilla1984

    Sep 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley needs to start some communication – his answers, whether we like or agree with them or not would be better than this silence.

  • MacToon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Seem good questions but wonder if we’ll get true and honest answers or typical “spin” responses……..

  • toon_shy

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #6

    These are some good questions i think and it answers some stup*d question proposed by some stup*d ppl. But we already know what the answers to some of the questions are really.

  • StevieGee

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    All I can say with regards to Ashley selling the club is “better the devil you know”.

    He has and keeps making some bad decisions and letting us down but I’ve tried to look at it from a different perspective and I think we are better off than we were when Freddy Shepherd was running the club. The club was about to go into administration which would have meant us dropping down divisions and being even worse off then we are now. We’d have no signings at all.

    The other options are that we could end up with worse owners still such as Gillette and Hicks at Liverpool or the Glazers at ManUtd who basically mortgage the club up to the hilt. I’d rather us carry on signing younger cheaper players than selling out the club and risking the whole institution just to buy some £30m players who will fail to perform for us like Owen, Duff, Martins etc…

    What are your thoughts?

    These questions can hopefully make the situation better if we can open communication with the club and come to compromises rather than the two sides arguing against each other so much.

  • liam85

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    As I was reading them I could tell what most answers will be on most questions.

    The question about Ashley selling up. They will only say. Mike Ashley has no intention of leaving the club and wants to move the club forward…which roughly translated means, Mike Ashley will continue to take profit until he finds he’s made the money he’s happy with back into his pocket before (which I think he will at some point) sell the club.

  • Hoppefot79

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Question #15: Why this negativity in every single question? – Why not focus on positive things like we are building a better team? #16: How knee deep in Sh!t would we be if MA sold?

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I like question 10 in particular.

    I would also like to add the questions “why are you such a fat c@nt? have you never heard of a treadmill? And also is Pardews arse not a bit slack from all the shaftings you have been giving him these last few months????

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    why do all the questions have a negative slant asnd why are they all just going over old mistakes instead of asking a question that it would be worth hearing the answer too.

  • terencelim

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Question 9 is all he needs to answer.

  • evildick

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    good questions. although i expect more spin.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    It’ll be interesting to see what response they give probably a complete load of BS

  • Toon_Army

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    So when are these questions gonna be answered (If ever)

  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16

    They didn’t include mine i see!!!!! would you agree Derek, that the club’s relationship with it’s fans has been on a massive downwards spiral since your appointment at the club? Chris Mort did a great job and his communication was a vital part of this. Do you acknowledge your massive shortfalls in this area and do you admit that the team manager alan Pardew is owed a public apology due to your failure to broker a deal despite having 7 months to find the much needed striker he identified?

    Strange that didn’t get picked.

  • djm...

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Truth be told, singing isn’t the problem in the strawberry corner it’s the persistent standing. Iv sat th there for 5 or 6 years now and there has always been a good atmosphere but I’m 5 foot 3 and really don’t want to pay £500 to look at the back of someone’s head every other week. Does that make me a boring fan?

  • stephen1971

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #18

    whats the point in even sending the questions , we all know the answers are not going to honest, why should we ?

  • bill

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #19

    I think that we can all give answers that we expect, they will be evasive, and try to point to the possitives (small beer) and generally be the opposite to what we all know to be the truth.

    My question is “will you f off and die?”

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #20

    15. Where are your pants?

  • PapaToon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #21

    yeah good questions, definately want to see what the board has to say, 1 or 2 wow! including is ashely goin to sell. aaaaaah do people forget that football clubs are on earth, where there is talk about the US maybe going into recession and chance of default by Greece, Spain and Italy and some smaller players. Im in Australian, where we have supposedly done well through the GFC and we are being impacted by these world events and the same goes for Asia. Who in their right mind would be investing in a club right now. There is only so many sheikh families and even they have been hurt.
    And the reason we cant compete at this stage with liverpool, man u, chelsea, totenham is because although NUFC has a great following and fanbase but thats only in the uk. all the other clubs are global enterprises, thats where the big money is i.e. more tv rights, shirts sales, advertising.
    i would personally now like to know what our wage bill is? what is our net revenue and what are our assets and liabilities. Risk of a leeds happening at the moment and i dont want it to be my beloved club.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Dont ask a liar because you wont get an honest answer, was my mums motto, and i have no reason to doubt her on this one. What a waste of time . the answers will be what you want to hear , NOT what will really happen. Ash and Lambs could even embarress tom pepper, and we all know what happened to him!

  • bojous

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Although I wouldn’t be surprised if we were fed a bunch of lies, I think this is step in the right direction and in a perfect world it would happen on a regular basis.

    Actually don’t be surprised if we get a “we’ll get back to you” message and no answers in the end.

  • Pedro10

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    All good questions but I’ll be amazed if they get answered honestly.

  • lekech

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Are we still hoping Ashley and Lameass to take us fans SERIOUSLY? If not, why bother with the questions?


    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #26

    any idea when these will get answerd or if they will get answerd. lets hope theres another 10,000 less next home game its the only way we can get out points across

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Mike wants to be your dog.

  • Tiote

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #28

    They wil get answered but only in ther time. Get th feelin if we had chance 2 ask face 2 face they couldn’t prepere 4 wot answers they giv. They’ll have a good sit dwn n make shit up 4 us al 2 hang on 2 until proven wrong again.

  • tiotal football

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #29

    not a fan of 13 or 14 personally but otherwise really good questions

  • wynsleap

    Sep 6, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Some decent questions but still think there should have been a question about the S. Direct signage at the ground.
    How much is being given to the club for this advertising and are they actually encouraging different sponsors to replace the SD brand and pay decent money for the privilege?

  • wynsleap

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Should have mentioned that question 9 would have been better as “When do you intend to leave this club?”
    The current question invites waffle. This question demands an answer.

  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #32

    @ 9

    Given the antics of the last 4 years that question is stupid on all sorts of levels. Interesting however that your ‘positive’ question focuses on a negative in your opinion should Ashley sell.

  • dannyhunt

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #33

    why keep asking about Barton? he slated his employers constantly, after being told to wind his neck in, and paid with a free transfer to qpr, hed have gone for nowt next year anyway!!

  • Thump

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #34

    From the meeting last night, we were told that there were 10 questions to be selected from the Chronicle and 4 from NUFC Fans United so that adds up. I’m not sure I recognise the questions read out to us from the panel (outside of 5 and 6 that is).


  • catchy in norway

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    answer to no 1 , dick lambass, iv already said, its gone on the players we signed, its not cheap getting these free players in

    2, not sure what you mean on this one, i think we let you know exactly what is going on, lfor instance, in jan when we sold AC, we said we would re invest and we have

    3, i think its obvious what the plan is, but for those less inteligent , we but cheap and sell high, the deal has to be right for the club

    4, like i just said the deal has to be right for the club, gone are the days of paying good money for proven players, look at michael owen,

    5, i carnt, they just have to believe us, we dont lie,

    6. all the player are marquee players that we brought in, i think a mix of the players like demba ba, a full international with youth like vukic and sam , we have a good blend, and also , liverpool where close to signing marvaux , but we got him ;P

    8 haha, no dont be silly, this is the holiday season, they will be back, they are the most loyal fans in the country, (and blind)
    9. the simple answer is yes, but he needs to milk it just a little bit more, to get all the money he has put into the club first, or a even richer guy pays him 300mil which ever comes first

    10, electricity has gone up double in the north east, thats no1, and we only sign quality players, if availble we will spend, but like iv said, we wont waste money on the wrong types for this club

    11.if it isnt broke why fix it, it works just fine the way it is

    12. we backed him up, we had offers in, its not our fault they chose other clubs

    13. joey only has himself to blame, and once we said he could leave for free, it was his managment team that had to try and find him a team, we would prefer that he dropped of the face of the earth, he tells pll things

    14,, well those guys asked to leave, we did try and ask them to stay, yes on lower pay, yes on short contracts,,

    well that went well

  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #36

    More half truths & whole lot of a lies. Wouldn’t be bothered with their answers, MA & DL probably would tell you what they want you to hear and sugar coat all their words, so that you would come back for those loose tickets in the pretext there’s hope that we are actually going in the right direction. My guess is, MA is looking to sell the club at a profit, he’s half hearted & lack the passion to drive the club forward. We are nothing more than just a business entity to him!!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    in my opin,

    it shouldnt take 14 quetsions, it should just take actions,, they speak louder than words

  • hartoon

    Sep 6, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #38

    no 10 why we can’t compete against clubs like qpr for transfers.
    maybe because thety are owned by the 6th riches man in the world ? could be a possibility just saying.

  • Bryan

    Sep 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Unfortunately, whats the point of these questions? The Club will be between a rock and a hard place because whatever the answers are there will still be people who will say the answers are total rubbish.
    I will be surprised if the club entertain these question for that reason alone.
    I would much rather the club and supporter groups got together on a quarterly basis to discuss any points that these groups would like to ask. This could then be passed onto the fans through the different forums.

  • TheHeyman

    Sep 6, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    A question I would ask:

    While it is understandable and vitally important that the club has to run as a business, is it fair to say that the Board have forgotten the cometitive nature, heart and passion of the fans who are not just simple customers?

    Or something along those lines.


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