Newcastle Fans Need This Important Pledge From Mike Ashley


The more we think about how much money Newcastle will be getting this season, the more we realize why smaller clubs like Swansea, West Ham, Southampton, Norwich and Fulham were spending big money in the transfer market during the summer – but alas not Newcastle.

mike ashley looking at camera in white shirt

Mike Ashley – should plough the profits back onto the club

Newcastle should be able to make a decent profit from now on financially, and one reason for that  is the Wonga deal, which is giving the club £6M a year over the next four years, and according to Derek LLambias, is the biggest shirt deal the club has ever made.

The second reason, and this is the big one,  and it’s with the new three year massive TV deal, the club will get between £60M and £100M every May from the Premier League, and that’s based on criteria such as where the team finishes in the league, how many times the team were on live TV and the like.

That’s an average amount of around £80M.

Last season the Premier League clubs got between £40M and £60 M, an average of £50M,  depending on the various measurements above, and that’s an average of around £50M.

So  Newcastle should be getting an average of £30M more in revenue next May from the Premier League, and since it’s the best deal we have ever had from Wonga, we should be making quite a bit from the shirts deal too.

It’s makes a mockery of Newcastle pinching pennies in this season’s transfer window. 🙁

The last financial results we had Newcastle made a small profit on revenues of around £93.3M, so you would expect Newcastle to be making decent profits from now on – and maybe as much as £30M or more is not unreasonable, given our already solid financial position.

Newcastle only spent a net of about  £12.5M this year, so all we ask of owner Mike Ashley is that he puts the club’s profits right back into the club,  for improvements in things such as facilities and the scouting network,  but most of all,  make most of it available as  transfer funds for Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew.

If the owner will pledge to do that we can do very well in the transfer market – the Newcastle owner just has to be willing to spend the profits of the club – which Derek LLambias said a number of times was always the plan.

We need somebody at the club to tell the fans that this will be done over the coming seasons – and then we should be in good shape – maybe very good shape – and who knows we could even become  successful again.

Whoops – getting carried away again.

What do you think?

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161 comments so far

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    fatman

    Yep, better coaching, send them out on loan when they’re at the right age and then integrate them with the first team when they’re ready.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza,
    Not if I want a peaceful weekend 🙁
    Toon P
    On the facebook page for MAoc somebody will put the minutes on.

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  • Ted Bundy

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Unless somebody takes his daughter hostage and demands as ransom that he wipes off the debt and sells the club, he isn’t going to listen to anybodies admonishments and whinging – Kets are you there?

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  • DokToon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    like our club, the idea of putting our profits back into the team sounds great on paper, but matches, along with cups, are not won on paper…

    i therefore would insist he signs it in his blood… (use gloves when handling the agreement though, we dont know where he has been)

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  • JackButler

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    ToonDarnSarf

    We shouldn’t have been in relegation battle last season but we were and failing to replace Ba made things even harder for us. If injuries hit us again this season like they did last season we will be in for another slog.

    Ashley gambled by only bringing in Anita and was forced to spend when it look a real possibility that we were going to be relegated.

    From top 5 to bottom 5 in one felled swoop.

    And now the master plan of the summer paying £2 million pounds for a striker we failed to sign during the last window and we don’t even have the option to buy him at the end of the season, so come next summer we will be in the exact same position all over again.

    This is no way to run a football club

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    @Ibiza
    I think we have 42 players
    Aged 16 – 21 [ie over 16]

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    hahahahaha

    that’s a good 1 ED, even though it’s Newcastle money NOT MA money he will keep it to himself.

    MA upcoming nickname should be Mr Burns

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  • Barton

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Only pledge Cashley will make is to carry on taking the P*ss….

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #9

    who says we don’t have a option to buy Remy?

    there’s still a clause in his contract for 6-8 million, we can still buy out his contract and there’s nothing QPR can do about it

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail…I sense your other half may have something to do with that then…

    Was going to ask about minutes, I’m really intrigued about their plans etc.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    JackButler

    I’m not going to keep bashing my head against a brick wall here because you keep saying the same thing and you’re not actually responding to me at all.

    You can now consider that we have replaced Ba with Remy for starters.

    And we are overall 5 players better off in the first team than we were at the beginning of last season. And last season our squad was almost identical to the one that finished in 5th. So if you add Anita then we’re actually a net of 6 players better off than the one that finished in 5th!

    Sure, other squads have improved but so have we. We have the joint 2nd youngest squad in the PL and many of our players should only get better.

    We know what happened last season and we know we didn’t get what we wanted this transfer window. But we’ve got what we’ve got and I don’t see why anyone thinks we’ll get relegated. You seriously think that we’re worse that Cardiff, Hull and Palace?!?!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Black & White…Interesting point. Was it a relegation release clause do you know? If so, would that still count once the initial window after relegation had ended? Not sure you’ll know the answers to those, I certainly haven’t a clue…interesting though.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza,
    I just had an e mail from Mactoon, I really think they’re starting to gain momentum.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #14

    God it really is groundhog day isn’t it!! The same thread over and over presented in slightly different ways each time.

    It’s been done to death you could get in Messi, Ronaldo and Bale but what’s the point if you have dumb (Pardew) and dumber (JFK) also known as the chuckle brothers running the show.

    I would rather throw 12-15M contract to a top manager and appoint if necessary a D.O.F who was on the same wavelength.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Black and White with an army lol

    Redknapp and QPR openly said that he would only be loaned out and not sold and Kinnear himself has said that Remy will return to QPR at the end of the season so any talk of clauses is BS

    Kinnear admitted to the Mirror: “I sanctioned the one-year loan deal for Loic Remy, and if it goes pear-shaped I will take responsibility for it.

    “But if he scores goals and does well for us, Alan will be happy with our end of the deal; the player will be happy because he will come into contention for a World Cup place with France; and if both those things happen, Remy will go back to QPR as a World Cup player with a higher value than when he joined them, so everyone will come out of it well.”

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  • PMartel

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #16

    ‘Trust’ is the key word here. Keegan was right all along:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifpb55bXkrg

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    TDS…Whilst most of that makes a lot of sense, I do have one worry and that is confidence within the squad. It was clearly an issue last season and up until Fulham, it looked like it still is.

    Some think it’s down to Pardew. Some, lack of investment last summer. No idea at the end of the day, but if it was the latter, I hope we’re not in for more of the same.

    Still, there were genuine promising signs on Saturday, so I live in hope that acts as a springboard to better things. Not much better things though, or Ashley will just let us down again 😉

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18

    @JackB
    No buy out option clause then, just a loan.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza,

    Haha that’s class. What a squad that would be.

    Good question, I have absolutely no idea to be honest. Keegan should be one of them. And Houghton if I had to pick another one.

    That would be canny.

    Jail,

    That 30 million should of been spent the previous Summer. We all know it was a gamble that should never of taken place. Was it really 30 million also? That dosn’t sound right at all.

    Cheers, I’ll keep an eye out for it mate.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibizatoon

    Confidence is massively important so yeah, I really hope that is different this year. Saying that, Pardew seems to be very good and managing the players and it’s no surprise that the players don’t have a huge amount of confidence given the dismal start to last season and injuries to key players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #21

    TDsarf,
    Not sure if maths is your strong point but we have let , Harper, Simpson, Perch and Ba go and brought six players in, and can we really call a season long loan for a player somebodies replacement.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #22

    That was supposed to read “AT managing the players”. One this Pardew does well is as a man manager it seems. Let’s hope he can get the best out of them this season. Otherwise, he’s a goner.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    where’s this concrete recipe i have loads to build

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #24

    @TDS 11
    Perfectly fair point
    I do think we tried to get Gomis – an extra striker would be have been great.
    As long as there are 3 teams worse than us – we will stay up; but I think we will be better than that.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail…He gave me a little introduction the other day. He actually gave me a lot of hope, I’ve always envisaged a small group of people just ranting and waving their arms grumbling about Ashley…which wasn’t really fair…They seem to be approaching it the right way, as I say, I am looking forward to hearing their way forward.

    The fans need something they can believe will bring positive change.

    Rotonda…Well thank god you’ve mixed it up a little bit for us then, need a better manager, Pardew would ruin Messi and would have Barcelona plying their trade against local pub teams…I think almost every single toon fan accept there are better managers than Pardew…not many that are happy to play Ashleys games though. What is the root problem?

    If he wanted us to progress, but was being cheap and didn’t fancy paying off Pardew, then why not bring in some other technical coaches or a technical DOF (like we discussed in the summer)? He doesn’t care mate.

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  • DokToon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    the meeting tonite begins with this..

    ” were sorry mr ashley couldnt make it here tonite, he wants all the supporters toknow he is invested in NUFC, and is so dedicated to the club. he wants you all to know that the spending spree last january was tough, but then he got remy for you ingrates, and now has had to sell his house, and resides in the back of a warehouse of one of his stores.

    “please continue to support and get to know all you players, becuause thats all you will get til im rid of pards”

    “thanks for coming gnite, and go rangers…oops, dammit, i mean go toon”

    (whispers to each other, “do you think they caught that slip o the tongue? nah, theyre sheep”)

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #27

    JfA

    Actually I’m very good at maths thank you very much.

    I said the first team squad. Remy, Sissoko, MYM, Debuchy, Haidara, Goofy and Dummett have all been added to the first team squad compared to this time last year. So that’s 7 players. Whereas the first team squad has lost Perch, Simpson and Ba. As I said, I don’t count Harper because either Alnwick will take his role or we’ll get an emergency loan. How often is a 3rd choice goalie critical to a season?! Most clubs don’t have a quality 3rd choice goalie.

    Seriously mate, read my posts if you’re going to respond to me. My comment wasn’t regarding the transfer business this summer, but it was about the quality of the squad. We are 5 first team players better off than this time last year, even 6 first team players better off than the team than finished in 5th when you consider Anita.

    Thems the facts. What you choose to think of them is up to you.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    ToonDarnSarf

    No, I am answering you but as always you chose to only answer part of someone’s post and if another opinion doesn’t tie in to what you want people to believe your first action is to try and right it and the person posting it off.

    So I will spell it out nice and simply for you.

    Mr. Ashley has failed as the owner of this once great club. He has failed from the very beginning and continues to do so with every decision that he makes. From managerial appointments, choice of sponsorship, through to his baffling decision to appoint Kinnear TWICE. The way that people like Kevin Keegan, Chris Hughton and Alan Shearer where treated under him is disgraceful. The way we the fans are treated by him and the constant PR bulls**t is laughable.

    Under him this club will simply exist and nothing more, his ambition is to simply survive in this league and nothing more.

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  • lukes26

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Ashley has determined its better to do business in the Winter, when some teams are accepting of the fact they have no chance at pushing Europa league or Champions league & looking to relieve some of their wages.

    Most of our big signings in the past few years have come during the winter. Cisse, all five french players this year

    Ashley would prefer spending more on players salaries than transfers. I think its a good strategy. He just needs to be resilient against the Fan Mob who think Ameobi is Championship level, etc. & don’t understand the nuances of business and football.

    I mean look at other teams.. West Brom signed Anichebe for 6 million. 6 million for a player who doesnt score & can’t hold the ball as well as Ameobi. Thats insane,

    Things arent as bad as you think. I wouldnt trade our squad for any squad below the top 7.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    archaeomag

    Unfortunately there is no option to buy, so thats another one to chalk down to Ashleys failing

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    archaeomag

    Thank you. I’m glad someone actually read that post properly rather than just using it as a dig regarding transfer business.

    Gomis (or someone like him) would have rounded the squad off nicely. We’ll be fine if Cisse and Remy stay fit and bang in the goals but in trouble if we need more options.

    Fingers crossed…

    But at least we don’t have potential problems in half a dozen positions like last year…

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  • kira13th

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I wonder why the club like Norwich, Southampton, WBA, can sign the famous striker like Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Pablo Osvaldo, N.Anelka and many new players….While our club can only loan one player.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #33

    TDsarf,
    Whether you think Harper was important or not he was part of the squad and as for Dummet we’ll see as we have done with Tav, Fergie etc etc

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  • fatman

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibizatoon

    One of the biggest promising signs was we found a team worse that us, 2 more and were sailing.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #35

    JackButler

    Jesus Christ man, will you stop using me as some kind of pseudo Ashley punching bag???

    You spout the same old bullsh*t regardless of the topic. Read back your last 3 posts and you just say the same damn thing but with slightly different words. We get it! I’m not even discussing that point!

    The topic was regarding the players that we have available. I have pointed out several FACTS regarding our first team squad and you’ve chosen to completely ignore them and just continue to rant and rave about Ashley. There is absolutely no point in talking to you, you may as well just cut and paste your last comment for every single post you make.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Numbers isn’t the problem with the squad.

    The problems are with the quality and experience of the players.

    Alot of potential maybe, but the quality and experience still has some way to go.

    We are missing quality reinforcements out on the left wing, right wing, right back and a quality powerful striker with pace.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Tudor…Can’t remember if it’s 1 or 2 eggs mate.

    TDSarf…Just realised your name has changed back…what happened?

    JB…I think his point was not that we had a clause in his contract, but in his original contract with QPR he had a release clause. Can that not still be activated by a club if it’s met? I seem to remember, after that fateful game of Fifa 13, hearing about a release clause in case QPR were relegated last season…could be something in it.

    Prodigy…I’m just wondering if it’s Pardew…be interesting to see him ruin all of our favourite players in one evening…but such is the power of the Pardew 😉

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  • JackButler

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #38

    ToonDarnSarf

    Whats wrong mate, touched a nerve have I?

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #39

    @TDS
    Grass is always greener – but we are the sheep and don’t get to choose, so we might as well enjoy what we got as best we can.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #40

    i dont class dummet as new if you dont count harper

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