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Newcastle Fans Need This Important Pledge From Mike Ashley

5:08 pm, Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 161 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM


    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.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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

  • 3 Ted Bundy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    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?

  • 4 DokToon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    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)

  • 5 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM


    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

  • 6 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM


    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

  • 8 Barton // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

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

  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    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

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    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.

  • 11 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM


    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?!?!

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    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.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

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

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    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.

  • 15 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    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.”

  • 16 PMartel // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

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

  • 17 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    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 😉

  • 18 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    No buy out option clause then, just a loan.

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    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.


    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.

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    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.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    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.

  • 22 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    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.

  • 23 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    where’s this concrete recipe i have loads to build

  • 24 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    @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.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    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.

  • 26 DokToon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    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”)

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM


    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.

  • 28 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM


    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.

  • 29 lukes26 // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    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.

  • 30 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM


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

  • 31 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM


    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…

  • 32 kira13th // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    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.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    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

  • 34 fatman // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM


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

  • 35 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:43 PM


    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.

  • 36 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    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.

  • 37 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    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 😉

  • 38 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM


    Whats wrong mate, touched a nerve have I?

  • 39 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    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.

  • 40 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    i dont class dummet as new if you dont count harper

  • 41 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Ask MA, not us – we don’t know.

  • 42 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM


    Not sure mate, only going off that Redknapp and Fernandez said they would not sell their best players and that Kinnear has said that he will go back to QPR at the end of the season. There was even a rumour that any release clause that he does have in his contract is only activated if QPR fail to gain promotion at the end of this season?

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    fatman…oh so cynical 🙂 Whilst Fulham were fairly poor, did you not think we had improved at all?

  • 44 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Out of all the players in the world, are we really supposed to believe that we couldn’t find an upgrade on Jonas and Shola?

    We bid 7 mil for Gomis so surely at that cost they could of been upgraded. You could upgrade on these two for five million each easy don’t you think?

  • 45 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Very interesting piece on SSN just there comparing coaches.

    In England there are 1100 coaches with a UEFA A license (1 below pro license, which is highest)

    In Germany there 5500 but in Spain there are 12,300 coaches….can see why our youngsters don’t get the best coaching given to them.

    I’d honestly like our club to take some initiative here. Bring in a very very good coaching set up at all levels. Then find a club in each of the other three leagues in England and say the Scottish league. For them a youth coach each for free to work with there lads an loads with us and send our academy kids to them. This ensures they get the right coaching but also first team experience…would help a lot.

    It’s similar to how Spanish sides have a second team playing in their league system, get good coaching as well as first team games.

  • 46 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    Lol, your cracking me up tonight mate. Your bang on form today haha.

  • 47 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    JB…I think it’s probably best we just wait and see then. Not a chance in hell of us figuring out the truth before then…I mean, Redknapp, Fernandez and Kinnear? I wouldn’t be surprised to hear we’ve already bought him then…or maybe the player we saw last Saturday was a cardboard cut out 🙂

    Now then, can you all play nicely? This is getting silly for absolutely no reason.

  • 48 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    We could have easily upgraded them, but did we even try is the question

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM


    Of course you could, it’s just a bit of PR from the club but most have seen through it. There were good players going on a free or cheap. Redmond who Norwich got was 2.5 mil…has potential and already offers more than jonas as a threat. (Especially as jonas should be a bench player for us)

  • 50 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    @45 they need to start at the very top then

  • 51 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM


    Exactly mate, trying to decipher the truth from comments made from two pathological liars is a hard one 😀

    Would love to see him here on a permanent basis though as he’s a top class player

  • 52 lukes26 // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Does anyone think that we could compete for top 6 even if we signed 2 players? I dont think so.

    Wenger was right when he said he wouldnt spend more for Cabaye since he was a Reserve player. He’s not going to drop Cazorla for Cabaye, is he? And thats our 1st or 2nd best player.

    I don’t think signing 2 players would really make too much difference this season. At best we’re competing for 6th-7th place. We’re certainly not going to be in a relegation battle.

  • 53 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Prodigy…Glad to hear’s been miserable on here the past little while.

    That line about not being able to find players, was missing a few words. It should have been we can’t find any players that improve on what we have, within our financial structure and that we can’t get even cheaper in January.

    I don’t believe it’s that the money can’t or wont be made available. It’s all calculated. Gomis should be a lot cheaper in January, plus we would have saved on some wages. All well and good, that is unless Cisse is injured or can’t score a goal…that wont happen…will it?

  • 54 gaz 44 // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    That’s just for you who say redknapp said remy would only be loaned and not sold, I am sure some people just make stuff up

  • 55 Ted Bundy // Sep 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Jack Butler is. at a rough estimate, about 12 years-old.

  • 56 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Why is all the food and merchendise sold on match day at the ground traded in cash??? No card allowed?

  • 57 Ibizatoon // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    JB..You’d think us toon fans would be getting pretty good at it mind.

    Now, can you define what class you think Remy is? That should keep the blog busy for an hour or two whilst I finish off some work 🙂

    Catch you big girls later

  • 58 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Redknapp said: “I don’t think he will go on loan. I can’t see any sense in it. I don’t know why we’d pay £8million and then loan him out. If he was to go, someone will have to pay for him. He has a buy-out clause and we want our money back.”

    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.”

  • 59 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Ted Bundy

    Close mate, I’m 13

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    You know is being cheap means Mike will take the money we owe him and leave then I am okay with us not spending!

    …hell I would even help raising the money 🙂

  • 61 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Now luke how many people were saying that when we fin top 5? Cabaye this cabaye that???? Personly it all goes on form for me.

  • 62 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Well lads, I’m not stopping, just thought I’d let anyone who is interested know that I am writing again. It’s not going to the same place however as I have crudely created my own platform for it.

    Not quite as neatly done as Ed’s blog, but hopefully in the coming weeks and months I can improve it and get it up and running.

    In the mean time, if anyone is interested you can follow the newly release NUFC Daily blog at

    Or alternatively, you can follow me on twitter @CiaranDonaghy2

    Or, you can slump back in your chair and wait for me to leave 😉

    See ya lads!

  • 63 lukes26 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM


    I’ll bite.

    I think Remy is slightly better than Gervinho., certainly not world class. France won’t be dropping Scarface for Remy any time soon.

  • 64 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Re; cash – perhaps it would slow the transaction down – slow food rather than fast. [?]

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM


    he did say that yep…then a few days/week later said he would be one of two going on loan. Guess the owner stepped in.

  • 66 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM


    get off here peddling your rubbish lad 😉 haha

    why can’t i log into yours using my account here even though it says i should be able to

  • 67 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Jack & Ibiza.

    Just silly gambles to constantly try and get players in at the very least amount possible.

    It’s painful to have to watch the team suffer season after season because of this structure. .

    God knows what is being said behind closed doors by the players.

    I wouldn’t be happy playing for this club right now if I was any of them. After last summer and now this summer alot of our players must be re-thinking their position one would think. More than likely are stepping stone players we bring in.

    They all need quality around them to produce their best.

    Sadly we are still lacking in certain areas on the pitch once injuries occur. That is going to be the telling time, especially upfront.

    Shola and Gouffran will be lucky to hit 10 between them. When Remy and Cisse are out this season I think it is going to be difficult for us in games.

  • 68 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Archaeomag u familiar with contactless payments? Are you from uk? Do you have a card? Card is far faster than cash.slow my arse

  • 69 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM


    Thats is the biggest worry as our injury nightmare has been running on for years now.

    Just hoping that is failure to spend is part of his exit strategy

  • 70 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    Exactly, we could of upgraded no bother. I think it’s ridiculous for any football club to not give us the best possible chance of success.

    So annoying.

  • 71 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    providing everyone has contactless and wants to use it…cash is easier than entering a pin

  • 72 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    . . just a suggestion, it also costs more to process.
    I am from northumberland – we still use barter.

  • 73 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Also to not to even have the option of card is bull.all cash food payments a season how much does anyone think that would raise? A coke is 2.30. A bottle of lager is 5er.52000 fans buying stuff?

  • 74 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    It is also not a normal business – it has irregular opening hours !

  • 75 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    Ashley talks a good game but doesn’t deliver…looking to bring in top youngsters for academy too, got only 1 in.

    The man is a joke.

  • 76 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM


    t’s not to hide the money….its a drop in the ocean compared to everything else.

  • 77 JDdubai // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Come on lads, why not every one of us finds 1 billionnaire from the forbes list and emails them a passionate letter asking them to buy us. go into background, local history, what the club means etc, link some videos of bobby or whatever, go into how much revenue there is flying around at the moment.

    Do the whole thing, we all send to 1 person and see what happens. agree that 99% will think who the f@ck is this knobheed but it only takes 1 person to be looking to invest or buy something….surely there is 1 person out there who wants to buy a PL club with 50000 supporters each week, getting minimum 60m just for being in the league etc, revenues of around 100m a year???

    This is how desperate I have become..

  • 78 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    No it doesnt cost more to process. Shops only charge extra because they cant reduce tax payments etc. All cash can be clicked and fiddled.simple doesnt cost a penny more to use a card.fact!!!! Unless for tax reasons.

  • 79 archaeomag // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    The catering / matchday food etc is contracted out; I think Sodexo Prestige runs the catering at the club

  • 80 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM


    Actually it cards do cost money to use for companies….not so much debit cards but credit cards cost the company a small fee.

  • 81 bosamuelson // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Sorry Ed.

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

    What a load of drivel, it is a business, businesses can’t afford to through around money. MA will not leave without a profit, that is a fact. He will not pend money while he is getting slated by everybody trying to tell him how to run HIS business.

    Yes he will eventually go, but I do not get why everyone thinks the grass is greener. The club will finish top table this year, between 5th and 7th. Just get behind the f$$$$ing team for a change instead of putting energy into something that will have no effect.

    And no I am not massive fans of MA or AP (although I do love a Pardew Fist Pump on a Saturday afternoon), JK is not even worth mentioning.

  • 82 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Drop in the ocean? Well every penny counts imo with this greedy bast:;,d as a owner.i can see 200,000 et least each game gross.what about if he transfered his profit else where? Its a couple more million for him.

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM


    massively under estimating people power mate…people make a huge difference. He got a load of stick after keegan and stuck the club up for sale.

    Also if we finished 5/6th i will give everyone on this blog 100 quid and you can hold me to that.

  • 84 jimiley // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Ed, I cannot believe how naive you are. You always try to see the best in the regime no matter how much the owner keeps on destroying the club. Rather than writing optimistic twaddle, I would much rather read a calls for a call to arms to force out this desperately egotistical bandit. Your messages should reflect what 90% of your contributors think and write rather than bland nonsense about pledges and january signings hoping we can be a success under Ashley. Grow a set and call it as it is.

  • 85 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM


    not sure of the figures on it but even 200,000 a game…its nothing compared to the billions from sports direct

  • 86 Cool Hand Luke // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Ruddy, no doubt a vehicle for you to showcase your self proclaimed intelligence? Think ill give it a miss. By the way, didn’t you mention something about leaving this blog? Dont let the door hit your ass on the way out.

  • 87 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Im off lads, pizza hut delivery on the cards and a little drink I reckon.

    Catch ya’s in a bit.


  • 88 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    200,000 x 19 games plus cup say 5 mil a year from sales at least. 100m a year for sd not billions.5mil is a lot a money not to be accounted for mind.

  • 89 scout // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    5th-7th lol, glad you’ve been making the most of the beer garden weather. 10th at best for me

  • 90 Barton // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    you know we criticise Pardew and the players,but when the direction comes from the top,and that message is ” i car’nt give a f@ck” is it any suprise the players ect are playing with a dark cloud over them.

  • 91 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM


    providing it isn’t accounted for…it may well be going through the books. pure speculation mate

  • 92 Ted Bundy // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    MAs personal business email, if anyone wants to try to sweet talk him 😆 –

    From this site – – gives emails of a lot of kingpins of major companies.

  • 93 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Thats what i mean.card use in general not credit cards.its all cash at the stands.easy way to hide a couple mill each year.

  • 94 Ted Bundy // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    MAs personal business email, if anyone wants to try to sweet talk him 😆 –

  • 95 scout // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    We have some decent players, but some poor ones aswell. Top players will be very frustrated with the lack of investment. Bigi and Sam are poor, obertan would run out the ground if you left the gate open.
    Anyone with a pea sized brain would have signed Redmond, Hughes and a top striker.
    Instead were fed cr.. by AP about not being able to improve the squad. I could find someone who would play for nowt who’s better than Shola, it’s a absolute joke. Makes me feel ill

  • 96 roe997 // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    All i was thinking,that last sat there were no card payments and i was stuck dry and starving at a game.every major modern company use card payments why not nufc? Modern tills are much faster at using card payment than cash!!! So why not at st james park??? Other grounds use it, sports direct use it so why not us?

  • 97 bosamuelson // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    @Sage, 100 it is 😉

    I think that was when Ashley was naive enough to think he could stick it on the market and sell it quick.

    Now, there is no way he will leave without making a profit, i.e. by winning stuff, being successful and then going or by running the club like he is now (bare bones) and taking the money back with minimum input.

    Plan A was the first scenario (and a much quicker one at that), Plan B is what is going to happen if the fans don’t stop abusing the guy.

    I am genuine, I can’t see the logic in bashing him and trying too force him out. Surely we know by now that he has a thicker skin than that when it comes to money.

    @Jimiley, comment 84. A call to arms, come on. What are you really going to do. A boycott will lose Ashely, what 200000 a game give or take 100000. That is peanuts to what he/the club is getting regarding T.V. money etc. He is not going to go because a section of people or a couple of thousand less go to a game.

    All a boycott will do is decrease moral on the pitch and see our team perform poorly again. How often do you hear players say how important the crowd are.

    You can “Ashley Out” all you want he aint going anywhere until he has his money (or fans get behind him and the team and become successful and he stays) and/or sells for profit. The quicker we as fans can make that all happen is to help make the team a success, more attractive to investors making MA go quicker.

  • 98 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I think we need to make sure we still support the lads in the pitch at games. It’s important to let them know they have our backing and we sympathise with the shortcomings this squad has.

    If our goal was mid table we’d be fine but the remit when Ashley came in was champions league as a goal. I’m sure some of the lads will have been brought in on that premise

  • 99 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    “I love a Pardew fist pump”
    Do you know how wrong that sounds.

  • 100 bosamuelson // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    @ Barton 90.

    Don’t give a f$$k because the fans are so bl00dy negative.

    @ Scout 89. 😀 100 quid of Transfer Sage if they come in though 😉

  • 101 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Haha yeh get some good money if we 5th or 6th.

    I agree though a boycott won’t achieve enough. Won’t get enough walk away to make a statement. Will only be 10/15k so look like fair weather fans. A protest of mass banners, throwing tennis balls on the pitch like a Spanish side did or stading in silence for 10 mins would be good to see.

  • 102 DokToon // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    TS @ 83…

    make sure you convert mine into amercian dollars. Thank you.


  • 103 Toon Tang // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    jail 98


  • 104 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM


    You’ll get $100 and be grateful haha

  • 105 Blubber tits // Sep 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM


    Why do you think Newcastle is the party capital of the UK? Because we’re all depressed living in the grim North, we’re escapists, partying and football is all we have, it’s our natural disposition, either elated or forlorn, but when the football isn’t going well, we’re unmatched mopes 😀

  • 106 bosamuelson // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    @ TS 97
    So what has the major change been since MA arrived? If he wanted CL then why does he not give a t0ss now? Because he gets hated on. He just wants his money but the longer it takes the longer…etc. etc. see comments above 😉

    @ JfA 98. Haha, Love it my little sister said it while I was introducing her to a game one Sat afternoon. Family joke now.

    OK I will post the link 🙂

  • 107 DokToon // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    dear TS,

    please send it unmarked bills so i can spend it at sportsdirect, pmsl….

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM


    What changed is man city and spurs…means much more competion for places and a lot of money needed and then it’s still a gamble.

  • 109 lesh // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    As long as the club’s burdened with £100m or more debt owed to MA and he’ll doubtless be thinking of increasing his stake in Rangers, it’s surely unrealistic to hope that all ir most profits will be ploughed back into player funding, scouting and academy infrastructure.

    As Ashley’s aim is self sufficiency for the club, then the debt needs to be cleared and it probably will be in the next few years if we’re not sold. Clearing that debt would be a blessing and I’d be reasonably happy were Ashley to affirm his commitment to clearing the debt and agreeing funding for players etc – sufficient to maintain Prem status at the very least. Oh, and recruit a credible Director of Football and if he must look after his drinking pal Kinnear, give him a job as bars manager. Nah, that’s not a very bright idea – anyone got any suggestions for Kinnear, who’s served us well…. er, ish?

    If he would commit to that, painful though it might seem, there may be some light at the end of what’s been a very long and dark tunnel.

    Come on Ashley, give a commitment of intent and remove the uncertainty that’s prevailing.

  • 110 GeordieTwo // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I notice our club’s name didn’t appear on the least of 8 bargain buys that were made in the just closed transfer window. Names like Canas, van Wolfswinkel, and Toure. So we definitely don’t have an eye for shrewd buys then? Wouldn’t that have been in Joe’s mandate? We couldn’t use a shrewd buy to reinforce the squad? Hmmm. The smell coming of the club is bad again.

  • 111 kt97toonarmy // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Good evening all

    To b honest ma will not speak in public he hasn’t since he bought us. So for those hopeing for a miracle. Don’t hold ur breath.

  • 112 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    i wouldn’t lower myself to ashleys level

  • 113 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    support the club
    by the match prog
    make paper planes
    fire them in ashleys direction

  • 114 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM
    52000 planes and the rest WOW

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    They reckon Mashley sounds like Lee Evans and his scared to speak publicly.

  • 116 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    @transfer sage – re: number of coaches. No wonder we don’t have that many coaches with A licences- not many can afford thousands of pounds on training to be a better football coach!!

  • 117 scout // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Kinnear is very quiet, how much of an ars. does he look now.
    Remy is quality but where’s the rest, wonder if he went to Bruges in Belgium, I’ve heard it’s a fairytale.

  • 118 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    AGGH see liverfool were gonna try it in 2010

  • 119 Cardboy // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Maybe.. and its just a thought…. if you as an owner were thinking your manager might not be around at Xmas (results dependent) then you might keep your spending tight so your new manager had some funds available for the January window!! Just a thought.

  • 120 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    ajax have done it

  • 121 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Appreciate the support lads has reached over 100 views in its first few hours, which is a great start for me, and most of that has come from this blog, so thanks again!

    I’ll drop by every now and then to peddle my own product, as Sage rightly pointed out (by the way I know what you mean, I couldn’t log in with this account either, had to make a new one) and just to check in, generally.

    Cool Hand Luke, wonderful contribution to the blog, it’s people like you I’m going to miss the most.

  • 122 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM


    Got to ask the question why do Spain have more? 12x more

    Is it down to higher interest? Or does the Spanish FA, charities, communities, etc assist with funding for these people to become coaches.

    My guess when there is 12x as many they must be getting some sort of help with it as if anything Britain is stronger economically than Spain so guessing people have more disposable income.

  • 123 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    Quick question. Is it easy to set up? Looking at doing one for my local cricket league.

  • 124 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    One or two egoists on here tonight. Probably the same people who check out their reflections at every opportunity.

  • 125 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    my reflection cannot be seen by mere mortals caaaaaaagh

  • 126 wolfshead@toon // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    lol @ ppl who say theyre leaving for good and then post the next day haha

  • 127 bills-son // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM


    My advice to you (genuine) is to turn the self belief, energy and intelligence you have to something more financially productive than a NUFC blog.

    Ed is retired, you shouldn’t have the time to spare imo.

  • 128 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Not sure how that works
    You as the owner would know exactly how long the manager will be around
    If he was going to sack surely the time was the summer not waiting until Xmas??

  • 129 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    @Transfer Sage – That’s my point. Either the courses are significantly cheaper to do with their FA than ours or there is some contribution.

  • 130 fatman // Sep 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    If i seem to get more ignorant at the moment i have a dodgy kidney and spend more time at the toilet than reading the blog at the moment but i do read most and if a get annoyed nothing personal just a short fuse at the moment.

  • 131 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    @Fatman. You’re ok at the moment, but don’t milk it.

  • 132 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM


    Hope your health is okay and that your kidney issue isn’t to bad………..though coming on here should have a health warning 😀

  • 133 Cabyebye // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Lads just listened to Shearers signing news conference, positive talk about how talk about investment, the future and the loyalty. Not only of the fans to the club but of a reciprocated loyalty of the club to the fans.

    They acknowledge that it is the fans that allowed them to bring in such fantastic players such as Shearer, through shirt sales, tickets, magazine slaes, etc.

    It would be an absolute inspiration to hear such talk coming from the club these days.
    Instead we get excuses and fobbed off on a regular basis.

    Sickening how things have gone the way they have. How promising were things back then?

    Worth the watch lads.

  • 134 mot7 // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Here comes ameobi for the under 21s on for redmond who looked realy good

  • 135 GEORDIEJOHN1982 // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I would love him to sell up, anyone else buying the club has got to be better than mike ashley and his cockney bum chums! He’s got no interest in the club has no idea how to run the club and doesn’t give a monkeys about the fans. Please just do the decent thing and go back down south!

  • 136 Cool Hand Luke // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Ruddy, not quite as wonderful as your Moses like return from self appointed exile (all 24 hours of it) so you could lead everyone to the promised land of your new blog, but i was reasonably satisfied with my contribution. Thanks for promising to use Eds site as a free advert to promote your rival blog by the way. All the best.

  • 137 Marty-Toon // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    We all know and it’s been said numerous times here that MA doesn’t need to throw loads of cash at signings to be ambitious,there were lots of decent players available on loan and maybe the loan costs a few mill but that’s better than paying out 15 for the same player.
    Many decent players were added to other PL teams on a free which again would have strengthened the squad for small cash
    It’s not like he needs to spend 30 million each summer,we just wanna see some ambition with decent back up for each position

  • 138 JackButler // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    £2 million for Redmond was a steal, especially when you think we actually paid £3 million for Obertan

  • 139 valle // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    A couple of weeks ago, I checked the news every morning hoping to see that we had signed a decent player. I still check the news, but now I hope to see that the fat cat has sold us.

  • 140 stan anderson // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Just shows how small our expectations are,we beat Fulham at home 1-0 with a late great goal and the euphoria on this blog was unbeleivable,talking of top 6 and so on.We are going to struggle again this term and may well go down.This is because we we could not sign players even on loan Remy aside.There was some good deals that could have been done if we had wanted to do them,even without permanent deals.

  • 141 toon kk // Sep 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Ashley is ripping the heart out of OUR club. We were here long before he came and we’ll still be here when he’s gone.
    We’ve just got to get him out.

  • 142 JP...from The Rock // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    “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” – Ed why so we get lied to again?

    We need ambition and quality signings show that not more bullsh*t stories feeding us false hope just to knock us down in the end.

  • 143 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I know everyone is hating ashley and sports direct blah blah blah but i just went on their site to order a few cheap running tops and found what I wanted. So i added them to the basket and went to the checkout to find a shock. The site automatically populates your ‘bag’ with a sports direct magazine costing £1….I know most check their items and can remove this, as i have, but to sneak it in their shows the low class of this man even more.

  • 144 beddersmag // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM


    Not sure about that lads. With all these adverts Ed has on here now he must be making a small fortune.

    Im almost tempted to take out a loan at nearly 300% apr. Wonga eat your heart out

  • 145 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    A lot of hateful vibes on here tonight. Fair enough, more important things in life.

    You want me gone, I’m gone. Apparently it is terrible to share one’s opinions, and to look for a well established blog to help a burgeoning one out. No matter.

    I’ll give the people what they want.

  • 146 roy // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Trust NUFC to end up with a skint billionaire who knows nothing about Newcastle and its culture. Let’s hope he makes his money back and disappears.

  • 147 stan anderson // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I f you wanted to run a successful football club would you have A P and J F K anywhere near it.Say.s it all really does it not

  • 148 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    do not leave ruddy
    your post are informative succinct and to the point
    it s a free country or so im led to believe

  • 149 fatman // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I am due to have an operation Tuesday afternoon i still have not given up hope of making Harper’s testimonial although the hospital recon i might be in intensive care, the most likely bet is the next home game. i have been knocked back by 2 hospitals so third time lucky, they claim its risky as i have a few medical problems, heart, kidney, diabetes, plus a awful allergy problem that casing organs to swell up and split. maybe why I’m getting a little bit inpatient, still hope to win something before i go, but I’m quite a tough cookie, mind i have had to be with some of the horrendous accidents, including the one I’m hopefully getting sorted Tuesday, and a bit of advice if you think something looks to heavy to lift give it a miss, i have thought I’m sort of indestructible most of my life and i bed they could of made a few TV series worth from my daft escapades. if i was ever to give advice i would say if it looks too much of a job have a beer have a look again then go to bed it will still be there in the morning, I always do a better job that anyone else herniating 8 disc’s in the back and neck must be close on a record. mind I’m still more bothered about the villa game than hospitals.

  • 150 Transfer Sage // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM


    exactly, they are yes men and total patsies who do whatever there big boss tells them, none of them stand up to him…not that we see anyway.

    Im not asking for 100s of millions just sensible buying…whether its a lot or a little fee, a loan or a free…who cares…you need to improve the squad and add fresh competition at every opportunity.

  • 151 roy // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Don’t leave ruddy you delicate flower your football knowledge is limited and lacking in any detail of NUFC and its history.

  • 152 Slatymag // Sep 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Ruddy IN!!!!!

  • 153 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Yamaha XT125X
    good prices paid

  • 154 Slatymag // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    If Ruddy leaves this blog my life will be Ruddy-less.

    Ashley Out movement moving on slowly but surely. A lot of organising to do but I’m sure the short term headache will be less than long term heartache.

  • 155 Yorkgeordie // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The reason ‘anyone thinks we may get relegated’ is we escaped relegation by the skin of our teeth with the players we have now

  • 156 John Tudor // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    and 3 of the teams below have gone well we may get a shock in jan

  • 157 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    MA final straw to really p!ss us off and it will come SOON and thats

    to put every single player on the transfer list by the end of this season at a cheap rate, i’m talking about selling HBA for 3-5 million — Santon 1-2 million — Sissoko 2-3 million ect, etc

    once this TV revenue comes through prepare for the worse

  • 158 Ramshack // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    MA seems content to simply avoid relegation. All the teams at Newcastle’s level such as Norwich, Southampton, West Ham and the like improved their squads dramatically. God help us if either Hull, Palace or Cardiff have a decent year.

  • 159 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 6, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Thinking about this Seriously, and without any Negativity at all?

    The only Pledge Ashley will be using this year wil be the Pledge he uses to polish the Tropheyless Cabinet in the Boardroom at St James ( Sports Direct Arena ) !!!

  • 160 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    “Burgeoning”? Like one’s ego.

  • 161 tdyson // Sep 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    IF Mike does stick to his plan of only spending the profits we make on improving the team [facilities, management staff, transfers and wages] then I will forgive him.

    If we are able to spend around £30 mill each year on improvements then I would have to say I will learn to agreeing with Mike and board.

    Then after we are making a profit Mike can sell to someone else.

    Anyone else think that is reasonable?

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