A Mediocre Newcastle Just Fine With Owner Ashley

Without trying to look too much on the dark side of things, there’s a chance we could lose our next couple of games against Chelsea at home and Tottenham away, and that be four defeats on the trot.

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Mike Ashley in deep thought
We must stay in Premier League – because that’s where the money is 

Although we played well last night, and could have won the game against Manchester City if we had taken our chances, it’s hard to think we can get anything out of Chelsea on Saturday, and then it’s a tough game at White Hart Lane the following weekend.

Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance last night,  and we did play well:

“I couldn’t really ask any more of the players – the performance level was high and we had them in a difficult situation.”  “I think results will follow with a high performance level.

“We are not in bad form. We are not lacking in confidence.” “We are in a difficult run of games, there’s no doubt about that. We have two tough fixtures.”

“Certain sections suggested we didn’t want to win it, but we proved that wrong.” “We used our squad well and they pushed for a start.”  “If we play as well as tonight we will have a chance against Chelsea.”

Four defeats in a row would not be good, and of course that may not even happen.

But with the reduced ambitions at Newcastle these days we don’t think a middle of the table position at Newcastle by the end of December will spur Newcastle onto any really big moves in the transfer market.

That would only happen if we are again in relegation trouble, like we were last January and that danger of dropping out of the PL spurred Mike Ashley into action when he brought in Frenchmen in during January, and four of them in four days after we had lost 2-1 to Reading.

Mike seems happy enough to have Newcastle middle of the table, as long as we are not in relegation trouble.

What’s wrong with that picture? 🙁

American gangster Willie Sutton was famous for his response to the question Why do you rob banks? when he amusingly answered “That’s where the money is.”

And that’s the major reason Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to stay in the Premier League – be it in comfortable mid-table position – because that’s where the money is – at least £60M to £100M each season paid out in May.

It’s all about the money these days – nothing to do with being a great side that our terrific  fans can follow all over the place – and that’s a real pity.

And that’s also a massive understatement.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    ashleys plan to avoid winning a cup worked a treat last night he told pards to play stroller ameobi and papis offside cisse upfront because theres more chance of danny dyer being invited to join the RSC than of those two scoring a goal

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I cant copy the link as my phone keeps taking me to the YouTube app

    But watch cisse for Freiburg. The runs, control, finishing…he looks a different player. He has become like the rest, good start then become a statue on the pitch.

    Last night it was noticeable how poor the movement is from everyone after a pass, they just don’t give the man on the ball options. It’s why we looked a lot more dangerous with long stuff to shola

  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m suprised he hasnt re-named us s d United to be honest – I refuse to type it out though lol


    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Fair point
    Campbell I think should be on loan, not sure why he came back (some said injury others said we cancelled it)
    Sammy I think has massively improved this season/ pre season
    Haidara/ dummet both look capable if stepping up
    Tav yeah I don’t think he’ll make it, he’s dropped completely off the radar and is one if our more experienced youth products, just doesn’t look a decent player (imo!)
    Vuckic for me has nothing to do with his ability but the lad is simply made if glass, just can’t see him staying fit!

  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    What like Grame ? The sports direct penguins ?

  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Or the badgers ?

  • bishopblaize

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Where’s Di Matteo when you need him?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m sure he did, but that’s nearly 3 years ago in a different league for a different team
    He’s starting look like Andy Carroll! A great 6 month stint in the league then nout!
    I could pull up a you tube vid of Zaki for one season at Wigan when he looked like Ronaldo!
    Cisse just doesn’t look interested, for me it’s not the lack of touch, the lack of goals etc. It’s his lack of interest, the lack of determination

  • wynsleap

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    As I said on the last topic:
    After last nights result Mike must be delighted. It’s all going so well. Out of the first Cup competition and only the next one to ditch in January whilst maintaining our mid to lower table position.
    A couple of cheap signings in the next window to appease the mugs (sorry, fans) and the job’s a god ‘un.
    Then onto next season … to do it all again.
    It’s great to be a Toon supporter isn’t it?

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    “We’ve got to hope we get the breaks against Chelsea. If we play like that every week, we’ll be OK.” “If can hit the levels we hit against City, we’ve got a chance against Chelsea.”

    the guy is an ass,

    we play like this once in a blue moon you idiot, we all know we have the ability,

    you have to force your luck sometimes in life, you carnt complain about not winning the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket, and nor can you complain about losing if your not prepared to go out and attack for the win,

    sitting back and playing keep ball is not going to win games numpty

    and that’s the galling truth

  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Agree tads he’s garbage. Been saying this from last season. Living on past glorys.
    Amir Zaki the second. Should have bit that russian clubs hand off to take him.

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t know what the beef with playing Shola (stroller?) last night. Did you watch the match at all? He had City at 6s and 7s for over an hour. We looked far less threatening when Cab came on and City tightened their grip with Silva.

  • nufc 11

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Where does the fury and the passion go? Theirs this acceptence of lost that i cant take anymore with this man, where his spine, i know for one he wouldnt give me great believe as a leader of men I want to hear the manager is furious we didnt win that game bcoz it was their for the taking no no we move on to the next game is all you get with him fcuking joke you need a strong strong manager in their slamming doors and motivating people that are strolling around on easy street, ala Colo, Santon, Moussa, Cisse, Shola to many of them are un der preforming and its not good enough you have to hold your hands up to Iain Holloway the man could do it anymore couldnt get the best out of his players so he put the club first and walked away I tell you AP you have run out of exuses….. and somone needs to grow a pair and make the call.

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Look, if you are MA & determined Europa & domestic cups are money losers, you never want to finish above 7th. You make max money from league payouts, without chancing Europa. You are high enough in the table to draw well at home & on the road, so the FA goes easy on you if you get near relegation; at other times, all decisions in games against the big boys go against you.
    You are big enough to bring in someone whose agent sees NUFC as a stepping stone to something better. They will play on the cheap to chance the move to a top club.
    Cash is made, not as doormats, but as guest bath hand towels.
    When all the investment and loans are paid off in 5-6 years, sell out.

  • Dagga

    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Went along to the match last night, first time I’ve been to St James’s in years – took my boys to their first match.

    My observations were;

    (a) Shocked at how dead the atmosphere was. Some sections tried all night to get chanting and songs going but 80% of stadium not playing ball.
    (b) How poor is Pappis Cisse?!? constantly straying offside. Thought you guys on here were being overly critical but dead right, my eight year old who lacks any kind of focus could have held the line better!
    (c) Gouffran is a grafter but I counted at least 3 total brain shut down moments that could easily have directly led to a City goal. Should be struggling to get a place in the first team at a club like Newcastle surely.
    (d)Biggest dissapointment for me was Sissoko. Thought I was going to see a big powerful performer but thought he had poor touch and vision all night and appeared to lack commitment in the challege The link up play between him and Debuchy was non existent, you would have thought they had met for the first time that night.
    (e) The discontent from those around me whenever Ben Arfa held onto the ball for more than 5 seconds – clearly the love affair is on the wain.
    (d) There was no belief in the team once the first goal went in which was a shame because whilst City’s skill levels were clearly superior we had more than matched them for effort up till that point.
    (e) My boys found the whole experience boring and so it will probably be a good while before I get the chance to get back up there!! A ringing endorsement of the team then!!!

  • Rooster

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Dagga, summed up well there! Sissoko hasnt put a challenge in for 10 months, soft as clarts, Cisse just gets game after game, we play wi nine or ten most of the time, we always seem to be carrying someone, i cant see how we can get consistancy our players cannot keep their motivation levels up, the manager isnt good enough to do it, were we are at with players like Williamson current first choice centre half, and while not playing that bad, he should not even be here bot minding playing every week, we have stagnated.


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