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Newcastle Could Become A Takeover Target

1:07 pm, Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 171 Comments

There’s no doubt that Newcastle’s financial results for the last year, which were  released last night are very good, and there’s not too many clubs make £9.9M, but that’s because the big clubs are spending that money on good players.

mike ashley

Mike Ashley – running the club well – if only on the financial side

Newcastle’s financial position – if not the position in the Premier League – is improving quickly, and Newcastle look to be a well run club, at least on the financial side of things.

And the next financial year should be a stellar year in terms of both profit and revenue as we detailed earlier today.

Newcastle still owe Mike Ashley £129M, and there seems no hurry to pay off that debt but of course that adds to the cost of the club for a potential buyer.

Of course other owners have given huge loans to their clubs, and then simply excused the loans – but we don’t expect for one minute that Mike Ashley will do that – and in any case £129M is a lot of money.

But maybe if the club started to pay off the loan in the coming years, when profits are expected to surge, then the cost of the club will go down and Newcastle may attract some buyers.

And now would be a decent time to buy Newcastle, with this financial year, which ends on June 30th likely to be stellar in terms of both revenue and profits.

And remember the first thing any potential buyer does is due diligence, which is basically to scour the financial books, to see what state the club is in – and from what we tell Newcastle’s financial position is very good – and that alone could attract buyers.

And to think Newcastle will be getting almost twice the money from the Premier League we received last year – and it’s expected to be around £80M.

If a buyer did come out of the blue and buy the club, there would be a lot of the club’s money to spend on new players this summer, at the end of the current financial year which ends this June 30th..

We’ll just have to see if that doesn’t happen,  just how much Mike Ashley gives Alan Pardew to spend this summer – although Alan said earlier in the week it should be a nice piece of change.

What we really need is a good Director of Football, a football man,  who’s job it is to build the side into a top four side in England, and that’s possible if Mike would give him the profits every year,  and he can spend that on good players.

What do you think?

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171 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    dreams are free..

  • 2 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Nice healthy accounts aren’t putting any trophies in the cabinet!

  • 3 beefman13 // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Ed, its in the accounts ,Mike has been taking money out of the club for his loan, im not sure if it was 9 or 11 million last season, and maybe the season before as well and you can bet 15/20 million at the end of this season.

  • 4 SouthLincsToon // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM


    When we had unhealthy accounts and massive debts we didn’t get any trophies either!

  • 5 stuart no9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    accounts are great but the team and manager are shite. great , i am really pleased for him.

  • 6 The next Mike Williamson // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Most the best DoF’s recently have been lawyers, bankers, etc. They need to be skilled negotiators, you can’t really send an ex-pro in (most of them can only speak in cliches & they get them wrong half the time), they’ll get destroyed by a Llambias, Cortese, or Comolli.

    You need someone intelligent & ruthless to deal with agents. Not someone who used to be good at kicking a ball. I’d loved to have seen JFK’s negotiating skills.

  • 7 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    great account there Ashley!!

    time for the freebies in summer window!! here we come carlton cole!

  • 8 catchy in norway // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM


    im embarrassed at the no of corners we get and do nothing with

    don’t shoot me here it’s just a hunch, but I bet the other team have scored more goals from break always on our corners than we have scored since pardew has been here

  • 9 jimBOB // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    so we owe the Fat man 129 mill, has that not gone down yet? seems like we will be owing him 129 mill for a very long time.

  • 10 catchy in norway // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    my little list here is to prove that HBA is not as bad some think,
    infact given the no of games he has started , if the list is sorted into games started then minutes per goal or assist, he is fifth on the list

    if as a team we are looking to score goals, both him and goofy are our best supply lines even with cabaye here,, and my honest opinion on cabaye is, he would be up there with Mata if he played higher up the pitch, but for a lot of games, he sat along side tiote as DMC
    what a waste

    Player- -team -goals -assists minutes played- minutes per G/A- games started- Sub-
    Mata– Chelsea- 32 —–50—– 5741—- 70 -113 -38
    Hazard- Chelsea- -27– -25— -4776 —–91 -78 -19
    Coutinho- liverpool -6 -11 —-1743 —–102 -34 -5
    Gouffran- -nufc -10 —–5 —–1709—- -113 -38 -5
    Nnasri- -man c -17 —-25 —–4793—- -114 -92 -33
    Oscar- -chelsea -21 —14 —–4163 —–118 -70 -31
    Eriksen- -spurs -4—– -5 —–1073 —–119 -18 -10
    Ozil- -arsenal -5 ——11 —————–120—18 -2
    HBA- -nufc -14 ——12—– -3524 —–135 -54 -41
    Cazola- -arsenal -18 -16 —-4872 ——-143 -128 -36
    Gerrard- Liverpool 147–126 –42646 -156 -558 -60
    Milner- man c -19 —33 —–9445 ——181 -112 -9
    Cabaye- -nufc -18 -12 ——-5497 ——183 -87 -6
    Lennon- spurs -27 –59 —16535 ——-192 -260 -66
    Silva- man c -18 -12 ——-6782 ——–226 -95 -14
    Henderson- liverpool -12 -12 -7715 —-321 -99 -35
    Sissoko- nufc -4 —6 ——-3718 ——–371 -47 -1

  • 11 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Messi and Ronaldo, would look poor under Pardew!

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Oh aren’t the accounts just great there Mike . How about sorting an open top bus to parade around Newcastle with Collo waving a spreadsheet FFS .

    Better yet do us all a favour and throw yourself under the bus you fat Cockney slob .

  • 13 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Fattys bragging he’s in profit of course he is, he doesn’t spend anything.

  • 14 toon kk // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Mash is running the club as a business and nothing else, he’ll spend enough to hopefully keep us in the premier league. Its all about making money. He knows if we get into Europe he probably have to spend after the mistake last time, which he doesn’t want.
    He knows NUFC has plenty of fans willing to pay what ever players he fields.
    Its just a pitty he hadn’t a bit more know how on running a club since he pulls all the strings.

    We have no say on what he does and he knows it and he is happy the way things are even if we’re not.

    Pards is doing a good job as far as MA concerned, another more ambitious owner would have sacked him by now.
    Nothing going to change it’s just the way it is under Mash.

  • 15 wynsleap // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    JimBOB @ 9 – That £129mill debt is going nowhere. Certainly not downwards. It’s Ashley’s insurance policy to stay here and milk the club for all its worth.
    I don’t know where all the money goes that is coming into this club but two things we know for sure. It ain’t paying the debt off and it ain’t buying new players.
    Just WHERE is it going?

  • 16 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Not on decent players wynsleap!

  • 17 toon kk // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I suppose Mash will always say the club ows him 129 mill, its a great way of saying that he can’t pay for the best player’s as he wants it down.
    One thing for certain I think he must be taking a good chunk back every year but no one will hear about it.

  • 18 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Catchy, again, good stat work.

    Hatem could offer a lot more in an attacking team which is based round knowing each others role inside out. Instead, he is made to look a failed maverick who runs into dead ends due to like lack of players moving around him and pre-planned cohesion training.

    Every player makes wrong decisions which lead to the turnover of position. If they didn’t, everyone would finish the game with 100% pass completion and no tackles against them. Hatem looks worse because he is trying what most don’t. To take people on and make something happen.

    Hatem is a dribbler, and can be an excellent one as well. He can also create chances out of nothing and score goals.

    He can still provide product which also gets Pardew out of the mess like he did against Tottenham. Remy did it last game as well. Both, were poor games.

    Pardew’s scapegoating of Ben Arfa is nothing short of a joke and a cover up for his own coaching ineptitude.

  • 19 kt97toonarmy // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Another article about what could be :(

  • 20 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    How long is it NUFC can remain a ‘takeover target’ before a credible Chairman is needed to take us through the summer?

    Or are we heading for another gaff?

    In reference to the accounts; the £9.9M profit confirms to me that there was a £10M transfer kitty in the summer that the Joeker failed to spend twice over. Another one for the list of gaffs!

  • 21 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Last night while I was in the car and the commentators on Five Live were saying Man Utd look tired, lack of confidence and generally poor. Very un-Man Utd-like.

    Is it a wonder that one of the best managers ever has gone and an inferior manager has taken over.

    Those same players won the league by a big haul of points last year.

    Wuz they toired? Wuz the grass too long? Wuz they too hyped? Wuz it Scoiyence? Or did they have an excellent manager who has now gone, therefore the way he got them playing goes too? It is pretty much the same players I think.

    Put Arsene Wenger in charge of our players and watch the transformation in the players. No more playing poor and nicking a goal, or just playing poor and losing anyway.

    Even Van Persie missed a great chance for them, albeit on his weaker foot. Like with Cisse, team form can affect how the forwards react too. It’s not cut and dry that they should just score. It is a deterioration process.

    Would he have missed it if Man Utd were in confident and creative mood? Who knows. Top players miss good chances as standard.

  • 22 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    The balance sheet is good. Nice one… I’ve always wanted to see square A16 pass the number to A17.

    It doesn’t matter if the spreadsheet is in any state if our players look clueless going forward.

    Easiest thing in football is just to sit and try and contain. Just get men behind the ball, don’t commit them going forward and make it difficult for the player in possession.

    Pardew is way out of his depth because that is all he does. It isn’t good enough and is mindnumbingly boring to watch.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM


    when we had the injuries and suspensions the past few weeks I was happy to see us be difficult to beat and try to get a set piece goal a break away goal.

    the problem was we tried to attack but were all over the shop, couldn’t create and were a shambles at the back.

  • 24 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    We know it already but read all about it again:

    Question is, what was the real purpose of installing the Joeker and did he succeed?

  • 25 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Kinnear was just employed as the pantomime villain to wind the punters up!

  • 26 veto // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    should we owe him 129m anyway ?
    was some of that from future fee’s due on players we had purchased , everyone does business like that anyway , why the need to pay the mortgage off and turn it into debt to him?

  • 27 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Transfer, I like how balanced you try and keep things on here. I understand what you’re saying, I do. If we played like Everton have this year, I would agree that we’ll come back from it it.

    However, poor performances aren’t washing with me anymore when it’s gone on as long as it has done under Pardew. It’s all the time and I’ve been sick of it since Reading and the build up to that game. How we got out of the Stoke game with even a draw is nothing short of a miracle with the two sending offs. Just as Krul miraculously saved us from a hammering at White Hart Lane. We got that hammering when they played us again anyway.

    It wasn’t a team performance where we attacked well, kept possession and looked to be positive. It was a battering in that second half and Krul alone kept us in it at WHL.

    6 points less for us would have put us in a lot worse state, plus the added multiplication of a losing mentality.

    I’m looking at the bigger picture of constant clueless offensive play, not the micro events which lead us to somehow nicking a goal in an awful game until the last 10 minutes.

  • 28 catchy in norway // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM


    to me, pardew is doing exactly the same as ruud ghulit when he dropped shearer and rob lee

    they both had lots of good football to offer the team, and SBR proved that when he came.

    im sure that any new manager that we got would be glad to have players we have at this club

    pardew only focuses on what he thinks is a negative he does not seem to look at the good things in players, if you can run and tackle your in the team

  • 29 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    People like me have a moan at the way things are now, but remember, it is only a reflection on how we see things not improving on the pitch. Also, we were so bad against a Villa side who are equally as poor. It still took a piece of great play by a QPR player to win us the game.

  • 30 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Catchy, when Sir Bobby came in it showed what a very good manager can do to players who were only temporarily made to look poor by the previous manager. Robert lee and Alan were the scapegoats then as well, as you rightly say.

    A new, capable manager would make some of our players shine without their oppressive shackles of negativity on them.

    It’s sad how people still side with Pardew that the players somehow lose their abilities over night. Just like Man Utd players. Sir Alex got the very best out of some average players (and excellent players) in that team.

    We make a lot of good players look poor due to Pardew’s limits as a manager.

  • 31 John Tudor // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    ashley must try harder or quit

  • 32 The next Mike Williamson // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Does anyone have any idea how the fat man managed to get us in £129m debt? and how he managed to swindle fat mike? He might be stupid & a terrible businessman/ chairman, but he walked away from St James laughing (as did John Hall)

  • 33 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    The alleged debt is all smoke and mirrors.

  • 34 mindshaft // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Fatty doesn’t need the debt paid off and can use that as a stick to beat us with – from his perspective it
    a) puts off any would be buyers
    b) gets to use SJP as an advertising vehicle for his chav shop.
    c) can demand his debt back anytime he pleases
    d) club costs him nothing to run and he can install his mates in cushy jobs

    Giving us the debt Interest free is a small price to pay when all he would get from a bank is 2 – 3% and yet he gets worldwide advertising and a toy.

  • 35 mindshaft // Feb 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I’d prefer him to take all the TV money for the next two years to pay the debt and sell the club although he’d probably shaft us and sell to someone like the Venkys or Tan on purpose !

  • 36 beddersmag // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM


    i think you will find he would get a lot better return than that for a huge amount. Hes not on a personal banking plan at hsbc and that amount could accumulate a massive amount of interest in the right place. I would imagine it would be more than cost of advertising by some margin

  • 37 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    You can get 10% investing abroad!

  • 38 Scottiedog // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Firstly I cannot believe that people on here are complaining that we are in profit!?!?!?!? WTF!! We are a well run company and proves money can be made in buying a football club, and if Ashey does decide to sell this is one hell of a bargaining chip!

    Secondly last year we were on the verge of relegation and this year we look like 8th or 9th!! surely this progression!?!? There was no way we could compete for Champions League and do we really want Europa??

    Thirdly = ED!! WTF is is going on with this blog when using mobiles?? It keeps asking me to either download lovelink apps or telling me that my phone has a virus!!

  • 39 John Tudor // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    should not be using it as a dildo

  • 40 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM


  • 41 martoon // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    beefman13 @3 – This has been discussed many times on this blog. Initially Ashley loaned the club £111m when he bought it. Then when we were relegated he loaned a further £29m which he always said he would be taking back. So far he has taken back £11m of it but has deferred the rest which is how the debt is now £129m. There is no accountancy fiddles or black magic that is how it is.
    I’m not an Ashley lover but facts are facts.

  • 42 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    We’re not really in profit though scottiedog are we ?

    We owe nearly 130 million to Ashley.

    130 million that will no doubt be added on to his asking price for the club.

    Not really been any profit made in my eyes. when you owe somebody 130 million.

  • 43 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    A relegation that he was partly responsible for Martoon.

    Funny how the west ham owners in the exact same situation didn’t want the money they put into the club during relegation back.

    Because they felt responsible for the relegation.

  • 44 stuart no9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    as some one pointed out- man u are not the same team now that SAF has retired. Moyes knew the enormity of the job.
    Moyes is not a bad manager , but SAF is different gear.
    AP cant get his players ticking, bring a decent manager in and watch the difference .Its not about ashley selling players at bad times – not saying hes not partly to blame , of course he is , but pardew still had decent players at his disposal , players who SHOULD have performed a lot better than they have . It is so easy to blame ashley, but pardew still should be able to motivate the players he has.

  • 45 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    It cost Sullivan and Gold 16 million each for getting relegated.

  • 46 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Our great leader loaned us the money.

    What a great guy lol

  • 47 mindshaft // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Does anybody really care that much if we’re in profit as long as we have manageable debt I’d rather see some decent football being played ambition when it comes to the cups – I don’t support football to look at the balance sheet

  • 48 mindshaft // Feb 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Its pointless having loads of cash in the bank if we aren’t spending it on players

  • 49 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Ed, I have not yet read any comments from the bloggers, all I have done is read part of your article, now due to some who are fixated with getting Pardew the sack rather than do what they can to improve the club by harrassing Mike Ashely out of it, I have kept away for a while, but then I come back and see that you suggest that the club (owned by Mike Ashley) owes Mike Ashley £129m, so how does that work, if I take a tenner out of by left pocket and put it in my right pocket does part of me owe £10 the a different part of me, if you feel I am talking in silly nonsensical ridal’s then I suggest you have a look at yourself, before you get on your high horse people I am not having a go at Ed because there are many who believe that the club owe Ashley money, that is false due to the club being owner by him, you cannot be indebted to yourself, we owe nobody nothing, just thought I would clear that up.

  • 50 LooneyToon41 // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    @15 Wynsleap.
    “I don’t know where all the money goes that is coming into this club but two things we know for sure. It ain’t paying the debt off and it ain’t buying new players.
    Just WHERE is it going?”

    1) Our total revenues are £95m.
    2) Our total wage bill is (was previous year) £64m

    That leaves £30m (ish) to pay for everything else…. from Insurance and Heating to Policing and Food.
    There’s not a lot left.
    Considering Arsenal’s wage bill is over £150m against revenues of £230m.
    ManUtd revenues are £336m… that’s over 3 times ours!

    Without massive increased revenues, we just can’t compete on transfers and wages. And it’s not just about Champions League qualification.
    Chin up!

  • 51 Thump // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I can just imagine a super rich Qatari coming in to buy the club “This club will make me more money than the Russian oil fields I own!”

  • 52 Thump // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Without massive increased revenues, we just can’t compete on transfers and wages.

    Like, oh, I don’t know, receiving money for advertising space?

  • 53 Sav // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Were we not a better buy while Cabaye was still an asset? Once player sales are stripped away, is the club not performing quite poorly (financially)?
    When is this supposed financial fair play going ti
    o kick in? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • 54 LooneyToon41 // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    @53. Thump. Total Red Herring that argument. If MA was charging interest on his loan (which is debt that he paid off, which WAS previously interest bearing), then I would agree with you 100%……
    …. but he isn’t.
    Let’s charge him say £12.9m per year for advertising space.
    MA charges club 10% interest p.a. on his loan = £12.9m (which he is more than entitled to do!)
    Overall effect is zip, nowt, nothing.

    All just pedantics, and probably just a tax saving policy.

  • 55 Whumpie // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    The article makes a good point about being more attractive to buyers – but it’s more complicated than that. There’s good things and bad things:

    - A profitable club is unusual and not to be sniffed at. 11% returns are not bad either.
    – The finances are simpler and more transparent. Yes, it’s a big debt, but that’s all there is. I hope. No more deferred payments on players and so on… please.
    – There’s a proven record of profitable player transfers and keeping wages under control

    – This myth of having lots of money from the new TV deal: if all clubs get it, then it’ll cancel itself out. We’ll just see player prices and wages go up as clubs bid more because they’ve got more. After 3 years the only thing that will have changed is more expensive beer, richer agents and players, and clubs with 90% wages/turnover ratios.
    – Brand damage: Ashley’s spivvy mates and associations hardly make NUFC an attractive brand, and that’s the main asset of any club. Arsenal is associated with a posh airline, we’ve got a chav store and loan sharks. Even a brewery and a gambling site would be improvements.
    – Revenues: This is my biggest disagreement with the article. The results are good in that there is a + sign at the front, but that hides the fact that while Spuds, Arsenal and others have all ridden the Premier League wave and hiked their merch and sponsorship revenues massively, ours have plummetted since Ashley bought the club. That’s absolutely bloody shocking.

  • 56 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    stuart no9

    give over bonny lad, in transfer dealings over a 5 year period we are -£45m, Man U are in +?£m’s , we are as different as talk and cheese, yet we are still only 5 points behind them, Sunderland who are in danger of relegation have spent in the region of +£50m compared to our -£45m, and yet you can suggest that the problem is due to Alan Pardew not being able to motivate his players.

    Sunderland accepted a bid for Lee Cattermole from Stoke I believe it was, it was accepted and terms had been agreed, it was a formality that the deal would go though, but then Gus Poyet speaks to the owner and explains that due to the relegation battle which they are in Gus would rather keep Cattermole, what happens, the deal is called off, now for the sake of argument lets pretend that Pardew is not our manager, lets pretend it’s either Poyet, Sir Alex, Mourinho, Pochettino, Laudrup or whoever you or anyone would like to see as our manager, would they have been able to prevent the sale of Yohan Cabaye, you know for a fact that the answer is no, so what we have got to do is look at where we are with Ashley and ask which manager, who would be prepared to work under the Ashley conditions could do a better job. Any suggestions, clearly not Laudrup, he proved that preventing him from doing his job will not be tolerated.

  • 57 Whumpie // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    @ Loony and Thump: the difference is tax. What he’s just (amazingly) admitted to is an exchange of services. That’s keeping several million a year out of the HMRC coffers, so I’m surprised they’ve now admitted it publicly.

    Also, let’s not undervalue the SD exposure here – he’s getting way more than any bought-in advertiser would; the whole visual identity of the stadium is SD; he’s worked it into the club shops – everything. And he’s getting it for nowt. Zip. As long as he keeps the club in the prem and avoids it making a big loss (for instance by having to buy players for Europa league campaigns) then he’s quids in.

    As I’ve ranted before: NUFC is now no more than a complicated, free ad hoarding for SD. It’s embarrassing.

  • 58 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Many on here have shown lists of players who want or need to be out of the club. It’s a long list. Nothing has been done about it now for 2 windows and little was done before that. What is the point of having players like Gosling, Amalfitano, and Obertan still on the books? They will never play first team football for us other than a few minutes if we’re riddled with injuries and suspensions. Jonas should go simply because he’s too old and injuries have caught up with him. Shola is too old and slow. Colo wants out. Tiote is probably going to be bought for a decent fee. Saylor has been very poor this season. Marveaux wants out and Pardew doesn’t want him clearly. Ben Arfa is underperforming and looks out of shape. That is a ridiculous number of players who we need to do something about. How about some positive activity this summer Mike SmallBerries?

  • 59 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Spoof er the analogy you use suggests cattermole and cabaye to be similar cases and similar worth, not even mentioning of course that cattermole didn’t want to go to stoke, and cabaye knew it was a once in a lifetime chance to go to a top cl side in his homeland.

    Should have used Saylor. I think Mike would be talked round to keeping him if Pards changed his mind about selling him. :)

  • 60 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I can think of many things to be done this summer to improve the club beginning with spending the money we got for Kebab on a good player or players. That doesn’t have to come out of Mike’s pocket. Then spend a reasonable amount of the TV money. Balance the books but hire a good DoF or call him whatever you like Mike as long as he is a good, experienced football man. I’m sure we could spend at least 30M pounds this summer in total without going in the red based on the accounts available for last season. Let’s see it happen Mike.

  • 61 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I think having small berries is very embarrassing for Mike. The dominatrix mentioned it on her last visit. It’s clouding Mike’s judgment on football matters. He needs Manly Man Plum Enhancement Nodules immediately. Only 7 euros Mike.

  • 62 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    G2 how’s the budgie bothering game these days?

    I agree the shed needs a Damn good clear out, get rid of the rusty buckets and broken tools, and all the useless knick-knacks hanging around taking up space. For me, I think Tiote would stay as club captain, provided he could see positive transfer activity next window. Hatem is another one for me where everyone looks at the frustrating aspects of his performances, but I still hold that he is a player waiting for the right amount of competency to back him up and work with him up front. His goal/assist rate is pretty good and every player suffers from a stuttering run in what is easily a poor and mismatched team. Cisse as well, he needs some proper service and a good run in the side. Same old rants of course.

    In other news. I see that all the tosh about match day revenue and advertising at the ground being peanuts to Mike has been finally knocked in the head :)

  • 63 Thump // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    @LooneyToon: Absolutely correct. On the other hand, he could not charge interest and take a percentage of the currently Sports Direct occupied advertising space (or all) to pay off his loan to the club. Hell, he could actually write off the debt just by using the space for his sweatshop gear.

    @Whumpie: As I’ve ranted before: NUFC is now no more than a complicated, free ad hoarding for SD. It’s embarrassing.

    Ah, you imply we were every anything different! It amazes me how little the man cares about what could potentially be his greatest asset.

  • 64 catchy in norway // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    sorry for not being up to date , but is it being said that Ashely is using the advertising to offset his free loan ?

  • 65 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    catchy and LR

    HBA as a player needs lots of space a FB that doesn’t go foward very much at all and a striker who has good work rate and one who is tall and phyisical.

    HBA doesn’t want to help out the fullbacks so fullbacks like debuchy are the worst to have as they love going forward instead we should have kept simpson as he was rarely ever going forward meaning the was no need for our wingers to have a good workrate.

    HBA loves to dribble round players, he also prefers to score goals then make assists, the way that would work best is if their was a long ball passed to a tall phsical striker like carroll then he could control the ball easily and as the players would be closing carroll down their is more space for HBA to dribble the ball to goal, if we doing short passes it allows the opposition to get back in time.

    the reason for the fast type of striker is they will be able to try and retrieve the ball from the player he looses it too also the can get into space easy so if he does find the pass they will have all the space now that the defenders had tried to close HBA down.

    hoofball and defensive structure is best but we don’t want to cause the opposition to get too defensive otherwise he is just no good.

  • 66 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    G2 is that €7 each?

  • 67 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Mike SmallBerries notes to self:
    1. Club is just barely in the black therefore we can’t spend this summer. And we had better sell another player for big dosh to have a bigger contingency fund. Tiote to ManU for 25-30M sounds about right.
    2. Have to keep up my image at the club. Must hire a new DoF. I wonder what Dennis Wise is up to these days?
    3. Having Joe return as tea lady was a brilliant idea. He takes half the wage the old tea lady was on. Absolutely brilliant on my part.
    4. I can’t go to the ground to watch my own club but why should that bother me? I have the castle and the dominatrix is due in again. Damn her noticing my small berries!

  • 68 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Toonking – Simpson rarely went forward? Ahem. Yes he did, and he was absolutely diabolical at it, He was Santon’s role model. Unfortunately.

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Yes it is Tsunki mate. But think of the hours of fun he’ll have playing with them! :)

  • 70 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Tsunski, how on earth can you possibly suggest that I classed Cattermole and Cabaye as being in the same price bracket, similar cases where owner wants to sell above the managers head yes, they are identical, but one owner listens and does not sell yet the other sells anyway, I did believe that that point was rather simple to comprehend ?

  • 71 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    G2 unless JFK Does fantastic bacon and brie panini’s I still wouldn’t trust him. Definitely not with hot water and a commercial teapot.

    I doubt Tiote is Manure’s style. And look at who they need to get – a whole new back four. The ones that have now are either expiring (evra, ferd) head elsewhere (vidic) or crap. Fellini hasn’t turned up, Rooney has his real Madrid luring contract and no desire to get injured for the WC, RVP is ghosting along and the rest of the middle if the park us also-ran average. I don’t think Tiote is their priority. Poor Moyes.

  • 72 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    simpson didn’t get forward anywhere near as much as debuchy does. the only times i would see him forward is when the winger needed a bit help, debuchy he will be given the ball in his own half and dash forward.

  • 73 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Ashley will take the profits and class it as Sports direct, we will never be rid of this debt which Mike Ashley owes to another of Mike Ashleys businesses

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    What a waste Fellaini has been Tsunki! :) Love to see it happening to them. Yesterday’s Champs league game was so much fun to watch. Looks like some of those ManU players need Plum Enhancement Nodules as well.

  • 75 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    It’s Tsunki, Spoof. And dry your eyes mate I wasn’t being rude. And no, I still don’t get the analogy, sorry.

  • 76 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Plum Enhancement Nodules as well.

    eh, what the hell does that mean

    innocent man me ?

  • 77 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I caught about 20 minutes of the man u game and they would have made Leigh RMI look like Barca. That was enough for me. Like how old boy dog walker couldn’t resist his usual dig at his old mates though. :)

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    You don’t have Plum Enhancement Nodules then spoofy mate? Perfect when wearing cycle shorts. The ladies will be agog. Of course in Mike’s case he will need Twig enhancement as well.

  • 79 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Yep skunki yep

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Is anybody else worried that Mike’s unusually low testosterone levels may be interfering in his footy thinking? I feel we should probably offer to pay for plum enhancement for him. Once he needs a shave we’ll know the goodies are kicking in.

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    How about the Twig and Berries as a pub name? I like it. :)

  • 82 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM


    I apologise for the incorrect spelling of your name, bit touchy are we, but the simple point was that Poyet has support from his boss which was proved when Poyet wanted the sale stopped which duly was, our manager weather it be Pardew, Poyet, Sir Alex, Mourinho or whoever would not have prevented the sale of Cabaye, because Mikey does as he wants

  • 83 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    How about the faggot and rissoles fir a pub name? There’s two words that have gone out of style in blighty. It’s taken me five minutes to get my autocorrect to allow me to type faggot. And I always thought rissoles was a swear word!

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Agog. That’s a good word isn’t it? I’m all agog over ManU’s play lately. Beautiful to watch them canter around doing absolutely nothing. Smalling looked like a poor version of Saylor yesterday! :)

  • 85 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM


    He’s a bit of a fruit loop that skunki one, best to avoid.

  • 86 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I had to look up rissoles Tsunki mate. Very interesting. I’ll bet Mike would love those.

  • 87 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Spoof no mate I am not touchy except when I think someone is doing it just to annoy. For instance Belfast uses ‘skunki’ but I know he does it in jest. Or he’s an idiot. ‘mag’ the manure WUM Uses the same but that hacks me off because he’s a tool.

    Anyway, I am nobody to tell anyone else off over a typo, so I will digress. And yes, I like your simple explanation better. It confirms that it was a bad analogy like I said. :)

  • 88 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Geordie two
    Its me first day back for a while, this nobdule’s lark, give me a clue bonny lad, or should I just go back to my bottle of red with classical music ?

  • 89 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Only kidding spoof letting go now.. .

  • 90 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I quite enjoy Man Utds new found
    misery tbh

    Think they’ll end up giving Moyes the boot at some stage though

  • 91 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Belfast – kettle, pot……?


  • 92 John Tudor // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    oh my

    avatarToonDarnSarf says:
    April 19, 2012 at 10:02 am
    There are so many poor articles like this on the web. Why do you even bother? Your calculations show a total lack of understanding a about how a modern football club is run. As well as paying a transfer fee, there’s agent fees, signing on fees and wages. All of these have to be paid for.

    Don’t waste your (or our) time writing articles with such drivel…

  • 93 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Actually I feel sorry for spoof choosing today to land amongst me, belfast, G2, catchy….

    Timing is everything :)

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Spoofy nodules are just my way of referring to a man’s natural plum shaped endowments. Since Mike SmallBerries has been underendowed I just offered him some some artificial enhancement.

  • 95 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Wonder-wench & Pussyvan

  • 96 unicorn toon // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Not even worth talking about all this shit fact is 50 thousand turned up again this weekend , he is laughing his head off at us probably cant believe his luck after the way he has treated this club and everyone saying they are not going anymore, they still fill the ground `nothing will get better until we start hitting him in his pocket I seriously think I could watch us in a lower division this is just boring nothing to aim for , they could of really had a go in the fa cup this season but no such luck played a weakened side then sell cabaye in January I think fans are making it so easy for Ashley to run a premier football team like his business selling crap sports gear on the cheap , we need to make a stand lads not fill the ground every week enough is enough

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Lunting Agog ;)

  • 98 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM


    ok, I will take that on board, but in future, not now as I will be off within a couple of hours or so, but can we cut the crap and have a friendly fight, its far better, react to what is written, and do not respond to your views, respond to theirs, it really is good, even if you are as different as chalk to cheese.

  • 99 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    my team for this saturdays match against hull



    _______remy_de jong.

  • 100 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Here’s my simple minded way of looking at our finances. We are in the black by about 10M pounds from last season. We will be much further in the black this year because of the new TV contract and the fact we don’t buy players but we do sell players. Our wages continue to slowly decline and will probably continue to do so if we can rid ourselves of players like Obertan, Gosling, Ameobi, et al. If Colo leaves, and Remy leaves as well then we will have a huge wage drop. If Mike does his normal stunt we will bring in 2 or 3 younger players to replace them on much lower wages. It looks like Mike will be lying in a huge pile of cash soon.

  • 101 unicorn toon // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    who gives a shit

  • 102 Belfast // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Kettle pot Skunki ?

    Tea Bag ?

    Milk ?

  • 103 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Skunk your patter doesn’t get better with age, you sound like a little mincer!

  • 104 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Spoof Erm ok I think.

    Jesper what ARE You on about?

    Unicorn – problem is that he sells those tickets sooooooo cheap, and those half season ticket deals wow!

  • 105 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Oh good its arrived. :(

    Oh well taking a break.

  • 106 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki @94

    don’t feel sorry for me bring it on, debate semsibly and it will be good, good old fashioned debate, no crappy childish personel remarks, just newcastle banter, the good way the way it should be, yes or no, thats for all by the way

  • 107 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Also can we trust a man with small berries to run the club? I think not. Harrumph.

  • 108 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Yep! He’s a iron hoof!

  • 109 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Unicorn are you not happy with the way Mike runs the club mate? I’m feeling some slightly negative vibes coming from you. :(

  • 110 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    looks like tsunki is just another one of them.

    the list seems to be getting larger and larger,
    wish ed could put a agree disagree mark like the sky sports has got, then we can just click and will be able to avoid getting into fights altogether against the catchys

  • 111 Tsunki // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    What have I done now? I’ve upset spoof who I don’t think I ever crossed swords with and now the manure WUM I’d back on my case! Think I will go out and come back in.

  • 112 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Your boyfriend wants his tea!

  • 113 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    The last 2 windows have been another straw on the camel’s back for many. Watching Joe do nothing. How does that help Mike with the club? Then force Joe out after the window closes and he’s already sold Kebab. How does that make sense? Now we have no upper management going into a crucial summer. And Mike wouldn’t have a clue how to recruit a decent football man anyway. So will Mike really trust Pardew and the board to get the right players in?

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Again it comes back to small berries I have to believe. He just doesn’t know how to go forward. No more flunkies available to hire and hide behind. Whatever will he do? Show some spine? Surely not!

  • 115 DokToon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    g2, hows things lad?

  • 116 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:11 PM


    thanks for the support, but actually I don’t really know what of my comments you are supporting, there are a few on here who I dislike, there are a few I disagree with, there are a combinations of both, Tunski is in the middle, on a good day he can be good craig, then again he can be a total tosser, what he should do for me is be ignorant, we all can see the windups from a mile, ignore and be civil

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I’m good Dok how are you mate? We were just saying how good it is to watch ManU in the Champs League these days. They look like a bunch of sad sacks. They need almost an entire new team in the summer by the looks of it. Of course they will have to compete with us for players so a huge difficulty to overcome there. :)

  • 118 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I enjoy it best on here when personal insults are entirely lacking. What’s the point? Accidentally offending someone is easy, especially for a nutter like me but I always try to apologize. That’s all it usually takes.

  • 119 DokToon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM


    yeah, its been fun watching them humbled and brought down to earth… i always hated fergie time, and their plastic effin “supporters”.. i actually hate no other team more than manure….

  • 120 DokToon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    think theres some individuals on here who log on for the sole purpose of looking for a disruption…. i mean, theyd never have the stones to say it to my face in my local… im just here to talk nufc, and whatever else, and im done responding to the morons…

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    It’s one of the best things to happen in quite a while Dok, I agree. Moyes is really sweating now. If he doesn’t get it right in the summer he’ll be gone. It will take a huge outlay now to put them right. More debt for the owners. And they’re really forced to do it to get back into the Champs League where the real money is. :)

  • 122 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Geordie two

    on another note, if you have a decent bottle of red, I will be rid of the wife and we can fight in peace ?……….or do whatever ?

  • 123 wolfshead@toon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM


    your havin a laff aint ya callin someone a mincer you always finish your posts with an exclamation mark that looks camp as fvck lol

  • 124 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Sheepsheed feeling left out you little old hen!

  • 125 wolfshead@toon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM


    oooh get you haha

  • 126 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Does your swear words make you hard?

  • 127 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    We know how to debate spoofy mate. Disagreements are fine. It’s part of the fun of being on here. Coming on here just to stir up sh*te is a different matter altogether. It drives away good bloggers for no good reason. The best thing is to just entirely ignore WUM posts.

  • 128 Spoof // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    when I say do what ever, I mean build hysteria towards Mike Ashley and his corrupt team, just to clear that up

  • 129 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    i just went of what you were saying in post 99,

    when you say that he is in the middle i can see what you mean, maybes it’s because he has seen all them catchy posts at the top so thought to himself today is abuse day

  • 130 wolfshead@toon // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:31 PM


    for someone who doesnt pull any punches you are easily offended is mag short for maggie? haha

  • 131 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Sheepsheed something like that!

  • 132 John Tudor // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    whers the black top hat man at

  • 133 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Now now ladies play nicely

  • 134 John Tudor // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    SQL Injection

  • 135 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    I love to have a go at Mike. There’s so much good material there. I just can’t resist. He’s made such a hash of it he deserves the criticism. I would love to see him make a really positive hiring in the next couple of months to begin preparation for summer. Lots of work ahead if we are even to be a mid table team next season.

  • 136 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I’ve got a funny feeling tonight that something is going to happen with drogba, he’s either going to score, set somebody up with a goal or get a red card, well he’s used to that in the champions league.

  • 137 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I don’t know if this is stupid question but what’s a SQL injection

  • 138 stan anderson // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Can anyone tell me how i may purchase 3 tickets for the Everton match and when they may become available to buy,if not all gone like .
    My brother is over from N.Z and would love to take his 2 boys to a match while here.Cheers for any advice.

  • 139 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    And who are you saying that to john

  • 140 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    as this year is a world cup year and as i expect it to be a very long summer for newcastle fans as a whole I’ve been wondering, how many of these bloggers are actually in england?

    this is not me being racist or rude, all i am thinking is will their be much chance of getting discussions on england team or will the dissions still be main about newcastle.

  • 141 toonking // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    dissions- discussions

  • 142 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    GeordieTwo @136

    Is that in hope or optimism?

  • 143 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Chelsea already 0-1 up on Galatasaray.

  • 144 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    toonking @141

    It will be equally pessimistic.

  • 145 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse trying to figure out, playing sudoku or trying to work out some of these comments on the blog

  • 146 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    That’s both 70two mate. I really want to see huge improvement in the squad or we’re in big trouble next season.

  • 147 mag // Feb 26, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Real 1-0

  • 148 beermonkey // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM


    if we get the summer wrong we could find ourselves in a fight down the bottom and I don’t think the fights in the team for that given our run since xmas and some of the displays if we start next season badly,

    all the rumours about he want to reshuffle the back room staff and this and that
    surely it can only benefit us to get it sorted early

    but the fans forum thing the club aren’t looking at a dof just yet (if mem serves me)

    don’t think I want pards in charge of recruits in the summer

  • 149 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Aye that’s what I think as well beermonkey. A lot of work to be done. Not enough good young talent in the early twenties. Too many recent flops. Obertan, Ranger, Xisco, Gosling, Amalfitano. Half the development squad gotten rid off before this season. Our U-18′s are still in the youth FA cup but our reserves are terrible. Just too many areas of concern and no proper football man at the top.

  • 150 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Good afternoon welshgeordie9

  • 151 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Good afternoon you alright

  • 152 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Yeah I’m fine thanks

  • 153 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    So what have you been doing today

  • 154 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Not a lot just relaxing

  • 155 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM


    I predict very little in coming activity in the summer, perhaps 1 or two and the excuse will be that the WC has pushed prices beyond true value. We will then probably be looking at hauling in transfers in January due to being in regulation zone. Hopefully Pardew will walk due to much hair loss which has effected his success rate with the ladies.

  • 156 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Yeah me to

    See you tomorrow

  • 157 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    What did you call me

  • 158 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I didn’t call you anything


  • 159 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I hope that’s not how it works out 70two mate. What are you on about welshie? Talking to yourself is a sign of madness as everyone keeps telling me. :)

  • 160 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I predict Mike SmallBerries will get himself in a right pickle this summer. And who to blame this time?

  • 161 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    No one else is talking so I may as well

    I’m bloody bored

  • 162 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM


    We have got something in common

  • 163 welshgeordie9 // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Where’s John Tudor and mag it’s bloody boring when they are not on the blog

  • 164 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:18 PM


    Agree with you that some one needs installing to oversee the club, manage the transfer of players and overhaul the management/coaching staff. It would appear that Ashley maybe in a position to sell, but when should that be shelved and a credible Chairman be employed?

    Or surprisingly, Ashley could be in the process of diligently finding the right candidate!?!

  • 165 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    The best candidate in Mike’s mind is surely wor beloved Llambsarse. Prior experience with the club, a nice brown nose ready for the task at hand, loves a good pissup on the yacht. Who could be better?

  • 166 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    See that look on Mike’s face at the top of the page? I bet a lot of people he works with have seen that just before they were declared redundant.

  • 167 70TWO // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:27 PM


    Would that not constitute admitting a mistake by Ashley?

  • 168 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    No, he’s only ever made one mistake 70two. That was buying the club without doing due diligence. Or was it when he lied in court? Or maybe when he hired KK and then forced him out? Or was when we got relegated with Shearer in charge for 8 games? Or maybe re-hiring Joe Kinnear? I get so confused trying to keep up with Mike’s brilliant maneuvers.

  • 169 beermonkey // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM


    u aint wrong some1 at the top needs to decide on how we play style tempo and all that then get the right staff to do the job
    this will make it a lot easier to promote players as they will have been playing the same way for some time.

    with the reserves as a club we haven’t done them any justice in the training and development all to often they have been stopped from goin out onloan to make up with lack of players/quality in the first team, but pardew keeps them but don’t use them they just stagnate

    its a catch 22 for pards I spose but our record with youth is dire anyway

    the likes of gosling marveax obatan Jonas wouldn’t really be missed if not replaced
    then you have the likes of traviner fergurson vuckic
    and prob some others that we should look to replace

  • 170 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    The style will probably depend on who’s left in the team beermonkey. I see at least 6 or 7 going out including Remy, Colo, Cisse, Marveaux, Obertan, Jonas, and Gosling. We’ll probably give Shola another season because he scores so often, he’s got jets in his boots and he’s cheap (that couldn’t really have anything to do with it could it?). I see a few coming in but only if cheap enough. In other words a real struggle to stay out of the bottom 5 next season.

  • 171 GeordieTwo // Feb 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    We’ll be in a right pickle in a world cup year. We’ll be looking for more hand me downs. Cheap players for one reason or another. You know like Remy with the rape charge hanging over his head at the time? We’re not looking for expensive top talent and nobody is going to sell their youngsters to us on the cheap any more. Oh woe is Mike. Hand wringing time is on the way.

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