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Will Mike Ashley Ever Loosen The Purse Strings At Newcastle?

4:03 pm, Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 131 Comments

The Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance has shown that for the first time ever, the combined revenues of the 20 clubs in the English Premier League have broken past the £3B mark.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – will he loosen the purse strings?

But the Premier League clubs also pay out huge wages to their players, which will have an impact on the profits, and the average wage of a Premier League player in the last financial year was £1.6M a year.

The new TV deal for Premier League clubs was worth over £3B, and it results in clubs in England’s top division getting anywhere between £60M and  £100M, depending mainly on where each club finishes in the league table – and that’s up from £40M to £60M in the previous three-year TV deal.

That means each club is getting around 1.6 times more money than they were in the previous three years – an average increase of £30M, so now we all know why there’s so much panic when teams are lingering near the bottom of the Premier League – it’s all about money – just in case you didn’t already know that.

Dan Jones is a Partner at Deloitte and he said this in the report:

¨Once again the global appeal of the Premier League has continued to drive commercial revenue growth, particularly at the highest ranked Premier League clubs. Match day revenue also increased by 6% with fewer unsold seats at Premier League games than ever before.¨

‘The entry of BT Sport into the market to compete with BSkyB has applied huge upward pressure to broadcast revenue – from the 2013/2014 season onwards each domestic live game on average generates broadcast revenue of £6.5M.¨

¨The signs are that most clubs are adopting a more financially robust and balanced approach to the way they run their businesses, and they must continue down this path if they are to safeguard the long term financial health of the game.¨

And in the US,  NBC Sports has done a deal to broadcast all the Premier League games live for the next three years, and the Premier League games seem to be catching on in the US, and – dare we say it – are even becoming popular.

Deloitte’s senior Sports Business Consultant Austin Houlihan has predicted Premier League revenues will surpass £4B for the 2014/2015 financial year, as extra broadcasting money is being added.

The average wages for all Premier League clubs was  71% of revenues, which is high, and why a number of PL clubs do not make a profit, although in the last financial year Newcastle made £9.9M in profits on revenues of around £95M.

Newcastle was one of 13 of the Premier League clubs who made a profit in the financial year 2012/2013 compared to only 10 in the previous year – Newcastle made a profit then as well.

Deloitte said that the aggregate (total) net debt of the clubs grew by £139M  to around £2.5B, and like in Newcastle’s case that was driven up by interest free loans from Billionaire owners, and the total of those loans was £1.6B.

£2.5B in debts means the average of the 20 PL clubs is around £125M, and Newcastle have around £130M in interest free loans from Mike Ashley, and that’s our total debt.

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules will soon ensure that PL clubs break even,  otherwise there will be penalties to be paid.

And we have recently seen Manchester City were fined close to £50M, and had their European squad reduced from 25 to 21 for next season, for not abiding by the FFP rules over the last three years.

But given they have spent £1B Gross on their players over the last six years,  and won two Premier League titles in the last three years – they will think it was all worthwhile.

They should have been banned from playing in Europe next season, which is what UEFA President Michel Platini said the punishment would be,  when he first introduced FFP a few years ago.

Newcastle are in  a terrific position financially, as good as any club in the Premier League, but we are nowhere near the top six as far as league position is concerned.

Saying there’s something wrong with that is a huge understatement.

And here’s the big question – will Mike Ashley ever loosen up the purse strings at Newcastle?

If there was ever a time to do it – it’s this summer – especially when we have received close to £100M in revenues this year – almost £80M from the Premier League last month, and £20M for Yohan Cabaye in January.

And given our costs have remained largely unchanged from the last financial year, those increased revenues this financial year – should go to the bottom line – and show up as profits..

And what do we do – we bid a measly £6.5M for our top transfer target – Remy Cabella. 🙁

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

131 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    After a long hard think, I’ve decided the answer is no.

  • 2 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    That’s apparently what the revised bid is reported to be at…..could be utter rubbish though!!

  • 3 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Big thank you to Bt sport for making the problem ten times worse than it was before lol

    Needs to be nipped in the bud at some stage. Really unfair on the clubs in the championship, when the teams that have been relegated have that much money to play with.

  • 4 toon22 // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Since MA bought the club he hasnt ever spent big,he might have gotten a bunch of cheap french players but at most he has spent about 15/20 million.
    This window we wont spend what we got for Kebabs.
    The tv money is trousered not one penny will ever go to pay the “loan”why would it.Why would he leave himself having to pay fro all th tatty adverts.

    The guy is a leach a big fat greedy leach.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Sorry Belfast….thought it was fitting 😉

  • 6 Graeme // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    The only ambition is to remain in the Premier League – I wouldn’t suprise me in the slightest if our only signings are the boy fro Tennerife and Collback from the scum.

    If we are near the bottom 3 come December, we can expect a few signings to ensure we stay up. We are no longer a Football Club, we are an advertising medium for FCB’s main companies.

    A shambles of a club.

  • 7 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Our Toon

    if there were reports Newcastle put another bid in for 8 million it’s probably correct in fact it’s probably the only thing that’s true when it concerns finance.

    it’s sickening though considering that French Chairmen wants 12 million and MA offers 10 million, you wonder why we don’t do business well when bringing players in

  • 8 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    belfast best wait till cashley gets his drop money to spirit away

  • 9 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    here’s a thought guys why don’t we protest against BT sport and Sky to stop showing Newcastle on TV?

    this will surely hurt MA & CO 🙂

  • 10 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    not a penny more

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    we all know the TV money ain’t going to be spent on improving Newcastle

  • 12 Belfast // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    It’s a piss take.
    A team could go a whole season without picking up a point, get relegated to the championship and have 60 million in the bank lol

    Then they get parachute payments on top of that.

    Think it will crash and burn at some stage though. (hopefully)

  • 13 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    belfast that could be us

  • 14 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM


    aye mate MA has took this gamble for 2 seasons now and like the old saying “third times the charm” this could be his downfall and I as well as many others from around the world will be the ones who will have the last laugh 🙂

  • 15 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM


    Not to many teams that get relegated from the prem come straight back up mate. So it doesn’t look like it makes a massive amount of difference to these clubs, Cardiff will defo be back though and probs Fulham because they have RICH owners. Where does the line get drawn on this subject though?

  • 16 Plaigombi // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    O course he won’t let go of the purse strings – he is using the club to make money for himself, nothing else. The current situation suits him just fine. The ‘man’ is nothing but a parasite.

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Our Toon

    good point mate and for Newcastle I think we won’t come back up when it happens because with Cardiff & Fulham they have ambition and keep improving there squad with players and managers and are willing to spend to make this happen.

    but with Newcastle though when the time comes ( hopefully soon ) there will be a billionaire tycoon out there who sees massive potential in Newcastle and take us forward

  • 18 why oh why // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Yes I think he will
    People may be surprised

  • 19 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Black & White

    That’s why the Montpellier owner hates us

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I honestly don’t think MA could survive relegation again with the loss of money last time it happened

  • 21 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Our Toon@19

    as well as many others

  • 22 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    why oh why

    and why?

  • 23 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I don’t think MA will ever loosen the purse strings simply because it’s made out of Titanium

  • 24 wynsleap // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Toon 22 @ 4
    Mike Ashley hasn’t spent ANY money on players since he took over the club. He is UP to the tune of around 10 mill. or more, I think (someone might correct me on the right fig.)
    Why we had to get a greedy billionaire who doesn’t spend a penny our way is our gross misfortune.
    The guy is supposed to be a brilliant businessman yet he doesn’t seem to have the common sense to realise that by having a modicum of ambition and sending some decent money he can recoup it through winning things, a better placing in the PL and more money from TV exposure. Let’s face it – who wants to watch the crap on TV that we’ve been putting out lately?
    The only thing Ashley is good at is taking money out of the club to fund his SD baby and being a b*****d.

  • 25 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    sorry Adamantium not Titanium

  • 26 toon kk // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    The club’s hardly worth supporting anymore.
    How can you support a club who doesn’t even value it’s own fans.
    I will always follow Newcastle, but no way am I handing a penny into the fat mans hands when we get NOTHING in return.

  • 27 Nedders // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Of course he won’t. To do so risks making his sideline advertising project (NUFC) complicit with the profitability of his main business (Sports Direct). This in turn will have an adverse effect – imagine if, as a Sunderland fan, you thought spending money at Sports Direct could have a positive impact on NUFC. – would you spend money there? Same applies to any other club, why would you want to ‘prop up’ a rival? Makes no sense – Mike Ashley has to keep a Berlin Wall between SD and NUFC, hence why it’s run on the money it generates alone and he doesn’t put one penny in from his own pocket, or from the holding company’s (MASH) profits. Disgraceful, I daresay it is compliant with all corporate regulations but the sad fact of it is that NUFC must remain mediocre to disguise its’ links to Sports Direct.

  • 28 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    toon kk

    true mate, Newcastle ain’t United any more so why should we treat it as it is

    Newcastle Direct should be the new name now because Newcastle seem to go only 1 direction ( down ) and we play Direct, Simples.

  • 29 why oh why // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Because I think he will
    That’s why no other reason
    I live in hope my friend .
    And to the silly one I say . How dare you say our own toon aren’t worth supporting . Blastfemy I tell you !

  • 30 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    why oh why

    they aren’t worth supporting, people say support the team not the regime but when you support the team you pay the regime.

    Newcastle doesn’t support us so why would we support them

  • 31 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Black & White

    careful mate MA might get wind of the name change and enforce it….like the whole Hull City debacle!!

    We can’t be untied as fans never mind about us being united as a club!!

  • 32 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Feel sorry for the Ox, Looks like he’s set to miss the world cup. Looked one of our best players lastnight as well !

  • 33 Our Toon // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I’ve boycotted lads didn’t pay to watch a game last season but still supported the team!! Personally I feel that’s the answer

  • 34 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    why oh why

    read post 27, this is why MA won’t spend

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jun 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Mr Tubbs……………………………………OUT
    Percy Parsnip……………………………..OUT
    Fans of Adam Ant ………………………OUT
    Jam tomorrow brigade…………………OUT.

  • 36 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Even Aston villa who are up for sale are making signings, Yet we are still Lumbering along as usual.

  • 37 lesh // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I could live with MA being frugal with expenditure if he said that most profits were to go to clearing his loan to the club. And if he followed that by reducing his asking price by £130m, then there’s a better chance of a buyer coming in.

    Mind, any potential buyer’d have to be vetted and interviewed by a fans’ panel before being deemed acceptable.

    Now there’s something for NUST, T4C, et al to think about! 😉

    From Previous Thread re Ben Arfa:


    June 5, 2014

    Ben Arfa seems to be presenting problems not dissimilar to those that existed between Bellamy and Bobby Robson.

    Different problems I appreciate but Sir Bobby’s approach was to ignore Bellamy’s cheek, let it ride over his head and let him do his stuff on the pitch.

    Much more similar to Ben Arfa, Jimmy Smith (the player, not the blogger [Unless they’re one and the same], so unpredictable and at times apparently lazy (track back, wozzat?) but on his day, magic. Joe Harvey, like SBR, played on Jinky’s strengths.

    Now if only the our master man-manager manager could learn to live with Benny’s strops and exploit the positives in his make-up.

    It’d be a shame if he’s gotta go but if it’s the case he doesn’t fit with the players around him, then maybe it’s best he does go.

  • 38 lesh // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Mr Tuff…..

    As it seems you’re on an ‘OUT’ crusade, how about….

    Gary Glitter OUT (well, at the moment!)

  • 39 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Forget HBA Pardew just doesn’t comprehend the player and the team that would have to be made to fit that kind of player. Shame but we’re not getting another manager so plod on…

    Colback? Meh, Meh and thrice Meh! Now THAT Is the kind of player Pards wants, will work anywhere for reasonable money, keeps his mouth shut until called on to back up the boss in his blame deflection statements.

    Life’s not great when the only thing to look forward to is the hammering of the England team in the world cup , followed by a dismal bargain hunt transfer window, a preseason radging by a few nondescript foreign and lower league outfits, and starting the first ten games of the season rocking the bottom of the league.

  • 40 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Oh and I finally cancelled my Sky sub as well as of today no more need to wait for the three scheduled NUFC games in a season, the ones in which we are toasted alive in. They couldn’t believe I wasn’t simply holding out for a deal. No, I said, I’m sick of shelling out for your rubbish, if I want to see a load of tat I’ll go to SJP I said….

  • 41 The next Mike Williamson // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    boycott the strip. next away kit, nobody buy it

  • 42 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Lesh @38 – don’t know about Mr glitter but I was wondering- do they still make stylophones? And do Jim’ll Fix It badges sell for much on ebay? Lots of questions need answering…

  • 43 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I hope that rope’s not still round ya neck pal.
    Much more important things in life than letting football drag you down buddy !!

  • 44 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Ah £2.60 current bid for the badge
    Out of my league I’m afraid.

  • 45 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Jazzyp – it was a sports direct rope which frayed alarmingly quickly, took it back for a credit note. Now I have a credit note round my neck. Life’s not fair.

  • 46 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Sources telling Espn Cisse could be going to Rubin Kazan?

  • 47 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Anyway, about Rofl ‘Arris can we tell what he did yet? Why did he need someone to tie a kangaroo down for him? And that extra leg…and what about those two little……never mind……

  • 48 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Anyway just chat among yourselves.

    Rubin kazan? That’s a pretty old rumour isn’t it?

  • 49 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Leeds reject nufc bid for ross mccormack

  • 50 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Keegan on Ashley:

    …”a lot of dishonesty and pretending to bid for players and not doing it.”

    we haven’t signed anyone in the last two windows and Pardull is STILL in charge.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Tsunki…I have no subscriptions either (I don’t even watch the games these days)

    …did sign up for NUST not so long ago; lets see what that mounts to.

  • 52 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Didn’t know if it was Ashley’s tie you were using bud

  • 53 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    leeds owner came out and said nufc made an offer for him and I said no.

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Gary Glitter…………………………………OUT
    Shoppers for Jim’ll Fit It Badges…..OUT
    Cisse’s kneecap……………………………OUT

  • 55 lesh // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Tsunki, Stylophones no longer made I’m afraid but I’m told that they, like Jim’ll Fix It badges are fetching nowt or ext to nowt these days!

    What I want to know is what ever happened to the dog tired that were white and turned into a cloud of dust when you stamped on ’em in the days when we used to get long, hot summer?

    And tar bubbles during summer – where’ve they gone?

    As you say, there are many questions to answer.

  • 56 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    It was Pardew’s rope, he’s been given miles of it and still not managed to hang himself with it. 😉

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Man interested in kangaroo bondage……….OUT.

  • 58 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    The cisse’s transfer rumour is from Feb mate

  • 59 jazzyp // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Heh heh like it !!

  • 60 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    He claims he turnd down a substantial bid for him

    Who is this guy Ross mccormack anyway?

  • 61 Mister Tuff // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    mischievous leprechaun with duff Cisse news…………………………………………………..OUT

  • 62 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Kevy, I’m sure if I waved a tenner at the Ferrari dealership in hope of exchanging it for a new car, they would point me in the direction of the air fresheners as I was obviously talking crap.

    There’s over-paying and under-paying.

    It is detrimental to the team to persistently under-pay. Incoming players also won’t see that as ambitious and when in good form will look for pastures new as has already happened.

    We are a chance for them to be put in the shop window. Like it or not, we are a stepping stone with disgraceful ambition.

    Ashley out, Pardew out.

  • 63 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Jesus this is getting out of hand. They can’t even get an average Championship player to join like.

  • 64 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Ross McCormack will be 28 in August. This is the best we can do???

  • 65 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Owner’s who couldn’t even run a goat rodeo………OUT!

  • 66 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    So was the bid for McCormack 8M or 5M? I’m betting it was 5M.

  • 67 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM


  • 68 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Deluded owner………….OUT!

  • 69 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    How many lowball bids are we going to put in this summer? The sky’s the limit. Sooner or later we’ll find someone desperate enough to agree to it. Thumbs down Ashley.

  • 70 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    It seems like a fairly moderate comment moderator.

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    GT…I have heard we might wait until he turns 30 and offer £8M for him 😉

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Excellent plan jesper mate! We might even be able to offer less since we’ll be in the Championship by then! 🙂

  • 73 Tsunki // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Perhaps it’s a stroke of genius signing young Colback, after all he will add quite a splash of colour to our otherwise monochrome ensemble. Its a fashion statement.

  • 74 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    @Tsunki He will be on fire for us 😉

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Colback for Cabaye and McCormack for Remy? Amazing ambition Mike.

  • 76 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    GT…and just think we might even pay more for them compared to what we paid for Cabaye and Remy 😉

    …we should be so lucky! Wuhuuu

  • 77 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Tsunki…nothing wrong with some red amongst the colors 😉 lol

  • 78 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Exciting times as we build a powerful club to contend for 17th place! Huzzah!

  • 79 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Sky sports reporting we bid for him and Lee ryder reporting we didn’t …Typical nufc

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    I see Liverpool have signed Emre Can while we go after whatever dross nobody else wants with lowball bids! Excellent scheme Mike!

  • 81 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Does anyone have a granny who still plays footy that Mike can put a lowball bid in for?

  • 82 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    NoNuts is so cheap

    Ohh so cheap

    Yeah yeah

    Ohh but he is!

    *imagine a nice little acoustic guitar play (a bridge) and then we repeat the verse

    NoNuts is so cheap

    Ohh so cheap

    Yeah yeah

    Ohh but he is!

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    What happened to wor club’s ambition of a couple of years ago? With the mighty Lambeezee at the helm we pursued much better players with lowball bids than we do now. I just can’t understand it! Colour me puzzled.

  • 84 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    @Petegravessky newcastle hopefull of announcing 2 signings next week.

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    New Newcastle Advert to come out soon!
    Players Wanted by Newcastle United! For the right low, low price we’ll take your dross off your hands now! Don’t wait! Send us your players description and asking price. The time is right to accept our lowball bid!

  • 86 Graeme // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Arsenil have made a £1 million offer for Kingsly Coman, 17 year-old from PSG – surely that fits in with our Financial scope????

  • 87 Lee Dodd // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    This Is How It Will Be … We will Sign 3 Free Transfers on Wages under £30 Grand a week… If we are in the Bottom 4 at Christmas we will buy New Players to keep us up same as Last Year … We are Just a Front for Sports Direct.. The Club are Now asking Fans to Re Sign Season Tickets Come On Smell The Dry Roasted . NOT GOOD ENOUGH !!!!

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Have we lost interest in Cabella and Grenier then? And what about a decent striker? I mean a proper striker Mike, not your mate’s son or whoever you had in mind.

  • 89 kevymartins // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Skysportsnews understands that nufc are in advanced talks with Perez and Colback. Well the skysports guy on twitter tweeted that petegraves

  • 90 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    GT…where we ever really interested?

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Sounds ominous lads, the first true statement out of the club in years
    ‘We expect all business to be tied up before World cup”

  • 92 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Yes jesper mate! We were and are interested in them. But only for lowball prices! Huzzah!

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Now that Ashley is sitting on the Board (literally) we see his true ambition for the club yet again. The term derisory bid should have a picture of Ashley next to it in the dictionary.

  • 94 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    GT…that’s the same thing as not really being interested matey 😉

  • 95 Wandering Geordie // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Jonathon Soriano and German Pezzella are the ones Id love to see here ..but it ain’t going to happen.

  • 96 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    he should swing for this the …….. ffgb

  • 97 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    We’ve just got to calm down and leave this to the master of cunning and deceit, Mike Ashley lads! Don’t worry, he won’t let us down!

  • 98 cyprus // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Why is Cabaye stirring trouble and talking HBA out of the club (without having spoken to him)? What an axxxxxxxe.

    Still, hope we still have HBA when the new manager arrives.

  • 99 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Does Mike Ashley seriously think he can get away with signing no one this window and 50,000 will still turn up ? .

  • 100 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    we will only get a new manager when we get a new fa**ing owner

  • 101 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    not a penny more you fat bathtub

  • 102 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I could swear this looks like the owner wants to take us into a relegation battle???? This is bizarre behavior, even for Mike!!

  • 103 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    @ Cyprus

    Don’t think he is stirring but is just worried about his friend .

    And this obviously shows he doesn’t agree with Pardews team selections . Is it any coincidence it is coming from another technically gifted player ? .

  • 104 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Does anybody understand this? How can we hope to compete without a decent pair of strikers, an ACM and a good winger coming in? I would like to see Saylor replaced as well, especially if Mbiwa is leaving. What is going on?

  • 105 cyprus // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Big Pappa,
    Maybe. But he is still at NUFC… and if we do get another manager (IF) we’ll need HBA I think

  • 106 why oh why // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Sky sports
    Toon in advanced stage and close to agreeing £10m deal for remy carbells
    Also toon close to agreeing deal for gomis
    As well as Perez and Colbeck to sign in the next 48 hrs

  • 107 the truth will out // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM


  • 108 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    A shambles. That’s what we are now. It’s a disgrace. I actually feel embarrassed for the club. 🙁

  • 109 cyprus // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Wait. The new manager will have 50 mil to play with (or am i dreaming) 😉

  • 110 Wandering Geordie // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Trouble with Saylor is he believed in his own hype.Defensively naive and goes around the pitch with a degree of arrogance as well as spouting off drivel in interviews…Time to get shot

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    why oh why,
    Same lot who told us Mikey had sanctioned four signings before the half price ticket deal went out.

  • 112 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Cyprus mate, you’ve been having some kind of pipe dream! We have made our major signings (Colback and Perez) and Pards is still with us! I know mate, reality is disturbing! 🙁

  • 113 couchy-spennymoor-mags // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Anyone who thinks we will sign quality players are as deluded as ma and pardumb. This can’t go on and on,each transfer window we get our hopes up and nothing happens. Relegation beckons upon this coming season I think. We need to splash out on a prolific goal machine or we have no hope. I hope I am proved wrong but sadly it’s just the reality of this penny pinching fat prick. WE DESERVE BETTER!!!

  • 114 Pardews Prolific Boys // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Lesh white dog poo disappeared because they’re not allowed to put chalk in dog food any more

  • 115 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    at last a day home from work and i come into good news 🙂

    perez waiting to be announced
    colback waiting to be announced
    cabella in final stages
    gomis decided on joining us
    and siem been contacted and wants to come to us ^^

    and we was never after mccormack afterall …YIPEE

  • 116 GeordieTwo // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Ashley even looks thick as a brick in that picture above. It shows you where cunning and deceit can take you.

  • 117 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    jesus its all doom and gloom again isnt it ?

    cabaye has told nufc they should keep arfa not cabaye trying to talk him into moving ^^

    colback/perez/gomis/siem/cabella are quality signings who could imo push us into the top6.

    and we have come out and said its rubbish we wasnt after mccormack ! and we still act like the worlds ending ???

  • 118 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    @ croftus5678

    That’s provided colback/perez/gomis/siem/cabella all actually sign (which I highly doubt) .

    You must be the only happy NUFC fan on this blog .

  • 119 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Because with a week to go till the world cup we still haven’t made a permanent signing and let many players leave .

    Despite the club stating the majority of our business would be done before the world cup . We need to replace the ones that have left and bring in more on top of that . NO CHANCE .

  • 120 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    What’s the point in signing Jack Colback? He’s worse than Abeid. What a waste of time signing him. Also this Perez bloke will probably imitate Amalfitano. We need first team players (i.e. Gomis, Cabella, Menez, Grenier, Doumbia).

  • 121 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    @118 bpc

    i’m happy theres good news for a change and from a very reliable site (sky sports)

    we all knew perez was signing and why he hasnt yet (but he’s only a dev player)

    colback i wasnt expecting us to sign as he’s been offered a hell of a lot more money to go elsewhere and if i was to bet i’d say he would take the money like 99% of other players but he looks set in concrete to come to us now.

    cabella/gomis is whats reported on sky sports as in final stages and gomis decided on us

    and siem has come straight from himself so the signs look good to me

  • 122 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    It’s not about whose better or whose needed, it’s all about who can make money, it really doesn’t matter if Abeid would improve the team, if that Greek mob keep paying his wages and we can sell him for a few million then it’s win win, shame Colback wants wages before we sell him though.

  • 123 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    @120 kets

    colback is nothing like abied buddy !

    abied is an acm and colback isnt buddy he’s a box to box who has something of everything in his game and he’s also hardworking where as abied isnt and tried and tested in the prem and has not looked out of place where abied has really struggled and looked avg in the past at best.

    not saying abied hasnt improved and i hope he has as he’s done great in greece but given the choice i’d choose a tried and tested colback anyday.

  • 124 Pardews Prolific Boys // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Kets thought Aberdeen was on par with cabaye a year ago…..

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  • 127 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    @125 ppb

    tbf m8 kets has a point they both tied there boots in about the same amount of time ^^

    cabaye is far from perfect but i must admit he was still a class or 3 above our players apart from 2 or 3.

  • 128 Jonty // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Croftus, I’m with you on Colback. Abeid was rubbish last time he played for us, in the cup at Brighton I think it was.
    Colback has loads of Prem experience. I bet if we were paying millions for him some would think it a good deal.
    He’s ran his contract down and he’s on a free for gods sake. Take it from me the mackems will be sick if they lose him.

  • 129 Jail for Ashley // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    If we were paying millions then he wouldn’t be coming here and the reason nobody is that excited about him is that he hasn’t turned down Chelsea or Arsenal to come here but Swansea and WHam which is a reflection of our ambition.

  • 130 // Jun 5, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Wrestling Ticket – Only £7.99pp (usually £12)

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    Don’t be a Jabroni get your tickets now….

  • 131 croftus5678 // Jun 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    @129 jfa

    its a reflection of what we are not our ambition lol.

    chelsea / arsenal ect ect dont need squad players as they norm have 2 full teams of 1st team quality and tbh we are not even 1 team !

    “if” we can muster a top6 first team with enough quality squad players to cover those injured/suspended ect then we should be able to attract a better class of player from abroad on lower wages to keep us top 6 (but we didnt do it last time so i wont hold me breath)

    we cant and wont just jump straight into world class players for first team and squad players though as we cant pay them enough to be happy to sit on the bench like chelsea/city ect ect.

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