A Strange Move By Mike Ashley

There was news in the local papers last night that assistant manager John Carver, first team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman were informed on Saturday that a new system would be implemented and they now will not get any free family tickets.

mike ashley cointemplating

Mike Ashley – another strange decision

When they were told of the new system being implemented they were offered complimentary tickets for the last time – for the game on Sunday against Real Sociedad, but they turned them down in protest.

It’s not clear whether this was an Ashley move or one made by new Managing Director Lee Charnley, who wants to standardize  policies to all employees.

This is said to be another cost-cutting measure, but it also brings Mike Ashley some additional bad publicity – which is the last thing he needs.

It’s not clear how much money this will save the club, but they obviously didn’t consider the bad news it would bring Newcastle, for what would appear to be minimal savings to the club.

Not sure why Mike Ashley keeps doing these kinds of things, although it’s hard to comment on these things unless we see the big  picture on what other cost-cutting schemes will be implemented.

Mike Ashley could hire a Public Relations company to help him with his (poor) image with the fans – but he’s unlikely to do that.

Comments welcome.

Below are our three social media sites:

64 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Mashley with a strange decision?? I would never have expected such a thing!

  • Thump

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #2

    From last thread: @scout: I second lesh’s recommendation of The Evening Star, and also a cosy little boozer up St. George’s Street called “The Hand In Hand”. Honestly, there’s so many good bars in Brighton it’s hard to pick them out.

    Also, f’ing gutted about Robin Williams.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Tradition should not stand in the way of progress unless there is a legitimate reason.

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #4


    I believe the Golden Galleon’s been renamed the Cuckmere and no, the brewery went a good few years ago. I hear it’s still a good pub that does nice food too.

    There’s always the Tiger at East Dean and it’s owned by Charlie Gilbert who has the Beachy Head Brewery. A compact little pub, bit pricey and does good food. Nice of a summer evening if you want to sit outside by the village green.

    You could always try the Cricketers at Berwick, a real character place.

    Or if you’re in Eastbourne, the Eagle on Gildredge Road (a 10 minute walk from the station. There’s always black and whites in when there’s a match on the box. Decent booze and food too.

    Think I couldn’ve taken a leaf out of Ashley’s book and charged for that little guide, but on this occasion and since you’re ‘family’ I won’t – on this occasion!

    Catch you later

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Beer, too many occasions!


  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Thump, aye the Hand in Hand’s still there on St James’s Street and thankfully, it’s one of the very few in Kemptown that’s not flying a rainbow flag!

  • spitfire_

    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #7

    How exactly this is a “strange move”? If anything the history learn us is that ashley is ready to sell even his mom for cash. Don’t see how those 10-15 more sold tickets for any game will affect to club’s finances so dramatically. But this gesture talk enough.

    One spending spree (nevermind that this was the money from Cabaye and Debuchy plus a few millions on top) and ashley lose his mind.

    The soon this fat fcuk leaves the better!

  • dcdick

    Aug 12, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew Out !!!

  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 12, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Joke of a club, I say, joke of a club

  • aussiemag

    Aug 12, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Sufc your a massive joke you pillock. Once again take yourself and your comment’s and shove them where the sun don’t shine

  • deanotoon

    Aug 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #11

    At the end of the day everyone has an important job at nufc, whether it be cleaner or coach, and perks should be equal!!!

  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 12, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a joke of an issue imo…Who cares thats these coaches and staff have to pay for tix its not like they cant afford them..I dont see any of them coming out complaining and if it was such a big deal I’d like to see one of them quit.. Pathetic story imo

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 12, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I support this actually. The backroom staff needs an overhaul too. Carver and Co. Have been very poor in my opinion and don’t deserve the free tix. All dinosaurs in their approach.

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #14

    (dc)dick out!


  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Robin Williams to sign for NUFC

  • Sav

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #16

    If you buy into current business thinking, its not strange at all. Low-cost airlines, for example, believe there is only one way to achieve it and that is EVERYTHING has to be costed, trimmed, sourced cheaper or done away with. There is no half-measures way to do it.
    On the other hand, whether such a model as Monster Mash employs at his budget sportswear business is applicable to our football club is another thing entirely. Frankly, the coaches can forego freebie tickets they can well afford if we are going to ditch both cups as a cost-saving exercise which, essentially is all it is. Surely that is what we should be exercised and angry about.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Hey Sheffield/Scunthrope United guy, I could tolerate your jokes, but I cannot tolerate you are making such joke against a nice dead man like Mr. Williams.

    Such a sad day.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Not sure why my message just got trashed, but I wanna say to you Mr Sheffield/Sunthrope United guy. I could tolerate your joke on us, but it is not respective to the good dead man that you made a joke like this. You gotta be more mature. Again, it’s such a sad day.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 12, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #19

    RIP Robin Williams

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Didn’t noticed that.but do u think the chairman just sit and watch allowing their contract to run?may be but I don’t think so.The thing surprised me most is that why any club make any move for them so far ?

  • expatmag

    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #21

    I dont know why you guys give this idiot the time of day by replying to his inane posts.

    It is obvious he is an illiterate imbecile who contributes nothing to this blog therefore not worth worrying about.

    Ignore him and he will soon get sick of posting here.

  • SUFC_rule

    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s a sad day every day, it’s a sad day when UK, USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia armed and funded ISIS/ISIL in Syria to overthrow Assad (whom 80% of Syrians support Assad), but USA and UK armed jihadists, as they always have against secular arab nations who don’t be USA’S bitch

  • Santon03

    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #23

    well if carver, stone, etc each has 100 uncles, 100 aunts, 1000 cousins and all of them get free tickets then it’s not strange at all.

    it could be that they get money instead tickets but they want money and tickets.

    anyway it’s not a big deal, I don’t really care if they go. So many ex-players that looking for a job.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #24

    first thing first,what exactly is your contributions ?
    second it’s an open forum for nu fans,every fan has the right to experience his thoughts..
    should respect their opinions..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #25

    How Mike just love controversy 🙂

    …I couldn’t care less if they got tickets – of course they can pay like the rest of us. But Newcastle is suppose to be one big family.

    This just seem again like something that is counterproductive!

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Santon 03
    They don’t get free tickets for the entire family.Their allocation is 4 complementary for the coaching staff & 2 for others like the kit man etc. I would imagine the players get free tickets also but I’ve not noticed anything about them having to buy their own.

  • expatmag

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #27


    If you were able to read, then it is reasonably clear to all that SUFC is NOT a fan of NUFC and his posters who reply to his continual ridicule and ignorance are only giving him more opportunities to continue.

    With regard to my contributions to this forum, lets just say they are usually informative, analytical and knowledgable and whilst I believe and others too, that I contribute well, there arent many, if any, say I dont.

    Hope that clears things up for you.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #28

    The man cannot go one season without drawing negative attention to himself!

    …it most be some sort of destructive character flaw!

  • ToonMatt

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #29

    The man is greedy and is only here to make money, Let’s just hope it’s not a sell out on Sunday if it is then the club is doomed and he be here for the next 20 years.

  • Slank

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #30

    Good move by the club.

    Why should some employees get free tickets and others not especially when those getting the free tickets earn the most money.

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #31

    I have my doubts about it being a sell out on Sunday. I watched some of the game against Real Sociadad & they were advertising season tickets still for sale ! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #32

    # electric advertising boards

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #33

    Ignore him,don’t reply to any of his posts.I don’t care who he support, he is here to play games and jokes.
    the best thing to do is allow him to write contrary subjects if his presence bothers you.when he get tired and sick,he’ll vanish on his time.

  • expatmag

    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #34


    That is exactly what i said initially and you seemed to take me to task over the comment.

  • hitman

    Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #35

    so the staff at sd get thousands of pounds of bounuses,and the staff at the club carnt get a few free tickets..

  • firebug666

    Aug 12, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #36

    I agree with taking the free tickets off them, they get paid enough as it is, and looking at out football over the past few years imo they are not doing enough to earn so much.

    They should also pay them according to performance levels, make them do some actual work for their money.

  • Roger

    Aug 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #37

    I think Mike is right. Why everybody who works
    for NUFC has to became free entrance or free
    I for myselve working for a travek agency.
    Can I go for holidays free? Never. Or people who
    are working for a car building company, are there
    private car free? Never.
    So shut up folks. Mike is the owner and if you don`t
    like him, go to Sunderland or to another club, but
    please shut up. It`s enough now.
    Look forward to the new season, to a first victory
    against the champion of the last season.
    German member

  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Aug 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Hitman, nearly everyone at the club is sure to be on quite large bonus incentives

  • hitman

    Aug 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #39

    fair enough if its just the coaching staff,but if this goes all the wat down to the lower level employees its shocking,every company gives there staff perks.

  • hitman

    Aug 12, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #40

    thats only if the players hit there targets tho init..just read the journal its only coaching staff,fair i think


You must log in to post a comment.