It’s Hardly Surprising – Newcastle Now Ban The Telegraph


Newcastle United have banned the Daily Telegraph and their journalist Luke Edwards from the club with immediate effect, and that follows Luke’s article earlier this week that said Mike Ashley was ready to sell Newcastle to invest more in Rangers.

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We had said that if that report was untrue then Newcastle would (should) come out with a denial, and yes – it was always possible that Luke and the Telegraph would then be banned.

And would you believe it – that’s what has just happened and a club statement issued today on the Newcastle web-site read as follows:

“The reports by Luke Edwards on 11th September, and again today (12th September), are wholly inaccurate and written with the intention of unsettling the Club, players and its supporters.”“This is disgraceful journalism for which the Club and its supporters should receive a full and unreserved apology from those concerned.¨

“The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United.”“For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price. The Club cannot be stronger in stating its position on this matter.¨

“It is not acceptable for newspapers to print factually inaccurate reports that are damaging to the Club and to fail to check facts with Newcastle United ahead of publication and then expect to receive access to the Club.¨

“Newcastle United will not tolerate this and will take such action as it deems appropriate.¨ “The ban extends to all reporters working for, or freelancing on behalf of, the Daily Telegraph, as well as Luke Edwards in any capacity he may have working for the paper’s sister title or on a freelance basis.”

Newcastle have now banned five newspapers over the last year, and it follows the ban of NCJ Media (Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun) and that of the Sunday Express.

In our coverage of the Telegraph report we said the following:

¨If the Telegraph report is not true we would expect the club to come out and say so via a statement – and silence would infer the report is pretty much accurate.¨

We did put an article out a couple of days ago Bursting The Bubble – Why Mike Ashley Will Not Sell Newcastle where we listed the reasons we didn’t think Ashley would want to sell Newcastle United.

The basics of the article were that Mike was onto too good a thing at Newcastle, with all the world-wide publicity Sports Direct get from their advertising signs, which are placed all over St. James’ Park, and that he would not get the same level of publicity with Rangers – even if they were in the Champions League.

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223 comments so far

  • DokToon

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    mike ashley remains commited to newcastle united, i.e. remains committed to fcuking up our club, more likely

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  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Sounds reasonable for Tubbs – couple of seasons with us getting the TV money -straight into his coffers -settle the debt plus a wedge for his bother.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    The omission of the part of the story that said that Pardew has just two games to avoid the sack is deafening

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    If Ashley is taking back the loan he gave the club does that mean the sale price will drop by £129 million or is the greddy git gonna still want that amount

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    mag52

    give the sucker a break camp ? their isn’t one

    you also say you know he is nothing other than an average manager

    I have no clue how you come to that conclusion , everything he has done at our club tells you he is worse than average, he is at the bottom of all the managers we have had for a full season at our club in the prem

    he has broken nearly every record that you don’t want to break in that time

    how is he average again?

    or are you that sucker that gets taken in by the sucker?

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  • bobby mango

    Sep 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    AT LEAST another 2 years… I could cry. Wish he’d just f off

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  • Thump

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Soon enough the only news source allowed in will be Sports Direct News.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Reports now claiming that Pardew is one heavy defeat away from the sack!!!!

    So that’ll be about 24 hours then 😉

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  • dazzler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Jb,

    The club won’t be as cash rich (you’d assume) which would lower the value of the club to an extent, however the security of the business would be more secure with continued revenues and less long term liability. Relegation this year would royally mess that up for him though.

    In reality if his loan is paid off I’d imagine he’d sell at around 50m higher than his initial investment (can’t remember how much that was now)

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Catchy/mag

    Pardew is average. Trouble is, he is at what SHOULD be a better than average club, and the pressure has him doing a less than average job (ok thats a bit complicated). Anyway, the ‘sucker’ has had enough even breaks, now.

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  • mecannylad

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    A message for our brave foot soldiers of the Toon Army travelling to St Mary’s later this evening and tomorrow.
    Rest up lads, the Geordie nation has entrusted a great responsibility on your shoulders.
    F**k the football just this once and give the t**t in the dug out everything you can muster.
    You are in for a heroes return home … and in years to come you will be able to say,” I was there …. I was one of those heroes”

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    JB

    I wondered the very same mate and come to the conclusion he’s a greedy kunt so no lol

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  • firebug666

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    So if we are guaranteed Ashley for another two years does that mean we are guaranteed the inept one too?

    Please god I hope not. However this news means we can forget all the talk of Ashley leaving anytime soon allowing us to concentrate on getting that inept pretender of a manager out of our club.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is worse than average…he has had one good season in his career and that was with us.

    He needs to go and be replaced by a manager with a decent philosophy.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    TS

    agreed

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    T sage

    Replaced with a manager with a decent philosophy.
    That statement is probably the only thing that worries me about a manager change. Will we get a good one?

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    firebug666

    Take anything the club say with a pinch of salt mate.

    If an acceptable offer comes in he’ll sell up

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  • dazzler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think we’ll be stuck with Pards for 2 years.. Ashley will do whatever comes cheapest in January to ensure our league survival, if binning the manager and his boys is cheaper than buying five players that is what he’ll do..thats what I think anyways haha

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #19

    I do agree it has come to a point were we have to change, i just hope its not for a worse/same/only slightly better. It needs to be a stand out name.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Mag 52 and ethio

    it’s not that people don’t acknowledge pardew’s one and only good season it’s the fact that people like you don’t acknowledge the complete and utter s— e ever since.

    Even Roeder got us in to Europe once and he was a gent who played half decent football. Everything Pardew isn’t.

    As I say imagine what Cisse, Tiote, HBA and MYM were worth 18 months ago and how devalued they have become now under appalling management.

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #21

    hahahaha! nice one!!
    nice to see this blog getting interesting”!!
    You know u started it!! now u blame ur self for losing.Go and hit the walls !!
    you know where u belong!”!
    hehehehehe!””
    howay pards revolution!!!!!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    “The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United.”

    Well to me, they’ve just gone and written the same misreporting of facts that they’ve just banned Luke Edwards for.

    Ashley is not committed to Newcastle United and the growth of the club. He just owns it. He is committed to SD.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    JackButler

    I hope your right marra. I would hate to think of the riots that will ensue if this regime keeps going. Fans are getting angry by the day, if that boils over there maybe no stopping the tide.

    I would like to think that Ashley’s plan is to sell up in two years time when Rangers are in the SPL again and buy them. It’s not just a hope it’s a dream.

    In the mean time we have to get the pretender out of our club, and hope we get someone who will get us playing football.

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  • DENIro

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #24

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  • Mag52

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Mark@10

    Agreed 100per cent, we should be more than average, much more.
    We have been much more than average in living memory, when we were the club no team wanted to be drawn against in the FA cup back in the ’50s.
    Will we see those glory days again ? Not with Ashley in charge, no matter who our manager might be.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Absolutely gutted I’v just woke up to this.

    Another two years of this at the very least?

    Dosn’t he realise he is torturing people with this hideous way to run a football club? No passion, no soul. Completely ruined my weekend and that Luke Edwards has alot to answer for.

    🙁

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #27

    trolls! trolls! trolls!
    They start to fill the bloody golden blog!!
    I feel sorry you ED,u don’t deserve this!!
    mark
    hahaha …I like when u talk about philosophy!!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #28

    firebug666

    I think Ashley is waiting for Ranger to go into administration before stepping in to buy them.

    As for the fans anger? He knows how bad it is becoming and i have no doubt that he will make Pardew the sacrificial lamb in order to buy himself some time before walking away

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  • mecannylad

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Everyone is pushing each other into the tightest of corners. Something has to give soon.
    This is compelling stuff.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #30

    “I think it is difficult to win, especially against teams you are expected to win against.” #SackPardew #NUFC… http://t.co/VTp1YsWOPD

    Such a positive manager on all fronts. Not.
    Pardew out

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  • optimistic prime

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Only two more years, another pipe dream.
    Why wait two years?
    Why only take for two more when he could for twenty two?

    Swine

    Rumours Rumours

    How about some action Ashley?

    Sell up or pay up for a decent manager squad etc and everything else required to compete!

    Though not, f@@k off then!

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  • baloo

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    “For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season,

    Is that when he expects rangers to be back in Champions league then.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #33

    If there’s two more years of Ashley, no way can I deal with two more years of Pardunce.

    Get out, Alan. The wind is starting to pick up and the rain will fall, hard.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Luke Edwards has been banned before hasn’t he? The bloke is a bit of a tosser. Still, the over reaction is exactly that, and embarrassing but fully expected.

    It is interesting to note there has been no response to the Pardew only having 2 games to save his job.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Why would ashley wait for Ranger to be back in the SPL before buying them? it would cost a hell of a lot more to buy them then,

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  • firebug666

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #36

    JackButler

    If he sacrifices the inept one to buy himself time he will need to bring in a good manager to calm the fans. This fiasco has gone on long enough.

    I don’t want us to lose a game to get that thing out of our dugout, but if he is pushed into another touchline ban that may be enough.

    That said; I really don’t see us getting a win away tomorrow, but I hope I’m wrong.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    firebug666

    i think he’ll go for a Pulis type manager to step in and shore things up while he plans hios exit

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Said it the other night when the story broke it was lazy journalism. Putting two and two together and getting five.

    Mikey is not liked by Rangers fans, his £1 pound naming rights purchase didn’t do him any favors to be fair, but he was always seen as one Charles Greens pals. So the likely hood of him going there was extremely slim.

    Interesting the Independent didn’t get banned.

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  • Mag52

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda.

    There you go again Rotonda, making my case for me by saying that I don’t acknowledge the complete and utter sh!t Pardew has served up since we finished 5th.
    You conveniently overlook the first half of last season, when as we approached Christmas we were 6th. in the table and flying. We had registered 7 wins in 9 matches including Chelsea under Mourinho and Man.U. at Old Trafford for the first time since the 1970s.
    Pardew won Manager of the Month, but all this is ignored in your statement. No sense of balance, no sense of fair comment in your frustrated rage against Ashley which you can only take out on Pardew.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #40

    JackButler

    I agree mate he’s just like all the movie villains, has a secret escape pod primed and ready for the day things come on top, then he pushes his minions forward while he sneaks off through his secret door.

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