Cartoon Time – Mike Ashley – What Is A Football Club?


We’ve noticed there has been a lot of criticism on the way Mike Ashley is running Newcastle United, and there has been a lot of criticism coming from independent sources.

That’s simply because Newcastle have put themselves into such a mess by their rather stupid and reckless actions in January, and when interim head coach John Carver has  tried to defend their actions – it simply make things even worse – simply because it’s hard to defend the indefensible.

Mike Ashley at Stoke

Ashley – what is a football  club – it’s a money-making machine of course

Here is a cartoon by Davide Squires, which was published in the Guardian, and it’s a take on Bobby Robson’s famous statement on what is a football club?

Cartoon

As a reminder – here are those famous words of the great Sir Bobby Robson on what is a football club:

“What is a club in any case?”  “Not the buildings or the Directors or the people who are paid to represent it.” It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”  

“It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”  

“It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

A football club should not be a money-making machine.

Football clubs are created to be successful for their fans, as a Deloitte Partner recently pointed out when the massive profits of the Premier League club were reported.

Mike Ashley has it completely the wrong way round.

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143 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Hibbit

    Says quite a lot when a clubs CE needs a bodyguard.

    Time for Total sport, this should be fun 🙁

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #2

    O JC is on with a interview, can’t wait

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  • Grafton83

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    The noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.

    I think MA might have some kind of autism or what ever that condition is when you can’t empathise or understand emotion. He needs to be tested for sure.

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  • DokToon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    don’t drink when hes on… youll ruin your television by spitting fluids on it I think 🙂

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  • mike ashley for the greater good

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #5
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Optimistic

    Has that been and gone?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #7

    what’s total sport and were is it on

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    They’re talking about Sunderland at the moment.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    its not 8o’clock and the wum are starting

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #11

    hibbit

    they have finished there homework

    but don’t worry when this lot goto bed welsh and his side kick will pop on

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone have a link to that cartoon that is readable? 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #13

    I was just about to ask the same thing Schmeichel.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #14

    jesper

    I googled Davide Squires and it took me to it

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  • HoboToon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ll bet you $1000 that i know the next paper to be banned

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Geremi

    No

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  • Belfast

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Lmao brilliant yep definitely getting banned.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #20

    JC is on

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I think solano sums it up nicely.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/766947467?-11058:809

    Then there’s mike “we do care” willo. Well fcuking show it then you lanky streak of piss. Oh and tell the other wasters too.

    Is anyone really surprised though? The stench coming down from the owner and his cronies is the benchmark. Just another game to the slug. Another 3 points dropped. Derby? What derby?

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Tim Krul had food poisoning
    He can’t pull a rabbit out his hat
    Armstrong didn’t play longer in case it hurt him.

    He’s seen a different side to management.

    Praised the make shift back 4 and the rest weren’t good enough.

    Nowt really

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  • hibbit

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #23

    any body else think ashleys solicitors will be on this…… are you ready for your writ ed thats treason

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Ac

    There’s not one leader amongst them, bunch of sheep.

    My 2year old niece could kick Sissoko’s ass, pussy!

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  • DokToon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #25

    careful opti,

    that’s welshies mating call you know… he logs in at the mention of sheep…

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #26

    That’s just his post match chat which we’ve already seen.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Geremi

    Ye thought there’d be more

    Dok

    Sorry pal

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #28

    No one, i repeat, no one is pulling him up on his comments about being happy with the squad and selling two players and working with what he had.

    It does my damn nut in, he agreed to this, he was complicit in this and he is reaping the rewards of it so there can be no sympathy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #29

    GPLF,
    Hear hear.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    25DokToon

    Ha ha ha you’re funny.

    Not.

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  • andrew84

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #31

    GPLF

    Even if he was asked the question mate, it would just be met with more hot air.

    To be honest I can do without hearing anything the man has to say.

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  • DokToon

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #32

    told you so, haha…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Dok don’t you mean Dork.

    Ha ha ha

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  • andrew84

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #34

    He should be keeping a particularly low profile after his bluster about his team giving 100% for effort and determination.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #35

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ECawI1Yns_Un

    an anthem for the fans sums up the mood perfectly

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  • andrew84

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Haha Welshie to be fair you did come running….

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #37

    When asked why we didn’t turn up.

    I don’t know I can’t explain it

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Grafton83…thanks mate! And thanks for nothing Beer 😉 lol

    Belfast…are you calling me Schmeichel? 🙂

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  • bill

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #39

    I was worried by what might happen next season, however, a quick look at the Premiere League form table has made me more worried about this season.

    Some clubs have to play teams at the top who may not have anything to play for considering Chelsea’s dominance.

    On the other hand we have to play the likes of QPR, WBA and Leicester. I doubt if we can beat any of them right now.

    Relegation is a definite possibility and MA can nothing about it.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #40

    andrew84

    Give and take mate, give and take.

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