Ashley To Make Complete U-Turn On Cups Next Season

The Sunday People and former Chronicle reporter Alan Oliver are reporting today that sources close to Mike Ashley have said that after the club are now financially stable, the owner will prioritize the Cups next season.

mike ashley and lee charnely

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

The People is reporting that Mike Ashley will make a U-turn on the FA Cup and League Cup next season, after a new head coach is appointed in the summer.

But if that’s true how come there has been no communique from the club on that, and whenever Lee Charnley has been interviewed, he’s like a broken record saying top 10 is in the league is the only priority.

We have financial stability now and we are the 19th richest club in the world, but that could all be turned on its head if we keep losing games and the bottom sides catch us – and lo and behold – we are relegated again.

That’s remains a possibility as long as we keep losing games every week, and we are pretty good at that having lost five on the trot going into the game against Spurs today.

A group of Newcastle fans want Ashley out of the club, and there is a boycott and protests planned for tomorrow’s game,  and we cannot see the lads getting much out of this game.

I was brought  up by my Dad supporting Newcastle way back in the early 1950s, when we couldn’t help but win the FA Cup which we did in 1951, 1952 and 1955, and my father traveled to all the away games as well as the home games during that period.

But the FA Cup win in 1955, when we slaughtered Manchester City 3-1, was our very last home trophy – and the only thing we’ve won since that time is the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969.

It’s difficult to know whether this story is true in the People,  and what we would like to see is Ashley completely change the way he runs the club, and invest the money we are making into the playing squad, and aim for top six again in the league, as well as going after the Cups.

While we hope that’s what will happen in the summer, it’s very doubtful that Mike can change his spots, because his aim in life seems to have been to make lots of money – and he’s been very good at that.

So why change now at Newcastle United?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Clubs on a PR overdrive this week! They’ll be rehiring keegan next!
    Ashleys record on cups, transfers and managers in 8 years speaks for itself! He has no interest in anything other than promoting his tacky brand.
    No doubt we’ll see it sponsor us at somepoint though he’ll struggle to mask the value of that!
    Tomorrow is important as its not about Ashley selling up, its about showing him and highlighting to the media what weve put up with, that weve had enough and that we are united as fans against him!
    Shame they haven’t got some ex players to attend!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, that is clearly what the club must attempt to do now, regardless of whether they actually say it or not.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Well thats it am ganna by a season ticket,ah might even buy 2

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Last one, I promise, for tonight anyway, as I’m gone (already).

    Calling out around the world are you ready…….for something completely different?
    This blog has been going seven years or so…It’s time to put it on the map.

    We have friends all over Blighty and all around the world. All of them as Newcastle daft as each other.

    You can’t come to the protest…but you can take part.

    Stage your own protest. Stage it in Malawi, Canada and Texas. Stage it down the billabong, or in the bog.
    Make it profound.
    Make it inventive.
    Make us laugh. Make us cry.
    Write it on a placard. Write it on your thumb. Spell it out in custard. (We don’t want to see your bum.)
    Ashley Out.

    Picture Your Protest, wherever you are.
    And stick it on the blog …..where we can watch all it together, all over the world.
    We have 24 hours. Time for it to go around the planet.

    Picture your Protest.
    Howay the Fans .

    I have, to avoid Ed’s multiple link moderation issues, uploaded instructions of how to best take part with this around the world in 24 hours “Picture Your Protest”.

    Find info using the following link:

    I will also later, split this out in to multiple posts for those who are on phones and may not have the needed apps. All the info is in one place for those who want it, by using the above link.

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #5

    In addition to PICTURE YOUR PROTEST, we are running a much simpler and elegant way of showing that we are united, that we are in this together and maybe you can’t see me today, but I am standing there, shoulder to shoulder, with my fellow Newcastle United fans.

    All you have to do, over the next 24 hours, which will broadcast just how amazing this blog is, reaching all corners of the world, is post the following 4 letters:

    “HWTF” in a single post.

    It stands for Howay The Fans. From 4pm (GMT) today, Saturday 18th April 2015, we invite our fellow bloggers from to show where they stand.

    We are united. HWTF

  • sickandtired

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #6

    oh! And protests don’t work? Hahaha! I’ll believe it when it happens.

  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Oops there’s mr beans hand again hahaha

  • stan anderson

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Seriously,Ihave been talking to acouple of old pals tonight who are season ticket holders and they are going tomorrow even though they know it will be shite,but they think nothing will change regardless of boycott.

  • MacToon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #10

    The owner will NOT prioritize the Cups next season.

    The premiership as we know is where the money is and to prioritise league survival has never been the problem.

    What is objectionable is our total disdain towards cup competitions, even paying good money to finance a study into the detrimental affect they can have upon premiership clubs.

  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Mactoon did you not dream of finishing 10th when you where running around the playground? Lol

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Mac…But sources said he WILL. Let’s just wait and see – Woah, flashback.

    headtheball // Apr 13, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    First they ignore you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they fight you
    Then you win.

    Mahatma Gandhi

    What stage are we at folks?


  • MacToon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Growing up though Belfast, I don’t think winning the league or a cup was the real priority. I think it was more winning games and scoring lots of goals. The innocence of childhood.
    Not sure but I don’t think that’s changed too much.

  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #14

    I was always wanting to win the fa cup, silly sod that I was.

    I never got the top ten bug unfortunately.

  • MacToon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Well the fa cup was about the only time you got to watch live football on TV so it’s understandable. I can remember colour TV’s were bought especially for cup finals or piling round the neighbours if you didn’t have a colour tele and having the whole day of grandstand.

    We’re spoilt nowadays with so much football at our fingertips.

  • sickandtired

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Here, Lads, come on, man. How can they (Pardew and Carver) state no one told them what to do in Cup games, yet just before a boycott/protest, we have press stories of Ashley changing his mind in that regard?
    Fook sake, it has to be one or the other! If the press want to publish that garbage then they need to also state it’s obvious Ashley instructed management not to compete!
    Don’t buy the BS! Ashley Out!

  • sickandtired

    Apr 19, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Seriously, how dim is anyone who would buy this?
    Pardew and Carver state no one told them NOT to take the Cup’s seriously. Now, just before a protest and boycott, ‘sources’ suggest Ashley has changed HIS mind!
    The spin is so bad they don’t even realise they are contradicting themselves.
    Plainly Ashley did direct the team not to compete in Cup games if this story has any truth.

  • one fine day

    Apr 19, 2015 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Sydney nswAustralia
    I sense a new dawn lads
    Salad dodging Chav tailors ooooot

  • magpie_in_ohio

    Apr 19, 2015 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #19

    In Dublin, OH – USA. In full support of the protest!!


  • KevinLee

    Apr 19, 2015 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Fat dom U-Turn to the hell

  • headtheball

    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Howay the Fans

    Bundaberg Queensland OZ

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #22

    this is the most exciting match day for me this season hands down and all because of the protest can’t wait really am hoping no one goes to game #BoycottSpurs #HWTF

  • one fine day

    Apr 19, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Hope sky have cams in leazes park .
    Prob more commitment on show
    Wish I was home for this

  • Bambams

    Apr 19, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #24

    I hope enough stay away to at least it shows in the stadium…..

    Fingers crossed


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Bambams…if close to 50000 Geordies could stay outside the gates of SJP is would be nothing but huge…even half that amount!

    …but lets face it! Most fans are gonna go because of two reasons (most are dissatisfied I am sure):

    1) they have paid for the ST (maybe for years to come)
    2) it’s a social thing (beer, and being out with friends)

    Maybe in the future we could solve those two issues without anyone really gave to go to SJP…or at least enter 🙂

  • thai-mag

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #26

    This is the same Alan Oliver that says we will sign Andy Carroll when every transfer window opens

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #27

    There’s gonna be 50000 fans in the stadium today. And no Boycott will stop them from going in. Most people are daft.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Ibiza…are you about? Probably a bit early for you 😉

    …I tried to post the pic on twitter (probably done it wrong) so I’ll mail you the pic as well!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #29

    …facebook or instagram (or even twitter) never really caught my interest.

    …kids and aunts are more frequent on those mediums then regular grown-ups!

  • hibbit

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #30


  • cyprus

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #31

    Boycot or no boycot, we need to find 3 points somewhere, because going down just to spite the owner is like killing yourself to spite someone you don’t like. The end result is you’re fxxxxd.
    Should Armstrong play? Well, no, he hasn’t shown he deserves it, not even those cameo appearances. Should Ameobi play? Yes. He won us this game at Spurs, remember.
    I’m suspecting we’ll concede early and many people will walk out. After that we’ll do ok. Will we grab a draw? Who knows, with confidence at a nadir.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Cyprus…we do seem to either play better or ground out a result when ever we as a fan-base are about to have had enough 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #33


  • cyprus

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #34

    hope you’re right. TBH, I fear another loss is coming. This is NUFC, we’ll miraculously flirt with relegation, probably.
    I hope the boycott will get the players playing and won’t completely freeze them.

  • nut meg

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #35


  • AndyG

    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #36


  • scout

    Apr 19, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #37



  • lochinvar

    Apr 19, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #38

    Can anyone provide a link to the TV interview with Ashley where he states that the club has ambition and wants to win Cups ?

    Thought not .

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Steve McClaren will do for me! The club just needs a bit of stability as it’s totally toxic at the moment and whilst he’s not a Mourinho nor a van Gaal, he IS a football manager and that is a step up!

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 19, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #40

    To all those who don’t agree with the protest, or think it’s a waste of time, what do you suggest! Or are you happy the way it’s going; £34 million in the bank and a squad that would struggle in the championship!



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