Newcastle Issue Club Statement

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Newcastle United have issued this statement tonight, and tomorrow they will follow up on another statement on the subject.

The Club has noted the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ program aired tonight (Monday, 27th April) and in particular the reference to the terms of the retail relationship between the Club and Sports Direct.

The Club is extremely disappointed no-one from Channel 4 contacted the Club for comment.

The information broadcast is wholly inaccurate and the Club will provide further information and clarification tomorrow (Tuesday, 28th April).

113 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Boo hoo for the club.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2

    They’ll be up all night spinning yarn like rumpelstiltskins daughter

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #3

    F5 buttons are going to be destroyed tomorrow….oh the anticipation.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Has anyone heard about this apparent 60 million sell off for five of our players? What good is another 60 in the bank gonna do. I guess we can’t stand up in the 94th minute as we don’t always get one. Ashley logic?

  • midweek weekend

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Disgusting company sports direct, had friends who worked there just terrible, I really dislike our owner he’s successful but has no class

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #6

    So basically we’ll have a bit of a Blackpool thing going on next season…in the Championship 😉

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #7

    EMG, this is so depressing. Have to believe that we’ll stay up. Championship games don’t get coverage over here and a year without football (while we come back up) isn’t worth contemplating.

  • Schwefelberg

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #8

    So they want to talk when they got skin in the game but not about any thing else when other peiople want information.

    These are the dirt that introduced Wronga a credit Vulture to the Club in an area with rusted economy.

    Wronga proven liars. The c lub are proven liars at Keegan’s tribunal. No wonder the club is screwd.

  • lesh

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Naughty naughty Leicester –

    Surely the FA must dock ’em six points for even thinking about breaking the rules!


  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Wishful thinking Lesh. Lol. the Brew must be good where you are!!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Recognise Louise Taylor is looked down upon with derision and suspicion by many, or worse, a Mackem, but this is a good read.

  • KevinLee

    Apr 28, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Let see the fuxk club what do want to say

  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #13

    tbh, it was a poor Channel 4 documentary, made very much on the cheap like SD clothing and no reference to how and where the goods are actually made in the far east. Apart from a couple of blanked-out employees and several vox pops of passers-by, it was as much an advert for the cheap tat sold at SD as anything.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Im looking forward to this club statement tomorrow.

    What are peoples thoughts on Vuckic? He has bagged 9 since January and his contract is up next year. It seems like he has been injured for four years then went to Rangers and is now fighting fit banging them in. Will NUFC renew his contract?

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Leceister will run us off the park, because they know who they are, and we have little or no realistic idea who we are at all. I think we’ll jag a point from somewhere and stay up, but I doubt it’ll this weekend.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #16


  • Online Guy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #17

    “The Club is extremely disappointed no-one from Channel 4 contacted the Club for comment.” Said Charnley.

    What would they want to contact a football club for comment for ? the prog was about sports dikrect

    This is misleading Charnley old bean..Channel four did try and speak to Ashley at Sports direct..

    As Usual he is in hiding and would not speak..

    Very misleading Charnley. as Ch4 did try and get a statement ..from the company the man owns, and what the programme was all about.

    Mislead the Supporters up here ..real smoke and mirrors this time , trying to shift the emphasis and blame .


  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s shocking NUFC is even being brought into it. If they had something to say they should of said it there and then tonight not wait until tomorrow. Maybe Bishop is on his holidays and they are waiting for him gettin back to them haha.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Ahh god what is this about fans going to meet JC. Only at Newcastle this carry on like.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Jimmy @ 11.
    Never heard of this lass myself so have no personal opinion of her but some decent points made. The Physiologist idea is a very good one. I know it will probably receive some scepticism but having recently done some study on NLP etc. it has a lot of merit and lets face it, couldn’t bloody hurt nowt!!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Louise T got her start in the footy writing caper at the Mackem fanzine, Canny.

    Hey, what does EMG stand for. “Everything must go”, “errh muh gerd”?

    Haven’t seen it before.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #22


    Eeeh My God. really just OMG with a northern accent.

    Although Everything Must Go seems to be Ashleys mantra for running our club.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Would Ashley get what’s in the bank if he sells? Surely not.
    If there’s some loophole that lets him then maybe this is the end game. Sell sell sell and leave with the bank.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Of course, that’s it. We still have a debt to him. He’s making sure that money is there to pay him back when he sells. EMG OMG I feel sick!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #25

    This Summer is going to be a wild one.

    So many are going, a footbal club shouldn’t really be in a situation like this. Neglect really.

    Jonas, Taylors, Ameobi, sissoko, Krul, Janmaat, Tiote, Cisse, Williamson, Colo, Gouffran. This is if the papers are to be trusted.

    It’s going to be a busy one if this is anything to go by.

    I think they could all go, i can see the taylors staying that’s about it. I would of said Cisse aswell but I think he needs a big payday at 31 and think his agents will be working around the clock for a deal as with Sissoko and Krul aswell. They look as if they have had enough of the club.

    it’s an overhaul alright. Im struggling to see what we have actually built over the last 7-8 years. Whatever it is, it isn’t working

  • Thump

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #26

    @Canny: Nah, if he did that he would get done on multiple counts of fraud. The bank account is held to the company of Newcastle United, not MASH, or St. James Holdings, or whatever other company Ashley has used to flog his wares.

    The plus side is, if he did do that, he would surely get nicked and thrown in Durham. That’d be the ultimate insult, wouldn’t it? From owner of Newcastle United to stitching together Sunderland’s nets in Durham nick.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #27

    You’ll forgive me Thump if I remain some what sceptical. Everything he does seems to have an air of the dodgy about it and the shit just don’t seem to stick to him.
    Can’t blame them for wanting out and don’t much care who goes so long as whoever comes in is of a high enough calibre for us not to be in this position again, this time next year. My nerves can’t take it 🙂

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #28


    It’s pretty dismal isn’t it? Couldn’t get much worse, well, if we are relegated that would be shocking. The way this club is run we probably deserve to go down.

    I don’t doubt carr can bring the players in, it’s keeping them and showing them a little ambition im concerned with. I don’t see the point of coming to a club like us unless your wanting to move on within a couple of years. Something tells me we are becoming more difficult to sell ourselves to even players that want to use us as a stepping stone.

  • Blofal

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #29

    I think we are also going to have problems with clubs knowing we are desperate to sign players and upping their prices.

    We aren’t going to be able to wait and stare clubs down like previous years. We need so many players so badly we are not going to be able to risk that. If a club wants $2 million extra we are just going to have to pay it.

    If the regime goes about transfers this window as per previous policy we will end up with a squad of relegation fodder even worse than we have now!

  • Blofal

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #30

    The plan clearly was to skimp on transfers and have the U21’s step up and fill the gaps if needed. The so called “purple players policy.

    Abeid came through as did Aarons but he was injured most season. None of the others did.

    Curtis Good was meant to come through at CB but has been injured for 18 months.

    Dummett was supposed to come through as a LB/CB but was also injured.

    Vuckic, Ferguson, Bigirimana and Campbell haven’t stepped up.

    The club was counting on most of those young players bought on the cheap thinking if Southampton can do it we can. Now it has backfired spectacularly. This is what happens when you don’t buy proven players and instead gamble on making a profit.

    I wonder if this calamity will prompt a change of policy? I’m not getting my hopes up that’s for sure.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #31

    The regime deserves it. Possibly the players deserve it.
    The fact that we are still on here, chucking around solutions and still giving a rats is testament to the fact that we don’t.
    WE DESERVE BETTER. from regime and players than we’ve had for at least the last couple of years.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #32

    It’s looking pretty desperate, im sure carr’s contacts are running out by the minute. Surely we can’t keep going on as is. It’s a thought but maybe Ashley has no choice but to invest big this summer with all the unwanted activity and outgoings.

    The problem with this is we are just starting the merry go round again. We already know his ambitions. In 7 yrs will we still be the same..

  • Blofal

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #33

    TP I have no doubt Ashley will invest big time because as you said he has no choice. I think just to replace the outgoing players with that of similar quality (the quality of which hasn’t been good enough to date) he will need to spend $70 million.

    If 11 players leave we will need at least that in. $70 million gets you 11 players at $6.36 million each on average. And that’s just for the first team! Add agent fee’s onto that and you could be pushing $90 million. Do we have that amount money even with selling Tiote, Krul, Sissoko, Cisse and Janmaat?

    But after spending that Ashley is probably not going to invest year after year as a reasult. We might go ok with a new squad for a couple of seasons but my fear is once again investment will be neglected and we will be back here in 4 years, not even 7.

    I think we should go ahead and violate Financial Fair Play. We aren’t going to make Europe anytime soon anyway!!

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Blofal you’ve got it spot on.

    Again it’s another huge rebuilding job in the summer, whether we are in the EPL or Chamionship…

    Either or, I would hazard a guess we Don’t have a Plan A for both scenarios!

    They need to appoint a HC as soon as the season finishes..whoever that may be is anyone’s guess…McLaren, Warburton, Paco etc etc…

    The job of finding enough quality willing to join at the prices acceptable to Fat Mike, and then gelling them into a team is going to be a challenge for any Head Coaches patience.

    Sounds famiar to last pre season..I guess if we don’t go down this season, we are merely delaying the inevitable!!

  • Blofal

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #35

    The sad thing is I hate Steve McClaren. But now I really don’t care. I’m happy with anything different. Just anything that I can pin some false hope to.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #36

    I don’t care who comes in and who will leave. I don’t care whether there is going to be big investment or not.
    We have to be safe first. What a game it will be at Leicester. Looking forward to it.

    That article written by Luke Edward about
    Mike’s questionning about the abilities of Lee and carver is interesting.Also interesting to see if he sacks Lee as he seems incapable and inept so far.I think Lee is the one who appointed JC and is the main responsible man for the mess we are in.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #37

    How mad would it be to have steve McClaren in next year? Is this what we have been reduced too? No disrespect to him personally but how far has our ambitions been reduced over Mike’s tenure.

    How far does it go.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think Derby will get promoted. So it will be McLaren IMO.
    Looking at some players back like sissoko,dummett, sdj and may be Aarons,
    I feel optimistic to get a result at Leicester
    However, equally doubt the abilities of JC,whether he will use them properly.
    The guy is dull,clueless and tactically inept.I have no simpathy for him,even if he managed to take us safe.I don’t want him anywhere near in the club at any position. He is absolutely joke !!

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #39

    I think the writing is on the wall. Mr Ashley is on the last leg and preparing to leave us in the ashes of our beloved club whilst he moves on to decimate rangers. Time will tell.
    If there is no investment this summer then we can console ourselves with the small comfort that he will soon be gone.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #40

    small comfort indeed considering what will be left.


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