Is Ashley Taking A New Hands-Off Approach At Newcastle?

During his time at Newcastle, Alan Pardew said a few times that Mike Ashley didn’t really understand the game of football, and that the Billionaire got frustrated when the football business wasn’t like the other businesses he is involved with – and been successful in.

With the terrible second half of the season Mike Ashley got a huge shock – like the rest of us –  when on the last day of the season we could have been relegated, after John Carver had presided over the previous 10 games and we had only taken a solitary point from those games – our worst ever run in the Premier League.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – at the West Ham game

John was obviously way out of his depth and was sacked in early June, the day before Newcastle announced Steve McClaren was coming in as the new head coach, and he would have his own coaching staff, and that’s a step forward from last season.

It also appears that Mike Ashley may have seen the light, and will now leave  the transfer business completely to the Newcastle Board, which is led by Managing Director Lee Charnley and has three football men on it – Steve McClaren, Bob Moncur and Graham Carr.

The last three will agree on which players to sign, with most of input coming from Chief Scout Graham Carr, and then Lee Charnley will do the often difficult leg-work to get the players into the club.

In his Sky Sports interview in May, Ashley also said the Newcastle Board would be picking the next manager, just as Derek LLambias had done with Alan Pardew.

And it may be that he has taken himself out of the football decision-making process at Newcastle.

As a refresher,  this is what the Newcastle owner said at the end of that interview on May 24th, when he was asked by David Craig if he would invest if Newcastle were relegated:

Q: Would you invest so much that it comes straight back into the Championship?

A: Yes – if there is such a thing if you can able to guarantee I would like to say I could guarantee that investment but the results is not something I can guarantee.”

“The only positive we’ve got is the club is on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight with the financial situation the club finds itself in.”

“My job is to make sure they have the maximum amount of financial resources and it is their job to get the best pound-for-pound value out of those resources.”

“Today we don’t need to be unlucky, not today, from this day forward we will be making our own luck.”

Mike has since taken himself off the Newcastle Board, and maybe he will give the Board some funds every transfer window  – and leave it to Lee Charnley and the Board to decide how they will spend that money and which players to bring in.

That’s a good way of doing it,  but then Lee Charnley and the Board will have to be responsible and accountable for how they spend that money.

That’s just like John Carver was held accountable for the terrible form of Newcastle under his management – and unfortunately for John – he ended up being fired.

That’s the only way to run a business – appoint people to do the job, let them do it their way – but hold them responsible for the results.

That’s what happens in most businesses – and that’s what may be happening with the new Board of Directors – and it seems like it’s a good move by Ashley – if it’s true.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

131 comments so far

  • BandB

    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Hands off his wallet?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #3

    ? Newcastle Coach’s Mantra – You’re Either In Or You’re OutIs Ashley Taking A New Hands-Off Approach At Newcastle? ?
    Dutch Report – Newcastle Could Seal Wijnaldum Deal Today
    3:35 pm, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 109 Comments

    There is a report on today with the headline being ¨Newcastle Bid €16M for Wijnaldum¨ and that’s consistent with the Chronicle report today that said they thought Newcastle had bid between €15M to €20M yesterday for the Dutch International.

    €16M in today’s exchange rate is about £11.2M – but that offer has not yet been accepted by PS – but the tone of the reports in Holland seem to indicate that’s a good first offer from the Magpies, and a deal could be made for a little more.

    Georginio Wijnaldum

    Georginio Wijnnaldum – close to move to Newcastle

    Here is the short article that has appeared today in Ad.nly on Georginio:

    ¨PSV captain Georginio Wijnaldum is on the threshold of a departure to Newcastle United.¨

    ¨The club from the Premier League has a bid of €16M lodged with PSV – and the Champions seem willing to sell their captain for a few million more.¨

    ¨The expectation is that both clubs on Wednesday think it’s possible to reach an agreement.¨ ¨Wijnaldum sees himself leaving for Newcastle.¨

    ¨Steve McClaren, the Newcastle manager is familiar with Dutch football.¨ ¨Moreover, the international would be with Dutchmen Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita. already at Newcastle.¨

    ¨PSV and Newcastle are in negotiations about the transfer fee. Wijnaldum (24) last year extended his contract with PSV.¨

    ¨He wanted to be like Memphis Depay with a league title goodbye to Dutch football and PSV promised to be flexible to draw interest to the two players.¨

    Manchester United signed Memphis Depay from PSV for £25M in early May – so he’s now gone.

    No fee has yet been agreed yet between the clubs – but it looks like Newcastle have come in with a good enough offer that maybe for €2M more, and the offer will be accepted by PSV.

    If that happens, the next thing is to agree terms with Georginio, but he’s already been told what wages he will be offered by the Magpies, and it’s rumored they could be as high as £60K/week.

    So if all goes well – and that’s still an ¨if¨ – then he could be having his medical soon – and if that happens Newcastle will be very close to completing their first transfer deal of the summer.

    But Newcastle will not want to dilly dally any longer, with Everton said to be moving in to try to do a deal for the 19 times capped Dutch International.

    Comments welcome.

    Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

    1scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    from last thread –

    op- at Newcastle the amount of time it takes to make a signing is not crazy….it’s called Standard Operating Procedure.

    Two weeks from now we will still be talking about identifying our needs, and identifying players to fill them, whilst mourning the fact that Wijnaldum has signed for Everton, Austin for CP, and Matip has signed a new deal at Schalke.

    2Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Think I’ll believe it when it’s a done deal. Signed sealed and delivered.

    3optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:47 PM


    Sop’s……. Sends a chill down my spine.

    Charnleys as much use as Choclate fire guard. He moves with the speed of a striking sloth

    4SA Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:47 PM


    5optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    I wonder if there’s any real Intrest in Van Ginkel to go with the rumours.

    6scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I am sure the interest in Van Ginkel is real op, its just that the loan deal is a backup plan to signing Wijnaldum. When that deal fails to materialize, we will turn our sights to Van Ginkel, only to find out that he has gone on loan to the Scum.

    7optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 3:57 PM


    Hope not, he’s to good for them.

    I’d take them both and offload Sissoko

    8ilovetoon8788 // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Wijnaldum and sdj will probably compete for the attacking midfield spot.. I don’t see both playing in the pitch same time.

    9scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I still think Sissoko can come good for us, but it will take a lot of changes in the supporting cast. When he is on form, he is a beast but too often he had the look of someone who felt like he had to do it himself and he is not that kind of player. If he can run by a player or two and open up the pitch then good for him, but if he is expected to sit in the hole and to tackle then he looks lost and prone to stupid errors in judgment.

    10YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Why? Ilovetoon.

    We can just play this formation?


    Janmaat-New Cb-Saylor-Haidara
    Sissoko-De Jong-Wijnaldum-Aarons

    I honestly think Perez would thrive in that team, he had to do so much last season on his own due to the incompetence of team mates yet with this team he would have plenty of support!

    11Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    can’t believe some people would still have saylor !!!!!!!

    12YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    I honestly don’t think we need a new striker, Rivière still has to adapt(little hope though), Perez is still improving(Already good) and Cisse is banging in goals with limited playing time.

    I believe we need more creative players, players that will create more chances with the strikers we have, In my opinion it seems like that is what the club is doing. Maybe McClaren realises that the team lacks quality in the midfield? Hence signing Wijnaldum when it seems we are sorted in that position. I honestly think we won’t sign a striker.

    The defense definitely needs sorting out though. We ship in waaaaaaaay to many goals man.

    13Blaydon-Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Rooooot roooooot !!!!!

    14jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:22 PM


    15Blaydon-Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    So we got any good news yet ? Nice to see the quay areas CB and CF BEING put on the back burner ZZZzzzzz

    16jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Willo……………………FURTHER OUT!

    17Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Danish blokes……. Out

    18YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Root ad (Rotonda, sorry I found that auto correct name to funny to leave out 🙂 )

    I believe that Saylor is our best Center Half, I don’t even think its close to be honest. He just needs a good full season under his belt and unfortunately for him he is injury prone.

    Coloccini leaves too many gaps in our defence due to him closing down the ball too much, that’s fine if your Center half partner has pace but unfortunately for us we are blessed with the immense pace of Williamson.

    Don’t get me started on Williamson!!

    At least Saylor looks good when he plays.

    Maybe we are underestimating Lascelles and Good? Who knows??

    19jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Belfast…exactly no more Danes on here! I should be enough for you !

    20Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Root: Fastest century in the first Test of an Ashes series!

    21jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley…’Saylor just need a full good season under him’…HAHAHA…you’re cracking be up ????

    22Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM


    you have to be the most fickle 2 faced alleged fan I’ve ever known. You trashed pardew as much as anyone in the past, so stop giving us that loony bull.

    100,000k a week is what is making cabaye go to CP, not pardew being a good manager you muppet.

    23scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Cant fault Saylor for his enthusiasm but he is as smart as a bag of hammers. He is not the answer at CB. We need two signings there IMO because Collo, Willo are either past it (collo) or were never there (willo). Dummett showed some potential but he is still just a replacement part, and Good, Lascelles, Satka are unproven. Janmaat cannot deputize there because we give away too much attack on the flank.

    24Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:33 PM


    watch a video of saylor’s match against city last season. enough said, it’s just one example but fairly typical. The guy has horrendous positional sense, turns slower than a tugboat and will never play a full season.

    Granted willo is worse and colo is aging badly in football terms, but hopefully Lascelles, Matip if we somehow get him and any of Dummet, Satka and Good would be better options now than saylor.

    25YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Jesperf**kurslang- Capt’n awesome of the loony crew

    Glad my comment made you laugh, ya’know, that’s exactly what my comment was meant for. Pure comedy gold, not serious. -_-

    26optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Go Murray go Murray go Murray

    27YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Naa, I don’t think Saylor is that bad at all, yeah, that’s right! Lets look at his bad games and just block out his good games, sounds about right. Anyone remember that run of games he had when he ended up smacking his face into the post for the well being of our club? He was great then and was unfortunate to get that bad injury. Where would Williamson have been in that situation? He would have been there, yet he wouldn’t have the b*lls to stop it from going in, what about Coloccini? He would have been upfront looking for someone to pressurise. I know Saylor does some daft stuff on the pitch, but he is our best defender here, period.

    28bladeuser // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Top stadium
    top city
    top away fans
    shit home fans (sheep )
    Shit owner
    shit players
    manager jury is out

    29Kris // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I’m totally agree with youngmagpiefromburnley. Saylor is our best CD. Think he does his partner far better too. Both Colo and Willo do play well alongside him. He is also good at set pieces and can score som goals. He is also one of the players who blockes most shoots in the league when he is playing. Unfair to judge him on one match Rolando Hights.

    30optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM


    Boo hoo

    31YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    He is also comfortable on the ball, a skill needed when playing for a club like ours.

    I say that because we never have possession, so booting the ball up the pitch because you can’t handle someone closing you down from 50 metres away isn’t good enough.

    Why is Williamson even at our club? Same could be said about:


    Because no-one else wants them. That itself just shows how bad these are. Even Sammy could get out ffs.

    32scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Kris/ YMFB – while it might be OK to like Saylor, he cannot lead the line. He is simply not smart enough, doesn’t read the game well, and while he certainly puts his body on the line, it is exactly that “go for broke” mentality that puts him in the hospital bed every fortnight. Decent support cast but we need true leaders from the back with a good footballing head on their shoulders.

    33YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:49 PM


    I’m not saying he should start, I agree that we need to sign Center backs.

    What im saying is that he is the best out of a bad bunch, he would be the first Center Back on my team sheet if we go into the new season with no defenders signed.

    34scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    YMFB – you had me worried there.

    35YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM


    Apologies if I’m wrong but it seems like you’re fairly positive we will sign a Center Back this window, if that’s the case, well done to you. But I can’t simply have this trust for the club after 8 years of the same shite.

    If we sign Wijnaldum then that could supply me with optimism but until then in my eyes we are going into the new season with the same defence.

    36nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Taylor could well be the best of a very very bad bunch of three senior CBs, but that still doesn’t make him competent enough to be at the heart of our defence!

    37King Colback // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Saylor is utter rubbish and should be binned along with Williamson and Coloccini

    38scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Not at all positive mate. Check my first post on this thread…..

    39YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I see the blog psycho has popped in and out for a rant!

    Have we signed wino yet?

    40optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Saylor should be able to play into his forties due to the time off he’s had.

    He’s prone to a rush of blood that results in pens or red cards. You can’t doubt his commitment but due to his injuries red cards etc he’s not worth a place in the squad.

    If you look at his games played per season it’s shocking, Darren Anderton played more regular.

    IMO we wouldn’t miss him even if we didn’t replace him, except maybe his big gob and fist pumping.

    41LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Taylor is a decent championship CB,

    Williamson is an poor championship CB, at best.

    Colo is an ageing Prem CB, one whose time should probably be called to an end.

    Whatever level you think they are, surely we can all agree they’re not good enough and need to be replaced?

    42YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    England going well now. 251-4. Need to tweak that top order so that we are not 3 wickets down before we start putting pressure on the bowlers. Cook needs one of the other top four to be able to stick around and score relatively well.

    43optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:01 PM


    He’ll be practising his angry face in the mirror as we speak

    44scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    CB is by far our greatest weakness on the pitch, and if we are compelled to go into the new season with the same old, then I truly do fear relegation no matter who else we sign. The current crop will always ship at least one or two a game and it is hard to win much when playing out of a hole. Problem is we aren’t seriously linked with anyone… Matip included.

    45YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:03 PM


    If you HAD to keep one, which would you choose? I am not sure personally. Probably would keep hold of taylor as the back up. Colos legs are gone,and willo, as you suggest, is HUMP.

    46YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:04 PM



    47YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    If welshie is around… This time the “sheep” comment is in no way related to you ???? . Just in case you drop in mid-convo.

    48Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    So no one is talking about Lascelles as the 4th CB so far. Satka and Good are up next.

    I think the reason that they are not being played much was Pardew (and Carver). Under McClaren we might see more youth in action and it should change the situation.

    49optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM


    Should that not be

    I can say the same thing over and over everytime I post, arrrrrrrgh

    50LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:09 PM


    Jesus it’s like Sophie’s choice, except the other way around, I want them all gone! Probably keep Saylor as he’s rarely fit enough to be anywhere near the pitch anyway!

    51Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Unless players are bought with a view to filling the obvious gaps in the team – I would argue another season would be wasted.
    Get all the pieces of the jigsaw -couple of CB’s, midfielder with vision, winger and a centre forward. With those positions renewed I think it would allow the coaching team a good platform to build further.
    I think this guy Ian Cathro is going to be immense. Just seeing tactics/set plays being varied will be like watching a different team.
    Mr Tubbs………………………………..OOT
    King Percy………………………………OOT
    Crowing loonies………………………..OOT
    Crowing Oz cricket fan……………….OOT

    52Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Mister Tuff.

    There you go again Mr.T. The merest mention of Pardew and you’re off covering your back by saying you expect Palace to finish above us next season ( pretty odd opinion isn’t it bearing in mind your opinion of AP as a manager ?) – shooting down anyone who respects the guy as a decent manager in case they point out the error of your ways as the season unfolds.
    The very thought that we would remind you of it !!!

    53Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:17 PM


    My last contribution obviously referring to the previous post.

    54lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Ffs Charnley!

    Stop pi$$ing about and offer PSV €17.5m then don’t fanny about with the player, offer him good terms, terms he can’t refuse.

    Have Ashley’s jet or whatever standing by to whisk him to wherever (The Nuffield these days?) for his medical then to SJP for the unveiling.

    There you go, dead easy, job done in half a day!

    Oh and typical Charnley – couldn’t even arrange a game in Raleigh NC!

    I can think of at least three Mags’d turn up to cheer the lads on.

    55Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Mag 52
    There is a reason for the @53
    Just saying like

    56lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM


    Tsk tsk

    Stop bullying Mr Tuff, he’s a gentle, sensitive soul who’s easily upset.

    Be gentle with him.

    57GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Why another MF when we so desperately need decent CB’s? Nothing ever makes sense with this club.

    58BandB // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Have we managed to get the Fans’ Forum minutes over the line yet?
    They did say Wednesday.

    59GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    The squad is in a shocking state and we’re moving at the speed of frozen molasses!!! Harrumph.

    60Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Yes as I thought one of the Pro Percy Brigade flushed out.
    The last time I mentioned King Percy you were on me like a ton of bricks, quicker than a rash on a wild dogs bollocks. If I recall last time it was my obsession with King Percy you accused me of by even mentioning him. You conveniently failed to chastise the poster who mentioned him in the first place.
    Here we go again – someone else mentioned King Percy -and you jump straight in – with no mention of the poster who mentioned him in the first place.
    Yet again you demonstrate that you are “playing the man” and not the post.
    A hypocritical stance, if you do not mind me saying so.
    Have no fear about King Percy – he will revert to form and eventually wreck Palace.

    61YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM


    I think the opposite of Sophies choice would be Hobsons Choice. I believe it’s the literary equivalent of a no-win situation.
    They are all poor.

    62ShirebrookToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Whilst bogof baggins is out there making a deal for Wijnnaldum he should get jetro willems too he gonna be a quality LB in years to come

    63Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    If Ed was to go to Cary in 2 hours he would see the Carolina Railhawks play Fort Lauderdale ,
    didn’t Rodney Marsh play for them ?

    64Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM


    65optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:31 PM


    They did say all parties would have to agree with what was written before release.

    Not saying that shows it’s all bollocks, but shouldn’t everything said be reported

    66YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Mag 52

    While pardew was not to blame for everything, he was never right for nufc. He made some of the oddest changes within games, and also between games. If something worked and he got it right,you can be sure that he scrapped it next game,or even second half.

    And picking people up on comments made ages ago on previous posts is probably one of the most irritating things a poster can do on here. Are you THAT keen to have an argument?

    67Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    You would think that Palace trying to get Cabaye would make our useless mob stand up and take notice that we actually need to invest proper money even just to stay in the division

    Have a worrying feeling we wont get Wijnaldum and he will end up at Everton or PSG and Austin will end up at Palace

    68YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Dammit! Roooooot is oooot.
    Good knock, though, Lad.

    69nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Nice video of Callum Douglas, 15 years old & 6 ft 3 inches tall on trial at the minute at nufc.

    70Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Mr Tubbs…………………………………OOT
    Argument hunters………………………. OOT
    Pro Percy Brigade remnants…………. OOT
    Other associated knackers……………..OOT

    71GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Wor defense is rubbish!!!!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!
    Wor defense is rubbish!!!!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!

    72GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    We’ll fong them on the beaches.
    We’ll fong them in the streets.
    We’ll never surrender.

    73Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Nut Meg
    just seen video – looks pretty good. If we sign him another to sell on.

    74Mag52 // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    You couldn’t make it up.

    Sorry about that you couldn’t…….etc.
    It’s just that Tuffy sets himself up for a pop. It’s so difficult to resist.

    75Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    mug – your pro Percy message is redundant – get yourself away to Palace and start some arguments down there.

    76GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Still if we could just get Thorian Flavian……

    77GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Look at wor defense. Lying there on the pitch with their little legs sticking straight up in the air. Wor defense is not just resting!!!! Harrumph.

    78GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    It’s the typical Norwegian Blue Defense. Harrumph.

    79remy D // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    God haven’t been on here for 2 years and some things never change.see Mr softy is still making friends

    80YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 5:59 PM


    If we hadn’t nailed our defenders’ feet to the 18 yard box, they would be pushing up daisies! IT IS AN EX-DEFENCE!

    81Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Did you not know ?
    MrTuffty bought the blog for half a crown and packet of chewy
    He’s now the Blog boss.

    82YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:02 PM


    Not that i want to take sides,but it really wasn’t Mr Tuff to blame. Interesting that you have not been here in 2 years, and your first comment is designed to light fires. Start as you mean to go on…..

    83GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    That’s only a rumour YCMIU mate. They weren’t running about much anyway….Harrumph. As for wor strikers, they are absolutely ‘orrible. Riviere couldn’t find the net with a telescope. Armstrong needs a loan to a good team that will use him well. Cisse is the Fasted Flake in Europe (not). One bad knee, likes to spit on people but can outscore the rest of wor attack put together when available.

    84Shadow_Shearer // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Didn’t wijnaldum say he wanted champions league football

    85GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    A pestilence upon you Ashley! Sand fleas in your boxers! Camel droppings in your wellies!!!! You will be punished…..

    86YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:10 PM


    Please stop mentioning riviere. I get a flash back to that miss v West ham and it sends me into hysterics. The useless plum.

    87mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    He heard Ashley’s speech lol

    88GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Sorry YCMIU mate but it needs thorough discussion!!! Where were wor Belgian midget strikers last season??? How times did they get a game?? Why put the usual knobs on when they couldn’t score in a brothel??? Harrumph.

    89Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Hahaha -remy D – rushing in from left field to have a pop.
    I thought remy D – who the hell is that – so I wasted my time and searched the blog.
    First entry I found was from another poster who was less than complimentary -it was a couple of years ago. Looks like another knacker.
    The post was Jul 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM
    …………i’m not one for slating people, but, REMY D comes across as a complete dick and his views are only shared by the very few,……….”

    Hahahaha what a clot – obviously no improvement in a couple of years.

    90JP…from The Rock // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Nut meg- believe me this kid is something special! He plays like Ayoze Perez but is much taller and much younger! SIGN HIM UP ASAP!

    91Belfast // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Wino MarkASS ? An improvement on “socks” I suppose.

    92GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Right then let’s get into it. Serious discussion time lads, followed by a new interview with wor man Schteve. I call him Schtevie Wonder now. So….where to begin. No improvement to the squad whatsoever, Norwegian Blue Defense, spitting and blind strikers, Krul’s feet to skinny, poor ball distribution, no new tactics since about 1892 etc. etc. Food for thought lads.

    93Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Not worth posting for the next 40 minutes
    It’s Canadian playtime

    94croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    i see we now have that 16 yo striker joining koks on a month’s trial.

    he looks decent and awsome stats for his age.

    95JamesToon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Italian sports journo saying he’s expecting Aleksander Mitrovic to sign for us

    96GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Well possibly I should begin then….Harrumph. What do we do about Krul’s skinny feet?? Difficult one…..foot implants??? Possibly….hmmm. And the spitting business….spittoon on the sidelines??…yes I like that. Tactics. Well that one is clearly in hand. Coming up on wor interview with Schtevie Wonder….won’t spoil it for you lot. Norwegian Blue Defense. Schteve insists they’re not dead yet. Bone of contention!!!! Bone of contention mates!!!!

    97croftus5678 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    i was hoping wijnaldum would be signed by now and ivan toney but non of them so far 🙁 hope we dont leave it too late.

    98optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:37 PM


    Can you start posting 24/7?

    99GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Splendid news croftus mate. He should be able to take Riviere’s (now don’t get upset YCMIU mate) place straight away.

    100beermonkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM


    do you know where these kids have come from there last clubs
    just wondered if there anything to do with the new coaches or carr

    101Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Apparently mitrovic is on his way to newcastle tomorrow to discuss a transfer

    102Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    103GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Sadly not possibly optimate. Many things underway here. But I will bring you lot the stories you need, when you need them.

    104GeordieTwo // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Looks very promising Our Toon mate. Keep calm lads. Deep breaths. Scratch them where they need it. Let’s all just take 10 and really focus. Positive waves people.

    105Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    op @98 – quick thinking!

    106scottoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Where is Mitrovic at the moment? How many lines does he have to cross? Border lines, date lines, train lines……it is really not looking likely.

    107Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    James Toon
    That’s promising , that guy broke the news about Janmaat last summer.

    108RUNAWAY777 // Jul 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    cabaye to place what the f..k are we doing now,how many have been fooled so far in to buying season ticket,yous are going to fall flat in the shit soon with no signing,i hope iam wrong but after 8 year cant see that snake shedding its skin now

  • scout

    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Wait for the signings, id sooner wait and get some real quality.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #5

    I wish he’d get his grubby hands of NUFC

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #6

    @3 runnaway

    sorry mate couldnt be a*&%d to read all that lol

  • JamesToon

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    so in the last day or 2, the rumours are that we’ve agreed a fee of around €16m for Wijnaldum, £10.8m for Joel Matip and €16m for Aleksander Mitrovic.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Would be brilliant if we can get all 3 in the next few days.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9



  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    dont no what happened there haha sorry lads

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11


    I’ve read war and peace but I ain’t reading that.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    if and its a huge if we sign wijnaldum mitrovic and matip i’ll take my hat off to them as they will surely have shown ambition imo.

    there you go nufc i’ve shown you some respect and belief now dont let me down or i’ll start crying again all next season.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    dont worry iam not reading it to

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    @13 runaway


  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15


    I suspect you were trying to copy and paste your last comment, and the mouse moved that little bit too far,and you got the whole article 😀

  • bobby mango

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley isn’t the only one taking a hands off approach. Charnley and the rest of them seem to be as well

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #17

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp your so rite bud

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    you’ll need to put a limit on the length of postings mate lol

  • scottoon

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #19

    It is entirely possible that they are all just a little too hands on and as a result they cant get out to actually conduct themselves. Too busy doing the business to do business.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Thanks for putting that in a nutshell Runaway, however I don’t agree. And to prove it I’m going to copy and paste all of 2014s blog articles 🙂

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #21

    If we sign Winning we’re on the way up cos others will defo come ! Ffs Charnley get him in !

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Or… you know Runaway, something you posted there seems very familiar…

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23

    * Winnie

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Just have to dip this mouse in a bucket of water the scroll wheel is overheating it’s going critical.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #25

    G Widdy.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree if we actually do sign (sssshhh don’t say it) then he could be a magnet for others if they think they are buying into something here.

  • AndyMac

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #27

    “Mike has since taken himself off the Newcastle Board, and maybe he will give the Board some funds every transfer window – and leave it to Lee Charnley and the Board to decide how they will spend that money and which players to bring in”

    Ed presumably you still believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus ?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah Ed andymac is dead right and….whoa…Hang on…What’s this about the tooth fairy?

  • Noel Worst

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    If we sign Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, I can only assume Wijnaldum will be playing out wide, putting him deep in midfield is a waste of his talents.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #30

    hey guys…remember when we couldnt sign anyone as we couldnt get them “over the line”..and then…and then we bid for a player only to have them stole away from us at the last………….and then some guy named ashley had to come in and….bam….the signings came thick and fast !

    god those were the days !!!

    so…erm….where is ashley again ?…maybe its the one thing he was good at !…then again maybe not 😉 maybe its just a case of others we have in the club are worse than ashley at it ?

  • croftus5678

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #31

    @29 noel

    i agree esp as wij has assurances that he’s not played in the same position as siem.

  • Lynny

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Love how people love to slag Ed off in almost every post! I enjoy reading his thoughts, cos let’s face it if this was a race we wouldn’t be the hare would we? And we wouldn’t win the race either. We’re more like yo samedy Sam or the road runner! At least ed puts a canny spin on things 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Just got back into tinterweb zone and read Cabaye and Palace have agreed a fee. Shame Palace put more emphasis on what he’ll do for the team rather than his sell on value.

  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Thanks Runnaway that was great hahaha

  • scottoon

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail – G2 will correct me if I am wrong, but nowhere in the Book of Low Bids does it say anything about any consideration given to what a player will do for the team.


    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Why would Windi play out wide?

    He’s coming in to replace Sissoko by all accounts so it’s passable though on previous conversations around him implied he liked to be box to box?

    Should probably wait until he actually signs before getting excited though

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Yosemite Sam actually

  • geordieboy83

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    How about a diamond formation to accommodate both siem and widdy

    Jaanmaat. Lascalles. Matip. Haidara
    Sissoko. Widdy
    Mitrovic. Perez

    The 3 advance mid can all swap with each other to cause chaos. Easily switchable to 442 aswell with cabs and aarons to come on

  • Belfast

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Where’s these fan forum minutes ? Are they going to release them at 3 In the morning or something?

    They probably won’t release them because that bloke squeeled what happened on twitter.

    First rule of the fans forum: You don’t talk about Fans forum.

  • Grumpy

    Jul 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Im sorry ,what was that about a cart and horse.


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