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Howay The Lads!!

Simply Fantastic Work By The Chronicle

12:07 am, Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

There’s nothing quite as powerful as Newcastle fans pulling together in the same direction for a worthy cause – Newcastle United’s return to glory.

Credit goes to the Chronicle staff for this front page – and they are getting a petition together – and what a terrific and true letter to Rafa.

Here’s where you can get online to this letter and more information and where you can sign the petition.

chronicle front page rafa

If you want to send a message to Rafa asking him to stay, here’s all the contact information for Newcastle United – here.

Here’s Rafa’s twitter account associated with his web-site.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Other News

80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // May 13, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Nice one…. The Geordie Cong’s on the rise.

    The Geordie Nation’s fighting its corner…. Howay the Fans!!!!

  • 2 Mister Tuff // May 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    The Chronics’ initiative may strengthen Benitez’s hand in that the Club will now fear not getting him signed up and may therefore make concessions to his demands.
    Signing him up will relieve some of the pressure on “the Board”.

  • 3 lesh // May 13, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Mr T

    But it’ll be a big bitter pill to swallow. Charnley should never have been allowed to paint himself into a corner. Time for him to resign?

  • 4 soundoid // May 13, 2016 at 12:31 AM

    Apparently this is one of Rafa’s T&C’s to Ashley about Charmless on Sunday.

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // May 13, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Well I’m just hoping that Sundaland can keep themselves up so that we can kick their Ars*s when we get back their in two years time.

    God two bl**dy seasons hope I’m still around.

  • 6 Mister Tuff // May 13, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    Lesh – there is no way Tubbs will peddle Penfold.
    Get him signed up will hearten the majority.
    Tell him a few porky pies, produce the plans they showed Wally Brolly – superstar signings/reaching for the skies.
    Decent salarly.
    Then once everything dies down – start a few behind the scenes stunts like Wise/Keegan – getting in more crap.

  • 7 sickandtired // May 13, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    The ‘Board’ is nothing but a smokescreen to shield Ashley. If Rafa stays then Ashley has to get rid of the lot of them and allow the man to do what KK should have been allowed (and was promised) to do. We all know how that ended.

  • 8 jimmysmith // May 13, 2016 at 12:59 AM

    That cynicism is well founded. I too can see Benitez quite possibly agreeing to stay on, but Ashley ultimately baulking when Rafa almost certainly asks for more again, and a fall out ensuing. The task is an immense one, and the final price tag doubtless will become far greater than the original estimates, as is so often the case. He did successfully take on Gillette though, which offers a glimmer of hope.

  • 9 Derek // May 13, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    “There’s nothing quite as powerful as Newcastle fans pulling together in the same direction for a worthy cause – Newcastle United’s return to glory.”

    This is exactly what could be said about protesting against the Ashley regime. Although you could say protests are a more worthy cause because Ashley is more concerned about the reputation (and hence profit) of himself and Sports Direct than he is about showing compassion for the fans.

  • 10 Magpie Season // May 13, 2016 at 2:03 AM


  • 11 lesh // May 13, 2016 at 2:15 AM

    Magpie Season

    Sissoko? French squad?

    He’s played a couple good games under Rafa;

    He wants away from SJP;

    Add his agent to to mix and there’s your answer.

  • 12 davis_toons // May 13, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    To some on here:

    Stop mention 2 wins in how many games shit.

    Its how many defeats we had in those games? Is the team playing better?

    Like you have said if we have low quality managers with that kind of results we will complain. Yes, we will, (but will they be able to get those kind of results and give us the hope in the first place?)

    Because they have never win REAL SHIT in their years. And never will. Pls don’t tell me about Alan Pardew and the FA Cup. He is a shit manager. We are here talking about LONG TERM. (maybe shit is slightly over but really how to compare him to Rafa, we talking about Real tittles, bro)

    Or Championship Football to be proud of?
    (Get back to where we truly belongs isn’t it? Or you are too wash up by the management wrong doing to stay happy in Championship or where-ever)

    Thats why people have higher hopes on Rafa then the other rest of the lots. When this chance comes to us signing better CV’s managers in all this YEARS.

    Guys, please don’t get twisted now by some shit media and people commenting on shit results and comparison (they only offers another point of views, that’s all) which is not important and not helpful, (the pro’s out weights the con’s)

  • 13 davis_toons // May 13, 2016 at 2:56 AM

    SO WHAT Rafa ONLY have 2 WINS. (he properly only have 1 WIN if Townsend have not took the free kick and scored)

    If you can take Joe kinnear and all that average managers why not Rafa Benitez. (You can talk about all his negativity and failure and etc all day)

    Bro, the history cannot prove anything, but at least there is a track record that you can measure, aim and look up to.

    Where will the rest of the average managers track records for us to measures? There is nothing physical to look forward thats why bigger clubs wanted big names managers. They are willing to pay more and all that you should know…

    Don’t be diluted by stupid reports which can be “a trap” to stop us from getting a better CV’s managers throughout all these years.

    The Freddy Shepherd Trap –
    That could be set at Mike Ashley. We will never know people’s intent.

  • 14 davis_toons // May 13, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    If you want to compare think about this.

    If you take this coming 10 games by Rafa Benitez and compared to any part of the previous 10 games by Steve mcclaren.

    Properly, you will get your answer.
    Properly, we will not be where we are now.

    Thats, why people on here keep complaining about Steve mcclaren overstaying.

    Thats all to you …bro.

  • 15 chicousa // May 13, 2016 at 4:59 AM

    Howay the Fans!
    We all hope Rafa stays, but if he chooses to leave we will still be here!
    If we lose 1/2 our squad this summer, no matter….the Toon army will march on!
    If despite our fervent wishes to be rid of the cnuts Ashley, Charnley & Carr, if they all remain for another few years then we will wait them out and still be here, the Geordie faithful! After all is said and done: “What is a football club?”

    Howay the fans!!!

  • 16 Derek // May 13, 2016 at 5:07 AM

    Well said:

  • 17 chicousa // May 13, 2016 at 5:38 AM

    Excellent piece – Thanks!

  • 18 willowdalerez // May 13, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Sigh… I’ve written it too may times now. Anyone who thinks Rafa isn’t on the first plane to Spain on Monday (maybe a little longer to pack up his things) is delusional. A first rate manager in the championship?

    I’m not trying to make going down harder on any of us, just trying to be realistic. Steve Bruce was mentioned (and trashed on here) but even he may not be available if Hull get promoted through the play-offs and Chris Hughton is fighting for that same promotion spot and wouldn’t want back at NUFC the we he was seen off after bringing us straight up last time round unless promised a multi year gig… Pretty dire to tbh we will likely have to look to the continent for anything better than Bruce.

    I’ll take abuse I’m certain but I’d rather gamble on bringing in Kevin Nolan and givinh him a go… Sure he’s in League 2 and all but he always showed heart, played a key role in our straight promotion (and did it again with the Hammers) – so he knows what it takes and how to do it, was a great captain and unwilling to put up with stupidity (which sealed his fate and departure to West Ham) and an all around leader who had the respect of the squad and fans alike (another reason he was seen off). His brief time with the Orient is hardly unimpressive and although he lost the managerial role I think from his record that was to do with factors other than his record 7-2-6 which was not bad at all. Seriously I’d bring him in what do we have to lose once Rafa goes?

  • 19 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    At the moment our situation is pretty dire, we don’t know what manager/head coach we will have, what if any players will still be here, what plans if any have been put in place to give us a chance of returning to the prem.

    C’mon lads and lasses what’s wrong with you? This is normal, and we should expect nothing else from the incompetent idiots who are running (or should that be ‘ruining’) our club.

    Whatever happens you can be sure of one thing, Ashley will benefit, SD will benefit and Mash holdings will benefit.

    The long suffering fans will continue to suffer, and the incompetence of the board will continue unmolested and unchallenged; after all this is………….

    Newcastle United!

    Chin up people were suffering in a different league now!

  • 20 Ron Knee // May 13, 2016 at 7:20 AM


    Quite a good summary from Lee Ryder on who could be in or out:

    No wonder we got relegated with that shower!

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // May 13, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Absolutely broke my heart yesterday when I listened to Evertons statement on the reason for sacking Martinez, every bullet point they mentioned would have ensured he got an eight year deal at our place.

  • 22 Jail for Ashley // May 13, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    I hope all this Rafa bollocks isn’t a KB inspired campaign to stave off unrest on Sunday.

  • 23 davis_toons // May 13, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Spurs have easily tied up Pochettino without much saga. That how it should go.

    MA have no desire to employ Rafa.

    Some stupid shows about meeting and discussion. At the end of the day. No Shit will grow out of that.

    I hope i’m wrong…no, i don’t even want to think about that.

  • 24 hibbitt // May 13, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    that would not surprise me just the sort of trick Bullshit Bishop would pull

    on the over hand i think Rafa has more integrity then that

  • 25 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Ron @19

    Aye a good read mate, but is just speculation, we know nothing, journalists know nothing, I mean half the staff who work there know nothing, and that’s just the way Ashley and his cronies like it.

    We truly are mushrooms when it comes to Newcastle United.

  • 26 Ron Knee // May 13, 2016 at 7:56 AM


    Ashley orders; the minions execute. Let’s hope he’s told Charmless to keep Benitez!

  • 27 hibbitt // May 13, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    is the sky press conference today ??
    should be interesting

  • 28 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    NUFC-83….(From last night). Didn’t mean to force your hand, let alone bring you to a

    You’re really making my point for me. You don’t seem to have much faith in our owner, nor do you think he’s capable of making the decisions needed to run this club, nor can he appoint the right people to do it for him.
    Sorry, if that’s his defence, it’s pathetic and he really should sell up.
    What’s the alternative? Continue to excuse his many mistakes, because you think he’s stupid?
    I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but that’s just daft. At least others on the blog take the stance that they simply don’t care about the board side of things or that they feel powerless in all of this, but excusing him just because you think he’s stupid? Nope, sorry, I don’t see how that one works at all.

  • 29 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    *let alone bring you to a non smiling face state.

  • 30 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    I’m not really worried about this relegation.
    I’m just going to start a new game.
    First I’m going to set all my deadwood to”terminate contract”
    Then I’m going to find a five star scout who will trawl the lower leagues and released players for gems I can bring in on a free.
    Then I’m going to set the wage bill to maximum and do the money cheat to max out my transfer budget.
    I’ll soon have us winning the Champs League again.
    Relegation…what’s that?

  • 31 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 8:03 AM


    pmsl: I think Ashley’s answer might be… HOW MUCH?

    I have a gut feeling that Rafa will stay, and that he will do all he can for us, but I fear the incompetence from above will let him down in the same way it has let us down for that past 7 years.

    With Penfold at the helm fearfully glancing over his shoulder as his master crack the whip mistakes will continue to happen, without a change at board level, the same old same old will continue.

  • 32 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:04 AM


    I’m still watching you 🙂

  • 33 davis_toons // May 13, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    #18 true..we are just a bunch of people hopeful to get something slightly better out of the worst. (picking shit in a shit bin)

    #20 ..who knows Everton might One Day becomes the next tragedy. Then they will be looking back like us.

    Jamie Carragher ? ?@Carra23
    I’d love the opportunity to take you to the championship.

  • 34 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    BandB…Don’t forget the old save the game before KO and turn it off before the game ends if you’re losing.

    Not that I ever lose…of course.

  • 35 stan anderson // May 13, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    We make ourselves easy target for abuse by the slug and his cronies .
    Why because regardless of what Rafa does we will still renew Season tickets and show how we are the most loyal supporters in the land.

  • 36 stan anderson // May 13, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    ASHLEY of course.

  • 37 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    As predicted, a number of people who really had nothing much to say while the club was fighting for it’s Premier League life have now become “Angry of Newcastle” and simply unable to contain their outrage now there is just a hint of protest about the regime in the air.
    Astroturfers of the world unite.

  • 38 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    NUST Statement

  • 39 Ron Knee // May 13, 2016 at 8:17 AM


    It will end in tears at some point. Hopefully, later rather than sooner.

  • 40 sing in the corner // May 13, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Bishop into overdrive or not, I think if Benitez is really considering staying and ends up not staying because of the terms / not being given control over the football decisions there will be a riot. That tension is in the air, and I think Benitez has integrity. He wouldn’t accept being gagged about the details of the offer. If he leaves despite the offer spelling out he has the requisite control and backing I would understand and accept that. That would make sense..him not wanting to do the Championship full stop.

  • 41 gaz 44 // May 13, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    I’ve a feeling Rafa will stay, he seems a man who likes a challenge and getting us back to the top of the prem is as big as it possibly can get ,
    If he stays I’d like the back 4 to stay the way he had it, hopefully line up something like this
    Anita mbemba lascelles dummet
    Colback Shelvey
    townsend Perez (some new winger, kid from Derbys a shout)

    Big ask for Townsend to stay but I can see the rest being there. I know dummet isn’t liked by a lot but he will do the job in championship..

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // May 13, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    I’d either skipped Nufc-83’s posts in the past or got him mixed up with someone else. I’ve never seen anyone talk so much tripe as him yesterday. I see Ashley loyalist jane smugly point out that the rest of the country think we’re mugs for wanting rid of Pardew as he would have kept us up. Do Everton fans deserve to go down for saying, in a club statement: The football wasn’t good enough. Twelfth wasn’t good enough for a club like ours. The fans were about to protest to show their feelings. The home form was the worst in history.
    Need I say that Pardew despite his one fifth place finish was a whole lot worse than the reasons Everton gave ywt he got an eight year deal.

  • 43 stan anderson // May 13, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    We buy S/Ts to watch a club with no ambition to win anything.
    Whats the point man.
    The Mackems do the same,they are celebrating survival at our expense,but for what,more of the same next season.

  • 44 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    I have said before that I believe Rafa to be a quixotic character who is attracted to the idea of a romantic, if perhaps impractical, challenge.
    Stage one of his quest has failed.
    The key question now is where he crosses the line from theidealistic image of a potential messiah to the more prosaic description of sacked, failed manager kidding himself he will make a better job of the same poisoned chalice that was offered to his predecessors.

  • 45 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Because you can bet your lives, that’s what you’ll all be calling him by Christmas if he fails to get us off to a flyer next season.

  • 46 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    The best thing Rafa can offer this club is a hefty example of self-respect.
    Because there is embarrassingly little of it around.

  • 47 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Rafa is at bottom a football lover .
    True , on the business side of the modern game he leaves Keegan and Robson standing , but he is as boyishly enthusiastic about the game as those two ever were.

    That being the case .

    I think what he’ll be most focused on , in thinking about fulfilling his contract , and not using his clause (sanity clause ? Everyone knows there ain’t no Sanity Claus ) – is , how much , time , effort and money it will take to turn our squad into winners.
    Another factor will be the thoughts of Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Miguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez whom he brought in with him.
    I personally think because he already has a contract in place , if he receives the support and is given the control he desires he will stay.

  • 48 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    That would be good Jib.
    There’s a lot of talk now that 10 games was not enough.
    And it wasn’t
    But RAFA backed himself to succeed…. and he was wrong.
    Let us hope he isn’t going to back himself to succeed on almost impossible terms again.
    Otherwise his motivation would be little different from the last two managers.

  • 49 Lindisfarne // May 13, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Despondency and defiance at St James’ Park

    A few weeks ago Newcastle v Tottenham looked primed to be the final day’s defining fixture, the home side scrabbling for points to stay up while the visitors pursued the title. With both clubs’ hopes now crushed, the mood at St James’ Park promises to be … odd. The mess made of Newcastle in recent years – the rancourous reign of Mike Ashley, the failures of successive managers, the expensively misapplied transfer policy – has all been well documented, yet they now find themselves going down with a manager well liked at St James’ and with a team that could almost be described as in form. Rafa Benítez’s team have not lost in five matches, though that disguises the fact that they have failed, all season, to win the games that really matter (Norwich away, the north-east derbies, last weekend’s gimme at Aston Villa). Now they face a match that doesn’t, we might well see them play with more of the swagger displayed in recent matches against Swansea and Manchester City against a Tottenham side who appear to have lost their heads a little in recent weeks. But despite disappointment at failing to land the title, Mauricio Pocchettino and his side are deeply and understandably loved at Spurs and they too can expect warm feelings from their supporters as they sign off on Sunday. But Newcastle require an upbeat occasion, and performance, to help convince Benítez to stick around for the challenge of the Championship and an unlikely double over Tottenham might be worth a punt. TD

  • 50 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    I remember Len Shackleton’s autobiog had a chapter entitled “What the average club director knows about football”
    It was 3 blank pages
    He needs a lengthy contract that effectively emasculates the proprietor.
    No partial success then Ashley stepping back in.
    In simple terms he must say “if you want me to implement a 5 year plan – I don’t want to hear from you for 5 years”
    Let’s see how big Iron Mikes cojones are !

  • 51 WWSBRD // May 13, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Anyone think Ashley will put us up for sale again?

  • 52 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM


    I for one wont be calling raffa a failure. If he fails where so many have failed before, it would just be another symptom of the bigger problem. I dont need to say what that is. We all know.

  • 53 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 8:57 AM


    No mate, I don’t think we will be for sale, that fat man told us so. We are stuck with him and him with us. Besides why would he sell, he can still make money from us, and at the end of it all that’s all that matters to him.

  • 54 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 8:59 AM


    If he fails to the old failings his judgement will have been at fault for not holding out for his terms.

  • 55 WWSBRD // May 13, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    What money can he make from us? As for what he’s told us I don’t believe anything he says

    Depends how serious he is about buying Rangers

  • 56 Lindisfarne // May 13, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    What is worse?

    Plastic Protestor


    Fair weather Fan

    I will admit to all and everything, searching for a meaning in life and wishing it was not so black and white.

  • 57 jimmysmith // May 13, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    This Rafa business is something to busy ourselves with. Takes our mind of our actual relegation, which is about as bad, Mr Ashley, as winning the Champions league would be good. Atrocious.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // May 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Surely he won’t come in on anything other than his own terms. I hope he refuses to signs a gagging order before talks begin.

  • 59 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    A Spurs supporting acquaintance of mine texted me one word from Mallorca “Adios”
    It would be nice in the future to say to him
    “quiz question for you – which was the only side the Toon did the double over in their relegation season ?”

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // May 13, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Rest assured that if he leaves quietly after the Spurs game, we won’t hear a thing from them for about a month.

  • 61 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 9:12 AM


    He will still make money from advertising, and merchandising sales, not to mentions the selling of club assets.

    The only way he would sell is if he got an over exaggerated price for us.

    The other problem with selling the club is what the buyer can expect to get that he will have control over, For example, SD has control over the clubs shirts, the club buys the shirts from SD, then pays SD to store the bought shirts at their warehouse then they are sold through SD outlets were SD take a hefty percentage of the sale price.

    One example but SD have such a strangle hold on the clubs assets it would be difficult to bring in a buyer unless full control could be handed back over to said buyer.

    Mash holding have taken all the saleable assets that the club use to own, so what then would a buyer be getting for an over inflated price?

    Ashley is right, we are stuck with him, because no sane person would touch us with a barge pole.

  • 62 jimmysmith // May 13, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Well to be honest if Rafa does leave, having perhaps foolishly come in the first place, he’ll be somewhat slinking away. There’s no doubt we need a champion.

  • 63 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    From today’s Scotsman

    “SPORTS Direct chief Mike Ashley could be forced to end his contract with Rangers as a result of Newcastle’s relegation from the English Premier League.

    The Football League is reportedly set to launch a probe into Ashley’s connections with the Ibrox side, in order to work out if he is breaching rules concerning dual interests.

    Should Ashley be found to have infringed any rules, league bosses could kick Newcastle out of the league.”

    What’s all that about then?

  • 64 magscar // May 13, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Rafa came in having only looked from outside as others do (and have done) and found being at club was very different to that view.

    If he is to be persuaded (and put right a relegation on his CV in the process) he will only do so if having taken his measure of the club’s attributes, failures, key personnel, playing staff, transfer funds and overall potential for a quick return.

    He came in believing he could keep us up over 10 games but quickly found out the size of the task was greater than he thought.

    He won’t make that mistake (understandable though it was) again and will know a poisoned chalice when he sees one.

  • 65 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    It’s from the Daily Record, which in truth, cares little for Mr A.

  • 66 WWSBRD // May 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    If a new buyer comes in then SD is removed but Ashley knew that when he installed it it’s a short term money making point but it’s always been something that will end

    Ashley won’t make enough money from Newcastle to offset the money required to be put in to keep us going in the championship and aiming for promotion

    I don’t know whether he will put us up for sale but Rangers is a better bet and cheaper to run but he can’t have us both

  • 67 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    It’s the same thing every season.

    We can see the problems, so Ashley MUST see it too by now. He can’t want us to fail, so he has to get it sorted.

    What draft are we on now?

    BandB… Any idea why the Championship is an issue, but not the PL?

  • 68 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:19 AM


    The Record article explains it.

  • 69 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Yo…Could Ashley not tie up a nice advertisement deal between the club and Sports Direct for, I don’t know, let’s say 8 years, as they seem to like that number?

    That deal would be in place, even if he sold the club.

  • 70 firebug666 // May 13, 2016 at 9:23 AM


    You asked if he would sell, I’m not sure that is his intention, but having just read BandB’s post maybe he will have not choice, us or Rangers?

  • 71 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    BandB…Thanks, just reading now.

    “held purely for investment purposes only”.


    “King has called on Ashley to enter into a renegotiation of the terms which see Rangers bank around 4p from every pound spent in its Ibrox store.”

    He wouldn’t do that to us though…he owns us outright…

    “It is something we need to investigate and the matter will be being looked into over the coming weeks.”

    It’s shaping up to be a rather interesting summer it seems.

  • 72 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM


    That article is for information. I’ve put a health warning on it.

  • 73 jimmysmith // May 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Ashley’s a chancer. His Mum needs to sit him down for a heart to heart. He’s not just flogging sports goods here. Bright people are paying attention.

  • 74 WWSBRD // May 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    He could of done that true but it would have to be a fair deal or the new owner could look to cancel the contract on those grounds

    It’s all ifs and maybes don’t get me wrong but he doesn’t actually want us and certainly doesn’t want to put money into us so what are his options?

  • 75 Jib // May 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    The Scotsman knows any mention of Mike Ashley adds 30% to their sales.

    This non article contradicts itself within two concurrent paragraphs.

    “Football League sources have apparently confirmed to the media that they are investigating the total of Ashley’s interests in the Ibrox side, in order to work out if he is breaching strict regulations concerning association and dual interests.

    Ashley holds 8.92 per cent of Rangers’ total shares at present, while the Football League allows ownership of up to 10 per cent of other clubs provided they are ‘held purely for investment purposes only’.”

    The Scotsman journo obviously did the same correspondence course as Ed——-“Clickbait for Tyros”

  • 76 WWSBRD // May 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Yeah I think if he has the choice between us or Rangers it’ll be Rangers, better commercial link for SD I’d say because they will get CL football before us

  • 77 Ibizatoon // May 13, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Yo..Not sure on what grounds a new owner could cancel previous contracts. I imagine they’d need to pay them off or come to a settlement.

    Such talks haven’t gone too well at Rangers to date.

    Jib…I imagine it’s the “provided they are ‘held purely for investment purposes only’.” bit that they’re investigating, don’t you?

  • 78 BandB // May 13, 2016 at 9:33 AM


    Propaganda and news management you say?

    Surely not!!!!

  • 79 magscar // May 13, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    “At we have laid low but we have not gone away. We have tried to remain active on social media but as individuals we cannot devote all of our time to this campaign – we have families and jobs like everyone else.”

    Extract from Ashley Out statement referred to earlier which contains nothing that hasn’t been said on here and elsewhere by many over the year never mind last 18 months

    Why was this campaign so muted after the Pardew one?

    Why after near relegation last season and three managers since Pardew went has there not been more than social media activism?

    Can it be that taking on Ashley even in the crises we have endured is not as easy as made out and funds to do so are no longer as forthcoming to an anonymous group?

    Motivating those who go, who aren’t just long term ST holders but apparently include foreign students and boys out on a jolly, to not go is an impossible task. They simply do not think as “one” to order but when they reach their individual line in the sand they will respond as they feel necessary.

    Without the Raga saga we all can probably guess what would happen on Sunday and nothing to do an anonymous group who have laid low.

  • 80 SPRINGY // May 13, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    cheers for that article,very interesting,does leave us with a better chance of promotion if im reading it right,it suggests that mike ashley has to guarantee promotion to keep himself out the shite,cut his ties with rangers or sell us….so 2 of these things are good for us…on the flip side though,knowing this tool bag he’ll dig his heels in and upset the powers that be and get us booted out of the league for some backward stance against therm…like he has done with the politicians on his case.

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