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Newcastle Worth £230M – 18th Most Valuable – But Going Down

In their annual list of the top 20 soccer (football) clubs in the world Forbes magazine have just released what their list for the season 2013-2014 is.

Forbes ranks the clubs by what they perceive the clubs are worth if they are sold in the market, so it’s not based on revenue as Deloitte ranked the teams earlier this year, and Newcastle were ranked 19th earlier this year.

It’s based on a number of different things.

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This is the Forbes picture for Newcastle United
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Forbes are reporting that the 20 most valuable football clubs in the world are worth an average of $1.16B, which is 11% more than last year and 84% higher than five years ago.

And of course starting July next year, the Premier League TV money will increase by 70% when the new PL TV rights deal of £5.1B clicks in.

But it will likely propel English clubs up the Forbes most valuable list and also up the Deloitte Money League.

But we’ll have to wait until then to see if Newcastle are a Premier League team at that time.

We could still be in the Premier League in July 2016 by two different routes:

  1. We don’t get relegated this year and stay up next season.
  2. We get relegated at the end of the month and come straight back up next May – although that will be very difficult.

It’s a big money game in the Premier League and world football these days, and Newcastle may well be making a catastrophic fall from grace (if that’s the right way to put it) if we are relegated this month.

The value or worth of the club will plummet from what it is today $349M – about £230M – to something less than £100M if we take the drop.

So the owner will lose a lot of money – on paper – if Newcastle are relegated on May 24th.

Here are the top 20 football clubs in the world based on their estimated worth in the market with the two top Spanish clubs again leading the way.

  1. Real Madrid $3.26B
  2. Barcelona $3.16B
  3. Manchester United $3.1B
  4. Bayern Munich 2.35B
  5. Manchester City $1.38B
  6. Chelsea $1.37B
  7. Arsenal 1.31B
  8. Liverpool $982M
  9. Juventus $837M
  10. AC Milan $775M
  11. Borrusia Dortmund $700M
  12. PSG $634M
  13. Tottenham $600M
  14. Schalke $572M
  15. Inter Milan $439M
  16. Atletico Madrid $436M
  17. Napoli 353M
  18. Newcastle United $349M
  19. West Ham $309M
  20. Galatasaray $294

Mike Ozanaian of Forbes, who produced the report, says he based the results on various sources, which included the Deloitte Money League report for the revenues, and The Swiss Ramble, a fabulous football financial web site – to get the operating income and debt of the teams.

It could be Newcastle are about to make a fall in both divisions in England – and also in what the club is worth.

If that happens it will be very sad for Newcastle United, who were such a huge and popular football club before our current owner came in almost eight years ago, and has managed decimate the club, and we are but a shell of the club we once were.

We have also put ourselves in relegation danger based almost completely on the list of unfortunate and bizarre decisions in January made by those running the club made – such as Managing Director Lee Charnley.

In simple words what Newcastle have done this year is an absolute disgrace.

In normal companies in the real world,  heads would roll for the utter incompetence shown at Newcastle.

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Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Imagine how much we would be worth if Ashley played to win!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 6, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah and we would do a Leeds or a Portsmouth ……

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Lee…only because Ashley will relegate us the second time 😉

  • Average_Contents

    May 6, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #4

    If QPR and Sunderland are interested in clement then there’s no chance we’d be able to compete with them.

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s all about the money

  • toon kk

    May 6, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Just proves how pathetic MA is, taking his regime a greedy step to far.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #7

    I am not so sure it’s just about the money! HE would make so much more money if he tend to the brand!

    …The Sydney Opera house as a brand makes more than £ 80M a year and it creates 8000 jobs.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I think he is a bit of an idiot so to speak!

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #9


    It must be all about satisfied customers then 🙂

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #10

    so were in the top 20 for both money made and worth
    and over all with regards to our brand and our income we are pretty neglected

    in terms of growth I think were a good prospect to a potential buyer we certainly are not maxed out with no room to grow

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #11

    OP…I cannot tell you what it’s about but if you look at the commercial revenue Ashley is not maximizing it at all and if it wasn’t for the new TV deal we wouldn’t even make a profit!

    …the brand is hurting and our players decline in value as Ibiza showed a few weeks ago!

    I truly think he’s an idiot!…ruthless maybe, but still an idiot!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Beer…we just need to get him sell 😉

  • Shaker Shakrah

    May 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #13

    If we had an ambitious owner you could find us waaaaaaaaaaaaay waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay higher than now
    not less than 800 million dollar

    What a shame , how the club gone backwards under Ashley

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #14


    everything is for sale its all about the price

    its a strange one him and brands does he maximise any of the brands he has

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Pop and Wyn,
    Nothing to do with his love for Mike Ashley but some of the vile and obnoxious shit he’s posted on here over the last two years, a simple google of his name with nufcblog.com will show you some of his anti social posts

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Beer…I just cannot figure him out!

    …usually when someone is smart you can see it – Ashley on the other hand is either a bit stupid or just plain spiteful!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #17

    …and you are not spiteful with that kind of money!

  • Pop n Wyn

    May 6, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail, the vile stuff will start to come out when he is getting ganged up on, its a defense mechanism, i wonder what his posts were like when he first joined the blog, my guess is they were pretty tame, the blog has turned the mild mannered Jeffery in to a blog monster haha!

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #19


    I just think he likes to do things as cheap and easy as possible.

    Like the catering in the ground, why employ staff pay pensions etc when he can out source it and take a cut.

    Just like SD, why employ full time staff and pay sick, pensions etc when you can get a agency to employ staff to do the work with no draw backs.

    I could say like JC, why hire a new HC when you can promote someone from within who’ll jump through rings.
    He’ll see that better than hiring a new HC and paying agents fees a signing on bonus etc.

    I still think he’s a idiot 🙂


    Basically he buys a brand that may have been known for quality that is now struggling. He then has the product made as cheaply as poss in china or India and sells it as if it’s still a quality brand instead of the cheap tat he’s turned it into.

    It’s like NUFC, maximum profit minimum quality.

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20


    I think he only knows one way of doing things and that’s it

    but we have missed so many opportunities,
    look at when we had a few of the French national side with us
    why didn’t we goto france for a couple of preseason games fans follow players as well as clubs these days and it would a great way to boost the French market
    I wont go into how we conduct our transfer deals over there but I think were a last resort to sell to now

    clubs are now doing end of season tours to boost the revenue and getting the brand out there

    its sad to see really but wouldn’t take a lot to sort out just the right football person running the club

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #21

    OP…that part is right, but finances are both about cutting costs and maximizing profits right?

    …he is not maximizing anything here just cutting costs! That’s not a smart businessman to me 😉

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #22


    I know that but its very short sighted and unsustainable as eventually people will walk away from the brand

    ur right maybe he is just an idiot

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Beer…no doubt he is just implementing what he knows, which is why I believe if he was starting his business empire today I don’t think he would become a billionaire 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #25

    OP…. 😀

  • Cuppak

    May 6, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #26

    There’s some option for the next year:


    I hope Ashley will really buy these guys… If not… then we go down, no question about that!

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #27


    More intelagence men than me have tried to work out his reasoning behind what he does at NUFC.

    Maybe he does just see nufc as a advertising vehicle for SD and has no other Intrest in NUFC

    I’m sure it was tuff who posted a link regarding the state of the SD fleet not being fit for purpose.

    If he doesn’t look after the lorries that deliver his goods what chance has a advertising board got?

  • jimmysmith

    May 6, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Two obvious observations to make about that Forbes list. The first, that Tottenham being worth twice as much and willing to throw money at it’s side can’t challenge. The other, that a well run Newcastle should never be relegsated. You might imagine Ashley is right to imagine prudence in the transfer market is in the club’s best interests, but also that he has takes it far too far. Relegation would be a nightmare. We’d either be starting again with Ashley, or someone else, with their hands bound by FFP.

  • toon kk

    May 6, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s not just lack of spending on players, but his total lack of knowledge means the budget players he buys actually do nothing due to poor training.

    Boycott, even Colo’s letter was another lie. The board using the captain’s name to tice people into SJP.
    Twisted greedy club making money out of devoted fans, offering nothing in return.

  • Belfast

    May 6, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Jesper they always say it takes an idiot to know an idiot.

    So I value your opinion highly.

    Ho ho ho.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Mike Ashley should read the book “No Logo”, actually you should all read that book!


  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #32


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  • jane

    May 6, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah wait till I show my true colours. anyway I didn’t say I love MA just don’t hate him like everyone else.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Belfast…like I said I can not figure him out 😉

    …but you seem to know me so make of that what you will!

  • Belfast

    May 6, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #35

    I love you really 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 6, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #36

    I know 😉

  • optimistic prime

    May 6, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #37


    That’s the one.
    If he doesn’t look after such a critical part of his SD operation it really makes you wonder wtf is he smoking.


    We shop in the bargain basement for players now.
    What happens if we’re relegated?

    Will we start buying non league and pub team players!

    There’s being prudent and then there’s Ashley.

  • scout

    May 6, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Job done.

  • Belfast

    May 6, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Where did Jeffrey actually go? No quitting speech? No dramatic exit?

    He just disappeared.

  • scout

    May 6, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #40

    3500 million and he can’t throw 200 million at it.Pathetic really, have a go, I know you want too


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