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Fans Forum Take The Initiative – Issue Excellent Statement Calling On Ashley To Act

The Newcastle Fans Forum group have come out today with a statement about the ridiculous situation that owner Mike Ashley has created this summer.

Ashley has needed no help from anybody with this mess – he’s managed to create it all by himself.

We still can’t believe that he’s actually withholding funds from Rafa Benitez in an attempt to get him to sign a new contract.

Where’s the class in that?

We have every faith in the Fans Forum members to do the right thing in a balanced way, and they have done that again today.

Mike Ashley – another problem of his own making

Here’s their statement:

“As a group, we are deeply concerned with current events at NUFC.”

“There are reports that the Manager is having his summer budget withheld as he has not committed to sign a contract extension.”

“The Fans Forum fully supports Rafael Benitez in his right not to sign a new deal until he’s seen sufficient evidence to support his and the fans’ ambition.”

“We also feel that the club’s board need to support him now more than ever to show him that they are ambitious and are willing to be a stable top ten club pushing for European qualification and for domestic Cup success.”

“We’ve seen Season Ticket prices rise significantly, England’s most expensive replica shirts and little evident appetite to attempt to compete in the transfer market whilst clubs around and below us significantly invest.”

“We sincerely hope the Manager gets the assurances he seeks and signs a long-term deal.”

That’s an excellent statement from the Fans Forum Group and show real initiative, concern, and class.

And of course, there’s news that season tickets are not selling well since the rise in price.

And our new replica shirts are the most expensive in the Premier League.


The fans need to be given a break – after all – they are the club.

Maybe it’s going to take Mike Ashley to leave the club before Newcastle can thrive again – hopefully under the guidance of the brilliant Mr. Benitez.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • yorkymag

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    And what exactly is the point of this ridiculous statement

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Great stuff, a great move with a hint of political undertones.

    Anyone know what the FA or the EPL position on club/ fan liaison and dialogue? Are clubs obliged to engage in meaningful dialogue with fans? If so, I’m sure that Ashley could be taken to task for failing to engage within the spirit of any rules that may, if they do, exist.

    Add the local MP interest in Ashley’s exploitation of good will, and he could be in the headlines again following concerns about the way he runs SD and exploits its employees. He can’t claim ignorance when it comes to NUFC though.

    Howay the fans and stay behind Rafa, ge needs all the support Ge can get.

  • posada

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #3

    The point is they want to sound clever.
    The Ashley Out Group were the same.
    30 bob entrepreneurs with an off the self business plan to make NUFC the Real Madrid of the North.
    Heard it all before.
    If they had to spend 10 grand of their own money they would probably bottle it or worse.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4


    What’s the point? Raising Ashley’s behaviour and cynical abuse of NUFC – if the media have the guts to pick up on the situation we’re in. Other than that……

  • posada

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Not sure about the MP getting involved.
    We will get no support from third parties not interested in football.
    MA will simply say yeh I have made mistakes but I’ve tried to retify it and put my own money in.
    200 and odd million.
    There is not a big Q of folks wanting to put that sort of money in.
    To folks who see life in strick business terms they would perhaps agree with his point.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6


    So what would you propose they do?

    What would you do – sit in your prized SJP seat with your thumbs as a cushion?

    Rafa needs support and the more the better.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7

    The Fans Forum is a conglomerate of NUFC season ticket brought together by the club itself to represent the views of the supporters.

  • yorkymag

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    All of that and worse
    It makes assumptions that are not based on fact,and may be highly inaccurate, it assumes Rafa is blameless.
    I love Rafa but he is not always prepared to compromise.
    I don’t know any more or less than anyone else but in my humble opinion a fans group pouring petrol on the situation is not helping
    Let this run its course and go from there

  • Jib

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    You’ve been conned Ed
    The fans forum don’t have a website
    They operate through and with the
    assistance of NUFC.co.uk
    This is the Chronic talking to one or two
    members of the forum and issuing a
    statement potraying it as a genuine

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s the point posada. And he looked credible to non nufc fans when he said Rafa cud have the profits and that he could not compete with mansour and Co. He doesn’t like the fans one bit. I’d prefer to see him spending money and back with the fans wearing a jersey (but no puking up pints please)

  • posada

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Back to season tickets and to renew or not renew.
    It would not take a change of owner to change attitudes.
    Supporters are fickle.
    One good signing and the mood would change entirely.

    We are making some progress. Kenedy and the goalie stayed.
    10M for Merino who did not play much.
    7M for Mbemba who did not play much and was not wanted by the manager.
    Colback gone.

    You can’t just keep signing players when we have 28-30 senoir pros on serious money.
    Mitro out is key.
    You’ve got to wait for the right opportunity to come along.
    Unless you have a blank cheque like Man City did.
    Then you can scrap players you have invested in and bring in others.
    That costs a fortune.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12


    You’re not sure about the MP getting involved? Ashley’s got history having been jailed kicking and screaming before Parliament to explain the treatment of SD employees.

    Add to that HMRC’s interest in the club’s activities and you might think it could set the ball rolling and expose his evil business ways.

  • Olivers Toon

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    One thing I don’t understand is that MA has said that his money/wealth is wrapped up in SD shares. And therefore he “can not and will not” put extra into the club. If that’s true how has he put in the supposed £200 million interest free loan?

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib @9

    Your post was predictable and Ashley be telling Bishop to put you on a retainer. If you’re not getting paid for support for Ashley, then you’re a fool – why not drop Ashley a line and offer him your unqualified support!

  • estechco

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    The MP involvement is presumably a reference to Chi Onwurah supporting the @IfRafaGoesWeGo campaign? Although I acknowledge she does have an interest in the club

  • posada

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Yes I will be sitting in my seat again next season.
    The reality is there is little we can do. It is just about impossible to get consensus from 50 odd thousand supporters.
    If you don’t have a season ticket it’s easy to tell folks to give them up.
    I’ve been paying monthly for mine since Feb. That’s probs 200 quid already.

    Used to be until recently on this blog that you never told other folks not to go. If was left as a personal decision. Think that’s how it should be.

    In my view there is a very difficult job being done. Getting players out, for the right money and getting players in.

  • yorkymag

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17


  • posada

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #18


    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:56 AM
    Comment #12


    You’re not sure about the MP getting involved? Ashley’s got history having been jailed kicking and screaming before Parliament to explain the treatment of SD employees.

    Add to that HMRC’s interest in the club’s activities and you might think it could set the ball rolling and expose his evil business ways.

    Dream on that did not affect him one bit.
    What he does at Sports Direct is legal.
    HMRC have not proved anything so far.

    Also, he just might take the view that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
    I don’t know anyone who admits to shopping at Sports Direct. Funny that they make 100s of millions of pounds in profit every year.

  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #19


    I think you might find that SD’s big, institutional shareholders weren’t too impressed when Parliament got involved. SD shared took a hit!

    There’s some publicity that’s not good, not a lot but some can have an effect

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 24, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    MP for the Newcastle Central was in The Gallowgate End for the Chelsea game next to the bars on the top concourse talking to fans and I would take it on at the invitation of someone group as she and others had ID badges pn

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 24, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    You are 100% a pr1ck ! You have to be connected to Ashley or maybe Charnley even! This is concerning for this Loyal blog especially Ed. You are a disgrace!


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