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The Fans And City Deserve We Are Staying In Premier League

Ayoze Perez is a man in form and Friday night took his goals for the season up to 8 with 7 of them coming in the Premier League.

He is two goals behind Salomon Rondon who hit the crossbar again at Leicester and has 10 goals with 9 goals in the Premier League.

Last season Ayoze was Newcastle’s top goalscorer with 10 goals, and 8 of those were in the Premier League.

So Perez is close to beating his goals of last season – with four matches to play.

Ayoze Perez – speaking to the press

The Leicester result was massive for Newcastle United – we’re almost safe now.

Perez was asked if that was Newcastle’s most important win of the season after the game:

“Definitely, that’s how I feel,”

“That’s what we all feel in the dressing-room as well. We played really good, and credit for the team and the fans and the city.”

“They deserve that we’re staying in the Premier League for another season.”

“It should be enough. We still have four games left to go and other teams have to play each other. We have a tough schedule, but if we play the way we did, hopefully, we can keep climbing.”

“I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been very tough for players such as myself and Miguel Almiron.”

“You have to adapt yourself to what the manager wants. We have had to suffer and stick together and stick to the plan.”

“At the end, we still have quality up front to create chances and that’s our job. You have to suffer like we did against Leicester.”

“That’s what you have to do, otherwise you are going to be even lower in the Premier League and we would have been fighting relegation.”

“We have to stick to the plan, do what the manager wants because he has been in football for many years and he knows what he is talking about.”

“The team has achieved great things,”

“Maybe with another manager we would have struggled even more. That’s what happened in my second season here, we were relegated with a great team.”

“That’s football, anything can happen.”

“Hopefully, I can improve on the number of goals I had last season,” “Hopefully, there is more to come in the four games we have left.”

We have four games left to play, and all are winnable.

Sat 20 Apr   Newcastle vs Southampton       5:30pm
Sat 27 Apr   Brighton vs Newcastle          5:30pm
Sun 05 May   Newcastle vs Liverpool         4:30pm
Sun 12 May   Fulham vs Newcastle            3:00pm

12 points from those games – yes, we know it’s unlikely – but it would take us up to 50 points for the season.

We’d take that in a New York second.

Comments welcome.

142 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Apr 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #81

    The pleasure of Sunderland losing doesn’t last very long.
    Is there something wrong with me?

  • ashleysmate

    Apr 14, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #82

    Jail, it is in playstore but there’s a few with the same name… The app I use looks like an old clapper board… Its yellow and black… Good luck

  • ashleysmate

    Apr 14, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #83

    Go to Google and enter showbox apk, and that should take you to the link

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #84

    The big game starts again tomorrow, Winter is Here!

  • NY Mag

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #85


    Big game??

  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #86

    I think it’s the Under 23s game v Man United it’s live on Nufc TV free.

  • carltoon

    Apr 15, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #87

    Or maybe not.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #88

    NY Mag, Carltoon, I take it your’e not GOT fans! 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #89

    Sorry for brief pit stop, my bed is calling, G’dnight all.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #90


    GOT it (see what I did there)………..and you’re right, I’m not a fan (but apparently jib is just a fan) 😀

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #91

    N Y
    Don’t you fall for that rubbish your one of the sensible ones on here.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #92

    Just a fan,

    I don’t believe it….just a bit of fun 🙂

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #93

    I knew you were one of the sensible ones

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #94

    You get Benny hill over there.im watching him on u tube I forgot how good he was.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 15, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #95

    We don’t on regular tv of course……..but anything is googleable (I just invented that)

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #96

    Don’t tell jib he may sue

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #97

    How many of JIBs alts do you think are pro MA ?


  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #98

    Hiya KBA

  • Just a fan

    Apr 15, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #99

    Didn’t know frogs were nocturnal.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 15, 2019 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #100

    In the torygraph there’s an interesting article on ashLIE, and if we want to give him grief (I’m looking at you Wayayman) we know where to go on a Tuesday night.

    “There is a brilliance to him, but there is a dark side too.”

    Godfather of Sports Direct: inside the world of Mike Ashley

    ‘It’s like being part of the family in The Godfather…. You’re either in or you’re out, and when you’re out, you are persona non grata,” quipped a source about the unconventional culture at Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct empire.

    There were no horses’ heads for Debenhams directors to wake up to, but Ashley’s ferocious attacks on the department store’s board have not been short of much else; lie-detector tests, calls for their advisers to be jailed, legal threats and hyperbolic complaints of a national scandal all underline his inimitable buisness style. “He would dangle a carrot but before you even have the chance to lick your lips, the stick would come out,” said one weary insider.

    However those who know him insist Ashley is not the brusque cartoon villain as often portrayed: “Steam only really comes out of his ears when he feels like Sports Direct has been legged over, he doesn’t give a **** about his own reputation”. A senior sportswear source says encounters are “enjoyable – he’s humble, supremely intelligent and [has] an eye for a deal”.

    Ashley’s supporters claim that if Sports Direct was a US firm it would be featured in Harvard Business School as an entrepreneurial triumph instead of the near constant lampooning. “There is a snobbishness applied to Sports Direct which just doesn’t link to its success”, says one adviser. “It’s always been very easy to say it’s a ‘jumble sale for chavs’, but he’s made billions building the business from just one shop in Maidenhead.”

    Ashley refused to comment for this article and most sources would only do so after insisting on anonymity, with one referring to the base in Shirebrook as “Fortress Sports Direct”.

    While Sports Direct has been made in Ashley’s vision, he has relied on a small band of long-serving, loyal lieutenants to grow the business to more than 670 stores worldwide and more recently to mastermind a string of stakes in other retailers.


    Karen Byers, head of retail and logistics, wears a tracksuit to work and is said to be one of very few to properly stand up to Ashley. “She’s hard as nails, she tells him when to shut up, which not many do,” said one source. Commercial director Sean Nevitt, is known as “the General” by Shirebrook staff. Justin Barnes, ex-head of brands, had been in charge of negotiations with suppliers and is generally said to be Ashley’s “fixer”. The board eats in the site canteen and Ashley has been known to don a high-vis jacket and help in the warehouse at peak times. “He knows more of the staff down there than anyone,’’ said one source.

    Some retail chains have layers of hierarchy – Sports Direct has a “core” with 30 managers feeding information to them, enabling lightning-quick action. “Nevitt walks the floor, talks to someone about a product and makes a decision on the spot,’’ says a source. When an employee saw footballers and boxers wearing Beats headphones when warming up, it was decided almost instantaneously that Sports Direct should source similar sets. Within weeks they were in the shops.

    “Ashley has not had enough credit for introducing competition into the sports market where a duopoly of brands could have introduced hyperinflation and kept jacking up prices. He has democratised the product,’’ says Norman Pickavance, a former adviser to the board. “They move at a pace that no one else can, it is extraordinary,” he adds.

    Restructuring advisers also recount the speed at which Sports Direct decides whether to buy a business. “There is an advantage to a business being owned and controlled by one man who has the cash ready to go,” they said. “He acts and moves on. He doesn’t kid himself that retail is doing well, but he thinks he can do a better job than most,” another added.

    However, Sports Direct’s lean management and sometimes weak corporate governance were exposed in the scandal over mistreatment of workers at Shirebrook. One senior source said it had got so bad because there were people in the senior team “who didn’t like to tell Mike what he didn’t want to hear. He was disgusted when he found out.” Ashley told MPs that it had become impossible to know everything that was going on as Sports Direct was a “ rubber dinghy that had turned into an oil tanker”. Chief executive Dave Forsey, who had been Ashley’s right-hand man for 33 years after starting as a Saturday boy in one of his shops, had previously said that his “primary function is to protect Mike, [not involving him in] things where we are going to get less out of him”.

    Forsey’s exit and that of chairman Keith Hellawell prompted new blood. “What you now see is young, trusted employees being tasked with decisions and responsibility far beyond what they would typically be given in a public company,’’ said one source. Others believe that there is a “lack of quality around Ashley” and of permanent financial advisers – outside of brokers Numis and law firm RPC – was to blame for some of his more erratic decisions. But some said his investment strategy was predicated on being “three steps ahead of everyone else”.

    It is said that Ashley’s recent seemingly scattergun investment in House of Fraser, Agent Provocateur, Evans Cycles and Sofa.com is motivated by his desire to be “last man standing” with the biggest grip on the retail property market, although others consider this empire-building analogy a lazy interpretation.

    “He’s a big advocate of the approach of making 10 bets and as long as three come off it’s OK,” says Malcolm Dalgleish, a former Sports Direct non-executive.

    Now Ashley relies on Michael Murray, partner of his eldest daughter Anna, who is in charge of Sport Direct’s Flannels business, to run his “elevation strategy” as he shifts from “pile it high, sell it cheap” towards his goal of becoming the “Selfridges of Sport”. Liam Rowley runs strategic investments while Chris Wootton, deputy finance officer, is the voice of Sports Direct’s campaign against Debenhams. “Wootton believes he is the reincarnation of Mike and Mike quite likes that”, said one source.

    The “core” Sports Direct team gathers for strategy meetings on Tuesday evenings at the Best Western Lion Hotel in Worksop, which Ashley owns. The young barman reckons Ashley is a “top bloke”, partly because he once bought him a pint. Between eight to 12 employees meet over a “curry or pub grub and a lot of beer”, said a source. “It goes on until 1am or 2am and there’s an expectation that you stick with it till the end”.

    While the meetings might seem jovial, business is always on the agenda: “There’s drinking and eating, the ‘whole family’ is there – but you are constantly being watched and assessed on whether you can be trusted. It’s like the Cosa Nostra.”

    Ashley’s drinking exploits are the stuff of legend. Two years ago the tycoon admitted he was a “power drinker”, in a court case against onetime associate Jeff Blue: “My thing is not to drink regularly, it’s to binge drink. I’m trying to get drunk – will you accept that?” Tales emerged of him stripping in a restaurant, downng 12 pints and chasers then vomiting into a fireplace. He was said to have spent £125,000 on champagne at The Pink Elephant club in New York and was a high roller at Fifty casino in Mayfair.

    But friends say his drinking is no more than letting off steam: “Ashley works 24/7 and he expects everyone around him to do the same,’’ says Dalgleish. “It’s not so much work hard / play hard as work, work, work, work and play a bit”, he adds.

    Ashley holidays in Miami and used to take Forsey and ex-finance chief Bob Mellors away. He owns a chalet in Verbier and would fly out top store managers for ski breaks. Employees talk of Ashley supplying signed Newcastle shirts for their sick relatives. However, it comes back to what a source called his “absolute binary approach to trust and loyalty.” Sources said of the Jeff Blue fight: “Blue reckoned he could embarrass Ashley into settling and Mike was having none of that”.

    It is also the belief he has been wronged by Debenhams directors that is said to be what may be fuelling his dogged pursuit of the store chain.

    The tale of John Andrew, former boss of Direct Golf is a cautionary one. The ex-golf professional was given a loan by Sports Direct months before accounting errors threatened the business. He claims Ashley ignored his calls and changed the office locks while the founder was out. It is now owned by Sports Direct, according to its website. Other firms say the first they know of Ashley’s activism is in the press. “He acts first and lets them know after”, a source said. Advisers say he’s rarely emotional in meetings and just wants straight answers. Said one: “We would travel to Shirebrook, be asked one question and we’d reply. He would say ‘Thanks, fella’ and walk out. Getting there would often take five times as long as the time we spent with him”.

    He used to be called Britain’s Howard Hughes for his reclusive tendencies, but as Ashley’s wheeler-dealing with high street stalwarts gathers pace he and his empire are in the spotlight.

    “There are significant contradictions in the man and the business and as Sports Direct grows they will become exposed”, Pickavance says. “There is a brilliance to him, but there is a dark side too.”

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #101

    That block of text basically says

    It’s never MAs fault


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 15, 2019 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #102

    Just a fan,
    It’s only Tsunki and his two dangleberries Betty and Tuff (who may in fact be one massive winnet rather than two small ones) believe their own rubbish. Everyone who reads regularly and doesn’t live to throw dirt at jib has seen you’ve often played up to the Tagnut Twins annoying habit of labelling anyone they don’t like as jib and waiting for Tsunki or others to take up their childish cause. It’s typical schoolboy tactics – the weak kids call someone a name (usually gay, tranny, etc), and repeat it until someone bigger comes along to defend them and takes it up until the mud sticks. Only these are pensioners who haven’t grown up and still giggle at calling people transvestites.

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #103

    Hiya JIB


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #104

    also betty,
    i’d say your constant transvestite jokes and daily pictures are offensive to the LGBT community if it wasn’t so obvious your obsession with cross dressers is a personal fetish. do you like to wear the woman’s clothes yourself or just look at pictures of other men doing so? or are you just a pathetic naughty schoolboy trapped in a pensioners body giggling at men in skirts? either way, there are other websites for cross dressing appreciation or mocking, but you seem to already have a fantastic knowledge of those sites so I won’t direct you.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #105

    Thanks frog. Perfect timing to highlight what I was saying. A prime example of a childish simpleton calling someone jib. Throw some mud, wait for other dimwits to join in. But you can be excused somewhat as you probably are a teenager.

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #106

    Oh please spare me your towering intellect
    JIB has been proven to post under multiple accounts
    Regularly defends MA
    And has said some truly vile things

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #107

    In short your talking out of your backside on this issue

  • cyprus

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #108
  • NY Mag

    Apr 15, 2019 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #109


    Thanks for sharing….different perspective, not sure what to make of it, but interesting none the less

  • toon22

    Apr 15, 2019 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #110

    Hiya KBA


  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #111

    Just imagine how much the owners reputation would be inhanced by an even more competitive nufc and actually delivering on his promises would improve people’s opinion ten fold.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #112

    But instead he seemingly revels in dishonesty and deliberately hobbles the club.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #113

    TNMW you’re on a roll there. You get upset about petty insults then throw your own “dangleberry” in there against your imagined gang. Slow handclap there.

    Ok so you have a choice:

    1/ Jib gets caught out (not for the first time) slipping up and answering as the wrong persona.

    2/ Just a Fan in his mischievous wit decides to create animosity by getting a rise out of something that has plagued the blog and caused no end of controversy for years.

    Which one do you think is the most noble? What a shame. Normally you border on reasonable but it must be tiring keeping up the facade. 😉

  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #114

    Anyone else think the frog’s mask slipped a bit there ?
    “towering intellect” indeed
    Methinks”The next Mike Williamson” touched a nerve
    with his comments.

    Micky that’s probably the most insightful piece on
    Ashley I’ve read , cheers for that.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #115

    I think TNMW twinged a nerve which made him jump out of bed early this morning, then found out he had no milk in the fridge.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #116

    The first I ever knew of Mike Ashley was on the very first Celebrity The Apprentice. Louise Rednap was very enthusiastic about inviting someone who she knew would splash potentially millions for charity and presumably the opportunity to gain notirity on national TV. This was shortly before he bought NUFC and he appeared to be a slightly reticent wide boy, but only too happy to play the role and enamor himself with celebrity hangers on. I wonder if Louise is still in touch?

  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #117

    If the media have something positive to report
    on Rafa’s contract negotiations this week there
    should be a pulsating atmosphere at SJP on
    Saturday tea-time.

  • Jib

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #118

    He’s pals with Harry so I would guess since his
    son’s rather acrimonious divorce things could be
    a little awkward.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #119

    Ashley is ‘pals with Harry?’
    Not surprising really…

    Dirty dogs.

    And yes, that was a riveting read Micky, cheers!

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 15, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #120

    Interested to see Watford take on the gooners tonight. I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn Arsenal over.
    Garcia has done an outstanding job with the hornets.
    If the worst happens and Rafa goes he is the man for us.

    That is dreamland territory, I know, because Gracia is destined for a much more lucrative job than NUFC. One where he will be given support and be able to achieve ambitions.


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