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Will Ashley Improve The Squad This Summer – And What’s His Plan For The Future?


It’s now becoming a crisis at Newcastle as we seem to be finding it difficult to hire a manager to replace the departed Rafa Benitez.

Presumably, the Newcastle hierarchy would prefer that a new manager is put in place before they bring in new players – although that didn’t stop them back in the summer, 2015 when they brought in players without Steve McClaren being consulted.

We ended up relegated that season.

The transfer window opened on May 16th so it’s coming up to eight weeks now and Newcastle have sold Perez for £30M to Leicester City – who have ambitions way above those of Newcastle.

We know we will not be getting Salomon Rondon this summer and our other targets – defined by Rafa and Head of Recruitment Steve Nickson before the window opened – could already have been transferred.

The good news is that most of the transfer business is done in the last week, which in this case is the week before August 8th – with the Premier League kicking off the following weekend.

That’s 31 days to go in this transfer window.

But there’s a fundamental question to be answered about the team – will the new manager continue with Rafa’s tactics of quick counter-attacks or use a completely different system.

That will determine which players the new managers will want to bring in – plus his opinion about our existing players.

But he’s not going to be able to watch the players we have much – with only a month to do in the transfer window.

We’d be happy enough if we don’t lose any more of our good players – except Isaac Hayden who is moving for family reasons.

It’s definitely not a good situation to be in – and there may be a boycott for the first game against Arsenal.

But the very last thing we want to see is a civil war between fans with those that support the boycott personally criticizing those who will continue to go to the games – even if hell freezes over.

One reason Newcastle fans are the best in the business is because of that – their complete loyalty to Newcastle United FC.

It’s been like that all my life starting with my father attending all away games in the first half of the 1950s – when we won the FA Cup three times.

And the boycott will not hurt the club or Ashley financially – not with the club getting just over 70% of revenues from the Premier League TV revenue.

Here’s the breakdown of the revenue for the previous financial year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).

Match revenues are dropping quickly, and over the previous financial year were only 13.4% of revenues.

New owners would quickly raise the commercial revenues at the club, but under Ashley, they have been hopeless since he bought the club.

It’s not about hitting Mike Ashley in the pocket where it hurts – he couldn’t care less about that, and in fact, he couldn’t care less about the fans either.

Shame on him.

It’s trying to make it known across the world the complete failings and incompetence of our Sports Direct owner and somehow get him to sell the club and give our fans new life and new hope.

That’s what it’s all about.

One final thing – some fans have been accusing Ashley of putting some of Newcastle’s money into his own pocket or that of Sports Direct.

But believe me, that’s just not possible, and Newcastle United FC have their own set of financial books as do Sports Direct, and they are distinct and separate.

Ashley can be rightly accused of failing to spend Newcastle’s money, and we now have a lot of it – but he is in no way putting it in his own pocket or across to Sports Direct.

The set of books are audited each year.

So from a business sense, he is in no way “robbing” Newcastle other than being unwilling to spend the club’s money to create a much better team.

We have the money these days – if only he had some ambition and wanted to do that.

Comments welcome.


152 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    His plan ?
    Same as usual
    Take as much as possible with as little investment regardless of the damage it’ll do

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    He has no intention of improving the squad, hiring a decent manager or upgrading the facilities. The man wants rid of the club but he’s a greedy parasite who wants to somehow keep a slice of the pie.

    I suspect if there are multiple buyers, his preferred bidder is the one who can’t afford to pay the loan off in one whack giving him ample reason to say, keep hold of the merchandise and club image rights.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    We seemingly have a 365- 24/7 sale on at the toon

    Same as his tat shops

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Rob

    It’s the way the statement has been constructed is what’s p@ssing fans off.Whether you have a positive or negative mindset the choreographed script is worded for both parties to save face if nothing materialises.
    If a new manager comes in this week it has to be on the agreement of the new perspective owners otherwise how can he feel safe in the fact that he might be ousted as soon as The Bin Zayed group wrestle control of Ashley.
    Whether it be Nufc or The new potential owners…Just come out and give us clarity either way ffs and stop stringing us along

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  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Nope. Next article Ed.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Jabba has know Rafa was leaving months ago
    What has he done ?
    Sold Perez and trousered the cash
    That’s pritty much it

    He’s literally done nowt

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #7

    jazzyp – the wording seems choreographed because we all hate Ashley and can’t stand the idea of anyone being nice about the bloke. I think we need to step back and look at this more as people who aren’t NUFC fans who know what he’s like but rather be potential buyers of the club. If you had £350M and wanted to buy NUFC you wouldn’t slag him off in the paper either. You’d be more tactful.

    The knives will come out if it does go pear shaped though.

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  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s great fun trying to work out who currently controls the
    toon22 account.
    At the moment my money’s on Average Contents

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    jazzy, I agree the wording is vague, but I see it as different in tone to that Kenyon statement.That ‘open letter’ was a pure brown-nosing exercise ‘come on Mike, you know I’m the best option for you, I think you’re great and we can get this done.’

    This time, it’s respectful in tone, but puts the state of play very clearly. ‘We’ve done our bit, your legal team have done theirs, the ball’s now in your court and we want to make sure everyone knows that.’

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    We’re supposed to believe it’s all to do with this years fakeover
    LoL

    So he is basing his business strategy on a buyer with 0 credibility

    He’s not got anyone lined up to be manager and has no plan

    You would think he was just stringing us along wouldn’t you . The constant sale of the club is no different to what he would do with the tat in his shops. Pretend it’s on sale 365 – 24/7

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  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Billions on a role … I feel a bit uneasy about it.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Where does the money go?

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #13

    JIB

    How many of your alt accounts are pro Jabba to ?

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  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Billsons on a role … i feel uneasy about it. I mean.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #15

    JIB

    Hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha ha hahahahaha hahahahaha

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Who do you think he will pretend to sell us to next time?

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #17

    “Seen a few people suggesting this might not be the actual statement BZG promised, but a response to recent claims by @ChronicleNUFC and @SkySports_Keith there’s been no bid. Makes sense, get the feeling another update is coming ”

    What’s the feeling on here??

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #18

    We’re off this Friday to pre season
    Are we still going ?

    Is the clubs policy based around some theories on a blog or do you think they might release a statement so travelers to said ore season can get there
    So they can pretend they care

    A total shambles all of Jabbas doing

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    It seems to me, the message was meant for the fans, who were all in the dark as to what was going on, constantly being fed lies (as we now know) from the Ashley PR press. We now at least know the deal, whether it goes through or not, is in it’s final stages and we needn’t listen to Lee Ryder when he says the deal is not far along/no offer has been made etc. You can call it unprofessional, but it’s intended audience was the fans, and it has certainly succeeded to that end.If you have an objective and you achieve that objective simply and quickly, how is that not professional.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonrich

    The feeling is it’s utter bollix again
    For the 8th time and counting

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  • giimps

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #21

    My take is this, the buyers have done everything, everybody else has done everything, were just waiting on the slug to decide if he wants to actually sell…….it will be interesting to see if BZG sue for costs if the slug pulls the plug……..cos they would be completely entitled to do that if terms have been signed

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Chancel

    Point to anything the Mansours did that’s remotely similar
    Or any multinational company

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Exactly chancel – in this day and age, journalists aren’t needed to break news like a takeover. I said on here a while ago that the news we all want will come from Twitter and Facebook. That news will be around the world before Lee Ryder has managed to get his tongue from up Ashleys bum. They’re totally irrelevant and they know it which is why the post such clickbait articles. They couldn’t do any investigative journalism if their lives depended on it.

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  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24

    https://www.arabianbusiness.com/banking-finance/423515-uae-sheikh-says-working-diligently-to-seal-deal-for-newcastle-utd
    Looks like an Arabian paper has picked up on it and name checked the sheik… if it’s true redding can get in trouble for lying over there and if he has he will be shafting himself now.

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  • giimps

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #25

    The Mansoors were not dealing with the slug

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  • shay Robson

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #26

    JFA it was great banter and discussions back then. he was a really decent poster on this blog.

    I am actually a bit worried about Toon 22. Are you ok ?

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #27

    The Mansours were not dealing with Ashley. Please toon22 enlighten me as to what you would have prefered them to do?

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  • naptoon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Shatting.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Muz

    Yeah on the inside it is hard to see the wood for the trees.And yes my take is it is a cop out because it gives us no clarification either way…Which is what all want,An end game to this saga.
    What I would like to know is if a takeover is agreed this week then how long is it before transfer activity can start on the new owners behalf???

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  • shay Robson

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #30

    naptoon.

    thank you for sharing

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  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed,
    I think very clever accounting and a myriad of different companies is allowing him to rob us blind from merchandise and matchday revenue without showing on any of the accounts.

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Mansours weren’t dealing with an unwilling seller. Shiniwatra also needed to sell up sharp because he was on a sh*tlist in Thailand and needed to liquidate his assets. He still lives in exile I believe.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #33

    While your hear toon22, could I request, that when you see news, which in your opinion says to you the sale’s off, that you not sound so gleeful in your following posts. That is twice now in this sale alone, that you’ve jumped the gun in this way. It makes it seem that being proved correct is more important to you that the future of our club.

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  • shay Robson

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    toon 22…

    are you trying to communicate with JIB ?

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #35

    jazzyp – if a takeover is agreed then I would say the F&P test is actually concluded already; you’d have to pass the test in order to purchase the shares. If that’s the case, the money is transferred and so is the ownership. They could literally start transfers the second they’ve signed on the line.

    And I think they already have players who they know because their preferred manager Mourinho has highlighted who he wants.

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    The feeling in here is most of us are still very confused and some are panicked that it may go through and leave them without an agenda.

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  • Swlabr

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Jib….serious question….how many of your “alt accounts” think Toon22 is a divvy?

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  • Muz

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Also, is George Caulkin on holiday or something? He’s been suspiciously quiet and surely he’d have piped up by now.

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39

    OK toon22, being as you don’t seem to be answering. Perhaps the should have called a press conference in the UAE and we could have all read it in the Dubai Times. The statement was not a big press release type of statement, it was a message to update fans.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #40

    “Will Ashley Improve The Squad This Summer – And What’s His Plan For The Future?”

    Who said satire was dead?

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