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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

  • Pain in the Blog

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #121

    I’m definitely with Captain Amerimag and all of the positive posters on here. I still believe that the club will be sold to BZG sometime in July. It’s looking likely that Mourinho has been lined up for the job though I would personally prefer Sérgio Conceição. I am hoping that we can return to the days of being the Entertainers (less likely with José in charge) and, though it’s unlikely that we would win anything in the near future, at least we’d be able to enjoy watching good football again.

    Do I see the glass half full? No, actually I see a vessel that appears to exceed its required capacity by a factor of two. But I’m still an optimist.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #122

    Bob

    Yes is the answer, the sale hasn’t gone through this doesn’t mean the business comes to halt, the club is still owned by ashley and he can sell assets all he wants but the buyers can renegotiate if they feel the sales have an impact on cost of club / business

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #123

    I dont think the club will be sold, it’s just further distractions which limits the time we have to buy players.

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  • willowdalerez

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #124

    5 pm UK time has come and gone without a definitive it’s on / it’s off statement. Some wishy washy comments from a Dubai based reporter that set us up for the deal falling through. Seen this before. Wonder who will take us to China.

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  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #125

    toon22 …

    the wheels on the bus go round and round . not yours looks like your little world is falling apart …

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  • Stardust

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #126

    **** BREAKING NEWS ****

    All off licences on the West Road are out of cans.
    Customers advised to travel further afield.

    #cans

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #127

    Is it maybe the FA or the Premier league which is causing the hold up?

    Maybe they don’t want another team challenging the top 6 this year seeing as their favourites Man Utd Chelsea and Arsenal are struggling to sign anyone and are there for the taking this season ?

    No matter what happens this season is screwed for us disrupted pre season coupled with tough fixtures…..

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #128

    willow@124
    5 pm UK time has come and gone without a definitive it’s on / it’s off statement. Some wishy washy comments from a Dubai based reporter that set us up for the deal falling through. Seen this before. Wonder who will take us to China.

    I’d be more bothered about if they’ll come back as the Chinese and Rafa buy up the team.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #129

    Jail when you revert your name to JFA, will it mean Jeff From Ashington?
    😀

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #130

    Oh well roll on the Friday sale
    Then Monday

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  • Youcancallmealan

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #131

    John Terry 4th favourite to become manager with sky bet, no wonder takeover delay bookies making money on the betting.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #132

    The positive mental attitude worked again
    Shall we be positive for Friday now ?
    Then the Monday after ?

    While Jabba strings us along to the merry PR tune on here

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  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #133

    THE ANGRY FROG …

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  • giimps

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #134

    I think it’s totally obvious why nothing has been signed yet, Chumpley has been kidapped and is being held in Droppy’s avatar……….”please release him, let him go , for he will never get another job”

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  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #135

    there you go froggy go save charnley . get you 15 minutes of fame . dont forget your bus …

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #136

    Rob, CEO (chief executive officer) is the American name for the same post as Managing Director, the British name.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #137

    Club bins world class manager
    Sell our top striker
    Makes sure
    Sits on its hands while it pretends to sell us for the 8th time
    Drags in a big name untried manager
    Has Barnes and Carr run things regardless

    While the PR has us believe that being positive and not protesting will improve the club somehow

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  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #138

    toon22, How does a negative mental attitude serve you?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #139

    Stranger and stranger. I wouldn’t have believed it possible. It seems highly unlikely that this “communication” is from the BZG group. I just don’t believe they would choose this method to make statements. What is going on here and why do this? It will take some sorting out in the end, especially if the supposed sale doesn’t go through and Ashley is left fumbling about bringing disaster down on us.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #140

    It gives you a realistic view of how things are actually run at the toon

    Can you explain how being positive for the last 12 years has helped ?

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  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #141

    chancel …

    he dont know what positive means . he’s the only person who will be happy if Ashley stays …

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #142

    Toon22

    Just our of interest who is MA stringing along?

    The people who want to believe this takeover could happen are hardly fans of his. Do you think the only way forward is to all just be miserable and repetitive?

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #143

    Being positive got us sold 7 times ?
    How about all the positivity surrounding Jabba using the transfer budget to buy HOF

    Worked a treat

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #144

    You’re absolutely right giimps, Chumpley never will get another job. He’s part of our buffoon squad and nobody else would ever want him. You can hire much cheaper sycophants than him and get the same poor quality performance.

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  • toon22

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #145

    Oh so the fact this is the 8th sale isn’t being repetitive?
    Never happened before
    We haven’t had some deadline or announcement every Monday and Friday for months now that just didn’t happen

    Nope

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  • geordietom

    Jul 8, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #146

    TOON22 …

    are you one of those people who takes delight in other peoples misery ? …

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #147

    I would say this looks like a clear case of panic on Ashley’s part. The sale hasn’t gone the way he wanted (several more years of free advertising), he can’t find a new manager because everyone knows him all too well by now, the window is passing us by, and he knows what it feels like to mess the club around and then go through a relegation season. On the other side of things he has 30 million more to report as profit. Even for Ashley this is a royal c*ockup.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #148

    If Ashley stays and nothing significant gets done on the incoming transfers we’ll be relegated again. We have no attack left now with Perez and Rondon gone. A new manager can’t pull goals out of his backside and the remaining squad won’t score anywhere near often enough. This is madness. Yet we’ve had madness now for twelve seasons. Are people actually going to go to the home matches and watch the team self destruct?

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  • Bladey

    Jul 8, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #149

    The good news is that a lot of transfer business will be done in the last week
    What are you on what a ridiculous statement
    All that happens with nufc in the last week of the transfer window is most of you lot watching sky sports looking for helicopters flying loan players in
    The whole club stinks the owner is a total moron as is his lackeys
    The players who are left are second rate
    The fans who do F A to help the true fans trying to oust fat man are a waste of space and are the laughing stock of the epl
    Your pathetic weak fans who treat sjp as a day of drinking stuffing your face and sod the result until you drink and stuff your face the following home game
    Loyalty my arse you and fatty have killed this great club and this season I prey you get what you deserve shit football thrashings and finally relegation
    ASH IN PARDEW AND WISE IN JUST FOR THE MUGS

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 8, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #150

    Jail reports… The Millfield pub acted after Toon boss Rafa Benitez announced he was leaving St James’ Park.

    Landlady Tracey Viereck’s pointed the finger at Ashley over the Spaniard’s exit – and added him to the pub’s ‘wall of shame’ ahead of Donald Trump and Vladamir Putin.

    AND JUST BELOW JAIL.

    It’s the only time he’ll ever finish in front of Ashley.

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 8, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #151

    The FCB is taking money out, but only to repay his own relegation induced loans. And as the published accounts are always a year in arrears ( we won’t find out about last season until next May) it tends to lose relevance. What he should be doing is sharing some real time info with the supporters trust to gain some credibility with the fans. He may be siphoning profits into SD by channeling shirt sales via SD, but unlikely to amount to much. We must be awash with cash as FCB works on a cash basis, so cash coming in from sales up to 3 years ago will still be dripping in. Of course we pay on the nose for players, when we do buy any, so are put at an immediate disadvantage to others as cash in is deferred over a few years. But he can say they are spending all the cash. It’s a miracle we don’t go straight back down after every promotion, but the miracle has left the building so could be trouble ahead!

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  • onmeedsun

    Jul 8, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #152

    Ashley is saving all the loot for his 3rd relegation. Why spunk all the money now when we’re a busted flush. But who would bring us up. No Rafa anymore. If there’s no takeover I sincerely hope this club crashes and burns on his watch, and let’s see all his media mates explain that master strategy away, Rio Ferdinand etc.

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