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Mike Ashley’s Attempt To Exploit Fans Has Failed Again

George Caulkin of the Times was the first to break the news that Rafa was not returning to Newcastle. He had written an article a few days before the club released its terse statement of Rafa’s departure.

It turned out that George knew all of this because he had already done a lengthy interview with the Spanish legend. He published that interview the day before Rafa joined Dalian Yifang and ended all hope of him and Ashley reconciling.

Here are few of his tweets as he really has been accurate in his reporting and he is absolutely correct in the assertions he makes here.

Mike Ashley has spoken which we all wished he would. However, we needed him to speak long ago. His interview last night was a complete joke and has turned into an utter public relations nightmare for him.

Nobody is buying what he is saying and George makes the excellent point that if Rafa took the “soft option” by going to China, then what was managing Newcastle in the Championship or as an underfunded Premiership club the past two seasons.

Ashley rarely speaks but when he does he just makes it worse. With flippant comments about his money basically being “wallpaper” and flat out falsehoods about putting every penny the club generates back into the club, the fans have grown to understand that this is a man who just cannot be trusted.

The timing of his comments are also so transparent. Basically, he has ruined himself and Sports Direct is in complete shambles. He now needs to turn to another entity to exploit. That is the Newcastle United fans.

It’s like what Michael Chopra tweeted a few days ago.

Mike Ashley has tried to paint himself as just a naive person who tried to do good but made a few mistakes. However, the painted veil had slipped long ago and nothing was left but the naked truth for all to witness. Mike Ashley is a manipulator and his attempt this time has failed miserably.

21 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    “a vindictive verbal assault by Ashley and his cronies to discredit and tarnish Rafa and his reputation, carried out by a group of proven liars”

    But, but, but… THIS time I am sure he means that he’s really sorry and is being 100 percent honest…..

    OK I will stop drinking creosote.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    And yet we have some fans agreeing with him. Incredible.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    As Jail said earlier Rafa can always rebut any statements
    if he wishes – he has a legal representative based in Liverpool

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    He needs to put his money where his mouth is, a good start would be really investing that £20/30m into the training facilities.

    Actions Mike not words.

  • #BleachTheLeech

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Really can’t believe some are falling for the utter excrement that spewed forth in that article/puff piece.

    Jesus Christ, they’ve been caught red handed lying in the past by a tribunal ffs!

    Wake the fcuk up!

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle United offer £7m for Stanley N’Soki but nowhere near PSG asking price .Surprise suprise

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Georges post should be everywhere.

    Anyone sent it to SSN?

    Who knows they may contact George for comment.

  • #BleachTheLeech

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    The guys a scumbag who couldn’t give two flying fcuks how he treats the club and it’s fans so long as SD and himself aren’t effected and he can profit from it.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    And not a dicky bird from our managing director.

  • davo

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Fcuk the PR
    fcuk Ashley, he’s on the ropes

  • greatclubNUFC

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s disheartening the see the widening division among fans lately.

    There’s one group advocating to boycott everything, which meant removing any purchases that benefit our greedy and unambitious owner, including his entities until he leaves.

    And there’s the other group, who although are disapproving of him, would, to some extent, continue paying for kits, memorabilia, as well as tickets, amongst other things, unfailingly.

    While no one can judge how one should support our club, but by continuing to spend on those aforementioned, is to ultimately contribute to his coffers, thereby ensuring his undesirable stay. And he likely will —for as long as we remain profitable.

    For someone like him, apart from the honeymoon period in the first year and the club’s perceived financial stability, his ownership continues to be troubling. He is first and foremost a businessman, whose main concern is to ensure the profitability of his businesses.

    Although profits and financial stability are both good for the club, but to pair them with the absence of any ambition is akin to slowly sapping the life out of any football club. Our club will head into a downward spiral with him at the helm. Hence, he is unfit to be the owner of our great club.

    Moreover, at only 54 years old, he could theoretically, continue tormenting our club as the owner for another 30 years or so. Many times, smoke and mirrors have been employed to manipulate or deceive fans and this is especially evident when it comes to transfers and takeovers.

    Therefore, I implore you to ask yourselves these questions:
    “Am I willing to contend with another 12 or more years under his ownership?”
    “What are our chances of winning any silverware (if winning the Championship is excluded) under the current regime?”
    “Will I even get to experience the club winning any major trophies in my lifetime?”
    “How can I help in forcing him to leave our club?”

    Personally, although I no longer attend our team’s matches at SJP, I continue to support them by watching their games at the local bar. I still go to the away games when I can, but I’ve also stopped buying any newer kits. However, I’ll be quick to admit that should our team get a good run in the cups; I won’t hesitate to attend those games at SJP.

    And in my opinion, regarding those who have boycotted everything, including the team —in a bid to force him out; I do not think their actions lessen their love for the club over anyone else. I also strongly agree with a sustained boycott of him and his affiliated businesses. It should be one of the better and more peaceful ways, and we will need to press on with this —until he leaves.

    While not just being a one city club, our club still enjoys a decent following in many parts of the world today; which many others can only dream of. However, this huge support is not guaranteed, especially considering how our club has been run so far. Furthermore, there is a real risk for our club to slip into global obscurity if this goes on.

    So, the time to take a stand and act is NOW, we must send him our clearest message yet: We want him OUT of our beloved club.

    Lastly, our coordinated boycott of his other businesses as well will surely make his ownership of our club much less attractive. They are:

    1) Sports Direct
    2) House of Fraser
    3) Flannels
    4) Slazenger
    5) Lillywhites
    6) USC
    7) Everlast
    8) Lonsdale
    9) Donnay Sports
    10) Kangol
    11) Karrimor
    12) The list goes on…

    United as one, we are the Toon Army.

    PS: Sorry for the lengthy text, I felt it was necessary.
    (Please repost this or edit; if, and as you deem fit)

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    All his PR and BS proves we’re getting to him, ramp it up.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #14

    to me the two things that caused me lack of sleep last night are what he’s said that effect the long term future of the club: the takeover perhaps NEVER happening and that he thinks Bruce is a good idea. these are the two things that point to a terrible, more of the same future as a Newcastle fan. everything else regards the past so to an extent it doesn’t effect the club’s future that much whether he’s lying about Rafa or not. the only two ways we can compete are through buying success (he said he can’t or won’t do this) or by being football smart and constantly employing good up and coming managers (thinking Steve Bruce is a good idea proves beyond doubt that he knows nothing about football, especially when he’s tried this type of manager years ago and it failed and football tactics have evolved rapidly since then).

  • toon22

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    One thing that statement from Jabba shows, as it wasn’t an interview, is that Jabba is rattled and in trouble


  • geordiegav1987

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Never been one to agree with these boycotts because i felt they did more harm than good but I find my self agreeing with it this time. The only way we’ll ever get rid of that fat lieing prick is to hit him where it hurts… we need to stay united in ridding our once great club of this cancerous blob of shit… hes exploited our love for the toon for far too long. If it means the team suffers and ends up fighting relegation because of the boycotts is it really any different to how this season is going to go any way? We had a world class manager who wanted nothing more than to bring a cup and some long needed success back to the club…. now we have steve bruce… dont need to say much more on that matter.. its like comparing a Ferrari to a fiesta. I’ve loved this club since as long as i can remember in fact my first memory is being about 4 years old and watching a match with my dad on tv and instantly becoming a newcastle fan. Mike Ashley is a parasite and we need to get rid, if we don’t we will end up down in league 1 or worse.. lets face it, steve bruce will not get us back up from the championship and neither will any manager stupid enough to take the newcastle job.. next time we go down were not coming back up

  • hibbit

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Keep digging Jib one day you’ll vanish, i’m sure your hero appreciates the backings 😀

  • toonedout

    Jul 27, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully Rafa will respond to the interview to apply more pressure – would be a great time for Shearer, Keegan, Lee etc to comment and add fuel to the fire – and ask yourself, do you want your club in Ashley’s control indefinitely because of your apathy or misguided idea of support – stand up and make a difference – don’t buy the kit, don’t go to the game or if you do go let Ashley, Charnley and Bruce (they are complicit) know we want them out

  • dee em

    Jul 27, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Ok so if I’m selling something and I can’t shift it and I really want it off my hands I drop the asking price. No I’m not a billionaire or even a businessman but this isn’t rocket science.

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Dee em
    He doesn’t want to sell otherwise he would drop the price as you say.
    He’s a lying devious twat. They won’t spend much money; Joelinton is a replacement for Perez and Bruce will use Colback, Aarons Saivet etc. What a disgrace and a disaster this man is. Also, Charnley should be targeted as he is a weasel enabling Ashley to carry on .

  • Genjikai

    Jul 27, 2019 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Them words that chopra said was my tweet which he copied.
    Was liked by thousands and retweeted by thousands.
    You can get your word out.
    You can have an impact.
    Join the magpie group.
    Check out at genjikai1 in twitter to see.


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