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What Sunderland Have Done This Week Puts Mike Ashley To Shame

Sunderland are mired in another season in League One in which they again have not gotten off to the brightest of starts. After a 2-0 defeat at Lincoln City dropped them to 6th in the table last weekend, Sunderland parted ways with manager Jack Ross.

Ross was appointed in May of 2018 after Sunderland’s second straight relegation. Owner Stewart Donald quickly made himself available to the media to address the situation to fans. This is what he said to BBC Newcastle after the Ross sacking:

“My judgement call would be that our best chance of promotion would be to change it.

“The only thing that is going to prove that is at the end of the season – whether or not we do get promoted.

“Jack certainly felt he probably had to win every game and any time we lost a game it was very difficult for him,”

“That is a high-pressure environment, but that is Sunderland in League One.

“The reality of this club is we have the best travel arrangements, the best medical investment, we have the best facilities, we have got the best budget. I believe we have got the best squad.

“We are, I would have thought, the most professional League One club there has ever been in lots of ways. With that set-up, I think it is fair to expect us to deliver success.

“At any other club in League One, there is probably very little chance of being sacked being sixth in the table.”

Sunderland fans were also hit with the news that the potential takeover by MSD Partners had collapsed on the same day at the Ross firing.

Donald responded to one despondent fan on Twitter who was upset about the takeover news.

Today the club has issued a statement on their managerial search and the situation with the takeover.

All of this communication from Sunderland’s owner in just a few days time.

Meanwhile, Newcastle don’t get much of anything from Mike Ashley. Sure, the club responded to Jeremy Corbyn this week. But that was all in an effort to save face on a national stage.

When it only involves Newcastle supporters it’s a trickle of information here and there.

There was nothing on the takeover saga that gripped Newcastle fans this summer until it was all washed away in a carefully orchestrated interview with the Daily Mail.

There was also nothing on the Rafa Benitez situation until the shock announcement that he was gone. When it comes to Newcastle’s fans, Mike Ashley has shown complete indifference.

In this respect, Stewart Donald has put Mike Ashley to shame.

115 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #81

    Rana de cabeza vacía buscando atención …

    Empty-headed frog looking for attention…

  • AncientC

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #83

    Oh dear, ‘carl’ forced out of hiding. How does it feel to be out of the shadows and on the straight & narrow? Fair enough for chipping in, why not continue.

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #84

    From the wording of the council statement
    I would guess they are minded to uphold the

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #85

    Hiya JIB

    Any sign of that auditor yet ?

  • geordietom

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #86

    jib …

    dunno mate will the groups win said appeal who knows …

    got to take wor lass to hospital catch up later …

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #87

    Wonder if the club sees that 9 million?

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 12, 2019 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #88

    Robleenio……….. On one of your earlier posts you state that one of your best pals is a Sunderland fan. I have given this considerable thought and after careful consideration I have to conclude that it can’t be right.
    This is tantamount to colluding with the enemy and although this is a sensitive area as we all do have to come into contact with them from time to time, you should not have declared your allegiance to said individual on this blog.
    May I ask if he lives this or t’other side ert watter?

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #89

    Ashley hasn’t taken a penny out of Nufc!
    He’s a liar and so is Charnley, his facilitator!

  • Just a fan

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #90

    Jail.my one a day
    Saw jibs tweet ree man united fans glazer out.
    Could you go on there blog and start a boycott.
    You seem to be very good at it at least in your head.
    And it’s not far from where you work you could give out leaflets and everything..
    Here in anticipation
    From the multiples

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #91

    They could do the Jarra march via Old Trafford

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #92

    Jarra march taking in the transpennine way

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #93

    Invite the mackems on the Jarra march
    They could carry your suitcases

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #94

    Being attacked by Jib and his gang of alts is like being ravaged by a dead sheep, as Jib and Jeff from Benwell would say.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #95

    Lol bettys I wondered if someone would pick up on that. He lives on marden estate, we met through the kids at school but we’ve known each other twelve years now, we go out regularly and he’s a great lad.

    Except, of course, for his questionable taste in football teams…

    Actually he was born in Seaham but raised in Watford, you’d never know he was a Sunderland fan unless he told you. Maybe that’s why he’s a good lad, he never grew up anywhere near the dark place!

  • one fine day

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #96

    Ever looked up Eton rifles ?
    Why it was written by Paul Weller ?
    If you haven’t it may be worth your while
    To save you the Google it’s about pompous privileged twats snearing at those taking a stand
    Never mind EGB will still pop up and defend you .
    Apparently he comes from dunston …? What ever.. seems that long since left his sole

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #97

    Unless you meant the bottom of his shoe

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #98

    and sneering

  • one fine day

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #99

    Just a fan
    Well done sir at 90
    Only three minutes to switch to the lap top …
    Trust me sooner or later you will slip up

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #100


    Why bother with JAF alt ?
    Everyone knows it’s you

    24/7 defending Jabba

  • toon22

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #101


    When you building your next stadium?


  • one fine day

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #102

    At least we know KBA can’t change in spell check eh ?

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #103

    One of my best mates
    Tony Davidson r.i.p. lived on the Broadway and was
    a lifelong Sunlun fan.

    It was because his big brother was a Mag

    I guess that happens quite a lot (sibling rivalry)

  • one fine day

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #104

    Jef / Jane / jib / just a fan
    Soul ..sole
    Snearing Sneering
    Disgrace disgrace
    Collaborator collaborator
    How’s that sit with you ?

  • Jib

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #105


  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #106

    So the Kenyon brochure and fakeover is buried now? Only to resurface in January?

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 12, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #107

    Ledsom got lost toon hahaha

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #108

    One fine day

    Speaking of Dunston, good luck to the lads, playing today in the FA Trophy.

    As for defending Jib, I’ve defended many people on the blog, I’d probably defend you if I felt the need.

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #109


    Rana de cabeza vacía buscando atención …
    Empty-headed frog looking for attention…

    Empty headed describes Jib and his last (the J Team’ to a tee. Can we infer that the J Team also posts as the Frog?

    With apologies to the Frog if my inference is incorrect.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #110

    I see that the Scottish Rugby team would like to take legal action against Hagibis, or whoever caused it.

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #111

    Someone suggested that the Council spokesperson’s comment might suggest it’s against the Strawbery development. Even if the application’s turned down, you can bet your boots the decision will be appealed and if necessary, referred to government.

    If Johnson and his chums are in place, you can kiss goodbye to any potential for expansion to SJP.

    Now that could prove to be a test of loyalty for some of our posters!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #112

    Not that jib needs anyone defending him, he’s more than capable of defending himself. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #113

    Anyway how did you know about the pet fish I left behind in Dunston, you been stalking me?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 12, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #114


    Planning appeals seem to take place in Bristol for some reason. It’s happened several times here in Southend, the local council turns down an application for good local reasons, some faceless planning officer arrives from Bristol, says it’s OK to build yet another block of flats with inadequate parking and voila another local eyesore.

    Don’t think it’s got anything to do with party politics though.

  • lesh

    Oct 12, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #115


    Planning appeals can be referred to one of government’s departments for a final decision and I’m sorry to disagree with you but given Corbyn’s seeming interest in NUFC and football club governance, I’m sure there’d be more chance of success with his lot than with the current set of shysters.


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