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By Lee Ryder on Jan 16, 09 03:24 PM

It was rain and a sending off as Blog on the Tyne went on the road to bring you regular updates from Newcastle United's defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

The Toon went down 3-0 at Ewood Park as former Magpies' manager Sam Allardyce put one over the club that sacked him a year ago.

I was at the ground alongside Journal sports writer Stuart Rayner, and you can see our live coverage here.

49 Comments

Tad Caster said:

Plan B: take off our one pacey wide man and bring on a third central midfielder who hasn't played for ages and is up for a fight - with anyone.

We were all over them in the first half but couldn't make the possession count. Jonas should've been on at the start of the second half instead of the shambolic Butt with Charlie playing through the middle. It would've signalled our intent to go at them. They score one and the confidence seeps away.

Nicky Butt? Past it and has been for a season and a half, but like Barton, he's evidently one of those 'must play' figures. Well, thank God he won't be playing the next one.

Contract for Kinnear? Say it ain't so, Joe.

JR Sydney said:

What odds on Sunderland, the boro and nufc going down? On this display we are in serious trouble, lacking quality in too many key positions and a long way off being a team. Way too early to think of a contract for JK, lets judge him on the players he brings in and where we are in May 2009.

JR Sydney said:

What odds on Sunderland, the boro and nufc going down? On this display we are in serious trouble, lacking quality in too many key positions and a long way off being a team. Way too early to think of a contract for JK, lets judge him on the players he brings in and where we are in May 2009.

Pedi said:

Funny how Jk has realised just how hard it is to get ashley to buy anyone, but now blames kk for the state of the current squad!
We know kk said we needed a left back and a couple of midfielders but never got them so how is that his fault - its the reason he left!
Having a go at the previous manager is dangerous and shows a deficency in your own ability. KK was/is a legend on tyneside, Joe you are not. To criticise KK and the players will lead to 2 things, the players won't respect you and the fans will get on your back.
We do have lots of injuies but on paper we still have some good players. The problem is when they go out onto the pitch they don't perform like a team. Who's fault is that? The manager that prepares the team for games either isn't training them correctly or they just don't want to play for him.
We're stuck in a very awkward position, on our way down, small injured squad/no incoming players/dressing room unrest/massive divide between board and fans and a manager that offers little hope in galvanising the team for the relegation fight!
I also saw the enrique and barton bust up. Do I criticise barton for being a thug again or sympathise that only he seems to care what is happening on the pitch?

Nufc is bad for your health and mental stability yet its born into you, a pride that no other team supporters can understand. Its devastating to see what our club is becoming.

Peter Harper said:

Joe Kinnear took on a thankless task and has done his best.However between him and Chris Hughton they have the tactical awareness of Jonathon Ross.
I wrote months ago where we were going and it hasn't changed.
Can you believe that Dennis Wise is still involved at the club.This demonstrates the total naivety of Mike Ashley and his unbelievable pig headedness.
What a great shame we are being dragged down in this way.
And let nobody be under any illusion as yesterday Blackburn were woeful but we were even worse.

Kev said:

The chronicle doesnt realise their is a problem back the fans we want answers, today we have joe spouting more bile blaming keegan for not addressing key positions, what are these lot on. Come on Lee john gibson tells it like it is as does luke edwards COME ON MAN I THOUGHT YOU ARE A TOON FAN GET BEHIND THE FANS WE NEED YOU

Ryder's reply: If you were to look down the many entries of this Blog since it started you would see that it has been told how it is.
When it comes to a match report, which you are responding to, I can only report on what happens in the match - this is not the place for opinion.
And in terms of my role day to day, issues like reporting on transfers, injuries and player opinion pieces cannot be neglected - again hard news stories are not the same as an opinion piece.
My airtime when it comes to writing opinion pieces is restricted to this Blog and on the video Talking Heeds or in Monday's match reports.
I report on day to day events at St James's Park.
You will find if you look hard enough plenty of hard hitting opinion pieces over the last few seasons on this Blog and that will continue to be the case in the future.
Yes, I am a Newcastle United fan - as are many members of my friends and family - and I am deeply concerned by the state of the club.
Requests have been put in to speak to Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise and Derek Llambias but I have been told that there will be no interviews for any journalist until the transfer window has closed.
We are working around the clock to bring the latest developments at Newcastle United. Period.

Ben said:

Lee with regards to the piece that Kev has recently popped on the blog I understand that you can only(and must)comment on the day to day events, But I think what many fan`s would like to see is the local press help portray how frustrated, annoyed ,angered and bewildered we all are currently with the way the club is being run.

I understand and have read comments that you have put in yr blog but fans don't want to see it just online , I personally would like to see the local press come out on the back page and actually condemn the way the club is being run!,to me it seems the local press are skating around the issue and are scared to upset any of the big wigs and Nufc. Our Club is a total Mess! the fans are being taken for Mugs, JFK is just a mouth piece to spout of proper gander for Ashley and wise.Hence blaming KK and big sam for the state of the squad,Big sam begged for funds and KK left because he could`t strengthen the squad the way he wanted. Do they honestly think we are that stupid!?!?!?!?!?

What we all want to see is the local press actually voice the fans concerns instead of as they are skating around the issues, I don`t no if it`s above yr head Lee and I understand yr hands may be tied. But as a local paper, and a voice for the fans it would make a refreshing change for the press to actually convey those concerns and try to help the fans get the club on the right track, and lets be fare we no the only way our club will ever progress is without Ashley and his cronies in charge. And the local press could help put pressure on to make this happen instead of FAR less insignificant matters.

Mexicola said:

This is a desperate state of affairs. Kinnear is a man who was languishing in obscurity before Ashley employed him when apparently no other manager would put up with the combination of a "Continental" transfer policy together with the total shambles the club found itself in. So, fast forward a few short months and Kinnear, a man you would think would just be happy to be in the job at all, now seems totally frustrated with the lack of backing and understanding from the board. Why is he having to repeatedly come out in the press and state that he is having to fight for transfer funds? I also didn't read his comment about the squad deficiencies as a dig at Keegan, but rather a side-swipe at the board. It seems to me that Ashley sees this as a big game. A toy to be picked up and played with when he can be bothered. The lack of communication if staggering, and frankly a disgrace. The man has no knowledge or understanding of how this club should be run. As to taking a dig at the local press for not being more outspoken, get real. Do you honestly think that an outspoken attack or campaign in the Chronicle would make the slightest difference? Do you think Ashley has the local rag on the breakfast table to read over his cornflakes? The man couldn't give a toss what you, me, or Lee Ryder think or say. That much is very clear.

Ben said:

Just to respond to Mexicola`s comment, Jfk actually stated "Why wasn't it addressed by the last manager Keegan or the manager before him Allardyce?" thats his quotes so how is that not a dig at them?? And as far as the mess were in I totally agree but surely it would be better to do something than sit and do nothing. But as I am sure you will agree and have already stated , what a mess we are now in! and the only way to get out of it is to get ashley to sell the club for a reasonable price

Dave Robson said:

joe kinnear hasno class what so ever, week in week out he opens his trap,and absolute bulls*** spews out.
what planet has he come from, blaming kk for not get the right players in, only guthrie was his choice.
why does he do the decent thing, and show a little bit of class, and say look im not upto this job and go.
he knew the score when he took the job, he said he had never stop watching football, if this was so, he would have known how bad it was.
yes allardyce maybe not have been giving the time, but he did himself no favours with the standard of players he brought in& style of play he employed.
we can not even start to think about moving this club forward until ashley has gone.
all the same old rubbish about what players were going for, this should have been done under keegan and only under keegan as soon as he walked through the doors.
chris mort left and not for reasons we were lead to believe.
ashley knows he's finished, i will in no way spend the cash,he will have no other chice but to cut his losses, and i think sooner than a lot of the toon think, his days are coming to an end.(as are premiership days FOR NOW).

kieran said:

What little respect i had for kinnear is gone he truly is just ashley's mouthpiece and hes not fit to clean keegans boots

Mexicola said:

Ah, you're probably right Ben. I'm probably crediting JK with intelligence, which could be a dangerous mistake on my part. If I'm reading too much into it, and it is a simple dig at KK and Allardyce then he really is a halfwit. And we certainly agree on how much of a shambles the club is at the moment. However, I would still state my belief that a campaign or otherwise in the Chronicle wouldn't encourage he to go any quicker (sadly). I've post up here before about Ashley as a businessman. He has only ever lost money on his divorce. Everything else he makes £$£ on and I don't see him selling any time soon. I wish it wasn't the case, but there you go. Strangely enough, the only way I can see him selling in the short term (short of an oil well appearing off the Blyth coast and Mr Local Businessman buying him out) is if his other businesses continue their current downward trend. IF he needs to cut his loses to fund other business, it might persuade him to sell up on the cheap. But then, who is going to buy a football club at the moment? There are only so many Oil Barons in the World. Even the likes of Abramovich have seen there "vast" wealth shrink to merely "stupidly rich" in the last 12 months. I think he will try and ride it out, hope the clubs fortunes change and then sell for a profit. What he doesn't seem to realise is that success isn't just going to magically happen and neither JK or KK seem to be able to get him to grasp that.

Restless Native said:

Ashley ... scum. Lambias ... scum. Wise ... scum. Kinnear ... scum.


Keegan is the only person who has displayed any integrity. I do not blame him for one second for walking away when he could see what these liars and charlatans were doing to our club and its fans.


There really is only option open to us all - boycott EVERYTHING to do with the club FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES until Ashley gets the message, leaves and takes his vile cronies with him.


If that means we go down, so be it. All I want is some pride back. I would rather we were in a lower division and owned by someone who actually respected the club and its fans. Any success under this bunch - which is unlikely anyway - would be tainted with lies and deceit.


In terms of the Chronice, Journal and Sunday Sun ... by all means print facts, but don't be apologists or appeasers for these snakes. Who gives a f*** if they stop communicating with you - they haven't been anyway! And the fans are your customers - we'll be here long after this lot have crawled back into the slime they emerged from. Grown some balls and help inspire and coordinate the resitance.

All it takes for evil to prosper is good men to do nothing.

Relton said:

Sack Kin'ell and bring in Barry Fry, he has a similar pedigree.
We could get Ray Butch Wilkins as our Attack Coach too.
What a shambles. Broken hearted.
Please lets not start on the Chronicle in our frustration with our inability to influence anything.
The Chronicle wont rock anybody's boat, MA would probably run up there - buy them out and replace the journalists with chimps the minute they upset him. Lets not shoot the messenger.
We have to wrest this club from the current ownership - and if that means relegation - and rebuilding - then so be it.

Dave Robson said:

i have looked at all our remaining games and for the life of me cannot see us getting more than 11 points from these fixtures, and they are talking maybe 43 points for survival this season.
even if it would take 40 points to survive, seriously we have not a hope in hell in getting another 17 points from the remaining fixtures.
lets take relegation, if it means ridding ourselves of the cowboys running our club.
we will never get the manager we want until they have gone.
i think steve bruce would take it on even if we was in the championship, as long as ashley and his puppets have long gone.

Toongaz said:

So JK is blaming the previous manager for the state of the squad - Hes changed his tune from a few months ago when he was a forgotten intrim manager being used as the scape goat for Ashley and Wises incompetence.

FACT 1 - KK tryed to address the situation in the summer only to be undermimed by the so called director of football (who by the way is supposed to be responsible for transfers)

FACT 2 - Yes the squad is paper thin and weak - however all transfers are the responsiblity of the so called DOF.

FACT 3 - KK walked because of the above 2 because he didnt like what was happening at his beloved toon.

FACT 4 - The toon havent got back on the demonstration bandwagon because we are trying to give these idiots a second chance - which is quickly going to end.

FACT 5 - JK has suddenly relised that what Mike Ashley says and what Mike Ashley does are two completley different things.

FACT 6 - Between Mike Ashleys money pinching, Dennis Wises incompetence to sign the players needed and JKs lack of moral respect to the toon and inability to manage - we are heading for the Championship.

Now dont get me wrong - im a geordie till i die and would love nothing more than to see this shamble turned around - however i just get the feeling everything is going to plan for Spurs fan Ashley - isnt his best pal invested heavily with spurs).

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Mike Ashley stop messing around with our club - either invest in it the correct way or just sell it for a reasonable price.

Czarny Kot said:

Oh dear.

Whether you hate Kinnear or not you can't deny that he steadied the ship when he first took over.

Now it seems that the news that Ashley can't/won't sell the club, coupled with the January transfer window, has got the boat rocking again.

Fair play to Shay if he decides to leave. The lad has been a legend but there is only so much he can take. I'm surprised we've kept him as long as we have.

I'm not a fan of Kinnear but we shouldn't waste time getting on his back. We all know who the real villains are.

JayM said:

I dont hate JK - but how can you say hes steadied the ship.
Manutd away 1 point, Bolton at home 3 points. 4 points from 2 games then 19 points from the next 20.
JK is looking for a scape goat but he needs to relise that he IS the scape goat.

Mexicola said:

Leeds Utd, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City.... All clubs who have won major trophies more recently than us, many of them big clubs with big histories and traditions, and all currently "rebuilding" in lower divisions after being relegated from the Premier League. For "rebuilding" you can read "struggling to avoid financial collapse and not likely to see top flight football again any time soon." While I'm as keen to see the back of Ashley as the next man (I was shouted down on another forum for warning against him when he first arrived!) I think people should think again when they say they want the club to be relegated so Ashley will leave. Many of us remember how rank awful having NUFC in the lower divisions is no fun at all. Careful what you wish for.

Steve Taylor said:

Only one way this is going and its straight to the C'ship. I hope Im wrong and that there can be some sort of miraculous turnaround but this has been on the cards since this time last season. Ashley spun a pre-season yarn to get supporters to fork out in advance for their season tickets/boxes etc..., crossed his fingers and hoped that it would just work out. The fans are suckered once again by someone who is basically a corporate car boot sale merchant! He's approaching this the same way that he runs his jumble sale sportswear empire. Its just possible that the last 2 results might force his hand to act but I think he was doing the same again, hoping to coast through another transfer window, if we had remained in the cup and beat WHam and B'burn he would have announced some apologist tripe about not being able to get players they want but we're doing alright now anyway eh?! Alas that hasnt happened and we are right in the brown stuff now!
I think targetting the likes of M'Bia is unrealistic when he has been linked to £10m+ moves to clubs in better positions. How the hell we going to get him for £5m?!? Its an absolute joke. Meanwhile near rivals are snapping up more practical signings and probably plenty on loan while Ashley & co. procrastinate.
When lack of funds is mentioned it should make fans seethe considering how much was squandered on Barton, Smith, Enrique and Xisco. Nevermind Coloccini who is rapidly looking like the worst centre half we have had amongst a plethora of duds! Id rather have Bramble, O'Brien or Dabizas! Enrique is currently the worst full back anywhere in the league and 'Colo' looks pretty poor for £10m and is probably just shaded by Paul McShane as the worst centre half in the league! He cant head the ball man! Deportivo LC must be laughing their heads off at the near £30m nicked from us in recent seasons! Gutierrez probs is our best hope for anything and he flatters to decieve, little end product. N'Zogbia is now a disgrace to the shirt and is only a good player in his own mind. Does he really think he's going to turn Wengers head doing absolutely s*d all game after game?! He's rarely impressed anyway, perceived talent is one thing but you must perform. He'll end up getting a move of sorts and warming the bench. Club should cash in if they can asap....pick any from Geremi, Duff, Owen, Viduka, Martins who seem halfarsed in the main and arent players who can scrap. But we're counting on them heaven help us! Blackburn on Sat'day were an absolute shambles and there for the taking for any half decent side but we ended up just looking frail and despondent as soon as they scored. To then fold like that was a disgrace! JFK really doesnt seem to know what he is doing, whether in handling press, players or transfer business, how can he be apportioning blame to KK when the latter wasnt allowed to buy players?! He also constantly mentions getting shot of players which is great for morale in the current mess and has no guile when it comes to discussing targets.
Last soundbite was putting "all his eggs in one basket" if necessary to get M'Bia. How is the acquisition of one midfielder going to solve a feeble defence and shot shy attack?? He must realize Ashley wont sanction a £10m move for one player at this stage?!
It all smacks of a desperate attempt to placate fans while they do nowt to remedy the situ in reality. Wishful thinking gets you nowhere. MK Dons away next season......hmph...

Dave Robson said:

Mexicola yes it was rank, but things are pretty rank right now, do you honestly think under this regime if we somehow we survive this season, things would be better next season, absolutely not, ashley does not and never has or will have, the best intrests of newcastle united.
so how can we look forward to any future under this regime, you can guarantee come the end of the transfer window, attendances will fall again, so that is why i will take relegation, what have we got to lose, were getting turned over on the field and off the field virtually week in week out.
this is gonna be the only way he will be financially forced to cut his losses and sell up.
i think there would be a bigger home gate if it was a championship opening game under new owners and manager, than the opening game under the same owner and manager.
things can and will get worse under this regime, chris mort saw what was coming and went, kk did exactly the right thing and wanted no part of this regime after been sold down the river.

bob harvey said:

They won't go down because three from the following will finish below them:
Hull, Portsmouth, S'land, M'brough, Blackburn, Stoke, WBA.
The problem is what happens next?
I agree with Dave Robson on that one.

Restless Native said:

Check out Luke's Blog on the Journal website ... a local Journo (even though he's not a local lad) actually telling it like it is.


Lee - any chance of an "opinion piece" from you with some teeth please?


We've got 2 options as I see it ... either the fans UNITE NOW and do everything we can kick Ashley out ... or we wait for relegation and hope that does the trick.


Imagine if we were able to get Ashley out now ... and get a new Manager in with a bit of tactical guile and motivational powers that extend beyond swearing loudly ... I still the players we have would be good enough to keep us up. Then we could build properly in the summer. Nice dream.

Surely the local press should be holding Ashley to account? The club get's enough stick of the southern press ... why can't "our own" actually reflect the views of the majority of fans and help create some unity and momentum?

Dave Robson said:

bob harvey,
im afraid i see us in the bottom 3, we simply dony have hungry enough players for a battle, to many disappearing with injury and probably more soon to disappear due to them not having the bottle for a relegation fight.
i can se boro going and wba going down, but we are shipping goals left right and centre as soon as we go one down.
stoke battle non stop, hull will be just ok they are 5pts ahead of us, blacburn have roberts and benni mccartney plus maybe santa cruz to get them goals, pompey will be ok and i it kills me say the mackams will have just enough, look at our remaining fixtures and it is not good at all.

Dave Robson said:

bob harvey,
im afraid i see us in the bottom 3, we simply dony have hungry enough players for a battle, to many disappearing with injury and probably more soon to disappear due to them not having the bottle for a relegation fight.
i can se boro going and wba going down, but we are shipping goals left right and centre as soon as we go one down.
stoke battle non stop, hull will be just ok they are 5pts ahead of us, blacburn have roberts and benni mccartney plus maybe santa cruz to get them goals, pompey will be ok and i it kills me say the mackams will have just enough, look at our remaining fixtures and it is not good at all.

Ben said:

I notice in the paper today the Chronicle mentions that it has tried to contact Ashley and Co without much luck, well why not come out and Condem them and voice the numerous concerns posted on this blog time and time again!!! because time is rapidly runnig out, and the paper will be reporting from Doncaster next year, and this time it wont be for a pre-season friendly, as the fans pointed out on sat "we are Sh*t and we are sick of it!"

The pressure needs to be applied and needs to be applied now, because our premiership status is slowely slipping away, the moral within the club is at a low and the morale in the stands is at the same ebb, the only people who seem to be enjoying themselves is the cockney mafia sitting at home counting the cash they are racking in.

Ben said:

I notice in the paper today the Chronicle mentions that it has tried to contact Ashley and Co without much luck, well why not come out and Condem them and voice the numerous concerns posted on this blog time and time again!!! because time is rapidly runnig out, and the paper will be reporting from Doncaster next year, and this time it wont be for a pre-season friendly, as the fans pointed out on sat "we are Sh*t and we are sick of it!"

The pressure needs to be applied and needs to be applied now, because our premiership status is slowely slipping away, the moral within the club is at a low and the morale in the stands is at the same ebb, the only people who seem to be enjoying themselves is the cockney mafia sitting at home counting the cash they are racking in.

Ben said:

I notice in the paper today the Chronicle mentions that it has tried to contact Ashley and Co without much luck, well why not come out and Condem them and voice the numerous concerns posted on this blog time and time again!!! because time is rapidly runnig out, and the paper will be reporting from Doncaster next year, and this time it wont be for a pre-season friendly, as the fans pointed out on sat "we are Sh*t and we are sick of it!"

The pressure needs to be applied and needs to be applied now, because our premiership status is slowely slipping away, the moral within the club is at a low and the morale in the stands is at the same ebb, the only people who seem to be enjoying themselves is the cockney mafia sitting at home counting the cash they are racking in.

Mexicola said:

I understand your thinking Dave, I really do. I'm just not convinced it would achieve what you think, that's all. I don't want (and never wanted) Ashley at all. We both agree he has to go. The question is how. If the club is relegated, that wipes a large chunk of it's value away at a stroke. It makes us LESS attractive to potential buyers, if for no other reason because the TV revenues are much less than in the Premier League. Ashley can only drop his price so far without making a net loss on his investment (something he rarely if ever does - check his business history). If anything, I would suggest Ashley would be more likely to hang around if we went down. He could justify selling off most of our players to cut the wagebill and then do what he seems to want to do anyone - fill the side with cheaper, younger "talent" from Spain and hope the club get promoted again. It would lower his expenditure and also allow him to look like a hero if they got promotion again. The risk to us though would be enormous. We keep hearing Ashley has wiped out our debt, but I wonder how true that is? Is it genuinely paid off, or merely re-structured with the banks and creditors? If (as I suspect) we are still hugely in debt then a drop in Division could see us sink without trace. Jesus, the more I talk about this, the more depressed I'm getting. Let's hope he goes soon. There is something I think we can all agree on....

billy the fish said:

Groan........Ashley is here for ever...No one wants to buy a hugely expensive club to run for £380M......No one will take the managers job, so we're stuck with kinnear......all the best players will leave.....basically we're screwed....Young fans never forget these times......I remember fans in the Keegan days saying when we were 2nd 3rd in the league 'IF WE DON'T WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE NEXT YEAR IM NOT RENEWING MY TICKET!' .....you have to laugh now or you will go mad.....please god am i dreaming this?????????????zzzzzzzzz

billy the fish said:

It was the best of times , it was the worst of times........

Remember the Supermac thrashing in goals every saturday.....remember when Varadi used to look like he was going to score but never did......Remember Keegans first goal, the celebration was unbelievable...remember Billy Whitehurst V signing his own fans....remember the entertainers under Kev that made Sky TV millions of pounds......remember that 12 point lead that wittled away........remember Shearer, what a loyal star he was....remember the Blackburn game....Nuff said...sorry.

billy the fish said:

It was the best of times , it was the worst of times........

Remember the Supermac thrashing in goals every saturday.....remember when Varadi used to look like he was going to score but never did......Remember Keegans first goal, the celebration was unbelievable...remember Billy Whitehurst V signing his own fans....remember the entertainers under Kev that made Sky TV millions of pounds......remember that 12 point lead that wittled away........remember Shearer, what a loyal star he was....remember the Blackburn game....Nuff said...sorry.

ian said:

It's a corker of an article and portrays what I personally believe to be right.If only there were more who took the ultimate sanction on the club when KK was ousted, I don't believe Ashley would be still here. We couldn't even resist the pies for pity's sake. Season tickets might be paid for but there is a saying 'throwing good money after bad' and this situation is as bad as it's been.

ian said:

It's a corker of an article and portrays what I personally believe to be right.If only there were more who took the ultimate sanction on the club when KK was ousted, I don't believe Ashley would be still here. We couldn't even resist the pies for pity's sake. Season tickets might be paid for but there is a saying 'throwing good money after bad' and this situation is as bad as it's been.

ian said:

It's a corker of an article and portrays what I personally believe to be right.If only there were more who took the ultimate sanction on the club when KK was ousted, I don't believe Ashley would be still here. We couldn't even resist the pies for pity's sake. Season tickets might be paid for but there is a saying 'throwing good money after bad' and this situation is as bad as it's been.

ian said:

It's a corker of an article and portrays what I personally believe to be right.If only there were more who took the ultimate sanction on the club when KK was ousted, I don't believe Ashley would be still here. We couldn't even resist the pies for pity's sake. Season tickets might be paid for but there is a saying 'throwing good money after bad' and this situation is as bad as it's been.

CP said:

Before anyone makes a mistake let me say I am NOT supporting Ashley here I am just stating some facts that everyone seems to be ignoring.
The fans, Bob Moncur & Supermac on Century, the boys at the Chronicle & Sun etc., etc., are saying Ashley has to put his hand in his pocket and spend.
I would like to ask you this - why the hell should he? Where is his MOTIVATION?
He is hated by the fans, he is afraid for his and his familiy's safety, he won't attend matches because of this, he put over £100 million of HIS OWN money into the club to lower the horrendous debt level(not the supporters season ticket money), he has tried to sell the club ie., mentally he had 'given up' on NUFC.
The only reason he didn't sell was because he couldn't find a buyer.
And now on top of that - yes, it is his own fault - gates are 5,000 down which is probably costing the club £250,000 a game in lost revenue.
And now everyone is asking him to sign new players that he CAN@T EVEN WATCH. You own a football club to SUPPORT it, to WATCH matches, for the EXCITEMENT, for the HOPE of a win. None of which Ashley has done at NUFC for months.
The fans don't give a **** about Ashley yet they want him to spend money. I tell you, would you be suprised if he didn't give a **** for you?
There are only two solutions to this appalling mess.
1. Ashley takes a big financial hit and sells the club quickly at a 'giveaway' price. Chances? Zero I reckon.
2. The fans make it known they will accept Ashley back IF he comes out and apologises for the mess over KK, promises that his heart is in the club, and asks for a second chance. Chances? Zero I reckon.
Where does that leave us?
1. Relegated.
2. Escaping relegation but every player with an ounce of ambition demanding out at the end of the season.
Ashley might have started this mess but the fans are keeping it going and the whole club is now in danger of imploding.
Unless Ashley and the fans eat 'humble pie' with each other FAST we are going to destroy any chance we have of competing in the Premiership (or even the Championship) for years.

CP said:

I have just read the True Faith article and whilst it is a superb piece of writing the only solution it comes up with is to boycott everything to do with the club to get rid of Ashley.
That is a dangerous, dangerous path that could give a short term fingers up to Ashley and lead to 10 years in the wilderness for NUFC.
Ashley DOESN'T NEED any more protests etc., etc., to get the ******* message. He's tried to sell the club for months, dropped his price. BUT NOBODY WANTS TO BUY IT.
I reckon the reason why the big big money boys with billions aren't interested in NUFC is because you would never get the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Terry and the other superstars these guys can afford to buy to ever consider living in the North East no matter how much you paid them. These players are multi, multi millionaires and as much as I love the North East there just is'nt enough up here to keep them entertained or have enough privacy. **** me even Jenas thought it was gold fish bowl.
If Ashley can't sell or won't take a massive hit and walk away we are stuck with him. Yes that is ****ing awful to contemplate but the solution is'nt to keep digging the grave of NUFC by boycotting it and depleting the cash available to the club even further. That is bollocks in my opinion.
I was one of the 20,000 fans (sometimes even 14,000) who watched Pingel and the other clowns we had in black & white shirts while the other 20,000 'fans' who boycotted the club shopped with the missus or washed the car on a Saturday. It's a good job we did otherwise John Hall might never have taken a chance if we'd been in the 3rd or 4th division instead of the 2nd.
Like I said in my last post Ashley currently has no motivation whatsoever to spend a penny and we either give him one (ie., let him come and watch matches) or we get down on our knees and pray for the mega rich saviour who up to now has shown not an ounce of interest in us.
Pride comes before a fall - and if you boycott the club that is exactly where NUFC are heading.

David Kelly said:

CP, you are completely wrong.
Ashley forewent his right to any excuses like the one you mentioned when he announced days before the transfer his intent to invest in the squad, rebuild and take us forward together.

I'm exiled in Norwich, the only bright spot for me in this whole outrageous debacle is thatnext season i'l be able to walk from my house to see NUFC at Carrow Road!

But, seriously lads, please don't give up on supporting the toon. Let's protest before every home game if we have to to get rid of this rediculous regime, but once the whistle blows keep on giving our all to support the team; it's our duty! Howay the lads.

Restless Native said:

CP ... sound like you're already on your knees ... with Ashley's fat c*** in your mouth. Never heard such a cowardly load of old b****cks in my life.


It's appeasers like you that will lead to us being stuck with the fat charlatan for 10 years while he bleeds us dry and p***** himself laughing at our stupidity for letting him.


I would rather we were relegated and got rid of the fat c***, at least we'd have some pride back.


What have the fans done wrong apart from react to being lied to? Has he apologised? Has he f***. He hasn't even the decency to speak to us. Forgotten that we are actually CUSTOMERS of the club as well as fans? Well, f*** him. And you need to wake up, fast.

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