Clipping the wings of the golden goose

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You can bet your life there are a few football club owners with very twitchy sphincter muscles at the moment. Such are the riches on offer with the new TV deal no one wants to miss out; staying in the premier league means getting your hands on the golden goose of football. The new deal, some Β£5.1 bn, is truely eyewatering even after you allow for 5 percent going to grassroots football and community projects and charities, it still leaves Β£4.9bn going to Premier league clubs. I personally feel the 5 percent to grass roots is not enough, the whole package needs to be shared out much more fairly throughout the leagues. We have gotten to the stage now where this deal makes the champions league money look like small fry and as for the Europa league, forget it. At the end of the day few clubs below the top 6 in the premier league will have much appetite for a run in Europe if it risks their Premier league status and the money on offer. No, they’ll be content with a good cup run to keep the natives happy and the ultimate aim of safety. This is a scenerio we as Newcastle fans are all too familiar with, with the exception of the good cup run. It’s starting to feel like the perfect storm has arrived with different elements all coming together to finally kill off the game as we know it. If it wasn’t before then it certainly is more business than football now, as we have seen with our own clubs owner. I predict more and more that Ashley’s entering the world of football because, for the first time, there is real money to be made if you do it right. My big concern though is that he won’t utilise the new TV money to fund a couple of quality signings, instead keeping to our ‘wipe our own nose’ philosophy that he has in place. All very admirable but what happens when the so called lesser clubs start throwing their new financial weight around buying up quality players and leap frogging us in the league in the process? I feel he really needs to loosen the purse strings before we start to drift away, and a good start would be using some of our windfall to land a quality coach. A good coach, two or three quality signings and some of our up and coming youngsters should see us look much healthier next season. I really don’t see the point in clipping the wings of the golden goose, do you?

By KIMTOON

287 thoughts on “Clipping the wings of the golden goose

  1. Thanks Kim.
    Good read and some god discussion points.

    I still believe every cup competition is worth giving it your all. More so now than ever.

    The reason being is, as long as the club stay in the premier league, profits are abundant even finishing 17th.

    There’s only been 2 clubs relegated following winning the FA cup. (I think)

    I’ve never known a Europa league side go down. The journey in Europa is great. There’s no excuse not to put your best 11 out every game, premier league, FA, League amd Europa Cups.

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  2. good read kim.

    we are a mid table club and we will be for the forseeable,ashley will spend enough to keep us where we are.sad but true.even if a new owner came in and saved us from this nightmare it would still take a good few years and a lot of money to challange for anything.

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  3. Well done Kim good read,some clubs will spend the cash and give their fans something to look forward to,as for toon fans jabba will imo throw us only a few crumbs,he won’t want cup runs in case we won one that leads to Europe that he doesn’t want that costs him more money

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  4. Ashley’s achievement – and failure – has been to define us as a mid-table club, with minimal spend. On the one hand, historically post-war mid-Table in the top division is good for us, doing it while spending low mid table to relegation fodder levels of spending in net transfers and wages makes us a business success story. On the other hand, killing any dream takes the soul out of the club and causes the most devoted of us to question ourselves and what we are supporting. Not only that, but as the other clubs actually spend the new TV money, many of them before the money is banked, does getting by with very little investment become too much of a habit for Ashley to break? Even staying mid-table is almost certain to require record transfer fees and wage bills. Maybe they think that Carver can build a club style and youth conveyor belt, to save them the need…

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  5. They didn’t like having to spend a bit of money in the January of the Europa Leage season, Dave, so the business plan clearly excludes any possibility of having to do that again – exit cups before Jan transfer window, to be able to sell bankable asset when market best, also if too high in league in early Janaury, sell assets then as well…

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  6. well it does coz the top teams will always be there or there about in the end,so it will take a big investment,plus all teams will be spending like mad now,and jabba weint will he so we will be left behind.we will only move forward once he sells up.

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  7. we all know what will happen in the summer,a few top players sold with cheap imports brought in to replace them,which will put us further back.all we are deeing is treading water under jabba.its never ending.

    anyone watching the match on saturday. πŸ˜†

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  8. Surely Benitez is a non starter because of control, it became almost obsessive at liverpool. His transfer policy and restructuring of their academy was ridiculous

    Garde is a better fit even if he hasn’t got the medals

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  9. The problem is that if Ashley is so insistent on us not spending money and repaying him the loan back, by the time we are debt free (and in great health) we are likely to be so far behind everyone else that it would cost us a fortune to catch up and at the same time the other clubs will be still be spending the riches of the TV money so we won’t really have any advantage of being debt free.

    The irony is that now with all the money coming into football, a football club should have enough of an income to carry a responsible debt as most successful businesses do have a debt of some kind which has been used for investment to improve the business.

    Anyway, my point is that I believe continuing down this road of austerity will make it impossible for us to catch up in 3 or 4 years time even when we’re debt free.

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  10. Cheers lads, imo he’s got no excuse other than greed not to invest in a quality coach, especially if JC bombs and some decent additions in the summer. In truth we should of gotten a CB and Forward in January but we all know how that went πŸ™„ We will see the true level of ambition come august, even if he just wants PL survival he’s gonna have to spend a bit due to the so called lesser clubs being in a better situation to compete now. Another thing about this vast pot of money that bugs is the fact 95% comes to the PL teams, it drags us further and further away from the lower leagues and doesn’t sit right with me somehow. The disparity between the Pl and the lower divisions is a real cause for concern for me. If more cash was injected into lower divisions it would help them improve the coaching facilities and academies and get better qualified coaches in. The knock on effect would be better playing ability and better prospects for players hoping to climb the leagues ultimately one day even playing for England. This new deal will see even more big name foreign stars coming into the PL complete with greedy agents in tow, thus stifling the growth of our home grown players. For every Harry Kane there will be a dozen Costas if you like, that’s detrimental to the England team and Scotland and Wales and the Irish teams too for that matter. It’s like the four horseman of the apocalypse in Newcastles case, with PL greed, Agents, TV cash and Ashley coming together to make the perfect storm. πŸ‘Ώ

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  11. Stu @16, Spot on, is time on our side?, they want to do things slowly but with this new deal, all bets are off as they say.

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  12. Oh ! have I stumbled onto a new blog, as this used to be one dedicated to football and specifically NUFC,

    Whereas the comments here are either dedicated to demonizing Ashley and his hirelings, that and a lot of bean-counting.

    I never realized Newcastle had so many would be accountants.

    Stating the obvious one after another becomes a bit boring, it’s a bit like reading the comments of the local press writers (and I use that term lightly)who for the most part, have had few if any original ideas in their lives.

    But c’mon guys we have done Ashley, Llambias and the pudgy little guy who has inherited (the whatever job description he has been given), not to mention Carver, who really believes he is management quality, yeah right !.

    Yeah we have done them in spades, but unless the droves of fans who show up for every game wearing their WONGA logo’ed shirts, stop buying them and boycott a number of games, nothing will change.

    But what will we do of a Saturday you say, watch the game down the pub in comfort with a coupla pints, it’s also available via streams on your computer..

    But that ain’t gonna happen, so instead of damning Ashley and blaming him for the present situation, look in the mirror and you will see the real culprit, so no more complaining, either walk or not, the solution is in the hand;s and feet of the fans.

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  13. Kim – fantastic work missus. That’s a proper article – non bias which provokes conversation πŸ˜‰

    I personally don’t believe the mega money will change a thing to be honest. I think new signings will be made in the summer – but they will be tightly controlled – no big fees and a couple of freebies, and certainly a raid on the French or Spanish lower leagues again I reckon. I also think we will get a new head coach – but it won’t be Rafa and I very much doubt it will be FDB either – more like Garde or McClaren.
    The PL has always been 3 mini leagues – top 6, bottom 6 and those in between. We fall into those in between clubs – somewhere between 7th & 14th. Ashley isnt bothered about being the best of the rest and aiming for 7th – he’s happy for somewhere between – and will do enough to keep us there – whether that TV money was Β£5b or Β£50b.

    I agree that that being the case, we should defo prioritise cups as a way of trying to keep the season interesting.
    I would far sooner the club change their stance on the cups than loosen the purse strings personally. I think our money is generally spent wisely and well (in terms of player scouting & fees). I’m not interested in seeing us spend Β£20-30m on 1 player, but I would love to see us still in the draw for the 6th round.

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  14. i think this not taking the fa cup seriously will eventually fall by the way side and we will give it a go.
    the 3rd round of the fa cup kicks off in january, surely we will normally have enough points on the board by christmas to ensure we can give the fa cup ago without jeapordising our epl safety.

    p.s. great write up kim mate, more of it !

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  15. Munich – do you think we are just luring teams into a false sense of security these last few years? πŸ˜†

    If we want a good cup run we need Emirates to put the prices of flights to Dubai up the weekend of the forth round. If they make it expensive enough, then Ashley might decide it’s more cost effective to stay in the cup πŸ˜†

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  16. The irony in the fact Ashley’s transfer policy is based 100% on value for money when his customers are getting absolutely F**k all value for money!

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  17. I doubt whether a golden goose would be able to fly, so clipping its wings wouldn’t do much at all. Now if it were just a normal goose, and it was laying golden eggs, well that’s a different kettle of fish. πŸ˜†

    What I wonder about the growth of all this money is what will happen when it all dries up? All things come to an end eventually, and when the tv money disappears English football is going to be in for one almighty fall.

    But who knows when that will be.

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  18. Good job Kim thanks for the effort πŸ˜‰
    Now I’m with sharpy on this one. I would really like the club to have a good go at one or both cups.
    I accept we wont be pushing the top 6 – no problem – but I would like the club to be established 6 – 10th consistently. For this, we need to find a very good head coach, and improve the quality in depth of the squad to help him.
    Is that really asking for too much ❓
    I would just like to see a good performance being put on for a change.
    For that we need a coach to develop a club ethos with a positive attacking style of play, from the youths right thru to the senior squad.
    Getting the right coach is key.
    We will know more of the clubs intentions come the summer.
    we live in hope.
    The negativity can’t continue.

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  19. Chuck you flew in from a distance looking like the golden eagle but once I got to the end of your post, I realised you were the ugly duckling. No different banter to many other skemmys (crap pigeons according gs to my fatha) πŸ™„

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  20. There’s a definite bird fetish going on, just realised Big Daves last article had a swan in the title and now Troys banging on about Eagles and ugly ducklings πŸ˜‰

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  21. Great to read the hopes and dreams of Begas. He’s desperate for the money to dry up and Sky to invest in the boring A league. Brisbane Roar on our screens weekly and Begas with his sun damaged. crinkly little wizened face and his huge pot belly with BRFC emblazened on his gut on show to the world. Damn no! Damn no! Yikes! Crikey! Ouch! 😯

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  22. Has anyone seen Lambias’ CV on Rangers website? It’s a cracker! Full of absolute lies which is astonishing considering anyone can go and pay for a set of accounts that Lambias is taking great credit for…

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  23. I believe we will spend significant money in the summer. (No more than many other average clubs though)

    That will fool and excite the Clueless football fans of many clubs.

    Attendances will rise with all clubs a.d nufc will continue to sell out.

    We will be mid table again. But hey. Sky knows how to fool them. Not me though πŸ˜‰

    I’ll sit in the pub and watch every match until those at the match realise that Sky TV also benefits those with foresight.

    All thanks to Sky and Mikey. πŸ˜‰

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  24. On a different note. Carver is walking into oblivion. Pards can disappear into the Big Smoke. Carver will live his life where he only knows. They’ll forgive him when he’s sacked. But when he turns his back in the Heaton Buffs, they slag him off behind his face but praise him when he wins the bingo.

    I’ve seen it all in Heaton buffs like.

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  25. Troy @ 28 πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Hitman @ 12 the other day Jabba was the best thing since sliced bread πŸ˜€

    Stu @ 30 Lambastad has been taught to lie by the best πŸ˜‰

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  26. What I really do want, is one of McClaren, Pulis, Bilic, de Boer or Moyes, my favourite one are Pulis Bilic and McClaren. Adding with sales of Gouffran, Riviere, Williamson off to Rangers, Sissoko and Anita. I’ll keep Cisse and Tiote but im based of if they leave, which is probable. Then Id like to see Darlow and Lascelles having a decent pre season and especially hope Curtis Good, Lascelles, Vuckic, Bigi have instant impact to be a starter or in contemd for a role. de Jong back but injury prone, Mehdi Abeid could start in the n10 role, id keep Vuckic and use him if needed as AM or Striker. I want then an athletic and tall and versatile CB/DM like . Id put 2 of Sammy Aarons Ayoze and Cabella for both flanks. left one. And upfront de Jong as withdrawn striker. Then buy Jordan Rhodes, I like Danny Ings and wont complain if we sign him but feel like Ayoze is similar to him and can be better. Jordan Rhodes is a good Cisse replacement, loan Arma and keep Roberts Heardman and Campbell as backup strikers. So we’ll hav

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  27. My preference on wings goes to 2 of Aarons Sammy and Ayoze, Cabella has a lot to prove to be indispnsable.

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  28. And in Defense I assume we got Colo Lascelles Taylor Good Dummett and Satka who is also Rb backup and one year older.

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  29. Aarons N11, Ayoze n7, Lascelles n5, Rhodes n9, Abeid n8. New Dm n6, Good n3. Sammy n21. Top6-10 and cups played with the will to win

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  30. For the Dm to replace Tiote, Nzonzi, Capoue or somebody similar. My team would be.

    ————–Krul—————
    -Janmaat-Colo-Lascelles-PD/MH
    ————Capoue————–
    ——-Colback—Abeid———-
    –Aarons————–Sammy—
    ————-Rhodes————-

    Subs: Darlow, Good, Dummett, Bigi, Cabella, de Jong, Ayoze.
    3rd goal, Saylor, Satka, Raylor, Vuckic, Roberts, Campbell, Heardman, with U’18 or Reserve CM.

    Or at worse if Bigi to be sold, find a young British Cm. for the future.

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  31. Troy @ 28. Now that would be good. However, I think the money is more likely to go to a Euro league eventually. By that I mean a full league with the likes of ManU, Bayern, Barca, PSG, etc in it, playing home and away for a full season.

    And looking further into my crystal ball (and obviously I’m not as good at this psychic stuff as some others) I see a world league taking in teams like Guangzhou Evergrande, Kashima Antlers, probably some Saudi club, Americans (N & S), an Indian team. Maybe initially as a cup comp, but maybe not for long.

    Alas Brisbane would have as much chance of making that league as Gateshead. More likely that Sydney or Melbourne would be in it.

    And, further, when the Western economic model implodes and Chinese Confuscianist philosophy rises, then the whole world will be turned on its head and Europe will become just a set of quaint peninulas hanging off the western part of Asia. πŸ˜†

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  32. Nice article Kim. Taking over my slot. Well done.

    My take is that this combined with FFP accentuates the fact that it is no longer a level playing field, not that it ever was. Now however the stratifications within the league are becoming stronger. Those chasing Champions League, Those chasing Europa League and cups. Those struggling to stay in the EPL.

    My solution to this, and I did write an article on this back when Greg Dyke was waffling on about the future of the game, but I think its sitting in Toonsy’s in tray somewhere and I don’t know where else to send it. I think we should not be limiting spending. If the club can afford it so what. We should be limiting squad sizes. And including players out on loan as part of the squads.

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  33. Despite all the talk about our attitude to cups, we could easily have spent next week preparing for a league cup final

    We would have beaten Sheffield United had we got past spurs. Pardews ridiculous derby paranoia cost us again at the quarter final stage just like Benfica

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  34. Dummet out for 8 weeks. Cracking decision to let Mbiwa and Santon go now wasn’t it. Who would have thought that…

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  35. Leading bookmakersΒ LadbrokesΒ have slashed odds from 33/1 to 6/1 on the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool boss taking charge at St James’ Park.

    Benitez’s position at Italian club Napoli is coming under scrutiny.

    And with Newcastle caretaker John Carver in charge until the end of the season, a shock move may be in the offing.Β 

    Jack Beresford ofΒ LadbrokesΒ said: “Chelsea fans may have cruelly dubbed him a Spanish waiter but the betting suggests a Newcastle move could be on the table for Benitez.”

    Troy Stavers bookmakers continue to have Carver as 1/10 fav and all other managers starting at 33/1 outsiders.

    troystaversonlinebookies.com

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  36. Troy, I would be shocked if Rafa came to us, I always thought he liked a certain level of control over transfers.

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  37. Just been watching SSN and they are discussing the Europa games tonight. Of the 3 cups – FA, League and Europa – the Europa would be my least favoured, just purely because of the distraction it causes to pretty much every English team that plays in it.
    However, I would take it all the same because I agree with Troy, although it is a distraction, it’s a great journey for the fans.
    The FA cup would be the one for me.

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  38. It’s a shame Toon fans aren’t in Europe, especially watching clips of them Chelsea fans yesterday, it would be nice to show Europe what proper support is.

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  39. Troy – the bookies also had KK as the next Leicester manager … before Pearson had actually been sacked πŸ˜†

    I would put Rafa amongst the Elite managers in World football personally – certainly in European football.
    If Newcastle were to hire him (and I really doubt they will) then it would show huge ambition by the club – but they would have to back him, both financially and with the running of things – ie HE would have the final say and not Charnley or Carr … in short, it won’t happen.

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  40. Not a chance for Rafa – although I’d carry him here on me back, if it were possible. Track record way above any of the other possible candidates.

    Won’t happen. Get over it people.

    Carver unless he f@@@s up. Is he the man to keep us mid-table while 16 or 17 clubs greatly out-spend us?

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  41. Kim – in fairness to Chelsea, that looks like a handful of moron racist ****wits – it’s not hundreds or thousands of fans involved – it’s about 5-6 who are stopping the lad getting on the metro.
    I’m certainly not defending them – far from it, I’m just saying that, in the same way one idiot throwing a coin at Colo shouldn’t be a reflection on Palace, or a moron punching a horse shouldn’t reflect toon fans – these idiots wearing Chelsea tops should reflect Chelsea.

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  42. We have a tight arse billionaire that won’t spend anything unless there’s a serious chance of relegation. At the rate Jabba’s spending it won’t be to long before were in a real relegation fight, maybe as soon as next season. We have been lucky this season considering we’ve still got Willo and no main striker. Rafeal Benitez won’t come here but Claudio Ranieri might and I would take him over Carver.

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  43. Troy is very anti Ashley I’m lost for words. He isn’t perfect at running a football club but at least he is trying. What’s good for sports direct is good for Newcastle United. Let the other team’s waste money while we keep it for a rainy day.

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  44. Sharpy@58, Read this re the coin throwing back on 12th feb mate, apparently no one off incident.

    theballazz says

    12/02/15 12:32pm

    Pardew’s comments make me chuckle. Get a hold of the Crystal Palace v Sunderland game from earlier this season. Take a look at what happens when Jordi Gomez score and starts celebrating with Seb Larsson near the goal near to where Colocini got hit on Wednesday. Plenty of coins raining down then as well ……

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  45. Gordon – I’m sorry mate but that’s *******!. Can you look back over what Ashley has done and say – he acted in the best interest of NUFC?. The appointments he makes, the development and growth of the club commercially on a global scale. As an owner of a retail chain and a football club, is his main focus ‘customer satisfaction?’.
    Most successful companies achieve success through customer feedback – do you believe for a split second he gives a ****e what the toon fans think? – his level of communication with the fans is atrocious.

    I think most on here are pretty fair, all you want from players, managers and owners alike is to see that they are trying their best.
    I’ve said on here before that I don’t believe that Ashley is the devil sent to destroy us – but he could do a lot more to improve us than he is now – and I’m not just talking about throwing Β£100m at summer signings.

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  46. Kim – I’m not suggesting it was a one off incident, all im saying is that the majority shouldn’t be judged on a handful of fools.

    Like that incident with the knacker who took a swing at the horse for us. The bother was caused by people who had been watching the match at pubs & clubs around Newcastle and made their way to SJP to kick off – it wasn’t those in the ground.
    Those Chelsea ‘fans’ may not have even been at the game – they may even be Parisians who live over there and had been out watching the match. Regardless, they should be brought to justice for such disgraceful behaviour.

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  47. Stu – does that mean you want him to stay then mate – better the devil you know n all that 😯 πŸ˜‰

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  48. Sharpy17 Ashley hires professional people to run the club for him. Derek Llaimbias and Lee Chanley spring to mind. It’s there responsibility to get the best commercial deals and players in. If they mess up they get sacked and rightly so. All the blame should be pointed at Lee Chanley and John Carver.

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  49. Gordon – It’s Ashley’s responsibility to hire the best possible candidate for the job – do you honestly believe that every appointment he has made has been the best possible candidate – I’m talking JFK – both as manager and as DoF, I’m talking promoting Charnley from within or going with Carver after about a month of deliberations.
    How many people were interviewed when JFK got the DoF job – likewise when Charnley took over?.
    Ashley has forked out quite a bit of Compo on managers he’s installed that didn’t work out – but how much has he spent on getting the right man in NOW – Palace were prepared to do it for Pardew – were we the De Boer or McClaren or Galtier or who even else we believed the best person – everyone has there price right?!.

    I’m all for people being held accountable. If you take a job & are being paid to perform the role, then you should be judged on success or failure – in any profession.
    But that includes Ashley and the people he hires and the directives he has those people working towards.
    I’d use Bill Kenwright at Everton as a good example, or the American fella at Liverpool.

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  50. Funny old game football. Look at last season’s darlings. Everyone was raving about Martinez and Everton. Then they spent Β£28m on Lukaku. Wow!

    Everton are now 5 points below us. Lukaku’s behind Cisse in goals and Martinez is getting abuse from Toffees fans.

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  51. No, I mean that the best possible thing you can say about that ***** is that he wasn’t sent by anyone.

    On another note, I am looking forward to the young defenders you have trust in performing in place of Dummett for the rest of the season. Still think it was a good idea to let Santon go on loan?

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  52. Let me tell you something about Ashley. Every single appointment during his ownership have either been out of work or already at the club in another capacity when they were appointed. That says everything about him and the way he wants to run NUFC. He doesn’t appoint the best man, he appoints the cheapest and easiest.

    I say let him get on with it. The sooner he go’s the better but he won’t be getting anymore of my money.

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  53. Apart from a month’s worth of wins the whole of the last year has been a complete disaster. The football’s been terrible, recruitment poor, management and tactics terrible and the tea boy wants us to back the hot head Charver. 😳

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  54. Sharpy17 Ashley was looking to sell the club so why would he waste money on hiring a manager. Joe Kinnear was good at running unfashionable club’s like Wimbledon and keeping them in the league. If he hadn’t had a heart attack I reckon we would have stayed up. So yes it was a good appointment. As D.O.F difficult to say but defiantly an improvement on Wise.

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  55. Gordon makes my day every time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† 😯 😯 πŸ™‚ 😯 😯 πŸ™„ πŸ™„ πŸ™„

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