Disgraceful Mike Ashley stat emerges – and people wonder why Rafa & NUFC are struggling..

A horrific stat has emerged in the Times, highlighting that we have the lowest net spend in the league across the last three windows – with Mike Ashley gaining £2m on transfers between the summer of 2017 and now.

When you consider the context that were also a newly promoted side, one that needed clear investment, it really does highlight the total lack of interest Mike Ashley has in succeeding on the pitch at Newcastle. Ashley will wheel out the lazy claims that he can’t compete with Manchester City but this shows we can’t compete with anyone in the top flight – including the teams we came up with in Brighton (£108m) and Huddersfield (£71m), or even the sides that came up this year.

The claim we couldn’t spend in the summer of 2017 as we needed to wait for the TV money can be totally quashed, looking at this graphic:

If you don’t compete in the market, you can’t expect to survive in the league – never mind compete. This makes a total mockery of the claim he ‘will invest every penny earned’ into the team. The reality is we have far more debt than when Ashley bought the club, an inferior playing squad and two relegations – with a real risk of a third. Investment isn’t a favour to the fans – it protects your asset and will make NUFC more valuable in the long term.

It’s clear that Ashley feels he’s got the ideal manager in Benitez when it comes to someone being able to keep us up on the bare minimum, but – as Rafa keeps telling us – there’s only so long he can perform miracles. Something has to give and will, this summer.



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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

5 thoughts on “Disgraceful Mike Ashley stat emerges – and people wonder why Rafa & NUFC are struggling..

  1. Would be interesting to see how much clubs in the Championship/League 1 & 2 have spent over the same period, that would make it even more of a joke. Ashley out.

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  2. Nobody has to put up with it, stand together for once and do something about it, I won’t put a penny in that man’s pockets and if that means I miss going to matches so be it, enough is enough stand together and clear the man out of Newcastle once and for all, we’re a laughing stock

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  3. MA must have figured that going down and up has more financial reward that staying in the Prem. He is a gambler, so his big risk is getting stuck in the Championship more than one year. There is his fun.

    There is no person in their right mind that would buy NUFC, as they are essentially as street dealer in a drug cartel (The Prem under the FA). If anything goes wrong, it’s they guy on the street that takes the fall.

    Until there is a level playing field with a draft, roster limits and salary cap, any team below the top 5 or 6 will struggle.

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  4. Mike ashley chose to buy newcastle for one big reason. No matter what he does 50,000 fans will continue to turn up to home games and even a boycott would only take a few thousand off. If the stadium was half empty the people in the media would take much bigger interest

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