The powerful picture that perfectly sums up Mike Ashley’s soul-sucking spell at SJP

If there’s a picture that ever summed up Mike Ashley’s time on Tyneside, it’s a big Newcastle United gate that leads to nothing other than a brick wall.

These are the sentiments shared by protest group Toon For Change, who’ve just perfectly summed up Mike Ashley’s miserable time on Tyneside with the following tweet:

Gates represent an opening and an opportunity, yet Mike Ashley’s lead to nothing and go absolutely nowhere – and that’s summed us up during his time on Tyneside.

If we’ve not been going backwards – thanks to two relegations and a countless number of relegation battles – we’ve remained stagnant, with him often happy providing we survive by the skin of our teeth.

His errors have been huge and constant, but it’s been his lack of investment and constant neglect that have infuriated so many, turning what was once a side capable of competing to a zombie club settling for nothing other than Premier League safety.

Shameless lies, PR stunts and awful appointments aside, we’ve seen St James’ Park get left to rot (literally), the training ground continue to look light years behind that of ambitious Premier League rivals and our playing squad controlled via a tedious transfer policy.

Hopefully the Saudis can immediately break the chains he tied to our club 13 years ago, bringing some hope and ambition back to that sleeping giant that is St James’ Park.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

532 thoughts on “The powerful picture that perfectly sums up Mike Ashley’s soul-sucking spell at SJP

  1. kimtoon:
    Stu , you keep saying we should look to Swedens reaction and i keep saying we should look to SK to learn from them.
    What’s the difference.

    I have plenty of common sense as well thank you, but this government needs to be much clearer about things regarding social distancing measures and who you can and can not see.
    One minute they are saying you can meet your parents but only one of them, then it’s not at their home but in a park or something . Then Raab says no you can meet both then the government corrects him and says no you can’t meet them at all. I mean ffs it makes no sense at all.

    I have just driven to a trading estate to get some wipers as my drivers side is broke, it’s mental, place was packed with people going into all the stores there. It looks like everyone thinks we are back to normal for most. He should not of changed that slogan to stay alert, now that stay at home is gone, no ones bothering.

    Prime example of idiots at work. At no point did he say yesterday that people can start going about their daily lives as normals yet here we are people filling shops like the one you went in. Firstly why have people done that as they weren’t told they could and why has the shop not stopped this and become responsible? Again the PM didn’t say shop can go back to normal.

    Don’t make excuses for ****ing morons, Kim.

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  2. Many people in this country will be quite happy to sit on their arse and get their wages for watching This Morning. So many will be wanting the gvt to keep the lock down going as long as possible. Suppose it’s human nature.

    I notice the unions are taking advantage of the crisis with the old adage of never letting a good crisis go to waste. They now demand the impossible. They don’t want people to go back to work until it’s perfectly safe. How is that possible? Nobody can guarantee any safety when it comes to Coronavirus. They’re a prime example of a quite disgraceful set of people who are taking advantage of the situation.

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  3. Stu
    I think i made it clear why i went there, drivers side wiper broke, we are due heavy rain and i cannot drive without it. I did not enter the shop ( Halfords ) as it is shut. You queue up at the entrance and ask for what you want. I got my wipers and went home.
    Most of the shops there have been open throughout the lockdown as sell food or essentials, it’s just today they are packed.

    The trouble with morons as you put it, though i prefer to call them people , is that when you give them a chance to drop their responsibilities they will, they see being allowed back to work as a green light.
    To be fair, if you can go to work on packed tubes as we saw today in photos on social media, it kinda makes a mockery of not being allowed to sit in the garden with your parents or kids .

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  4. I went to the Silverlink in North Shields earlier this afternoon and then to the Forum shopping centre in Wallsend.
    All of the shops had a person at the door allowing 1 person in only when another came out. The queues outside were quite long but with not many people in them because they obviously are unaware of distance and they were all 10 – 12 feet apart.

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  5. Reality time. If we want to travel like we did previously, if we want to have social lives like previous and if we want to actually just have lives then we must have the reality that will mean people have multiple tests every time we want to do something. Before we fly have a negative test certificate or the same if you want to go to a pub, club or restaurant and sports matches. Alternatively have a immunity certificate. It’s the only ways

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  6. “The trouble with morons as you put it, though i prefer to call them people , is that when you give them a chance to drop their responsibilities they will, they see being allowed back to work as a green light.“

    Sorry, I’d call them morons.

    The PM also said only go back to work if it’s safe. How is getting on packed tube safe? Maybe they struggle with that aspect. If so then they’re stupid.

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  7. The unions are rightly looking out for their members. No one cant be 100% certain it’s safe, but to have appropriate safety measures in place is only fair. To suggest they are taking advantage of this crisis is disingenuous of you Stu, you know full well they are looking out for their members safety .

    If you want to talk about taking advantage of the crisis, then look no further than this government who are using it to give contracts to many private( US ) companies to build and kit out nightingale hospitals, run test centers and procure PPE with no sunset clause and without competition.

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  8. Even in explaining it there’s no clarity.

    Starmer has just asked if someone has been told they can go back to work, but has child care issues, what do they do?

    Johnson – well it’s common sense, they need to stay off and should be support.

    So I’m the owner of a manufacturing company expecting 10 members of staff back on Wednesday – but 4 of them have kids and can’t come in … who pays them?. Do I still receive furlough payments to pay them – because I’m either going to be 4 staff down and can’t get back up and running fully without them – and 40% down on my output.

    If I can’t go back to work coz my kids are off, so I’m still only receiving 80% of my salary and have depended on a mortgage holiday – can that be continued.

    If you can go back go back, if you can’t then stay off is a very clear instruction – but answers very little.

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  9. Wear a face mask on public transport from Wednesday – good I championed face masks from the start.

    But where do people get them from?. Key workers have struggled to get them. I’m sure Eric said he’s been waiting about 3 weeks for his – that will be longer again as most people start buying them up privately now.

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  10. Sharpy, i’m lucky in that i got a box of 50 from the health team in case Lew or i caught it and for his carer to wear.
    Previous to that i couldn’t get any for weeks, luckily we didn’t need them back then.

    I do feel for you regards your job and childcare issues, must be very worrying.
    Out of interest would your workplace not provide mask ?

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  11. Failing that sharpy there are good youtube links that show you how to make one, if you line it with a coffee filter it’s even better.

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  12. Kim,
    The US providing PPE with no competition? Really???
    The hospitals up here have never been short of PPE.
    The Barbour clothing factory is one of more than a dozen clothing firms that have , for many weeks, been providing over 70,000 gowns each week for our local hospitals , including thousands of washable gowns that can be re-used.
    There is now a surplus which is being stockpiled for the future.
    Northumbria University Design and Technology Dept. worked with the Northumbria Hospital Trust on PPE requirements. The University is now making PPE and providing this to our local hospices.
    Good community spirit up here Kim .
    I don’t think the US will be getting many orders from this area.

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  13. Direct question put to him.

    Should/must people using public transport wear face protection – YES OR NO?

    Reply – we would advise it.

    ? … yes or no man????

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  14. kimtoon:
    Sharpy, i’m lucky in that i got a box of 50 from the health team in case Lew or i caught it and for his carer to wear.
    Previous to that i couldn’t get any for weeks, luckily we didn’t need them back then.

    I do feel for you regards your job and childcare issues, must be very worrying.
    Out of interest would your workplace not provide mask ?

    Kim – ? there’s clarity for you. Im not really the owner of a manufacturing company – it was a scenario that some people will find themselves in.

    I’ve never been off, in fact, I’ve probably never worked hard. But my wife is working from home and my boy is off school so we’ve been affected in our own way.

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  15. Sidekick, you didn’t read my post properly. The Private firms are being used to do the procuring not the manufacturer .
    They also are responsible for the spec of said PPE, which may in part be why the stock we got from Turkey was partly unusable. Perhaps they weren’t sure what the correct spec is and that’s why having been tested back here it was found to be wrong.

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  16. Also sidekick i never mentioned PPE shortage in that post so why reply like i did.
    These firms have been given contracts which one can only assume will now stay in place since there are no sunset clauses. They didn’t have to bid for these contracts or as i said compete for them.

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  17. kimtoon:
    Sidekick, you didn’t read my post properly. The Private firms are being used to do the procuring not the manufacturer .
    They also are responsible for the spec of said PPE, which may in part be why the stock we got from Turkey was partly unusable. Perhaps they weren’t sure what the correct spec is and that’s why having been tested back here it was found to be wrong.

    That should read not the manufacture of it.

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  18. To clarify, the private firms are ordering the PPE and other hospital hardware, ventilators, scanners etc on behalf of the government. This was previously done by NHS trusts . Wonder how much they are paying them for this service.

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  19. Stuart mate, you don’t have to stand up for everything the Tories do. They make mistakes just like the rest of us. That poll that said 35% were confused by Boris’s speech is a high enough number to show that it WAS confusing to many. He needs better speech writers for a start.

    A bigger problem is the political point scoring. In the 24 hour news cycle there is a rush to judgement and just no time to digest anything. You would think they would be pulling together in a crisis like this. It is the same here, but we are Governed by an Orangutan.

    I am guessing that the photos of parks and London’s East End was Martin Samuel in The Mail. They seemed to mainly be young and those least at risk but I am surprised at the numbers. I am sick of being cooped up but I will still be careful. I am getting groceries delivered rather than risk going to the supermarket. This way, I see 1 guy who has a mask and gloves on. It is probably overcautious. Still not many people out. Last I looked (online) Chicago downtown was empty.

    I will not be surprised if there is a spike in cases in London. It is just so crowded and they were allowing anybody in by air until recently. It is the most like NYC and that is the epicenter of the virus here.

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  20. How much of an advantage is it to play in your home stadium if it is empty? Staying near your home and less travel is about it. Teams like Man U even stay in hotels before their home games. I read the reports and they are always saying the players arrived at The Lowry Hotel on Friday night etc.

    I thought it was all about the logistics, of limiting the number of people at the stadium, of having players in a controlled environment in hotels etc, of making it easier to do testing and to televise the games. 10 venues is easier to manage than 20 but if this is the sticking point for Brighton then hopefully the Govt will allow it and remove this barrier.

    Will fans congregate outside home venues? Probably, if the reaction to the limited lifting of the lockdown is anything to go by. But there is probably exaggeration of that as well as the piece I saw was Martin Samuel in The Mail and he is king of hyperbole.

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  21. Eric, much as i would like football to return i just can’t see how it would work, all it takes is one player testing positive and the whole team has to self isolate . How will we feel if we can’t put out a team or have to field a weaken team. It could seriously effect our position in the league , that goes for all teams.
    Just void it, bring up the top two from the champo for next season and no relegation from pl and give the title to Pool .

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  22. Had a giggle today when I was watching someone on the news. A couple of weeks ago they were on mini g that the PM hadn’t given us a plan to lift the restrictions. Today she was on Complaining about the plan… ????

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  23. Kimtoon: the big clubs are set to lose 100 mil and up if football does not resume. They will do everything they can to make it happen. Up to the Govt now to say they can play on home grounds. On balance, my guess is that they will block it and tell the PL to sort out their mess and deal with the neutral ground issue. Ministers have said they want football and have laid out the rules, especially since they are now allowing sports after June 1. We will also see a test case in Germany before they meet again.

    I am not sure what the German rules are as they seem to have quarantined Dresden but not Cologne. Bit scattergun if you ask me.

    The problem with all of this is that I can see a spike coming in London and that is where a lot of the home grounds and even neutral venues are. Without this I can see a resumption on JULY 1 as they are kicking the can down the road and not giving themselves enough time for training. That will also allow them to look closely at the German model.

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  24. kimtoon:
    Sidekick, you didn’t read my post properly. The Private firms are being used to do the procuring not the manufacturer .
    They also are responsible for the spec of said PPE, which may in part be why the stock we got from Turkey was partly unusable. Perhaps they weren’t sure what the correct spec is and that’s why having been tested back here it was found to be wrong.

    That’s just plain wrong, Kim. I know someone who works for DEFRA and I also have a very good friend who works quite high up in a NHS trust and there isn’t a government memo telling them US private companies must do the procuring. That’s just not true.

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  25. In fact, Kim we have so many ventilators doing nothing that we have told Dyson not to bother making any more. Why would US private companies be procuring things we don’t need?

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  26. Is this Bale to NUFC just papertalk? He is a massive risk with his injury record. He’s 30 as well. Even compared to Cavani and Coutinho his wages are stratospheric. I think this would be a mistake and we are likely to end up with another Carroll only on vastly more money.

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  27. The real problem is that whatever the government do they will always be something missing. It will always lead to questions about a scenario they haven’t thought of and let’s be honest the media and the politicians will be looking for that scenario.

    I’m utterly bored. I wish this takeover would hurry up to give me something else to talk about.

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  28. Wonder if the PM gets any credit if there isn’t a spike after lifting the restrictions as slow as he is… I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was him.

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  29. Oh and Olly – get rid of this stupid ****ing video on my screen! It’s absolutely pathetic and adds nothing to the blog.

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  30. There are certain players like Wilshere and Carroll who just keep getting injured. And the injuries are to different parts of their bodies. Carroll’s latest is his ribs so nothing to do with the ankle surgery. 2 months out with sore ribs!!!! I think also one time he dropped something on his foot and was out for a month.

    If we are going to make a splash in the transfer market it should not be on someone likely to be in the physio room no matter how good they are.

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  31. Stuart79:
    Oh and Olly – get rid of this stupid ****ing video on my screen! It’s absolutely pathetic and adds nothing to the blog.

    I’ll mention it mate, but I don’t have anything to do with that side of the blog – I only write articles and run the social media platforms.

    I do know the blog has suffered during this crisis mind, so an extra ad like this may have been added to make up for the hit. I’ll check it out, but please don’t shoot the messenger.

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  32. Sky saying the majority of bottom half clubs are against neutral venues is just lazy journalism. We already know the bottom 6 are against it and also relegation for their own self serving reasons. 6 of 10 is an obvious majority but Sky fail to mention that 14 of 20 are OK with it (apparently). It is just twisting it for the headline.

    I know I have said this before but it just annoys me when they manipulate the facts.

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  33. Shamrock:
    Maybe don’t put the video on the main conversation threads. It’s bloody irritating

    It was on mine for months and has now stopped. I didn’t make any changes to ad blockers etc.

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  34. I have read the 50 page document. It says if restrictions are kept in place as they were u tip June, there would be a further 2 million unemployed. GDP in the 2nd quarter would fall 35% and that would be the biggest fall in 300 years.

    The effect on the economy and the Government’s ability to fund people on furlough, additional dole money, medication and hospital treatment for people suffering with depression etc as a result would be huge. Then the NHS cannot get the funding to combat things like Covid and many more people are living in poverty without education.

    A balance has to be found. People need to stop moaning and start rolling their sleeves up in my opinion. The advice is pretty clear but people seem to have lost the ability to think for themselves and employ a bit of common sense within their decision making. The PM can’t answer every question about every element of an individual’s or businesses lives. He can give guidelines and then it’s up to the us to go about our lives responsibly. We have turned into a right bunch of softies, this ‘woke’ generation sweeping through society no matter what age people are. I find it embarrassing to be honest. I have been in to work with basically no PPE facing the public inside 2m on a daily basis throughout this pandemic out of necessity and I’m fine. It is a crappy serious illness and precautions need to be taken but we can’t stay locked up forever.

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  35. Eric Sykes: It was on mine for months and has now stopped. I didn’t make any changes to ad blockers etc.

    I used to be able to hit an X in the corner and make it go away, but that option is no longer available and the video is hovering over my test box. It’s a total pain in the arse

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  36. Shamrock:
    I have read the 50 page document.It says if restrictions are kept in place as they were u tip June, there would be a further 2 million unemployed. GDP in the 2nd quarter would fall 35% and that would be the biggest fall in 300 years.

    The effect on the economy and the Government’s ability to fund people on furlough, additional dole money, medication and hospital treatment for people suffering with depression etc as a result would be huge. Then the NHS cannot get the funding to combat things like Covid and many more people are living in poverty without education.

    A balance has to be found. People need to stop moaning and start rolling their sleeves up in my opinion. The advice is pretty clear but people seem to have lost the ability to think for themselves and employ a bit of common sense within their decision making. The PM can’t answer every question about every element of an individual’s or businesses lives. He can give guidelines and then it’s up to the us to go about our lives responsibly. We have turned into a right bunch of softies, this ‘woke’ generation sweeping through society no matter what age people are. I find it embarrassing to be honest. I have been in to work with basically no PPE facing the public inside 2m on a daily basis throughout this pandemic out of necessity and I’m fine. It is a crappy serious illness and precautions need to be taken but we can’t stay locked up forever.

    Sham – please don’t board the name calling train mate. There is nothing ‘woke’ about people just wanting clear and concise information. I’ve not seen anyone say we shouldn’t be progressing, only to know it will be done safely and the impact that progression will have on people.

    A lot of time today has been clearing up whether or not you can meet both of your parents in a park (because Raab got it wrong). If they can’t be concise on the simple bloody things how does that encourage public confidence.

    This if you can go to work go, if not don’t hardly clears things up.

    Go but avoid public transport – how do they get there then.

    We are telling you to wear a face mask, but maybe you should.

    A number of questions put to Boris today were met with – well the chancellor will cover that in the coming days, I don’t want to ‘steal his thunder’ was what he said in one reply.

    I’m watching the BBC news now and there are still many questions they are chewing over and agree still haven’t been clarified ??‍♂️.

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  37. Most of what you just wrote Sharpy is nit picking.

    A lot of time today has been clearing up whether or not you can meet both of your parents in a park (because Raab got it wrong). If they can’t be concise on the simple bloody things how does that encourage public confidence.
    (You can meet one person from outside your household provided social distancing)

    This if you can go to work go, if not don’t hardly clears things up.

    Go but avoid public transport – how do they get there then.

    (If you can work from home then do so. If you can’t then go to work. Avoid public transport if you can, but if you have to use public transport, wear a mask. Bus companies etc can limit numbers on buses.)

    We are telling you to wear a face mask, but maybe you should. (he said we advise you to wear masks in busy public places. Pretty clear)

    I really don’t my understand the lack of common sense. I’ll say no more on it as it’s pointless arguing with people. Hopefully this takeover happens this week and we can move on to football again!

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  38. Shamrock:
    Most of what you just wrote Sharpy is nit picking.

    A lot of time today has been clearing up whether or not you can meet both of your parents in a park (because Raab got it wrong). If they can’t be concise on the simple bloody things how does that encourage public confidence.
    (You can meet one person from outside your household provided social distancing)

    This if you can go to work go, if not don’t hardly clears things up.

    Go but avoid public transport – how do they get there then.

    (If you can work from home then do so. If you can’t then go to work. Avoid public transport if you can, but if you have to use public transport, wear a mask. Bus companies etc can limit numbers on buses.)

    We are telling you to wear a face mask, but maybe you should. (he said we advise you to wear masks in busy public places. Pretty clear)

    I really don’t my understand the lack of common sense. I’ll say no more on it as it’s pointless arguing with people. Hopefully this takeover happens this week and we can move on to football again!

    I take it as a key worker you can still send your child to school? – those who can’t?

    You can meet one person in the park – they can’t come into your house. But cleaners and nannies can – that doesn’t need explaining better does it not?.

    His words regarding face masks were – we certainly aren’t telling people they have to, but maybe in public spaces when 2m distance is hard to maintain there could be some benefits. I understand what he’s saying, I just think it needs to be more direct than that.

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  39. Yes I am a key worker and no I’ve not sent my kids to school. However, in some cases some people won’t be able to go to work as a result. A lot of businesses won’t be able to take all of their staff back at once, so I imagine most household that cannot get childcare will have the option of staying furloughed anyway. I have a mate who is furloughed – he works in a garage. They have kept 3 staff on full time and are looking at rotating.

    It’s has not been and won’t be easy but businesses and people will need to be practical about it and find solutions. The government cannot be expected to baby sit everybody through their individual circumstances and our economy will not survive if we are kept locked down.

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  40. Shamrock:
    Yes I am a key worker and no I’ve not sent my kids to school. However, in some cases some people won’t be able to go to work as a result. A lot of businesses won’t be able to take all of their staff back at once, so I imagine most household that cannot get childcare will have the option of staying furloughed anyway. I have a mate who is furloughed – he works in a garage. They have kept 3 staff on full time and are looking at rotating.

    It’s has not been and won’t be easy but businesses and people will need to be practical about it and find solutions. The government cannot be expected to baby sit everybody through their individual circumstances and our economy will not survive if we are kept locked down.

    Wholeheartedly agree mate, honestly I do. I’m a key worker too and have kept my lad at home to ease things for the school and as the wife is working from home we didn’t feel the need.
    I said in an earlier post that it was impossible to cover every scenario in 10mins – and I agree, common sense will be needed – but I do think that greater clarification was needed in certain things.

    But I am sick as f@ck of talking about it all now like.

    Where’s these bast@rd Saudis at???

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  41. Shamrock: I’ll say no more on it as it’s pointless arguing with people.

    Never a truer word said … and that applies to all sides, particularly those blindly defending their political masters.

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  42. Sharpy17: Where’s these bast@rd Saudis at???

    Probably working on how to present themselves as something other than a nasty brutal regime or trying to lie their way into the hearts and minds of Newcastle fans.

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  43. Sham you are spot on.

    I find it incredible that people genuinely believe that the government should have the answer for every single scenario for 70m individual people regardless of the 70m peoples circumstances. It really doesn’t matter what they say as someone somewhere will come up with a scenario that they haven’t thought of. But yeah – is like people to start thinking for themselves and use the “guidelines” from government.

    I thought what came out of the press conference today was interesting. A journo asked why you can see a friend you know in the park but can’t go round to your parents house and the chief scientist explained it’s because they are monitoring the virus and they’re trying to see how different circumstances effects it. Probably not good enough for some but eh ho.

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  44. You know that when this is done there will be a running commentary on all things NUFC from Richard Keys and it will be all negative. Twitter has a lot to answer for. I don’t know whether to get angry or laugh. This man is supposed to be a relatively unbiased commentator but he obviously has an irrational hatred of all things NUFC. I don’t know where it came from but I know it is there. He has also turned Andy Gray who just sits there like a nodding bobble head toy. For some reason they hated Rafa as well. But Pards and Big Fat Sam are always welcome on their Qatari couch. It is hard to imagine bigger hypocrites.

    Some would say it is best to just ignore them, but why? It is slightly entertaining watching them dig themselves a deeper hole and pretzel themselves trying to explain away some of the outrageous comments. Especially the human rights stuff where their glass house is bigger than the one at Kew Gardens.

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  45. Eric Sykes: It is slightly entertaining watching them dig themselves a deeper hole and pretzel themselves trying to explain away some of the outrageous comments.

    Pretty much sums up how I feel about comments on this blog.

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  46. So, NUFC voted against neutral venues. Who made that decision? Charnley?

    Will the Govt give approval to play at home grounds? I don’t know, much like I don’t know the answers to a lot of things in regard to CV-19. We have to find a way to get people back to work but that will also mean inevitably a bigger headline infection and death number from the virus. That will cause a lot of hand wringing and hyperbole in the press but the alternative is much worse, especially if the numbers that Shamrock quoted from the 50 page Govt document are anywhere near accurate.

    On the Govt. At least you haven’t got the Orange Man Baby Donald Trump. He walked out of a press conference today because the questions were too tough. #WorstCrisisManagerEver

    On a couple of comedy shows when they are talking about Trump they put up a picture of an Orangutan rather than his portrait.

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  47. Brisvegas: Pretty much sums up how I feel about comments on this blog.

    You should get yourself over to Eds. They are having a bookclub about some obscure author today. Last week, in between bickering, they spent about 800 posts discussing the merits of various types of alcohol they would drink when the Saudi deal completes.

    There is sometimes a good link on there which is why I scan it now and again. I usually come away wishing I hadn’t.

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  48. Looks like Danny Rose has booked a one way ticket back to Spurs. He says he doesn’t give a fck about morale when people’s lives are at risk. Saying PL shouldn’t restart until number of infections are way down. Sounds good on the surface, but the whole situation is a lot more nuanced than this, especially as it pertains to the economy.

    If there was one area that could be started up it would be PL football. They are all fit young men playing behind closed doors who would be subject to a degree of testing the rest of us do not have and they could be kept apart from the general population. Another couple of months of what we are doing now and football will be begging to restart.

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  49. Part-time comic Richard Keys is not letting the downtime from the cessation of football go to waste. He has started a new business. Some of the laid-off Bangladeshi slaves used in the building of world cup venues (officially 4,000 deaths so far) have been gainfully employed by Keysey Industries making oven mitts. He has them weave the hair that molts from the back of his hands and he estimates that production is up to 1,000 a day. As he explained to Andy Gray who nodded in agreement – this is not Saudi Arabia so it is not exploitation. I pay them a living wage of 20,000 rial a day (equivalent to 12 pence) so they look can after their loved ones. At this rate it only takes them 2 weeks to save up for the stamp to send the cheque back home.

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  50. Asked whether this was a double standard Keysey said “of course not”. I railed against delusional geordies for years and lauded Mike Ashley for saving them and being a good businessman. Now that he has sold to the Saudis though I have gone back and re-written all of my tweets and re-shot the shows. You will see I have been consistent all along as painting him as a crook and a sweat shop owner. “Oops, did I really say that? Can you cut that bit?”

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  51. I see The Guardian are saying new evidence was sent to the PL in the last 24 hours regarding the piracy thing. You only have to ask yourself who leaked the info and why to realise it’s nonsense.

    Anyway I see now the government are getting in the neck for trying to get young kids back to reception in June. Fuck me – what on Earth is wrong with these people?! Do they literally want to be paid by the state forever?

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  52. I know Eric doesn’t like him but Martin Samuel makes a great point about a European Super League being dead. Tv companies demanding relegation ie something to play for would make a mockery of the ESL.

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  53. Also stating that actually the bottom clubs are a main reason why tv companies pay billions for the rights. Relegation is just as important to them as who wins the league and more important and exciting than who finishes 4th. Begs the question, why do the top 6 get more from the tv rights?

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  54. Stuart79:
    I know Eric doesn’t like him but Martin Samuel makes a great point about a European Super League being dead. Tv companies demanding relegation ie something to play for would make a mockery of the ESL.

    Stuart: I find Martin Samuel a bit of a blowhard but he does make some sense some of the time. I still read him so that says something. He’s in The Mail so I suppose he has to be intentionally controversial. I think he was at The Times before that. He is not a bad writer though and his hand writing is probably joined up which I suspect Ryder’s is not.

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  55. Stuart79:
    Also stating that actually the bottom clubs are a main reason why tv companies pay billions for the rights. Relegation is just as important to them as who wins the league and more important and exciting than who finishes 4th. Begs the question, why do the top 6 get more from the tv rights?

    Because they have the most fans. You just have to go to that pub in Chicago we went to to see that. When Liverpool are on it is packed.

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  56. Stuart: I have actually been enjoying Martin Samuel’s pieces more recently. He bounces around a bit and goes over the top but he is definitely a bit different to most to the ex-pro pundits and is not Miguel Delaney. He doesn’t seem to have an agenda against NUFC, or at least not recently.

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  57. I see RyanScare are hoping to start 40% of their flights from July 1st. Might get a holiday after all…

    Face masks and temp checks at the airport and face masks on the planes. As I have been saying all along, this is about reducing the the possibility of transmission and not erradicating it as that’s not going to be possible.

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  58. Whatever you may think of Boris at least he is not Agent Orange. The Orangutan has abdicated all responsibility and is letting the states go it alone. The Illinois Governor said as much today.

    The noises coming out of the state house tell me there will be no change for a month at least. They haven’t said it but I can read the tealeafs. Chicago was almost at full employment before this hit so should bounce back, but NOT if it goes on much longer and not if Agent Orange does not engage the federal Govt.

    People are starting to get p!ssed off now.

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  59. The Chronic has an article on when European countries expect to lift international travel restrictions. Portugal thinks 2021 FFS and only sees local travel before that. Some are earlier but a lot are saying August.

    I doubt you will see any tourists from the US until 2021. Americans just freak out when something like this happens. A year after 9/11 I was getting a Hotel in San Francisco for a $100 that was $400 before.

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  60. Spain have put a 2 week quarantine in place now for incoming travelers, Ryan air want to fly there. That effectively means you would have to book a very long holiday to allow for booking 6 weeks off from work. 2 weeks quarantine in Spain 2 weeks holiday and 2 weeks quarantine back in the UK.

    Gonna be a lot of staycations i suspect this year.

    Also something that doesn’t make sense is we are bringing in quarantine to travelers but not if they are from France or Ireland, how does that make sense. What is to stop people from other countries getting to uk via France and Ireland . I suppose they will rely on checking their passports but they don’t stamp anymore do they ?
    I have not taken a holiday for nearly 20 years so have no idea.

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  61. Aye BeIN sports seem to be doing everything in their powers to stop this one done they?!.

    Wasn’t there a period of exclusivity as well?.

    If this was going to happen, I would have thought the PL have had ample time to review now. I suppose the fact they haven’t said no yet means it’s still alive, but the longer it goes the more doubt I have.

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  62. Just been watching the discussion on deciding leagues on the points per game outcome and Gary Neville doesn’t seem to think thats a fair way to do it.

    I’d agree if we were only halfway through the season. But with so few games remaining, I think it’s probably the fairest way to decide.

    I don’t like the idea of scrapping relegation altogether. Do no teams then get promoted? – that doesn’t seem fair. Do teams get promoted and no teams relegated – then there are more games next season – we struggle to play all the games in a season as things stand.

    Clubs like Brighton seem to not want to be relegated, but also don’t want to play out the season at neutral grounds.

    The PL need to make a decision really. Hopefully the season can be played out – but if there is a second spike, I suspect they will knock that on the head – so what’s plan B.

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  63. The other factor is there seems to be an awful lot of players who really don’t seem keen on returning to play either – and what a clubs board of directors want could very well be vastly different to what it’s playing staff want.

    A very difficult situation – and one which may also be the reason our takeover is taking so long – the PL are busy trying to sort this mess out to try and find a solution before June when the government say they could return.

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  64. Sharpy, I said yesterday that to continue the season is really problematic . If just one player goes down with covid then the whole team , coach and staff will need to isolate. Then you cannot fulfill 2 possibly 3 matches with your first team. You either field a weakened team with no coach or forfeit the games if you can’t field a team.
    What does that do your league position and if this happens with multiple teams it’s chaos and open to all sorts of litigation should you end up getting relegated .

    I would void it but award Pool the title, they’re gonna win it anyway, scrap relegation but bring up the two top teams from Champo as it stands and play with 22 teams for one season and have bottom 5 drop to reset league .
    The play off placed teams will b itch and moan but they will have to suck it up , the playoffs are a joke to me anyway , should always be the first three to go up imo, they got there over the season on merit.

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  65. One things for sure Sharpy, those PL lawyers will be very busy at the moment, covering their backsides over project restart and whether or not to pass the Toon deal and all ramifications .

    That’s if there is a takeover .

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