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Has Mike Ashley lost all credibility With The Toon faithful?

Posted on November 10th, 2011 | 45 Comments |

Mike Ashley: Has he lost all credibility now?
Mike Ashley: Has he lost all credibility now?
After the uproar of the announcement this morning and much discussion with the lads at work, I’ve come to the feeling that Ashley has completely lost any trust that he has managed to claw back over the past few months.

As a previous nufcblog.org article has already pointed out, Derek Llambias has previously gone on record and stated that the St James Park would never be dropped from our grounds name. Bet he regrets putting that comment in the press now.

I honestly think the timing of this announcement is terrible. Newcastle are finally getting themselves back onto an even keel, why risk upsetting the apple cart?

I’m also none too impressed about the way he has suckered people into committing themselves to additional cheap season tickets, and then made the announcement about changing the name. He knows people have paid good money to be there, so there won’t be any risk of financial loss by mass walkouts. I’m sure there will be a few belated protests, but to be honest it’s not going to change anything.

To be honest, the name change hasn’t angered me that much, it was and always will be St James Park. However the underhand way it was done, with Sports Direct not giving us a penny is what is griping with me at the moment. From now on, I cannot trust anything the board say, so I’m just sticking my head in the sand and hope that we continue to do the business on the pitch.

I’ll finish with a belated Howay the Lads and invite a comedy comments section. What’s the worst company name that could sponsor St James Park? My vote is the Big Yellow Skip Company Arena.

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NUFCBlog Author: Mick toons Mick toons is a proud nufc fan hailing from Durham. He now lives in Yorkshire with another group of hard done by fans... Leeds United Mick toons has written 13 articles on this blog.

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45 Responses

  1. UTD111 says:

    November 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    “Blimey! When did the word “credibility” become “creditability”? Is it an americanism?”

    I still haven’t figured out what this “normalcy” shite is all about yet. What the frig was wrong with “normality” before? Can any of our American friends explain? :-)

  2. Credibility ? Never had any as far as I’m concerned.

    Losses sustained by this club in the past four years were almost all down to his bungling incompetence. Now he’s trying to claw it all back (while claiming he’s helping the club to turn itself around) so that he can sell for a profit.

    Saviour or Self seeker ? You decide !

  3. ‘Momentarily’ confused an American friend of mine once. In the UK we usually use the word to mean ‘in a moment’ but in the US it’s often used to mean ‘briefly’.

    So when he was told his plane would be landing momentarily, he wondered if he’d have to leap out of the door quickly before it took off again.

  4. workyticket says:

    “I still haven’t figured out what this “normalcy” shite all about yet. What the frig was wrong with “normality”. Can any of our American friends explain? :-)”

    Dont get me started on Americanisms WT otherwise we’ll be ONGOING all night.

    Do you know that Microsoft Word offers, as an alternative to the word “Enhanced” in its Thesaurus section, the option “Gotten Better” ?

    Did you also know that American TV Sports Presenters are often quoted as describing the most successful team/horse/jockey etc etc as the “Most Winningest” :)

    I kid you not !!!

  5. was just thinking over night since newcastle did change the name to sportsdirect@stjames park back two years ago the name never really catched on with the media and commentators, now with this recent name change i dont think they will call it the the sports direct arena they will still say st james park. here is to hoping anyway

  6. Clarkie’s Huddersfield Toon have the sponsored “Pink Link” stand, which sounds like a gay chatline. The inside of the stadium is also in baby pink and baby blue, which is nice.

  7. Ok, first off which Jokers voted Yes? can we not stop mackem wind up merchants coming on here? Secondly the man just seems to be dropping his semi annual reminder that it’s his club and he’ll do as he sees fit. If only we could file some kind of claim against that prevents him owning or operating any business in newcastle and force him out of the club that way. Odds are it won’t catch on, as St james’ park is known throughout Europe and possibly the world as the home of Newcastle united and most of the time Television people will still refer it as St James’ park

  8. Ok, first off which Jokers voted Yes?

    I noticed that a bit earlier – surely that can’t be right.

  9. Absolutely disgraceful, yet again Ashley showing no regard for the club or fans and all for personal gain. Brand or company named stadiums have often came from the fact that they put a lot of money into the building of a new, larger, more modern stadium (ie the Emirates) and not the traditional ground that a club like ours has occupied since its formation. He must think us fans are stupid, he brought in over 50 million pounds from january to the end of the transfer window and spent next to nothing (thank god we have Graham Carr to bring in the likes of Cabaye or we’d be truly f****d) after promising the re-investment of the income. Now theyre saying that the revenue of 8-10 million a year generated from the stadium will bring in more players?? fat ashley would never spend over 5 million pounds on a player, proven by Erik Pieters where we wouldnt budge from our valuation instead of paying the extra million pound they wanted. And with wages of around 3 mil a year does that mean we’d only be bringing in one player per year? Its a win win for ashley, if he finds a sponsor then he pockets the revenue, if not he gets to advertise his shite discount brand shop all over the world for f*** all. It seems he waits until were doing well before providing yet another bombshell, i can only hope the imminent ‘Ashley out’ protests wont affect the harmony of the players and staff who have done exceptionally well and deserve all the credit. Paticularly Pardew, without a doubt our best manager since Sir Bobby (not that it takes much but still…) having to put up with that fat w****r when his ambitions are clearly like the fans’ ambitions of where our club should be. Lets be thankful he’s on a 5 year contract so Ashley isnt tempted to give him the boot and have to pay off 4 years worth of contract

  10. Yep, it’s all about the MONEY aint it ?
    Has been , will continue to be !
    Perhaps at the beginning and restart following half time, the fans could chant “St. James’s Park” ! at least ten times, just to annoy the “dear leader” and his cohorts.
    Hey ! the guy either does’nt get it, or perhaps he knowingly wants to annoy the fans?
    Shame really, he was gaining ground there, with a lot of apologists on these blogs, is he that unaware of what tradition means to the fans, or maybe he does’nt give a rats ass ?
    Hey whadda i know ?

    Oh by the way, just back from three fantastic days of fishing, with blue skies, 60Fht.+ weather, calm seas and a rake of Striped Bass in the freezer.
    Curious WORKEY, did you check out who forwarded the comment that i would’nt return to the blog unless Poor old Munchen was banned ?
    Hey got nothing to do with me who contributes, not my business .
    Just wondered who was using my moniker ?

  11. Telegraph Sport understands the mobile phone company O2 is one possible partner, particularly as Llambias wants to turn the 52,000 capacity stadium into a multipurpose venue, capable of hosting concerts and shows in the summer.

  12. There’s been so much commentary on this subject from so many sources that it is abundantly clear that whoever dares to take up the deal of having their company name daubed on the wall is not going to enhance their brand one bit. They may as well put their name on a bullfighting arena or be proud sponsors of the Nuremberg Rallies for a less emphatic way to destroy their popularity. Just ride the storm until Mike figures this one out by himself. And the bit about why nobody will ever really like him even when he does things like hire a successful manager, buy a decent team & flog us cheap season tickets.

  13. summerof69 says:

    “Telegraph Sport understands the mobile phone company O2 is one possible partner, particularly as Llambias wants to turn the 52,000 capacity stadium into a multipurpose venue, capable of hosting concerts and shows in the summer”

    1. Football and Pop Concerts = Multipurpose ???
    2. O2 Arena North and O2 Arena South ???

    Its bollox they’re just throwing stuff around so the whole absurd situation looks somehow more feasible :)

  14. chuck says:

    November 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    “Hey ! the guy either does’nt get it, or perhaps he knowingly wants to annoy the fans?
    Shame really, he was gaining ground there”

    Chuck, he doesn’t want to annoy the fans specifically, however his interest in the club is to promote Sports Direct to a worldwide audience at a minimal cost through Newcastle United, which can cause a conflict of interest in his stewardship of the club, ie the interests of both Ashley and Sports Direct aren’t necessarily the same as Newcastle United’s in this triangular relationship, but Ashley profits either way.

    He’s also a huckster who made much of his fortune through deception, and can’t break the habits of a lifetime in his constant lying to the fans, even when it’s unnecessary and he just seems to do it for the hell of it.

    “Gaining ground” to Ashley simply meant that he could proceed with pushing through more of his agenda. Our current good start in the League has help to blind enough of the fans to his latest round of deceptions.

    We once had a political scandal over here centered around an Government adviser called Jo Moore. She once sent an e.mail which was intercepted saying that 9/11 was a good chance for the Tony Blair’s government of the time to “bury bad news” as it would be lost amongst all the coverage of that tragic event, which caused public outrage and highlighted the callous cynicism of modern politics and “spin”. Of course, Ashley and his gimp, Llambias, saw Newcastle United’s current GOOD news, ie 3rd in the League etc as a godsend, a perfect opportunity to bury their bad news. Any critics would be shouted down for jeopardising this success and so on…

    ” Curious WORKEY, did you check out who forwarded the comment that i would’nt return to the blog unless Poor old Munchen was banned ?”

    Aye, it was batty again and I sent you a fairly long reply about it, though you may have missed it when you went off fishing.

  15. Andy Mac, if you lot had been nice we wouldn’t have kicked you out and morphed the language. :)

    Seriously though, we a land where everybody is from somewhere else, so it’s not surprising that we speak quite differently to you lot (except me, I love the Queen’s English).

  16. Tripp,
    we’re the original country full of people from somewhere else mate.
    We invented it bro’.

    There is no english, we’re a mongrel nation, just like you became a couple of thousand years later.
    ;)

  17. Tripp says:

    November 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    “Andy Mac, if you lot had been nice we wouldn’t have kicked you out and morphed the language.”

    Tripp, it was our great rivals, the frogs, who helped you to “kick us out” and the Spaniards helped out too. It was part of a far bigger struggle. :-)

  18. Jossy knows where we are heeaadddiinnggg, now it’s Sports Direct Arena. Mmm, doesn’t work does it.

    Don’t think I’ve ever despised anyone more than FCB, except possibly Lamearse. Lower than a snake’s scrot, may the fleas of 10,000 camels infest their armpits.

  19. talksport says tonight that NUFC is MA’s club and he can do anything he wants! – well, two can play that game!
    NUFC is MY club and has been for over 50 years.
    NUFC play at St James’ Park and I refuse to use or acknowledge any other name.

    MA is only a rich squater who has temporaly usurped power – this was my club and it played at SJP before he butted in, it still is now, and it we be after he has gone and been forgotten !
    And the sooner the better.

  20. He may as well have called it ‘The Benefit Office Tacky Tracksuit Arena’

    Laughing stock once more. I’m gutted :'(

    Total tw@t

  21. Newcastle City Council say “The football club is part of the beating heart of the city, and while the council values its relationship with the club, it has no plans to change any existing wayfinding signs which bear the name St James’ Park. As far as the fans and Newcastle City Council are concerned, the home of Newcastle United will always be known as St James’ Park.”

    good god, that’s the first time I have agreed with the cooncil!

  22. rosco says:

    November 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    “He may as well have called it ‘The Benefit Office Tacky Tracksuit Arena’”

    Which of course will really enhance it in the eyes of the potential naming rights sponsors Llambias claims to be seeking.

  23. Supermac says:

    November 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    “good god, that’s the first time I have agreed with the cooncil!”

    They’re bastads too really Supermac, but they shamelessly want your vote, and see an easy way of getting it through an Anti Ashley populism bandwagon. If Ashley sent them all off on trips to the Caribbean, and they thought they could get away with it, they’d happily call it the Massive Erection Arena if he wanted them to. Not that I’m cynical and jaded or anything like that. ;-)

  24. workyticket says:

    “They’re bastads too really Supermac, but they shamelessly want your vote, and see an easy way of getting it through an Anti Ashley populism bandwagon. If Ashley sent them all off on trips to the Caribbean, and they thought they could get away with it, they’d happily call it the Massive Erection Arena if he wanted them to. Not that I’m cynical and jaded or anything like that. ;-)”

    Jeez WT even I pale into insignificance when compared to your sceptical, sardonic, sneering at the likes of Fatman, Numbnuts, Fat Mick Lowes and Newcastle City Council :)

    Go take a chill pill and savour your “Scoop of the Year” Award ;)

  25. Other Stadium name changing ideas.

    FatBastadGreedyCnut Arena ?
    Couldntgiveastuffaboutus Arena ?
    CountingouttheMoney Arena ?

    or just plain old fashioned (with apologies to Stephen C)

    Youcanallsuckmyd*ck Arena

  26. Even the Japan Times has reported it ! Newcastle, England — Just when Newcastle fans and owner Mike Ashley seemed to have reached a truce, the Premier League club prompted fury among supporters Thursday by announcing it had renamed its 119-year-old stadium with immediate effect.
    do you think he’s noticed or cares?

  27. worky – if that nice Mr Ashley sent me off on a trip to the Caribbean then I’d say what a clever man he was – til I got back of course !

  28. Supermac says:
    November 11, 2011 at 12:20 am

    “Even the Japan Times has reported it”

    Aye Supermac, but of course, the reason it’s being reported all over the world is the same reason why Ashley’s been so desperate to change the name in the first place. ;-)

  29. Actually, if you read 1776, you’ll discover that it was really General Howe. The dude couldn’t possibly have been trying.

    Clint, that’s a good point, and Enligh is loaded with words from all sorts of other sources… latin, french, vikings, germans, the gaels and picts. American English is obviously a product of a different time and here the changes are probably from people attempting the language while also bringing their own cultural POV into the mix.

    Creditability… I have never heard that one. That’s not one of our contributions. Though it probably means the ability to obtain credit or some such.

    Normalcy is for sure (note that my spell check didn’t object to that word) and winning-est… yup. Hear that one from time to time for sure too.

    As far as the naming of the grounds… this sort of thing happens all the time in the states, though usually the name goes to the highest bidder.

    So here’s a question, were there similar uprising when people started putting sponsors on the kit? that something we’ve never had in the states. Many of the MLS sides do now, but I think that’s as much about appear legit to the rest of the world as it is about money.

  30. The naming of SJP as the Sports Direct Arena, may earn the club 8-10 mill or it may not .

    The difference with all the other clubs is that large amounts of money were put into these stadias to create them or renew them . Ours is already the improved version.

    Ashley has done nought to get this money than put a big Sports Direct Arena Advert right across the stadium . He is pimping the club to get money for his own pocket !

    We were promised a striker in summer , but nobody was bought , 35 million from Carroll was not spent , what makes us all think this 8 million or so will be spent on players !

    History suggests no , it won’t !

    Sorry but I think Cashley has no passion or desire for the club to have his money or investment, but seeks only to line his pot of gold !

    KEEP ST JAMES , SAINT JAMES !!!
    cynical eh ?

  31. The worst company name that could EVER sponsor St James Park is SPORTS DIRECT! Everything about that company, its owner and the Tv adverts is tacky.

    And 21% voted “Yes” to Mike Ashley’s decision to rename St James’ Park “The Sports Direct Arena” on this very page? Un-chuffing-believable!

    I can only assume that they are foolish enough to think that this is going to financially benefit the club in some way, perhaps they truly believe DL’s latest dose of drivvle — “we need the cash to buy a new striker”.

    I’m sorry, i just assumed we had enough to buy a new striker after raking-in £35 million from the sale of the last one.

  32. My bro got a slap on the wrist off of the council for sticking up signage without their permission.

    He was told that, whether its on your property or not, you need the local authority’s permission if the top edge of the sign is more than 4.6 metres above ground level.

    I told him it was a bad idea to fasten a scaffolding poll to his chimney!

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