Archive for the ‘Club Policies and Politics’ Category

Newcastle United Art Forum – The Shearer Statue

Posted September 14th, 2016 by workyticket | 14 Comments






It isn’t very often that I venture off the highway of football to enter the arena of art criticism here on NUFC Blog, but this is one of those occaisions and I am actually more qualified. Having been a figurative artist, a designer and also an art dealer in a very modest sense, I hope […]






Benitez and the ironic change of emphasis at topsy-turvy Toon

Posted September 11th, 2016 by workyticket | 8 Comments






Like the NHS and the British education system, Newcastle United under Mike Ashley has undoubtedly been the victim of too many top down reorganisations inflicted by those who didn’t have a clue what they were doing. Yet, despite living with the consequences for a second time under Mike Ashley in the form of relegation, we […]






Newcastle United, Mike Ashley and eternal recurrence

Posted July 1st, 2015 by workyticket | 335 Comments






Let us think this thought in its most terrible form: existence as it is, without meaning or aim, and yet recurring inevitably, without any finale in nothingness: “eternal recurrence.” Friedrich Nietzsche – The Will to Power I quoted the great proto-existentialist philosopher there because it seems such a perfect summary of all that Mike Ashley […]






The truth of the Patrick Vieira and Steve McClaren to Newcastle stories

Posted June 5th, 2015 by workyticket | 23 Comments






I couldn’t help feeling there was something odd about the story of Patrick Vieira coming to Newcastle, as there is about most unsubstantiated football stories. Some fans seemed to believe it though, even embroidering it further to their own tastes as it gathered a momentum of its own in a few short days. My curiosity […]






Will John Carver be told who to play at Newcastle United?

Posted February 5th, 2015 by workyticket | 363 Comments






By his own admission, Rangers’ current caretaker head coach, Kenny McDowall, has been told not only that he has no say in the players they sign, but also that he will only have a limited input into team selection too. According to McDowall himself, he has been ordered by Mike Ashley and his henchman at […]






Why Ashley leaving Toon for the Champions League with Rangers is nonsense

Posted January 27th, 2015 by workyticket | 32 Comments






With Mike Ashley’s recent attempts to take over at Rangers, and specifically his problems with the Scottish FA for having an interest in both clubs, it has often been said recently that Mike Ashley would be willing to leave Newcastle United so he can take over Rangers completely. There have been several hypotheses put forward […]






Bashing the Bishop: Newcastle United, Derek Llambias and the Z-list PR guru

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by workyticket | 120 Comments






Most Newcastle United fans are now familiar with the sight of Newcastle United’s PR consultant, Keith Bishop, who seems to have become a permanent figure at the right hand side of Mike Ashley. But who is he? And how did Keith Bishop PR get the job despite being a small celebrity PR company that would […]






Is Ashley planning Udinese style selling club network at Newcastle, Rangers and Oldham?

Posted October 16th, 2014 by workyticket | 23 Comments






Is Mike Ashley using Giampaolo Pozzo’s selling club network of Udinese, Granada and Watford as a model for Newcastle United, Rangers and Oldham? To begin at the beginning though, let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane. In the aftermath of Kevin Keegan’s acrimonious departure from Newcastle United in 2008, an under fire Mike Ashley […]






What was Newcastle United’s £498,000 payment to Sports Direct for?

Posted November 21st, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments






Firstly, I should declare that this piece was originally inspired by another, one of several on Newcastle United’s finances by a brace of accountants who also happen to be Toon fans in the latest issue of fanzine, ‘True Faith.’ It’s a very good read. Of course, it has been known for quite some time that […]






Have ‘Time4Change’ lost their chance to seize the day?

Posted November 17th, 2013 by workyticket | 74 Comments






My latest piece on metro.co.uk was published earlier today. Entitled ‘Have two Newcastle United victories cost ‘Time4Change’ their momentum?,’ as you might have guessed from the title, it takes a look at the Newcastle United ‘Time4Change’ movement. In the piece I ask if they are now in danger of losing their momentum after their first […]