Archive for the ‘NUFC gossip and speculation’ Category

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 [...]

Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, Firetrap, Cruise etc?

Posted November 6th, 2013 by workyticket | 61 Comments

My latest story on metro.co.uk is now up! As is usual with the Metro, it now has a veritable cornucopia of titles chosen my their crack team of headline writers, sub-eds or whatever. However, my original title for it was the same as this piece, ie “Sports Direct get free advertising, but what about Dunlop, [...]

Did the Kinnear scouting Shane Ferguson story start with a Sunderland fan?

Posted November 4th, 2013 by workyticket | 47 Comments

My latest story on metro.co.uk is now up! Entitled “Is Kinnear scouting Ferguson a Sunderland spoof?” or alternatively “Did the Joe Kinnear scouting Shane Ferguson story come from a mischievous Sunderland fan?” (they seem to think that two titles are better than one over there), it originally had the same title as this piece but [...]

Dressing room rift or merely a population shift?

Posted October 11th, 2013 by Hugh de Payen | 99 Comments

What is it with Newcastle? First there is the Cabaye debacle and then there are constant mutterings about a rift in the dressing room. One of the French contingent, Mathieu Debuchy denied any rift of course, saying: “It’s true that in the dressing room we talk a lot in French. We have a big group [...]

Cabaye challenges Kinnear to come clean on Cabayegate (the full exchange translated)

Posted October 8th, 2013 by workyticket | 79 Comments

As I wrote at the time, with Newcastle United, the club of smoke, mirrors and downright lies under current owner, Mike Ashley, there are things we still do not know about the Yohan Cabaye kerfuffle at the start of the season. In an interview as part of the France squad at the side’s Clairefontaine HQ, [...]

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United mega-preview

Posted October 5th, 2013 by workyticket | 15 Comments

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. Date: Sat 5th Oct, 2013. Kick off: 3.00pm. Referee: Kevin Friend (Leics). UK TV: None. No matter what Alan Pardew or the club say, the sharks have started to circle around Alan Pardew now, and if the Magpies lose this one we could well be be seeing a Sky Sports [...]

Newcastle United’s commercial revenue is only half what it should be

Posted October 2nd, 2013 by workyticket | 57 Comments

Inspired by members of the NUFC board saying Sports Direct only takes up unused advertising space at SJP, as well as Newcastle United’s lousy commercial revenue figures, I decided to do a little number crunching and research. Referring to figures from other clubs using Deloitte’s “Annual Review of Football Finance” and all the other sources [...]

Mike Ashley now the fourth richest Premiership owner with over £3 billion

Posted September 11th, 2013 by workyticket | 23 Comments

With the news that Mike Ashley’s downmarket sports chain, Sports Direct, is about to be included in the reshuffled FTSE 100 Index of the top 100 UK companies, I took a peek at their latest figures, as I do from time to time. As has been the norm with Sports Direct for quite some time [...]

Pardew tries World Cup blackmail with Cabaye

Posted September 6th, 2013 by workyticket | 120 Comments

In the latest chapter in the Yohan Cabaye saga, Alan Pardew has been speaking further on what he calls “the situation” with the French midfielder. Despite a constant campaign of innuendo against the French midfielder, and ably assisted by his friends in the local media, he still steadfastly refuses to mention whether the player actually [...]

 
 

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