Statement from AshleyOut

Yet another transfer window has been and gone with Mike Ashley failing to allow meaningful investment in Newcastle United’s playing squad.

There could be little debate that the squad was in desperate need of significant reinforcement during January. Not doing so represents yet another gross dereliction of duty from the ownership, and is further demonstration of why Mike Ashley is not fit to be custodian of Newcastle United.

To date the 2017/18 season could only be viewed as a success away from the pitch – the club retained the services of Rafa Benitez, a return to the Premier League meant a vast increase in TV revenues, and fans have backed the team with near capacity crowds for each home match.

However, it is apparent that this passion for the team is not shared in the boardroom.

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Sports Neglect

Yesterday evening Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League for the second time in the space of eight seasons, and only the sixth time in our history, following a win by our arch rivals Sunderland no less.


Nobody can argue this relegation has not been coming or that it is undeserved. Since the fateful day Mike Ashley took over our club nearly nine years ago, the club’s average league finishing position has dropped to 14th (from 9th in the same period before Ashley’s arrival) and the club has been involved in relegation scraps in three of the last four seasons.


Make no mistake, this relegation has long been on the cards. The increased spending in the past two transfer windows (not a penny of which came directly from Ashley), using a failed transfer model targeting inexperienced players over proven quality, reeks of a desperate last ditch effort attempt to cling on to Premier League riches rather than a genuine sign of ambition. As does the late and desperate appointment of Rafa Benitez, a quality manager and a man of class and dignity who deserves our respect for attempting to, and almost succeeding in, preventing the inevitable from happening.


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Turning The Screw? specifically targets the removal of Mike Ashley from Newcastle United, so that we, as a fan base can have a renewed faith in a club that was once respected as a focal point of a region, and most importantly, ours.


However, despite the many examples of mismanagement, and contempt shown towards the spiritual owners of the club, Ashley’s wrong-doings extend to employees and customers alike in other aspects of his business ventures.


In 2015, substantial evidence uncovered the working practices of Ashley’s primary concern – Sports Direct. Channel 4’s documentary “The Secrets of Sports Direct” showed us footage of the working conditions that staff experience. In this documentary, we learned of zero-hour contracts, over-zealous monitoring of staff and their timekeeping and something we, as fans of Newcastle United can relate to – the deceiving of their customers. This didn’t go unnoticed amongst the national media and was discussed in the days that followed.


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Pavel Srníček #1

Pavel Srnicek, one of the greatest goalkeepers to have ever graced the grass at St James’ Park has unfortunately passed away at the age of 47.
We would like to give our condolences to Pavel’s family and friends in their time of need.

Pavel was an example to those youngsters who travel from foreign lands to make their way in a new country. He embraced Tyneside and likewise Tyneside embraced him. He will forever be loved and remembered as one of the key men in Keegan’s team of “Entertainers”.

Gone but never forgotten, Pavel is (and always will be) a Geordie!

R.I.P Pavel Srnicek
1968 – 2015


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Campaign Statement today reaffirms its desire to end Mike Ashley’s reign as owner of our club. We may have been quiet over the summer but we are not going away. We are not reacting to a disastrous start to the season, we have been repeatedly convinced over the last eight years that Mike Ashley is not the man to take our club forward.


We therefore support, and intend to promote the following:

– A boycott of all future home matches (including season ticket cancellations)
– Protests against Sports Direct (including the Ashley Embargo)


We feel a sustained combination of both will force Ashley out of our club. Ashley bought, and continues to own, our club for one simple reason: to promote Sports Direct.  An empty stadium and constant protests against Sports Direct, a company which has been widely criticised for its unethical practices, will make Ashley’s position as owner untenable.


Ashley cannot compete with a united fanbase, we have the power to take our club back, he is not untouchable. We believe Ashley’s unexpected interview prior to the final game of last season was a reaction to the boycott of the Spurs game and evidence that he is fearful of future protests.


As a fanbase, we are commended for our loyalty, for sticking with the club through thick and thin. However, this loyalty has been exploited for too long. Giving up your season ticket and not attending games does not mean that you have given up on your club. It is the most effective way to show Ashley that we will not stand idly by while he runs our club into the ground. Short term pain for long term gain.


Take a stand and fight for the future of your club.

United we stand, divided we fall.


Ashley Out!

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