Questions Ashley Will Never Answer ...

Last updated : 25 November 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

The Chronicle report that a group of disgruntled Newcastle United supporters yesterday handed in a list of 11 questions to St James’ Park regarding the state of their club.

The group claimed that Newcastle fans’ liaison officer Lee Marshall was informed they would be handing in questions yesterday at 1pm.

But they had to leave them at reception after being told that nobody was available to meet them.

The fact is - Ashley doesn't recogise the organisation, and they may as well throw the questions in the bin.

Ashley has told the Chronicle and Journal what they can do by backing the fans, and he sure as hell won't make a U-turn over a set of 11 questions.

Sorry guys ... but it ain't gonna work.

Lewis Courtney, 21, was one of the party.

He said: “We had a Time 4 Change meeting on Wednesday and it was decided that we would put together 11 questions for the club.

“I personally believe that Ashley has no ambition for Newcastle United.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t speak to Lee or anyone else at the club. I hope we can get some answers to the questions over the next week or so.

“The club were okay with us putting in the questions, but we were told at reception that they were too busy to meet us.”

Here are the eleven questions handed into Newcastle United yesterday

1. I am an online shopper and I note that is owned by Sports Direct. Does the merchandise money go to Sports Direct, or does Sports Direct take a percentage of the revenue? If so, how much?

2. By 2011-12, our commercial revenue was £13.8m. How has the club managed to lose over half of our commercial revenue in 6 years?

3. Can the club please explain why Newcastle United have paid Sports Direct £498,000, an issue that is made all the more galling given how Sports Direct do not pay a single penny for advertising?

4. Alan Pardew said in the summer that Newcastle United could not compete with Southampton because they were ‘financially much stronger than us’. Does the club think that the current commercial strategy will ensure that we can compete with clubs like Southampton in the future?

5. Can the club explain why club membership is being imposed upon season ticket holders, while ordinary members of the public can buy match-day tickets without this financial obligation? The perception is that the club does not value their most loyal supporters.

6. Can the club explain why club membership is increasing year-on-year, despite the supposed 10 year price freeze for season ticket holders. Is this not akin to a stealth tax for the club’s most loyal supporters?

7. Is outsourcing in-ground catering and hospitality the best way of maximising commercial revenue for Newcastle United?

8. Mike Ashley is lauded as being a great businessman. Why is it then that he is generally perceived as being bad for business at Newcastle United, as the club’s accounts would seem to indicate?

9. For all the marchers who took to the street to ‘march for ambition’ is there anything that the club can say to them that will possibly convince them that Newcastle United is being run with ambition?

10. Why is it that a company like Sports Direct, which has generated £2.2 billion in revenue according to latest figures, cannot pay for its advertising in St James’ Park?

11. I love the club and have supported Newcastle United my entire life. As I attempted to display a protest poster relating to NCJ media’s recent ban from St James’ Park, stewards prevented me from doing so. Why is the club trying to stifle the opinions of life long supporters such as myself?

Will they get answered? Will they hell!


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NEWCASTLE: 1. Tim Krul 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 6. Mike Williamson 2. Fabricio Coloccini 3. Davide Santon 7. Moussa Sissoko 24. Cheick Tiote 4. Yohan Cabaye 68' 11. Yoan Gouffran 83' 23. Shola Ameobi 74' 14. Loic Remy
Subs: 8. Vurnon Anita 68' 9. Papiss Cisse 74' 10. Hatem Ben Arfa 83' 19. Massadio Haidara 21. Rob Elliot 25. Gabriel Obertan 28. Sammy Ameobi


NORWICH: 1. John Ruddy 2. Russell Martin 6. Michael Turner 24. Ryan Bennett 23. Martin Olsson 4. Bradley Johnson 89' 22. Nathan Redmond 89' 8. Jonny Howson 10. Leroy Fer 12. Anthony Pilkington 49' 11. Gary Hooper
Subs: 3. Steven Whittaker 5. Sebastien Bassong 14. Wes Hoolahan 89' 16. Johan Elmander 49' 19. Luciano Becchio 20. Carlo Nash 31. Josh Murphy 89'


jjLoic Remy's eighth goal of the season set Newcastle on the road to a third successive Barclays Premier League victory as Norwich's troubles on the road continued.
The France international headed home Yohan Cabaye's corner from close range with just two minutes gone, remarkably the Magpies' first strike from that particular set-piece since October 2011.


Compatriot Yoan Gouffran wrapped up the win seven minutes before the break, converting from close range after keeper John Ruddy had saved Shola Ameobi's header, and Leroy Fer's 80th-minute header ultimately counted for little in the 2-1 result despite sparking a rousing fightback.


Norwich, who lost 7-0 at Manchester City in their last game, had first-half chances of their own with Anthony Pilkington, who was later carried off on a stretcher, sending a 32nd-minute header across the face of goal.


However, Alan Pardew's side were deserved winners on a day when they played well enough to take the points, but did not have to be at their very best in front of an appreciative crowd of 51,328.


There were impressive individual displays from Cabaye and Remy, who helped France book their place at next summer's World Cup finals in midweek, and Shola Ameobi, who will hope to join them in Brazil with Nigeria.


The mood within the camp was understandably buoyant as a result of those international successes and morale-boosting victories over Chelsea and Tottenham, and Newcastle's afternoon could hardly have got off to a better start.


Less than two minutes had gone when Cabaye, for the second time in the game, sent in a left-wing corner which was allowed to travel across Norwich's six-yard box to the far post.


Midfielder Bradley Johnson found himself caught in two minds and in the event did nothing to allow Remy to head into the back of the net.


The Canaries responded to the early set-back to enjoy their best, albeit brief, spell of the half.


Nathan Redmond perhaps should have done better after being played in over the top by Michael Turner with 11 minutes gone, but he blasted high over with the Magpies' defence waiting in vain for an offside flag.


The visitors went close once again two minutes later when Ryan Bennett turned Pilkington's deep free-kick towards goal to prompt a block by keeper Tim Krul, with returning skipper Fabricio Coloccini blocking Fer's follow-up and Ameobi mopping up.


However, with Cheick Tiote and Cabaye dominating in midfield and Ameobi and Remy stretching the Norwich defence, Newcastle gradually established a momentum.


Moussa Sissoko should have extended their lead 14 minutes before the break after Ameobi had carved the City defence wide open with a slide-rule pass, but he dragged his effort wide.


Norwich were very nearly level within seconds when Pilkington looped a header back across goal, only for the ball to drop just wide with Krul fatally wrong-footed.


However, Pardew's men increased their advantage with 38 minutes gone when Ameobi once again produced a fine pass to pick out Remy, who fed Sissoko to float in a teasing cross.


Ameobi climbed highest to forced a save from Ruddy, but Gouffran was on hand to tap home the rebound.


Ruddy had to dive to his left to beat away Ameobi's piledriver in stoppage time, and the home side headed for the dressing room happy with their lot.


The visitors' woes increased within four minutes of the restart when Pilkington was carried off after apparently damaging a hamstring in a challenge with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.


Johan Elmander took his place, but it was Gary Hooper who might have changed his side's fortunes from the resulting free-kick when Newcastle failed to clear their lines and he prodded a shot just wide.


Ameobi created a shooting chance for himself with some neat footwork, but then wasted all the good work by scuffing his attempt straight at Ruddy.


But Norwich were making a concerted push to get themselves back into the game and the Magpies found themselves having to defend, if with few scares, for an extended period.


Newcastle were content to try to hit the Canaries on the break, which they did to good effect on more than one occasion, but the precision of their first-half performance was sadly lacking.


The relative comfort of their position persuaded Pardew to withdraw the tiring Cabaye and Ameobi and replace them with Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse as time ran down.


However, Fer set up a tense conclusion when he headed Redmond's corner firmly past Krul with 10 minutes remaining, although the Magpies held firm.









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Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye (68' Anita), Gouffran (83' Ben Arfa), Shola Ameobi (74' Cisse), Remy.
Subs: Haidara, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi


Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran (85' Obertan), Remy (75' Cisse), Shola Ameobi (60' Anita).
Subs: Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi


NEWCASTLE UTD 2 CHELSEA 0 (Gouffran, Remy)
Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote (53' Anita), Gouffran (85' Obertan), Shola Ameobi (62' Cisse).
Subs: Ben Arfa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier.


Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Sissoko (45' Cisse), Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran (86' Sammy Ameobi), Ben Arfa, Remy (70' Shola Ameobi).
Subs: Anita, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan.


Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Cabaye (78'  Sammy Ameobi), Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko (45' Dummett), Remy, Ben Arfa (78' Anita).
Subs: Cisse, Elliot, Obertan, Dummett.


Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye (86' Ben Arfa), Gouffran, Sissoko, Remy (71' Gutierrez), Cisse 
Subs: Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett


EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE 2 (Cabaye, Remy)
Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa (46' Williamson), Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Anita (69' Cisse), Ben Arfa (46' Cabaye), Sissoko, Gouffran, Remy 
Subs: Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett


Krul, Debuchy (86' Tiote), Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (62' Gouffran), Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse (73' Marveaux), Remy 
Subs: Williamson, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett 


ASTON VILLA 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Ben Arfra, Gouffran)
Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Anita (74' Tiote), Cabaye (88' Sammy Ameobi), Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Remy (63' Gouffran), Cisse 
Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, S Taylor, Dummett 


Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita 65' (Cabaye), Marveaux 74' (Remy), Shola Ameobi 65' (Gouffran), Cisse 
Subs: Gosling, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett 


Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita, Marveaux 66' (Sammy Ameobi), Shola Ameobi, Cisse 72'
Subs: Gosling, Bigirimana, Elliot, Vuckic, Dummett 


Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tiote, Gouffran 45+4' (Dummett), Ben Arfa 65' (Sammy Ameobi), Gutierrez 44' (Anita), Cisse 
Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan 




Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (45 Dummett, 80 Ben Arfa), Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi (66 Cabaye), Cisse
Subs: Remy, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi


NEWCASTLE 2 LEEDS UTD 0 (Cisse, Gouffran)
Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Gouffran (90' Vuckic), Anita (80' Gosling), Tiote, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse (71' Obertan).
Subs: Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Alnwick


MORECAMBE 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi)
Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Good, Dummett, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux 88' (Sissoko), Vuckic 46' (Shola Ameobi), Sammy Ameobi, Gouffran 71' (Ben Arfa)
Subs: Santon, Anita, Alnwick, Streete 


Newcastle United Fixtures




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17:30 Premier League
Newcastle United v West Brom


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19:45  Premier League 
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Saturday December 7
12:45 Premier League
Man Utd v Newcastle United


Saturday December 14
15:00 Premier League
Newcastle United v Southampton


Saturday December 21
15:00 Premier League
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15:00 Premier League
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15:00 Premier League
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