All posts by Happy Face

  • Managers

    A history of public acrimony against and subsequent apologies towards previous managersAugust 2019In an article for the Athletic, Rafa Benitez responded to claims from the...

  • Communication

    Since Ashley arrived, the NUFC heirarchy has pivoted back and forth between apologies for lack of communication, promises of making improvements in how they communicate,...

  • Cups

    When Newcastle United are in the cups, the club claim they are the best thing that can possibly be hoped to compete for.  There is...

  • An empty stadium is possible. And it DOES make a difference.

    An empty St James’ Park is the most powerful message this fanbase can send to its owner, the Premier League and the rest of the...

  • For Sale

    Since August 2008,  only a year after he bought the club and before the fanbase turned on him, Mike Ashley has been publicly declaring his...

  • Merchandise

    Newcastle United claim it "altered its retail operations in February 2013" and that "Sports Direct took over fulfilment of the web/mail order operation in 2015". ...

  • Debt

    In Mike Ashley's first season at Newcastle he loaned the club £100m.  This covered a £50m mortgage that the lender demanded under the terms of...

  • Advertising

    Throughout Mike Ashley's tenure at Newcastle United his shops have been advertised inside and outside of the stadium, at the training ground, in the matchday...

  • Every Penny Available for Transfers

    Over and over again, Mike Ashley and his representatives at Newcastle United use the same line about not taking a penny out of the club,...

  • Training Facilities & Academy

    In 2013 Newcastle United announced that they would build a new multi-million pound training facility.  Since then, the message had been fairly consistent from the...