Sir John Hall Assures Fans on Ashley’s Intentions

Sir John Hall has given an interview to BBC Radio 5 in which he talks about potential new Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – and sheds more light on Mike and what he may be able to achieve at Newcastle United.


Sir John Hall

Here’s Sir John”s interview to BBC Radio 5:

“We’ve had quite a few people come to us, but many of them weren’t right,”
“I feel Ashley and his team are right. He’ll take us to a new dimension. I’m certain he’ll be good for the club or I wouldn’t have sold to him.”
“We probably ran out of ideas a bit. There’s no room for old men. I’ve got a lot of experience but it’s a young man’s game”
“He knows the passion of the fans, he knows how much it means on Tyneside,”

“I’ve talked to him enough to be assured they’ve got the passion for the club as we all have.
“You can’t run a club without being attached to it.

You can’t run a club without feeling for it because it is about people, it’s about the passion of the people.
“He also knows the supporters are passionate.”

Sir John certainly gives Mike his blessing and seems genuinely convinced he is the right man for a new era at Newcastle.

The truth is we have gone stale – as witnessed by the passionate clamour that has come from Newcastle fans embracing Mike Ashley’s take-over bid.

We also know Hall does not believe Shepherd has done a good job since Bobby Robson left the club.

We’d agree with Sir John on that one – this is a new opportunity for Newcastle – and it’s definitely time for a new era.

Comments always welcome.

7 comments so far

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  • Andy

    May 25, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    You know – I’ve got a lot of time for Sir John Hall.
    I remember when he took over back in the 80’s the mood change and the optimism it brough t with it – very simmilar feelings now. I particularly like that he says “He’ll tak us to new dimensions” he’s looking a tthis from the point of view of a real Fan – Now is Shepherd were half the man he is – this would be a done deal already!

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    May 25, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Shepherd is an asshole! He should just accept the offer and leave before all hell breaks loose and we become the laughing stock of the summer.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Andy – Sir John Hall actually did something good at Newcastle – he got us back in the big time.

  • Tony

    May 25, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Sir John Hall did make us the force we are today…although he did also saddle us with his idiot-child also, but we can’t help it that his semen was a touch defective…we’ll put it down to the coal-dust.

    I think Sir John Hall is the type of man that, whilst he could be ruthless in business – let’s face it he didn’t run our club solely for the love of it, there was money to be made also – he also understood the subtleties of the football business and how much it means to the massed ranks in the stands. Shepherd is none of these things. He is a cancerous tumour that has been allowed to develop in our club and whilst he talks of being a fan, WE ARE NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE HE WOULDN’T SELL THAT ALLEGIANCE FOR AN EXTRA FEW QUID. The only thing Shepherd worships has the Queen’s face on it…DON’T FURTHER INSULT US BY TRYING TO MAKE OUT THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH.

  • Tony

    May 25, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed – by the way, the last sentence of my previous comment was a rhetorical question for the Premier League’s very own Jabba the Hutt, not a comment on your own editorial stance…which I agree with more often than not!

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Tony – no problem 😀


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