Ferdinand Worried For Newcastle – Don’t Believe All You Read

Les Ferdinand has talked today to the Sunday Mirror, and says he fears for the future of Newcastle United.


Les Ferdinand – fears for Newcastle’s future

Les feels that way because the club seems divided and riddled with internal politics and ownership issues. But is it really, or are these just the reports of the gossip press that would like nothing better than for Newcastle to fail – again.

We think it’s the latter and for once we disagree with Sir Les, who of course only wants the best for the club and the fabulous Newcastle fans.

The former England striker was of course a great hero to the Newcastle fans during his spell at the club from 1995 until 1997, when he scored 41 goals in 68 appearances for the club.

Ferdinand now believes it will be at least another four years before Newcastle will be in shape to break into the top four clubs that enjoy Champions League football. Again we have to disagree, and think Kevin will shock people next season, because we don’t think the club is as divided as these reports continually suggest.

Les said today:

“Yes, I do fear for them,”  “What they need is consistency and everyone needs to gel together. You are not seeing that at the moment.”

“All these underlying things seem to be coming up. It is all over the place, rather than everyone on the same track and going in the same direction.”

“They seem at times to be pulling against each other rather than pulling together. It’s never going to work if that is the case. The owner Mike Ashley has to come out and say, ‘These are our plans and this is what we want to do.”

“He was making those noises at the end of the season, but the fact is that the club are not buying the players we expected them to.”

“Is what was sold to Kevin Keegan when he came back not being delivered? I think it’s exactly that. There seems to have been a dulling of the mirror.”

It seems like Ferdinand was at Newcatsle’s first game under Kevin against Bolton in mid-January, and he saw the natural enthusiasm of Kevin Keegan for the club and the fans.

Les continued:

“I was at his first game back, against Bolton,” “I was in the dressing room and he arrived a full two and a half hours before the kick-off.”

“I was with him and Terry McDermott and we were reminiscing over old times. He was bubbly and bright.”

“It was like, ‘This is our home’. Everything was like the Keegan of old. But over a period of weeks, you saw that drain out of him. It only came back when he got that first win, and that gave the club impetus.”

“Then came the summer and you begin to think things are going to happen. But you start to hear rumours that he is not going to be able to buy the players he wants to buy.”

Ferdinand was speaking at the launch of www.footballpools.com, and added:

“You hear that the owner is looking to sell. What Newcastle really need now is a long period of stability.”

“You look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal and they have had that.”“The reason why Newcastle haven’t been successful is because they haven’t had the continuity.”

“There has always been something going on there.”

“Since Kevin Keegan walked away the first time there has been a succession of managers who have been there for a year or two years and the club have got rid of them.”

“Managers have to be given the time and the opportunity to do the job and then perhaps you will be successful in the end.”

Ferdinand also feels that if Keegan quits Newcastle for a second time, that will be the last we see of him in football management.

“Everyone is going to make the assumption that Kevin will go if things aren’t going well.”

“If he walks away from Newcastle, he will walk away forever.”

“But I don’t think he will do that. I think he will stay.”

We don’t think things are as bad as they look or as bad as the press portray things and we think Les is simply commenting on all the recent reports, most of which – like Ashley selling – are just not true.

For instance, if we signed Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Collocini and Philppe Senderos in the next week or two, everything would look good and we’d only be a couple of players short of what we need for next season.

So while it has taken us a lot longer than we had hoped, to bring in the players we need,  we still think they’ll arrive in time, and our squad will be a lot better than last season.

And don’t underestimate Kevin’s ability to get the very best out of his players, as he did during the last several games of last season.

Don’t believe all the gloom and doom in the gossip press, and always remember – that’s the business they are in – to sell their newspapers.

34 comments so far

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Big Les remains faithful and would want nothing more than cuccess at the TOON

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Bollocks that wall virginity stuff am first up on this one.

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Hat trick

  • MrWinstonChurchill

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    “For instance, if we signed Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Collocini and Philppe Senderos in the next week or two, everything would look good and we’d only be a couple of players short of what we need for next season.”

    WTF are you on?

    If Bassong was any good then we would have bought him instead of giving him a trial.

    Senderos makes a lot of mistakes.

    No chance with Collocini unless he buys himself out of his contract…….

    What about midfield? There is no spark there.

    Les is speaking the truth.

    It’s nearly 4 weeks into the transfer window and we are yet to see any players come in that will have a huge impact on the team.

  • Frankieboy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    What you say speaks for itself Winston, that was certainly my view on Bassong situation

  • Davy C

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately I agree with Sir Les here. He is a fan speaking his mind and he is saying what most other fans are thinking.

    The bottom line is that we have signed a Liverpool player who can’t break into the Liverpool side (I think he’s a good prospect though) and a signing that hasn’t come through yet because the registration has been held up. Other than that we have a yound trialist at the club and nothing else. There’s still time obviously but I’m getting worried and Les obviously is too.

    I hope you’re right Ed but I personally can’t see us breaking into the top 6 next season nevermind the top four. Other teams are strengthening and we are looking to the future with untried and untested kids. We seem to be the only club recently bought by a billionaire who has short arms and deep pockets!

  • John - Newcastle

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Bassong has only had ONE match at Newcastle and wtf shouldn’t we give him a trial before we buy him?!

    The headline is a BS made up one and bears no relaation to either Sir Les’s article or to the situation at NUFC.

  • Phil P

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed what time do you get up to write these articles? it must be like 05:00 over there is it not?!

  • MrWinstonChurchill

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9


    players in their 20’s don’t go to club for trials. Trails are there for players in their teens.

    This guy has played 70 plus games for his club.

    Name a player we have signed in the past after a trial?

  • Danny

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    I can see why Les is saying this, it’s because the camps very silent this summer, in terms of press conferences and comments. And it’s been very silent on the transfer dealings aswell.
    I feel he is right about one thing tho, and that is that, in terms of transfer dealings, the policies can seem a bit too tight, and probably it’s the same with some of the new rules within the club.

    One thing he is majorly wrong about, is that club hasn’t come out stating their ambitions.
    They have already stated, cost cuttings, focus on youth, wantings of a sound infrastructure and a billionare too chip in more for players.

    And ofcourse, i cant talk about what Les himself has actually seen, cause im not priviliged enough to have those people as my friends.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    The comments just echo what I was saying ages ago and I really can’t see fans or Keegan tolerating this for much longer..without being negative fans are worried and even the players seem worried too.

    Lets be honest (not negative) who on here is worried?

    Cos i certainly am and my dad who has supported newcastle 55 years is worried as well…so lets remove the gloss and smokescreens..and weigh up the facts.

    We need better communication.
    Shearer as Director of football.
    Keegan to have more control of transfers.
    Investment to be made on quality “senior”players.
    Mike to state his intent and ambition.

    Not asking for much but we do seem to be in a big rut right now.

  • scott9

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    i think les has got that spot on there

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    P.S we have got a fantastic manager in Kev a real legend on Tyneside..i don’t want to see him leave as with solid investment this man can and will be the King and deliver some silverware.

    Mr Ashley if you are reading this please don’t let this opportunity pass us by..please back the Messiah and you too take your place in Toon history with the legends of yesteryear.

    Time to deliver !

  • Angryman the Angry Fan

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Clap clap clap!!

    i reckon Sir Les has been reading my posts!!

    Joking asidfe, i have been saying this for weeks….months……

    ED- WHY ON EARTH do you disagree with what Sir Les has said?? He is spot on…..

    There is nothing to suggest otherwise, but everything to back him up!!!

  • Nick Dryden

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Things would be fine if we signed for example Ilner, Derdiyok, Larsson, a good centre half (or bring on Kadar / Edgar.) All good young players looking to make an impression and not on massive wages.

    We then miraculously need to get rid of all the
    collective dross largely assembled by Allardyce (wish you would remove that picture of him Ed).

    These include all the over paid deadbeats, ”sicknotes” and people only here for the money or who think they are better than they are like Smith, Duff, Barton, Owen , Viduka, Geremi, Taylor and Ameobi.

    I don’t know if KK can work with young players.
    KRUL should be our number one now.
    Barton and Owen really suck and I wish KK would stop defending them and their attitudes to our club.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    i agree totally sir les

  • Ross

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    sorry but i think les is spot on here.
    surely when theres pundits, ex players, players in his current squad even, coming out and saying
    “newcastle need money to buy quality, yet it doesnt look like keegan is getting it” Ashley should realise that is what we want,and for a better word deserve!
    A few on here have mentioned a backlash against Ashley should this window not go well, and i have to agree i feel fans would backlash, thus causing an unsettling atmosphere, and we’re back to square one?
    who knows, but its pretty safe to say that this summer isnt going as all newcastle fans hoped..or as in my opinion, keegan was promised.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick D- Krul should be our number two, with us selling given, and giving krul the number 1 next season, he is amaising prospect.

  • dick

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    lets not forget this problem we have about bringing in new players is not just this closed season, KK could not bring anyone in mid season last year as well, it goes back to then

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Nick I was saying these exact comments for ages since the January window but i was told off for always being negative.

    We still have a month to buy players but it is leaving it very late in the day..i mean it has taken us six weeks to tie up the Spear deal and he is 15 years old ! so I do feel time is running out to buy the much needed quality that Keegan needs to push for a uefa spot..this at the moment is impossible with the current squad and if we don’t pick up points of the bottom teams (remember Derby etc) we really could end up going down.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    P.S ED if we signed Collocini,Bassong and Senderos you say things would look good..I really have to disagree. That would bring our total spend to about 10million minus the money that we got of Emre and whoever else leaves so you can hardly say that is backing the manager.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree too, I feel we are blinkered about our club as next season we will still be under 10th so there will be no miricles, but atleast if ashley can see us doing crap in jan we could get some great player its just too late now

  • The Second Coming

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree with Les and think he’s came out to try and strengthen KK’s hand in the transfer window against the board. This isn’t doom and gloom so much as the apparent reality of the situation.

    You’ve as much as agreed in your article:
    “For instance, if we signed Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Collocini and Philppe Senderos in the next week or two, everything would look good and we’d only be a couple of players short of what we need for next season.”

    You’re effectively saying that we’re 5 players short. The worry is that your ambition of Bassong, Senderos and Collocini as all we’re aspiring to wouldn’t greatly improve the squad.

    Here’s looking to the first game and the end of the transfer window. I’m not too optimistic. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ll still be supporting, I would just like something to cheer about.

    Are you optimistic?

  • beye the great

    Jul 27, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    i think i am the only perso on this site to disagree dont get me wrong i realise les only wants whats best for the club and i personally think the world of him but i think we are heading in the right direction buying young players is the right thing to do though however if we are going to challenge this season we need to spend more money and i agree with a previous comment that there is no sspark in midfield i think people on this site are being a little impatient i mean we have still got a month of f transfer window to go so i will wait and see till then

    on a different topic i am just wondering how good our young players are i have not seen any of them play and iam just wondering if any of them are good enough to some day take us in to the top 4

  • chuck

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Seems an overly optomistic view of things Ed.
    Comments are heavily balanced to wards those echoed by Sir Les.
    Especially when one considers the events of the last few weeks.
    Unless their is a radical change of policy, this club will begin the new season as a candidate for relegation, barely escaping last year with a stronger squad .
    What happened to the Asley who wanted to challenge for a european spot, one thing for sure this team ,unless strengthened is totally unprepared to compete for anything other than survival.

  • jacob

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #26

    At last, a wall which doesn’t blindly sing to the Ashley songbook. I agree with Sir Les too – having supported the toon for 25 years, I’m very worried about where the club is heading currently. After giving Allardyce 9 million to ‘strengthen’, followed by another ‘pound stretcher’ January, it looks like our board are commited to giving King Kev even less this summer.
    How can we compete? The simple answer is we can’t! As a Newcastle supporter I’ve got used to disappointing Summers – remember Lee Bowyer on a free anyone?- but the difference then was, besides the top four continually bulking up, our rivals weren’t strengthening the way they are now.
    Great players won’t want to come to a cost-cutting club that shows no ambition, and despite the fact that a lot of this impression is indeed media created, actions still speak louder than words…not that we’re getting those from Mr Ashley either.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Jacob,love the pound stretcher comment made me chuckle.

  • leeroy

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    ill be fully honest i am very worried for the new season (VERY VERY WORRIED). i cant see which decent players we are going to sign lets be honest its none of these players linked on this site, we havnt done one deal for a player or even had contract talks with one of the players mentioned in the press. lets just face the fact well sign that lad thats on loan and maybe a couple more young lads for defence and no1 else

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Nobody likes change!..It’s scary!..

  • TOON

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Sir Les is spot on & by the way Edgar is Rubbish & i dont care what people say he will be playing lower level football very soon just like Ramage. I renember when i said the same thing about Paul Huntington on this website & caused a big stir LOL. Why on Erath people think the likes of Edgar is going to come good is beyond me. Danny Guthrie = No ambition.

  • doc

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    toon u miss the point my friend, its not about who we have its about who we dont have

    worried – yes

  • Bren

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m worried too. But if we get in 2-3 first teamers and 2-3 youngsters everything will look very different

  • howway geordies

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Sir Les has been reading too many threads started by The Kentuckian!

  • normski1930z

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Sir Les is spot on & by the way Edgar is Rubbish & i dont care what people say he will be playing lower level football very soon just like Ramage. I renember when i said the same thing about Paul Huntington on this website & caused a big stir LOL. Why on Erath people think the likes of Edgar is going to come good is beyond me. Danny Guthrie = No ambition, this is excastly what i have been saying on here for weeks, great comment toon……


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