Fans Need More Detailed Explanation From Newcastle Club

The statement issued by the club and probably written by Derek Llambias, seems to us a note almost from him to Mike Ashley, on how come Kevin has resigned?

Derek Llambias – leading the Board in the Keegan negotiations
The statement released tonight is an odd one, and seems to contain some animosity towards Kevin, and says the club were going ahead with discussions, and had put some steps together they had asked Kevin to comment on, yet Kevin just resigned.

The statement almost seems to have been written for Mike Ashley’s consumption, to explain from his own people just why this mess has erupted yet again. It also pinpoints the “blame”, or should we say the “responsibility” squarely at Kevin’s feet.

It would appear that Kevin didn’t like the steps at all that had been put in place, and rather than get back to the Board, he could have been so fed up with them, and maybe even Derek Llambias himself, that he resigned. But that’s pure speculation on our part.

Again – here is the statement issued tonight by the Newcastle Board, about an hour after the news broke on the Keegan resignation:

“Newcastle United Football Club is sad and disappointed that Kevin Keegan has resigned.”
“Over the last few days the Club has devoted itself to the discussions it has held with Kevin and as a result of those discussions had put together a set of practical suggestions for how to move forward.”

“Today the Club made it clear to Kevin that if he had any outstanding concerns on its proposals, he should raise them with the Club.”

“The Club regrets that Kevin has, instead of taking up that offer, chosen to resign.”

Ashley will now need to say something about all of this, and explain to the fans just how come Kevin has finally walked, after he spent almost a full three days with the Board.

And we cannot imagine the Newcastle players are in much better spirits than the fans themselves tonight, after hearing the news. The Newcastle fans are shocked to the core.

It’s also left Mike with hardly a leg to stand on – and this soap opera may not be over yet, and we hope Mike got the news while he was not busy eating, since he would probably have thrown up at the news.

The fans need to hear a much fuller and more complete explanation from the club about all of this, including what Kevin’s concerns were, and how the Board would not, or could not, rectify those concerns over the three day meeting.

The fans also need to hear what owner Mike Ashley has to say about all this, because after all, he does own the club.

This may not be over yet.

Comments and opinions always welcome.

137 comments so far


    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #1



  • Crow11

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I just dont get this… This club has no idea of leadership nor communication to fans. Everyone was left in dark for three days and now the statement makes KK look like a vilian… And then Ashley backs DW and DL (who in my eyes is the true problem and virus)!

    So there is only one way to handle this. Everyone on here loves the club and MA needs to see the way the supporters feel. There is only one way, presurre him into selling. Make life unbearable. This man loves his privacy, so getting bad publicity will make him realise he needs to sell up.

    And for the fans that says they will go and support the team, fine, but do you think this will make any statement other than Ashley thinking we are all sheep??

    Something constructive should be done though. An organised event, and hopefully will get it right after asking for comments from fans. Go and post there as it may lead to an organised protest.

    MA needs to understand he made a huge mistake and his time is up. This man can not be trusted, and to think so many did.

    Hopefully somebody will bail us out of this mess!

    In the end, it is the supporters that ‘owns’ the club, but they should raise their voice in combined and structured fashion to bring this point across.

    If I was closer I would have loved to help organise anything to boycott the club, but now I can only raise my vocal support and hope the loyal local people bring the point across.

  • brad

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #3

    the end is here

  • scotty

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #4


  • Steven

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #5

    THERE IS NO EXPLANATION!!! IT IS SHEER MADNESS!! What a waste of a season, there go all our hopes. There is no other.

  • tripp

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh, I’m sure it’s not over. I want some kinda closure at this point. Then I can check out of Football for a while. Maybe I’ll follow a canny little League 2 side. Anybody know of a team that’s fun to watch that occasionally gets air time on Setanta? I’m starving but I’m too sick to eat. Right shitty day this.

  • Bucks_mag

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #7

    can’t believe this. So typical. Can’t help but feel we are truly buggered. If ashley stays we’ll have players leaving because of their alleigance to keegan and if we get new owners there’s no kk.
    Perhaps our only luck is that there is an international break so there is time to sort things out. Our next game is an easy one against hull so at least we are not facing a top fpur team like between allardyce and kk

  • JJ

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    here is the email to sportsdirect customer services! (Mike Fat F*&k Ashleys company)

    Forward the address to all the toon fans you know, but tell them to be civil because swearing might block the email to a company address.

    Lets make a point though!!!!


    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    The only statement we need from Ashley is

    “I’m selling”

  • Gibbo

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Keegan how could you leave Newcastle, after all the efforts they have made to make your job easier? They were doing all the buying and selling of players for you, if you had given them a few months they would probably have started to pick the team for you too!!

    Did that sound sincere?

    What a load of rubbish, they really think we are stupid!!

    Because you tried so hard to make it work!!

    Nice work Newcastle (Board)

  • Robert Ingham

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Here Is A More Likely Statement From The Lma
    Over the past few days, the board of directors of Newcastle United Football Club and Kevin Keegan have been in detailed discussions. The letter which Kevin received today from managing director Derek Llambias has failed to resolve the matters in issue between him and the club and accordingly he feels he has no alternative other than to resign.

    Kevin Keegan said:

    “I’ve been working desperately hard to find a way forward with the directors, but sadly that has not proved possible. It’s my opinion that a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want. It remains my fervent wish to see Newcastle United do well in the future and I feel incredibly sorry for the players, staff and most importantly the supporters. I have been left with no choice other than to leave.”

    LMA chief executive, Richard Bevan, said:

    “The LMA has been supporting Kevin during a very difficult period. We share his great disappointment and frustration that the situation could not be resolved.”

    For further information please contact:

    Richard Bevan, LMA Chief Executive, 07860 474 767

  • Toon_Ksk

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Boycott where it hurts him most, all his outlets in North East.

  • toonited

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #13

    This is going to be the biggest fan backlash in the history of nufc. mike ashley wont know what has hit him.

  • carl

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #14

    it just makes me feel sick, angry ,no infact extremely angry that those pricks have pushed kk out the door.and treated the fans like dirt.shame on them as men.sell up now ashley we dont want you here

  • knocky

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle season ticket holder for 30 plus years for those who are interested. Looks like all the posters with any sense are keeping quiet tonight. All of you who want Ashley to die, leave, kill wise etc are unbeleivable and an embarrasment. No wonder the Arabs thought Manchester City were a better option than us. Mike Ashley is trying to ruin the club cos he’s a spurs supporter…bollx
    Isn’t he the one who sacked (and paid a fortune to get rid of) Fat Sam cos he wanted entertaining football. Who has Keegan been forced to sign that he doesn’t like. They all look like good signings to me. We even paid £10 million for a defender (tight bastard). Keegan’s statement, via the League managers association by the way, says something along the lines of the manager should have the say on which players get brought in…. no mention of which players are sold. If he didn’t like the situation he should have spoken up before now instead of pretending he was happy at how things were being ran. He could have walked or even moaned about the situation before the end of the transfer deadline and any protests could have been carried out when they might have led to something. And before season tickets were paid for. Keegan should have stayed and fought for his position and argued from within, at least til the end of the season. he could then walk out again knowing he had done his best for the fans. Everyone outside of Newcastle knew that this would end in tears…. aren’t we happy we’ve proved them right yet again.

  • Dave

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Gutted! Now we are again, if not more than ever a complete mess and mockery surrounds the club, its players and its supporters! Mike needs to get out of his hole and sort this out quick!!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #17

    ASHLEY OUT !!!!! NOW!!!!!!

  • hitman

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    RIOT:lets drop kick ashley back down south

  • toonfanjonny

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #19

    me and me uncle arent goin anymore hes goin tomorra to try and get refund on 3yr tickets

  • Tartoon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Afraid I’m a southerner *please don’t kill me* but my granddad was from Wallsend, so I’m not a dye in the wool fan but a die hard one all the same and have supported the toon all my life. This is a very sad day, I’m sick to the stomach. I’m traveling up from London to support the team against Hull as I think Keegan would want that, but will also join in the lynching of the board.

    Who could ever replace Special K now?

  • Oleg G

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Exactly !

    thank you Ed !!!

    All that comes out of the club is not ever enough, they don’t know how to speak ?

    or maybe they are afraid of telling the whole truth !!!!!!?

  • canmag

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #22

    ashley what the hell have you done, wonder if you really understand the possible problems this could lead like losing players and relegation
    would like to here the new plans and new manager please not wise .
    wonder why chris mort really left

  • KKToon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Guys don’t let us be fooled again! We all know why KK resigned! We all know how much he loves NUFC and what he has done for it! The question is what the hell are all these selfish b******s doing in our club!

  • cockneytoonphil

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #24

    yes but this bunch of spivs have to be sent a continuous message.
    Dont spend another penny on merchandise, programmes, beer, tickets etc.Boycott Hull match and those who go, walk out at beginning after refs whistle in front of inevitable tv cameras.
    Players will understand. Particularly if crowds outside sing their hearts out “Theres only one KK”
    Organise protests. This is difficult with a loose but huge group of fans. Need to think about tha. But, sorry to keep on about it, reduce the value of the club until he sells

  • carl

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #25

    ashley now hasnt just p****d off the fans ,hes p***ed of the council aswell. so their goes his plans to build a casino on st james for llambias to manage gone.MUG!

  • geordie bulldog

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #26

    thought the club was in meetings face to face so why did the chairman send a letter?
    who was kk in meetings with?
    dont believe the main people were present
    strachan spotted meeting with wise and 2 other men in london sounds great eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    boycott boycott only way
    players will want us to make a stand
    these are the same player that the 2 wise men put all up for sale
    no point turning up for match the board will just think if we can do this to the fans and they turn up we can do anything

  • JC

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #27

    I wonder what will happen next…….there will be the lowest ever attendance at SJP against hull…………..relegation this year?

  • ToonKing

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #28

    devastated….following football used to be fun….it was supposed to be a break form the dark weekdays and fan fun watching the lads……this is not fun anymore…..after Sir Bobby being sacked, Souness and Fat Sam i just had enough…

    I just done a Soccer Am for foreign people…dropped all clubs in hat and choose…..from today i’m a Mansfield supporter……………………………….(wish it was that easy… 🙁 )

  • Big Al

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Well im discusted with the way nufc have delt with this and sickened that keegan was lied to to get him to manage the club.

    I understand the system ashley put in place i even understand why he did it, it because in the past when we have let the managers pick the players lets face it most were crap and we wasted hundreds of millions, boomsong, luque, cort to name but a few,

    In fairness to wise and co they players we have got in look good u cant deny that they have looked very good in the team.

    As for keegan, he was told he could manage the clib but ashley obviously changed his mind and just wanted a head coach, keegan didnt want that as hes an old school manager so walked and good for him.

    Over next manager must not be a manager he must simply be a head coach chosen for this tactical awarness and motivational skills.

    The system can work but they way nufc has gone about things over the last week has been the biggest pr desaster on record.

    Good luck Kevin we will miss u

  • sheffstev

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #30



    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #31



    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #32

    what the fans need is ashley and his muppets out and gone!!

  • D.C.

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #33

    They don’t need to explain anything, that half-assed note said it all.


    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #34

    sell!! sell!! SELL!!

  • ghc

    Sep 4, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #35

    who is up for forming a new club, like afc wimbledon did, United Newcastle FC. we might be starting at the bottom, but it will have passion and it will be ours. I am up for it, who else?

  • KKToon

    Sep 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed, please remove MA from your banners and put KK there instead. Please!

  • dick

    Sep 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Have always been suspicious of the buying of 3 years season ticket thing, telling the corperate box owners he was going to buy big, then making profit on his transfers, then putting about to agents that any player could be bought.These are just some of the things we know , wonder what else went on . Trying to get my head round it but I’m coming up with nothing that makes sense except he is trying to destroy NUFC

  • Hilly

    Sep 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Knocky – I agree with you. The emotions pouring out are understandable, but are overcoming reason. I’m sure Mike Ashley wouldn’t make this move if it were going to hurt his investment. He must have a plan to move on and unfortunately, we are at his mercy.

    We complain about his lack of communication to us, but what does the communication we’re sending him in the form of swears and proposed riots accomplish?

  • Geordieboy

    Sep 4, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Boycot the Hull game cos the players will be on your side. Remember, the first team squad was made available for transfer, what a kick in the pods for the players!!!! Would you wanna play for these p****s????

  • toonited

    Sep 4, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Burn down sports world.
    Ashleys loses some of his precious cash and also the mackems wont be able to buy any new clothes.



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