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Newcastle Issue Statement on Keegan Resignation

8:44 pm, Thursday, September 4th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 160 Comments

Newcastle United have just issued a statement on the Kevin Keegan resignation, which Kevin announced just over an hour ago.

This is what the official statement says:

“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.”

That seems a rather terse statement, and certainly by its tone, suggests disagreement and even some hostility between the Board and Kevin. We suppose that isn’t too surprising.

But it also seems like Kevin has unleashed the flood-gates in Newcastle, by resigning, and rather than spend more fruitless days discussing things with the board, he’s decided it’s just no use.

If it’s true that the Board would not give him control over all transfers, and who he wants to keep at the club, it seems he has a legitimate right to walk out, because there’s just no way a manager can manage under those conditions.

So sad.

Someone is destroying this club, and it’s not the fans or the players, that’s for sure.
Comments welcome.

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160 responses so far ↓

  • 1 micknufc // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM


  • 2 Lew Davies // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Trying to pass the buck

  • 3 Ed Speed For PM // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    they make him look a bad guy

  • 4 hitman // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    they give him nowt,so he walked

  • 5 BennAllen // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    no-one turn up for the hull game. then the board will realise there mistake, in letting keegan resign.. this time next week wise will be out and hopefully kevin will have been offered the job back

  • 6 DanToon // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    If he dare’s go come to SJP i’m going for him, i’ll rip his fat f**kin’ face off!

  • 7 Kash // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!
    SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!!!!

  • 8 Tony Toon // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    If they did everything they could how come llambarse and dwarf are still in a job-Bollox.I still dont think we should not turn up for the match against Hull but should turn up and sing Keegan for the full 90mins

  • 9 Chris F // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    just sent this via the Your Shout page on

    Yet another shambolic week in the history of our great club. The official club announcements on this website have begun to stink of spin, frankly, and if you think we fans are blind to this, you’re in for a shock.

    Kevin Keegan bleeds Black and White, does Dennis Wise? Does Derek Llambias?

    In fact, has our new Chairman/MD/Whatever he is even uttered a word in public since his appointment? I certainly can’t recall any statements directly from this man appointed to run our club (I stress the our as without supporters, there is no football club). I beg, what is his footballing background? Or was he merely brought in to oversee some future development of a casion/gambling complex attached to the stadium? I certainly feel we are yet to see him add any value to the day to day club business.

    The fans and supporters of NUFC feel both dismayed and humiliated by your recent actions which have served only to destabilise and destroy what was, essentially, a promising start to the campaign.

    Dennis Wise should not be allowed anywhere near the Home Team dugout at St. James’s Park, and if he is even under consideration to take up the post of manager, the club directors and ownership needs to take a good long look at theirselves, because you are about to feel the biggest fan backlash seen at this club in a long, long time.

    Shame on you. Shame on you all.


    pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.

  • 10 Patrick (Pizzicato) // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    I am not in UK, so I can’t do a thing, but let’s have the protest to force him out of the Tyneside!

  • 11 Ian // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Exactly dont turn up and do not buy any merchandise.

    Ashley only understands cash.

  • 12 robert lee waugh // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    bye bye ashly bye bye ashly bye bye ashly.

  • 13 King-Habib // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Temuri Ketsbaia for manager,

  • 14 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM


  • 15 Asle // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    The BORD MUST LEAV the club!

  • 16 Kash // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    I wonder if Mike Ashley will dare to sit with the away fans anymore?

  • 17 dick // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    wonder who takes training tomorrow, just wonder if terry mac might go too

  • 18 Ruddy // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Gutted keegan decided to leave but the appointment of wise kind of screwed him over.
    dont know what manager we can get in now that can
    a) get the best out of the players in what is a horrendously small squad
    b) knows newcastle better than keegan
    c) and will put up with not being able to sign the players they want to.
    also thoughts on a new manager
    all i can think of is domenech there’s not really anyone good out there atm!!!!

  • 19 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM


  • 20 DP // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    I don’t know what to do with myself. Absolutely gutted. Newcastle United is a soap opera, I’m used to that, but this, this is far too much to take. I think I may be done with football for good now. Cheers King Kev, you will always be a legend.

  • 21 Danso // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    now im pissed off!! A summer of disappointment and NOW THIS!!

    ASHLEY REALLY IS A TOSSER THEN! and should be romoved from the club…!!

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 22 Paul from Korea // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    For some reason, I cannot access the official newcastle united website. Maybe it’s because I’m in Korea…

  • 23 SouthernMag // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    BennAllen – Keegan will only return under a new owner, he’s clearly lost faith in Ashley.
    To me it doesn’t seem like the club did all it could to keep Kevin. I firmly believe that if we wanted KK to stay so badly, we could have. Again the supporters are not treated seriously and left in the dark. We want the truth Ashley!

  • 24 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM


  • 25 Toon1978 // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    F..K OFF ASHLEY SELL THE CLUB TO ANIL AMBANI AND DO US ALL A FAVOUR. Lads, in the chronocle it says these are still interested in the toon. GUTTED about KK.

  • 26 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM


    i understand why fans think its a good stance but most of the reason point to hitting ma in the pocket–wake up most of us have paid already

  • 27 neeraj // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:57 PM


  • 28 D.C. // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Complete tripe, nothing more, nothing less. I will continue to support the players on the pitch, but the board has no support from me.

  • 29 HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:58 PM


  • 30 Jonny // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:59 PM


    There is a petition for a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE’ in the board and ashley.

    please sign and help us make a stand.

    please pass the link on to as many fans as possible

    time to make a stand

  • 31 Kelvin Koogan // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    We’ve got to get the cockney mafia out. They are filth. Complete boycotte please everyone. The club will have to go back to the f**king stone age, so be it. We’ve been sh*te for years anyway.
    Spend no money, go to no games until we are rid of this vermin

  • 32 angry miles davis // Sep 4, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    xisco-colo told me toon was fab lolololol poor boy wont have a fcking clue what hes got himself into.

  • 33 neil // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    He had no choice…how can he run a team without his own players.The people who says kk always quits are ignorant..they never look at the facts.Who in their right mind would manage newcastle now.Ashley is stripping assets.Make a protest for the 1st half against hull…then leave.Then boycott the following matches.

  • 34 geordie jock // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM


  • 35 Jarralad // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    OMG…does Ashley not realise what he has done by this?…can he be THAT naieve?

    time for the floodgates of emotion and vitriol to be released my friends…

  • 36 Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    everyone write on on your shout on, im proud of all the fans outside the ground singing taxi for ashley

  • 37 ToonIreland // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    lads, boycotts dont work unless they are 100% adhered to, look at the mancs boycotting the glazier take over … that really told them didnt it?!?!?

    also, i’m not sure the player deserve to turn out in an empty st. james!?!?

    stop buy merchandise, stop buying from his shops, but dont make the players suffer for ashley, wise and llambias’ inadequacy!!

  • 38 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:01 PM


    ashley only understands cash …agreed

    Most of us already paid dopey so not turning up will only have a negative effect on the players and not make any difference to MA

  • 39 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Wonder if it was Llambias or Wise wrote that official club statement

  • 40 roscoe // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Would it be wrong for a grown man to cry at a time like this?? Because I think I’m about to! I wish I was in Newcastle right now, I would be outside SJP and wouldn’t leave untill FAT ASHLEY fu@ked off! I am gutted.

  • 41 mutoids // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    best thing would be…. new owners, no ashley, no wise, no llambias and then re appoint king kev

  • 42 neil // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    players…all go on strike…lead the way owen

  • 43 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:04 PM


    sense at last

  • 44 stuart toon fan // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    I think it is now time to hit Ashley in the pocket as this the only thing he understand, stop spending in his shops,club shops, we should have silent sit in at next home game and not spend a penny in the ground

  • 45 Durham mag // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    I will be at the Hull game only to support the team. As a season ticket holder I feel that I have been mugged. Other than attending I will not spend another penny at the club.

  • 46 KlyToon // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Ashley is a fool. Gutted.

  • 47 Patrick (Pizzicato) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Tomorrow when MA wakes up, he’d see a lot of player using the Webster Ruling to buy themselves out or submitting transfer requests.

  • 48 canmag // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    well who is the new boss of cartoon utd .this is a real sad day
    ashley what the hell are you doing ,putting wise in charge you have to be kidding .
    man you really screwed up

  • 49 neeraj // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    all the ppl he has hired are related in some way or the other to spurs……
    the way he runs the club(barring the spendings) and even acts as a scout for them

  • 50 chris // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    absolutely unbelievable!
    absolute farcical!

    lost for words and sooooo disappointed.

    a full boycott can be the only answer surely???

    a sad day in the history, maybe even the saddest.

    not sure how much more ,i for one can take.

  • 51 k3v // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Mike Ashley has to go, in my opinion he has no choice but to. No-one to blame but himself, sooner he goes the better otherwise its gona be more costly for us, next home game turnout will be shit!!!

  • 52 Ross // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Kash-Ashley sat with bodyguards around him before any of this.
    not even those bodyguards could help him if he chose to sit with us again.
    he will not be anywhere the stands again, for a long long time.

  • 53 canmag // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    i wonder why chris mort really left?

  • 54 carl // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:09 PM


  • 55 Si // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Temuri Ketsbaia

  • 56 Dave Hill // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Send your emails to his business here
    Boycott the fat bastards company

  • 57 toma // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Keegan was a GOD for newcastle and that micky mouse ashely/wise should have gone and people are right what they say if you are a manager of a team you should be involved in the transfer of players.
    And one more think who the hell is ashley to put all the first team up for transfer on the last day whay is he trying to do kill the team

  • 58 Matthew Tom // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Mike Ashley

    You total and utter idiot.

    My Toon shirt is in the post. Maybe you can sell it to help you pay for more cockney twats to help you ruin our club.

    Disgrace. Absolute disgrace. I have never seen anything like it for just pure, bare faced idiocy.

    Good luck Ashley, you’re going to need it. You ain’t seeing another penny out of me for tickets, shirts or anything.


  • 59 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    I cannot believe how things at this club just go from bad to worse. We must have the worst owner in the league if he cannot give the manager the choice of who he decides to buid HIS team with!!!!!!

    I agree that the game should be boycotted!!!!
    This club is finished until Mike Ashley leaves!!!!
    No matter who turns up, moral will be low and I have no doubt if we go a goal down to Hull we will lose.


  • 60 wolfhound // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    we are up shit creek as ashley owns us lock stock what will happen now this is dark times i am depressed ……..whats the samaratins number

  • 61 geordiewannabefromwales // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Kermit the frog just arrived at st james’ park this evening after hearing there was a managerial position vacant, having spoken to him he is pretty confident of getting it as nobody else at the interview has the ability to have someone elses hand put up there backside and be told what to say, and that he had a lot in common with the board of directors as they too were muppets. . . . . say no more

  • 62 wolfhound // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Dark times

  • 63 KKToon // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    We NUFC fans won’t leave it like that. What we need to do is show these selfish b******s what NUFC is all about until they get away from our club. I’m sick of owners like MA. We lost our best managers first Sir Bobby Robson and then KK just because someone want to make benefit from NUFC! Don’t leave it like that guys! We want noone anyone else for manager but King Kev! Bring him back! Bring KK back!

  • 64 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    And quite frankly I couldnt give a RATS ARSE who the new manager is, isdoesnt matter as long as that POES WISE and ASHLEY THE LIAR are in control of decisions. No top manager will want to manage our club.


    Hopefully at a huge loss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 65 Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    i hope mike ashley has a heart attack tonight, fut cnut

  • 66 OLLYLB // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM


  • 67 The Crooked Mag // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Newcastle United are not a football club anymore, its a business. I have read the statement issued by them tossers and I do not believe a word. How can a former casino manager know more about what we want than a Newcastle legend ? Ashley would be well to stay away and I hope I get the pleasure of bumping into that malignant cockney twat …. the pleasure will be all mine.

    I will be there on the 13th and I will sing Keegan’s name until my voice goes.

    I am absolutely disgusted by the attitude shown to all of us and it has proved that the current board have the inherited the worst qualities of the owners from Seymour to Shepherd. It makes me sick.

  • 68 alan dart // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Hopefully M/A will sell up and the new owner will bring him back. I am totally disgusted at my club (board level), the only way forward is for them to go. I for one am not interested in the way this club is conducting itself. Sorry kev.

  • 69 tripp // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    If you have a season ticket, demand a refund. Don’t show up to games. Don’t buy tickets to games. Don’t by the kit. Find creative ways to support the players, but don’t fund ashley to do it. Make NUFC an example to all would be hobby owners. Unless the fans make a disciplined effort to show MA that he’s going to have to pay, it will all be for nowt.

    Do the unthinkable, take a holiday from football for a season.

    If you really love the club you have to put its long term health above your desire to watch the matches. The players know the score. Not turning up won’t put them off. Besides, how many of them will be here in a season or two? Think about the long term, not the short.

  • 70 ghc // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Guys, football is finished, this will happen again and again, if we get relegated Ashley will leave. I wont go again, rather watch Blyth. The way I feel I coudnt even watch the toon on TV

  • 71 JOHNYMAC // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:17 PM


  • 72 scratch // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    mike asley u mug piss of u prick

  • 73 pit yaka // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    We are Geordies. A city made of coal and steel a people made of stronger stuff. The Jarrow marchers walked to London in peaceful protest! Seeing that we are ran from London by Ashleys cronies why dont we follow the example and walk as fans (black and white flags unfurled) to the capital. Plenty of coverage in the chip papers, better than singing sack the board and say we want our Kev back! We want Ashley out!!! Its about the time the fans spoke for the nation!!! Weve done it once we can do it again. “Were on the road, the road is long…”. Lets make the nation proud again, we all still have a voice lets use it!

  • 74 sheffstev // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    believe me the big fat greedy pig has already sold the nufc and part of the deal was to get rid of KK first. WHAT A FAT GREEDY PIG

  • 75 Dave Hill // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Sports Direct International plc
    Notice of Annual General Meeting 2008
    3.00pm on Wednesday 10th September 2008
    Unit D, Brook Park East, Shirebrook, NG20 8RY

    This is where fattie is going to count his billions for his A G M first one to egg him wins a £1

  • 76 danuneek // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:20 PM


  • 77 Boater // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    We still don’t know everything but KK will not come back now – even if the club is sold.

    I doubt there will be any boycotting the Hull match because there will be developments I reckon before then. A week is a long time in football.

  • 78 marky24188 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:21 PM


  • 79 Matty // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    F’in bogus, f*ck off. You’re not welcome in America either you fat c*nt! Take your sh*t business elsewhere.

  • 80 Toon1978 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:21 PM

  • 81 jake // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    i dont buy this shite for a second , mike ashley and your cronies – welcome to hell

    to have any dignity left you’ll sell up now you scumbags…

    only one kevin keegan

  • 82 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:22 PM

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

    I am not happy with the services we are receiving so lets let him know where it hurts!!!!

  • 83 geordiewannabefromwales // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Kermit the frog just arrived at st james’ park this evening after hearing there was a managerial position vacant, having spoken to him he is pretty confident of getting it as nobody else at the interview has the ability to have someone elses hand put up there backside and be told what to say, and that he had a lot in common with the board of directors as they too were muppets. . . . . say no more

  • 84 KKToon // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Ed, could you please remove MA from your banners and put KK there instead!

  • 85 FARTY // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:23 PM


  • 86 Mart1980 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    I find myself in total bewilderment on this. Kevin Keegan has done totally the right thing in leaving Newcastle and some sort of protest or boycott needs to happen to show that football fans not just Newcastle fans will no longer tolerate the fat cats of the game ruining it. The aim was for this club to move forward slowly and progress but there was never any chance of that with the likes of Dennis Wise in a position of power at the club. No club needs a director of football and Ashley and the board have made a laughing stock of the club. Any manager who takes this job under Ashley and Co will be here for the money as they will be a yes man for the board with no freedom to manage properly. Keegan leaves with his head held high and any real football fan will agree. Mike Ashley will be left with no choice but to find a buyer for the club now as he has lost the fans once that happens there’s no turning back. If Dennis Wise or Gus Poyet are appointed manager of this club then we will be relegated this season. Players wont play for someone they dont respect!!

  • 87 Gordon Lee // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Why did that idiot Ashley appoint Keegan in the first place.

    He should have known how Keegan managed and supported him in that.

    The fans will never forgive Ashley.

    Sell the club now and return your shirt – you do not deserve it.

  • 88 rab // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    I am a total loss, but I do know one thing, not going to spend 1p more towards NUFC, until he leaves. I am trying to find out what shops Ashley owns so I can stop buying from them, its more than sports direct, we could close down the Newcastle stores in a month if we all stop buying there, not many out of 400 outlets but it would be a message, Shearers bar etc would be closed within months also alongside all the club stores. I am so angry that Denis Wise and a Casino manager are destroying our club. At least the councellors at the civic agree with us and joined us with our strang feelings.

  • 89 Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    punch ashley, ill give you a weeks wage, kill him ill give you a months, kill him and that fat samoan looking t-w-a-t, ill give you a years worth

  • 90 gazza // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    i think kev didnt have any say in transfers which was totaly wrong but this fan reaction to ashley will only give him an excuse to sell up which will probably mean from an arab country which will ruin this city will turn into a joke.i hope ashley stops on coz am thinking kev has spat his dummy again instead of sitting down an talking it through

  • 91 P****d-off // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Whole country laughin at us!!!!! Would love to see the ground packed to the rafters for the Hull game. A wall of noise, scarf’s waving showing the world how we feel about the club. As soon as the whistle goes to start the game we all leave and show them how we feel about the cockney wanka’s who run OUR CLUB!!!!!!!!!

  • 92 ed_speed // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    something must burn!!!

    ashley go on a diet. you are not welcome.

    loose some wait you fat face.

    regards (but not to ashley, the tosser)

  • 93 William Smith // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Who in their right mind is going to want to manage Newcastle now. Absolutely no fecker. The club is now more of a joke than under the last regime and our only hope is Osama Bin Laden taking over and blowing it up…

  • 94 Thomas // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Any1 got links to sky?? as im outside the uk…

  • 95 Patrick (Pizzicato) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    I kinda disagree. If we have a new owner, this would get resolved immediately.

    Whether KK is coming back though, it’s his choice.

  • 96 MAG PIE // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    JJ – 72 – that’s right – hit him in Sports Direct – leave NUFC alone so DIC will buy.

    I say – sit-in at Sports Direct 1.30-2.30pm on the day of the Hull game

    Email and generally disrupt Sports Direct in any legal way possible

  • 97 geordiewannabefromwales // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    never mind boycotting cos that will effect the players.

    just protest outside ground (though i cant cos im in wales) and sing KEEGAN all through Hull game.

  • 98 STEVEYO // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    The football club that is owned by Mike Ashley is not Newcastle United SO DON’T SUPPORT HIS CLUB
    I f we get relegated then so be it until he sells up they get nothing from me not even a passing glance when driving past.Thirty years and av never felt so low

  • 99 Gibbo // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Who will want to be manager of Newcastle now?

    No big name will ever agree with the set up in place at the club!

    Put this down to experiance MA and leave the club, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get all your money back. Just do what us fans want you to do for a change!!

  • 100 Crow11 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    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.

  • 101 Jeff // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    my comments never show up why is that

  • 102 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    think chris waddle has lost his mind
    a part of his statement from bbc

    “Wise will be put in temporary charge now. They never seemed to have got on professionally. But if Keegan was unhappy about his appointment he should have done something back in January.

    “There’s a lot of anger on Tyneside right now. But the funny thing about football is that if Wise wins the next three games, what happens then?

    ED…can you replace the photo of denis wise with a nice photo of gollum please

  • 103 ToonKing // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    just got home…..turn on the laptop …..and booom like a bomb went off……

    this simply tops it off….last straw….what we have endured in the last 10 years bar Sir Bobby era, is simply a disgrace……we had our lows over the years but this is just plain insane… can Ashley defy us like this ??? what does he think ?? that this will just blow over ???!!!

    I’m an abroad fan, i live in Romania…and every year i spend wast amounts of my hard earned money to fly up at least twice to Newcastle and watch a game…….this is a disgrace…what Ashley has done this past month should not be allowed ….if there will be a demonstration or something i swear i’m flying to Newcastle to participate……………

    i admit that i shed a tear when i saw this tonight…..gutted to the core… defy KK, the fans and the whole city like this i simply unbelievable to me….

    if the Fat F*ck now installs Wise i swear ……ah shit what can i do ?? what can we do?? he must not get away with this….

    i’m seriously rocked…just gutted….don’t even care anymore…NUFC will just fade away under Ashley..

  • 104 carl // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    i think ashleys guna sell.he cant get out of this any other way.imagine the hatred that would be thrown at him and the board at matches.before the match ,at half time, and after the match.BUT not while the players are out their playing for us

  • 105 natedawg // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    best case scenario , ashley sells the club to da indian bloke and he immediatly reinstates kk in time for the match with hull , and signs owen up for 4 more years.

    i wish

  • 106 StevieA // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Boycott the club? Don’t turn up for matches? Protest and make ourselves look like even bigger idiots on Sky Sports News?

    Yeah why not! (sigh)

    The biggest problem Newcastle United has is the fans, the sooner people realize this the better. I support Newcastle but I can see that the club has a real problem with lack of patience, belief and for want of a better term mass hysteria.

    Yes Kevin is a legend but he resigned, Mike Ashley didn’t sack Kevin. Kevin walked out and do you know what? I half expected it, I am not shocked like the lads ringing up the 3 legends. I expected this to happen at some point, although I admit it’ s come much sooner than I expected.

    We have a european setup much like Barcelona and Real Madrid, the manager is to focus on the team, Wise, Jiminez and Verture put potential targets forward. Derek Lambias OK’s the deals if Kevin wants the player but Lambias and Keegan haven’t got on well, apparently Lambias sacked Keegan after a heated argument and it took Mike Ashley to organize talks between Kevin and the board. Mike Ashley didn’t save Kevin Keegan, yes his policy eventually forced Kevin to resign but the man didn’t sack Keegan.

    People are saying that Newcastle is a business now, well good that means we will be around for a long time and will never do a Leeds. It takes patience to build a strong team and club but that’s something that our fans don’t have.

    I hope we bring in someone like Frank Rijkaard as manager, someone with a presence and knows how to get the best out of players because that’s what the club needs. I can’t see Kevin coming back and I am sad about that but it’s not the end of the world, the club is still here and as long as that’s the case I will support it. Keegan would be the first to say no one man is bigger than Newcastle United, so don’t boycott your own club if you do that you are playing the game the southern press want you to play. Don’t you understand that? They will have a field day!

  • 107 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:36 PM

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

    – I Know its hard but try not swear because the emails might get blocked. And we want to prove a point.

    Heres what I said:

    Please inform your fat owner that his service to Newcastle United Football Club is disgusting and he has no clue how to treat a hero.
    Also inform him the services of Dennis Wise are no longer needed.


    Toon Fan

  • 108 Crow11 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    JJ, are you from South Africa? You used a word to describe Wise that can only be South African!

    ps. Well said, but I would apply face after that word to describe DL!!

  • 109 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:37 PM

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

    Try not to swear however hard it is incase the emails get blocked or sensored.

    But lets make a point!!!!!!

  • 110 Crow11 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Where is my comments??

  • 111 MAG PIE // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    where’s hitman – I’ve got a job for him

  • 112 ed_speed // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    i think we should go to the hull game, make one hell of a noise and show the plaers we care about them.






    p.s ‘mon the lads

  • 113 gazza // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    kev has done the easy option again..ran away not to be seen again wake up eveybody

  • 114 bill // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Now let me see:

    1. He puts all Newcastle players up for sale on Monday;

    2. He buys no one if some of the info on here is correct;

    3. He sells Newcastle fans 3 year season tickets for which they for now.

    What does this spell out to you guys?

    I don’t know about you but it sounds like he is getting in as much cash as he can before something happens!

  • 115 graeme // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    @ Jonny No 30

    Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:

    You are signer #232

    Hope you get a lot more signing up mate. Any way possible to show Mike Ashley that he is no longer wanted, has to be a good move.

  • 116 mag in boro // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    gazza get back to rehab

  • 117 Oleg G // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    You are crazy my brothers NUFC fans, I love you all.

    Good luck in these crazy days.

    Be strong !

  • 118 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Gazza you wake up! He had no choice and was merely a puppet. How canyou run a club like that?????????????????????????????????

  • 119 Goggiv // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    What a terrible day in the history of Newcastle United.

  • 120 steve // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    I don’t think Ashley, Llambias and Wise actually give a toss what the fans think – they’ve already seen the bad press generated over the last few days and have clearly been happy enough to force Keegan to resign – all this talk of supporting the players is nonsense – thats exactly what they’re thinking we’ll do – i.e. turn up to support the team and maybe shout some abuse at them – they’ll then bugger off back to London until the next match, I don’t think Wise will give a monkeys and he’s had abuse everywhere he’s been.
    At the end of the day Ashley was always going to back his chairman and his decisions.
    My predictions are thus

    Foreign manager who is used to having players dictated to him brought in (possibly rikjard if he’ll take it as he’s currently out of a job and will cost nowt)
    Barton/Smith/Viduka and possibly Owen (if he ain’t injured) sold in Jan transfer window

    Few cheapish foreign imports brought in

    We’ll likely end up in 10th place and be no worse off than last season

    Ashley happy with mid table mediocrity and running the club at a profit

    The players revolt that people are mentioning is laughable – none of the players were signed by Keegan so whilst they may have liked him, they’re hardly going to start playing badly because he’s gone.

    And why do they owe us a further explanation?
    They’ve already said they did everything in their power to keep him and he resigned. They’ve already shown their contempt for the fans so don’t hold your breath

    Someone mentioned earlier that Ashley was off on holiday to barbados so I’ll imagine he wont even be at the Hull game anyway.

  • 121 geordie jock // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    I can’t believe what i’m seeing from fans. I’ve bought a season ticket so i will go to matches as it’s hard on the players. Do you think the players will care. They will probably be right behind a BOYCOTT as they all loved Keegan. Looks like some of you fans are as gutless as the fat B*****d running the club.Hit him where it hurts for god sake or else he will do it again. I’ve thought long and hard about this and am not going to belittle myself any longer. Come on you fans and show some bottle not just talk.

  • 122 gorskino10 // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    This is sad but the thing is were kinda powerless to do anything, the only thing is protest and hope players join. and also bycott the Hull game if we make that lowest ever attendance that will show msg to them.

  • 123 keeeguuurn // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    bill —- I also think something stinks about the whole thing.
    I feel he has pulled a fast one on us.
    Probably why he sat with the fans .. to con us

  • 124 steve // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    dear me – are some people on this blog complete idiots
    Keegan was not allowed to manage the players so any manager would resign (as did Curbishley).

    The top six clubs in the U.K allow their managers full rein on hiring/firing (in fact almost all prem clubs are ran this way)

    The U.K had 3 clubs in the european semis so this system obviously does work!

  • 125 hitman // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    there is NO way back for these cockney tarts now,ashley has to sell up,do they think where a bunch of mugs like.

  • 126 keeeguuurn // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Its 5am where I am and I can’t stop watching setanta on tvants.

    My heads done in!

  • 127 happy toon // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:03 PM


  • 128 Crow11 // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    @ JJ, are you from South Africa? You used a word to describe Wise that can only be South African!

    ps. Well said, but I would apply face after that word to describe DL!!

    Sorry if this is a repost, but my comments doesn’t appear.

  • 129 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Back to Mike Ashley OUT!!!!

    Started this group on FACEBOOK, anyone is welcome to join…

  • 130 JJ // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Mike Ashley OUT!!!!

    Sorry pasted the back to part too…

    Yes Crow, Im from South Africa… Howzit boetie

  • 131 dan // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:24 PM


    As captain of the team, please lead a team strike!

    These idiots at the top of our club, have torn the hearts out of the whole geordie nation. I hope the next home game has to be abandoned as our players fail to show up. Ashley can pay all the league fines.


  • 132 keeganjr // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    i’m from norway, my name is kevin, named up after KING KEV.. Have a tatto that says TOONARMY on my hand, and i have too say that i’m very ashamed. Kill em all. please please i hope u all geordies sing song and chant after king kev against hull for 90mins. they ripped my heart out

  • 133 ToonIreland // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    all this kill’em talk is rubbish

    lets just force him to sell and then boycott all his businnesses and backrupt the c*nt

  • 134 The Crooked Mag // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Sports Direct is a listed company. Its AGM is next week. I would urge all Mags in the midlands to buy £10 worth of shares and then attend. I will be there and I will be in a pre Ashley shirt. It is our chance to let this fat useless mockney wan*ker know that he not only has the whole of Northumberland to fear, we are everywhere !

  • 135 keeganjr // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    i us kill em all because it fits and i’m a metallica fan

  • 136 thevoiceofreason // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    This is the darkest day at Newcastle since the apointment of Souness….boycotting the club is an option…how about surround the ground before the Hull game and not allow anyone in but more than that if you want to hit ashley where it hurts picket his shops….stop them trading as it starts to hurt then Ashley will get the point…I thought Ashley would be good for NUFC but this is nothing short of disastorous….The club do not own the land and maybe now is the time for the city council to makr that fact very clear to the present owners of the buildings on it!

    Sad, sad day…..

  • 137 SD Toon // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    I hope there is a boycott

    Mike Ashley you FAT CU*T

  • 138 bill // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    keeganjr – well said, but I will be at the HULL game outside the ground. I will not go in as long as this guy owns the club.

  • 139 Crow11 // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Hey JJ. Yep, so am I!!

    Aint it just so nice to swear in Afrikaans!

    Back to Ashley and his group of destructive employees… hope you get the hell out of NUFC!

    If Ashley doesn’t sell now, his life should be made a living hell!

  • 140 SD Toon // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    As if that tosser micheal owen would lead a players strike. He would not get paid if he led a strike plus he wont stay at newcastle and will leave when his contracts up anyway.

    Boycott the GAME! ashley does not deserve any more money from the fans

  • 141 black magpie // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    StevieA, here here…….ur talking sense amidst the sorrow and grief evident in the true toon fans on this blog

    i feel so tired….but tomorow never dies- i dont think it will serve us as a club to to boycott the Hull game- but we should make our feelings heard- no doubt- we should remember the King and whatever needs to be shouted

    but for god sake lets support the team- Owen has seen four managers at newcastle Souness, Rodent, Fat sam and the King- no wonder he wants to wait and see

    they only thing keeping me a toon is the fans and the team- and we should all focus on that come saturday week……..

    somone on here is siad that week is a long time in football- wonder what the conversation will be come next thurs night

    well we all knew it was going to be a rolercoaster….did we not???

    it all feels so surreal…

  • 142 Spot The Zebra // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    This statement from the same people who were prepared to sell Barton and Owen on transfer deadline day knowing there would be no time to find adquate replacements.One look at our already depleted squad will remind you how foolhardy this would have been.
    There are moves afoot between major NUFC internet sites to organise a protest for the next home game.Please keep an eye out on the likes of or Talk of the Tyne for further information if you wish to make your voice heard.
    Howay The Lads.

  • 143 Mson // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    at next game ppl seem to go for this:

    “A suggestion would be for all supporters to attend the match as usual, and if Kev is not out there on the bench, just as the whistle blows for kick off, everyone stand up and walk out.

    What a field day the press would have with that story!!!! “

  • 144 Spot The Zebra // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    By the way i would go with a boycott and im sure the players would more than understand.

  • 145 roscoe // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    I’m also from South Africa…

    Wish I was in Newcastle now… I’d be right outside SJP!!


  • 146 jem75 // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Who in their right mind is going to want to come and manage us now. Players must be feeling rock bottom, fans are disillousioned and totally out of the loop. The boardroom is obviously not bothered about fans and we are fed false promises constantly. Bad day to be a toon supporter. All the best KK.

  • 147 reillers // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Black Magpie Owen has had four..
    Given and Harper have had how many now?? Do you think either of them will walk out..not a chance in hell.
    I think they’ll probably try and get an interview out of Given after the Irish match. But I doubt he’ll say much.

    It’s them I feel sorry for. They need our support now more then ever. They’ve done nothing wrong, they’ve played well and what do they get in return..empty seats against Hull.

    There is no way we can protest the match without hurting the players.
    Showing up, staying there is no good. Singing, booing, do ye think the board will care. They wont give two shits. Money is all that matters to them. They’ll take our money and block their ears.

    To make them look, to make them care that means us not being there. Us doing something different.
    But the players will suffer because of that.

    I wonder if Ashley “one of the lads” will stand in with the fans for this game.

  • 148 Fergie // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    It’s time Ashley took a more hands on role at the club, I respect him for wanting to take a back seat as owner and try and enjoy himself but the muppets he brought in to run the club are nothing short of useless capitalist bastards. This kind a crap might pass in the ruthless world of high flying multinational listed companies, but this is a football club. If ever there was evidence of the soul having been ripped out of the game it has come this week. Man City signing Robinho from one of the greatest clubs in the world because he can make more money, Curbishley leaving the Hammers because players were sold behind his back and now Keegan doing exactly the same. This is just the start, fans, not just here, but everywhere need to make a stand… the only thing is, when was the last time you heard from the Manchster AFC lot and all those who boycotted the Glazers? They might be League and European Champions but they have huge debts and the ticket prices have rocketed. What will happen to Chelsea when the Russian leaves? How will Arsenal cope when they can’t sell off the land at Highbury to make their payments on the Emirates due to the current housing crisis? This is bigger than Keegan, bigger than Newcastle United, this has implications for the game ,or should I say business, as a whole. As a Newcastle United fan I am pretty much used to putting up with the unbelievable but this time I am more worried than in the past, the game has been taken away from the fans and the people that run the clubs don’t seem to realise that there would be no club, no ticket sales, no merchandising, no Sky deals, no money.. without the very people they are treating like crap, the fans.

  • 149 silverwear this year // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    just got in from work and saw this. i am gutted to say the least. ashley can’t justify this – if he paints the picture of kev leaving and not being reasonable then its total bulsh*t.
    this could have been avoided and it is a massive insult to us the fans – as we all love kev – to let him be treated like this. this was the only way he was going to react ashley, you fat useless prick.
    where are the pro-ashley supporters now – surely even you are infuriated by this. im heartbroken and i’ve always thought ashley was good for the club,i know obviously think otherwise.

  • 150 shirts // Sep 5, 2008 at 2:54 AM

    We DON’T have a European set-up like Barca–in Barcelona, THE CLUB IS OWNED BY THE FANS. They vote on the president every 4 years.


    Somehow it can be done…

  • 151 Stanley Rosewood // Sep 5, 2008 at 3:14 AM

    I believe Ashley could have solved this issue by removing Wise et al and given Keegan the authority he required. The fact is he decided – for whatever reason – to back the Board of Directors instead of Keegan. By doing this he has alienated the fans and i believe this will be his undoing. The good thing is that we have the forthcoming international break to organise some kind of meaningful protest. The only issue is how do we proceed from here? There have been many suggestions put forward and I’m sure any of these would have a significant effect. However, the only way it will work is if we can reach a consensus. Given that is the most visited NUFC related site on the internet (including the official site), I suggest that the writers of said site should be responsible for either deciding or facilitating the decision of the correct action to be taken. In any case right now we, as the supporters of Newcastle United Football Club, need to act and to act decicively.

  • 152 Brettoon // Sep 5, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    I know we’re still blaming the board and all.. but KEegan walked AGAIN.. Fuuuuckin hell ‘our’ hero is a right pussssyyyy.

  • 153 xfer // Sep 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Brettoon, put yourself in Keegan’s shoe! Only pussies stay!

  • 154 TOONADDICT // Sep 5, 2008 at 2:57 PM


  • 155 Andy ingham // Sep 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    this is a disgrace i for one will never spend another penny onour club whilt the fat cockney tosser is in charge .. sack the board .. ashley out boycott ashley vote with your feet

  • 156 hanzowen // Sep 5, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    🙁 ….. just sad as KK did left us yet again… what such a way forward Big Mike? If Dennis Wise for KK replacement, i’d bet many fans would turn against Big Mike very fast on forth. SELL your share to some1 more ambitious leave us alone… YOU SICK PRAT MIKE!

  • 157 Colin Wishart // Sep 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    I’ve done the hot under the collar bit but I have a question. Don’t people in big jobs have what used to be called terms of reference which spell out in writing, their responsibilities, their authority etc. If Kev has such, they presumably gave him the powers that he assumed he had and Ash should be over a barrel legally . I cannot believe that £2m a year jobs are not closely defined at the uptake.

  • 158 mart // Sep 5, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    just cancelled my direct debit

  • 159 gazza // Sep 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    if ashley sells up to a foriegn invester as e might do after most fans seem to want to hang city are gonna be a total joke buying players that will only be coming in most cases for the money.i think ashley is trying to settle the club not spending silly money and wages.remember this is his money not fat freds loans.i know all fans want to see big signings but i would rather the club take a step back on the silly signings for a while.i felt for kev for not having say in signings which is totaly wrong but he should have stuck with it an come out telling the fans how its run instead of crying one knows what was said in these arguments or who they involved as no one has came out an told the fans.then on another point ashley might of known this was gonna happen giving him an excuse to get out minute fans love the fact he seems a normal geezer sitting in the crowd which i thought then the same fans slate him saying he should have suit on not to be seen like most owners.

  • 160 Ashley out // Sep 7, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    petition to get ashley and wise out

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