Lee Clark Like Any Fan On Keegan Resignation – Stunned!


Lee Clark, who is now the assistant manager at Norwich City, where Glenn Roeder is the manager, is off to Toronto for his overseas experience for the Pro Licence.



Lee Clark – shocked by Kevin Keegan exit

Clark is being accompanied on the trip by former Newcastle player, Paul Stephenson, who is also on the backroom staff at Norwich.

Clark is as stunned as anyone at the departure of Keegan from Newcastle United, and he talked today to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle about the news:

“To say the four of us were stunned by the news of Kevin going is a vast understatement.” “We have all had dealings with him in our time and we could hardly respect him more.”

“It was the opinion of all of us that he was the only person who could turn around Newcastle United.” “We are all Geordies and, like all Geordies, we were very disappointed at what has been happening at St James’s Park this week.”

“Terry McDermott is my big pal, but to tell the truth I will not be speaking to him until things have settled down a bit when I get home early next week.”

“We have all kept a watching brief on St James’ Park, and I have to say it is going to be a very interesting game with Hull City next Saturday.

“It is going to be a very difficult game for whoever takes over from Kevin because there will be so much hostility towards him from the fans.”

Of course Lee is like any Newcastle fan, born and bred in Newcastle, and being one of those special players who also played for Newcastle United.

We haven’t heard the last of this story, so we’ll have to stay tuned on happenings over the next several days.

Comments welcome.



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364 comments so far

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    NUFC fans should be working on how to buy the club.

    Boycotts and protests are well and good in the short term.

    What about the long term?

    We should run the club, like Barcelona.

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  • Victor Meldrew

    Sep 6, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Fans. Rubbish but at least your posts are getting shorter. 🙂

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Why is it rubbish? It’s done elsewhere. Why can’t we?

    Of any club in England, we could be the one. We have the best support, as we all know.

    Shorter posts! How’s this from now on:

    Carthage must be destroyed… and…

    Fans Should Own the Club.

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Fans etc. I think he trust might be the way forward. More and more supporters from other clubs will become frustrated that they are treated as cash cows by the owners and will want some kind of return to the ‘club’ idea where they are a part of things. Newcastle is barely a club any more – it is a business with guaranteed customers.

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Victor – quite a few of us on here like to see reasoned argument and new ideas. I get bored with abusive one-liners.

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  • Martin

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Here – on the BBC rumours page theres an article from the sun that Keegan asked Ashley for 200m to buy Henry, Beckham and Lampard…I don’t believe it for a second but IF (and it’s a massive, humungus, ginormous IF)…IF…Keegan did ask for it, then I’m glad he’s gone – ’cause is exactly the wrong direction for this club!

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #7

    RobB/Henry Kissenger: D0n’t you understand what a 🙂 represents?

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  • Cooper

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Fans own the club

    Mate stop posting! – ehat you are suggesting is ridiculous!!

    10 grand per fan? all them rampers from the bedsheet brigade outside s.t jamses?!?!

    even if any fans anywhere took over any club – there is no money for transfers etc etc

    please just drop it!

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Toonoot – I do, but the point stands.

    Cooper – I agree with you on fans ownership – I think its too late for that. But a supporters trust could act like a kind of union for fans and co-ordinate views.

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Nobody is talking about 10 grand per fan. Use your imagination, man.

    How many NUFC fans are out there? How many of them would be proud to be members at a reasonable rate?

    And with membership be able to vote on the presidency and direction of the club instead of letting someone who doesn’t care about the club run it as his own personal playground.

    Yes it’s difficult and would take work. But isn’t it better than gnashing your teeth at invisible billionaires?

    Carthage Must Be Destroyed. And…

    Fans Should Own the Club.

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  • DanToon

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone think Fat Ashley looks like Bobby out of King of the Hill lol???

    http://www.buddytv.com/articles/king-of-the-hill/images/bobby-hill-1.jpg

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    There is no way that the fans could buy the club, the maths are astronomical.
    What would be possible would be for us to do a Wimbledon, but that would mean starting from scratch and it taking quiet a few years to even get to League status. It would also need a total boycott of St James Park, which somehow is something I do not see happening.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #13

    RobB. Carthage was destroyed! It happened during the third Punic War. The war was a much smaller engagement than the two previous ones and basically consisted of the destruction of Cathage, plus the annexation of all remaining Carthaginian territory by Rome and the death or enslavement of the entire Carthaginian population. The war ended Carthage’s independence. But what do I know? I’m just a thick Hunt.

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  • Warwick Toon

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    This fan’s trust idea is pie in the sky

    Say you could find 100,000 avid (adult) Newcastle fans

    Money needed to buy out Ashley and provide ongoing funding for the club might be something like 400 million

    That’s £4000 from every single person

    People can’t even pay their own mortgages – there is no chance of this working

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Isaac. Thanks. Point taken.

    Dan – good spot!

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  • Victor Meldrew

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Isaac Hunt –

    I don’t believe it!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    I got this from the evening chronicle forum!!

    Fans are try’n to get organised!!?!

    There’s so many people arguing the toss over whether we should or shouldn’t boycott the game, I think we need to at least get this sorted.

    I propose again a slow march from central stn leaving at 12pm before the hull game, followed by non-entry to the ground (or at least for the first half).

    If anyone has any constructive ideas post them.

    TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Bill F–thanks for responding. That’s the kind of conversation we should be having.

    Fan ownership is definitely a hard slog. But I don’t believe it’s impossible.

    Everyone’s first reaction to a big idea is “That’s impossible,”

    then “That’s too difficult…,”

    then “that’s difficult…”

    then, “Maybe we can pull it off…”

    It’s not my idea–it’s an old one that’s been around for years.

    Other SPECIAL clubs do it and do it well.

    NUFC, if any club in England, is a special club.

    It could be done.

    Carthage must be destroyed. And…

    Fans should own the club.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    to all fans what ever your choice! we should meet up at central station and march to sjp singing our hearts out waving our banners!!! 12noon before the hull game next saturday!!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Warwick:

    “This fan’s trust idea is pie in the sky”

    So you’ve gone off airy pie have you?

    🙂

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m getting lost here – is Carthage the club or the board?! Or are Isaac and Fans etc talking at cross purposes?

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  • RobB

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    HPS – if we had a more organised forum/ trust etc this could be organised more effectively. Perhaps Toon Ultras could set it up and people could join on the way.

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Hey Warwick–fair point. It’s a lot of money.

    I don’t know enough about how Barcelona does it, but I know memberships don’t cost 4,000 pounds! I certainly can’t afford that.

    There must be levels of membership. Anybody know?

    Exactly the kind of questions we need to ask & answer to start making it happen…

    Carthage (fat billionaire ownership) must be destroyed. And…

    Fans should own the club.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #25

    RobB – I think that Fans etc is saying:

    “Basically Rome (MA) won – at first ”

    While Rome (MA) was the indisputable master of the western world (charva gear), her rapid growth, accompanied with opportunity for corruption and economic disparity among the classes would lead to new problems for the empire. Additionally, the massive amount of slave labor imported from Africa, Spain and the east created a new economy dependency on continuing slavery (hmmm). These conditions would ultimately be major factors in the crumbling of the Roman political system and the terrible strife between the Patricians, Equestrian order and the common Plebes . With the defeat of Carthage, Rome inherited an empire but it ultimately set about the fall of its own Republic (MA out).

    But that’s just my take

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Christ how many GCEs have ye lot got?

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Come on guys and girls we need to get organised!!! (12noon at central station ) to meet up before the hull game peacefull demonstration!! walk united to sjp singing our hearts out!! waving our banners!! pass the word on to other sites please!! LETS SHOW ASHLEY WHO THE BOSS IS!!!

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  • nightfall

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #28

    http://www.premiershiplatest.com/news/newcastle-keegan-wanted-sign-beckham-lam-5513766.html

    KK wanted 3 oldtimers for 200m…who’d back him for those 3?

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  • Bill F Ash Didn't Splash :(

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #29

    If you want to take the Carthage analogy further, it was after the Elite rulers decided to dispense with their manager (Hannibal) that they succumbed to the might of Rome. Although it was much more complex than that.

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #30

    HPS: I’ll be there. You do realise that we’ll be knackered by three o clock. Bring a flask and some errrr, sandwiches.

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  • Oblongfanny_Martins

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Why doesnt Ashley follow the example of anouther southern buisiness man
    i.e
    Shoot his Children

    Shoot his Wife

    Set fire to his house

    Shoot Himself

    Possibly the best solution to the Ashley Debate.

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32

    How to eat an elephant – one bite at a time! Argh! Nnow we know which sandwiches to bring

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  • Alex

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    just read that Marcelinno the Zaragoza coach has said he would not come . Spurs wont let Poyet come and i cant imagine the poison dwarf daring to sit in the dug out . Wonder who The fat tw#t will turn too to be our new manager . All his reported targets either don’t want our cant come .

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #34

    That’s me off. Playing midfield at 5:00.

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  • toonoot

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Hang on tho. Analogy? Isn’t that the bloke from Staines what pretends he’s from the Bronx. Yo

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonoot–good luck in the midfield then.

    another interesting story about fan ownership…

    http://pitchinvasion.net/blog/2007/11/13/myfootballclubcouk-purchases-ebbsfleet-united-fc-fan-ownership-on-the-rise/

    Obviously the scale is much, much larger for us but it can be done.

    Carthage must be destroyed. And…

    FANS SHOULD OWN THE CLUB.

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  • secretsnappa

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #37

    fatash has got the power and the money to do what he likes with the toon, its his own personal plaything..fans could stay away from matches..do this and do that, blah de blather…I dont think fatash will give a damn what fans do or do not do…as soon as he buys some good players and the toon are on the up again, they’ll soon be back and king kev will be forgotten about and dennis wise will become the latest local legend..ho hum…so suck it up soldiers of the b&w army…

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  • MAG PIE

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m concerned re late entry to the ground – couldn’t NUFC prevent late entry?

    I suggest the march from Central at 1pm – then we enter the ground at 3pm but stay below ground/in the bar area (no purchasing) until half time. We watch the match on the tv’s and if we score we celebrate. Imagine the noise from the bowels of St james while the ground appears to be 1/4 full. Then we emerge for 2nd half.

    Any thoughts?

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  • MAG PIE

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #39

    HPS – I’m all for the march but a 1pm start would mean more people would be able and willing to join in. Also we could time our arrival at SJP closer to kick off meaning no disorganised drifting away from the protest.

    1pm lads?

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  • Chuck Norris with a bb gun

    Sep 6, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #40

    on a different note, has anyone got a link for the england vs andorra game?? havnt got sky or setanta.

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