Newcastle Players May Protest Keegan’s Resignation

The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that angry Newcastle United players hopefully could be the final straw for London based Billionaire owner Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley – we’ll not see this scene again

Last week Mike went against the wishes of the Newcastle fans, the Newcastle public, the Newcastle players, and the Newcastle City Council and supported Denis Wise, another Londoner with no club background, over Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan. It was a massive blunder we think he will have a very hard time recovering from.

Newcastle players are said to be ready to bombard the club with a mass transfer request, as a protest at Kevin Keegan’s departure, and some of the more senior players at the club, have even contemplated strike action, for Saturday’s match with Hull City. But lads – we need the 3 points still.

The proverbial Newcastle insider revealed today:

“The mood in the dressing room was ugly. Some of the players felt totally betrayed and talked about refusing to play.”

“Just about everyone – apart from the new lads who had signed in the summer – was furious with the way Kevin had been treated and the fact the entire squad had been put up for sale.”

“Calmer influences prevailed and the feeling now is they will hit the club with transfer requests in January.”

“They are disgusted with the way the club is being run and don’t want any part of it.”

Newcastle fans, many of which have been fanatically supporting the club longer than Mike Ashley has even been alive, are desperately thinking of ways in which the Billionaire could be forced to sell the proud Tyneside club, he has so denigrated this last week.

Many think Ashley’s actions of last week have gone beyond the point of no return.

Comments welcome.

392 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #1

    The only thing for Ashley is to sell the club, but I can’t see that fat b*stard sell the club. He will stay and it will get worse at the club.

  • NE1

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    they’re not fans with ashley – they’re corporate hangers – the type this club doesn’t need.

    and who’s the fat kid with him?

  • GM

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #3

    mabye the players show of disapproval in the form of a player committee going to the board tomorrow and expressing this opinion of not wanting to play may also force MA to f off

    They have a player committee i think as given, harper owen and viduka etc are on it

  • Newcastle Action

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope the players protest, but we, the fans need to protest too!

    It’s time Newcastle fans got organised and took actions that will get noticed and make our feelings known. No more posting on message boards!

    Spread the word!!

  • andy

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Re: the current mindless reaction to Keegan’s departure. I ADORE the man. But, reasonably, if he loves the club so much what would posses him to leave three days into the season. Have we forgotten what he has said to players, NZogbia for example, about professionally getting on with the day-to-day until the end of the season. After persuading Zog to settle in, isn’t it a tad hypocritical to walk away when the going gets tough himself. I have no problems with him wanting to walk, but the timing shows this up to be something of an egotistical action: at best beneath the level of professionalism he’s asked from the players. Also – lets look at what has happened. Are we complaining about the players the board has brought in. Not enough of them, granted, but they look like promising players who’s value will increase. Who did they allegedly want to get rid off: Barton, who you yourselves were hoping to ship off a couple of weeks ago and Owen, great player, but he was probably going to walk on a free anyway. 6million now rather than losing every penny of a 17mill fee sounds like sense to me. Kev is gone. But what specifically about the board are we complaining about. Everything is focused on the cult of personality of a certain King Kev here, what he should have been allowed to do, the say he should have had. I dint give a monkeys. I NEVER want to see the shortsighted spending on over the hill players on huge salaries we’ve seen for decades here and it seems like we may be getting put right under the current board. Do your remember the aging players we were left with last time, and with no bloody reserve team of players coming through. Bottom line. We cant draw the best players at the peak of their talents like ManUre or Chelski. We go either for players on their way in or on the way out. Kev can only think one way. We cant have that mentality anymore as a club. IT IS GOOD FOR THE CLUB KEV GOES RATHER THAN HE GETS CONTROL OF TRANSFERS. If only he was happy doing what he does best – coaching and working with individual players. Now, lets have something like your site is known for and have a real debate of the facts of this, rather than purely emotive reactionism. At the moment you are looking very much like chucking your rattles out of the pram yourselves.

  • ende

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6

    We need to get a dialogue started between the players and the fans. They need to know that we are behind them, and we want them to stay around a lot longer than MA does.

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #7

    I saw this earlier, and given the complete lack of verifiable contacts, suggest we all ignore it.

    I admit I liked Ashley at the first, after the corrupt years of FFS, but I’ve lost any love I might have had. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t count on the players shooting themselves in their fee(t).

  • happy toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    trust me…they won’t quit… who in their right mind would give up an average salary of £60k a week.

  • Obafan

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #9


    Indeed that is very important that the players know that it is only the board who fooled them. We, the fans, should let them know that we are supporting them for 500%, they need it right now, cause it is not only very difficult for the fans but also for the players.

    I can’t think of what might happen in January if the majority of the players will ask for a transfer, and to be honnest I would not be surprised if they did, unless this mess gets solved ASAP!

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #10

    nothing would make me prouder than a player protest.
    I for one, would love the players to make a stand with the fans at sjp on saturday,.. This could well tilt the scales towards Ashly the lier to sell up.

    another note..
    Bookies suspend betting on Poyet. Absolutely unbeleivable. Are Ashly and wise so f*ucking blind? do they have that much disregard for newcastle city, the club and the people?
    How on earth are we in a position where DENNIS WISE has this much power??!!

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #11

    i’m in the mood for a row, any Ashley lovers in tonight?

  • Newcastle Action

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    We need to start taking action! 4 simple steps will show Mike Ashley and pals what we think of him, show the world what we think of him, and hit him where it hurts!

  • JakartaDean

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Hmm.. Poyet down to even money. Have we missed some news? I’m hoping this is more BS, not because I dislike the guy, but obviously he’s DW’s puppet.

  • Mark

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #14

    what a crock of shiet.

  • lee

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #15

    looking like gus lads…. what a mess

  • dubsea

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Chris Mort is looking quizzical at Ashley and his sycophants in that pic…he new what was coming.

  • happy toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #17


  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ve asked this question on every blog since this the final day of the transfer window.
    aimed at All the arguments in Ahsley and Wise’s favour..

    Excactly what qualifies Dennis wise to be a director of football? (especially at nufc)

    What qualifies lambias to be the chairman of a premier league football club? (especially nufc)

    what qualifies Mike Ashley to make any decisions with regards running a premier league football club?

    I’ve waited a week for a reasonable answer…
    Anyone any ideas?

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #19

    ‘NUFC put every player up for sale’ Do you really believe this? Where did this information come from? So far as I am aware there was no statement to this effect from anyone in authority. The media stirring it up again and Ed you and the fans falling for it?
    What makes any of you think that an Indian buy out would be in the best interests of the club?

  • ToonRich

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Get Shearer out of retirement, he’s still full of running in this SoccerAid match!!

    On a serious note, what would the FA, or club do if the players refused to play??

    I’d back them all the way 🙂

  • ed_speed

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #21

    boy am i(ed) hungry?

    time for a spot of tea lads.

    bon appitiete

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #22

    This is total bollox.

    It makes me laugh that people on here just seem to pick and choose what they believe to feed their fury.

    Did anyone see the interview with Shay on SSN – he wasn’t exactly furious and full of rage was he? Nothing about going on strike – yes he said we were in turmoil but that is to be expected when a manager walks out and leaves everyone in the sh!t!!!

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Brave New Toon. To answer your questions Ashley is the owner of the club and therefore entitled to make any decisions that he wishes. How great his knowledge of football is I don’t know, it could be more than you think bu that is irrelevant he is the boss. The authoiry of the other two is that they were appointed by the boss who alone can make those decisions, and much as we do not like it he does not have to please, or even consult, the fans. The same will apply to his next appointment to replace KK. Like the boss of any business he will make what he considers to be the best for his investment, which he will want to succeed.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24

    stamford toon
    It is clear that Owen And Barton were ‘touted’ around on deadline day

    We didn’t beleive the media rubbish all summer,
    What we did believe was that Kevin Keegan resigned, because he was having players forced upon him, and players sold behind his back by Dennis wise and his scouting team.

    We also beleived ,like keegan, Dennis wise, Mike Ashley, chris Mort when they said that this would never happen.

    They are nothing more than highly paid ‘southern’ pickpockets

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Brave new Toon…tell me where you got the information that those player were up for sale as clearly as you think it was. Where? It was not in any of Keegan’s statements.

  • DeeJay

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Anybody else think this is another media fabricated rumour without substance?

    Having read direct quotes from Given, Taylor and Xisco which contradict this story, I’m be tempted to believe it’s just the media poking the Newcastle faithful with sensational news to make sure they have something to write about.

    We have a small but talented squad of players. We’ve recently recruited high quality players and Keegan had nothing to do with that.

    We’ve been trauling old news stories to prove Ashley made promises to KK then let him down. I seem to remember KK saying that he hoped the team would bring in another 2 players as good as our recent signings. To me, that implies he accepted the state of play at Newcastle – that others controlled which players were bought.

    Keegan’s record isn’t great – 6 wins from 22 games.

    My bet is that in the next 22 games, we’ll win more than 6 games.

    What Newcastle need is a pragmatic manager to replace Keegan, and an owner who will back him based on a relationship which is understood by the Newcastle supporters.

    Personally, I don’t think Keegan can offer that, and I doubt Ashley will offer that, and I know for sure the combination of them both will not.

    So, with Keegan gone we need to support our team – the players and stop creating our own football circus at Newcastle.

    Did Fat Freddy really get it all wrong? From what I can remember he gave the public what they requested – big signings and promises of glory, and almost bankrupt the club in the process. The big signings he financed (like Owen) left the club with a lot to live up to; I’m sure Owen was told he could be part of a successfuly team and now we’re blaming Ashley because that didn’t happen to Owen wants to leave.

    Ashley wasn’t prepared to buy expensive proven players, so brought back Kevin Keegan to offer the fans the drama and excitement reminisent of when we were a successful club.

    We, the supporters have contributed to the clubs downfall. However, do we even think about changing the way we behave to better the club, or do we continue to be unrealistic, over demanding media wh0res?

  • Ian

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #27


    We don’t have any evidence that an Indian takeover would be any better – but it could hardly be any worse could it. What’s in their favour is:

    1) Not pals with Dennis Wise
    2) Far more money than Ashley (AA is the world’s 6th richest man)
    3) Far smarter than Ashley (AA has an MBA from Wharton and is on their board of overseers. He transformed the Indian financial industry, and has been an MP. MA is a barrow boy who made his money buying distressed companies)
    4) Did I mention he’s not pals with Dennis Wise.

    In short, although AA hasn’t proven himself capable of running a premier leaue football team (who has?) – MA has certainly proven himself incapable.


  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Stamford toon.
    I knew someone eventually would come back with that ridiculas argument.
    “He is the owner he can do what he wants”
    “If he wants to bring in Dennis wise to be the boss, he can.

    No he can’t
    Yes he bought the club, so everything in it is his..
    But let me tell you.. The club actually belongs to the people of the city. Fact.

    Hi regeme has shown a complete disregard for the fan’s, the well being of the city, and even the city council.

    If i owned a shop. But had no customers… the shop ceases being a shop.

    A sensible answer please to why Dennis wise is qualified to be a director of football

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said DeeJay.

    It certainly is refreshing to have heard so many more voices of reason on this blog in the last few days.

    I’m pig sick of being told what I should be doing as a fan by all these cry babies with their orange t-shirts and their positions. Everyone was buying into the Ashley regime a few weeks ago – now Kev has spat his dummy again and everyone is making him out like he’s frigging Mother Teresa and Ashley is Satan.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Gus Poyet will be be an awful choice of manager,
    him and wise, makes me puke at the thought.

    Ashley has made some terrible moves so much so my money is on the fat judas prick selling and Keegan coming back.

    I am glad this has happend in a way because I have hated him and his bunch of cockney cronies for ages.

    Non of them give a stuff about my beloved club and i can’t wait to see the back of them.

    KK we will see you back in the hot seat soon,with a big transfer budget and a board that backs you properly.

    KK is the toon.

    Keep up the good work Ed (harrison and speed)

    Toon Toon !

  • Spyro

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #31

    i cant see a player protest if im honest. Anyway, i read that Terim is interested in the job. He is a good manager and wouldn’t be a bad choice.

  • Stamford Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Ian, Ashley has not had time to prove that he cannot run a prem club. All that has happened is that there has been a management dispute. The fans do not like the outcome that does not prove tha MA cannot run the club. It is now in a far better financial state and we have got some good new players. KK made his mistakes by not getting rid of some of the unproductive highly paid players……..Smith, Viduka and Barton. No doubt you could name others. What was the reason for the lack of further signings and transfers? Was KK not up to speed (I would not have had a holidy at the beginning of the transfer season in his position) Was he vetoing on principle all the names he was offered? Why were other clubs quicker to the draw that we were? Was the scouting not up to scratch and a very expensive failure for MA, after all they were supposed to hve been working very hard for new names for several months? The problem is we do not know the answers and most of the anger and bitterness is fuelled by rumour and assumptions but quoted as facts.

  • Stav

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Keegan, what a quitter…again, 3rd time? Newcastle, best to go back to the lower leagues again, you probably feel more confortable there.

  • Brave New Toon

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Dee Jay.
    Surley you are not basing you argument on keegans first ten games? coming into a side devoid of any confidence,.. playing god awful football, two games away at the emerates and two agaisn’t a flying man united!

    Keegan kept us in the league.. when we were deep in a relegation fight.

    Keegan should have been judged on this season..
    .. After bringing in his OWN players in the transfer window… ‘oh sorry’

    And you say we need a new pragmatic manager?
    Dennis wise is the manager…
    under the current regime… any new manager is simply a puppet, a face for the club, imo without any balls.. as he will know the situation before taking the job.

    TRUE managers and football men,.. would want nothing to do with the job.. i.e Shearer, Keegan, Curbushly, Redknapp, etc etc.

    If dennis wise thinks he is the man.. why not have the nuts to sit in the dugout? and say ‘now judge me’…
    oh sorry, he won’t because he’s a coward… And massively unqualified to have anything to do with running a premier league football club

  • jettson

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #35

    terim is passionate about the job he does, he is a strong character by all accounts, BUT could he handle and put up with the crap behind the scenes?? he will get full backing from the fans, as what we want is success on the pitch, winning games!! thats what we must do on sat, and support the TEAM fully from the 1st minute to the last!!buy nothing at the club tho!!

  • nando

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Newcastle United start their search for a new manager today after the resignation of Kevin Keegan yesterday, and the name on many people’s lips at this early stage, is Phil Brown, the current Hull City boss.

    Brown, 49, has worked wonders at Hull, dragging them from the depths of the Championship last season to promotion to the Premier League, and being from the Northeast, it would clearly be a dream for him to return there.

    Starting his professional playing career at Hartlepool, Brown also went on to play at Bolton, and, having hung up his boots, served as assistant there under the managership of another former Magpies’ boss, Sam Allardyce.

    With Keegan already history to owner Mike Ashley – essentially a businessman – it’s essential that a replacement is found at the earliest opportunity, and it’s thought that Brown has already received an introductory call from Ashley’s people.

    There was no comment from Brown last night, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Hull boss feels ready to take on, what is currently, the biggest job in football

  • nando

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #37

    above taken from tomorrows sun

  • geordiejayne

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon Chicken

    To be fair Shay was trying not to say too much to sky but managed to get in a few bits said….been gagged by the club….

    Shearer gets penalty come on shearer Scoresssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss oh looks good tonite

  • ObaFan2

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #39

    SHEARER’s just scored a pen 😆

  • Spyro

    Sep 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Exactly Jettson, if anyone can deal with pressure from the fans it is him.

    I agree Stamford Toon, MA has done well for us so far.

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