So Sad For A Proud Newcastle United Club

It would appear from the actions of this morning, where both coaches close to Kevin Keegan, McDermott and Sadler have been sacked,  that the Newcastle United Board are determined to press ahead with things at Newcastle.

Mike Ashley – massive mistakes made by owner

It’s hard to see how this will all turn out once the people running Newcastle, none of whom are actually in Newcastle, return to the city, either in the next few days or for the game against Hull City on Saturday.

What is happening at the club right now is definitely being carried out against the fans’ wishes, and it’s really difficult to imagine how Billionaire Mike Ashley, in the midst of an all-out rebellion from the fans of Newcastle United, can hold onto the club, even though it now appears that’s what he wants to do.

The Board have made massive errors, not only in not being able to keep Kevin at the club, but also for issuing statements on Saturday night which are obviously not true, by their own previous statements. And also by their own admission the club is a business – but we wonder who they think the customers of their business really are?

It seems that what’s being lost in all of this – is the proud name of the Newcastle United Football Club.

That an owner came come in and buy a club, and then go completely against what the Newcastle Public, the Newcastle Fans, the Newcastle Players and the Newcastle City Council want, seems unbelievable.

But perhaps with all the big money in English football, this is what football in England has come down to.

For the faithful fans of Newcastle United, this episode, now one of the worst in the club’s history, is much worse than any nightmare.
It’s all so very sad for the real supporters of our proud club.

334 comments so far

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    sweendog – Sorry for delay mate, feeling rather unwell to day (man flu). Yes indeed, I was the originator of the petition. However, in order to facilitate further suggestions, I propose that a general meeting of supporters be arranged allowing further debate of this current situation. I would welcome an opportunity to actively debate and agree upon future action.

    Let me know what the consensuses is..!

  • dubsea

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    what an insult. to see the guy wrecking our club wearing our shirt…so much for ashley being one of the people

  • Victor Meldrew

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    How do we get his tank of our lawn? He aint gonna move it without a fight.

  • graeme

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    MA has proved beyond doubt that nothing and that means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is going to come between him and a nice fat profit.

    The Club doesnt matter, the players dont matter and we, the fans, most certainly dont matter.

    He isnt here for the pleasure, at least not as we know it; he isnt here to win a popularity contest; he isnt here to be one of the toon army. He is here to get a substantial return on his investment. Nothing more, Nothing less.

    The ONLY way to convince him of the error of his ways is to boycott the club. If you havent already got a ticket dont buy one until he leaves; If you have a ticket,go, protest, buy nothing from him.

    Boycott NUFC progs, merchandice, food, drink. Boycott all of his shopping outlets. Hit him in the only way he understands and the only place he notices, Hit him in his WALLET.

    Long live NUFC.

  • Ericles

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    There are denials from potential buyers today. Is this just a tactic by potential buyers or are Ashley and his gangster menagerie really intending to stay at NUFC? Our proud club is now run from London like some branch of a sportwear store by contemptible profiteering individuals who give not a hoot about Geordieland. Are we to become just a colonial outpost of a bunch of Southerners and Londoners? Is the club to be stuffed with ex-Chelsea cronies of Wise accompanied by a load of Kings Road clubbers and zoot suited barrow boys? Come on Toon – we need to get organised. Turn up in droves inside and outside the ground on Saturday and show these Ashley paid parasites that the Toonarmy is not finished yet or ever will be. We want our club back asap!

  • John

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    cant believe this, hes at it again. Please somebody come save our club.I still cant believe al this is happening. Ashley and his cronies have no clue, i really dont know what his intentions are? it is just baffling me, at this rate the club isnt going to be worth as much in 6 months time the players will want to leave in january.So maybe he wants to keep the club? tough for him we wont let it happen, whats the point in keeping the club if you cant sit in the stadium without getting your head bounced around. im very confused just like everybody else, hopefully something concrete will happen this week,as im sick of being a moody bastard because of all this.

  • Mr Klaw

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    If MA tells the world he wants out then he’s in a position of weakness. He needs to be in a position of strength to extract the most value out of the asset, hence this stance. Either that or he’s serious and wants to hang around.

  • Black and White Blood

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #8

    It is all very well debating the various methods of action on this blog, however, in order to further facilitate a concrete approach by those who intend to protest, I propose that a general meeting of supporters be arranged.

    Let me know what the consensuses is..!

  • Irish John

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder what impact this is going to be on the players performance…I might be jumping the gun a bit but if there is constant turmoil throughout the season we could get relegated…

    I remember a certain Leeds when they had some great players at there club but still got relegated because off all the uncertainty at the club..I can unfortunaley see the same thing at ours …Were in trouble, no doubt about that…I really hope ashley f*cks off…

    Maybe the only way he will leave is if we are in danger off teh drop..Might be a blessing in disguise in a strange way….

  • hitman

    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    MA has flucked up,he must want oot.


    Sep 8, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    McDermott going i can understand as a new Manager will want his own No2 but Sadler has the reputation of a very good local coach and new Managers are usually not that bothered who runs the Reserve team. Thankfully im sure he will get another appointment quickly.
    This is clearly a purge of all staff not appointed by the present Board.
    Any players speaking up will be out in January.

  • italian geordie

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    …stop moaning and support the lads on matchday, nothing else matter!!!
    …let’s see, Keegan is a wonderfull person but he’s never been a good manager, he never won anything!!!
    …we don’t need a messiah everytime, let’s sign a good coach/manager and fight for our colours, always behind our players.
    Keep the faith!

  • John

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #13

    OUT OUT OUT! we need him out so he doesnt wreck the season for us because if he stays thats what will hapen its good all this happened whilst we didnt have a game on saturday.i feel powerless, we need critic’s and celebs to voice thier opinions on the matter, come on BIG ALL publicy tell ashley to pack up and f*** off. Mike if your reading this please piss off, all your proving is that your wanker.

  • AdamCF

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    If Hughton can miraculously get the boys up then he’ll be the choice as First Team Coach.. as a Manager is clearly not an option.

  • Geordie den

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Ashley should f*** off as he is not one of us and take his lap dog wise with him. sod off back down to london you tossers.

  • STF

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Listen up please people.

    Now really is the time of the fans, we cant roll over and allow these ignorant bunch to ruin our club. They have made it very clear that they dont care for us and made it very clear how they intend to go forward with this.

    Even the players have suggested striking and now its up to us. We need to STOP all buying of merchandice and STOP attending games!! I know its sad but its for the long term, hell we need to make them feel entirely uncomfortable within the City.

    As sad as it is true, supporting the team on match day is supporting the board and while the board is what it is I cannot support the team!!

    Nobody has a voice like the Toon Army!!

  • lesh

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #17

    A ****** disgrace!

    And I got on to the Chronicle’s website, clicked on NUFC and lo, what message popped up? ……

    An error has occurred
    If you have any queries about this error, please e-mail the website administrator

    Even the IT system’s passing comment on the junta’s behaviour!


  • al gardiner

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    we need to get behind the team on saturday, get into the ground early, do the protests then come kick off 100% behind the lads, half time more abuse then after the game further abuse, cant resort to violence though as that just shows us up.
    dont buy nowt any more

  • lenny

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #19

    i am glad keegan has went, as a club with limited funds we need to be careful in the transfer market and invest in youth, whereas i think keegan still wants the trophy player finishing his career of the shepard days and paying nearly all our wage budget on michael owen

    the signings wise has brought in (or jimenez more likely) have been class so i don’t see what the fans are going crazy about. as if our fans didn’t already have a bad repution for over-reacting. whichever manager takes over from keegan will probably be hated instantly and driven from the club, unless its alan shearer or bobby robson

  • Ericles

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #20

    We must get behind the team because we need the 3 points regardless who is in charge. A mass meeting is a good idea. Not just fans at it. We need as many ex-players and notables as possible at it. We need to see the City Council sending representatives too. How about fans elsewhere (the colonials!) organising local meetings too. Boycott Ashley’s business as well, but support the players even though the likes of Owen and some others will be sold in January. At last us lower income fans have something in common with our better paid players. Ashley thinks he can freely sell them on the market and the rest of us down the drain!

  • dave v

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Where’s the poll on our plans for action ?

    Over on Vital Newcastle United they have voted 72% in favour of a total boycott.


    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #22

    I live in Scotland & thought Hearts were the laughing stock of football with their owners dictatorship but their new manager has got a bit of stability back to the team & supporters.ASHLEY YOU ARE NOT WELCOME ANYMORE JUST GO AWAY AND DON’T COME BACK.

  • Brettoon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Do u reckon Freddy Shepherd would want to buy us out.. At least he was a Geordie and not some fat Cockney prick with a little Wise C*nt under him.

    We need to do something at the game Saturday..

    I can’t stand this

  • Brettoon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Only 72% boycott.. what the hell are the other 28 thinking!!!

  • hitman

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    the players know we support them,if we boycott the match they know were not boycotting them but ashley

  • 51times

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Brettoon – Let’s not go that far.

  • Brettoon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #27

    I really want a way to contact Ashley!!
    Just want to be able to say how much we really want him out by writing a letter or email!!

  • dave v

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #28

    72% for total boycott on Vital Newcastle United.

    Have you lot GOT IT YET!

  • Spitfire

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #29

    I hate to say this but the only way to get rid of the conmen liars and cheats is not to attend any games until they go. Do not support this board. Do not support the team because they will ship out as soon as practical and I don’t blame them. If the only way to hurt Ashley is to get relegated then as unpleasant as that is that is what has to happen otherwise we will never get this club back! I am not going to SJP again while this shower are there even though that will cost me a grand in unused season tickets

  • neeraj

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #30

    one things for sure this club is going to be run by
    spurs and leeds players or supporters

    we are going to sign spurs rejects, so that we can raise funds for spurs……

    MA is making NEWCASTLE a joke…………..
    hope it bites him from behind…..

    gus poyet= new manager (chelsea/spurs)
    wise= director (chelsea/leeds)
    hughtton= first team coach(spurs)
    alan thompson= reserve coach (newcastle/ leeds)

  • Brettoon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #31

    God the worst thing for us to do is get relegated cos i can’t see us coming back.
    We don’t want to hurt the team – just the board..

    And we want to hurt them hard

  • dave v

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #32

    What’s 28% of 47500.

    I was always crap at maths.

    Do we think 11000 supporters are going to want to go into the ground when the vast majority are screaming at them to SAVE OUR CLUB.

  • Simon

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    STF is right.
    Only an empty ground will send the right message to Ashley.


    Pointless going in there and shouting, that’s what we normally do.

  • Geordie den

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #34

    I agree on the relegation bit as we dont want that but i cant see anything other than a total walkout untill they have gone. the fanzines are saying get behind the team but if you want to make change you have to stay away or these dim witted bastards will not get the message.

  • hitman

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #35

    dave ya reet,if theres thousands oot side protesting,the rest will join.

  • Graham

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Ed, it’s not the fact that he has done what we dont want him to – lets face it – he’s the owner.

    Its the fact that, after employing a manager and assuring him of certain things (that he would have the final say on incoming & outgoing players amongst others), he has gone completely behind Keegans back and done the complete opposite. And, despite this continues with an arrogance I have never seen before at any top flight club before.

    The fact that McDermott & Sadler have been sacked (is this the case or have they resigned), shows that he only wants his own little yes men at the club. This borders on dictatorship.

    Apologies if I sound over dramatic but I feel absolutely disgusted with the owners and directors at this moment in time.

  • SpartanChris

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Unfortunately, I think this could be a long drawn out war of attrition between, the true followers of NUFC and the Owner/Cockney Mafia.

    I for one will definitely attend the match on Saturday, but only to support the 11 men wearing the black and white shirts, which I will not be wearing. I will also be there to pour abuse on any of the Cockneys who have the balls to show up.

    Mind, Sir Bobby has a point that if Dennis Wise is not at every match, then he should not be in the job, so I’ll be saving quite a bit of venom for that loathsome little prick.

  • dave v

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #38


  • Danny

    Sep 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Long term plans my bum! This man is obviously intent to turn Newcastle into a new Wimbledon/MK Dons.

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