New Newcastle Chairman Will Be Important Choice

The former Newcastle United chairman has said he has already been approached by two businessmen on the possibility of returning to a position at the Newcastle United Football Club.

Freddy Shepherd – already approached by two businessmen

It appears from the interview Freddy gave on Sunday that he has not ruled out taking back the reins of power from owner Mike Ashley.

Once Mike sells the club, the new owners will need to appoint a new manager and a new Chairman. It’s looking like most of the consortiums that have been mentioned would like to bring back Kevin Keegan as manager, which is really what a large percentage of Newcastle fans want.

It would also ensure the side can get back quickly to their old form, and the system that Kevin was using, and if that happens quickly, maybe this season will not be lost to mediocrity.

Speaking at the weekend, Freddy Shepherd said a true fan needed to be at the club’s helm.

Freddy said over the weekend:

“If I came back to the club, it would depend on who and what and the structure in place, but I’m open to suggestions. I just want what’s best for the club.”

“I want to see a fan in charge. I have already been approached by two businessmen.” “I think anybody who considers buying the club would have to keep the door open for Kevin.”

“It would keep the fans happy and, at the end of the day, the fans are the club.”

There’s no doubt Freddy is a real fan of the club, and just like the rest of us who were brought up on the streets of Byker and Walker worshiping the club – Newcastle daft through and through!

But Freddy hardly ran the club well, from a business viewpoint, and at least Mike Ashley and his people have come in and put the club on a much stronger financial footing, and it would be wrong not to keep running the club as a good business.

That just has to be done, because that’s what Newcastle is right now – a global business with a growing global brand name.

But it would also be important to have a Chairman who could work well with Kevin Keagan and be straight with him, which obviously a certain Derek Llambias has not been by all accounts.

Arthur Cox is also a possibility, as he’s a real football man, and thinks the same way as his protégée Kevin Keegan. We don’t know how much business acumen Arthur has, but if indeed Kevin does become manager again, we’d just love for Arthur to come back.

Arthur left the club a few weeks before Kevin, under mysterious circumstances, and it seems possible he walked away just before Kevin, because he saw the double cross on Kevin coming.

Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh Freddie, is it a wise move to put yourself in the firing line again?

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Freddie, is it really wise to put yourself in the firming line again?

  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure I want FFS back in there. Although It would never happen in a million years I’d like to see Chris Mort in there

  • Dave W

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4

    If anyone bring back Freddie they should be shot and I would personally hand them the gun. Most of Newcastle’s current probelms were casued by FFS and Souness and Newcastle has never recovered.

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #5

    See waht happened Ed?

    Freddy puts himself up for Chairman and what happens? The site crashes!!

    A message there somewhere?

  • Chris H

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #6

    We need a chairman who has already been involved in a football club TBH. Though Chris Mort done a canny job, Llambias has been shocking. He’s had no contact with the fans whatsoever.
    We need someone like david Dein, who’s been there done that, though I wouldn’t hold out much hope of getting him, but that’s the type of person we need. Experience in the running of a big football club. Not casino’s!

  • ali

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Arthur Cox as chairman! Please Ed, give your head a shake.


    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Go forDavid Dien he would make a great chairman. Did a great job at the Arse.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 23, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    FFS no FS – NO CHANCE.

    He wouldnt take the job as public backlash would be equal to what we have seen already and a vote of no confidence aint good for starters.

    No owner worth their salt would appiont someone who previous regime ran up millions in debt.

    Well Id hope not.

    Im not sure for KK coming back….

  • Richard

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    I thought things were running pretty well until Chris Mort left and LaLa came in alongside Dinky Wisy and Po Ashley.

    Definate step in the wrong direction bringing FFS back.

  • WesToon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #11

    @ lesh // Sep 23, 2008 at 12:53

    HAHA just thinking the same thing mate 🙂

    Freddy is a possibility BUT ONLY if he has learnt from his mistakes BUT there are better out there!!

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I would certainly not object to Chris Mort, although only here for a short while, you could see he has a brain, honest and really knew how to communicate with the clients – Toon Army.

    Can’t see this happening but their are stranger things in football lol.

    Yes I would like to see Keegan Back

  • Geordie Jayne

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Richard – we all know who Dipsy was – Lam — be – arse

  • Giza

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Who is the chairman of aston villa?
    I think hes doing a very good job.

  • Geordie till i die!

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #15

    first first first!!!!! Well who would of said bring back FFS but at least he had a pair and is a true fan lloks like anytrhing ATM but will we ever be happy??? Lets just gt on with supporting WOR TEAM Ha’way the lads!!!!!!!!

    Geordie till i die!

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Wise should be the chairman

  • MatthewT

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #17

    no bloody way for freddy…. -.-

  • Darryl

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Just aslong as these nigerians dont pay via Western Union, im happy!

  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d only want Keegan back if I had guarantees that he wouldn’t walk out again. Unfortunately, nobody can give me that guarantee.

    If he does come back, he’ll have my support, as always, but I will remain sceptical, as I was in January.

    A definite no to Fat Freddy though.

  • Flan

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d rather see Gary Glitter in charge of my kids nursery than FFS back in charge of NUFC.

  • Karltoon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Sad as it is to say, i think the mackems and the smog’s have got better chairmen than we’ve had in a long time

  • rich

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    am i first???

  • Rich

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #23


  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Ganiyu should be the chairman. What did you smoke before you typed that comment about Wise?

    Are you a mackem?

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m not keen at all on the idea of Keegan coming back again – I want stability, not fragility. If it happens though, it happens – I’ll still support the team as always.

    BUT… if the fat greedy pig tries parking his fat ass in the chairmans seat again, I’ll be outside SJP in a flash with me bedsheet demanding a boycoutt!!!

  • samthecat

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Quite clearly the 2 businessmen are idiots and know nothing about the club, no-one wants Freddie back surely.

  • Joe Aussie

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Fat Freddy returning as Chairman. Nelson has more chance of getting his eye back!

  • Irish John

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #28

    not another boycott chicken….

    we’ll be boycotting because off team selection next


    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #29

    A consortium of Nigerian entrepreneurs says it has raised £350m in an attempt to buy Newcastle United!!!

    There is one billionaire within Africa not including South Africa! So have they got the money to invest in Newcastle United??

    Aliko Dangote

    Born April 10, 1957 (1957-04-10) (age 51)
    Kano, Nigeria
    Education Al-Azhar University, Cairo
    Occupation President/Chairman, Dangote Group
    Parents Alhaji Dangote
    Aliko Dangote (born April 10, 1957) is a businessman based in Nigeria. He is the owner of the Dangote Group, which has operations in Nigeria and several other countries in West Africa. A wealthy supporter of erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dangote controls much of Nigeria’s commodities trade through his corporate and political connections. With an estimated current net worth of around US$3.3 billion, he was ranked by Forbes as the 334th richest man in the world as of March 5, 2008

    also some info from the bbc website:

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #30

    mebs we should start boycotting boycoutts, Irish John! 😉

  • Ben-Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #31

    off the subject but did you read the article in the journal about KK pulling the plug on Per Ciljan Skjelbred last day of window. I hope this is not true cus he would have been so vital for us at present.

    He his surly the type player we should have brought to club, young, not overpriced and he was a fan.

    Gutted if this is true

  • ToonKing

    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #32

    ahah, definite no to Freddy.

    Sell the club to the Nigerians, bring in KK as chairman, bring in a good accountant as Assistant Chairman, and bring in Fatih Terim as manager.

    PS: Bring back Terry Mac too, the players are depressed whit out Terry’s jokes.

  • Thump

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Who’s this Keagan fella, then?

  • Ericles

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    I would like to see Arthur Cox involved in some way but he is not a chairman. I would like to see Bobby as Honorary President for as long as he is with us too. As for Freddie? Well let him say who the two who have approached him are and then we can listen perhaps. Whatever – the Geordie connection on and off the pitch has got to improve. There is nothing wrong with a director of football (Cox?) as long as his role is supportive of the manager and not above him.
    How about a Chair Lass? Any rich hinny’s out there?

  • JH

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Freddy Shepherd – I hope you read this –
    You are my opinion a disaster – If you are really a fan and want Newcastle to prosper (this means not to line your pockets) stop getting involved.

    The biggest thing I was happy about when Ashley bought us, was you getting booted out of office.

    We should be looking for a clone of Chris Mort, or better still the real one.
    Yes – someone who doesn’t make us a laughing stock.

  • seetow

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #36

    bring back the dark lord chris voldemort

  • seetow

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #37

    i say, if not chris voldemort, why not hadgrid? nobody would dare to haggle over player prices with that man mountain.

  • Micky Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Here’s one for you.

    We were once know as The Entertainers, how about we get that name back, not by playing attractive, free flowing football, but by having a consortium of Geordie entertainers buy the club?

    Ant ‘n’ Dec, Spender, Cheryl Cole and the man with the real money – Sting.
    They could make “Michael” from Alan Partridge the chair man and Jossie from Jossie’s Giants as the manager.

    Don’t be daft you say? It’s about as valid as some of the suggestions on here.

  • seetow

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #39

    why not ed speed as chairman?

  • Ben-Toon

    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #40

    seetow // Sep 23, 2008 at 14:22

    why not ed speed as chairman?

    good shout mate at least we would be informed about whats going on with the club


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