Freddy Shepherd So So Sad About Newcastle Plight

Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has been persuaded by his family not to get involved in the new takeover struggle for Newcastle United.

Freddy Shepherd – so so sad about Newcastle’s plight

Although Freddy has been approached by two groups keen on him being the front-man for a Newcastle takeover, he has now abandoned any plans to get involved with the current buying of the club.

Freddy spoke last night, and like many of us born and bred on the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle, he is very sad by what has transpired these last several weeks with our great club:

Freddy said:

“My family have asked me not to get involved.”

“It’s sad — really sad,” “Nobody should take any delight whatsoever in what is happening, least of all me.”

“Me and Sir John Hall took the club on in 1991 and took it forward, with promotion, a new stadium and a new training ground.”

“It’s so, so sad to see it in such a plight.”

Spoken like a dedicated lifelong fan, which is what Freddy is, and he did his best for the club, even though he was not successful as Chairman, but his heart was in the right place, that’s for sure.

We think it’s good that Freddy is keeping out of the mess right now, and of course he’s had his fair share of crticism too from Newcastle fans.

But Freddy should now enjoy Newcastle’s comeback like any dedicated fan, just like the rest of us.

Freddy is of course right on the mark, when he says it’s been a very sad time for our great Newcastle United club.

But we’ll recover, make no mistake about that, and now’s the time to keep supporting the team, as we all can help in our own small way, in turning this mess around.

Howay the Lads!

35 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    here is what sir john hall ahd to say

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #3

    “Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has been persuaded by his family not to get involved in the new takeover struggle for Newcastle United.”

    Thank god for that – that would have been the one thing that would have made this horrible situation worse.

  • Edd Case

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Fred can say whatever he likes to make himself look good these days – and it’s not hard with Fat Ash cocking almost everything up.

    But Fred, though different, was no better. Yes he authorised some big name players, but many were shit and other’s just got us into huge debt.

    We really, really need some VERY rich person/people with literally millions to throw at the club or no matter who else comes in, we’ll still be in the same situation.

    Sadly, in this day, you need MEGA bucks or you can forget it.

  • toonoot

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Cor Bliney. ‘ere’s anuvah one. “Any old iron, any old iron, any any any old iron”

    I wish I could wake up the morrow and say “Sh*t, worra fecking horrible dream I had last night”

  • ed_ speed

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #6

    i disagree, james_ mag.

    nick faldo would be a poor choice for manager, as he showed in the ryder cup he has no man managment skills.


    p.s ‘,on the lads

  • Dan13

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Al Murray= Young freddy shepherd – hair

  • Exiled Geordie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    The guy has overseen a period in our history where we have won sod all,i hate Ashley but i do believe him when he says we were in a hell of a state when he took over finacially.Shepherd would be a nightmare.What we need is a mass clear out at all levels including players,a owner who understands what is involved in owning a football club a good chairman and a manager with a great scouting setup,experience at the very top and who can sort out the worst defense in the league


    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #9

    good advice!! stick with buying Real Mallorca

  • Graham

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #10

    “Freddy Shepherd So So Sad About Newcastle Plight” – With his £37m in a wallet warming his right arse cheek….

  • Graham

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Talk about enjoying your last 15 minutes of fame. Please stop putting microphones / cameras in front of this horrible mans face

  • Graham

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #12

    His heart was in the right place – unfortunately a chaiman must think with his head as well as his heart

  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #13

    pity his arse was in the wrong place

  • normski1930z

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #14

    here sarnies apprently this south african consortium are well in with the rothchilds(or so a lad on another thread reckons) they my friend are f**king minted they own loads of banks,diamond mines etccccc……

  • toonoot

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Isaac: I wish MY arse had been somewhere else on Saturday

  • ed_ speed

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #16

    lol norminski i am related to them (seriusly).

    they own all those banks in london, and are jewish, so should be able to handle money well.


  • Isaac Hunt

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #17


  • normski1930z

    Sep 28, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Freddy Shepherd can f uck off.

  • Dillon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #20

    You can only blame the Halls for this mess, thanks to them selling their shares which forced the hand of Freddy to sell to a big fat cockney willy! Thank you the great Halls.

  • Brave New Toon - Taylor is a legend

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Shepherd was the only man who didn’t want to sell to ashley. FACT.

    yes he made a mess it it in the end.. but like ED said his heart was in the right place.. and backed every manager with funds, with the players they wanted.. it has got to be the manager’s fault that we never won anything,. not FF’s

    I’ll never slate anyone who is a TRUE newcastle fan, an does thier best for the club, succesful or not.. unlike many on this article

  • Brave New Toon - Taylor is a legend

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #22

    toon pipes toon chicken etc

    What do you want?
    who do you want?
    when will you be happy?
    were you ever happy?
    have you ever been to newcastle?

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Brave New Toon – Taylor is a legend

    1. ice cream

    2. ice cream man

    3. when i get ice cream

    4. yes, when i last had ice cream

    5. only to get ice cream

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Chicken – on a more serious note……

    Let’s assume this little escapade had never happened. Blank sheet, as nobody is to blame.

    a) What approach and strategy should we be using? Use practical examples as and when necessary.
    b) Which manager(s)/DOFS/coaches would fit the bill considering your chosen approach and strategy?
    c) Who should we get rid of and who do we need to bring in?
    d) What sort of transfer outlay is realistic?
    e) What league position(s) would you be happy with over the next 5 years say?
    f) Where would we be aiming for?

  • Longinthe tooth

    Sep 28, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ve no time for Freddie Shepherd. Look at the website and see what a bright supporter has dug up out of the Balance Sheets. 70 million in debt and losing 30 million a year! And somebody is suggesting that he should come back to lead the Club out of the brown stuff. Come on. Keep a sense of proportion.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 28, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Bloomin heck bowburn – we could be here all night – good questions though.

    a. I’m a big fan of the “Arsenal model” – scouring the globe for the best young talent. I think that is both sustainable and profitable and with it comes stability and continuity.

    b. Not sure we need a DoF but whether we have one or not, I’d like to see a tactically aware European coach with experience and a proven track record of winning trophies – maybe Hiddink or Van Gaal. NOT KEEGAN, obviously.

    c. Get rid of Barton, Ameobi bring in the best young talent from across the globe – the next Fabregas would be good for starters. Also like to see a couple of proven performers who haven’t lost their hunger and aren’t just in it for one last big pay cheque before retirement.

    d. not sure. Arsenal have proved you don’t have to buy success – although they have failed to win anything for a while I am sure it is only a matter of time. I think possibly an initial outlay of £30-50m followed by £20m a season after that should suffice.

    e. next season 7th, then 6th, 5th, 5th and thenhopefully break top 4.

    f. to finish in the top 6 every season, to finally win some silverware and to eventually make the “Big 4” into a Big 5.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon Chicken – time well spent though. Not really intended as such but might show some of your antagonists that you’re ideals are probably not a million miles away from their’s. I expect you and I will never agree about what has gone before but judging by recent posts I’m glad to see no evidence of the insipid ‘who’s to blame?’ argument which ran out of life ages ago. Thank frig. Time to move and try to forget all that’s happened, as difficult as it will be. Whichever side you blamed, there’ll be bitterness. Other than getting rid of Barton (I could probably be persuaded) I wouldn’t disagree with any of your answers to be honest. It may well just be wishful thinking of course.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 28, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree bowburn mate – really sick and tired of going round and round in circles with all that ballyhoo and glad it seems to be coming to an end.

    I’m sure we’ll all be arguing about something else in the next few weeks but at least it will more than likely be to do with what happens on the pitch.

  • little willie

    Sep 28, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #29

    21 Brave New Toon – Taylor is a legend // Sep 28, 2008 at 19:45

    Shepherd was the only man who didn’t want to sell to ashley. FACT.


    What a load of rubbish!

    They both wanted out, infact I’ve seen an interview with sir John Hall where he says he went to the meeting with a price in his head that had been agreed on by ALL major shareholders that they would sell the club on for.

    Shepherd made out he put up a fight but it was only for show, if he didn’t want to sell then he would have made it a lot harder for Ashley to get full control of the club.

  • Brave New Toon - Taylor is a legend

    Sep 28, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #30

    little littlw willie
    you are wrong.

  • Dillon

    Sep 28, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Little willie you are really wrong here.

  • Egar

    Sep 28, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #32

    FFS biggest mistake was sacking SBR. Almost unforgivable.

  • Jude

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #33

    From another site:

    Former Newcastle owner Sir John Hall feels sorry for current incumbent Mike Ashley.

    Hall insists Ashley arrived on Tyneside with the best of intentions.

    “When I met Mike Ashley and his advisors they had the best intentions for the club,” Hall told Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

    “He wanted to stay there and develop it so I feel sad for him and sad for the club.

    “When he bought the shares I had lots of talks with him and his team. He was coming in to build for the long run and he is a football fan.

    “Newcastle was a brand to him and he wanted to use it to market his business abroad – he had a long term vision.

    “He’s a good businessman but a novice in the game, as I was when I first came into the game.”

    Reflecting on the possibility of Newcastle joining the ranks of foreign-owned clubs, he said: “(Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich changed the game for ever. There’s nobody in Britain wealthy enough who’d be interested in investing. Even Mike Ashley was struggling and £200million is a lot of money.

    “No way can the rest of the clubs compete. The debate at Newcastle will be – should they try and compete with the super-rich?

    “It’s affecting the game…can anyone compete? I think they are fools if they try.

    “The Premier League clubs are being bought as toys, they’ll have them for a few years then throw them away, that’s my view.

    “These people don’t know the passion of the fans. The Premier League is a tremendous brand but I fear for the game and for the fans.”

  • bobby martins

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #34

    You look at what an impact Zaki has had, Guiterrez, Hull Team as a whole even Deco was cheaper option at 8 mill and you ask yourself do we need mega rich 30 million per player transfers to suceed at this level. Every Transfer window if you bring in one or two players to cover or upgrade the positions you need help in. Newcastle problem is they sold more than they bought and thats where we are caught short with not enough cover for the unexpected injuries that we have had.

  • neeraj

    Sep 29, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    why does he speaks ???


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