Newcastle Cannot Move Forward Until Club Sold


Alan Shearer has put a douse of reality on the very fragile situation at the Newcastle United club.

Alan Shearer – club cannot move forward until new owners here

Alan said last night:

“No one can control what is going on off the pitch, but we know the club is for sale and the sooner that is completed the better,” “Until it is actually gone the club will struggle to go forward. I hope it happens soon because they need to get through to January and get players. They have to try and consolidate.”

“I have huge respect for Joe Kinnear and good luck to him. No one would have turned that job down in his position. But the longer the club is standing still, and no one knows what the future holds, the harder it will be to attract players.”

“It is possible Joe could still be here in January, but no player will want to come here while everything is up in the air. You can’t expect a player to sign a three or four year contract while everything is so uncertain.”

Shearer also said he would never work in a situation where there was a two tier system like the one Mike Ashley put in place at Newcastle, and ultimately led to Kevin Keegan’s second resignation from the club.

Alan continued:

“If it is right what has been reported and players were bought without his knowledge, he (Keegan) was right to do what he did. That seems to be an ongoing trend in our league, that other people apart from the manager are running the football club.”

“The least a manager asks is to run the football side of his club. It is his neck on the line. He is the one who has to have the say on whether players come in or go out, otherwise what is the point? In those circumstances Kevin was right to do what he did.”

“If you are appointed as manager and someone is appointed above you, you are right to ask questions. Personally I don’t think that system works in our league.”

We think a recruitment team can still work as they can scour the world for good talent. But only if the manager has the last say on the playing side and who is brought in and who isn’t.

If we do get another Director Of Football in (assuming Wise will be out soon), that would need to be made plain to them, but we still think the system can indeed work, and we’ve brought in some great youngsters this year.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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31 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    off topic but did anyone watch the game on setanta and witness Graham Poll being a complete gimp?
    You had to see it to beleive it!

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  • Stevo

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Broon ale – I did mate. Shocking eh?! He knew he was telling lies. You could see it in his smug little face. Burley was quite funny tho!

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    As for Shearer and his thoughts, He states the obvious to be honest. Its something we all have been saying for a while now.
    As for his credentials for management, I think he will make a good manager.

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  • bigbadrab

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye guy was a tool, stupid comment, saying that ya can win the ball first but still give away a pen? eh! im 32 and been watching and playing football since i could walk, and i know the rules, if ya win the ball it aint a pen!

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  • vic

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #5

    absolutely agree

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    quote of the night from Craig Burley!

    ” Go and have a word with yourself Graham”

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Broon ale/stevo- I was disgusted with burley after his comments at arsenal regarding us but the opposite side of him was displayed last night. Calling poll a buffoon or whatever it was, asking the linesman what he thought he was playing at when the pen was given, and just seeming quite genuinly angry regarding all decisions going against us throughout the night had me fully appreciate the pundits being behind us for once.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    It tells you everything when Burley stuck up for ‘us’…Loved the way he got stuck into ‘pole’, yea, i know that’s not how you spell his name, but that’s what he is!..

    …Thanx Burley, you’ve redeemed youself a bit, in my eyes!..

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  • Stevo

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Shame he wasn’t the ref tho mate…..with his fish memory n’all….he might of forgot that he had red carded Beye and kept him on the pitch.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope we appeal the red card and get Beye back next week. Refs will not be so quick to give him a red card in the future because the guy is undoubtedly skilled. He was actually the man of the match in my book. He made a great tackle and with his sending off inspired the team to play out of there skins. Its only a shame after the second goal they could not match Man City coming back.

    Regarding the article we need a manager the owner believes in and is prepared to back. Ashley was not prepared to do that. Maybe it was because of the money involved maybe it was the fact he thought he could get lampard and henry if he three 60 mill at there clubs. The fact is he would not have got either of them and I’m glad we didn’t.

    I hope we get someone in soon and give the new owner his chance. Let his get his own man in and hope he backs him or stick with Joe and give him some money. He strikes me as a good judge of character and he seems to be getting the best out of the players.

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Quote of the night from Graham Poll,

    “why is no one lambasting Richard Dunne for his own goal?”

    (confused silence in the studio)

    Craig burley ” What on earth has that got to with the Penalty Grham”

    Graham Poll. “what about Joey Bartons tackle on Robinho”?

    Craig Burley “joey barton wasnt even playing Graham”

    Graham Poll ” I have never been good with players names”

    jesus wept!

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  • Stevo

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Shearer stating the obvious as the many did before him….why keep bring up the bad points?!

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  • UTD111

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    We are appealing against the red card – and if they don’t rescind it, that will be the refs union closing ranks again……Habib got the ball then the little bloke fell over him. That was about it really…….

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  • UTD111

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    MOM for me was Collicini – closely followed by Duff

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Another quote from Burley…
    …’i don’t give a monkeys what graham(poll) says’… 😀

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  • samthecat

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    The 2 teams that went down the Director of Football does the transfers route are in the bottom 3-any coincidence.
    Its not the job title but the job description thats important.
    How can the Manager be fully accountable for results if he doesnt do the transfers.

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Colo did well. he has looked a bit Ropey lately.

    as for Graham poll, he shouldnt be on TV at all. the only place he should be welcome is on top of a volcano which is about to erupt!

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  • ELFER

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Yes, POLL was absolutely wrong…

    But I’m not so sure if the director of football structure is completely wrong…sure the power should belong to the manager, but d.o.f. should be more like an “assistant” to the manager, that would make that position very usefull!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Duff was top drawer last night , well done to the lad for keepin’ the faith, gettin’ fit & showin’ us what he can do…More of the same please!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Ha!..Did anyone hear that spuds are plannin’ a protest on sunday at the game…Where’ve you seen that before?..
    …Uh oh, club in ‘turmoil’… 😀

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  • SuperShearer

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    At the end of the day Graham Poll is a joke is almost everyone’s eyes. As indeed is Rob Styles, the radio commentators were constantly saying that anything can happen with this ref in charge as he has no continuity to his decisions. It was a tough decision and I hope the red card is rescinded but there’s no point getting upset about it these two clowns. It is people like them that make the English refs look pathetic. What I fail to understand is that the Premier League attracts the best players in the world, why can’t we therefore hire the best refs in the world? I did love Mark Hughes statement that everything went against City last night….what game was he watching, no wonder his team didn’t look fluid, he was coaching someone else!

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    spurs arranging a protest… i thought only newcastle fans were the fickle ones?

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #23

    SuperShearer- i have read some comments from man city fans on teamtalk and they dont back the comments hughes made.

    some of them are actually saying he isnt the man for the job.

    i actually read one comment saying man city should get joe kinnear when he leaves newcastle.

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  • radge

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Thanks Alan…really helpful comments. I do wish you would fck off!

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  • SuperShearer

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Broon Ale fair play to the City fans but it doesn’t excuse Hughes comments, they had a man advantage for almost the whole game and he’s complaining about it! I think a lot of city fans have decided that now they are super rich they need a big name manager, which won’t necessarily help them….just ask Tottenham 😉 However I would love to see JK stay after the sale of the club in some capacity as i like his attitude. Would make an interesting partnership with Shearer?

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    radge. how would you react if he got the job as manager?

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  • broon ale

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #27

    kinnear has been making noises about being kept on as manager and if he doesnt he will be putting his name forward for other big jobs that come up.

    do you think he would accept a role as anything other than manager?

    I would welcome shearer as manager though. I do think with the right coaching squad he will make a good manager.

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  • SuperShearer

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Broon Ale. Good point, but would any of the big clubs take him? The truth is that he is still a fairly unfashionable manager. I think Shearer and JK together would be great. Roeder was at his best when he had Shearer as his assistant, i think that is more than just coincidence. I also think that Shearer would be given time by both fans, players, and board. And with JK next to him there would at least be an experienced head next to him.

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  • Stevo

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I think JK and AS would be a nightmare. They wouldn’t agree on anything. I don’t think AS or JK can work alongside anyone. They are both individually strong minded. Like Keegan I also think AS is too ‘untouchable’ in the eyes of most NUFC supporters. If I was JK and AS got brought in to work along side me I would be a bit pi**ed. Wouldn’t that be the same as getting Wise in when Keegan was manager?!

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  • Stevo

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyways Shearer could have stood up a few weeks ago back when the shit hit the fan and when (apparently) nobody wanted the job. I’m fully behind JK. Shearer should wait until his turn.

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  • UTD111

    Oct 21, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #31

    The Director of Football structure is something which might have worked if the job hadnt been given to the poison dwarf. Thats where Ashley went wrong.
    For example if Kev or Sir Alan had been manager and say Sir Bobby had been DOF – I could see them working well together……

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