Ashley Needs To Tell Players And Fans What’s Going On

Nicky Butt has rightly spoken out for the Newcastle players today, and says the players have no idea who’s making the decisions at the Newcastle United club, and who may even be buying the club.

Nicky Butt – players don’t know anything about what’s going on

They fact the players know nothing about what’s going on, is this really a new phenomenon?

The players and the fans have never been told anything about what’s going on since Derek Llambias took over from Chris Mort in mid-June, and they even prevented Kevin from talking about any of the summer transfers, until they were completed.

And that code of conduct was way before the argument between the board and Keegan in early September that led to the resignation of the popular manager.

Llambias and Ashley  may be fabulous businessmen is what they do, but they have been inept and hopeless at running the Newcastle United Football Club since Llambias took over almost 5 months ago – and that’s the brutal truth.

Nicky Butt spoke about the situation today:

“No-one knows who’s making the decisions at the club at the moment. We’ve got players running out of time on their contracts but no-one can sign a contract, we don’t know whether someone’s buying the club or not.”

“It’s the same with the manager – I’m sure he’s looking to get himself settled down but at the minute nothing is happening. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

“As players we just get on with it. It’s been like that for a while now so we’ve just learnt to get on with it – I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the gaffer because he’s in limbo. It’s something that needs to be sorted out soon.”

Ashley would do well to make a statement to the Newcastle fans and players, about what the current situation is, without giving away too much detail that may negatively impact the sale.

Does it look like Mike will sell and about what time-frame are we talking about?

Mike is treating both the Newcastle players and fans with complete disregard and disrespect, and that again is getting to be intolerable.

Come on Mike – tell us something about what’s going on  – please.

122 comments so far

  • nimo

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #1

    for all we know ashley doesnt know whts going on completely bt the quicker hes out the better

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 10, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #2

    its shocking but players like owen under circumstances like this will leave without doubt.
    i dont want him to, and dont think he should, be its pretty obvious he will.
    if there’s no one there to persuade him to stay then the writings on the wall really isnt it.
    Just hope we’re not a complete mess in January, or we wont bring a single player in, yet players will leave. Think clubs are planning on trying to raid us when we’re a total mess? or is it practically impossible?

  • Nick 69

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #3

    ashley will not come out and say anyting about the sale, thats what he’s employing keith harris for, ashley isnt having anything to do with the sale and he stated that fact weeks ago so i dont know why people keep asking for him to let us know whats going on, harris makes a statement every week or so updating us and that is all we are going to get regarding the matter

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Same stories over and over again….. sick of hearing this BS!!… We are all aware of how poor MA and DL are with their communication… And how Joe is upset because he doesn’t know whats going on with his contract….And the players are upset with contracts etc etc…Come on Ed, pick some possitive topics to write about, it’s not all doom and gloom mate…

  • GraemeR

    Nov 10, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    AusFan – this is the positive news !

    Hows the cricket going ??

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #6

    you had to bring that up … Sh*t weekend mate… Newcastle losing and getting flogged in the cricket!!!
    Were still holding the ashes though … ha ha

  • toonoot

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #7

    ….. and we’re still holding the Ashley

  • Matthew Tom

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Ashley will have been required to sign any number of watertight and legally binding confidentiality agreements in order to get into negotiations with possible buyers for the club. It’s naive to expect him to say anything while negotiations are still ongoing.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to know what’s going on too, especially with player contracts, but I don’t expect there’s much he can say.

  • toonoot

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #9

    At least Butt has spoken out. The little waster stays schtum as usual.

  • GraemeR

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #10

    There does appear to be a lot of movement in the betting markets regarding Shearer as manager – untried but at least a step in hte right direction – bookies seldom wrong, so a change may be in the offing

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Nov 11, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Shearer is a true legend of the club and one of my all time favourite players… However I really feel we need experience over the “popular choice”.. but if the bookies are right, it will be very interesting to see how he goes… At least all the Keegan returning BS has ended!!!

  • vic

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #12


  • wes

    Nov 11, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I think they will be told at the right time. Sometimes there is nothing to say in these kind of negotiations.

  • cyprus mag

    Nov 11, 2008 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #14

    you describe yourself as a formaer senior manager of IBM, I wonder in what area? Looking after the cleaners? You are extraordinarily niave if you think someone trying to sell an asset like NUFC will announce to the world how negotiations are progressing.

  • hanzowen

    Nov 11, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #15

    oh i wonder why Butt is complaining about this mess soon after every defeat? what he’s trying to cover up? Come on players!!! Concentrate on just winning more games for us!!!
    No need for f****** MA to tell us what is going on, just hope the club is sold soon. Sooner the better. He’d has done better before if he’d like to throw some more of his money to make our 1st team more of a force but he failed. Shame on him! If now he’d realise that…. arghhh forget him & his board members… we know NUFC can soon prosper anyway, God willing!

  • lesh

    Nov 11, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Partially agreee with cyprus mag // Nov 11, 2008 at 4:51.

    There is a difference between providing details of the proposed sale negotiations and putting out comforting noises to the players in particular and of course the fans.

    All that’s needed are noises to the effect that the sale talks are being well managed and in the meantime, that the players and fans are human beings and that they are an important and valued part of the club/ business.

    It aint rocket science and personal experience tells me that living in an information vacuum and feeling unvalued aint nice neither is it conducive to motivation and high morale!

    Wake up you so called managers and at least try not to treat people like dirt – you never know, you may get positive vibes in return!

  • Nick

    Nov 11, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Hope Butt is first out the door when a change comes, if it comes. A player way past his sell by, Butt tries to be Hoddle, but his passes always miss and he is always on the wrong side of the ball when we haven’t got possesssion, resulting in his stupid and costly challenges in and around our area. Guthrie or N’Zogbia have to come in for Butt.

    On 50K a week, Butt should stop bleating and using our uncertain situation as an excuse.

    If Owen leaves is it really that bad? We hardly ever see him and yet again he missed a sitter on Sunday. £110K a week could be better spent on a younger, fitter and more motivated player. Bring on the Ranger.

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick- when owen leaves in january that will be newcastles only quality player gone. Kinnear wont be able to attract star names and they wont want to come anyway. Ashley wont pay the wages and i doubt he would pay large transfer fees.

    If stoke and west brom manage to string a few wins together i think the barcodes will be in real trouble

  • Mark-o

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Cyprus Mag –

    Get off Ed’s back he’s only reporting whats going on and putting his opinion forward, much like what your doing!!!

    Glad Butt has said this because it’s given us fans another dose of much needed reality.

    Shearer is too inexperienced for the job and would put us in a worse position. Have him as assistant or coach to the next manager, who should be a huge name.
    Get Sir Bobby to have a word with his old understudy at Barcelona who, i think is somewhere in Italy! You gotta dream!!!

  • Mark-o

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    AO i see your back now that your out of the brown stuff.

    I hate glory hunters!!! Cockney tw@t!!

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #22

    AO the same goes for spurs,yous arnt out the shite yet

  • 51times

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Hamas, Hamas, Joden aan het gas

  • WesToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #24

    @ AO

    I have never in my life,known a twunt as large as you are mate,you are pathetic,Dont you have a spud blog to go to??? ……… Oh wait,Spurs dont have a big enough fan base for that….shame!!!

    Q:Have spurs EVER been in the top 4???
    A:Hell no

    Q:Will the Spuds EVER finish there???
    A:An even bigger,Hell no

    So until the day that pathetic Spuds,are challenging & beating the likes of Barca….SHUT UP MUPPET

    Ho’way NUFC!!!

  • samthecat

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Notice how the sale deadline gets further and further away-selling the club on 31 December is no good at all-it needs to be end of November at latest and i dont see that happening. I can see the buyers waiting to see if we survive in the Premiership.

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26


    Q: Have Newcastle ever won a trophy in your lifetime?
    A: No!

    Q: Do spurs have a bigger fan base than newcastle?
    A: Yes!

    Q: Will newcastle get relegated this season?
    A: Probably.

    Its fun playing question time isnt it.Football didnt start the day sky bought the rights and called it the premiership. So in fact i have seen us finish in the top 4! I have also seen us win plenty of trophies, some won with players we bought from you.

    I would wait until you are at least competing in the Uefa cup before trying to mock me.

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #27

    AO so your a man acting like a yid, seem to think spurs are safe…far from it

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Hitman- You cant honestly think we are still in trouble. Onwards and upwards. We will still make europe through the league after our worst ever start in our history.
    We have money to spend in january and unlike you we are an attractive team for players to join. We are in europe and still in the carling cup after beating your lot on your own patch. I cant wait to read the comments on here when Owen joins spurs.

  • toon toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #29

    AO- atleast your team has got a real manager , not to mention you spent on quality players, you just are shite no excuses shite

  • WesToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #30

    @ AO // Nov 11, 2008 at 9:50


    What world are you living in son??
    How on Gods green earth do you think spurs have a bigger fan base than the Toon?? There are like 20 clubs in London & with proper teams like The Arse & Chelski,what hope do have to compete?? NONE!!! Whereas we have a city of a MILLION people….so once again you have proved what we all know….YOU ARE A MUPPET Son!!

    As for you finishing in the top 4,mate 50 years ago,against the likes of fekking Bradford & Wimbeldon doesnt count,so IMO you havent really finished in the top 4(in a proper league)

    Oh & why havent you answered my question about playing in the champions league,BECAUSE you pathetic Spuds have never been there & NEVER will!!

    1 MORE THING…. you arent even loyal to your own club,reading the other day saying you support Manure & not Spurs

    Lad the mental hospital is waiting for you to return

  • WesToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #31

    @ AO // Nov 11, 2008 at 10:04

    Oh My F*** !!! You really are VERY VERY dim Son!!!

    No money to spend in Jan???? I feel like im taking crazy pills here!! Are you blind or stupid?? Prob both….. But have you not seen the news lately??? You know the bit about two multi billionaires lining up to buy us,so theres Your January transfer kitty ArseH***

    Another thing,have you ever heard a player from you Puke club,praising the fans or the city?? No cause they are to scared of getting shanked to go out,very attractive mate!!

    Whereas in Newcastle,the players ALWAYS praise the city & the fans… Just go away you glory hunter,leave us real Football fans alone!!

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Westoon- yet again yu have embarressed yourself. Spurs do have a bigger fan base than newcastle and i am amazed you are trying to argue the fact. Before the European cup was renamed and reformatted as the Champions League we made the semi finals. So again your footballing knowledge has made you look a prick.

    So because we finished in the top 4 in the past it is not recognised. Idiot!

    Unfortunatly for you, you have nothing to base an argument on with me.We are far superior to you in every way. And why did only a few thousand turn up at the carling cup game against spurs. I would have thought there would be hundreds of thousands queing up for tickets with such a large fan base. Maybe they are fair weather fans.

  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

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    2 Liverpool 12 5 1 0 11 4 4 1 1 8 4 11 29
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  • hitman

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #34

    not that safe AO you moron

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Oooooh westoon, are we getting frustrated. Come and talk to me when you have been bought out by these billionaires.I personally doubt it will happen. Threats to Ashley and these silly protests your fans love hardly make you an attractive club to buy.

    I remember jenas didnt speak to highly of newcastle. And didnt barton slag of the demanding fans or was it Butt? The geordie fans are always mocked down here. Waving your special K cereal boxes and crying when keegan left. Having street parties and bunking of work when you signed Owen.Great fans! Great for a laugh!

  • 51times

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #36

    AO won’t be safe from the bombs of Islamic militants in his London slums

  • WesToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #37

    @ AO // Nov 11, 2008 at 10:16

    Can you not read YOU IDIOT??? We arent talking about 20-30 years ago Son!!!! I know that the premier league & champions league are newer names,But like i said, Lets see you bunch of London mammas boys,do it in a PROPER league!!!

    I mean if any1 wants a reason to HATE Spurs,just look at David.Bentley i mean look at the Mugs hair cut,ENOUGH SAID!!

    Oh AO….so tell us then are You with Manure or The Spuds?? You Are Pathetic Lad

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Silly argument about Spurs and Newcastle – which is the bigger club??? GROW UP for gods sake, we support and love Newcastle, they love their club…..the truth is we argue with them lot because both clubs have the same aspirations but year after year fall short of the mark – we get bigger crowds etc. they have made better signings than us recently and have won the league cup – if the truth was known we are a little behind them in many ways, we don’t have a manager fulltime, or owner for that matter – silly argument – difficult for us to win at the mo!! Let it drop – let’s agree to disagree or something!!!

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #39

    Sorry but Bentley is a better midfield player than Butt, N’Zogbia, Duff and Guthrie – I love Newcastle – but those are the facts….I’d be surprised if anyone disputed that really. I would have loved us to sign a player of that calibre…..and am frustrated that we can’t until this sale of the club and new manager comes in….try and make arguments we can win otherwise you justify the deluded tag we get given matey!!!

  • WesToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #40

    @ AO // Nov 11, 2008 at 10:23

    HAHAHAHA,i could never get frustrated,with an Arse wipe like you Son!!

    P.s at least we can have street parties,without the fear of getting stabbed or bombed Lad,so it must be you who is frustrated at not being able to even walk down the street!!


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