D Day Could Be This Saturday For Newcastle


Joe Kinnear seemed to say yesterday that he expects the Newcastle club to be sold soon, and it appears that Saturday may be Joe’s last game in charge.

We had heard that November 22nd, this Saturday, could be a milestone in that the club may be able to issue a statement on what is happening with the club.

Joe Kinnear had also mentioned this date,  when his contract was extended through the Chelsea game a few weeks ago.

We think this is consistent with Saturday being a checkpoint, at which time the potential American buyers have decided whether they will go ahead with buying the club or not.

If one of them is announced as the new owner, they will need to immediately appoint a new permanent manager, and we’ll need to get busy sorting out everything that needs to be done, and it will be a new start for the club, and another new dawn for the fans.

The club should probably also keep Dennis Wise on board through January, so he can help with the recruitment, because now’s not the time to cut off our nose to spite our face.

If both Americans decide not to buy the club, then that will lead to a much more difficult scenario.

Presumably Joe will be given the job of manager through the end of the season, and will try to handle contracts and bring in new players, with the help of Dennis Wise and Jeff Vetere.

But that will be much more difficult, because the club will still be in an uncertain position, and we’ll not know who the long term owners of the club will be. In short, we’ll still be in limbo, at least until the summer.

Whether good players would want to join the club under those circumstances is somewhat debatable, and it would not be easy to keep Michael Owen at the club either.

We may even get some hints this week from Keith Harris, who is selling the club, as to what the situation really is, but an end has to be brought to this uncertainty.

We hope that will come on Saturday.



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157 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes, hopefully we can have a new owner, new manager and new players soon.

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  • Monster

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    @ Toon_Ksk

    Are you expecting a fat bearded man in a red suit to deliver those?? lol

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  • lesh

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Posted elsewhere on the site but…..

    Interesting article in Monday’s Guardian re Shearer taking over as manager.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/nov/18/newcastleunited-premierleague

    Reading it though, there’s a suggestion of a group of local businessmeen taking a minority shareholding and taking over the day-to day running of the club if an outright sale falls flat.

    One can only spectulate but Whelan (Wigan) was talking highly of Freddy Shepherd!!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    😀

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    The local businessman is Alan Beenshill.

    I think it could be a bigger anticlimax than when Big Willie told everyone that 3 new players would be at the open training session if people are expecting some big announcement after the Chelsea game.

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  • Dave Atkinson

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    God help us! Shearer is now being touted by the man with his finger on the pulse, Rob Lee. Ha Ha! Must have been promised a job.

    We DON’T want Shearer. He was pi55 poor as a captain (always sulking) and he has no experience.

    Having said that, he’s a Geordie – so that’s all right then. He’s a shoe-in then.

    Cue: morons who think any Geordie will do.

    Laughable.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #7

    wouldn,t suprise me if nothing happened.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    NO WAY TO FAT FREDDIE SHEPHERD!!! WE CAN’T AFFORD TO GO BACKWARDS AGAIN!

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    i think freddie has already stated that his family have told him not to get invovled.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Forget Shearer, we need to go for Steve Bruce

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  • PDiddy

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    What has Bruce Achieved exactly?

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  • ObaMartins

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Atkinson >>”We DON’T want Shearer. He was pi55 poor as a captain ” you ignorant fool, You Obviousley Know as mush about Football and Shearer As “Spyro the Mackem” dont ever slag off Shearer you pathetic person, GOT IT ??

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    I am not saying Shearer is the right choice for manager, in fact I don’t think so, but #6 – watch it. Shearer is a legend and was a magnificent captain and leader for us. My issue with him isn’t as a man, but rather that he has no managing experience and lots of uncertainty surrounding his tactical prowess etc.

    But your comment is out of order. Slating Shearer who gave everything for us, scored hundreds of goals for us, and never did anything but love NUFC… that’s just not on.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Several really strange, mystery facial injuries!..
    …& the madest broken nose ever!..

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  • DanToon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Paul Allen (Microsoft) landed at Gatwick last night, not saying it’s anything to do with Newcastle but you never know a!?

    Seems strange with this so called D-day a few days away!!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 18, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Steve Bruce is quite a decent manager and would steady the ship in my opinion. Has done well at Wigan and did pretty well at Birmingham.

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  • DanToon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    No to Steve Bruce, he’s a surviver not a Winner!!! People may say that is what we need at the moment but what’s gunna happen next season when we’re all talking about getting into Europe again lol sack him!! Get a winner in and keep him for at least 8 to 10 years!!

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #18

    “Quite a decent manager” won’t cut it. I think it’s a risk to give it to Big Al, but I can also see it working if he has the right people around him and nobody above him but the owner.

    I think the Rob Lee interview is a big hint that a sale (or at least a new setup) is imminent. Any buyer would have been talking to potential recruits in parallel with their due diligence, and I suspect Lee’s spoken out as a shop window exercise.

    Promising stuff.

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  • Temuri K's Shiny Bonce

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice DanToon I love it when a rumour like that get’s thrown into the mix! Although aren’t they normally seen at the Gosforth Chippy?
    Seriously though if any announcement of meaning is made after Chelski I’ll be suprised. As for Shearer as Manager I think it’s time he stepped up as the Media will hound anybody else with Rumours of him ‘In the Shadows’ No experience? Pah Neither did Southgate Keegan or Hughes and look at Souness he ‘allegedly’ had loads!!

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  • kevtoon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    No to Steve Bruce – average manager who does an average job at average to lower average clubs – seeing as we are sick or average to lower average returns from our team – why go for him?

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  • toonarmy08

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    i believe the club has been bought already ,but it is a matter of finalising the deal thats holding everything up …why wud fat ash tell big joe that everyone within the club will know their fate after the chelsea game ?and the bloke working 4 seymour pearce says he expects foreign owners to take over the club .only way is up lads ,howay the toon !!!!!!!!!

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  • hanzowen

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s time for MA to move out as any more time wasting would mean the club would be dragging to survive relegation fight. We don’t deserve this mess from MA and co. ! Enough is enough!
    Alan Shearer is welcome by me but he won’t come now 2b our new manager with the already set up and backing. No manager worth his salt would stand for the treatment Kevin Keegan got. However, here is hoping for a top manager under new regime!

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  • hunwick mags

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Lets all just pray that this mess is sorted out sooner rather than later but in my humble opinion we must avoid making the mistake we made when we appointed glenn roeder on a permenent basis we need to thank JFK for his efforts and move on (please Ashley Just sell ASAP) !!!!!! toon toon always

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  • kevtoon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Hughes, no experience when got the Wales job, did well, proven to be a decent manager – Keegan, first time with us no experience – Southgate, sad to say doing pretty well – same for Keane – there’s actually more of record of novice managers working out than experienced appointments going well of late – check out Curbishley at West Ham, Ramos at Spurs, McLeish at Brum, Jewell, Derby – they all went experienced, while Boro, Sunderland, Blackburn and other clubs gambled on new managers – look at the respective positions at the moment – I am not saying there are any guarantees but you don’t get that with experience either – so it’s a gamble either way in my opinion, so in that case bring in a Toon Legend in Shearer and at least the supporters will be united with the manager in terms of the direction we are hoping to go in

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  • DanToon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Novice managers have no bad habbits!

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  • The Alchemist

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Has anyone seen the article linking us with Warnock again. Excellent news if true, him Elano and a DM in Jan please

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  • Temuri K's Shiny Bonce

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Can somone put that Paul Allen rumour on Wikipedia and we’ll see if we can start a frenzy that ends wih Anal Oliver saying ‘I have sources that say this is wide of the mark’ it would really make me laugh!! No where’s this article? I’d have Gamst Pedersen from them as well out of favour and awesome.

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  • Dave

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    We should keep Wise on for the January Transfer Window?????? Are you for real.

    If Xisco is anything to go by the tea lady could pick better players.

    Turned down the chance to sign Zaki in facour of Xisco….what a top scout 😉

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    That would be nice alchemist!..
    …I rate both of ’em!..

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Atkinson…”We dont want shearer”…”piss poor as a captain”….are you for real? Have you logged in as one of those southern w@nkers AO or Spyro by mistake? Your an idiot; i can 100% guarentee that if Big Al was anounced as the next manager of newcastle ;St. James park would be full and f@cking rocking for his first home game in charge! Does anyone remember the scarf waving at Englands no.1 of all time’s testemonial? What a night that was…I take it you wernt there to show your appreciation that night Atkinson were you? F@ck off…

    SHEARER is the ONLY man to take newcastle united forward now! Sadly i think KK’s time has come and passed! A certain Mr. Robson (LEGEND) has given big Al his endorsement and has said alan’s time has come! When Sir Bobby speaks people in football listen (Mourinho, the great ronaldo, Van nistelrooy, loius van Gaal; need i go on?)…Everyone knows that Al will one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) manage his club and i cant wait to hear the chants of “Englands no.1” filling the air of St. James Park once again

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  • Neil

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Lets not forget Shearer’s role under Roeder when we climbed up to 7th. He leaves then we’re back down near where we are now. To slag him off is unbelievable. I don’t know if Shearer is the right man but there seriously is only 1 way to find out. That isn’t me saying I deffo want Al but it’s a simple fact. As for anyone who promotes Bruce for the job – I pity the fool to be honest. He’s a geordie when he wants to be but a Manc at heart and he’s not even that good a manager.

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  • kevtoon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #32

    KevinNicol – well said that man!

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  • kevtoon

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Also agree with Neil

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  • Marty-TOON RISING

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Roy keane is going to be a great manager but h has bought some terrible players for all the cash he spent.
    Same with Bruce,hasn`t bought much quality with the money spent.
    Think Sherarer would have a better eye for a PLAYER

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  • C

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Even do Sir Bobby has changed his opinion about this. I think he made a point in his book. That Shearer shouldn´t coach players that he has once played with. He mentioned that there is a problem for players to adjust to someone that has once played with them and now is their manager. They see him to much as a friend and not as their boss.

    Now said that Southgate isn’t doing an OK job in Middlesbrough even do he’s not going to be the next england manager in the near future.

    Let Shearer take a managment job somewhere else first and let him learn on the job there.

    My vote is on Didier Deschamps.

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  • AO

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Well that was a good read. Everyone getting there hopes up yet again. I look forward to monday when chelsea have racked up a cricket score and ashley is still the owner.

    I bet you do get mugged off with shearer. The whole country knows that you love a so called messiah and shearer will get you all wet and panting like dogs on heat. I cant wait for the parties in the street and the over the top celebrations if he ever does get the job.

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  • rooks

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    if not there’s always Jimmy Nail, Sting, Lauren Laverne….anyone but a f**kin shandy drinkin outsider. they don’t understand us…

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  • STS_TOON

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think Shearer is ready for the jump straight into management…especially with Newcastle. The guy is a ‘true legend’ in the NE but we need results straight away. He would be risking his status, if the outcome we hoped for didn’t quite work out. Although I personally would love him to be a No.2 to whoever the manager might be. Ultimately learning his trade from a talented manager, just like Mourinho did with Sir Bobby. Anyway…heres hoping the ownership and management upheaval ends this weekend and we can move on and win some games!

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #39

    shearer wouldnt be my first choice but out of the inexpierenced managers he has the most potential!

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  • wayneo009

    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    AO WHY DONT YOU GO AND TALK ABOUT YOUR GOALKEEPER ON ANOTHER BLOG !!

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