So What Happens Now At Newcastle?

We had hoped that the Newcastle fans would have heard something about the future of the Newcastle United club, after yesterday’s game with Chelsea.

Mike Ashley – some decisions need to be made – soon

And while we heard nothing official – what’s new? – if does appear that Mike Ashley is having trouble selling the club for what he values it at. We have no idea of what the Americans are offering foir the club but it was interesting when Kinnear pointed out yesterday:

“Mike said they were Americans, but the offer they made was well below his estimation of what the club was worth.”

That’s bad news for most Newcastle fans, because it hardly looks like the club will be sold in the near future.

And of course there is a water-shed event coming up, which is the transfer window, opening in 38 days time, and it’s even within Mike Ashley’s best interests to ensure the squad is strengthened at that time.  That’s so Newcastle are not in danger of being relegated.

If Newcastle do get relegated this season, Ashley can kiss goodbye to some of the millions he has invested in the Tyneside club.

So we were suprrised the only thing coming out yesterday was that Kinnear has been retained for another month – which takes us through until January 1st, when the transfer window opens.

So who will be in charge in January, is the obvious question.

Seems that Joe should at least be installed as manager through the end of January, so he can work something in the transfer market, and if the club is not to be sold in the next month or two – it would be best for the club, for  Joe to be installed as manager through June, and then take it from there.

At least that gives a little stability, if only for 6 months.

But the inability of Ashley to sell the club, will come as a huge disappointment to Newcastle fans, to say the least, and exactly how we can retain some of our best players, like Michael Owen as a good example, is completely up in the air.

The instability, which is how the Newcastle club has being run over the last several months, seems to be continuing unabated.

What a way  to run a football club.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Just give us £20 million in january, and a few bob in the summer and keep the club if you cant sell it!

    A solid top 6-8 club the size of Newcastle is guarenteed to be a money making machine, if there is the correct and required investment in the team. Then when we are in a good position solid top 6-8 sell the club then! It will be brilliant, only dept free club in the Premier League and top 6-8 very appealing for investors looking to break the top 4!!!!

  • benoz

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    relegation would wipe £100m off the value at least in my opinion, strengthening the squad is in Ashleys own interest

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Benoz…I agree,20 mill + 6 mill from Owen and 3 mill from Smith could give us 3 top players + 2 players on loan(estimated 8-9 mill each).
    We should be a top 8 club this season without a doubt.


    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    i dont understand how he said was after two players worth 10m each… cos that would rule risse out and de michell and denilson… in the real world 10m should buy all 3?

  • geordie jock

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #5

    We are in a desperate situation and it now seems Charles N’zogbia wants to leave the club. When is this situation going to be resolved? Fat B*****d Ashley wants to get out now before he completely destroys the club. It stuns me to see people on this website actually wanting him to stay, you have short memories. I keep seeing people saying Wise etc brought in good players like Jonas , Colo, Guthrie but what exactly have they done, look at the league table it doesn’t tell lies. This club needs new owners quickly PLEASE.

  • benn..

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    gerdie in norway, maybe he wasnt looking at those 3 players then.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    I predict that nothing will change on the management side. Joe will get some money to sign some players, although not as much as he would like. We will finish in a high enough position to get into Europe, Ashley will be sitting back in the stands Sans his Toop top and will be getting fewer and fewer boos as the season progresses. DW will still be here ;( although will be lower key, on orders from the top.

    From what I saw of Denilson on MOTD last night I hope we don’t get him (I’m assuming we are talking about him and not some other Denilson) he was total rubbish. I still think Riise would be an OK buy but he is not a £10m player.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    MY ;( didn’t come out properly ;(


    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    benn. he said one is in italy not playing for his side(roma and risse) the other is denilson he has scored agianst us this season

  • Tore Torell

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    We’ll never get Denilson, he’s a regular at Arsenal. Diaby would be a better shout, he’s a great prospect as well.

    Riise is not great, but he’s better than Enrique who actually had a decent game yesterday. Bring him in on loan, he can play in midfield as well.

  • Alex

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    so the yanks offered a sum of money lower than Ashley’s valuation of the club , well at least an offer is on the table . who is to say they wont comeback with a bigger offer , after all investors always look for the lowest figure possible . They also know we are debt free and with our support there is money to be made . I have a feeling long before the January transfer window opens a deal will have been done .

  • toon head

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    we cant be sure he means denilson and risse maybe the two 10 million players are diffrent maybe gattuso tiago vrgas?

  • Bangladesh Toon

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13

    If Ashley gets rid of Dennis Wise and hands player buying power back to the manager , I still think he has a future at NUFC.

    Keeping Jo Kinnear is the only option that will give us some stability for this season. After all the turmoil this season, if we can finish in the top 10, that will be a fantastic season for us.


    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    ED-Any optimism that I had of a sale before the January window is slowly being eradicated.All we seem to get is SPIN and more SPIN.The only people who genuinely know of anything are Ashley and his cronies,Keith Harris and the potential buyers.Joe Kinnear will remain manager for the rest of the season.We will probably lose MO in January,Xisco and Gonzalez will go too.We need 4 or 5 players in.Will Joe get them, time will tell.Ashley has made an Arse of running this club-F**kin’ Clueless to be frank!!.If we go down he can kiss goodbye to any thoughts of £280 million for the club and we the fans will suffer more indignation!!.

  • Sav

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Who’s to say FatAsh won’t hang onto the club until its only worth what the yanks have already offered?


    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    ED, this hasen’t to be made up as a “bad” story…I think there are some good things ahead of us:

    a) the club will be sold by the end of the year, so the new owners will provide full power into our transfers (unlikely).

    b) at least we are prepared and kinnear got’s his list! MA must raise some funds, even if they are only for loan players…I think there’s more than a realistic chance, that he will offer that money (eve if it’s only for him to not loose too much money in the end).

    So you can always look at situations as a positive one or a negative one. I prefere the first!

  • Sav

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Clearly, JFK is still well outside the loop of what goes on at SJP. But I despise the way they use whoever has any credibility with the fans to make any kind of announcement, from Mort, to Keegan and now Kinnear. And yet certainly the last two have no more clue about what is really happening and what the interim owner’s real intentions are than any of the rest of us.


    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    remember what was said about ashley when he first bought the club.
    mike ashley doesn,t really care about a few toothless charva,s protests.
    what us fans are seeing now is tanks parked on our lawns.

  • wigaz

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #19

    We need to strengthen theres no doubting that. I was thinking about the whole Owen situation yesterday, now as much as I rate him as a player lets be honest look how many good CF’s we’ve lost down the years: Cole (Goal machine) Sir Les (Goal Machine & Pure Toon Legend) Tino (enigma not much more to say lol). Now we survived losing these guys & they did a lot more for our club than Owen who says we wont survice losing him? Changed my mind on it now if he wants out F**k him let him go & get someone else in who wants to play for an amazing club & world class fans like us. I think we should try either for someone poven like a Ashton or bent or give a younger hungry striker a chance like Beckford at leeds. But i’d prefer proven obviously.

  • reillers

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t know. The only one who does is staying quiet, and his silence is deafening.

    One thing though, ED, is it possible to find picture of Ashley where he doesn’t look completly evil. I mean in every one of the then he either looks like a serial killer, with man boobs or in the case of this one, plotting world domination.
    It’s a wee bit scary if you don’t mind me saying. LOL!!

  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    If Ashley gives the manager 15m a season for the next 3 seasons, he will get a massive bid at the end of it, when the economy is picking up.

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder how much would Ashley get in the Summer if Newcastle’s qualified for the Uefa Cup.Probably 290-300 max.
    Right now he can’t get more than 230,so all he has to do is to invest 20-25 mill in Jan and hope that we could somehow qualify for the Uefa Cup and then sell us in the Summer for his 40 mill profit.
    I call it”No sheep’s missing,and the wolf’s stomach is full” 🙂

  • Paul:D

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    wat happened to xisco..he injured opr sank?

  • neeraj

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #24

    riise cant be one of the two players worth 10 mill

    it can be either
    baptista or jeremi menez they both havent played much this season

    we can afford riise…

    as far as out is considered

    owen- 5mill
    smith- whatever it pays

  • Tom4Nufc

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #25

    He said the player from Roma would cost 2million to get him over here!!!!!

    There where two other 10million rated players he was trying to get on loan, plus a player who scored against us this season, hope that clears things up. 🙂

  • iain

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #26

    whats that the nufc fans have been strung along by the management of nufc ?

    when did this start, this is shocking.

    oh wait no its not its the normal routine of the nufc managment.

  • ObaMartins

    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Do you Honestley think £20 million is going to Get this Great Club back on track ? Why are we in this Position ..Ashley wise and Co stabbed kevin in the Back, they knew we were very short on players and Did nothing, Michael will be leaving along with Shay and maybe Oba come the summer..Joe is a puppet for ashley releasing bits of info to keep us hanging in there and going to the match, What has joe done since coming to the Club ? Very little in my Opinion….1pt from wigan and fulham !!!its time to relise we are in melt down, a Sad Sad year in NEWCASTLE UNITED’S History……………

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #28

    tom4nufc- Kinnear actually said that he had two players lined up, both who are apparently within the 10 million pound bracket. According to him, neither start in the sides they are currently with, but in his eyes are both top of the range players. He admitted one was in Rome, which everyone seems to think would be Riise, however Riise moved to them for under 4 million, so if that is who Kinnear is talking about then wires are crossed somewhere, bigtime. He is worth nothing near 10 million.
    The other apparently has scored against us this season, but i cant see any player who isnt starting, but has scored against us. I seriously doubt its Denilson, i cant see Wenger letting him go, as at the moment he is arsenals first choice DM.


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