Alarm Bells Should Be Going Off At Newcastle

When one of the best and most loyal players ever to play for Newcastle United decides he may have to look elsewhere, it’s time for alarm bells to be going off at the club, and if they’re not – they should be.


Mike Ashley – the man responsible for the Newcastle shambles

As we’ve told our kids continually when they’ve been growing up, actions have consequences, and bad actions have bad consequences.

A case in point is how the Newcastle United club has been run for the last 5 months, since Chris Mort left and a certain Derek Llambias replaced him as Managing Director. The club has been run disgracefully – let’s be honest.

Not only has there been no communication to the fans whatsoever, but apparently the players were told no more than us, as the club was trying to be sold.

And yet they had to go out and perform, not knowing who the new owners of the club might be, or who the new manager might be the next week.

But then before Sunday’s game Mike Ashley announced that he would stay as owner of the club, because he couldn’t sell it.

And if you think it’s a coincidence that Shay Given some 5 days later, has come out and said he will be reconsidering his future at the club – think again.

Ashley has shown his ambition for the club is hardly what Newcastle fans had hopped for, and we think now that Ashley has said he will staying long term, any hopes Shay had of seeing us do well and maybe get back into the European Champions League, like we did under the great Bobby Robson, have gone – gone completely.

The balloon bursting against Liverpool didn’t help either, in which our defense looked just hopeless, but how many times have we said that since Shay has been at the club?

We don’t blame Shay Given one little bit, because he should be playing European Champions League football every season, because he’s just that good, and given how the club has been run down (to mediocrity) since Bobby Robson left the club, he deserves better.

The only surprise is that he stayed so long after Bobby Robson left in 2004.

If Shay does leave, and it could well be this month, we’d like to see him join Arsenal, because it’s been a long time since Arsenal had a decent goalkeeper, and then Shay would be on the world stage at a top club, and can finish out his last 5-6 years of top class football actually actually winning something.

In all honesty If he stayed at Newcastle, do you think he will win anything or have any club success like the Irishman has yearned for for so long?

We don’t think so – and it looks like our top players have also arrived at that conclusion too.

The club should be having alarm bells going of, but will they be going off?

We doubt it, because we think the club is so out of touch with reality and its past glories that we wouldn’t be at all surprised if they just try to get the highest fee they can – and move Shay out.

Don’t forget they told Kevin that every player has their price at the club, and that goes for Shay Given too – we guess we could get £12M for Shay.

This is so sad for such a great club, with great supporters – but that’s what the club has deteriorated to, under the ownership of Mike Ashley, and that’s the truth.

102 comments so far


    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    money talks though

    good luck shay

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    he better show us ambition now by splashing cash….he needs to move FAST and show shay that we do want to push foward….this guy has taken our club to a new low and needs to shit or get off the pot the time is now mike, what you going to do?

  • Kam

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    …and its past glories

    I assume you mean the domestic trophies we have won in the last 50 years

  • Chris G

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Spot on Ed

    The alarm bells started going off for me a few months ago

  • Nick C

    Jan 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I think its an over reaction over Given. I understand everyones concerns cos with Ashley at the helm inactivity seems to be the order of the day.
    However, I still berlieve we should wait to see what happens in this window before we hit the panic button.

    If we get say £8-10 Mill for Shay and he adds another few to that we could end up in a much better position than where we are now.

    Think about it.

  • Marguerite

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Could not agree more Ed. It would not surprise me if he is the first of many getting out and who can blame them?

    I would be sad if he leaves but wish him well.

  • leeds, here we comeq

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    seriously, i think we will be the next LEEDS

  • jenson

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8



    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    jenson – how do you propose we git rid of ashley when nobody wants to buy us????

  • Ryan Peacock

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    if given goes, we go to the championship

  • Whumpie

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Quite right Ed. I can’t get my head around how Ashley can do so much for the club in business terms, and yet get the footballing side so hopelessly, continuously and infuriatingly wrong.

    While I’m gutted and disappointed about the statement from Shay’s lawyer, you can’t blame the fella.

    Here’s a thought: will Steve Harper be playing for England in the world cup finals?

  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Best most honest blog for a long while Ed.

    I totally agree with what you say.

    I hope some of these Ashley c*c* suckers will stop backing him up and realise what he’s doing to the club?

    Can anyone remember what happened the last time were a selling club? Yup we ended up relegated!

    De ja vu anyone?

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    at 1st i was gutted and pi$$ed off
    2nd i thought maybe this would just be the signal of a new beginning
    lastley i rememberred that new beginning would be with kinnear and ashley

  • keith

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    I love the over reaction here, has he left yet? has he even come out and said anything? no it was his agent who said, how many times has an agent or in this lawyer come and said x is very unhappy here and wants to leave yet its utter crap, lets see what happens before we all jump to conclusions

  • keith

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I love the over reaction here, has he left yet? has he even come out and said anything? no it was his agent who said, how many times has an agent or in this case lawyer come and said x is very unhappy here and wants to leave yet its utter crap, lets see what happens before we all jump to conclusions

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #16

    exactly Keith, look at what Nzogbias agent did!

  • Nick

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    I think a massive clear out of all our over paid, sick note dead wood is exactly what’s needed.
    Obviously Shay isn’t in that category but GK is one position where I am not too worried as KRUL is the real deal. Being a great keeper couldn’t stop 5 goals going in and look where we are in the league. Stick Krul in with Harper back up and concentrate on getting some creativity in to the side. Shay needs to move on for his own sanity. His demeanour at the moment is not going to be a good thing in the dressing room is it, in all honesty.

    Re Viduka – yet another fantastic waste of money by Allardyce to go along with .

    Barton (never available 1 reason or another)

    Add that to Butt and Duff and I would love to know what exactly Mssrs Souness, Roeder and Allardyce were getting so obscenely well paid for under the alleged title of premiership manager.

    The only conclusion is that for over a decade we have been totally run by idiots and buffoons from top to bottom.

    Regarding Given and Owen, I say blood KRUL & RANGER and move on.

    The only bit of good news I’ve heard is this below:-

    And sources in Spain claim that Newcastle are keeping their options open over Kinnear’s future beyond this season, with Benfica boss Quique Sanchez Flores sounded out about the job.

    Kinnear is considering a move for young Marseille full-back Taiye Taiwo and Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 24. But he also faces a battle with transfer chief Dennis Wise who will have to be persuaded to go for established players like Papa Bouba Diop on large fees.

    I don’t think Wise is the mug everyone makes him out to be.

  • adam

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    shay given best goalkeeper in the world

  • Gunnar from Iceland

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    check it out! I would gnaw my tounge off for some of these lads.

  • Irish John

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    As much as i would love Shay to stay , if there is any area were we can afford to lose one off our better players its the keeper position…Harper has been just as loyal and probably will now get hes chance to be no 1 . Krul as number 2 would be quality for him as he now deserves regular first team selection…

    Shay given without doubt is the best keeper in the prem..And if any player deserves trophies its this guy….I would’nt hold any grudges if he did leave and would truly wish him the best and hope he does well except when he comes back to st james..

  • steve

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    lets sell Given as lets be honest we got 2 good keepers in Harper and Krul, and have you noticed when he does get replaced by Harper and then subsequently gets named on bench as Harper plays well he whinges and crys about wanting to be playing or he is off… dont see Harper doing that when he gets dropped…!!! bye bye Given thank you very much for last 11 years but 10-12m will do nicely to improve our squad… we need it.

  • Obaman

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    stop jumping on the ashley out bandwagon ur boring.

    personally i think were headoing int he right direction finally just look at the waste of money allardyce spent and look how little weve spent and yet all of them have been good signings.

    if we go down ill eat my hat but all u guys are boring as soon as we win a few ur views change so stop going on. your boring.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    What a load of toss… when are you lot going to take off those blinkers & realise that if Ashley hadn’t come in & brought the TOON, we’d be worse off than Leeds were, we were over £100m in debt & at the wrong end of the table to make that back, no matter what deals FFS did or tried to do, we were seriously heading in the wrong direction & only because Ashley paid off the debt are we able to stay where we are for now!!

    Now it’s upto the board, manager & players to get us safe & to rebuild this club into something instead of blaming Ashley for every flaming mistake this club has made under the old board!, remember, Shay has been here 11 yrs & has in the past said he would leave & if he does, I wish him well but in not just what has happened in the last 12months or so that has made him want to leave, it what isn’t happening that is making him leave… ie: Fans wanting the board out, players not wanting to play, everyone blaming everyone else for whats happened… get a grip, get behind the players & support the club, that’s what we do best, no matter who is in charge, lets ask Ashley to spends in the window, stop demanding he does, do you think he doesn’t read these blogs, do you think he doesn’t know that you’re pissed off with the way its going, but when you start calling him names, demanding he spend HIS money, wanting him out, threatening his family (btw, that is seriously low who ever did that), then I personally wouldn’t want to help if that was me… so start to think what you’re posting, thats maybe why players like Shay, Owen etc want to leave the club because we the fans are too demanding & nothing less than 500% is good enough…..
    Rant over!!!

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    He’ll go (as will Owen, blatantly). We’re a country mile off of winning any silverware for the next few years. Given wants to win something in his career and I agree with Ed, I hope he does that at Arsenal.

    He’ll be sold within a week or so I reckon. We don’t need to find a replacement before selling (with Harper et al already here) so there’s no delay there. We’ll want to sell whilst several interested clubs have still to find the new keeper they’re after, to maximise the sense f a bidding war. We’ll then have around £10m to spend on new outfield players, which we desperately need.

    It’s sad and I’m certainly not happy that this is happening. However I honestly think he’ll be leaving very soon and good uck to him. The money generated along with the new opportunity for the likes of Harper, Krul, Forster and Soderberg may even end up being a good thing for us.

  • Obaman

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    well said cyprus-toon.

  • Proud to be a Geordie

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    The Original Source for this story was The Daily Mail, who we all know hate Newcastle and would do anything to upset the apple cart, why is it before any big match the Mail comes up with these stories. What footballer uses his solicitor to communicate his feelings, normally it is his agent

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Agree with you Nick lad (17)

    Step up to the plate Mr Steve Harper…

    I would however expect more than 8-10 million for Given….if Buffon is worth 30, then Given is at least worth 15…

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Ship out the shit and the players that want to leave and we move on Krul and Harps are good enough in my opinion and Ranger can get a start and Lua Lua.

    Ashley must spend now to avoid being relegated,

  • workyticket

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    That’s right Ed, get all the bedsheet waving idiots radged up again so we can go on another orgy of self destruction. Well done!

  • AndrewNUFC

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    The man deserves better than us, for the past 4/5 years he has been too good for us.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #32

    To be honest some of the blame for our position and players wanting to leave has to rest on Keegans shoulders as he walker away from the fans and players, not just the board.

    Answer this – if KK was still here in spite of purchases in Summer do you think we would be in this position?

    No cash from Ash + KK walking = best players leaving and relegation place.


    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Well said the last few posts.
    Given has stagnated, hes getting worse not better & he whines all the fuc**ng time-seems to me like hes the one who always comes out with this bull when the going gets tough-bye then-off you go to ‘a better team’ manc(big pay off) spuds(big pay off) & last time i looked, in deeper shit than us even.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m sorry but is the Mackem brought Gordon for £9m, then Shay is worth at least £12m minimum, as he’s way better & if we have 3 clubs after him, then let them bid for him & get as much as possible!!
    Btw, did Shay win the EPL while he was at Blackburn????

    We don’t need any more goalies, we have Harper, Forster & Krul, so lets buy some decent defenders & hopefully none of them from teh SPL….. 🙁

  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Obaman – can you show me the improvment that proves we have spent less on better players this year? I don’t think we were only 2 points off bottom 3 this time last year!

    Cyprus – Who told you we had 100m quids worth of debt? Who told you we would be like Leeds if Ashley hadn’t bought the club. He ain’t no saviour! He didn’t do due dillegence and if he had he wouldn’t have bought the club!

    Oh and by the way, he hasn’t paid off all our debt. He’s lent the club the money to pay it off. But we still pay him back!

    Do we have to suffer no investment in the 1st team squad for the next 3 years just because he didn’tdo due dillegence?

  • LooneyToon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #36

    When City buy big in the summer, Arsenal wont even qualify for the champions league….

    I hope it works out for Shay but if he wants a chance to win major silverware, ie the premiership or champions league and not the Carling Cup (he wouldnt get the chance to play in that lol) he should join City…Arsenal are being left behind…ironic if he went there and won zip all.

  • Chris G

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Obaman // Jan 2, 2009 at 11:22

    stop jumping on the ashley out bandwagon ur boring.

    personally i think were headoing int he right direction finally just look at the waste of money allardyce spent and look how little weve spent and yet all of them have been good signings.

    if we go down ill eat my hat but all u guys are boring as soon as we win a few ur views change so stop going on. your boring.

    No, we are NOT boring. We are just extremely worried, as you should be.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #38

    If players are unhappy move them out as they just bring down the whole team.

    Nobody should be bigger than the club and that includes Given and Owen..get rid and rebuild.

    Does Given realize the damage he is doing at the beginning of a transfer window?
    This should have been kept behind closed doors..keep your gob shut Given and get the hell out.

  • kenny g

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #39

    why does everyone lose all sense of reality as soon as a transfer window opens… it’s nothing short of hilarious. A few unsubstantiated articles in the press and all of a sudden we’re the new leeds, lol.
    I prefer to focus on the fact that since JFK has taken charge we’ve only lost 4 times in the 14 or so outings he’s had.

  • Stuart

    Jan 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    That has to be the quote of the last 1000yrs by Obaman! ‘Going in the right direction!’


    You couldn’t make it up could you?


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