Just When We Thought Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse


Newcastle fans have gone through one of the worst years in the club’s history, and just when we were looking forward to a better year, we get some very bad news indeed, on just the second day of this new year.  🙁

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Newcastle stalwart and hero Shay Given seems to have had enough of the club’s promises, and will now probably leave for pastures anew in January.

When you are managing good people, and it’s the same with footballers,  the last thing you want to hear from them is that they have made the mental shift away from the company, or the football club in this case.

And for Shay to issue the statement like he did today, we think he’s mentally already half way out of the club.

We’d like to keep him at Newcastle but we think the club will take the money, as they did with James Milner, since Shay is now  ready to move on with his career at some other club, with much more chance to get the success he deserves, and there’s not much that will stop him now.

This is a terrible indictment of where the future lies for Newcastle United Football Club, when our best players give up hope on the club.

That will also be true for Michael Owen in the summer, but we don’t think Shay will be around that long.

So what does the club do now?

With the new year starting in this way, and just when we had been assured that Joe will be given some money to buy some new good players, we start to lose our best players – the nightmare scenario may well have started.

We have Steve Harper who could step into the breach and of course we have two excellent young goalkeepers in Hexham born Fraser Forster and Dutch Under-21 star Tim Krul, and we had thought Tim would want to move on if he couldn’t get to be at least the back up at Newcastle very soon.

If Shay leaves, as we expect he will, Newcastle will probably recall Tim from Carlisle United, and at least they can have Harper as first team goalkeeper, but they may still want to bring in another experienced goalkeeper to challenge Steve for the position for a year or so.

But Harper showed last season he is more than capabale of being a top class Premier League goalkeeper, and as a local lad, he will not let the side down, that’s for sure.

The Given statement today is a condemnation of Mike Ashley’s running of our club, let’s make no mistake about that.

And it doesn’t auger well for the future, since it will be that much more difficult in January to get players to the club, when our best players are going in the opposite direction.

So what does the club do now?

We would suggest Ashley immediately bring back Chris Mort as Chairman of the club, and Mike could even keep Derek LLambias at Newcastle, because he’s completely invisible to Newcastle fans in any case.

This will also make it harder for Mike Ashley to come back to watch games at Newcastle, and we would suggest he puts that off for a month or two, and just hope that Joe Kinnear brings back some unlikely success to the club.

Then it may be safe for him to be seen again at St. James’ Park – and that’s still a may be – and it’s by no means certain.

The facts are when you have been completely incompetent in the running of the famous Newcastle United Football Club you should not expect to be welcomed back with open arms and a ticker-tape parade.  Quite the contrary in fact.

And all this talk about rebuilding Newcastle?

We”ll believe it when we see it – because we’ve had enough of all this nonsense and incompetence from our club too.



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97 comments so far

  • Paul

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Agreed

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    M.Ashley is screwing the club over for everything it has. He will not be happy until he squeezes every last drop out of NUFC. We are on our knees to start with we have a squad to thread bare its unbelievable but all we keep seeing is who may be leaving. ANOTHER LEEDS in unfolding before our eyes.

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  • AndrewNUFC

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree but why are you so obsessed with Chris Mort.

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    C’mon Ed/Guys, enough of the doommongering we aint dead and buried, yet!!

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  • Locke

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed- Your a broken record mate, and you are no better than the people that have nothing better to do than to come on here and bleet about our shortcomings. Get a hold of yourself man, for God’s sake!

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  • Ben

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    £8-10 Million for Given, if it’s reinvested into the side, would be great for us. He’s not that great, overall. Great shot-stopper, that’s mainly it.

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  • Superduper

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Absolute rubbish to say Ashley is to blame for everything.
    The rot started years ago when baby Keegan threw his rattle out of the pram the first time round, remember that!

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  • wigaz

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8

    We are just a joke! simple as that!

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  • looney_toon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    i keep hear chris morts name, tbh he aint goin come back. His children goes to the school as my brother. He is not going to leave london because his family are there plus i’m sure he is a top lawyer and money aint gonna motivate him

    i come i’m wrong but i dont fink he will come back

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  • keith

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #10

    why have we 3 articles on this? He has not left and may not, he didnt even say he wanted to leave it was his agent or laywor who came out with it so til something happens lets keep the mob on the leash

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  • Ian B

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    When I saw the headline of this article, I thought someone had died!

    I can’t blame Shay to be honest. He is a quality player and he deserves better to win competitions. I’m disappointed he’s going, but at least it is a position we have depth in.

    Maybe if we win the next couple of our games, and bring in a couple of quality players, the moral will rise and he’ll reassess his future.

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  • Jack F

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont blame Given, he is one of the best keepers around and deserves to go to a better club.

    Say hi to the Championship…

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    What next?

    Harper in goal with young ‘uns as back up getting a bit of experience.
    About time.

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  • Mac

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    OMG why is everyone so so down on Newcastle. ED even for you there is alot of doom and gloom.

    Over the christmas period we were beaten off Wigan,a penalty that never was and a free kick that never was. One of those games.
    We then played top of the table Liverpool who are top for a reason. We had 3 of ouf first 4 defenders out our best midfielder and our best striker out.
    Owen hasn’t signed a contract,so what. Jose Morinio came out this morning and said basically what alot of us already know, Owen is washed up,he isn’t the player he was, and now Given has said he wants to leave.
    Given has given us the best years of his career and we should thank him for that. If we can get 10million for him then take it. We have an embarrassment of riches in that department.

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  • Xisco Stu

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Superduper, that’s like saying there’s only one man for the job which is not true at all.

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  • Cooper

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Superduper – OF COURSE ashley is to blame man.

    Look at the state of this club now compared to when he took over.

    Im sick of all the twaats forgiving mike ashley so easily.

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  • Robbo

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I would be sad to see Shay go but with an extremely capable and loyal replacement in Steve Harper with the transfer funds reinvested in more needy areas of the team I dont believe this would be the end of the world. That being said if the funds are not reinvested the writing really is on the wall for NUFC. Good luck Shay Given regardless!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Sod Mort we need players first.

    Sell Given and Owen and anyone else who is unhappy add that monet to 12m we got for Milner and start building for Survival.

    JK saying top 6 made me chuckle haha

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  • Darryl

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #19

    If Man City are interested, and they set a value, id say tehyd set a realistic value of 10million, and we will probablies squeeze every last million theyll offer. So if many city come running in, id want 12 million, or 8 million + Joe hart.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s difficult being in love with NUFC and at the same time getting disappointed and upset all the time. Can’t the club be just normal or nothing dramatic?

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  • Cyprus-Toon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Why have we got 2 threads on eactly the same story?? don’t you have any other news regarding the TOON to write about??

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  • valle

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #22

    And what are you Locke?… Are you happy with our current situation, or are you one of those people that will do everything to remain positive, even if that means hiding from the truth?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #23

    I admit that news that Super Shay wants to leave is a sucker punch to the gutt, but be honest who can blame him for wanting to leave.

    Its hard to think of owt positive at the moment with two defeats and loads of injuries.

    Hull away in facup tomorrow then its SJP for West Ham match.

    Hopefully – and I stress – we might have some new lads on the team by then.

    COME on and down let us down (Wise and recruitment team)

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  • Daniel

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #24

    All this bleating on about Mort is getting boring and repetitive. You have no idea if he’s tried, or even if Mort would be willing to come back.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Ok then maybe an over reaction over Given tbh i do not know what to think. We have Krul and Harper so i suppose we are pretty well off in thar department. I like Krul and i would like to see him in the first team more this half of the season. I cannot understand what Ashley ad co. have planned for NUFC. I only hoe it is good intentions.

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  • Robbo

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #26

    If Craig Gordon was worth £9Million how much is Shay worth?

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  • Partizan

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    What about the 4.5 mill + Suazo for Owen….i’d take that straight away.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Should say dont let us down (again!!)

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    if players like shay are showing their discontent,then there is something seriously wrong at the club.

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  • rooks

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Ed needs to pack that NOTW column in, this is sensationalist journalism. It’s stuff like this that stokes up the fires. people are getting too carried away which I guess was the intention – well done. Try counting to 10 next time

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  • Dempsey_NUFC

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Why is the same article being posted over and over and over again, just under a new headline. BORING BORING BORING.

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  • keith

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #32

    cooper can you not remeber the fat controllers regeime? im not saying ashley is perfect but a damn sight better than what we had

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #33

    money not a monet..although if the club owned a few monets that would be useful : )

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  • Arty1

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #34

    This just sums the club up now. We are on the downward slope, when will it all end. I hate being the one to mope about how bad things are but cannot think of anything positive at this time. It looks like we will loose Shay, it looks inevitive, and who can blame him? Cut him and he would bleed black and white! He deserves success, he has put up with mediocrity for too long. Good luck Say , you deserve better.
    I feel so sick of the way the club is going, and I mean physically sick! I, like all the others love the club and dream of success, but it looks like a pipe dream, unless Ashley buys big in the window. I think this is highly unlikely, and will cost him more now than it would at the end of the season. However if he does not we could get relegated, that would slash his investment and value of the club, so its up to him!
    Make the right choice now or you will condem the club and yourself in the process Mr Ashley, by the way investment now will probably be needed in the region of £30m+ to ensure the premiership next year IMHO.
    Sit we are NACK’ED!

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  • Doocey

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashley isin’t to blame for everything you know and quite frankly most of you know f**k all of what’s really going on behind the scenes. I’ve heard that Keegan was in the wrong when he left not Ashley.

    Don’t get me wrong though, since Ashley has arrived it’s been all trouble for us but come on lads, Shay’s departure has been coming for so long now, I’m an Irishman myself and its probably hurting me more than other, but if this is what Given wants, to play football in higher competitions then let him do so 🙂

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  • Gritish Films

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Yeah Shay has been great for us, but we will get a good price…He will get to play in Europe again if Arsene can find some money down the back of the sofa…maybe he will lend us a couple of Arsenal youngsters for the season. I don’t want Shay to go to City….that would just mean he’s goinf for the £’s. Come on Harps & Tim, the time is yours.

    Mike…get the cheque book out, LB, RB, AM & Huntelaar !!!!

    And if we could get £5 mill for Owen & Smith combined, ship them out now.

    IMHO

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  • TOON LAD

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    TURN ON SKY SPORTS INTERVIEW
    COMING UP ABOUT SHAY

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  • ToonRich

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #38

    WE SERIOUSLY HAVE THE WRONG MANAGEMENT @ THE CLUB:
    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/nufc/Joe-will-protect-wonderkid-Nile.4839403.jp

    In the article (above) JK bables on about putting Nile in against class opposition! Its bloody Hull…give him a shot.

    JK hasnt got balls to play the youngsters, so whats the point of us buying them to become unsettled at not getting 1st team opportunities… GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE!

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  • MATTY_G

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #39

    DOOM DOOM DOOM DOOM – SNORE!!!! Change the record!

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  • Spyro

    Jan 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #40

    We have Harper, Krul and a few other young promising keepers. It would be smart to cash in on Given now before we lose one of the most promising young keepers to a dutch side.

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