Daily Mail Keeps Reporting Ridiculous Stories On Newcastle

The Daily Mail put out a ridiculous story yesterday that Mike Ashley would get rid of Dennis Wise, and then try to facilitate a change in management by bringing in local Newcastle lads Alan Shearer or Steve Bruce to manage the club in the summer.


Daily Mail – Mike Ashley to sack Dennis – then Newcastle deny story

When we saw the story and saw there seemed absolutely nothing behind it, we thought it was little short of a disgrace that the newspaper should try to stir things up at Newcastle, once again.

And of course it was a Daily Mail Reporter reporting the stuff, so they didn’t even identify the culprit.

It was little more than another insidious attempt to disrupt things at the Tyneside club, as if we didn’t have enough disruption already this season.

So now today the same newspaper has the cheek to report that Newcastle United insist their executive director Dennis Wise’s job is in fact safe. Well, would you believe it?

They are saying Newcastle have denied tabloid reports (to be more accurate their report) that Wise’s days as executive director of football could be numbered as owner Mike Ashley continues building for the future.

Well how’s that for efficiency in making up news?

You put out a ridiculous story, and then when the club denies that there’s any truth in it, there’s another story, right there, for the next day.

It’s just ridiculous that these tabloids get away with reporting this rubbish all the time, and some, like the Daily Mail seem to have it in for Newcastle United.

We’ll be watching this lot from now on, you can bet on that.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    All you get from the Mail is unsubstantiated rubbish week after week when it comes to the toon.

    Wouldn’t wipe my ar$3 with the rag

  • Sadly it is a load of rubbish. Steve Bruce is a good manager 🙁

  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    bruce .. bleeds man u .. although wise getting the boat .. couldn’t happen to a nicer person .. hope theres no smoke without fire there.
    If we want to progress I think we need shearer as manager with Venables as director or assistant.

  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    “getting the boat” meant Boot .. 🙂

  • Kash

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I think the management structure at Newcastle needs to re-thought!!! If I was Mike Ashley, I’d be searching for a astute Football Chairman. Then i’d let him put into place whatever structure is required for the model visioned!!!

    If you want an Arsenal Model, then you need the man who made it happen = David Dein!

  • coyote

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #6

    the football editor for the mail is obviously a closet mackem

  • Davies

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    The Mail’s a f*cking rag. Not fit to line the bairn’s budgie cage. If I had a bairn, and if said bairn had a budgie.

    It’s not just their sports Journalism, the whole paper is riddled with pious reactionary drivel that borders on the point of racism. It’s basically a BNP pamphlet.

    Let’s not forget that this is the publication that turned a minor cock up on the radio into a national incident. Appalling really.

    I’d be interested to kno who their so called “Hatchet Man” is too. Another pecker that hides behind an alias because he’d get the sh*t kicked out of him if anybody knew who he was. Not just Newcastle supporters either.

    I have a theory that The Mail do this deliberately. There’s no way any publication could be cobbled together by an entire staff of such stupid and ignorant people. Seriously, I think it’s a deliberate wind up. You’re better of with a copy of Viz and a Bible. Figure that one out.

  • pdidy

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Bruce is a W..k..! He, Wise and the Mail can all F..k.off!

  • cashleyout

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    the daily mail are a joke. jfk should rant one at them like he did simon bird.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #10

    The Mail is a bag of w*nk !!!!! Just like

    The Sun
    The Mirror
    The Star
    and any other red top tabloid !

  • Mags

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Yes, you do just that Ed. It is time this paper was made to answer for the stuff they write about us all the time. Someone definitely has an agenda against us there and I would like to know what.

    Might be a good idea to let Joe at them!!!!!

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    The club director needs to be someone who knows about football and knows about business and how to merge those two together.
    So far the only person I can think of is Bob Moncur as he used to run his own business, but that might have gone bust, so he may not be the best person for the job. 🙂

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    is m’bia through the door yet?

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Would be funny if Bruce left Wigan to go to a club with more ambition – Ho Ho Ho Insomnia zzz.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    This club, through Ashley’s buys are the most mediocre team we have had since we got in the premiership.

    Our midfield; not one is capable of getting into any of the top seven sides AND the two that we did have are now playing for them. Zog and Milner!!

    *Barton; never had a good game for us and is a liability both on and off the park. He gets booked off the ref as well as the police.
    *Guthrie; Liverpool reserve and a plodder at best.
    *Duff; We now know why Chelsea got shot. Cos he doesn’t shoot and cannit get past his man.
    *Jonas; Doesn’t shoot, doesn’t cross, works hard.
    *Nolan; Do you believe Bolton would have sold him for 4m if they really rated him. All the bolton blogs criticise him for his inept performances over the past 18months. They have fond memories of him playing well 3 years ago but won’t miss him as a footballer. That’s what they say and i’m sure they know more than us about him.
    *Geremi; Can’t even take a corner man. Absolute rubbish.
    *Whether Lovenkrands plays up front or on the wing, he can’t be that good when he requires a trial before we take him on. Schalke weren’t exactly breakin their necks to keep him.

    The best of it is tho, Stardust has him down as a class player with a great touch/passer/crosser.

    I know one thing, Stardust is a cross between a good crosser and having a good touch,

  • alextoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Simon Bird and Dan Silver from the Mirror are also a pair of toon-obsessed 4rseholes!

  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #17

    lovenkrands does have a great shot and pass in him, that much is correct. for a winger, scoring 19 goals a season cant be bad, even if it was in the spl.

  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Why do people keep speculating about who our next manager is gonna be.
    Have you’s all got short memories or what.?
    We could only get Jokin’ere cos he was the only one who would take it.
    We scoured the world and got a thousand knock backs.
    Get real. JK is the best we’ll get.
    Now deal with it.

    P.S. JK has already stated he is waiting til the end of the season to decide whether to sign his new 3 year contract. That shows everyone what he thinks of the job. He’s probably thinkin about his health before he makes a decision and you can’t blame him.

    Bruce and no other manager with any credibility would touch us!!!

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyone see the irony in this??? Ed I love this blog but you yourself have reprinted this story a day or two ago with no other basis of fact other than that one article. You cant really come out now and say it ‘s ridiculous after you have got your hits. If it was truly ridiculous you could have shown your viewpoint by ignoring it and not paying any attention to it.

  • nomis7

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    the mail have always got some crap to print about us

  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Troy Stavers .. rather JFK than Steve ‘Man U’ Bruce .. all we can hope for is one of 2 options .. dependant on whether we stay up
    1) Ashley learns from his mistakes, gets rid of Wise etc and gets in a good manager and backs him.
    2) Ashley sells up.
    I prefer option 2.

  • mozza

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    never mind alan smiths back from injury soon, that should lift our spirits, this season has took the pi*s even by our, pathetic standards. Ashley, wise and co and jfk couldn’t run a pi*s up in a brewery, if nowt changes i dread to think where we’ll be 3 seasons from now

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Is it not still a possibility that if we retain our Premiership status that MA will put us back on the market again, probably for a little more saying that he has invested in the players, even though he has made a profit on them. Think that could be why JK is reluctant to sign as he is unsure of where the club is going. Ignore the Mail I have written to them on many occasions asking them to substantiate their reports or offer any form of proof and they never have done, the only way to get at them is to ignore all their publications.

  • mozza

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    option 2 for me

  • Mongo

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Just about every tabloid in the country has jumped on the Newcastle United bandwagon and unfortuantely it will be like this until JFK is gone, along with Ashley, Llambias and Wise. Simply because it is easy pickings for them to write some new bullshit dribble and infect pages of their rag with utter lies.

  • Stuart79

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #26


    You are spot on mate. Ashley is still desperate to sell. He hasn’t got the money anymore to own a football club and have fun with it.

    He will be trying again in the summer to sell the club, he’s hoping he financial climate might be a bit more stable.

    Why would he put his hand in his own pocket in the last window if he isn’t going to get it back?

    He’s sured up the balance sheet with the transfer dealings over the last 3 windows.

    The club will be more attractive proposition for a potential buyer in the summer.

    Buyers will want to know what division where in before buying us.

    He’s gone in the summer, that’s for sure!

  • Toonmania

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Unfortunatly there is no truth in it, it would have been good for the club to get rid of the poisoned dwaff and that lambias idiot, i would like to think that there was some truth as steve bruce does get on well with MA and always said he would like to manage nufc at some stage, but at this point in time i can’t see either of them leaving/being sacked or either of the two mentioned coming to the club due to the turmoil that surrounds the club, MA as i’ve said before isn’t the problem he just needs to sort out his previous cock-ups before we can start to re-build, it will happen just depends when!!!

  • valle

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28

    The Independent and The Times are the only national papers that seem to have an objective look at things… The Mail and The Sun and so on are just toilet paper.

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart79, think you’re right mate. It seems that’s the only way things are going to go. He had to take it off the market to try and show that we are stable, now that he has done that and if we can stay in the league buyers will see us as a much more attractive purchase. The Kuwaiti billionaire pulled out of the Liverpool deal, he could get us for a lot less and then invest in us. I think this is why Shay jumped ship, he knows that the club is basically a ship adrift with no one to guide us. Although I’m not sure why MA has offered JK a contract as surely that would be annoying for a new owner to deal with. Although maybe the contract offer can only be taken up in the summer when MA knows where we stand.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #30

    cant believe some of you keep talking about getting a new manager! we need to just get on with it, no matter who the manager is very little would change,imo, what players would you play that arent in the team now??? that would make a difference??? NONE!

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    valle – The Telegraph isn’t too bad either. I’ve got a lot of time for their main football writer, can remember the blokes name right now.

    Troy – Glad you’re no longer pretending to be some kid from benwell. It wasn’t funny at the start and it just became more and more pathetic as you went on.

  • Hugh de Payen

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #32

    These are the problems with having a free press.

    When I’m the despotic leader of this country, all Daily Mail reporters will be shot.

    As will Spurs fans.

  • Partizan

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Ryan….I do believe that bringing a new manager now would be catastrophic.
    But if we get a new owner in the Summer,then definetly i’d want a new manager with that.

    Bulent Uygun would definetly be my choice

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #34

    The NUFC press officer has been busy today. Check out the chronicle articles. No doubt Ed will post a few up later.

    Today we have Viduka, Jonas, Kinnear on Harper / goalkeepers and Micky Quinn.

    Nowt better than some positive press the spur the fans in the lead up to Saturday.

  • ToonRich

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Totally off topic, I see Liverpool wanted to replace Keane with the brazilian wonderkid Kerrison…I wish we could attract guys like this!!

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #36

    I know desperate times call for desperate measures, but re-signing Micky Quinn!? Has Joe finally lost all of his marbles. One tubby forward is enough without signing another. 😉

  • madman67

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    some of you might already of read this piece from the times, if not worth reading…nothing much to chat about eh cept hope the young uns have a go at city tonight, and the seniors show up against WBA a put some craft and guille into getting a WIN …howay we need some points yesterday…

    The biggest danger facing Newcastle is apathy


    George Caulkin

    This has been a bleak season for Newcastle United and it could still become bleaker, yet amid the turmoil and the departures, the controversy, the numbing performances, the concern, the mess and the self-inflicted mishaps, hope is shimmering. It is a delicate, fragile sort of hope, encircled by thorns, but it is there, nonetheless. It requires assiduous nurturing.

    It will come as little surprise that events on the pitch, which have been largely miserable, have not prompted this spark of optimism. It will come as absolutely no surprise that nothing which has taken place in the manager’s office or the boardroom, where mixed messages continue to thrive, has contributed to it. As usual, it has emanated from the stands.

    The media perpetuate two myths about Newcastle supporters; that they are impatient and that they are perennially militant. Both are wrong. Quite how fans who have had no domestic trophy to cheer since 1955 and none at all since 1969 can be accused of impatience has never been clear – decent football and a committed team are hardly outrageous demands – and the militancy thing is simply nonsense.

    During the less inspiring moments of Freddy Shepherd’s tenure as chairman – and there were plenty to choose from – episodes of outright dissent were rare. Perhaps that was because there were other divisive figures to rival directors, whether unpopular managers (appointed by Shepherd) or fractious players (bought by him), but mainly because of loyalty. Loyalty almost to a fault.

    People may have a mental image of teenage Geordies bouncing outside St James’ Park in front of the television cameras waving their shoes in the air, but that is not representative. The protests which accompanied the 2-1 home defeat to Hull City in September, shortly after the exit of Kevin Keegan and which precipitated Mike Ashley’s decision to sell the club were vibrant and raw, but also untypical.

    But Ashley, of course, is staying (at least until a buyer emerges) and things have not got any better on Tyneside. A relegation battle is being fought by a small squad and the transfer window saw two senior players leave including, in Shay Given, a world-class goalkeeper with a passion for the club, but a loathing for all the chaos. Only three signings arrived; Newcastle, shamefully, made an £8m profit on their dealings.

    Derek Llambias, the perma-smirking managing director, from whom nothing has been heard, will finally break his silence late this week, answering questions, sent in by readers, to two local newspapers, but a far more significant exchange of views will take place elsewhere. On Wednesday at 7pm, in the Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle’s soul will be wrestled over.

    The Newcastle United Supporters Club (NUSC), an independent body designed to represent fans and challenge the club (and in spite of quotes attributed elsewhere, it is the only organisation of its type), was established in the aftermath of Keegan’s departure. Still in its infancy, it needs legitimacy, backing and members. It has spokesmen and issues press releases, but it is not staffed by people who crave attention for the sake of it.

    Influential fanzines and websites like The Mag, nufc.com and true faith have offered guidance, financial and philosophical, to the NUSC, but none have a wish to set or control the agenda. What it will ultimately be and could become is still up for debate; yes, there should be principled and serious opposition to Ashley, but what are the wider issues? Where would it go post Ashley?

    The biggest danger facing Newcastle at present is not relegation. It is not their billionaire owner. It is not Dennis Wise. And it is not anger, impatience or militancy. It is apathy. For home matches, attendances have often been 5,000 below capacity and after years of heartache and underachievement, there is widespread muttering about season tickets not being renewed, of hope finally being extinguished.

    But it is there. If supporters have less power than they used to, they still have some and those who step out into the freezing weather and head for the Irish Centre will be reclaiming their club. Membership of the NUSC is not required. As they put it themselves, they wish to “establish some common ground. Bring with you your thoughts, your anger, your hope, your ideas, your wants, your needs.”

    The NUSC has already promoted a boycott of official club merchandise and has written to Ashley to request a meeting, anywhere in the country, on his terms, simply to discern his plans for Newcastle. As they anticipated, their letter was ignored. But the greater the numbers, the louder the voices, the more difficult it will be for ears to be blocked. There is hope for Newcastle; it just needs seeking out.


  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    woo hoo hoo hoo! Look at Micky Toon – he must be from Benwell!
    I started doin it cos I was bored with all the crack at the time. The transfer window is full of idiots speculating over rubbish.

    I agree with Ryan Toon about speculation over managers – its complete rubbish.

    No one wants to manage us, fans need to deal with it.

    Start lookin at the reality instead of speculating about things which never happen.

    Micky , you are from Benwell aren’t you, and you’ve got a camp down Hodgy Park. lol

  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    JK is the right man for the job, no-one else could work with that board, if Wise left that position Roeder would be my choice as director, he knows youth teams and he knows premiership football teams, he has enough respect and contacts in the premiership to make us more respectable.

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree the rags write toss but there’s a canny link on most of their websites at the minute about Spurs and how Sherwood reckons their players aren’t up for it. Best part of it though……. – “That’s why we tried so hard to get Craig Bellamy because we’ve got a lot of nice guys at the club and, no disrespect, but Craig Bellamy is not very nice” – Spurs coach Tim Sherwood


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