The Plans Of Mice And Men At Newcastle United

It has cost Mike Ashley a pretty penny since he arrived at Newcastle in May of 2007, in paying off the contracts of officials at the Tyneside club.


Dennis Wise – finally left Newcastle United – thank goodness

When Chris Mort came in as the new Newcastle Chairman in August, 2007, he rightly stated that what Newcastle needed more than anything else at the club was stability, and we just couldn’t keep changing our managers each year if we were going to achieve that.

But since then Newcastle have had Allardyce, Keegan, Hughton, Kinnear and now Alan Shearer manage the club, and Mike had to pay Sam Allardyce and his large staff around £5.8M to leave 15 months ago.

Kevin Keegan is asking for £8M (at least) in compensation from the club for his dismissal, although he may have a hard job convincing people he was fired, after Ashley went out of his way to get him to stay on.

And Mike finally did something right last week, by getting rid of the cockney Dennis Wise, and bringing in Alan Shearer as interim manager, to see if true Geordie pride can save the day. But news today in the Daily Mail is that the Dennis Wise dismissal will cost the Newcastle owner another £1.5M.

Mike has paid dearly in multiple ways for the mismanagement of the Newcastle club, since he took over, and the mother of all nightmares could still be realized with the club being relegated.

And it seems we are now playing our very last card in Alan Shearer, to save our sinking ship.

And if we do go down, look for many books to be written about the last two seasons since Ashley took over. This is how not to run a football club.

We were supposed to be challenging for Europe when Ashley came in, weren’t we?

Oh, the plans of mice and men.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • ArtyH

    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Is there still hope ?

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    ArtyH, Lord Aragorn once said “There’s always Hope” !!!


    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Another 1.5m off the transfer fund-when you take into account compensation for Robson when sacked-Souness when appointed and sacked-Roeder etc it must be hitting 15m.
    Is this Ashley admitting his whole idea of a set up and management structure was a complete failure or did Shearer put his foot down.
    Only in Jan did Llambias say we notice Spurs have stopped using this structure but we think its right for us and will carry on.

  • aussie_toon

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    good riddance. a wise decision hehehe

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    The Magpie – who knows what those who sit in ivory towers are thinking of when it comes to the management of the club.

    The story of Newcastle United is like a soap opera (a bad one) and I for one am sick of it.

    Saturday 1730pm – Howay the lads.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    We have Stoke, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Fulham still to play. So there is hope! We could even get a point from the Spurs game..

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Bassong and Taylor are not at the training session. I hope there both fit for stoke

  • Pons Aelius

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I actually feel a bit sorry for Wise. He was marked for destruction by us the first day he was brought in. We were never going to accept him after his previous clashes with the toon faithful.

    But he has obviously achieved great things with the rapid creation of an exciting youth team and should be given a lot of credit for that.

    Unfortunately I think Wise’s appointment (not Wise himself) was the catalyst in the collapse of Newcastle this season. The minute Keegan’s authority over first team transfer’s was questioned it was going to end in tears.

    The fault lies at the board’s feet on this one. I feel sorry for Wise but he had to go.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Copied from

    Newcastle are currently holding an open training session
    at SJP which has attracted a crowd of around 8,500 onlookers to see Alan Shearer, Iain Dowie and Chris Hughton putting the players through their paces.

    None of the players who featured in last night’s reserve game at the same venue are featuring in the playing session, while Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong are missing as they continue their injury rehab separately.

    Peter Lovenkrands is also absent but Shola Ameobi is fully involved, having failed to make the eighteen man squad Shearer named for his first game in charge.

    Mark Viduka and Joey Barton are out on the field, but going through a fitness work out separately from the main group of players and not kicking the ball.

    The opening section of the training session was actually conducted before the public were admitted to SJP, so fans are seeing shooting practice etc. rather than fitness drills, stretches etc.

    The session was followed by a seven-a-side game on the Gallowgate End half of the pitch which saw Shearer play and find the net a couple of times – as did Gutierrez.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #10

    I would like Mike Ashleys supporters to come on this blog and tell us why he has wasted and I mean WASTED about 12-14 million pounds on pay offs!

    We are totaly skint and about to get relegated and we’ve spent more money on former employees than we have in 4 transfer windows!

    Priorities please Mr Ashley!

  • UTD111

    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Thanks for putting that lovely big picture of the poison dwarf at the top of the article.
    We’ve printed it off and its proving very popular pinned to the dart board LOL

  • richyg01

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Why is everyone talking like we have already gone down?

    we are 3 points behind free-falling sunderland and we have win-able matches coming up!

    Comeon – Keep the faith!!

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    “Mark Viduka and Joey Barton are out on the field, but going through a fitness work out separately from the main group of players and not kicking the ball.”

    Viduka. Not Kicking a ball. Seems to sum up his season really.

    Also, is Dennis Wise cock(ney) eyed?

  • Mag 48

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    I still can’t see the future getting any better.
    Shearers appointment as good as it is. It’s still just using sticking plaster when we really need major surgery.What ever division we play in next season I just can’t see it improving
    Who will the management team be?
    Will they be good enough to attract decent players to this troubled club?
    Will they have the money to do so?
    My big moan all season has been lack of information and it’s not getting any better.
    I decided ages ago this would be my last season as a supporter after 61 years.I will always be a fan but as I have said before my time and money will go to my local non league side.
    I’ll still give it my all till the end of the season I just hope the team do

  • lesh

    Apr 7, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    re Wise and th3 reported £4.5m….. have the likes of him got no scruples, no sense of responsibilty for the plight of the club?

    Sorry, in my book Mr Wise should have done the honourable thing by resigning, some months ago!

  • Bill F

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh, or followed the honourable Japanese tradition. 😉

  • Whumpie

    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Mag 48 – don’t go! Let me paint a picture for you. A few months ago it would have seemed an impossible dream, but it could actually be a reality.

    It’s August 2009.

    – At the end of last season, Newcastle stayed up..

    – …at the expense of the mackems.

    – Alan Shearer, having masterminded the required turnaround, is signed up as manager for the foreseeable future.

    – Peter Beardsley, with Richard Money, is making the most of our fantastic youth squad and the cream of the crop are being introduced to the 1st team steadily. In Big Al’s new order, Sir Les is expected to join the coaching team soon.

    – We have no Director of Football

    – The Reserves won the league

    – Shearer was able to spend some money in the summer (not at the last minute because he’s in charge and not answering to a DOF)

    – Several of the under-performing senior players, have been removed to make way for the young talent.

    – The club has far lower outgoings and is expected to make a profit this year.

    – The 1st team squad overall has been increased by half a dozen bodies.

    Not bad, eh? And most of these are either already fact, or quite likely. It’s all about that first one, really.

    Keep the faith just that bit longer. Next year could be a cracker yet.

  • Mag 48

    Apr 7, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh how I remember those dreams.Ive had them since our last FA cup win (at least I saw them)
    However hard I try its not dreams I get but nightmares Kinnear manager the board still struck dumb whatever little bit of money available no one would wants to sign The precious few decent players off at the first opportunity
    Lets see who is nearer the truth?
    God! I hope it’s you
    I’m really depressing myself!!


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