Shepherd Wants To Keep Shearer At Newcastle

There’s an old adage that things have to get worse sometimes before they can get better.


Freddy Shepherd – wants to ensure Shearer at Newcastle long term

And that may be the case with Newcastle if indeed the Magpies cannot keep their place in the top division.

But the one thing that will allay too much fear at the club is that we think that Alan Shearer is at Newcastle for the long term, and even if we go down Alan could turn things around very quickly.

And it seems that former Chairman Freddy Shepherd is keen to keep Alan in the hot seat as he told the Sunday Sun this morning:

“I am willing to do anything I can to help.”

Apparently Shepherd is just one person who is keen to keep Alan at the helm, whatever happens this season. Certainly we think the fans would be happy to see Alan stay on in the summer, even if he cannot save the side from relegation.

And we don’t believe for one minute, news today that Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle United on the cheap if the side gets relegated – it’s just complete nonsense and business suicide to even suggest that.

If we do get relegated the hope has to be that even in the Championship some good players would stay, and Alan could attract other decent players to build a side that could come straight back up.

Where these Sunday papers get this nonsense from is anybody’s guess, but their journalism is hardly responsible, by any sense of the word.

With results going for us yesterday, we need to win tomorrow night, and start helping our own fate, for a change.  We should certainly be capable of doing just that.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    lets hope ashley sells up in the summer,the bloke has fked this club reet up.

  • DanToon

    Apr 26, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t want Shepard or Ashley… Both rubbish!

  • Dragonera

    Apr 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Shut up Shepherd you crooked sack of s**t! Why the press give this mug the time of day is beyond me.

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    i couldnt give a toss who buys the club as long as they invest in the first team,multi billionare would be

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    what is happening to the club now is not all ashleys fault some of it is fat freds he made terrible decisions but i believe ashley will come through and i have given him a second chance i mean lets give him some credit bringing back shearer was an excellent decision imo

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    beyethegreat,how many chances is ashley allowed,the bloke is a fkin disaster,he deserves nothing

  • ArtyH

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    The best thing for the club is for Ashley to leave/sell. There is only one way that this will happen. No one should buy season tickets for next year, simple as that! No one should go to home games. It would only last a few weeks but the message would soon get to HIM and the other incompetents. It is the only way IMHO that I can see any chance of the club being sold/saved.
    If fans buy season tickets for next season knowing the current idiots are in charge you are equally culpable for the demise of the club!
    There is talk that only £10m is available for purchases, F***’s sake we need at lease 5 or 6 times that just to sand still.
    Its no use leaving it up to the chaves leading a protest at the gates of the club either, it doesn’t work or solve anything, except make all associated with the club look like morons.
    Rant over.
    However we need to get behind the lads for the rest of the season and show our support for them, and the club in its hour of need, so something can be salvaged for next season, if that is possible.
    We all find ourselves in a very difficult position and there will be many different opinions as to the best way for us to support the team/lads/club. The above are my views as to the best way for the club to become great again because I cannot see how it will be possible under the current system, Shearer excluded of course!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    i wouldnt mind fat freddy back, but not as the owner, he always done what he could for the fans.

    i remember when he foooked i up for us to sign rooney though spouting off no one else could afford him. IDIOT.

    But aslng as he had a rich consortium with him i wouldnt mind, also i wouldnt mind if an investor came in with ashley.

    im just hoping and praying for the results to keep us up, hopefully gooners will smash those smoggie fools today

  • geordie jock

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9


    It’s not all Ashleys fault but he is to blame for the majority and as for his appointment of Shearer ( which i am all for ) he did it to save face with the fans. It was another knee jerk reaction from him. Personally i want Ashley out of the club as soon as possible.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10


    i agree he has had a lot of chances too many for most people but if he isnt gonna sell there is no option but to give him another chance and hope he has finally grasped the right way to run nufc

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    jock also to get season tickets sold,ashley only cares aboot money he couldnt give a toss aboot the fans.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe some of the fans on here stating that they wouldn’t mind this crooked cowboy back. He is a crook and is only concerned with fleecing the club. He insulted Newcastle numerous times and if i never see him again it will be too soon. We are paying for HIS past mistakes now.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    geordie jock

    is he realy to blame for the majority dont get me wrong the kk saga is all his fault but had fat fred run the club the right way to start with(ie picking a decent manager and sticking with him) we wouldnt be in this position

  • Davies

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know Mike Ashley and I don’t pretend to know the reasons for anything he’s done since he bought the club. I do, however, know that I would rather him than FFS at the club any day of the week.

    I don’t hold to the opinion that he has done things to placate the fans, because the fans are obviously not placated.

    Week in week out on these very pages I read comments on who we should buy, or who we should have in the starting line up etc, but the fact is, none of you have ever run a football club, so you have no idea how well or how badly your choices would affect the club.

    For now, I really think we should stay with what we have. A change of owner/manager will only lead to further instability.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    dragonera- i often agree with your views as your not deluded and go over the top. wich is good., but also your not always doom and gloom like others, but all i am saying is if sheppard was, lets say for instance given the chairmans role of the club, with investors in place meaning it wasnt his money he was dabbling with, i think it could be good for the club, as he is a fan himself.

    do you undrstand what i meant?

    i for one am not bothred by ashley, i always knew we would need stability, abit of upheavill, need to get rid of the dead-wood and that. i believe we have a couple of bad seasons still in us before we get out with the old in with the new, but i think it is finally starting to click now, i would love us to follow in the footsteps of everton.

    so in all there can be good and ba taken out of both situations, but i would prefer ashley stuck by us, with new investors alongside him

  • hitman

    Apr 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #16

    GG7 spot on for all fat freds wrong doing,he had the club at heart.but still wouldnt want him back like

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    None of your business anymore you sleazy, racist little crook. Go back to your lesbians in handcuffs.

  • the holy grail

    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18


    are you for f***ing real fat fred back, the bloke who griefed the entire geordie population to the fake sheik agen ago, and the man who spent 3 years worth of sponsership money on owen later to be recorded saying he would carry him back EVERYONE LOOK FAT FRED UP ON WIKIPEDIA (which is independant) AND SEE WHAT IS SAYS the bloke is a joke. He only tride trophy signings to satisfy himself no one else, how many people on here salted wise for being invelovd in transfers fat fred chose butt when sir bob wanted carrick, souness asked for 1 lot of players and got another (and openly admitted we spent 5 mil over the odds for luque) please o please dont let him come back could you imagin the mess we would be in with him in charge in the current climate and just glad he wasnt here for the recession.

    he is worth bowt 50mil and wont put any of his personal fortune in2 the club because he never did he just bled us dry with his wage,dividends(how a football club can pay dividends is beyond me he should have re-invested but no mthe greedy b***ard didnt) paying his brother in “CONSULTANCE FEES”and ashley HASNT TAKEN OUT A PENNY for a fact.

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    18 the holy grail // Apr 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM


    I have his brothel rant memorised Holy …

    “Newcastle fan are mugs … and the girls are all dogs! Me, I like blondes, big bust, good legs, I don’t like coloured girls. I want a lesbian show with handcuffs” … and the rest.

    Years later, he told Ashley to “have some dignity” because he wore a club shirt.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    i am not saying i liked fat fred, all i was saying is that he had the clubs intrest, i had ever heard about he went for butt when sir bob wanted carrick, where did you here this?

  • batty

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    hitman agree with comment 1 m8

  • the holy grail

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    its was in one of his autobiographies, and must be somewhere on the internet.

    how can you say he had the clubs intrest at heart HE BLED US DRY and loand an absalute fortune. There were many more owners richer than him but didnt spend anything near what fat fred did why . . . . . ? because they AND WE cant or couldnt afford it especially with no sucess proved by our massive amount of debt which would have just got bigger and bigger under that tit

  • the holy grail

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23


    you know mate the bloke is an absalute joke and i am embarrased he was a geordie, it says alot everytime you go on holiday EVERYONE knows what your cheirman is called because every other week he was in the paper ranting and raving

  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree that Shepherd caused some problems in the past and his comments about fans and other things he said were totally out of order. But, I would still rather have him back than what we have as an owner now. Yes he took money out of the club, but we were on the stock market then, wouldn’t be quite as easy now. As for all the debts, never looked that bad when I used to get the accounts. Other clubs such as Man U and Liverpool are in a worse state than us before Ashley took over and lent us the money.

    Lets look at where were in the league when Shepherd was chairman and where we are now, I think that speaks for itself.

  • the holy grail

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    man u and liverpool can help pay debts off through sucess and also by previous sucess which has made them such massive global brands, how could nufc repay back debts ??? by increasing price of season tickets, beer and food because under him what sucess did we get ??? we got no sucess by spending loads of money so how without spending loads more money could he have tried go get it then in an ever increasingly strong league.

  • the holy grail

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    as for ashley saying he would finance us 10mil a year ask everton, bolton, stoke, fulham wigan fans if that is enough. look where everton are spending next to nothing and look at man city ???? also that would have been 10mil of his money so no more increasing debt, where could fat fred find 10mil with the credit crunch ????

  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #27

    We d need to look at our transfer policy again. I can see the logic in paying up front for players and not having any debt tagged to us there, but it doesnt work when we let other clubs pay installments to us. We are still owed money for Milner, Given and maybe Nzog, but we cant replace the players as we need to pay up front. There is no logic to than

  • Little Willie

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Man Utd and Liverpool pay their debts through profits the club makes, in the last 2 seasons we’ve made a loss of over £50 million without spending big on players.

    This is down to poor financial management by Shepherd and the club has struggled to pull itself around because of it.

  • simon376

    Apr 26, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #29

    I think its down to have to put all the money in to pay off the mortgage. Ashely should have looked this stuff up first before he bought the club. The fans and the team are suffering because of this. Ashley can’t afford to run the club

  • Sav

    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed, I’m not clear why you think its suicide that the club be sold for a reduced amount. Why would this be a bad thing?
    Surely, there’s an argument for saying the less paid for the club, the more, theoretically, can be paid for players and improvements. The only loser if the club sold for less than he paid for it would be Ashley and I don’t give a tuppenny toss about whether he makes a profit on the deal or not.
    The income from fans and TV at Newcastle should be enough to meet the running costs. It is of no interest to fans that the clubs they support are cashpoints for billionaires. Shepherd and the Halls got out at the right time with their millions, but that won’t happen again for a long time, and there’s no reason why football clubs should be owned by speculators. Trusts would be far more appropriate. The game needs to be controlled by those with its best interests at heart.

  • geordie deb

    Apr 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #31

    I can’t believe some people think having FFS back could be a good thing! He bled the club dry pocketing millions before scarpering, insulted the fans big time over the replica shirts debacle, outrgageously castigated all geordie women as dogs (maybe the sort he mixes with but please don’t cast me and most other geordie women in the same way- fat old sleaze bag that he is),used the finances of NUFC wrecklessly to fund his own personal ego trip, made some horrendous managerial decisions and dragged the good name of NUFC and the city of Newcastle through the sirt. The only best interests he had at heart was his own and long may he stay away from SJP.

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #32

    geordie deb // Apr 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    “I can’t believe some people think having FFS back could be a good thing!”

    Debs, I know you’re a highly qualified nurse, but did you ever study neurology and the human brain? The difference between ‘intelligence’ and ‘stupidity’ is memory ;-).

  • geordie deb

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Workyticket –
    ‘Debs, I know you’re a highly qualified nurse, but did you ever study neurology and the human brain? The difference between ‘intelligence’ and ’stupidity’ is memory ;-).’

    Too true worky!!

  • Nick D

    Apr 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #34


    i don’t believe it, we agree on something .

    shepherd was a xenophobe who made awful apointments, interfered with managers, called shearer mary poppins and geordie women dogs.

    shepherd played the geordie populist card whilst fleecing the club and running it in to the ground on the never never.

    we longed for shepherd to go. even with ashleys personna of an oik, chav, nouveau riche and having no class, i would never take shepherd back.

  • workyticket

    Apr 26, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Nick D // Apr 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM


    i don’t believe it, we agree on something .”

    Shepherd does have a way of bringing people together Nick! 🙂

  • Nick D

    Apr 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Very good worky. made me smile!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 26, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #37



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