Massive Changes Needed At Newcastle To Avoid A Leeds

Not surprisingly, on the day when Alan Shearer’s 8 week contract expires at Newcastle, he has been interviewed by the Newcastle Journal, at some length.


A gutted Alan Shearer at the end of the game yesterday

 Alan is adamant that massive changes – and he means MASSIVE changes will need to be made quickly at the club, otherwise the club could spiral down into the abyss that decimated Leeds United a few years ago.

Leeds were (are) a great club and they are now fighting their way back to where they should be – in the Premier League. But having just been relegated we’re sure Newcastle fans can now appreciate the agony Leeds fans must have gone through as they saw their once great team basically disintegrate, due in no small way to the incompetence of former Chairman Peter Ridsdale.

Peter will probably say it wasn’t his fault, but we all know better, and why do they always try to rewrite history to their advantage, after they’ve been utterly hopeless – Dick Cheney please take note.

Whoops – no politics on this site please. 😀

Alan said today:

“I think a lot of people will try to make a comparison (to the situation at Leeds),” “It depends on where people want the football club to go.”

“The reality is that we will be starting next season in the Championship. The expectation will be huge, but there’s a lot of work needed between now and then.”

“There are huge problems at the football club – I think that’s clear for everyone to see. Relegation isn’t about today, it’s about what’s gone on this season, last season and the season before. It’s a culmination of everything.”

“In the end, the three worst teams go down and, unfortunately, Newcastle are one of them.” 

Newcastle need to do an awful lot of work in the summer and job one is to trim the wage bill of £74M, which is far too high for the Premier League, never mind the Championship, and most of our players are just not worth their wages – with Michael Owen top of the list.

A huge overhaul of the playing staff will take place this summer, and players moving out should include Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi and Xisco, and maybe Enrique.

Claudio Cacapa will also leave, and probably Sebastien Bassong, although it would be a tremendous coup and fillip for the club if he stayed on Tyneside, but we doubt it. One thought we did have is that we should try to keep Viduka for a season, on vastly reduced wages, and try to get the player fit in the summer.

He played probably the best of all the players in the final games of the season, and was again excellent yesterday. He would be even better in the Championship and Mark is a lot more committed to Newcastle than we had realized, but plans would need to be put in place to get, and then keep him fit. But he plays great for Alan, there’s no doubt about that, and he could be a key to helping us get back up quickly.

Shearer admitted to being shocked at the terrible state that his home-town club was in, when he took over, and he told the Newcastle Journal earlier today:

“The guys at the top have big decisions to make,” he said. “I’ll sit down with the owners and chairman this week and give my opinions. Big decisions need to be made – players need to go, players need to come in.

“What needs to change? A hell of a lot. There’s a million things you can look at this season, last season, and going back a long way that haven’t been right.

“I’m not blaming anyone – it’s happened – but what’s important is that the club gets back on track.” 

We are expecting some important news in the next few days and we hope Mike Ashley accepts everything Alan will want to fix and do at the club.

Here’s a thought:

Buy all the players new Newcastle United suits they wear before the games, and have the club pay for them.   If each suit with the imbedded Newcastle badge costs £400, then £10K should be enough for 22 suits.

Just to put things in perspective – that’s what Michael Owen earns in just over half a day at Newcastle.

And that will add to the professionalism and pride of the Tyneside club, as we were always impressed when we saw The Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea players, arriving in the dressing rooms before thyeir games in their club suits – they looked great. They could sell the suits on the web site too – there would be some demand.

And everybody will agree we need to put the pride back into the Newcastle United club – quickly.

75 comments so far

  • hitman

    May 25, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #1

    i have a feeling ashley will try and sell the club which could drag on and mess up the rebuild of the team,remember ashley will do whats best for ashley not NUFC.

  • Paul141726

    May 25, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    If MA wants to have the fans take him seriously as an owner who cares, plans for next season will begin immediatly, not two weeks from now. The squad needs a total overhaul, coaches must be signed and each and every player discussed as to what should be done with them. Some will take the decision out of our hands and ask for transfer. In other words, the house must be torn down because the architects were incompetent.

  • workyticket

    May 25, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    “And everybody will agree we need to put the pride back into the Newcastle United club – quickly.”

    Desisting from all the childish hissyfits and nasty little witch hunts would be a good place to start Ed. They have no dignity at all.

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    BTW Leeds were not promoted, and we will not be meeting them next season….

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Not in league competition anyhow…..

  • Toon_Factor

    May 25, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Anybody know when the transfer window opens?

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Leeds promoted????

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m looking forward to an announcement from the club in the next few days on what they will do – I’m sure Ashley doesn’t want to sell and lose around £120M – and he could stay if he gives Alan what he wants – but Alan will be the acid test – if he doesn’t stay then it’s out with Ashley and in with new owners – good owners who will appoint Alan manager.
    That’s why I think Mike has little choice but to do everything Alan wants – and then stay in the background like the owners at Man United and Aston Villa do.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 25, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Whoops – my error on Leeds – I took it out.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    after a while to reflect, just like devonmag, im rwally looking forward to this, it is a good feeling i have rather than the devastation i had yesterday, as soon as i seen taylor crying it set me off, he will be our captain next year. i believe we will get rid of the shite and keep, taylor, all the youngsters like kadar, carroll, tozer, lua-lua etc, beye, duff, and few more.

    anyway, i was up the ground on friday and some kind man let me and the family into the players bar and stuff, and then out into the ground, i have never been in the ground when its empty, it was amaising, to be there with the missus, little sisters, mam, dad, and my auntie and cousins, it made me think quite hard, what other club the size of ours let people into the ground like that, he was such a kind man that let us in, he was a very intresting one who has watched the toon every home and away game for the last 40 years, and is quite in the know of the club. i was looking around the ground, watching the groundsmen wander about, there was a sponsors day going on just before we got there, the sun was beaming and we could do what we want, the man took me on the pitch, just me, and asked if i would like to score a goal in the gallowgate end, i surely obliged and smashed a screamer in off the bar from the penalty spot, one of the best days of my life, i had just got the new shirt, with shearer 206 legend on the back, the lasses in the shop were begging me not to have it done as obviously it had premiership numbers, but im not bothred, i love it, i also got a few fleeses and tracksuits all of them were buy one get one free, so i spent around 400 pound on toon stuff and can fill my wardrobe, all so cheap.

    just want everyone to keep faith, as the oldman who let us in the ground, winked at me and said, put your money on shearer, dowie, rob lee, warren barton, and speedo being here next year, so i did and i went to the bookies yesterday, and got the odds of 890-1 for them all being in, the odds then dropped to 300-1, then 230-1, then 180-1. i couldnt believe it, hopefully the man is right, i just want ed, you to put up a article who we should bring in this summer. i would like to see the following come in

    jordi gomez
    roger johnson
    darren gibson on loan
    macheda all the past four players on loan

    im looking forwardto next year, and id just like to say i will be at nearly every game and i would hope everyone espec people like toon graemewho always go to the game carry on as normal, devonmag- we will get to see alot of games closer to home, especially at that poohole home park, ninian park, liberty stadium, ashton gate and a few more, keep believing lads

    we were in a good positon to get relegated unlike leeds when they went down, we will win the league next year

  • hitman

    May 25, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    i can see FFS on the

  • beyethegreat

    May 25, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    players to get rid of for definate


    imagine how much in wages well save

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone seen John Parkin at PNE? He ripped us apart a couple of seasons back in the cup against Stoke when he came on as sub for them.
    He was voted PNE’s best player this season, bagged some important goals and is a huge man who puts himself about and has a good touch, can hold the ball up well and know were the net is.
    Think he could be worth looking at to replace Viduka and Ameobi.

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon factor its either 1st june or july!

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Now that we’re relegated, this is a real chance for a meaningful fan ownership drive.

    The price of the club will drop and there must be some way to price shares in the club so that average Joes like me and you all can buy a share, INVEST in the club we love and get a vote on important club matters, like the board.

    I’d pay 50 quid per season for a membership. Maybe even more. Would you?

    Thoughts anyone?

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    BTW, there’s a rumour going round today that Gordon Strachan will be stepping down at Celtic after missing out on another title up in Scotland….
    If Alan says nay, maybe Strachan could be the answer?

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    What about Steve Coppel if Alan doesn’t stay?

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    i hate strachan and fans- i think coppel will retire mate

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    transfer window opens 1st July.

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Peter Taylor?

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Greg b- i dont understand what you mean by ‘another title in scotland’
    Celtic won three in a row before that!!any1 watching the playoff final?what a goal by burnley!
    Fans should own the club-count me in!

  • workyticket

    May 25, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed Harrison // May 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    “…and he could stay if he gives Alan what he wants – but Alan will be the acid test – if he doesn’t stay then it’s out with Ashley and in with new owners – good owners who will appoint Alan manager.”

    Ed, I’m sure that potential owners will be flocking to risk hundreds of millions on a club where they have no say whatsoever. ROFL 🙂

  • Toon_Factor

    May 25, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    I would be happy with any manager who knows what he is doing, we need a manager who has a certain way of playing, a good style of play and has a good tactical knowledge.

  • listie

    May 25, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Whatever happens it needs to be sorted asap, I know this will not be popular but I fully believe MA has to stay, otherwise will be be in the same position again, everything changing, no one Knowing whats going on, we need stability asap.

    MA stay in the background, give funds to the manager hopefully shearer.

    I have heard a few rumers now about MA looking into Newcastle joining the SPL!!!

  • Toon_Factor

    May 25, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #25


  • tdt

    May 25, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    bassong named in the cameroon squad

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d love Shearer (or anyone) to succeed, but Alan has no experience whatsoever.

    Coppel knows the division intimately and he almost got Reading back up again. If he doesn’t retire and if Shearer doesn’t stay, I think we should go for him.

    That or give Roy Hodgson a whopping sum of money to jump out of Fulham.

    He’s been absolutely brilliant for them. Fulham are playing attractive football with a shoestring budget and WINNING.

  • neeraj

    May 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #28

    newcastle to spl was a rumor coming from villa talk, coz we always thought we are the team to beat the big 4(not villa) and qulaify for champions league ……..

    so they are just mocking us

    sad people….

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I thought bassong was french!

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I think someone was trying to make the point of getting Strachan to come to Newcastle, not that hoax about us joining the SPL.

    What about the rest of you on Fan Ownership?

    And Steve Coppel? And Roy Hodgson?

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Wait, no, some appear to believe the SPL hoax. That was a Villa wind-up.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Fans Should Own The Club … I don’t think we the fans have that much money to own the club.

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    No way would hodgson take this job!!we are in the championship and fulham are in the europa league!

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Geist–you’re probably right, but what about shares and membeships?

    Something that would allow people with more money to buy more shares and get a proportion of votes on the board?

    I imagine there are some people with money to put in and then average fans like us who could buy one or two shares.

    That could flood the coffers with money, no?

    And then we’d have a vote on the board too.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Alanmc09, you’re right. It’s wishful thinking about Hodgson.

    But what a great revelation he has been.

  • geist

    May 25, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Fans Should Own The Club, it is a nice idea in theory but I just can’t see it working, there is just too much money involved in football these days. I would like to be proved wrong though!

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Fans should own the club-
    I know!!fulham got 4 wins from their last 5 prem league games last season when hodgson took over!!its a pity we didnt do the same!
    Im watching the playoff final and kyle naughton looks very tidy and great at getting forward!
    I think him and duffer would be a great combination down the left wing.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Geist–I wonder how Barcelona, Real Madrid did it when they got started with it?

    I bet people thought it was too expensive then too, but somehow they made it happen.

    I’ve read somewhere that most German clubs are owned by fans too.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #39

    I haven’t really been watching the match–I’ve been poring over all the wreckage reporting on NUFC with the game playing in the background.

    I’ll watch for Naugthon.

  • Alanmc09

    May 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #40

    What a block!!
    Sheff uniteds right back is 18 and has got unreal pace!
    His name is Kyle Walker.


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