Shearer And Newcastle United Hierarchy To Discuss Future

The Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has issued a short statement about relegation, and it’s the first time we’ve heard form him for many weeks.  


Derek Llambias – relegation is huge disappointment

 We needed just one goal to survive yesterday, and every other club cooperated, but we couldn’t even score one goal to stay up – which to say the least is disappointing. It also makes it that we can hardly feel sorry for ourselves.  We can – but we have little justification to do that.

After the great display against Middlesbrough, we just couldn’t get the job done against Fulham or Aston Villa, and paid the ultimate price.

Derek Llambias said:

“Being relegated from the Premier League is a huge disappointment for everyone involved with Newcastle United.”

“We are all hurting and I feel desperately sorry for everyone associated with Newcastle United; for Mike, who has invested heavily in the Club, and for all the supporters who have given the team magnificent backing up and down the country all season long.”

“Mike and I will sit down with Alan this week to discuss how the Club moves forward again, and I hope to be able to say more to our supporters later this week.”

It will take a few days for the talks and discussions to complete, but we would hope before the end of the week, some strong move-forward plan can be talked about to the fans, as to what the club does now. The Newcastle fans have paid the heaviest price of anyone associated with the club.

If Alan Shearer is at the head, and he signs on willingly to lead Newcastle United long term, you have to believe he has been given significant backing by the club, in the form of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias.

We hope this turns out to be the case, and in that time hopefully some of the fans can come to grips with a terrible season and the humiliation of relegation.

We’d like to see good new young players brought in during the summer, and some of the dead wood, and there’s plenty of that – moved out.

It has been a disaster to be relegated, and a disastrous season all round, but since we now have been relegated, there are certain things that this allows the club to do, and one of those is to build the club up from scratch – from the bottom up.

We should start by getting in players who respect the club, and want to play on Tyneside, so we can start to restore the great image Newcastle United once had, and which has been more than severely dented now.

We will not be able to attract top world names, but there are lots of great young players out there – and Seb Bassong was a great example of what is out there, if only we have a good enough scouting system in place.

We have Leeds United as an example of a path we don’t want to follow, and something big must be done in the summer to build both the club and the playing staff back up to what it should be.  We hope Alan will be given every chance to do everything he wants to do at the club.

But from the end of this week forward, it will be all about how to make this Newcastle club great again, with Alan Shearer manager, and whoever he selects as his back-room staff.

We hope so, anyway.

25 comments so far

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #1


    Please continue to support Newcastle United!!! They WILL BE BACK TO PREMIUM LEAGUE NEXT YEAR…… ^_^

  • Gilly

    May 25, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    The man is an ar*e plain and simple.

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Hull don’t deserve to be in the Premier League.
    They have no quality and skills… They are just being lucky to survive.

  • neeraj

    May 25, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #4

    so IT TALKS

  • Gilly

    May 25, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #5

    DL not AS I hasten to add.

  • magforlife

    May 25, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #6

    We wont do a Leeds as nothing was spent on the team, the aim of this board has always been to trim the wage bill but at what cost, mind you after the heart ache of yesterday i am looking forward to seeing the back of Geremi, Butt, Owen, Smith, Barton, Collocini and the rest of the overpaid tossers. Couldnt believe that arse Jamie Rednapp saying after the match that we need to build a team around Butt, FFS he is the main problem and must have the record for passing to the opposition, most of my supporting was when we were in the old second division and believe me, it can be enjoyable. Its probably better to have a good clean out and rebuild than survive and have another season of plodding football with this current bunch of has beens, but please, sell Ameobi as well, i nearly burst a blood vessel when that waste of space came on.

  • Vest

    May 25, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Get out the dead wood, and let’s make some loan signings. Plz correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a posibillity to loan 6 or 8 players? Let’s loan as many as we can, at put in the contract that we have 1. option to buy them at the end of the season. Nothing risked, but posibillity to gain a lot.
    I’ll always support the TOON, no matter where de end up. Bup please get in some players, who have or will get fealings for this grate club.


  • True fan

    May 25, 2009 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I posted this on another thread, but this is how i feel about newcastle

    ‘well.. prepare yourselves for a very long comment…..

    I am going to say things that alot of you wont agree on but im going to make bullet points about a few things:

    1) Mike Ashley can be held responsible for relegating this once great football club but the fact of the matter is the players did it. At the end of the day the players are the ones playing on the pitch, get payed 10’s of thousands of pounds each week and they put in sorry performances week in week out.

    2) Im not the greatest fan of Mike Ashley, and i also blame him partly for us going down, but he did sell some very good players like given, n’zogbia and milner, but they wanted away from newcastle, dont forget that, fair enough we wanted rid of n’zogbia because of his whinging but given wanted away because he had 10 years of newcastle and he got nothing in return. Mike Ashley allowed funds for transfers, but the funds were spent terribly, par a few exceptions (Bassong, Beye)

    3) Stop with the Ashley hate brigade, yes i dont like him either, but where would this club be if he hadnt come in and saved us from financial meltdown (and dont have any snide comments, for example, ‘we would be in the PL!’) the truth is we wouldn’t prbably be a club anymore

    4) Now for the players. I feel there are only a few players who i believe should wear our proud shirt.:
    Steven Taylor; he plays his heart out for this club and him coming out yesterday and saying he’ll stay with us no matter what just shows what a great loyal lad he is
    Steve Harper; hes waited what, 16 years for the no1 goalkeeper spot at newcastle? sorry if i got the number wrong but he definately spent a hell of a lot of years waitng for it, and if that doesnt show loyalty, i dont no what does
    Damien Duff; i admit, he hasnt been the best player for us this season or any other season perhaps, but he is another player who truely tries his hardest to help this club and runs his socks off for us
    Nicky Butt; Yes i said it, nicky butt. Butt has been an ever present in our team all season and its got me wondering why. Is it the fact he concedes too many free kicks or penaltys? No, its because although he may not have the pace anymore, but he still runs his heart out, and the only reason he gives away too many free kicks and penaltys is because hes the one chasing back and trying to help our defense, who desperately need it. So lay off the hate butt campaign, the fact of the matter is, he tries his best, although it may not be enough for you cynical fans (not everybody)
    There may be others who deserve to wear our shirt, but there the main ones i believe…

    5) Now for the managers (this season).
    It all started so well for us, a draw against the mighty man utd, then a win against bolton and coventrt, then it all went pear shaped. Milner was sold, we lost to arsenal and then KK resigned. This for me was the turning point of our season (yes, so early wasnt it?). KK resigning left us managerless for a number of games whilst we were losing precious points, which now come back to haunt us. We dont know the exact reasons why he left us, but we have a fairly clear clue, he resigned because he working relationship with dennis wise went out of the window, and he gave ashely and ultiamtum, me or wise. Ashely chose the latter and now he fully regrets it.
    Then came along the brave Joe Kinnear. Im not his biggest fan but he came in when no one else would, and i mean it, no one. He tried his best where he could but really, our season was already doomed.
    Joe fell in and then came in Alan Shearer. I’ll be honest, i was delighted when he came in, i though we would definately stay up, but it was not to be and i hope he definately stays with us, we love him as much as he loves us.

    6) this is my first ever post on this great blog, but i have read it for about a year now, and i have to say, what a year it has been
    I know you’ll all think, what a sad loser for writing this much without stopping, but the truth is, i felt i had too, i’ve read and read comments about fans bickering, fans fighting, fans commenting on their ridiculous transfer wishes, but now i felt i had to say something. For the true fans like me out there, stop being so negtive i.e critising players (although they may deserve), stop hating ashley (although he has made terrible decisions) and show your true support to NUFC for next season, yea we may be in the championship, but that doesnt mean we cant get promoted straight away does it, birmingham have just done it so why cant we?

    Keep the faith NUFC supporters, and be their for our players next season, they will need it.’

    Just another comment, for everybody who feels i dont support newcastle, heres some reasons why i do, i was born and bred here, i was born the same hear we got promoted into what is now the PL, and for us to get relegated this year was heart wrenching, i tried to fight back the tears but i couldnt, i will be there next season for newcastle in the championship, as i am a true fan of NUFC

  • Widowmaker

    May 25, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Gievn wanted out because of MA and Milner was also willing to stay had he been offered a new contract.

  • nufcindia

    May 25, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Give me the job
    the blame has to go to many people. Mr Ashley needs to take the blame for what he did in the beginning of the season. JK has to take it. I think we had a team good enough to finish top half. But the way the managers made them play made us finish 18th. i have seen many comments saying we should get shearer in as manager. yes he has done some good things. he recognized that caroll was better than ameobi. But what does the results say. 1 win in 8. and i have seen no improvement in the way we played. No crosses going in from the wings. long hopeless balss still going in from deep. Some managers concentrate more on what happens outside the pitch when everything that is worthwhile happens on it. i think he is one of that managers.Tacticallu not good enough. and about butt, i have to say again he is good defensively but what is he doing when he gets the ball. watch the last 10 matches and you will see. This is one of things that made me think about shearer. he never saw that or he made butt do that which is even worse.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Given wanted out because the club lacked any ambition and he was quoted saying this.

  • Thump

    May 25, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #12

    I honestly think that most of us lot could have played better than the lads yesterday. At least we have the fire in our belly.

  • ian

    May 25, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    I do not think Shearer should get the job.

    I put the blame totally on Ashley, he employed the numpties at the top who were clueless.

    For me Malcolm Mac summed it up on the three legends, often he annoys me but this was fairly sobering, it ran along the lines of imagine last season if you added Bassong (good player) then took out of the team, Emre, Beye, Barton, Milner, Nzogbia, Carroll, Owen (supposed to be injured) would you expect to win the game?

    Not a hope.

    Why I wouldnt give Shearer the job is because of you compare his tactis to Keegan’s, Keegan took over and couldnt win a game, players injured and at the ANC, then he found a winning formula, the three strikers, so he kept with that routine because it worked.

    Now Shearer, couldnt win a game then he found a winning formula by putting Martins and Viduka on in the second half which was very effective, mainly because of the Martins injury which we didnt know about, but then he never used the same tactic again, he put them on from the start!! That is not intelligent by anyone’s standards.

    My choice of manager would be Roeder, I think he used the reserves well and bought Martins, he loves the club and wasnt allowed to show his real ability.

  • eamonn

    May 25, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Well said Post#8, that’s a dignified and well thought out post on our current situation. I was born in the North West of Ireland a good few years before you but I am feeling the pain too. My 9 year old young fellow is also hurting badly. He’s only been to St James twice so far,but he picked two good games; the Shearer Testimonial in 06 and the Boro home game a few weeks ago. I’m still in shock though the writing has been on the wall for a few seasons now. Last night I pulled out my old season review vid from 89-90 , we need another Quinn/McGee combinaton this summer. It’s not the end of the world, this is United’s 5th relegation and no doubt the club will be back where it belongs, hopefully sooner rather than later. I agree with your player choices, I was a Sunday morning clogger myself so I’ve always respected the players give 100% even though they are lacking in other areas. With the wages the “stars” are we need a massive clear-out and get some hungary young players in. I do hope that Butt , Harper & Taylor stay on. We need some continuity & experience at the club Nicky Butt is not the player he was a few years ago but he could be an ideal captain in the Championship. A former great player who has won everything would inspire the young lads coming into the first team next season. I was impressed with Damian Duff having the courage to face the camera just after the game last night. Check out his interview on the Club website, he is hurting almost as bad as we are right now. Lets keep it dignified and most of all let’s stay with the team we love. now off to work to face my “Top4” loving workmates. No doubt I’ll get plenty of stick. Thanks for your Blog Ed , always entertaining , sometimes crazy but like our great club never a dull moment. This will be my last post. United Forever, Keep the Faith.

  • Brettoon

    May 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15


  • Wigaz

    May 25, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #16

    I think gettin some players on loan would be a great idea. We could speak to Man U maybe try & get players like Gibson on loan. Also go to Arsenal & try for some of their young players like Vela wiltshire etc. However I have faith in the young guns we have, I think they have been waiting for their chance to shine & now they have it, just hope they grab it with both hands. We need to storm the championship next season like west brom did season before & get straight up with Shearer at the helm then we can start again in the prem with not as much pressure of the past days when we were finishing in Champ league spots & chasing the title. I will continue to follow the club. I just hope that MA & Co make the right choice & cut ticket prices to try & fill the stadium. I think we should try & sign Kris Boyd from Rangers too as he would bring plenty of goals to the side. Also try for Beckford from Leeds & Barnes & Commons from Derby.

  • Robbanufc

    May 25, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #17

    To the ones who want players with their heart in the right place..

    Last night in Norwegian football, when Per Ciljan Skjelbred was sub’ed, he did a Ronaldo.. His anger was at Newcastle being relegated, Because it’s his favorite club! That is exactly who we want in our club! Creative OM, with speed, work rate of a god, good passer, and just 21 years old! Would probobly need to pay about 2m for him tho.. But he’s someone i’d love to see in our beloved club next season!

  • Rem

    May 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    I dont blame ashley for this, he has some responsibility.

    i blame the minority of FICKLE fans.

    This all started when sir bobby was sacked, and why was that, casue the fans were calling for it.

    We then had what is it 6 more managers, all casue ov the fans.

    I hate some ov our fans.

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #19


    Please continue to support Newcastle United!!! They WILL BE BACK TO PREMIUM LEAGUE NEXT YEAR……

  • the holy grail

    May 25, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    watching sky sports news was awfull yeasteday, watching grown men cry because their club has been religated by the players, well done to those that gave good interviews on there aswell all showing geordie fans in the best light.

    some people on here are like sheep, y-day it was ashleys fault but now because shearer has blames the players now everyone jumps on the band wagon, HOW CANT IT NOT BE THE PLAYERS FAULT THEY ARE 100% ACCOUNTABLE this is the team that 1 week is good enough to draw with man u and chelski yet draw with the likes of stoke, correct me if am wrong but we only beat 1 team above us all season VILLA. the players player for player are better then most other teams yet we have been religated it is them who should be punished not the fans, but they will just walk away but the fans cant AND SHOULDNT I SHOULD ADD.


    IAN how is ashley more to blame more then the players, these are so called top international players who have let our club down, they have failed to score, defend and create chances.
    it makes me sick the money that has been spent on those players and paying them to get us religated like i said in another post

    this mite be synical but i wonder if this would still have happened if all our players had a 50% wage reduction in their contracts for relegation because there was no fight, spirit or passion yesterday, honestly watching that game you wouldnt have thought it was a do or die game


  • ian

    May 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Top international players?

    Have you posted on the wrong premiership team by mistake? Or have you woken up in the wrong year? We have one quality international player in Martins and no offence to him but he is well down the rankings on the international stage.

    Look at the facts as Mac put so well, Bassong in who was good but not available for the last match, then a team which was on its way to relegation until Keegan used his management skill to recover during the season, minus Milner, Nzogbia, Emre, Carroll, Owen (who was supposed to be injured but who was subbed), Barton and Given!!

    What chance? Why do you think Keegan threw a dizzy fit?

    How can it not be management??? Even a half wit owner could see under a good quality manager Sam, that the team heading for relegation needed strengthening not weakening.

    I agree I also think it is the fans fault, I think it is the fans fault for being so loyal and getting behind a manager who they respect, the same is happening with Shearer, people are about to forget again the money management farce which created the problem which was nothing to do with any manager but the board, it is a good idea to be frugal with money but not to waste it on rubbish.

    I want to see Roeder in as he can manage on a small budget, he has an eye for good young players and let us face it a small budget is all Ashley will provide.

    Big name people even Shearer and Bruce are not what we need, Shearer needs to go and manage a half decent team make his mistakes and learn his craft elsewher then come back and win us something at a later date, otherwise the stadium will fill under Shearer, the owner will relax and we will sink again.

  • the holy grail

    May 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    so owen (liverpool and real madrid), martins, jonas, collicini (both argintinian internationals), geremy (played for chelsea and real madrid) duff, beye, viduka
    all 8 are international players with good pedegree, i never said they were international class i said they were international players which makes it more of a joke why we have been religated, how many internationals do stoke have?
    do you honestly think a team with 2 ex real madrid players, an ex intermilan player, an ex chelsea player and an ex man utd player should get religated NOOOO thats why its the players fault

  • stjames

    May 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #23

    “We are all hurting and I feel desperately sorry for…. Mike, who has invested heavily in the Club…”

    Derek Llambias

    Well, I feel sorry for MA too – because of how stupid and naive he has been. He has had 6 managers in 2 years. There is now way that all of them were incompetent imbeciles. On the other hand MA management has been just that, – incompetent and idiotic. There is no getting around that.

    The players may not be the best but they have all been a part of a plan by one or the other manager at some time. This is no way to run a football club.

    And Ed. We did score a goal. Remember?

  • ian

    May 26, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Holy Grail, you were about when I posted this last Summer, but Emre was ok but unreliable so we needed someone who could score as many goals as he did but didnt suffer those niggly injuries, we sold Milner and Nzogbia who combined are 8-12 goals per season, Emre was 4 goals per season so 12 – 16 goals were lost and not one equivalent scorer was a replacement.

    I also pointed out as everyone will remember that we should have sold Owen and got Cisse as we had a weak midfield which mobile strikers provide compensation for, but also Owen was not a fit with mobile players such as Milner, Nzogbia and Martins, Cisse is tall unlike Martins but his mobility would have brought the best out of those other players.

    I said all of this last summer.

    Football is a team effort, once the mobile players went the team did not make sense, Beye quick from defense to attack with no-one alse quick and a threat except Martins? Martins fast but no-one able to run alongside him? Owen good with the last touch but no-one to supply that ball? It was number of individuals not a team. Just plain stupid and all from the top.
    There has to be some overall sense to what is being done, there wasnt any.
    Bobby Robson was all about movement, interlinking players he built up slowly secured a section of the table then improved on that, very much move up the table securely but gradually, there was method in his work, Keegan is more go for it with a bit more volatility and everything hinged round a few players but it also worked, just not a s secure.

    Ashley put in Wise and then the method had gone, but to sell players who score regular goals for ones who do not is not a football issue it is a basic infant school maths problem, add up the goals from each position and when they do not make a position in the bottom half of the table guess what will happen??

    Football seems to attract thick owners and people on boards, also managers with big egos, like I said if Ashley is staying Roeder is the man, he knows how to manage on a budget and has superb eye for young players and remember he also signed Oba, Oba, Beye and Bassong are our best signings since Bobby Robson left, if Roeder could have signed some more how good would they have been? His youth signings have been good on low money too.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #25



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