Praise From Llambias For Mr. Newcastle – Alan Shearer

It looks like the extremely vital talks between Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Alan Shearer have commenced, as reported early this morning by the Times reporter, George Caulkin, and we hope to see agreement and an orchestrated plan coming out of the meetings, so the club can move forward again.


Alan Shearer – manager in waiting

These talks need to take place and should go on as long as is needed, to get both sides agreeing to a plan that will benefit the Newcastle United Football Club, and allow the club to move forward and become great again.

Managing Director Kevin Llambias, who is part of the talks, talked about Alan this afternoon:

“We want him to be the manager 110%.”

“He’s very good at what he does and he’s a straight-talking guy – we like that. He would be the perfect appointment.”

“Talks will start on Tuesday and we are going to review the situation.” “We are trying to sort something and we will give the public some information as soon as possible.”

“Alan has put a lot of work into the job at Newcastle and we are talking to him now.” 

We don’t how long these talks will take, but we bet Alan has a very long list of things to discuss with the owner. He will be twice shy (as in – once burned twice shy), after what happened to former manager, Kevin Keegan, and we are certain Alan knows just exactly how Keegan was shafted back in September – excuse the French. 😀

But it is  heartening to hear that Ashley and Shearer see eye to eye on a lot of things, or so we are led to believe. But Alan is nothing if not a straight-shooter, and he will not mess around, and not be messed around.

Let’s all hope significant agreement is reached, but fans have to remember too, that Mike has a huge financial balancing act to keep the club afloat – and keep expenditures within our greatly reduced revenues. We’ve taken a cursory look at the challenges, and there are no easy solutions, and the club will be in some minor upheaval over the next few months, as we move players out and bring new players in who have guts galore – hopefully, and not a small amount of skill.

But the severe financial problems come from being relegated, and that’s the club’s responsibility. It’s the last thing a club with highly paid players wants to happen, and no other club will ever have faced the challenges of relegation that the Newcastle club now faces. 🙁

But there again, that’s the advantage (sorry to use that rather positive word), now that we have been relegated. We can build a great club from the bottom up – and we should take the opportunity with both feet!

Hopefully there will be a statement released in the next day or two, if agreement can be reached, and then we’d love to see a press conference, between Derek and Alan, so Derek can indeed keep his promise of being more open with the dedicated and great Newcastle fans. And questions will need to be answered at the press conference, so we understand what the club’s policy is going forward.

We have our hands and toes fully crossed right  now  (it’s rather painful quite honestly) – and hey, one last thought.

Isn’t it like a new Pope being chosen by the Bishops – is someone keeping a watch at St. James Park to see if the white smoke is starting to drift up?

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • komfort

    May 26, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #1

    aye ed , i reckon it’s gonna be a done deal…stick his photo up in place of jfk….and keep ya blogg gannin aswell.

  • Alex

    May 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed the club is constantly in upheavel another couple of months will be like water of a ducks back for us life long sufferers . o sorry i meant lifelong fans ; )
    Cant wait till Shearer is announced as manager then the rebuilding will begin for real .

  • Steve_48

    May 26, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Gutted, still gutted, but to be henest lads this could have happened for the past 4 seasons.

    We need a period of time away from the red tops in this country – they have got what they wanted, we’re back in the lower leagues now, a chance to rip out the poison that has infested tis club and rebuild from the ashes.

    I know it’s cliche guys but it needs to happen, we need to get rid of those players who have milked this club for astronomical wages and then not performed at 3pm each Saturday. It’s tantamount to fraud and we the faithful supporters are those who have been on the receiving end for far too long.

    Lick the wounds, take the Summer to get over it, but Ashley if you;re reading this, and I doubt it, make the right choice now, appoint the Rookie, give him say-so and budget, and let him get on with it the old fashioned way. It might take a season or two but surely it must be worth it in the longer run – who of you out there wants to have season after season like we have had over the past 4 years? I thought so.

    Keep the Faith, Toon forever, Howay the Lads.

  • Magical_Gutierrez

    May 26, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Am i the only one who thinks Roberto Martinez would be a better candidate than Shearer?

    Proven manager who has his team playing great football and done a great job on a shoe string with Swansea. He would flourish with better resources and better players which he would have here and i hope we ATLEAST consider him rather than going straight for Shearer because of what he did as a player.

    For me, he has done nothing so far, i didnt see any motivated players out there – fair enough there not really that good but Keegan had them playing well..

  • Steve_48

    May 26, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh aye, forgot the most important point Ed, keep The Blog gannin’ man!

    Limit yersel to one summary article per day, let’s be honest we don’t need several articles perday, as has been proved we can talk bollocks about nowt in here.

    Best wishes to all

  • Aza9

    May 26, 2009 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    First Shearer signing? Just been transfer listed, could do great playing off Carroll. Thoughts?

  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Aza……quality player, would bang in a good 20 goals this season and rangers 10 with carrols 10 would take us back up!

    Just sort the defence!


  • Aza9

    May 26, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    mylestoon – with Beye and S.Taylor staying with us we already have a good foundation for defense next season. I like the look of Joe Mattock (Leicester City) for left-back if Shearer decides Enrique is surplus along with an experienced centre back could shape our backline for next season.


  • mylestoon

    May 26, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Ye beye and taylor are great because they play for the shirt, i think it would be wise to have a young newcastle CB to come through, because they will be honoured to play for the shirt and would give it their all. It would be nice to see ranger and lua lua playing a role in the next season. Maybe with lua lua playing an atacking midfield role.

    Championship is a tough league though you have to scrap for victories and to stay up. I think we need some experienced chamionship players to lead the way for some of the younger players.

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys go sign here and show your support to keep this great blog:

    Howay The Lads

  • reillers

    May 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t know, how good a manager will Shearer actually be?
    We saw Keane bring Sunderland all the way back up, from the bottom to the top in one season, and kept them up.
    Will Shearer be able to do that at Newcaslte..I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
    I’m looking forward to Newcastle v Ipswich all ready. Lol.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Evening from spain lads.

    First time on the blog since relegation.

    I cried and aint ashamed of it 🙁

    Loads of geordies out here and all gutted but they all think the same as to why we went down.


  • Soren

    May 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Guys, Lovenkrands has said in an interview today, that he might stay. He said he is thinking about his family, and can’t keep moving them around. He also says that his agent says he needs to look at the options. But right now he focused anything but his family.


  • Penalty-Spot

    May 26, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #14

    LoonyToony – well done mate, and in case any of you missed it; let’s petition Ed to keep this Blog of blogs alive

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #15

    He might stay if nobody wants him 🙂
    Will be good if he stays,much prefer him to Owen and Shola.

  • Doocey

    May 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve signed the petition.

    Lads, most people here have PayPal right?
    If all of us chipped in a £1/$1, then he’d have a nice packet. It would also cover the costs of this site for teh enxt year at least 🙂

    Just an idea 🙂

  • Aza9

    May 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Doocey – I would be up for donating/subscribing to help maintain the site. I think most would agree?

  • woodsee

    May 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #18

    On the plus side wor lass is from peterboro,so free digs when we play them.
    Anyone rememberplaying them in old div 1 down there,Kevin Sheedy scored the winner1 0 had a cracking day

  • Paul P

    May 26, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #19

    i feel the following squad would get us back up

    goalkeeper – harper, krull, westwood
    right backs – beye, naughton
    left backs – fox, matlock, tozer
    centre defence – s. taylor, roger johnson, chris morgan, kadar, mancienne (loan)
    centre midfield – butt, nolan, gunnasson, s hunt, darren gibson on loan, jordi gomez
    right midfield – pennant (loan), lua lua
    left midfield – commons, delph
    centre forward, ranger, beckford, scotland, mccormick, carroll

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #20

    To be honest i am actually looking forward to a season in a lower league.

    yes it has been hard with all the taunts in work and in social circles, But im sure that we will eventually come back stronger than ever!

    Is Shearer the right man? I hope so.

    But right now is NOT the time to slate our beloved Newcastle, We must wait to see what comes of these meetings with the board and management.

    We need a full scale refurbishment at the club and this summer IMO will be one of the most interesting and important summers the club has had in YEARS! Maybe ever.

    Who knows, maybe were set for a cracking year in this league and things could look rosey again on the Toon.

    Im looking forward to all the away trips this year as we all know that although the stadiums in this league arent as big as in the prem….the fans are ALOT better.

    Good riddance to the Prawn brigades at Chelsea & Man utd..

    Roll on some cracking away trips, some delightful pies and hopefully afew good results.

    hell we may even win a trophy 😉

    Howay the Toon

    Guys & gals please go sign here and show your support to keep this great blog:

    Toon Army Toon Army

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Yup Have no problem paying a couple of quid and would pay a tenner if Ed could keep TW4TS like bennytoon off here.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #22

    How many signatures you got LoonyToon?
    Think it was 8 when I signed it.

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #23

    i would DEFINATLY chip in some ££$$ to put towards the running of this website.

    I would even be willing to give a helping hand in any way possible.

    I have got expirience in moderating Blogs/Forums so maybe my input could be worthwile.

    most importantly though is that during this time of need we stick by the club and keep siging the petition in the hope that at least one of the things we hold dearest stays alive 😉

  • BigLish

    May 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed,you say that Keegan was shafted back in September. Maybe (definately) he was, but if he had the love, respect and dedication for the club like he always said he had, he wouldn’t have walked out! Ashley has made fundemental mistakes, yes, but it Keegan who ultimately got us relegated (as much as it hurts to say it). He was the catalyst for this car crash.

    I only hope that Shearer has more balls than Keegan when the going gets tough. I have mentioned on here a couple of times that I’m not Shearers biggest fan, but if he gets the answers he wants out of Ashley, then relegation might just be the best thing that has happened to this club for 40 years.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Deffo we need a place to chat toon 🙂

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #26

    The Petition hasnt been up for very long TBH and i put it up when most people had already made there comments on the previous topic (beye staying) so i missed the peak time.

    currently were at 27 members siggys

    Plenty of room for more 😉

  • hitman

    May 26, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #27

    this meeting with shearer and ashley is dragging on like,lets hope al is getting what he wants.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I am not a massive shearer fan either (as a manager) as he lacks experience…but he can pick that up with the staff he builds around him I suppose and sensible investment…bit of a gamble but if we are struggling badly around mid table I think Mike would send Shearer to the Gallows no problem.

    Give me Martinez and 30m transfer kitty retain our better senior players,mix in our promising youth and we could rocket back up in no time.

  • woodsee

    May 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #29

    This is a great forum with sensible and productive posts,apart from a couple of yidiots lol.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Yidiots 🙂

  • Doocey

    May 26, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #31

    23 sigs when I signed.

    I’d be up for donating. He’s written tons of articles and not a penny has he got. Mind you most were negative too.

    I think this ‘blog won’t end anytime soon but Ed deserves some sort of affection 😉

    Who’d manage his account (PayPal)
    I’d be up for it as most of you know me by now

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone think we will get 40,000 for home games next season?
    More or Less?

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #33

    We need to sort it Doocey…cos we have yours,now stardusts/Rodzilla’s happening and possibly Ed’s still if we split it all 3 might be pretty deserted.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 26, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I hope that Ashley selects Shearer becuase he thinks he is the best for the job from what he has seen in him around the club in the past 8 weeks…and not to appease us. We all saw where that led with Keegan. If not, then Martinez is the obvious choice, but i woudl prefer Shearer…ever seen a manager close to tears…that passion for you!!!

    Allow shearer to reduce the wage bill, which will save a bomb and i think we will still get at least 30-40 attendance each week, so give a sizeable tranger budget for young enthuastic players such as Gunnarson, St Ledger and Beckford.

    With the blog, even if Ed say only blogs once or twice a day with the days stories and leaves a general toon chat post for every day so discussion can go on without eds posts, that would still be good.

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #35

    32 Sigs an countin 🙂

    Keep it up lads/Lasses

    And to the chap who spelt idiots with a Y….Brilliant 😉

  • Doocey

    May 26, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #36

    How do mean split it?

  • hitman

    May 26, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #37

    championship fixtures oot on the 17 june.

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #38

    hey just an idea,

    If we have Eds blog running here, and 2 more in development why dont we change it around abit.

    Why dont we have 1 Super Toon website that the 3 main developers can work on together that could also be supplemented by US..the fans.

    We could have a really top website that would represent some of the most loyal an passionate fans in the world…plus the maddest (well you have to be to support newcastle…Right?)

    Ed makes some top articles and im sure the others would aswell. So all could work out well and the stress on one person would be minimal!

    What you reckon?

  • woodsee

    May 26, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Looking forward to sticking 2 fingers up to rest of the country,by hopefully massive crowds,and bouncing back straight away.
    Anyone else been a bit surprised by the reaction of other fans ,media etc really sticking the knife in,obviously with all this attention,we must be a small club then.

  • LoonyToony

    May 26, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40

    ^^ LOL, Good point


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