Shearer And Ashley Meet For 7 Hours – Discussions Ongoing

The Newcastle Journal has some good information today about the meeting that took place yesterday between Mike Ashley and Alan Shearer at the Darsley Park Training facilities.


Mike Ashley – in happier times at Newcastle

 They are reporting that the meeting lasted 7 hours and culminated in an apology being issued  on the Newcastle United web-site by the owner, at around 8:30 pm local time last night.

Mike took responsibility for everything bad both this season and last – and that’s quite a lot of errors and ineptitude he took responsibility for.

Shearer is not now contracted to the club since his and Iain Dowie’s deal ran out on Monday, so the club is in limbo right now, and Mike is trying to get Alan on board – quickly.

Managing Director Derek Llambias met Shearer who had Iain Dowie and Paul Ferris with him, and ti looks like the meetin got going at 1:00pm, and Owner Mike Ashley arrived two hours later by helicopter.

After the meetings the Journal is reporting that Llambias and Ashley left at around 8:00 pm, with Shearer and the others still inside, with no agreement reached.

The meetings will presumably continue today, and since we read the tea leaves about the apology accurately yesterday. one item we think will be under discussion is Sebastien Bassong.

It would be a smart move by Alan to demand they talk to Seb now, and offer him a good contract to stay, and at least get Seb’s reaction – if necessary Alan could meet with the youngster.

It is critical for Newcastle to keep this player, and Alan should get them to do it quickly – since he will have heard how they dragged their feet on other contract talks when Kevin was there.

We wouldn’t mind seeing an announcement at 8:30 pm tonight saying Seb has accepted  a new contract – but here’s an awful lot of wishful thinking in that. Can you imagine a back four next season of  Beye, Taylor, Bassong and Enrique (or Duff)?  However, before Alan signs, there could be an agreement to do everything possible to keep the Frenchman on Tyneside.

If that announcement or something like it does happen, the fact Alan has not signed a new deal would be  OK – because he would still be working down his list of issues getting Mike to agree to every single one of  them, before he gets to the last one on his – sign the contract!

If that happens it has to be good for Newcastle  – if not good for Mike’s bank account ?  And which one or we more worried about – now that’s a difficult one. 😀

We’re still hoping for a good, and even a great outcome from these discussions.

30 comments so far

  • Mikey25

    May 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Bassong is a must to keep! What annoys me if he does leave is we took a big gamble on the young unknown lad and he should repay us atleast by seeing out his contract!! I dont think another EPL team woulda taken him.

    Just hope the consortium rumours flyin around aint Shepherds gang, we dont need that tosspot back!!

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 27, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    This is ‘no news’.


    May 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    7 hours-really it shouldnt take that long. No doubt who is in control of transfer policy is once again a big talking point.

  • Mac

    May 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    I think people are getting a little over excited about the players we can keep and if they would be good enough to cut it in the Championship. The likes of Xisco probably would be good enough for the Championship but the simple fact is we can’t afford them anymore. We need younger, hungrier ,cheaper options that would be pround to wear the shirt

  • sahota

    May 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5

    We need to be patient and see what comes out of meetings today. I think we will listen something tonight or tomorrow sometime. But this talks of new consortium unsettles me little bit. As in my opinion that will unsettle things again at our club. And Shearer might not put pen to paper till that is sorted out. And if it takes longer then we will again start in championship with no clear idea about where we are heading to.

    Is it only me worrying about this ? I would really like to listen to some news today from Mike about Shearer and also about this new takeover thing.

  • Tommyy

    May 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Sahota – No it’s not just you, i too am seriously worried about a consortium deal right now. Just as it looked as though we were heading for abit of stability and getting the issues thrashed out and tackled head on by Shearer, BANG we are hit by more typical Newcastle United news, and i for one am absolutly sick to the back teeth of it. They really need to get a grip.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    What Tommy Said…totally agree.
    The place behind closed doors is in Chaos I reckon and I don’t know what to think..but we should be starting to prepare for the new season and this 5hit happens it is laughable.

  • Ericles

    May 27, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    We really are in a limbo situation. Technically we no longer have a manager. Apparently the club is being discussed with an anonymous consortium about being sold. Owen has gone on his holidays (which started as far as I am concerned last August) and is in the process of grabbing another freebie and signing on fee somewhere (most likely) along the Mersey. We could lose Bassong unless we step in real fast. His transfer fee has risen because he has been selected by Cameroon (which incidentally puts his salary demands up too). We have players to put on the stall near the Quayside, others on holiday who may have to come back and collect their boots, and other clubs who will see NUFC as a bargain centre (really?). The whole point of an apology is that one learns from mistakes and does not make them again. So, Ashley – get on with it asap. Grab those who have pledged themselves to the club. Grab those who will be head-hunted by other clubs. In other words let us try and keep Martins and Bassong out of Wenger’s claws for a start.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    im not atall bothred if martins leaves,he has been awful for 18 months

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    It is like bad pantomime our club…it really needs sorted once and for all.

    Mike could not arrange a fairy cake stall properly as an owner he must sell..the worry is he doesn’t give a damn who buys the club all he is worried about is his dwindling bank balance.

    Make a sorry statement and then 10 hrs later put a club up for sale…this bloke is a lunatic.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Martins bores me..he is like Ameobi with Pace.
    Ship Them both out.

  • Whumpie

    May 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    There is no consortium – it’s just paper-selling.

    I also don’t think we should get so wound up about Bassong. He’s really, really good – but with our new, slimline budget, £10m will buy a lot of good players who may be better suited to the more physical games we’ll be playing.

    But Ed is right – if discussions are still going on, it suggests that the main points are ok and they are on the details. Let’s just hope they are all pulling the same way.

  • Monument Mal

    May 27, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Seemingly the talks are at stalemate because the powers that be have so far not agreed to give the £10 million plus 75% of revenue from player sales Shearer is demanding. Salary and backroom staff recruitment isn’t a problem.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    I can’t see Shearer taking the Job..Mike has proven he is impossible to deal with…he told Keegan we could break a transfer record haha 🙂
    And KK believed him.

  • Toonkistan

    May 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    SJT….yr post made me laugh on a day when i m feeling miserable…KK been properli made by Ashley 🙂

  • Monument Mal

    May 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    When asked what plan B was, Llambias replied “Joe Kinnerar is now fully fit”!!!!!!!!! If this is our club is being run by bigger idiots than any of us could ever imagine.

  • Whumpie

    May 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Jees, how gullible are you lot??

    THERE IS NO ***&$%”%* CONSORTIUM!!!

    Every day, 100 articles about NUFC, and never more than two of them correct. And yet you still believe them and panic about them, every time. It is baloney, just like all the last dozen or so “consortium in talks” stories.

    Everything is fine. Ashley seems to be learning, and has found someone he trusts to take the decisions outside of his area of expertise. He has made an unprecedented apology and there is a unanimous endorsement from the board of Big Al.

    With last season’s corpse not even cold yet, they are already locked in long talks to make sure that this time everything is agreed and clear about who does what from here on.

    Learning has happened.

    If they are successful – and we know both sides want the same thing, so that seems likely – then the club will be starting prep for next season by the weekend.

    Just how would you all like to improve on that, people??

  • Sav

    May 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Shearer knows he has to play hardball now. Its no good signing up as manager and then walking away when the brochure isn’t matched by the reality. He’d get all the same accusations levelled at Keegan about toys and prams, dummy-spitting and not walking the walk etc.from fickle fans and a jealous press gallery. It must be done now and Ferris and Dowie are probably a good team to have in his corner for this.
    Llambias and Ashley can’t be trusted or taken at face value. Eventualities and possible scenarios must be thrashed out in detail this week.
    I hope it also involves shares for Al.

  • Monument Mal

    May 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Whumpie, don’t you even have the faintest feeling of de ja vue over all this. Talk up Shearer, make an apology, and if it doesn’t all happen blame Big Al

  • Nick 69

    May 27, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    if Mike Ashley was really so desperate to get Big Al signed up and move the club forward then why on earth is he not at the training ground again right now while Shearer has been there since 8 oclock!! once again this shows a lack of interest from Ashley because if it was my club i would have never left last night until everything was sorted, when by all account Ashley left at around 8 last night whilst Shearer was still there!!!

  • Whumpie

    May 27, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Fair point, Mal – but this is Big Al we’re talking about. He’s made of different stuff, isn’t desperate, and has good people around him.

    More than a match for Ashley and Llamearse.

  • Monument Mal

    May 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Exactly Whumpie, and that’s why he’ll walk away if they don’t agree to his demands. But where does that leave us? In the wilderness for years, that’s where!!! Ashley & co will lose far more in season ticket sales than he will by giving Shearer what he wants to save the club. This man just doesn’t seem to get it. What he has to realize is that you can’t run a football club like his chain of cut price sports shops. We have no emotional attachment to Sports Direct, I can buy a pair of trainers anywhere,but we certainly do to Newcastle United. If he can’t accept this he should just move on and sell to someone who understands.

  • Ericles

    May 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Well said Monument Mal.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Ashley and Shearer aint going to get on in my opinion and if Shearer is appointed I would be surprised especially if a rumored takeover has any substance.

    My Dad said months ago that Shearer would be involved with a consortium taking over…so who knows.

    We are already wasting time (again) and will no doubt be buying 3rd rate gash as the transfer window slams in our faces again.

    I hope this is not the case.

  • jack

    May 27, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Guys, guys…

    Shearer isn’t going to reach an agreement in one day. He knows how much needs to be changed.

    And, this isn’t Ashley’s fault that it isn’t agreed yet. That’s a ridiculous notion. He’ll hand Shearer absolutely everything he wants, trust me. Mike Ashley made some mistakes but christ, he’s not a total idiot (if any of you can accept that). He tried to do things the way he was advised and it backfired on him big time. He realises that Shearer is his last chance at personally fixing this club, so he’ll give Shearer whatever he wants.

    Also, as for him not being at the training ground 24/7… You know he has a life, right? I know this is very very important but he owns and runs businesses, he has a family. He spent 8 hours there yesterday and I don’t doubt he’ll spend another several today. But honestly, this guy’s far busier than ANY of us.

    It’ll be sorted out. This is another example of a portion of our fans who don’t seem to be able to grasp the concept of patience. The season doesn’t kick off for months. We were relegated three days ago. Just be happy that they’re working on it and stop complaining.

  • Monument Mal

    May 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Jack, I am a great believer in actions speak louder than words and Ashley’s underhand actions so far don’t fill me with confidence.

  • Nick 69

    May 27, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #27

    jack- dont talk garbage!! pre season training starts in a month, all other championship teams have started there preperation weeks ago, we are already behind!!
    you dont seem to grasp that this needs sorting out NOW!! not next week or the week after!!

    And as for ‘He’ll hand Shearer absolutely everything he wants, trust me’, well if your saying hell do it it must be true!! however, if it was as easy as him givin shearer everything he wanted, shearer would have went in wuith a list of demands yesterday, ashley would have agree to those, and it all would have been sorted yesterday wouldnt it!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    This will drag on in Traditional Clueless Ashley style…he needs to get on it and decide if he is with the toon or not.

    The impression I get is Shearer will tell him to get stuffed TBH as Mike has no “Ambition” that is also what Given said when he done one for peanuts.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Like Nick 69 said Every season or Transfer window preperation is continually marred by upheaval…Time and Time again this happens..if we don’t find some stability in the next few days we are going to find life in the championship very tuff indeed.

    Our rivals are already weeks ahead in preparation terms and are already discussing the better players that are available,leaving us with the dregs from the transfer barrel as usual.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    May 27, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Shearer must have a list of players he want to keep at the club for us to get a chance of promotion, and Bassong must be inside that list. I hope Ameobi isn’t though, but I can’t imagine any club would want him.


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