Shearer Expected To Sign Newcastle Deal Wednesday

The news we are getting is that Mike Ashley met with Alan Shearer around noon time yesterday, and spent the afternoon talking to Alan, about lots of issues at the club.


Alan Shearer – decks should be cleared for him to sign on today – we hope!

There are a number of important issues that Alan wants to get cleared up, before he will sign for Mike, to manage his home town club.

We had mentioned yesterday, that we thought one of the points on Alan’s agenda would be to ask Mike to issue a formal apology, after Alan himself earlier yesterday had apologized to the fans for not being able to keep the side in the Premier League.

Mike Ashley’s apology we highly suspect was written by Alan, and it covered everything it needed to – to at last start to placate the Newcastle fans.

But the Newcastle faithful are still stunned by the gutless performance of their team in the last 45 minutes of the season, not to mention the previous 37 games in which we won just 7 games, and it will take a little time for those emotions to die down.

Most of the anger appears to be directed at Newcastle players, who are overpaid and didn’t show the spirit fans expect of players who wear the famous black and white shirt.

Getting those players out of the club will help to settle the emotions in Tyneside.

But we would expect it cannot be more than a day or two before Alan takes the job – or turns it down. But the latter is a long, long shot indeed – because we expect Alan to be appointed – maybe tomorrow.

If Alan does turn the job down, it will be curtains for Mike at the Newcastle club, because Newcastle fans seem upbeat that Alan will be appointed, and if he disappeared, Mike would be run out of Toon.

Ashley will be well aware of that, and that gives Alan a distinct edge in the negotiations.

Mike’s apology was to Newcastle fans first, and then to the  staff at Newcastle United. There will need to be some significant cuts in the staff at Newcastle for next season – and that’s not the playing squad.

It really is a disaster for everybody  -and the only saving grace is we can unload all the highly paid non-performers at the club – and we all know there are lots of them – none of whom we will miss – well maybe only Oba

Mike seemed to take all the responsibility of taking the famous Newcastle United club out of the Premier League, for the first time in their history, and they will not be there next year, for the first time in 16 years.

Ashley is reported to have flown by helicopter to Newcastle’s Darsley Park training ground at lunch-time yesterday, for his meeting with Shearer. We heard Mike had humble pie for lunch.

But despite Alan presumably persuading the owner to issue an apology, it seems that Alan was not yet ready last night, to commit to manage the club long term.

We know of no show stoppers, but as we mentioned earlier today, the meeting should last  as long as necessary, for Alan to be comfortable in signing up for the four year deal, that he has been offered.

Mike has to offer Alan some commitments in terms of the job Alan wants, and also the club needs some investment.

If Alan can get everything he wants, and we don’t think he will sign if he cannot, and Mike invests, it is a possibility Newcastle could come straight back up – like Birmingham did this year.

The investment part may be a tricky item on the agenda, because Ashley has lost around £100M with Newcastle being relegated – and that is based on how much the value of the club has dropped.

It’s from around £250M to around £150M, but of course promotion will see that value rise again. However, our revenues will also be reduced by about £50M in the coming season, and that’ about a 50% reduction. 🙁

But it is no certainty we will be able to be promoted at the first attempt, and we should not get ahead of ourselves next season.

However, if we do somehow manage to get Newcastle back in the Premier league, the club will be in a lot better shape to challenge for the top 8 and Europe – which will no doubt be our next goal – if only we can get back up.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • edtheduck

    May 27, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Another great article Ed, thank you, and thanks for hopefully staying on for what will be an exciting season next year no doubt.

    As an exiled Geordie myself (Vancouver) I can tell you Setanta cover a lot of the championship.

    Like you I hope Alan is announced soon. The plus of the relegation debacle is that Ashley et al are now acting with haste… 18 months late… but you can’t win them all.

    Clearly we have some great young players and some dedicated senior players and I think we can make a decent fist of promotion next season.

    I don’t think it will be automatic nor will it be easy… we need to make SJP a noisy fortress, play nice solid compact passing football at pace and be tenacious on the road and be willing to fight for points at Scunthorpe away.

    I’m viewing this as the dawn of a new era…

  • mylestoon

    May 27, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #2

    i hope and pray he signs for stability! He will take us forward!

    Comon the toon!

    Cheers for the dedication for this blog ED, Quality act!

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 27, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #3

    We really do need stability and I truly hope that Shearer will do well… but…

    I’m really worried about his inexperience. I’d be incredibly relieved if he did something like bring in Steve Coppel, formerly of Reading, to assist him.

    Coppel knows the Championship inside and out and almost got Reading promoted again this year, right?

    I dunno, maybe I’m just being a nervous nelly.

    I’m sure some of us have reservations about Shearer. Can someone re-assure the doubters? HELP!

  • toonoholic

    May 27, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris Eagles !! sign him !! hes the answer to pace and creativity !!!

  • Thump

    May 27, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I remember when I learned to swim. I was picked up by my Grandad and thrown into 6 foot of water.

    Eight weeks ago, Shearer had the exact same thing happen to him and for a first timer, I’d say he did very well. He rallied the players and he got some good performances out of them (obviously not good enough, but we all knew that the damage was done long before his arrival). He rallied the fans and we backed the team through thick and thin for the last eight weeks and when Newcastle is genuinely “united”, we’re a very dangerous team.

    We need stability and hope and I Shearer can provide that.

  • LoonyToony

    May 27, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Hey fellow Toon fans,

    I just want to re asure you all that the PETITION that i have posted up for you guys to sign is not a means to witch hunt ED HARRISON in any way what so ever. I, like all of you, fully respect and appreciate everything he has done for both us and NUFC. The petition is merely a means of showing our support for Ed and the NUFC BLOG website.

    I For one would not wish a man to put this website before family etc, I am msimply showing him a messege which the NUFC Board doesnt show its fans..


    We love this website, we love Newcastle and we love our Club.

    If Ed Harrison decides to close this blog down due to personal reasons then so be it, He can take a copy of the petition and look at it proudly as a remembrance to the great following he has worked for.

    Then many fans that have signed that petition and left some of the nicest messeges you could ask for, Im sure Ed would find them heart warming.

    Ed knows we offer our support to his blog by whatever means he sees fit.

    So please please please dont look at this petition in the wrong light.

    This Blog is worth its weight in gold, And i want its followers to show that to Ed.

    Ed if your reading this, Thanks for all your hard work fella. A true servant to Newcastle United.

  • Rorschach is a Geordie

    May 27, 2009 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s a lot to be said for youth (managerially speaking) if it’s balanced with experience.

    I think we should apply this philosophy to our entire coaching staff. Al will surely make his own appointments, and shift on the residue of previous administrations such as Hughton and Calderwood. In their place bring the experience of Carver and someone like Gary Speed, who has a good knowledge of the Championship, having played 30 odd games down there for the Blades, and coached a bit at Bolton.

  • Big Dave

    May 27, 2009 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed good article just hope everything is sorted real soon so that we can start to prepare for next season. FSOTC if its stability you want as I do there is only one answer and that is AL, I know coppel is a good manager but Al is the ONLY person that will be given the time to rebuilt the club

  • LBToon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, if indeed this blog is ending, many thanks. You produced an excellent product day in and day out.

    SoccerLens has a good piece by Gary Andrews. NUFCs problems did not start two years ago. When Ashley took over, the club was like a ship two-thirds under water. It would have taken an extraordinary owner and manager to bring success right away. MA’s inexperience accelerated the drop, but he saved us from a worse fate. I can’t help to think that if FS was still in charge, administration would have been the result.

    How NUFC got in the position of paying mediocre players such wages and under ridiculous terms is amazing. Is it true Barton’s contract means the club has to pay his full wage even when NUFC is relegated?

    While 2009 put the club in the LC, its been heading this way for years. A year or two in the division will be good. If Shearer stays as manager, it will accord him time to gain good managerial experience.

    Not that it matters, but the first team players I’d keep are: Martins, Duff, Taylor, and Gutierrez.

    Cheers from California….

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 27, 2009 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Big Dave, it’s a fair point about Shearer being the only one who could wring some patience from us, I guess.

    But how about this article. I mean, this guy was an Olympic Table Tennis player (see his bio in the side bar.) He must know what he’s talking about!

    His column’s called
    “Geordies need tough love not another hero”

    and while I hope he’s wrong, well… I’m still nervous that he’s got some strong points…

  • LoonyToony

    May 27, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Fans Should Own The Club // May 27, 2009 at 1:13 AM

    But how about this article. I mean, this guy was an Olympic Table Tennis player (see his bio in the side bar.) He must know what he’s talking about!

    LOLOLOLOL Omg it ust gets better an better 😉

    Nice post mate

  • Big Dave

    May 27, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #12

    FSOTC I fully understand where he is comeing from but I can remember KK the 1st time round when he had no experience and i for one wouldnt mind going on another roller coaster ride like that 1 only this time we have Shearer rob lee. chris carver, gary speed. and I also think while Shearer is still alive even jose the special one would not be given the time to built.

  • SirTitusBramble

    May 27, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #13

    did anyone else see the championship play off final?

    the sheff right back kyle walker was a class player.

    no.34 hes only 19 and part of the england youth set up. good one for future. lets sign him up

    anyone else see him play?

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #14

    As much as Shearer aint necessarily my frst choice he will:

    1. Bring in good players because of him name and have respect from em.

    2. Be a figurehead.

    3. Bring stability.

    He is also young, will get time to build his own squad and is aboot 100x better than Kinnear.

  • ObaFan2

    May 27, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Signed the petition 🙂 nice one LoonyToony for setting it up…

    As for the apology ! Well atleast it’s an apology but why has he let it go so far fgs!

    As for Shearer, well only time will tell and he may make the club stable again. I only wish he(the owner) had stuck with the right people at the right time and we wouldn’t be in this mess now!

    Ed, what will we do without you 🙁 , let’s all fight this together 🙂 and get right back where we belong with fresh faces full of fight for the better of the club and not their own personal gain.

  • stjames

    May 27, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Ed, – I hope you’r not fabricating the news about AS signing a contract today. It would be just great.

    Firstly because he’s already shown that he has what it takes an secondly because the last thing we need is time out to search for a new manager.

  • stjames

    May 27, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #17


    I just noticed the column to the right and I really hope you can stay online for a bit longer. Preferably a lot longer.

  • Raffo

    May 27, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Would like to see a lot of players cleared out and these players with the following squad numbers:

    Harper 1
    Beye 2
    S Taylor 5
    Bassong 6
    Lua Lua 7

    I would even consider playinf duff at LB more often next season as i think he did a decent job in the last few games. it would extend his career and i think his attack minded play coupled with his experience will prove a great bonus in the champ next season.

    A back 5 of


    would be a decent starting block for the championship. I know this is pretty much what we have had to that back end of this season but in the champ i think it will prove a lot better.

    Id love to see Kadar and Edgar given more chances, and maybe young Tozer at LB at some point? Why not start introducing the youth?

  • The Original Todd

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Loony (5): Wanted to thank you for the petition. I’ll support Ed no matter what he chooses, but it’s nice to have a way to show appreciation and support.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 27, 2009 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Please keep Martins

  • tysontoon

    May 27, 2009 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d try and get as many as the young guys in the Coca Cola that are ALREADY good, yet have the ability to be good in the EPL in the next few years as well.

    Then keep a few older guys like Harper, Butt, Duff and Beye.

    Then go for 1 WOW signing… ideally throwing big wages at Daniel Sturridge. He is leaving on a free most likely, so we can offer him big money plus the chance to play under Shearer. If we don’t bounce right back up, we can sell him to an EPL team next year since he obviously wouldn’t want to spend alot of time outside the EPL.

    sign – Miles Addison, Fabian Delph, Jonjo Shelvey, Daniel Fox.
    sign – Sturridge


    Beye – Taylor – Bassong – Enrique

    Delph – Guthrie – Addison – Duff

    Carroll – Sturridge

    Bench: Harper, Butt, Fox , Shelvey, Ranger, Edgar

    I think that team bounces right back up. Then we would be back in the EPL with possible future stars like Sturridge, Shelvey, Fox, Delph, Ranger,etc etc etc.

    optimism at its best 🙂

  • Geordos

    May 27, 2009 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #22

    A couple of things…

    1. Ed… stay, dont go! You are now synonomous with NUFC and its supporters

    2. People’s concerns about Shearer’s lack of experience… if Barcelona were to adopt a similar position with Guardiola… I doubt very much they would have won the league, the spanish cup and be in the Champions League Final tonight – you are either good enough or you or not… SIMPLE AS.

    3. Many so called football experts have labelled the apparent permanent appointment of Alan Shearer as further evidence of the Toon Army being deluded and pinning their hopes on passion and momentum getting us results… I say with Shearer this couldnt be further from the truth. I was interviewed by Setanta Sports after Shearers first game against Chelsea, and was asked what I thought of the atmosphere… I said I was disappointed by Shearer’s lack of effort to “get the fans going… in Keegan fashion”…

    Now I applaud him… and for once I applaud Mike Ashley…

    Short term Alan Shearer was never the right choice – he is a realist, sees things in black and white (literally) and expects results built on solid foundations of effort, respect and talent…

    Shearer is the perfect choice long term… he will tear down the derilect building, dig the foundations and re-build the club from the ground up.

    I loved the Keegan days… i t was Roy of the Rovers, Fantasy Football… but it was never for the long term (after all he got rid of the reseves!). Keegan can lift morale, plays excellent head tennis, and is the master of selling the dream to players and fans alike.

    We need to get real now, and Shearer will make us do just that.

    I dreaded relegation… now I see it as the best thing to happen to Newcastle since Sir Bobby Robson was disgracefully sacked by Shepherd and the Halls….

    Finally on Mike Ashley…

    Its time we moved on. Granted Ashley has been naive, careless and often reckless…

    However, whether fans want to admit it… he has inherited a club that was only going one way… Shepherd has been very clever at pointing the finger…. it was his debts, silly signings (with crazy payment structures and stupid wages) that have allowed the rot to set in…

    Ashley has been badly advised… Wise is a disgrace… to make signings like Xisco when we have a million strikers and no full backs is inexcusable. To sign a player like colo for £10.5 MILLION is inexcusable, to sign Kevin Nolan when we need creativity and pace is inexcusable and to allow (sorry, jusitfy) the sales of Given and Milner and not replace them is inexcusable.

    Ashley wants success and I believe he will get it… unfortunately he has learnt the hard way.

    Forget the past, we need to (and I for one certainly want to!)…. get behind Shearer, Ashley and the club as you always have… We are United…

    Roll on the new season and the Championship… ITS WHERE THE NEW ERA BEGINS FOR NEWCASTLE UNITED.

  • xfer

    May 27, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #23

    The signs are there, and if Shearer accepts the job, we can all be sure that Mike must have promised Shearer something which makes him want to take on the job and move it forward.

    If Shearer rejects, its only because he cant see the club moving forward, and thus spelling trouble, deep trouble.

  • Stuart79

    May 27, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #24

    I can’t see how Ashley can offer Shearer what he needs and wants.

    He hasn’t got the money!

  • beyethegreat

    May 27, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #25

    what do you think the attendances will be next season

    well whatever happens we need to create a stunning atmosphere every game

    players in the lower leagues are effected by atmos[here a lot more than premiership players

    who wants motivation?

    well here you go

  • davis_toons

    May 27, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #26

    As for this link

    I think it would discribe the current England manager. Fabio Capello

    BUT i still believe in Alan Shearer for the job not for nothing. Through the 1st day he stepped into the club, things he did, and the way he express himself. (those are the things i’m always wondering why the management dont look into it?) But Shearer in his short stint have fulfill it.

    He might be lagging in experience but aren’t experience to be gain?

    We have to be patient with him still leaning the trade of success in fooball management.

    An example was when i saw Shola Ameobi coming on during the Villa match. I was gutted. (but thinking hopefully he can have some luck again) but to be frank, he does even have the fitness to run how can we rely on him and why did AS put him on.

    AS have got his reason for it. Apart from asking him to score goals. (which was hard to comeby)

    Experience is to gain. And to gain this experience time will have to be given. Not from the fans alone but most importantly the top management also. Man Utd success dont just comeby. The next team will be Liverpool. Rafa Benitez was also given time. Even Middlesbrough have learned and southgate will be save.

    *If he trys and he quit this show that he knows he’s not good enough to help us.


    Those blog / news are just to distract us. We are one UNITED. No matter the distances we are from.


    – Singapore Fans

  • lesh

    May 27, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Good post Geordos @ 22.

    Let’s reflect on those past mistakes, learn from ’em and go forward!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Need to get a few things off my chest about this….I AM SICK TO DEATH of pundits saying we’d be better off if we’d kept Fat Sam as Manager. Just imagine the anti-football we’d be playing by now. Do these pundits not realise a huge percentage of the players they slag off were all bought by Fat Sam (Smith, Cacapa, Barton) At Blackburn he’s playing Chris Samba up front for gods sake, and the fans hate him for it.

    So pundits of the world go screw yourselves, there is only one man for Newcastle and his name’s ALAN SHEARER. Nobody understands this club better. Nobody will do a better job. Yes there are more experienced managers but none of them understand this club. It takes a special kind of manager for that, which is why KK was so successful in the 1990s.

    Give Shearer the right tools (younger hungrier players) and he will have them pumping to play for Newcastle and make us one of the hardest teams to beat.

    Yes it will take time, but the rewards will be worth it.

  • Micky Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    James1st, I agree about Sam and his dire style of football. However I do believe that if we hadn’t sacked him, we would still be in the PL. But what a price to pay eh?

  • ian

    May 27, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #31

    Shearer will sell season tickets, put bums on seats and move merchandise exactly what Llambias and Ashley would want.

    Inexperience in a position such as we are in is a massive gamble, not one I would take, if we were settled with a decent championship side maybe, the way Keegan took us on, but he didnt have to buy a full team to stay in the championship.

    You all seem to think that Shearer will be treated differently to all of the other managers!!
    They sold Keegans players and dint replace them, they didnt give Sam the money for players and they sold off two players for Kinnear.

    But they will be different with Shearer??

    Why? He is a bigger name than Keegan? Hardly, Keegan was a household name player AND a proven manager who gave the premiership some of their best football ever, people all over the country still talk about it when I stay away from home with work not football.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #32

    @SirTitusBramble – I saw him play and have seen him play loads last year, he is excellent. Pacy, creative and still very young. I’d love us to buy him, but he’d never play ahead of Beye…Beye is the biggest geordie legend since Shearer

  • workyticket

    May 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed, with all due respect you weren’t there, and it’s obvious that most of this is just the product of your rather fertile imagination. So why do you write as if it is fact?

  • ObaFan2

    May 27, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Worky, all you seem to do is contradict Ed, very tiresome.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Workynob – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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