Shearer Talks End With No Agreement – Takeover Talks Again?


Todays’ talks, which were a straight continuation form last night ended,  with Alan Shearer left this afternoon at 4:02 pm with still no agreement reached.

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Alan Shearer – completed second day of talks with club hierarchy

They were hardly going to have a long night tonight, with the European Champions League Final taking place, and Alan will no doubt want to see what it is like to lead a team out in those finals – as preparation for his future as manager at Newcastle – obviously. 😀

But still no agreement has been reached, after Shearer had been meeting with Llambias at the grounds for about 8 hours.    The negotiations began early this morning, because of the game tonight,  and followed yesterday’s nine hour discussions, after which owner Mike Ashley issued a formal apology to the fans – which was good to see.

There seems no more news about today’s session, but at least they are meeting and talking, and we have to hope that progress is being made. It’s just a guess we think that no agreement has been reached because they may have reached an agreement – decided on the wording of the statement, but put it up after the European Final tonight – right now is not a good time for such an announcement.

And things can hardly be helped by news from Sky Sports News that the investment bank representing Mike Ashley is in talks with an unnamed consortium regarding a possible takeover of Newcastle United.

Keith Harris, the chairman of Seymour Pierce, has apparently travelled to the North East yesterday to hold talks with an anonymous group that is interested in buying Newcastle.

The reports say that Mike Ashley is looking to sell Newcastle now they have been relegated – but you know – this is  all very hard to believe – unless Mike wants to take  a bath and lose over £100M, by selling the club only 3 days after it’s value dropped £100M.

Hey let’s have some common sense here,  that’s hardly good business – and not what smart people do – and Mike is nobody’s fool. Maybe this is the gossip press trying to put a spanner in the works of Newcastle again – we just find all this hard to believe.

We had 4 months of this nonsense last year – and absolutely nothing happened at the end – it was a gossip press Christmas present – and they wrote all kinds of nonsense and it seems to us something is rather fishy here – that’s our view on this. Sky Sports however, is a legitimate news organization, and usually only report well researched stuff – generally.

The major thing we don’t like about this takeover talk again, is it takes time, and lots of it, and somebody at the club has to start doing real work to get players sold and new players in – otherwise we’ll be another relegation scrap next season.

This news says we may have both a new owner and new manager – hey – we have 34 days to get a squad together for pre-season training – for heaven’s sake.

We need to have stability at the club – at least for 2 months – before the season starts, and now is not the right time for even more upheaval – and discussions which have a 95% chance of going nowhere, and just suck up time – are hardly welcome.

Comments welcome.


130 comments so far

  • G 2

    May 27, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    How long does it take? Ashley is going, Sheppard will head the consortium with Shearer in place.

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  • Widowmaker

    May 27, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    MA should just come out and tell fans that the club is not for sell if that is the case. We would be in big shit if he is trying to sell the club as we would likely lost the best bit of summer for transfer businesses AGAIN!

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 27, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Our plan of action –

    Ashley tells Shearer the club is under his control. (Just like it was under SBR).

    Shearer gets the back room staff filled with good people for the club. BRING BACK CARVER! Maybe Speed?

    Now we’re a championship side, pay championship wages, stop throwing cash at players!!

    STABILITY IS KEY!! Keep 100% faith in Ashley and Shearer, it’s not like they’re here to do bad for the club! They want to win things as much as we do! And we all, including Ashley, learn from mistakes.

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  • Nick 69

    May 27, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #4

    widowmaker- if the club wasnt for sale he probably would come out and say so! but i expect that the club is up for sale!!

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  • Aza9

    May 27, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I hate all of this uncertainty, one minute MA seems committed with DL’s statement that they want Shearer 110% and now talks of a takeover. Makes no sense to me whatsoever .

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  • coxonfamily

    May 27, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    what annoys me more is the fact that the champions league final seems more important to them………….. hello????

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  • Widowmaker

    May 27, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Nick 69 – You may be right. I just hope this will be solved ASAP…

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 27, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #9

    This all seems a bit fishy to me. I hope to hell it all goes OK.

    14 hours of talking seems a lot to me. Worth every minute if it sorts us out though.

    I think ashley not being there is a pretty good sign.

    Ed, you talked about ‘negotiations’ but it might not be that sinister. Shearer might have got what he asked for. It might be formulation of a concrete plan, in/out list, wages cap etc etc before going public?

    Or am I dreaming?

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  • Doocey

    May 27, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Hard to know what’s going on…

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  • Big Dave

    May 27, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #11

    i just said this in the last post but. Lads can anyone seriously see Ma saying sorry if he didnt have to. I think if he was going to sell he wouldnt have lowered himself to issue his apoligy. I think the talks could be going on longer for a few reasons 1stly Al needs guarantees, he needs to get everything down in black and white lol, and they maybe have sorted stuff but want to anounce it with a big built up then balloons and bunting and press conference

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  • chuck

    May 27, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12

    There` obviously something more important than the appointment of Shearer going on.
    I can only suspect with the rumor of a sale etc. things have reached a state where Ashley is considering his options, apparently his obvious mis-management of the club has cost him heavily, that plus the uncertainty of the present economic downturn and the fact that he is detested by the majority of the Toon fans, plus the tremendous loss in revenue does`nt make
    for a very bright future.
    I believe this to be a tremendous opportunity for a buyer to snap up a future moneymaker if managed right and hopefully we will finally be rid of this cross we have had to bear for the last few years and resume our rightfull spot among the top teams of the PL.

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  • Big Dave

    May 27, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #13
  • archie100

    May 27, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m taking 3 days of talks as a good thing – there’s not just negotiations over the contracts and conditions here. I get the feeling Shearer and Dowie are going through everything with a fine tooth comb – who’s going and who should come in, both in terms of playing and backroom staff, what costs need to be cut elsewhere, a new scouting structure, any changes to youth development, any changes to training facility/pitches, what the wages and transfer budgets are this year, and future years depending on if we get promoted or not, etc. etc.

    The fact that Ashley has bothered himself to get involved for all this time is also an indication he wants to sort it out, hopefully….

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    dave- is that the same espn site that claimed we had signed miguel veloso?

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  • southerngeordie

    May 27, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Again more more rumours – around any big decision there is always speculation and with us that is always the case. The club is built on rumour and chinese whispers. For the club to go forward and progress this situation needs to be sorted – i would rather take a couple of extra days going through everything rather than another bodged Keegan job.

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  • Stuart79

    May 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Aye it also says he’s waiting to here from Ashley to see if the club is for sale.

    He’s got people interested, no doubt!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    cant wait for this final, who does evryone want to win? im going for united, as they have been excellent this year, and i really like park ji sung, rooney and tevez.

    just one more thing, look for busquets, he will be asgood as xavi

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #19

    How many times have we heard untrue transfer talk in the past 2 years? If its not confirmed dont believe it.

    I was thinking about formations as shearer has used many of them 442, 433, 352 and next season maybe we could use Evertons 4-2-3-1,

    _______________Harper_____________

    Beye______S.Taylor___Edgar?______Kadar

    __________Guthrie_____Nolan_________

    R.Taylor_______________________Duff

    ________________Lualua_____________

    ________________Xisco_____________

    Like that maybe with different players?

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Southern Geordie-

    I agree, m8. I’d much rather the board take the necessary time to sort out every issue and have a FEASIBLE game plan, as opposed to flying by the seat of their pants, which it appears they may have done all season long. Truthfully, I hope MA stays. The man made bad mistakes and I believe he knows that now. If he stays, it’ll show that he’s dedicated to getting it right. He did, after all, bring in Shearer. Best move he’s ever made. May he continue this trend.

    What I dont’ get is the enormous amount of people who think we should’ve brought in a manager who’s fought a relegation battle before. And players who had been down that road (a la Viduka, Smith, etc.). Guys- these players and managers GOT RELEGATED FOR A REASON. That reason is because THEY SUCK.

    THIS is why we need a man like Shearer. He’s never had to fight that battle (except with Southampton, but he was only a lad then…). This is why we need players who are actually good, and not used to the relegation dog fight. Once again- there’s a reason those guys got their teams relegated, and who the hell wants to be associated with that. Ian Dowie in the mix is bad enough, just thank God he’s not the actual manager.

    Sorry for the rant. Just had to get that off my chest after reading a few comments yesterday.

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyway- I’ll be pulling for ManUre. I like Barca’s team better, but I’d like to see jolly auld England pull it off again.

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 27, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Would like Barcelona to win. Put United fan’s back in their place. They are all arrogant tossers.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 27, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Want Man United to win, I would normally want my own country to win but the lads in work have been taking the mick out of Newcastle and there mostly Barca fans

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    that bloke singing looks like franco baldini

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Shola-

    I completely agree with that, m8 lol!! They ARE arrogant tossers. Barca’s team has more class anyway. I mean, the got the likes of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Deco, and the rest… Man U have got the thug Rooney, the twat Ronaldo, and of course Giggs and Carrick. They’re cool… but yeah!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #26

    my second team around the world is roma, i am planning on going there next year, and tonights setting is definatley making me want to go

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    i hate puyol, the most overrated defender, just behind boumsong

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #28

    vidic first scorer 42/1 30 pound

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #29

    ronaldo1-0???

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  • Stuart79

    May 27, 2009 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Read this pricks article. Some ups everything about national press.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/matthew_syed/article6367739.ece

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Geordie Gerrard-

    I gotta go with Henry to score first. I think Manure are gonna go down first, and then bring it back and win 3-2.

    Ronaldo, Rooney, and Giggs to score.

    Henry, and Messi for Barca.

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  • hitman

    May 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #32

    1 upto barca

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33

    smash and grab- makes for a great game

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Well, ok, fine… it was Eto’o instead of Henry. Still- Manure 3-2 Barca.

    Ronaldo, Rooney, Giggs to score.

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  • OHurley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Watch- ManUre will score 3 before the 60th minute. Barca will score one more around 75 minutes, but won’t catch up.

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  • Penalty-Spot

    May 27, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Stuart 79 – couldn’t agree more. Man that article pishes me off. He’s probably the kind of man who enjoys winding people up then sues them when they break his nose.

    That article is just a better english version of the shi!e the print in the tabloids every Sunday.

    I thought about replying to him and telling him what I thought about his theories, but then he’d love that wouldn’t he.

    Right…off to relax…and wait….

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  • jim

    May 27, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    hey that ellis shorts a funny looking bloke isnt he? lol, big ears and freddy kruger-ish look about him-well he is from texas- maybe hes an inbred from the hillbilly texas chainsaw massacre inbred lot! like on the film deliverance hahaha Yeee Haa ! ride em cowboy !

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  • DevonMag

    May 27, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Ohurley Deco plays for chelsea mate. Couldnt leave it 🙂
    And im rooting for barca. All my mates are united fans, got the most unbelievable amount of shite from them on relegation day. Be good to send back a few of the texts they sent me just in a different context

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  • True fan

    May 27, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #40

    why is nobody speaking?

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