Timetable Of Yesterday’s Events At Darsley Park Training Center

We now have a time-line of events for yesterday’s meeting at the Benton training grounds.


Mike Ashley talks to Derek Llambias yesterday

Thanks to the Evening Chronicle here is a list of events and time-frames of yesterday’s meetings between Shearer, Ashley and others.

  • 2:00 pm: Big Al is driven into the club’s Benton HQ by his assistant Iain Dowie and offers a wave to fans who have flocked to the Tyneside training ground to await news of the talks.
  • 2:00 pm: Managing director Derek Llambias arrives alone at the training ground to get together with Shearer and Dowie to start thrashing out terms.
  • 3:00 pm: As we reach mid-afternoon, a helicopter lands on one of the football pitches at the training ground, with Mike Ashley having a private conversation with Llambias before meeting Shearer.
  • 6.15 pm: Later he’s spotted outside the training ground taking a break from talks and chatting again to Llambias and financial controller John Irving.
  • 8.20 pm: Ashley hops back in his chopper to head back to his Buckinghamshire home but Llambias, Shearer and Dowie remain around the table negotiating.
  • 8.30 pm: The club’s communications officer emerges to release a statement from Ashley to fans saying “sorry” for the Magpies’ relegation.
  • 9.15 pm: Shearer departs the training ground with Dowie and gives a thumbs-up message to fans and journalists.
  • 10.09 pm: Llambias leaves for the day with no good news but ready for a second round of talks today.

The only point of contention we have with the above is that we thought Derek left at the meeting at 10:08 and not 10:09 – well that was our information in any case. 😀

We wonder what Alan’s thumbs up to reporters and fans meant, That’s usually a sign of good news – so we hope something can be announced today – but with Mike returning down South, it seems unlikely he will participate in the meetings today – so hopefully he isn’t needed for the smaller details.,

There’s a lot of hope in that previous sentence. 😀

This list of events and the the drama surrounding it, with fans gathered at the training grounds all day, could only happen at Newcastle.

Nobody can ever accuse Newcastle United of not being a very special club.

23 comments so far

  • simon winham

    May 27, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully Llambias and Shearer thrashing out a deal as i write but i read on skysports that Ashley is in talks with an unnamed consortium intrested in buying the club so who knows whats goin to happen

  • Dennis Twice

    May 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #2

    This club is not cursed anymore!!!
    It`s all paid now!!!

    New era!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis Twice

    May 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    This club is not cursed anymore!!!
    It`s all paid now!!!

    New era!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • Micky Toon

    May 27, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Shearer was just doing that thumbs up pose that most blokes resort to when having their photo taken. It’s that or he’d just eaten a delicious greggs cheese and onion pasty.


    May 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    sell ur helicopter……….

  • Mark j

    May 27, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    NUFC is for life, not just for the prem 🙂

  • Penalty-Spot

    May 27, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Micky Toon – brilliant. He could have been chuffed that he’s being ferried around by Dowie.

  • lesh

    May 27, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Have they reconvened to continue talks today?

  • Macas35

    May 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Greggs cheese and onion pasties aren’t delicious anymore. They seem to have tweaked the recipe. Plus they’re smaller.

  • Hobs

    May 27, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #10

    No way there would be an apology from Ashley if it wasn’t because Shearer demanded it!
    The former statement from Llambias was more like:

    “Oh, you were NOT happy after that relegation thing? Well that kinda make sense, Mike told me something about him losing some money, I think that was because of some relegation thing too. Well, I guess it’s good luck to you or really whatever. So, how’s that football team of yours doing these days?”

    You must relly learn to communicate, Derek!

  • hitman

    May 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    pommpey have just been bought by some rich arab.

  • Rodzilla

    May 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Micky Toon, my Nana works in Shearer’s local Greggs and he always gets 2 Cowboy Pasties and a custard slice.

    Dennis Twice, are you like Jimmy Two Times from Goodfellas. I hope so.

    …I’m gona go get the papers, get the papers 🙂

  • Oleg G

    May 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Hi everybody.

    I’ve been reading Ed’s articals sence the game. all of them. and didn’t had nothing to say, because everybody were saying it already.

    Right now I just want to say that I agree with Dennis Twice, We are not cursed anymore.
    At least i hope so.

    I wasn’t happy, but was ready for the Relagation.

    From now it CAN be a new start. but also can continue the same way.

    Time is not the thing that matters most.
    What matters is Will. Will of Mike to do anything that is necesery. Will of players to stay, and replacements to come.

    Of course throw away the trash.

    I am still not sure about Shearer as manager thou. there is hope that he will be a good manager. I am afraid that he will make mistakes that will cost us…

    Hope I am wrong.
    Also hope that Bassong with stay.

    Thats it for now.
    keep writing. I’m reading alot of your posts everybody, and of course everything you write Ed.

    You possitive thinking holds us together.
    keep it up !

  • Oleg G

    May 27, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Hobs…. hhh….

    so true !

  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont think shearer is the way to go he has got no experience so why bother? why not get a manager that knows what hes doing 1 win in 8 :s and thats going to be the manager of newcastle dont go for him MA theres more talent out there

    yous are done if yous get shearer.


  • rites

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #16

    everyone will disagree like but tbh i bet it happens.

  • Hobs

    May 27, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Not a single season ticket will be sold if Shearer is not appointed manager.
    If Shearer do not get his will on how the club is run, then it means that Ashley har learned nothing from this season and it’s gonna be another year with the club going nowhere at best. Or in other words, Ashley’s got enough of this mess and doesn’t care for the club at all anymore. If he ever has.

  • daniel...

    May 27, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #18

    my championship team based on just player i believe will stay with us…

    taylor beye taylor enrique
    barton nolan Guthrie
    Xisco Caroll Lovenkrands

    Krul tozer kadar vukic butt ranger lualua

    thats just who i think might stay. if not bring in more championship prospects to fill in the gaps.

    some may disagree about barton but i think he would be a major driving force in the campionship whatever his attetude and wants to stay by some accounts, plus what people have got to remember is it is a major step down from the PL and maby the likes of butt and nola have lost there legs and this may be there new level.

    enreque and guthrie may be moved out as they are both young talents and lovenkrands may opt to join a PL team

    i have no doubt this team would get us back in the premierleague and maby loan some other stars out like collochini to a PL club and if we are promoted and he has adapted then retain him, if not sell him on.

  • daniel...

    May 27, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #19

    sorry correction id bring duff in on the bench for lualua who has looked poor when coming on.

    what would be everyone elses?

  • Doocey

    May 27, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Any other news lads?

  • Sawbuck

    May 27, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #21

    How long does it take by chopper to Buckinghamshire?

  • Dave_m

    May 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Shearer may have been sitting upside down on his head when he gave the thumbs up.

  • Sav

    May 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Shearer, backed by fan approval, offers Ashley what no other candidate can – the credibility needed to sell season tickets and get everyone on board. We have been relegated and even though its been coming for a long time, it has passed by with scarcely a murmur from the fans because we are in anticipation and hope of a new era – The Shearer era?
    Without Al – say if Kinnear were taking over again in August – there’d be riots and not a ticket sold. Without Al on board Ashley would be sunk. The fans give Al that big bargaining chip and I expect him to exact the highest possible price for it.


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