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.