Shearer Future At Newcastle Now In Serious Doubt


There’s not many times we will call a news report sensational, but that may be true tonight, with the Sunday Times reporting that Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle for around £100M, in what amounts to be a fire sale of the famous Tyneside club.

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Alan Shearer – wage demands reported to be excessive

And the Telegraph is now reporting that Shearer’s wage demands to take the vacant Manager position at the club were excessive, given that he has no experience in management, hasn’t got all his coaching qualifications yet, the club is  now in the Championshp next year, and Shearer after all, was only able to get 5 points from a possible 24 available, and in 6 of those final 8 games,  the team didn’t even score a goal.

So in truth – that’s not an outstanding record on which to base an argument for a huge salary – at least not initially.

We assume Alan went and and asked for what he would have received if the club stayed up – which we understand to be £4M a year for 4 years – but now we are in the Championship, those wages will need to be trimmed, just like everybody else, because the club just cannot afford it, and has already launched a huge cost cutting progam, with 150 non-playing staff already laid off.

So now the future of Alan Shearer as Newcastle manager has been cast into some serious doubt, unless there is a White Knight about to turn up – to save our club.

If we cannot get Shearer to manage the club, then let’s offer the great Guus Hiddink £5M next season to manage the club, with an extra £2M bonus if we get promoted. Those figures are something we just made up – but give Guus  an offer he cannot refuse – and it would be for a single season.

The money is really small fish, given the revenue the club will start making again in the Premier League – and Guus seems to love these different challenges he gets, to futher test his brilliant skills as a football manager and motivator – he would be welcomed BIG TIME on Tyneside.

He got a nice win in the FA Cup Final 2-1 today – against a gallant Everton side – after being 1-0 down following a superb strike after just 24 seconds, from former Newcastle player Louis Saha.

And Guus has made a huge difference at Chelsea – and he could turn the club around very quickly at Newcastle.

Of course it would take some persuading to get him to come to Newcastle  – if only for a year – and it’s still an exciting thought – if nothing else. 😀

The other more likely option if Newcastle cannot get Shearer, is to offer Wigan manager Steve Bruce the job – and he would not refuse it a second time.

And of course he has had Birmingham promoted from the Championship a couple of times, so Steve has experience in both the Championship and Premier Leagues, and has become a much better manager over the last couple of years.

And of course he is a Geordie, who turned down the job back in 2004, after Bobby Robson was sacked .  Sunderland are said to be after him, but he would prefer Newcastle over Sunderland – there’s little doubt about that.

But we are getting way ahead of ourselves here – job one is to find new owners – and quickly.

Comments welcome.


60 comments so far

  • Rangerman

    May 30, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer needs to be realistic about what wage a rookie manager in the Championship should be picking up.

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  • Doocey

    May 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed Rangerman.,

    I’m hoping for new owners now though, a quick sale please.
    Get this club back on track.

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  • JonnyNufc

    May 30, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Quote from ashley:

    “I personally thought Joe put the club back on the right track. He took it from second bottom to 13th but things went against him.”

    l.o.l.

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  • Foluwashola Ameobi

    May 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    This is such a mess. Really hope we get the takeover done asap and put this whole mess Ashley created behind us.

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  • Ross

    May 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #5

    When does the transfer window open? is it the end of june?..if so we need to be sold/taken over with the new owners and a manager in place…inside 3 weeks…

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  • Daverism

    May 30, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley has only said that he’s selling, for all anyone knows shearer and co could have known this for weeks and everything might be going as planned as far as the takeover is concerned, we don’t know anything but we’re all predicting the worst!

    See what he’s done to us? No Faith 🙁

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  • Ross

    May 30, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Also, im gonna be honest when i say that if there’s any truth in Shearer contract talks stalling over the wages he’s demanding, then im a little disappointed. He is a manager with no experience being asked to take the helm of a club who have just been relegated and quite clearly now, do not have money to throw around.

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  • TheDan

    May 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Livid!

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    May 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #9

    FFS I was reading the last articles I was still to read and then, when I fresh the pages, I see this. It’s unbelievable.

    Anyway I thought today would be just another ordinary night, but no, never with Newcastle.

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  • tooneskimo

    May 30, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #10

    A friend of mine who works at SJP
    (not for much longer) bumped into Ben Shepherd not long after they got relegated and Shepherd told him to “watch this space” in the next couple of weeks, apparently the club has been valued at 96 million with it’s championship status and the Shepherds and someone linked with The Sage are going to be running the show in the very near future. Ashley is desperate to unload, the staff are being culled, the shops will be next.

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #11

    i for one will sleep easy tonight knowing we are gettin rid of the cancer called mike ashley before he kills us

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #12

    100,000,000 pounds divided by
    100,000 supporters/members
    = 1,000 pounds per share

    Or…

    100,000,000 pounds divided by
    1,000,000 shares
    = 100 pounds for a share/membership

    Each share gets one vote on board & other big decisions.

    If you buy 10 shares you get 10 votes.
    Buy 100 shares, you get 100 votes, and so on.

    Thoughts?

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  • mylestoon

    May 31, 2009 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #13

    As much as i agree with you batty, we could get someone in charge who isnt that wealthy and we end up becoming a teat stuck in mid table limbo in the championship.

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  • Doocey

    May 31, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Not the time for it me thinks.

    I’m off to bed. Knowing Newcastle, they’ll be sold by the time I wake up lol

    Howay The Lads!!

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  • Mikey25

    May 31, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Holy hit with a s infront this could turn nasty very quickly! Leeds here we come! We need a lot of money not some millionaire we need a high billionaire to come in and properly rid us of debt! Was so upbeat about us going down thinking of the players we were going to buy and a fresh new start now I’m bricking it! Ashley has well and truely killed us!

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  • Tom Mo.

    May 31, 2009 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #16

    where would we get money for transfers and the like ???

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  • TheDan

    May 31, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Shut up with this fans own the club lark
    that bull shit will never happen, do you think we’re made of money?!

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  • tooneskimo

    May 31, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Where are you going to get a director’s box to put a 100,000 people in?

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Tom mo.–I’m thinking “Where does any of the club’s money come from?” It comes from US ultimately… there’d have to be a way to raise money for transfers if we actually had a going Fan ownership drive.

    I’m not a finance guy, but Barca, Real Madrid and more than half of German clubs do it, if my reading’s correct.

    Check this out:

    http://www.shareliverpoolfc.com/index.php/faqs

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  • Tom Mo.

    May 31, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #20

    I think it’s a great idea but just really not a good time to try something like that. If we really go and pull a leeds, then yea i think the fans should take us from the bottom up

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #21

    Tooneskimo–that would be damn funny–we’d have to have shareholder meetings on the pitch at St. James!

    We could representatives in some kind of parliament/congress/house of representatives, if you will.

    Or direct votes on the board after nominations process.

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  • power ranger

    May 31, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #22

    seems a bit off that shearer’s asking so much. if he bleeds black and white he should be willing to do it for next to nothing. i hope harris has got the times’ rich list in front of him…

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  • boater

    May 31, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Batty… you are still missing the point. Ashley was doing well until he started to listen to the moronic lynch mob fans… they willl still be banging their gormless drums long after he departs.

    I think Ashley is woefully and misleadingly persecuted on this site… he cocked up big time on several occasions but mainly when he started to buckle under the pressure of the mob.

    One good thing that may come out of this – is Shearer ISN’T appointed… although there will no doubt be GIVE US SHEARER plackards awaiting the next owner – especially if it is the fat pie man.

    You really don’t know what’s good for you – appointing Shearer is tantamount to England appointing Mclaren.. thing is we do it OVER AND OVER AGAIN… fools.

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  • boater

    May 31, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #24

    As for the fans running the club? We already do you cretins.

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  • Bill F

    May 31, 2009 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Fans should own etc
    I just made this comment on the previous thread, but am repeating it here in reponse to your comment.
    It sounds like a nice idea for fans buying and running the club, but can anyone seriously see even a hundred fans investing £1000 never mind 100,00. Now if we were all MPs perhaps we could claim it on expenses.

    Seriously it just will not happen, you have more chance of aliens landing on the Town Moor than finding 100,000 Toon fans with that much spare cash.

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

    May 31, 2009 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m going to build a time machine, wish me luck. I’m going to turn things around by winning Euromillions every week. If I succeed I’ll buy the club from Ashley and distribute a share to everyone in Newcastle

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

    May 31, 2009 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Don’t worry about money matters, I’ve already started building my time machine.

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Damn–just typed a long-ish response along the lines of “it can be done, it will take work & smarter, more skillful people than me to figure out finances and legal stuff, but it’s not impossible. All worthy undertakings start with a vision and faith.”

    right. Signing off to watch my local team, the New York Red Bulls. And if you think NUFC were dire, please stay up late and get an eyeful of this horror show…

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/66794

    ‘Night all.

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  • simon376

    May 31, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Fans could never own a club that hopes to be going somewhere. Even if the money could be raised to buy it, what about buying players and general running costs. It’s a nice idea but never going to happen.

    Why couldn’t he have done this a few days ago, Dr whatever his name is who has jus bought Portsmouth may have come in for us

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  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Last thing before I go–I’d invest in the time machine, but I’m saving my $200 to buy a share in NUFC!

    Seriously, if there were some way to do that, wouldn’t you do it? I ain’t loaded, but I can scrape up 100 pounds for a yearly membership if that were available somehow.

    Wouldn’t you?

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  • komfort

    May 31, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #31

    boater..another crap merchant blaming the fans…get fcking real man.. it’s your fat mate that’s fcked it all up not the fans…

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  • simon376

    May 31, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #32

    I would love to own some part of it, but at £598 for my season ticket, I just cant pay out anymore never mind funding running costs

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

    May 31, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Some joke I saw on Skysports, couldn’t believe my eyes.

    Mancini:
    “I am very flattered to be linked with the vacant manager’s job at Sunderland,” said the Italian in a statement given to Sky Sports News.

    “It would be an honour to manage such a prestigious and historic club in the Premier League.”

    Prestigious and historic club?? It’ll prick my conscience if I ever said that.

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  • waddler

    May 31, 2009 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Tooneskimo,
    Graham Wylie who is the majority shareholder and has just retired as managing director of Sage International is worth £143 million, it could be he is going to take over Newcastle United with Shepherd, hopefully other local millionaires will jump on board to dilute Shepherds power.

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  • Sav

    May 31, 2009 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #35

    The board locked in talks with Shearer and Co. for a week. Time dragging on, fans eager but getting anxious. Staff made redundant. Then this bombshell is dropped along with a hint that its Shearer’s excessive PERSONAL demands that could scupper the deal?

    That looks suspiciously as if Ashley wants to deflect attention away from the fact he’s messing everyone around on Tyneside yet again. Harris was reported in the area early in the week.
    If Ashley had been sent by a rival club to completely disable the club, he could not have done a better job.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Mike must have been reading mine and Batty’s posts from this morning 🙂

    Mike is a Buffooooooooon of the highest order,I hope his chav stores go tits up as well…he has murdered this club.

    New Manager (not Shearer he aint a manager yet),New Owner,Investment.

    sirjasontoon // May 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    I am more down now than I was last sunday..the pain and frustration of staying loyal to this club is painful.

    The future looks bleak,why can’t Ashley just get rid of the club,he is clearly out of his depth financially and doesn’t fill me with optimism for our future.

    5batty // May 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    sirjasontoon // May 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    I am more down now than I was last sunday..the pain and frustration of staying loyal to this club is painful.

    The future looks bleak,why can’t Ashley just get rid of the club,he is clearly out of his depth financially and doesn’t fill me with optimism for our future
    <<<<same here m8 ASHLEY OOT

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Sav totally agree.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #38

    The Last thing we need is a Millionaire from Sage we need overseas Oil Barons the big money men,a top manger and proper footballers.

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  • Alex

    May 31, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #39

    We are well and truly fckued , there is no way on gods earth that a takeover will happen in time for us to be ready for the new season .
    A Owner that does not want to be here
    No manager
    overpaid players that are only here for the money and no love of the club.

    How in the world did this happen .

    We are another Leeds and it hurts

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  • komfort

    May 31, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #40

    waddler , i know mr wylie very well .. and he has repeatedly told me he no interest in newcastle what so ever..sorry mate..

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