Be Careful What You Wish For At Newcastle


It was June,2007 and a Billionaire, from England no less, had just bought Newcastle United.

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Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley – two incompetents together

At last Newcastle were getting a decent owner, and he would be one of the few Billionaire owners of a Premier League club who was English – not like those clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Aston Villa who had foreign owners, no this was Newcastle of Geordie Nation fame, and what could be more perfect?

Well there’s that old adage “be careful what you wish for – let it come true.” And that seems to have applied here – at least in retrospect.

When Mike Ashley came in, then Chairman Chris Mort said that wanted Newcastle needed most of all was stability – and they had to stop changing managers all the time – and seemingly lurching from one crisis to another.

Fast forward a short two years and now Newcastle United is in the Championship, having just been relegated, for the first time ever from the Premier League.

The club faces an enormous financial challenge to downsize and reduce costs with 15 players earning more than £50K/week and 7 of them more than £70K/week.  This is one reason we think Ashley may want out – because he’s having big trouble balancing the books for the Championship – but that’s an opinion – and may not be factual.

Of  course the first casualties of this nightmare scenario were the 150 non-playing staff who lost their jobs last Friday.

And what’s that stability?

Since Ashley came in the club has had Allardyce, Keegan, Hughton (twice), Kinnear and Shearer as managers – some stability – five managers in two years.

Mike Ashley announced last night he would sell the club as quickly as he can – and said it had been a nightmare two seasons for him and he had made some terrible decisions. Well we fully agree with him, and it’s been another nightmare for Newcastle fans, who seem to have to put up with this kind of stuff from the club all the time.

When will it ever end? *

As the club now lurches again – a ship adrift in the ocean – and going nowhere in particular – Newcastle fans will need to be very careful, from now on, what we wish for.

But how about some stability and an owner who – even though they may not know how to run a football club – will get those in who do.

That seems sensible doesn’t it?

Well, we can rule that one out – this is Newcastle United after all. 🙁

Comments welcome.

* by kind permission of Pete Seeger – from “Where have all the Flowers Gone.”


131 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    We would have to be the most unluckiest, ridiculously cursed football club in the world if the nxt owner turned out to be as bad as this one!

    It’s impossible!

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  • gozzie4

    May 31, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I simply do not understand what or why MA is doing right now?! Why come out in the week and apologise to the fans if he was gonna put club up for sale…. he couldnt give a monkeys about the fans!

    I’m actually slightly dissappointed as I thought Shearer and Ashley would work better together – how wrong was I.

    I still want Shearer to become our manager – you’ve heard what what the players think of him. And to be honest i dont think he did that badly at all…. think – out of the possible 8 games he had 2 that were in the top four… aint gonna get anything from them regardless of who you are. We played tottenham away (after they were on a little winning run), Stoke away – hard place to go to…. the only game I possibly think we should really have got something out of is the Pompey game. When Shearer came in, as a team we had completely forgotten how to win a football game – that is very hard for any manager (let alone without any experience) to get out of.

    I really think Shearer should stay and be given a long contract…. think if we appoint Bruce and he doesnt get us promotion – everyone will be going berserk – he’ll lose his job – and we’ll be back to square one with a new manager. However Shearer is the only manager I believe to give us stability.

    This news is so typical – I mean it HAD to happen to bloody newcastle. This past week has been very hard pill to swallow.

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  • neeraj

    May 31, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    stuart79

    what if the possible new owners dont want alan shearer as manager?

    and would want someone with some experience in the league….

    would they still be welcomed

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  • simon winham

    May 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Now what were do we go from here it could be a month or longer before a buyer is found and we have no manager and rubbish players on 50k a week it’s a disgrace. We should have never have sold: Given, Milner, Woodgate and we never replaced Emre last summer and now the one who could us from doing a Leeds United is left in limbo

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    neeraj // May 31, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    I don’t think Shearers the important issue at the minute.

    I think it’s more important that we get good owners in first and foremost.

    If Shearer isn’t on their list them so be it.

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    i cant believe 2 year ago i was reading in the paper ashley was gonna buy us xavi. i dont totally blame ashley i agree with what he was trying to do by cutting the wage bill but he has no common sene at all. people dont buy football clubs to make money. the only teams who make vast money will be r.madrid manure and the barca’s ov this world and that is not cos of what happens on the field, its cos of the franchices they have

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    STARDUST are you there m8 whats your opinion ED needs a few hits on his blog so come on m8 show your face lol

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Batty

    Fat chance mate!

    I think Stardust is Ashley!

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  • Mags

    May 31, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, I share your deep concerns as to where our club is heading.

    Yet again, Mike Ashley has timed his final bombshell just when it will have the most impact. Is he doing it deliberately or is he even more incompetent than I have given him credit for?

    No players can be bought or sold or a manager put in place until a new owner is found and time is of the essence.

    At this moment in time, my sole concern is who is going to come forward to buy our club. I pray it is somone who really does have its best interest at heart and wants to take the club forward.

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    nimo your wrong the halls and freddy made millions at newcastle

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  • Johno Toon

    May 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Just when i was starting to beive again this starts to happen , I have been pro-ashley and if this turns oout to be true i could not have been more wrong.

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    the only thng im wishing for is the next owner is in no way connected to ffs

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  • Mag 48

    May 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh to see ourselves as others see us.
    Prospective buyers see us as a business venture.
    The wish that we would get a buyer with our feelings for the club is near on immpossible.The best we can hope for is an owner who will emloy people with our feelings to run it on their behalf.I think that is a big big wish.

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  • ArtyH

    May 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    IMHO this is very good news and I for one could not have hoped for anything better. This is a chance for a new owner to get a premiership club on the cheap IF it is handled correctly. £100m for NUFC now and a good bit of investment will yield a very healthy return in the coming years, as once back in with the big boys the value of the club will go up dramatically as any football fan knows the supporters will back NUFC to the last man.
    This is a heaven sent chance for a savvy investor with a bit of sporting nouse. Look out for overseas offers from the US and the middle East. Wouldn’t it be sweet to see the Saudis who Ashley stupidly tried to extort £400m+ from ,come in and get the club for a quarter of that, plough in £100m and get us back into the Premiership with Shearer or whoever as manager. I think that would epitomise the reckless and incompetent era we have had to endure over the last few years. Just hope it is not FFS who puts a consortium together for a deal or we are back to square one.
    Exciting time ahead, I hope!!!!!

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    batty they may of made millions bt that is cos they were dodgey and the club was in millions of debt

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Sir John Hall was absolutley entitled to make money out of NUFC.

    He was the largest shareholder. He didn’t have any say on how the club was run. That was left to the chairman and his board.

    I think FFS can take a lot of blame but not Sir John Hall.

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    no sir john hall was agreat chairman when he was at the help but leaving it to freddie n his son was a mistake

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    nimo dont know how long you have been supporting the toon but the halls saved us from going under nearly 20 years ago m8

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart79 when ashley came here he was worth 2 billion and he,s had 2 years to sort the mess out but we have gone from bad to worse and its doon to 1 man mike ashley

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    listen freddy was only doing what most fans wanted

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Batty I’m with ya.

    He has to take all the responsibility!

    I will be glad to see the back of him. We have surely hit the bottom.

    The only way is up as Yazz would say!

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    sir john hall may of saved us but it was doug hall and freddy shepherd who made the club into a circus going after past it big names. never would i slag off SJH as ive been supporing the toon for 45 years and he hass been the best chairman imo in that time

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #23

    1 IDIOT CALLED MIKE ASHLEY IS TO BLAME

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    No Nimo we are about to get the best chairman we’ve ever had!

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    yeah and since when was it in the clubs best interest to get a club into 100s of milions of debt just to do what the fans want.

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Nimo, we lived well beyond our means under FFS.

    We would have gone into adminstration if he’d have stayed.

    Although I would have taken that over what we have now!

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    i hope your right stuart really do. im sick of us been a laughing stock for other clubs and its been like that since gullit took charge with the exception of the period when SBR was in charge. however freddie cut that short too

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  • hitman

    May 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    what happens if no one wants to buy the club,were fked big time, leeds mk11

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  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    no1 would surely take administration over what we have now. look at leeds southhampton and then the teams even lower then them, there in a terrible mes. not saying were not bt could be a whole lot worse

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  • mylestoon

    May 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #30

    get on to ambani for f**ks sake, use your barganing skills harris, hes loaded!!!!!!!!

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Hitman

    The big problem could be hat all these mega rich people wait and wait to see if the price keeps going down.

    Ashley isn’t going to put anymore money in so he might just take the very first offer he has!

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  • Rangerman

    May 31, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Stuart79 when ashley came here he was worth 2 billion and he,s had 2 years to sort the mess out but we have gone from bad to worse and its doon to 1 man mike ashley

    ———

    You’re not going to sort out all of the clubs financial troubles in that period of time, you have to remember the problems are down to players signed over the years on huge wages and they are not going to just walk away because we don’t want them anymore.

    I just hope whoever comes in can afford to subsidise the running of the club like Ashley did as well as have the money to fork out for transfers, what we don’t want is Shepherd coming back and borrowing money just to buy the club in the first place.

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Rangerman

    It’s not FFS players that have taken us down.

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  • mylestoon

    May 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    so there is nothing new today? ashley just wants to sell us. No news on a buyer?

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  • Johno Toon

    May 31, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    I really had high hopes for ashley , i really thought he would sort out the club finicially an di think he tried his best but that has now been proved not good enough ,

    I can hope wish and prey that this farce will be over soon and we have a buyer double quick time, Im hoping that ashley ( but he prob is ) wouldnt declare the club is up for sale after seen what happened last time unless he has a buyer ready , but as i said he prob is that stupid

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  • Rangerman

    May 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make with that comment.

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  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    The point I’m trying to make is that Ashley sold all our best players (that were bought under FFS) and replaced them with fcking sh1t players.

    That’s why were down!

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  • Rangerman

    May 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Johno Toon – The problem for some people with no financial background is that they think everything was fine before Ashley got here but it wasn’t, the club had been financially ran into the ground the day Shepherd handed Souness £50 million the club couldn’t afford instead of just admitting he hired a poor manager and sacked him.

    Since then we’ve been up against it, Ashley’s first mistake was not taking due diligence because if he did there was no way he would have bought a club hemoraging the amount of money we were.

    It’s meant that even though he’s put in over £50 million in the last 2 years to just subsidise the running of the club he hasn’t got the available free cash to pump in for much needed transfers, that has caused our downfall.

    Whoever comes in next needs to have the money to do both or otherwise I can’t see us getting any higher than the usual bottom half of the Premiership like we’ve spent most of our time since Robson left for the next 5 years.

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  • batty

    May 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Rangerman // May 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Johno Toon – The problem for some people with no financial background is that they think everything was fine before Ashley got here but it wasn’t
    <<<take your financial back groud and shuv it up ur ass

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  • Rangerman

    May 31, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    The point I’m trying to make is that Ashley sold all our best players (that were bought under FFS) and replaced them with fcking sh1t players.

    That’s why were down!

    ……..

    Like who?

    The majority of fans didn’t like or rate Milner and N’Zogbia and neither had done anything of note in the 12 months before they were sold, N’Zogbia hasn’t been consistent since Roeder was here as caretaker.

    You can even bring up the likes of Parker and Dyer who were sold who the fans hated and I can remember both being booed while playing for us at the end of their time here.

    The only player sold that was missed was Given and we didn’t go down just because he was sold.

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