Red Flags And Huge Concerns Over Newcastle

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Newcastle United  – now in some peril

And we have to say that with the announcement last night that Mike Ashley is trying to get rid of Newcastle – and we use our words advisedly – for a knock down price of  £100M, we are concerned now that Newcastle could have a catastrophic beginning to next season in the Championship.

A certain club – Leeds United – comes to mind, because Newcastle are now in similar circumstances to what that other proud club were in 2004, Leeds United, but only worse.

Why is that?

Because we basically have nobody in charge at the club, no manager, and there is loads and  loads of work to get done – and we have no idea who’s going to get this work done.

Shearer said last week that with every day that passes another room burns – well the Newcastle mansion will be fully burnt down quite soon – in  a matter of days if owners are not found very quickly. Imagine the situation at Newcastle in 2 weeks we are still looking for  a buyer. 🙁

Our first game in the Championship is on the first Saturday of  August, which is now a short 9 weeks or so away, and players return from their summer break on July 1st.

And as we reported early today Alan Shearer’s future at Newcastle United is now very uncertain, because we are being told the most likely potential buyers, a consortium involving a local businessman (Freddy Shepherd?) and overseas investors, are not certain to appoint Shearer.

The local buisness man cannot be Shepherd – becasue he would appoint Alan in a New York minute.

The major thing we are concerned about now is not Shearer, but someone to come in and buy the club and put some stability there as soon as possible.

To have some level of stability a manager must be appointed, and now it is more important to appoint a manager than who that manager will be – the club is in so much peril.

It’s like what we used to say in IBM management at times like this to move things forward when things were under pressure – “it’s better to make some decision than whether that decision is right or wrong.”

 That’s simply because if you just sit on the fence and refuse to act – not make any decisions – gets done – and the Newcastle club is now firmly on the fence!

Well that’s what we think anyway – are we missing something here?

We are very concerned right now about the Newcastle United club – that’s what we want to make clear – not in any sensational way – we just love the club and it seems near total collapse right now.

The other spanner put in the works, are the reports say Shearer is asking for a massive wage at the club – and when you read between the lines – it looks to us as if Ashley may have been unwilling to pay those wages Alan requested.

And instead of announcing there’s no deal with Shearer – in which case he would have been run out of  Toon by the fans, he decided to leave Newcastle himself – so he’s put the club up for sale.

While we have no idea if that’s true – but the actions we have seen says that may well have been a plausible scenario.

And it looks as though Geordie lad Steve Bruce of Wigan could become a key cog in the Newcastle wheel, because he has recently had two teams promoted from the Championship, and if he took over the helm, we’re sure he’d rise to the occasion and put the club right.  And Steve takes no nonsense from players, that’s for sure.

Of course to add to the plot, it looks like local rivals Sunderland are also trying to hire him.

The difficulty some people seem to have with Shearer is that while he’s Newcastle through and through and a legend on Tyneside, and rightly so, he has no experience in management at all.    His record in the last 8 games of the season was hardly something to write home about, or would inspire confidence in his ability to put this massive catastrophe right.

This is not meant to be a critism of Alan – those are simply the plain facts, and we’re sure that’s at least one opinion out there.

But it’s now less important who takes over – as long as somebody does, and quickly.

The club is in a terrible mess – yes even worse than we were after the Villa defeat last Sunday — and somebody needs to come to the aid of this club, quickly, otherwise we will be completely submarined.

We need a White Knight – and we need one very quickly.

37 comments so far

  • gibbotwg

    May 31, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    All this uncertainty will just add to the chances of Bassong leaving the club 🙁

  • hitman

    May 31, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    this club is sinking fast,sooner we get new owners the better,ssn are saying theres a group interested in buying but they dont want shearer as manager.

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I think at this momet in time it’s more important that the club gets bought and is financially secure than Shearer being the boss.

    The longer it’s for sale the more sh1t we going to be in.

    Ashley’s commitment to the club will be less than it was before and that is saying something!

    Least we know waht his intentions were all along!

    Cock end!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s not panic lads the club is 1 rung of the ladder away from the top with massive support and potential still. Ashley tried to sell us for mega money those parties that turned us down may now feel it’s a better deal.

    Gibbo Bassong had no intention of staying even if we stayed up…think of us a Bassong’s stepping stone.

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    The first thing we need to do is ignore everything in the media unless they have direct quotes.

    The rumour mill will be going seriously into overdrive.

    At least the players are all away till July so it gives us some time to play with.

  • hitman

    May 31, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    no manager,owner wants to sell,how the fk are we ment to prepare for the championship,MADNESS.

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Divn’t panic, divn’t panic!!!!!

    There is a white knight on the horizon!

    This a soap opera after all!

  • Norn Iron Magpie

    May 31, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Dont know what to think tbh. Might be a good thing if the fat c_nt sells, but it has to be done sharpish. Some big big changes need to happen or we are fcuked,

  • BenjiToon

    May 31, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Lads, seriously, calm down. I’ve slept on this now, and it looks much better in the morning than it did last night.

    First of all, last year Ashley tried to use the club’s history, “star” names, and Prem status to squeeze possible buyers to the max. He can’t do that now. He’s cutting his loses. Good! It means more possible buyers and a quicker sale. Ambani, for example, was one of several who balked at the price previously but wouldn’t now.

    Secondly, the asset WHEN a new owner comes in would be in better shape than now. The club’s big debt is £100m to Ashley – by selling at a reduced price he’s basically writing that off. The other debt is the £40m to Barclays. So, you pay £100m to Ashley and £40m to the bank and you’re all square. £140m for a club our size? There’ll be several buyers up for that.

    The sticky bit is finding a buyer (or consortium) who can stomach running costs year-on-year. If our wages are 60% of turnover, then the club needs around £120m a year to run tops. Half that will be tickets, merchandise and TV (without Prem deals). That leaves £60m to find. Cut the wage bill in half (£74m to £37m) and you save another 23.

    So we need a buyer who can raise £30m a year until we get back in the Prem.
    OR we need to make around £30m on player sales (Bassong £10m, Martins £8m, Colocinni £8m, Smith £2m – not that I want Bass to go mind!) Then look to be promoted within a season.
    OR we need a buyer who’s credit is good and can keep the Barclays cashflow loan. Paying it off when we reach the Prem.

    So, basically, there are options that can make thisd work reasonably well for us.

  • nimo

    May 31, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    i cant believe i was gonna give this waste of space a chance. imo getting relegated could of been a fresh start for everyone inc. ashley. i am now just feeling down n depressed as we will have no chance of getting a good start to season and wil be in burger turmoil again. i hate this man


    May 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Absolutely no disrespect to shearer…but we are building a “dream”-hero again…shearer has no experience in the championship and we desperately need that!!!

    I for one are for steve bruce. He already promoted birmingham and he did a fantastic job also at wigan in the EPL. He fits the bill.

    We should be dealing and wheeling already, becouse we have a massive task ahead, but I think if a buyer is found next week it can be a good fresh start for the club.

  • BenjiToon

    May 31, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart – what have you heard?

  • Mag 48

    May 31, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Just after ww11 when we had very little of everything We played football in the street with an old leather case ball stuffed with rags Sometimes in the local park we got to wear our football boots usually second hand and to big with corrigated cardboard for shin guards.
    Once or twice into the park would come one of the (posher kids) full football strip etc..but most important carrying a football.This would immediately get him drafted into one of the teams.These kid usually had names like Cuthbert or some such.
    When the game got to a crucial piont 17-19 and your mam about to shout you in for your tea Cuthbert would grab the ball and go off in a “huff”not having had a kick all afternoon.
    Today our Cuthbert is named ASHLEY!!

  • Fostino

    May 31, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    if ashley sells, he’ll go down as the biggest disaster ever in newcastle books, he’ll be remembered for all time for nearly ruining this great big club…..does he really want to be labelled as this or will he stand up and fight, hire shearer, allow him get rid of the overpaid deadwood (practuically the whole squad) and get us promoted again. this is surely a better investment for ashley instead of selling it now and making a loss of over a hundred million

  • hitman

    May 31, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    mag48,spot on

  • sirjasontoon

    May 31, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Ashley has no vision Fostino…this has ben apparent for a long time now…the club has lost it’s thrust and dynamics under his guidance,he clipped the magpies wings and suffocated us.
    He tried to outdo the Wigan owner he only bought us as a status symbol of his wealth.
    I just keep seeing him slugging a pint in 1 in his toon shirt…disgusting.

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Nowt Benji

    I just know how very wealthy people think and trust me when I say that £100m for NUFC is outrageously cheap!

    They think about making money only long term in football and that includes investing long term.

    Look at Man City. Abu Dabi would have to spend about £250m to get the advertising that buying Man City has brought them.

    I think we will be bought by someone who has a huge overseas company and along with other reasons for buying us they will see it as a huge marketing vehicle to get their company name into the West!

  • BenjiToon

    May 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart – you could well be right. Guess they would have thought twice with use being outside the Prem, except that for that price and with our size and popularity(!) in the press…well, a very attractive proposition I’d say. Just hope they know what they’re doing football-wise.

  • Nick D

    May 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    bruce only got one team promoted (Brum)
    However, he did well to get those loan signings from Arsenal and we shoud be looking for those type of signings again now. I don’t think Shearer, like the dross managers before him (SBR excluded) trusts playing youngsters. Maybe bruce would.

  • geordie jock

    May 31, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    I think we are getting too carried away again, Ashley is supposed to want £100m for the club but what about all the debt which i thought he lent the money to the club to pay it off. If that was the case will he not want that back as well as the £100m. I might be wrong about this but i’m sure somebody will put me right.

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #22

    BenjiToon // May 31, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    They won’t have a fckin clue about football but they’ll employ someone who does- common sense really.

    If someone offered you an Aston Martin for £10k but it didn’t have an engine you’d still buy it wouldn’t you?

    Put an engine in it and it’s worth £100k!

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Geordie Jock

    He’s writing that off mate! He has no choice, if we go down again he will lose even more!

  • BenjiToon

    May 31, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Stuart – aye.

  • geordie jock

    May 31, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #25


    Do we know this for sure after all this is Mike Ashley we’re talking about.

  • Mag 48

    May 31, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #26

    How did this guy get his money? He seems so bloody childish.When Keegan told him how it was he through his dolly out the pram and put the club up for sale Now Shearer has done the same he’s having another hissy fit Why did we get saddled with this immature brat.
    Your welcome to answer for him Stardust I may not agree with what you say but I would defend to the death your right to say it.

  • jimiley

    May 31, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #27

    We just need to be patient and everything will be OK.
    Ashley will not get a buyer and will have to take the club forward.
    Shearer will end up the manager but it will not be confirmed until mid July.
    Onwards and upwards with Mike and Alan!!!

  • nufc1818

    May 31, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    did ssn mention ambani last night about a possible take over?

  • Mag 48

    May 31, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Sorry my patients ran out last October after 70 years.I don’t beleave in miracles

  • Stuart79

    May 31, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30


    He doesn’t want to lose everything!

    At least this way he leaves with £100m instead of nothing next season.


    May 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    I just wish this shambles would get sorted out fast what a joke 🙁


    May 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Ye lets get it right-100m for the club, quite simply means Ashley loses 150m.
    The Barclays overdraft doesnt bother me its a 40m limit which they want reduced to a 20m limit-doesnt mean we are up to 40m, thats just the limit we could go to.
    Biggest worry has to be the time it takes-cant see it been sorted until 1st August at earliest then the question is-who is going to be manager now, who is going to decide on transfers,pre-season games,pre-season training etc etc.
    Shearer would be in an impossible position if Ashley just wants him to sit there with no control.
    Did Shearer know that Ashley was going to sell while the negotiations were going on?

  • Sav

    May 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #33

    On the scale of things, even if Shearer had asked for4 million a year, as has been suggested, that is really neither here nor there.
    A share incentive might have been a good way to go. But I really think this ‘Shearer’s wage demands’ story is a red herring.
    Much more likely is Al’s refusal to proceed without a guaranteed transfer allowance.

    Somebody needs to get to grips with the club and appoint a manager and start selling unwanted players or we will be in deeper trouble. Its still Ashley’s until it is sold, which may take quite some time.
    Ashley should have announced his intention to sell calmly 8 weeks back when Shearer was appointed. Its not just about relegation. He has lost interest now the novelty has worn off. If a new buyer was knocking on his door today, it could take until the players are back in training for the deal to be struck.

  • Fans Should Own The Club

    May 31, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34

    ?100,000,000 divided by
    1,000,000 shares/memberships
    =?100 per share/membership.

    1 share= 1 vote in a club “parliament” voting on the board & big issues.

    10 shares= 10 votes, etc.

    I’d buy a share. Maybe even two.

    What do you think?

  • Tom Mo.

    May 31, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    we keep saying Shearer had a bad record the last 8 games. Look at the teams we played. Chelsea, Liverpool (are we really gonna get a win with those two?) , Aston Villa, Spurs. that was one of our hardest stretches of the season at a horrible time. thats no test of managerial skills.

  • Paul141726

    May 31, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Whoever buys this club has got to realize this is not a turn-key operation. This club is a fixer-upper and must be treated as such. They (and the fans) must accept the fact we must be re-built from the ground up. This is not going to be overnight. It would not surprise me if we stayed in the fizzy pop league for several years until we can get back to being premiership members again. Prime requirement for new owner/owners–INTELLIGENCE!!! from a business standpoint, which unfortunately Ashley did not, and never will have. He was probably told by someone else to float his Sports Direct business by which he became a billionaire. Perhaps that’s person may have been a better owner.
    Also, the new owner/owners must understand that they may own the club, but they are caretakers of a Northeast football tradition, too. If they are not capable of doing this, they should not even bid for the club. NUFC is NOT a trinket to play with for a while and then discard because it no longer interests them or the money isn’t what they thought it would be.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 1, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Stuart – But Mike Ashley’s Aston Martin has no documentation, the brand emblem is stolen from the car and it i so bashed up it looks like a Fiat Panda circa 1986.


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