Key Transfer “Done Deals” Already Lined Up By Shearer


A good report in the Newcastle Journal today says that Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie already have a few transfer deals lined up, and the players want to come to Newcastle, and they report the deals could be completed within days of Shearer being appointed.

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Alan Shearer – appoint this man as manager now

But of  course the club still has the incompetent Mike Ashley holding everything up – once again – as it seems he is attempting  to shove Newcastle even further into the ditch, before finally leaves the famous club in complete disarray, a Championship side, and not even able to balance the books. What a mess he has got us into.

It’s hard to think how he could have done any worse these l9 months , and surely his incompetence at Newcastle will hurt his business image.

If it doesn’t it should.

As we reported earlier this morning we feel this man is now a danger to the club.

We are quite serious with that statement, because we think he’s that incompetent. In baseball terms over here, we’d say if you  put him on home plate – he couldn’t find his way to first base.

Mike will only be concerned with selling the club, and since he will soon be leaving – forever, he’ll not much care about any plans for next season – he’ll be out of here.

No doubt that Alan Shearer will be worried the delay in finalizing a deal to confirm him as permanent manager could cost Newcastle United badly in the transfer market.

Alan right, of course, which is why we need to get Ashley to confirm Shearer right now, or sell the club quickly and have the new owners appoint Alan as manager.  But the latter option will take weeks – at least.

Mike is dragging his feet yet again, and it could seriously affect the club’s preparations for next season – which is a rather vital one in our history – as we all know.

Of course the fact that Shearer already has players  “agreeing” to come to the Championship, is testament to the highest  respect he holds in the game.

Not only will Shearer clean up the club’s image  very quickly, but he will take no nonsense from his players, as Joey Barton has already found out.   The image of the club will be much brighter and more professional with Alan as the front man, and we want that to start happening asap.

Nevertheless, there is nothing Shearer can do at this point, as Mike prevents any work from being done at the club.

This stranglehold has to end at some point – we hope before the end of this week – but that could be an over confident prediction. This is sheer torture for Newcastle fans, and water board torture can hardly be worse.

Mike has Alan Shearer’s and the club’s hands completely tied behind their backs, as he looks for the best deal possible for himself, and basically continues to screw the club in the process.

That’s the truth – we wish it were not so.

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81 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Wouldn’t suprise me with Shearer.

    He has the proffesionalism we’ve been waiting for since SBR.

    Onwards and upwards….

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  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed….. “Mike is dragging his feet yet again, and it could seriously affect the club’s preparations for next season – which is a rather vital one in our history”?

    Is that really the case or is he waiting for the bank’s review of the plan…. if indeed that is the reality?

    Ok, one may say that MA cold give the nod to the spend, but if there’s a new buyer in the wings, would that it be wise to give them a manager they may not want?

    Whichever, this is another screw turned on MA and the more this public negotiation goes on, the less liklihood of Shearer’s appointment?

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  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    *cold = could!

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  • estechco

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Was another one of MA’s platitudes not that “whilst he was in charge he would always do what was best for the club”.

    Whilst I can’t dispute that him selling up falls into this category, it can’t be rocket science to let Alan continue on his already temporary basis whilst the sale is completed?

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    David Craig been on SSN saying that the club know of no interest of any buyers and have recieved no bids.

    Journal say that this Omani group have already made their interest known.

    Here we go again…. Does anybody actually know what’s going on?

    Cannot believe that we have heard nothing from the club in regards to the club being up for sale!

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  • sahota

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Mike should clarify the situation sooner than later. If we delay things planned for a season in championship that will take us nowhere. I am not sure why no communication from club on this issue. I am amazed at un professionalism by Mike and co. Its unacceptable. I think after next owner comes, Mike should not be treated well. he should be banned from newcastle for lifetime. Not only SJP but whole city.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Gets more ridiclous by the day.

    Daily Mirror say that Seymour Peirce have had a high level of interest and are confident for a sale in 4-6 weeks.

    Couldn’t make it up could you……?

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  • stevep

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ve a feeling this is going to drag on all summer, any players that have agreed in principle to join the toon will not hang around if other clubs come in for them.
    As usual with Newcastle no news is almost always bad news 🙁

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  • sahota

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    We have been given shit every time by this Mike and co. In past I was very patient and was even thinking Mike might finally deliver some good. But this guy is beyond imagination. Such a dumb how he can be billionaire. He should be hanged from Tyne Bridge today itself. Its sheer frustration. Every morning I wake up and think today some news will be there. But everyday passes without any progress.

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  • sahota

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    SHOT Mike and that will be wonderful day for us all.

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  • Ericles

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Any idea who these players are? Al obviously will not say yet. This may indicate Shearer will be boss sooner than later. So, we look like Shearer at the helm while those in the engine room are jumping ship. Ashley’s great-grandfather didn’t own the Titanic by any chance? Spoke to an Everton fan a little while ago – do not want Owen. Apparently he is shite!

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  • Natureboy95

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    I think you are right lesh, i think Ashley is waiting to see what the bank say about the proposed plan before giving the go ahead, Ashleys isn’t out to deliberatly do us over, that makes no sense. Sheareer is expecting to hear something by the end of the week, so he obviously prepared to wait till then. I have a feeling that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that were are not party to. I think MA may have been looking to sell the club a bit longer than just since the weekend and shearer has known this.

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  • stevep

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Here’s what I would do in Ashleys shoes…….

    Give Shearer a contract with a proviso that new owners can cancel his contract without compensation within the first 3 months of takeover.

    Get the club to take a 15 million loan which goes straight to transfer budget and is repayable by the club

    Allow Shearer to move players out and therefore get them off the books

    Any funds raised by transfers goes straight into transfer budget

    All sounds a bit easy so highly unlikely to ever happen

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  • Nick D

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    We should have beeen warned . Just ask the shareholders of Sports Direct how he treats them with contempt and keeps them totally in the dark and calls people babies if they lose money through investing with him.

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  • Nobby_Long

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s no doubt we are waiting for the bank to give the go-ahead. Ashley won’t now be putting any more capital into the club.

    As I said on an earlier thread a few minutes ago, if the bank approve the deal, then we are likely to be able to buy before we sell – that is what thw working captioal overdraft will be for – we need to spend now to aid the restructuring & possibly pay some people off.

    Whereas if Ashely was staying, we would no doubt have needed to sell first.

    Stay positive here……keep the faith

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    There is a chance that Ashley has been selling the club quitely for the last couple of weeks.

    We haven’t heard anything from him.

    Shearer surely wouldn’t commit to signing for the club if he didn’t know who was going to own it would he?

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  • mag_pie-eater

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Mike Ashley will not spend another penny on us, I think that’s pretty definite. He wants out, he knows it was a mistake and he knows we all hold him solely responsible. How he has managed to absolutely destroy this club in a little less than 2 years is phenominal, but even more unbelievable is how he made any money in the first place!

    Any money spent will be from a loan or overdraft or another arrangement from a bank, in NUFC’s business name, so if and when someone buys us they will inherit this.

    The sooner he is gone the better for all concerned.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    I think we will stumble through this window…like every window under the Ashley regime…I am trying to think of 1 word to best describe it.
    INCOMPETENT.

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  • Craigg

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    I still find this all so hard to believe, How a self made billionaire can make such piss poor decisions.

    I could understand it with Freddy Shepherd and Douglas Hall as they just inherited daddys money and power and had limited business savvy.

    But Ashley built a multi billion pound empire from knocking out trainers on a barrow, It seems so weird that such a good business brain (Which he must have) Can screw up so many different scenarios, The sooner he is gone the better.

    Anyway Hull are apparantly very kindly going to take Shola and Nolan off our hands, Smith and Barton incredibly have a choice of a few clubs and Martins’ transfer to Fiorentina hopefully will go ahead even with his injury, Id expect the Argentines to get moves back to La Liga.

    Viduka, Owen, Cacapa, Geremi and Lovenkrands are out of contract and shouldnt be retained as is Edgar who should be.

    Beye, Duff and Enrique want to stay and if we can somehow keep Taylor, Bassong and Guthrie then i would put a fairly large bet on our promotion next season especially with Carroll and Ranger looking like scoring loads in the first division.

    The three players are probably guys like Leroy Lita, Ross Turnbull and Michael Ball who are on frees and would do us a decent job in the Championship.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Gets more ridiclous by the day.

    Daily Mirror say that Seymour Peirce have had a high level of interest and are confident for a sale in 4-6 weeks.

    Couldn’t make it up could you……?

    ………

    Well someone must be making something up somewhere with all of these conflicting stories, in truth we won’t know who is interested in the club because they will sign confidentiality agreements so that they can look at the club accounts.

    Once Barclays give the go ahead then things will move forward, until then people will have to be patient and if the players really want to come here like Ed claims then they will wait patient until it’s sorted too.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Geremi has another season left.

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    I think there could be a lot of activity going on in the background with regards to a take over, even for several wks. I’m based down in Portsmouth these day, there was’nt even a sniff in any of the websites or local papers about their new Sheikh owner. Out of the blue he’s bought the club. and it all came to light within a matter of days when the story hit the press. I think this could all quiet easily happen a lot sooner than we think.

    I do hope so but this is Ashley we are talking about

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23

    HTB – I agree. When Ashley came in it was also out of the blue. A lot of these proper businessmen don’t like to show their hand until they know they’ve won.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Aye Micky, they don’t like letting people know they’ve lost..

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  • Charlie Toon

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Regrettably I used to be a Mike Ashley sympathiser. I thought that he took the blame for a lot of incidents that weren’t directly his fault (ie the Keegan saga). But looking back over these past 2 years it’s hard to think of any goodness that’s come out of his ownership! He’s not an evil man with some vicious plan to ruin this club, he just hasn’t a clue of how to run a football club and what’s more he’s employed people (ie Llambias) that have even less knowledge than him! His ownership has been catastrophic (his own words) and the best thing for this club is for him to sell and hopefully never be seen again on Tyneside! Even if it does take 4-6 weeks there will be enough time to form a half decent squad (remember the transfer window doesn’t shut till September).

    We’re not the most attractive proposition in English football, a Championship club worth 100mill and a wage package of 74mill. Who ever we get will be taking a gamble and these things take time! Patience is a virtue!

    PS I hope to God we don’t buy Beckford! The guys a thug and will be just as much a problem as Barton has been! Simon Cox (Swindon) IMO is ten times a player and probably cheaper!

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  • N.U.F.C.

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Why do so many people want Shearer? He is just an ex-football player with zero managment experience, unless you count the terrible month or so at the end of the season.

    Where isthe money going to come from? No bank will be willing to lend them 40 million pounds, and to think otherwise is just being naive while huge investment companies, banks, car manufactures are going bankrupt every day around the world.

    There is going to be a huge drop in revenue from gate reciepts and that is the only thing the bank will lend Newcastle money against, they have no assets as the land that the stadium sits on is owned by the freemen of Newcastle and there are huge player compensation payments that are going to have to be made.

    What meetings has Shearer had with MA anyway? My understanding is that they have met once, and that was with Kieth Harris involved.

    Whatever happens at Newcastle in the next few weeks or so makes no real odds unless a buyer for the club is found, as if it’s not then the bailiffs will be knocking on the gates of St James’ park either way, with or without the unexperienced manager Shearer there.

    The fans should take some of the blame too, a lot actualy, they should wake up and realise that Newcastle United is not a huge club, they don’t deserve a place in the Premiership, they should not have got big Sam sacked, but mid table was not good enough, well, look at us now.

    Expect not to see the Premier League again for a long long time, if ever.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    These things tend to take a lot of time-we need a new owner in by end of June but it could be end of August.
    In the meantime i presume Ashley will control all player sales-as for transfers in-who knows, shouldnt think he is that interested.
    Presume we are applying for a 40m overdraft to cover us if there is no sale.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Ashley must be pretty confident of selling the club if their applying for this loan.

    Ashley certainly won’t want to be lumbered with that if he doesn’t manage to sell it.

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #29

    I would never personally believe what SSN say with regards to whats going on, why would they know anyway. As if perspective owners would talk to DC, the guys a muppet.

    I thought when a takeover is going to happen then both parties have to sign confidentiality anyway. Apart from Georgie Thompson their no better than a red top rag when it comes to news.

    By the way, isn’t Georgie dating Dec, maybe we’ll be seeing her a bit more in the flesh at sjp next season

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Do any of you think that SSN dont have a clue again, so are reporting anything that is making newspaper headlines…
    I’m looking at it this way; SSN are looking to the club for info, but there is a high possibility the CLUB don’t know the ins and outs of the sale yet, as this is in Seymour Peirce’s hands. Has any of the media got stone wall comments from that Keith Harris bloke incharge of the sale??

    I like your thoughts in #13 Stevep – I’m with you on that!

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #31

    HTB – With regards to Dec, it’s the other blonde one, the one that used to do SSN, but now does the golf show or used to I never watch it.
    Anyway I agree with your statements about SSN, the regular news channel is exactly the same. They constantly report everything they hear without confirming it and of course they eventually get something right, justifying their actions.

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Sorry for the extra post. Charlie Toon I’m the same as you. Although I have never really defended they guy, I thought some of the bile directed towards Ashley was unjustified and there was a lot of jumping on the cockneys out band wagon. I’ve never believed that Ashley came in to ruin the club and I still would like to believe he had the clubs best interest at heart. His mistake, which a lot of people are now starting to understand is that he just didn’t have a clue what running any football club was about, never mind one as complicated and unique as NUFC.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #33

    Ed, sorry but I’m with Lesh on this one. I think you’ve interpreted this wrongly and you’re scare-mongering. The “that’s the truth” statement on the end is, um, not.

    All Ashley is doing wrongly right now is his usual: failing to communicate, and letting the press fill the gap with fabrications.

    Why would he do what you’re suggesting, when it would cost him even more millions from his dwindling fortune? It’s daft. And why would Big Al put up with that and say what he’s said?

    Here’s what I believe:

    MA is short of liquid funds. He may be worth 700M, but that is all in Sports Direct shares, and he can’t sell too many of them without losing control of his company.

    He sold his £4.5m stake in JJB last week to free up some cash, which backs up that theory.

    Shearer wants in, and Ashley wants him in – that much has been clearly stated on both sides.

    We also know that NUFC is only operating courtesy of a £40m Barclays facility and guarantees from Ashley, which he now can’t back up because of the cost of relegation.

    So: HE CAN’T SIGN SHEARER. No way. He’d be strung up.

    To me it sounds like:

    1. Player deal negotiations are ongoing, as this article suggests.

    2. Shearer is fully in the know about all of this, including the sale, and has been from the beginning.

    We are not waiting on any decision from Ashley, we are waiting on the banks. If the bank can be convinced that they are more likely to get their money back with Shearer in, and that his terms are reasonable, it’ll all happen soon enough.

    Please: I know MA has been an utter muppet and I’ve said so enough times on here. But please stop asserting unrealistic and alarmist conclusions as facts!

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Presume we are applying for a 40m overdraft to cover us if there is no sale.

    ………..

    We’ve already got it as it was taken out last season, my understanding of it is Barclays want to cut it by half because they see us more of a risk now we’re out of the Premiership but we want to keep it the same and have gone to them with a business plan of what we want to spend and where we plan on tightening our belt etc.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Apparently Seymour Peirce have confirmed to the Journal that there has been definite interest but won’t say who or how many.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Light, tunnels, etc.

    I still hope they’re Brits, not some oilies who fancy a new toy to kick about for a bit.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    Steve P (#13): nice thoughts, but…

    (Sorry for shouting in caps – it’s just to differentiate the text)

    Give Shearer a contract with a proviso that new owners can cancel his contract without compensation within the first 3 months of takeover.

    YOU CAN’T. IT WOULD BE FRAUDULENT.

    Get the club to take a 15 million loan which goes straight to transfer budget and is repayable by the club

    WHO WOULD LEND IT? WE’RE NOT EVEN SOLVENT.

    Allow Shearer to move players out and therefore get them off the books

    THIS MAY BE HAPPENING.

    Any funds raised by transfers goes straight into transfer budget

    All sounds a bit easy so highly unlikely to ever happen

    YEP.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jun 2, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #38

    Remember when Ashley said he would put 20m a season into the club, clearly that is no longer the case and we are presumably asking the bank to confirm they will lend us x amount if necessary.
    If the club get a move on in the transfer window and get the high earners off the payroll then there is no reason why it cant break even but i cant see any bank funding transfer money.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 2, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t worry guys-

    The FT expect formall offers to be made in the next couple of weeks

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #40

    No doubt any interested parties will be looking over the stuff MA didnt bother with when he bought us!!Wont S.P hand out the accounts and such?

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