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Newcastle Retain Their Massive Attraction – Even In Hard Times

9:59 am, Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 by Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Most Newcastle fans are going through hell and high water right now, waiting for a new owner to come in and buy the club.

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Newcastle fans are the club! - which is still a huge draw

We’re also waiting for Alan Shearer to be announced as manager, but this week is turning out to be exactly like last week – we are being told there will be some news and decisions at the end of the week. We just have to hope the news is not as uprooting as last Saturday’s news was for the club.

And hopefully that Alan is the new manager – that would lift some of the gloom on Tyneside.

But some good news today – yes good news – that’s not a typo.  Even though the club has fallen on hard times, and our £74M playing squad last year through poor play, lack of effort, and little spirit, had the Tyneside club relegated for the first time in 20 years.

So we’re almost down and out right now – or so it feels.

However, it’s also due to those same fans, 52,000 sell-out at out last two home games, for a team that would be relegated, in addition to the passion for football in the City of Newcastle and surrounding areas, that the club still seems  a huge magnet for players – or so we are being told today.

Add to that the potential appointment of Alan Shearer as manager, and that would seem to be a potent draw for footballers. Shearer of course is known throughout the world, as one the great strikers ever in football, and he would put both a professional and passionate face on the club.

Isn’t that just what the club needs right now?

You can also bet he will not hire any players into the club that lack fight, guts and spirit, which let us down big time last season.

One football agent has told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“Newcastle United are a massive club and they will blow any club in the Championship out of the water. If there is a sniff of interest from Alan Shearer and Newcastle, it is the only place that a player will want to go.”

“They might have fallen on hard times but they’re still a much bigger draw than any club in the division and I think most players would probably wait if there is a suggestion that Shearer and Newcastle are keen.”

And even now, when the club seems to be in deep turmoil once again, that doesn’t seem to have put off many of the Newcastle summer targets that Alan Shearer has drawn up. That list is said to include both Premier League players and those from the lower leagues, and most apparently have already been contacted – at least unofficially.

One on the list – Brad Orr of Bristol City , we profiled yesterday, and got some good comments from Newcastle fans in Bristol about the former Newcastle player – who never did make a single appearance for the first team.

And the fans in Bristol say that although Brad spent some time in jail a couple of years ago, that was a single mistake and he’s since cleaned up his act, and that it would be unfair to compare him with Joey Barton – who continues to make mistakes seemingly ad infinitum. We’ll take that input which was well received here.

Today another player said to be on Alan’s list is prolific Leeds United goalscorer, Jermaine Beckford – whom we profiled last week . There was also news we reported 12 months ago, that Kevin Keegan may have been interested in the player.

And it seems like in both cases the word is that Newcastle is the choice club they’d like to join – in Brad’s case – rejoin – and are even prepared to wait out the talks and tribulations we are going through right now, as Mike Ashley tried to sell the club, for a second time.

Of course if Newcastle are indeed bought by the Sultan of Oman – whom we also profiled yesterday, the club will probably be an even bigger attraction.

But the point we want to make with Newcastle fans, waiting again for some good news on Shearer – just like we did last week – is that maybe our club isn’t quite as bad as those gossip columns would have us believe.

It’s not in good shape for sure, but we still think if somehow the club can get Alan and Iain in working on some transfer deals, and soon, we may just be better off than we think.

And of course the biggest attraction for any player is playing at St. James’ Park in front of 52,000 Geordie fans, and if that starts to happen next year – we’ll know we’re at or near the top of the Championship – and winning games again.

Wouldn’t that be a nice change? :D



Tags: Transfer News and Rumours





17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Attractive…. like the Lorrellei?

  • 2 Johno Toon // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    think becford is a must for me , we need a whole new strike force , beckford carrol ranger mclovin and another striker should give us the fire power needed , just need people to provide the ammunition

  • 3 Ericles // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    A good positive blog. I think we can also blow any Coca Cola team out of the water as well. We can get crowds in the 50 tousands next season. OK, hospitality firms may pull out. So what.

  • 4 Toon_Factor // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1780_5360685,00.html

  • 5 Nick D // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t know why we keep going for journeymen like Beckford and Orr, when we should be blooding Ranger and Lua Lua.

  • 6 Nick D // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    When you see an episode of crimewatch, it must be easy to get Barton kicked out after the liverpool youth and the Dabo incidents.

  • 7 Angryman the Angry fan // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    NICK D??
    Jermaine Beckford?? Journey man. Come one mate, he is 25 years old, scores goals for fun, has arrogance and attitude on the pitch and off it. When interviewed last season after getting a man of the match, the reporter asked him ” some of the big bos are sniffing around you, could you be tempted” Beckfords response, in a tone that can only be discribed as disgusted with the question!! ” Mate, what strip am i wearing?? It will be the same strip I am wearing next week and the week after until the club tell me otherwise” .
    We NEED this sort of player!!!
    Journey man indeed!!!

  • 8 darrowb1 // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Of course the club will be atractive next year. How bad it looks for the english game though that the highest attendance in a weekend could be that of a championship side.

  • 9 LoonyToony // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    your welcome Ed regarding yesterdays comments..Always happy to lend a hand ;)

    As regards to todays article onthe pulling power of NUFC..That was never ever in question.

    That is in no way disrespecting the other clubs in this league though as there are some quality teams around us, But its obvious that a club like us, a stadium like St James and Fans like the Toon Army, were bound to be up there on peoples wishlists :)

    If im honest, i got over getting relegated pretty quick, No it wasnt easy as i doubt it is for many of you reading this.

    But the fact remains that this drop was probably for the best, We were on the decline anyway and a freshen up was needed.

    Hopefully Mike Ashley can sell up pretty quick and Sir Alan can get in the firing line and start rebuilding NUFC.

    Howay the Lads

  • 10 Toon Graeme // Jun 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Looneytooney –

    Im still bitter about relegation and it still boils my pi$$ as to the way we threw away the premiership status.

    You are right and in the big picture I hope to be back in my usual seat at SJP supporting our lads until May 2010 and call on as many people who come on hear and can go to still turn up in your black and whites.

  • 11 Nick 69 // Jun 3, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    i think our strikeforce for next season should be something like ranger, carroll, lovenkrands, beckford and either daniel sturridge or leroy lita, would much prefer sturridge but accoring to reports chelsea are offering him a contract

  • 12 sirjasontoon // Jun 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    I think it will be the fans and the enthusiasm that keeps our mighty toon ship afloat…the relegation was so disappointing but I think things will get better..it will take a while but my faith will always be black and white and I am going to try and be more positive….I LOVE NEWCASTLE AND MY CLUB end of story.

  • 13 CcB // Jun 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Ed, you’re not doing Brad Orr any favours… This is what the third time you’ve mentioned that he’s been to prison?!

  • 14 Whumpie // Jun 3, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Great article, Ed – and points out exactly why we may – just – still pull something good out of this.

    I honestly believe that Ashley is trying to do the best for the club out of what he has to play with. Unfortunately, that’s not a fat lot, but none of what’s going on is out of malice.

    I also think that even those daft gits at Barclays will see that they will only stand to lose their money if they don’t rubber-stamp the facility to hire Shearer.

    Lastly, it’s becoming obvious from the article above about Lovenkrands, and those quotes from the agent, that the club is very, very active in the transfer market right now, and that as soon as we can legally sign contracts, we will do so.

    It could all turn out ok yet, lads.

    It could all turn to utter donkey poo, of course, but let’s keep the chins up, eh.

  • 15 Micky Toon // Jun 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    I’ve said it before in here. You are a top player at PNE and you get a call from Shearer asking you to join NUFC, do you think it would take more than half a second to say yes? We can build the ultimate Championship team and storm the division IF we get it right. However, we will only be able to do this for the first season in the Championship as if we stay for more than one season might become just another Championship team, as far as players go.

  • 16 THE MAGPIE // Jun 3, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    All depends on who you are playing for at present-if its Bristol City then we are a attractive club, if its Everton you are not going to be interested.

  • 17 Tom_Toon // Jun 3, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Bristol City is one of the most well run and well managed clubs in the champo.




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