Ashley’s Sheer Incompetance Puts Newcastle In Jeopardy

As we reported earlier today we believe Ashley is seriously damaging Newcastle’s future by his continual display of incompetence and dithering over the last two weeks.


Mike Ashley – this man has been poison to Newcastle United

And by having no manager at the club yet, and with no sign there will be one in the foreseeable future, things are starting to look a little bleak for the club, and we’d suggest you finish your cornflakes before continuing to read this story – just in case you choke on the flakes.

And news today that Alan Shearer, who has been waiting a couple of weeks on a decision from Ashley on his future, is also said today to be extremely concerned about the club.

In the People today Alan is said to be at his lowest ebb after learning that no progress has been made over his future on Tyneside over the last week.

Further bad news for Shearer apparently is that two serious bidders, who are two of four of  the bidders looking to buy Newcastle, would want him to work under a more experienced manager.

Shearer is now in Portugal on a short holiday, and returns tomorrow, and he had agreed to speak with billionaire Ashley about Newcastle’s future last Friday, but all he got was a brief message from Managing Director Derek Llambias saying no progress had been made. That’s when he took off for a short Portugal vacation, obviously unhappy about the events.

The People is also saying there are not even any meetings arranged with Ashley and Llambias when Shearer returns tomorrow.

A source close to Shearer last night revealed:

“Alan is so low at the moment.” “In fact, I’ve never heard him sound so depressed about Newcastle United and the future.”

“Friday was supposed to be D-Day regarding his future at the football club.”  “He wanted news on his new contract it’s true, but more important to him is the transfer budget.”

“He wants the sort of funds that will help him fire the club straight back into the Premier League.”  “Yet all he got was a brief message from Derek Llambias saying that no progress had been made.”

“As far as Al is concerned, no news is very bad news indeed.”  “He fears the club is floating into oblivion.”

And we also hear that Keith Harris, who is trying to sell the club for a second time for Ashley, is now back on Tyneside, after returning from the Middle East where he was trying to sell the club.

We have been told there is a meeting today with local businessmen and Ashley about buying the club, and we assume Keith will be at that meeting.

The People is reporting there are now two serious candidates in negotiation with Newcastle, and both have English businessmen in the lead and backed by foreign Billionaires.

Both of these are said to  prefer Shearer to work under an experienced manager for a couple of years, before taking the helm on his own.

That however, is in direct contradiction to what the news was yesterday, reported by the Mail, that a meeting today with local businessmen and Ashley was to take place, and they wanted Shearer installed as manager – so it’s hard to know which stories are true – perhaps this one isn’t.

But if the People is correct in what they are reporting today, it’s not only Ashley who thinks Alan is not ready to assume management – so one wonders why Mike brought Shearer in last April Fool’s day.  Maybe it was a shot in the dark – but it didn’t work.

Mike has had the distinct embarrassment of presiding over a proud club that has been in rapid decline this season.   It’s hard to imagine another owner who could have done much worse than Ashley.

He  came in two years ago saying he wanted to broaden and globalize the Newcastle United brand, and has managed to take us down into the English second division, so it’s not surprising the man’s name is like mud in Newcastle – he’s thoroughly earned it.

However, the main concern now is that the Newcastle club seems to be in a death spiral, brought on by Ashley’s decision to sell the club at the worst possible time, and  unless something breaks quickly, the club could be in serious trouble.

We are not being sensational about this – and we wish things were  better, but the club has already lost two weeks into the close season, and nothing seems to be happening.

And with Ashley’s hopeless track record at Newcastle, we cannot see anything happening soon, to alleviate this ridiculous situation we find this proud club in, just two weeks after suffering the humiliation and embarrassment of relegation. 🙁

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • bri h

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    i think things will pick up after the weekend as some reports are saying the banks have agreed to the loan but it is at 30m not 40m,big al as boss on tuesday ,start to see the overrated and overpaid flops out and bring in hungry professional players who will wear the shirt with pride.

  • Ericles

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I do not think we can put any credence in what is written in the Sunday gutter press. I agree that Ashley has put NUFC in serious and dire straits. This is because he is a chancer who prays to the great god Mammon without regard to anything other than his own greed. Ashley is a minor wannabee mafioso scumbag, shorn of all morality, who does not give a hoot what happens to NUFC once he has sold up and gone.
    Like a cabinet minister he only thinks what he can get out of it. Shearer’s appointment was a tactical slop for the fans and current events prove it. We need a local consortium who feel for Newcastle and the region and who genuinely want NUFC to be great again. We need those at the helm who bleed black and white not weak piss like Ashley. Angry Sunday

  • bobby_ollox

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashleys mistake was to assume that he could run a unique football club in the way he runs a pile em high retail shop. This is tragic.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed you state you’re not being sensationalist but can you please just re-read all of that? It is the Sunday People for heavens sake

  • ArtyH

    Jun 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Get one thing clear this situation is about Newcastle United the football club, which employs hundreds of people and supported by thousands of people up and down the country. Alan Shearer can look after himself, but its not about him, he would no doubt put in more effort than most people as manager but would he really be the best appointment for the club???? I really have serious doubts, eg after saying he would give Nile Ranger part of a game then putting on Amiobi ( my heart sank at this ludicrous substitution ), to me suggests he may NOT be the best choice to go with at this crucial time. Not saying Ranger would have scored but I bet most NUFC supporters would know Amiobi would NOT score!
    I don’t care who is the new manager! If the new owners want Shearer then great but if he is the manager who is in post when the club is sold and the new owners do not want him, there may be a compensation package to pay, just think how much we as a club have unnecessarily paid out for this kind of thing in the recent past……yes enough to buy a decent mid field.
    The only way I could see Shearer being installed as manager ( at this time ) is in a caretaker position or on a rolling contract, if that were possible.
    The club will be sold to who ever has the MONEY with total disregard to whether it is good bad or disastrous for the club, make no mistake about that. This is a time to get things right, but time is against us as a club. Next week will be vital in the survival of NUFC.

  • telsave

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    The trouble is that as fans we are by nature romantics and optimists, lets face it you will not get mad Newcastle Utd Supporters taking over the club. The club will be bought by business people who always go into any venture with an exit route planned. They believe that they can make a profit and that is what business is all about and there is NOTHING wrong with that. If someone comes in and after 12 mths takes the club to market that does not mean they are selling out it could mean that they are seeking a wider capital base for more expansion, yes they will make money on a floartation but that is their reward for taking a risk in the first place. A good business man will look at his stock (players in our case) and will seek to have stock that increases the profitability of his business either in results on the park (increased standing in the league increases ticket sales and revenue) and also the stock hopefully will have a good resale value at the end of its contracted period (sell by date). I can understand the frustration felt by the supporters as most know I am one of over 50 years standing but stop looking for a buyer who will be like you. As far as manager is concerned Shearer could be a good manager because of his devotion for the club but unless he gets a good team behind him his inexperience will shine through and he will make mistakes (putting Ameobi on etc) but he also needs a strong team who will say to him “Alan,you are wrong”, and argue their case and he needs to listen. I like all of the honest and true supporters who voice their opinions on this blog, hope that next week we will see everything sorted out, I believe nothing I read in the press so will never quote it they are there to create sensationalism to sell their papers nothing else they never allow the facts to get in the way of a good story. You know that so stop quoting and believing them, they cannot sell blank pages and bad news always outsells good news. Always look for the clue ‘An inside (club; friend) source says’ that tells you it is a made up story, I do not even believe the date on them at times. We have to be patient because it is outside of our control at the moment.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    good post

  • ArtyH

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #9

    nicely put mate, on the same page!

  • chuck

    Jun 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Enough of the common sense stuff, we want a Fu****g Messiah.
    Common sense and pragmatism are rare commodities on this blog, watch out there may be a call for YOUR head, if you continue in this vain.

  • nufcindia

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11



    Mike Ashley has said he had made many mistakes. But I think the biggest mistake he will ever make is selling the club at this time. I have big doubts that he is genuinely trying to sell the club now. I think this is some sought of a trick to make Alan Shearer lower his demands. But if he is genuinely trying to sell the club then why did he buy it at the first time. This club is a big club. It has got 52000 people coming week in week out to see the players and the manager do rubbish in the pitch. Mike Ashley paid in total 240 million to buy this club. How was he going to make profit from this club? I see only 2 ways. One is to get the club into the champions league buy spending heavily on players. But that is tough thing to do given the quality of the teams up there. Then the other was the arsenal model. Buy young players and sell them when become good players. I think the owner choose this method. But biggest mistake he has made was to get a manager who didn’t agree with this method and to get a director of football to implement his method. Conflict of egos occurred and what most of us feared when we heard the name director of football has happened now. From then onwards Newcastle has gone down and down and now onto the championship. I would like to say again- IF YOU CANT ACCEPT SHEARER’S DEMAND IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD. GET ANOTHER MANAGER WHO LIKES THE PASSING GAME AND STICK WITH HIM. WITHIN ONE MONTH EVERYONE WILL BE BEHIND HIM. Give me the job


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