Ashley To Continue At Newcastle If No Buyer – Oh No!


Today is not exactly good news day for Newcastle fans, as news leaks out that Alan Shearer may have given up on getting the managers job at Newcastle, and an incompetent owner, by his own admission, continues to take the club down even further – or so it seems.

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Alan Shearer – Mike will not hire Alan

Scouring for some good news in the papers and web sites about Newcastle today is not easy, but there is a story in the Mail on Sunday, that Keith Harris seems confident he can find a good buyer for the famous Tyneside club, so let’s take a look at that story.

We think the Newcastle club is going through some of its darkest hours right now, as the last two weeks has been hard to take, immediately following our disgraceful relegation.

But our players, who were hopeless most of the season, seem to be doing OK – as they arrange to leave Newcastle for new clubs, but the club itself, who they let down so badly, isn’t.

Keith Harris is said to be optimistic about arranging a deal now that Mike Ashley has decided to cut his losses by asking for £100M or less for the famous Tyneside club.

But the servicing of a £40m debt, and the task of reducing the players’ huge £74M wage bill, to accommodate life in the Championship, are challenges the new owners will inherit. So there are some difficulties with anybody who takes over Newcastle – well we knew that already. 😀

Ashley’s best hope appears to be an Omani-based consortium, who have expressed an interest in the club, but now the issue, as we have tried to stress on this blog, is not just who may buy the club, but how quickly the deal can be closed.

As we had dreaded, if Ashley cannot find a buyer soon, he may decide, as he did last December, to continue as owner, and we know he will not appoint Alan Shearer as manager.

It would not surprise us too much, if he brought Joe Kinnear back, who would be willing to work within the severe financial constraints Mike will place on the club.

Alan Shearer will not, and that’s the main reason Mike will not appoint Shearer. Mike will say it’s because of his lack of experience in management – but we know better.

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • Girth

    Jun 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    havnt been to bed…..

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  • geordie deb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    When has Ashley stated he will not appoint Alan Shearer? I must have missed that

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 7, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    I think it would be better for Sheperd to buy us alsong as he has backing then it would Ashley to keep us!

    Ashley is a prick, he says ‘Bringing back Alan was the best thing I ever did’ but then he won’t make him permanent… What an idiot!

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    errrm WHAT £40M of debt? i thought ashley wiped all the debt!

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  • DannyBoy

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone else had more than enough of this rubbish yet? Ashley is a completely incompetent moron (by his own admission) and just how he became a billionaire beggars belief. He behaves as if NUFC somehow wronged him in a previous life and now he is hell-bent on destroying our club whilst making our team look as big a joke as himself. Every day I read through story after story looking for the slightest glimmer of hope that we might finally be rid of the big idiot, only to find he has committed yet another act of lunacy. If things get much worse I’ll be able to buy NUFC with my hard eaned money and use the change I’d get from that tenner to buy him a bus ticket back to Disneyland from whence he came! AAAAAAaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!!

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    its a bit obvious that ashley would continue as owner if there is no buyer, i mean what else could he do if thers no buyer??

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  • Nick 69

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    newcastle29- the same 40mil bank overdraft thats been in the papers for the past week and half!!

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  • jonny_rubber

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    no he gave us a £100m LOAN to repay the majority of the debt.

    the £40m is the overdraft used for the day to day running of the club……….jeez

    considering WHU look like being sold for £70m and ashley is trying to flog us – a championship team, making a loss week in week out for £100m !!!!!!!!!!!
    administration here we come

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  • Jezza

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Yes, it’s all too obvious isn’t it. I don’t even believe Ashley genuinely wants to sell the club. Putting it up for sale at a cut price is just a smokescreen on Ashley’s part, an excuse for not appointing Shearer.

    We will still be managerless when the season starts, with no new signings even through several first team players will have been sold, including Bassong, Beye and Steven Taylor. Finally, after the transfer deadline has passed, Ashley will take the club off the market, bring back Fat Joe as manager and come out with more nonsense about ‘driving the club forward’ before we sink inexorably towards the third division.

    The situation Ashley has put our club in is now so desperate, that even the return of Fat Fred as owner/chairman would be an improvement.

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  • Toonmania

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley i doubt you read this, but if you do F**K OFF before you are hung from the tyne bridge we have had enough of you and your pathetic attempt to run a football club, i know you think you are bigger (and if you turn sideways you probably are) than the club, but this club and it’s supporters have now had enough of you, if you don’t sell it NOW you will no longer be able to walk the streets of newcastle again, mind you even if you do you might need some bodyguards, just go now and leave us to rebuild the mess YOU have caused and take your fat greedy friends and invest in tottenham hotspuds instead

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  • jim

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Im all up for Shepherd and co instead of ashley for the simple reason Shepherd at least loves the club-spends on players and tries his best to make us great again! I mean whats wrong with him admitting hes made a few mistakes with the debt and overpaying players etc etc then learning from it next time round? Everyone makes mistakes all football people-the bloke is better news than ashley! mikes plan sounded great at first but he couldnt back his promises up-and now look where he has us-im all up for a new owner etc and would have been happy with ashley had he a clue how to take us forward-the mans clueless-hes made mistake after mistake and still is-at least freddy could take on board his mistakes and try not to repeat them!

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  • Toonmania

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    The situation Ashley has put our club in is now so desperate, that even the return of Fat Fred as owner/chairman would be an improvement.

    I think even having mickey mouse would be better than ashley, ashley is as useless as a chocolate fireguard, i would be happy for ANYONE to come in and take us over as long as they wanted and tried to move the club forward

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  • Alex

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    well if you belive all the newspapers then preseason training is going to be quiet , we will have no manager and no players . Well at least that will reduce the wage burden. 🙂 as it stands according to the hacks
    Shearer to WBA
    Jonas to Spurs/ wolfsburg
    Smith to half the premiership teams
    colo to spain
    Bassong to the great unwashed (dont make me laugh) or arsenal
    Emo,Cacapa, Viduka all out of contract thank god.
    Edgar out of contract
    Oba to any where he wants
    well at least Duff & Barton want to stay and keep filling ther pockets for doing nothing.
    GOD I AM DEPRESSED . OUR CLUB IS SINKING LIKE THE TITANIC

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  • mitchc

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    this article I posted from above is from him speaking on radio five so much more reliable than the gutter press

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Good decide! fuxk

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  • Timmers

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Was just gonna post that link from Sportinglife. Trying to scour everywhere for the hint of positive news.

    If we got new owners, would people accept another manager other than Shearer? For arguments sake managers like Steve Coppell/Paul Jewell who have proven exp of getting clubs promoted? Answers on a postcard

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  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Why hasnt it been announced on the official website Ashley has put the club up for sale like he did the last time?

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  • Tel

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    At last some solid news, harris has said 2 or 3 interested parties. Well is it 2 or is it 3? surely an accountant can tell the difference. At least someone is interested. As for the rest of the paper talk most of it is absolute bollocks, we are still big news and big news even when it is total crap sells. Therefore they will keep publishing it. I didnt rate JFK as a manager but he was right to have a go at the media.

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  • magpie6699

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    A bit harsh, Ed. I agree with Nick69. If I put my house up for sale and no-one buys it, I am still the owner – unless I give it away or burn it down for the insurance money and start again – oh, there’s a thought.

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  • daffy

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #21

    wats the crack with that spanish bird linked off your name toon factor?

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  • Tel

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    And he goes on to say we are a fantastic investment oportunity if someone looks to the future, better attendances than liverpool, excellent infrastructure and should be a top 7 team. I like this blokes honesty.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #23

    daffy

    Shes my wife!

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  • G 2

    Jun 7, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Shambles

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  • daffy

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry mate i think ive been with her ! bumpt into her at the quayside & took her back to my grubby stanley pad.

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Lets not forget that it’s Sunday and it’s open season on NUFC.

    Mail are reporting one thing, Telegraph another and Sunday Mirror something totally different.

    Who do we believe? None of them cos nobody knows anything!

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #27

    When this mess is sorted and we have a new owner and hopefully AS in charge, i hope we appoint new lawyers who start dealing with all the bullsh*t in the press and fight back.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Rodzilla & Komfort….I told you i’ll post the photos of me with Carew & Pedersen

    http://www.tagged.com/photo_view.html?photoId=121978870&uid=5410632681

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Ladies and gents

    Lets put all this bollox to bed about what’s happening.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/8087712.stm

    Listen to the man who is actually selling the club.

    Club to be sold by end of June and there are 2 to 3 people wanting to buy us

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  • Doocey

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    I believe you Patizan, but I can’t see any photos in that link lol!

    New buyer please please!

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Partizan – I think they believed you anyway and were just winding you up.

    I remember meeting Alan Smith in leeds on a night out, he had been at Man U for a little while then, i said to him he should’ve joined us and he said
    “i’d never join newcastle”

    Prick!

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  • Partizan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Well,Pedersen seemed pretty honest when i asked him if he would join our club.

    He said” Get the promotion,and i dont see why not”…Carew on the other hand”Promotion or no promotion,NO WAY.

    He didint say it like that,but it was pretty obvious that he doesnt wanna join our club ever. 🙁

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  • Doocey

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #35

    RE : Stuart79.

    The guy selling knows his stuff or so it seems. He has a footballing brain as well by the sounds of it and hasn’t be hiding under a stone for the last 10 years. He seems pretty confident we’ll be sold and if you ask me, I think there could be more than 2 parties interested in buying us.

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Partizan- Would you want Carew? I wouldn’t, he’s a poor mans Peter Crouch!

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  • Stuart79

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Well Doocey I would think that Harris knows more than the papers when it comes to what’s happening

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  • Tino 11

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree about the papers, it’s all bollo*ks. Anyone buying the club would want to do so quietly, the more people interested the more the price goes up, so it;s not in their best interests to go public. As for the famous “club insider”, after making 120 people redundant i doubt anyone working at the club would risk losing their job by talking to the press.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Tino…What i like about Carew is the fact that he always scores in decisive matches.

    And as a matter a fact,i’d have him over Crouch at any given day.

    Crouch only played in England but Carew adapted in every major league in Europe except the Bundes League.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #40

    My dream striking duo would be

    ———————-Pandev——-Dzeko————–

    Both football brains,combined with classy finishing and classy assists.

    The could combine around 30 goals folowed by 15 assists.

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