Newcastle Continue To Dither – As Time Goes By

The Mail On Sunday is reporting today that Alan Shearer is in danger of being frozen out at Newcastle United, as Mike Ashley seems to be running the club into the ground – again.


Ashley – how can I screw this club up even more – let me count the ways

The Mail says that Mike Ashley has made it clear that Alan Shearer is not his first choice as manager.

That comes after the two of them talked for about a week, the week before last, when Alan put his plan to Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias, and they promised a decision by last weekend.

No decision was forthcoming, but Ashley then rather surprisingly put the club up for sale at 9pm a week last Saturday, and said he was prepared to sell quickly and at a bargain basement price of around £100M.

Then we were told last weekend that the bankers, Barclay’s, were looking over the minute details of the plan that had come out of the meeting with Shearer, and that a decision would be reached by last Friday, on whether they could appoint Shearer as manager, but no decision was forthcoming.

As we had intimated last week, we think Ashley is dragging his feet because he doesn’t  want to appoint a manager until he’s sold the club, but that just will not work,  because it will take far too long to sell the club.

We went through hell and high water for four months last year trying to sell Newcastle, and ended up with no buyers – and we cannot do that again.

And The Mail On Sunday, is also reporting something we find rather hard to believe, that even if the former Newcastle and England star Shearer, had succeeded in keeping Newcastle up in his eight games in charge, Ashley would have have offered the job to Steve Bruce instead.

We don’t know where the proof of that statement is – but Ashley we feel is now in a corner, and running out of time,  because after presiding over one of the worst season in living memory at Newcastle, in which we finally ended up being relegated, he is now stalling too much.

His dithering is seriously starting to impact the preparations for next season. What is his plan for the next four weeks – if he has one?

Before the players start pre-season training in 25 days time, we have to sell about 11 players and bring in some new blood to the club, and times goes by – all the time!   We also have to arrange pre-season friendlies and so many other things that time is already running short.

Bringing some new manager in now will be curtains for Ashley, whether he likes it or not,  because there will be more protests from fans, who are already more than depressed and angry about last season, and didn’t expect even more incompetence in the first two weeks following relegation.

Mike may be great at what he does at Sports Direct, but he has shown himself to be rather inept at running a football club, and the sooner he leaves the better it will be for the Newcastle club.

We have to remember  the Tyneside club have already been brought down lower than they’ve been in 20 years, under his executive leadership, or lack therof – so he hardly has any track record to lean on.

Mike’s admitted to serious errors of judgement, but is continuing to make them.

We have to hope some good news comes out of the meeting that is reported to take place today with a local consortium, who are said to be willing to pay the £90M Ashley wants.

But crucial time is passing by with every week of non-action at the football club, and the longer this stuff goes on, the worse Newcastle will be prepared – or should we say not prepared – for the upcoming season – which most would agree is crucial to the club’s future.

Ashley admitted when he bought the club two years ago, that he knew nothing about running a football club, and by his actions of the last two weeks it doesn’t look like he’s learned too much since then.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • TheDan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #1

    God you can’t blame him for not wanting to appoint Shearer at the minute, what if the potential new owners do not want him? Then it will just leave this club in another fiasco like the saga with Keegan. Yes we need to sort this out and hurry up like but if the rumour about the meeting with the consortium is true then everything will be a-okay babes!

  • RyanToon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #2

    hate to say it but we are a effing shambles at the moment

  • Robbanufc

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Do you ever sleep, Ed?

  • mylestoon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #4


  • Rangerman

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I liked the part in the Mail article where it said “season-ticket sales are almost non-existent”

    That’s probably because they are not on sale yet.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 7, 2009 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #6

    The manager situation will be sorted out this week one way or the other, nothing we can do to speed it up.

    If I had to guess I would say Shearer will be announced eith Monday or Tuesday, depending when and what time he gets back from his holiday because he will no doubt want to hold a press conference.

  • TheDan

    Jun 7, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #7

    You really reckon so soon rangerman?

  • nicholasnufc

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #8

    What the f***k is Mike Ashley doing?
    He dragged us down from the premiership and instead of trying to bring us back, he is selling the club. A relegated club without manager? We need to be preparing for next season and not sit around waiting for a buyer.

    I really can’t stand this son of a bitch. Why the f***k Mike Ashley came in for Newcastle? I hope he dies !!!

  • Sav

    Jun 7, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Calm down, Ed. It makes a certain amount of sense that Ashley would be reluctant to appoint ANY manager if he’s selling the club as his choice might not be that of his purchasers and result in no sale or costly compensation packages. And as for the Mail – it tells a crock o’ shite about the Toon all the time – even on Sundays, God forgive them.
    Its not what we want to hear but the club is up for sale at a knockdown price and that is the best thing Ashley can do in the present circumstances. If he can’t get a buyer pretty quick at only 80 mil, we really are in trouble.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I cant see why Shearers contract cannot be on a month by month basis until the club is sold. That way everyday things could still be taken care of, then once the sale is agreed the new owners could choose who they want. Whether that be Shearer or whoever, that way there would be no complicated compensation packages. Or why not have Shearer as a caretaker manager, just a job to keep the ship on an even keel at this impossible time. We need someone to boot out the shite and clean the decks for the new lot.

  • ginkoh

    Jun 7, 2009 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Another joke from Newcastle or from Fat Mike Ashley ?

  • Jezza

    Jun 7, 2009 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #12

    This is just beyond belief. How much wore is it going to get? I think we can forget about Shearer now, it’s not going to happen. Really, it doesn’t take much of a leap of the imagination to see us still being managerless when pre-season training begins with Hughton taking charge on a caretaker basis once again.

    The club will still be up for sale when the season starts and once the transfer deadline has passed and the likes of Bassong and Steven Taylor have been sold and the money safely banked, Ashley will finally bring in the manager he really wanted all along, not Shearer or Bruce, but his own personal yes-man/propaganda voice piece, Fat Joe Kinnear.

  • The Original Todd

    Jun 7, 2009 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Arty H (9) >>”I cant see why Shearers contract cannot be on a month by month basis until the club is sold…”<<

    Just my personal theory, but I doubt Shearer would accept that at this point. He took the job on a temp basis once, but he’s caught the managing bug, and wants it full-time now.

    I tend to think he won’t sign on if he can’t have assurances he’ll keep the job once the club is sold.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 7, 2009 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Newcastle United Football Club? More Like Newcastle United Comedy Club. My beloved club that represents my great hometown is now just a big joke people like Ashley are taking the P*ss out of us Geordies

  • Ericles

    Jun 7, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Common sense please! Think where these stories are coming from. They are the creations of papers that have attacked and decried NUFC for ages. We know what a hypocrite Ashley is and we know he has more faces than the town hall clock. Why should a reporter know more than us, the fans? If we know nowt we can safely ignore the London press!

  • Nick D

    Jun 7, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m not really sure what the clamour for Shearer is based on. He wants an astronomical figure for managing just as he had the highest earner clause when he was playing.

    The most worrying thing is that people say he compensates for a lack of tactical awareness by being a good motivator. Well if those last 8 games were anything to go by, I’ve never seen such a collective bunch of disinterested, demotivated and ungalvanised players in my life and if he couldn’t lift the players then when we only needed 1 point from 2 matches, when will he?

    I agree Ashley needs to go, but I dread to think of the club being returned to Shepherd’s hands and for a new manager I would much rather we looked at the likes of martinez ( too late now), di matteo or Darren Ferguson.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with a previous post, can we just calm down. There is allegedly a meeting today with a local consortium. Why would Shearer be returning from Portugal tomorrow if there wasn’t going to be some news soon, or if he wasn’t involved with activities behind the scenes? Surely he would have taken a longer break and stayed on the beach. At the end of the day whether you want him as manager or not he is nobody’s fool and if he believes the job is his dependant on finances etc being approved he wont just be sat around doing nothing regarding players the club should sell or players he wants in. Have faith people.

  • Mikey25

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Every Sunday same old tripe, players coming out saying why they didn’t or they don’t wanna join newcastle, Shearer being snubbed, current players saying they want out, pundits showing how blackpool are going to beat us easily! Its a load of balls, more people need to do a Owen and sue the buggaz for every penny they have! Media is shocking!
    On a lighter note Shearer has taken a break probably due to nothing really being able to happen over the weekend apart from meetings! Should hear something firmer this week hopefully!

  • davis_toons

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #20

    ArtyH // Jun 7, 2009 at 5:42 AM

    I cant see why Shearers contract cannot be on a month by month basis until the club is sold


    Agreed with what you have said, but i guess Ashley is damn broke now, and doesnt want to appointed or make any big decision to avoid mistake.

    He now just want to get rid of Newcastle Utd , without losing too much cash.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 7, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh dear. It’s the Sunday press at it again. Unreliable I know but dithering is too polite a way to describe the ‘club’ at the moment.

    I hate to say it guys but if something positive doesn’t happen in the next week (max) then I can really see a Leeds coming on.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 7, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed just domt write anything fro the Daily Mail, Sun, Star or NOTW.


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