Ashley Manages To Mess Shearer Around In Last Defiant Act

We had all hoped the soap opera at Newcastle last season would be over, and that Alan Shearer would be installed as manager and bring some order, discipline  and respect back to Newcastle United.


Alan Shearer – evidence that Mike is not being straight with him

But then Ashley decided to sell the club, just over a week ago, and not only Shearer has been kept waiting, but the Newcastle United club itslef has now been held in abeyance for over two weeks since the end of the season.

We have to think that Mike didn’t want to appoint Shearer as manager, and rather than come out and say that, he looked ahead at the fans’ reactions and decided he better sell the club – before he was forced into it by the uproar his decision would have caused.

One might ask how work gets done in the close season, with Ashley not having the guts to tell Shearer whether he will be hired or not – although Shearer is still pushing for some definitive answer. But the former Newcastle great is left completely up in the air by Ashley’s rather devious actions. He’s certainly not being straight, that’s for sure.

We think Mike wants to avoid the issue of turning down Shearer, by staying that he has to wait until a new owner is found.

But this strikes us as Ashley not being straight with Alan Shearer – who we know to be as straight as a die, and it doesn’t surprise us if Shearer thinks that Ashley has not been playing fair with him.

Alan returns from his Villa in Portugal today, and is said to have a meeting with Derek Llambias arranged for tomorrow. Apparently when Alan was waiting for the answer late last week, he was told there had been no progress, even though the bankers had spent a full five days looking at the books.

Something is not right here.

But the good news is that there seems to be some progress being made on the sale with Keith Harris saying yesterday there were some serious bidders in for the club, and he has hopes the club will be sold before July comes around in three weeks time.

We learned that one consortium headed by former Chairman Freddy Shepherd will meet with Ashley tomorrow, and are said to be willing to bid £75M, although that seems short of what Mike is asking for.

So we still live in hope, but with the altercation with Shearer, it looks like Mike Ashley, in his short reign as Newcastle owner has managed to mess around two Newcastle idols in Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer.

Both are fan favorites, and in our readers’ poll 86% want Shearer installed as manager.

But when did Ashley ever take any notice of the Newcastle fans, who still turned up in droves last season to watch a rather pathetically run football club.

Mike has committed political suicide more than once while at Newcastle, and he seems determined to do it one more time, as one last defiant act, as part of his swan song at the club he has almost destroyed.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • hitman

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    the club has know been officially ben put up for sale,ssn now.what ajoke

  • Girth

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    have to say that I completely disagree with the tone of this article. Where is the proof that Ashley has messed around Shearer?
    Ashley is selling the club so doesn’t want to appoint anyone who the new owners may not want?!?!?!
    See, that was easy, and a far cry from the sensationalist nature of this piece!!
    Baseless, subjective sh1t stirring at its best im afraid, nothing better than the tabloids we ridicule!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    So much for a nugget of good news from the journal – its all doom and gloom boys and girls of the faithful toon army.

    I clinging onto the hope of something good coming out of barrack road this week.

    Then again I was clinging onto the hope we could stay in the prem and well say no more.

    Ashley still needs to protect his business to ensure maximum sale potential – well having said that – this man has proved nothing apart from inept and poor ownership – dont get me started on Llambias – got a whole can of opinion on that voiceless prat.

    Looks as though Ashley’s parting shot is to make us suffer more.

    Ive never called for Ashley Out – but it seems all the more of an urgency now more than ever.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    just watched it. what was the point in that? did’nt tell us anything we did’nt already know. just a bit of free advertising for ashley!

  • dougnufc

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5
  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    100% Ed – a well drafted summary.

    I’m afarid I go along with your thoughts in that it doest take over 5days for a bank to review a day-to-day operating overdraft! This whole scenario stanks of deviousness and incompetence.

    But a real worry (and I’m surprised Ashely hasn’t anticipated the possibibilty – is that we have a severe fan reaction similar to the backlash from Keegan’s departure and that may well deter any bidder!

    I’ll repeat the one about the new OXO cube being test marketed…. black and white striped foil wrap and it’s called ‘Laughing Stock’

    A crying shame and the sooner Ashely goes, the better all round.

  • nufcindia

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7



    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

  • nufcindia

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8



    Mike Ashley brought Newcastle united for 130 million pounds. Then found out that there is a debt of 110 million pounds and he paid it with his own money. Now he is trying to sell the club for 80 to 100 million pounds. This is what we know from the media. Does anyone here in this site that Mike Ashley wave away the money that he used to clear the debt and take a 160 million loss? I don’t think so. I think will have to pay him the 110 million eventually. That’s why I believe that if Mike Ashley sell the club right now to a person who is not wealthy enough, Newcastle United will be the next LEEDS UNITED

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    All this stuff in the papers about Ashley and Shearer is probably all bull!

    Shearer I have no doubt is well aware of what is happening and knows nothing can be done until the club is sold.

    We hear that it could be in the next 3 weeks so wed need to be patient I think and not to believe a single article in any paper!

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Girth @ 2, all Ashely’s got to do is explain that to Shearer rather than snub him.

  • gibbotwg

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11

    His biggest mistake was turning away the people that bought Man city 🙁

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    So its taken a week to get that statement put on the NUFC website and the fact that there is a link on there for potential purchasers to email looks ridiculous.

    God save our gracious toon!!

  • BenjiToon

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    I was wondering why bother to put up the official statement…but then if the club (or Harris?) is meeting Shepherd tomorrow and he has said £75m, maybe they’re playing hardball and making it public they won’t accept that.

    Christ this is all starting to drive me mad! (Starting?!! Who am I kidding! It drove me made around November last year!)

  • BenjiToon

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Graeme – aye, I thought that too. Perhaps its actually a scam, bit like one of those dodgy emails from a prince in Nigeria who wants to be my “honourable friend” and give me his fortune.

    Maybe they’ll post the club on Ebay now too.

    Description: historic football club, lovely ground in city centre location. All original fixtures and fitings have been replaced with “modern” alternatives (including manager, infrasture and fan loyalty). One not-very-careful owner. Several (ahem) “star” assets which can be retained or sold for cash. Complete with voiceless comedy Managing Director. Install the manager of your choice. Absolute bargain.

    Bidding to close in 22 days, or “buy it now” for £100m.

    See pictures of our delightful and harldy-used corporate boxes. Warning: some of the reputation of this item may have been damaged by recent events – this is NO LONGER a premier buy.

  • newcastle29

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    might aswell accept now that shearer is not going to be manager, he’s been messed around to much now and he not going to take much more imo.

    i understand things take time and we have to be patient but…….

    no new owner until atleast july = bad preperation for the new season.


    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    jesus, It’s taken them this long to get that little 10 word statement on the official site? haha.

    Well at least we’re making progress!

  • ian

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Not his only defiant act, I heard that the offer I was ona bout was under £100m, not sure about the £75m one, but if that is true also then it looks like three defiant acts.

    Things dont change, once a an idiot always an idiot.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Whoever is wanting to buy the club knows that Ashley is desperate to sell.

    Do you really think their going to offer him the full asking price? It’s like buying anything you haggle.

    It just depends how low Ashley is prepared to go. The longer it goes on the more Sh1t Ashley and the club are in!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19

    nothing sensationalist about the article.
    Its an opinion, which the majority of true fans agree with!!

    Cashley has F**ked our club completely,its as plain as the nose on your face, and even though he come out with these half hearted ‘im sorry’. as he did the last time, it doesnt cut it anymore with the majority of us!!

    he would gain more respect if he kept his trap shut, stopped pretending he was sorry, and casually jumped off the Tyne Bridge, using Lamy arse as his parachute!!

    We are 2 weeks into transfer window, no outgoings, no incomings, all our prospective challengers in the fizzy pop are clearing out the deadwood and strengthening now, as they have a Manager in place!!

    If Cashley was worth his salt, he would say, I am appointing a Manager to start the repair and push the team for promotion, whilst I am actively looking to sell the club.

    All this crap about the banks need to do this, the banks need to do that….if your that sorry fat lad, you pay the Manager out your huge bank account, and yes it is still a huge bankaccount no matter what you read in the press!!

  • Ericles

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Of course Ashley is not being straight with Shearer. Ashley was never straight with the fans so why change his spots now. I am getting fed up with those idiots who make excuses for Ashley.
    The man is directly responsible for the position NUFC is in right now. There is no denying it. Those who make excuses for Ashley and his wrecking crew are in denial and, as Mark Twain once said “De Nile aint de only river in Africa”, if you get my drift! If Ashley is prepared to mislead an entire region and its football club what on earth do you think he cares about one man – Alan Shearer, or one man before him – Kevin Keegan. Get real – Ashley is a spiv and shady wheeler and dodgy dealer. Sell up now Ashley and let Shearer get on with the job. You know it makes sense and so will any incoming owners.

  • sahota

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Lets email and buy club ourselves.

    The way finally NUFC has made a statement on website, looks like the ADMINISTRATOR of website is accepting offers ha ha …What a joke this Ashley and co are.

    But guys don’t read much into news and rumors. Nobody knows exactly whats going on. But I am 100% convinced Shearer knows a hell lot more than anybody else as otherwise he would have walked out by now.

  • BenjiToon

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Ericles – agree. No defence for MA now.

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    All a bit of a reaction – why not storm SJP and burn down the directors box?
    It’s all specualtion to say that Ashley is messing Shearer around. Unless you were at the meetings – you dont know.
    Just out of interest, how many people here know whats involved in reviewing a day to day operating overdraft for 40 million pounds?
    I would imagine the bank needs to be a little more thorough than usual.
    Finally – where does all this crap come from that Ashley has never been straight with anyone? Its unbelievable that we seem to think that because we pay to go see a match we are somehow a part of the decision making process. We’re not part of it. Ashley hasn’t screwed you out of your life savings – he’s just been uncommunicative.
    As for Shearer as Manager – it’s now surfacing that prospective buyers may not want Shearer solely in charge. If Ashley puts Shearer in charge now it reduces the chances of a quick sale, and the new owners first job would be to change Shearers contract, and pay him a couple of million for the pleasure.
    When was the last time you all demonstrated against Virgin because they didn’t tell you what their plans were? When did you last picket Scottish and Newcastle because you were conerned about their marketing strategy?

    Sit back
    Wait and see

  • Whumpie

    Jun 8, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Good grief, we’re embarrassing sometimes.

    Ed – sorry, but this is exactly the kind of jump-to-worst-assumptions, opinion-as-fact stuff that we slag off the press for.

    I totally agree with what everyone is saying about Ashley (at least the conspiracy theorists have gone away) and his awful decisions. Even Ashley agrees.

    But is there any evidence whatsoever that everything is not in hand? If Big Al was being messed around, do you not think he would come out and say as much?

    Here’s an alternative:

    1. Ashley still hasn’t learned to communicate. Muppet. Pretty obvious, really.

    2. Player deals – in and out – continue apace; all but the signatures of new players, which have to wait until the club can prove it can honour the contracts. We have plenty of evidence for that too.

    3. Shearer is fully aware of it, and, having sent his troops in to do the above, he took a quick and much-needed break, in full knowledge of what is going on.

    4. Barclays are still a load of balloon-knots, and are messing the club about. (No evidence, I just hate banks and know how they operate.)

    I will accept that Shearer feels he’s being messed about when HE SAYS SO. Up to then, I’m going to be objective and not leap to apocalyptic conclusions.

  • sahota

    Jun 8, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #25


    Spot on, I think everyone need to read these news and just forget about it. It doesn’t make sense to just speculate on these news. Nobody knows more than Mike, Shearer and any bidders who are interested.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 8, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m getting the feeling that Shearer is being messed around and having his name used however obviously I’m unaware of the discussions between the parties involved.

    Angryman the Angry fan. I’d agree with most you say tbh and

    “I am appointing a Manager to start the repair and push the team for promotion, whilst I am actively looking to sell the club. ”

    seems like a sensible move.

    I have no time for this owner, I do not believe him and certainly do not trust him, that is my opinion. He is a gambler and has gambled and lost with NUFC and the fans have to suffer, thankfully though so has his bank balance.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 8, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #27



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