Ashley Not Being Straight About His Intentions

The Guardian this morning is reporting that Alan Shearer feels angry and let down by the lack of progress made in the two weeks since the club were tragically relegated.


Mike Ashley – not being straight about his intentions

However,  Shearer will do nothing that may get in the way of him at some point in the future assuming the management position at Newcastle United.

Reports in the press on Sunday that he was interested in the West Brom manager job are way wide of the mark.

Shearer returned from his Villa in Portugal yesterday,  and will meet with Managing Director Derek Llambias this week, maybe even today, and will hope to get some straight answers about what is happening.

But the signs are that Ashley and Llambias have completely ignored the various plans Shearer took them through a couple of weeks ago.

They have also put everybody on the first team squad up for sale, even though they are aware that Shearer wants to keep certain players at the club, to build a new team around.

And there is  nothing being done about recruiting any new players to Newcastle, which will be needed once we sell our highly paid players, which will happen as soon as decent offers are received.

Shearer presented Ashley and Llambias with a list of players he would like to recruit in the summer – but no more work has been done to recruit any of those players over the last 10 days.

Shearer is becoming concerned that Newcastle will miss out on the transfer season, as other clubs will be pursuing the targets identified, and the club will not be fully ready when this critical season starts on August 8th.

It appears that after Shearer met with Derek Lalmabis and the Newcastle hierarchy for a full week, nothing has been done with Shearer’s plans – they essentially have been ignored as the club has been put up for sale.

This seems strange to say the least – and surely they need to tell Shearer what is going on – that’s simply professional courtesy.

However, like many fans he cannot understand how Ashley and LLambias believe the club can function with nobody is in the lead in terms of bringing in new players, selling players, arranging pre-season friendlies, and arranging for the coaching schedules,  once players return in three weeks.

We had thought that Ashley would not want to appoint any manager until the club was sold, so the new owners would have a free choice, but Shearer has indicated this was never said to be a barrier to his appointment during the talks of the week before last.

In fact the reports suggest that Ashley had told Shearer he would be recruited  regardless of any possible sale.

We have voiced some concern for over a week now that we believe all Ashley is concerned about is selling the club and getting out of Toon, and the evidence certainly supports that.

But that will leave the club in a precarious position as far as their first season in the Championship is concerned, and we think the fans and Shearer are due some straight answers from Ashley.

If this is not true then it is up to Ashley to tell the public what his plans are to move the club forward while the club is being sold, which will still take several weeks to accomplish.

But we have yet to be convinced he has any such plans in place, if we were to be brutally honest.

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Big Dave

    Jun 9, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed i am seriously starting to get worried about what Ma is capable of doing to our club

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 9, 2009 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #2

    A fire sale of players, get money in the clubs bank account..claim it as hi, sell up and run back to London

  • mylestoon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #3

    f***ing hate assley! if he doesnt sell were screwed, if he does sell and sells a lot of our good playrs, were screwed, if he sells and doesnt sell all of our good players we should be gok. But im thinking that were more than likely going to end up being sold and losing majority (if not all) of our first team players.

    SSSSOOOO P***ed!

  • Sawbuck

    Jun 9, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #4

    SJP might be all that’s left pretty soon. Ashley will probably then take the light bulbs and break toilet bowls apart.

    This is a case of a man who has become drunk on his wealth, breeding conceit and disdain for that that no longer amuses him.

    I don’t think we’ll ever hear anything from him except evil news.

  • waddler

    Jun 9, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Hell hath no fury like a Cockney ex billionaire scorned.
    Those players who want to stay and Shearer wishes to keep, DO NOT BE BULLIED BY THIS BASTARD and refuse to leave, you are contracted and cannot be sold against your wishes.
    This man is a maniac and is capable of anything.
    God help him if he is ever spotted by any fans in future becauce l really fear they will loss their heads completely.

  • Sav

    Jun 9, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Is there anybody out there who still wants to support this guy and blame ‘the mob’ or KK for all of this.
    Lets face it, if he pulled off his rubber face to reveal he was really Peter Reid he couldn’t have done a better job – dissed two legends, seen off 5 managers, sold off our best players, signed enough dross to fill City Hall and now, apparently put the whole bloody lot up for sale so we could start the new season with only a handful of players we COULDN’T sell. Nice work. Somehow I can’t imagine Steve Bruce being ‘behind enemy lines’ to the same extent, although you never know.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #7

    mike ashley youre sc um

  • RyanToon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #8





  • DJG

    Jun 9, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #9

    What an absolute joke. Putting the club is ‘for sale for £100M’ on the official website. I bloody couldn’t believe my eyes. Ashley I can’t believe I ever defended you. You have competeted your mission to destroy Newcastle United, now clear off while we have to pick up the pieces and begin years of rebuilding.

    Who is gonna buy us ?? We will get to the pre- season completely unprepared.

  • gun the Indonesian Geordie

    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:51 AM

    Comment #10

    To Mike Ashley who has put NUFC into all this mess; you, your whole family and your descendants shall be cursed by at least a million of us. May you, your whole family and your descendants experience tragical lives until death calls and may you all have no tombs and be left scattered on the street when you die as you all deserve these.

    Sounds good heh?

    I sent one to the admin.

  • DJG

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #11

    ”Lets face it, if he pulled off his rubber face to reveal he was really Peter Reid he couldn’t have done a better job”.

    Like it.

  • ginkoh

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Someone who still think Mike Ashley didn’t bad as anyone thought and it’s Newcastle supporter fault for impatient with owner and hope for Messiah is Joke very big joke, Shearer is just un-experience who shouldn’t be our manager.

    If you are someone like this, please try to let Mike Ashley to be your owner and you will know how we feel.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #13

    In another point of view, I think Ashley is trying to make Newcastle Utd to be appealing for the buyer by placing the amount on the website

    Second, And make a “mole hill” using the media to spread this news to more affordable party.

    Its could still be a good news. As if we could really get a good owner from other far end of the country. As least there are still chances we can get back to winning ways again.

    There are still lots of SUPER SUPER RICH Owner many many times richer then Ashley out there just that they haven heard of this news.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 9, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #14

    I personally think that although it is a disgrace to our club BUT how bad can we get?

    In order to sell off to a better financially sound owner, it is a good move. I hope the media can spread the news more since the damage have already been made.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 9, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it just me but is anyone else worried that when the club is sold and a new manager is appointed he’ll turn up for his first day and not have any players!

    Ashley won’t be bothered about that as he only wants to shore up the balance sheet.

    I think this has scuppered any chance of us getting promoted at the first attempt. At this rate we’ll be lucky to avoid relegation!

  • Toonmania

    Jun 9, 2009 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #16

    did anyone ever really think ashley would be straight about anything the guy’s so bent he could make a tranny look straight, he’s out to get as much as possable from the club before he goes, only looks after himself he’s not interested in nufc never has been

  • Nick D

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #17

    In all honesty i am not worried about losing most of our players if we can get rid of them. They got us where we are and we would be a lot better off without them. If it means bringing on the likes of lua, kadar, krul, Ranger, Vuksic et al what’s the problem !!

    I would rather we shipped out all our dross before we get new owners and a new manager .
    I wouldn’t miss any of the following whatsoever

    Owen gone
    Viduka gone
    Cacapa gone
    to be going on with.

  • Nick D

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #18

    davis_toons I hadn’t thought of that.
    As tacky as it looked by putting it on the website, with the papers picking up on it, we couldn’t have got better free publicity and advertising!!

  • ian

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #19

    This man takes some figuring, he doesnt seem to care at all if the whole world thinks he is stupid, he doesnt seem to have any pride at all, a bit like a yob who has won the lottery.

    Did he start off in business well then hit the bottle or something?? It looks like it has all gone a bit Pete Tong.

    Wouldnt you just find a credible experienced person to try and move the worst players out and tell everyone you are doing it, then make a simple statement that you are happy with Shearer however there are interested parties in the club and providing they do a deal quickly enough it should be their choice not his, if however they have not completed by the end of June the management position may have to be filled.

    Possibly JK is nearly fit enough to come back or is running sales??

    He seems to like sticking his fingers up to the world but it just costs him everytime he does it, I wonder if he will get down to his last million before he dies?

    At one point he had the World at his feet.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #20


    i agree he has made us a bit of a laughing stock-again but the good news is he is trying everything possible to sell oh and i cant believe kaka’s gone for 59 mil

  • ian

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #21

    I saw that Martins thing in print on Sky Sports News, the adverts always come round just as it gets to the bit you want to see, what a pain.

    I also saw Villa do not want Owen, I couldnt believe they would he is a good manager and has a good eye for decent players.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Well, well, well…… where’s Sawdust in all this?

    I’d be interested to hear his justification for Ashley’ behaviour of late!

    And, who’s taking the p*** by offering a Curley Wurley for the club?

    That’s totally out of order as I’d have said two would do it given the state MA’s intent on leaving the club in!!!

  • Mag 48

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #23

    The only thing we have ever had from Ashley are two (I’m sorry notes) that mean absolutely nothing.So don’t expect any good news coming from his direction.Ashley and his gang are about Ashley and his gang he will take as much as he can from Nufc and leave it broken.He cares nothing about Nufc or he would not have behaved in this way.I would be so pleased if someone could prove me wrong!

  • Ericles

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Ashley is manouvering to asset strip the club. He is nothing but a carpet bagger who would be better employed running a bordello. We must get as many people on Tyneside organised as possible to prevent, somehow, the destruction of NUFC at the hands of this gargoyle and his economic thuggery.

  • Stevo

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Fat Freddy anyone? I’d take take him back with open arms at the moment. That’s when you know it’s rock bottom. What a disgrace this man is.

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #26

    I always say money doesn’t buy class and Ashley has shown this to be true. I said it before, which serious bidder would send an e-mail to the admin account of the clubs website with their enquiry?
    Apparently a makem has e-mailed a bit of 10p.
    Ashley is an idiot and I can only conclude that he made his money through blind luck more than any astute business decisions.
    Batty – stick with the horses, you might get lucky one day and have enough to buy a football club.
    I’ve already said on here, that he would probably stick it on ebay with a buy it now of £80,000,000.
    The guy has no class, he probably has a big house full of those ceramic tigers that cost a fortune. When it comes down to it, he’s just Del boy from OFAH.

  • Mag 48

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Ashley is a “chancer” a gambler which means the money is a second concideration its the “buzz” that counts and he he has had his buzz.Like any true gambler they don’t mind taking the hit they always recon they’ll make it back.

  • HalftimeBovril

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Money can’t buy you class, or the analogy I prefer and I think is more apt, You can’t polish a turd!!

  • batty

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #29

    micky toon lol and if i do get lucky do you fancy the chairmans job

  • Whumpie

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Don’t get me wrong here – I think Ashley is an untrustable tool who’d sell his gran.


    Ed – do you actually have any evidence – by which I mean actual quotes rather than just reading papers – for any of this?

    “There is nothing being done about recruiting any new players “. Really? How do you know, and what do you think the recruitment team are doing at the moment?

    Yes, this kind of story has moved from the tabloids to the Guardian – but they are still press selling papers.

    Seriously, Ed – unless there’s a quote, it’s made up. You should know that by now. At least state “we believe” or “it seems” rather than putting conjecture as fact. Otherwise it’s just rabble-rousing of the worst kind.

    I’ve read through the stories, and as far as I can make out there IS NO NEWS today, so everyone’s making some up.


    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #31

    I dont expect a Manager to be appointed by Ashley at the moment in case it puts off buyers.
    If the club is going to be sold it will be in June or July and until then i expect Hughton to be put in temporary charge.
    Ashley or this agency will sell sell once window opens and i dont see any buys at all.


    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #32

    What recruitment team?

  • toonsy

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #33

    It would be such a shame if his helicopter had an “accident”. Or if he had to watch one of his kids get hit by a bus and lay there dying in his arms.

    Then he may realise the feeling some of us have about what he is doing to our beloved football team!

    Cant the FA intervene on grounds of his unacceptable behaviour in the media/statements? I mean advertising the sale on the internet with an e-mail address (among other massive howlers) surely cant be classed as a “pass” in the FA test of fitness to run a football club?

  • toonsy

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #34

    Should have said club, not team. They are $hit! Well most of them!

  • toonsy

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    The team i meant, not the club. Oh jesus, well i hope i eventually got my point across lol

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #36

    batty – sure and I’ll appoint Gazza as the club diet and fitness coach. 🙂

  • batty

    Jun 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #37

    toonsy a bit low the kids thing m8

  • batty

    Jun 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    MT at least with gazza there will be sum good partys lol

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #39

    Im still lost for words with this whole mess which is known as NUFC.

    As for putting that email link on the website announcement is ridiculous.

    I agree that no professional would request any info like that and would speak to the club direct or the agents (Keith Harris etc).

    The fact that we (NUFC) are being laughed at again by GMTV, Radio and papers just boils my pi$$!!

    That fat p*ck and his voiceless little hobbit Llambias have done and are doing their upmost to leave the club even lower than they already dragged it!

  • Mag 48

    Jun 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #40

    As someone once said Ashley should hope he does’nt run up against some “heed the baal” geordie in the future.


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