Newcastle Players Bewildered By Being Placed On Transfer List

Mike Ashley’s rash decision to entrust the First Artists agency with putting every single player up for sale in the first team squad, has caused deep concern with some of the Newcastle players.


Steven Taylor – doesn’t want to leave Newcastle (ever?)

A Newcastle insider was quoted today:

“Everybody knew that there would be casualties because of relegation and that some big names would be on their way down the road.”

“What has to be said though is that there is a group of players who are still willing to fight on for the club and try to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt.”

“The players thought that it would be a case of going away for the summer and Alan Shearer would be the manager when they get back.”

“And that’s also something that is worrying them as professionals because of the unbelievable amount of instability in the last few years.”

We are sure some of those players are Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Steven Harper, Damien Duff, Habib Beye and some of the others who have already said they want to stay at the club, and help take it back to the Premier League.

And we understand Oba Martins would also like to stay on at Newcastle, but this would only be true if Alan Shearer was managing the club.

We have to believe the groups vying for control of the the club would install Shearer as manager, with the Newcastle fans so overwhelmingly in favor of the former England and Newcastle great.

But not all these players will be able to stay, because we will not be able to afford their wages, unless the new owners are willing to pay those wages to keep some of our better and more dedicated players at the club next season.

In fact if things turn out well in the next few weeks, we still have hopes that Seb Bassong will stay on Tyneside, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one, and the club will need to sort itself out very quickly, otherwise he’ll be on his way.

And in fact Bassong did not get his first cap for Cameroon in their 0-0 draw with Morocco on Saturday, although Geremi was capped yet again for his country, and now has 103 caps.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Wallsend Will

    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully the Club will be sold before any players. Can I suggest to all the players under contract to ignore any pressure to move to another club. Have faith Alan Shearer will be appointed soon, and lead us back to the Premier League!!

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Has this been confirmed or is it just another one of those rumours that is always around Ashley? ie, it sounds like something he would do, so lets make up some bull to go with it.


    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    This is what scares me the most you watch us get rid of players like bassong, taylor, beye, ranger, carrol etc… we’ll be left with Ameobi, barton and smith, build a team around them? no thanks.

  • ian

    Jun 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #4

    At least they will see if there is any interest in them, selling the easy to sell players would be a bad move though.

  • Girth

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    kaka is an example of how every player at every club is for sale…
    they all have a price if the conditions are right!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #6

    I have no doubt that 1st Artists will change either a set fee or % of sale value for doing this.

    As to why? Who knows! Can only guess that there is no one in SJP to do it!


  • Rangerman

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Fed up of club insiders and sources tbh.

  • Ericles

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    In a fluid situation like this all the players who want to stay have got do do is STICK FIRM. Wait and see. They have contracts and can refuse to meet other clubs, offers or not. Could be an acid test too. I simply hope the old adage that everyone has a price is just a load of garbage. Give Shearer the job now because who stays and who leaves would be up to him.

  • Alex

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Micky Toon
    Those are my thoughts too , lets face it the press down south are loving it that we are in such a bad way and anything they can do to make it worse they will . Like print complete bullshit . lets face it if ashley was too sell every player it would devalue the club even more . Who would buy a club without a squad of payers ?

  • Ericles

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Rumours seem to circulate around Ashley like bluebottles around a corpse. Is that it? Is Fat Ashley really a zombie?

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #11

    you guys injoying chamoionship life?

    your club in ruin?


  • sahota

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #12

    yes nufc-rip You are right. Which club do you support ? In case you are making joke of us all, then enjoy mate its your time. But time do change quickly. But I still wish you well.

  • cicero

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    A word of caution on the Profitable Group. They are a brokerage company who do deals on behalf of investors so ultimately would not be the new owners. However, I can’t see the Chronicle running this story without some sort of validation as to the authenticity of their source.

  • beyethegreat

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    has any2 got a link to their website or a link to their announcement

  • workyticket

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    cicero // Jun 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    “However, I can’t see the Chronicle running this story without some sort of validation as to the authenticity of their source.”

    LOL cicero! It’s just as bad as all the rest.

  • cicero

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    The only announcement is their leaked story to the Chronicle. Is this an intricate hoax made up by some sad makem bas***d.

  • cicero

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Workyticket – I don’t think they’re quite so bad since “as I exclusively revealed” Anal Oliver left. Lee Ryder has put his name to this article and I must admit Lee is one of the more factual reporters, IMO.

  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    If this is true and past behaviours suggest it is, then this is yet another example of Ashleys cack-handed, clumsly and insensitive management style.

    I draw the parallel of Ashley and King Herod owing a creche!

    The sooner this clown gets out the better for all concerned.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Just been on radio 5 and will continue the story after 4…..

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #20

    cicero, just ignore, there is definately something in this story but whether or not they buy the Toon only time will tell.

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #21

    nufc are a joke its so funny
    i love it.
    how does it feel? tell me lol
    maybe one day you will be as big as man city. thats a big maybe

  • DevonMag

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Alright calm down nufc-rip, have you already forgotten how shite you were before your arab billions? Takin the piss outa us when you yourself have tasted relegation and have been piss poor for time! What will you do when your owner decides he’s bored, sells up and you cant maintain the astronomical wages you’re paying players who would never have ever heard of city were it not for your cash! Dyo think a prospective owner’s gonna want to pay Gareth Barry £150 000 a week when he’s 32?

  • RyanToon

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23


    maybe one day youll get a girlfriedn you c nut

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFC-rip –

    Come on you tool – we know we are crap and thats why we are in the championship. So we dont really need school children coming on attempting to rub us up the wrong way as no one will bite to be honest – there is nothing you can say that will wind us up.

    There is only one good team in Manchester and it aint Blue – best thing about your team Given.

  • Bmore

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    nufc-rip – beware of the tiger with a thorn in its paw……….

  • Nick 69

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    the only thing big about man city is ther owners bank balance, spendin silly money on players doesnt make you big!! especially when your club doesnt even actually have a stadium, u rent one! ha

  • Nick D

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    I would only be upset if the likes of ranger and the youngsters got sold. I would cheerfully say goodbye to the vast majority though. Why should they be bewildered though? They got themselves relegated and killed their own golden goose.

  • Nick D

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28


    the council own st james.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Lee Ryder has actually spoke to this guy from the group so I presume it’s true.

    Also I guess they would come out and eny it all if they hadn’ sanctioned anyone to comment.

  • workyticket

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    cicero // Jun 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    “Lee Ryder has put his name to this article and I must admit Lee is one of the more factual reporters, IMO.”

    Lee Ryder’s a sh*thouse cicero. I despise him and trust him about as far as I can throw him!

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Kevin Bond has withdrawn his libel case against the BBC ha ha ha

    Three managers accused of taking illegal payments in transfer dealings face being named in a libel trial.

    Looks like he’s chickened out or took a bung to drop it by one of the managers involved 😆

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    There’s quotes and the company involved have issued a statement saying they are interested in our club and we’ll hear more in the next few days.

    Arguing that black is white again oracle?

  • Stuart79

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #33

    workyticket // Jun 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Do you know him like Worky?

    The BBC have just said on five live that they have spoken to a representative of the group too and they confirmed it was true.

  • workyticket

    Jun 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Stuart79 // Jun 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    “Do you know him like Worky?”

    I vaguely recall meeting him several years ago, but no, not really. I was referring more to the things he does on his “Blog on the Tyne”. If anyone writes comments that are critical of his stories or exposes his falsehoods, he either deletes them, or writes insulting replies in his own comments, then blocks them from responding. I have seen this happening several times with several users. The man is totally false, and I don’t beleive a single word he writes, even when it’s true!

  • gar1969

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #35

    These are the 5 players that Shearer kept behind after the the Monday post Aston Villa and said they were the only first team players he wanted to stay. I expect if Shearer is appointed they will all stay.

  • batty

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #36

    nufc-rip big club dont make me laugh theres 1 club i manchester and always will be and it isent city

  • Nick 69

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #37

    nick d- no the council doesnt own st james’ at all, they own the land its built on but NUFC own the stadium!

  • Billy Bunter

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Nick69 – that coz Ashley selt them the land man for 1 pound, he is trying to bust us man, he wants us to go into administration, he is going to make millions form us and we will pick up the tab minus 10 points

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #39

    that coz Ashley selt them the land man for 1 pound?

    Thought they’d always owned the land like Nick 69 said!

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    on radio 5 again now


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