Bobby Moncur Deeply Concerned With Newcastle Deadlock


Former Newcastle captain Bobby Moncur is deeply concerned by the lack of progress when it comes to Newcastle appointing a new manager (hopefully Alan Shearer) for next season.

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Bobby Moncur – deep concerns about Newcastle club right now

It certainly looks, because of Mike Ashley’s actions for the last 3 weeks, that Newcastle will be in for a summer of struggle in the transfer market, if the log-jam at the club isn’t broken soon. There’s only one man who can unlock that log-jam, the current owner Mike Ashley.

And Moncur, like many Newcastle fans, believes that Alan Shearer is the only man capable of dragging Newcastle out of the mire, given how the club has been brought down by those who haven’t got a clue what the Newcastle club is all about.

Moncur told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve always said that it’s going to be twice as tough for Newcastle to get back up at the first attempt.”  “When the fixture list comes out this week it will hit home just how tough a schedule we are going to face.”

“We’re in for a difficult time, 46 games, some obscure kick-off times and a lot of travelling.”  “It will be difficult and you have to shape your squad accordingly.”

“That’s not happening right now because we don’t have a manager.”  “I have said that Alan Shearer is the man for the job on a few occasions and that hasn’t changed.”

“Regardless of who is in charge, you need somebody behind their desk over the summer dealing with the transfers and all of the other rigours of day-to-day management.”

“It must be hard for fans who are trying to keep calm.” “There isn’t a lot for them to be positive about so far this summer.”  “It already seems like a long time ago since the defeat at Aston Villa on the last day of the season.”

“Appointing a manager would at least be a start, and if it was Shearer, then I am sure it would lift the whole area.”  “The whole of Tyneside would have something to celebrate and I can’t see who could do a better job at the moment.”

Good words from the former captain, but we wonder if Ashley is listening – to anybody.

Comments welcome.



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188 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

    We have many sincere and informed comments about Shearer as manager from ex-players. But Ashley is not listening. The contempt and ignorance displayed by Ashley towards Al, the club, the fans, the football community is astounding and unbelievable. It is becoming more and more obvious that Ashley is nowt but a spiv and a wide-boy. I would rather have fat Freddy any day now.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Ericles –

    I am holding onto the thought that things are going on behind the scenes and all will come clear before training starts.

    Call it blind faith or not a hope in hell!!

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  • Michael12

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    @Ericles

    Ashley has listened too much and that is why he is in this position.

    >He listened when fans wanted big Sam sacked.
    >He made a decision for the fans by installing Keegan.
    >He listened when fans wanted him to sell the club.
    >He listened when the fans wanted Shearer.
    >He listened when the fans wanted wise out.

    All these decisions were wanted by and for the fans you cannot deny this? I challenge anyone to point out any of those decisions not being for the fans.

    What do former greats know, what do the fans know???

    From the decisions Ashley has taken last season all of which were the fans’ decisions, I must conclude the fans know nothing.

    As to contempt and ignorance toward Al, the Bankers who failed are sacked and not rewarded for failure. Shearer failed and 1 win in 8 is not a record worth rewarding.

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  • Phillippe Alberrrrrrrt

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Join the back of the Queue Bobby

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    michael 12 he didnt listen when we wanted wise out because it was too little too late also about big sam the fans were just starting to warm to him but i get your point

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  • komfort

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    it’s a pitty he didn’t listen to the fans when we wanted keegan to be backed and not sacked

    ..i’m sure we would still be in the prem today and looking foward to the coming season with optimisim if had listened.

    CRAP OWNER….

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Unfortunately we can only sit back and watch the events unfold

    The best thing for MA and NUFC is that this sale goes through.

    Fingers crossed this will happen soon.

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  • Eaststander

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Michael12 shut up

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Michael12 – are you Stardust re-registered? That’s a pathetic argument at so many levels and I can’t actually believe you believe it yourself.

    You listed all the decisions made which were the right decision at the wrong time, and missed out all the awful ones.

    I honestly think you must be in Ashley’s employ – nobody is daft enough to write that unless they’re being paid to do so.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    also about big sam the fans were just starting to warm to him but i get your point

    ……

    What a load of rubbish.

    I was at Allardyce’s last game away to Stoke in the cup and there were fans with ‘Big Sam Out!’ wrote on bedsheets.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley did listen to the fans when they wanted the club put up for sale back in September and the limbo the club was left in because of it was the main reason we went down.

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  • Sawbuck

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Michael if Ashley listened to the fans, why wouldn’t he listen to his share holders at sports direct and the stock market regulators?

    He has ignored his shareholders and the city and lost them a lot of money – and all of a sudden he becomes a pussy at Newcastle??

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    …and why were we left in limbo? Because that clueless muppet Ashley asked £450m for a club worth barely half that!

    Just one of many, many simply awful, rookie decisions that have got us to this low point in our history.

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  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby Moncur has been screaming this stuff for the past 3 weeks! Ashley isn’t going to budge. He’s going to wait until whoever gets closest to 100 million come to him before he starts to think of accepting anything. Ashley is just a terrible human being.
    Michael12, you can’t even be serious about that. So Mike Ashley has been making decisions for the fans all this time? He did exactly what the fans asked for when he supported Wise over Keegan? And that’s just one, mate. Seriously, terrible argument.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Sawbuck – quite right. We have plenty of evidence that Ashley is an ignorant, arrogant fool who got his money via some other means than shrewd business decisions.

    So gutted – I really wanted ours to be a club owned by a decent Brit for all the right reasons. Instead of that I’m ashamed to even talk about football. Your average stoned student could have done a better job.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    We were left in limbo because no manager would take the job on a part time basis while the club was up for sale, which left us with the likes of Kinnear and Venables and even he didn’t want it.

    Not sure where the £450 million figure comes from, Keith Harris said he only wanted back what he put in.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #18

    At the weekend I swapped my kid’s football for a rugby ball. I’m not even sure I want him playing a game where the ‘top’ of the industry has so many excuses for humans in charge. I’d rather have him toothless and limping than clueless and amoral.

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  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #19

    When he went to Dubai to hawk the club personally, he wanted 450. When he was supposed to have a follow-up meeting with them concerning a lower price, he instead decided to get drunk in a tent with his buddies.
    Despicable man

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  • boater

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #20

    I am dumbstruck…. Michael12, Rangerman…. AT LONG LAST some sense on this site.

    Good to hear not everyone is going along with the nationally spewed consensus of Ashley single-handedly destroyed the Toon. The worst and most unthinkable recent sequence of events unfolded under his watch… but his most fatal decisions – as you pointed out – were when he buckled under the pressure of the lynch-mob mentality.

    I also agree that on top of the heartbreak of relegation – the worrying thing is the sodding clamour for Shearer to be appointed NO QUESTIONS ASKED… after failing so abysmally to rescue us.

    Ince, Adams, Southgate, Keane… all heroes of the game but rushed into PL jobs they couldn’t handle. There is no evidence to suggest that Shearer will be any different. The rest of the country can see it but why can’t we?

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #21

    He did exactly what the fans asked for when he supported Wise over Keegan?

    ……

    How did Ashley support Wise over Keegan btw?

    My understanding of it is Keegan went to Ashley saying “him or me” and Ashley refused to sack Wise so Keegan didn’t want to back down so walked.

    If I was Ashley and Keegan came to me and said “him or me” I’d refuse to sack him too, same goes for if Wise came to me and said “him or me” about Keegan.

    It’s supposed to be a business and most people stopped saying “you’re either my friend or his” when they left playschool.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 15, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    No manager would work under a DOF, let alone Dennis Wise!

    For chrissakes, is Ashley actually stooping to pay people to defend him on here??

    Yes, the fans have been fickle – but so what? Ashley is the owner and has to make the decisions. Even he has said they’ve been awful, so why are people trying to defend them?

    – Buys a club without due diligence
    – Sets up a stupid, discredited structure
    – Appoints zero football expertise to the board. NOT ONE person with any experience of running a premiership club!!
    – Puts one of football’s most corrosive personalities in as DOF
    – Appoints a manager without first agreeing the terms of employment… such as control on transfers
    – Backs the much-hated DOF, despite his terrible work record, over the much-loved manager
    – Claims surprise when fans’ reaction is exactly as warned/predicted/bleedin’ obvious
    – Decides to stay silent rather than communicate – in an industry based entirely on communication.
    – Puts the club up for sale at a daft price (doesn’t matter WHAT he’d put in, since when has that had any bearing on price??) then, having left the club in limbo long enough to ensure nobody will work for us except a desperate cardiac patient, takes it off the market again
    – Buys loads of unsuited players on massive fees and wages, but fails to insert relegation clauses in contracts despite plummetting league position.
    – Repeatedly fails to sign any players to fill the obvious gaps in the squad
    – Puts the official club sale announcement, weeks after announcing it verbally, ON THE WEBSITE!!

    YOU

    COULD

    NOT

    MAKE

    IT

    UP.

    Do I REALLY have to go on??

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  • Sawbuck

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #23

    boater with the greatest respect, that is ludicrous.

    Buckling under a lynch mob mentality? You grossly over estimate Ashley’s opinion and respect for Newcastle fans and any influence we have on him.

    The point about Shearer is fair enough – 1 win against a team that went down was bad.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #24

    also about big sam the fans were just starting to warm to him but i get your point

    ……

    What a load of rubbish.

    I was at Allardyce’s last game away to Stoke in the cup and there were fans with ‘Big Sam Out!’ wrote on bedsheets.

    well maybe i was wrong but i am sure i seen the fans clap allardyce of the pitch

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  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Finally, some reason Whumpie. I have no idea where Rangerman and Michael12 are getting their ideas from. Is it some kind of weird way of trying to show some arrogant intelligence because they think differently from the thousands who love and support the club?? That’s my only guess. Trying to be “different,” and ending up looking like morons who can’t argue worth anything.

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  • Eaststander

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Boater michael12 anyone else ashley kissing. You all fail to remember the fat one has come out and addmitted he is wrong and is selling the club due to his pathetic attemps so why dont you all do one with him.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #27

    When he went to Dubai to hawk the club personally, he wanted 450. When he was supposed to have a follow-up meeting with them concerning a lower price, he instead decided to get drunk in a tent with his buddies.
    Despicable man

    ………

    http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/article.html?Harris:_Newcastle_sale_by_December&in_article_id=355881&in_page_id=43&in_a_source=

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #28

    When he went to Dubai to hawk the club personally, he wanted 450. When he was supposed to have a follow-up meeting with them concerning a lower price, he instead decided to get drunk in a tent with his buddies.
    Despicable man

    ……..

    Media reports last week suggested that Ashley had dropped his asking price amid fears that the club were struggling to find a buyer due to the ‘credit crunch’.

    Harris rejected that claim, adding: “When newspapers get hold of stories and can’t get the figure they want they just invent one.

    “Nobody I know knows where the £450million figure ever came from. So it’s not been a question of dropping the price from that level. It’s been a question of making sure people have the absolute facts.

    “Like, for example, there is no debt in this football club. Mike Ashley paid off the debt. No reduction in price has been talked about to anybody.”

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  • beyethegreat

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #29

    ashleys mistake was not buckling that was the best thing he could have done and to be fair to him on that point he made the right decision

    hiring kk was a good decision but i am sure if you were to ask the majority of fans if they wanted kk in with wise the vast majority would have said no for that system you need a foreign manager

    as there aree few british managers that would put up with it alan curbishly si proof of that as well as the statements made by the likes of sir alex ferguson

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  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Seriously, Shearer hasn’t been able to prove anything. He also won’t be put in charge of a Premier League club full of selfish egos because all of those guys will hopefully be moved on by the time the season starts! A season in the Championship with a club that he loves is exactly what the man needs to really grow into the manager’s position.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    No manager would work under a DOF

    ……….

    I stopped reading after this because that is clearly a load of rubbish, are you saying the likes of Deschamp, Zico or the Turkish manager that Sir Bobby wanted us to appoint didn’t shiw interest when Keegan left?

    Also how did West Ham manage to appoint a good young manager in Zola if nobody wanted to work with a DOF considering Curbishley and Keegan quit at the same time because of transfers?

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  • Eaststander

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Its too late Rangerman for you all to get him back he is gone. All the rest of us are looking for the answer how bloody quickly will he pi55 off and sell up. My guess will be when the club are left in enough trouble to struggle next seaon as he is the biggest curse to be put upon this club.

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  • boater

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Sawbuck…

    the fans protesting at SJP in September led to Ashley putting the club up for sale a few days later, rendering the managers job an EVEN less secure or attractive position, hence the emergency appointment of JK.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Appointing Keegan was an awful decision, the man has walked out on every club he’s managed at the first sign of trouble and I don’t know many fans who thought he would stick it out the length of his contract.

    Too much reminiscing and not enough forward thinking.

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  • komfort

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #35

    keith harris said he only wanted back what he put in ..

    rangerman , i cant see that in his statement , so did he say it or not ?

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  • AndyT

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #36

    regardless of what exact price Ashley was initially asking for, he still dipped out on the Sheik, or whoever it was that I can’t remember, to go drinking with Jimenez, Wise, and Llambias instead of meeting with him about the club.

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #37

    rangerman , i cant see that in his statement , so did he say it or not ?

    ….

    Yes, but I can’t find that interview.

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  • batty

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #38

    Rangerman // Jun 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    also about big sam the fans were just starting to warm to him but i get your point

    ……

    What a load of rubbish.

    I was at Allardyce’s last game away to Stoke in the cup and there were fans with ‘Big Sam Out!’ wrote on bedsheets.
    <<<<what a load of b0ll0ck i was at that game and they didnt boo him and there was no banners

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  • Rangerman

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #39

    regardless of what exact price Ashley was initially asking for, he still dipped out on the Sheik, or whoever it was that I can’t remember, to go drinking with Jimenez, Wise, and Llambias instead of meeting with him about the club.

    ……..

    Pretty sure Jimenez went to meet whoever it was and it was to do with buying Charlton.

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  • batty

    Jun 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #40

    and i was at the man u gam and it was ryan taylor not steven like u sed the other day raggeman

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