Ashley Owes Newcastle Fans An Explanation Of What’s Going On

We haven’t heard from Mike Ashley for quite a while, since Alan Shearer said on 25th May, the day after we were relegated, that with every day gone, another room burns.


Alan Shearer – 22 rooms burned in Newcastle mansion

So if the Newcastle United mansion had 22 rooms in it, it will be burned to the ground by now, and it seems the Newcastle fans at least deserve some words of  explanation about what is going on at their club.

As we’ve mentioned before it seems that Ashley and Llambias are back in their bunker mentality mode of last year, and not talking much about anything, as the Newcastle mansion continues to burn.

With Mike not willing to appoint Alan Shearer, or presumably any other manager, the club cannot move forward in the transfer market. And the rather disturbing news we heard yesterday was that Shearer believes he has lost as many as 5 players in the transfer market,  including two loan signings that he wanted to make.

We suspect the loan signings are likely to be up-and-coming players at some of the top clubs, who are unlikely to play many games next season.

Of course we have no idea who those players are, and there still seems to be a few of our potential targets willing to wait, like Jermaine Beckford of Leeds, Brad Orr of Bristol City and yesterday we were more than pleased to hear that Norwegian Per Ciljan Skjelbred, of Rosenburg, is still very keen to join the Tyneside club.  The Norwegian tunrs 22 today – so we had better sign him before he gets too old. 😀

The situation right now is not that bad that if a good manager is appointed, there is still time to prepare for pre-season training, which starts two weeks tomorrow. And we can also start getting in some of our targets for the new crucial season, and try to retain some players we want to keep, like Sebastien Bassong.

Seb is with the Cameroon side until they complete their second world cup game this Saturday. After that you can bet that clubs will be actively after him, and if Shearer is appointed we must have at least a decent chance of keeping him, and it also looks like Shearer would be a big draw to other players too.

But another week or two and the Newcastle club could be in a sorry mess indeed.

It would be good to hear from Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias – something that tells the fans – who after all are the customers of Newcastle United (many would say they are Newcastle United), what is going on and what the plan is until the club is sold.

That seems a decent request to the Newcastle owner, and something surely any owner is responsible for- communicating to his customers what exactly is going on.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Jun 16, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Im not sure i want to hear anything from these pair of jokers, they have no integrity at all and have either made a fool of themselves or told a pack of lies when they open their traps. They should hire Chris Mort short term as a spokesman to try and handle this delicate period with a bit of dignity, but they wont, awful ignorant people.

  • stk85

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    shockingly abysmally awful people

  • pagama

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    What else can we say.
    Please Mr. Ashley appoint Alan let him work,
    If you want to sale, sale but let the club keep running

    I never thought I would get so nervous about a club situation.

    Paulo Martins (Portuguese supporter since 1984)

  • magforlife

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Journal is reporting that Lambias is back on Tyneside and that there could be an announcement about Shearer at the end of the week or Monday? Groundhog day im afraid, same shite, different day.

  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    One thing for sure, there’ll be dancin’ in the streets when they announce (nah, don’t be daft) their departure.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    You have got more chance of Lord Lucan turning up at the Goose on Pery Street and having a pint of woodpecker than get owt from them two!!

    There was a bit of do as I say not do as I do thing going on here last night.

  • neblexa

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I fu**ing hate those two fat ba**ards, i’m so fustrated at all of this i can barely bring myself to read any reports anymore. I’ve got a season ticket application renewal sat on my table at home and the thought of giving my money whilst those cun*s are in control kills me. I will end up paying for it in the end but i just see no hope anymore, things only get worse by the day and theres nothing we can do about it..

  • sahota

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I was off for few days, today came back and opened this blog thinking there might be good news. But its frustrating every week we start thinking same and week goes away with no news. Its not acceptable but then you can not do anything. can you ? These guys have made joke of Newcastle. Its real shame on them how they can ruin our club.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #9

    The silence if deafening

  • batty

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    lambrarse sed shearer coul be installed as manager with in the week ssn

  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Every day a room burns? What does Ashley think St James Park is – the London Hilton. The man is a danger along with Llambi-arsonist!

  • Tel

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    One day we will get some positive news, every day that passes that day gets closer, we just have to be patient, SSN and the Journal are quoting lambias as saying that day could be this week or early next. Lets hope. Then we can have some pride restored and start the fightback.

  • Stuart79

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    If Llambias has said that then that would suggest the takeover is very close.

    Shearer wouldn’t be appointed otherwise

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Same old deafness.
    Just want this sale to go through as quickly as possible so we can see the back of these pretenders.

    Hopefully the new owners will have the vision and bravery to not appoint Alan Shearer as if he is appointed we will suffer.

  • neblexa

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15


    Please explain how appointing Shearer means we would suffer?

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 16, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Some heartening news:,19528,11678_5382988,00.html

    (unless you’re Jason or others who don’t want Shearer as manager at all costs – still, at least we’re moving!)

  • Nick 69

    Jun 16, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    how exactly will we suffer if shearer is installed? fact is if one of our striker had of put away the numerous sitters that they’d missed against the likes of pompey etc, you would be screaming for him to be our manager even though the team would have still performed exactly the same over the 8 games but managed to stay up!

  • Michael12

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    @Nick69: Firstly that is a big IF.

    Secondly how do you know we would want him as manager?

    1 win in 8 games suggests we will suffer under Shearer. Lack of tactics suggest we will suffer under him against Tottenham the man changed formations 4 times in the game and at one stage we had a 4-2-4.

    Lack of badges suggest we will suffer under him.

    If I was human resources at St James where my judgment in people I hire affects the performance of the club and I am responsible for ensuring we have the best people for the money we have. If Shearer walked in with that CV can you honestly say that you have done your job in bringing in Quality?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Experienced Manager Please..Bored of the Old Pals act.

  • Stardust

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    SJT – who would be your choice?

  • neblexa

    Jun 16, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Marco Van Basten, Frank Rikard, Kevin Keegan (first time round), roberto Mancini, Jurgen Klinsmann and Pep Guardiola…to name a few off the top of my head. Little or no experience who have suceeded to varying degrees in management. He has a football brain, hes a leader, he demands and gets respect and hes a Geordie. Get behind him, if it doesnt work out fair enough, but all the reports from behind the scenes are that hes installed discipline like they haven’t experieced at the club before and sorted out alot of things behind the scenes that needed sorting.

    As far as changing formations, he was doing what managers have the luxury of doing pre season or in early stages of the season. He had the world watching his every move for 8 games. It didnt work out. In my opinion this was down to the players, i dont know what more he could have done under the circumstances. A lack of defence, no creativity in midfield, strikers not performing and aged players. All the things we have all complained about for the past few seasons all culminated in relegation. Shearer has to take some of the blame as he was the manager when we went down, but honestly, if chris houghton had not been in charge for all those games when someone else should have been (Shearer perhaps) do you really think we wouldnt have managed to pick up a few more points that would have ultimately kept us up. I believe we would have. You cant judge him under those circumstances. If he is ever going to be our manager surely this is the right time, even if we dont come straight back up, give him the chance to try and rebuild some of the lost pride and ambition that we once were so proud of. We are not going to attract a big name and if the likes of curbishly were to be put in place surely if we did get back up we would again be looking to replace him once he cemented our place in mid table obscurity or worse, as he has done in all the other clubs he has managed. Which would again put us back in the same position as we keep finding ourselves.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 16, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #22

    …well said neblexa. Truth is, not ONE of us can accurately judge him on those 8 games due to the enormity of the situation – and NOBODY knows whether he’s good enough or not at the moment, unless any fellow bloggers have access to a time machine. EVERYBODY is clutching at straws at the moment, out of pure desperation.

    Al is my first (realistic) choice. I’ll accept a tumultuous barrage of ‘I told you so’s with open arms IF we hire him and 10 games into our new campaign he’s proving out of his depth.

    For the meantime, I’ll live in hope something happens soon. And Frazier Campbell!! Yes please. Top player, and to whip him out from under Phil Brown’s dirty snout would be poetic justice to the max.



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