No News Is Bad News At Newcastle


You may have realized that there hasn’t been much real news to report about Newcastle United over the last two weeks or so.

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In fact there’s been almost nothing on the official site, but there again they will not want to speculate on the future at the club, but other sites can, since the club is in a log-jam right now.

We have no manager, so we can discuss when and if one will be appointed, and why exactly Alan Shearer has not already been given the reigns at the club.

If Mike is not going to appoint a manager until a new owner is identified, then we can talk about who the new owner may be, and when will they buy the club, and we’ve done all of that, along with the local papers and other Newcastle fan web-sites.

If Mike is waiting until a new owner comes in to do anything, then we should know what his plans for the next 4 weeks are, with pre-season training starting two weeks tomorrow.

And as we mentioned yesterday, since no players have yet been sold – they will all be turning up at the Benton training facility – and who will be there to meet them and put them to work?

All we seem to have had since the end of the season is pure speculation on Newcastle’s future in terms of a new owner and new manager, and no hard news about what the real situation is, behind the scenes  at the club.

Keith Harris, of Seymour Pierce, has informed the fans there is good interest in the club, but he cannot say too much more while potentially delicate negotiations are ongoing with prospective buyers.

We can get annoyed at the lack of understanding Mike Ashley seems to have at running a football club, but we’ve done all that, and needless to day it doesn’t really advance the situation too much, but at least allows us to vent some of our frustration at his apparent incompetence.

As we said earlier today it would be very appropriate for Ashley and Llambias to announce via a press release, what their immediate plans are.

If  it’s not to appoint a manager soon, then who will be in charge of  pre-season training and who – if anybody – is working on creating a potential transfer list and looking to draft in new players.

It was sad from the Newcastle viewpoint to hear Gareth Southgate telling Middlesbrough fans yesterday, they had already done some good work behind the scenes these last few weeks in the transfer market.

And the club hoped to start bringing in new players soon.

He also rightly mentioned that getting a good start to the Championship season would be paramount to their promotion drive next season, and the Tees-side club wants to return to the Premier League at their first attempt.

That’s what we’d like to hear from a Newcastle manager, but until one is appointed it seems that little progress can be made – on anything.

That’s the dilemma Newcastle fans are in right now.  And when you think that next season will be one of the most important for the club in a long long while, that starts to become more than a little worrying.

Comments very welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Judging by past behaviours, it’s probably unwise to hold one’s breath ’til we hear some news form this inept, inconsiderate crew.

    I look forward to hearing of the junta’s final days, as will many I’m sure.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    What can you say really? Another day of silence and speculation.

    You can only sit back and see what doesnt happen!

    Must work – will check back laters.

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  • belfast toon

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    David craigs just been on sky saying we could have news ok big al becomeing manager this week

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  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Belfast toon , have a look at the Journal…… let’s hope it’s close to the mark and I’m sure we’ll read about it on this ite soon!

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  • Mag 48

    Jun 16, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    The Journal is reporting today that if the prospective buyers agree Shearer could be installed as manager as early as Thursday.Mind you we’ve heard these type of rumours before.
    Like the new banner Ive seen them all play but for Hughie.I must be getting old .lol

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  • cicero

    Jun 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    What can Ashley and co. actually come out and say due to confidentiality agreements? Semore Pierce have said there are 4-5 interested parties, that’s it. What can they say about Shearer? Nothing, as he won’t be working for them. How can they give him a rolling contract to get things moving? If he’s not the manager how can he spend any transfer budget on players that a new manager might not want. It’s frustrating but all we can hope is that the sale goes quickly.

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  • Sav

    Jun 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    We just want to see Ashley and Llambias out of sight and mind as soon as possible. It is hard to support your club when the owner is someone who seems to respect neither the club nor the fans – quite the opposite in fact. I will be glad when he is gone and can only hope that whoever the new boss or bosses are, they have to be better.
    The issue of who we might get (kettle and pot, frying pan or fire?) has hardly arisen in discussion on blogs or in the press. Mostly on the assumption that they could hardly be worse. These blokes have done the unthinkable and made even the prospect of a return by Freddie Shepherd seem almost welcome. Who’d ‘a’ thunk it?

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