Newcastle Adrift – No Leadership Being Shown At Club

We has hoped that Alan Shearer would be announced as manager before the end of this week, but it looks like that will not be happening.

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Alan Shearer – waiting in wings for 4 weeks now

The lack of anybody in control at the Newcastle is getting even more worrying now as we approach 4 weeks with seemingly nobody in charge at the club – or should we say – nobody willing to be in charge at the Newcastle club.

The first week of the close season was spent with Shearer meeting with Llambias and Ashley on the conditions he would want to exist if Alan was to take the club over. We were told that Mike Ashley was listening very closely to everything Alan was telling him.

Then Ashley, right out of the blue, decided to put the club up for sale, and we were told that a decision would be made at the end of the second week on Shearer, once the bankers (Barclays)  had gone over the clubs financial plans. We werte told a decision would be announce on that Friday (two weeks ago).

But that did not happen and since then, nothing much at all has happened although the club’s books were open on Wednesday for due diligence, and we are led to believe that four parties are interested, and have proved they have the money to buy the club, which is on sale for £100M.

Last Tuesday Derek LLambias spoke for the first time for a while, and said that if all four consortia wanted Alan Shearer as manager, then something could be announced quickly, and maybe this week.

But we’ve heard nothing since, and the Guardian this morning is suggesting any sale will now be delayed and will not be until the end of the month – at the earliest, but no real reasons why this is now the case is cited by the paper.

Of course that doesn’t mean that Shearer could not be announced as manager before then, and that’s the main thing Newcastle fans have wanted since the end of the season, so that some pre-season work can be done before players return for the pre-season in 11 days time.

But what seems apparent now at Newcastle is there is no leadership being exhibited by anybody – none by the current owner because he says it’s up to the new owners to appoint a new manager, and none by the new owners because we haven’t got any – and won’t for a few weeks yet.

And this is a terrible time for this to be happening, as we said when Mike put the club up for sale – it’s a terrible time to do that, with all the work that needs to be done following our relegation.

It’s apparent that Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley have rather manipulated things so they can do nothing – and now have a reason for that –  they’ve done nothing for 4 weeks – that’s for sure. We said in the first week that it looked like they didn’t want to appoint Shearer as manager – and they haven’t – and probably will not.

The problem is that Newcastle will  not have a new owner for a while – so what happens now?

Do we continue to have nobody in charge at the club and let other Championship clubs get a significant advantage on us – they already have. of course  Do we continue to allow potentially valuable players like Bassong and others prepare to leave the club, in the midst of a total lack of leadership being exhibited on Tyneside?

Recent events would suggest that’s just exactly what will happen, and on Sunday it will be a full 4 weeks since we were relegated, and we continue to drift aimlessly as a football club.

This could only happen at Newcastle, and it will take somebody to come in and take the club by the scruff of the neck – and start putting some discipline, desire and pride back into the club, which has been completely drained of  these things this year.

Newcastle have been a laughing stock for the popular press most of this year, and continues to be, as others look on in amazement at how this proud club is being allowed to just drift in the wind.

An overwhelming number of Newcastle fans believe that Alan Shearer is the man to bring the pride and passion back on Tyneside. But when did the opinions of Newcastle fans ever mean much at this club?

Not for a long long time, as  the Newcastle faithful have been treated like second class citizens by the current ownership for the last year – and that continue to be the case, right down to the wire.

How low can the club sink to before a new manager and new owner come to the rescue ?  Your guess is as good as ours, and very little will surprise us now, after some of the things we’ve seen go on at the club since last August.

That’s the rather unwanted news we are hearing this morning, as Derek Llambias we are told will be attending Royal Ascot today.

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33 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – did you wet the bed this morning? (not literally). U is up early my friend.

    Im not expecting anything this weekend or next week either – will just coast along and countdown to our pre season friendlies and start of season.

    Its looking more and more like Chris Hughton will take charge of the training aspect – simple guess as there is no one else to do it.

    Signings – well we have been disapointed for years under ashley so why should this one be any different eh?!

    As for Llambiarse at Royal Ascot – hope your horse comes last you ar$e.

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    are you really suprised coz im not. i have been saying all week that there is no way al will be manager any time soon. nor will there be a buyer. everyone was getting carried away with them selves based on a bit of paper talk with absolutely no substance. i would have thought everyone would have learnt by now. if you expect something positive from these clowns in charge they will just kick you in the nuts time and time again. until the papers get direct quotes from shearer or possible buyers i dont believe a word of it, and those that do are just naive to say the least

  • Dennis Twice

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley wants first sell Bassong and earn some cash…
    Then he takes 100.000.000£. He want to make damage as much as he can before selling.

    Ashley is spurs fan.

  • murvar

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Our decent down the plughole has been gathering pace for weeks. I fear Ash and Llamb’s contempt for the club is now total. They have pitched a price which they believe will attract a buyer come what may, and they can just walk away in the interim and let it go to hell in a handcart. They don’t seem to be actively selling players (surely someone would have struck a deal elsewhere by now?), they are indifferent to the thousands of season ticket holders who await a positive sign before renewing, and therefore the income from renewals will not be available to help them fund new buys. I don’t know who organised the pre-season friendlies – probably the tea lady given the 120 redundancies – unless she was sacked too. This is beyond parody- it’s a revenge operation by those two.

  • Dennis Twice

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Next “Ashley is” and “he should” chain:

    Ashley is greedy and he should go hell


  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Murvar – you can look at it that way about revenge and I wouldnt put it past them – they will just sit back and do nowt if not the bare minimum and meanwhile the players all bask in their end of season bonus (reported) – that in itself is a bit of a joke really – considering the under performed and played sh*t for the majority of the season.

  • Eaststander

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    ED you may as well pre-type the thread- Players return from holiday with no owner and no manager. I still find it hard to belive that this man bought us and tried to run it the way he has. What a mess. This has to go down as one of the biggest c0ck ups in buisness history.

  • Aussie Magpie Fan

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Why doesn’t everyone settle down just a little bit.. I can’t believe the amount of whinging that is going on about our club at the moment. What the hell does every body want!! You wanted MA to sell and have nothing to do with the club. It’s happening. I can’t really see any other time better than now to make this happen. Would you prefer that he did it a month into the new season, only to find out that the new owners didn’t like the manager that had been appointed. The new owners sack the new manager and we begin all the ususal BS again. MA has been doing it the only way I see he can do it. Think about it people… Why would he install AS as manager only for him to be dropped like an ungly prom date the moment the new owners took over.. He tried to sell the club mid way through the past season and look at the effect it had… Please be patient, it is best that we go through a little pain now so that things can be run smoothly for the rest of the season. There is an old saying ” be careful what you wish for” You have all gotten what you wished for and you are all still complaining… Give it a little time and it will turn out for the best…

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley is a fool.
    Derek Llambias should perform an orchidectomy on Mike Ashley.

  • Ericles

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I see the Daily Mail has slapped a 10 million price tag on Bassong. Thanks. A bit lower than their previous asking price.

  • UTD111

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    The one positive in all of this press speculation is the apparently true news that 4 consortia are serious about buying the club.
    If these are proper business men, not puffed up barrow boys like Ashley, they will know that things need to be moved along asap – and presumably will act accordingly as soon as they can.
    The fact that Sir Alan hasn’t walked away to me suggests that we have not yet reached the point where he considers the position to be hopeless.
    He might even know something we don’t!

  • Nick D

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed – you must have set a record for doing the same thread under a slightly different title every time !!!

    We know it’s a rudderless ship at the moment and has been for weeks., but you, like everyone else on here is going to have to be patient.

    To endlessly re-hash the same story is like a self fulfilling prophesy of doom. Let it go, chill out, it’s out of ours and your hands.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    The club price should be adjusted for the new owners to the tune of £20m, £10m allegedly for the sale of Bassong which the owner will pocket, and £10m for the shower who go us relegated as their ” bonus “. Seems the way to get a bonus theses days is to fail and land everyone in the shite, then rake in the cash. If I did that in my job I would get sacked as most others would too.
    What a pathetic mess we are in. The only way I can see progress here is the bidder who is most likely to win, must appoint Shearer as manager and give him the funds to start the ball rolling with transfers, if that were possible. If this does not happen then the new owners will be on the back foot from the time of the sale and the club will be worth less than the sale price because of the neglect of the previous owners.
    My HO of course but I really think whoever takes over the club now is in for a really rough ride because of the current circumstances and the ground we have lost already up to now.
    Let us pray!

  • woodsee

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Aussie we dont all wish for the same thing,
    christ you sound like the London press.
    There is so much anger in a lot of fans guts,cause we cant get our head around what has happened to our club.
    But you were certainly right about Ashley doing it his way,thats served him well so far hasnt it.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #15

    A positive-ish article from Luke Edwards

    What makes me think that something is happening re shearer – not one direct press quote at all since he went on holiday.

    Call it a hunch if you will.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16

    it seems no one wants to buy.

  • UTD111

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Wish I could hack that online data room…LOL

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #18

    I feel Ashley will not sell the club in this year

  • sahota

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    @Toon Graeme

    The news you posted says:
    “Ashley and Llambias are expected to be at Royal Ascot over the next two days, which would also appear to rule out the prospect of any significant change in the situation over the next 48 hours”

    I don’t have words for Mike and that Lamb. Ok everyone understand these things take time. Look at Portsmouth, there too its taking time and some players are frustrated. But don’t these stupid guys understand that they should atleast issue an official statement that they have got 4 bids and out of those 2 looks very promising and we hope deal will be done in next 1-2 weeks. If they issue such a statement , fans will atleast wait for 1-2 weeks. They simply don’t have common sense. Or they are thinking that they anyway will be able to sell us now, so they need not to worry and just enjoy their life. But they should remember that millions of Newcastle fans around world have hate in their heart for Mike and Lamb.

    CAN EVERYONE HERE MAKE A DECISION, Don’t every buy anything from SPORTS DIRECT. I went to market last week end with my brother and strictly told him that I won’t go into SPORTS DIRECT and won’t give Mike a penny.

    PLEASE AVOID SPORTS DIRECT. We can easily make Mike lose more than a million pounds soon if we decide not to shop at this store.

  • UTD111

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #20

    I’ve never bought anything from Sports Direct….Amble market is cheaper!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #21

    I want to punch Mike Ashley repeatedly until my knuckles are bleeding…then I will beat Owl head in the same manner.

    I can’t wait for this muppet show to leave us in peace.


  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Amble Market probably has principles as well…man I am hungover and angry.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #23

    I haven’t and will not ever buy lonsdale trainers from sports direct.

  • UTD111

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #24

    So the “Shearer to be appointed by end of this week” quote from Llambias’s bottom earlier in the week, is now supplemented by “a deal by the end of the month” in the Guardian.
    That’ll be a week on Tuesday then….just before our fabulous squad reports back to compare their tans and pick up their bonuses…..
    Don’t know about you but I’m desperately in need of some good news!! “Richest man on planet buys United” would be good……

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #25

    SJT – morning fella – hope the night was worth the hangover today?

    Imagine a line queing around barrack road and a ticket system to punch him in the face and kick Llambiarse in the back side.

    Now serving 111564!! lol 🙂

  • UTD111

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #26

    If there was a ticket charge and money in it for him, Ashley would probably do it……

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 19, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #27

    UTD111 –

    I was thinking more like when you gan to clarks for shoes and you have to get a ticket and wait in line (you can tell I got kids)- oh hell this would be a freebee for all!!!

  • stk85

    Jun 19, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    i’m sick to the back teeth of this fool leaving us rudderless. im off down sjp for a sit in.

    who’s in?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon G
    Got me dad doon from the toon…can you re add me on FB it went a bit skew wiff.

    Mike Ashley Please End this Torment and jump under Stardust’s Bus.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Why the constant torment…they have treat the fans like idiots,I am more angry today than the last transfer window and the flogging of Shay Given.

    Everything assigned to these BOZO’s is always a shambles.


  • Rangerman

    Jun 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #31

    I take it one of the groups doesn’t want Shearer then if he hasn’t been given th job.

  • Macas35

    Jun 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Rangerman – Not necessarily, they may just want to study the figures first

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 20, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #33



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