Still No Silver Lining Seen Through Newcastle Clouds

We were hoping for some new news on Newcastle today, but the Journal story on Michael Owen today, tells us there’s not much coming out of  St. James’ Park today, well not yet anyway.

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Mike Ashley – made a hash of things at Newcastle

Derek Llambias is supposed to be in town today, and tying up some loose ends on the sale of the club, and we were hoping we’d hear some decent news sometime today.

Most Newcastle fans are not much worried about what happens to Michael Owen, as he will not be a part of the Newcastle story anymore.  After all he was paid a monumental sum at Newcastle and his less than stellar stay ended up with the club being relegated, and Owen being dropped a couple of times in the run-in to the season.

While he may yet start scoring goals again, he’ll not do that at Newcastle, so why all the local news about Michael surprises us – to say the least. We’re not much interested at what happens to Michael if truth be told.

Of course there’s not much else going on right now, and that’s more than a problem of course, as there is still loads to do at Newcastle before the new season kicks off on August 8th at WBA.

Here’s what we think most Newcastle fans would like to see happen just as soon as possible:

  • A new owner announced. We have no idea who that would be, but the sooner the better, and hopefully they will be able to cough up some funds in the transfer coffers for the new manager.
  • A new manager announced, and most of us would like to see Alan Shearer in charge. We took a beating in the comments recently, and probably deserved it,  for saying if the owners didn’t appoint Alan it would be their first big mistake.  And while we think Alan’s appointment is around 90% certain it could be somebody else who is brought in. As long as the new manager is a good appointment, and he can move the club forward, most fans will be able to live with that.  We have to think Alan is at least a hot favorite for the job – but only after the current owner leaves, who has simply ignored Alan for the last two weeks.
  • Some stability at the club after Mike Ashley has wrecked whatever good name the club had, and the Newcastle club internally is now in the worst shape it’s been in for many a year. Mike has had only two years on Tyneside – but he made the most of that time to wreck the club and has been quite successful at it, unfortunately. It’s just a pity he couldn’t have been successful at doing something good for the club.
  • And last but not least – Mike Ashley leaving Toon – and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

If we can get those elements achieved within say the next week, most Newcastle fans will be happy and willing to support he club in their quest for promotion first time from the Championship. Our nightmare would essentially be over and we could look ahead with some positive vibes that the club can come back, and possibly come back quickly.

We also hear from a few readers, who say they work at the Newcastle club, that Ashley is more than a little upset at all the negative press he’s been receiving. If that’s true we’re surprised that he’s surprised.

He could get the Newcastle  fans wrath down by immediately appointing a manager, since after all, whether he likes it or not, the Newcastle club is his responsibility until he sells, and he’s managed to do nothing for 30 days since we were relegated. We have arranged 5 good pre-season friendly games, which in fairness was good news amongst the doom and gloom.

Poor managers are those who sit on the fence and refuse to make the tough decisions necessary to move a company forward. Does that sound familiar at what’s happened at Newcastle these past four weeks?

The next step on our terrible down-slide since relegation will be if Ashley does announce Chris Hughton as the new interim manager.

Everybody knows he is not the long-term solution, and that could have a negative impact on the players we want to keep at the club like Steven Taylor and Habib Beye. Both players are getting more than a little impatient at the complete mess the club is still  in.

We await good news with bated breath, and once we get a new owner and new manager in, then we can start rebuilding and forget about the last two years, well at least start to forget.

The owners will need to unburden the club of up to 10 players, but it could be that two or three of our high wage- earners will stay – if only because we cannot unload all of them in the short time left until the end of August.

The club will hardly have a choice as to who they keep, because once a bid comes in for any of those 9 high priority players that’s acceptable, they’ll be out of the door quickly.

We need stability at he club, and once Ashley leaves we’ll need to restore the pride and passion at Newcastle, that has to be job one.

A few wins in August, when we start in the Championship, could also help the mood of everybody associated with the club.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    What A barnett

  • tooneskimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Like a sheep’s arse…..

  • vivadavidkelly

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    why are you hoping for some good news today, and why are you expecting good news within the week? nothing has been uttered from the club for over a month now, as far as we know there might not even be any bidders, just keith harris’ green puppett trying to drum up interest. sorry to be a doom monger, and i have said it before, i wouldnt be at all suprised if big mike was still the owner at christmas

  • tooneskimo

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    seeing how things can’t get any worse.
    Poll time, what have been your 5 biggest disappointments over the last ten years. (Had to limit it to 5. otherwise we’d be here all day…)

    1. Mike Ashley, arrived as the next Abramovich, will be leaving as Ambrokeabit

    2. Lamearse/Wise, how anybody (see above) could employ these two and get rid of Russell Cushing who knew the club inside out was beyond belief.

    3. Kevin Keegan. Destined to end in tears.

    4. Freddie Shepherd/ Sir? John Hall
    only Batman and Robin could sought out these two Jokers with their very own NUFC Dividend cards.

    5. Souness/Boumsongagate, could of had him for free and that was too much, wor Graham signed Blundersong from Rangers for a hefty fee and duely went thirders with his Rangers chairman mate and Shepherd.
    this is all alledged of course, cough,

    There you go folks, I’m sure we’ll get some worthwhile entries.

  • lesh

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m astonished to hear that Ashley’s more than a little upset at all the negative press he’s been receiving….. doesn’t that just about sum up his sense of foresight?

    I’m sure like Ed and many others, I was taught to anticipate and prepare for reaction to decisions.

    I wonder just what management training Ashley’s had or who in hell is advising him.

    This debacle just beggars belief!

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    ED that piture of ashley needs a couple of horns on it m8 because he is the devil

  • belfast toon

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Well so much for my good felling yesterday I must of still been a bit drunk. But surely ed’s right we should here somehing soon

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    shamrock rovers have a freindley against real madrid and we were moaning aboot it

  • Nick D

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    batty no one is excusing Ashley in the slightest, but how you can keep defending Shepherd as a better bet just because he is a geordie defies belief.
    Shepherd’s signing of owen cost us 41 M in wages and transfer fee alone!!!!!!

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    well i wasent but some were

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    nick d i dont like sheperd that much just havein a laugh but still saying that i would pick him over ashley 7 days a week so can you stop stalking me plz

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    So, when this happens will people start to shop in his cheapo stores again? I don’t live in the NE anymore, but I was up there at the weekend and his shop seemed pretty full to me. I thought everyone was boycotting his stores?
    Sports direct profits are up, so no one is hitting Ashley where it would cause him concern.

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Nick D // Jun 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    batty no one is excusing Ashley in the slightest, but how you can keep defending Shepherd as a better bet just because he is a geordie defies belief.
    Shepherd’s signing of owen cost us 41 M in wages and transfer fee alone!!!!!!
    <<<<< and how much did his signing of shearer cost us m8

  • Whumpie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    I disagree with the headline, Ed. There is one silver lining – the friendlies.

    Not that I’m about to buy a ticket to Ireland, but what this shows is that things ARE happening behind the scenes, and that (as always) it is the lack of communication that is the problem.

    I still hold out for a good outcome in the next week, i.e.

    – New owner
    – Shearer in
    – Ashley gone, having ‘donated’ £150m to the club
    – A stack of player movements signed off, having been arranged behind the scenes while all this was going being set up.

    I honestly think this could be where we’re at in a week’s time, perhaps two.

    What a shame MA is incapable of learning or communicating. This whole episode could be so much less painful.

  • jim

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    aye nick d-ya always stalkin batty u! pack it in man lol like that one bats? 😉 lol

  • Sav

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope Sports Direct has put in a bumper order of them stripey yella numbers with matching custard shorts. It’ll give the barrow-boy and the bingo-caller sommat to remember us by – because nobody in their right mind is going to be wearing them.
    Is this kit Ashley’s parting joke, or what? Like ManU’s ‘invisible’ grey kit of some years back, I can see this one ‘pulled’ before the season is much older.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    All these consortiums want AS as manager, so why not get him installed NOW!

    Stop clowning around, we already have our new clown suits to wear for away games next season, please dont fill them with unwanted clowns as per last season!

    AS needs to come in and get rid of all them players just here for a pay cheque and bring in some passionate players who WANT to play for us, i.e Frazer Campbell for one!

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve been one of the annoying perpetual optimists over the past few years. I even believed Ashley might do some good when he arrived and appointed Keegan.

    To be honest though, my optimism has completely run out. We need a fresh start and I pray that the new ownership is sorted out soon. I want one thing above all others. Stability. We need a manager, hopefully Shearer for me, with a 5 year contract. I don’t care if we don’t get promoted first time round, I just want one of our managers to be given the time he needs to get this club in some semblance of order. Hopefully some of our young talent will start to come through. That is the one positive legacy Ashley has left amongst the ashes of St James Park.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    So Utrecht on July 26th it is then, to complete our list of friendlies. Could be up for a lost weekend, in a hotel in Amsterdam.

  • jim

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    aye and get ranger and carroll up front with him aswell as a few new young uns-and get some hungry fresh youths in who want to play for us and continue our assault on the premiership once were up-like hull when thye started well but not fall off like them idiots lol-weve enuff in the reserves to try some of them the vusic bloke and the keepers-and more-things mite not be as glum as we expect if the new young side was to knit-theres that italian aswell-and darren lough-ryan donaldson- and sam adjie or whatever hes called and more-and sameobi -ide get djibril cisse in in place of owen me-him+ martins, ranger n carroll up front and rotate with the new ones brought in

  • stk85

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    having shepherd would be like you’ve just recovered from a tricky heart operation to discover you need a liver transplant.
    it would be without doubt the next chapter in the continuing saga of nufc. i may just give up if shepherd come back. give up or go on a man hunt….

  • Sav

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    If this kit is meant to flush out all the wasters who don’t want to leave the club but would rather sit on their backsides and drain the club’s bank account, its a stroke of genius.

    But Shay Given’s decision to get the hell out of Toon in January is looking wiser by the minute. It is a kit reminiscent of the banana skin we stepped on when we got FatAsh.

  • Geordie Jayne

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    I have an awful awful feeling this is de ja vu for us lot….

    Buyers for the club, dates set, then passed over and over again, Shearer to be named as manager after Barclays give their decision, Shearer manager soon but still no naming, Shearer as manager last week or beginning of this week still nowt.

    Wouldn’t you think that any SERIOUS buyer would want a manager whoever it is, IN NOW cos this is ruining their INVESTMENT. If Indeed there is a buyer.

    Anyone else have the goddamn awful feeling this is like last time OMG look what the barrow boy has reduce me to negativity.

    By the way I am not a Shepherd fan but did the fans not turn out approximately 10,000 when Owen signed, can’t remember too many people complaining then.

    Shepherd and Hall made mistakes lots of them, but they were the only one’s who took us (with their own money) from the little worm McKeag and turned us into a great club MISTAKES and all, and there was one little scroat us undone all that good work a one MR CASHLEY.

    CASHLEY = Relegation end of

  • Geordie Jayne

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #24

    Mickey Toon I go to Silverlink everyday as I have to and Cashley’s bargain basement crap shop is always empty

  • Mo Drysdale

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Keep your heads up lads,
    There if far to much negative thinking around the club at the moment, more resently about the away strip, but at least they will be able to see each other whent they pass the ball. Lets not get drawn in. We may be the butt of many a joke amongst the footballing world but we know who we are and we don’t need to tell them.
    There is reason to think that this time next week “Big Alan S” will be are manager, he is an inteligent lad and he would have already sorted out who is going out and comming in, and which young aspiring footballers wouldn’t want to work with him.
    We will have new owners and lets face it, it has got to be better than the present looooonatick.
    Things can only get better, and they will.

  • Micky Toon

    Jun 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Geordie Jayne – It was not their own money. The company was a PLC we generated the majority of the money by floating the club on the stock market.
    If you really think that Ashley is the only one to blame for our current situation, then fine, that’s your perogative, but let me say this. The rot had set in long before Ashley turned up. We were on a hiding to nothing and Shepherd kept papering over the cracks with marquee name signings to subdue the fans and get season ticket sales and renewals moving. Shepherd and Hall Jnr were at the centre of a massive smoke and mirrors campaign that kept us in the dark as to what was really happening.
    I have no love at all for Ashley, but in my opinion he did not cause this mess, he was just unable to fix it. Unfortunately this has left the club in a massive mess, but one that should be salvageable. If the previous lot were still here we would have been in administration by now.
    Just why do you think the club was sold? Do you think it was because it was a profitable business that Hall Snr was raking money in from? or do you think we were on the brink of going bust, so Hall sold out to the first buyer who would contain the debt?
    I’m not trying to sound smarter or better than anyone, but I just wish that people on here would think before they post.

  • geordie deb

    Jun 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Mickey Toon

    Spot on. Couldn’t agree more.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 23, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I think FFS and Ashley are both to blame, but for different reasons. I hope to never see either of them at SJP again.

    Oh, and Mo – dead right, man. I honestly think that there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic at the moment. 2 weeks’ time and we’ll have Big Al in charge, a totally new squad forming by the day, and Ashley gone having paid off the club’s huge debts.


  • Solaidback

    Jun 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley could have fixed the club if he’d decided to put money into it but he decided against spending & tried to get money out of it which he had to pay out to clear the debts, so in the end all he did was crash the club!!
    All the bad feelings & change of management affected the lads on the field, which led to us being relegated, end of story!!!

    New story, we get new owners, a new management team & get rid of all those players who earned a mint but did nowt, we get new players in & we make a play for the EPL again, this tme next season, our new owners get the promotion money & plow it all into buying more new players to play in the Premiership, no overpaid namesakes like Owen, Colocini, Guterez, Nolan, Barton, Smith, Duff etc, just players who want to wear the B&W strips.. 🙂

  • Steve_48

    Jun 23, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #30

    sh*t hair

  • lesh

    Jun 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Whumpie…… What a shame MA is incapable of learning or communicating. This whole episode could be so much less painful.

    Whumpie – he should have learned from the Keegan/ Wise episode….. he should have learned from Joe’s pleadings for signings….. he should have learned from……..!

    What’s the point, he’ll never learn. Arrogance + ignorance = danger = disaster.

  • chuck

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    What exactly is it about AS that makes him so essential as the next manager, because he is a Geordie ? because he scored a lotta goals for the team ? because he had a terrific record of one win out of eight games to see the team relegated ?
    Or perhaps a massianic need ?
    If in fact he does end up with the job, we better make sure we hire John Carver or someone with some tactical and technical know how, as he
    showed little of either during those last eight games.
    As for Dowie, on your bike mate, not needed, never did anything other than be controversial and get fired from allmost every job.
    Before everyone jumps on my case lets be honest, he is a ROOKIE with eight games under his belt, so dont expect miracles and he is the peoples choice, therefore dont do the usual and call for his head as soon as he looses a few, it`s only to be expected.
    Rookie managers are “on the job training”something we have all done and in retrospect shudder at the thought of.
    Then there`s allways the possibility he wont get the job, would that bring out the bedsheeters again or has there been enough unrest, certainly has for me.

  • jim

    Jun 23, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah Geordie Jayne -it was near 20 000 tho the owen welcome party, i was there with the bairn makin a mug of myself singin his praises lol ;-(


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