10 Days Of Due Diligence And The Long Wait Continues


You may have noticed, like we have, there has not been much news at all coming out of Newcastle United since Alan Shearer finished his one week long talks with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in May.

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Mike Ashley – has been as quiet as the grave for 4 weeks

We were told that Mike was listening very closely to what Alan was saying, and Ashley even issued an apology to Newcastle fans that week (probably written by a certain Alan Shearer) saying he had made some terrible decisions in his time at Newcastle.

But we already knew that, and since that week he seems to have gone off and ignored not only Shearer, but the fans and the players – just like they did from September to December, when they were trying to sell the club for the first time.

We call it their bunker mentality and there’s no place for that when you own a football club – where communications has to be full and free with the fans – and that’s especially true at Newcastle.

But with no manager in place now for 5 weeks push is coming to shove, and the NUSC (Newcastle United Supporters Club) tried to do something positive yesterday by calling on whoever, to appoint Alan Shearer as manager, but we’ll have to wait and see if that had any impact.

Mark Jensen, the editor of leading fanzine The Mag, said:

“The fans want Shearer and any future owners would be mad not to see Alan’s potential.”

“We are urging the people who can make it happen to give Alan Shearer the best chance possible of making this season a success, to make sure that this is rock bottom and there is not another trapdoor waiting for us that could see us tumble down to the level Leeds are at.”

“Any manager is untried until they are given the chance but I think Shearer has that certain steeliness, that certain something. He has to be given the opportunity and the tools to do it.”

“By coming together, as representatives of various sections of the fan base, we believe we can send a powerful message of unity that will be picked up by potential owners.”

Mark’s right that any manager is untried until given the chance but most managers learn their trade at lower level and lower profile clubs, although it seems that Alan always wanted to have his first crack at management at Newcastle. And it looks like Alan will get that chance but when is the big question right now.

We’re not sure what else to do to try to get Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias do their jobs at Newcastle, since we’ve worn the pen very low in criticising Mike, and that doesn’t seemed to have done much use.

Don’t believe by the way, that their hands are tied because of the new potential ownership – that’s rubbish – and there’s no reason why Alan or somebody else couldn’t have been appointed immediately after relegation, and we wouldn’t be in this complete mess.

They are still in charge of the club and it’s still their responsibility until the club is sold. That’s business – normal business.

It’s now 10 days the four consortia (we think it’s four) have been in due diligence on looking through the club’s financial books, so hopefully something will break soon.

But how many times have we said that in the last month?

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I refer back to what Mike Ashley said in his last attempt to get rid of the club.

    He said whilst he was owner he would continue to run the club responsibly and do the best for the club.

    Well I’m beginning to wonder now….

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Same sh1t different day Ed, i am really peed off waiting for news my daily routine now is to log in to see if anything has happened but nowt.

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  • spiderpig

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    there is no way we will find anything out until it happens and rightly so.i was always amazed at how many stories leaked out of newcastle,when it never happened at other clubs.now we have cured that problem we are whingeing we get told nowt.lambias said abut 2-3 weeks ago that they were not going to appoint shearer and it would be left to the new owners.nothings changed.

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  • Big Dave

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    spiderpig maybe you forgot that silence of the lambs said that the 4 groups were in favour of AS and that thinks should be clearer at the end of the week that was over a week ago

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  • belfast toon

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    If it’s taking this long the books must be in a mess or their is a big loan to pay back My cashly

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  • hitman

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    the only reason i can come to is 1 or more of the groups in for us dont want shearer,coz didnt lameass tell us he would ask the groups if they wanted shearer.

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    beye that brought a tear to my eye

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    ditto batty .. mr ashley shame on you..

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Alan Shearer is 100% our next manager. I asked him last night in our marque at gosforth races. He was an hour late arriving due to being in a meeting with the club. He then spent an hour on his phone. so after all that and a few pints i walked up to him and asked him outright, he said “yes” but just awaiting the completion of due dillegence. Thats all he could say.

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #11

    f p c s , i hope you had more luck than me..

    ..i filled the bookies pockets as per the norm.

    batts , giz a winner m8..

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m fu<king pig sick of this sh1t

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    komfort me lucks gone a bit shite m8 but iam backing som tala in the 310 each way m8

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    …and Beye, I couldn’t handle more than one second of Sh1tney Pooston.

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Rodzilla // Jun 27, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    I’m fu<king pig sick of this sh1t
    <<< ile 2nd 3rd 4th 5th annd 6th that m8 fckin bunch of non geordie bstards

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Alreet Bats, av just texted mi ‘mole’ in the Toon te see if he knows owt – nowt back. I just want some sort of official murmering of a progress update that’s all. I know about NDAs and all that boll0cks but this silence is deafening. Fkn joke.

    (and leave the horses alairn Bats, stick te football like yer uncle Rod – acanit lose at the moment)

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    i just hope freddy takes a good look at the books because i wouldnt want him to get ripped off like

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    ROD whats ur bet for the under 21s m8

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  • chuck

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    As none of us are privy to whats happening, all else is just supposition.
    Sure it`s frustrating, just as the last three transfer windows were, a non existent or gagged PR department, silence of Llambias etc. However there is I believe light at the end of the tunnell, a little patience please.
    The very last thing we should be doing is parading around with white bed sheets, that will really impress any new owner.
    A period of stability is whats needed right now and it scares me when the bed sheet crowd threaten to march and I might add that the general theme of this blog could lighten up a bit.
    Relax Ed. it`s all comming to-gether, a little patience please !

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    aye chuck , let’s have a party while we wait..

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Batty, I’ve won on every game so far and predicted an England Germany final right at the start (no money on it unfortunately). I initially thought Germany would just edge England in the final but after watching last night’s games I think it’s ours. I backed over 2 in the England game and Germany against the Eye-ties btw.

    The England U21s just look a different class to everyone else. BTW, I’d love to see a U21 v Senior game. Don’t know why they don’t do it – be a cracker. Good charity game.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    BTG cracking video

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    as there is no 1 at SJP iam gonna move in and claim squatters rights

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    my top tips today:
    2.05 war artist
    2.35 tajneed
    3.10 wells lyrical
    3.45 soccerjackpot
    4.20 chaperno
    4.50 dechiper
    5.25 cipher

    all newcastle

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Geordiedoonsooth, I hope you watched it on mute

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    rod , so is that a straight win on england ?.

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Frank pingles come sock see u like backing 1st and 2nd favs m8

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    My money’s on it at 11/8 komfort. It’s not a tip though – I don’t like tipping.

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  • belfast toon

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Mushroom army

    Remember this time lads this is the lowest point remember it and next season when were banging in goals and ashley is gone never forget it or take for granted the good times again, we are proper supporters we will be back stronger than ever, this is the start of a new era for us

    What don’t kill you just makes you stronger

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    ROD how many bottles you got left after last night m8

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #31

    rod , england are 8/11 with pp , where did you get your price from.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #32

    ….nah Komfort, that’s a 90min price not a tournament win mate

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Batty, cans last night. And 6.

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #34

    komfort i hink ROD has had it in 90 mins m8

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  • batty

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Rodzilla // Jun 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Batty, cans last night. And 6.
    <<<< and bet u had your miceal jackson cds on

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #36

    f p c s..

    head to head..winner takes all (let’s say a bob dylan on it)

    2.05 ancien regime

    2.35 millfield dream

    3.10 wells lyrical

    3.45 benadonner

    4.20 the human league

    4.50 thin red line

    5.25 sunshine always

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Batty, and wore a white jewelled glove whilst administering my ale. Aaaaaoooooo! Shamone.

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  • komfort

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #38

    ah 90mins .. hope it wins for you anyway.

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    FFS, I posted a reply to you twice Batty but both got blocked for some bizarre reason and I can’t be arsed typing it again. Maybe Ed has some new anti-Mi*c@£l J@cks0n software installed. They’ll both probably appear in half an hour. B0ll0cks

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  • ObaMartins

    Jun 27, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Nice youtube Beye…lets not get to downhearted as we are getting Rid of the “Fat useless Bastard” Ashley, and maybe getting Sir Alan Sheaer as Manager….Sorry for the Cuss word ED but i cannot think of a better way to describe him.!!!!!!

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