Alan Shearer To-Do List Gets Longer

With less than two weeks to go before Newcastle play their first season friendly, we’ve taken another look at the things Alan Shearer and the new owner will need to be doing, once they land at Newcastle.

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Alan Shearer – lots and lots to do – very quickly!

Here are just a few of the things that Alan will need to do, but as far as getting those high wage-earning players out of the club, and their wages off the books, the new Chairman and others will need put a hard court press into getting those players moved on.

Alan and the coaching staff should be heads down preparing the team for next season.

Here’s probably only a partial list of the work load items:

  • Sell some of the 9 high priority players or get them out on loans so that their wages are off the books.
  • Take those players he wants to keep, like Harper, Steven Taylor, Beye and Bassong off the transfer list, as all the first team squad is till up for grabs.
  • Start bringing in some of the new players we need to mount a Championship bid next season. Players include Per Ciljen Sjkelbred, Jermaine Beckford, Brad Orr and Chris Gunter.
  • Try to persuade Seb Bassong to stay on Tyneside, or at least see what he really wants to do. If the Frenchman wants to leave ask £15M for him, and see what offers come in.  It could well be he’ll get a better wage on Tyneside than at a Premier League side next season, and he’s earned that wage too.
  • Appoint some new coaches quickly so we don’t suffer too much from losing fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott over the weekend to Liverpool.
  • Attempt to get some players in form the big four clubs on loan for the season, as there should be some good youngsters that could help Newcastle get promoted at the first attempt.
  • Hold a press conference (a long one) so Alan and the coaches (and the owner hopefully, or at least the new Chairman) can talk about what they will be doing to get the club back into the Premier League next season.
  • Ensure that between Alan and the new Chairman there is constant and good communication with the Newcastle fans, who after all are what the Newcastle club are all about.

It’s a very bad situation right now, but not a lost cause yet, and if we can get a new owner and new manager in quickly (this week?), we could even be ready for the new season when it kicks off at WBA on August 8th.

And of course we would need to get all 3 points in that first game, and then we’d all be feeling a lot better. 😀

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – this is assuming Shearer is the next gaffer.

  • spiderpig

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    the only way he wont be the next gaffer is if,ashley cant sell.i dont think he would work under him.which is a possibility i suppose.surely someone will buy us the club is a steal at 100 mill.the ground must be worth that alone


    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    If we dont hear something by the end of Wednesday i will be very disappointed but would presume a buyer would have a plan in place now in terms of appointing a Manager, a transfer budget and a policy on sales.
    The transfer market really hots up in July-to leave it till August would be madness.

  • reetpetite

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    just posted by the most reliable spurs itk on our site.

    Get your geordies for a good price

    Ashley is selling however can do what he wants whilst still in charge…

    We know that and Levy has a good relationship with him..

    Bassong IS NOT done yet however they could be a few heading our way from there if good deals…

    I have no names but this seems to be a cheap option of building the squad if Ashleys proposed sale stalls or isnt done within a few weeks.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5


    dont believe eveything you read 😉

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I think the leg-work for a lot of what Ed’s listed is already done and there are contracts sat waiting for signatures.

    Why else would there have been NO movement of players at all? The chances of that seem very, very slight, and it all points to either an agreement or (more likely) legal reason why no contracts above a certain value can be signed by the outgoing owner.

    Also, if Seymore Pierce are in negotiation meetings, that points to at least the first round of due diligence being done (probably still getting answers to questions raised) and they’re down to the haggling while that’s done.

    If that is the case, then we could get at least a sale in principle soon, and if that is the case then hats off to Seymore Pierce. I’ve spent longer selling old cars than they will have spent selling a £100m football club with horrific accounts.

    We could be looking good by the end of the week – but we’ve said that how many times now??

  • brownrob

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Spurs will always be a step down from the toon, even though we are relegated

    Spurs will talk a good game, how they will break the top 4, spend a fortune and finish the season at best, 7th, behind the top 4, everton and city, possibly villa and portsmouth too, seeing that they have a new megarich owner. Spurs are a mid table team for sure now, they showed promise under Jol, but their board just go to show they are just as inept as our own!!!

    While we may even get promoted back this year!

  • brownrob

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    I have been told that the Leeds friendly has been arranged as part of the deal bringing Beckford to the Toon

    Wishful thinking maybe!

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    wonder how long it is b4 we here how spurs are gonna be a top 4 team blah blah blah.

    newcastle have done it several times

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10


    who told you??

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Owen to Olympiacos within 3 days!!! 😉

  • brownrob

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Just a mate of mine, but he has always talked a lot of sense regarding all things toon!

    But he doesnt claim to be right.

    We have played Deportivo quite a few times in recent years also, possibly a clause from buying their players, so it may be true, who knows. But it is always fun to speculate 🙂

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    our game with deportivo is called off for some reason. hope coco the clown effs off back to deportivo

  • Solaidback

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I was wondering, I know we need to gte rid of the high earners from our wage book, so why not let them go for FREE!!! I know it sound daft but if our new onwers are only concerned about the amount of wages they have to pay, then let the like of Smith, Duff, Barton, Ameobi, Butt, Nolan, etc go for free, that way we don’t have to worry about their wages & loads of clubs would be happy to take them, if they dont have to pay anything for them, that way they could afford to pay their stupid wages, just like a bosman transfer 🙂

    I wonder how many of you will call me a **** or ***** for suggesting this, loads probably but if it means getting those overpaid useless individuals off the wage book, so be it, we’ve already paid for them, so no extra loss, just gian by not having them on the books anymore, a proper Fire Sale 🙂 🙂

  • brownrob

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Also, I think Shearers silence is a good thing. We all know how he wears his heart on his sleeve and would do everything in his power to help the Toon.

    This means he has likely signed a NDA as he is involved in the sale somewhere and cannot speak, I know if I were him and were in limbo, I would be hounded by the press and probably vent my frustration at the situation.

    Its so frustrating sitting here waiting over a month waiting for news, but what can we do?

    Shearer does need to be given the job, if only to remove the shadow from every subsequent manager that comes here

  • stevep

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    The longer it goes on the more players will wantt to leave – imagine players returning to Hughton in charge and no idea whats happening!

    @reetpetite – The teams who do well in theh prem are the teams who have the most money so top four in prem this year will be the usual suspects, with Man City, Everton & Villa fighting over europa places and poss spurs if they could ever get over thier long held inconsistencies (play well against top four, play like they can’t be ar5ed against everyone else).

    To be honest I doubt I’ll be watching any prem games this year – toon aren’t in it so I can’t see the point.

  • brownrob

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Solaid, many of our hih earners are tied to long contracts, we cant release these guys on a free as we are effectively terminating their contract, and they will need to be compensated

  • Solaidback

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    I never said release them on a free, I said give them away FREE 🙂 meaning if clubs are interested in them, then it’s upto those clubs to put up their best offer to the player & let him decide where he wants to go, if we don’t charge a transfer fee, then thats our business, as we own the players, unlike most other clubs who pay by installments, so if we say Barton can go for £1, then that’s our choice is it not??

    I know it will never happen, as they want to get as much money back from the sale of these players but if it was Ashleys money that brought the player, why should the new owners care about losing what Ashley paid for, I know I wouldn’t if I was a billioniare getting the Toon for £100m, I’d be happy to get rid of the lot of them for nowt & just get them off our wage bill 🙂

  • ginkoh

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh my god, I’m so sick for ” This Week ” ” Next ….day ” we will get new owner but it never happen.

    How about this time ?

  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t understand this article. Shearer isn’t our manager anymore, and the new owners, whoever they are, may bring in someone else.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Solaidback – the player still has to agree to leave, and the new club has to be prepared to pay enough to make them want to leave. No transfer fee will help to sweeten that, but it’s still not in NUFC’s hands to decide.

    The problem we have (ta, Ashley) is that we have players on huge wages who have just proven to the world that they’re not worth it.

    Say you’ve got a player that cost us £5m, has three years left on his contract, and is on £60k a week, but is now generally thought to be worth £2m and £20k a week at most. Even if we waive the £2m, there’s still £6m difference between what the player will get from NUFC and what they’re likely to get from the new club.

    That’s partly what the due diligence and negotiations is all about – working out just how much sh*t Ashley’s dropped us in.

  • chuck

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Hate to say it but on reading Kieth Harris is presently in the US and no apparent moves on the proposed sale, beginning to look like de ja vue all over.
    Reminds me of the Ashley excursion to the Gulf trying to flog us to the Arabs.
    Beggers belief , I am talking about the entire ownership period, what a jerk this guy has turned out to be, it`s f***ing incredible.
    What I am suggesting is this could be an ongoing saga, we may never get rid of this whack job.
    Heeeeeelp !

  • workyticket

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Whumpie // Jun 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    “The problem we have (ta, Ashley) is that we have players on huge wages who have just proven to the world that they’re not worth it.”

    Whumpie, that was much more Shepherd’s fault than it was Ashley’s. He negotiated most of the lousy deals for huge wages with no relegation clauses.

  • Johno Toon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Just back after a weekend away. Said to myself I wont check anything and ill come back today and we will have new owners new manager etc etc… What a let down

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    I think Keith Harris being in the US is good news. Before, we had no due diligence. To be visiting after that point seems to me to point to haggling. Which is good.

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Workyticket – you have a point there. There’s been speculation both ways about whether the players Ashley signed have relly clauses or not. Personally, I suspect not – but that’s 2 years of disappointment for you.

    But we also have to admit that a lot of those nine (someone else please work out who – I’ve got an appt!) WERE signed under Ashley. You really have to blame him AND Fred to be fair to either.

    Both can go play with the traffic as far as I’m concerned…

  • Solaidback

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27

    That’s what I said Whumpie, if we let them go for nothing, then t’s up to the clubs interested in our players to put forward the best case for that particluar player, at least if they do, we’ll not have to worry about their wages, isn’t that the whole problem of getting rid of these players, the stumbling block is the cost of buying them plus their huge wages, ‘simples’ take away the buying fee & the clubs will take these players of us & be able to afford their wages 🙂 🙂

  • Sav

    Jun 29, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #28

    64 days and counting to the close of the transfer window.

    We can only imagine the morale of the returning players – especially the 9 experianced pros named for the chute. Its going to be all the harder to keep smiles on the faces of those we intend to keep. No-one is going to admit they are getting the sack because they weren’t good enough and were the ones who got us relegated.

    Its a good job they are giving Bassong another week away as the conversation would surely be,”You’re not thinking of sticking around this dump? …On your money? – You must be mad! – My agent’s working on stuff to get me outta here as soon as they put another organ-grinder in charge.”

    Will Joey Barton be saying “Come on now, lads. Its us that got the club into this mess and its up to us to dig it back out.”
    – Will he hell when its easier to blame the club, the owner, the fans, the coaches, the manager(s) or just make out its all a laugh and you don’t give a stuff anyway.

    In this situation, these blokes are poison to the morale we need to pull us through a tough Championship season and need to be moved out PRONTO, or its an impossible task for Hughton and Calderwood to do anything useful with them.

    Howay, Al!

  • toonoholic

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Attempt to get some players in form the big four clubs on loan for the season, as there should be some good youngsters that could help Newcastle get promoted at the first attempt.

    ED thats not a good idea. Whats the point borrowing players if we cant use them for a season after this. Remember rossi ? he did pretty decent that season for 6 months (even though he played 3 games). But we cldnt buy him.

    Why spend on loan when spend now and gel a team for next 3-4 yrs?

  • Hirdy_81

    Jun 30, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #30

    I’ve read in another article that David O’Leary wants to get back into management and that managing a high profile club in the Championship would not be a step down for him. That subliminal message could mean that he is interested in taking the reins here.


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