Newcastle Continue To Move In Slow Motion

It’s 5 weeks and a day since Newcastle were relegated to the Championship after their 1-0 defeat at Villa Park.

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Chris Hughton – will take pre-season training on Wednesday

And what have we done since that time. Not too much as the club has been put up for sale again, and that process always seems to take some time. It’s now been up for sale just over 4 weeks at an asking price of  £100M.

The club has arranged 5 good pre-season friendlies and the players return for pre-season training on Wednesday, and many will wonder where their futures lie, because that will not be on Tyneside.

But the situation on several fronts continues to be a concern at the club:

  • We still have no idea who will be the new owner, or indeed if the club will be sold since we hear that the two consortia who have bid have come in below the asked for price of £100M
  • There is no long-term manager in place, and Chris Hughton will again be named the interim manager for Wednesday and will be assisted by Paul Barron and perhaps Colin Calderwood
  • Not one of the 9 players (at least) we need to unload this summer has been sold
  • No new players have been brought into the club
  • We have just lost our fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott to Liverpool

Our first friendly is a week on Saturday, but who will be in that team is a good question, because we’ll still have all our players returning from last season, who will presumably not be at the club come September.

The hope of everybody connected to the club has to be that new owners are installed this week, and news yesterday was that Keith Harris was in the United States, so presumably we could read into that,  that a deal is imminent.

But all this stuff with the reports of a sale very close, all happened last year, and Ashley turned up no decent bid for the club, and in the end decided to keep the club.

That caused Shay Given to leave, and we have to hope Mike doesn’t have another change of heart, but there’s no doubt he will take  a bath and lose at least £150M on his little venture of the last couple of years at Newcastle.

Until we get a new owner and new manager, there’s not much else the club can do but to continue to move along, at a slow pace, until the new leaders come on board, and that’s been the case ever since the club was put up for sale.

The sad thing is there were reports yesterday, that it could take at least another two weeks for the club to be sold, so time marches on, and is certainly not on the side of Newcastle United right now.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • spiderpig

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    think we will defo hear some news this week as its in the interest of all parties to have something in place for the start of preseason.they did say end of the month aswell.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    if hughtons in charge for pre season then we can f***king forget promotion

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    if hughtons in charge for pre season then we can fc king forget promotion

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Didnt come on the Blog over the weekend but doesnt look as though owt has happened apart from the fitness coaches leaving.

    I doubt we will hear anything and that we should ignore any article that mentions meetings and anouncements etc.

    Unless out of the blue a press release is made

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5


    the club are taking the effing piss out of us mate

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle continue to move in slow motion?

    Seems like chronic inertia’s set in – again!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Morning Ryantoon.

    How you doin fella?

  • Ericles

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Ryan Toon. If Hughton takes us through pre-season and into the new season we are up shite creek without a paddle. He is a coach not an imaginative clued up manager.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    doing fine TG 😉

    just need some news on the toon but it just aint coming is it

  • shear-class

    Jun 29, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    ED -If ashley cant/or doesnt sell this time i think hell put us into administration does anybody agree/disagree

  • BILL-B

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I Tend to agree with you

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    RT – Aye mate its now countdown time til season.

    Never easy being a toon fan – my brother in law won £300 for betting on Roker Park at the newcastle races on sat!!

  • Whumpie

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Marnin’ Ed. Just a couple of responses to your key points:

    “It’s now been up for sale just over 4 weeks”

    => I’ve spent longer selling a car. What makes anyone think this is going slowly? I’d expect months for something this big, and from what I can gather Seymore Pierce have done a pretty slick job getting everything lined up to go as quickly as possible. It’s just that their client still hasn’t learned to communicate. The tw*t.

    “..two consortia who have bid have come in below the asked for price of £100M”

    =>Didn’t expect anyone to offer asking price, did you? Once they look at the liabilities we have I expect they’ll go in not much over half of that as a starting point.

    “No new players have been brought into the club”

    => I think that’s a good thing, because it suggests that there is a good reason. If we’d bought or sold any players, it would be worrying because that would mean we could… but haven’t.

    “We have just lost our fitness coaches Hulse and Elliott to Liverpool”

    => What fitness?? Unless these were new blokes, they’re due to be shipped out as much as any of the players.

    I’m still optimistic. If we get to Thursday with nowt, though, I will be really scared.

  • RyanToon

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    yeah i saw that won TG

  • magforlife

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Whumpie, i agree but even if it drags on past Thursday dont give up as no news doesnt have to mean bad news and the fact Shearer hasnt spoken is a good sign to me that progress is being made. As for the fitness coaches, they should be peddled, cant wait for the clearout when it happens.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s the lack of information coming out of the club that is the issue here. Just wish it was all at an end & we knew who the new owners where & the manager

  • Chris G

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    ‘It’s the lack of information coming out of the club that is the issue here’

    That’s probably why we shouldn’t worry too much. There ARE things happening – it’s just that nobody is allowed to talk about it

  • magpie6699

    Jun 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I keep hearing people saying if MA doesn’t sell he’ll take the club into administration. That doesn’t seem to make sense to me as I would have thought he’d end up more out of pocket but some people think it would work for him while others take my point of view. Any financial wizzes confirm or refute?

  • Chris G

    Jun 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    magpie6699 – I’m not a financial wiz, but I think that putting a football club into administration is not a good idea. It attracts an automatic 10 point deduction, and possibly 25 points in certain circumstances.

    Mike Ashley already knows that he is the most hated person on Tyneside, so surely he wouldn’t be so stupid as to do something like that, would he?

    The worry is that he really IS that that stupid, so I wouldn’t put anything past him


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