Shambles Continues At Newcastle As Nothing Much Gets Done


The Newcastle players have returned to pre-season training and both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood were there to welcome the players back.

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Newcastle players limbering up on Wednesday

And indeed the fitness coaches Mark Hulse and Robbie Elliott were also there as they must first work a month’s notice before leaving the club for Liverpool.

Presumably that will allow whoever is in charge at Newcastle right now, to start looking for a fitness coach to replace Hulse, who of course is very well thought of in the game.

It also seems that Newcastle have put a gag order on the players so they will not be able to speak to the media, and that lasts until after the Shamrock Rovers’ game a week come Saturday.

When things are in a complete shambles that’s the type of thing you have to start doing to limit the damage, but how many many fans would have thought pre-season training would start yesterday, without a permanent manager in place at the club?

If fans were on the fence about the capabilities of Mike Ashley at Newcastle, his performance of the last 6 weeks will have convinced many of the Newcastle faithful  he just doesn’t have a clue about what it takes to run a football club.

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Ameobi and Barton arriving at Benton yesterday

John Gibson was spot on recently when he looked at the various leaders of the club over the last 50 years or so, and put Ashley at the bottom of the list – he’s been that hopeless – and continues to be so.

And while it is looking more and more like the American consortium are becoming favorites to buy the club, nothing is certain, and we just have to hope that indeed a sale will go through at some time early next week.

Bit we’ve now been waiting almost 6 weeks since we were relegated, and the club had done precious little to prepare for what is an important water-shed season that starts on August 8th.

If the club is to be anywhere ready for that game, there’s lots and lots of work to do, and Newcastle continues to burn as the powers that be twiddle their thumbs.

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141 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    barton looks like an old man!

    and to be fc king smirking whilst at training just after youve let down thousands of fans is a absoulute disgrace imo!

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  • newcastle29

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    SkySportsNews-TransferClockwatch

    9.05 Stoke City have ruled out making a bid for Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins. According to a report in the The Sun, the Nigerian has just received a pay-rise as per the conditions of his contract.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope relegation has all given them a reality check.

    I pray for a new season to start and all be sorted so we can forget the last few months and look forward.

    Im not holding my breath though!!!

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  • newcastle29

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    hahahahaha. man utd monitoring the owon situation.

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  • newcastle29

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    *owen

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Oba will never get 65k anywhere in the prem and that is probably the combined weekly wages of the entire Stoke squad.

    Be interesting to see where our overpaid “stars” end up.

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Owen to man utd??? more chance of us going uderfeated next season. no chance

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Owen at Man Utd haha…I would be surprised if he gets anywhere near a top 4 club.

    I see him possibly going to blackburn and the Santa Cruz cash used to pay his wages or Villa.

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  • newcastle29

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    jason. fat sam said no chance yesterday, hes to injury prone.

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    owen will end up retiring

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    wonder where jonas will end up???

    grimsby or wrexham??

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    MO to Manure – dont make me laugh.

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    coloccini will go into the circus

    nolan will have his own burger bar

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    ENRIQUE will go into rugby, as he likes to kick the ball into touch!

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    harper will stay as he is still stuck on his effing line

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  • Stuart79

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    RyanToon // Jul 2, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    coloccini will go into the circus

    nolan will have his own burger bar

    W

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  • WELSHMAG

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Reading, leicester, cardiff, west brom and ipswich games on TV in August and september!!

    jesus, Thought i’d be missing more newcastle game as living down south but at this rate I’ll get to see them all, get in.

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  • Ericles

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Nobody should go on loan. We need the cash (or Ashley needs to line his pocket more like) so sell the useless gits to whoever will have them. So, gag the players too…nobody’s talking…nobody’s talking… Just like the old negro spiritual sung by Paul Robeson – Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    newcastle29 What a manager says and what a manager does can be to different scenarios…and Sam talks plop most of the time anyway.

    Owen will bring nothing but misery to his next club..the lad has been trading on past glories for ages now and he has been found out.

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    stuart

    W?

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    welshmag

    they all on ??

    you got a link?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Coloccini’s Circus haha…he can play Lenny the Lion as well.

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24
  • Solaidback

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #25

    I know you’re only blogging what you’ve read in the papers Ed, but please, please, please can you stop writing the same old stuff over & over & over again, I’m bored ridged reading what we haven’t done, what might happen & what we think will happen….. enough is enough!!!!

    I just wish all the crap-loids would find something else to write about until something concret comes out of SJP, it’s getting depressing & I know of quite a few fans who’re ready to throw in the towel completely due to this debacle!!!

    Please only print sold facts, not fiction, its not doing any of us any good, I’m surprised the suicide rate hasn’t shot up in the TOON over this past 6 weeks!!!

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  • Stuart79

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    RyanToon // Jul 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    stuart

    W?

    I was half way through making a comment on your burger van comment and the site went tits up.

    I was going to say Nolan wouldn’t make much money from his van!

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  • WELSHMAG

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Ryan toon – Sky have three and the bbc have two! all in August and september!

    we better get the team in shape as i’ll never live it down if we get thrashed on BBC1 peak time with millions watching in the uk.

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  • gotcoffee

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Just seeing some of the pics in the papers today .. was noticeable that the only players not smirking/grinning/larking about were Butt, S Taylor & Beye (they looked more depressed than anything).. although I never saw Colo .. his new Bentley must have wizzed past the paps too quickly ..

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    nope cos he eat the lot stuart lol

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  • RyanToon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    anyone having trouble getting on rivals.net?

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  • magpies1

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    where is david craig on here this summer?

    I know he talks complete bull but at least its entertaining at gives you a bit of hope

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  • SpartanChris

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    I usually feel so upbeat about the preseason training and friendlies etc. But I really feel so pissed off about the whole situation. Hopefully the lack of news is a good thing, but I’ve a bad feeling that this may drag on into late July.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Solaidback Don’t come on here if you are sick of reading the same old stuff this is a fans blog so we can comment on the stories in the papers. Ed keep up the good work

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  • chuck

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #34

    At least Ed. makes an attemptto convey something intelligent about the present circumstance, he does`nt bore us with sophomoric schoolboy attempts at humor.
    This blog is reaching a new low regarding comments.

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  • David Craig

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    magpies1

    Good morning, how is everyone today

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #36

    David can I have a signed pic please?

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  • UTD111

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Think the thing which was most annying yesterday was the way our “superstars” all turned up when it suited them – between 9am and 10.30am (so there’s one Sir Alan discipline out the window )
    They then proceeded to stroll around and have a natter (because they knew “nice guy” Hughton wouldn’t say owt – then they all clocked off at 1pm.

    Commitment?? Aye right

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  • David Craig

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #38

    How do you feel about about Freddy returning?

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  • Waddles mullet

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    What have you heard about shep like??

    Had 3rd hand info the he is coming back for definate.

    Can’t see it myself as he hasn’t got the money to run our huge club.

    Then again he didn’t have it the last time but had a canny overdraft.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Freddy is not defiantly returning DC…I don’t think he would be any fans 1st choice especially native geordies like myself that took offense to his comments about Geordie Women etc but at the moment he would be a better option than Mike Ashley.

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