Would Mike Ashley Appoint Shearer Now?


Alan Shearer gave Ashley a list of seven potential signings at the end of last season, but the former Newcastle and England striker  has now reverted back to his role as a BBC commentator during Saturday’s game at WBA.

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Alan Shearer – still wants Newcastle job


But over the weekend the Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer with 206 goals, admitted it was already too late to make a move for his preferred options.

Alan confirmed he was still interested in taking over the job at St James’ Park, but admitted the current affairs right now on Tyneside are damaging the club’s hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.

Alan said:

“I handed over a list of about seven targets on the Tuesday after the end of last season,”

“But they’ve all moved on elsewhere now.” “Newcastle’s squad was thin last season, and when you consider the players who have gone out, that tells a story.”

“They need players quickly and it could be a long, hard season if that doesn’t happen.” “I’m still in limbo. I wanted it sorted either way because of my love for the football club.”

“I would dearly love the chance to finish what I started last season.”

Shearer’s return to Newcastle would be all but a certainty if Newcastle businessman Barry Moat was to complete a takeover of the club this week, and it would appear that Alan would immediately dispense with Joey Barton.

As we said after the Liverpool game you don’t mess with Alan Shearer and Joey will pay the price for doing just that. The midfielder clashed with Shearer after he was sent off in last season’s defeat at Liverpool, and that was stupid of him to say the least.

And even if Mike Ashley retains the club because the offers are just too low to sell the club, he could do a lot worse than appointing Shearer even this late in the game.

That would appease the Newcastle supporters and while there may not be a lot of money to spend, Alan could still balance the squad by wheeling and dealing in the last 3 weeks and selling off a few of our overpaid players.

However the chances of that ever happening now must be extremely low, and our best chance for salvation this season must lie with Barry Moat bidding successfully for the club this week.

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45 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I bet Ashley just put the list in the bin when Shearer left the room

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  • sallysophie

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    If Mike Ashley remains owner I will not return to St James’ Park regardless of the fact my seat is already paid for.

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  • bozo

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Thats what I think too RyanToon once he saw Shearer would not be a lapdog like Kinnear there was not chance of him becomming manager.

    I don’t think Ashley is worried at all by whats happened he can enjoy f****g up the club for another few months put the club up for sale again, not sell it then all over again.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Im gonna try and put all this guff to the back of my mind – as hard as that is and look forward to Saturdays match.

    We need to fill SJP and make it a place other teams fear to tread – like it was with Pompey and Borough.

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  • bozo

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon Graeme fill St James park and listen to Ashley laughing all the way to the bank.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Ashley never had any intention of appointing Al permanently. It was an end of season ploy to win over the plans. A typically cynical action by the goon with no birth certificate. I just hope that Ashley finally listens to somebody, takes the advice of Harris (if that is even true mind) and accepts Moat’s bid (if that is even true mind). We are perilously near the edge of the precipice…pice…piss. Appoint Al as manager now, shore up the sea walls, fight for points, get behind the squad, and see what can be done in the January window. Easy………

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  • sahota

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Mike can not make any decision now. He is confused and afraid of losing his money. He should just sell the club for £70 mil and run away with that money and probably buy a house somewhere in a quiet place and reinvent himself if he has anything left inside him.

    He has let down everyone involved with Newcastle. I just hope he sells the club and moves on. That is best for Newcastle and him. Otherwise he won’t invest any money and will sell 3-4 more players and will cash in £20-30 mill form all the sales he does this season. Thats it , then he will hope somehow we will survive in Championship like he did last season in premiership. We all will again be just hoping for a WIN week in and week out and in return we will get DEFEATS and draws.

    Move on MIKE this is right time for both you and us to take different paths to future.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Fans not plans – those Ashley never had, or the fans either for that matter!

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I doubt that anyone other than shearer will fill st Jame’s park that’s 8 million pound mike down the tube’s because your to stubborn to sort things out

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  • Stardust

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Personally I think on Ashley trying to put the system in place to prevent wild swings in progression on the change of manager – Shearers demands for the change in staff – players to be sold (many who had just been bought no doubt) players to buy – Ashley decided enough was enough.

    I actually think the recent sales and narrowing of time play into Ashleys hands, he will have reduced his outgoings and sold players he can get value for – this is in line with his need to save cash. He can then say to AS – do you want the job on these terms with this squad – or appoint someone else. I just hope ASs demands werent so high (playerwise) that Ashley has written him off as someone he can work with – time will tell I suppose.

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  • ogbell

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I reckon there’s every chance we end up with another chump like JFK. Has Harry Bassett been mentioned yet? What about Souness? Dowie? I couldn’t bear having one of these clowns call the shots. Ashley is being stubborn. He will see it as though he holds all the aces and can do whatever he wants, and he will do whatever he wants just to pi$$ us fans off.

    He’ll sell Jonas, Barton and possibly Carroll and Butt, pocket the money himself, not pump it into the club, just like he did with Milner (12m) Given (8m) N’Zogbia (7m) Oba (8m) Bassong (8m) Beye (3m) Faye (2.5m) Rozenhal (3m).

    That’s £50m+ that hasn’t been pumped back into the club apart from the signings of Coloccini, Xisco, Nolan and Ryan Taylor (20m for the 4)

    Where is that 30m Mike? Probably spent it on some chartered flight to fly him and his pies to Hawaii and back.

    Here’s hoping Billy Bass man Barry Moat finds deep enough pockets to take the keys off Ashley.

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  • Trent Toon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley ate the list as soon as allan left.

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  • sahota

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #13

    @stardust Ashley is simply stupid. He don’t know what to do. He should have sold all these high wage earners before even putting club for sale. And within 3-4 weeks after relegation he would have around 30 mil in cash to meet Shearer’s demands. Shearer asked for around 7 new players. And even after selling these high wage earners, he could have put us for sale in case Shearer don’t accepts £30 mil for buying those 7 players. By now we would have been sold for price around £70 millions……

    Simply Mike was lucky with his business because he has shown with Newcastle that he don’t care about his customers. While thats first thing you learn when you run a business. I just hope everyone involved with Newcastle don’t buy anything from SPORTS DIRECT till Mike is owner of either SPORTS DIRECT or Newcastle.
    Atleast I won’t give this guy now a PENNY.

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  • bozo

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said sahota, if everyone adopts the attitude of not giving Ashley a penny then he will be gone sooner rather than later.

    Once again stardust talks total nonsense Ashley trying for stability? How many changes of managment last season alone by my counting its $ different managers with Hougton getting two goes. Stability indeed. Once again stardust you fail.

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  • reetpetite

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Good result at the weekend against a team that will get automatic promotion. Although you road your luck a little. I think you will do alright in that division and might even make the playoffs if to many more arent sold.

    Bassong looked really good against olympiakos at the weekend. Good of Ashley to register the player late so he isnt banned for liverpool and was instead banned for your game.

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  • Stardust

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    reet – was it you behind the Sirous Majoob wind up in the press? Thought it had you written all over it.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    reetpetite

    he was already banned for our first two games of the season anyway because he stupidly got sent off against fulham

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  • reetpetite

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Fostino- no he wasnt . he missed the villa game last season.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    a straight red is a 3 match man

    3 games – 1 game = two more games he’s banned for

    do the math

    he’s banned for spurs next two games and then he’s off to the African cup of nations too

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets just hope this happens either today or tomorrow so Shearer has all week to plan for reading & maybe tie up a couple of deals. Here’s a thought does anyone think that Ashley wants £90m & Moat wont budge from £70m so MA has sold martins £9m Bassong £8m & Beye £4m= £21m. That means MA does a runner with that £21m & takes moat’s £70m bid then he has his £90m for the club? It would makes sense as to why there has been sudden activity like. I just hope that Moat’s offer is accepted surely even MA realises now it’s gettin beyond a joke now & that he will not get a better offer than this. He must realise as well the longer he pisses about the more damage it will do to his business portfolio! Who would want to do business with this guy if he pulls the club off the market again? Just do the right thing for once in your life Mike take the money & leave!

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  • reetpetite

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Fostino- you are making a prat of yourself. He was banned against villa and west brom. Even harry said he will play against liverpool.

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  • chuck

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Moat aint got the dosh, niether did the profit group, those hanging around want a deal(steal)
    It`s just not gonna happen, we are stuck with MA for the forseable future , Get used to it !
    MA has lost a bundle both through ownership of the club and as the major shareholder of his business.
    In which cas he will not be investing much in the Toon`s so called rebuilding program.
    Like everyone else he just does`nt have the money, or NUFC is not his immediate priority.
    Yes it`s a shame and yes it could have been avoided and yes he has made horrendous mistakes, mainly by hiring the wrong people.
    The problem is he continues to compound those mistakes day after day.
    The clubs worth is steadily sinking as is the team, to be happy with a draw at w/brom says it all.
    I`m curious to know what on earth`s going on in his head, what`s the program Mike !

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  • stevep

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23

    can’t see ashley selling unless moat ups the offer, means ashley staying and he def wont appoint shearer
    Ashley will be selling quite a few more players to balance the books and I can’t see anyone coming in

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Dont be fooled by the title:

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/08/10/chris-hughton-gets-green-light-for-transfers-72703-24361186/

    Behind closed doors friendly against Leeds mentioned – why????

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  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Stardust,

    How on earth can this play into Ashley’s hands? Why would Shearer want the job if Ashley is going to make sure that his hands would be well & truly tied??

    And as for putting in place a system for stability……. HA HA HA………

    Ashley’s problem with Shearer is more likely to be about who is in control……

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  • doofa the loofa

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #26

    of topic,
    hall is with moat. hall wants ffs nowhere near.
    we all know threesomes can be nice but f*** you up in the long term. there is no us cash near moat, he needs payment options. papers are close to being signed. 2 more departing before that happens. you heard it here first.
    not long now…cant wait much longer anys.

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  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #27

    ogbell,

    comments like your about Ashley pocketing the money, really p!ss me off……..are you just doing it as a wind up ???

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  • Stardust

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Nobby – the stability I referred to was the manager comes in – brings a raft of own players – manager out – new manager brings his own players sells the last etc.

    Agree re the potential conflict of control with Shearer.

    This has played into Ashleys hands as either way – He either.

    Sells
    Stays and appoints AS having got a chunk of cash into the club – then says to AS crack on or

    Appoints his own man (Oleary etc) and regains control of the club.

    Not sure what you werent following.

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Where did you hear that doofa? I’m at the stage now where I dont Give a donald duck if he got no cash he can get rid of some more dead wood & buy in from that. Sell Colo for £4m & Jonas for £5m then bring some in also get some free transfers in. Get Lovenkrans back sign Volz, Sol Cambpell get Kris Boyd in for £3m if leeds want too much for Beckford. Sorted! I just want Rid of Ashley before he makes anymore decisions that ruin our club!

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  • reetpetite

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    nobby long- if the money wasnt going into ashleys pocket he would have taken the 12mill for bassong over a longer period rather than the 8 mill straight away. funny thing is that he is rumoured to be investing in spurs once he has sold newcastle. If he invests that 8 mill we have got the player for free.

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  • sahota

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #32

    @doofa I hope you are right. But such is the mindset these days that I don’t listen to any news and rumors. I will only believe when its announced officially. You can not even rely on SKY and BBC these days. Even the participating in speculation.

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Ha Ha Reet! I hope he does invest in spurs! As you can see he’s done a bang up job here.

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  • Wigaz

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #34

    True Sahota. I will be over the moon when the yellow bar appears on SSN saying those wonderful words “Mike Ashley has accepted an offer of £?M to sell Newcastle Utd”. I will do a martins style flip!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Stardust,

    It only plays into Ashley’s hands in that he can say the turmoil of ‘selling’ the club has meant he was unable to invest (once again) in playing staff. However by not taking proactive measures to restructure the squad he has further devalued the club, so in effect that is not playing into his hands

    As for the reports of him giving another £40m to the club, well that will be to underwrite the club’s debt & to keep it going, not for transfers as some people will no doubt think…….we will have made massive losses this year.

    Anyway, the point is though despite all of the rhetoric about learning from mistakes, nothing changes…….his approach to selling & running the club over the past couple of months has only damaged the club further.

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  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #36

    reetpetite…not if you’ve got short term cashflow problems…..

    Anyway he cannot just pocket the money you numpty…it has to go through the books otherwise it would be illegal

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  • Stardust

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Nobby – point 35 was what I was saying in terms of if ASs demands were initially unaffordable, now the targets arent available and the club have sold players to gain maximum value.

    I wasnt arguing about the rights and wrongs, just pointing out Ashleys potential solutions to a terrible situation.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38
  • ginkoh

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #39

    No chance Ashley will appoint Shearer. Everything he have done show that.

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  • Darryl

    Aug 10, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Fostino, Repetit will probably come back on and call you all the names under the sun after you pretty much dented his bragging rights of whos right and wrong – Spurs boss evidently aint got a clue about it – Just waffles crap.

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