Newcastle Players Don’t Know What’s Happening Either

Newcastle captain Alan Smith has pledged to give the Newcastle fans value for money this season, and says it’s completely up to the players to draw the fans into St. James’ Park with their play.


Alan Smith – sympathizes with fans

Boy – what a concept that is, but Alan hits the nail right on the head.

He told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We, as a team, have got to draw fans in.” “They pay their hard-earned money to come and watch us.”

“And if we’re going to get a full stadium at Newcastle, we need to be pushing for honors. It’s as simple as that.”

And while Newcastle fans have absolutely no idea what’s going on at the club, and never will have, as long as Mike Ashley is owner, Smith has shown the courage we need from some of our players, and today sympathizes with Newcastle’s very long suffering fans, as Ashley continues to dither.

Smith continued:

“The thing for them is that they’re in the same boat as us – they don’t know one day to the next who’s going to be here, and who’s going to be gone.”

“All we can do as players is control what we can do when we cross the line.” “If we can make them proud, then that’s all we can do.

“We can take control of that – everything else is out of our control.”

“We’ve got a good, honest set of lads in there, and we can let our football do the talking, and give 110 per cent every time we go out.”

Alan seems to fully understand the frustrations of the Newcastle fans, but it seems that things are no better for the players, and we remember for 4 months last year they were not privy to what was going on.

How’s that for snubbing both your employees and your customers together – and make no mistake about it, that’s just exactly what Mike Ashley has done over the last 12 months, and it’s been a complete disgrace to the Newcastle club and for the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Alan added:

“We’re in good spirits, Reading’s a good test for us and we are determined to get the win.”

“We did OK at West Brom and it was a really enjoyable game to play in.” “Now we have to build on it.”

We’re starting to take to Alan’s leadership at the club, and of course his spirit and fight is just what we need to see from our players this season.

We have to hope he has another barn-storming game in the center of midfield tomorrow.

If he doesn’t, we know it will not be for the want of trying.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes Ed.. Ashley’s really ignoring every rule of good management that was ever written.

    He has the people skills of King Herod running a creche.

  • Rangerman

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    We haven’t had one of these threads for a while, must be getting on for a week now.

  • belfast toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Great move mike this is another first class bit of mike Ashley management bring in loan players who don’t give a s*** if wer promoted or not cus they won’t be here well done you re tard

    this stinks of dennis wise too

  • Doocey

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Simpson is a good signing and one of Shearer’s targets if you remember 😉

    Hopefully an omen 🙂

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Instinct tells me that Wise still has his snout in teh trought with the others

  • belfast toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Sky sourses David oleary no longer in contention for toon job

    something happening

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7

    belfast toon // Aug 14, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Sky sourses David oleary no longer in contention for toon job

    something happening

    Yes Ashley is taking the club off the market and appointing JFK on Monday.

    Although it was a Friday the last time that toss bag was appointed so could be today…..

    As for the players not knowing anything get to the back of the queue!

  • RyanToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    why have sky said this? surely they would of said more? or will they later on?

  • AussieToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    So Stuart no chance Moat?

  • RyanToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    whats to say ashley wont appoint shearer if he takes club off the market? nothing i tell ya

  • Doocey

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    What I expect to happen.

    Ashley to announce he is keeping the club and taking us of the market.
    2. Appointing Joe Kinnear or someone else
    3. Loan signings from now on, and a few more to leave.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    AussieToon // Aug 14, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    So Stuart no chance Moat?

    I don’t think there’s any chance of anyone buying it IMO.

    I hope I’m wrong but it’s not looking good is it?

    Where abouts in OZ you at?

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets not miss the point of this post lads….

    Brilliant words from smith, spoken like a true captain, it is nice to get the word from the inside and realise that Employees of the club have absolutely no idea what is going on the same as the fans do.

    I think Smith needs to be our full-time captain, he is really showing some loyalty & maturity here and its a shame we didnt have more players coming out and highlighting the problems and saying “but lets just get on with it” rather than “I want to go, boo hoo”

    Goodwork Smudger! Captain for me there mate!

  • ginkoh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley will appoint his man (only one Kinnear) to be our manager soon. O Leary reject because he know under Ashley’s term, it’s no future for him and te club.

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Well Smith could start playing well (in the ccc ofc) and then he’ll be sold before the end of the month, that’s the way I’m looking at it at the moment.

    So the players last season that were any good, Beye, Bassong, Oba all gone and now add to the list Duff and possibly Taylor. The club is in a total shambles and only one man is responsible, the owner.

    To think back, Mort sorting out the mess and drawing up the blueprint for the future, changing BSA for KK and getting some decent football to watch and having the hope that NUFC were going places. Well we have certainly gone places since then but it was the wrong direction.

    This owner and his henchmen have treat their employee’s and paying customers with total disrespect and disdain. When they have related some information to the customers it has been filled with untruths and false hopes. This owner for the good of OUR club needs to go and go now and if he attends the game this weekend I hope he listens to the errr positive critisism he will receive.

    Being a lifelong fan for decades I have never known a situation like this and shall remain an exile from SJP aslong as it remains this way.

    Please I beg you leave before it’s too late, you are absolutely clueless and a danger to this once fine club.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Stuart I am in Melbourne.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Aussie I spent a year over in Brisbane playing cricket a few years back and god it’s hot there!

    Wouldn’t have changed it for the world though.

    Got up to loads and met lots of good people. Even for aussies! lol

  • bowburnmag

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #18

    We already knew this though? h’way Ed, you’ve turned his words which were in the main positive despite circumstances into a negative headline and thus a negative thread.

    Personally, I’m a little sick of the same old chat from the players but at least use properly and get people up for the game?

  • Tel

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #19

    JFK coming back will be the straw that breaks the camels back for me. He is entrusted as a spokesman for the club but is nothing more than a foul mouthed yob, and brings the whole area down with him. Do us a favour and do one along with Ashley and llambias, and wise if the dwarf still has his grubby fingers in NUFC.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #20

    LOL plenty of good people here in Australia mate 😉

    Yeah always hot in Queensland, very good for a holiday up there. Easy going and relaxed.

    In Melbourne we are a more go, go, go but it is a great place to live and is the sporting capital! We absolutely love our sport and have it all! Plenty to see and do!

    If your ever down and this place is still existing let me know, I’ll show you around town and have a few beers! 😀

    I cannot wait to head to Newcastle, been a dream of mine since I was about 10 years old, and will finally be doing it next year.

    This situation is terrible, and I hope we are not worst off when I come and see the toon next year.

    Let me ask you a question, and everyone I spose on this blog, who is at fault for all of this? What does the people of Newcastle think?

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Lol BBM, positives like the owner staying and employing JFK……..

    Ah man at this rate I’ll be spending so much more time with the Mrs! 🙂

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #22


    Well Freddie Shepherd cannot be blameless but you really have to look at the current owner.

    He has made mistake after mistake after mistake!

    But he’s stubborn so I have no sympathy for the big fat twa*

  • Tel

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Breaking news:
    NUFC have confirmed a £40 million no chains attached investment package from a top london jeweller. The pair who secured the deal are expected at St James Park on Saturday for the reading game, but a club spokesman said as yet we have no idea as to the identity of the investors, or indeed what they sound like, but they are meeting a couple of barrow boys selling top class goods at knock down prices.

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Melbourne, the most isolated City in the world, love the East coast and Aus and the Aussies are great people generally. For my sins I got married just North of Brisbane, a place called Hervey Bay… I blamed the sunstroke lol but the Sunshine Coast is the place I want to retire to.

  • bill

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Ditto to Stuart79’s comments.

  • bill

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh, and don’t forget the Hall family in all of this.

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #27

    For relegation Freddie Shepherd and the Halls take no responsibility at all IMO.

    All down to one man and his lack of understandin gof owning a football club.

  • bowburnmag

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #28

    MacT – aye loads of things to look forward to but that’s precisely what Smudge is suggesting we try to ignore. For all the pontificating, what can they do? Other than sticking around and putting in 100% or getting sold to the highest bidder?

    We as fans can only get on with hoping and supporting. I’m as unhappy as anyone but all we do on these blogs and forums is go around in a negative roundabout (me included). It’s not good for your health!

    If it’s announced then we can a) kick off b) throw yourself off the bridge c) become a monk. Whichever is your prerogative.

    Headline should read – “Fighting talk” – it’s very popular amongst the squad. Ed can just keep reusing it, every time one of them has something to say.

    When all is said and done, more is said than done.

  • chuck

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Obviously MA wants O`L. for nowt, thank god!
    Dont think I could take Llambias , O`L. and MA
    to gether, that would too much to bear.
    See we got Simpson, decent young player, who wont make it at M.Utd., could sign him ?
    Think Duff is on his way, too bad.
    Hope we resist an Everton bid for Taylor.
    Like to see the two Norsky internationals signed, along with the kid from Leeds, they combined with Simpson would give a new look to the side and some hope for the future.
    But certainly not holding my breath.
    Dont expect any sale to take place and the thought of those two guys still running the club makes me sick to my stomach.
    It`s like a nightmare we never wake from.
    Why us ?

  • Cooper

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #30

    To everyone who is at the game tommorrow, we need to make mike ashley wish he wasnt born so be up for it.

  • MacToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Well just had a guy around to get rid of a wasps nest, he’d signed up for the 3 years season ticket and now payed the £100 difference so he could pull out and give his ticket up….. Can’t imagine he’s the only one.

    Positives like S Taylor or Duff getting upto his old tricks and Smith finding form only for them to be sold very soon 🙁 but that’s the CCC for ya.

  • Bill F

    Aug 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #32

    MacToon, does he still have the wasps nest, I can think of a use for it. More effective than a pie.


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