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Last Season Wasn’t Enjoyable From Start To Finish

10:01 am, Friday, October 9th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

The situation we have at Newcastle remains uncertain at best, as we still have Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias in place, and they have shown they are absolutely clueless in running a football club.

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Mike Ashley – has no idea how a club should be run

And as we mentioned yesterday there is every probability that we’ll have news about the club being sold, which could last week in week out, and month in month out – just like last year

We think Mike would be very happy to keep the club, almost as long as he can – if   the team is doing so well, and is near the top of the league.

And Steve Harper, our most experienced and longest serving player, seems confident the team will continue to defy the turmoil created continually in the Newcastle boardroom by men who should not be in football.

It seems the lads made a pact while they were in Ireland in pre-season, to put the turmoil behind them, work closely together, and just concentrate on their football to get Newcastle promoted at the first attempt.

And that in spite of anything the owner, Ashley, and his cronies come up with – and so far it’s worked like a dream.

Steve Harper said today:

“Relegation was horrendous last season and I did wonder over the summer what people were going to be like when we came back for pre-season, who was going to be committed to getting the club back into the Premier League and who wasn’t.”

“That came up in pre-season. We asked everyone what they felt and if they wanted to stay and get this club back into the Premier League. We didn’t want a negative atmosphere.”

“When you look back at last season, it wasn’t enjoyable from start to finish. We had to have a positive atmosphere around the place this season and we have managed to create that.”

“We couldn’t afford to have anyone here who didn’t want to be here, or anyone who resented the fact they had been forced to stay. The situation demanded that we had players who would work for each other and fight for each other.”

“There were people who didn’t want to be here and that was fine. There isn’t any resentment towards them because they had careers to think of.”

Of course things were made that little bit more difficult over the summer, because when the players left in May they all thought Alan Shearer would be the permanent manager, but Ashley didn’t see it that way, and in fact we had no manager when pre-season training started on July 1st.

That is illustrative of the planning and deep thinking that Mike puts into the club – none.

But on July 1st, enter Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, and the rest is history – very good history so far.

They’ve all done very well this season  …………………  so far.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 batty // Oct 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    SELL up ashley and get oot of toon

  • 2 dave 1961 // Oct 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    When Gordon Lee suddenly resigned as manager in early 1977 after only 18 months in charge, the Newcastle board first offered the job to the Bolton Wanderers manager, Ian Greaves but he turned the job down. The board made a surprising attempt to involve some players in the decision over who should be the next manager. It led to one of the most controversial months in the club history and to the appointment of Dinnis as Caretaker manager until the end of the season.

    Newcastle finished the season in fifth place in the First Division and qualified for the UEFA Cup with a win over Aston Villa in their final home game of the season on 16 May 1976. It was the clubs highest league position for 25 years and the first time they had qualified for Europe for seven years. Nine days later and after much boardroom deliberation and alleged disagreement, Dinnis was offered a two year contract as Newcastle manager.

  • 3 dave 1961 // Oct 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Newcastle started the 1976-77 season with a 3-2 home win over Leeds United, however they then lost the next three matches. In September they lost at home to West Ham United and the Directors issued Dinnis with an ultimatum before the next game at West Bromwich Albion which they again lost 3-0; a result which left Newcastle bottom of the league. Newcastle then met Irish Premier League club, Bohemians in the UEFA Cup, a game they were expected to win, but they drew 0-0. The next game Newcastle again lost 3-0, this time to Birmingham City, followed by a fourth consecutive defeat to Coventry City. Dinnis survived despite crisis board meetings. However, following criticism of the board by Dinnis in the media, he was sacked as manager on 9 November 1977.

    Dinnis was in charge for only six months and 21 games. His overall record was nine wins, seven draws and five defeats.

    is history about to be repeated.

  • 4 ArtyH // Oct 9, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Ed, please stop putting HIS face on your postings, I don’t want to have to buy a new monitor ( I want to punch it )!
    We are in a very precarious position at this time for several reason.
    1) The team are doing well……So He has no reason to sell and things financially will not change IE NO money for incoming player etc….Why would HE need to SIMPLE’S.
    2) If we do get promotion next year……The price will double for the club, it may not sell and we are stuck with HIM for heaven knows when…..and we may very well go down again….. as good as we are in this league its not good enough for the Premiership……
    What a state to be in…..

  • 5 harry861 // Oct 9, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    What year can we expect the sale of Newcastle United. So we can move forward, Saga has been from one to another decision by each Friday & how long will it continue. Had so many promises & we still left with Mike Ashley.
    Makes you wonder does he want sell the club or not.




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