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Alan Shearer – It’s All Mike Ashley’s Fault

4:52 pm, Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

There’s certainly not much love lost between Mike Ashley and Alan Shearer, we know that,  and Alan Shearer famously wanted £20M to spend in the summer of 2009, after we had just been relegated – and that with the revenues to be cut by about two thirds by being in the Championship and out of the Premier League.

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Alan Shearer puts blame at Mike Ashley’s door

Anybody who has run a business will know that request by Shearer was simply ridiculous – and that’s being kind, but on the other hand Mike isn’t exactly loose with the cash he has – at least not where Newcastle United are concerned.

So it’s not too surprising that Alan would lay the blame of Newcastle’s current malaise at the door of the owner.

This is what Alan said today:

“Newcastle missed a huge opportunity in the summer.” “Having punched above their weight last season and almost made it into the top four, this was the time to spend.” “The club was up and running again after so many years mired in uncertainty.”

“There was once again a feel-good factor and even Mike Ashley was enjoying it, but he needed to put his hand in his pocket and strengthen with two or three quality players.” “The best time to buy is when you are in a position of strength.” “It’s up to Ashley how much he spends, but just look at what Spurs did last summer.”

“They pipped Newcastle to fourth place and went out and spent £57M on six players. Newcastle spent £8.1M on three and got a fourth in on a free.” “Nowadays in the Premier League you need to spend £15m just to stand still.” “Newcastle needed to move forward again, particularly with the demands of the Europa League factored into the equation.”

“They should be knocking on the door of the top four and occasionally getting in it.” “Sadly the momentum built up by Alan Pardew last season has been lost and what is going on at St James’ right now is starting to look worrying.”

We have to get away from thinking that the more a club spends  in the transfer window the better it is – today that’s simply not accurate or true – and it depends on the players you get in.

I give you Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish as an example of a manager who spent £120M and got precious little in return, but it is some gauge of a club’s vision and ambition – how much they want to succeed.

And I have to agree that our current situation is looking more than a little worrying, although my son Neil thinks we will snap out of the slump and still finish in the top ten this season.

I certainly hope Neil is right – but I have my doubts.

What do you think?

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MacToon // Dec 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Can’t disagree with anything Shearer say’s here.

    Is there anywhere reliable that has Shearer stating he wanted £20mil or could that priceless bit of info. come from within the club after he left? Llambias maybe?
    I wouldn’t automatically defend Shearer but imo he needs no defending on this, he’s spot on.

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Ed…I think your son Neil is right, you’ve raised him well :)

    Shearer is partly right, but as you point out it’s not the money you spend, but how you spend it. The summer before last money was spent well, last summer not so much. I believe the plans were there, but for whatever reason it didn’t happen, we’ve paid for that, but now Ashley needs to put that right.

    Shearers demands of £20m when we went down were proven to be incorrect, we bounced back in glorious style, but he is not wrong, Pardew needs further backing and I don’t care what the amount is, just the quality of player.

  • 3 Blaydon-Toon // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Well Shearer is only saying what we all think we have stood still when we should have been pushing on …. Hope we get through this season and remain in the top flight guess a lot depends on Ashley’s purse stings come Jan surely he must think spending a few bob now makes sense than get relegated and go back to square one !

  • 4 Williamsonsuks // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Well said Shearer, although you could’ve said a lot more. How he employed you for all of 8 games, expecting miracles when the ship was already sunk. Not to even contact you about the situation of the pre-season plans, contract etc.Then Derek lamearse came out and blamed you. They tried to destroy an NUFC legend without any success albeit.

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Mac….Good point, the £20m may be speculation. I withdraw my comment until further evidence is provided.

  • 6 CisseIsALegend // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    From the games played this year I have to say I think Anita is better than cabaye. He actually creates chances and looks really attacking every time he gets the ball. He always looks to get at the opposition.

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Who is the albert sheeran anyway?

    Oh, Alan – did nasty Mike the bad man not play fair and have your manager job kept on the stove?

    He’s kind of right but I am afraid he does sound more like a media pundit soundbiting the latest buzzphrases about the club.

  • 8 BigKirky // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    We needed three top players in the summer and we didn’t get them, Shearer is right there.

    Whos fault is that? Only the club bosses will know what went on. Can’t see Pardew not wanting those three players can you? Finance or not, we didn’t get those players and it has affected us. The real question is, can and will they learn from this?

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Hear we go again
    blame Pardew
    blame Ashley
    blame Llambias

    Spending a fortune dos,t mean success.

    I would rather have this lot than the bunch of tossers before us running the club/bleeding the club.

    With apologies to:www.nufc-finances.org.uk

    Heres what they took out the club:

    From big spenders to big earners

    Since Newcastle United were floated on the Stock Exchange in April 1997 the Hall family and Freddy Shepherd have earned from the club as follows:

    Sales of shares by Cameron Hall, Sir John and Douglas Hall’s company:

    December 1998 Sold 6.3% to NTL: £10m

    December 1999 Sold 3.26% to NTL: £5.28m

    December 1999 Douglas Hall sold 0.39% to NTL: £0.57m

    June 2003 Sold 11.4% to Newcastle United itself: £4.5m

    Total earned by Hall family in sales of Newcastle United shares £20.35m

    Sales of shares by Freddy Shepherd Nil

    Shepherd and his brother, Bruce, have increased their shareholding, via their company, Shepherd Offshore, from 7% at the time of flotation to 28% now

    Dividends paid by Newcastle United plc to shareholders 1998-2005

    Total to Halls: £13,698,280

    Total to Shepherds: £5,489,239

    Salary packages paid

    Year Hall Shepherd

    1999 £23,533 £23,533

    2000 £35,000 £75,000

    2001 £110,000 £232,868

    2002 £524,257 £591,639

    2003 £591,667 £668,920

    2004 £635,465 £717,145

    2005 £495,951 £552,954

    Total £2,415,873 £2,862,059

    Totals made from Newcastle United

    Sir John, Douglas and Cameron Hall: £36,466,153

    Freddy Shepherd and Shepherd Offshore: £ 8,351,298

    Total £44,817,451
    If you go on the http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk
    it makes frightening reading

    Figures compiled with assistance of Ian Ferguson from http://www.nufc-finances.org.uk

    In summary what Shepherd left was a club that was losing over £30m a year, had debts of £70m, had no assets they could borrow more money against, and had a set of players on long, lucrative contracts. Ashley can get rid of the debt but the £30m annual losses with over paid players will take longer to sort out.

  • 10 eaststandgeordie1982 // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Ashley might want us to go down think of the money he would make from all of our stars hes only here to make money not friends.

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Tsunki…No idea, but let’s sign him a.s.a.p!

    Cisse….Anita is looking better and better. I can only imagine what him and Cabaye could carve up between them. It is coming together as far as personnel is concerned, albeit slowly.

    They need to speed up the improvements to defense though, they know the issues, so solve them and allow us to move on.

  • 12 stuart no9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    cant argue at all with shearers comments.
    As for the £20m he asked for , if that is true or not , im not sure, but laying the blame at ash;s door for our plight is something i think most of the fans are aware of.
    we had an opportunity to crack on from our good but ” lucky” season last year, ash didnt take it – not that he was ignorant to the fact, he just didnt want to spend any money full stop. now we are left to sweat and hope pards can somehow motivate our players – if he cant – were in trouble.

  • 13 BelfastMagpie // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    As much as I hate him, I agree with Mactoon.

  • 14 Ian Magpie // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    How any self respecting Newcastle Fan can think any different to what Big Al is saying is beyond me!

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Charlie @9 those numbers are shocking. The Halls and especially Shepard were vultures no doubt about it. But to say that the current regime is blameless shouldn’t stand either. Hire a drinking buddy with no football knowledge to be managing director? Lie to the supporters about Keegan and then lose in court to him? Give Shearer 8 games to turn a season around with players like that sad sack Owen? Sack Hughton when we were in 11th place yet we are in 15th now with Pardew? A net spend of 4M pounds last summer when we knew we had to strengthen for more games with Europa? Ashley is no angel and he apparently isn’t very bright either as far as football goes. In this case Shearer is spot on. And what is the proof that Shearer asked for 20M pounds to spend?

  • 16 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Eaststand….He can sell those same players if we stay up, but get the extra money of being in the PL. Don’t buy it i’m afraid.

    Charlie…Some interesting reading there. Do we know what Llambias, Pardew or Ashley earn from NUFC?

    I don’t hold too much anger towards the previous regime, it’s what many people over the whole world did. It’s easy when things are going well, next to impossible when world finances implode.

    I like Ashleys model, I really do. The one thing that has become apparent though is that they need to better prepared with their back up options, something they said they had done. I can see holding out to get the better player to an extent, but not two defenders, an area well known to be, shall we say, suspect.

  • 17 Munster Mag // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Hey, my mate ann by extension me have an open invite to Shearer corp box with his mate who nearly bought the ckub. I’ll have nowt said against him! Seriously, Pardew has to stop playing Cisse and just drop him and but in Marveaux or someone. I hear my overrated pal Santon was defensively poor on saturday again. Sadly I missed all coverage. Whats the word?

  • 18 MacToon // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Cheers belfast X

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Ibiza
    I don’t
    The sight stop functioning when Fat Freddie was kicked out.
    would be interesting to see Ashley and his boards finances.

    To be honest like you I like Ashley’s model, (pity we did not strengthen in the summer) we all learn from our mistakes and hopefully we bring in a couple of decent players.

    Some team chasing the Big Time spending are going to go tits up – Big Style.

  • 20 BelfastMagpie // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Love you really Mactoon xx

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Charlie…I feel the way money is spent in football has to change, across the world it’s changing, so surely football has to follow suit at some point – I think the question is to what extent. There will be loop holes, there always are, but I would think we’d be in a good position when they do, well that’s the theory anyway.

  • 22 stuart no9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    tsunki @7 well- as long as he,s right, it dont matter what he sounds like really.

  • 23 sula // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Bring back HUGHTON! very happy he is doing well.

  • 24 stuart no9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    charlie @ 9 yeah i am sure you would rather be watching the great football newcastle are producing , rather than the rubbish man city are serving up week in week out.

  • 25 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    stuart no9
    Yeah but we haven’t had some Arab come in to buy the club
    or would you want some Indian chicken Farmers.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Dec 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    It’s all well and good to support the owner as far as the finances are concerned but he is a proven lier, and a fool for keeping Llambias. The only reason he cares about the finances is he is determined to make a profit from the club. He has already turned the ground into a giant billboard for SD. He is ruthless in his business dealings and his fop Llambias is trying to apply the same methods to player negotiations. How well did that work last summer? The suckers are gone now. No more Tiote’s or Cabaye’s for a few million pounds. We can be competitive without breaking the bank. But we need to get rid of morons like Llambias and Ashley just won’t do that. Eventually he will go but it can’t come soon enough for me.

  • 27 stuart no9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    charlie @ 25 yeah but charlie , some arab did come in to buy our club. ash got greedy and wanted 3 times more than it was worth. that same arab went on to buy city.. how gutting is that?

  • 28 geordiegav1987 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    we should have brought in at least 2 defenders in the summer. weve all known that is our weakspot for as long as I can remember. as for not spending much because it will do more harm than good, to a certain extent I agree. but you cant bring just one first team player in when you have a team as small as ours and you’ve got extra matches with the europa. The only teams that can afford to bring in one player in the main transfer window and still have sufficient back up is teams like man city – who have about 3 whole squads. pretty much every other team in the league strengthend there team but us.
    And if mike ashley wants to make money then he should f@#+ing spend some too. lets face it ,from what I’ve been hearing the money for being in pretty much any position has gone up drasticly, so he could have spent say 15 – 25 mill on 3 – 4 decent players and would have made that back come the end of the season. Instead we are looking for players in january, when no one sells any good players unless they dont have a choice (ba) , and everyone knows how desperate for cover we are which means everyone is gonna try asking over the odds for players we look at. and we all know that means ashley will either buy cheap youngsters who wont get a sniff at first team footy for a while, or he’ll buy no-one and say that we tried to bring in players but couldnt negotiate the right price. I fear the future of our glorious NUFC, but as allways I will continue to support my team, but refuse to support the fat tw@t who’s going to run it into the ground. And as for pardew , all I need say is he makes more bad decisions than a politician. Fear not people, we will escape relegation and then maybe someone who knows how to run a club will save us from that f@t tw@t. and before anyone says he has got us out of debt and makeing money, just remember that when we are makeing money in one of the lower leagues in a few years time because with ashley pulling the strings that is exactly where we will end-up eventually. sorry to go on but I needed to get that off my chest.HWTL!!!!!!!!!

  • 29 geordiegav1987 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    we should have brought in at least 2 defenders in the summer. weve all known that is our weakspot for as long as I can remember. as for not spending much because it will do more harm than good, to a certain extent I agree. but you cant bring just one first team player in when you have a team as small as ours and you’ve got extra matches with the europa. The only teams that can afford to bring in one player in the main transfer window and still have sufficient back up is teams like man city – who have about 3 whole squads. pretty much every other team in the league strengthend there team but us.
    And if mike ashley wants to make money then he should f@#+ing spend some too. lets face it ,from what I’ve been hearing the money for being in pretty much any position has gone up drasticly, so he could have spent say 15 – 25 mill on 3 – 4 decent players and would have made that back come the end of the season. Instead we are looking for players in january, when no one sells any good players unless they dont have a choice (ba) , and everyone knows how desperate for cover we are which means everyone is gonna try asking over the odds for players we look at. and we all know that means ashley will either buy cheap youngsters who wont get a sniff at first team footy for a while, or he’ll buy no-one and say that we tried to bring in players but couldnt negotiate the right price. I fear the future of our glorious NUFC, but as allways I will continue to support my team, but refuse to support the fat tw@t who’s going to run it into the ground. And as for pardew , all I need say is he makes more bad decisions than a politician. Fear not people, we will escape relegation and then maybe someone who knows how to run a club will save us from that f@t tw@t. and before anyone says he has got us out of debt and makeing money, just remember that when we are makeing money in one of the lower leagues in a few years time because with ashley pulling the strings that is exactly where we will end-up eventually. sorry to go on but I needed to get that off my chest.HWTL!!!!!!!!!i

  • 30 geordiegav1987 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    we should have brought in at least 2 defenders in the summer. weve all known that is our weakspot for as long as I can remember. as for not spending much because it will do more harm than good, to a certain extent I agree. but you cant bring just one first team player in when you have a team as small as ours and you’ve got extra matches with the europa. The only teams that can afford to bring in one player in the main transfer window and still have sufficient back up is teams like man city – who have about 3 whole squads. pretty much every other team in the league strengthend there team but us.
    And if mike ashley wants to make money then he should f@#+ing spend some too. lets face it ,from what I’ve been hearing the money for being in pretty much any position has gone up drasticly, so he could have spent say 15 – 25 mill on 3 – 4 decent players and would have made that back come the end of the season. Instead we are looking for players in january, when no one sells any good players unless they dont have a choice (ba) , and everyone knows how desperate for cover we are which means everyone is gonna try asking over the odds for players we look at. and we all know that means ashley will either buy cheap youngsters who wont get a sniff at first team footy for a while, or he’ll buy no-one and say that we tried to bring in players but couldnt negotiate the right price. I fear the future of our glorious NUFC, but as allways I will continue to support my team, but refuse to support the fat controller who’s going to run it into the ground. And as for pardew , all I need say is he makes more bad decisions than a politician. Fear not people, we will escape relegation and then maybe someone who knows how to run a club will save us from the f@t controller. and before anyone says he has got us out of debt and makeing money, just remember that when we are makeing money in one of the lower leagues in a few years time because with ashley pulling the strings that is exactly where we will end-up eventually. sorry to go on but I needed to get that off my chest.HWTL!!!!!!!!!

  • 31 geordiegav1987 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    we should have brought in at least 2 defenders in the summer. weve all known that is our weakspot for as long as I can remember. as for not spending much because it will do more harm than good, to a certain extent I agree. but you cant bring just one first team player in when you have a team as small as ours and you’ve got extra matches with the europa. The only teams that can afford to bring in one player in the main transfer window and still have sufficient back up is teams like man city – who have about 3 whole squads. pretty much every other team in the league strengthend there team but us.
    And if mike ashley wants to make money then he should spend some too. lets face it ,from what I’ve been hearing the money for being in pretty much any position has gone up drasticly, so he could have spent say 15 – 25 mill on 3 – 4 decent players and would have made that back come the end of the season. Instead we are looking for players in january, when no one sells any good players unless they dont have a choice (ba) , and everyone knows how desperate for cover we are which means everyone is gonna tryj asking over the odds for players we look at. and we all know that means ashley will either buy cheap youngsters who wont get a sniff at first team footy for a while, or he’ll buy no-one and say that we tried to bring in players but couldnt negotiate the right price. I fear the future of our glorious NUFC, but as allways I will continue to support my team, but refuse to support the fat controller who’s going to run it into the ground. And as for pardew , all I need say is he makes more bad decisions than a politician. Fear not people, we will escape relegation and then maybe someone who knows how to run a club will save us from the f@t controller. and before anyone says he has got us out of debt and makeing money, just remember that when we are makeing money in one of the lower leagues in a few years time because with ashley pulling the strings that is exactly where we will end-up eventually. sorry to go on but I needed to get that off my chest.HWTL!!!!!!!!!

  • 32 geordiegav1987 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    as for not spending much because it will do more harm than good, to a certain extent I agree. but you cant bring just one first team player in when you have a team as small as ours and you’ve got extra matches with theveuropa. The only teams that can afford to bring in one player in the main transfer window and still have sufficient back up is teams like man city – who have about 3 whole squads. pretty much every other team in the league strengthend there team but us.
    And if mike ashley wants to make money then he should spend some too. he could have spent say 15 – 25 mill on 3 – 4 decent players and would have made that back come the end of the season. Instead we are looking for players in january, when no one sells any good players unless they dont have a choice (ba) , and everyone knows how desperate for cover we are which means everyone is gonna try asking over the odds for players we look at. and we all know that means ashley will either buy cheap youngsters who wont get a sniff at first team footy for a while, or he’ll buy no-one and say that we tried to bring in players but couldnt negotiate the right price. I fear the future of our glorious NUFC, but as allways I will continue to support my team, but refuse to support the fat controller who’s going to run it into the ground. And as for pardew , all I need say is he makes more bad decisions than a politician. Fear not people, we will escape relegation and then maybe someone who knows how to run a club will save us from the f@t controller. and before anyone says he has got us out of debt and makeing money, just remember that when we are makeing money in one of the lower leagues in a few years time because with ashley pulling the strings that is exactly where we will end-up eventually. sorry to go on but I needed to get that off my chest.HWTL!!!!!!!!!

  • 33 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Shearer’s exactly right. We should’ve signed Vertonghen, Debuchy, Remy and Boudebouz in the summer. If we would’ve done, we would’ve been challenging for 3rd place.

    We’ve completely blown it. We might eb able to sneak into a european spot if we sign 3/4 players in Jan. My recommendations would be Debuchy, Aldererwield, Sissoko and Remy. We will need to spend £24m to get those players in. We can then afford to sell Simpson, Williamson, Tavernier, Gosling and Shola and Sammi in order to recuperate a bit of cash.

  • 34 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    My team/squad in Jan with the new signings:

    Krul

    Debuchy Aldererwield Coloccini Santon

    Anita Sissoko

    Boudebouz Ben Arfa

    Ba Remy

    Subs:

    Harper
    Tiote
    Cabaye (if fit)
    Saylor
    Cisse
    Abeid
    Gutierrez
    Marveaux
    Perch

    We’d still be short in defence.

  • 35 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Sign Mbiwa, Denswil and Zarate in the summer. Denswil can play centre-back and left-back, Mbiwa can play centre-back and right back. Zarate can operate as a striker or as a playmaker.

  • 36 NUFCxLAD // Dec 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    We should of never got rid of GUTHRIE,BEST & LOVENKRANDS if this would of been the case Newcastle would of had a lot more depth in the squad. Plus if we had extra first team players less players would of been stretched which would of prevented injuries to the most consistent and quality performers of the TEAM .

  • 37 Indian Magpie // Dec 18, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    :p

  • 38 obatoyou // Dec 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    sell shola and sami?
    that’s a new one!~

  • 39 chuck // Dec 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Ed.
    If it’s not obvious to you we are in a position of extremis in the league, having lost eight straight and had one of our four total wins not come from a ricochet of a defenders ass, we would have won a grand total of three games.
    I’m sure you have seen how pathetic our defense is, no ?
    Thats simply due to parsimony, face it Ashley’s a tight wad, has this idea he is reinventing how a football club should be run.
    When in fact his ignorance is there for all to see.
    Even Pardew has came out and said they, Ashley, Llambias and himself had made a mistake in not strengthening the side this summer.
    Though i doubt both Pardew and Llambias had any say in the matter, they are only Ashleys yes-men, attempting to give legitimacy to a control freak owner.
    Niether knowing much about the game.
    If Ashley really wants success for this club, he should get rid of both and hire a knowledgeable GM and manager, not some refugee from a casino and a con man..




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