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Alan Shearer At Odds With Newcastle

9:14 am, Friday, June 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

We had reported yesterday that before the name of Shearer’s Bar had been changed to Nine – Alan Shearer has been consulted so that he was kept in the loop, and we thought that was good that  was happening.

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Alan Shearer – told by email of the name change

Newcastle’s Finance Director is John Irving, and this is what he had to say about the name change of the bar:

“Shearer’s Bar was immensely popular when it was first launched in 2004 but its popularity has dwindled over the years as this part of Newcastle has developed and new bars have opened around it.”

“In transforming the site and opening the bar up to a wider range of visitors, it was important that a new name remained in keeping with the club’s history and heritage, and Nine is certainly faithful to that.”

“We have liaised directly with Alan to keep him abreast of the plans, which he has been appreciative of, and we’re looking forward to launching Nine next month.”

But Alan Shearer has challenged that premise today, and says he was never consulted on the name change, and he said this in The Sun today:

“There was no consultation, I was simply informed by email of their decision to change the name,” “It was not a question of me agreeing or disagreeing.”

“It is their ground and it is up to the owners what they do with it. It won’t stop me from buying my season tickets and supporting the team.”

Alan says he got an email but it’s not exactly what John Irvine said in his statement,  and this has really come at a bad time for the club after all the Kinnear shenanigans of this week.

Newcastle need to get their house on order quickly – and it would be good that they sort things out – and maybe issue a statement to the fans.

But we suppose Mike Ashley is in charge now, with Derek LLambias having resigned,  and we never hear from the owner – but maybe Joe Kinnear can give an interview and tell us all what’s happening.

Well maybe not. :(

In fact we’re pleased Joe has been quiet for the last four days.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Standard Ashley stunt.

  • 2 jeff // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Classis shearcer still tryna hog the limelight.we got cisse now and i cannot believe ppl are complaining about the change in a bar name.there are bigger concerns like all the nitwits on this blog such as the guy who in the previous thread posted a team with three midfielders of ben arfa, gouffran and cabaye.yea how would that go i wonder

  • 3 JackButler // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Professional club my arse

  • 4 Beattie25 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I’m worry but does anyone think that Shearer is a whining little shit over this issue.


    Why should the club consult him, what is he, the mayor of Newcastle?

    The named it Shearers bar because at the time he was a living legend who played for nufc.

    Now he’s a pundit, journalist and a when it comes to his job, supposedly neutral.

    It seems as if he is trying to rile the fans up over a non existent issue.

    St James park has been called that for over a hundred years, this pub has been names that since 2004. There is a time and place to get pissed off, shearer not being consulted about a name change to a bar is not that time or place.

    Pathetic Alan. You are staining my memories of you recently.

  • 5 Beattie25 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    * worry – sorry

  • 6 scout // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    I heard the new menu has jellied eels and pie and mash. Haha
    I live down south and everyone from down here always says to me “yeah had a pint in shearers bar” someone 9 isn’t the same.
    The reason it has dwindled is because of its location it’s a one stop shop.

  • 7 JackButler // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM


    With everything else thats going on at the club a name change to a bar’s name is a trivial matter but it is another indication as to the lack of professionalism by Ashley and his minions.

  • 8 TorqToon // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Beattie – I have to agree mate! Their stadium, their money and ultimately their decision. Shearer would’ve received a courtesy email informing him, but the club didn’t need his permission to make name change.

    Something out of nothing, and big Al hasn’t helped the sisituation here.

  • 9 Indian Magpie // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM


    if they consulted him before naming the bar, then they should have done so now as a courtesy call.

    What would alan have said. i think he would have agreed and that would have been a better way

  • 10 Slatymag // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    “We have liaised directly with Alan to keep him abreast of the plans, which he has been appreciative of, and we’re looking forward to launching Nine next month.”

    Not bothered about the name change myself a I very much doubt Alan is either. But the wording of the statement does suggest a closer relationship between club and AS. Far from whining I just think he’s pointing out yet another stretching of the truth by NUFC.

  • 11 Markaccus // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Shearer is not whining at all. In fact that quote makes it look like he doesnt care at all. He is just saying how it happened. I dont get why people take what they read and twist it to something more sensational. Surely thats what journos are meant to do.

  • 12 Beattie25 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I’d rather drink in a pub that glorifies all number 9’s that have played for this club rather than the one that we remember the most recent inductee to the number 9 hall of fame.

    Yes he was probably the best number 9 we’ve ever had but he is not deserving of all the glory.

  • 13 scout // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Should have named it after that Chilean bloke who played he was brilliant.

  • 14 stuart no9 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    i know who i believe on this one , and it sure aint this irving fella.

  • 15 scout // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Lads is the bent deal still going ahead?

  • 16 bills-son // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    donkey asked me who I’d sack between Pardew and Carr – no contest, Pardew.

    But … we can’t have Carr dictating which players come into the club. It’s the manager’s job to identify the type of players he wants and Carr’s job to find them.

    If Carr thinks he can ignore a managers instructions and just do what he wants he’ll have a problem with any manager Ashley brings in.

  • 17 JAMSHA // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    The Bastards,are destroyng our club… b4 its too late we need to teach them a lesson

  • 18 Indian Magpie // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    anyways coming back to the power struggle

    Pardew is a sh!t manager
    poor person

    How can he even have any power?
    Silly struggle

  • 19 scout // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Like the way log cabins are advertised on the page, anyone debating a season ticket might think about chucking it in and getting a log cabin over in the lakes haha

  • 20 Raffo // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I have to agree with Beattie. I dont think it really matters does it? Does it make him the devil to change the name of a pub? Not like he has re-branded it ‘the white cockney’ or something. It glorifies ALL #9’s so I have no issue with it.

    Also interesting reading about the spat between Carr and Pardew. Only one winner there for me, Carr. Esp with his links to JFK. I do however think that it wouldnt be such a bad idea to mix the unknown bargain hunt with a couple of EPL experienced players.

    Torq – look for your posts each morning matey, you seem to know your stuff so thanks and keep us poor suffering toon fans enlightened! Really hoping we can keep our ‘purples’ and add 2 ST, a decent winger or 2 aswell. I am hoping we go in for Ince and Redmond but no links as yet.

  • 21 TorqToon // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    We should call it Xisco’s!!!!

  • 22 Macas // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    stuart no9 – But they are both saying the same thing! Irving says they contacted Shearer to tell him, and Shearer confirms he was told about it. Really don’t understand how something as trivial as this is deemed as newsworthy/controversial!

  • 23 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Sounds like the club looked at the stats for the bar and realised that it wasn’t doing as well as it once did. Perhaps because Shearer himself isn’t as popular as he once was?

    So the club decided time for a change.

    Wouldn’t it have been more dignified for Shearer to say ‘Yes, I have been informed and I agree the club must keep maximise its potential’ instead of having a little paddy and a little whinge.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I completely agree. As Alan says, it has nothing to do with him, and he has no rights or ownership in this matter. Maybe it would have been nice of the club to consult him, but they did inform him in advance, so I don’t really see an issue. Shearer has been whining ever since he demanded ridiculous amounts to take the managers role in the championship. The same thing he has reportedly done at the other 3 interviews that have been reported by press.

    In the grand scheme of things, it is a bar name. Not even a particularly good bar. The number Nine has a bigger history with the club and a bigger future.

    If something is wrong at the club then by all means rant and rave, but over something this trivial, we have enough other issues without getting upset about this.

  • 25 stuart no9 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    beattie – i think what shearer is saying is , yeah its their club and they can do what they want – change the name , do what they want with it – but his name has been over the pub for – so many years , and it would only be “polite” if they were to tell him of their ideas first. i think what has got shearers back up is the fact they made it sound like he was kept in touch every step of the way – when he wasnt .

  • 26 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    The Xisco Disco, give it more of a club feel.

  • 27 stuart no9 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I just get this feeling, that with the club being in such a mess , nobody knows whos doing what , we havnt got a proper board, everything is up in the air regarding , managment, who is in charge of who etc etc , that when the season starts what kind of team is going to turn up for match days ? If the players can see that the club cant get their act together – why should they ? they won t be bothered ! they will just blame the club for every bad performence citing the chaos amongst the heirarchy for their inept displays. Will they take their football serious ? i doubt it.

  • 28 Markaccus // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    “There was no consultation, I was simply informed by email of their decision to change the name,” “It was not a question of me agreeing or disagreeing.”“It is their ground and it is up to the owners what they do with it. It won’t stop me from buying my season tickets and supporting the team.”

    Sorry, but where in this quote is shearer whining???? Answer….NOWHERE.
    Cant believe people are now having a pop at alan for nowt.

  • 29 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    scout @ 15

    ‘Lads is the bent deal still going ahead?..’

    I hope they do everything above board and proper as we don’t want any sleazey or dodgy deals do we?

  • 30 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    who cares about the pubs name what really matters is our shattered reputation all brought on by ashley over the last few years hes controlled the club, yeah I know our reputation wasnt that good to start with but now its a complete laughing stock of the premire league shearers right there and with what keegan said its right as well the sooner ashley sells up the better and please dont start with he saved the club going into administration, hes just a lying cunning southerner whos only interested in his free advertising with the club and the money he gets out of it thats it hes got no ambition nowt

  • 31 stuart no9 // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    macas @22 yeah your right , is it big news? . i think some journo has asked shearer the question – shearer has answered it, then all of a sudden we have a story. its boll//cks really.

  • 32 JackButler // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    If there is a power struggle between Carr and Pardew I can only see one winner there, Pardew believed to be saying that the players coming in are not good enough! Well try playing them in their correct position Alan, try getting the best out of them via a formation and tactic’s and then see how well Carr has done.

    I’d help Pardew pack his bag’s and drive him home as Carr is the only ray of light at the club

  • 33 Fridge // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Story in the daily Mail about lack of quality english players. And here is pardew screaming for english players. Just shows how out Of tune pardew really is.

  • 34 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM


    spot on pardew knows where the players should play but to pI55 everyone off hes played them out of there normal postions, pardew should have been sacked at the end of the season no iffs no buts and i dont care about his 8 year contract that was ashleys mistake in the first place on giving him it

  • 35 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Geordie @ 30

    ‘.. whos only interested in his free advertising with the club and the money he gets out of it ..’

    Well yes that’s one of the principal reasons why he bought it. Sir John Hall confirmed that at the time.

    Why did the rulers of Abu Dhabi buy Man City, because they loved Manchester in January or to promote their country and airline?

  • 36 Markaccus // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Stuart and macas

    Exactly. Its a total none story. I wish joirnos would just fk off sometimes.

    Same with the fans who believe what they read word for word without thinking about it, and allowing the media to turn them against one of our most iconic players.

  • 37 Joe Blog // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Beattie, you snivelling, shite stirring ego-cent. Do us a favour, next time you throw a wobbler and vow to stay away, do just that. Wretch.

  • 38 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I think joke kinnearbasher was brought in on doing 1 thing to get rid of pardew to make him feel useless that he is to make him feel as though he has no say on anything just a glorified coach thats it, depending on our start to the new season if things arent going well after say 5 games the heat will go on pardew and he will have no other choice but to walk

  • 39 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM


    yep your right but the difference is the man city owners buy excellent quality players on good money they dont penny pinch maybe it will back fire on them in the long term its happened before to man city

    I just do not like ashley at all, that team needs at least 5 good quality players to even compete in the league never mind wining anything

  • 40 martoon // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    stuart no9 @27 makes a good point – we don’t know exactly what is going on but it is obvious the club is in turmoil. This instability is bound to affect the players and I really fear we will make a poor start aganst teams we should be beating (after Man City) and struggle for the rest of the season.
    Incidentally I thought Pardew has just returned from holiday but reports seem to suggest he is on holiday now???

  • 41 Mister Tuff // Jun 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I hear a rumbling noise, it’s getting louder and louder, clipity clop, clipity clop -my God its Wonga galloping over the horizon to St. James Park. They’ve come to save Shearers Bar -those good folk at Wonga have put up the money to rename the bar from “Nine” back to “Shearers” and all the Geordie folk are happy. Hoorah for Wonga.

  • 42 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I think we have to many french players in our team and some need to be shipped out, I am very suprised we havent gone for a couple of german players to tell the truth or maybe italian there the best at man marking and you need man marking in the league

    if you look at all the clubs in the league there really all playing 3-5-2 ive watched some teams play 6 in midfield, that is the european way of playing football really real madrid do it barcelona do it majority of german teams do it, I watched a load of matches last season and I noticed that there was always 3 defenders and once they lose the ball then the dm would step into the defence

  • 43 geordiemark // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    shame he cant take a 52 week holiday :)

  • 44 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    geordiemark @ 39

    Yes, the owners of Man City have a lot more dosh to splash out. And yes, I agree with you that it may back fire on them, hopefully!

    All the money they spent didn’t help them with the League Cup, FA Cup, Premiership and Champions League. Hopefully same again 2013/2014.

  • 45 Sav // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    First we are told there’s a rift in the camp between French players and the rest, followed by flat denials and endorsements from selected players. Now, apparently, there has been a gaping disagreement on recruitment between Carr and Pardew for several months. Both of them have said ‘I’m not leaving’ but instead, Lambeezy has gone?? This minor fuss about Shearer’s Bar being renamed may be a storm in a teacup but its funny how a culture of division and dishonesty trickles down through the cracks above so now ‘liaising’ means ‘we sent an email so he couldn’t say he wasn’t told’. As they say, truth is the first casualty of war, and clearly, there’s some kind of war going on. This also shows, too, just how poor the is actual reporting we receive.

  • 46 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    martoon @ 40

    I disagree that the ‘turmoil’ will affect the players.

    Players know that there will always be comings and goings at clubs, its in the nature of their profession. They just block it out and concentrate on their job and picking up their money.

    Having lived abroad myself I know that many expats (as our foreign players are) take little notice of what goes on in their new surroundings. I doubt any of them read the Chronicle or any other English newspaper. I also doubt whether they watch English television.

  • 47 jonobbad // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Who cares.
    Nothing to do with shearer anyway.

  • 48 Slank // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Sav @ 45

    ‘First we are told there’s a rift in the camp between French players and the rest..’

    Told by whom?

    I have read umpteen articles by newspapers where they have asked the same question to quite a few players and they have all come back with the same answer, no rift.

    There was a rift but that was when there was the English gang (main protagonists being Harper, Nolin, Barton and perhaps Carroll) against everybody else.

  • 49 runheed // Jun 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Mike ashley… Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahah what a bloke

  • 50 scout // Jun 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Nice one haha

    I think a great name would have been Bobbys
    Would have drawn a crowd from all over the world, absolute legend may you rest in peace sir

  • 51 MacToon // Jun 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Ignorance is rife again on the blog.

    It actually has alot to do with Shearer the fact they have taken his name away from the bar. Shearer, rightly or wrongly has been receiving an income from the bar for the use of his name and image.

    So would it not only be right to inform Shearer of any changes?

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