Former Chairman Shocked At Events – Wants Speedy Resolution

Sir John Hall ran Newcastle in the 1990s when Kevin Keegan and his Entertainers were the talk of the Premier League, and he has spoken out today about the terrible and embarrassing events of the last four days,  since Joe Kinnear decided to tell the world that he was to become the new Director of Football at Newcastle, and then Derek LLambias subsequently resigned – seemingly in protest at the appointment.

sir john hall

John Hall – former Chairman and power broker at Newcastle

And the news yesterday was that Chief Scout Graham Carr was also thinking over his position at the club, but the news is that he told friends on Thursday night he was staying at Newcastle – so there’s some good news for you.

This is what John Hall said today:

“I’m shocked at the news that Kinnear has been appointed and Derek Llambias is going. It makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes at the club.” ‘There’s a man in charge there who knows what’s going on, but many of the fans will be feeling anger and shock.”

“I think everyone just hopes that it will be resolved quickly because the start of the season is upon us. Unless you know what’s going on behind the scenes, it’s difficult to know exactly what has happened.”

John makes a good point, and as we mentioned yesterday – this could be our relegation of 2008-2009 all over again, and that death spiral was started by a flaming disagreement between then manager Kevin Keegan and the Director of Football Dennis Wise.

And a similar situation seems to exist today between Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew – and it could erupt at any moment.

It also doesn’t seem that Mike Ashley is showing much leadership at the club at the moment, and he may be trying to sort things out – somebody stopped Joe Kinnear giving another talkSPoRT interview planned for Wednesday evening – and it could well have been the owner.

But fans never hear from Mike Ashley, and we’ve never known a man in such a high position be so uncommunicative, so that fans never know exactly what he’s thinking or what he’s doing – and that’s never a good situation.

No or little communication is not good, and that’s been the epitome of Mike Ashley for the last six years – the fans never hear from him – even in a crisis – which is what Newcastle are in at the moment.

Where are you Mike Ashley – say something.

What do you think?

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64 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Big Papa,

    I hear what your saying.

    Who else could of played there though?

    Marv was poor out on the left, Ferguson not upto standard, was found wanting many times.

    I have one wish now and that is for us to get a managing director in as soon as possible. One with the correct credentials and experience needed for the job role.

    Hopefully, then we can settle and start recruiting for the incoming season and Joe strictly stays in the background.

    Wishful thinking on my behalf, because deep down it’s evident to me atleast, that he wants the managers job.

    In essence, that would mean he would want the team to fail for him to get that opportunity. Dosn’t bare thinking about to be honest.

  • blew

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Sir John said at the time Ashley was the man to take us forward and sold out to him. Judgement has been questionable on this one Sir John.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Fergie did do well when given his chance and created 2 for Cisse in two games I think. He was then shipped out on loan and he was probably our best crosser.

    IMO we are missing a big trick with Cisse and that is his heading ability. That is why a winger is a must.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Dont agree that Ferguson was poor out on the left was never properly given a chance provided good chances when he was played there

    Santon was really guilty of not passing to him as was a few other players

    There was no reason why Ferguson could not have been given a good run in the team because Jonas never done anything and we lost lots of games

    Could have even played Campbell at wide left forward for a game or 2 just to try something anything different but we stuck with the same old this has to change next season if it does not work stop playing the same players and trying the same shite!!!

    Cisse would thrive in a team who put the ball into the box he scored a lot of his goals for Freiburg with headers

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #5

    His form dropped though didn’t it Papa if my memeory serves me right, im sure he had a couple of nightmares off the belt.. he’s only a youngin, best to take him out.

    The point im making though, is we didn’t really have anyone of quality and experience for the role.

    I was never to bothered about Jonas playing to be honest. For me the main factor from January was the lack of a proven striker on the books apart from Cisse.

    One upfront was terrible and I hope I never see it again.

    I very much doubt anyone would of even picked up on Jonas if we had two upfront and scoring goals.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Honestly I have watched Cavani about 10 times now and he has been gash every time god knows how he scores so many goals for Napoli he does not look international class

    Also that Ideye Brown would be terrible in the premiership if we were to sign him


    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Sir John Hall.. the amount of sh*te you put our club in was horrendous, without someone like ashley coming in and sorting the debts, we’d if been in Portsmouths situation roughly..

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #8


    I’d love to see a winger brought in who could operate down both flanks.

    Im saying one, because I can’t see us bringing in two out and out wingers this window.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #9

    @Toon – Prodigy

    For me I would love to see a proper right winger to work with Debuchy for me Arfa should be on the left wing because he does more damage there and he rarely score on the right he should be providing not going for glory all the time

    Also he is too greedy to be a no 10 Marveux would be great in this role with Cisse Arfa LWF and a rapid RWF and Marveux playing them in with through balls the wingers could also swap and cut inside if its not working I feel that this would be attack minded for Pardew even though you could have SIssoko and Cabaye providing cover behind them

    Cisse thrives on service early because he makes runs early to catch defenders unaware but we always fanny about passing it back to players because they are not playing on their strong foot and cant just whip it in

    I actually thought we looked a lot better when Jonas was on the right wing with Debuchy in the few games that was tried we looked decent but then Pardew changed it again to JOnas on the left wing and then left back !

    Also Cisse had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside against QPR which was a beauty of a cross from deep from Debuchy we need to see more of that this season

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #10


    Anah, it’s a shame Obertan is poor, Debuchy needs a proper winger to work with.

    I also think Guti did ok on the right.

    I’d love to just see a formation like this..

    Debuchy Taylor Colo/M’biwa Santon

    Arfa Cabaye Gouffran


    Cisse New Striker

  • donkey

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #11

    my predection pardew to last 5 games into the season and joe kinnier to recomend rednapp as are new manager

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #12


    Redknapp is sticking by QPR isn’t he?

  • donkey

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #13

    no danger of him staying at qpr if any premier league club comes in for him

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #14

    @Toon – Prodigy

    Yeah Obertan is such an annoying player because he has ability its not like he is completely shite if he would just use his pace properly he would be perfect in a counter attacking team

    That formation looks good but Pardew would never in a million years play that!! Maybe our new manager will tho ha ha

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #15


    He has already started to bring his players in though hasn’t he, I’d be surprised if he left now.


    It’s full of goals that formation.

    Do away with Jonas and Tiote, bring in Marv and Gouffran. Two upfront, sorted.

    Cabaye can get stuck into the midfield, and there is always Sissoko, Anita and Bigi to cover injuries.

    Ben Arfa and Marveux in the same team going forward is mouth watering to me, especially with Cisse and another striker upfront. Give anyone a game.

    It’s full of goals that formation

  • jeff

    Jun 21, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Toonprodigy if we played that team next season we would be relegated with 100 goals conceded and.cabaye would have collapsed at least 10 times from exhaustion

  • terencelim

    Jun 21, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #17

    @AMEOBI, Without Ashley coming in we would still be challenging for top 4 and watch entertaining football.

    And no, the club aint run better as a business. The existing debt is more than ever.

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #18


    How old are you? 10?

    I also mentioned few days ago that our current crop of players suit a attacking game. 4-2-3-1 doesnt work for us.

    4-3-1-2 with Ben Arfa or Marvo sitting behind two strikers. We could also work as 4-3-3 without shuffling players around.

    In the new season, i would like Pardew to atleast try playing in the 3-4-3 formation.

  • jeff

    Jun 21, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Yes a 433 with gouffran playing in midfield. Some on this blog are clueless

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #20


    Did i mention gouffran? Take your pills and go back to bed otherwise it’ll be a long day for you


    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #21

    dammm these guys are still fkn us up every day… its time for a heavy protest with guns an granade near ashleys house

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #22


    What are you on about, Cabaye die of exhaustation?

    Do you know how fit this lad is?

    He covered the most yards in the premiership the season we finished 5th. His debut season.

    And on Gouffran. He would be an advanced midfielder, the same as Ben arfa on the otherside.

    Im sure they would be intelligent enough to know when to attack or hold.

    They both have enough pace to track back when needed or cause mayhem going forward.

    It’s about time we dropped this defensive midfielder, at least at home anyway.

    Im off lads, catch yas in a bit.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #23

    what the hell are you on abt,half your posts don’t even make sense.your either a makem troll or no nothing abt football
    and why we on the subject what team would you pick as I bow down to your expert advise

  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s the playing style that needs to be changed not the whole team or formation imo.
    Last season, we have a playmaker like Cabaye who plays like Pirlo or Xavi style, a playmaker who is also DM, but he wasn’t getting the ball. Tiote who is not a playmaker trying to play like Pirlo or Xavi and we ended up with very minimum chances if not zero chance to score. Tiote doesn’t have the skill or vision to be playmaker, if you watched any Spanish or Italian games then you will see they always gave the ball as much as possible to Xavi or Pirlo, they controlled the tempo. Our team didn’t give the ball to Cabaye that’s why he sat so deep but still hardly received the ball, mostly went to Jonas and Tiote. Even if we signed Honda, it will be useless. What is a playmaker going to do without the ball? Even if we signed PEA, he will be useless with no chances being created and you couldn’t ask them to do amazing dribbles and score all the time.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #25

    morning lads sorry abt the last reply im just sick of reading crap from muppets like jeff on here
    everybody has the right to express there thoughts and write what they want on this blog but unless you can talk sense on a subject don’t write-simple
    on a more pressing matter did anyone watch babestation lol

  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #26

    and Tiote needs to realize that his job is to win the ball and give it to playmaker or creative players. He held the ball way too long and the forwards already making forward runs, in the end the chance are gone and the forwards will be caught off side.


    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #27

    jst ignore him lads.. his tryn to piss of every1

  • jazzyp

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #28

    we need the tiote of old back.i know last season he was injury prone but he just didn’t have a clue how to even distribute the ball.
    if we were to go for a wider set up I would prefer sissokho as a df allowing cabaye to play in a more advanced role

  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #29


    I think it doesn’t who plays where as long as our playmaker gets the ball as much as possible. He will control the tempo and the style of football will change automatically, Cabaye need to sit deep like Pirlo so we could have more players making forward run, he will have more choices where to pass imo

  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #30

    I think doesn’t matter*

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Not only are we in a disarray, we are losing out in transfer market as well.

    Kinnear needs to do his job and stop gloating to the press

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Bring back Jason Prior!

    I am sure Kinnear has heard of him

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #33

    The time to hammer home the advantage was last season.

    After releasing
    Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Smith

    and selling
    Best, Forster

    I don’t know whose dumb idea it was to only bring in Anita.

  • jeff

    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #34

    I would pick this team…

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colocinni Santon
    Cabaye Sissoko Anita
    Marveaux Ben Arfa

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #35

    …gonna be watching a whole lot of Swansea this season by the look of it!

    …I’ll be back when this mess is over (still visit the blog though 😉 )

  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Damn Jazzyp

    I never know babestation before, I follow your advice from now on 😛

  • valle

    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #37

    If the reports about a power struggle is true, there was a much more simple solution… Sack AP


    Jun 21, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #38

    Several of the posters discussed a possible rift between Carr and Pardew last season, and i think there is something in it. Carr buy modern players, Pardew don’t know how to play a modern game. It’s as easy as that. 5th and 16th aside, he has not managed to produce dominant and entertaining football. Not even against lesser teams.

    We must not forget that Pardew is limited. Our hope is that a technical director will make him better, so…

    Carr > Pardew

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Pardew is never going to learn. NEVER!

    That ship has Sailed

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #40

    The way this is going

    We will be the Next Coventry CITY


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