Shepherd Talks Some Good Sense About Kinnear Appointment


We didn’t always agree with how Freddy Shepherd ran the club when he was Chairman for 10 years from December 1st, 2007, but being born and bred on Tyneside, Freddy always had sky-high ambitions for the club, but overspent on many supposed star players.

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Freddy Shepherd – uncertainty is not good for the fans

However, he knows what makes Newcastle fans tick, because he’s one himself, and during the week he made some good comments in the press about the latest Newcastle crisis – the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football, which came completely out of the blue one week ago today – and we’re all still recovering form the shock.

This is what Freddy said bout Joe leaking the news last Sunday – two days before it was officially announced by the club:

“It wasn’t handled the best.” “I’ve never seen a manager or Director of Football announce he’s taken the job before the club does.” “Ashley has got a big business there with Newcastle, and it’s silly not to include everyone in it, as the supporters are the most important thing.”

“In most football clubs, certainly big football clubs like Newcastle, nobody really owns it, you are just passing through.” “Someone else is going to get it eventually, and it’s important you treat it with respect.”

“I think what the supporters really need is some certainty there.” “The club should come out, and make it quite clear what’s happened as the last few days, it seems very murky the whole thing.”

“Why don’t they just come out and say this or that, rather than staying behind a wall?” “Come out and say this is what we’re doing, and who knows, it might work and it might be the best thing that’s happened, I don’t know.”

“But to have uncertainty is the last thing that supporters want.”

Hopefully the meting between fans and Newcastle officials tomorrow night, can get some of Freddy’s questions answered, and we hope so because fans don’t know what’s going on.

And that’s  unfortunately a pattern that keeps repeating itself with Mike Ashley as owner of the club.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Toon KK,
    You are right, fans have very little power when it comes to MA. The same can be said of any clubs owners since the inception of the Premier league and the Sky TV cash. We used to be able to apply sufficient pressure to oust regimes, since the Premier league, I can’t think of any fans movement that has led to an owner leaving. Just to fans starting their own club at the bottom of the football pyramid.

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  • lesh

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe (from thread before last).

    The festival sounds like one I’d love to be at. No doubt you’ll put up with it not being held by Lake Malawi and suffer your own bed and a shower at Lilongwe!

    The Real Sounds track I referred to is ‘Tornados v Dynamos’ on the album Wende Zako.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=eksZrvhS36E&ved=0CAcQqwQ&ei=_L_GUduqE6Gn0QXItIE4&sa=X&desktop_uri=/watch?v=eksZrvhS36E&sa=X&ei=_L_GUduqE6Gn0QXItIE4&ved=0CAcQqwQ
    If you get the chance and assuming the band’s not been decimated by aids etc, they’re well worth seeing.

    Enjoy the gig.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    lil geordie

    didnt the liverpool protest until they got both gillet and hicks out of their club ??

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    liverpool fans *

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    im not saying we should protest or anything … im against it because it would get you relegated ..

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    lilon @ 1 — sorry mate but your wrong there – we have more power than anyone at the club .52,000 have more power than 1.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    you said you were an md of international agricultural company and being funny is not your forte

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    and being condescending does not suit

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    i think tomorrows meeting is going to be a very strange affair. F irstly i dont think JFK will show his face for the same reasons Pards cancelled his Q and A with the fans the end of season, If he does make an appearance , i’ll show my ar//e in fenwicks window. secondly – NUFC officials ??? who ?? does anyone know which officials will turn up.
    I just think it is going to be a bit of a one sided farce to be honest , but , who knows ? something good may come from it. stranger things have happened .

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    There was a legal campaign at LFC.
    The RBS were owed 235M and refused to extend the loan.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    q81geordie—— you think protest is wrong because it will get us relegated ?? really ? do you not think our owner is making a pretty good job of that himself without our input ??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Q8i,
    Possibly, although I think it was also to do with the fact the 2 owners had a falling out and were not on good terms anymore.

    Stuart,
    How do we have more power? Can we appoint people? Can we sign players? Can we alter prices? We can vote with our feet, but matchday revenues are not as important as they once were, particularly now with the increased tv deal. But if we don’t turn up how will that affect the team.

    In answer to your previous post, I think Wendy Taylor from the PR office (yes, we do have one) is attending, other than that I’m not sure.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    and above all it shows an immaturity on your side to start slating character’s, who you know nowt about

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    stuart .. he didnt get us relegated the last time .. the fans along shearer did .. dont let your hatred of ashley blind you

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    stuart no9

    The 52,000 are made up of mainly dads with their kids, families, middle/class professionals etc.
    None of whom are going to protest or even join in a chant.

    Not as many beer swilling militants as there used to be.
    Plus they can never get organised.

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  • Bearsize

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    The official will make a joke every 30 seconds and everyone will laugh. This wont go anywhere. When it comes to it people will drop their arse. The official will give it the ‘yeah ur right’ yarn and say everyone is working hard. Yawn yawn

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Tudor,
    I see, you think farming companies and commodity traders sell pitchforks, still doesn’t make sense but hey ho.

    As for slating characters that you know nowt about, you can pick stuff up from blogs on peoples characters. If it is impossible to tell peoples characters without meeting them then you are equally guilty of making accusations at Pardew and Ashley…. and anyone you term a mackem on this blog.

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  • one Tony Green

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    @ Hatem You are right fella.

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  • bills-son

    Jun 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    To all of you fans saying our club is in a mess….

    We don’t owe a penny to the banks and our owner doesn’t charge interest on the money he has lent the club.

    We pay cash up front for signings which enablex us to negotiate lower fees for quality players.

    We have potentially the best core of players we’ve has in the past ten years – Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Collo, Mbiwa, STaylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Bigi, Sissoko, Cisse, HBA.

    All of our top players still have a minimum 3 years left on their contracts – no cheap pickings there for other clubs.

    We have 52,000 capacity ground with the 4th highest average attendance in the Prem.

    Not one star player has been sold against their wishes in the past three seasons except Carroll – and he wanted £80K a week to stay and we then screwed LFool for £35M.

    Llambias the previous Chief Exec wanted out by 99% of fans has gone.

    So – how the fkn hell is the club in a messy crisis?

    Its absolute bollox and nonsense.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    q81 – you are blaming the fans and shearer for getting us relegated the last time ??? and ashley had nothing to do with it ?? you certainly are not a fan of the club . your comments cetainly dont come from a knowledgeable head.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #21

    hatem – yes we do have the power , without a doubt- if we decide to exercise that power is a different matter. fathers. mothers grannies , grandads , all have the power , IF they want to use it !

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #22

    bills — did we very nearly get relegated last year- has our CE just resigned in protest ? IS our manager and head scout happy with the prospect of having a nutter in charge of them . has ashley just about upset the whole applecart in 1 go , but never mind , our club is running like clockwork .hahahahahahahaha

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  • numba9

    Jun 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Wasn’t shearer that got us relegatd it was mike Ashley and his clueless appointment of a certain bum buddy which led to the Keegan fall out and spiralled to appointing Chris Hughton and jfk who did terrible jobs . Shearer just took the fall at the last fence he only took charge in April and the players didn’t help much. I believe shearer would be a good manager one day

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Jun 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Shearer would make a good manager? ???
    You kidding. .. if Shearer had the skill to be a good manager he would have took up a job with a lower league club by now to prove himself. .. instead he thinks he should be handed a top job on a plate.
    I think Shearer is too self centered to ever be a top manager. .. read Bellamys auto biography. .. he says pretty much they same thing. …. Shearer was a great player but don’t see him ever being a top manager

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