Alan Shearer Bemused By Mike Ashley’s Interview

Mike Ashley gave his very first interview since becoming Newcastle United owner almost eight years ago – and he said some interesting things – but the proof of the pudding is in the eating,  and we will have to wait to see if he does change his modus operandi in the summer – and we’ll get some idea if there will be any change at all from the owner.

It will be interesting to see which players come in, but even more interesting will be who is allowed to leave the club – or who pushes hard to leave the club this summer.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer – critical response to Ashley’s interview

But Alan Shearer on BBC’s Match of the Day tonight wasn’t exactly buying it – and this was Alan’s reaction  to Mike’s interview with Sky Sports, which took place one hour before kick-off this afternoon:

“What I would say to that is stop selling your best players, play your best teams in the cup competitions, give the fans a little bit of hope.”

“There was a bit of time before this transfer window that Newcastle didn’t sign a player for 18 months,  so that isn’t really acceptable.”

“How can you second guess a guy who hired Joe Kinnear,  sacked Kevin Keegan, sacked Sam Allardyce, then brought in Dennis Wise as the Director of Football.”

“So I know the city, I know the football club, and I haven’t got a clue what he is going to do.”

“Actions speak louder than words.”


Newcastle have to strengthen the squad big time this summer, because with our small squad and our terrible injury record every season, we are always near the bare bones at points during the season.

For example last season we had to play an untested goalkeeper for eight games, because we were one of the few sides that didn’t have three experienced goalkeepers in the squad.

And this season we had only three experienced center-backs when we started the season at the end of the summer transfer window, and that went down to two – when Steven Taylor was injured and out for the season on New Years Day.

What Mike Ashley has to ensure this summer is the squad is improved in terms of quality but also in size – so we can get over all the injuries we always suffer – not to mention suspensions and loss of form.

But at least we are still in the Premier League,  and now the club has a huge opportunity to launch a major rebuilding program this summer.

We’ll see if that’s what they do.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 24, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #1

    The last few games Anita has played for us he has been excellent he does the dirty stuff you need to keep things going him and Colback were solid in the middle with Sissoko in his proper position which is wide right !

    Jonas should get another years deal he can be a good influence in the dressing room and with a proper pre season behind him would be useful squad player

    The thing I worry is the deadwood , are we really going to get money for Obertan , Gouffran etc ?

    I honestly think Moyes will be announced as the new manager

  • optimistic prime

    May 24, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t hear you Alan

  • Riviere Run Dry

    May 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #3

    A post on Twitter has just reminded me that it was when Keegan was here that we signed Jonas, how much he had to do with it is unknown, still…… fitting.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Also Sunderland hire a proper manager in Advocaat and we have diddy Carver in charge and WE STILL FINISH ABOVE THEM!?!?!!

  • beermonkey

    May 25, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #5

    so what was the general opinion of the Ashley interview

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 25, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we are all too seasoned to take it at face value. Anybody who’s read the story so far will be swallowing that lot with a barrel of salt.
    Just a few weeks ago we were looking back on here at the hope everyone had when he first bought us.
    The ins and outs over the summer window will tell us if he’s on the level. Or sooner if he keeps/sacks carver

  • lochinvar

    May 25, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Keep Jonas for the full season ahead and he will also be invaluable in the pre-season and helping new / young players understand what playing for the toon is all about.

    If and when he has other horizons give him a testimonial with proceeds split between SBR Foundation / Testicular Cancer Reseach and whatever is reasonable for his part.

    Apart from the assist and the goal his passion reignited the flame.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ve never seen Ashley and Charnley so animated as I’ve just seen on MOTD. Proper sweat on.

    But whether Ash means it or not, he clearly doesn’t know how to go about it. He has to get rid of Charnley and appoint a football man.

    But the tat man’s happily letting the tea boy get on with it. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the tea boy happily gives his blessing to the cones guy.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew on MOTD trying to take credit for us and Palace. What a plantpot.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #10

    The bugle of the Balearics Boys Brigade has fallen silent. BandB had it all polished and ready for a blast of the Last Post. Of course, not all NUFC fans wanted today’s outcome.

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #11

    I would let Jonas go. It was fitting he did what he did today. He is one of our highest paid players believe or not, although I think it’s time.

    We need to move a good few on. Colo, Williamson, STaylor, RTaylor, Sammy, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse, Obertan, Vuckic, Campbell, Streete, Alnwick, Elliot.

    To be honest we need a good clear out.

    Only one player I think is a must next year for sure to get is Austin.

    Janmaat – ?? – ?? – Dummett
    Colback – Tiote
    Sissoko – De Jong – Aarons

    We obviously need more new faces. I think the above team would be enough for a good run next year. Need more quality in depth, alot of crap players in our squad just look above at the start of my post for names. We need two solid defenders, preferably Pl proven just lookat Hangeland at Palace and Huth at Leicester to see the difference.

  • banjax

    May 25, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #12

    If Mike Ashley had ran Newcastle the way he runs his retail business we would be a success story. But what Shearer was saying was true. Ashley knows nothing about football and how it works. Has Ashley turned a new leaf as his interview suggested – would love it if all that was true. Time to flash the C Ash !

  • Canny in Canberra

    May 25, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Much as I hate to say it, fairs fair if Pardew hadn’t pulled that 6 game run before he left we would have been down for sure. He’s conveniently forgetting he got us in the shit in the first place like and it’s a bit of a stretch but he almost has a point.
    Damn I should work for the UN. Lol

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #14


    In fairness to Pardew he got the majority of points for us this season, and it was not marginal. He got alot more points than he was given credit for by our fans.

    He saved Palace and made them mid table to! All he said was he was glad we stayed up.

    Some people just don’t like some people. Pardew was not as bad as some make out for us! Our fans did not think it could get any worse and we were presented with Charver, one of our own! What a joke. Bring Pardew back anyday over than numpty..

    We have the same said fans stating Jonas was signed by the Messiah good old kev. Talk about given credit were it is due. Abit like Carr and Pardew it’s all the good signings were made by Keegan or Carr and all the donkeys by Wise and Pardew.

    I don’t think neither Keegan or Pardew had much say in any of the signings during their tenure.

    So all the good and bad as far as am concerned is Wise at the time, and Carr and Co now.

  • Magpie Myles

    May 25, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Ashley has tried to appease the fans. Which is fine but he needs to deliver now! I hope he spends some money on a good coach and some good signings. Would like to see us get some passionate players through the door and focus on becoming a more consistent team. Hopefully this interview was the start to a new beginning for Ashley. The club is in a good financial place, so let’s make it count!

  • Thump

    May 25, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #16

    @beermonkey: He came off well, seemingly sincere, I appreciated him actually doing an interview and I hope he continues it. That said, it’s no longer “see what he does this season”. We finally have money to spend, so is he going to spend it, and if he does, are we then going to have another six years of footballing austerity?

    Good that he took responsibility, it at least shows that he understands something needs changing, I just don’t think he knows quite how much needs changing.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #17

    The tat man was right to take the blame. Because the tat man appointed the tea boy and because the tea boy appointed the cones guy.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 25, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Pawl and Canny………..l accept that Pardew has done better than Carver could ever dream of, but the reason he became so despised was his own trumpet blowing.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #19

    You forgetting the forest lads?

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #20


    I thought it was a good interview. He answered all the questions and showed ambition which is alot more than some give him credit for on here.

    I cannot fault his interview but he will be judged on the actions that follow. To an extent Shearer nailed it with selling our best players etc.

    Yet what Shearer failed to mention and in many cases with modern football the player ultimately holds all the power at this moment in time time. Look At Sterling at Liverpool. He is a talented lad, but he is no Messi Ffs! And the amount of power he has is unbelievable and it’s Liverpool too, not some shoddy town club.

    The likes of Cabaye wanted to leave, and if we had not let them we would have 1. WaStep an opportunity to sell at a high value, and 2. He would have no tried on a day like today.

    As for replacing said player, we bought De Jong, Cabella, Riviere, Janmaat, Perez, Ferryra, Lascelles and Darlow in the summer.

    Not like we did not invest and we only lost Debuchy really that stood out amd Remy not returning from loan albeit we tried to sign him.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    The reason Pardew was so despised was he was sh1t.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #22

    The players we bought weren’t good enough. Some are sh1t and others weren’t ready and might never be. Pardew signed off on the squad last summer in glowing terms.

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #23


    He became despised because our fan Base has the intellectual power of a pet hamster.

    OK that maybe harsh but our fans moan at everutting. We finish out of relegation, we want mid table, we finish mid table we want European places, we finish 5th we want Cl..

    It goes on and on. Even if we won the Pl we would wanna win the CL

    I think we have a great fanbase to an extent but our club has turmoil and constant media attention for the wrong reasons because of it. No one at any other club would punch a horse, or destroy their own city because they lose a derby game!

    Same fans push Pardew out for having us comfortable in mid table at the end of 2014 and looking up not down.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Mike’s mate, Claude Littner, Alan Sugar’s aide, says on Twitter: “There you go! Nothing to fret about!! Mike has probably had a wake up call and Newcastle will come good.”

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #25


    I ain’t forget them. I just look at their progress this season and know they do not scream Pl quality. The same players struggle to struggled to hold down a spot in a mid table Championship side. Screams excitement

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 25, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #26

    Wait until Pardew f**** it up at Palace. If Palace had faltered, you can bet your life Pardew would say it’s far too early to judge him.

  • Online Guy

    May 25, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Canny in Canberra

    Amazingly enough I was working for the UN 2 weeks back.

  • pawl250

    May 25, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #28


    You honestly think Pardew signed off on the players?

    Lol he came across to have little to no say on transfers to me and was often giving flash promises about transfers, most likely because he was let down himself.

    I think that was one of many reasons he left. Just look at his early business in Palace, enquiries about rumored players for us like Gomis and Sanogo. I don’t think he was give a fair crack at the whip in regards to transfers.

    I do think he is limited as a manager ie his handling of Mbiwa but I do not think he was awful for Newcastle and that we could do miles better.

    Let’s be honest a Mourinho or Klopp is not going to take a second look at us with our policies in place.

    He may be limited as I said but he did well given the circumstances. Again just look at Palace compared to us after he left.

  • Online Guy

    May 25, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #29
  • sing in the corner

    May 25, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #30

    H A L L E L U J A H!

    Well done Alan Shearer, a lot late in the day, like Mr Ashley’s interview offering. Its nice to know you’re here. Be careful like, you’re in danger of being controversial


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