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Newcastle Must Get Act Together Or Start Losing Players

With other clubs now seriously looking at the transfer market and who’s available, Newcastle had better get their act together quickly, before we lose players we don’t want to lose.


Habib Beye – wanted by a number of clubs

There are plenty of players we’d like to transfer, and those are the nine that have been listed as high priority.  But since Mike Ashley put the whole of the Newcastle first team squad up for sale, presumably if some club came in now with a good bid for the likes of Habib Beye or Sebastien Bassong, Ashley would sell, as long as he is still owner.

Mike’s proved before he’s certainly silly enough to do that.

Sunderland’s new manager, Steve Bruce is looking at what’s available at Newcastle, because he can offer Premier League football, and the Newcastle players would not have to relocate, so that’s a double advantage that the Wearside  club can now offer Newcastle players.

Habib Beye is the latest player to be targeted by Sunderland, and it seems that Everton, West Ham and Stoke are also interested in the strong and consistent right back, who was Newcastle’s Player of the Season in his first year on Tyneside.

Although he is one of the players Alan Shearer most wants to keep when and if he is ever appointed Newcastle manager, Beye’s future, and even that of  local lad Steven Taylor, is now uncertain at best, until Newcastle can get their act together.

That will be impossible with Mike Ashley still the owner at Newcastle, so we are awaiting news of who the new owner will be, and we are really hoping for some concrete news on that later this week.

Beye has just one year left on his initial three year contract at Newcastle, and he is expecting a new deal should Shearer eventually become manager.

But with it now over four weeks that Ashley has had the club in a stranglehold, players are quite rightly starting to wonder if they want to keep playing for such a mismanaged club, which always seems to be in the headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.

Unless the club can stabilize itself very quickly, by getting a new owner in at the club, and we mean before the end of this week, we should get ready to lose some players we would have liked to have kept, and one of those could quite easily be Habib Beye.

We are not trying to be alarmist here, but these are simply the facts.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    New Owners! Get in NOW! PLEASE! Ed – You’re making me panic!


    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Would be a shame, but I can’t blame him and other’s who leave…

    …but on the other hands, these where the players who relegated us and I think we need fresh blood – althought I would not like to loose tayls and beye

  • toonoholic

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    its getting annoying. hes killing our club and squeezing the juice of the Ti*


    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Even under new owners the wage bill needs reducing, its possible that a new manager may be able to persuade a new owner to try and keep a few of the players but if an offer comes in for Beye who is to say he himself wont want to leave.
    Its quite possible we will be stuck with players we dont want-Smith/Barton? and cant keep players we do want to stay Beye/Taylor?.

  • LoonyToony

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    This is an honest topic that i think TBh we all knew anyway.

    The fact that we are slumping miles behind other teams with no proper owners, no manager, No nothing in place is shocking! Well it would be if it was any other club, Other than Newcastle united ofcourse.

    If Shearer wants this job and suspects hes got this job then he should be speaking to these Keep Keep lads like Beye, Taylor etc and telling them that soon as this has passed over, all will be well again.

    Shearer is the only man right now that can do something, However small it may be.

    Ashely and his cronies cant do anything as theyve proved. Infact Mike ashley is too busy promoting GOAL 3 on DVD. And if any of you aint seen it yet, Dont bother. Plus Mike Cashly only says “oi you, Feck off” (or summut along thoses lines) and thats it for the whole film…Charming eh!

    Anyways, Roll on the new owners, Roll on Shearer and Roll on August 2009.

    Im sick of this crap

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    iam begining to think the arabs that were mentioned yesterday are going to buy 60% off the club off ashley then buy the rest next season if we go back up

  • LoonyToony

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #7

    OMg i worte absolutly loads and it never appeared!!

    Not good.

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    LoonyToony // Jun 23, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    OMg i worte absolutly loads and it never appeared!!

    Not good.
    <<<<tell us wot u wrote then m8 lol

  • hitman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    batty m8 that arab bloke bought 60% of a prem club

  • batty

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #10

    hitman do u reckon were stuck with jabber the hun

  • hitman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    aye,could be like batty, the longer it drags on the less likely we are to hav been sold, plus if all the parties want shearer why hasnt he signed up yet.somthig must of went wrong,then again they mightn’t want shearer.

  • Rangerman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m not really sure what the club can do.

    They’ve said they would give Shearer the job if all interested groups wanted him but the fact he hasn’t got the job suggests not all of them want him.

    So we have no other option but to wait.

  • Ericles

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #13

    I think this is Ashley’s plan. Sell off players and pocket the proceeds before selling the club. That is why he will not agree to a sale until well after July 1st. The man is a calculating wrecker intent on creaming NUFC out of sheer malice. Surely there must be some rules of conduct concerning the sale of football clubs?

  • Rangerman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    I think this is Ashley’s plan. Sell off players and pocket the proceeds before selling the club. That is why he will not agree to a sale until well after July 1st. The man is a calculating wrecker intent on creaming NUFC out of sheer malice. Surely there must be some rules of conduct concerning the sale of football clubs?


    So you’re saying that whoever buys the club are going to let Ashley sell players, pocket the money and not take this into consideration when they value the club?

    Good luck to Ashley if he can get clubs to pay for players up front too instead of over the length of their contracts like the majority of deals are done.

    What rules of conduct do you think he’s breached btw?

  • bill

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #15


    Not sure that MA can sell anyone at the moment if people are preparing bids.
    If I was buying a business and found that the stock had been sold I wouldn’t be very happy.

    I am assuming here someone is actually preparing a bid of course.

  • Bill F

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with your thoughts Bill, also as I have already said, our new owners (glass half full situation) might have the funds behind them to more than cover the existing wage structure and even bring in some big players. No point in panicking, it can’t get any worse, can it?

  • bill

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #17

    I thought those Arabs were buying into a Premiere League club. I also thought that Portsmouth were mentioned in the press.

    I’m not sure why MA would sell 60%, because he would lose control of the club (great for us I know). Speculating over this and that without any firm idea about what is going on causes concern and panic in some cases.

    At present we just have to grin and bear it. Hence, the fun over the new strip.

    Let us all hope that the people who eventually take over are professional in their approach and have a long term plan for the club. Let us also hope that they have enough funs available to get us back into the Premiere League next season.

  • bill

    Jun 23, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Bill F, lets hope not.

    We have come through dark periods before and we can do it again.

  • flyingmag

    Jun 23, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19

    we want to lose players bassong,beye taylor got the team relegated with poor defending that got the club relegated open your eyes for once.


    Jun 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #20

    We also have to be realistic-its fine selling absolutely everyone because they got us relegated but we then have to find 20 odd new players.
    I record in the transfer market isnt great.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #21

    flyingmag, you’re in a dream world if you honestly think those 3 “got the team relegated” – they were about the only 3 that tried to keep us up. The main problem we had that got us relegated was, unusually for us, a failure to score goals – not keep them out.

  • Spoonman

    Jun 23, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Steve Bruce is trying to buy our players just to prove to the mackems that he has no loyalty to us. Tw@t.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 24, 2009 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Back on topic, in the real world, if you were a business person say, wanting to buy a garage, with 30 cars in it for say £2m. The cars would range from top of the range Audi’s, BMW’s and maybe a Jaguar XF, then some Vauxhalls and Citroen’s and Renault’s. Unfortunately to facilitate the sale of a new car some clapped out MOT failures have to be accepted as trade ins.
    Now a prospective buyer comes along to inspect the books and sees all the cars in the forecourt and views the business as a whole, and makes an offer based on what he sees as his/her stock and business prospects together with the ” good will ” element.
    Now, if any player is sold I would think that would have a direct effect on the value of the club! So if say Martins were sold for £10m the club would be worth £90m and so forth. This is only economic sense, as if the new owners come in to no players they will/could have to fund a new team out of their own pockets, not a good way to start a season.
    NO one will pay £100m for the club after the so called top players have been sold off, it does not make economic sense!


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