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Newcastle Fan Agony Still Has Some Time To Run

The Newcastle club may have started the exodus out of Tyneside with the sale on Friday of Oba Martins, who went to German Champions Wolfsburg for a handy £9M.


Habib Beye – next to leave Newcastle?

Defenders Sebastien Bassong and Habib Beye have also been linked with moves away from Tyneside, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if both players have moved before our season starts at WBA next Saturday.

And it seems stand-in boss Chris Hughton isn’t even involved with the transfers, and cannot rule out further departures since Newcastle need to cut their wage bill by another £20M/year:

Chrsi said today:

“I’ve been asked to perform a role and the general consensus is that once a takeover is in place, a new manager will come in.”

“Possibly we might end up losing one or two more,”

“Where we are at the moment, there’s always going to be speculation about the players.”

Bassong was missing from the squad that traveled to Dundee United yesterday for the club’s final pre-season friendly, amid strong rumors he was set to join Spurs, but today Manchester City are also reported to be more than interested in the impressive 23 year-old.

However Hughton admitted he was unaware of the stories linking the Frenchman with a move to London and his former club Spurs, and his absence from yesterday’s game was purely tactical, as it turns out, because Seb is suspended for our first game of the season at WBA this coming Saturday.

Chris added:

“What I saw on the television (about Bassong) was the first I knew of that.”

“It was always my intention not to play Bassong because he’s suspended for the first game of the season and we had to make sure that the team performing today was without him.”

Newcastle start the new Championship season at West Brom on Saturday, with Hughton, assisted by Colin Calderwood, still to be in charge of the team.

They were both in charge of the side before Alan Shearer came in for the final 8 games of the season, but was unable to save the club from the dreaded relegation.

Alan has been all but ignored by Ashley for the last 9 weeks or so, and only yesterday announced he was resuming his duties on BBC’s Match Of The Day, as a pundit.

Chris continued:

“Everybody is aware the owner is trying to sell the club,”

“We know it could be any day. We’re hoping, of course, the sooner the better – then everybody can get on with their roles and know where they stand.”

“But until we’re told otherwise, all we can do is do the job we’re doing at the moment and prepare the team for what’s going to be a very tough campaign.”

“I’ve been asked to perform a role and the general consensus is that once a takeover is in place, a new manager will come in.”

“But until that does happen I’ve got to work with this group of lads – and at the moment they’re a very spirited group of lads.”

It’s a difficult job for Chris and Colin, but it seems they have at least been able to keep the spirit decent in the Newcastle camp.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we have to hope that Chris can get the club off to a decent start in the Championship until a full time manager can be appointed.

Of course when that will be is anybody’s guess, and certainly the stories of late suggest that Mike is having one hell of a job selling the club, for the second time within 6 months, even with the reduced price of around £100M.

What happens if he cannot sell the club is something that Newcastle fans don’t even want to think about right now – but there’s little doubt this nightmare has a little longer to run.

It’s like when you keep banging your head against a brick wall, when you finally stop,  it feels good.

Similarly, if we can get a new owner and manager in before the end of this month – it will feel just great for the vast majority of Newcastle’s faithful  fans.

Those same fans have had to put up with Ashley and his crony Derek Llambias seemingly trying to ruin the club for the last 9 weeks or so, as nothing has been done to prepare the club for life in the Championship.

Surely things can only get better from now on –  that’s true isn’t it? 😀

Comments welcome.

118 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I heard Llambias speak for the first time on SSN a few days ago. Not only do I HATE (yes harsh but true) his face and everything about him – I hate his voice too.

    As for ashley – hatred for him is now encoded on my DNA.

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #2

    The sooner the better the sale goes through. Someone said it might be tomorrow…dunno how true that is esp since the rumors are now including the dic , can only wait and see what happens.

    And good riddance to players who dont want to play for us , think the younger players could really be our saving grace , kadar lualua and ranger could be big stars next season. But our senior players like harper taylor nolan duff barton must show leadership and play as well as we pay them.

    Bring in a striker or two and i think we could be alright next season

  • budmon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    link for the dundee united highlights:
    It seems this saga will never end. If we could at least appoint a manager we might be able to move forward slightly. the club is a headless horse at the moment

  • boater

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Johno Toon. Placing too much faith in the young’uns there. Apart from Lua lua they haven’t even featured in a competitive game for us. Hope they do feature and play well but far from a given.

    So is Shearer back to MOTD then – that official? He’s out of the running? What is ganning on now? Lordy, lordy.

    Can we also get rid of Smith please.

    As it stands, key men will be Barton, S Taylor, Enrique, Duff, Shola… yes Shola, and Carroll.

    Total lack of pace, mobility and goals from midfield alert. Nowt changes.

  • magforlife

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    What is really worrying me, apart from our first league game is just days away, is that the transfer window slams shut 4 weeks today.
    All last season we were punished due to the small squad ( and lack of quality) and yet here we go again with the door swinging one way only.

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunetly boater at this moment in time do we have any choice but to put our faith youth? At least it might inject a bit of pace into the team. But I would be worried about the physical aspect of the championship would be too much on some of them too soon

  • magforlife

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Stat from tonights Chron – of 92 professional clubs in the football league, Newcastle are the only club not to have made a close season signing.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    20m a year? Get rid of Geremi, Smith, Butt and Coloccini, and 10m are swiped off the bill in a second.

    Add Duff with his 70k a week to the waste bin, and 3.6m more will be off the bill.

    Amazing how many poor players this club has on huge wages… The worst ones are the one making more money, it’s really freaky.

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I would keep smith , think he has the right attitude for the championship, works hards like

  • Nick D

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10


    We must lose this fear of playing the youngsters.
    It’s not them who got us relegated but all the so called experienced players – what a joke!!

    Why keep paying out on more journeymen like Nolan and R Taylor etc. Yes the youngsters may not make it, but we will never know unless they are given their heads. They will bring drive, enthusiasm, hunger and pace. Nolan, Smith and Butt are never going to do this for us – we have seen this time after time.

    Krul, Kadar, Lua and Ranger ( 4 players) are ready now and the likes of Danquah, Donaldson, Adjei and Spear not far behind. Bring them on.

    Poor old Baro and the like are getting so wound up thinking DIC are coming in when it’s such an obvious wind up.

    Manager wise, real shame we missed out on Di Matteo and Martinez. I’m not sure a great player like Shearer has what it takes as a manager results wise, but I would like a younger guy, maybe Alan irvne or darren ferguson.

  • toontony

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Worrying thing is we had a small squad last season,now that ashley has started selling without buying. A couple of injuries and we are knackered.
    we have lost =Martins, Viduka,Owen Cacapa,Edgar, Lovenkrands and prob Beye and Bassong,when are we going to hear what is happening.?
    Or is this guy just gonna keep selling saying the sale is on going then say it has fell through at last minute.
    They keep saying he is going to lose this much and that much,what about the money he made off previous transfer windows ie= Milner,Nzogbia,Given and now Martins and only bringing in Nolan and R Taylor.
    Canny little profit there 12 mill Milner 6Mill Given,6 Mill Nzogbia, 9 Mill Martins bring in Nolan $ Mill R Taylor 1.5 Mill = £33 million sales and £5.5 Million buys.
    Fear for us if Fatty Ash decides to stay.

  • bill

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #12

    The squad was paper thin last season and with the expected exodus of at least three others (Martins, Beye, Bassong) and the possibility that may be six or seven from (Duff, Coloccini, Enrique, Gutierrez, Smith, Geremi and the Xisco kid) it looks very thin indeed.

    Since there is no manager in place to bring players in, then it will fall on the kids to fight the cause.

    This does not make sense. If all or most of this happens we will be relegated again, and I just cannot see why anyone in their right mind would do this.

    I can only assume that things are already in place for a new owner to take over and the manager is still in waiting until that happens, which must be soon otherwise players will have left without any coming in to replace them.

    I cannot believe even Mike Ashley is so stupid to let players go without replacements coming in. A club worth £100M would be worth £50M.

    None of this adds up!

  • magforlife

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope its not like the last two transfer windows when we were well and truly led down the garden path with the January window sealing our relegation fate.
    How pathetic was it when they revealed their supposed targets to SSN knowing full well they had no intentions of buying anyone, lying set of twats.

  • Nick D

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Jan Stavik

    never truer words

  • Johno Toon

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Nick d

    Im all for youngsters been given a chance but we cant make up our whole team of youngsters , it wont work due to the physical nature of the league we are in , what we need is balance between youth and experience, we also need to senior players to stand up and be counted for which they didnt last season.

    I honestly think Shearer is the man for us. If he doesnt take get in coppel

  • Nick D

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    I dont understand this . Why are people so worried about all these players who may leave?
    Surely we want the likes of Colo, Butt, Geremi and Duff to move on and stop crippling our club with their ridiculously unsustainable wages.

    Man U bought a whole load of kids through together and they have never looked back. We are never going to go anywhere with our deadwood. Surely the following has to be a better bet

    Lua Lua for Geremi (African nations cup)

    Ranger for Martins (African nations cup)

    Tozer for Beye (African nations cup)

    Kadar for Bassong (take 12-15M)

    Guthrie / Inman / Vuksic for Butt, Nolan Smith

    Ferguson for Duff

    Krul no 1 keeper

    Our youth policy and dear old SBR are the only decent things about our club at the moment.
    Let’s promote them and lose the fear.

  • Nick D

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #17


    I’m not saying a whole team of kids, but i jst don’t know why anyone is desperate to hanfg on to soem of these high earners who have never done it for us or are ever likely to.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Sorry but i’d say all 4 transfer windows gone have been an utter disgrace. and this one being the fifth of Ashley’s tenure is to be the worst yet.

    Window one “the magnificent Sam signings”
    Smith, Viduka, Beye, Faye, Barton,Geremi, Rozenthal and Enrique 2 good players still at the club (yes I like Enrique) and one left after a fall out with KK.

    Window 2 KK’s first 1 loan player making a solo appearance.

    Window 3 Coloccini, Guthrie, Gutierrez and Xisco

    Window 4 Nolan R. Taylor and Lovernkrands (the only player worth a chance)

    And whats happening this one, shameful and disgraceful. The demise of a once great club. (but the club i still love and preach to my sons)

    and only some of the players that have left

    to name but a few. Not sure where we will be thistime in 6 days let alone 6 month or a year. it makes my blood boil.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Aug 3, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #19

    we need to rid us of the Over Paid Dross of the likes of Geremi Butt Nolan Coloccini and give some of the kids a baptism of fire and throw them in at the coal face and the others nurse through where possible. My starting eleven for satda would be if possible


    R Taylor
    S Taylor



    Bench Krul Ameobi Vuckic Donaldson Nolan +2

  • bill

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Remember Ossie’s team. Too many kids, and KK saved us from Div 2 in the nick of time by bringing in experienced players.

    Kids cannot do it; especially in a very physical league.

  • Doocey

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #21

    All of you seem to be keen to get rid of Butt.

    Agreed he doesn’t have the legs, but he has the experience, remember this guy played for a very successful period in United’s history (Manchester United)

    He always gives his best and I’m not sure he’d be on a £60,000 week packeage either, maybe I’m wrong.

    All I’m saying is that I can’t see why you slate him so much when he’s about the only player that hasn;t complained?

  • bill

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22


    I’m not worried about high earners leaving, so long as we bring in experienced players to replace them. Possibly, players more suited to playing in the Championship but not as technically gifted as Premiership players.

  • stevep

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Regardless of who stays or goes this squad simply aren’t good enough to get us out of the champions league. Very few of the high earners will have any takers at their wages and they won’t leave and give up the wages or the windfall they’ll get if we transfer them without them requesting a transfer (Geremi and Barton to name 2)
    Hughton may be a nice guy and none of this is his fault but he simply is not a manager and does not claim to be one – he cannot motivate this set of players or has any tactical nous.
    I’m not sure Shearer would do much better but at lest the players seem to want to play for him (barring a few which we should sell anyway (if possible).
    Curbishley in my mind would be no better than the Shearer and has very little experience of “big time” players, west ham was a disaster for him

    I really can’t see Ashley being able to find a buyer so he needs to sort something out soon or we’ll end up in league 1 and administration. Maybe this is what Ashley is after, he’ll then be able to write of the losses at the toon against his other investments

  • stevep

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #24

    obviously i meant championship (wishful thinking for champions league)

  • baro

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    On Newcastle official site it says Steve Harper has taken the number 1 jersey for newcastle. I think next is Haris Vuckic taking number 10 and Nile Ranger taking number 9.

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Good logic here, lets pay big wages for all our worst players and then play the young ones!!

    How about this? Why didnt we pay to get rid of all of the premiership players which were no good, because saving their wages is worth more than three decent players transfer fees and have youngsters and championship players play alongside quality players.

    We have kept all of the dregs once Bassong and Beye have gone bar a couple.

    Why is Duff still here?

    If anyone thinks this lot will survive against a championship side they are mad.

    How many goals do the top championship strikers score?? It is loads.

  • toontony

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    See villa have agreed fee for Fabian Delph Hab Beye is next on O Neils list

  • ian

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    top scorer 25!!

    No problem.

  • magpie6699

    Aug 3, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Bassong and Beye may quickly follow Martins for 2 reasons:
    1. Clubs want them and
    2. They are prepared to pay decent money for them.
    That’s why they are top of the exit pops; not that the club is desperate to hold onto the likes of Collocini or Duff while selling the better players. You can’t sell anything if nobody wants it!

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Right, well my brain has just reached melting point with all this buy-out mallarky. I think my best bet is to just look forward to Saturday, and forget about anyone coming in before that.

    There was cyber-gossip/bull5hit about an announcement on Tuesday but I’m not getting mi chicken-calculator out yet.

    So far (in no particular order) we’ve had:

    The Profitable Group headed by Steve McMahon

    The Sultan of Oman

    Rich American Consortium with Vialli as DOF

    Freddie Shepherd with overseas backing

    A kitchen sink

    A Nigerian Consortium

    A North East based consortium of 20 millionaires

    A South African Diamond billionaire

    Iranian tycoon – ‘Sirous Mahjoob’

    Charlie fkn Chawke and his band of merry men

    The Dubai Investment Capital Group

    Bill effin Gates

    Anil Ambani

    Some dirty mackem joker

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

    Sheik Itaal Aboot

    Ananda Krishnan

    Ashley stays with David Dein as Chairman

    Philip Anschutz – Los Angeles Galaxy owner

    Komfort’s wife’s mate’s Mam’s work colleague at Greggs’s long-lost cousin billionaire

    Robert Kuok – the Sugar King of Asia

    …and My Mam’s best mate’s dog.

    Is it any wonder we’re all pulling our hair out?! It’s enough to drive anyone ’round the twist, up the wall then back in time for tea.

  • ginkoh

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #31

    With right helm and new owner we will get promotion surely no doubt about that.

    But I want to know the money we sold Oba and another in the future will add to Newcastle budget or Ashley’s pocket ?

  • magforlife

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    I have remained hopeful up to now of a clean cut from Ashley and co, but now, i have this awful feeling of dread.
    The silence kills me which will be followed by some kind of groveling patronizing crap after its too late for anything to happen leaving us adrift again hoping that we will struggle though to the next window, for it all to happen again.
    My toon heartbeat is a murmur at this moment in time.

  • bill

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #33

    What I cannot understand is why have there been all of these rumours?

    If someone at Newcastle had one ounce of sense all of this rubbish could have been nipped in the bud.

    Then we have the idiots who do this deliberately. What pleasure can you get from that – sick people, very sick people.

  • bill

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #34


    I see that you wisely put the kitchen sink before the Nigerian consortium.

  • dave 1961

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #35

    how long till mike tries to sell the club on Ebay i bet a few of the bobby tributes end up there

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #36

    funny as mate…Especially sheik itaal aboot!..


  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #37

    bill, I don’t think even the most pessimistic Toon fans amongst us could’ve anticipated this duration of limbo. The longer it drags, the more sh1t we”ll be fed, unfortunately.

    Everyone loves a ‘story’, no news is no good, so it just gets invented to fill the void. Speculation is interesting, for a short while, but there comes a time when it starts to lose its appeal.

    It’s just ‘not knowing’ that’s the real heed-fryer. I’d sooner be told tomorrow that sweet FA is happening, then hang on until September to find out it’s still Ashley, CC/CC and an even more threadbare squad than last season.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #38

    …cheers punk 🙂

    Bill, who in their right mind would mention a Nigerian consortium before the kitchen sink?! I’m not that daft! 🙂

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Also Rodz,
    i had a fat laugh at your weekend rant, truly hilarious man…Don’t know what the F*** you were on mate, but can ya’ get us some?..

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #40


    *than not “then”

    (wasn’t that an 80s pop/funk group?)


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