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Shearer Unhappy Newcastle Have Lost Bassong, Beye and Duff

Alan Shearer is not happy that Newcastle are ready to sell Damien Duff to Fulham – that’s if we are to have any chance of promotion back to the Premier League.

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Alan Shearer – not happy Duff, Bassong and Beye have gone

Shearer is less than happy Newcastle are very likely to lose Damien Duff to Fulham soon, as Duff was one of the players on a list of players he wanted to keep, when he discussed his permanent appointment with Ashley back in May.

It seems that list has been completely ignored by the Ashley regime, who are now more interested in off-loading the club’s high earners, whoever they may be, and exactly why Ashley has treated Shearer with such a lack of courtesy over the summer is strange indeed.

But also Duff has become utterly disillusioned by the takeover farce ongoing at Newcastle. for a second time within 12 months, and the failure to appoint Shearer as permanent manager.

We expect other players at the club are just as upset, but are keeping a happy face on things to the Newcastle fans.

And expect that if Ashley keeps the club this summer, expect this farce to continue either in January or next summer – the soap opera looks like it will be continued.

If Alan had been appointed manager in June, we would not have lost Bassong or Beye either.

And Duff is now expected to complete a £4M move to London club Fulham, within the next 48 hours.

A source close to Alan said today:

“Damien Duff was on Alan’s list of players Newcastle needed to keep if they were going to have the best chance of promotion back to the Premier League,”

“But then again so were Habib Beye and Sébastien Bassong, so he isn’t exactly surprised. It seems Ashley is going to ignore everything that was on that list.”

“It doesn’t seem to have counted for anything.”

Newcastle must offload some of their high wage earners so that they don’t have a cash gflow problem next season.

But there seems to have been no attempt to keep certain players at all, and any good bid for any high wage earner, is going to be accepted, and more of that could happen within the last two weeks of the transfer window.

Exactly where that leaves our already weakened squad for the coming season is a very good question.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    snooze story

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2


  • reetpetite

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    why would ashley give a toss about shearers list when he isnt the manager? Shearer didnt exactly cover himself in glory in his 8 games so his opinions count for feck all.

  • UTD111

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Its probably that the fat barrowboy had trouble readng Alan’s list – being from London, he won’t have come across joined-up writing before…….

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    At the end of last season, every player was up for sale. Why?
    Not because cashley is a cnut, but because everyone of the over paid twats had failed the club by getting us relegated, dropping the club into financial meltdown.
    The only way forward for this club is to rebuild without all the so called ‘class’ players, who dont deserve our support anyway.
    Its no good griping about losing these players, its an eventuality. Just got to get behind the ones that are left, and give them every ounce of support. They’re gonna need it.
    Promotion this season extremely unlikely. Be luck to just stay in the CCC

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley is selling Shearer’s keep list. What does that tell us? Not just that Ashley has not the faintest idea about football but also, in my opinion, the fat arse is bigoted to the bones with his anti-Geordie mentality. Two P’s motivate the slob – prejudice and profit. It must gall Moat to even be in the same room as Ashley.

  • murvar

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Is’t it obvious that EITHER Shearer brassed off Ashley with his attitude during their negotiations OR ASshley is desperately trying to create the conditions in which he can sell. Perhaps a mixture of the 2. Al’s list would have been seen as a luxury Ash can’t afford – rather as Keegan’s wish-list was. It all goes back to his failure to do due diligence and not realising the hole he was in BEFORE he sacked Allardyce. Had he done either we would still been in the Premier League – hating the football under Sam, but playing Arsenal Manyoo etc and not Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    IMO shearer has not 1 clue as to the financial mess the club is in. Perhaps cashley should have explained things to him, b4 he put his wish list in.
    Same old problem. No communication.
    If AS were to know the financial situation, then he would understand why players going. Unfortunatly AS is not in the real world. If he ever does come and manage this club, he will have to do it the hard way, with with basic players. Then we will see how good he really is.


    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    I actually expected Duffer to be one of those Stalwarts who would be here alongside Tayls and Harps come what may…. should’ve known better. We all know that these players would still be at Newcastle despite being in the Championship if the boat wasn’t rocking, let alone springing leaks all over, and it’s gutting that fairly soon we aren’t even going to be able to name a subs bench. Last season the squad was thin, this close-season we’ve already seen 6 first-teamers (Shay, Beye, Oba, Owen, Bassong, and now Duff) depart. Despite my massive optimism after last weekends draw at WBA, I’m now worried more than ever that it wasn’t a slip, and Leyton Orient are ACTUALLY massively better than us! FFS Ashley, just sell the freaking club.

  • jimbob bobby jimmyson

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Seriously – this blog has gone down the pan. You look at sites like newsnow, and 30 minutes after they have some ‘news’ this site has a watered down version, often obviously speculative, frequently incorrect, and mostly simply boring. Ed, your site was supposed to be a blog, not whatever the hell it is now. Purely a waste of time to visit.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Next headline will be” AS turns down NUFC job!”
    Will he still want the job when all of his mates have gone?
    We shall see.
    I’ll take me hat off to him if he does though, as the task ahead of him will be enormous.
    And if he were to succeed, then he would rightly be a genuine hero. There will be a few years of pain and suffering to go through first.

  • toonsy

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Dont get me wrong, i’d love to see Alan given the job. On the other side of the fence though, we couldnt have sustained the huge wage bill that we carried over from the premiership.

    I know people say Al didnt cover himself in glory results wise, but he only had a limted squad that were either unfit or injured. And of those 9 games, 3 were Man U, Chelsea, and Liverpool from the top 4. 2 aganst Europa qualifiers Villa and Fulham. One against a rejuvinated Spurs (see the 2nd half of season form table when Redkanpp took over) . One against Pompey that, hands up, was there to win. The other 2 against Stoke (mid table) and Boro, we took points from. You could also argue a legitimate goal ruled out against Fulham cost us a point.

  • toonsy

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Jimbob – Instead of wasting your time visiting the blog then, simply, dont.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    A source close to Alan said… These reports are nonsense.

    Duff is good riddance, we can find younger, cheaper and better players than him.

    Buuuut, we’ll have to start signing players, if not we’ll never play in the Premiership for many years.

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimbob – what on erath are you doing away from Walton’s Mountain?

  • batty

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Lew Davies = dipshit

  • murvar

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Jimbob – you miss the point. It’s the dialogue that brings people in, not the stories. And how else are the stories to be gleaned other than through sites like newsnow? Maybe a few less threads mightr be good – as you sense that peole all flock to the latest story thread rather than stick with the argument/discussion on the last one. But the real issue here is – NO NEWS!!

  • Solaidback

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #18

    What I want to know is, why don’t people like Moat & Shearer club together & buy the club off Ashley instead of Moat trying to go it alone, after all Shearer has a personal fortune of £32m so he could afford to invest £10-15m of his own money, take the managers job plus a share of the profits when it happens, that way everyone, well nearly everyone would be happy 🙂

  • gloryhunter

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Shut up Batty

  • stk85

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #20

    thats a thought, if shearer stumped up some of his own cash for this project!!!! can’t ever see that happening tho

    does anyone else think ashleys tactic of letting us rot over the summer is his way of trying to force a sale through desperation? maybe he’s seen not appointing shearer, everyones choice, as a way to force someone who’s been upset by the lack of goings on into buying the club?

  • spiderpig

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    at the end of the day,duff was on 8o grand a week.he was on that at chelsea and we matched it.we are playing scunthorpe and blackpool ffs.the same players we are whining about losing are the ones that ashley paid all his money for .for them not to try hard enough for most of last season.they deserve to go.the reasom imo is shearer is not the manager is bcos of his wage demands ,his transfer list and the amount of players he wanted to retain on massive wages like duff,martins and beye.ashley pumped more than enough money into our club.he is guilty for bringing in wise and llambias which have cost him a fortune ultimately but he cant be blamed for the absolute crap that was served up to us from these overpaid pri madonna footballers that ran out onto the park every week.if it hadnt been for krul we would of got beat 4-1 last week.ashley was paying a team of multi millionaire international footballers massive wages to do a job.THEY DIDNT DO IT!

  • ginkoh

    Aug 15, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    You all know Ashley don’t care who have to leave. He just want to reduce the wage bill and raise money to his pocket. Oh ! without any invest too !

  • Rangerman

    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Keith Harris said the people looking to buy the club wanted to see some of the big earners moved on because they wanted the wage bill brought down.

    Shearer isn’t the manager either so what does it matter who he wants?

  • batty

    Aug 15, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    gloryhunter // Aug 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Shut up Batty
    <<<ooo ! that hurt my feelings

  • Nick D

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Shearer isn’t the one paying these has beens 70K a week!!!

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Batty – K N O B. cheese.

  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I find it hard to believe that any clubowner could possibly be so clueless.
    Now I have never been a great fan of Shearer as a manager, believing and with reason (one win in eight) but both as a player and loyal to the club, thats unquestionable.
    We are now entering the season in total dissaray
    with a threadbare side and continue to unload our best players.
    We have a defensive coach attempting to manage the team and a reputation so bad that no-one, even those retreads desperate for a job wont touch us with a bargepole.
    A club totally adrift , run by two gamblers who`s ignorance about the business is only exceeded by their arrogance.
    Just when one thinks , how can it possibly get any worse, Laurel & Hardy find a way.
    The question arises is there a plan, yeah i know sell the club, well thats down the tubes for the foereeable future.
    Does MA realize that day by day the value of the club diminishes , unless something positive is initiated, like the hiring of a manager and strenghening the team, at the same time unload not our best players but our highly paid failures, then we are doomed to successive seasons in the wilderness of the lower leagues, with MA taking an even bigger financial hit.
    Due to the fact there`s no one breaking down the door to get the managers job, perhaps it`s time to give Shearer the chance, his earlier plan to bring in a few promising youngsters and dump those not contributing aounded reasonable.
    There are still the two Norwegian`s the kid at Leeds and the french and other European leagues to check out (i`m sure our scouts are aware of who`s who)
    At least a plan something !
    Wake up Mr. Ashley things keep going from bad to worse, got to make a decicion, want to get back to the PL or stay in the fizzy, choice is yours, you know what you have to do.
    It`s a chance of hero or zero !

  • neeraj

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #28

    an irony here

    shearer wanted bassong but dowie was the one who suggested harry to buy bassong…..

    abt duff his creativity is not worth 70-80k a week
    the club has one of the highest wage bill, maybe in top5 after departurs of owen and co.
    so its best to trim it down as much as possible….

  • batty

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Lew Davies =tramp

  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #30

    You have it wrong they both (Shearer and Dowie) highly reccomended Bassong to Arry, with the premis he would`nt leave as long as Shearer was manager.
    Also what makes you think Duff was on £70k to £80k more like £60k+ .


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