ARCHIVE NEWS - MAY 2009
"I am genuinely sorry for everybody about what has happened ."
31st May 2009 - Mike Ashley To Sell
The Sunday Times are reporting that Mike Ashley is to put the club up for sale this week. The asking price is said to be £100m, £34m less than Ashley paid for the club two years ago. The current owner is quoted as saying: "It has been catastrophic for everybody. I've lost my money and I've made terrible decisions. Now I want to sell it as soon as I can, advisers will be appointed shortly."
Asked if he regretted his decision to buy the club he said: "Of course I regret it. I never said I was an expert in football clubs. I was just a fan, although a very wealthy fan. But I am not so wealthy now. I put my money into it and I tried my best. But I accept my best was woefully short. I am genuinely sorry for everybody about what has happened."
29th May 2009 - Three In Two For Nile
Newcastle youngster Nile Ranger scored on his full debut for the England Under 19 side with a goal against Bosnia on Wednesday evening. 48 hours later against Slovakia he notched a double, scoring England's first and second goals in a four one victory.
On his achievement Nile said: "Playing for England can only help me at Newcastle United. I want to come back a stronger player, and ready to help my club. It's been an amazing season for me personally - I scored 22 goals for Newcastle."
26th May 2009 - Mike Ashley - Official Statement
Seeing Newcastle United relegated from the Premier League has been a catastrophe for us all. I fully accept that mistakes were made during this and previous seasons and I am very sorry for that. I would like to say sorry to our magnificent supporters who have turned up in their thousands, home and away, up and down the country and who have given the team amazing backing throughout. And I would also say sorry to all of the Club's hard-working staff, who have gone about their jobs all year long. Bringing Alan Shearer back to Newcastle United was the best decision I have made. Alan and his staff did all they could to try and keep us up in the short space of time they had. Talks are now ongoing between us about how we can take this Club forward again.
"I have played for Newcastle for two years and I love this club."
26th May 2009 – Habib Wants To Stay
Speaking on the official club website defender Habib Beye has today spoken of his feeling for the club and how he wants to stay and help take us back up to the Premier League. Habib said: "I'm in - I'm a Newcastle player. I'm sad like everyone else. I'm under contract and I will be here next year to put this club back in the Premier League. I have played for Newcastle for two years and I love this club."
25th May 2009 - From The Managing Director
Derek Llambias: "Being relegated from the Premier League is a huge disappointment for everyone involved with Newcastle United. We are all hurting and I feel desperately sorry for everyone associated with Newcastle United; for Mike, who has invested heavily in the Club, and for all the supporters who have given the team magnificent backing up and down the country all season long. Mike and I will sit down with Alan this week to discuss how the Club moves forward again, and I hope to be able to say more to our supporters later this week."
24th May 2009 - Aston Villa 1 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Villa Park, Birmingham - 4.00pm
Team: Harper, Coloccini, S Taylor, Edgar, Duff, Guthrie, Nolan (Owen 66), Butt, Lovenkrands (Enrique 57), Viduka (Ameobi 75), Martins - Subs not used: Krul, Smith, Gutierrez, R Taylor - Sent off: Edgar
Attendance: 42,585
Alan Shearer: "Players will have to go out and the sooner it can happen, the better. I’ll sit down with the owner and the chairman this week and give my opinions. Big decisions need to be made - players need to go, and players need to come in."
“What needs to change? A hell of a lot needs to change. there’s a million things you can look at this season, last season, and going back a long way that haven’t been right. It hasn’t worked for a variety of reasons, and I regret that. I’m raw inside, as are a lot of people involved in the club. but the simple fact of the matter is that big mistakes have been made and we’re paying the price for that now."
"But I’m hurting. I take my share of responsibility for what’s happened, and feel sorry that I’ve let those wonderful supporters down. I have a tremendous relationship with the supporters, for whatever reason, and I’ve worked very, very hard to try to rectify the situation."
"I know how much they're hurting because I'm feeling it too. It's devastating and they deserved better. I've always said that if we had a football team as good as our fans then we'd be top of the league."
"If we had a team as good as our fans we'd be top of the league."
22nd May 2009 - Shearer Confident For Sunday
On Sunday: "I'm 100% confident that we can get out of this. I've had a good response from the players this week and we have one last chance to save ourselves. I believe my players will handle the pressure because it promises to be a nervy affair. But we will go into it fighting and we'll be giving it everything we've got."
On Jose Enrique: "Jose has now returned to full training. He will train again over the weekend and if there is no reaction then he will be in the squad."
On Michael Owen: "Michael still hasn't fully trained this week but has been working hard with the physios. He should return to full training on Saturday and I'm hopeful that he can play some part."
On Habib Beye: "Unfortunately Habib won't be fit and that's a blow. He's been fantastic for me but we've got other players who will now come in and we'll be looking for them to do a job."
19th May 2009 - Villa Clash Live
Our final game of the season away to Aston Villa will be televised live on Sky Sports. Kick off is 4.00pm on Sunday.
19th May 2009 - Bassong Appeal Fails
The wrongful dismissal claim for French defender Sebastien Bassong was rejected by an FA Commission today.
18th May 2009 - United Appeal Sebastien Bassong Red Card
The club have appealed against the red card shown to Sebastien Bassong during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham. The french defender was sent off by Howard Webb following a second half foul on Diomansy Kamara. The wrongful dismissal claim will be heard tomorrow. If the appeal is successful Bassong will be available for the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.
An FA statement read: "The FA has received a claim for wrongful dismissal from Newcastle United defender Sebastian Bassong. Bassong was shown a red card for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity during Newcastle's match against Fulham on May 16. A regulatory commission will hear the claim on May 19."
Jonas Gutierrez is challenged by Danny Murphy
16th May 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Fulham 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, Beye, S Taylor, Bassong, Duff, Guthrie (R Taylor 62), Butt, Nolan, Gutierrez (Lovenkrands 76), Martins, Viduka (Carroll 80) - Subs not used: Krul, Coloccini, Smith, Ameobi - Sent off: Bassong
Attendance: 52,114
Alan Shearer: "It's out of our hands now. There are going to be twists and turns next Sunday afternoon, but that's football. From highs on Monday evening we've been brought back down to earth today. Now we've got to try and lift the players. We've got to say to them: `It's not all over.' They are disappointed in the dressing-room and heads are down, but we will come in on Monday morning and see what we can do."
16th May 2009 - Shearer On Bassong And Taylor
An article in The Guardian newspaper today quotes Alan Shearer as advising the club to get Sebastien Bassong signed up on a long term contract.
The manager is quoted as saying: "If what we want to happen happens, by staying in the Premier League, my advice would be to get him on a long-term contract, without a doubt. He's a big player. He's had a very good season. We need to keep and get the best players here at Newcastle, and he is without doubt one of them. He'll have a big future in the game, I'm sure of that, so there's no surprise that he's been linked with one or two other clubs because of his performances here. He's played really well and he's a very good lad as well."
On the prospect of Bassong and Steven Taylor being the future central defensive pairing Shearer said: "There's two young guys there who are very good players. Given the right guidance and direction they can both have huge futures in the game. They have also got Habib Beye alongside them, who gives them that vast experience and who has also had a great season in difficult circumstances. With those in there you give yourself a solid foundation. Is Steven a future captain? Yeah, and Steven will tell you he's still got a long way to go. But the good thing about him is that he wants to improve, to be coached and wants to turn himself into a better player. If he does things right then he'll have a huge future in the game."
2008/09 Scottish Mags Man of the Season - Sebastien Bassong
12th May 2009 - 2008/09 Man Of The Season Award
Congratulations to Sebastien Bassong who has been voted the Scottish Mags Man of the Season for 2008/09. Sebastien has proved to be the find of the season, performing to a very high standard throughout a troubled campaign.
He made his debut as a trialist, sporting the number 46 shirt, away to Doncaster Rovers in a friendly back in July. Some quality performances pre-season resulted in the offer of a permanent contract from St. James' Park.
The award will be presented to Sebastien prior to the home match against Fulham this Saturday. Runner up was Habib Beye, winner in 2007/08.
11th May 2009 - Newcastle United 3 Middlesbrough 1
Premier League - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 8.00pm
Team: Harper, Beye, Duff, Butt, S Taylor, Bassong, Guthrie, Nolan, Owen (Martins 70), Viduka (Carroll 87), Gutierrez (Lovenkrands 65) - Subs not used: Krul, Coloccini, R Taylor, LuaLua
- Scorers: S.Taylor (9), Martins (71), Lovenkrands (86)
Attendance: 51,252
Alan Shearer: "I thought the players were brilliant tonight. There were some big, big performances from big men and I couldn't ask any more from them. We've won one game - let's enjoy this tonight and then we're back in tomorrow preparing for Saturday. I thought the fans were brilliant. We gave them something to smile about - it's been a long time."
9th May 2009 - More Of The Same Please
Newcastle United's under 18's have beaten their Middlesbrough counterparts 3-1 at Boro's Rockliffe Park training HQ in Hurworth, near Darlington. Hopefully the first team can produce a similar result on Monday night to delight the Toon Army and ease our relegation worries a little.
"You are not going to take the piss out of this football club."
7th May 2009 - Quotes And Reports
Despite having played in World Cups, European Championships, the Champions League and FA Cup finals, Alan Shearer has declared Monday night's clash with Middlesbrough as "the biggest game of his life". In his opinion, nothing he experienced in an illustrious 19 year playing career, compares to the enormity of this relegation battle.
"This is the most important game that I have been involved in, and that includes my time as a player. I've been involved in huge games in my time but this is the biggest. I don't have to tell the players that this is one hell of a football match. The stakes are massive. There is a tremendous amount of pressure but we're looking forward to it."
Back at the start of April, Shearer took over a team that had won only once in 12 games. It is being reported that from the outset he faced confrontation from a group of players who had been left to decide when they would report for training, and where they would walk off the training ground when they thought they had done enough. Shearer is challenging that, he is having to expend energy and time ensuring that the basics of time-keeping, fitness and mutual respect are in place.
Things supposedly came to a head recently at the club's Benton training ground when Shearer was forced to address a section of his squad with the words: "You are not going to take the piss out of this football club and you are not going to take the piss out of this city."
5th May 2009 - Club Statement - Joey Barton
Newcastle United can confirm that Joey Barton has been suspended from the Club until further notice. The Club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.
4th May 2009 - Alan Shearer On The Joey Barton Dismissal
"He has apologised but it's been done and he is out for the rest of the season. He was not unlucky, the referee was spot-on. There was no need for him to do that in such a position. I wasn't happy, I was bitterly disappointed at the way that happened. I asked him to stay calm in the heat of the battle but it was a stupid tackle and he deserved to be sent off. It's about 90 minutes, not about 75 or 80 minutes. I think it would be wrong to discuss his future now, but I'm not very happy."
Habib Beye beats Liverpool's Albert Riera to the ball
3rd May 2009 - Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0
Premier League - Anfield, Liverpool - 1.30pm
Team: Harper, Beye, Duff, Bassong, Coloccini, Butt, Smith, Barton, Lovenkrands (Gutierrez 46), Martins (Owen 80), Viduka (Nolan 80) - Subs not used: Krul, Guthrie, Carroll, Edgar - Sent off: Barton
Attendance: 44,121
Alan Shearer: "Did anyone really expect us to come here and get anything? I did. We did in the dressing room. Maybe our fans didn't but they came out again in their thousands."
1st May 2009 - Toon Tea Lady
Kath Cassidy has spent over four decades as tea lady at St James’ Park. A fiercely proud Geordie, 82-year-old Kath is distraught at the club’s current plight but hopes Alan Shearer will remain at the club next season - even if Newcastle are relegated.
She said: “If anyone can save us, it’s Alan, but he’s not got much time left. I don’t know if he is staying on but if he does, we are sure to go back up. His heart is in Newcastle and I wish all the players were the same as him. I know I’d get into trouble, but I might go into the dressing room before a game with my picture of Jackie Milburn holding his medals. I’d say to the players ‘Get your fingers out, look what he won for £20 a week.’ Men like Jackie, God bless his soul, put their whole heart in. Jackie would turn in his grave if he saw the state of things here now. I wish Kevin Keegan had stayed. When he returned here, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. A great man."
Kath went on to say: "If Kevin had still been here, I don't think we would be in this mess. I can’t understand why Dennis Wise was brought in. You don’t have a boss and then bring in someone over him. When my grandson was born, he’s nine now, I went with my daughter-in-law to register him. Terry, my son, phoned and checked we had got the name right - Joe Kevin Keegan."