ARCHIVE NEWS - OCTOBER 2009
27th October 2009 - Chris Hughton Finally Appointed
Chris Hughton has finally been appointed manager of Newcastle United. Chris said: "It is a very, very proud day for me. It is very much an honour and a privilege to be manager of this great football club. It has a tremendous tradition and I am delighted to follow in a great line of managers."
"On a personal level, I am thrilled to have this opportunity because I have grown to love this football club since I arrived nearly two years ago. But it is not about personal ambitions, the number one aim for everyone is to get this football club back into the Premier League this season."
"It is an honour and a privilege to be manager of this great club."
27th October 2009 - Official Statement
Newcastle United are delighted to announce that Chris Hughton has been named the permanent manager of the club, his contract will run until the end of the 2010/11 season.
At the same time the club has confirmed that it has been withdrawn from sale and is no longer on the market. The club had been trying to broker a deal with a number of prospective buyers in recent months, however, none of those deals came to fruition. With regard to the possible sale of the club to Barry Moat, that particular bid has now fallen through due to the cash price of £80 million not being met.
In confirming the news, Mike Ashley stated that he is totally committed to the future success of Newcastle United and will be focusing on gaining promotion back to the Premier League. Mike will put a further £20 million into the club this week. Whilst confirming these two matters, Newcastle United now aims to move forward on and off the pitch. The club aims to maximise its commercial revenues; this includes renegotiating its club sponsor and kit deal, which expire at the end of this season, as well as welcoming offers for the stadium naming rights for next season.
27th October 2009 - Concern Over Unpredictable Ashley
The Telegraph newspaper are this evening reporting that Barry Moat feels exasperated by an inability to maintain dialogue with Mike Ashley since he has met the revised asking price for the club. Moat feels he has now been frozen out of talks and is concerned that the unpredictable Ashley will take the club off the market again. No one at the club was available for comment.
26th October 2009 - Ashley Rejects Latest Moat Offer
According to The Telegraph newspaper Mike Ashley has rejected the latest £80m offer from Barry Moat despite it meeting the terms he indicated would be acceptable less than a week ago. Moat has met the required offer of £60m up front and given cast iron guarantees that the balance of £20m will be paid next season. Ashley has now rejected the offer indicating that it will take the full £80m up front to persuade him to leave. Ashley had previously turned down a £40m-£40m offer indicating that a £60m-£20m split would be acceptable.
Despite the protracted and unpredictable negotiations, Moat remains determined to complete a deal and is understood to have solid funding plans in place. Moat would prefer not to have to commit funds that are desperately needed for team rebuilding to the up front purchase.
Ashley appears to be trying to squeeze the Tyneside businessman as hard as he can. Having agreed to give his decision on the offer by last Wednesday evening he then asked for a further 28 hours to make his mind up. That deadline stretched into the weekend with Ashley hoping that his delaying tactics would give alternative buyers time to indicate any interest. No other serious buyers appeared.
Kevin Nolan celebrates his late winner versus Doncaster Rovers

24th October 2009 - Newcastle United 2 Doncaster Rovers 1
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Kadar, Khizanishvili, Enrique, Guthrie, Butt, Nolan, Gutierrez (Tozer 86), Carroll, Harewood (Ranger 59) - Subs not used: Krul, Donaldson, Geremi, Baheng, Lovenkrands - Sent off: Khizanishvili.
Scorers: Carroll 67, Nolan 92 - Attendance: 43,949
Chris Hughton: "I thought on the balance of the game that we deserved to win it. In the first half they played a good tactical game but they will keep possession against any team. I thought over the 90 minutes that if there was a side that was going to win the game I felt it was us. We're realistic enough to know we've had a difficult time in recent weeks. To get the winner when we did speaks volumes for this group of lads."

24th October 2009 - Shearer Comments
Alan Shearer says it pains him to see the way his beloved Newcastle United are being run. He said: “People keep asking me what’s going on. I haven’t got a clue. I’m like all Newcastle fans, I would like it sorted. But there’s only one man who can do that. I’m not sure that anyone knows the ins and outs of it, whether the club is going to be sold or whether he’s going to keep hold of it. People have said bids have gone in, but no one really knows the truth."
“They are talking about giving Chris Hughton the job permanently and with the way things are I’d probably back that because it’s difficult circumstances. You read Mike Ashley say he and not the manager will control players coming in and out. So effectively, Chris is a coach, and not a manager, even if he takes the job. It’s not ideal.”

21st October 2009 - Kevin Keegan 2 Mike Ashley 0
Mike Ashley’s regime at Newcastle United has suffered another public humiliation with Kevin Keegan being awarded his entire legal costs after winning his battle for constructive dismissal.
An independent Premier League arbitration tribunal accused club officials of making 'entirely unfounded allegations' against their former employee. The tribunal’s direction that Keegan’s costs should be paid on an 'indemnity basis' is unusual and an implicit expression of disapproval at the manner in which Newcastle conducted their litigation.
“Its defence on the primary liability issue was, in our view, wholly without merit and it chose to make entirely unfounded allegations against Mr Keegan,” said the three man panel chaired by Philip Havers, QC.
NUFC Official Statement:The Club will be making no comment on this matter.

Alan Smith under pressure from Scunthorpe's Grant McCann
20th October 2009 - Scunthorpe United 2 Newcastle United 1
Championship - Glanford Park, Scunthorpe - 7.45pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Khizanishvili, Simpson, Enrique, Guthrie (Ranger 86), Geremi (Harewood 61), Smith, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Tozer, Kadar, Lovenkrands, Donaldson.
Scorer: Nolan 65 - Attendance: 8,921
Chris Hughton: "We didn't defend moments well enough and that enabled them to get the goals that they did. We are a side in this division that everybody expects to do well and certainly our own supporters expect us to do well and that's the pressure that we carry with us in every game. That's a pressure that we've got to live with."
19th October 2009 - Chris Hughton Hopes To Be Manager
Chris Hughton has revealed that he hopes to be installed as the permanent manager of Newcastle United within the next week. Hughton would continue with Colin Calderwood as his assistant.
Chris said: “I’m honoured to be offered the job. We’re still in negotiations. I’ve always felt that the manager’s situation was an issue, but not the most important one. Getting results has been the most important thing. They want to turn it from a temporary role to a permanent one.”
18th October 2009 - A One Off Opportunity
The Sunday Times are reporting that Mike Ashley has reduced his asking price for Newcastle United by £20m to £80m in a last ditch attempt to sell the club. Tyneside businessman Barry Moat has been given one week to come up with the cash or Ashley will pull the sale. Moat attempted to buy the club two years ago in partnership with Jon Asgeir Johannesson, former boss of Icelandic investment company Baugur, which went bust.
Ashley said: “Barry Moat has been driving me mad for two years. If he wants to buy the club, he’s got a one off opportunity to come up with the cash - £80m upfront. I have to put £20m a year into the club. I spend more than every other fan put together puts into the club each year. If you can’t pay upfront to buy the club, you can’t afford it.”
If the sale falls through Ashley says he will hand caretaker manager Chris Hughton a full time contract: “Chris deserves a shot at the title. He has done a great job. But if I keep the club I will have the final say on players. I am the one who has to fund the club.”
Zurab Khizanishvili in a race for the ball versus Nottingham Forest
17th October 2009 - Nottingham Forest 1 Newcastle United 0
Championship - City Ground, Nottingham - 5.20pm
Team: Harper, Enrique, Simpson, Khizanishvili, R Taylor, Nolan, Smith, Guthrie, Harewood (Ranger 82), Lovenkrands (Gutierrez 61), Carroll - Subs not used: Krul, Butt, Donaldson, Kadar, Geremi.
Attendance: 29,155
Chris Highton: "The first half performance wasn't what we wanted and we've paid the price for that. They came out of the traps quicker than what we did and had the better of that half. But amongst all that it looked like we would still go in at nil-nil and have a chance to get into the players - so it was disappointing to concede the goal right on half-time."
"We did manage to right a lot of the wrongs from the first half and dominated the second period. We told the lads at half time that they had to up the tempo and keep the ball a lot better. There was only one team going to score in the second half but unfortunately that goal never came."
17th October 2009 - No Future Planning
John Carver, former number two to Sir Bobby Robson fears for the future of Newcastle United with the lack of future planning and the club currently appearing to be getting by on a week to week basis.
Carver says: "When you plan, you don't do it for the next week or next month, you do it for years ahead. It would have been sensible to plan for the future. For me they have been living off the seat of their pants for too long."
"When I speak to the fans they've almost given up on the situation. There are rumours the takeover is on, off or the deadline is here or there, it has got out of hand. Every time nothing materialises, it makes me wonder what is going on. If people have put bids in, why haven't they been accepted?"
12th October 2009 - Time Of Our Lives 2
The Sky Sports series 'Time Of Our Lives' features a new Newcastle United programme tonight. Jeff Stelling is joined by Bobby Moncur, Bryan 'Pop' Robson and Frank Clark to examine Newcastle United's Fairs Cup triumph in 1969. The programme will broadcast on Sky Sports 1 at 10.00pm, running for 60 minutes.
9th October 2009 - Carroll Opens International Account
Andy Carroll made his competitive debut for the England U21 side tonight and helped secure a 6-3 victory over Macedonia. Andy started the game and repaid the confidence shown in him by scoring two goals. He said: "I'm delighted to get my first goals. It was an honour to be called up but to start, play well and score a couple is unbelievable."
Andy Carroll netted twice on his competitive England U21 debut
7th October 2009 - Boxing Day Fixture Live On Sky Sports
Our Boxing Day meeting with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough is to be shown live on Sky Sports. Whilst the date remains as 26th December 2009 the kick-off has been brought forward to 12.45pm.
5th October 2009 - Barry Moat Submits Offer For Newcastle
Barry Moat is understood to have submitted a formal offer to Mike Ashley to buy Newcastle United. It is being reported that Moat hopes to push through the takeover having received guarantees from Barclays that he will be provided with working capital to run the club. The bid is reported to be slightly less than the £100 million that Ashley has been demanding. Ashley must now decide whether or not to accept the deal on offer from Moat, who is the preferred bidder of Seymour Pierce, the investment bank handling the sale.
5th October 2009 - I've Lost Managing The Club That I Love
Kevin Keegan has confessed that he wished he was still managing his beloved Newcastle United. Speaking about his claim for constructive dismissal he has admitted he is relieved that all the details regarding his exit from St James' Park last year are now out in the open. However, he has confessed that he wished the whole 15 month saga had never happened.
Kevin said: "What I wanted was really my job. The thing I've lost is managing the club that I love so that's why I say there have been no winners. But life goes on, things happen, you meet people and sometimes it doesn't work in football. And this didn't work. I don't think it's on to return there now but you never know in football."
When asked if he would like to return to management: "Yeah, very much so. I'd like to think there's still something left in me in football but we'll wait and see. It would have been better if it never happened, I was still at Newcastle and we were still in the Premier League and I think we would have been."
3rd October 2009 - Two In A Row For Chris Hughton
Chris Hughton has won back to back Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month awards by adding the September prize to his August award. Chris said: "I must stress this is a team award. The players have been fantastic in their approach on the training field and that has showed on the pitch. This is also for the staff because Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron have been magnificent through this period."
3rd October 2009 - Newcastle United 0 Bristol City 0
Championship - St. James' Park, Newcastle - 3.00pm
Team: Harper, R Taylor, Simpson, Smith, S Taylor, Khizanishvili, Guthrie (Ranger 85), Nolan, Harewood, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez (Carroll 66) - Subs not used: Krul, Kadar, Butt, Donaldson, Geremi.
Attendance: 43,326
Chris Hughton: "It was very frustrating, but I couldn't fault the manner, in particular in the second half, of our approach to go and win the game against a good side who came with a formation which certainly frustrated us. But we had opportunities and if we had taken one of those opportunities, I could have seen us going on and getting further goals."
"For me, it was an absolute certain penalty. There are some penalties where you are not sure whether the referee is going to give it or not. I could have almost looked away because my first impression was just waiting for the referee to point to the spot."
Kevin Nolan unleashes a shot in the match against Bristol City
3rd October 2009 - Joey Barton Injury
Joey Barton has undergone surgery on his injured right foot and could be out for up to four months. Chris Hughton said: "It's a blow for Joey. You feel for the lad and we wish him a speedy recovery."
2nd October 2009 - Kevin Keegan 1 Mike Ashley 0
Some may have interpreted the September 2008 exit of Kevin Keegan from Newcastle United as a walkout on the club. Today's judgement from the Premier League's arbitration panel vindicates Kevin Keegan as a man of pride and principle. The panel decided that Kevin Keegan was constructively dismissed at St James' Park and should receive the maximum two million pounds compensation allowable under his contract.
Mike Ashley had bought the club and then appointed inexperienced people to key positions because they were his friends and he trusted them. The judgement tells us that Ashley's people told Keegan that the club was to be run on 'the continental model' and the manager would report to Dennis Wise - executive director (football). Keegan agreed, but according to the terms on which he took the job, he would have the the final say on all signings.
The key finding of this published judgment, by a legal tribunal which included two QCs, is simply astonishing and reveals the farcical goings on at Mike Ashley's Newcastle United.
On the 30th August 2008, two days before the close of the transfer window: "Mr Wise telephoned Mr Keegan and told him that he had a great player for the club to sign, namely Ignacio Gonzalez." Not one person at the club had ever seen him play. Wise told him footage was on YouTube. Keegan looked: "He found that the clips were of poor quality and provided no proper basis for signing a player to a Premier League club. Mr Keegan was unimpressed and told Mr Wise that he did not think the player was good enough."
Newcastle United then proceeded to sign the player on loan.
The judgment records: "Kevin Keegan made it clear to Mr Wise and to Mr Ashley that he very strongly objected to the signing of Mr Gonzalez." According to witnesses who gave evidence, it was in the club's commercial interests to do so. The 'commercial interests', according to the club, were that the signing of the player on loan would be a 'favour' to two influential South American agents who would look favourably on the club in the future."
The judgement records: "The loan deal cost the club nearly £1m in wages for a player who was not expected to play in the first team."
As manager, Keegan was not prepared to sanction that signing, which was being urged on him by the man Mike Ashley had appointed as executive director (football).
Keegan suggested to the panel that the transfer was 'improper and irregular.' Keegan left because he believed, with justification, that his role as manager had been fundamentally undermined with this deal.
The panel decided that when they appointed Keegan as the manager the club had guaranteed him the final say on transfers. The club had said so itself publicly. The judgment quotes Wise twice, Ashley's first chairman Chris Mort, and Lee Charnley, the club secretary, as making press or website statements to that effect.
"I had no option but to resign as manager of the club that I love."
The club proceeded to tell the tribunal that these statements were 'simply untrue' and that those officers of the club made them as 'nothing more than an exercise in public relations.' The panel found that explanation 'profoundly unsatisfactory.'
Keegan had a contract worth £3 million a year, rising to £3.2 million then £3.4 million for the following seasons. After the signing of Gonzalez he walked away. The legal judgment concludes that he was fully justified.
Kevin said: “I resigned because I was being asked to sanction the signing of a player in order to ‘do a favour’ for two South American agents. No one at the club had seen this player play and I was asked to sign him on the basis of some clips on YouTube. This is something that I was not prepared to be associated with in any way."
“The club knew that I objected strongly to this transfer and were aware that by continuing with it I was likely to feel that I had no option but to resign. Notwithstanding this, they went on to sign the player at a very substantial cost to the club.”
"I very much regret that this claim ever had to go to the hearing as it did. I want to state categorically that the allegation that has been made in the press that I turned down an offer of £4.3 million to settle the claim is simply untrue. No such offer was made to me. I also want to confirm that a central purpose of my claim has always been to clear my name and restore my reputation. I consider it of vital importance that I was able to let people know about the full circumstances of my resignation and the way in which I had been treated by the club. I hope that this purpose has now been achieved."
“I would like to thank the fans of Newcastle United for their continued support and wish them and the club continued success in the current season in their goal of reaching the Premier League."
"The decision to resign was one of the most difficult that I have ever had to take in my life. I very much hope that the decision of the tribunal now confirms why I felt that I had no option but to resign from the position as manager of the club that I love."
NUFC Official Statement:The Premier League Tribunal Panel considering the matter between Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan has today returned its decision. The Club will be making no comment on this matter.
1st October 2009 - Two Fixture Updates
Our away fixture at Coventry City, originally scheduled for Tuesday 8th December has been put back 24 hours to Wednesday 9th December with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Kick-off time for our last home match of 2009 against Derby County on Monday 28th December has been changed from 3.00pm to 5.20pm. The match is to be shown live on Sky Sports.