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Keegan gone, trying to get Gus Poyet in.

 

Gutted.

 

It's nailed on then :lol:

 

A-bloody-wooga

To be fair Kris was always wrong with his last confirmations (Chimbonda, Redknapp, Barnes)...

 

[/straw clutching]

 

 

Leighton Baines.....

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You've never spoken a mackem, you've never known a mackem, you don't know the difference between a mackem accent and a geordie accent, the question is why the fuck do you care what the mackems think, in your Tower Hamlets tenement?

 

How do you know hes never spoken to a mackem?

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You've never spoken a mackem, you've never known a mackem, you don't know the difference between a mackem accent and a geordie accent, the question is why the fuck do you care what the mackems think, in your Tower Hamlets tenement?

 

How do you know hes never spoken to a mackem?

 

He goes to Haberdashers school in London and is 14 years old.

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Good read from Soccernet

 

Fans' anger over Ashley incompetence

 

By Chris Murphy

 

Updated: September 2, 2008, 2:59 PM UK

 

It was all too good to be true then. A billionaire owner at the helm, and the Toon Army's beloved manager in charge. The Messiah's second coming has once again ended in less than mercurial circumstances.

Mike Ashley

 

 

Keegan's transfer dealings have been hindered this summer.

 

There are unconfirmed rumours that Kevin Keegan left Newcastle by strolling down the Tyne River itself, but it's more likely he was driven out by the club's baffling new hierarchy.

 

Mike Ashley and his sniping boardroom cronies - Dennis Wise, Jeff Vetere, Tony Jiminez and Derek Llambias - gradually usurped Keegan from the moment they were installed and reduced his role to no more than waving his arms about on the touchline or giving the odd inspirational press conference.

 

That Keegan should be forced into such a position shows yet another alarming error of judgement from the Toon Army's new owners. One from which they may never recover. Tyneside relates to Keegan like no other. Not even Alan Shearer.

 

He understands the football club, he understands the people, and he has proven success of saying the right things, playing the right way and being able to infect a region by a few sentences alone. With Keegan at the helm, Newcastle fans could rest easy that the right thing would be done more often than not; that he was in there as one of us. No-one should under-estimate the importance of that.

 

His honesty and integrity was as appealing to Geordie football fans as his penchant for attacking football. Let's not forget that Ashley never wanted Sam Allardyce as manager, who he inherited from the previous regime, but let him flounder on for seven unsuccessful months before finally cutting him loose.

 

Then his much publicised pursuit of Harry Redknapp - conducted by his best-mate and Spurs fanatic Paul Kemsley - seemed like a cameo straight out of the Freddie Shepherd book of comedy.

 

Finally, he plumped for Keegan after the former Newcastle number seven made his desire for the job clear. A 'no brainer' he called it. Well, where is his brain power in forcing Keegan out now? He strangled Keegan in the transfer market, flogging important and popular players like James Milner for big money, but re-investing it in young prospects no-one but Jiminez or Wise had heard of.

 

Wait and see what we do with the Milner money Keegan said, knowing fans were becoming increasingly desperate. There are 'four or five irons in the fire' he said. Once again, the public trusted him implicitly. But it is clear now he was speaking more in hope rather than expectation.

 

The 'wow' signing Ashley had supposedly promised a box full of corporate fans at St James' Park a few weeks back never materialised; quite the opposite in fact. The only arrivals came in the form of a promising young striker from Deportivo and a Uruguayan few had heard of. Instead, United fans looked with envy at Manchester City pitching in, and getting, Robinho. That should be us many felt. After all, haven't we got a billionaire owner too?

 

Did Ashley research his 'no brainer'? Did he not know that Keegan has never been shy to voice his opinions? That Keegan threatened to walk out three times in his first spell at the club because it wasn't like it looked in the brochure?

 

After all, this is the man who admitted he didn't undertake a process of 'due diligence' when he took over a club that was well known to have consistently spent above its weight. Ashley, like Sir John Hall back in 1992 may have thought Keegan would never walk out on the club he loves with a passion, but he obviously doesn't know KK inside out. He is also deluded if he thinks Keegan's reputation will be diminished on Tyneside. Not a bit of it.

 

Once again a manager has left with barely a few games of the season gone - see Messrs. Robson, Dalglish, and Gullit. As those botched decisions by Freddie Shepherd proved, the season then becomes a write off. The squad is wafer thin as it is, and with no opportunity to purchase players until December, it remains to be seen what state the club finds itself in then. What will Michael Owen make of it all? No-one would blame him now if he left the club.

 

The obvious switch in the interim will be Dennis Wise, but god help Ashley if that happens. There'll be all out mutiny on Tyneside if the idolised Keegan is replaced by the despised Wise. The notoriously resilient ranks of the Toon Army had already started to show cracks even before the club's failure on transfer deadline day became apparent.

 

Even with Keegan back and a hefty fortune behind him there were 5,000 empty seats at Newcastle's first home game of the season - the lowest since the ground redevelopment was completed in May 2000. The dreaded 'credit-crunch' line was trotted out, but the truth is many had already become disillusioned with Newcastle United and the growing greed of football in general.

 

The irony being that despite the boardroom acrimony, despite the purse strings being tightened Keegan had begun the new season superbly, grinding out a well deserved point at Old Trafford before beating Bolton at home.

 

However small his squad was, Keegan was squeezing the best out of it. But then the injuries came. Martins out, Duff out, Enrique out, Smith out, Viduka unfit; kids were drafted in on the bench for Saturday's heavy defeat the Emirates.

 

Still, four points from a home game with Bolton Wanderers and trips to Manchester United and the Emirates was more than expected. Promise, however small, had been secured. Now this. The only issue some fans disagreed with Keegan on was Joey Barton. The manager resolutely backed the troubled midfielder, to the chagrin of many.

 

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Joey Barton came on against Arsenal.

 

Keegan's argument was for rehabilitation - that he could finally align Barton with the straight and narrow. That Barton's most recent misdemeanour was before his return to the club. And that he was short on numbers and couldn't afford to lose an experienced Premier League footballer.

 

But surely, had Keegan been afforded significant funds to improve his squad, he could have accepted Barton's departure and replaced him with someone bigger, brighter and better behaved.

 

Where Newcastle United goes from here is anyone's guess. At least they are used to dealing with a crisis. This may well be more than Ashley can stomach though, despite his considerable girth. He'd be well advised to forget standing on the terraces for a while.

 

The only saving grace for him - which will only serve to wind many fans up even further - is that the club launched an all out charm offensive in the close season to secure supporters on long-term season ticket deals.

 

Many committed for the next three seasons to take advantage of a freeze on prices, but the cynical among the Toon Army saw it as a calculated move to shore up the club's financial future, and tie in fans for the long haul, before getting rid of Keegan, who had already begun to voice his discontent with how the club was being run.

 

Newcastle's fans are ridiculed by many for their dogged loyalty, for sticking with the club through the scandals, the disappointments, the thrashings and the mockery. This may well be too much for even them.

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Finally got online. What the fuck is going on? can anyone summarise?

 

So far?

 

Nothing.

 

:lol:

 

tbh thats what I love about all this

 

everyone has given up but nothing actually happened

 

we've all sat down to wait for the apocalypse

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Finally got online. What the fuck is going on? can anyone summarise?

 

So far?

 

Nothing.

 

:lol:

 

tbh thats what I love about all this

 

everyone has given up but nothing actually happened

 

we've all sat down to wait for the apocalypse

We'll i doubt they've gone for a 3-4+ hour meeting for tea and cakes

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You've never spoken a mackem, you've never known a mackem, you don't know the difference between a mackem accent and a geordie accent, the question is why the fuck do you care what the mackems think, in your Tower Hamlets tenement?

 

How do you know hes never spoken to a mackem?

 

He goes to Haberdashers school in London and is 14 years old.

 

my question still stands

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