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Leazes' favourite journo attacks Leazes' favourite chairman! :D

 

SOUNESS? IT'S SHEPHERD WHO SHOULD BE RUN OUT OF TOON

4 February 2006

 

AND so the saviour of the Geordie Nation has once again come down from on high to spread peace and stability throughout his land.

 

Just as he did with Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish and Bobby Robson, Freddy Shepherd has despatched Graeme Souness for crimes against the people, and replaced him with Glenn Roeder and Alan Shearer who he feels will "steady the ship" because "they're Newcastle through and through".

 

Makes you wonder why he didn't just ring up Ant and Dec. They are higherprofile with as many coaching badges and they have as much chance of steadying the sinking ship as Freddy Shepherd.

 

The man whose pay packet is almost as big an insult as his motto: The buck stops one stop below me.

 

If Souness was a midtable manager put in charge of a top six club, here is a chairman with a Champions League ego and a Unibond League brain.

 

If Souness was sacked for lacking the judgment to build a decent side, how does Shepherd survive when his judgment of managers, and his ability to handle them, is far more lamentable?

 

The reason Souness was packing his bags this week is quite simple. Had he been allowed to struggle on any longer those "Souness Out" calls would have changed to "Sack The Board". And Shepherd is not man enough to take on popular opinion. He'd rather hide behind it.

 

Before Newcastle fans get too carried away with Souness's exit they should look at the decision that surrounded his arrival, and they may get a better insight into why their beloved club has become a laughing stock - trophyless for decades, in a relegation battle and hurtling towards debts of £90million.

 

Why, at a time when Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United were in a different league to the rest, was Souness's predecessor Bobby Robson sacked after finishes of fourth, third and fifth? Why was he so recklessly undermined by Shepherd announcing he had one season left. Then sacking him a few weeks into that season?

 

Hadn't he learned anything about dismissing bosses at such an illogical juncture, after Dalglish and Gullit were shown the door under a similar cloud of early-season panic? Why did Shepherd settle for Souness, his fifth choice, whose Blackburn side were 18th in the Premiership and sliding? And why hand him a £2.2m-a-year contract?

 

Why was a manager the fans never wanted, whose only selling point was an ability to face-down Big Time Charlies allowed to squander £50m?

 

Why was he sacked two days after the January transfer window closed, meaning the only outlay Newcastle have done over the past few weeks is the £5m severance package for him and his coaching staff, and a new manager has no option but to work with his failures? If Peter Ridsdale was forced out for turning Leeds into a financially strickened joke-shop, why not Shepherd for driving Newcastle down that route?

 

Successful management is about judging the talent and character of people you appoint.

 

How has Shepherd been allowed to survive when the four managers he's appointed were unable to win more than 46 per cent of their games?

 

What credentials has Shepherd for running Newcastle, other than the fact he's a mate of the family that took it over?

 

Why wasn't he run out of town the second his fake sheikh brothel encounter exposed him as a gluttonous hypocrite with nothing but contempt for the ordinary fan. Surely here was glaring proof that the man's lack of judgment was bordering on the criminal?

 

Newcastle fans may have got sick of hearing Souness trot out the lame excuse of injuries being responsible for his woeful underperforming.

 

But at least he's got one. Where's Freddy Shepherd's?

 

YOU must admit Alex Ferguson still knows a thing or two about players. His decision to push Rio Ferdinand into centre midfield to fill Roy Keane's boots has worked a treat. Following his punch-up with Robbie Savage, he's started to put the studs in and allow the red mist descend so low he ends up getting sent off at a crucial time in a crucial game. Yes, Keano's boots are a perfect fit.

 

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He'll probably come out saying that Souness was obviously holding a gun to Reade's head when he wrote that or some other shit...

 

What's for certain, Leazes won't knock Shepherd - he'll never admit he's wrong about something! :D

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He'll probably come out saying that Souness was obviously holding a gun to Reade's head when he wrote that or some other shit...

 

What's for certain, Leazes won't knock Shepherd - he'll never admit he's wrong about something! :D

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Wrong about what ?

 

Newcastle appointing trophy winning managers, [just like they did pre-1992] and competing for managers in the frame for the top in England ..... this is unambitious ?

 

Biggest load of crap I've ever heard since people said give amn obvious fuckwit like Souness time !!

 

As for Brian Reade, he shoots from the hip, none of your usual claptrap from the "intellectual" journos, which is why I like him, but it doesn't say I always agree ..

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Patronising bollocks.  I fucking hate that term "Geordie Nation".

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explain why please? :D

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Geordie Nation? for the simple reason it fuels the media's tag of "bestest fans eva" they seem intent on placing on us, when we're anything but

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :D

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :D

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He'll say he knew Shepherd wouldn't make an approach for him.

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :D

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He'll say he knew Shepherd wouldn't make an approach for him.

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One bad appointment and one non-appointment of the best person available don't make a bad chairman!

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :(

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He'll say he knew Shepherd wouldn't make an approach for him.

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One bad appointment and one non-appointment of the best person available don't make a bad chairman!

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We don't need someone with proven success. We need someone with charisma :D

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :D

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Give him time, anyway look at SSN?

 

[it doesn't say he wants to give Souness more time BTW...]

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Be interesting to know what Leazes Mag thinks of the reports that Shepherd says he will be making no approach for out-of-work-two-times-Champions-League-winner Ottmar Hitzfeld. :D

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He'll say he knew Shepherd wouldn't make an approach for him.

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I see McKeag, Westwood in the past, and the vast majority of current premiership chairman are all considering approaches for top European and British managers, meaning of course that they are all more ambitious and bigger than us

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

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Doug Ellis ?

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

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Doug Ellis ?

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How many people do you know referred to as "Deadly Doug"? :D

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

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Doug Ellis ?

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How many people do you know referred to as "Deadly Doug"? :D

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Hall.

 

BTW, if anyone is really deluded to think that Doug Ellis is a better chairman than Shepherd, there is really no hope for you at all.

 

I do notice that no-one contests my comment that we are the 3rd top spenders ie 3rd most ambitious club in the premiership in the last decade, nor the question that HTL has asked to name Newcastle United chairman who tapped the clubs fanbase and has been a better chairman than Shepherd too, other than John Hall

 

If no one can give sensible and correct answers to these questions, there really is no need to debate it further. Case closed and proved.

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How many people do you know referred to as "Deadly Doug"? :D

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With all these "I'm all right" Jacks releasing mentalists on real neighbourhoods like Leazes'? Probably quite a few...

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

93566[/snapback]

 

Doug Ellis ?

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Aye :D

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Got a wave from Deadly Doug on Sarrida as he went past in his Roller. The man is clearly a gent and ten times the bloke Shepherd is.

93566[/snapback]

 

Doug Ellis ?

93580[/snapback]

 

How many people do you know referred to as "Deadly Doug"? :D

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Hall.

 

BTW, if anyone is really deluded to think that Doug Ellis is a better chairman than Shepherd, there is really no hope for you at all.

 

I do notice that no-one contests my comment that we are the 3rd top spenders ie 3rd most ambitious club in the premiership in the last decade, nor the question that HTL has asked to name Newcastle United chairman who tapped the clubs fanbase and has been a better chairman than Shepherd too, other than John Hall

 

If no one can give sensible and correct answers to these questions, there really is no need to debate it further. Case closed and proved.

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There's a serious problem somewhere if the 3rd most ambitious, and the 3rd highest spenders, are far from being the 3rd most successful.

 

Anyway, aren't we the 4th highest spenders? Behind Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool?

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BTW, if anyone is really deluded to think that Shepherd's appointment of Souness is the only bad call he's made, there is really no hope for you at all.

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BTW, if anyone is really deluded to think that Shepherd's appointment of Souness is the only bad call he's made, there is really no hope for you at all.

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One bad appointment doesn't make a bad chairman! :D

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