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Posted on June 11th, 2009 | 33 Comments |

Alan Shearer: Tempted in the wilderness by Fat Freddy?
Alan Shearer: Tempted in the wilderness by Fat Freddy?
As inevitable as it used to be to see broken teeth outside The Rocket in Longbenton on a Friday neet, Mr Freddy Sheperd chucked his hat into the ring as soon our sale was announced.

Local papers recently reported that Shepherd met with Shearer in Jesmond to discuss the present situation and what his plans are. It’s also claimed those plans heavily involve Big Al.

However as reported in several newspaper and particularly in The Guardian, this is the general consensus –

“Although Shepherd’s interest is known by Ashley, sources have indicated he is not sure who is providing the money needed to meet the £100m asking price.

As a result, the Newcastle board have responded cautiously to the approach and will not move any further until Shepherd is able to provide proof of funds. That will involve £100m being deposited into an offshore bank account to prove they have the resources to complete the deal.

Newcastle have taken a similar stance with the Singapore-based Profitable Group, which officially made its interest known to Seymour Pierce on Wednesday, but they remain sceptical about whether the interest is genuine and have asked for immediate evidence of their ability to fund a takeover.” 

So could Fat Fred really have his big fat, greedy fingers in a viable takeover pie? Could he have learned and improved from the error of his ways in the past? With guidance and control sitting elsewhere with all things financial, could he have a positive influence on our future? Does his love for the club mean he’s a safer bet to look after our immediate and long-term future than some potential money-makers spining yarn after yarn, full of hollow platitudes? Or will it all go horribly wrong again if he gets his claws into us?

Discuss….

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33 Responses

  1. He knows what it takes to run a football club unlike Dennis Wise but his stupidity with SPLASHING THE CASH had us in real trouble.
    I reckon if the Profit Group takes us over they will have someone better steering the ship………hopefully back to the port of PL football.

  2. This Shepherd thing sounds like it is part of a consortium and i highly doubt he will get away with what he did last time if it is not his money. I also doubt he will cream money off the profits to line his own pockets if there are other people involved. They would not want him doing that.

  3. If the internet chatter is to be believed it looks like a 3 way play-off then!
    The comments coming from the invisible man from the Profit Group tick all the right boxes (must be too good to be true).
    FFS – step backwords, agree 52 a total disaster.
    Middle east money – Will never happen, at least I hope not, debt, debt and more debt.

    the profit group it is for me then. Inshallah.

  4. Call me fussy, but I don’t want Ashley and I don’t want FFS.

    There are 6 billion people in the world, so surely it’s not too much ask that a mere 2 of them don’t own NUFC.

  5. Stuart79 says:
    June 11, 2009 at 9:42 am
    How is Ronaldo worth nearly as much as our entire football club?
    <<<< because he,s class m8 and most of our players are over rated spineless buggers lol

  6. Stu – it’s ridiculous pal. Completely barmy.
    £136m on two players in the space of a week?

    Fantasy football.

  7. where are Madrid getting this money from in a credit crunch? good news for english football though end man united’s dominance.

  8. I’ve just posted on ed’s blog about us becoming Real Madrid’s feeder team. We could field their reserves and storm the league.
    Personally I can’t stand Ronaldo he’s everything that’s wrong about a modern footballer. Now Messi. He IS genuine class. When they had the whole Ronaldo v Messi for worlds best player in the CL final, it was a no contest even before kick off. Ronaldo is very, very quick. If he ever loses his pace he’s finished. Much like a certain Micky Owen.

  9. ESAMIM – Not sure it will. ManU will just go out and buy 4 £20m players to replace him. I wound’t bet against David Villa turning up at some point and Huntelaar.

  10. David Villa is going to Real Madrid. A natural replacement for Ronaldo is Ribery and he is being tracked by Barcelona and Real. I think it will be the end of their dominance for a while at least. Imagine what a boost this is to Liverpool. They did well last year and now Man Utd have lost their most dangerous player.

  11. Real Madrid don’t have one owner.

    They borrow money from Spanish banks and they get special rates.

    God knows why. They have been bailed out by the Spanish government once when they nary went bankrupt!

  12. Ribery was supposed to be going to Chelsea, but he’s had a £65m fee slapped on him, according to the BBC.
    If Liverpool can get Tevez, who looks to be sulking with ManU then I would say they have a really strong chance of winning the title.

  13. Batty “<<<< because he,s class m8 and most of our players are over rated spineless buggers lol" Nice to see you've changed to Field Marshall Batty on this blog - Tally Ho!

  14. The only thing FFS learned BBM was how to remove money from our club “apparently” legitimately – though that was only because there wasnt a complaint as he was acting against company law – “in my opinion” lol, and he learned how to be involved in shady transfer dealings, overpaying for players and vast sums of money drifting into the ether into who knows pockets (but I couldnt say it on a blog for the fear of being libellous!)

  15. I hear FFS involvment in scrap metal was dodgey as ****, and that he was paying local gangsters to act as security at the ground.

  16. Stardust says:
    June 11, 2009 at 10:55 am
    Batty “<<<< because he,s class m8 and most of our players are over rated spineless buggers lol”

    Nice to see you’ve changed to Field Marshall Batty on this blog – Tally Ho!
    <<<< yeah well u didnt ask for much did y m8

  17. Actually, my head tells me Sheperd is a slimy, greedy, ignorant so and so.

    The romantic in me, means my heart sometimes wavers when he gives his speeches about how he loves the club. I begin to believe him. I know I’m mental.

    That said, part of me does think he’s genuine, occasionally.
    With the right constraints on him, could he really be anywhere near as bad as Ashley?

    Either way, you can sense the anxiety in recent days. We’re desperate for something to happen soon before we get stripped of any potential and left miles behind.

    However, I’d be even more concerned if something was rushed through and we ended up with morons or profiteers.

  18. Stuart79 says:
    June 11, 2009 at 10:40 am

    “Real Madrid don’t have one owner.

    They borrow money from Spanish banks and they get special rates.

    God knows why. They have been bailed out by the Spanish government once when they nary went bankrupt!”

    The clue is in the name Stuart. “Real” means “Royal” (the name was bestowed on them by King Alfonso XIII) and they have the patronage of the Spanish establishment. Barcelona meanwhile are the socialist upstarts from the north east. It’s all quite political really.

  19. bowburnmag says:
    June 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

    “The romantic in me, means my heart sometimes wavers when he gives his speeches about how he loves the club. I begin to believe him. I know I’m mental.

    That said, part of me does think he’s genuine, occasionally.
    With the right constraints on him, could he really be anywhere near as bad as Ashley?”

    Bowburn, yes, you are mental! :-) The man is a complete embarrassment to the North East and he should never be allowed anywhere near St James’s Park under any circumstances. Personally, I would rather have a consortium of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin Dada running the club than Fat Fred!

  20. workeyticket says:
    June 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    bowburnmag says:
    June 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

    “The romantic in me, means my heart sometimes wavers when he gives his speeches about how he loves the club. I begin to believe him. I know I’m mental.

    That said, part of me does think he’s genuine, occasionally.
    With the right constraints on him, could he really be anywhere near as bad as Ashley?”

    Bowburn, yes, you are mental! The man is a complete embarrassment to the North East and he should never be allowed anywhere near St James’s Park under any circumstances. Personally, I would rather have a consortium of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin Dada running the club than Fat Fred!
    <<<<<<worky could you tell me what sir freddy has done wrong plz lol

  21. I’m a sucker for anyone waxing lyrical about the Toon, hence I once upon a time I listened to Ashley and Co.

    Common sense would say run away from Fat Fred.

  22. bowburnmag common sense would have said that before ashley but now who would u rather have ashley or freddy its a no brainer m8

  23. 52times says:
    June 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    “I hear FFS involvment in scrap metal was dodgey as ****,”

    You heard right 52. My brother’s wife’s mother used to know him back in the old days, and she told me all about it. If I said it on here though, it would be libellous.