Barry Moat is Newcastle’s last chance saloon

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Ashley - Still in control

Mike Ashley is still in control of Newcastle United, 13 weeks after we suffered the dreaded drop to the Coca Cola Championship. The news today, is that the deadline has been extended for Barry Moat to complete the takeover of the club but that news, carries both good and bad consequences. First of all it means we probably will not sign anyone this transfer window at all but the upside is, that Mike Ashley is very much willing to sell to Barry Moat and is trying his utmost to hand over the club to the local businessman. Unfortunately the CCC requires a good sized squad for the injuries that we will receive and knowing Newcastle, we’ll get quite a few.

We need new players and there are plenty of players who want to join the club as well. The likes of Per Ciljan Skjelbred have already sounded out their desire to play for the Black and White of Newcastle, even in our worst circumstances. Robert Earnshaw was linked this weekend and I for one would be happy to avail of his services. He might be a journeyman but he still has a classy finish and the ability to muster up something that can change a game. What the price would be, is a different thing. Chris Hughton is doing a stellar job so far with the team and youth. Even Xisco is getting a fair run-out unlike under Kinnear’s or Shearer’s reign. Even after all of this, Chris said he just wants to remain a coach and we would like the same.

So, as another deadline is extended/expired, we still wait in faint hope that the Geordie, Barry Moat can save us from another season of Ashley’s mismanagement and bring us back to the Premier League, where we belong. And if anyone has questioned our fans or the size of our club, have a look at our last home game, against Sheffield Wednesday. Higher attendance than Sunderland v Chelsea. Doesn’t that tell you something? I needn’t explain.

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steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

As i said on another post i'm not sure about Moat now if he's struggling with his finances now how will he be able to sustain the club ? also what's happened to the other 2 mysterious bidders ? all this going on off the pitch just goes to show what a brilliant job the lads are doing on the pitch

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Well I think Derek Llambias has come out and said that Barry Moat is the only bidder in the last few days so it's down to him. I am the same, I believe if he's struggling to muster up the asking price, where on earth will he get £35m a year for wages, and another £15m for transfers?

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

The thing with this is if Ashley stays (which looks likely)he's already said he wont spend anymore money on the club (i.e. no buying players)i think he'll believe(foolishly) that this very thin squad can gain promotion now dont get me wrong i'm not knocking the players and Chris Hughton's excellent effort its just the complete disregard to strenghthen the squad that really worries me

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Yes, I agree. We're doing well as it, but we can do even <strong>better</strong> if we strengthen our squad with a few new players. Ashley has no footballing brain at all, and neither does Llambias. The only man that has any sense and that's close to the board is Keith Harris oddly enough. He won't be trying to sell the club for much longer but when he informed us on sales he did give the impression he had a fair idea of the game. But doesn't that just sum up how knowledgeable our hierarchy is?

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

I just worry about the backlash if we start getting injuries (with no cover)and we start losing games i know that sounds negative but its a reality we must face i mean the last thing we need is unrest at the ground again as im sure that isnt good for team morale

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

As i said on another post i'm not sure about Moat now if he's struggling with his finances now how will he be able to sustain the club ? also what's happened to the other 2 mysterious bidders ? all this going on off the pitch just goes to show what a brilliant job the lads are doing on the pitch

marek: ⏱ 24/08/2009

The question I like to know is what will happen if Ashley finally got rid of some more players to reduce the wage bill then for some reason Moat bid is not accepted or failed to come up with the amount. We have wasted all those weeks and got rid of more than 10 players for nothing. Ashley would still have to find a manager and re-invest more players all it will mean our tam will struggle until the next transfer window which might be too late by than. WHAT A TOTAL WASTE man we need to sell for the good of our club or we might not bother playing football.

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Well I think Derek Llambias has come out and said that Barry Moat is the only bidder in the last few days so it's down to him. I am the same, I believe if he's struggling to muster up the asking price, where on earth will he get £35m a year for wages, and another £15m for transfers?

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Yeah, we've lost too many players and brought in no replacements. That is a recipe for Leeds United. I think we'll heavily rely on loan signings or frees. Either way, we want this ownership sorted.

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

We can only imagine what must be going through the players minds who full credit to them have got off to a brilliant start i would hate to see it all wasted because Ashley (refuses to spend) or Moat (cant spend) TBH a few weeks ago i thought the likes of Martins,Bassong,Beye etc leaving were taking the cowards way out but the longer this goes on in a way you can hardly blame them for wanting out of this nightmare

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

The thing with this is if Ashley stays (which looks likely)he's already said he wont spend anymore money on the club (i.e. no buying players)i think he'll believe(foolishly) that this very thin squad can gain promotion now dont get me wrong i'm not knocking the players and Chris Hughton's excellent effort its just the complete disregard to strenghthen the squad that really worries me

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Yes, I agree. We're doing well as it, but we can do even <strong>better</strong> if we strengthen our squad with a few new players. Ashley has no footballing brain at all, and neither does Llambias. The only man that has any sense and that's close to the board is Keith Harris oddly enough. He won't be trying to sell the club for much longer but when he informed us on sales he did give the impression he had a fair idea of the game. But doesn't that just sum up how knowledgeable our hierarchy is?

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

I just worry about the backlash if we start getting injuries (with no cover)and we start losing games i know that sounds negative but its a reality we must face i mean the last thing we need is unrest at the ground again as im sure that isnt good for team morale

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Agreed. We just simply need a few new players, and owner, and a permanent manager. Sounds simple eh? Haha.

marek: ⏱ 24/08/2009

The question I like to know is what will happen if Ashley finally got rid of some more players to reduce the wage bill then for some reason Moat bid is not accepted or failed to come up with the amount. We have wasted all those weeks and got rid of more than 10 players for nothing. Ashley would still have to find a manager and re-invest more players all it will mean our tam will struggle until the next transfer window which might be too late by than. WHAT A TOTAL WASTE man we need to sell for the good of our club or we might not bother playing football.

Doocey: ⏱ 24/08/2009

Yeah, we've lost too many players and brought in no replacements. That is a recipe for Leeds United. I think we'll heavily rely on loan signings or frees. Either way, we want this ownership sorted.

steve: ⏱ 24/08/2009

We can only imagine what must be going through the players minds who full credit to them have got off to a brilliant start i would hate to see it all wasted because Ashley (refuses to spend) or Moat (cant spend) TBH a few weeks ago i thought the likes of Martins,Bassong,Beye etc leaving were taking the cowards way out but the longer this goes on in a way you can hardly blame them for wanting out of this nightmare