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Newcastle United Director Caught With His Pants Down In Shearer Row

9 years ago

When you have managed to dig a hole that leaves you neck deep in trouble, the first rule of thumb is definitely not to make that hole deeper.

Newcastle United however, never seem to tire of digging and one of the club’s Directors has been caught with his pants down, figuratively speaking.

Yesterday we broke the story that [intlink id=”30257″ type=”post”]Shearer\’s Bar would be no more[/intlink] and it went viral as it became the story of the day, with many parts of the media putting two and two together and deciding it had be a reflex action after Alan Shearer had commented on the current fiasco at the club. This wasn’t the case as we had heard about the move to take away the Shearer’s branding some time ago and it was pure coincidence that our story went up yesterday and others added to it.

In order to try and get some control over the story, the club hastily put together a press release confirming the change of name to ‘Nine’, also including the sweetener that the changeover would see a special fundraising event for the Alan Shearer Foundation.

Not a bad attempt at winning a little bit of credibility back but the NUFC press release also included the following;

John Irving, a Newcastle United director, said: “We have liaised directly with Alan (Shearer) to keep him abreast of the plans, which he has been appreciative of, and we’re looking forward to launching Nine next month.”

When I read that line I must admit to being very surprised that/if Alan Shearer had been ‘liaised with’ and ‘he had been appreciate of’ this. I couldn’t quite see that there would be much liaising to be done and very little to be appreciative of, when Newcastle United’s greatest ever goalscorer is having his name ripped down from St.James’ Park.

Sure enough, the Daily Mail have the following quote from our legendary Number ‘Nine’;

“There was no consultation, I was simply informed by email of their decision to change the name, it wasn’t a question of me agreeing or disagreeing.

It is their ground and it is up to the owners what they do with it; it won’t stop me buying my season ticket and supporting the team.”

Maybe Chris Hughton was similarly ‘liaised/consulted’ with when he was sacked for leading Newcastle back into the Premier League, or Kevin Keegan when he welcomed Dennis Wise in as his boss!

I suppose there will be somebody out there who will not (want to) believe Alan Shearer’s version of events and will be in a minority of one, or possibly two – if you count Joe Kinnear.

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