Sir John Hall – Statement

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 | 56 Comments |

Sir John Hall speaking today on our present predicament.

Stands up for Ashleys intentions.

Stands up for Ashleys intentions.Sir John Hall has spoken to the evening Chronicle today

Sir John Hall gives us his insight in the following quotes, I make no comment but to let you draw to your own conclusions:

Sir John said: “The quicker he can sell, the better it will be.”

“However, that is much easier said than done in today’s climate.”

Hall was responsible for Ashley’s arrival at Newcastle, having sold him his family’s stake in the club for £55.3m in May 2007.

He insisted: “Let’s get one thing straight: Mike Ashley came into Newcastle for the right reasons – as a long-term investor looking to build the business over four or five years.”

“He wanted to globalise the club. He did not use it as a toy.”

“He saw Newcastle was a fantastic brand, and he wanted to build that brand.”

“However, he made massive mistakes. Too often, he probably took advice. That, combined with the recession, made for disaster.”

“When I first came into the club, I knew nothing about running a football club, but luckily we found Freddie Fletcher, who had huge experience of the business from his time at Glasgow Rangers.”

“He guided us through the minefield, so we did not make the type of mistakes Ashley has made. Sadly, I don’t think Ashley has been able to call on that type of advice.”

“What you also have to acknowledge, though, is that Newcastle’s decline had begun before Ashley arrived at the club.”

Some of our managers have been disasters and ruined the club long before he came in.”

“Mike Ashley will be pushing very, very hard to find a buyer quickly.”

“I just hope he can find one – and find the right one.”

“We need investors who will come in and let the Newcastle United manager – hopefully Alan Shearer – try to build for the long term.”

“Whoever buys the club has to find the money to build a team to get out of the Championship, then build a team fit for the Premier League.”

“That will be easier than it was for us to do because the stadium, the structure and the training ground are in place now, but it will still be very difficult.”

However, having dragged Newcastle out of arguably deeper mire almost two decades ago, Hall is convinced the club WILL rise again.

He added: “We can get over this. I know we will get over it. Geordies are used to succeeding in adversity, and they will do again. Let us hope that happens sooner rather than later.”

The full article is within the Evening Chroncile

Comments welcome

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56 Responses

  1. I know Stardust. Best to build up the site a little first though before we submit.

  2. Yep – agreed – itll be tough for a while no doubt, writing articles and only a few responses, but thats the price of success lol

  3. i would jus t like to say good job with the blog i particulare;y like the pictures of some of the older legends such as harvey and gallagher

  4. LOL – certainly “in the style of” but I ripped it from the Chronicle lol

  5. Worky added mine – go to your settings – you can add one there – if not email me or Worky and we will add one for you.

  6. Stardust………

    Hello…….i’ve resgistered too – thought it might be a laugh

    Looks good !!!

  7. Stardust, if you’ve got a picture of Alvin, then do we need to have pictures of Chipmunks ???

  8. I have arrived. Me name of the old blog is Foluwashola Ameobi. :D

  9. LOL i cheers fella – like we day its day 1 but lets see where it takes us, either into the sky or into the mire. A bit like supporting Newcastle lol

  10. Hello everyone!

    The site looks very good , dont think my boss is going to be very happy with it tho casue my productivity is going to drop even more now!

  11. haway the lads! now how do i get a photo on me comments? ps i hope bennytoon has not been invited.

  12. There is a question mackem in milan what is the policy of our new bloggers on rival fans?

  13. cheers beye. now who admins this so i know when i can over the line when they are not online? :p

  14. beyethegreat says:

    “on the first post who is that man in the pic?”

    Beye, It’s Kevin Keegan’s wedding if it’s the picture I think you mean.

  15. Personally I don’t think rival fans are a problem (even Spurs fans) unless they’re deliberately setting out to wind people up.

  16. you just did a very accurate description of bennytoon there hugh.

  17. thanks worky

    i had a hunch it was him but i wasnt sure as i know how stardust feels about him and i havent seen a lot of what he used to look like with long hair

  18. My own view is we should encourage all fans but I do understand some can react to it. I dont want a site full of crude language, its not neccessary. I want this to be a more grown up blog, isnt banter all part of the game?

    Itll be a suck it and see approach I feel, the site was as rushed through as Ashleys purchase of the club, so theres a lot of working things out as we go, but we will listen, learn and tell you whats happening. unlike Ashley lol (did I just say that).

    Any strong views anyone – mine is Bennytoon is welcome.

  19. Hello Lads just logged on to your site I am mitchc on the other blog I just back on posting on there as I got sick at one point of all the childish remarks going on hope this site is better you look like you have done a canny job dispite it just getting up and running

  20. stardust i think he should be welcome he has been better of late banter is great but some times it goes too far and the blog gets distracted from football

  21. pretty cool site. will be visitung regular to see whats afoot in the mad mad world of NUFC

  22. I dont have a problem with other fans visiting this blog but when their sole aim is just to annoy as many people as possible they should be removed. I do not see what is to gain by having someone who does that on here.

  23. Ok – so general consensus is so far that it is fine, banter is OK, moderate wind ups OK, but not to denegrate the blog into a swear fest?

  24. stardust what do you class as grown up iam 41 next week is that grown up enough for you

  25. Noooooooooooooooooooooooo Sturats followed me arggghhhhhh lol – what do you think fella- feedback appreicated.

    Batty – I am only 39 – just a kid lol. Just healthy debate – none of the old Ryantoon nonsense. Mind you I havent got the ultimate say on that – its just what I’d like, everyone can provide input to whats acceptable and whats not.

  26. batty says:
    June 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm (Edit)
    it would be boreing if we didnt argue – lol agreed – but language should be moderated – a dad should be ok to let his son read it, but we can still fire off lines at each other – what’d be the fun if we weren’t doing that.

  27. Looks good. Although I cannot give you too many compliments so we’ll leave it at that for now lol

  28. star

    i think ii read you say that each comment should be numbered

    that would be a great idea

  29. Worky – dont like the feature where it hides the thread in blocks of 50? can we make it unlimited?