It looks like the Mike Ashley takeover and the uncertainty of Freddy Shepherd’s continuing role at Newcastle has indeed had an impact on the transfer dealings so far at Newcastle.
Some of this should be sorted out at the Board Meeting taking place at St. James’ Park this morning â€“ when it is expected that all members of the board except Freddy Shepherd will offer their resignations â€“ which will be accepted.
Owner Mike Ashley
Executive director Douglas Hall, his sister Allison Antonopoulos, fellow non-executive director Timothy Revill and Shepherd’s brother Bruce will all resign. Freddy Shepherd â€“ as we reported yesterday will carry on to offer continuity at the club.
Obviously the continuity aspect is getting to be more important than we thought since Allardyce is now behind schedule in his rebuilding program at Newcastle. He had hoped to bring in more players than the three he has so far captured. No doubt that he has missed out on Steven Sidwell and Tal Ben Haim to Chelsea and we still need to bring in some additional defenders â€“ two full backs and another center half in addition to David Rozehnal – who will now sign for us on Wednesday.
Chairman Freddy Shepherd
The new news today is that Freddy Shepherd has reviewed Ashley’s new-look management structure and indications to the Journal last night were that he is content with his new proposed role under Mike Ashley. It is important we get some working stability at Newcastle quickly so Allardyce can complete his transfer activity as soon as possible – and get on with the job of making Newcastle into a more formidable team for the coming season.
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