As expected four Directors have resigned from the club and Mike Ashley has appointed two new Directors to the Newcastle United Board.
Freddy Shepherd will remain as Chairman of the club.
Freddy Shepherd – Remains Chairman
Deputy chairman Douglas Hall, Bruce Shepherd, Allison Antonopoulos and Tim Revill have all resigned, while Chris Mort and Steve Hayward have been appointed in their place. Mort and Hayward are two of Mike Ashley’s people.
Current chairman Freddy Shepherd will remain in place – as indicated by a statement released to the Stock Exchange by the club this afternoon – which read as follows:
“Following the recommended cash offer by St James Holdings Limited being declared unconditional in all respects on 15 June 2007, Newcastle United Plc announces the resignation of Bruce Shepherd, Allison Antonopoulos, Tim Revill and Douglas Hall from the board of directors and the appointment of Chris Mort and Steve Hayward to the board of directors; all such changes to have immediate effect.
“[Chairman] Freddy Shepherd remains in his current role.”
So Freddy will remain in place to offer stability at the club and owner Mike Ashley – as expected – has moved in two of his own people. The above statement has also just been posted on the official Newcastle United web site.
Hopefully this will now offer some Boardroom stability at the club and Sam Allardyce can be kept up to date – told what Ashley’s ambitions are for next season – and offered all the support he needs to bring in new players.
Now we would expect some statement from Ashley on his ambitions for the club and some communication to the supporters of the club.