News today, in the Sunday Mirror, that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is trying to persuade club owner and billionaire Mike Ashley, to bring the Manchester City captain, Richard Dunne, to the club.
Richard Dunne – Man City captain available
If that is true it will be bad news for the club, because Kevin’s responsibilities are on the playing side, and if he is to get Newcastle up to 5th place next season, the club has to back him with the players he wants to bring in.
You cannot have it both ways, you cannot dictate who Kevin should buy, and then make him responsible for where we finish in the league next season.
However, we’re not at all sure Ashley wants to dictate to Kevin which players he should bring to the club, or even what age they should be, young or old.
That would be lunacy.
Keegan has already presented a list of targets to Executive Director Dennis Wise last week, with Dunne, 28, apparently at the top of the list.
But Ashley wants to sign younger players with future resale value. We think that’s true, but that doesn’t mean he will not also want to buy established stars, who can deliver results immediately for the team.
Dunne is valued at around Â£6M, but we think his availability may actually be short-lived.
There is news today that Manchester City’s Thailand owner Thaksin Shinawatra may give a reprieve to his manager Sven Eriksson, and if that happens you can bet Sven will try to keep Richard at Eastlands.
We think Sven would be better off leaving Man City and go to a club where the upper echelons are ready to let him manage the club his way, and not interfere with everything going on, as Shinawatra seems to be doing.
What do you think?