The former Newcastle United chairman has said he has already been approached by two businessmen on the possibility of returning to a position at the Newcastle United Football Club.
Freddy Shepherd – already approached by two businessmen
It appears from the interview Freddy gave on Sunday that he has not ruled out taking back the reins of power from owner Mike Ashley.
Once Mike sells the club, the new owners will need to appoint a new manager and a new Chairman. It’s looking like most of the consortiums that have been mentioned would like to bring back Kevin Keegan as manager, which is really what a large percentage of Newcastle fans want.
It would also ensure the side can get back quickly to their old form, and the system that Kevin was using, and if that happens quickly, maybe this season will not be lost to mediocrity.
Speaking at the weekend, Freddy Shepherd said a true fan needed to be at the club’s helm.
Freddy said over the weekend:
“If I came back to the club, it would depend on who and what and the structure in place, but I’m open to suggestions. I just want what’s best for the club.”
“I want to see a fan in charge. I have already been approached by two businessmen.” “I think anybody who considers buying the club would have to keep the door open for Kevin.”
“It would keep the fans happy and, at the end of the day, the fans are the club.”
There’s no doubt Freddy is a real fan of the club, and just like the rest of us who were brought up on the streets of Byker and Walker worshiping the club – Newcastle daft through and through!
But Freddy hardly ran the club well, from a business viewpoint, and at least Mike Ashley and his people have come in and put the club on a much stronger financial footing, and it would be wrong not to keep running the club as a good business.
That just has to be done, because that’s what Newcastle is right now – a global business with a growing global brand name.
But it would also be important to have a Chairman who could work well with Kevin Keagan and be straight with him, which obviously a certain Derek Llambias has not been by all accounts.
Arthur Cox is also a possibility, as he’s a real football man, and thinks the same way as his protégée Kevin Keegan. We don’t know how much business acumen Arthur has, but if indeed Kevin does become manager again, we’d just love for Arthur to come back.
Arthur left the club a few weeks before Kevin, under mysterious circumstances, and it seems possible he walked away just before Kevin, because he saw the double cross on Kevin coming.