News yesterday that Alan Shearer is being lined up as Newcastle United’s next manager, given that the club does get sold to American owners.
Alan Shearer – momentum building for Alan
The Daily Mirror and Simon Bird, that good friend of our current interim manager Joe Kinnear, reports today that he is the favorite to take over as the permanent manager if the club is sold to US-based tycoons.
La Galaxy owner businessman Philip Anschutz, as we reported yesterday, is now thought to be one of the investors interested in buying the club from Mike Ashley.
The Mirror is reporting that they want Newcastle United for a cut-price £230M. but we’d be surprised if owner Mike Ashley sells for that price, which would amount to a £15M loss on the deal.
Philip Anschutz is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA and he owns lots of land in Texas, and is also in the Petroleum and Rail businesses, and currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Philip now runs wide-ranging empires in telecommunications, sports and entertainment. His biggest holding is the theater chain Regal Cinemas, and he also owns the Staples Center, and has stakes in professional basketball’s LA Lakers, and NHL hockey’s LA Kings.
As we saw yesterday SkyBet cut Shearer’s odds dramatically from 8/1 to 6/4.
Two serious US bidders, the other one thought to be Clark Hunt, owner of FC Dallas and NFL team The Kansas City Chiefs, and grandson of the more famous Lamar Hunt.
Apparently insiders on Tyneside have been told to expect the club to be in American hands by the end of the year, so we assume that Joe Kinnear would be offered another month in charge, on November 22nd, but he will hardly be happy at that.
Joe is very keen to show he deserves to get the permanent manager job at Newcastle, and has already fessed up that he would be gutted if he doesn’t get it – that assumes he does well in the next few games.
But if he can get a few good results, he will have done a very good job for the Newcastle club, in very difficult circumstances, there’s no doubt about that. Surely Joe will get be offered some opportunities with other teams, so he can indeed get back into football management.
We also think if Joe does continue to do well a bonus for him, from Mike Ashley, for his contribution, would not be out of order.
What do you think?