The People is today reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been told by a prominent North-East businessman that he can get Alan Shearer in to become the new manager.
Alan Shearer – linked with Newcastle manager job
The Tyneside businessman is thought to be Alan Beenshill, who himself wants to become Newcastle’s new chairman.
That arrangement would mean Ashley would still in control of the club, which would hardly go down well with Newcastle fans, who want Ashley our as quickly as possible.
The proverbial phantom and anonymous source close to the negotiations told The People:
“The businessman involved has built up a very successful company and is a shrewd guy. If anybody can deliver Alan Shearer, he can.”
Beenshill, who is friends with Shearer, and who has been a major Newcastle sponsor for the last 10 years, said last night:
“I remain a massive fan of the club. But I have no comment to make at this stage.”
Beenshill is CEO of the Collingwood Insurance Company, which is now based in Gibraltar, presumably for tax purposes, but he flies back to England for the Newcastle games.
Collingwood Insurance have spent at least £1M a year on the club over the past decade.
The People’s proverbial, phantom and anonymous source then added:
“We are talking about a devoted supporter who is ready to invest in the club and is keen on a hands-on role.” “If Mike Ashley is adamant he wants £350M for the whole club he won’t get it from this man, but he will see a return on some of his investment and retain a major stake.”
“The new chairman would want to see Mike back at St James’ Park for games.” “The sight of Mike Ashley in the directors’ box would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago, but this offers him a route back.”
Do we think this is true?
In a word no, because we just cannot see Shearer walking into the Newcastle club and managing for an owner, who seemed to treat Kevin Keegan so badly, and has already said he will spend just £20M on the Newcastle club each year.
Alan is a very smart guy – and he wouldn’t touch this situation with the proverbial barge pole.