Joe Kinnear seemed to say yesterday that he expects the Newcastle club to be sold soon, and it appears that Saturday may be Joe’s last game in charge.
We had heard that November 22nd, this Saturday, could be a milestone in that the club may be able to issue a statement on what is happening with the club.
Joe Kinnear had also mentioned this date, when his contract was extended through the Chelsea game a few weeks ago.
We think this is consistent with Saturday being a checkpoint, at which time the potential American buyers have decided whether they will go ahead with buying the club or not.
If one of them is announced as the new owner, they will need to immediately appoint a new permanent manager, and we’ll need to get busy sorting out everything that needs to be done, and it will be a new start for the club, and another new dawn for the fans.
The club should probably also keep Dennis Wise on board through January, so he can help with the recruitment, because now’s not the time to cut off our nose to spite our face.
If both Americans decide not to buy the club, then that will lead to a much more difficult scenario.
Presumably Joe will be given the job of manager through the end of the season, and will try to handle contracts and bring in new players, with the help of Dennis Wise and Jeff Vetere.
But that will be much more difficult, because the club will still be in an uncertain position, and we’ll not know who the long term owners of the club will be. In short, we’ll still be in limbo, at least until the summer.
Whether good players would want to join the club under those circumstances is somewhat debatable, and it would not be easy to keep Michael Owen at the club either.
We may even get some hints this week from Keith Harris, who is selling the club, as to what the situation really is, but an end has to be brought to this uncertainty.
We hope that will come on Saturday.