We were all looking forward tomorrow to some statement from the club as to the status regarding the sale of the Newcastle United club.
But today we learn that will not now happen.
Mike Ashley – no update over the weekend on Newcastle sale
Joe Kinnear had talked often these last few weeks about his future at the club becoming clearer, after tomorrow’s match at Chelsea, but that – amazingly – will no longer be the case.
Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal today and obviously had been given some new news:
“I said it would be after the Chelsea game but the goalposts have moved since,” “Day one when I walked in they said the club would be sold before the Chelsea game. It’s month to month, so the last game of the month is Middlesbrough.”
“Then we start another month if it’s not sold. Who knows? They (the interested parties) have got to come up with the money, I suppose. I’m here until they sell it. Your guess is as good as mine.”
“It’s not easy but I can’t say I didn’t know about the situation when I took the job. It’s frustrating at times. It’s the same line: ‘We’ve got people buying it but we haven’t seen the cash’.”
So Joe is completely up in the air again, not to mention the Newcastle fans and players, who have been told almost nothing, about anything, since Derek Llambias took over from Chris Mort, last May.
The January transfer window is getting very close now, just 40 days away, so we’d be very surprised if we do have a new owner and a new permanent manager in by that time – even though that is obviously the preferred scenario.
But doesn’t somebody need to to say exactly what’s happening, some update, without impacting the delicate takeover talks that we hope are still ongoing?
It seems also, that the leak by Joe Kinnear this morning, that he has two top players lined up for January, may be a ploy to be used if Ashley is to announce he is not selling the club, at least until the summer.
But time is quickly running out and something needs to be said – soon.
What do you think?