There are several reports today of players Newcastle will be after in the summer should Newcastle manage to survive in the Premier League.
Iain and Alan – the new management duo at Newcastle United
This is all very well but when the team is essentially 4 points from safety, with just 7 games to go staying in the Premier League, and getting the best out of what we’ve got, surely has to be the priority.
But of course, with presumably Shearer at the head of the team long term now, and we even assume he will stay manager if we are relegated. It’s hard to blame the gossip press for listing some players Newcastle may be interested in this summer, but that’s hardly our priority right now.
We think that whatever happens in the summer Shearer and Dowie will be at the Newcastle helm, and if they can keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season, the reports are that Shearer will pick up a cool £1.8M in bonuses and heaven knows what Iain will get, and it’s little wonder he says he couldn’t get to Newcastle quick enough, after he got the call from Alan on Monday night. 😀
But we’re almost sure that is Mike Ashley’s long term thinking, and really when you analyze the move it’s quite brilliant.
It protects Ashley and Llambias from the bulk of the Newcastle fans’ wrath if we get relegated, and he’s already removed Dennis Wise – at some considerable cost – so the decks have been cleared.
Shearer will say we’re coming straight back up, and will also be able to attract good players to the Toon, even if we go down.
If Alan keeps the club up, then reports are that Ashley will give £50M for Alan to rebuild the side in the summer. While that amount seems high, Alan will have a free hand to wheel and deal come June, and there are a number of players he will immediately unload in the summer.
As we’ve mentioned before, we think those will include the likes of Viduka, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and even Coloccini. Alan should be able top get a little bit of cash from those sales, but the club saves massively too on the wage bill.
So even if we hit the nightmare scenario, things may not be as bleak as normal, with Alan at the helm at Newcastle. Of course the hoped-for scenario is for Shearer to get a response form the players, and stay up, but that didn’t quite happen on Saturday.
But we watched the game again yesterday on TV replay, after being completely devatsated with the result immediately after the game.
And apart from the two goals we conceded, which were awful and Colocinni has to take the responsibility for them, the lads played decent football right until the end. And looking at the game again Shearer was right that say there were some positive points to take from the game.
After being 2-0 down Owen actually scored on 72 minutes, but the goal was disallowed and the lads certainly didn’t give up. And Stoke are hardly like Chelsea, so we must have some chance on Saturday, although Stoke’s home form is very good, and they are coming off their first win away the season at WBA 2-0. They are currently 6 points ahead of Newcastle so a Newcastle loss would be disastrous.
Application of the players will not be Shearer’s difficulty this season, but getting them some confidence on the playing side is what is needed. One win will do that, but that win must come soon.
So, the situation is nothing that a win against Stoke will not quickly start to correct, but anything but 3 points this Saturday and things will start to look like it will take a mini-miracle to survive this season.
Howay The Lads – we can do it!!